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
Beginning June 21 we will be meeting weekly at noon at Bark
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                                                              ROTARY CLUB
                                                                                                                                                                       OF  SPOKANE NORTH 
                                                                                                      SERVICE TO KIDS!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Presidential Theme for 2021-2022



            New meeting place – Bark, A Rescue Pub located at 905 N. Washington Street. 

            Meeting time is Noon to 1pm; please arrive as close to Noon as possible for placing your lunch order.

            We will be meeting WEEKLY for the first quarter as an experiment. 
            Our Meetings on Sept. 20 and Sept.27 will be via Zoom at Noon            
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
Sept. 20, 2021
Sept. 27: Rotary Zoom, Noon, Classification talks: Sandy Fink and Nancy Hanson
Oct. 4:  Lunch meeting at Bark – program TBA
Oct. 11:  No meeting due to federal holiday
Oct. 18:  Lunch meeting at Bark – program TBA
Oct. 19: Rotary Potluck at Ron Schurra’s home. (Details on-line.)
Oct. 25:  Lunch meeting at Bark – Classification talks: Chuck Rehberg and Bob Romney
Happy Buck$: (Virtually, via Zoom)
            Chuck Rehberg donated a virtual dollar for the successful – despite the steady rain – of the dedication of the Spokane-Cagli Sister City sculpture in the Riverfront Park “Connections” garden and the rededication of the Kokanee Steel, Spokane’s sculpture.  The 1,300-pound marble Italian sculpture drew several dignitaries from the Seattle area, including an Italian vice consul and a former Sister Cities International board member.   Spokane-North members donated to the garden and organized the work project for its reflexology path.
            Ron Noble celebrated relatives from Twin Falls, Idaho, and other four grandchildren who toured Riverfront Park among other sites
            Michelle Fossum was happy that a long summer’s work for the family’s Montana cabin was finished, “just in the nick of time” before early snows arrive.
            Bill Simer was ecstatic when he received word that his motorsports entry in rural England was accepted.  Bill will be racing in the “Good Wood Road Racing Club” race in mid-October.
Welcome!:  Joining the Sept. 20 Zoom meeting were Gary Stokes, assistant governor for District 5080  Area 8 and a member of Spokane Club 21, and Mary Joanis, a Rotarian from the tip of Baja, Mexico.   Gary, who introduced the district governor, is the manager of KSPS-TV.  Mary also spends time in Bend, Ore., and will visit Spokane as her first grandchild will be born here.
Hats off for our District Governor
             In an engaging talk Sept. 20, Rotary District 5080 Gov. Lynn O’Connor discussed in detail the many challenges and opportunities for Rotary worldwide, nationally, the district and individual clubs.
             As the pandemic persists, O’Connor’s visit was done via Zoom.  She used the virtual venue to show the many “hats” – literally – that a district governor wears.  Using a variety of graphic headwear, Lynn wore a halo, a fedora, a pirate’s garb, a red bandana with white polka dots, among others.  She returned to the halo, saying, “sometimes I feel like I’m a symphony conductor.”
            As with many organizations, O’Connor said, the continuing Covid chaos has many Rotary casualties.
            Membership has dropped significantly, especially in the U.S.A., she said.  Leaders, from RI President Shekhar Mehta to all of the district governors, encourage every Rotarian to “bring a friend” and try to double enrollment.  RI Foundation funding also was challenged.
            “Last year was difficult,” O’Connor said, adding “there has been a litany of sacrifices.” But she said that there have been “silver linings,” such as the Zoom platform, “which showed us how we can meet differently.”
            She said Rotary is revisiting its total organization.  Leaders, she said, may become councils.  Various task forces are working to improve diversity, inclusivity and environmental issues.
            Peace conferences, especially in Africa, will also be on the RI agenda.
            One bit of the good news, O’Connor said, is that polio cases last year numbered “just two cases.”  She reminded club members that RI’s World Polio Day is Oct. 24.
            Concluding her presentation, Lynn urged members to attend the District Conference, May 13-15 in her home club in Colville.
            She hopes for in-person conference activities “hell or high water.”  In addition to the traditional golf tournament, a variety of activities will be available from the huge Colville National Forest.  In closing, O’Connor said, “What we in Rotary do best is change lives.”  To emphasize that point, she donned virtual sunglasses and a fake moustache.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
August 30, 2021
Sept. 6: Labor Day: No meeting.
Sept. 13: No meeting.
Sept. 20: Rotary Zoom, Noon, District Gov. Lynn O’Connor
