Girls State luncheon brings record crowd

<I>Contributed</I><BR>Girls State District 10 representatives and Oregon Director Sondra Lino (left) and State President Gen Horne (right).

JOHN DAY - Ellis Tracy Unit No. 77 of the American Legion Auxiliary hosted a record crowd of Girls State delegates, mothers and three grandmothers at its District 10 Girls State luncheon, Sunday, April 30, at the John Day Golf Club.

Local auxiliary president Peg Hunter welcomed guests. District 10 president Louise LaBaugh from Prairie City introduced special guests, Oregon American Legion Auxiliary State President Gen Horne, from Wamic, State Secretary Pat Calhoun-Floren from Canby and Oregon Girls State Director Sondra Lino from Canyon City.

Girls State co-chairman, Joyce Nodine, was in charge of the program and introduced last year's delegates Brenna Caughlin, Shanley Day, Natasha Holmstrom and Montana Kowing, who told of their week-long activities at Willamette University.

Girls State Director Sondra Lino showed a slide presentation taken at the 2005 session, bringing happy memories and comments from the citizens.

Grant Union High School delegates and their mothers attending were Angie and Marilyn Allen, Tilli and Marla Armstrong, Kaitlin and Shauna Andrews, Miranda Jo and Denise Berry, Caitlin and Julie Bullock, Sarah and Christy Cary, Jamie and Tootie Cernazanu, Robin and Teresa Dunn and Rebecca and Kathie Holliday.

Representing Prairie City High School were Meaghan and Christy Keffer and Danielle and Muffet Ricco, and Girls State chairman, Norma Rynearson.

Others in attendance were girls and their mothers from Burns and Crane High School, Girls State Chairman Colean Norton and President Bette Erwin.

Prior to the Girls State, a popcorn and coke orientation will be held for district 10 delegates, mothers and chairmen, at which time Sondra Lino will outline the week's activities.

Final details, transportation arrangements and answers for questions about the upcoming session will be discussed.

- Evelyn Ogilvie

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