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Welcoming new board members to Cenarrusa Foundation

June 20, 2012

I have long been active in the Basque community in Idaho and I am privileged to serve as president of the board of the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture. We recently had two new board members join us and below is a news release which explains the news quite well.

Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture adds two board members

The Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture is pleased to announce the addition of board members Mike Cenarrusa and Stan Zatica.

Cenarrusa a relationship manager at Wells Fargo Commercial Banking group and Zatica is the owner of Paul’s Markets in Homedale, Nampa, Caldwell, McCall, Kuna and Boise.

“Mike and Stan have excellent backgrounds in business and strong ties to the Idaho Basque community and they are valuable additions to our board,” said Roy Eiguren, President of the Cenarrusa Foundation board. “Their experience will prove crucial as the Foundation continues its work of connecting and representing the Basque community.”

Zatica graduated from the College of Idaho with a degree in business administration, marketing and management. He is also a member of the Boise Basque Club, Txoko Ona, the Santa Roasa Basque Club and the Mountain Home Basque Club. Mike Cenarrusa, nephew of Pete Cenarrusa, has worked as a finance manager and financial analyst and holds a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in finance.

The Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture is named for Pete Cenarrusa, who served a half-century in state office as a member of the House and Secretary of State and sits on the Foundation’s board. The Foundation was founded in 2003 to preserve, educate and connect the Basque community locally, regionally and globally through research, projects and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the Cenarrusa foundation has distributed over $70,000 in grants to organizations supporting Basque culture and language in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon.  Other Foundation initiatives include establishing a Basque Studies program at Boise State University; community outreach grants; cultural events; and presentations. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.

The Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture board after a recent meeting.

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