Etcetera - 05/30/12

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Thirty-two Junior Club of Walla Walla members gave 3,565 hours in service to non-profit organizations in the Walla Walla Valley and celebrated with a year-end banquet May 3 at the Walla Walla Country Club.

The service hours are valued at $77,681.35, according to the Independent Sector, which said volunteer time is worth $21.79 an hour, said member Karri Bruce.

Through fundraising efforts, Junior Club increased grant awards to non-profit organizations here and increased the size of its academic scholarships.

An award of $1,000 went to Books for Babes, the club's lead core project. Grants of $350 each went to Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, YWCA and Walla Walla Community Hospice.

Academic scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to Bertha Clayton, who is pursuing a law degree at the University of Idaho, and Dona Dunovant, for a nursing degree through Walla Walla Community College.

Officers for the coming year are Emma Kubrock, president; Carol Allen, first vice president; Alison Bruggeman, second vice president; Gwen Davis, treasurer; and Heidi Buratto, secretary.

Jose Mendonca, a Rotary youth exchange student from Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, who is being sponsored by Milton-Freewater Rotary Club, reported to the group that he will participate in Junior Show and show a sheep. "He is enjoying his year in Milton-Freewater and will go on a family vacation trip into Southern California after school is out for the summer," reported Rotarian Robby Robbins.

In addition, the club's exchange student in Brazil, Carol Trevino, has joined her third host family. Her stay in the South American country ends in mid-July.

During their club's luncheon, Derald and Dianne Haney spoke about their trip to Bolivia, where they performed village health care training with a team and provided prescription eyeglasses.

The 14-member Second Hope Ministries International team included two language translators, two physicians, an optician and seven volunteers armed with an autorefractor eye-exam machine, 2,000 pairs of prescription glasses and reading and sunglasses.

The vision team examined about 1,000 people and gave away 750 pairs of glasses, many of which were donated by people in the Walla Walla Valley. Those who received glasses were thrilled to be able to read and see again, the Haneys said.

The village health care medical team trained 15 students in basic health care including hydrotherapy, massage, CPR, first aid, suturing and many other topics.

They in turn will do health training in local villages.

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