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Good Deed May 12, 2004



The Idaho Community Foundation recently announced that former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy R. Silak is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. Silak replaces the current President and CEO Alice Hennessey, who retires June 1.

Silak was the first woman appointed appellate judge in Idaho's history. She was appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court in 1993, and became the Court's Vice-Chief Justice in 1997. She is the author of hundreds of legal opinions now comprising Idaho law. In 2000, Silak resumed her partnership at Boise law firm Hawley Troxell Ennis and Hawley, Boise.

Silak has served on the boards of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Boise State University Foundation, The Children's School, Bishop Kelly Foundation, Boise Family YMCA, Idaho Youth Ranch and Idaho Human Rights Education Center; was a founding member of the Idaho Coalition for Adult Literacy; served as an Advisory Board Member of United Way Success by Six, Project Safe Place of the Bannock Youth Foundation, The Learning Lab and Boise State Legal Assistants Program.

The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide, nonprofit organization composed of about 300 individual funds. Returns from the endowment are distributed to charitable organizations. Since inception in 1988, ICF has made charitable distributions totaling more than $19 million. For additional information, visit


The Idaho Human Rights Education Center, an organization whose mission is to promote human dignity and diversity through education, has named its new officers and directors for 2004-2005. The Center's board is responsible for providing guidance, support and oversight for the activities of the Center. Wanda Lynn Riley was elected as President; Victoria Hawley will serve as Vice President; Ellen Suchar has been elected as Secretary; and Steven Allison was named Treasurer. Les Bock is the Center's Executive Director and the 13-member board will be completed by Don Curtis, Susan Curtis, Gregory Kaslo, Ed Keener, Cindy Krieg, Sandi Mesenhimer-Molet, Santiago Rodriguez, Justin Terry and Kathy Yamamoto.


With Idaho's teen pregnancy rates among the highest in the nation, the Idaho Governor's Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention has announced the award of more than $26,500 in community grants to several Idaho organizations committed to reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate by encouraging teens to practice abstinence. The following organizations are recipients of community grants:

• Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley for a "Teen Night In"

• Mountain Home A.F.B. Boys and Girls Club for ongoing workshops to promote abstinence

• Lewiston Orchards Kiwanis Club for community youth workshops

• Shoshone Paiute Tribes for designing and implementing a cultural camp that focuses on abstinence

• Bonneville Youth Development Council for the Youth Yellow Pages

• Panhandle Health District 1 for promotion of the National Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and scholarships for the IDFY Youth Summit

• Blackfoot/Bingham County Youth Coalition for the play Opening Windows and a leadership camp


The Women's and Children's Alliance of Boise, the nonprofit organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of domestic and sexual violence, owes its thanks to generous community organizations that provided crucial bucks to help support the WCA. RBC Dain Rauscher donated $5,000 to the WCA that will be used for the purpose of individual counseling services. Both the J.R. Simplot Foundation and the Les Boise Kiwanis Club donated $1,000 to be used for the WCA's new 54-bed Serena House. The Fred Meyer Foundation's donations to the WCA totaled $1,408.71 and will be used to purchase educational toys for children at Serena House. And last, but certainly not least, the students of Capitol High School's Key Club sold pizzas every Tuesday at lunch to raise their donation of $150 that will be used to purchase bus tokens for residents who need transportation.


The Boise-based nonprofit organization, The Small Village Foundation, recently sent two Boise doctors to Ghana, West Africa, to provide medical assistance to a secluded village. Dr. Wajeeh Nasser and Dr. Frank Batcha spent 12 days in Africa treating patients who had never before been seen by a physician. The doctors treated a variety of medical conditions using donated supplies. Other Small Village Foundation projects include a primary school scholarship fund, economic development programs for women, wells for drinking water, serum for snakes bites and biannual expeditions to Africa with Idaho high school students.


Have a little faith in the younger generation ... six Ada County mayors do. Fifty-eight outstanding Ada County students were honored at a ceremony on April 29 for their demonstrations of leadership and community involvement. For the last 10 years, Ada County junior, middle and high schools have been asked to select two students to be honored at the Annual Mayors' Awards to Youth ceremony. This year marked the eleventh presentation of plaques to young people who have overcome great obstacles, served as peer role models, or helped to better their schools and communities.