Posted by Charles Rehberg
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 3, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            June 7: Rotary Serves: Beginning at 4 p.m. at A.M. Cannon Park, 1115 N. Elm, members and guests help in booths, joining West Central Community Center’s Neighbor Day program.
            June 10: Rotary Connect: Begins at 4:30 p.m. at Tempus Cellars, 8 N. Post.
            June 17: Lunch meeting, noon, at Nectar’s. Two Saling scholarship winners invited.
            June 24: Club’s annual dinner and installation of officers, 6 p.m., will at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s 1898 Restaurant.
            Sept. 20: Club fund-raising wine tasting and dinner at Kalispel Golf and Country Club.
            In memorium: The club sadly notes the sudden passing of former member Jim Hoffman, a long-time provost and geology teacher and chairman at Eastern Washington University.  A wonderful conversationalist and an expert in wines and vineyards, Jim joined Rotary in 1992.  He died May 16 at age 77 while vacationing in Hawaii.
            Holmes help, cont.: Next Friday’s Golden Heroes program at Holmes Elementary will feature the “Ron and Ron Show.”
Ron Noble will join Ron Schurra in presenting the awards during the June 13, 1:30 p.m. session at the school’s last honors program for the last school year.
  Several members have stepped up, but a few sign-ups are still needed for various Holmes duties during the year, said program coordinator Sandy Fink.
            Saling scholar honored
            Perla Ramirez-Martinez of Rogers High was honored at the June 3 luncheon as one of three Saling Scholarship winners.  Each scholarship is for $1,500.
            Scholarship coordinator Brian Hipperson talked about Jerry Saling’s love for education and for carefully managing education funding while Saling was in the House and Senate in the Washington Legislature.  Hipperson said Saling pushed so hard for the Riverpoint area downtown that the area “should be called Jerry’s Yard.”
            President-elect Melinda Keberle presented the scholarship to Perla, noting she is the first member of her family to go to college.  Perla also attends Spokane Falls Community College and plans to major in math at EWU.  Saling, by the way, had been president of SFCC.
            Melinda quoted from Perla’s scholarship application, saying, “even if you’re an immigrant, you can still make the difference and get an education if you work hard for it.”
            In her application, Perla said the scholarship “means a lot to me because it’s only my mom working at Taco Bell.  And with this it can help her, so she doesn’t have to pay so much.”
            Two faculty staff members from Rogers joined Perla at the meeting.
            The other Saling Scholar winners, Samuel Milsap of Rogers and Myah Rodriguez-Bates of North Central, have been invited to the June 17 club meeting at Nectar. 
The ‘Connections’ are getting closer
            Connections were many as the club got an update June 3 on the Sister Cities Garden in Riverfront Park.
            Spokane Sister Cities Association past-presidents Jenifer Priest and Chuck Rehberg borrowed the admonition of Rotary International’s effort to end polio – “we are this close” – showing how close to finishing the sculpture garden in Riverfront.
            The garden will occupy a half-acre space at the juncture of the Howard Street Promenade and the Havermale Promenade, about 100 yards north of the Rotary Fountain.
            “Connections” was selected to stress the many partnerships among cultural, educational and business international relationships in Sister Cities International.
            Spokane-North has been a long and generous partner in the process of building the garden, which is on the former site of the Japanese Pavilion in the Expo ’74 World’s Fair.
            The idea for the garden followed the 2005 Sister Cities International Conference.  That meeting drew 1,000 participants, including about 100 college-age students who were asked to produce a legacy project from the conference.
            The leading idea was an Asian-style rock walk reflexology path.
             Using back-lot space at Mukogawa’s campus, the students combined with a Spokane-North “dirty hands” project to build a dozen 4-X-4-foot concrete panels embedded with rock designs and one with old golf balls.   Six of the panels are planned for the Riverfront garden site.
            Spokane Sister City Societies were challenged to produce sculptures on their own.
           Meanwhile, the garden centerpiece will include a round 30-foot diameter plaza connected with distinctive curved concrete pathways paved with blue glass to display the waters.
           The Spokane-Limerick city connection will be an Irish harp, sculpted by Sister Paula Turnbull, a noted local artist who finished the harp shortly before her passing two years ago at age 97.
            The Spokane-Japanese partnership will feature an elaborate lighthouse from the bay in Nishinomiya, which is an Osaka suburb.  The replica lighthouse will be 11-feet high, half the actual version.
