SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE Hermiston Herald HermistonHerald.com WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017 $1.00 INSIDE Local chapter celebrates Altrusa centenial By TAMMY MALGESINI Community Editor A century of working together to create better communities is being rec- ognized as Altrusa Inter- national commemorates its 100-year anniversary. As one of the largest clubs in District Twelve — which encompasses Or- egon, Washington, Mon- tana and western Canada — Altrusa International of Hermiston is proud of its heritage. The district in- cludes 20 clubs with 639 members. Hermiston’s club was organized May 14, 1977, with 32 initiates, sponsored by Altrusa International of Pendleton. Six charter members — Kay Bennett, Nancy Brown, Margaret Saylor, Janet Severson, Pat Wheelhouse and Jean Ruhl — still belong to the Herm- iston club, said Connie Fer- ranti, publicity chair. The club’s current membership is 53. Originally called Altru- sa Institute, Mamie L. Bass founded the organization in 1917 in Nashville. The name “Altrusa” is derived from combining altruism and USA. Bass, who was a partner in her brother’s architecture ﬁ rm, had assisted him in or- ganizing a Rotary chapter. However, Bass wasn’t able to join Rotary, as it was an all-male organization at the time. Founded as a service organization for female business owners, managers and professional women, Altrusa later expanded to include all women, as well as men. By 1935, it became an international organiza- tion when the ﬁ rst group in Mexico was organized. Altrusa has continued to expand beyond U.S. borders with clubs creat- MEET WILLIAM QUINTANA, THE MAN WORKING TO PUT HERMISTON AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. PAGE A2 BANK SHOT TAVERN TOURNAMENT RAISES MONEY FOR JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH IN MEMORY OF LATE LOCAL RESIDENT MICHELLE ‘MUSH’ MONAGHAN. PAGE A4 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Altrusa International of Hermiston ofﬁ cers for 2016-17. COMING EVENTS PLAN OUT SOCIAL SCHEDULE WITH OUR LIST OF UPCOMING EVENTS. PAGE A7 SOUNDING OFF LOCAL RESIDENT SHARE VIEWS ON CIVIC ISSUES, LIKE THE SCHOOL BOND MEASURE AND COMMUNITY CENTER MANAGEMENT. PAGE A8 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Members of Altrusa International from Pendleton and Hermiston enjoyed a social gathering last fall in Echo. The Pendleton club sponsored the Hermiston club in 1977. BRIEFLY HHS musicians to perform with orchestra CONTRIBUTED PHOTO See ALTRUSA, A16 THREE MINUTES WITH... Members of Altrusa International of Hermiston collect toys for the 2015 Hermiston Police Christmas Express. Altrusa presents Visions of Hope art show Altrusa International of Hermiston is hosting a Visions of Hope art event. The inmate art program raises mon- ey for Otino Waa Children’s Village in Uganda. People can learn more about the program and purchase artwork. Visions of Hope founders Dale and Sandy Russell said artwork bought through the nonproﬁ t organization direct- ly touches the lives of at least three peo- ple. It offers encouragement to the inmate artist, supports a child at Otino Waa and provides enjoyment for the purchaser. The art show and sales are: • Saturday, April 29, from 2-6 p.m. at Agape House, 500 Harper Road, Hermis- ton •Sunday, April 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Brock Family Barn, 155 W. Colum- bia Lane, Irrigon. For more information, contact 541- 561-4763 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about Visions of Hope, visit www. visions-hope.org. Chamber of Commerce moving to yet-unknown location in 2018 By JADE MCDOWELL Staff Writer STAFF PHOTO BY E.J. HARRIS Hermiston resident Bryan Wolfe reads a statement imploring the Hermiston City Council to consider the will of the people of Hermiston before voting on the fate of the Hermiston Conference Center at a special session city council meeting April 18 in Hermiston. The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce is in the market for a new home. The chamber has called the Hermis- ton Conference Center home for about two decades thanks to a contract with the city of Hermiston to run the center on the city’s behalf. The city council voted last week not to renew that contract for 2018. The city is preparing to do a $125,000 remodel on the basement of the old Car- negie Library across from City Hall and has offered the chamber free use of those ofﬁ ces starting in 2018. The chamber has not yet made a decision on that offer, announcing to members in a press release that “as this process moves for- ward, we will keep you posted.” Chamber supporters made it clear See CHAMBER, A16 A handful of Hermiston High School brass players will perform with the In- land Northwest Orchestra. The event also features Soﬁ a Marina of Richland and Hanna Schafer of Col- lege Place, winners of the Young Artist Competition. The free concert is Sunday at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St. Donations are accepted. The six HHS students — trumpet players Noah Roberts, Josh Hinkley, Alec Wilson and Allison Galda- mez; and Colton Katsel and Isabel Bartley on trombone — will perform during the classical work, “Pines of Rome,” a symphonic poem written by the Italian com- poser Ottorino Respighi in 1924. Formed in 1999 by a group of instrumentalists and vocalists interested in classical music, ensembles of the Inland Northwest Musicians provide free live performances throughout the region. For more infor- mation, contact 541-289- 4696, inwm@machmedia. net or visit www.inland- northwestmusicians.com. Hermiston man named ‘American Patriot’ A World War II veteran from Hermiston was recently recognized as a 2017 Ameri- can Patriot of the Year. Willard “Bill” Runion received the recognition March 21 from the Ameri- cans for Constitutional Lib- erty, formerly known as The Conservative Caucus. The award recognizes Runion for his support for patriotic causes and pro-freedom ac- tivities.