Monday, February 25, 2008


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Jess Lombard
James R. Hepworth
English 101: Describe a Personal Artifact
28 January 2008
My Old Worn Fiddle
It is now close to one hundred years old, light brown and sun kissed, but that fiddle still serves me well. To others it might not look so valuable, but the looks really mean anything. As soon as you pick up the fiddle and play it, you start to hear the value. It really doesn’t matter what my fiddle looks like, it’s all about the sound.
I would think that to many people their personal artifacts would be something handed down to them from generation to generation, or something that they would have won. Well for me, my mom purchased my fiddle at a garage sale. Actually, all she thought she had purchased was a old black hard-shell case for only five dollars. It wasn’t until she got home that she noticed she had really gotten a deal. Inside that case was an old worn fiddle, with no strings, bridge, not playable at all. We took it to our music store and had it all repaired, just so that it was in shape to play. The next stop was to have it appraised. It didn’t take long for the man to tell us what a deal we had got. Although it has chips and scratches all over it, it’s worth a lot plus all that stuff just gives it character. What makes it so unique is the fact that it has a full back and on the back is a huge heart. Really, it is one of a kind.
I do not think that it would be hard for many people after seeing my artifact to classify me as a musician. And in fact they wouldn’t be wrong at all. The only thing that they could go wrong with is, do I play fiddle music, or do I play classical? I don’t think that you could tell that from my fiddle.
I have now had my fiddle for eight years. At the beginning I really didn’t like it and by all means was not proud. It was forth grade when I got my first fiddle, it had dark wood, not chips or scratches but instead very beautiful to the eye. But as I have already started the looks mean nothing. Over the years I have grown in love with my not so good looking fiddle.
My fiddle might not look so well to people who base everything on looks. For it doesn’t score high in that category, but rather in uniqueness. I have never found another person who has a fiddle that looks anything like mine with its one of a kind scratches and chips. I could never replace my old worn fiddle. It’s one of a kind, not any other has the sound, marks or story that mine does.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Toni Jones
Dr. Hepworth
English 101
25 February 2008
[Mr. Reed, thank you for agreeing to this interview about the Fraternal Order of Eagles and your part as the Idaho State Jerry Reed. Hopefully, students will have a better understanding of what the Eagles organization is about, and the wonderful work they do everyday to help enrich others lives.]
“Thank you for asking me Toni. This organization is near and dear to my heart, and I would love to share any information about it with your fellow students.”
[Mr. Reed, what exactly is the F.O.E.?]
Jerry Reed Idaho State Eagles President 1Well Toni, F.O.E., stands for “Fraternal Order of Eagles”. It is an organization with the motto, “People Helping People”. Our goals are very simple. That is to raise millions of dollars every year to help with our local and our national charity organizations. We value and support our police, fire men and women, as well as many other organizations within our community needing assistance. We are over one million members strong.
[When was the organization started?]
It started in February1898, in Seattle, Washington. This now brings it to be 110 years old, as of this month. Six theater owners got together to discuss a musician strike actually. In
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that discussion they formed “The Order of Good Things”. Later, that name was changed to “The Fraternal Order of Eagles”, when the members adopted the Bald Eagle as there emblem.
[What are the organizations National Charities Mr. Reed?]
We have 8 National Charities Toni. Max Bear Heart Fund, Robert W. Hansen Diabetes Fund, Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, D.D. Dunlap Kidney Fund, Jimmy Durante Children’s Fund, Golden Age Eagle Fund, Alzheimer’s Fund, and the Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund, which was just implement a couple of years ago. Each Lodge from around the United States and Canada, have fund raisers throughout the year to help raise money for these charities. We raise millions of dollars each year to help support them.
[What local charities does the Lewiston Eagles Lodge donate to?]
We give to the Salvation Army, Northwest Children’s Home, Food Bank, the free health clinic, YMCA, Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, and St. Josephs Hospital just to name a few. As a matter of fact we just raised $4000.00 from our lodge for Habitat for Humanity. Our members will chairman an event such as a dinner or poker run to help raise money to give to these charities.
[Now that I know a little about the organization Mr. Reed, why did you decide to become the Idaho State Eagles Presidents?]
I had been a member of the Lewiston Lodge for sometime. I ran for office there in 1998. With holding an office in your local lodge, you have the opportunity to compete in the State and National competitions. After attending a few of them, I decided that I would

