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.

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
May 16, 2022
            May 23: Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark. Service project: Hand-written greeting cards to Holmes staff.
            May 30: Memorial Day holiday – no meeting
            June 6:  Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark.  Program:  Fellowship.
            June 13:  Offsite meeting for a tour of The Podium – more details to follow
            June 20:  Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark.  Program:  ALSC Architects
            June 24:  Year end dinner at Art Rudd’s home – more details to follow
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer was happy for the Skyfest program at Fairchild AFB.  He said though cloudy weather grounded some of the aerial flights last Saturday, with the smaller crowd he could tour most of the planes.
             Lenore Romney was $22 worth of happy for the graduation of her niece who completed a B.S. degree in wildlife science from SUNY ESF/Syracuse University -- $22 for 2022.
            Sandy Fink added a guilty pleasure measure for French fries as Steve Perry shared his Bark lunch.
            Officers and directors elected
            With a unanimous show of hands, club members elected the slate of officers and directors for 2022-23.  The roster includes:
            In quarterly order, the quad-chair presidency nominees will be filled by Steve Bergman, Michelle Fossum, Melinda Keberle and Steve Boharski.
            Lenore Romney will be Past-president and Treasurer.
            New Secretary would be Nancy Hanson.
            Director candidates would be Bill Simer, Chuck Rehberg, Ron Noble (at-large), and Colin Prestesater.
            The President Elect/VP position remains unfilled. 
Speaker question: ‘Book ‘em’ or do something else?
            For about five years, guest speakers at the club have been added a book to the Holmes Elementary library in their honor.
            Sandy Fink, the club’s liaison to Holmes, said Principal Kale Colyar is open to other kinds of speaker gifts.
            Sandy said one possibility Kale suggested would be funding a camp to a Holmes’ student.  A range of camps could be considered.  One suggestion was the Mobius science programs.
            Another suggestion is that the speaker rewards focus on more students rather than just one student at a time.
            Club members are asked to think about the continuing the book program or change to other student-involved activities.
A time of their lives
            Steve Boharski and April Weber-Boharski see a lot of cats and dogs every day, so for a little variety last Christmas they looked for some other animal life.
            Their holiday list included giant turtles, lizards and iguanas, blue-footed boobies, flamingos, manta rays, orcas, sharks, more seals they could count and the only species of penguins north of the equator.
            So Steve and April, who own and operate the Garland Animal Clinic, took their kids and another family to the Galapagos Islands a unique wildlife site.         
            Their party of 12 hiked the paths of the volcanic lava fields and mountains and swam and scuba-dived in the chilly Humboldt Current waters.
            At the May 16 club luncheon, Steve and April shared their holiday odyssey with a wonderfully riveted picture show.  Their trip was one of the first opened after the Covid-19 chaos forced closure of those trips.
            This trip involved a flight to Quito, Ecuador, then a 600-mile flight west to the Galapagos, the “giant turtles” named by Spaniards in the 1500s.
            Some resources say the Incas were at the islands in the 1400s.  But the major discoveries worldwide started in a visit by Charles Darwin in 1835.
            As Steve noted, the Galapagos Islands are an archipelago built, like the Hawaiian Islands, on volcanic lava.  The Galapagos has 33 islands, but only four inhabited.  Some 97 percent of the 80-mile long islands are a national park.  Residents total about 25,000 and tourism is king.
            The holiday included staying in tents.  April said, “With no showers, it’s camping.”
            Steve said, “With no predators on the land, all of the other wildlife can adapt in their own niches.”
            Off shore, though, Steve could hear orcas cracking the shells of sea turtles.  “A little bit savage,” he said.  “And the orcas were bigger than the boats we were in.”
            Steve said that while the island weather just ranges from 70 to 85 degrees, the cold currents are chilly for even wet-suit diving.  Snorklers can find warmer bays.
            The food, especially seafood, was outstanding, they said.  Kids and adults crawled into old giant tortoise shells for photo ops. A large Christmas tree, fully decorated, reminded of the holidays.
            Steve also mentioned an older gentleman who “has three businesses – coffee beans, cocoa and moonshine.”  Travelers got to sample their work.
            In all, it was a lifetime trip…and their photos made all of us wanting to go.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
May 9, 2022
            May 16: Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark.  Topic: Steve Boharski’s Galapagos Island visit.
            May 23: Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark. Service project: Hand-written greeting cards to Holmes staff.
Happy Buck$:
            Colin Prestesater contributed $2, one for wife, Kelsey, upon finishing law school at GU and another because they closed on their first house purchase last week.
            Bill Simer was happy for the club’s contribution to Ukraine relief (see below).
             Ron Noble was still happy about mention of his Rotary years and for wife, Melody.
            A nice response to Putin’s ‘Victory Day’,
             Treasurer Bill Simer said that May 9 was the day the club sent $1,000 to the International Red Cross to help for Ukraine relief. The club sent $500 and an anonymous donor matched that via the District 5080 Charitable Fund.
             Simer noted that May 9th is Victory Day in Russia, a date commemorated with the defeat of the Nazi campaign. 
