Annual D9 Scholarship Dessert features physician from Class of 1990

The 23rd annual Scholarship Dessert will present as its guest speaker another Eagle Point High School graduate of whom the community can be most proud. Dr. Kuhl, or as she was known when she was growing up in Eagle Point, Karin Boutacoff, will be this year’s guest speaker.

Dr. Kuhl graduated from Eagle Point High School in  1990. She practices in Ashland at Ashland Hospital’s Center for Internal Medicine.

She graduated from the University of Washington with a double major-  her bachelor of arts degree was in Spanish while she also obtained a bachelor of science in zoology. She received her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 2004 and served a three year residence in internal medicine at Providence St. Vincent in Portland. Her awards and honors are numerous.

She and her husband, Jason, have two sons, Owen and Dylan. She is the daughter of Linda and Alex Boutacoff, formerly of Eagle Point and now living in Medford. 

This year’s entertainment will feature a new member of the District 9 faculty, Jeremy Durst, who as band director at EPHS will direct his jazz band to put all in the holiday spirit.

The Scholarship Dessert is always on the Thursday after Thanksgiving. By that time everyone is into the reason for the season.  Many enjoy the evening as an opportunity to see those who they see only once a year, yet remain true, long-time friends. Many holiday wishes are exchanged during the event that concludes no later than 9 p.m.

The format for the evening is unlike any other activity in the district. Hostesses do the inviting for tables of six to eight if they are round and eight to 10 if they are rectangular.  The hostess dresses her table(s) with linen or paper clothes and napkins, dishes (china or paper) and with a centerpiece, purchased, a special treasure, or one made for the occasion. And, the host or hostess provides a dessert. Members of the National Honor Society serve coffee, tea and water. So be sure as a hostess you’ve thought of the items needed for not only the dessert, and also for a beverage.

The Honor Society students are usually the ones first in line to receive scholarships as a result of this affair. The scholarship committee invests the funds with this event with the Oregon Community Foundation, as part of the D9 Foundation. With interest from the money invested with the OCF, plus one half the money taken in from the dessert last year, 21 scholarships were given to 2009 graduates.    

Hostesses will be given envelopes to pass out to their guests before the evening is over. Hostesses will turn in the envelopes at the end of the evening.

To reserve a table or for more information, call Olive Lansburgh at 826-4534 or Mary Scheffler at 826-9518.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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