Etcetera - 09/19/11

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Blue Mountain Chapter 258 Pheasants Forever is holding its third annual youth hunt Saturday and Sunday.Organizer Jim Sonne said 150 birds have been planted for the two-day hunt. Open to young people ages 10 to 15, a license and hunter-safety course is required to participate. A free lunch and trap shoot will follow the hunt on Sept. 25 at the Walla Walla Gun Club out Middle Waitsburg Road. To sign up and for more information, call Gene Weinmaster at 529-4692 or Jim at 525-3550.

Khaila McKinzy, a Walla Walla High School freshman and honor student, has been searching for her academic soul.

In January, Khaila raised funds to cover the National Young Leaders State Conference tuition of $1,190. She and fellow young leaders convened in Bellevue, Wash., on May 19-22.

Khaila was nominated based on academic achievement and leadership potential.

"This conference was the opportunity of a lifetime and I'm so lucky that I got to experience it," she said in a letter.

Khaila is grateful for assistance she received from local businesses that donated items for her to use in her raffles. "Without you, I would not have been able to make the money to go to this conference."

Altogether, the raffles brought in $1,200. Both Walmart and a local gun show allowed Khaila to sell her raffle tickets, which helped tremendously.

She is the daughter of Dorsey McKinzy of Walla Walla.

He said at the time that the conference "experience could change her whole life and give her a better future. She's 15 and the conference could make her look for higher achievements in her life. The people she'll listen to and meet at the conference can make a difference. We are working to give her the opportunities and make her a viable person in society."

Khaila also was assisted in fundraising by friends, her dad and his wife Catherine McKinzy, and Khaila's maternal grandparents and her mom, Kim Thomas of Seattle.

Khaila is a member of Grace Ministries youth group and was a dancer in Walla Walla Community College Foundation's summer musical, "Footloose," in 2010 at the Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater.

Perhaps you've motored by the Camp Fire USA office at 414 S. Park St., and watched with interest as it received a handsome face lift and internal overhaul. The office will host a public ribbon-cutting and open house from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and visitors will be able to check out the new facility. Camp Fire offers a variety of activities for children and families, such as the after-school camp and Summer in the Park program.

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

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