Posted by Charles Rehberg on Apr 23, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 23, 2018  
Briefly:
          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
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Apr 16, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 16, 2018  
 
Briefly:
          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
 
 
 
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Apr 09, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 9, 2018      
Briefly:
           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
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Apr 03, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 2, 2018      
Briefly:
          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
Space - Joe Bruce Charles Rehberg 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
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Empire Unmanned - Colleen Hennessey Charles Rehberg 2018-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
STA - Brandon Rapez-Betty Charles Rehberg 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Second Harvest - Jason Clark Charles Rehberg 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
World Relief -- Mark Finney & Jackson Eremugo Lino Charles Rehberg 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Tribe - Mike Tedesco Charles Rehberg 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Tax Reform Update -- Brown and Fruci Charles Rehberg 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane School Levy -- Redinger and Anderson Charles Rehberg 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Club Busy Schedule -- Chad Haverkamp Charles Rehberg 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Every Woman Can -- Deb Barnes Charles Rehberg 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Spokesman Review -- Rob Curley Charles Rehberg 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Christmas Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
“University District” -- Lars Gilberts Charles Rehberg 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
"Kicking and Screaming" & Leadership -- Terry Fossum Charles Rehberg 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
Sharp Shooting - Robin Ball Charles Rehberg 2017-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Port District -- Todd Mielke Charles Rehberg 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Wheel Sport -- Mark Neupert Charles Rehberg 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Origin Forensics LLD -- Jarrod Carter Charles Rehberg 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Judges -- Hazel and Cook and Spokane’s Prop 2 Charles Rehberg 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
South and NW Council Candidates Charles Rehberg 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
School and Council Candidates -- Benn, Burke, Wiser, and Thomas Charles Rehberg 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Jerri Anderson -- District 5080 Governor Charles Rehberg 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Challenges abound in the Ukraine -- Kevin Berkompas Charles Rehberg 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Health Sciences & Services Authority - Susan Ashe Charles Rehberg 2017-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Area 7 Asst Governor John Guarisco & Daniel H. Pink Charles Rehberg 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Thomas Jarrard - USERRA Charles Rehberg 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Chad Haverkamp -- Quarterly Report Charles Rehberg 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Angie Funnell - Habitat for Humanity Charles Rehberg 2017-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Washington Policy Center - Chris Cargill Charles Rehberg 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Embrace Washington - Alene Alexander Daria Brown 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Simon Sinek - TED Presentation Charles Rehberg 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Cyber World - Tim Taylor, SBDC Charles Rehberg 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jun 19, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 19, 2017
 
Bravo!!
            Thanks mainly to the efforts of fund raiser coordinator Robbie Jackson, an astonishing total of $20,262 was netted for needy students and an array of projects for Holmes Elementary School and some other schools like Glover Middle School and North Central High School.
 
            Total revenues were $23,637 and expenses were $3,375, Jackson said.  Some 89 people attended The Backyard restaurant, as auctioneer Bill Simer smoothly worded through the events: silent and live auctions, “Heads and Tails” game and the “Call for the Cause” donations.
 
            Corporate sponsors donated $7,350 and five live auction items included $5,475.  Jackson distributed itemized details to club members.  Congratulations to all who worked so hard. 
 
Briefly:
             Rotary ending:  The last event of the Rotary calendar year is the installation program and banquet, 6 p.m., at Monday, June 26 at the Kalispel Country Club.  No luncheon meetings are planned June 26 and July 3, on the holiday eve.
Congratulations to club President Nancy Hanson for an outstanding year and best of luck to Chad Haverkamp as he begins his 2017-18 Rotary year.
 
 
Saling scholars honored
 
Chuck Rehberg shared that the following graduates from North Central, Shadle Parkand John Rogers high schools were selected as the club’s Gerald L. Saling scholarships. Each student received $1,500:
 
                                                                                        
                  
                                    
               
 
                                      
                              
    
  
 
 
Emma Vandine, of North Central, plans to attend Biola University in LaMirada, Calif., majoring in marketing and Biblical Studies. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andreya Fletcher, of Rogers, plans to attend Eastern Washington University, majoring in environmental studies and business.
 
 
 
 
 
 
           Vandine and Fletcher attended the June 19 luncheon, while Kuhn was out of town and will visit the club later.
 
           Lenore Romney coordinated the scholarship program, joining committee members Art Rudd, Brian Hipperson, Melinda Keberle and Chuck Rehberg.
 
