Etcetera 3/11/13


Walla Walla Country Club’s 18 Hole Lady Golfers enjoy the dickens out of the competitive season on the green. Between April and Oct. 31 they can be found making the rounds on Thursday mornings.

But they’re not idle when it’s time to put away the clubs for the colder months, according to co-chairwomen/organizers Sandra Ritchie, Naomi Fulgham and Margy Monahan.

They still meet on Thursdays, but instead of swinging clubs they make “cut/tie” blankets. They produced 100 of the full-sized, soft, warm covers during the winter months and delivered them to Helpline for distribution to its clientele.

They also produced 18 gift bags for women in the Helpline STEP program at Christmas. Looking inside, recipients found blankets, scarves, mittens, hats, meal tickets, lotions and a pre-Christmas pizza party at their resident shelter. In April the golfers will head back the links.

The works of Helpline continue even as executive director Dan Willms moves on to his next post.

He spent the last five years with the emergency social services agency, aiding in its growth and ability to assist those in need. In a letter of farewell, he said its volunteers “are the engine of the daily services we provide to the residents of Walla Walla County. These volunteers logged over 5,000 hours last year and provided our clients with over 27,000 cases of services.”

Dan also cited Sharon Longmire, current chairwoman of the board, as being part of a strong team that can carry on while the search for a replacement is under way.

The agency, located at 1520 Kelly Place, is in need of items for its clients such as shampoo, size 3, 4 and 5 diapers, peanut butter, plastic grocery bags, bar soap and clean winter coats in good repair. Call 529-3377 for more details.

In addition organizers are readying for Helpline’s SoupPort fundraiser April 17. The Pottery Painting Studio at Carnegie Center is open to paint bowls for the event. Call 527-4527 for more details.

The Walla Walla Retired Public Employees Council Chapter made winter donations of $100 each to local agencies, including Walla Walla Community Hospice, Christian Aid Center, Helpline and St. Vincent de Paul.

Also receiving $100 each were the student assistance departments at Walla Walla and DeSales Catholic High schools and the Bob Carson Outdoor Fund at Whitman College.

Olympia-based RPEC was founded in 1971 to promote the interests of retired state, county, city, and local government employees, said Marty Manahan, Walla Walla chapter president.

The local chapter meets at 12:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Coffee Connection Café, 57 E. Main St. For more details, call 525-2072 and 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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