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Assistance League Southwest Washington holds annual luncheon

The Columbian
Published: August 12, 2023, 5:11am

VAN MALL — Assistance League Southwest Washington held its special annual meeting luncheon on May 18 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.

New board officers were installed for their 2023-24 fiscal year, and special service awards were presented.

The Anne Banning Award, named for one of the co-founders of the National Assistance League, was given to Peg Steinmeyer, for her outstanding leadership skills supporting volunteerism.

A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Bob Knauer, for behind-the-scenes support of Assistance League, mostly for all his expert photography at all their events. He is the husband of league member Barb Knauer.

Guest speaker for the event was Annette Kleinfelter, the CEO of A+K Ingenuity. This is a pilot project by Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families to assist girls transitioning from foster care to independent living. The volunteer members of Assistance League are so proud to support A+K Ingenuity as their newest philanthropic program that promotes healthy futures for our most vulnerable youth.

Lastly, the afternoon ended with some special announcements. President Bette Ludden announced that in the past year the volunteer hours for Assistance League Southwest Washington have equaled a $272,939 value that was returned to the community.

Pat Bartel, a co-chair of Assistance League’s signature fundraiser, Sleigh Bell Benefit, announced the event will be held Dec. 4 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.