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1331 W Summit Parkway
Spokane, WA 99201
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DINE OUT SPOKANE

FOR KIDS -- 2019

With Gratitude to our Sponsors
 
Barrister Winery
David Green, CPA, PLLC
HMA CPA
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 ROTARY CLUB

OF

SPOKANE NORTH

To Our Members and Rotary Friends,

 

We will be back to our regular meeting schedule in the month of June via Zoom.  Lunchtime Zoom meetings will be held on 6/1 and 6/15;

 

Rotary Connect Happy Hour Zoom will be on 6/8 – BYO snacks and beverage! 

 

Our speaker on 6/1 will be Melinda Keberle giving the President’s Update; on 6/15, Steve Bergman will give us an update on employment law changes arising from the COVID-19 crisis.

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS:  Please note the new date for application for the scholarship:

     Applications must be electronically received by June 5th, 2020.   Final selection of recipients will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Rotary Club of Spokane North.

      Scholarship recipients will be invited to a regular Rotary club meeting in July 2020 for presentation of the scholarship.

 

Presidential Theme for 2019-2020

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
March 3, 2020
Rotary calendar:
 
            Mar. 9: Rotary Connect, 4:30 p.m., Lenore and Bob Romney’s house, 4822 S. Myrtle.
 
            Mar. 16: Lunch at Nectar, “Cancer Can’t,” Emily Grankowski.
 
            Mar. 21: Rotary Serves, Food for Kidz, GU Cataldo Hall, arrive at 5 p.m., packaging at 6-8 p.m.
 
            Saving the dates: The club’s current Rotary year ends with the June 22 installation dinner and next year’s fund-raiser is Oct. 2.
 
Briefly:
 
            Prayers welcome: Bill Hyatt, is now in Spokane Hospice.  Club member Dave Hayward said Bill is able to have visitors.  Bill joined our club in 1974, served as club president in 1989-90 and was District 5080 governor in 1996.  Until illness in recent years, Bill had more than 30 years of perfect attendance at weekly meetings.
 
            Next year motto: President-elect Steve Bergman returned from Seattle’s multi-district training seminar with new colleagues from the area, new ideas for Rotary programs and a small banner with the 2020-21 motto: Rotary Opens Opportunity.
 
            Fund-raiser help: Several members are needed to help the efforts for the Oct. 2 fund-raiser at the McGinnity Room, 116 W. Pacific. The club’s annual event funds projects at Holmes Elementary and other activities.
 
 
New ideas planned for festivals, other events
           
            Following combined decades of planning and staging events at Spokane’s Veterans Memorial Arena, two entrepreneurs are developing a new entertainment business.     
 
            Matt Gibson and Becca Watters told the March 3 luncheon about their new firm, Silverscout Presents.
 
            Gibson, a Spokane native, was an Arena general manager, and Watters, from Portland, was an assistant  general manager.  In their combined 32 years of event planning, they talked about four-year plans to convince and schedule Garth Brooks and Elton John tour stops in Spokane.  They also worked with U.S. Skating and NCAA basketball events and shows including Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Fleetwood Mac and many others.
 
            Becca talked about how the Eagles avoid cell-phone technology at their concerts, while many other acts welcome the cell-phone lights which light up the Arena like small stars in the 12,000 seat venue.
 
            One common item to the shows, Matt said, is beer.  “Lots and lots of beer,” he said, sometimes wondering how some patrons will get home.
 
            Another thing about staging the events, he said, is long days.  “When I was an event manager, and then a host, it often meant 16-18 days,” Matt said.  His record longest day was 23 hours, he added.  
 
            For all the challenges, both said the work “can be incredibly cool.”
 
            They know that staging big names not only produce great memories, but also add to the fabric of the Spokane community.
 
            But now Matt and Becca are “starting a new gig” with their new live events and entertainment company.
 
            They envision a variety of endeavors, many of them outside, with various festivals.  One example might be a “Kris Kringle” yuletide event, with six weeks with music, kiosks and a Christmas beer garden.
 
            Matt would like some of the events or festivals to generate “the excitement like a Hoopfest.”
 
            Of concern to all sports, events, festivals and most gatherings is the nervousness about the effects of the spread of the coronavirus.  “We are nervous about the virus,” Matt said.  Becca added that some Portland-area events already have been rescheduled from this spring to fall.
 
            Responding to a question, Matt said a small stadium, especially if centrally located, could provide a festival grounds or event site.
 
