Etcetera - 12/08/10

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Members of the Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist Chapter raised $1,076 for local scholarships for women and girls during a Bunco fundraiser in late November, said Cora Davidson via e-mail. Individuals and area businesses and organizations contributed to the fun, Cora said.

Proceeds will fund Women's Opportunity Awards, which assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects; the Violet Richardson Award, which honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service; and The Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women, which acknowledges women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities.

For more details about the scholarships and how to apply, contact wwvsi@yahoo.com or visit www.soroptimist.org.

Soroptimists are looking for new members. It may be a good fit for those passionate about improving the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and globally. More information about the club and how to apply is available at www.wwvsi.org.

Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist International is part of Soroptimist International, a global organization for business and professional women with approximately 95,000 members in about 120 countries and territories. The Walla Walla Valley Club meets monthly and is involved in several local causes and events, as well as joining with counterparts across the state and around the world.

Adams resident Tiffanie A. Andrews-Rost earned an associate in applied science in nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.

Members of the Combat Veterans International Walla Walla Chapter presented a $472 check to the Whitman College Physical Plant's scholarship for non-traditional students fund on Nov. 18 at the Physical Plant.

Steve Thompson, landscape specialist, is an officer in the club and raised the money through an agreement with Whitman to collect dead trees and branches on campus and sell the wood to help pay for local veterans' book fees at community college, said Ashley Coetzee, interim media relations officer at Whitman.

As part of the agreement, 20 percent of the proceeds must be dedicated to the scholarship fund sponsored by the Whitman Physical Plant.

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