ETCETERA - Pilot swoops in for Zonta's Amelia Earhart fete

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Educator Donna Hanebut spoke to members of Zonta Club of Walla Walla about her experiences as a woman pilot and science and space educator on Jan. 16.

Every January, members of Zonta around the world commemorate Amelia Earhart Day, and remember the pioneering female pilot's contributions to the status of women. Earhart was an early member and advocate of Zonta, said Betty Jane Selde, with the Walla Walla club.

Amelia Earhart said, "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."

Zonta International created the Earhart fund in 1938, one year after her tragic flight over the South Pacific. It produces annually Amelia Earhart fellowships to help talented women around the world who are pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering, to achieve their educational goals.

Today, women remain a distinct minority in science and engineering, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields, Betty Jane said in a release.

The 1973 recipient of this fellowship, Ora Rae Ottmar, also a local pilot, talked about her experiences during the meeting.

Zonta International has worked staunchly for 93 years to advance the status of women worldwide through this international fellowship of women who share a common commitment to promoting and protecting women's rights.

The Walla Walla Zonta chapter was founded in 1953. For more information about its activities here, call 509-522-9439 or email vselde@charter.net. For information about Zonta's programs worldwide see www.zonta.org.

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Tell me, tell me, what is hip, man? I wrote this item while roads in Walla Walla are mired in slushy snow glazed over with freezing rain.

If travelers can hang loose and make it over Cabbage Hill and crest the Blue Mountains through Deadman Pass via Interstate-84, chances are they can make it to La Grande and a hip event being put on by Eastern Oregon University's Chamber Choir and music department.

Their concert will feature the grooviest hits of the 1970s and the choreography of EOU alumna Catherine Herrmann.

Performances of "That '70s Show" are set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and 4 and 8 p.m. Jan. 28 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. The purchase of 10 or more tickets will price them at $5 each. For more details, call Peter Wordelman at 541-96203638.

By the end of the month, the weather could be warmer, making the roads much better and a breeze to traverse.

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Longtime Milton-Freewater resident Maxine Long celebrated a gathering of five generations Jan. 14-15 with the visit of great-great-granddaughter Sophia Marie Larcade, said Maxine's granddaughter-in-law Kaethe Long of Maple Valley, Wash., via email.

Sophia was born to Maxine's great-granddaughter McKayla Long and husband Sgt. Christopher Larcade on Oct. 25, 2011, in Renton, Wash., weighing 8 pounds 1 ounce. In short order, the Larcades moved from Puyallup, Wash., to Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2011, where Christopher is stationed as a recruiter with the U.S. Army.

Maxine's grandson and McKayla's dad, Jeffrey Long lives and works in Maple Valley with his family, including wife Kaethe and daughters Madison Long, 16, Mackenzie Long, 14, Madlin Warberg, 11, and Kendyl Warberg, 9.

The weekend included visits with other relatives from Milton-Freewater, including Maxine's daughters Janine Long and Debbie York; Maxine's granddaughter, Kate Moon, and family friend "Aunt" Pegg Johnson.

Along with many family members, Maxine celebrated Sophia's visit with much laughter and a wonderful service at Wesley United Methodist Church in Milton Freewater, Kaethe said.

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Awards, officers and board members where the buzz words of the day when Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers held their 76th annual membership meeting Jan. 9 at the clubhouse on Hussey Road.

A record number attended an enjoyable prime rib dinner, member Carolyn Hansen reported. Wagon Master Les Clark presided.

Clark Hansen, Bill Hof, Don Bancroft, Harold Brewer and Sam Waldron have been reelected to three-year terms.

During the board meeting election of officers, David Mitchell was tapped to serve as 2012 wagon master; Andy Shaw, assistant wagon master; Clark as treasurer; and Carolyn, secretary.

Honorary Lifetime Service Membership was presented to Tom Donovan, Dr. Perry Price and Sharon Johnson in appreciation for their many years of dedication, support and service to the club.

Wayne Narum was awarded the Man of the Year Buckle in appreciation for years of outstanding support and service dedicated to the club.

The 2011 scholarship recipient is Megan Moberg, who expressed thanks via a video displayed by her mother, Carolyn said.

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In a fresh take on Daniel Defoe's classic tale of castaway Robinson Crusoe, Teresa Grinter wrote a script for the Bridport Pantomime Players in Dorset, England, that incorporates Walla Walla as a bit player. But not in the way you might think.

This production is the troupe's annual pantomime, according to the View Online story that popped up in my Google Alert.

The family friendly story finds Principal Boy sailing aboard the Saucy Sal with Dame Dolly Crusoe, Captain Perkins and daughter Poll, unsavory stowaways Blackjack the Pirate and sidekick Wally Whatever.

When Blackjack enlists the help of Storm to shipwreck Sal, its passengers end up in the Locker of Davy Jones. And here's where Robinson and entourage transported to Walla-Walla-Bing-Bang, a tropical island inhabited by characters such as Man Friday and the Witch Doctor. (Shades of Hot Poop, Walla Walla's only Bing-Bang Stereo-Video shop and Ross Bagdasarian's "Witch Doctor" lyrics, "Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang Walla Walla, bing bang.")

The plot moves along aided by the Chorus' song-and-dance routines.

"Robinson Crusoe" will play the Electric Palace Feb. 1-4, not that many of us will be hopping over the Atlantic to catch it. But it sounds like a lark for the "Mums, Dads, Aunties, Uncles, Grannies, Grandads, and of course the children," for whom it's intended. "And what could be more fun than booing and hissing at the baddies and cheering and clapping at the goodies?"

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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