Leadership group backs Altrusa backpack project

Pat McClintock, center, accepts a check on behalf of Altrusa International of Pendleton from Lisa Farquharson and Kathleen Flanagan, both members of the 2010 Leadership Pendleton class.

Altrusa International of Pendleton’s Feed the Child program is $800 healthier thanks to a generous donation from the Leadership Pendleton Class of 2010. The donation was presented to Altrusa during its December luncheon.

Feed the Child features volunteers putting together packs of food at the end of each week for children in Pendleton schools who may not otherwise have anything to eat over the weekend. The program started out in January 2009 feeding 20 children per week, and now serves 92 each week.

“Every year, the program grows,” said Pat McClintock of Altrusa. “It’s a sad commentary on the times.”

Altrusa raises money for the program, and then partners with Community Action Program of East-Central Oregon to put together the non-perishable food packages. Volunteers from the Pendleton Free Methodist Church and Peace Lutheran Church also help with the project.

The Leadership Pendleton class raised money throughout the year towards its class project, which was to erect bicycle racks throughout Pendleton. With the help of Cycle Oregon and several community groups, the class raised enough money to place 17 bicycle racks in the shapes of Oregon (5) and hitching posts (12) around town prior to the start of Round-Up. After installing the bicycle racks, the class still had about $800. The class decided it wanted it to go towards Altrusa’s Feed the Child program.

The Leadership Pendleton Class of 2010 included: Lisa Farquharson (Pendleton Chamber of Commerce), Kathleen Flanagan (Wildhorse Resort & Casino), Jill Gregg (Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon), Dan Harris (Cascade Natural Gas), Jeff Holmes (Gordon’s Electric), Anne Livingston (Blue Mountain Community College), Evan MacKenzie (city of Pendleton), Ron Martin (Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop), Randy Mee (St. Anthony Hospital), Sharon Neuvirth (American Red Cross), Tyler Nokes (Pendleton Fire Department), Kris Patterson (Community Bank), Justin Pearce (St. Anthony Hospital/Pendleton City Council), Jon Peterson (Pendleton School District) and Casey White (Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District).

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