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enjoy helping the State of Idaho and its Lodges move into the future. One day lodge brothers asked if I would like to run for a State Office. I thought, why not, I enjoy the people, but more importantly I feel good helping raise money for all these charities.
I also thought I could help out the smaller lodges in the state with any problems they might encounter.
[What qualifications do you have to have to become the State President?]
You must be a Past President of the Eagles Lodge. Which means you must have been a President first to be able to become a Past President. You must be a member in good standing. Once you have achieved that you run for the State Offices. First you start with the State Outside Guard, then Inside Guard, Conductor, Chaplain, Vice President hence to follow is the President. After your Presidents year is over you receive the honor of being the Idaho State Past President for a year. All the offices in your local and state lodge require you serve one year for each office. So as you can see, it takes approximately 13 years to become a State President of the Eagles Lodge, not including the time you spent as a member attending meetings.
[As a State President Mr. Reed, what duties are required from you?]
Firstly problem solving, I help try to keep the State of Idaho Eagles Lodges running smoothly. This means if any financial, membership or internal problems occur I am at their beckon call to help them in any way possible come to a solution. Secondly is to choose the 8 State Charity Chairmen from around the State of Idaho to raise money for our National Charities. I was fortunate this year as to pick 8 chairmen from 8 different

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cities here in Idaho, that I feel will do a fantastic job and raise a lot of money. Thirdly, I have the privilege of choosing a Presidents charity.
[What is your state charity?]
I chose Kin Care Coalition as my State Charity. Most people are not even aware of what it is or that an organization even exists. That is one of the many reasons I chose it. But the main reason is because I was shocked of how many people are actually affected by it in the State of Idaho.
[What is Kid Care Coalition?]
Kid Care Coalition is a group of public agencies, private organizations, and individuals which support the efforts of grandparents and other adults/kin who step in to parent children during temporary or permanent absence or neglect of parents. As of present there are over 18,000 children being raised by grandparents or others family members in the State of Idaho. 100% of the money raised stays in Idaho with no administrative costs. All money raised goes to the kids and, “that’s kind a cool”. Here is their website if you are interested in checking it out.
[What if any, do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment up to this point?]
Besides raising thousands of dollars for my state charity, I had to the opportunity to go help out one of our smaller Lodges. They were basically on the verge of having to close down due to lack of participation. They did not have the members to even hold the offices to run a meeting for the past few years. After meeting them, and discussing some new plans to help achieve getting enough people to take offices, they have been doing
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terrific. They have all ready raised $1000.00 for my State Charity as well as holding meetings on a now regular basis. It was a great feeling to know I helped keep a part of
this great organization up and running. No matter how small or large the Lodge is, we need each and every one of them to help us meet our goals. Every Lodge is just important as the next.
[Have you run into any problems as the State President along the way?]
Actually Toni, I’m glad you asked that question. I was just thinking about this at work today. The Charitable organizations such as the Eagles, Moose, Elks and others, are struggling to make ends meet. Mostly it is due to lack of signing up new younger members. The older members hesitate to make change so it has an adverse effect on getting newer younger members to join. Certainly we need the older members for their wisdom, expertise and years of dedication, but, we also need the younger members for their enthusiasm, energy, new ideas and participation. Many Idaho State Presidents before me have tried to tackle this issue as well. How do we keep our loyal older members happy, but, at the same time have an environment the younger generation will feel comfortable at as well. Without new members signing up and helping chair some of these functions with their new ideas, it leaves the same few people doing all the work. Who in turn get tired and don’t come around as often as well. This is a problem I have yet to figure out myself. I would hate to see such great organizations that help so many others die to lack of participation.

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[What if any benefits do you receive being a member of the Eagles?]
Certainly the sheer satisfaction of being able to help someone less fortunate then ourselves is one of the main benefits. But also, you can go into any Eagles Lodge in the Unites States and Canada. You always seem to meet new interesting people.
But, on a more personal note… I have met most of my new good friends here. Ones I consider life long friends. Most of family has joined, and anyone whom was a friend before I started the Eagles, in now a member as well. It is a great place to go to meet new fantastic people as well. The camaraderie you will make here will be worth the time you spent just to walk through the door. A friendly hello is the key to many life success stories. Once you have worked on a function down here, you will understand how important it is to all work for the same goal, “People Helping People
[How does one become a member of the Eagles?]
Well that’s easy as the piece of pie we sell here at a social function Toni. You can come down to the lodge and pick up an application anytime the doors are open. Secondly you will need to have a sponsor (someone to sign you up). Most any member in good standing would be happy to do that for you. We have what is called an interviewing committee who will contact you and ask you a few simple questions. Then your name has to be read at 2 of our meetings and voted on. There is also a small annual you fee you pay to receive our newsletter and any national benefits you are eligible for.
[Is there anything I have not covered that you would like to add to this interview Mr. Reed?]
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I didn’t completely understand the opportunity that I was given when elected to the Idaho State Eagles Aerie. With the years of commitment came some trying and frustrating times. Some very enjoyable times as well. Through all these times and years, there has always been 1 person who has always been here to help me, support me, encourage me and at times correct me. That person is my wife of 33 years Sharon. I don’t know if this would have been possible without her love and support. My involvement became also became her involvement. Sharon always made sure my shirt and ties matched, cloths were always clean and pressed, but more importantly she always supported me no matter what. I thank truly thank Sharon for always being there for me. I only hope that I can return the favor because Sharon has now been elected to the Idaho State Eagles Auxiliary, and in 7 years, she will be their President.
. I don’t know if 110 years ago the theater owners in Seattle envisioned what this organization has become. They have had many distinguished people become members such as; John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Durante, and Theodore Roosevelt to name a few. All in all their were 8 U. S. Presidents to become members and many celebrities as well. They understand that we truly are “People Helping People”. I feel that with all the support of Eagle members in the State of Idaho, I may have helped further this cause. What an honor and a privilege I have been given.

