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Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 5, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Nov. 12: No “Rotary Connects” gathering.Veterans Day Holiday.
            Nov. 19: Luncheon at Nectar’s in Kendall Yards.  Speakers: Theresa and Matt Wild, “Matt’s Place.  Matt is an ALS victim.  The CDA couple are adding “smart homes” for victims with similar disadvantages.
            Nov. 17: Rotary Serves is the “Tom’s Turkey Drive”.  Volunteers will participate at Rosauers stores on 29th and at the “Y.”
            Dec. 3: Club Christmas lunch at Nectar Downtown (Main and Stevens).  Family members and guests welcome.  RSVP to Chad Haverkamp.
            “Staying put”:  Unless there are rare exceptions, such as the Christmas luncheon, President Lenore Romney said the club will remain through the Rotary year (June 30) for luncheons at Nectar’s in Kendall Yards. Other than federal holidays, the club meets Monday noon on the first and third weeks of the month.
            Turkey thoughts:  President Lenore Romney is coordinating our club’s “Rotary Serves” monthly event – joining the hundreds of volunteers Nov. 17 at Rosauer’s stores for “Tom’s Turkey Drive.”  Our shifts, assigned earlier, are 8 a,m. to 10 a.m. at the 29th Street store and the “Y” store at 9:45 a.m. to Noon.
            Nice reunion:  Akihiro Nakahara, a Club 21 member and leader of the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, visited our club Nov. 5.  Nakahara, who in 1985 was a Rotary and Junior Chamber exchange student, was hosted by Dave Peterson.  Dave and “Aki” were reunited at our luncheon meeting.  Nakahara also has served in the Nishinomiya-Spokane Sister City Society.  His wife, Dian, attended Ferris, and their parents, Dick and Misako Egner, are Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society board members.
            Holmes ideas?:  Board member John Mailliard, who attended the Rotary Foundation meeting in Coeur d’Alene, said matching grant applications for the club are due in April for the 2019-20 Rotary year and suggests Holmes projects might be worthy of consideration.
“40 for 40”gifts go fast
            In just a few minutes 36 of the 40 slips for needy children and their families at Holmes were picked by members at the Nov. 5 luncheon.
            Treasurer Sandy Fink, the gift event coordinator, was amazed at how fast the tags disappeared at the rate of two per Holmes family.  The wrapped gifts – with letter IDs attached on the outside – are due at the Dec. 17 luncheon meeting at Nectar’s in Kendall Yards.
            Sandy stressed that total items per tag should stay at $40 because more expensive gifts create equity problems.
Wine-tasting results: Cheers! and Bravo!
            In just 45 days, the wine-tasting fundraiser Nov. 2 generated about $13,000 net proceeds – an amazing result for a club with just 20 members.
            President Lenore Romney reported preliminary results at the Nov. 5 luncheon.  Among the results:
                    Set at the Kalispel Golf & Country Club, 105 people attended, including 20 staff members from Holmes Elementary.
                    The results:  Paddle raises:            $8,000
                                          Cork draws:                $1,320
                                          Sponsor checks:         $1,250
                                          EventBrite                   $   576
                                          Ticket sales (net):      $1,750
                                          Total:                           $12,896
            When Romney presented that preliminary total of $12,896, she said one more bottle of wine remained.  A spirited bidding started at $5 and ended at $200 for the Reustle Vineyards dry Reisling vintage.  That raised the preliminary total at nearly $13,000.
            She added that one other good result of the fund-raiser was that changing to a fall event puts the total closer to Rotary’s July 1 budgeting year.  It has been difficult to gauge expected amounts for projects when results are not known until mid-June when springtime fund raisers have been staged.
            Romney said an earlier date might be considered, perhaps a date in September.
            Asked for reactions about the event, most responses were very favorable.
            The mix of the wines, professional music, tasty appetizers and cordial conversation all got raves.  The cork pull was a hit and some said we could raise the $20 price, along with adding more bottles of wine.
            Precisely at 7 p.m., Romney noted that nearly every ticket-holder quickly moved upstairs and took seats at tables at the rounds of 10.   She thought it looked like an orderly school drill. 
            The event, one club member said was “more fun, with less effort” than the games and auctions at previous fund-raisers.  Another agreed, saying this event “didn’t drag out” like previous times.
            Romney said the weather forecasts “spooked me,” prompting the move from the big tent to inside.  Some members said it was a plus to have the tasting downstairs so the tables could be ready for the buffet dinner.  Members and guests loved the tiramisu dessert.
   After the dinner, Romney talked about that the club focused on Holmes projects 12 years ago.
            Principal Stephanie Lundberg thanked all attending, especially all the staff members.  “It’s inspiring,” she said.
            Lundberg, now in her ninth year at Holmes, and fifth year as principal, said 89 percent of the school’s 400 students are on free or reduced-price lunch plans, showing the overall poverty of the West Central neighborhood.
            “We want to make a difference and we want to inspire them to make a change,” she said.
