Ardent angler tackles all things fly fishing for Rotary talk


If a rod and flies are involved, chances are Dale McKain knows something about ‘em. He presented a program on the subject during a Milton-Freewater Rotary Club meeting, specifically about fly fishing, fly rods, flies and ways to develop related fishing techniques.

The former resident of Hendersonville, N.C., is now enjoying his avocation around the Northwest.

Rotarians could look at his samples of fly rods with varieties of flex for use in fishing for different types of fish: soft for trout, bass and most small streams; medium for larger fish like steelhead in small rivers; and a stiff action for heavier fish like river steelhead and salmon, McKain said.

Since the fly has virtually no weight, the fly line provides the weight to accomplish a cast of 75 to 100 feet or more. He said developing the skill to manage the long line in the backcast is crucial to placing the fly exactly where you want it in the stream.

For more information contact Dale at 541-938-3303 or go to He is secretary of the Walla2 Fly Fishers, whose motto is “Tight lines and good fishing.”

Rotary 294 meets at 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays in the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth St. For details, online see or contact Rotarian Robby Robbins at 541-938-6523 or

Retirement in 2006 from the Walla Walla Public School District as a library media specialist hasn’t kept Jackie George away from her passion.

The Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators presented the longtime area volunteer with its Community Leadership award. School Superintendent Mick Miller recommended Jackie based on her years of community service and enthusiasm for learning.

Since her retirement “Jackie ... has yet to abandon her interest in helping students love books and reading,” Mick said in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

She’s primarily volunteered at Lincoln High School, where there has never been a paid librarian position. She began by inventorying the books in the current “library,” deciding whether or not to keep them as viable selections for high school students.

Principal Jim Sporleder said many of the books were bought at yard sales and not appropriate for secondary learners. “Just that undertaking,” he said, “was a huge job.”

She next organized and categorized the remaining books into a student-friendly checkout system. She sought staff input as she made recommendations for new additions to the library and helped put together literature sets requested by teachers.

The staff and students will always be grateful to Jackie for turning a collection of random books into a “viable resource for our students and helping us purchase high interest books that they have actually enjoyed checking out,” Mick said.

Jackie has volunteered at Lincoln on Tuesdays. When time allows, she also devotes time to mentor the new staff in all library-related areas.

An active Exchange Club of Walla Walla member, for years she was chairwoman of its Accepting the Challenge of Excellence, or A.C.E., award program. The club revolves on three pillars of service: child abuse prevention, Americanism and youth activities.

Jackie and husband Ed attend the national and district conferences annually and volunteer hundreds of hours a year locally.

A.C.E. awards recognize students who have had circumstances in their lives that have made it hard for them to succeed.

Despite the odds, they have exhibited excellence in turning their academic and personal lives around after being faced with significant challenges.

Jackie’s involvement helped inspire students to continue making good choices and realizing their potential.

She also helps support Walla Walla Public Library efforts to engage children in learning and many other civic initiatives.

Big Blue Weekend early registrations are now being accepted.

Although it’s a few months off, registration is open now for those Walla Walla High School students who wish to sign up early for Big Blue Weekend.

Designed to break down barriers and create a positive school environment for everyone, the weekend retreat will be Oct. 4-6 at Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, Ore.

Check out the Big Blue Weekend website (

15kzamQ) for information and complete the necessary forms. Spaces fill up quickly each year, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter, so students are encouraged to register over the summer.

Donated coats, sweatshirts, suitcases and $60 student scholarships are needed, as are about 50 chaperones and 30 work crew members, the latter of whom work behind the scenes to prepare and serve meals.

For more details, contact Carina Stillman at or Mindy Meyer at or see

Seventh-graders through high school seniors are eligible to participate in a student trip to New York City during Spring Break 2014.

It’s being organized by longtime parent volunteer Kathryn Southwick and Pioneer Middle School teacher Angie Butler. The trip will feature opportunities for music/drama/arts students and includes theater workshop classes.

Learn more at:

More than 120 people enjoyed several art activities, including painting dinosaurs, face painting, sponge painting and Play-Doh, at the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla. During the free art and play morning organized by The Moms’ Network on June 17, each child could plant a flower to take home, courtesy of Home Depot.

Children played outside and inside the museum, said Beth Swanson, TMN president.

“Art & Play is always a successful event,” she added. “Not only do we utilize what the Children’s Museum has to offer, but we are able to add educational art activities so parents can interact with their children.”

The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla is a grass-roots organization that provides an opportunity for parents to communicate, receive and exchange valuable community and parenting information, network with each other and be actively involved in the community. For more information visit or email

The Children’s Museum, 77 Wainwright Drive, is open in the summer from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. It inspires visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds to learn, explore and think creatively through interactive play.

For more details, call 526-7529.

A Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training participant garnered an award from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Caitlyn Lasseigne of Walla Walla received a one-year $1,000 2013-2014 CMP Youth Scholarship based on marksmanship participation, grade-point average and merit. It is to be applied toward the pursuit of higher education, according to a release from the CMP at Camp Perry Training Site, Port Clinton, Ohio.

Eligible applicants are graduating seniors who participated in marksmanship programs and JROTC Service Championships and also excelled academically. The CMP awarded more than $150,000 in youth scholarships.

The discipline and practice of target rifle shooting is extremely effective in teaching life skills that enhance student performance in schoolwork, as well as in home, family, social and job-related activities. Life skills that are effectively developed through marksmanship experiences include: self-control, self-discipline and emotional control; responsibility (being responsible for the safe handling of firearms); concentration and attentive skills; goal-setting and understanding how to achieve goals; fair play, teamwork and leadership; rewards of hard work, practice and competition; and self-image enhancement.

The national CMP is dedicated to the respect for and safe handling of firearms and instilling patriotism and discipline in its youth participants. CMP provides constituents with the highest level of instruction in the proper control of firearms by highly skilled coaches and veteran range safety officers in the classroom, at its ranges and wherever the CMP banner is displayed.

For more information about CMP online, see

Fellow members of Exchange Club of Walla Walla elected Christopher “Chris” Drake president.

Installation of 2013-2014 officers and directors took place during a late June ceremony.

Chris is director for media design at Walla Walla University. The slate of officers also includes Tracy Shrouf, president-elect; Kim McDaniels, vice president, programs; Carolyn Keyes, secretary; Scott Adams, treasurer; Brian Dohe, immediate past president; Tera Davis, club member activities; Tina Bradbury, youth activities; Michelle Goodwin, American citizenship; Nelle Cornelison, public and member relations; Denise Mann, child abuse prevention; Bryan Ponti, community activities, finance; Ed George, club liaison for awards and meeting setup; Rich Eagon, club newsletter editor; Debi Allessio, club liaison, Ducky Derby chairwoman.

The club also honored its Rookie of the Year, Scott Adams, and Exchangeite of the Year, James Payne.

The club works to improve communities as better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities and its national project, the prevention of child abuse. Learn more about the Exchange Club at

Its luncheon meetings are from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, except for holidays, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.

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


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