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[Thank you, Mr. Reed, for all the information about the Fraternal Order of Eagles and your part as the Idaho State President. I am sure this will be informative for my class in better understanding what your organization is all about. It has been a great pleasure to meet with you today Mr. Reed.]
My pleasure Toni, and if there is any other information you need don’t hesitate to call on me.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Pains of a Hack

Pains of a Hack
The year 1968 was a very transitional year for me. All though Lewiston was just across the bridge from Clarkston, my parents were moving our family there. This meant leaving behind my home and friends I had grown up with. At 10 years old I was scared to death to pack up my belongings and go, let alone start a new school. As I would later find out, Mrs. Renner, my 5th grade teacher, would not only teach me the basics, but also teach me the pain of a hack!

It was summertime when we finally made the move. I noticed there were many kids of all ages in the new neighborhood we had moved to. I started making new friends, and thought to myself, maybe this new school won’t be so bad after all. All the kids here seemed to be pretty nice and I was getting along in my new environment very well. Summer seemed endless that year, maybe it was the anticipation of beginning a new school with new teachers that made it seem that way. Registration did come however, and I was very excited about meeting my new teacher.

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Mrs. Renner was her name and she looked harmless enough. As I entered the classroom I noticed this very small fragile elderly woman standing at the chalkboard writing her name. She was wearing this plain grey dress that went all the way down to what looked as if to be army boots. She had a slight bend to her back and her glasses sat down on the end of her nose. As she was writing her name on the board, I could see her hands shaking as she was writing. Her eyes never left the chalkboard as we all took our seats to start the day’s events.

One day while in class, my new found friends and I were talking and laughing quite loudly. Mrs. Renner screamed, “Toni, get out in the hall”! Being screamed at and told to go out in the hall only meant one thing, a hack. A hack was never a good thing. It meant receiving a hard smack on the behind with her all too famous paddle. Most of the time, Mrs. Renner was very soft spoken. Sometimes we could barely hear her when she spoke. But when she yelled you could hear her sharp raspy voice half way down the hall. She always kept her paddle hanging on the side of her desk. It looked like a ping pong paddle, only it was made of wood and to us it seemed like it must have weighed 100lbs.

I could feel my face getting red and the over whelming feeling of embarrassment and fear. As I stood up from my seat and started walking to the door, I could hear my friends snickering. All of them knew what was coming as did I. Mrs. Renner in her small demeanor now seemed as if she was 10ft. tall and weighed 220lbs.

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Out in the hall I already had tears streaming down my face. Mrs. Renner instructed me to bend over and touch my toes. Even though I knew this was going to be painful, I bent over and touched and touched my toes. Closing my eyes tightly and holding my breath. Then, in one mighty thrust, this fragile elderly woman hit this paddle with all her might over my behind.

After the initial blow was received, Mrs. Renner told me to sit in the hall and think about what I had done. Then she walked backed into the class room closing the door behind her and leaving me in the long dark empty hallway alone.

The longer I sat there, the more upset I became. Why was I the only one singled out to receive the hall punishment, and not any of my friends? Why did this person have the right to hit me? As far as I was concerned, the only people allowed to give me a smack on the behind were my parents.

So I decided at that point to get up and walk my sore behind home. When I got home with tears in my eyes, my mother asked me what was wrong. As I explained the day’s events, she put her arms around me and gave me a hug. I swore to her at that moment I would never ever go back to that school again, especially Mrs. Renner’s class. If I had to go back, I wanted transferred out of Mrs. Renner’s class!

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Later that day as I was lying in my bed, I realized that no one, not even me, deserved to be treated in the way I had been that day. That was the moment I began to dislike school and definitely Mrs. Renner. She taught me that inflicting physical pain on anyone was not something I felt should be done. Not only did it cause a very sore behind, but it also was embarrassing and made me feel degraded. It did not teach me that receiving a hack was a good form of punishment in a school; it only made me angry, never want to attend a place where someone could smack you on the behind.

Points Recieved

We Recieved 2 class points for having 2 copies of our drafts at class. Sweet!!

Monday, February 4, 2008