Walla Walla Valley girls fill royalty flush on fair, rodeo circuits


The Walla Walla Valley is well represented royalty-wise for the new year in horse circles, said Cindy Granger in a release.

Kaleigh White, Josilyn Fullerton, Beka Adams, Makenna Barron, Kendra Torrey and Kindall Cooper all have roles with either the rodeo or local fair court.

Kaliegh, 11, is 2013 Little Miss Rodeo Washington. The daughter of Fred and Kelly White, she is a sixth-grader at Starbuck Elementary School.

Josilyn, 13, is 2013 Jr. Miss Rodeo Washington. An eighth-grader at Dayton Middle School, she is the daughter of Greg and Nikki Fullerton.

Makenna, 6, is 2013 Miss Rodeo Washington Sweetheart and a Waitsburg Elementary School first-grader. Her parents are Charles and Tracy Barron.

The 2013 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Royalty Court includes Beka, 16, Kendra, 17, and Kindall Cooper, 18.

Beka is the daughter of Ann and Lanny Adams and she is a junior at Waitsburg High School.

Daughter of Gary and Shelly Torrey, Kendra is a senior at Connections Academy online.

A 2012 graduate of Pomeroy High School, Kindall is the daughter of Laura Cooper and plans to attend Walla Walla Community College winter term.

The blustery Nov. 19 windstorm that blew all day in Walla Walla ceased in time for Pioneer United Methodist Church parishioners to hold a ceremonial burning of the mortgage in the church parking lot at 209 E. Birch St.

You could say Thanksgiving came early because of a generous $437,880 bequest from the estate of Luetta Anderson, according to a release from Dolores Walker.

The church applied for a $1 million loan in May 2008, said Chuck Templeton, who served on the repayment oversight committee with Bill McClung and Don Harwood.

The gift enabled them to pay off the remaining loan on a nearly $2 million construction and remodel project. Additional funds from the bequest will provide a permanent endowment for future church ministries.

Construction was completed in April 2009. Since then, the church has enjoyed its new elevator, spacious lobby with nearby handicap-accessible restrooms, the enlarged and modern parlor kitchen and church offices and library, which were relocated and renovated.

The elevator makes all floors accessible, which allows the church to host various community activities.

A longtime member of Pioneer who attended faithfully, Luetta held many positions with United Methodist Women. Those who knew her say she was “sweet, spunky, a woman ahead of her time, courageous, cheerful, independent, private, frugal, selfless and generous,” Dolores noted.

A woman who worked in business before it was common, Luetta retired from McDonald Insurance Agency in 1990. She died at 88, on Nov. 19, 2011, and left no surviving family.

“Luetta’s gift will bring new life into the church and its programming. (We) celebrate her life and generous spirit,” Dolores said.

The celebration of the retirement of the loan was held during the congregation’s All-Church Conference meeting, attended by members and the pastor, Rev. Thomas Telfer and former pastor, the Rev. Charles Hindman.

The coat drive to benefit students at Blue Ridge Elementary School has been extended through December, said Kim Cassetto, president-elect of the Walla Walla Chapter of American Association of Women in Community Colleges.

Two more drop-off locations have been added as AAWCC seeks to reach its goal of 200 donations.

Blue Ridge staffers told Kim that they buy coats for many of their students every year and took the idea to the AAWCC Board to help raise coats for this year’s fall fundraiser

The AAWCC Board unanimously voted to increase efforts for the cause and joined Christian Aid Center’s coat drive. The Center already delivered about 200 coats from its community campaign to Blue Ridge Headstart, for younger students.

AAWCC specifically worked with Blue Ridge Intervention Specialist Yaneth Hernandez to obtain sizes for Blue Ridge’s third- through fifth-graders.

Walla Walla AAWCC will continue taking coats through December, Kim said in a release.

Walla Walla Community College’s baseball team took up the cause and donated 25 percent of the current donations.

Coats may be dropped off at WWCC with AAWCC President Cheryl Bloom in the Office of Admissions; Kim in Office 15 or Scholarship Co-Chair Stacy Prest in the library; the Walla Walla School District reception area with Veronica Esparza or at Blue Ridge with Yaneth.

Altrusa International of Walla Walla partnered with Department of Human Services and Community Bank staffers to provide school supplies and backpacks for children, said Linda Thorson, Altrusa president. The project helps families who can’t afford the cost.

Community Bank staff donated school supplies during the summer and the bank matched donations.

DHS staff identified needy families and provided class school supplies lists. Altrusa members provided backpacks and met at the College Place Community Bank location to fill them with supplies according to the child’s grade and classes.

Twenty-three students received backpacks. Surplus supplies went to Christian Aid Center to be distributed to needy clients in its program.

The Walla Walla Altrusa chapter is united through its dedication to developing and applying leadership abilities, capitalizing on its worldwide member network, and finding partners to help it improve the community.

For more information about becoming a friend of Altrusa, email AltrusaWW@hotmail.com.

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


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