Tag: Lorane Eta Theta Rho #94

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 6, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 6, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Despite getting my flu shot this fall, I’ve been laid low with chills and everything from my head and eyes to my hips and back has been screaming with aches for the past couple of days. As a consequence, I don’t feel very witty, but there are some things I wanted to share with you today.

A call this morning put a huge smile on my face… Jim and I have been blessed with our newest great-grandchild. She was born to our granddaughter, Stephanie, and her husband, Chad Furlong, and joins two sisters on their sheep ranch in Roseburg. Little Miss Shiloh Kate Furlong weighed in at 9 lbs. 3 oz. and we can’t wait to meet her… but, we’ll have to wait until I’m sure I’m not going to be spreading around any flu bugs. Welcome to the world Sweet Shiloh Kate!

Last week, I included a short blurb about the Eta Theta Rho Girls Club #94 in my column. I was hoping to tell you more about it, but didn’t have the information at the time. The club just celebrated its 10th year.

According to Head Advisor, Tara Wigle, “We currently have 19 members and 3 of them have been elected Jurisdictional officers of Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly. Stephanie Wigle is the current Jr. Past President, Bethany Struthers is the current President and Moira Struthers is the current Warden. Eta Theta Rho #94 won the club community service award at Washington’s Theta Rho Assembly with over 300 hours of community service last year.

“Examples of our community service included events such as litter pick-up, writing letters and making gift boxes for active duty soldiers and cemetery clean-up. We have had four of our girls earn the Girl of the Year Awards including Sierra Lloyd, Stephanie Wigle, Bethany Struthers and Moira Struthers.

“Theta Rho Girls learn leadership, citizenship and teamwork while having fun at meetings and also traveling where they meet new friends across the United States. The girls also learn skills such as public speaking and interacting with peers and adults.”

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during the school year at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge and always welcomes new members between the ages of 8-18 at any meeting. Contact Tara Wigle at 541-520-4151.

The Angel Trees for Crow-Applegate-Lorane children has so far been a huge success. Marissa McNutt Cooper is trying to keep angels on the trees, but the one at the Lorane Family Store is usually stripped soon after she hangs new ones. Please be sure that Marissa has the names and info of any child in the community whose holidays would be so much merrier if there was a special gift awaiting them. Give her a call if you would like to add some names to Marissa’s list – 541-517-6608. All info will be kept confidential. The angels that are hung on the tree just have the child’s age, gender and a description of what they would love to find under their tree.

Don’t forget to keep those boxes for food and warm clothing full, too!

I hope that you all have been enjoying this beautiful, sunny weather, even if it is cold outside… at least, it looks pretty from my window.

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 29, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 29, 2018
By Pat Edwards

We’re already halfway through “the holidays”… I can’t believe it. It’s amazing how much days, weeks, months and years accelerate as we get older. I can remember, as a child, what seemed like long, sweet summer days where I had time to lie in the grassy field near our home and chew on the tender heart of a stem of grass while looking at the blue sky and clouds, listening to the buzz of bees and watching grasshoppers leap off my pants-leg into the tall grass surrounding us. My friends and I formed a club called the “Long-Leg-Hopper Club”… or something like that. We didn’t do anything with the club that I can remember, except join those daddy long-legs and grasshoppers as we played hide-and-seek and “horses” in the tall grass. Those summer days seemed to move lazily through those years of my youth.

In my teen years, those summer days were spent with my sister and friends, riding our horses on our bean and berry farm in Lebanon (OR), or on the island in the center of the Santiam River which flowed past our property. Of course, that was after we had done our chores and helped in the fields during harvest time.

When we were free for the whole day, we waded the horses across the shallow water to “our” island and spent hours on its trails, exploring areas we had seen dozens of times, checking for anything new and interesting like birds’ nests and pretty stones, then we raced full speed along the dirt trails on Rocket and Rocky as we clung to their bare backs… we never used saddles… and the wind whipping and tosseling our hair. Those sweet days seemed to stretch on forever.

Now, as soon as the smoke clears from the fireworks of 4th of July celebrations, it seems that school is starting, followed closely by Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. In these fast-paced lives that we lead today, I sure miss those lazy, hazy days of summer.
Enough reminiscing.

Plan on attending the next installment in this season’s Rural Art Center Movie Night on Saturday, December 8. The December featured movie is “The Book Thief” (PG-13; 2013)
“In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson).