            The Spokane-Jecheon, South Korean project will feature tall posts atop swans or geese, a national symbol.
            Discussions are continuing on projects for Sister City affiliates with Jilin, China and Cagli, Italy.
            Spokane’s Sister City sculpture will be a 5-foot tall Kokanee created by local artist Melissa Cole.
            Priest showed how the waters from the various Sister Cities among the bays and rivers connect globally.
            Rehberg said the many connections continue.  He said both Rotary and Sister Cities International are international in scope, with many shared personal discussions and projects in their own organizations.
            As the 75th anniversary of D-Day is noted, Rehberg said he had an opportunity to meet Mary Jean Eisenhower, grand-daughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower.  She said Ike, on the eve of the huge battle, was distressed by how many servicemen would die the next day.  She said Ike wanted to find alternatives to war and to find ways to work together again internationally.
            The result was the people-to-people organization and Sister Cities partnership.
            As the Connections Garden  plans were formed, generous donors five years ago cleared the rocky site and provided soil and reseeding.  But plans stayed dormant five years as the revitalized Riverfront plans continued and the garden site was used for various park projects.
            Meanwhile, fund-raising continued with the nearly $250,000 project.  Spokane-North generously donated $5,000 and Club 21 added $2,500.  Spokane-South will consider some possible funding after a presentation May 31.
            Priest said several projects remain.  Some $15,000 remains, but another $15,000 or more is still needed to complete the first phase of the garden.
            Rehberg said it is important to have Sister Cities and Rotary in the garden because the space might be the most important international element left in the park of the former World’s Fair.
            He said Connections will show the nearly six-decade partnerships legacy of Spokane’s Sister Cities.  But the garden and the park also hopes to inspire service in younger generations like GU’s new Rotaract Club, a joint effort with our club and the South Rotary club.        
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Feb 25, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 25, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            March 4: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
            March 11: Rotary Connects: Gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. at Davenport Grand Hotel Lounge, Washington and Spokane Falls Blvd.
            March 18: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
            March 23 and/or March 25 Rotary Serves: Sorting food at 2nd Harvest food bank.  Six slots are reserved for our Club for each shift which begins at 1 p.m. each day.  Email President
Lenore Romney if you’d like to volunteer for a shift.
            Welcome: Some 17 students from the Gonzaga Rotaract Club, 6 Rotarians and 3 family members participated in the Feb. 23rd Rotary Serves deep cleaning event at Family Promise of Spokane.  The GU Rotaract club was recently officially approved by the university, said President Lenore Romney.
            Time for Spring Cleaning - Footwear welcome: The Colville HS Interact Club, sponsored by the Colville Rotary Club (Ron Noble’s former club) is gathering pairs of “gently used” shoes and turning them into cash to raise funds for a trip to Ecuador to do community service in homeless shelters and poor neighborhoods.  (Flyer will be sent through a separate email.)  Our Club’s goal is to gather 200 pairs of shoes to contribute to their effort.  Feel free to spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers.  Please bring your donations to our events on March 4, 11 and 18.
            Congrats!: Two special Paul Harris pins were celebrated for milestone giving to the Rotary Foundation - a three-sapphire pin for Steve Boharksi and a three-ruby pin for board member John Mailliard
            PETS: Melinda Keberle last weekend attended the President-Elect Training Seminar at Sea-Tac, describing the session as “awesome!”  PETS brings together Rotarians from the nine districts in the Northwest area of North America, including Alaska and the Yukon Territory.  Melinda becomes club president on July 1 and the new RI banner motto is “Rotary Connects the World.”  Melinda said our club and President Romney “were a year ahead of most clubs” in reworking the club model to include fellowship and service opportunities.
            Online auction: Rotary South has a travel auction online continuing until March 15, raising money for scholarships, books for kids and other service projects.  The link is
Rotary Serves: Turning a vacant grocery into a shelter
           Two words that came to mind Feb. 23 were “cold” and “creepy.”
            But the best words were “teamwork” and “success” as 26 volunteers cleaned house at the former Cassano’s Grocery at 2002 E. Mission.
             Seventeen Gonzaga University Rotaract members, six Rotarians and three family members helped leaders from Family Promise of Spokane’s “Open Doors” help disinfect and tidy up the 70-plus year-old grocery building a block east of Stevens Elementary School.
            Directing the effort for the non-profit agency were Marianne Sfeir, human resources manager, and Abigail Brayman, group volunteer coordinator.
