Etcetera - 6/28/13


Walla Walla Gun Club’s slate of new officers for 2013 include Mark Jungmann, president. He will serve with Richard Berrier, vice president, Bob Bloch, secretary-treasurer and Mark Brown, Jay Hanger, Terry Schaeffer, Gerry Taylor, Cody Miller, Doug McKay and Bill Stahlheber.

The club’s member dues are $50. An additional $30 covers membership in the NRA, which can be made through the WWGC online at by clicking on the NRA link.

The club is on Middle Waitsburg Road, where it shares an entrance with the Walla Walla Drag Strip on the northwest side of the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Bob sends out a monthly newsletter and can be reached at 509-529-7288 or for more information.

Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary member Jeff Gegen said 216 bunches of pink and white peonies were delivered in the area in late May and an additional $200 in donations came in for the club’s fundraiser.

Through member sales and deliveries, the project grossed more than $4,500, about half of which will be used for local projects.

Through their work on the scholarship committee, members Jeanne Ruecker, Maury Fortney and Jason Wicklund selected spring graduates Kelsey Gabel and Ali Zander to receive scholarships of $500 each.

A Walla Walla High School 2013 alum, Kelsey will attend the University of Washington where he has been accepted into the Aerospace department. He attended last summer’s math academy at the UW.

This year’s DeSales High School Class of 2013 salutatorian, Ali plans to attend Gonzaga University. She was ASB secretary and Girls League president and participated in soccer, basketball and softball, according to a release from John McKern.

Chris Peha, Northwest Grain Growers’ newly appointed general manager, talked about his work there.

He moved to Walla Walla 15 years ago to take the marketing manager post at NWGG, a farmer-owned co-operative.

Recent wheat prices enabled them to donate more than $400,000 to local charities over the last four years. NWGG has 28 full time employees and about 20 college students in the summer to operate the elevators. He said wheat prices should remain in the $7-$9 a bushel range as long as the demand for corn to supply the ethanol market continues.

The exception may be the current scare over genetically modified wheat. He said Japan buys about 90 percent of the Northwest wheat crop, but has canceled orders until assured the wheat it buys has not been modified.

Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the St. Francis Catholic Church Community Center, 722 W. Alder St. For more details, contact President Hank Worden at or or online see

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


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