Student hopes to attend national youth leaders conference


Nominee Emily Stone received an invitation to attend a Congressional Junior National Youth Leaders Conference this summer. CJNYLC is based in Vienna, Va.

Students can develop and sharpen their leadership skills by looking at past leaders and are empowered to become leaders themselves.

The program examines six leadership traits and focuses on leaders in American history and social advocacy.

Distinctive site experiences, hands-on exercises and workshops bring these concepts to life, while students work together to develop action plans that affect change within their homes and communities.

“This is an opportunity that we don’t want her to miss out on, but being on a limited income, we need help to get her there,” said Emily’s parents, Derek and Renae Stone of 534 S. Third Ave., Apt. 202C, Walla Walla.

The family set up an online fundraising site for donations at and plans to contact area businesses by letter in their fundraising efforts. They need to raise $4,000 to cover Emily’s expenses.

Emily is a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Garrison Middle School. She serves on the school newspaper and is active in Explorers, her mom said. For showing signs of being a leader, a counselor at Garrison selected Emily for the honor.

“She wants to be an inspirational speaker and the first female president. She is visiting colleges through the Gear Up program, and is very excited about continuing school after she graduates,” Renae said.

“Emily thinks that being able to have the chance to go to Washington, D.C., is very exciting and she looks forward to what she will learn from it.”

“I am very proud of Emily and was taken by surprise when we received the invitation in the mail. I started crying and knew that no matter what, that if Emily wanted to participate in this, that her Dad and I would do whatever possible to make sure it happen for her.

“This is such an huge opportunity for her and the knowledge that she will gain from it is priceless,” Renae said.

Emily follows in the footsteps of other distinguished Garrison alumni who attended CJNYLC conferences: Reid Reininger in fall 2009; and Julia Cosma and Lila Weglin, both in spring 2008.

Thousands of paper origami cranes will fly the Pioneer Middle School coop, bound for students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School following the tragic Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 28.

Led and supported by Principal Mira Goble, Pioneer students folded the birds as gifts to heal broken hearts. According to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter, in ancient Japanese legend, the crane is considered a mystical creature, believed to live for 1,000 years.

The legend maintains that when 1,000 origami cranes are made, one for each year of the crane’s life, that the crane will grant a wish.

Pioneer students and staff wished that the broken hearts of the people in Newtown will be healed. They also wished such a tragedy would never happen again.

Pioneer students and staff plan to make cranes for Green Park, Edison, Berney, Blue Ridge, Prospect Point and Sharpstein Elementary schools, as well as for their own school.

Sweet Adelines International choruses worldwide are banding together to Teach the World to Sing, said Jenny Miles with Walla Walla Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines.

Open house events slated this month will offer women of all ages a chance to become acquainted with the organization and what it shares with those who love to sing.

Members from Blue Mountain Chorus come from around the Walla Walla Valley, Jenny said. The chorus will kick off four weeks of free vocal lessons, beginning Monday and continuing Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4, followed by free membership through February.

The open house and vocal lessons will be at 6:30 p.m. each week at Unity Church of Peace, 810 C St., near the airport.

Guests can join the chorus to learn “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” and will have an opportunity to perform for their friends and families in early March.

“Singing in Sweet Adelines gives women a chance to share their love of music and to build lifelong friendships. It serves as a means to cross generational and cultural boundaries.

“Additionally, the sense of wellbeing that is needed in today’s busy world becomes a primary factor for chorus members to attend weekly rehearsals,” Jenny said in the release.

More details about the local chorus are available at or by call Darlene Filla, director, at 509-520-0675.

Reservations are being taken for special dinner to celebrate Donald W. Schacht’s retirement. A Walla Walla County Superior Court judge for 24 years, he retired from the bench on Dec. 31.

The Feb. 2 event at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St., will begin with a no-host bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. A choice of entrees is available: mushroom and artichoke lasagna; pork loin with sweet potatoes; or chicken carbonara with fettuccine.

Reservations and payment of $50 per person must be made no later than Jan. 19 by calling Tina Driver at 524-2795.

The Center at The Park’s January newsletter, The Bottom Line, published by the Walla

Walla Senior Citizens Center, 720 Sprague Ave., reports that $10,000 came in through its recent bazaar fundraiser.

That’s after expenses, noted Executive Director Howard Ostby, who was thrilled with the result, the center’s best in years.

Proceeds came in via the 32 craft table vendors, a silent auction and the turkey dinners, hamburgers, cookies, pies and cakes. The funds help with operating costs and running programs.

Annual membership in the center is $15. The center also fields $25 bronze, $75 nickel, $150 silver and $250 gold memberships that help sustain the its programs.

Theresa Regimbal, the center’s volunteer program coordinator, works with those who would like to be involved with our elder population. A variety of opportunities exist, from bingo callers to one-on-one conversationalists to piano players, singers, arts and crafts helpers, manicurists, kaffeeklatchers, phone answerers, game organizers and more. Her hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Contact Theresa at for more information.

Audrey Renaud is program manager for the Adult Day Center, also staffed by Lynda Cheney, registered nurse. Situated in the senior center, it serves those 40 years and older who have brain damage, dementia, Alzheimer’s or are recovering from stroke or are homebound and are under the supervision of a caregiver. the day center hours are 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Contact Audrey at 527-3775 or

Each month the center hosts a fundraising meal. The Strawberry Waffle Feed Tuesday is sponsored by Park Plaza retirement community, which “has been and continues to be a great partner with The Center at the Park,” the newsletter reported. The $4 fee includes a Belgian waffle smothered with strawberries and topped with whipped cream and sausage on the side.

Looking for some activity, brain stimulation and camaraderie? The center offers a variety of classes to tickle the fancy, from camera basics, dancing, computer operation for all skill levels, gentle stretch and movement; writing and painting.

For more details, call 527-3775.

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


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