            Lundberg described how one former student was sent to her office after fighting. Forced to another city in a custody fight, he sent an e-mail to Lundberg 10 days ago with the message “I just wanted to say hello and tell you I’m doing well.”  It was a positive change indeed.
            Assistant Principal Ben Gilsdorf said he is in his first year at Holmes, but “has been in similar schools” in his 14th year in the district.  He talked about Holmes’ “hierarchy of needs,” including clothes, “including whitey tidies,” plus school supplies.
            Ben talked about how the school “collaborates as a team to help, dropping what we are doing to do what else is needed.”
            He added: “It’s incredible to see the Rotarians’ work here.”  He said when a 5th grader finally got his Holmes Heroes shirt, which Rotary provides, the boy “blew his mind” when mom came to the awards luncheon.
            Lisa Vance, assistant principal and health and fitness specialist is in her 24th year at Holmes.  She said she has “kids of kids and grandparents of kids at the school.  “I wouldn’t want to be at any other place,” Lisa said.  “It’s really a great place.” 
            She said the help for supplies and the shirts “go above and beyond the monetary gifts,” including weekly mentoring sessions.
            Collaboration may be one of the best words for Spokane-North and Holmes.  It defines how the members work together to affect the positive change that Lundberg talks about.  And it shows how, on very short notice, our members, especially a special club president, can make a fund-raiser a real success.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos:  Bill Simer and Melinda Keberle
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 22, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 29: No meetings scheduled on fifth Mondays. 
            Nov. 2: FUND-RAISER!! Dine Out Spokane for Kids. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Kalispel Golf & Country Club is at 2010 W. Waikiki Road (the former Spokane Country Club).  Our event has moved inside to the private room behind the bar off the main 1898 Dining room.  Enter the building through the 1898 Public House doors.  Please inform your guests of our location change.
            Nov. 5: Noon meeting at Nectar; speaker TBA -- Selection of Kids for Christmas Gifts
            Nov. 11: No meeting - Veterans Day Holiday.
            We were saddened this week to learn that Melody Farance lost her battle with lung cancer. Melody was a member of Spokane North Rotary from 2008 to 2016 when she resigned due to her illness.  She was an attorney with Stamper Rubens, P.S. and was an active member during her time with us.
            Turkey thoughts: President Lenore Romney is coordinating our club’s “Rotary Serves” monthly event – joining the hundreds of volunteers Nov. 17 for Tom’s Turkey Drive at Rosauer’s stores.  Our shifts are 8 a.m. to noon at the 29th Street store, and 9:45 a.m. to noon at the “Y” store.       There’s ONE slot left for the shift at the 29th street store!  Email Lenore if you would like that spot.
Taste time is here for needy kids
            We’re off to a great start for our fundraising effort…90 members and guests are scheduled to attend, and 60 donated wine bottles are available for sale during the Wine Grab, along with some generous donations will help provide the needed funds for this year’s projects with Holmes Elementary School.
            Under the direction of Club President Lenore Romney, the event will be at the Kalispel Golf & Country Club.  Due to concerns about the weather this time of  year, we have moved the event to a private room off the main 1898 Public House dining room (behind the bar area). 
            The wine-tasting, with antipasto appetizers start at 5:30 p.m.  The full Italian buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m.  A short program starts around 7:45 p.m., featuring comments by Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg, and a quick paddle-raise “call for the cause.”  The Wine Grab (cork draw) will be going on throughout the event until the last bottle is sold!  Corks are priced at $20 each and the range of average retail price for the wines is $11 to $60!  
             Electronic tickets are available through an Eventbrite site, for tickets a “donate” button for the cause.  Photos of Holmes Elementary activities and events will be displayed at the event. Music will be provided.  Suggested attire: “business casual.”
Simple tips for reds and whites
For those needing a refresher on wine tasting etiquette, here are some tips from Paul Gregutt of the Wine Enthusiast magazine:
            Sight: Examine the wine.  Look straight down, then hold it up to the light.  Give a tilt for complete color range.
            Swirl: Keep the bottle on a flat surface as you rotate the vintage.  Look for “legs” or “tears” that run down the side of the glass.
            Sniff: Sample a good look, but don’t bury your nose in the glass.
            Smell: Look for “wine flaws,” off-aromas, old musty corks and tastes “like a wet newspaper,” which he said, are “terminal.”
            Taste: Use a sip, not a swallow.  This aerates the wine and circulates it in your mouth.
            And some added tips for an occasional wine drinker and club bulletin writer:
            Spit: Only if protocol provides and designated receptacles are provided. (It’s not a baseball or softball field.)
            Non-Corks: Sniffing metal wine bottle caps is not suggested.  Nor are the plastic caps on wine cartons.
            Use glasses: Some non-purists occasionally just drink from the bottles.  This is expedient and saves washing glasses later, but probably should be limited to home kitchens, with no guests present.
            No “shot-gunning:” Limit volumes to polite sips and samples, please.  Even if you find a delicious varietal, avoid draining the entire bottle in one big swallow. 
            Final tip for Nov. 2: Have fun!!
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson

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