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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Mason CounlyJournal - Page A-19 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Shelton Kiwanis Club members, from left, Dave Thacher, Ron Pannell and John Tarrant have among them more than 100 years of service through the organization. The club celebrates its 90th anniversary with displays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Shelton Civic Center. 'It's all about serving' 5hdton Kiwanis celebrate 90years By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounO/ com In the mid-1960s, Dave Thacher was a mem- ber of the Jaycees, whose age limit prompted his automatic departure at age 36. He began at- tending meetings of the Shelton Kiwanis Club in Memorial Hall. Ron Pannell joined the next year. Former Shelton Mayor John Tarrant joined the Shelton Kiwanis Club in 2004. "I wanted somewhere where politics weren't beating me up ... We don't talk politics." Tar- rant said. He added, "It's all about serving." Among them, they have served for more than 100 years for the organization, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary with an open house and celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to- day in the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St. Patrons can check out photos and displays, including posters advertising some of the 65 annual pancake breakfasts hosted at Kneeland Park. The display also includes a framed copy of the group's charter, signed May 23, 1924. The Shelton Kiwanis Club hosted a big cel- ebration for its 50th anniversary, and just five years ago for its 85th anniversary. "As we get older, the celebrations get more frequent," Thacher said with a laugh. The club made its debut in 1924 with 52 charter members after being sponsored by the Olympia group. The chapter's first civic proj- ect that year was roofing the historic Lincoln Gymnasium, now the site of the Shelten Civic Center. The group's first president was Walter Elliott. The group met at noon Tuesdays, which it still does, at the Shelton Hotel. In 1946, the meetings were moved to Memorial Hall at Sec- ond and Franklin streets. The group's numbers peaked at about 135 members, Pannell said. That number shrank to about 50 members after other Kiwanis groups formed, including Hoodsport, Pioneer and Kristmas Town. The group now has 44 members. see KIWANIS, page A-24 H.4BSTINE ISLAND NEWS Superint, ndent: Pioneer schools show improvement ell, summer has found us for sure. My driveway has been transformed from a pot-holed water-catch- er to a swirl of dust coating my car with a fine film of brown. There always seems to be nega- tive news about our schools. I received this great report from Pio- neer School District Superintendent Marty Brewer about our own local school. Pioneer continues to make signifi- cant progress on Washing- ton State Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) tests. Through hard work by By MIKE CALLAGHAN dedicated staff and students, Pioneer Intermediate / Middle School is no longer labeled as a high-need Focus School. In Wash- ington, the highest- need schools are identified as either "Priority" or "Focus" schools. Schools are identified using three-year averages of reading and math scores from the state tests, graduation rates or both. Each year, a new list is created with the goal of improving student performance, and Pioneer School District is no longer in need of this ad- ditional assistance. Some of : the strategies used by Pioneer Intermediate/Middle School to improve student performance are the use of Chromebooks and programs that provide ad- ditional academic assistance and time to students. Focused professional development is now used during early release on Wednesdays. Teachers are working together to evaluate the effectiveness of student learning and using this data to improve instructional strat- egies. The district has also aligned its curriculum to meet Common Core Standards. For more information, contact Brewer at 426-9115, ext. 3. One of the island's bigger fundraisers is coming up. The Harstine Island Corn- munity Club, along with the garden club, grange, theater club and women's club, will be putting on the annual spa- ghetti feed. It will take place Saturday at the hall. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Mealtime is from 5-8 p.m. They will have meat sauce and vegetable sauce available along with green salad, garlic bread, beverages and desserts. Here we are, not half- way through 2014 and it's time to think about the 2015 Harstine Island cal- endar. The community club members attending the June 14 meeting will be voting on the pictures to be used on the calendar. If you have a picture to submit, send a jpeg photo to Kayce Benson at sharonkayce gmail.com. The photos must . be taken on the island of island scenes. They need to be submitted no later than midnight June 4. If you need help with your phot 0, email Kayce. The last senior lunch for May on Wednesday will fea- ture baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and custard cake. The doors always open a little before noon and that serving trian- gle rings right at noon. All older than age 50 and their guests are welcome. Re- member, all they ask is a $3 donation.