Etcetera - 03/18/10

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Eloise Phillips and Kay Maxfield received Human Rights Awards at the recent Church Women United March celebration at Pioneer Methodist Church. The annual awards come from the national office of Church Women United to local women who have made a change in the lives of those in need in communities nationwide.

Eloise was honored for her work with local organizations dealing with mental illness, including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Walla Walla County Human Services Advisory Board. Eloise is head of the Mental Health Follow-up Implementation Task Force for the Walla Walla Community Council and teaches the annual Family-to-Family classes for families of the mentally ill.

Kay was honored with the Human Rights Award for her years of work with the mentally ill. She has served on the local and state NAMI board and the County Human Services Advisory Board. She was an ombudsmen for the mentally ill and has worked with the mentally ill and developmentally disabled at the Department of Social Health Services. Kay now directs the Rising Sun Clubhouse, a meeting place for the mentally ill.

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Eighth grader Shelby Gordon participated in the Washington state Senate page program in Olympia recently. She was sponsored by Sen. Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla) during the eighth week of the 2010 legislative session.

Through the program, Washington students spend a week working in the Legislature. Pages are responsible for such tasks as running errands and delivering mail.

They spend time in the Senate Chamber and in page school learning about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. Around 20 students between the ages of 14 and 16 participate in the program each week during legislative sessions.

After completing high school, Gordon looks forward to attending New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. She plans to pursue a career in journalism with a focus in editing.

Aside from her studies, Gordon stays active with swim team, skiing, soccer and her church youth group. She also enjoys playing piano and reading literature in her spare time.

Junior high and high school students who are interested in the Senate Page Program may visit www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/.

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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