Saturday, April 26, 2014

Gourd Birdhouses

With Spring in the air, NKA participants spent a Saturday making birdhouses from gourds, under the tutelage of instructor Teri Henderson and facilitator, Shorty Miller.
Step #1: Choose your gourd...

#2: Plan your design...
#3: Apply your design to the gourd...

#4: Use wood-burning tool to make entry hole of desired size...
Ta-Da!  Ready for occupancy!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Moroccan Dinner

NKA Board Secretary contributed this report of the International Cuisine group's latest efforts: At our recent Moroccan dinner on April 24, the colors and smells were so energizing!  Culinary offerings included lamb, chicken, and beef dishes. There were almost too many dishes to name, but included were kabobs, fresh fruit, stuffed dates, meatballs, dips, flat breads, soups, stews, vegetables, couscous, orange cake, and macaroons. 
Pauline Havens and Helen Beitia in traditional costume
JoAn Dilweg educated attendees with a report on Morocco. A display table held several colorful items from that country.
Ruth Dyer and Marilyn Edwards
The International Cuisine class dates back to the beginnings of NKA. Marilyn Edwards, one of our founders, began these dinners in her home. Today, she still heads up the committee which plans and hosts two dinners per semester. The dinners are held at the Senior Citizens’ Center, and each dinner focuses on a particular country or theme. Those members attending are assigned to bring a particular dish or pay a fee at the door. Spouses/partners are welcome. Along with a huge array of fabulously interesting food, a speaker or entertainment is usually provided. It's a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. 

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.]