            On a cold Saturday morning, club members Lenore Romney and Chuck Rehberg worked more than two hours cleaning the huge walk-in cooler, which still operated the very effective chillers.  In short, it was “cold.”  Among the discarded items was a 25-pound roll of provolone cheese.
            A large work party cleaned the huge basement, described by the leaders as “creepy,” while others tackled the grimy kitchen and bathrooms.
            The 6,000-square-foot grocery plans to open this summer with room for up to 80 beds plus an elevated office and upstairs apartments.  “Open Doors” is considered the largest Spokane shelter for displaced families.  The existing Perry-area shelter held 50 beds, but at times crammed up to 65 beds, leaders said in earlier press reports.  You can learn more about Family Promise at
Ideas create diverse ‘Sparks’ for youth in Kendall Yards
            Three key words for Spark Central are “Creativity, Innovation and Imagination.”
            On Feb. 25th, members walked from our usual luncheon at Nectar one block east to Spark Central at 1214 W. Summit Parkway to enter the distinctive space which serves youth of all ages but caters to grades 3 to 6 in the West Central neighborhood.
           Spark’s Brooke Matson, executive director, and Kate Reed, development director, enthusiastically described the programs, where the motto is “everyone deserves creative learning opportunities.”
            The non-profit Spark Center operates from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Brooke said daily average participation is about 70 students a day.  Through school connections, some students are bused in for sessions.  Others filter in from Holmes Elementary and other schools.  Some sessions are taken to schools.
            “What we do is creativity,” Kate told the members.  “Creativity enlivens your life, whatever you do,” she said, adding: “You can’t be something if you don’t know what it is.”
             Spark’s décor include a large zebra statue from the Chinese Festivals a few years ago and 30 Spokane historic paintings, called “The River Remembers,” created by artist Kay Rourke. 
            Creativity areas include Literature Station, Maker Station space for creating and Performance Station.
            Young students can use an assortment of computers with wi-fi, art supplies, robotics and games.  Students generate occasional copies of the West Central Express newspaper.
            The original spark for the center came from author Jess Walter and artist/developer Dan Spalding.  Jim and Joe Frank of Greenstone donated the office space after City Council President Ben Stuckart and others talked about the need for library and other educational needs in West Central.
            Funding comes from volunteers, donations and a roster of “supporters” and 20 “sponsors.”
            Kate said while few kids live in Kendall Yards it was important to have something like Spark Central to contribute to the West Central neighborhood.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Bob Romney and Chad Haverkamp
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Posted by Tim Zacharias on Feb 04, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 4, 2019   
Rotary calendar:
                  Feb. 11: Rotary Connects: Gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. at Maryhill Winery Spokane Tasting Room, in Kendall Yards (just east of Nectar’s).
                  Feb. 18: Presidents’ Day Holiday. No meeting.
                  Feb. 23:  "Dirty Hands" project for Family Promise of Spokane at former Cassano Grocery building at 2002 E. Mission from 9 to Noon – Please email Lenore if you can attend.
                  Feb. 25: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards with Kate Reed and Brooke Matson of Spark Central; a tour of the facility (across the street from Nectar) will follow lunch.
Community and Spokane City Council by Karen Stratton
            Karen Stratton from Spokane City Council visited the club and discussed several issues facing the city and gave updates.  She is the representative from the West Central area of Spokane and focused on working closely with the community.
            The first issue discussed was the Public Safety Levy.  This levy was born from multiple neighborhood meetings that revealed that crime is the biggest issue facing residents in the area. 
            Currently there is a lack of police, fire, and resource officers and often times no response.  Community members said they were willing to pay for increased response capability and the levy was devised.  The increase in taxes will provide for 30 additional firefighters, 38 are currently on a grant but will be laid off if the levy does not go through for the 2020 budget.  The levy will also
provide for more police officers, investigators, district attorney staff and detectives.  The city council. the mayor and other agencies are looking to find long term funding solutions to increase the safety for our city.
             The situation for the homeless in Spokane was also discussed.  Currently the city has beds for 275 and has extended hours due to the cold in 2 of the shelters.  Karen discussed how the "sit and lie" law allows homeless to not be arrested for being in any one area for too long if there is no space in shelters for them.  However, with enough space now available, we are seeing an increase of arrests in the city. 
