-- Brian Dohe of Whitman College recently was elected president of the Exchange Club of Walla Walla. Newly elected officers and directors include Chris Drake, president-elect; Tracy Shrouf, vice president, programs; Carolyn Keyes, secretary; Scott Adams, treasurer; Christopher Bess, immediate past-president; Megan Watts, club member activities; Tina Bradbury, youth activities; Michelle Goodwin, American citizenship; Mark Higgins, public/member relations; Denise Mann, child abuse prevention; Kim McDaniels, community activities/finance; Ed George, club liaison for awards, meeting set-up; Rich Eagon, club newsletter editor. Tera Davis is rookie of the year. Chris Drake is Exchangite of the Year. Exchange Club is a service organization Its national focus is preventing child abuse. Learn more at wwexchangeclub.org.
-- Ray Skwarek, a senior manager for Washington River Protection Solutions, has been elected to the board of directors of the Energy Facility Contractors Group, a self-directed group of U.S. Department of Energy contractors. Skwarek manages the One System Integrated Project Team. Skwarek has more than 35 years' experience working in the commercial nuclear power industry and at DOE nuclear sites in engineering and management positions responsible for safety analyses and testing programs.
-- Kris Colosi has been named president of the board of directors for The ARC of Tri-Cities for 2012-13. Other officers are Pam Thurman, vice president; Tom Taylor, treasurer; and Dianne Evans, secretary. New board members for 2012-13 are Dianne Evans, Cynthia Haley, Johnathan Hicks, Jerry Johnson, Marianne Oliver and Jeanie Welch.
-- New officers for the Tri-Cities Exchange Club for 2012-13 are Michael F. Henry of Michael Henry Counseling, president; JoDee Garretson, director of Support Advocacy & Resource Center, president elect; Ron Foraker, Tri-Cities Airport director, secretary; Judi A. Clark of Chicago Title, treasurer; and Vic VanderSchoor, Superior Court judge, and Ali Dockstader, Desert Realty, directors. The club recently won the Community Impact Award at the district convention held in Pendleton, for its work with the Support, Advocacy and Resource Center in Kennewick. The Exchange Club's main project is the prevention of child abuse.
-- Sheri Crowe is the new president of the Rattlesnake Mountain Section of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering for 2012-13. Other officers are Vice President Ron Clendenon, Secretary Corey DeLoye and Treasurer Bill Lambert. New board members are Gregg Andrews and Jim Ferry. Robert Chmura and Robert Haskell will serve their second year as board members. Owen Kramers is past president.
-- Josh Peterson and Dan Thesman, reporters for KAPP/KVEW-TV, took second and third in the photojournalism category in the regional Society of Professional Journalists competition for stories broadcast in 2011. Peterson took second for a story titled "Stunt Plane Show." Thesman was third for a story titled "Local Troops Deploy to Afghani-stan." They were competing against reporters working for television stations in Seattle, Spokane and Portland.
-- Dr. Robert Perkes, a chiropractor practicing in Pasco and West Richland, recently was honored by the Washington State Chiropractic Association with the Special Service Award. He was presented with the award at the WSCA Spring Conference at Suncadia Resort near Roslyn. The award recognizes Perkes for his service to advance the WSCA's legislative efforts and the chiropractic profession in Washington.
-- Josh Bruggeman, an American Family Insurance agent in Richland, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. Bruggeman has been an agent for American Family since January 2009. His office is at 1060 Jadwin Ave., Richland.
WSU Extension offers free online ag services
Washington State University Extension has launched a section of its website for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural industry professionals at extension.wsu.edu/irrigatedag.
The Irrigated Agriculture Information Service is designed to provide users with free, timely agriculture information. Users can choose any combination of more than 35 topic areas, from apples and cattle production to drip irrigation and wine grape growing. Alerts and other information based on specific user preferences are sent by email.
This new system replaces a print-based information-delivery system. This saves money and allows delivery of specific information to specific audiences.
For more information about this free service from WSU Extension, contact Andrew McGuire, WSU Extension Educator, at 509-754-2011 ext. 413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walla Walla forum to look at wind industry
A community forum on the future of the wind industry in Southeast Washington will begin at 8 a.m. Monday in the Walla Walla Regional Airport's community meeting room.
Registration is not required, and there is no charge to attend. A continental breakfast will be provided.
The forum will give business owners and community leaders a chance to learn about opportunities associated with the region's wind energy supply chain from construction through operations.
The event is sponsored by USDA Rural Development, the Port of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Community College, the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association and Northwest SEED.
More information is available at www.nwseed.org/ bowie.asp
Tri-City Chamber event features Gesa services
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce's Thursday Business After Hours will highlight the services available at Gesa Credit Union.
The free event is 4 to 6 p.m. at 51 Gage Blvd., Richland.
A tent will be set up in the side parking lot with the BlueZette Music Trio providing live music. Appetizers and beverages will be served.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing gives $100,000 to charity
Mr. Rooter Plumbing, which has a shop in the Tri-Cities, has committed $100,000 nationally to Ronald McDonald House Charities, officials said.
Mr. Rooter also provides donations of plumbing and drain cleaning services, labor and supplies to the charity.
"The best way to give back is to help someone in need," said Dan King of Mr. Rootor Plumbing of Tri-Cities. "And it seems like everyone you know knows someone who has stayed at a Ronald McDonald House."
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides homes where families with sick children can stay while their children are getting care.