February 14, 2012
Renee Chaffin serves as Senate page
Renee Chaffin, a sophomore at Skyline High School in Sammamish, recently participated in the Senate Page Program during the third week of the 2012 session. Chaffin was sponsored by Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-Maple Valley).
The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to get firsthand experience working in the Legislature. Pages get a variety of experiences in their weeklong stay in Olympia, including running errands, delivering mail and paging in the Senate Chamber. Pages are also taught about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process.
Chaffin was one of 17 students chosen to participate last week.
“Renee was a delight this week,” Pflug said. “I am grateful for her passion, and it was exciting to see her passion for government.”
“The Capitol is really fun to explore,” Chaffin said. “On Monday, I had the chance to see the rallies, and it made me want to get involved with something I feel strongly about.”
Chaffin, the daughter of Bill and Holly Chaffin, is involved in her school’s honor and novel societies, as well as the French club. She participates in karate and snow skiing. She has decided to keep her prospects for the future open with plans on becoming an artist or a lawyer.
Learn more about the junior high/middle school and high school students’ Senate Page Program at www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram.
Issaquah AAA office collects more than 2,400 toiletry items for charity program
AAA’s Soap for Hope donation drive recently collected and distributed a record 105,079 bars of soap and other toiletry items for charitable organizations throughout Washington state and northern Idaho.
This represents a 68 percent increase compared to last year’s collection of 62,712 items. The Issaquah AAA office alone collected more than 2,400 toiletry items. All items collected at the Issaquah office were donated locally to the Eastside Domestic Violence Program.
“The success of Soap for Hope is due in large part to the efforts of our members and community partners, which have done an amazing job supporting this event,” said Karen Freundlich, manager of AAA’s office in Issaquah. “We are so pleased to have their support every year. We simply could not do this without them.”
Local student earn honors at Evergreen Beauty College
Sarah Burke, of Issaquah, earned a second place in esthetics in the Nuts and Bolts International Business Student of the Year Awards at Evergreen College in Bellevue.
Burke received a $1,200 prize package, including a $500 cash prize and $600 in gift bags.
Relay for Life selected as charity of the quarter
Issaquah Trophy & Awards has selected Relay For Life to benefit from its Awards for a Cause Program for the first quarter of 2012.
For the quarter, a portion of the sales of specific trophies and awards will be donated to Relay for Life.
“We are in the business of recognition, and through this program we recognize organizations that help our communities,” said Jeff Anderson, Issaquah Trophy & Awards president.
Funds donated in the first quarter of 2012 will benefit the American Cancer Society. See the trophies and awards that will benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society at www.trophies2go.com/charities.
Issaquah resident helps Eastside Nia raise $720 for Cancer Lifeline
Stephanie Rostad, of Issaquah, was one of the many instructors with Eastside Nia who helped raise $720 for Cancer Lifeline in a Dec. 31, 90-minute special movement fitness class.