Etcetera - 12/28/10


Three American Field Service exchange students spoke to Exchange Club of Walla Walla members recently about Changing the World One Student at a Time. Student speaders were Mattias Johansson from Sweden, Courtney Sang from New Zealand and Margarida Freire from Portugal.

The students designed and narrated PowerPoint programs about their countries. Brian Dohe, Exchange vice president and programs coordinator, arranged with Linnea Keatts, AFS local volunteer and host family coordinator, for the students to participate in the December program at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Inspired by the holiday gingerbread houses displayed in the hotel lobby, the students assembled at Linnea's home later in the week to make their own versions. Judith Sophia Kinnunen styled hers after a Finnish vacation cottage.

AFS Intercultural Program started in 1947 when 51 high school students came to the United States for a year-long exchange experience. Today 350,000 participants and host families have taken part in AFS exchanges facilitated by 100,000 volunteers in more than 50 countries, according to a release.

This year, the local chapter is hosting four students in Walla Walla and Ann Kristin Luzi of Norway, who's in Dayton.

In January, high school students from around the world will submit their portfolios for host family placement. Families interested in housing a student for the 2011-2012 school yearmay contact Linnea at 509-525-0049 about the application process. Additional details about AFS is online at website


This event will raise funds to fight cancer. The Oca?±az family is hosting an American Cancer Society Relay For Life New Year's Eve Bash from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday at Assumption Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder St. Admission is $15 per person.

Professional photos will be taken from 8 to 10 p.m. Grupo Mizmo and DJ favorites will offer music all evening. There will be door prizes and raffles, a nacho bar, a cmidnight champagne toast and a memory board on which to honor loved ones who have fought, survived or died from cancer.

The Ocaaz family team will display the board at their booth at the Relay For Life in June. Donations to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be accepted.

Tickets are $15 donation per person. Space is limited. Contact Jessica at 701-426-4478 or Alicia at 509-200-2818 for more information.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at or 526-8313.


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