Etcetera - 2/07/13


Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club members Jane Samples and Frances Roth, who chaired the service group’s food drive to benefit the Blue Mountain Action Council food warehouse, picked a fortuitous weekend for the event, said Veva Hepler, secretary.

They chose the day before Super Bowl and it was immediately after the first of month. Although they collected a modest amount of food, generous Super 1 grocery store customers donated $637.69. With community giving, the club is thrilled to provide the contributions to BMAC’s food store.

McLoughlin High School freshman Diego Romero won an outstanding soloist award Jan. 25 at the 51st annual Clark College Jazz Festival in Vancouver, Wash.

A bass player with the Mac-Hi Jazz Ensemble, Diego received the award for solos performed with the group, said Mike Agidius, band director.

Doug Bayne is an example of those who have worked in more than one career during their lives.

As director of resource development for the Walla Walla Community College Foundation, he’s familiar with students who return to school to learn new skills and to change professions.

Prior to his post at WWCC, he was a military officer, then worked in agriculture and later in banking.

He talked about the college’s role during a program he gave to Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary on Jan. 29.

“Doug told us that in the past a person might have only one profession their whole life. Things have changed,” noted Rotary John McKern in his report of the meeting.

That’s where the college can help when people transition to new careers three or more times during their working life.

National public policy and education organization Aspen Institute, based in Washington, D.C., named WWCC one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation. Because of its excellence, PBS Newshour featured WWCC in a program in September that can be viewed online at

“Please watch the video if you missed it on PBS. It is really good,” John said.

A variety of high-tech training courses are offered: nursing, enology and viticulture, auto body repair, windmill industry, culinary arts and, most recently, a very successful truck driving school that has a waiting list of employers, Doug told the group.

He also talked about a need for sponsors of WWCC’s Summer Musical Program, back after a one-year hiatus. Performances will be at Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater.

The program budget is about $100,000.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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