Etcetera - 06/30/10

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Walla Walla High School Latino Club members recently elected new officers for the 2010-2011 school year.

Roger Contreras will serve as president, alongside Bahia Parrish, vice president; Grasiela Ocampo, secretary; Jahaira Chavez, treasurer; and Rubi Villegas and Alex Maya, web masters.

The club promotes the educational, cultural and representation of the Latino community at Wa-Hi; develops and implements activities to build relationships and understanding of all students in the high school community; mentors and provides information to increase the educational and career opportunities of Latino students; and provides opportunities for club members to serve Walla Walla through community service.

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Walla Walla Kiwanis Club and Walla Walla Kiwanis Camp Foundation awarded Service/Merit Scholarships to local youth for the 2009-2010 academic year, said Patty Courson, Scholarship Committee co-chairwoman.

Kiwanis Club $600 scholarships went to Haley Hedine, daughter of Jud and Kim Hedine; Oswaldo Garcia Jr., son of Oswaldo and Melissa Garcia; and Nichole Slack, daughter of Robert and Michele Slack. Kiwanis Camp Foundation $600 scholarships went to Karen Ruiz, daughter of Alfredo and Hortencia Ruiz; and Nylah Holt, daughter of Roy Holt.

Kiwanis International's No. 1 priority is children, Patty said. Walla Walla Kiwanis Club sponsors Key Club at Walla Walla High School. Many Walla Walla Kiwanis Club's activities focus on youths in the community.

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Camp Fire USA's building at 414 S. Park St. will undergo a renovation and modernization because of a $270,000 grant from Sherwood Trust. The council purchased the site in 1962.

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The historic building dates back to the 1800s. It will receive infrastructure updates and a licensed kitchen.

David Leal, Board president, said that "Camp Fire USA is thrilled with the opportunity that is set before us.

The fact that the Sherwood Trust would place their confidence in us by offering us this enormous grant is truly humbling.

And perhaps more importantly, it will give Camp Fire USA Walla Walla Council the ability to do what it has done so well for the last 100 years -- serve the children of our community."

Construction will begin immediately in the first phase of the project which is a sewer connection to Newell Street. Camp Fire USA will raise an additional $32,000 in contributions to complete the grant request.

Karen Wolf, executive director, is delighted for the renovation in its entirety. She is especially excited for the addition of the licensed kitchen so that Camp Fire USA can continue to expand its nutrition program and prepare fresh and healthy foods for the approximately 300 children who they serve annually.

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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