Etcetera - 03/04/10

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Walla Walla Valley Soroptimists awarded three women $100 each for their efforts in bettering their lives and making a difference in their communities.

To honor girls making a difference in their communities and the world through volunteer service, Soroptimists give The Violet Richardson Award.

Teen Elise Pettyjohn received The Violet Richardson Award for volunteer work with women and children living in a domestic violence shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The shelter was desperately short on funds and in danger of closing, so Elise partnered with the nonprofit Emmanuel's Heart International to sell goods made by Guatemalan women at the Sweet Onion Festival in Walla Walla.

Elise raised $1,000 for the shelter. The Soroptimists' $100 award will also go to the shelter.

Runner-up for the Richardson Award was Camille Kammer, who has volunteered at the public library for seven years and assisted with its summer reading project.

The Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women acknowledges women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through personal or professional activities.

The Ruby Award went to Carol Peterson. Carol has been an active community member for more than 30 years, serving on the boards of the YWCA, Camp Fire USA and Walla Walla County Rural Library District. Carol taught music at DeSales High School for 15 years and plays the euphonium in the Community Band.

She started a softball program in DeSales, served as volunteer coach with Robin Greene when WWCC started its women's softball team and volunteer-coached Walla Walla High School girls' softball for nine years.

Also a cancer survivor, Carol uses her experiences and optimism to teach and encourage those fighting the disease.

The Fellowship Award went to Cami Eastep for her effort to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Cami's long-term goal is to use her doctorate to enhance the personal and professional lives of women within organizations and working environments.

A high school dropout at 15, Cami is the 2010 recipient of Exceptional Faculty award from the WWCC Foundation and the 2008 recipient of a scholarship from AAUW. Cami also volunteers to prepare meals at the local Christian Aid Center, serves on advisory boards, and was a mentor in the Big Sister program.

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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