Spokane North

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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
June 27, 2022
            July 4: No meeting; federal holiday.
            July 11: Noon. Lunch at the Bark.  Meet our Gerald Saling scholarship winners.
Happy Buck$:
            Sandy Fink celebrated a few dollars for “the great hospitality of Art and Robin Rudd and the wonderful weather and for the Club’s support of all the Holmes School projects during the year.
            Steve Boharshi was happy about his fishing trip to Alaska.
            Colin Prestesater added $2 for getting some yardwork done in his new house and for a nice outing at the Spokane Indians, which won the game.
            Lenore Romney was happy to meet up with 15 relatives for a three day reunion in New Jersey.
             Steve Perry also shared how enjoyable the gathering was at the Rudd’s home last Friday evening.
Thanks Art and Robyn
           The year-end club dinner June 24 offered splendid weather, excellent wine and food and hours of casual conversation at the home and gorgeous garden of Art and Robyn Rudd.
            Some 25 club members and spouses joined the gathering on a perfect early evening.
            Raise a toast to our hosts and their wonderful planning.
Thanks, Steve
            As the Rotary year closes, we say goodbye to board member Steve Perry.  Steve has been a Rotarian 32 years at clubs in Oregon, California and in Spokane-North the past several years.
            Steve said he resigned to work on other duties.  We wish Steve and wife Bernie all the best and welcome both of them anytime to meetings, projects and activities.
Getting a new education
            Education has changed in recent years, and not always for the better.
            Sandy Fink described some of the changes in chatting with Holmes Elementary Principal Kale Colyar, who was scheduled to attend the club’s June 27 meeting, but unable to attend as he was interviewing staff applicants.      
            Sandy, a career educator and former North Central High School principal, said five or six teachers and counselors are moving to middle schools as Holmes’ new 6th graders will also now move.
            While they talked during the club-sponsored Golden Heroes programs, Sandy said Kale noted how many students at various grades – if they do not like the class material – now just leave their computers or walk out of class.
            “Never in all my years would anyone do that,” Sandy said.
            Sandy, who has worked in the Holmes school library and with the administrators for many years, said she is sorry that Counselor Grant Caldwell, will also be leaving Holmes in order to work at one of the new middle schools.
            “He has been one of the people who worked out all the details for our club projects, she said.
            She mentioned the importance of our club’s $1,500 a year for the principal’s emergency fund, which enables the school to provide coats and other clothing items needed by students.
            Sandy also talked about Holmes’ “Dining at the Ritz,” an annual time when 6th graders dress in their best clothing, including coats and ties, and learn dining etiquette “like they were dining at the Ritz” hotel.
            Lenore Romney, a longtime mentor at Holmes, said when the event nears “that is all they live for.”  Hopefully, the program will continue next year for the 5th graders.
            Sandy also noted that the club-funded multi-year program for library books is ending.  She cited club member Art Rudd for his support for the book program.  She said Art has also wondered if some students could be sent to a camping event or RYLA-like program.  Art responded: “Could we do both (books and camp)?”
             Kale Colyar said he was sorry to miss the June 27 meeting, but will attend a club meeting in August.
Where are the scholars?
            At the July 11 meeting, the club plans to honor its two Gerald Saling Scholarship winners.  The scholars are Izabella Maddaloni of Shadle Park, and Marrisa Bell of Rogers High.
            As scholarship liaison Brian Hipperson noted that once again, applications for our scholarship were fewer than in pre-pandemic years. 
            Last year, just one $1,500 scholarship was awarded.  And that was the only applicant.
            Brian said at the five schools – Rogers, Shadle Park, North Central, Community School and On-Track --it’s not for lack of trying.
            At Rogers, for example, Brian said, one counselor “personally approached them (students) to talk about the scholarship opportunities.  “We push, push, push” the counselor said, but with no results.
            Asked about the amount, Bill Simer and Gary Bowe of the Deer Park club, who help administrate the area club scholarships, both said $1,500 is still the right amount.  Bowe, who was attending our club meeting, said his club also has had fewer scholarship applicants.
            Brian said the scholarship committee has talked about improving the application announcements, by starting announcements earlier in the school year and even by attending career-day programs.
            “There are no definite solutions,” he said.  “We will continue to try, but it seems there are many students who just don’t want to go to college right now.”
            Another option may be to open the scholarships to community college students returning for a second year, as the late Gerald Saling was president of the Spokane Community Colleges.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 20, 2022
            Friday, June 24: Year-end Rotary gathering at Art and Robin Rudds’ home. Arrivals 5:30 or 6 p.m.   “Other halves” welcome.  Potluck items have been assigned.
            June 27: Rotary lunch. Noon at the Bark.  Speaker: Holmes Principal Kale Colyar
            July 4: No meeting; federal holiday.
