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February 27, 2014
Rebekahs winding down after 100 years
MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- WALTERVILLE: One hundred years ago, many women in Walterville and Leaburg, as well as other McKenzie area residents, joined together to form the Welcome Rebekah Lodge - an adjunct of the 100F organization. Recently that group disbanded, ending a century of dedication and service to the river community.
The organization was led by service-minded people with names such as first Noble Grand Claire Willon, and followed by Christian, Goodale, Millican, Page, Vance, Austin, Elston, Raymend, Winnop, Cane and others.
The group fostered and promoted community improvements through a number of different entities. Some of those included the Arthritis Foundation, the U.N. High School Pilgrimage, Rose Parade floats, high school scholarships, Springfield Christmas Parade floats, eye research, handicap equipment loans, the Millican Memorial Hall and others.
As the group disbanded they donated both finances and property items to local groups like the Thurston High School music department, the Walterville Elementary School Foundation, McKenzie Fire & Rescue, the McKenzie River Medical Clinic, and the Millican Community Hall, along with various scholarships.
The disbanding ceremony was led by Noble Grand Shirley Gray and Vice Grand Barbara Peters.
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