Neighbor's Digest

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2004

UAS Sitka offers course on rules

Clarence Bolden, a certified mediator in Anchorage, in cooperation with University of Alaska Southeast's Community Education and Professional Development will present a course on "Robert's Rules of Order: Parliamentary Procedure" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 4, at the Sitka campus.

The class will cover a combination of lecture and practice. It will cost $89. For more information and registration, call 1-800-478-6653.

Applications available for scholarships

The Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for the Academic Year 2004-2005.

Visit the institute's Web site at for an application, or call Sealaska Heritage Institute Scholarship Program at (907) 586-9165 or toll free (888) 311-4992, to request an application. Application deadline is March 1, 2004.

Students raise money for patients

Students at Gastineau School are participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Pennies for Patients Program, which raises funds to be used for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma research and patient services.

School administrators across the country have found the program to be valuable, helping to teach the significance of service learning.

Pennies for Patients is one of the Society's National School and Youth Programs. This year, pop singer Mandy Moore will be serving as the 2004 National School and Youth Honorary Chairperson. Moore is a past participant of the Pennies Program and will demonstrate her commitment to the Society and its School and Youth campaign by visiting the top fund-raising school in the country.

The Gastineau Pennies for Patients Program will run for a three-week period from March 1-19. Since 1993, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students nationwide for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Washington-Alaska Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be the beneficiary of funds raised. The chapter serves over 500 patients in Washington and Alaska, offering support groups, educational seminars and money for treatment-related expenses.

Gastineau School would like to invite any local businesses to match its fund-raising effort. For more information on the Gastineau Pennies for Patients Program contact, Janet Capito at 463-1999.

Daffodils to be distributed in March

Daffodil Days, an annual fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, is again coming to Juneau. Money raised from this event will be used for cancer research, educational programs, advocacy activities and services for cancer patients and their families.

The Daffodil Days Committee plans to pre-sell flowers from March 1-12. The bouquets will be brought to Juneau and distributed on March 17. More than 50 local volunteers will work to deliver orders of 10 bunches or more, and smaller orders will be available for pick-up at the Goldbelt Building downtown or at Susan's Hallmark in the Nugget Mall.

"As the first flower of spring, the daffodil symbolizes life and hope," said Donna Sheridan, a long-time volunteer. "We've had tremendous success in the past from business and industry and from the wonderful community of Juneau as a whole. I think the reason is simple; there is virtually no one whose life is not touched by cancer in some way. Besides, they're just beautiful and fun, whether you're getting or giving them," she said.

The flowers sell for $6 per bundle of 10 with more than $4 going directly to fund program services.

To volunteer, please call Donna Sheridan at BP Exploration's Juneau office at 463-5242. She will also take flower orders and/or accept direct contributions.

CGWA's scholarship available

Applications for the Coast Guard Women's Association of Juneau Scholarship are available online at and at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Eligible scholarship recipients include dependent spouses and children of active duty, retired, reserve or deceased military personnel residing in Juneau. All applications must be returned via United States Postal Service and postmarked by March 31. To ensure fairness in meeting the application deadline, no hand deliveries or e-mail will be accepted.

For more information, call Diane Boyd at 790-2790.

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