Walla Walla High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet of the Month winner for October is Pvt. Adam Grau, who excelled in his answers and uniform appearance, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army instructor.
Adam was promoted immediately to cadet private 1st class for his achievement.
Other nominees were Cadet Pvts. Tom Paul from Bravo Company and Alex Dean from Charlie Company. The candidates were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets.
Each cadet went through a uniform inspection and a question-and-answer panel in front of the three company first sergeants and the battalion’s command sergeant major.
Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society.
Many cadets compete with drill, marksmanship and physical training teams as well as attend the class.
These cadets get to travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy cadet programs.
While chatting with longtime Walla Wallans Gabe and Margaret Joseph during a recent dinner she hosted, Judy Jamison learned some amazing details about the retired couple.
Margaret is a member of the American Association of University Women and she and Gabe, now octogenarians, are retired from careers as educators in the area and remain active in a broad range of groups that benefit the community.
Gabe told assembled guests about a grocery store Gabe’s father ran at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Chestnut Street during the Depression. Homemakers in the neighborhood walked to the store every morning and bought groceries for the day.
“They would gather around the potbellied stove to visit with each other for a couple of hours. The grocery provided not just food, but was a social center as well,” Judy said.
Gabe’s father was the only grocer delivered groceries to madams at local brothels. “Gabe said that a number of these beautifully dressed madams and their girls attended Gabe’s father’s funeral, raising many eyebrows, and donated $500 to the memorial fund.
But since the church wouldn’t accept it from prostitutes they had to give it to Gabe’s brother to donate,” Judy said.
The 11th annual American Association of University Women Kitchen Tour on Oct. 6 netted $11,000 for scholarships for local women according to co-chairwomen Cecile Ervin and Judy Jamison.
Proceeds will also support local education events.
Jacobi’s Café provided the kickoff location for the 333 tour participants who received printed guide pamphlets to make the rounds.
Eight “unique, fabulous” kitchens with remodeled or newly designed environments were featured. Judy and Cecile said special recognition goes to the owners who opened their homes and explained the details of their kitchens: Paula and Ted Skaarup, Susan Monahan and Mark Brucks, Laura Curtis and David Glenn, Nadine Messer, Anna Petrello and Jim Kuntz, Karen and Tom Peddicord, Jenny and Rogers Miles and Anne and Ken Moore.
Also contributing to the event’s success are Bunch Finnigan Appliances of Kennewick and Gary’s Paint & Decorating and t.h.e. Interior of Walla Walla.
The products, craftsmanship and design elements represented by these businesses have been seen in many of the kitchens featured on the AAUW tours over the years, and were well represented in this year’s kitchens, Judy said.
The tour included five raffle opportunities donated by local businesses and individuals: a vacation home and gourmet dinner package, a lunch and shop package of restaurant and retail gift certificates, an entertainment package with tickets to local events, a piece of digital art by local photographer Donna Lasater, and a French Country Picnic basket by Sue Gillespie.
Raffle winners were Sara VanDonge, Nita Sullivan, Jacque Son, Terri Trick and Vicki Ruley.
Florists from Barkwells, Albertson’s, Plaza Way Safeway, Just Roses, Jacky’s, A’more, Super 1 Foods and Walla Walla High School provided arrangements designed for each kitchen.
AAUW also raised funds for the scholarship through ads it sold and included in its full-color tour guide. The 2014 AAUW Kitchen Tour is slated for Oct. 5.
Eastgate Lions Club member Andy Anderson received the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honor in Lionism.
It represents exemplary service and dedication to Lions, according to a release from Glen Horner, club treasurer.
During his 41-year membership in Eastgate Lions, Andy has held every officer position, at least twice as president.
He’s “very interested in community service and welfare and always seeks ways to try and help those in need.
Andy is a member of most of the work committees and groups that are part of the club and has put in countless hours of volunteer time on various projects during the years. Andy is one of the unsung heroes of Lions as he is always there to do whatever needs to be done to make projects work,” Glen said.
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