Marvin Waschke named new county library trustee

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 24, 2013 

Marvin Waschke, a newly retired manager and software architect at CA Technologies, has been appointed to the Whatcom County Library System board of trustees, according to a press release.

He said on his application: "I've always been a library enthusiast. Now that I am retired, I want to help!"

The press release continued:

"A native of Whatcom County, Waschke lives on Waschke Road. He has two grown children and three grandchildren. Waschke is not a stranger to libraries, having gotten his first library card in 1955. His experience extends to working in academic libraries, including Western Washington University's library.:

Christine Perkins, library executive director, says she is excited to welcome Waschke to the library board. "So much of what libraries do today is use technology to connect people to information and ideas in new ways. His experience will be a real asset to our board."

Waschke joins a five-member volunteer board of trustees appointed by the Whatcom County executive. The board is responsible for budget oversight and setting library policy.

SQUALICUM GRAD HONORED

A nice story from the Whatcom Community Foundation:

"Last February, while Hannah Truong was finishing her senior year at Squalicum High School, she applied for local scholarships through the Whatcom Community Foundation's Bellingham Dollars for Scholars program.

"Hannah was one of 83 graduating seniors from Whatcom County high schools to receive a scholarship. The online application process also gave Hannah access to national scholarships. One of those awards was the community Volunteer Service Award scholarship. Hannah was one of only 24 students across the country to receive this award; an impressive achievement on its own.

"Hannah received an additional honor when Scholarship America (the national organization for Dollars for Scholars programs) announced that Hannah Truong was selected as the 2013 Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars National Student Volunteer of the Year. This is a prestigious renewable scholarship award to assist her in financing her education. Hannah is attending Yale University."

Mauri Ingram, CEO of Whatcom Community Foundation, said "Hannah is the first in her family to attend college. And, despite the demands of her studies and all the adjustments of being on her own thousands of miles from home and family, she is already immersed in volunteering. She is serving as an elected student government representative as well as doing outreach work serving people experiencing homelessness in New Haven. She is impressive by any standard.

"Hannah's local scholarship was made possible by the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation (for Best Overall Student)," Mauri said, adding, "Hannah embodies the Rotary motto, 'Service above self.' We all feel like we've made an investment in this incredible young woman."

OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL HONORED

The Opportunity Council was honored as a Friend of Housing by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in October for its role in the creation of the Bellingham Home Fund.

"As the nomination for this exceptional agency said, the Opportunity Council truly changed the conversation on homelessness from hopelessness to action," Karen Miller, chair of the commission, said in a press release.

The home fund allows a property tax levy that will raise $21 million for local housing during the next seven years.

Greg Winter, director of the Whatcom Homeless Service Center and co-chair of the Bellingham Home Fund Campaign, accepted the award for the organization.

ALLSTATE FIGHTS DOMESTIC ABUSE

Scott Richardson of Bellingham was one of 130 Allstate agency owners nationwide to receive a Purple Purse as part of the Allstate Foundation's work to stop domestic violence, according to a press release.

The Purple Purse, the foundation's symbol for domestic violence, program asks people to pass along the purse to begin conversations about domestic abuse. Each time a purple purse was passed and registered online at PurplePurse.com, $5 was donated to YWCA.

Scott chose to pass his purse to Bellingham YWCA board member Mary Harrington at the Bellingham Connections Business Club, where Scott is a long-term member and president.

STORE REPORTS DONATIONS

Launching Success Learning Store reports $6,150 in donations to 56 schools and nonprofits that help children this year. Here's the press release:

"Product donations were focused on organizations whose works have a very direct impact on needy children such as Agape House with Lighthouse Mission Ministries. The store is a business partner and supporter of The Firs campground and, therefore, also provided a large percentage of its donations and gifts to that organization.

"In addition to the many auction baskets sent to fundraisers, Launching Success helps Parent Teacher organizations and private schools throughout Whatcom County with fundraisers of Parent Shopping Days, scrip gift cards and Summer Bridge activity books for families to use with children over the summer. During the holidays the store allocated space for Blue Skies for Children and provided a gift wrapping drive for the Christian Hope Center in Lynden."

"We are so very grateful to be a part of such an involved and supportive community, we try our best to give back to as many deserving organizations and schools as possible," said store co-owner Jen Zimmermann. "We want to thank each and every one of those hardworking people striving to make a difference."

WECU DONATES TO CHARITIES

Whatcom Educational Credit Union's Social Responsibility Committee made $20,044 in donations in November 2013 to these organizations: $2,500, Interfaith Coalition; $2,220, Animals as Natural Therapy; $2,000, WeSNIP; $1,517, Bellingham/Blaine/Lynden/Nooksack Valley food banks; $1,500, NW Association for the Education of Young Children; $1,277, Assistance League of Bellingham; $1,000, ARC of Whatcom County, Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale, Kulshan Community Land Trust, Whatcom Hospice, and Arthritis Foundation for the Jingle Bell Run; $750, Blue Skies for Children, and The Neighborhood Playhouse; $650, Whatcom Events for Muds to Suds, benefitting Boys & Girls Club; $500, ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, and Bellingham Bay Marathon; $350, Mt. Baker Imaging for Breast Cancer Awareness event; and $300, Feed the Need Community Food Drive.

Requests for monetary donations must be made through an application process by Feb. 6, 2014. Go online to wecu.com for information or contact Maya Hartford at maya.hartford@wecu.com.

PICKETT HOUSE RESTORATION CONTINUES

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom Chapter No. 5, continues its efforts to renovate the historic Pickett House. Here's their press release about their effort:

"The Pickett House was built in 1856 for U. S. Army Captain George E. Pickett, who later became a general in the American Civil War. The home on the National Register of Historic Places was in need of repair and renovation.

"Edradine Hovde, president of Whatcom Chapter No. 5, said that she 'was thrilled with the progress that has been made thus far on the renovation of the Pickett House. Three windows have been reconstructed by Price and Visser of Bellingham, using the original glass. After the glaze has cured, the windows will be painted and installed. The railing for the stairs is currently being constructed.'

"The Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom Chapter No. 5 was awarded a grant by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in the amount of $2,000 on May 14, 2013. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the DAR Chief Whatcom Chapter, located in Bellingham.

"'We appreciate the support of the DAR in helping us to achieve our goal of preserving this historical home. Upon completion of the renovation project, our visitors will be able to continue to experience this frontier home. The repairs were essential to keep this home from being destroyed by the rain and weather,' said Hovde."

TIDBITS

Jocelyn Gonzalez and Becca Deshais of Bellingham and Kayla Solari of Ferndale have won the Wohelo Award, top Camp Fire award for teens in grades nine through 12. Wohelo stands for work, health, and love, values that are central to Camp Fire, according to a press release from Erin Baldwin, executive director of Camp Fire Samish.

... The Bellingham-base Slum Doctor Programme recently raised more that $4,000 at a fundraising dinner for its Girl Child Education and HIV/AIDS testing in Namatala, a slum in Uganda, according to its newsletter.

... Norine Amend, president of the Friends of the Ferndale Library, was honored with the Outstanding Friends Service Award by the Whatcom County Library System at the All Friends Gathering Nov. 2. The award for outstanding service recognized Norine's more than 700 hours of service supporting the Ferndale branch and the new Ferndale library project.

Reach JULIE SHIRLEY at julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2261.

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