Rotary’s Rotaplast provides surgeries for cleft lips, palates


Rotaplast, a program Rotary International sponsors sends volunteers into third world countries to educate families and communities about clefts of the lip and palate and provides free operations and therapeutic follow-up.

Former Walla Wallan Lisa Teske, a Rotarian from the Tri-Cities, spoke to Sunrise Rotary Club members on Jan. 23 about her two Rotaplast missions.

Although cleft lips and palates are common birth defects, there are areas of the world where treatment is uncommon. Untreated, the children are ridiculed, rejected from society and often deprived of an education, Lisa said.

The children are prone to serious upper respiratory problems, hearing loss, speech and dental problems. One 35-year-old patient saved up for eight years to afford the trip to Karaikal, India, on the chance that he might be treated. He was extremely grateful for the chance for an improved life.

Lisa first went to Cebu, Philippines, in 2011 and then Karaikal in 2012. Rotarian John McKern noted in his report of the meeting that Lisa was one of eight non-medical Rotary volunteers on the teams.

Her PowerPoint presentation featured patients before and after their surgery from the India trip. Some of the patients are so deformed they may need as many as 10 operations, others have their lives transformed to normal with one operation.

Sunrise Rotary is a monetary sponsor of Rotaplast. The non-profit, humanitarian Rotaplast International was founded in 1992 as a world community service project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco by Dr. Angelo Capozzi and Peter Lagarias.

Rotaplast strives to change lives through reconstructive surgery and thus far has performed 15,000 surgeries in countries around the world. For more information online see

Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays for breakfast and community interest programs at St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St. For more information contact President Hank Worden at or 525-0838, or online see .

Walla Walla Community Hospice’s Evening of Elegance/A starlight Saturday night benefit will be 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. Reservations with payment are due by Tuesday.

Wine, hors d’oeuvres, elegant dining and live and silent auctions are part of the event.

The full auction catalog can be previewed online at beginning Wednesday. Updates will be posted at facebook/wallawallahospice.

Admission is $95 per person. Full tables accommodate groups of 10. Contact hospice at 525-5561 or email for more details or to make reservations.

The nonprofit organization provides quality hospice care to adults and children facing a limited life expectancy.

No patient is ever denied hospice services for financial reasons, said Laurie Klicker, marketing coordinator. Support from the community through donations and fundraisers help defray expenses. Find WWCH at and facebook/wallawallahospice.

Walla Walla Area Crime Watch hosted a volunteer recognition reception Jan. 15. McGruff the Crime Dog greeted guests when they entered the Walla Walla Police Department’s Chuck Fulton Community Room, according to a release from Vicki Ruley and Tim Bennett. More than 60 people enjoyed a full sheet cake donated by Super 1.

Walla Walla Area Crime Watch President Jeffrey Buttice presented coffee mugs with the Crime Watch logo to stand out volunteers:

Vicki, who’s Crime Prevention coordinator/Crime Victim advocate for the Walla Walla Police Department, introduced the youngest Crime Watch volunteers: Daniel Schaefer, Matthew Schaefer, Lash Corbett and Rachel Thomas. The Schaefer boys began volunteering in 2007 with their dad Steven Schaefer at the Crime Watch Balloon Stampede Pancake Breakfast. Lash is Vicki’s grandson. Rachel is the granddaughter of Bobi Jo Hoch, who volunteers at the Balloon Stampede Pancake Breakfast.

Sharon Bright was honored with a framed certificate for her work with the Crime Watch website and Facebook. Framed certificates went to Abajian Toyota Scion for a $5,000 donation to Walla Walla Area Crime Watch in February 2012 and for participating in a Facebook competition to “like” the best nonprofit.

Crime Watch Balloon Stampede Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: Shari Hall, who was kitchen manager for Crime Watch’s Balloon Stampede Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this past year.

Shauna Delay for work on the coffee at the fundraiser.

Daniel Schaefer for his work at the Crime Watch Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. He originated tajubg breakfast “to-go orders” from venders on the grounds.

