Grandmothers Roundtable preparing for 16th forum


Just the other day an old friend asked me when the Grandmothers Roundtable got started and how many forums we’ve presented. And oh, yes, are we planning one in the near future?

The answer to the second question is absolutely — on March 4.

To the first question, I had to ask for help. One of the greatest blessings in the Grandmothers arsenal is Linda Moats, a founding member. She has kept copious records since our first meeting and she has all the answers. So all I had to do was ask her.

The Grandmothers have been meeting since 2004, and our first forum announced our intentions. We hoped to encourage participation in the political process and we’re still at it. We have held 15 forums since our founding and published innumerable columns from various members of our group.

Our preparation for a forum always includes inviting representatives of various groups and organizations to introduce us to their roles in our community. The quest for presenters in our upcoming March 4 forum — “Are We Preparing Our Children for Our Changing World?” — has become a daunting procedure. It is a big concept and we’ve become acquainted with many passionate individuals who are still excited about what they’ve done in the past and hope to achieve in the future.

Trying to choose a few speakers from all we have heard has been the toughest part of our job!

These unsung heroes have tirelessly dealt with difficulties of which most of us have been completely unaware. And we are grandmothers who try to pay attention to what’s happening around us. (In fact, we might have to hold a second forum to let you know all that we have learned.)

Please plan to attend our 16th forum on March 4 in Room 185 at Walla Walla Community College at 7 p.m. We hope to inform you about the resources available in our community to help our children and families.

Our speakers include: Megan Pira, Children’s Home Society; Connie Taylor Randall, Walla Walla School District; Brooke Bouche, Lincoln High School; and Mike Bates and Donna Coffeen, Juvenile Justice Center.

Since we began holding forums, Walla Walla Community College has graciously provided space for our meetings. Susan Palmer will moderate the discussion. Questions from the audience after the presentations have always been welcomed.

Hope to see you on March 4.

Pat Yenney is a founding member of the Grandmothers Roundtable.

For more information contact Yenney at (509) 529-6505 or Moats at


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