             Karen covered issues with Landlord and Tenants and the efforts being made to ensure that no landlords discriminate against applicants using vouchers for housing.  This is a work in progress.  Low cost housing is an issue in the city and the council is working to find ways to promote cottage housing in areas, which allows smaller multi-homes on individual plots of land.  This may help with low income and senior housing issues. 
             There are multiple residential growth paving projects being planned for the city in 2019.  The northwest part of Spokane will not see much of this as the allocated money was spent on an earlier project that was in dire need.
             To combat the drug crisis in Spokane, social workers will be with some police car patrols to deal with responding to drug related crimes. 
            Finally, Karen also discussed how the city is working with the native tribes in the area to combine resources to deal with homeless and drug issues in Spokane.  A focus is also to make sure that those who qualify for tribal resources, know about the help available and how to obtain it. 
Bulletin Producers
           Editor:  Tim Zacharias and Sandy Fink
           Photos:  Eric Johnson
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jan 28, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 28, 2019   
Rotary calendar:
            Feb. 4: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
            Feb. 11: Rotary Connects: Gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. at Maryhill Wining Tasting Room, in Kendall Yards (just east of Nectar’s).
            Feb. 18: Presidents’ Day Holiday. No meeting.
            Feb. 25: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
‘Frank’-ly this neighborhood changed Spokane
            When new history books about Spokane Kendall Yards are written they will have two important chapters.
            The early days will include the merging rail yards along the north bank of the Spokane River which brought commerce and development by the Great Northern and Union Pacific railroads.
            The new chapter, less than 10 years old, is the remarkable transformation of turning Kendall Yards into a special urban village.
            The driving force of new change has been the Frank family. Jim Frank and his son, Joe, developed the vision for the walkable, mixed-use residential and commercial neighborhood.
            At the Jan. 28 club meeting, Joe Frank discussed the history, growth and next few years of build-out at Kendall.  The meeting was at Nectar’s, just east of the Kendall Yards’ office.
            Father and son connections are common at Greenstone and the founding family.  Both are Spokane natives – Jim in North Spokane, Joe in Liberty Lake, where Greenstone offices are headquartered.  Both Jim and Joe attended Gonzaga Prep.  And both Jim and Joe have a keen sense about what would work downtown, even when many of their roots were established in suburban areas of large lots and sprawling homes.
            And Joe has moved up to president and CEO of Greenstone, while Jim works on special projects.
            At the club meeting, Joe Frank recalled the tenuous Kendall Yards history.  Metropolitan Mortgage owned the 78-acre site.  The railroads were moved for Expo ’74 and Riverfront Park’s own downtown transformation.  The land west of Monroe was considered a “brown field” area, weeds and dirt awash with diesel fuel dumps and other challenges.  Metropolitan sold the land to developer Marshall Chesrown who envisioned very high-end, high-rise units.  Despite spending $10 million on the project, Chesrown’s plan failed, and Washington Trust asked if Greenstone was interested.
            “At the courthouse steps (to open the bids), no one showed up,” Joe said.  But in 2011 the Franks took the gamble and the first resident units in Kendall Yards were built.  “We were on the ground within eight months,” Joe said.  “In business, often, the third time is the winner,” he said.
            The early homes on Bridge Street were priced as low as $120,000, with tax incentives, he said.  The same units now sell for $250,000, he said, adding new units do not have tax incentives.
Frank shared copies of the Kendall Yards’ master plan map with members.  Current plans end at Summit Parkway a block west of Nettleton.
            Projects this year and next include a three-unit “mini hotel” just west of Nettleton, plus higher density residential units and townhouses a bit farther east.  A coffee shop and pastry shop have been located near Nettleton and the Centennial Trail for shorter walks to the west end of the project.
            Frank said in the area just north of Summit and west of Monroe, two buildings with residential and “soft” commercial space will add 5,000 square feet and 4,000 square feet north of Summit.  A “training yards” space for parties, a gym and other uses has been added in the building which houses Maryhill Winery (where our club will meet Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m.).
            Asked about the open space east of Summit and west of Monroe, Frank said that space “is our most valued piece.  We will build that last.”  He would like a building of 10 to 12 stories as a signature entrance to Kendall Yards.
            At a years-ago visit to our club, Jim Frank talked about integrating with the West Central neighborhood, avoiding a gate-walled development.
            This time, Joe Frank continued the concept, hoping the mixed-unit of apartments, houses and townhouses is “the right balance” for the development and for the West Central area.
