Etc. - 10/26/09

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The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board of Directors members named Walla Walla High School Latino Club co-advisor Bill Erickson Volunteer of the Year.

Bill is the husband of Diana Erickson, district bilingual program coordinator. He was honored Oct. 15 by Fair Board members. Bill was cited for his work with the Latino Club and its efforts to show good citizenship through volunteer work.

The Latino Club, under the direction of Bill and Diana Erickson, has donated hundreds of hours of volunteer work to the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days the past several years.

In addition, club members named English teacher Lori Dohe as the club's Staff Member of the Month for September. Recognition is based on faithful service to students who are Latino Club members.

As a staff member, she is making a significant impact on all Wa-Hi students. Members said she "is very understanding, awesome and a caring person, teaches us a lot" and "is a great teacher."


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For some time now, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart has had a social network page on Facebook. The page allows the non-profit group to post photographs, stories of interest and announcements instantaneously to people who have subscribed to the page as fans. It can be found by using Facebook's search function and typing in "Blue Mountain ... "

BMH2H also set up a Cause page, "Support Blue Mountain Heart to Heart." Facebook contacts friends about the new Cause and invites them in turn to share the news with their own set of contacts and friends.

The potential support base expands exponentially as folks learn of the clients and work of Heart to Heart and make donations via the "Cause" page, Executive Director Parke Thomas said. All gifts are tax deductible and a reciept is sent automatically for the donor's records noting our tax number and not-for-profit status.

A temporary element of this effort, lasting only until Nov. 11, is a national contest called America's Giving Challenge.

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart is in America's Giving Challenge to win $50,000. To win, BMH2H has to get the most donations to its cause. It can also win daily awards of $1,000 and $500 if it can get the most people to donate in any 24-hour period.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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