Etcetera - 5/31/13

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The Walla Walla YMCA credits the “tireless and passionate work of volunteer campaigners and generous contributions of the Walla Walla Valley residents” for its successful Annual Youth Sustaining Campaign that raised close to $155,000.

Proceeds help the Y continue to create a stronger community.

Don Linke and Jeremy Gilpin led the effort. Donations came through campaigns with the staff, board and community, according to a release.

Division leaders for the community campaign included Peter Allen and Russ Colombo, Baker Boyer Bank; Sandy Madsen, Walla Walla Community College; and Dave Harwood, Lloyds Insurance, who led the division by raising more than $25,000.

And 60-plus volunteers campaigned during the Annual Youth Sustaining Campaign, “which will enable hundreds of children and teens to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school, reconnect and grow together and have access to education and training to reach their full potential.”

The Y not only facilitates fitness, it also fosters personal and social change through a daily commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“The Y believes that when people have a place where they feel welcome, have someone to encourage them, and have opportunities to participate in activities that interest them, they are more likely to identify and achieve the personal goals.”


Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange team from Croatia arrived in Oregon in early May and mid-month came to Milton-Freewater after the District Conference in Portland, said Milton-Freewater Rotary Club reporter Robby Robbins in a release.

The team took a jet boat trip up Hells Canyon on the Snake River, toured the Walla Walla Community College viticulture facility and vineyards in the Milton-Freewater area.

The team leader is involved in the Zagreb Rotary Club, which gives scholarships to students each year. They expect Coatia to join the European Union on July 1.

Two other members are enologists who work at vineyards in central and northeastern Croatia, a wine region for centuries.

To supplement the nation’s agriculture and wine industries, Croatia has developed its tourist industry.

The nation is located on the northeastern part of the Adriatic Sea with a long coasline and many islands, white-sand beaches and low mountains. It’s at the same latitude as Portland and about the size of West Virginia in square miles with a population of 4,400 million.

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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