When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel’s new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans’ life.”

To commemorate the movie, it’s been declared “Book-swap Night.” Bring a book or two to swap with your neighbors. Soup and salad dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:30 p.m. following “antics and doorprizes.” Suggested donation, $7 adults; $5 for children.

Sunday, December 9 is the Lorane Grange’s Open House/Christmas Dinner potluck at 1:00 p.m. Grangers will furnish the meat, dressing, potatoes, gravy and beverages. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert. Also, plan to bring a white elephant gift for the gift exchange. It’s a fun time for the whole family.

The ETA Theta Rho Girls Club #94 is recruiting new members. It is a community-based organization for school-age girls that meets at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge Hall on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. If you’re interested in joining, contact Tara Wigle. The club motto is “Happiness Through Service.”

Sweet Lorane Community News – December 1, 2016

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 1, 2016
By Pat Edwards

Aww… home, sweet, home! We’re back from an amazing family vacation in Hawaii, but before I say anything about our trip, let me give my heartfelt thanks to Marissa McNutt-Cooper for her great job in covering the many Lorane holiday events that are coming up as well as other Lorane news. She was unsure of how well she’d be able to do it, but I’d say that she’s a natural. Thank you, Marissa. I owe you one!

I’m not going to be able to recap our trip in this column… it would take up the whole issue of the paper, but our Hawaiian cruise and Thanksgiving luau get-together for 18 of our family members in Hawaii provided memories that are going to last each of us a lifetime. We owe the coordination and planning of it to our daughter, Gloria Edwards, who was the big motivator in getting all of us literally “on board.” Thank you, Glo!

Now on to Lorane news and a bit from Crow… Marissa covered the detailed information on many of these events in the last two issues, but I want to provide reminders here so that you’ll be sure to have them marked on your calendars.

The Lorane Grange’s Christmas Dinner and Open House is scheduled for Sunday, December 11. Dinner will begin at 1:30 p.m. If you want to share a side dish or dessert, please feel free to bring them, but they are not required. It is free to the community, but you are asked to bring non-perishable foods to donate to the community food drive.

The food drive is also taking place at the Lorane store, deli and organizations to collect provisions to fill the Lorane Community Food Baskets for the holidays. Let’s fill them all up!

In addition to the Lorane food drive, the Crow-Applegate Church of the Nazarene is conducting its own collection for the Lane County Food Pantry from the Crow area.

Marissa McNutt Cooper of the Lorane Community Association has set up Angel Trees in the Lorane Family Store and at  Crow High School. Those who want to participate are asked to take an ornament from a tree and provide a new gift for the child or teen described on it. The unwrapped gifts should be brought back to the place where you obtained the ornament. Help to make a child’s Christmas a little brighter this year.

Also, if you know of a family that you feel would benefit from either food or a gift, please contact the local organizers so that they can be included. (For the Angel Tree, contact Marissa McNutt Cooper, 541-517-6608; for the food drive, Sande Maxwell, 541-942-5083).

Reminder: On December 9, the Lorane Eta Theta Rho #94 girls’ group is offering free child care from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Lorane Rebekah Lodge Hall. Games, crafts and food will be provided for a fun evening for children of all ages. Contact Tara Wigle at 541-935-5245 or Mary Houle at 541-942-9341 for more information.

The Crow Annual Alumni Basketball tournament will take place on December 9 and 10.  This year, there will be a women’s team plus a dessert social and a silent auction.  Call Linda Lay for more information, 541-844-5830.

The Rural Art Center’s movie night at Lorane Grange is December 10 and will be showing the original version of the ever popular Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Go to their website at http://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night for more information.

I, too, want to add my own personal condolences to the Gleason family who lost their father and grandfather, Jack Gleason, last month. Jack and Helen moved to Lorane in 1986 when Helen’s grandmother, “Grandma” Leona Williams, who had a home on Cottage Grove-Lorane Road, passed away. Their family has been a part of the Lorane community since then. Rest in Peace, Jack.

Also, while we were in Hawaii, I understand that Marjorie Parry suffered what seemed to be a stroke, although the diagnosis showed that it wasn’t. She is slowly recuperating in the hospital and has shown some improvement, but prayers and positive thoughts are being asked by the family for her complete recovery. The Wickwire and Parry families have ours. May Marge be back home soon.

Once again, thank you, Marissa, for the excellent job you did while we were away.