vernonia’s voice community february 2008 Thank you Volunteers! 17 Julie Prohaska and Sue Bailey- there to help with Flood Relief. (top left) RARE program volun- teers Beth Gilden from Eugene and Maggie Gu- lick from Hood River fold linens at Lincoln Grade school. (bottom left) Some more RARE volunteers cut loose during lunch break. (above) Oregon Episcopal School students collect garbage along the Nehalem River. (left) Lions Club Hosts Texas Hold ‘em Tournament The Vernonia Lions Club will be sponsoring Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournaments monthly at the Buckhorn Restaurant, 934 Bridge Street. The tournaments will be held on the second Saturday of each month, except March when there will be no tournament. Registration is at 5:30 pm; play begins at 6:00 pm. “This is a chance for us to provide a way for peo- ple to get together in the community and have some fun,” said Lions spokesperson Aaron Miller. “It’s en- tertainment, and it raises money for good causes in the community.” Money raised through entrance fees will be split with half going into the prize pool and half going to the Lions Club to support their charity work. The prize pool is paid out in cash cards and not actual cash per Oregon State gaming regulations. Buy-in for the tournament is usually $40, but the club is going to experiment with a $20 buy-in for the February 9th tourney to try to include more participants. The entrance fee will alternate from month to month after that. “We’ve been getting a good turnout,” said Miller. “We’ve had as many as thirty players. Last month we had around fifteen. We don’t pay professional dealers; we run the tour- nament ourselves meaning more money stays in the community.” There will be food and drinks avail- able for purchase. A Presidents’ Day Story The Lions Club uses money raised from the tour- naments in a variety of ways. One of the first tourna- ments was organized as a fund raiser for Dean and Kendra Schaumburg. Some of the ways the Lions Club helps lo- cal citizens is through their vision, hearing and diabetes programs. They also help students with financial support for field trips and scholarships. They are active in support of law enforcement in a variety of ways, and they sup- port numerous groups in the community including Ver- nonia Cares, Vernonia Pride, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They have also been very active in Flood Relief. For more information about the Tournament contact George Tice at the Buckhorn Restaurant at 503-429-3751. By Scott Laird Vernonia resident Mike Grady recently shared a sto- ry, a newspaper clip- ping, and some pho- tos about the time his father John Gra- dy went to Washing- ton D.C. as the guest of President Harry Truman. John Gra- dy, who had served with Truman during World War I in Bat- tery D of the 129th Field Artillery, was invited along with the rest of his bat- tery mates to attend the Inauguration of Truman in 1949. Truman had been the Captain of the unit. Grady, who served as a Vernonia City Council- man, attended an honorary breakfast held for the unit as well as the Inaugural Ball, an Inaugural Recep- tion, and marched as part of the Guard of Honor in the Inaugural Parade. “I was a freshman in high school,” said Mike Grady about his memories of his father’s trip. “And I was sick with the mumps, so my Mom couldn’t go with my Dad to Washington. He said he still had a really good time.” “My Dad didn’t talk about Harry Truman much,” concluded Mike. “He just said he was a great guy.” Now Hiring Ranger Aides! The Ranger Aide performs a variety of du- ties in operation, maintenance, interpretation, rule enforcement and resource conservation. To qualify, applicants must have one year of experience performing public contact or cus- tomer service duties (e.g. Teacher, Customer Service Representative, Salesperson, Recep- tionist, etc.) or One year (3 quarters/2 semes- ters) of college in any discipline. Contact: Stub Stewart State Park by phone: (503) 324-0606 ext. 221 or web: www.oregonstateparks.org today. OPRD is an equal opportunity, affir- mative action employer committed to a diverse workplace.