   
Spots open for a ‘packing party’
           
            Six members have signed up for Spokane-North Rotary’s next project on the evening of March 21, a Food for Kidz meal assembly event at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall.
 
            In groups of eight to 10, the packing stations will help produce thousands of meals.   Members, family and friends should arrive between 4:30 to 5 p.m.  After instructions and donning hair nets and gloves, each team will work from 6 to 8 p.m.
 
            Joining the event will be members of six or seven Rotary Clubs and GU’s Rotaract and Interact clubs.
 
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos:  Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 24, 2020
Rotary calendar:
 
            Mar. 2: Lunch at Nectar, Silverscout Presents, Matt Gibson.
 
            Mar. 9: Rotary Connect, 4:30 p.m., Lenore and Bob Romney’s house, 4822 S. Myrtle.
 
            Mar. 16: Lunch at Nectar, Cancer Can’t, Emily Grankowski
 
            Mar. 21: Rotary Serves, Food for Kidz, GU Cataldo Hall, arrive at 5 p.m., packaging at 6-8 p.m.
 
Briefly:
 
            Jobs wanted: Following the resignation of Tim Zacharias, the board still needs to fill the secretary position for the Rotary year, which ends June 30.
 
            A few openings also remain for the 2020-21 Rotary Year, when President-elect Steve Bergman moves up to the club presidency.
 
            Fund-raiser help: Several members are needed to help the efforts for the Oct. 2 fund-raiser at the McGinnity Room, 116 W. Pacific. The club’s annual event funds projects at Holmes Elementary and other activities.
 
 
Food program targets needy kids
           
            Food was the main topic at the club’s Feb. 24 meeting.       
 
            While members dined on pasta, salad and bite-sized desserts, Jim Dodd, volunteer director and regional manager for Food for Kidz talked about packaged meals sent nationally and to groups worldwide for needy children and their families.
 
            The sustainable sustenance includes rice and beans and oatmeal.  Just add water, boil and the contents of each four cups produce four pounds of food, Dodd said.
 
            A 48-year resident of the Spokane Valley, Dodd was working with Spokane’s HRC Ministries trying to feed needy youngsters.  But adding to the list of food-drive collections, about three years he sought another way – the packaging path.
 
            Dodd said he was down to number seven on his list of contacts for the effort, when he met the leaders of Food for Kidz, in tiny Stewart, Minn., population of 571 in the southeast center of the state.
 
            In Stewart, a Lions Club used proceeds from pull-tab money 15 years ago to start its operations in a former school house.
 
            Since HRC and Dodd’s work in the construction industry had facilities and tools to handle pallets of products.  Food for Kidz people recruited scientists from nearby General Mills and Pillsbury to develop packages that would meet FDA requirements and products that would last for three years.
 
            Using volunteers from service clubs, churches and other organizations, workers assemble, weigh and seal the packages.  Each package costs 25 cents and a $2,500 effort yields 10,000 meals of packaging
 
            After his talk at our club, Dodd is coordinating a group of 160 workers, including Rotarians, in Yakima.  Two weeks from now he heads to villages in Uganda to help that effort, where locusts have devastated local crops.
 
            Dodd showed photos of ramshackle huts and schools in Kenya and primitive well-drinking apparatus.
 
            As Food for Kidz says, “We’ll go anywhere if we can change the lift of one child.”
 
            President Melinda Keberle said our club secured a $350 Express Grant from our Rotary District to fund our share of the Food for Kidz project.
 
Join us for a ‘packing party’
           
            Spokane North Rotary’s next project is the evening of March 21, a Food for Kidz meal assembly event at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall.  Members, family and friends should arrive between 4:30 to 5 p.m.  After instructions and donning hair nets and gloves, teams of eight to 10 will staff packaging tables.  Each table will have two hour shifts – 6 to 8 p.m.
 
            Joining the event will be members of six or seven Rotary Clubs and GU’s Rotaract and Interact clubs.
 
            A sign-up sheet for the event was distributed Feb. 24 and interested members are asked to e-mail Melinda Keberle or Chuck Rehberg as soon as possible so volunteers can assemble products and gather enough packaging stations.
 
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos:  Sandy Fink
Speakers
ZOOM Meeting at Noon
Jun 01, 2020
Melinda Keberle - President's Report
ZOOM - Rotary Happy Hour Connects -- 4:30pm
Jun 08, 2020
BYO snacks and beverage
ZOOM Meeting at Noon
Jun 15, 2020
Steve Bergman -- Employment Law Changes

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