Etcetera - 03/30/11

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Walla Walla Elks Veterans Committee members will host a baked potato dinner fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. April 2 at the Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose St.

The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. The menu features the baked potatoes with a choice of toppings, a green salad and dessert. Proceeds from the event will support the lodge's Deployed Soldiers program, which provides care packages for local service members deployed overseas. It also supports their families and other local veterans in the Walla Walla Valley.

This year Elks has partnered with local classrooms to send care packages, said Keith Burghardt, Elks public relations.

Classrooms adopted a deployed unit that they have a personal connection with, Keith said.

Funding from Elks allows the classrooms to buy materials, supplies and postage to ship the packages full of their well-wishes and comfort items. This year students provided packages for each holiday and created special holders for calling cards to call home.

"On the home front we use the funds to help families of deployed service members in any way needed. The Elks are honored to stand behind our service members and support them in their service to us," he said.

Walla Walla native Zachary Lybbert joined other students who graduated Feb. 24 from Perry Technical Institute.

He completed the electrical technology program at the Yakima institution, which was established in 1939 and offers nine specialized technical training programs.

If you're like me, you may pause for a moment each time you see American flags set out in the downtown area. You may even wonder what occasion is being marked. Members of AMVETS Jonathan Wainwright Post 1111 of Walla Walla are responsible for making sure special days throughout the year are observed. The next time American flags will be flown downtown will be on May 15 for Armed Forces Day and May 31 for Memorial Day.

Members of Milton-Freewater Rotary raised $110 for the Rotary scholarship Fund through the club's Bunko Fellowship Fundraiser March 5.

Rotarian Mike Garton reported during the group's March 8 meeting that 23 Rotarians, spouses, and guests came for the potluck dinner and bunco. The scholarship fund is co-chaired by Debbie Lee.

The group generally enjoys a variety of programs from presenters and that week. Bob Jones talked about the Milton-Freewater Public Library, where he has been director for 19 years. The library's new building opened on April 1, 2003, and has been a a happening place for community activities ever since. Contact Bob for more details at 541-938-8246, or bob.jones@milton-freewater-or.gov or www.mfcity.com/library. said Rotarian Robby Robbins, who is the Club's reporter.

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