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Deadline extended

The Sequim Speaks application deadline has been extended to 4 p.m. June 5. Forms are available from the City Clerk at Sequim City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St.

Applications and committee information also can be downloaded from the city's Web site: A direct link to Sequim Speaks also is available on the city's home page.

Sequim Speaks is intended to gather and present to the council the public's concerns regarding city issues The goal, committee organizers say, is to appoint committee members in June and have the committee begin work in July.

Students receive awards

Soroptimist International of Sequim has honored its award winners.

Melissa Schmidt was granted the $1,000 Women's Opportunity Award. She is enrolled in the medical assistant program at Peninsula College and will complete her courses in August.

The award gives women needed resources to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

The Violet Richardson Award is given to a young woman 14-17 to recognize her volunteer activities. A first-place award of $500 was presented to Angela Richards for her work with the Dungeness Community Church youth group. Her charity of choice, the DCC youth group, was given an award of $250. The second-place award of $250 went to Olivia Boots. She is the Associated Student Body president at Sequim High School, and her volunteer work covers a multitude of activities at the high school.

Looking for leaders

The PEAK Leadership program is accepting nominations for the PEAK Leadership class of 2009-2010. The annual 10-month adult program is open to residents in Clallam and Jefferson counties who have demonstrated leadership and want to invest themselves in the leadership capacity of the two-county region.

The program provides the opportunity to gain first-hand information and a deeper understanding of the complexities and interconnectivity of local communities through once-a-month sessions throughout the two-county region. Participants fulfill a small-group project focusing on a significant challenge facing our communities.

Up to 25 participants will be selected for the 2009-2010 class, representing public, private, nonprofit or community service interests. The referral deadline is July 1, followed by an application and interview process, with final selections announced in early August.

E-mail candidate submissions to, with name, title, affiliation and contact information for yourself and the nominee. Interested persons are welcome to refer themselves. For more information or for candidate referral forms, contact Danille Turissini at or 360-301-4134.

BrokersGroup benefits Sequim Boys & Girls Club

The BrokersGroup Real Estate Professionals of Sequim will support the Sequim Boys & Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula with a portion of their profits.

Customers who purchase property by June 30 and close their deals by Dec. 31 will have 20 percent of all brokers and agents' commissions given to the club.

Kaylene Byrne, co-owner of BrokersGroup, said she came up with the idea to stimulate community involvement for the club.

The BrokersGroup can be reached at 866-681-8778 or go online to for more information.

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