Spokane North

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Bark, A Rescue Pub
905 N Washington St
Spokane, WA 99201
United States of America
Beginning June 21 we will be meeting weekly at noon at Bark
Past President
Board Member (Membership)
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                                                              ROTARY CLUB
                                                                                                                                                                       OF  SPOKANE NORTH 
                                                                                                      SERVICE TO KIDS!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Presidential Theme for 2021-2022



            New meeting place – Bark, A Rescue Pub located at 905 N. Washington Street. 

            Meeting time is Noon to 1pm; please arrive as close to Noon as possible for placing your lunch order.

            We will be meeting WEEKLY for the first quarter as an experiment.  Upcoming Schedule:
             Jul 26, 2021 -- Scholarship Recipient and Fellowship Time
             Aug. 2, 2021 -- American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland NW -- Leslie Woodfill
             Aug. 9, 2021 -- Member Fellowship
             Aug. 16, 2021 -- FIELD TRIP to Holmes Elementary -- 11:45am
             Aug. 23, 2021 -- Washington Policy Center -- Chris Cargill
             Aug. 30, 2021 -- Member Classification Talks and Fellowship  
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 19, 2021
July 26: Lunch, noon at Bark, a Rescue Pub (905 N. Washington).  Gerald Saling scholarship winner Kayla D. Pham from Rogers High.  Please email your lunch order to Lenore by Noon on Sunday 7/25.
August 2:  Lunch, noon at Bark.  Speaker, Leslie Woodfill – Executive Director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland NW.
August 9:  Lunch, noon at Bark.  No scheduled speaker; member fellowship.
August 16: Field trip - 11:45 a.m.  Rotary project and lunch at Holmes Elementary (2600W. Sharp Ave., Spokane, 99201) for school supplies restocking; pizza lunch follows.
August 23: Lunch, noon at Bark. Speaker, Chris Cargill, Washington Policy Center.
August 30: Lunch, noon at Bark.  Member classification talks and fellowship.
Table talk:
            Success! Sandy Fink, coordinating the Holmes school supply project, said our longtime friend at Staples, Richard Cumor, was able to fill our supplies order within the Club’s budget!   
            Sandy said Richard has helped in various ways, including driving his own rig to deliver our supplies to Holmes. 
            Earlier, Sandy said some of the items in our order would cost as much as 50 percent more than last year, but with Richard’s help in switching a few brand items and Staples defining us as a “bulk user,” he was able to satisfy our order within our budget – YAY!
            More success: The July 19 lunch drew 17 people, including 15 members and two guests.  Steve Bergman’s guest, Colin Prestesater, who visited our Club for a second time, expressed his desire to join our club.  WELCOME COLIN!
            Good idea.  Ron Noble suggested that luncheons without designated speakers be used for classification talks about members.  That was done at various times over the years, with generally good success.  The Club will put that suggestion into action right away with our first set of classification talks being scheduled on August 30th!
            Thought for food (and wine). Should the club continue trying to stage annual fund-raisers, or seek member donations and perhaps other avenues for funding to support Holmes’ projects and other goals?  Art Rudd suggested keeping fundraising simple given our limited human resources by asking members for donations to the Charitable Fund.  President Lenore Romney welcomes thoughts from members as the Board will soon need to make a decision on how to fund this year’s budget. 
 Happy Buck$:
            President Lenore Romney added $20 for Happy Bucks during Covid’s Zoom meetings.
            Steve Boharski was happy that daughter Emma is on her way to Carroll College.
            Bill Simer is happy that international travel has opened and his first destination is the south of England.  “It feels good,” Bill said.  
            Ron Schurra was grandfatherly happy for a pleasant outing with his 8-year-old.
            Ron Noble is happy that he has retired from some of his longtime work after a career that began in 1965.
            Melinda Keberle and son Landen toured baseball stadiums in Pittsburg and Cleveland, adding to their quest to visit all of the major league venues.  They now have visited more than 20 sites.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 12, 2021
           July 19: Rotary lunch, noon, at Bark, a Dog Rescue (905 N. Washington).  Club social and discussion.  (Scheduled Speaker, Chris Cargill, Washington Policy Center, had to re-schedule.)
           August 16: 11:45 a.m.  Rotary project and lunch at Holmes Elementary for resupplying storage cabinet items (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.).  Pizza lunch follows.
            Sandy Fink, coordinating the Holmes supply cabinet project, said most staples (at Staples and elsewhere) now cost 50 percent higher for each item.  Our vendor and Sandy are looking for sales. 
Bob Romney suggests that club members may consider a special assessment if needed quantities fall short of previous targeted donations.
            Sandy showed the new T-shirts, headlining “Holmes Heroes Have,” with a list of values and groups that help Holmes students, including, of course, Spokane-North Rotary and Rotary Emblem/Wheel.
Happy Buck$:
            John Mailliard is happy with his new 18 solar panels on his Eagle Ridge aerie.     
            President Lenore Romney was happy that some 22 people gathered for the Installation Dinner at Nectar’s Barrel room downtown.  Luncheon members applauded Lenore’s efforts for resuming the annual dinner after the pandemic interruption.
            Paula Mutter, Lenore’s mom, joining us from New Jersey, was happy to travel again and watch Bob Romney show his sailing prowess. 
 After Covid, a brighter ‘Spark-Central’
            There are many “spark-lers” in the program for youth in the Kendall Yards activities center at 1214 W. Summit Parkway.
            At the July 12 club lunch, Nicole Adamson-Wood described the variety of programs, including a new Level Up computer program and an assortment of summer camps.
            Nicole is Spark-Central’s development director, but also lists her job as “coal shoveler.” She is a University of Utah grad in political philosophy and has worked in advertising agencies.
            Among the creative programs are “Drop In & Write,” Digital Arts Club, Minecraft Club, “We Do Robotic Zoo,” Girls Rock Lab and “Be Your Own Superhero: A Comics Creation Camp.”
           On the Spark website the photos of Spark staff and board members are from their childhood.  Clever, huh?
           Nicole said that while the camps and programs are open to all youngsters, special attention is given to Holmes and Audubon schools and those in the West central neighborhood.
           “STEM activities are always on the top of the list,” Nicole said.
            She added: “Kids have been isolated with Covid and now we can resume classes in-person and summer camps.  We are trying to fill an opportunity gap.”
            Nicole also said with Covid many of the volunteers at Spark-Central did not return, so that important need must be filled.
            One project produced is an 8-page West Central Express newspaper.  The front page featured a story with GU Women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier.
             Another story featured “Barkly the Bernedoodle,” the Holmes Elementary therapy dog.  The author, Ellenore, said “Barkly is a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a poodle.  He is a goofy, silly dog and plays with students outside.”  Barkly’s friendly temperament “are the qualities of an ideal therapy dog.”
            The Spark-Central mascot is a fedora-hatted Hippo named “Snoz.”
            Snoz’s card says “I make stuff.  Create. Innovate. Imagine.”
            And Spark-Central’s motto is “Go anywhere from here.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink


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