            One element not in the mix, at least for now, are condominiums.  Joe and member Eric Johnson, who serves on a statewide housing board, both talked about too-tight restrictions which hamper condo building all over Washington.
            Joe said in one case Greenstone took a condo application to regulators, but the restrictions were so high they just changed the plans to an apartment unit and approval was quickly done.  He said some legislators, including Rep. Mike Padden, R-4th District, in Spokane Valley, are asking for changes.
            With the success of Kendall Yards, Joe said some of the elements downtown might be replicated in village developments in Liberty Lake.
            History recalls that pioneer Charles Kendall built the first bridge linking the south and north banks of the Spokane River.  The Franks’ transforming changes linking Kendall Yards’ to downtown and West Central have entered a new era of development which may be just as important to Spokane.         
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jan 07, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 7, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Jan. 14: Rotary Connects: Gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. at Saranac Public House, 21 W. Main.
            Jan. 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  No meeting.
            Jan. 28: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
            Feb. 4: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
            Feb. 11: Rotary Connects: Gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. at Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, in Kendall Yards (just east of Nectar’s).
            Feb. 18: Presidents’ Day Holiday. No meeting.
            Feb. 25: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker is Kate Reed, Director of Development at Spark Central; a tour of Spark Central follows Kate’s talk.
            Note: Rotary Serves:  Because of federal holidays in January and February, luncheons and speakers are scheduled Jan. 28 and Feb. 25.  Stay tuned for a February hands-on service project.  Suggestions are welcomed.
Half-year club report: ‘cup’ more than half-full
            Club President Lenore Romney reported two versions of Spokane-North’s half yearly retort at the Jan. 7 meeting:
            The “tweet” version: “Where we’ve been – really great!  Where we are going – really great!” Romney said.
            In her longer version of the report, Lenore listed service projects, including cherry sorting at 2nd Harvest, supply cabinet filling at Holmes Elementary, volunteering at two stores during “Tom’s Turkey Drive” family Thanksgiving meal efforts and buying, shopping and delivering to Holmes holiday gifts for 40 needy kids and their families.
            Semi-monthly luncheon meetings included programs on the school and library bonds, the Downtown Partnership update, efforts to help ALS victims, the Spokane auditor’s election process report and a detailed report on the stagnation air with pervasive smoky skies from forest fires.
            Most importantly, the quickly-developed wine-tasting fund-raiser at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, generated $13,000 for various Holmes projects.  Some 105 people attended the November event, compared with 75 people at the previous Dine Out event at The Backyard.
            Rotary International events included providing for $500 for the Club 21 effort to provide a Kenyan water filtration project and discussion with all area clubs about pooling global grant possibilities.  With our 20-member roster, our share likely would be about $400.
            On personal notes, Lenore mentioned that John Maillard achieved his second ruby Rotary pin for reaching the “Paul Harris Plus 7” level.  Each Paul Harris award denotes $1,000 gifts to the Rotary Foundation.  She also said that veteran Colville Rotarian Ron Noble joined our club.  
            Romney said board officer and director spots for the next Rotary year need to be filled by Feb. 22, when President-elect Melinda Keberle attends PETS (the President-Elect Training Seminar) in Seattle.
            Romney also discussed the possibility of our club joining other clubs with organizing a Rotaract club with undergraduates at Gonzaga University.  Three area club sponsors would sponsor the GU group and Spokane-South has expressed interest.
            At the luncheon meeting, a brief written survey, among other items, asked the 14 members attending to rank their most important Rotary issues and whether the club should again consider merging with a larger club.
            Noble told the group he has been a Rotarian since 1975 and during his tenure in Colville during three of those challenging years “a member had to write a personal check to keep the club out of debt.”
            Now, he said, the Colville club is one of the district’s fastest growing clubs and has produced three district governors from its ranks.  Rotary North originally sponsored the Colville club.
            “I am amazed how much you have done with 20 people,” Noble said.        
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos:  Eric Johnson
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Dec 17, 2018
Happy Holidays!!
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
December 17, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Dec. 24 and Dec. 31: No meetings during the holidays. See you Jan. 7.
            Jan. 7: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards.  President Romney reports on half-year Rotary results.
            Jan. 14: Rotary Connects: Gathering starts at 4:30 p.m. at Saranac Public House, 21 W. Main.
            Jan. 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  No meeting.
            Jan. 28: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Speaker TBA.
