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From Walla Walla to Wagga Wagga

I WOULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED THAT THERE WERE PLACES LIKE WALLA WALLA AND WAGGA WAGGA in this wide and wondrous world of ours until 1985 when as Membership Director of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (NGCSA) then based in Englewood, New Jersey, USA, I started receiving back the results of my aggressive drive to expand the Guild’s membership by way of arts institutions in the Western states and, overseas, across the Pacific Ocean and down to the Southern Hemisphere.

Thus it came to pass that I stumbled across the captivating names of Walla Walla

Walla Walla University, WA

Wagga Wagga, NSW
(aerial view below)
They are literally poles apart –  the former in the great state of Washington,
the latter in New South Wales, Australia.

Soon thereafter, In a state of euphoria, I informed my colleagues at the Guild that ere long its membership would span the globe – from Walla Walla to Wagga Wagga! To set the ball rolling, I proudly announced that the latter city Down Under was the first Overseas Member represented by one Roland Bannister, whose application I’d received out of the blue on February 27, 1985.

In Retrospect
In many ways, 1985 was a banner year for the Guild summarized by its Chairman, Monroe Levin, in a memo to the Board: “First, the achievement of a 150-school membership at the close of my first two-year term (hard to believe it reached 100 only two years ago) is the best sign of good Guild health. May the Powers Above and Azim grant that we reach 200 within the next two years.

In passing, about the same time, there was much news from England about the plausibility of an immigrant to Australia from England who was a butcher making a living in Wagga Wagga by the name of Arthur Norton: he claimed to be a baronet, but in the law courts back in London lost out and ended up –  after the most lengthy lawsuit in its history – having to serve a long prison sentence.
Arthur Orton
– Butcher or Baronet?

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