Walla Walla banker to meet with US Treasury's Geithner

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Baker Boyer Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Megan Clubb was one of about a dozen community bankers scheduled to meet today with U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

Geithner, who is one of the nation's chief leaders in allocating economic stimulus funds through the country's financial crisis, was expected to discuss community banking with Clubb and the other guests at the table. Clubb was invited to meet with Geithner by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The Walla Walla banker has been involved in numerous discussions and boards focused on economic recovery. She serves on a regional subboard of the Federal Reserve and was part of a team organized last year by Gregoire to meet with several of President Obama's administrators on Washington's economy.

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More than just bragging rights will be on the line during the onion-eating contest during this year's Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival.

A slice of local pride could be at stake.

"Food adventurer" Bob Blumer, host of Food Network staple "Glutton for Punishment," is expected to participate in this year's onion-eating contest and go head-to-head against Walla Walla Sweet Onion eaters in their own backyard.

Blumer is in production of his fifth season of "Glutton for Punishment," scheduled to air early 2011 on Food Network Canada.

According to information forwarded from his Vancouver, B.C.,-based production manager, Lauren Grant, Blumer plans to face his biggest food challenge yet: an attempt to break six Guinness world records.

"From making the world's largest bowl of salsa, to cracking over 1,800 eggs in one hour, to peeling more than 200 pounds of raw onions, Bob will push his speed, strength and determination to the limit," the fact sheet explained.

During the last season of the show, Blumer participated in a coconut husking competition in Hawaii, a gumbo cookoff in Louisiana, a goat-milking competition in Pennsylvania and a nettle-eating competition in the United Kingdom, among many other things.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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