            Note: Rotary Serves:  Because of federal holidays in January and February, luncheons and speakers are scheduled Jan. 28 and Feb. 25.  However, a project can be scheduled in each month, if opportunities arise.  Suggestions are welcomed.
Thanks all for the 40 for $40
            Thanks much to all of the members who so generously joined the “40 for $40” fund-raiser for needy kids and families at Holmes Elementary.
“Chief Elf” Sandy Fink did her usual superb job coordinating everything, as the small mountain of gifts piled up in the Holmes store room. This was a family-style Rotary Serves first-class effort.  Thanks to all.
Richard works to improve central city
           Downtown Spokane, in true Dickensian style, offers the best of times and some not-so-good times.
            The city center has a burgeoning University District, a reviving Riverfront Park, renewed energy with hundreds of new apartments and the promise of a new sports complex and a central city bus line.
            But in Spokane, like many cities, homelessness clogs spaces with blue tents and there seems no end to addiction problems. And too many residents say they can’t find cheap and easy parking.
            For many, Downtown Spokane is a shiny boutique small city, warm and welcomed in many ways envious to the crowded Puget Sound or high-cost San Francisco Bay Area.
            And, despite a River Park Square, others long for the old holiday magnetic charm of a Macy’s or The Crescent.  
            One person in the eye of the urban storm is Mark Richard.  He’s president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership and its cousin, the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District.  They are private, not-for-profit agencies which fill their holiday stockings with dreams and possibilities.
            Richard, a Spokane native, worked in real estate and served two terms as a county commissioner, before joining the new Downtown Partnership in 1995.  That was a time, he told the club Dec. 17, that “retail was struggling and they turn off the lights at 5 p.m.”
            He said the Downtown District generally is bounded by Division to Monroe from the railroad line to the north bank of the Spokane River.  But much of the new downtown energy has been fueled by the adjacent urban community of Kendall Yards and the Riverpoint District with two new medical schools and campus ties from WSU, Eastern and Gonzaga.  New arterials and a new skywalk are extending development to East Sprague.
            The expanded rubber-tired rail line will connect Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community Center, allowing a transportation corridor in which some of the 60,000 people who come downtown daily can park on the periphery, then play and work in the central city.   
            “We’ve got 1,200 businesses, part of the vibrancy, which create compelling reasons to come downtown, and not just sit in their jammies while they shop online,” Richard said.
            His Christmas list includes a renewed Ridpath and a revived Otis Hotel. He also would like Santa to bring a “zip line” ride from the downtown library area to Glover Field in Peaceful Valley, an attraction hoping to bring more young folks.
            Richard said while initially he was “terrified” when Macy’s closed downtown, he realized that most of the upper levels of the building “have been vacant for years.”  Thus the former Bon will fill some high-end apartments with a downtown view will be part of the downtown boom.  It’s a pattern followed by the downtown J.C. Penney Building and The Chronicle.
            Other nearby venues in redevelopment are the former Wonder Bread building and the old Y.W.C.A., and new owners have emerged for the two Red Lion hotels.  He also hopes the school district will try another vote on relocating a high school stadium on the north bank.  And he hopes for development “like a mini-Pike Place,” with food shops, art and crafts.
            Several initiatives have been developed for safety and comfort downtown, Richard said.  Staff members work Mondays through Saturdays on “Clean Teams” who pick up garbage and as Security Ambassadors who help police to calm disturbances and other issues.
            Issues like homelessness and addiction “are finding their way into neighborhoods and shopping centers, not just downtown,” Richard said.
            One remedy, he said, is “sit and lie laws” with criminal citations, but also ways to find lodging and work.  “It may take an order to snap some of them out of it, but if they comply, the ticket will be torn up,” Richard said.
            “They have to make a tough choice.  We administer tough love, but we are losing a generation to drugs,” he said.
            In response to a question, Richard said he opposes expanding the three-member county commission to five, because “the state shouldn’t tell what our voters want to decide.”  He also said “my wife would kill me” when asked if he would consider running for mayor.
The bulletin producers:
           Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
           Photos: Lenore Romney
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Dec 03, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
December 3, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Dec. 10: Rotary Connect gathering, begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Barrister Tasting Room, 203 N. Washington.
            Dec. 17: Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards; speaker to be announced. Please bring all “40 for $40” gift tags for distribution to Holmes Elementary. Gifts should be wrapped, with a tag attached to each package with the child’s name and letter designation for the family. Treasurer Sandy Fink is coordinating the gift program.
