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 email@example.com or 529-0411.