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Keynote speaker is Brigadier General Kurt J. Ryan. Additional speakers include: US Army Col. John Sweeney, Commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, Vancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt, and National Park Service Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.
Following the observance, the National Park Service will host the popular Soldiers’ Bivouac living history encampment. A complimentary lunch will be provided.
This event has been sponsored by Waste Connections for the last five years and will be emceed by CMAC members. CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments. For more information, click here.
H-RoC, a nonpartisan political action committee that promotes women in leadership positions in Clark County, welcomes two new board directors: Barbara Johnson and Michelle Winnett.
Johnson was appointed to the Clark County Superior Court in 1987, and served 28 years until her retirement in March 2015. She served as vice-president and trustee of the Clark County Bar Association, and was president of the State Board of Directors of Washington Women Lawyers in 1983. Today, she is applying her experience to alternative dispute resolution through mediation and arbitration.
Winnett is the director of channel marketing at Integra, a local technology company headquartered in Vancouver. Winnett has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbia Northwest as a volunteer BIG since 2007, and played a leadership role in H-ROC’s, Girls ROC program promoting Day of the Girl in 2014.
The two join Lisa Schauer, former County Commissioner Betty Sue Morris, former Clark Public Utility Commissioner Carol Curtis, Heidi Johnson Bixby, Jada Rupley, Kathy McDonald, Lynn Valenter, Stacey Graham and Nancy Retsinas on the H-RoC board of directors. For more information about H-RoC, visit www.h-roc.org.
The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is offering Memorial Day train specials this weekend. The diesel engine will make two trips, at noon and 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 23, Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25. Tickets are $16 per person; $15 for seniors; $11 for youth ages five to 12; and $9 for youth ages two to four. Reservations are recommended at www.bycx.com.
Passengers will enjoy a 12 mile ride through north Clark County. The train travels through a 330-foot tunnel and stops at Moulton Falls for a brief excursion to Yacolt Falls. The 2:30 p.m. ride on May 23, departs from Moulton Falls Winery.
The Chelatchie Railroad is located at 207 N. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt. Trains run from May through December each year. Track work, car and locomotive maintenance, and running the train is all done by volunteers. New members are always welcome. Interested parties can visit www.bycx.com for more information. Connect with the railroad on Facebook here.
Three area organizations focused on the needs of vulnerable children were awarded grants at a reception of the Nonprofit Network Giving Circle earlier this month. The Giving Circle educates themselves about the needs of the community while supporting local charitable organizations. By picking a topic of local importance, fielding grant applications, and listening to presentations from various groups, the Giving Circle is able to make a greater impact through its pooled donations. Grants for 2015 were given to the following nonprofits serving vulnerable children in Clark County:
A special announcement was made at the reception that Columbia Credit Union is sponsoring the Giving Circle to support membership growth. Circle Membership is open to everyone. A new grant cycle will begin in September. For more information, visit www.nonprofitnetworkwa.org and click on the “Community Programs” tab, or call 360-735-7110.