At Hanford, timelines are long and costs are high
 
          Ben Harp shows an encyclopedic mind about all things Hanford, as he details the awesome, complicated issues of radioactive wastes in south-central Washington.
 
          Harp is deputy manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection.  At the June 19 meeting, Harp talked in detail about safe storage, retrieval, treatment and disposal of 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive wastes at the Hanford Site.
 
          Ben, who first joined Energy in July 1991, said got his degree in engineering, but spends as much time consumed by the legal tangle of various jurisdictions and the mountains of scientific issues involving Hanford.
 
          This bulletin space is not the place to get into all the details; suffice to say, Harp presented a first-rate knowledge of the 70-year-plus history of plutonium at Hanford.
 
          Six of the original none reactors have been “cleaned up,” he said,  adding,“ one is a museum and two more to go.”  Some 60 leaky single-walled tank sites have been transferred to double-walled tanks.
 
          But it will take at least until age 2022 to “vitrify,” or immobilized in glass, much of the wastes.  Harp said just one of many issues is the competing of techniques – “grout vs. glass.”  At the eastern U.S. reactors at the Savannah River plant,
wastes were put in grout, but Hanford leaders prefer vitrification.
 
          Bad news surface occasionally, like the May 9 tunnel collapse in fuel rods, in which, by order “all people had to take cover.”  Harp said though the issues were minor, people, including a Mead School class where he talked, “the students were frightened.”  He said Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., shared their own concerns.  Scary very hot issues, like cesium and strontium, dangerous elements “that grow in the dark,” tend to bring that reactions.
 
          Calming assurances that the pump-and treat tank wastes have not reached the Columbia River and that “some Spokane basements than more than certain Hanford sites,”  nevertheless get wary questions.
 
          For those who want to dive into the mountain of Hanford details, a half-dozen websites await.
 
          For a more casual look, Harp has sheets of slides to share, and many stories about significant clean-up to date.  (He said it’s like looking at a 10-year old who doesn’t seem to grow much each day; but when looked several years ago, seems to grow quite a bit.)  Hanford covers 486 square miles of challenges, but at least 1,441 acres have been transferred for redevelopment for tribes and others, Harp said.
 
          Still, the answers at Hanford are still decades away and the accumulated costs continue to build in trillions.
 
          Closing the meeting, President Nancy Hanson said: “And I think I had problems.”
 
 
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark
 
Scholarship Recipients and Hanford - Ben Harp Charles Rehberg 2017-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daria Brown on Jun 12, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 12, 2017
 
Briefly:
          Installation Banquet Reminder: On Monday, June 26, 2017, instead of the regular noon meeting, the Installation Banquet will be held at the Kalispell Country Club.  A no host bar will be from 5:30 to 6:30 with dinner starting at 6:30.  Event will wrap up by 8pm and all members and their guests are encouraged to attend and support our incoming board.
 
          Location Update: We will continue to meet each week at the Lincoln Center through the end of 2017.
 
Foundation that takes philanthropy to a new level
 
          Empire Health Foundation (EHF) was founded in 2008 out of the sale of Deaconess Hospital to CHS. 
 
          They use the approach they call Philanthropy 3.0 – Adaptive, results-based investment that fuses innovation, collaboration and equity to do whatever it takes to move the dial.
 
          Sarah Lyman, Vice President of Strategies and Operations, detailed some of the programs that the EHF is a part of including Workforce Development, Medical Education, Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences, Obesity Prevention, Native American Health, Health Care Access and more.
 
          EHF manages approximately $80 million and their staff actively work alongside community partners to address complex issues.
 
          They have also partnered to create four non-profit entities: Family Impact Network, Spokane Teaching Health Center, Better Health Together and Rising Strong.
 
 
 
 
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Daria Brown and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark
 
