Yahoo, pardner! Safety tips, free helmets for students who need them, tune-ups and repairs and more are part of the Edison Elementary School’s sixth annual bike rodeo from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Whitman College Cycling Team members, parents and teacher volunteers will also have seven safety centers and a raffle for two new bikes.
Garrison Middle-Schoolers will wear blue Friday in solidarity to raise awareness for juvenile arthritis.
Sixth-grade organizer Allison Wanichek is behind “Wear Blue Day” at all schools. She was diagnosed with the disease and has dedicated her youth to making a difference, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.
Most recently, Allison is challenging staff and students to wear blue, designing posters for all the schools and handing out blue bracelets for some of the students and staff to wear, and will distribute information. Allison also has organized fundraisers in the past to help raise awareness and funds.
Carl Walk spoke about the meaning of family and the spirit of giving in an address to fellow College Place Lions Club members, according to his father and Lion member David Walk.
Just this side of his 20th year, Carl was on the officers slate for president in the 2013-2014 fiscal year with election of officers fast approaching.
A Christian, Carl is also an Eagle Scout and active Lions Club member. “And what all these, and good parents have taught me about myself is, I believe in love, and what love means to me is ‘give.’ Whether it is time, money, attention, strength or service, I try to give, because I want to be as good a person as I can be, as well as help bring out the better side of others. That is what I want.”
He derives a sense of family from the assembled club members who gather for food, fun and the pleasure of each other’s company. It’s an organization worth perpetuating, he said.
The Oklahoma transplant is a big fan of the Walla Walla Valley, too. “I want to do what I can to better this community. I want to help you, and as many others as possible. I have ideas, and I know you do, to bring together people to good causes. As president, I will do my best to serve this community and this club, because I love it all. And I want our family to grow, so we can all love more.”
Carl got the votes and president’s gavel. He will serve with Crystal Walk (his mom) as first vice president; Blake Limburg, second vice president; Susanne Davis, secretary; Jerry Davis, treasurer; David Nichols, tail twister; Eula Sinden, membership director; David Walk, lion tamer; and board members Wayman Sinden, Jan Gorman and Dori Williams.
College Place Lions meet at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at their building in Lions Park, 801 Larch St.
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