Etcetera - 02/01/10

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William R. Miller, Scottish Rite sovereign grand inspector general, said on the Scottish Rite Foundation of Washington Web site that "Most of us were helped by somebody along the way. Now our scholarships are a way for us to help somebody."

To that end, the state's Masonic organization offers scholarships to applicants who are U.S. citizens and residents of Washington; attending an accredited four-year college or university in Washington state as full-time students for the full academic year; entering their third/junior year, or fourth/senior year, or if required for degree, fifth-year undergraduates; and maintaining a college-level GPA of at least 3.0.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, $288,000 was distributed as follows: one renewal for $3,000; two for $5,000 for the Bar and Rinderhagen Scholar awards; 43 renewals for $107,500; 41 undergraduate for $102,500; and 14 fellowships for $70,000. SRFW has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships since 1999. Awards are not based on financial need and applicants do not have to have a family connection to a Mason. Applications are due by March 31, it notes on the Web site, at www.wascottishrite.org/index .

For more details locally, contact Paul Schneidmiller, Scottish Rite director for the Walla Walla Valley, at 11 S. First Ave., (World Wide Travel Service) or call 525-8040.

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With Valentine's Day just over the horizon, vocalists with Sweet Adelines' quartet Blueprint will offer Singing Valentines. The singers enjoy the element of surprising the recipients, said Darlene Filla. "They represent our chorus so well in the community ... real ambassadors of our a capella-style of singing."

The musical Valentines make a great gift for girls and guys, delivered to home, workplace or while dining out. "The surprise factor will express your feelings of love," Darlene said.

The $30 cost includes a romantic song, a flower and a handcrafted card with a personal message to your loved one. Order by calling 525-9041 no later than Feb. 11. Order forms are available online at www.sairegion13.org/bluemountainchorus .

The local Blue Mountain Chorus invites women interested in singing a capella music to visit any regular Monday chorus rehearsal. New music is being introduced at this time. Call 520-0675 for information regarding time and location or see the Web site.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at 526-8313.

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