With luck, pot lucks begin
            If there is a panacea for the Covid pandemic, the club will begin a series of pot luck dinners in the 2021-22 Rotary year.
            Club President Lenore Romney said Ron Schurra has signed up to host the first dinner.  “No problems…just bring cash,” Schurra joked.
            Lenore said Steve Perry and Dave Hayward have agreed to host pot luck dinners in November.  Given the usual schedule of busy events in December, including the club’s traditional gift drive and annual holiday luncheon, Lenore said future pot lucks will resume in January.
A ‘funky’month begins
            How to schedule club meetings during yet another wave of Covid crisis chaos?
            We live in a difficult time. We just have to be flexible,” Club President Lenore Romney said.
            While no meeting is scheduled on Labor Day, during the Aug. 30 meeting she worried aloud about how to proceed.
            Romney suggested having no meeting Sept. 13 to evaluate school openings and “take a pause.”
            District Gov. Lynn O’Connor of Colville was scheduled to make her official visit to the club on Sept. 20, but the 5080 District board, with the guidance of health officials, said no such in-person visits should be made.  Romney said that meant either use a Zoom meeting for the visit or delay the visit until the Covid chaos wanes.
            General agreement of the 13 club members on Aug. 30, preferred the Zoom option.
            Romney said the Sept. 27 meeting also might be done via Zoom, with final details to be determined.
            “I don’t want to see anyone get sick” by continuing in-person activities, she said.
            “September is a funky month.  We have to take small steps and re-evaluate in late September or early October,” she said.     
            Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer donated $10 to celebrate a 43rd anniversary and the 50th anniversary of a Rogers High bandmate, recalling their “Louie, Louie” days. con
            Sandy Fink contributed “to thank all who helped open and stage school supplies at Holmes.”
Two talks with real class
            On Aug. 30, the club resumed a long dormant tradition of “classification talks.”
            Decades ago, those talks often were 2-3 minute snapshots about their past and current jobs. 
            Classifications were listed to limit having clubs from a large number of accountants, bankers, lawyers or other avocations.  The diversity strengthened Rotary.
            At times the back stories of many members really needed more time to show the often fascinating personal histories and just a good way to get to know club members.
            So, in lieu of another invited speaker, the Aug. 30 meeting was termed “The Ron and Ron Show.” 
            The show quickly turned into an entertaining “double feature,” with Ron Schurra and Ron Noble describing their childhoods, education and life’s work.
            In a dead-pan style, Ron Schurra said his life now means “have breakfast, walk the dog, have a second breakfast with my wife, walk the dog again, then have dinner.”
            But his brief bio belied his engaging discussion about his childhood in Cleveland in Catholic schools.  In one class, the nun, Ron said, marked his report card down and said Ron “talks too much and is very annoying.”
            Ron S. talked about chemistry and physics teachers who made a big difference.
            After college at St. Louis University, Ron served in the Peace Corps in Ghana, where, despite the pitfalls a native colleague encountered, that gentleman’s attitude was “I will be happy.”
            Ron S. followed that mantra during positions in health care administration from New York City to Hilo, Hawaii.  One stop was at Spokane’s Holy Family Hospital.  And we are happy he stayed here.
            Ron Noble talked about his dad moved the family from Arkansas to Mabton, Wash., in the Yakima Valley.
            A big part of the farmland involved horse-drawn vehicles, including hay-gathering machines.  Ron N. talked about “King” and Charley” and the nuances which made the pair successful, helped by his dad, “who was a mule-skinner.”
           When he managed to ruin the farm’s electric power machinery – and 18 cows had to be milked by hand, in the dark -- Ron’s real passion started.  His dad gave him a book on wiring and access to his “junk pile” of assorted machines, so Ron had a new base of knowledge.
            Ron N. also became a teacher at various levels and was in Naval electricity and technology during the Vietnam War.  Ron  also traveled to Memphis and he was there when the huge garbage strike fouled the town and Martin Luther King was killed. Ron also toured in the Phillipines, at Miramar’s Top Gun in San Diego before settling in Colville.
            One of Ron’s life lessons: From his dad, “if you are going to shovel shit, be the best shit-shoveler you can be.”  And don’t just give tech and math lessons, understand why those things matter personally. 
            After the two classification talks concluded, Bob Romney said of the two Rons, “you have made the bar very high.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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