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FOR KIDS -- 2017-18

With Gratitude to our Corporate Sponsors
Greenstone Homes
Modern Woodmen
Rainbow Electric
Columbia Hearing Ctrs
Eide Bailly LLP
TD&H Engineering
WA Trust
Alliant Insurance Svcs
Aspen Personnel Service
Brown & Delaney
Coldwell Banker
Fruci & Associates
Mustard Seed/Noodle Express
Romney Financial Forensics
HUB International
Thank you to our Donors:
Barrister Winery/Greg Lipsker
Bill Simer
Best Western Liberty Lake
Craftsman Cellars
Dave & Robin Hayward
Delectable Catering/Vince Bozzi
Delectable Desserts
Egger’s Meats
Garland Animal Clinic
Green Clean
Jewelry Design Center
Kalispel Golf & Country Club
La Rive Spa
Latah Bistro
Mike Bass/Century 21
Mountain West Bank
Mustard Seed/Noodle Express
No-Li Brewhouse
North by Northwest
Poole’s Public House
Rich & Gretchen Cowan
Rock City
Sayre, Sayre & Fossum
Spokane Gymnastics
Spokane Jazz Orchestra
TJ Tombari
The Backyard
The Cathay Inn
The Party’s Here
Tomato Street
True Legends
Two Cooks with Love
Vapiano Wine




Presidential Theme for 2017-2018

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 23, 2018  
          Holmes program: Coordinator Daria Brown reminds that the Mobius science presentation is 6-7 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at Holmes Elementary School. Club members are welcomed to visit the show.
Where should you move your money, and when?
          When the stock markets, bonds and other financial instruments fluctuate, timing and moving accounts are everything.
          The problem, of course, where and when to make your moves, said Dan Hodo, Inland Northwest regional director for Russell Investments.  He spoke to the April 23 club meeting.
          Hodo had enough charts, graphs and numbers to pave a solid path for any fiscal directions – and enough historical data to inject caution.
          History helps, he said, saying the Seattle-based Russell firm started in 1936, not the best of times for Depression-era growth.  But Russell now measures in trillions of dollars, especially handling a wide variety of pension plans.
          Hodo’s presentation was called “Volatility Strikes Back,” and showed some of the pitfalls and possibilities of negotiating the fiscal mine fields.  He sampled a few of the challenges:
          For example, Hodo showed how 2017 was a remarkably stable year for growth, which continued into this January.  Last year, he said, just eight days showed one percent changes of pluses and minuses, and average stocks grew 20 percent.  In January, the streak continued.
           But February began with one of those quarter-one stock “corrections” which can look like potholes in Spokane streets.  “January was great…but since then,” he said, adding that one-percent bumps had 23 days in quarter one. Since the 1930s, Hodo said, usually 55 such bumps happen each year.
          In a longer-view, Hodo said, “After the recession, we are on an all-time nine-year stock high, but stocks historically will fall back to the mean.”   The question, of course, is when?
          Likewise, bonds also are headed for a correction, he said, adding “a bad stock day (also) is a bad bond day.”
          Hodo said, “Where’s the most opportunity?  The U.S. has wiped the floor” with a massive stock run up, but now the growth areas likely will be in emerging and international markets. 
          Then the issues become “when” and “where?”
          If anyone has definite answers, please let us know.
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 16, 2018  
          Board meeting: The club’s officers and directors meet Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m. at the conference room at Mountain West’s Bank branch at Division and Cozza, near Costco.  Other club members are welcomed.
Make book on it -- Libraries enter a new age
          If you haven’t visited one of the area’s public libraries recently, you may be missing part of a transformation in the information age.
          Patrick Roewe, executive director of the Spokane County Library District, at the club’s April 16 meeting, described the changes.
          “The internet is not our death; we’re alive and well, Roewe said, adding, “It’s a network world and the old style (of libraries) doesn’t work anymore.  We are bridging new networks.”
          He said both city and county libraries – some date to 1942 -- are modernizing the communication tools, facilities and staff.  For his 11- library county system, Roewe calls the process “Retraining the Public Library Narrative.”
