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Hells Canyon Journal February 16, 1994 Page 5 How Are 9 Remarks delivered at the dedication of the Halfway Lions Youth/ Community Center, Saturday, February 5, 1994 by Bill Taylor. Junior high stu- dent takes teacher and classroom of fel- low students hostage: Noontime drive-by shooting misses high school students at BILL TAYLOR shopping mall one block from campus/ Second grader has knife taken from him by his teacher: This is certainly my pleasure to be here to dedicate this extremely nice complex! On several counts; I remem- ber helping Grandma Mitchell and morn can vegetables when the origi- nal building was a cannery during World War II; place cans in the frames --green beans in the cans ---and etc. As a youngster, I watched with fasci- nation the fellow raising the large cylindrical frames out of the pressure cookers and send the cans through the machinery to attach the lids on the cans. Imagine my freshman year get- ting a "needs improvement" on citi- zenship! Our principal, Marie Coates, called assembly and really chastised the students, whoever they were, for taking the girls volleyball uniforms. Paul Fitch and I quietly went to her office after assembly to let her know we were the culprits. "But, Mrs. Coates, they are in the same condition as when we took them m still on their hangars, not dirty, or wrinkled." So much for beinghonest. What caused all this commotion? The girls were confinuingto get our clothes wet while we were practicing foot- ball. (And it was getting worse with each succeeding incident.) Well, Paul and I thought, since no one was lis- tening to us, we ought to take things in our own hands. After practice, whenall girls were gone, we carefully picked up maybe a half dozen or so uniforms. And while Paul was stand- ing on the frame holding up the bas- ketball backboard, I handed them to him--while watching out--and he carefully placed them high in the attic. Oh, some of you may wonder why this occurred. Well, the boy's locker room was too small; so the freshmen had the privilege of using the girl's shower room down the hall next to the boy's shower room. We pledged secrecy! It worked -- was it amusing watching the victim girls frantically running arou nd the school the next day looking in vain! It must have worked -- no more wet clothes. Oh, by the way that was in the old high school on this same site. Some of you might be curious about my connection to this dedication. It is special for me because: * I was born and raised here; * I graduated from Pine Valley Union High School; * I was a teacher at both the elemen- tary and high school in Richland, then Pendleton High School; * I am currently an educational ad- ministrator, and * I am a Lion and have had the honor of several state-wide offices. So it's really a privilege for me to have a small part in this important ceremony. Now we (actually all of you and others not present) can rest after all of the hard work to get this building where it is today. From the beginning of thinking about the Lions taking ownership of this site until tonight, there has been a tremendous amount of work many Lions and some others, also. But, "Now the work has just begun!" stated Lion Ralph Smead to me on the phone. I subscribe to this thought. Most, if not all of you, know a house with a" father, mother, and children do not make a home. Like- wise, this fine, free physical facility does not make well behaved and well developed young men and women. Yet when one reads the grant appli- cation and we adults can stand up and say, "Look what we have done. You (youth) now have a place for recreation and other activities to give you something to do." The challenge is here! What, Lions and community members, are you going to implement here that young- sters will eagerly respond to and look at this as "theirs." Let's take a look at Lionism. It started in 1917 with several busi- nessmen wanting to help those less fortunate than themselves. One's community figures as an important part of the work and life of a Lion. Looking at a specific paragraph in the LIONS CODE OF ETHICS, we find it says, "Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community; and to give to them my unswerving loyalty in word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means." Next, let's look at three parts of the LIONS CLUBS' OBJECTIVES: * To create and foster a spirit of understanding among peoples of the world; * To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship; * To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral wel- fare of the community. We see the spirit of community-- and the reason why you folks took on this very worthwhile building project -- in several parts of the guidelines for Lionism. Some people say, "Lionism's work makes your commu- nity a better place to live!" It does us good to periodically review what we The third in Walla Walla during the are about. That's what I am trying to last month! do at this moment. Now the work Ihavetouchedsomewhatobliquely starts. Right? on several factors involved with the What do all of you and others in growingup, the nurturing, thedevel- community want to see five, or say opment of our children into adoles- ten, years from now? cence, and finallyyoung adults. What Let's look at a challenge: I see here is the Lions leveraging Your high school has a winning their properties, the community athletictraditionthatgoesbackmany mindedness pointed toward the en- years. It didn't develop quickly, eas- tire community's involvement with ily, or;naturally. It was fos- youryouth.Theschoolsareextremely tered. :', you have had community interested in being a big and tal interest.., you have had good part of this effort. Many times our coaches.., you have had good poten- schools are something apart from our fial athletes.., you have had bright communities, our places of work, our and energetic youth, lives. Schools need to have real life You have another tradition. Who experiences for their students. I see would have thought the Halfway Li- thisfacilityasbeingonecomponent-- ons Club Crab Feed would become one big component for you all to use such a frequent sell-out, and attract in working with the young. some folks from as far away as it One of life's experiences has not does? Let us step back in time.., the been mentioned yet. Let me share it first year.., were there any second with you: thoughts about being able to make Happiness is not a matter of good expenses.., could they attract fortune or worldly possessions. It's a enough customers to make it pay? mental attitude. It comes from appre- I suspect the thoughts each year ciating what we have, instead ofbe- planningstartsfortheCrabFeedare ing miserable about what we don't quitedifferent thanduringthose early have. It's so simple -- yet so hard for years, the human mind to comprehend. The same general phenomenon JOHN LtrrHZR works with a winning athletic tradi- Letustaksamomenttothink... to tion.., good students.., good crab ponder... How muchis this a source feeds.., good club. for ayoungperson searching for some- You see the work--the fostering, thing? Watch TV, or pick up a maga- the interest, the expectation--is one zine. What are they pushing?. If you thing at the beginning;, and aiter a want to be liked.., or strong.., or tradition is established, it is quite enjoy life.., or be sexy.., or you different. If you reflect on my ex- name it. You buy it! amples, I'm sure you will agree. "So, what are you going to put in This sounds like the strategic plan- this building? How are you going to ning your community is involved in involve your youth? with the Rural Development Initia- (Editor's note: A 1952 graduate of five. What do you want to be doing Pine Valley Union High School, Bill for, or with, your youth in the year Taylor was born and raised in Pine 2010? Valley. His parents, Floyd and Do you wonder even a little bit MarceUa Taylor, continued to live 'about my opening remarks? About here.ApastpresidentofthePendleton thethreedifferentincidents?It'seasy Lions Club, Bill has also sert as to say, "Oh, that's in the big city. Or Chairman of the Oregon Lions Sight somewhere else. The first two hap- and Hearing Foundation and Chair- penec] in Hermiston this schoolyear! man of Lions Eye Bank of Oregon.) EXPLORE YOUR WORLD Channel #18