 
Empire Health Foundation - Sarah Lyman Daria Brown 2017-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Mobius At Holmes Elementary Sandy Fink 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Northern Quest - Brandon Haugen Charles Rehberg 2017-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Work Source - Rob Crow Charles Rehberg 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Deadlines near for fund drive Charles Rehberg 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Digital Forensics - Josiah Roloff Charles Rehberg 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Downtown Spokane - Mark Richard Charles Rehberg 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Better Spokane - Michael Cathcart Tim Zacharias 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Boy Scouts of America - Kate Benson Michelle Fossum 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Real Estate Market Update - Eric Johnson Eric Johnson 2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
World Relief -- Refugees -- Sabrina Slater Michelle Fossum 2017-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation - John Mailliard John Mailliard 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Health Care Changes - Neil Muller Charles Rehberg 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Mentors - Greater Spokane Association of Evangelicals -Anthony Carollo Chuck Rehberg 2016-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Holiday Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2016-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Inland Northwest Community Foundation - P.J. Watters Charles Rehberg 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) - Schaffer and Driscoll Charles Rehberg 2016-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Home Builders Association - Joel White Charles Rehberg 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Associated General Contractors - Cheryl Stewart Charles Rehberg 2016-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Removing Snake Rive Dams - Sam Mace Charles Rehberg 2016-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Cyber Safety - Heather Stratford-Geibel Charles Rehberg 2016-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Superior Court Judges Candidates Nancy Hanson 2016-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
State Legislative Candidates District #3 Nancy Hanson 2016-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
County Commission Candidates Charles Rehberg 2016-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
6th District Candidates Charles Rehberg 2016-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 26, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
 
 
Briefly:
            On deck: Candidates for the 6th District seats in the State Legislature are scheduled to discuss issues Oct.3.
 
Budget, membership issues lead Q1 update    
 
          Club President Nancy Hanson turned her Sept. 26 first-quarter report into a round-table discussion about finances, positions, programs and strategies.
 
         In addition to leadership lists and copies of the fiscal-year budget, Hanson also distributed half sheets asking “three, single-words” in response to three topics, namely:
                What defines Rotary for you?
                Why did you join Rotary?
                Why do you stay in Rotary?
 
            Answers will be collected, collated and distributed, Hanson said.       
 
            Leadership roles which still need volunteers, she said, include Youth Programs, Grants, Social Programs, the Scholarship Committee and a 2017-18 President-elect to follow the current officer, Chad Havercamp.  “If you feel a calling, let us know,” Hanson said.
 
            She also distributed copies of a “club dashboard,” with graphs and pie-charts showing membership history (the club is now at 27),  gender distribution (67 percent male), age distribution (67 percent are 50 or older and 26 percent are 65 or older), and years of service (60 percent have 10 years or more).
    
            Much of the discussion focused on the fiscal-year budget, which shows a projected deficit of $7,135.
 
            The club also has a carry-over budget surplus of about $40,000.  Earnings from three CDs have been disappointing.
 
           The budget deficit, Hanson and other board members explained, arises from loss of some long-time members, a desire to keep most projects and funding programs at about current levels, plus some additional expenses, such as having a part-time
 bookkeeper.
           
 
            One member commented he would be comfortable with the deficit “for a year or two, if there is a strategy” back to a balanced budget.  “Otherwise, I would be less comfortable.”
           
            Another member said “why give away the farm?” and suggested plans be “scaled back if we hit a deficit.”
           
            Hanson noted that Rotary International dues are scheduled to increase slightly each of the next three years, so raising club dues may discourage membership recruitment and retention.
           
            She said comments and suggestions from all club members will help direct board decisions.  The next board meeting is at noon, Thursday, Sept. 29.
 
The bulletin producers:
 
         Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
 
         Photos: Eric Johnson
 
         Program coordinator: Brad Stark
 
 
 
 
Qu1 Update -- Nancy Hanson Charles Rehberg 2016-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 19, 2016
North Notes
Spoka  ne North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 19, 2016
Briefly:
            On deck: Following President Nancy Hanson’s first-quarter club update on Sept.26, the October luncheon programs will feature election roundtable discussions with candidates for the State Legislature, County Commission, Superior Court judgeships and ballot initiatives.
 
Business consultant polishes presentation skills
               
            Context is vital because “you are in a persuasive conversation all the time,”
 
            Kevin Benson told those attending the Sept. 19 club luncheon.
 
            Benson, who owns and operates Bold Move Consulting, added that he likes to talk to Rotary Clubs, partly “because you have the best food.”
 
            Benson also is a longtime adjunct instructor at Gonzaga and Whitworth universities, and, equally important, a 20-year veteran of improv comedy.
 
            He offered tips on how to “make your next presentation phenomenal.”  One of the basic problems for public speakers, Benson said, “is fear. You have to be an authentic human being and we want people to like us.  You are not a horrible public speaker; you are just terrified.”
 
            Benson said most people’s brains operate on “fight-or-flight reactions,” which leads to work-around behaviors.
 
            After his daughter, now age 9, fell off her bicycle, Benson said, she refused to get back on, saying “I’m not going to do that again.”  Overcoming the fear of falling, or failing at public speaking, takes concentrated effort, he said.
 