          Some 70 public library meetings were organized to develop the new mission and strategies, now in year three of a four-year plan.  The district has 75 staff members, he said.
          Dominant themes, he said, includes early learning, education enrichment, digital topics and business and careers.
          “Books will still be a mainstay,” Roewe said, but access and relevancy will be major themes.
          He said library activities are organized “during lens with three filters: people, place and access.”
          Of “people,” he said, “Librarians are doing new jobs, learning how we can better respond to information needs.”
          Asking what patrons want, the libraries “lifted the veil on senior planning,” a six-session program with “over-whelming response.”
          Materials are delivered to Mead District children and school students.  Programs at Moran Prairie were swamped with more than 200 attendees.  “We didn’t have enough parking,” he said, relocating to a larger venue.
          Describing “place,” Roewe said many of the district’s buildings, now 20 to 60 years old, “there are not enough electrical sockets” for chargers and computers.  He showed a slide of the North Spokane Library near Whitworth, were “there are still lots of books, but we’ve reclaimed space for computer commons classes.”
          About “platform,” he described “user-centered digital resources,” from computer questions to “how to fix your lawn mower.”
          In the library district’s current “Engage” edition, Roewe talks about the new “Family Museum Pass Program” partnerships with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Mobius
Children’s Museum & Science Center.
          Among the presentations on tap: “Money Smart Week” (April 21-28) and “Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War” (through May 19).
          Other diverse topics include a variety of garden tips, the science and history of craft beer, i-phone camera tricks and how to “create a freezer meal plan.”
          As Roewe, a Club 21 Rotarian, finished his talk, President Chad Haverkamp, very aptly presented a book for the Holmes Elementary library.
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Chad Haverkamp
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
A personal library note
           What’s your most memorable library moment?
           For me, as a teenager with an hour to wait, I was aimlessly browsing the shelves at a North Milwaukee library when a kind librarian asked about my interests.
           When I responded “maybe journalism,” she directed me to “The Medium is the Message,” a formative treatise by Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan. 
           The words talked about “hot” text-centered print media and “cool” more passive, sit-back electronic media.  The connections were memorable, and my career path was solidified.
           McLuhan, who died in 1980, also coined the term “global villages,” and predicted the World Wide Web some 30 years before it was invented.
           But one librarian, one book and one fortunate hour changed my life.  That was a transforming moment for me.  How about you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                --Chuck Rehberg
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 9, 2018      
           Mobius night: A few more club members are asked to join Holmes Elementary students and family at the school for Mobius scientific presentations
Thursday, April 26, 6-7.  Daria Brown has more details.
           Scholar time: Coordinator Brian Hipperson and President-elect Lenore Romney invites other club members who want to help judge the Saling Scholarship applicants to join the program.  High school students from north Spokane District 81 schools are asked to complete applications by April 30.
            Flower power: With daffodils last week and tulips this week from Audrey’s club in LaConnor, Wash., plus petunias from Bonnie in the Deer Park Rotary Club, a nice array of spring flowers fills our homes.
 The ‘buzz’ continues for BumbleBar, Inc.
           Sustainable foods continue to sustain business growth for the burgeoning line of organic snack bars based in the Spokane Valley.
           At the April 9 club meeting, Glenn Ward, co-CEO with wife Liz, talked about BumbleBar Inc.’s remarkable rise of a growing list of products which feature things they don’t have.
           The snack products do not have gluten wheat, no pesticides and no chemicals.  And despite the “BumbleBar” name, the flagship snack bar doesn’t even have honey. 
           As Liz was quoted, bumble bees are among the first of the species to damage pesticides.  Some Manuka honey is included in another product line.
           What they do have are loyal fans – especially “millennials,” Glenn said – who want organic, vegan and kosher organic energy bars.
           Headquarters for BumbleBar is a 36,000 square-foot warehouse at 3014 N. Flora in the East Valley.  Glenn said the company has 25 workers there.  With JunoBars and other snack bars, a granola product was added last year.
