Brian Jeppesen, Sykes site director, created a program in 2009 that includes the Sykes Athlete of the Month and Milton-Freewater Unified School District 7 Employee of the Quarter.
Those honors come with radio air time donated by Sykes to announce the winners, $250 from Sykes donated to the high school Athletic Department each time a student wins, and a plaque for employee winners.
Nine-plus months ago, Milton-Freewater High School garnered $2,250 from Sykes. For graduating seniors, there is a $1,000 college scholarship available. In addition, Sykes donated 25 computers to Grove Elementary last school year.
Sykes currently employs about 200 people, a majority who come from the community. The facility is a call center for a variety of businesses and performs bank servicing, taking orders and general customer service.
The Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club recognized members during its annual awards banquet at the Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center.
President Bruce Bond presided as the following people received honors: Scott Peters, Board of Director's Award; Terry and Evelyne Teske, President's Award; Steve Stevens, Rotarian of Merit. Doug Winn, a member since 1971, received the Honorary Life Membership Award. Many members were recognized for perfect attendance, including: Jerry Cummings, 11 years; Bob McCoy, 13 years; Margaret Buchan, 18 years; Terry Teske, 23 years; John Brownell, 27 years; and Steve Stevens, 36 years.
Newly installed officers include Pedrito Maynard-Reid, president; David Hull, president-elect; Casey Goodwin, vice president; Skip Cundiff, treasurer; Chris Coates, sergeant-at-arms; Scott Peters, director; Bruce Bond, past president.
Bailey Nicole Brashear graduated from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, with bachelor of arts degrees in international business and Japanese studies with an emphasis in Asian studies.
She spent last summer in Japan as a part of her study and hopes to teach there. She will continue studying the Japanese language this fall in Tacoma.
Her parents are Scott Brashear and Jan Dickerson Brashear of Walla Walla. Bailey graduated in 2006 from Touchet High School where she was class president.
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