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
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President-elect Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 23, 2023
            Jan. 30: Noon meeting at the Bark.  Speaker: Madison talking about the Bark rescue program.
            Feb. 6: Noon meeting at the Bark.  Speaker:TBA.
            Feb. 10 (Friday): Club social at Melinda Keberle’s house for Colin and Kelley Prestesater baby shower starts at 5:30 p.m.
            Club President Melinda Keberle said the Feb. 10 baby shower will be pizza and “BYOB.”
            Melinda said at our annual “coats for kids” project, Burlington Coats provided three huge boxes of winter coats to the Union Gospel Mission.  Coats were donated by the store and by patrons at the store.
            If you have misplaced your Rotary pin, the club now has new pins, including some with magnets, rather than stick pins.  Cost is $7.
Happy Bucks:
            Ron Noble was happy when his grandson in Bremerton – a 6-foot-4 player, sank three 3-point shots over an opponent who is 6-foot-5 at Shelton, Wash.  
            A quarter- and fund drive - to remember
             At the Jan. 23 luncheon, Michelle Fossum highlighted the club’s active Rotary 2nd quarter and Bill Simer detailed charitable fund raising for the Rotary year to date.
            Michelle, club president for the October through December quarter, shared slides of the speakers and activities in her “State of the Quarter” report.
            October featured lively club debates for Spokane County Sheriff, Spokane County Prosecutor and Spokane County Commission District 1.
            November programs featured Veterans issues. Topics included the special Veterans Court, USERRA and a very memorable “empty table” presentation by Terry Fossum, plus shared memories and photos of all of the veterans in the club.
            November’s social gathering was a holiday lights cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, following by a dinner.
            December featured the holiday gifts for children and families in 40 needy families at Holmes Elementary School.  The long corridor to the Bark Conference Room was filled with large bags of gifts then transported over to the school.  Michelle noted that 100 percent of club members donated to the gift drive.
            The December club holiday celebration was a joyous gathering at Sandy Fink’s home.
             Michelle noted that the club had three new members – Laura Zahn, Megan West and Jerry Logan.
             Bill Simer discussed the strength of the club’s charitable fund raising, in which, after Covid, individual club donations have replaced wine-and-dinner and auction events.
             He said 80 percent of donated funds are distributed to community projects and 20 percent to international issues.
             Monies to Holmes total $6,626, including $700 for Mobius science kits which go to every 3rd and 5th class students.
             The total fund budget is $14,326.  Some $5,810 has been deposited to date (since July 1) for the charitable fund and Bill said another $5,000 to $6,000 would reach our “sweet spot” total.
            Past president Sandy Fink said, “25 years ago we had 90 members and were barely able to raise the dollars for the school supplies for Holmes but look at us now.”  In the beginning we applied for a District grant of $2000 at the encouragement of Lloyd Gray, District Governor.
            Simer said “adding our scholarships and “dirty hands” projects, our club makes a big difference in the community.”
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 5, 2023
             Jan. 16: No meeting.  MLK Holiday.
             Jan. 23: Noon meeting at the Bark.  Speaker: TBA
             Feb. 10 (Friday): Club social at Melinda Keberle’s house for Colin and Kelly Prestesater’s baby shower.
            Club Treasurer Lenore Romney said the club has received a $400 District grant, plus another $110 to provide with Mobius science kits for Holmes Elementary School.  Mobius also dropped the price from $12 to $10 for each kit.         
Hearing the news, new member Jerry Logan, noting he “was a science guy at EWU,” said of the program for kits, said “that’s awesome.”
  At the Jan. 5 meeting, Jerry was formally installed as a club member by President Keberle.
Happy Bucks:
            Ron Noble was $5 worth of happy to acknowledge another year for himself, his family and the club.
            President-elect Steve Boharski was happy that his son, Jerry, graduated from Montana State University last month.
            Bill Simer was happy that EWU “didn’t treat the MSU Bobcats” with a basketball win.
            Laura Zahn was happy for a new grandchild in the family.
Charter school brings light to teen parents
            A “lumen” is a unit of the measure of brightness of light.  The mission of Spokane’s Lumen High School is to provide light and education for teen parents.
            At the small public charter school at 718 W. Riverside “each student follows a personalized pathway leading to graduation prepared for future goals and contributions to their communities.”
            Lumen’s Principal Melissa Pettey and Executive Director Shauna Edwards talked about the potholes and pleasant accomplishments at the club’s Jan. 5 luncheon.
            The charter school partners with School District 81 but has its own district.  In Washington there are 17 charter district schools, including Spokane’s Pride Prep and Innovation High School, which has a college prep curriculum.
            At Lumen, Pettey said, the program emphasizes preparing young moms and dads, “often who have gaps in their learning knowledge” to adjust weekly if needed. 
Sometimes, she said, a student “may not feeling it (school) that day” and the school makes allowances.  There also is a social worker on-site to help with challenges, Pettey said.  She added she now has “great friends at the Juvenile Court.  She said she has had to learn “about how to deal with these issues…you had a bump; now you have to work how to get through it.”
            Lumen opened in the Covid-challenging year of 2020, said Edwards.  She said 20 students have graduated over the three years and 9 more are enrolled this year.
            Five teachers guide the students in grades 9 to 12 and the full-day sessions operate from 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. 
            The location, across from the downtown bus plaza, helps those riders.
            Lumen operates a “baby boutique” and has classes on how to act at job sites and what to wear.  The annual budget, Edwards said, is about $2 million a year in mostly donated funds, including Numerica Credit Union.
            The goal, Pettey said, is to find “liveable-wage jobs,” hoping to get $20-an-hour-plus positions, rather than minimum-wage jobs.
            For the teen parents, often living on their own, many days can seem pretty dark.  Lumen’s Charter School offers some bright alternatives, and perhaps a young person’s light bulb may become much shiny.
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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