           Growing the company is amazing as the product growth.  Glenn said Liz traveled along the Grateful Dead concert route for two years and worked at a soup kitchen until she developed the organic snack bar idea in 1995.
           The product line was begun in Seattle kitchens rented by the hour, then moved to a small warehouse to Vashon Island and to Tacoma before locating in Spokane in 2003. They moved to its current space in 2015.  As press stories recount, Spokane had lower rents, lower humidity and lower business costs than Puget Sound venues.
           Products come from farmers and farmer co-ops from, among others, Indonesia, Turkey, Nicaragua, Honduras and Canada, stories said.
           The global list of farmers seems appropriate, as Glenn said, “Sustainable food can change the planet.”
           Glenn said he met Liz in 1994 when he was working at a Magnolia Hi Fi store. He said he was on full commission then and said “I’m still on full commission.”
           From the regional list of snack bar outlets, BumbleBar has aligned with Dean & DeLuca, a 42-outlet company with New York City roots and he has talked trade with stores in Seoul and Tokyo.   And Glenn said he recently chatted with Howard Schultz, the executive chairman of Starbucks.
           As he discusses the billions of snack bars produced, Glenn also talks about spheres – “the geo-sphere, bio-sphere and neuro-sphere” – to discuss “how plant-based, organic products can change people’s minds and how they affect the planet.”
           If that seems like a big bite from an organic snack bar, just see how far the company has gone already.  
The bulletin producers:
           Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
           Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
           Program coordinator: Brad Stark
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 2, 2018      
          Mobius night: A few club members are need to join Holmes Elementary students and family at the school for Mobius scientific presentations Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.  Brad Stark was the first to sign up. Daria Brown has more details if you are available to volunteer.
          Save the date:  Club member Art Rudd has reserved space for our annual installation banquet Monday, June 25 at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club (the former Spokane Country Club), 2010 W. Waikiki Rd., in Mead.
 Club became space cadets for rocket lessons
          When Joe Bruce talks about the space race, his lift-off energy launches into stage-three rocket mode.
          Bruce has made his mission to talk with anyone or any groups – especially school children – about where the space program is going and how important to see developments grow.
          Wearing his blue space shuttle suit with badges and tags, Bruce delighted club members with his knowledge and energy.  Some 10 years ago, as Spokesman-Review reporter Mike Prager wrote then, Bruce was accepted to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador program.
          Bruce, a past-president of Club 21 Rotary, taught in Spokane schools for three years before joining a family bike shop business.  Now he is director of children’s ministries at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.
          Bruce has been space program artifacts, which he calls his “big boy toys,” from the mid-1970s.  He has traveled to Cape Canaveral for launches and he displays a rock sample from a meteorite from Mars and sand from the moon.
          He also describes the gravitational “G-forces” of launching a rocket as 17,000 miles per hour – “it’s like traveling from Spokane to Coeur d’ Alene in six second” – and the gravity-free atmosphere in space where “it’s like swimming, without the water.”
          “I’m not an astronaut,” Bruce said, “but I like to see kids who want to learn about science and math and those who might want to be in the space program.”
          Noting that it takes “three days to the moon and three days back,” he said the next flag planted there might be a Chinese flag.
          Asked about competitor nations, Bruce said India may also join China in the space race and Russia is the only space lab operating now.
          With federal space programs sidelined for now, the developments shift to businessmen like Tesla’s Elon Musk and his Space-X program.  Bruce detailed the re-usable rockets large enough to house 27 rocket engines.
          Mars scientific probes are scheduled sometime soon, Bruce said.   The Mars trip takes eight months to get there, so plans to have manned-flights still are in development phases, including just how long astronauts can stay in space that long, he said.
          Always inquisitive and child-friendly, Bruce just hopes his talks can spark some students who might want to be in the space program.
          “Why do we go to space?” he asked rhetorically.
          “One reason is because humans, by nature, are curious.  We want to know what’s over the next hill.
          “Two, there are concrete developments from the space program.”  He cited satellites, gravity-free medical research and computer developments, among many.
          With Bruce’s enthusiasm, not even the sky is the limit.   
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark


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