Carolyn Caines, President
Carolyn is a third-generation resident of the Longview-Kelso area. Her maternal grandparents, Thomas and Reeta (Wayrynen) Juntunen came from Finland in the early 1900’s and settled on Columbia Heights. They were cattle ranchers and owned Millview Dairy.
Carolyn is a retired teacher, having taught in both public and private schools in the area. She has taught journaling and memoir-writing courses, and has published more than 150 poems in various journals and magazines as well as a novel, a family history, and five books of poetry. She is also involved in WordFest, a poety group, a book club, P.E.O. club, Bible studies, and other church activities.
Arleen R M Hubble, 1st Vice President
Arleen was born in Longview, have moved between Longview, Astoria, Sweden, and back again to Longview. She went to school at LCC before getting her first job at The Daily News as a proofreader and moving up the ranks to become a salesperson. Retiring after 42 years, Arleen has organized the Christmas Parade for over 30 years, organized the Go 4th Festival parade, and now is the director of the Go 4th Festival. She also talks to individuals going thru Breast Cancer and has helped with the annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show. Arleen has also worked on the annual hospital gala for many years. She truly loves Longview and says, “Longview has been good to me, and I enjoy giving back.”
Barry Dahl, 1st Vice President
"Barry was born in London, England during WWII. In 1948 he came with his family to America, moving to Berkeley, CA. Thereafter, he lived in Nebraska and Maryland before moving to Washington State in 1964.
He attended the University of Washington, first graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and then in 1971 with a law decree. Upon graduating from law school, he and his spouse Leslie were married and he accepted employment with the Walstead Merstching law firm, for which he practiced law for 44 years, retiring in 2015. Barry and Leslie are the parents of four children, all born and raised in Longview. In 1977 they moved to an historic Longview home built in 1930 by Al Raught, Weyerhaeuser's first mill manager in Longview.
During his 46 years in Longview Barry has been very active in community activities, having been an officer and/or coach of: the Cowlitz County Bar Association; the Longview Pioneer Lions; the Longview Jaycees; the Longview Ski Club; the Central Youth Baseball Assoication; the Killer Whales Swim Club, the Longview Youth Soccer Assoication; and the Cowlitz County Slowpitch Association."
Beth Wills, Secretary/Treasurer
Don Wiitala, Historian
Don and his wife Dawn moved to Longview from Montana in 1972 and decided Longview would be home. He started as a teacher Mark Morris High School and retired as principal in 2002. Longview is a big city compared to where he grew up and it is just the right size and has a lot to offer.
After graduating in the top ten of his high school class (there were only 10!) in Montana, he went to Montana State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree and a commission in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. He spent three years on active duty in Germany and Vietnam and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve after 20 years.
While teaching he earned a Master’s degree at Portland State. After retirement he became involved in making websites.