            Hutton Settlement and Arbor Crest: Club 21 has invited our members to join them at 4 p.m., Monday, June 27 for a tour at the Hutton Settlement, 9907 E. Wellesley.  Following the tour, about an hour later, members are invited to the cliff-side Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd.  Club 21 will offer two glasses of wine to those attending.  Spouses are welcome at the events.  You MUST RSVP ahead of time to
Happy Buck$:
            Sandy Fink celebrated a gathering of 25 relatives in celebration of her brother’s 90th birthday Lake Coeur d’Alene cruise.
            Steve Bergman celebrated his daughter’s high school graduation.
A special invocation:
            On the federal holiday to honor Juneteenth Day, Club President Lenore Romney offered this special prayer:
            “246 years ago, the independence of our country was declared…but not for all Americans.
            87 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, President Abraham Lincoln gave freedom to the slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation, finally giving freedom to all Americans.
            And after another 158 years, the freedom of this country from slavery was recognized as the federal holiday Juneteenth.
            Opal Lee and DeForest Soaries eloquently remind us that today is really the other half of the Fourth of July. Juneteenth is the day that marks a journey in American history to live by the principles of liberty and freedom for all; and leading to July 4th – the celebration of our independence from Great Britain.
            They suggest that Juneteenth be a day of great unity – a day to renew our commitment to each other to protect freedom for every American. Amen.
Golden Heroes Awards Assembly at Holmes
           On Thursday, June 16th Ron Nobel and Sandy Fink helped Principal, Kale Colyar, award certificates and medallions to students from grades one through six at Holmes.    It was such a rewarding experience to see these students from Holmes who had earned these honors.  Ron and Sandy encourage all Rotarians to participate in one of these assemblies next year -- there are three throughout the year! 
Joe Albi scores in a new stadium
            In football parlance, it was “an audible.”
            After a special election about location, School District 81 planned a smaller stadium to replace the decades-old Joe Albi Stadium in northwest Spokane.
            But various players – including business leaders, city leaders and school district leaders -- huddled again about the location and the design.
            Despite some criticism about the site, the new playbook developed by ALSC Architects produced a 5,000-seat downtown stadium for high school football and professional soccer.
         At the June 20 club meeting, Rustin Hall, ALSC principal, showed slides and a very detailed and impressive cross-section mock-up of the dazzling new plans.
            Hall said, “We have a very tight site.”  The new Joe Albi Stadium is squeezed into the former north parking lot between Dean and Boone.  From atop the stadium roof, a deep corner kick or long pass could hit the new Podium and the Civic Theater building.  A long punt might even reach the adjacent Veterans Arena.
            But Hall, who has worked with ALSC for 37 years, showed vistas open to the river and a well-designed serpentine promenade from Riverfront Park to the new venue.
            While hundreds or a thousand or two attendees mill around the lower section, the upper section, some with seat backs, shows close-up action on the field.   Unlike the Arena, elevators will take stadium patrons to the upper
            The new Albi will provide storage enough to help out the Podium, which needs space to keep concert seating and other amenities across the street.
            To try to mitigate some of the stadium cheers for Civic Theater-goers, sound muffling will be added and the theater building will add wall and roof muffling tools.
            Parking, already tight with the Podium events, including indoor commencements, will add more challenges, and, Hall said, a mind-set that “we need to learn not to park right at the door” of the various venues.  The surrounding and close by areas offer ample parking for events in the “complex.”
            The former Value Village site will offer some more parking and other nearby private parking will be available, he said.  A large drop-off area will accommodate patrons not willing or able to walk distances.
            Hall said the new Albi is expandable, designed to double the crowd to 10,000 seats.  For open-air concerts, 5,000 more patrons could be seated on the floor.  The artificial turf for soccer and football, he said, could allow tract runners from the Podium to warm up.  The floor covering from the Podium could be used at Albi to save the turf.
            Hall talked about “game-day experiences” and “pre-and-post events” to enhance the events and raise revenues.  He showed VIP suites and open-air landings overlooking downtown. He added there will be “35 points of sales
for merch.”
            As staff at KXLY-TV can attest, the blasting continues to deepen the basalt column beneath the stadium.  Opening for the stadium now is planned for March 2024, depending on supply deliveries and other factors.
            But the new stadium promises to be a major asset to downtown.  Hall says the stadium “will be the best for high school in the state.”
            Among careful attention to detail, light panels can change to show the colors of the teams playing.  And “Joe Fan,” the statue from the former Albi Stadium, will be there overlooking the action at the new Joe.
            With this new stadium design, the winning, “goal” is great -- and the new venue scores a “touchdown.”                                                      
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Steve Hobbs, WA Secretary of State
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