Junior Club of Walla Walla wrapped up another superlative service year at its recent year-end banquet. Its 41 members logged 5,931 hours in service to community and nonprofit organizations in the Walla Walla Valley. That’s $131,312.34 in economic impact to these groups, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that values volunteer time at $22.14 an hour.
Junior Club fundraisers over the year made enough to grant awards to five local nonprofit organizations and increase its academic scholarships from two to three $2,000 awards this year.
The Club awarded $600 to Walla Walla Community Hospice, its main nonprofit beneficiary for the year. It also made grants of $100 each to Books for Babes, Blue Mountain Humane Society, the YWCA and Campfire.
Scholarship recipients were Stefanie Johnson, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work at Walla Walla University; Michele Reyes, who is currently attending Walla Walla Community College’s nursing program; and Katrina Hanson-Potter, a first-year nursing student at WWCC.
Junior Club also welcomed new members for the coming 2013-14 service year: Bertha Clayton, Tovah Fazzari, Stevie Johnson, Kim McDaniels, Nikki Raver, Amanda Sanning, Maddie Shero, Jeanette Wilson and Maggie Yant.
Members commit to volunteering a minimum of 60 hours a year for five years and assist with events like the Festival of Mini-Trees auction and the spring Bunco fundraiser.
Officers for the coming year are Carol Allen, president; Sara Wutzke, first vice president; Jovanna Centre, second vice president; Stephanie Angotti, treasurer; and Jennifer Mallo, secretary.
Andrew Zahl was recently elected to be one of six Washington State FFA officers for the next year. The new Walla Walla High School graduate is the son of Kathryn Zahl.
FFA is one of the largest youth organization in the country. Andrew was selected after filing applications, undergoing two days of interviews and then giving a speech to 3,000 people in Beasley Coliseum at WSU at the Washington State FFA annual convention the weekend of May 10.
He will travel about 260 days next year to represent agricultural education, and will defer his admission to Oklahoma State University until Fall 2014
Nicholas Holce graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law on May 11. While there he was on the Gonzaga Law Review staff and was an articles editor for the Gonzaga Journal of International Law.
Nicholas did his summer internships with Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann and with the Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. He tests for Washington State Bar Association membership at the end of July. Nicholas plans to live and work in Walla Walla.
Mathew Zimmerman, son of Don and Sue Zimmerman of Walla Walla, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association to pursue his degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State University.
Mathew has been named the Don Billings Memorial Irrigation Leadership Scholarship winner. The money for his scholarship was donated by Rain For Rent.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the IIEA has awarded $18,000 in scholarships to 29 students.
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