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1331 W Summit Parkway
Spokane, WA  99201
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FOR KIDS -- 2019

With Gratitude to our Sponsors
Barrister Winery
David Green, CPA, PLLC
Maryhill Winery
Nectar Wine & Beer
Renegade by MonteScarlatto
Romney & Associates
Umpqua Bank
Va Piano Vineyards
Steve Boharski
Sandy Fink
Michelle Fossum
Nancy Hanson
Eric Johnson
Peter & Emma Noble
Steve Perry
Lenore Romney
Bill Simer
Jeff Sims
Tim Zacharias




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North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 7, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 14: Rotary Connects: The Backyard Public House , 1811W. Broadway; starts at 4:30 p.m.
            Oct. 19: Rotary Serves: “Big Build,” at 2nd Harvest, 8:30 a.m.
            Oct. 21: Luncheon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, Darin Duty from Generation Live.
            Oct. 28: No meeting.
            Nov. 4: Luncheon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, program TBA.
            Nov. 11: No Rotary Connect, Veterans Day Holiday.
            Holiday thoughts:  While we consider Halloween treats and Thanksgiving meals, keep in mind our Rotary Club’s “$40 for 40” gift program.  Tags for needy kids from Holmes Elementary will be ready for selection at the Nov. 18 luncheon.  Gift returns are due Dec. 16.
Castlegar club leads programs in Honduras
            With the mounting list of challenges, one Rotary Club’s program in District 5080 is helping needy families in Honduras.
            The Castlegar Sunrise Rotary Club has made its mission “to improve education, health and economic opportunity to enable some in Honduras to live more productive lives.”
            The program is “H.E.L.P. Honduras.” The program’s president, Mike Balahura, described the program at the Oct. 7 luncheon.  HELP is an acronym for Health, Education and Literacy Program in Honduras, a country of 9.3 million in Central America.
            Mike is a retired school principal now working as a curriculum consultant to the University of British Columbia’s Department of Education.
            One of the remarkable aspects of the program is the funding.  Starting with just $3,000, the club matched monies with other clubs, the district and Rotary International global grants.  The multiples totaled to $122,000 (U.S.), Balahura said.
            The setting in Tegucigalpa and other Honduras towns is challenging, Mike said.  “It’s an incredibly violent country,” he said.  Gangs are rampant and poverty is widespread.
Most families with any wealth enroll students in private school, he said. To enroll in public school, students must first have uniforms, books, book bags and all of the stationery items.  Rotary funding provides most of those needs, plus extensive mentoring and tutoring.
            Balahura said several of the children are the first in their families to attend formal schooling.
            He said that with the school supplies and comprehensive tutoring and mentoring the HELP students have soared from 51 percent to 98 percent success in elementaries and 36 percent to 96 percent in secondary schools.
            Health clinics have been started in unused buildings and with micro-funding from Rotary a number of shoe-string entrepreneurs have opened businesses, rather than scavaging items from dumps and dumpsters.
            Balahura said the program even attracted a visit from Barry Rassin, the 2018-19 RI President.
            Mike admits that problems persist in Honduras. The HELP-ers seem heavily tilted toward women and girls in the pictures he shared.  Of the male side, he said, “they just do their own thing.”
But, for now, the gangs have generally left the programs alone. And Rotary has made a positive difference.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Lenore Romney
Spokane North Notes
September 16, 2019
            10/7/19 Lunch – Noon, Nectar at Kendall Yards, HELP in Honduras
            10/14/19 Rotary Connect – 4:30 p.m., Backyard Public House
            10/21/19 Lunch – Noon, Nectar at Kendall Yards, Generation Alive
            10/21/19 Rotary Serves (TBA)

 "Connections" Sister Cities Garden


            About a dozen club members braved the unseasonably cold weather to tour the new "Connections" Sister Cities Garden in Riverfront Park.


            With temperatures in the low 40s, members lunched on cold (of course) sandwiches on benches, then toured the new garden which is just north of the Rotary Fountain.


            Chuck Rehberg recounted the long path of  the garden, which planning started after the 2005 Sister Cities International held in Spokane.  College-aged members, asked to produce a legacy item for the conference, came up a reflexology path.


            With Spokane-North participating under then-president Diana Riggins, 12 of the concrete panels, 4 feet square, had assorted rocks and even golf balls  embedded into the concrete forms.


           The reflexology panels were stored at Mukogawa Institute while the Park Department and the club talked about a site for the garden.


            With the help of Washington State faculty and students at Riverpoint, plans were developed for the swirling pathways, a small, central plaza, and space for sculpture items from Spokane and its five sister cities.


            The club members Sept. 30 saw the replica of the Imazu Lighthouse in Nishinomiya, Japan, and the  Irish harp for the Sister City twinned with Limerick, Ireland.


            The harp was sculpted by Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, famous for many works, including the trash-eating  "garbage goat" in Riverfront.  She died last year at age 97.  Lenore Romney pushed the button which starts the harp music installed in the

sculpture.  A harpist from Limerick provided the music.


            When the formal dedication of the garden was staged, the Spokane sculpture -- a 5-foot high "Steel Kokanee" by artist Melissa Cole -- was brought to the garden.  The big fish is now in City Hall, awaiting the pedestal for the fish to be completed.


            Plans for three more sculptures are under way, including a "sotdae" series of geese or swans atop tall posts, from Jecheon, South Korea; a boat builder statue from Jilin City, China, and an historic cistern from Cagli, Italy.


             Signage is still being finished, but the club's name is prominently noted on the basalt column near the entry.  Our donation included a $5,000 gift to help develop the garden and also contributed to the rock path panels in 2005.





 Bulletin Producers

            Editors:  Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink

               Pictures:  Steve Bergman and Lenore Romney





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