            Benson, who said he works mostly with non-profit agency leaders and entrepreneurs, offered some tips to improve presentation skills.
 
            Presenting information is a transaction, he said, differentiation between “presenting information and telling a story.”
 
            Part of the transaction is engaging the audience by soliciting and accepting their ideas, then building on them.  It takes a lot of “yes, and…once upon a time…then, because of that…and because of that…until finally…”
 
            Using the Disney Co.’s Pixar animated movies as an example, he talked about the “story spines” which shape story telling.
 
 
            So how would club members rate Benson’s talk, on a scale of “useful” to “phenomenal?”
 
The bulletin producers:
 
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
 
            Photos: Eric Johnson
 
            Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Bold Move Consulting - Kevin Benson Charles Rehberg 2016-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 14, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 12, 2016
Briefly:
           On deck: The speaker scheduled for the Sept. 19 meeting is Kevin Benson of Bold Move Consulting.  Future programs, said coordinator Brad Stark, will include candidates for the 3rd and 6th  state legislative districts, the county commission and Superior Court judge.
 
            Fond farewell: Past-president Bruce Ellwein said goodbye as he moves to a new assignment with First Command in Tucson.  In parting, Bruce donated $7 to the collection basket  – one dollar for each year he was a club member.
 
West Central center ‘has a place for you’
            Whatever a visitor’s age or need, the West Central Community Center applies its ubiquitous slogan: “There’s a place for you here.”
 
            Kim Ferraro, the center’s executive director, on Sept. 12 outlined the programs and possibilities of a closer working relationship with the club, which is located at 1603 N. Belt.
 
            Ferraro, a Plains, Mont. Native, returned to Spokane from Los Angeles to become only the second executive director at West Central.  She has been there 5 years, following the 30-year tenure of Don Higgins.
 
            The center primarily serves residents of the West Central, Emerson-Garfield, Riverside and near Northwest neighborhoods.  Programs, she said, include WIC (Women’s, Infants, and Children’s health and nutrition), Head Start/Early Start, Youth
Development and Recreation and Supportive Services, a catch-all category ranging from computer connections to various social services.  One new program, she said, is for developmentally-disabled adults.
 
            Ferraro describes West Central as a “hybrid” facility because it houses programs, has tenants, and also rents space to visitors.  Space is offered free for community activities and rented from private events, such as birthday parties or weddings, she
said.
 
            One tenant is Unify Community Health, formerly the Yakima Valley Farm Workers health program, which has one of its three area clinics at West Central.  One target of health services, Ferraro said, is the demographic that the West Central neighborhood has “the highest rates of teen pregnancies and moms who smoke in Spokane County.”
 
            She also praised the work of long-time staffer Rick
 
            Because of its strategic location, the center also houses a Spokane Police detective and serves as a meeting hall for visitors such as former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who spoke there during his 2004 presidential campaign.
 
            The police presence is welcomed, Ferraro said, “because we have a tremendous amount of crime in the neighborhood.  Needles from drug users are picked up daily in the (adjacent A.M. Cannon) park.”  She added that construction will begin next month on a garage to house the center’s van and other vehicles.  The van was stolen recently and tires have been slashed twice by the same teen-ager.
 
            The center operates on a $1.7 million annual budget, Ferraro said, “with lots of federal funding,” mainly through community development block grants, plus city general funds.  The four Spokane centers also have raised $250,000 by auctioning 12 play houses, she said.
 
            In addition to the welcoming slogan, Ferraro said the center stresses its “core beliefs” with the acronym “REACH – Respect, Empower, Advocate, offer Compassion and Hope.”
 
            The center, she said, works closely with Holmes School since it shares the same family base.  Ferraro said she wants to talk more with club President Nancy Hanson about shared activities with Spokane North Rotary.
 
            The center stages a school supplies drive with help from the General Store and also coordinated collection of 5,000 pounds of food for needy neighbors.
 
            “We’re so glad we can do what we do in West Central,” Ferraro said.
Club adds new member
          The club’s newest member is Tim Zacharias, a financial advisor the past three years with the Edward Jones firm.
 
          Tim, who was born in Germany, served 21 years in the Air Force as a helicopter pilot and instructor.  He was stationed at Fairchild from 1994 to 1998.
 
          Tim and wife Alley live in Colbert and have three children, including two who attend Mt. Spokane High.
 
The bulletin producers:
 
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
 
          Photos: Nancy Hanson
 
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
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