Sunrise Rotary hears from humane society, exchange student

Sunrise Rotary Club President Mike McClure and Rotary exchange student Bianca Mizobe exchange Rotary flags.

Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary had a special guest on Dec. 21.

Bill Erickson of Walla Walla Noon Rotary introduced Bianca Mizobe, a youth exchange student sponsored by Noon Rotary.

Bianca is from Álvares Machado, Brazil and a junior this academic year at College Place High School. She plays basketball on the JV team and is active in Walla Walla High School Latino Club. She has attended Rotary youth exchange events in Canada and Lake Coeur d’Alene, several Washington State University football games and a Seahawks game in Seattle.

She finished her first term of high school in America with a grade-point average of 3.95 out of 4.0.

The club also heard from Sara Archer, executive director of the Blue Mountain Humane Society.

BMHS recently built a large storage facility on the property and leased neighboring for a dog exercise area.

They want to build an addition on the existing building for office space, surgical rooms and more private interaction with potential adopters, Sara said.

She said since opening at their current site, the number of animals euthanized has declined from 65 percent to less than 5 percent each year primarily because of their program of neutering feral cats in the community. BMHS is fundraising right now for the new addition and Sara said they have reached 62 percent of the $1 million goal.

For additional information, contact Sara at 529-5188 or online see bluemountainhumane.org.

Sunrise Rotary meets Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. for breakfast and community interest programs at St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St. Contact Mike at mmcclure777@gmail.com or 529-0411.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,