Saturday, April 12, 2014

Zonta Honors NKA President Marjean Waford

In March, the local chapter of Zonta honored current NKA President Marjean Waford during their annual "Women of Achievement" luncheon and award ceremony.
Marjean was the only candidate nominated by two professional and/or civic groups: NKA and the Retired Teachers' Association. 
Marjean and her husband Gordon Waford

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 66 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission and objectives.
  • To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
  • To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions.
  • To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.
Zonta International, its districts and its clubs are nonsectarian and nonpartisan.

[Information and photos submitted by Marilyn Ames.]

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Island Park Adventure

NKA outdoor explorers traveled to the Island Park area on a perfect autumn day last year to drink in some of Idaho's scenic beauty.
View of the Tetons from the group's first stopNKA trip committee chairman Lynn Hebdon (above & below, in ball cap) led the group. 
The main destination was Mesa Falls.
Participant Marilyn Ames submitted these photos, and she writes: "Because of the federal government shutdown, the lodge was closed to the public, but the nature, exercise, and food were totally worth the trip. After a tasty hot lunch of loaded burgers and huge bowls of fries at Mack's Inn, we hiked around Harriman State Park." 
Marilyn writes: "Lynn and his committee do a bang-up job of planning our trips, and we are always assured of the most enjoyable outings."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Readers Theatre: "Tall Tales, Yarns, and a Tribute to Will Rogers

NKA's Readers Theatre presentation for February was "Tall Tales, Yarns, and a Tribute to Will Rogers."  The program began with "Super Bowl," read by Virginia Kelly,  "The Mule Eggs," read by Sharron Prokschl, "Babe, the Blue Ox," read by Patricia Devenberg, and "The Bunyans," read by Carole Hagler.
"The Legend of Pecos Bill" was shared by readers Lois Wellard, Carol Nelson, Grant Thomas, and Donna Thomas (emoting at right).

"How I Became a Pirate," by Melinda Long, featured Dawn Keller as the narrator, with Jim Mariani as the Pirate Greybeard, and other cast members as pirates, complete with eye patches, tattoos, and sundry other pirate paraphernalia.
To view a video snippet of "How I Became a Pirate," go to:

Jane Riley and Donna Thomas presented bibliographic information about Will Rogers, interspersed with many of Rogers' most famous witticisms.
The rest of the afternoon's program included:
Linda Smith: "The Elephant's Child" by Rudyard Kipling
Grant Thomas: "The First Deer" by Patrick McManus
Georgie Russell: "The Night Grandma Shot Shorty"
      by Patrick MacManus
Carol Nelson: "No Nursing Home for Me" (anonymous)
Marg Griffin: "The Duel" by Eugene Field
Jim Mariani rounded out the afternoon's entertainment with an a cappella rendition of "The Scotsman's Song."

The next Readers Theatre performance will be on March 27, 2014. The Continuing Education Building will be open during ISU's Spring Break.

We hope to see you all there!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Quilts Gone Crazy!

Instructor BJ Sandusky and her Crazy Quilt quilters recently finished three two-hour sessions of quilting art and magic.

BJ (far left, above) has been making crazy quilts since 1998 and perfecting her art by taking classes and teaching others.
Marilyn Ames, one of BJ's students says: "BJ's enthusiasm is infectious, and everyone is loving the class. BJ is an expert fiber artist and a terrific teacher. This is a series of classes filled with fun and inspiration! Thanks, BJ!"
So, just what makes a quilt "crazy?" First, BJ shows her quilters how to coordinate a selection of eye-catching fabrics and attach them to foundation pieces. 

Some machine stitching is employed, as well as hand stitching. Embroidery stitches are used to secure the seams.
Finally, the fabric is embellished with other items such as buttons, beads, and trinkets.
BJ also provided a handout of other crazy quilt patterns so her quilters could continue to experiment at home.
Go Crazy Quilters!

NKA Around the World

News of NKA's activities is spreading across the globe! Our organization was recently mentioned in a blog post on, which is a person-to-person postcard exchange website with over 455,000 members from 217 different countries around the world.
Last month, Postcrossing's ambassadors, "The Little Mail Carriers," flew into Pocatello from Germany, and an account of their visit--along with photos--is posted here:

One of the things that becomes clear when you participate in is that people in other countries are quite interested in the daily lives of average Americans. The day after Postcrossing's blog post, the number of views ("hits") on our own NKA blog soared.