Etcetera - 03/03/10

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Paula Nichols, a second-grade teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary School, is receiving the Golden Gift Scholarship Award from Delta Kappa Gamma. The award will cover her attendance at a two-week leadership and management seminar in Austin, Texas, this summer.

She was one of just 30 women selected for the all expenses-paid award. Paula competed against women from all DKG chapters in 17 countries. The award application process included stating her role in the Delta Kappa Gamma society, her community involvement record and a description of how she would use her improved leadership skills. She also needed recommendations from her principal and the president of her previous Delta Kappa Gamma group.

"The seminar is conducted by experts in the field of leadership and management," Paula said in a statement. "It is a very intense two-week seminar."

She is a member of the recently formed local Walla Walla chapter, Alpha Gamma. This chapter was organized last summer and met for the first time in October. Currently there are 17 members in the Walla Walla chapter. Paula hopes the group will increase to 35 members.

Alpha Gamma meets on the second Tuesday of each month for dinner at a local restaurant. Members are from Touchet, Prescott, and Waitsburg, and they would welcome members from Dayton and College Place.

"Each month we plan a program that is beneficial and entertaining to educators. We want to be able to give a scholarship to a high school senior in the valley who is interested in going into the field of education."

Established in 1929, Delta Kappa Gamma is a women's group that provides members with valuable professional and personal growth opportunities, including leadership development. Learn more at www.deltakappagamma.net.

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Walla Walla's recent Julia Child Boeuf Bourguignon Cookoff raised $800 for cancer patients, according to Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Trevor Dorland won with his recipe. The event honored chef Julia Child, who died in 2004.

The funds will aid cancer patients at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

The Feb. 5 event at Someone's in the Kitchen was sponsored by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Seventeen people entered the contest, overseen by 100-plus spectators. The proceeds went into St. Mary's Special Needs Fund, which pays for various expenses that medical insurances usually don't cover, such as gas for patients to travel to treatment, lodging, food, wigs for patients who lose their hair and items for symptom control.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.


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