Thursday, June 5, 2014

First Annual 18-Hole Golf Scramble - Colfax, Washington June 14, 2014


 FIRST Annual

18-Hole Golf Scramble

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the

Colfax Country Club

8:00AM Sign in, 9:00AM Shotgun Start

Teams should consist of four people. 

Entry fee is $136.00 per team*

Proceeds go towards VIKING CREW

Prizes awarded for:

1)  Winning Team

2)  Longest Drive – Men & Women

3)  Longest Putt – Men & Women

4)  Closest to the pin – Men & Women

We will have a concession cart roaming the greens with food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Any other beverages must be purchased at the club house.

Participants should keep in mind that integrity, etiquette and the ability to have fun is a must.  Remember, this is for our youth!

Contact Ken or Rochelle Pedersen at 878-1639.  Last day to sign up is JUNE 14, 2014 – limited to 12 teams.

*Includes Green Fees, cart is extra.  Entry fee is due at sign-in.

Palouse Patchers Quilting Club Meets 1st Tuesday of the Month

Palouse Patchers is a quilting group based in the Inland Pacific Northwest community of Moscow, Idaho. We have approximately 175 members of all ages, who come from the surrounding communities of the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The Palouse is a region of rolling hills covered in their own patchwork of farmlands.

Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, September through December, and February through June. We meet at the Latah Country Fairgrounds Exhibit Building at 1021 Harold Street, Moscow, ID. Social hour begins at 6:30 and the meeting begins at 7PM.

Click here to see the newsletters, and download the most recent newsletter!

Friday, November 1, 2013

History of Veteran's Day on November 11 Every Year

As we honor our veterans this November 11, 2013,  it's good to reflect on how and why this special day evolved. About two-thirds down the page at The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  it tells explains that President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated:

"In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."


Thursday, October 31, 2013

U.S. Air Force To Host Famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' November 9, 2013

The U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9, 2013, at the  
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

71st Doolittle Reunion
was held in
Fort Walton Beach Florida
April 17th thru 20th, 2013

Occasionally a FW: message arrives that I'm pleased to share with you... such as this one:
Fw: The cup of Brandy no one wants to drink --- Doolittle Raiders
  Tuesday, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the surviving Doolittle Raiders
  gathered publicly for the last time.

  once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United
  States. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one
  of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation's
  history. The mere mention of their unit's name, in those years, would bring
  tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.

  only four survive.
  Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and
  wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.
  though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United
  States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen B-25s were
  modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
  This had never before been tried -- sending such big, heavy bombers from a
  16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who himself
  flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to
  return to the carrier. They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it
  to China for a safe landing.
  on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan. The
  Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in
  the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on. They were told that because of
  this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
  those men went anyway.

  bombed Tokyo, and then flew as far as they could. Four planes crash-landed; 11
  more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died. Eight more were
  captured; three were executed.  Another died of starvation in a Japanese
  prison camp. One crew made it to Russia.

  Doolittle Raid sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to
  the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.

  the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes,
  models of bravery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the
  raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was
  a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the
  national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed
  that it was presenting the story "with supreme pride."

  in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April, to commemorate
  the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year. In 1959, the city
  of Tucson, Arizona, as a gesture of respect and gratitude, presented the
  Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets. Each goblet was engraved
  with the name of a Raider.

  year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the
  reunion city. Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down
  in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness.

  in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac. The year
  is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.

  has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would
  open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded
  them in death.

  2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin
  passed away at age 96. What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over
  a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria,
  and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat
  missions. He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner
  of war camp. 

  selflessness of these men, the sheer guts ... there was a passage in the
  Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing
  to do with the war, but that emblematizes the depth of his sense of duty and
  devotion:"When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he
  visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his
  wife and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed
  and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning.
  He did that for three years until her death in 2005."

  now, out of the original 80, only four
  Raiders remain:
  Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and
  David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They
  have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to

  events in Fort Walton Beach this week will mark the end.  It has come
  full circle; Florida's nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in
  secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town is planning to do all it can to honor
  the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner
  and a parade.
  the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have
  tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice? They don't talk about
  that, at least not around other people. But if you find yourself near Fort
  Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you
  might want to offer them a word of thanks. I can tell you from first hand
  observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.

  men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a
  later date -- Some time this year -- to get together once more, informally and
  in absolute privacy. That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The
  years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there
  are only two of them. They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And
  raise them in a toast to those who are gone.



Monday, October 28, 2013

November 5, 2013 is Election Day


November 5th, 2013 is election day.