Volunteers: Chris Sailele, David Fetterman, Miriam Torrescano, Tammy Munoz, Carol Pritchard, Bobi Jo Hoch, Rachel Thomas, Steve Ruley, Al Dunn, Shauna Delay, Shelly Penland, Lash Corbett, Nancy Walters, Shari Hall, Tami Olmstead, Randy Bright, Sharon Bright, Ted and Jacque Richerzhagen, Matthew Pauley, Ben Workman, Daniel Schaefer, Matthew Schaefer, Steven Schaefer, Daniel Taggart, Mary Jo Duncan, Chief Scott Bieber and Sheriff John Turner.

National Night Out honorees: Alex Luft, vender coordinator. More than 30 venders/organization continue to participate in National Night, which moved from Jefferson Park to Pioneer Park with an attendance of 793 kids and a total of 2,100 people.

Shari Hall, NNO parade coordinator. The parade has grown each year under her direction.

Miriam Torrescano, registration coordinator.

Volunteers: Chris Sailele, Al Dunn, Miraiam Torrescano, Shari Hall, Tammy Munoz, Bobi Jo Hoch, Rachel Thomas, Shauna Delay, Nancy Walters, David and Shawna Corbett, Lash Corbett, Alex Luft, Matthew Pauley, Ben Workman and Daniel Taggart.

Framed certificates were presented to Banner Bank, which supplies and serves hot dogs, root beer floats and soda, giving away 1,500 barbecued hotdogs; Al Dunn, Ben Workman, Vince Blakely and Matthew Pauley for their help; McDonalds Restaurant for its longtime support, bringing Ronald McDonald to the event and providing numerous ice cream cone cards for the kids; Doug’s Septic Service, for providing Porta Potties at several of the events; Smith’s Restaurant, for offering a free buffet lunch for the Chief for a Day participants.

Walla Walla Police Department Chief Scott Bieber honored several volunteers with framed certificates of appreciation and a service Coin “Beyond the Badge:”

Barbara Noel for work with the Cat Management Coalition. Through the Cat trap, neuter and return program in Walla Walla, the feral cat population has been cut down.

Shauna Delay, for volunteer work. An April 2004 graduate of the Law Enforcement Citizens Academy, Shauna has accumulated more than 1,467 hours of volunteer service. A familiar face, she’s involved with the Crime Free Rental Property Management Seminars, multiple Citizens Academies, the Balloon Stampede Pancake Breakfast, National Night Out, Prescription Take Back Days/ Shred Events and other activities.

Al Dunn for work with the Radar Reader Board Project. It is parked on city streets so passing motorists will be reminded what the speed limit is what their actual speed reads.

Bobi Jo Hoch for volunteer service in records filing and running errands. She attended training to become a Crime Victim advocate, helps during National Night Out, the Pancake Breakfast and Prescription Take Back Day and Shred Day.

Ben Workman for 145.5 volunteer hours. He graduated from the Law Enforcement Citizens’ Academy Jan. 21 and has worked in the records area and helped around the department.

Vince Blakely for reviving the McGruff Robot.

Brian Hough for more than 522 hours in the records division with the Laser Fiche project, scans in fingerprint cards.

Matthew Pauley volunteered in summer 2012 at the police department, assisting at National Night Out, Prescription Take Back Day/Shred Event and Crime Watch Pancake Feed. Matthew received notice that he has been accepted to attend WSU in the fall. His goal is to become a police officer.

Dick Morgan for work as Graffiti Abatement coordinator. He was instrumental in putting together the soda blaster details for the Sherwood Trust Grant to allow the graffiti abatement team to acquire a soda blaster to erase graffiti.

Dave Raappana for help as a Graffiti Abatement program co-coordinator. He has also helped with a variety of activities and programs such as National Night Out, the Crime Watch Pancake Feed fundraiser and Prescription Take Back Day/Shred event.

Betty Tate for work with the Police Department’s Scrap book. She clips pertinent newspaper articles at her home and places them in a scrap book. Chris Sailele for work with McGruff to help take a bite out of crime.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff John Turner honored Nancy Kesler for volunteer work in the Sheriff’s office Records division; and Reserve Officers Paul Eagon, Ted Sams and James Riggs for their service.

The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation: Ted Richerzhagen, Sharon Bright and Steve Hoffman. The Sheriff’s Foundation recently achieved its fundraising goal to buy two K-9 animals for the Sheriff’s Office.

College Place Police Department, Chief Dennis Lepiane honored College Place resident Walt Meske for longstanding community service.

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