             Several weeks ago, Club 21’s International Committee sent $2,000 to the Red Cross for Ukrainian relief adding to the $4,000 sent earlier from that club. 
            One more open spot needed:
            President Lenore Romney said only one position – president-elect/vice president – still remains to be proposed for the club’s 2022-23 Rotary list of directors and board members.
            The quad-chair presidency nominees would be filled by Steve Bergman, Michelle Fossum, Melinda Keberle and Steve Boharski.
            Lenore Romney would be Past-president and Treasurer.  New Secretary would be Nancy Hanson.
            Director candidates would be Bill Simer, Chuck Rehberg, Ron Noble (at-large), and Colin Prestesater.
            Romney said with this bulletin notice the official list has now been published and voting on the new board members will be done May 16.
More ‘Class Acts:’ Steve and Dave
            As with other club members who have discussed their life paths, the May 9 luncheon --  which featured Steve Bergman and Dave Hayward --  again showed by our members who have traveled to many other cities but now have stayed in Spokane.
            Their classification talks again had the common denominator: Spokane is a comfortable place in which to live.
            For club past-president Steve Bergman, his family was from Louisiana and Bellingham, Wash., was home and marine occupations were at his roots.
            “My dad worked on boats and marine engines and he could fix anything on the boats, Steve said.
            Since childhood Steve has sailed around the San Juan Islands, to Vancouver, B.C., and elsewhere.
            He said he made the best of a split family.  “I would get two Christmases,” Steve said.  “And when one parent took me to Disneyland, the other took me to Disneyland and Universal Studios.”
            Steve admitted scholarship was not a top priority in his youth.  “I was a solid “C” student, not ready for college” he said.
            Steve said he loved his union job with Georgia Pacific’s timber company, but was “devastated” when layoff notices came in just a few months.
            Asking “now what?” he enlisted in the Air Force as a “utilities specialist.”  “I was a plumber,” Steve said.
            He said his mom was just 17 when he was born and, likewise, his wife was a high school senior when their daughter was born.  Life in California included forgettable small towns and one outing with the boys in which rangers kicked the group out of the Sequoia Forest.
            Steve said a recruiter, talking about re-enlistment, said, “if you leave, you’ll never be anyone.” Steve, wanting to see his daughter, who had moved to Washington State, said “that was my motivation to leave.”
            A friend told him about the GI Bill, so Steve worked through SFCC, EWU and then GU Law.  A good starting job with Bill Powell’s law firm helped him establish with a family law practice at the Cooney firm.
            He found a girl on-line and said “I was seriously nervous,” when he found that her brothers are 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-4.”  But the marriage worked, Spokane was a comfortable place to grow, and he can work on his prized Bayliner boats when he gets over to Bellingham. And life is good.
            Dave Hayward’s family moved from Trout Lake, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula, to Rhinelander, Wis., a north woods hamlet of 8,000.
            He proudly noted that his dad, a tackle at Miami, was the first person to kick a field goal in the Orange Bowl.  Dave played football in high school and has long been a WSU Cougar, with crimson and gray helmet, and shelves full of knick-knacks and gear in his basement.
            Dave said his dad, a sales rep in forest products, moved the family to Cleveland, San Francisco, Altadena and San Marino, Calif., and then Longview, Wash.  “He was a corporate gypsy, but tied to one company,” Dave said.
            Dave went to WSU and joined the ROTC advanced program.  Since his military service could be delayed six months, he worked in merchandizing in Osco Drug’s Idaho Falls store.  Dreaming of a European trip, Dave said “in six weeks, I saw nine countries, using a $5-a-day” book.
            “When I got back to Portland, I had 5 cents in my pocket.  I borrowed 10 cents to call my dad to pick me up.”
            The ROTC spot sent him to quartermaster school at Ft. Lee in New Jersey and Ft. Lewis, near Tacoma, then to the 25th Infantry in Vietnam.
            Dave said he also declined “the re-up talk,” but in 1970 found the recession and few jobs.
            Osco had kept Dave on a leave, and he worked in Helena, Mont., but that firm’s training program ended and he needed a new direction.  His dad had golfed with banker friends who mentioned a SeaFirst training program.
            One question, he said: “How mobile are you?”  His response: “six times in 14 years – Seattle, Kelso, Vancouver, Tacoma, Issaquah and Bellevue Center.”
            When SeaFirst had difficulties, the Bank of America bought them and filled spots with Californians, Dave said.  Fortunately, a friend mentioned a need for lending officers at Washington Trust, and Dave had his niche.
            Dave, a Spokane-North Rotarian since 1986, has been a fixture at Washington Trust since his retirement, which includes an annual snow-bird trip to the Mexican coast.
            Dave shared a common refrain of “the bankers’ Golden Rule:  We have the gold, so we make the rules.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Jun 06, 2022
Noon at Bark
ALSC Architects
Jun 20, 2022
Noon at Bark
Year End Dinner
Jun 27, 2022
Home of Art Rudd
Luncheon Menu at Bark
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