Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 12, 1992, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
AROUND THE TOWN
Westside Delegation 25 years of uniforms
Members of Westside Delegation will provide a style show- in addition to their traditional Valentine’s Day concert Friday. The musicians •will model uniforms worn by the Jefferson High School show choir over the years, from the casual dress of the late ’60s to the formal attire of today.
It was fall 1988 when Jefferson music and drama directors Allen Koepke and Bob Geuder
pulled together a bunch of young musicians and formed the city’s first show choir. Westside Delegation.
*‘We patterned it after the Young Americans.” Bob says. "They were a very popular show choir of the time.”
The Young Americans were the clean-cut all-American type of kid. Bob says. "We were trying to create that with our kids. The uniforms fit with that kind of style. They had a real cleancut look to them.-
Those uniforms, white skirts, turtle necks and blue vests for the girls, and white pants, turtle necks and blue jackets for the boys, were used for seven years, Bob says. "We added things to them for the second half of the show, but the first half of the concert they pretty much stayed the same. They were sort of identifiable with Westside." Bob says.
Uniform styles evolved slowly until 1984. when current director Pete Eklund brought a more formal look to the choir. Today the girls wear sequined formal dresses and the boys wear tux jackets and dress pants.
The style of performance has changed as much as the manner of dress, says Jackie Powell of the Jefferson Choral Auxiliary. In the early years, the group sang folk music with a couple of guitars and a drummer. Today, the choir is backed by a large combo and there is much more emphasis on choreography.
Members of the community
are invited to attend the group’s Valentine’s Day concert. Friday, Feb. 14. Two performances will be given in the Jefferson Auditorium, one at 7 p.m. and a second at 8:45 p.m. Cost is $3.50 for adults; $2.50 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be available at the door "Tradition ally, the Valentine's concert is the biggest of the year,” savs Bob.
A reception Westside Delegation alumni will follow the concert.Advice from Jena
Prairie Elementary first grad er Jena Scott. 7. expressed her concern for the environment in an story she sent us called "Save the Earth.”
With her permission and taking very’ few liberties with her work, it follows: "Save the earth because if you don’t we wouldn’t have enough stuff to help us stay alive. If you cut down trees, plant new ones. If you use cans, recycle them. If you're done w ith a paper, recycle it. Just recycle. don’t throw it away. The End.”
Jena is the daughter of Cheryl and Harold Scott of
Fairfax.It s cookie time
The Girl Scouts have hit the streets with their order forms. Even if you can say no to cookies. it s nearly impossible to resist the request. "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” Especially when it comes from a little Brownie wearing her Brownie smile.
This year the Scouts will be offering a new cookie, and an old standby has been removed from the cookies sold. The new cookie is called Praline Royale. Its a soft vanilla cookie with a praline filling and striped with chocolate, according to a press release from the Conestoga Council of Girl Scouts.
In taste tests the council con-
Alamo Bridge Club. Sunday. 6pm 600 10th Ave. Marion
1st Jim and Mary Ann Boardman. 2nd Virginia Stamy and Bill Jennings
3rd Jeannie Slayman and Phil Arnell
4th Ray and Maree Heng
Happy Bridge Club. N<x>n Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church
North South 1st Juan McGaffic and Ix*Anne Smittkamp. 2nd Mary Mullin and Bill Jennings. East-West 1st Charles Raines and Bruno Rinas 2nd Gerry Kuster and Judith Huntersinger Friendly Hands: 1st Karl and Helen Clendening 2nd (tied! Helen Martin and Hazel Goodale. Sally and Dick Wing 1th Mike and Evelyn Taylor.
Bob's Club. Wednesday, IO a.rn at Sco
tus Hall. Immaculate Conception Church North South 1st Bruno Rinas and Roland Vander Hamm 2nd 1-eAnne Smittkamp and Joe Verbick East-West: 1st Maxine and Loren Abbott 2nd Kiln Stepanek and Ross Wilson.
Marion Club, noon Thursday at Kenwood Park Presbyterian Church
1st Charles Rallies and Roland Vander Hamm. 2nd Gerry Kuster and Riva Gauper 3rd Virginia Stamy and Bill Jennings 4th Cran Klsea and Richard Goiembiewski.
All games are open to the public. A playing partner is guaranteed for each participant at each of the sites
ducted on blood donors at the Waterloo Red Cross center, the cookies rated well. Asked if they would crave another Praline Royale in an hour. 47 percent said they would.
Also for sale this year are the Thin Mints, Lemon Pastry Cremes. Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies. Caramel deLites. and a shortbread called Trefoils. Missing is an old favorite, a box of chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies - once the only cookie the Girl Scouts sold.
The cookies sell for $2.50 a box, and should a Brownie miss your house, call the Council. 1-800*772-0043. They’ll see that you get to order as many boxes as you want.
Neighbors photo by Todd Mclnturf
Christy Myers and Ted Noring, (front) show off the original uniforms of Jefferson High School s Westside Delegation. Jenni Powell and Janson Bennett pose in today s more formal attire.
Lt. Mark Gefaller
Et. Mark Gefaller, U.S. Navy, was honored recently as Chaplain of the Year. The honor came as a result of his service in the Philippines during an earthquake and on the front lines during Desert Storm.
A 1978 graduate of Jefferson High School, Mark is assigned to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. He became a military chaplain in 1985 and was called to active duty in January 1990.
He is the son of Verna Gefaller, 343 Coral Dr., Hiawatha, and the grandson of Florence Rub-ev, also of Hiawatha.
His wife Beth and his mother attended the awards ceremony in Washington D.C., last month. Mark expects to be transferred to Charleston. S C., in the spring where he will be joined by Beth and their four children.Monogramming...
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