2019 Chieftain of the Day:

Meet Diana Kildow

2019 Chieftain Diana Kildow

    Diana is currently the President of the Tacoma Highland Games Association after serving as Secretary and Membership Chair for the Association. Diana assisted with the first Hood Canal Festival and was named Chieftain of their Games in 2011. She is a member of the Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association. If there is a Scottish event taking place, you will usually find Diana there.

    Diana has been associated with the Olympia Highlanders Bagpipe Band since 1992 as a board member, band manager, quartermaster and bagpiper. With husband Stan, the Kildow's kitchen table has been a chanter practice location for many new and aspiring bagpipe students. Diana continues to carry out the primary goal of that organization to promote the traditions and culture of Scotland. She continues to enjoy making Scottish/Irish presentations to civic, scout and school groups.

    Diana was raised in Eastern Washington. She attended Whitworth College and graduated from Centralia College, Eastern Washington State College (EWU) and Seattle Pacific University. She retired in 2004 after 33 years of teaching. Diana's career was devoted to students having a Learning/Language Disability. As part of her professional work, Diana served as an Adjunct Professor working with teachers across the nation. She continues to be a member of the Thurston County Retired Teachers Association, WEA-Retired and NEA-Retired Associations and the Slingerland Institute for Literacy.

    After retirement, Diana became a Girl Scout leader. She served on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Gold Award Committee. Her personal commitment was to ensure all girls had the opportunity to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting. As a troop leader, Diana's girl scouts were involved in many service projects in the Olympia area. When graduating from Brownie/Junior/Cadette Girl Scouts, the troop's "bridging" ceremonies took place on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

    Stan and Diana have 5 children, 6 grandchildren and are blessed with 7 delightful great-grandchildren who enjoy visiting them at Offut Lake.

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