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SNOQUALMIE — About 100 people gathered at the fourth

annual Snoqualmie Valley Community Network's Rise and Shine

Breakfast to salute the many volunteers who "rise to the occasion and make

the Valley shine."

"What they contribute to building a healthy future is vitally important

in building a stronger community for all of us," said Ellen Kropp,

coordinator for the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, of the volunteers' efforts.

Each year the network's Building a Stronger Sense of Community

Team organizes the event and asks for nominations for outstanding

volunteers. This year the group recognized 14 winners, two organizations and

six honorable mentions for their support of Valley activities.

The breakfast was not only a time to thank those people, but it was

also a time to inform local lawmakers about the various needs in the

community, Kropp said.

"It strengthens the ties with the community leaders because we

need their support," she said. "It's

become a tradition for them to attend this event so we can make them aware of

what our purpose is."

Keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Brad Owen confirmed that it was

essential for groups to work together for the good of the community.

"If we all collaborate and read from the same sheet of music,

the music comes out in harmony," he said.

The following volunteers were honored:

Anne Melgaard and Nancy Huestis helped immigrants learn

English through the Eastside Literacy Council. They also taught the

people skills that would help them adjust to the American culture. The

twosome has tutored more than 20 non-English speakers this year at the North

Bend Library.

Jonathan Liu, Michelle Liu and Mark Wirkus

helped with the Friends of Youth's newly formed Teen

Job Bank. Jonathan Liu and Wirkus worked many hours to create the

job bank's database, while Michelle Liu prepared all the necessary forms

and information pamphlets to get the program started.

Karen Wallin, who recently retired as a volunteer coordinator for

the Seattle Public Library, helped organize the volunteer efforts at the

Children's Services of Sno-Valley Duvall Family Center. She also taught the

staff how to run a successful volunteer program and assisted in the search for

a volunteer coordinator.

Lisa Burnham is a parent volunteer at the Children's Services of

Sno-Valley Duvall Family Center. She recently moved to the Snoqualmie

Valley and has already helped organize a book fair, facilitated

contributions from a local women's club, organized a major work and cleanup party

and is a member of the Parent Council.

Jeanne Dawkins also volunteers her time with the Children's

Services of Sno-Valley Duvall Family Center. She is a member on the Parent

Council and was the force behind the new exercise group and the popular

book club. Dawkins also volunteers her time at all the special Children's

Services events, teaches a bread-baking workshop and assists with the center's

day camp.

Sue Tonkin was originally hired as a teacher's assistant at

Children's Services of Sno-Valley in North Bend. But for the last nine months, she

has not turned in a time sheet or collected any wages. Tonkin also drives a

child to and from the Monday Motor Language Group.

Tom Stokes handles the landscaping, painting and maintenance

needs of Children's Services of Sno-Valley in North Bend. Stokes also led

last year's volunteers who helped with the Days of Caring event.

Tove Burhen has been a member of the United Snoqualmie

Valley Scholarship Foundation since 1990. She has served as the co-president

and is currently the chief publicist. Burhen has donated money and

procured scholarship donations to help students in the Valley with their goals of

receiving a higher education. So far, scholarships from the foundation

exceed $27,000 for students in Snoqualmie Valley.

Ruby Wilkie, also known as "Nana" to the children of Cherry

Valley Elementary, has helped for the past six years in her granddaughter's

class and other classes, as well. She also teaches children from Mexico how

to speak English and helps the school's teachers learn Spanish.

Lee and Jennifer Alexander have worked tirelessly for the past 10

years as the chairmen for the Fall City Days celebration. Proceeds from the

annual event benefit various youth programs in the Valley.

The members of the Tolt Congregational

Church have supported and strengthened their community

in many ways. They host an annual pancake breakfast at the Carnation

Fourth of July festival, provide meeting and activity space for community

groups and help people in need through its Good Neighbor Fund.

Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live Board has been bringing

affordable culture to the Valley for the past

seven years. Board members Gloria McNeely, Fred Lawrence,

Robert Nein, Harley Brumbaugh, Sharon Larson, David McKibben, Iris

O'Neal, Gerald Rene, Ken Frost, John Tubbs, George Cook, Adele Strom,

Jeanne Hansen and Doris Reynolds were honored for their efforts.

The network also awarded six honorable mention certificates to

Cherry Valley Elementary teacher Donna Calapp; Carnation Elementary

PTSA President Chuck Johnson; Steve and Paige Denison, volunteers with

the Duvall Civic Club; and Duvall Domino's Pizza owner Norman

Herbert.

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