Etcetera 3/18/13

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Zonta Club of Walla Walla will host a free informative meeting for the community about activities carried out by the local American Red Cross chapter.

Using photos and video, area Red Cross members will discuss experiences they had when helping with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, and other actions. The event will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Walla Walla School District Board Room, 364 S. Park St.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Zonta President BJ Selde at 522-9439.

Sandy, which struck the Northeast coast in late October, was the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclone of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second costliest storm in United States history.

Making landfall, it collided with a cold front that brought snow to inland states and massive coastal flooding from a storm surge.

The devastating superstorm generated several nicknames, among them “Frankenstorm” as it was so close to Halloween.

Sunrise Rotary member Rod Hahn received a certificate and pins for his last two Paul Harris Fellow donations to the Polio Plus fund.

Rod gave $1,000 in the names of wife Lois and son Kevin. These were Rod’s third and fourth donations. He previously made donations in his and his daughter’s names.

Rod survived contracting polio as a young man and is a staunch supporter of eradicating the disease worldwide.

With millions being vaccinated each year through the efforts of Rotary and other organizations, less than 10 new cases have been reported thus far in 2013.

President Hank Worden, who has three sons in the Boy Scouts of America, introduced Scoutmaster Bill Erickson to the club.

In a presentation about the Pioneer District of the Boy Scouts of America, Bill showed slides of scouting activities in Walla Walla and of scouts from other countries at the worldwide scout jamboree he attended.

“Bill told us scouting is a tool to help youth to become responsible adults and the goals are character-building, personal and mental fitness and citizenship training. Both boys and girls are members, with groups of each participating in the many activities,” reported Rotarian John McKern.

Scouting includes the Pinewood Derby, youth mentoring youth, the Walla Walla High School Latino Club and Explorer Scouts.Boy Scouts rely on the Friends of Scouting and other public donations to operate. For more information, see www.bmcbsa.org/pioneer.html.


Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays at St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St.

For more information contact President Hank Worden at henry@worden3.com or 525-0838, or online see www.wallawallasunriserotary.org .

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

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