            Dec. 24 and Dec. 31: No meetings during the holidays. See you Jan. 7.
Ridgeview students hit holiday high notes

Spokane North Member and Ridgeview Elementary Principal, Melinda Keberle and Choir Director, Mallory Hanson and 32 3rd through 5th grade singers joined us for our Holiday Luncheon at the Nectar’s Events location downtown.

Enjoy these happy holiday smiles from members, their guests and the children from Ridgeview!

The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photos: Eric Johnson
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Nov 26, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 19, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Rotary calendar (please mark YOUR calendar):
            Nov. 26:  No meeting.  The “Rotary Serves” event for the month was the Nov. 17 “Tom’s Turkey Drive” (see below).
            Dec. 3:  Club Christmas lunch at Nectar, 120 Stevens (Main and Stevens), in the historic 1889 Building. A group from Ridgeview Elementary will sing, thanks to Melinda Keberle, club president-elect and Ridgeview Principal. Past-president Chad Haverkamp is coordinating the guest list and the event.
            Dec. 10:  Rotary Connect gathering, begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Barrister Tasting Room, 203 N. Washington.
            Dec. 17:  Lunch meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards; speaker to be announced. Please bring all “40 for $40” gift tags for distribution to Holmes Elementary.  Gifts should be wrapped, with a tag attached to each package with the child’s name and letter designation for the family. Treasurer Sandy Fink is coordinating the gift program.
            Dec. 24 and Dec. 31:  No meetings during the holidays. See you Jan. 7.
            Welcome: Spokane Valley Sunrise Rotary Club President Dave Lindstrand visited the Nov. 19 meeting.  Dave said his club has 21 members.
No errors, no fowl, Tom’s drive a big hit
            Let’s talk turkey.
            Some 17 members and family friends joined the hundreds of volunteers for Second Harvest Food Bank and “Tom’s Turkey Drive.”  Our club’s participation was the monthly Rotary Serves event.
            About 11,000 needy families receive Thanksgiving meals through area Rosauer’s stores and various distributors.
            Donations of $20 for each family meal were raised Nov. 16-17.  For our club, a first with this event, 12 club members and friends worked the chilly 8-10 a.m. at Rosauer’s on 29th Ave. including Lenore and Bob Romney, Dave and Robin Hayward, Melinda and Landon Keberle, John and Catherine Mailliard, Ron & Melody Noble, and Jodi and Spencer Harland.  Another six members, Steve Bergman, Nancy Hanson, Chuck Rehberg, Art Rudd, Tim Zacharias, and Sandy Fink worked the 9:45-Noon shift at the North Side Rosauer’s at the “Y.”
            KREM-TV weathercaster Tom Sherry, the face of the event, arrived at the North Side store about 11:30 a.m.  Sherry said “Tom’s Turkey Drive” is now in its 19th year.  The cost then was $15 a meal.  He said a potato farmer from Quincy donated his produce, as do other assorted items from apple-growers to a dairy, which provides milk and butter.
When asked if Tom can use the huge 15 wild turkeys that roam one member’s back yard, Sherry demurred.
Though North Side members avoided the turkey outfits, at the South Side store, Landon Keberle, son of Melinda, and Bob Romney, spouse of Lenore, took turns wearing the turkey suit.
By early reports, the well-organized event moved smoothly.
Making homes for ALS victims
            Three letters no one wants to hear are “ALS.”
            Though often referred to as “Lou Gehrig Disease,” Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis was first diagnosed in the 1800s.  It is a motor neuron disease in which severe muscle weakness restricts almost all mobility.
            Simply put, said Matt and Theresa Wild, with ALS “the neurons keep the brain from talking to one’s muscles.”
            The Wilds, of Coeur d’Alene, visited the club November 19 to discuss their foundation and efforts to build smart homes for ALS victims and their families and care-givers.
            “The depressing part,” Theresa said, “is how fast ALS progresses.”  Average life span of the disease, she said, is just 2 to 5 years.
            Some 5,600 people a year are diagnosed with ALS, she said, and there are at least 50 persons with ALS in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area.
            Matt said late in 2014 he was having trouble buttoning a shirt or clothing himself.  His primary doctor and then staff at Rockwood confirmed through testing that he had ALS.
            Matt was a Marine, and he said the disease often manifests itself in soldiers.  Matt was a Marine from 1992 to 1996. Also at risk are professional football players, like Spokanite Steve Gleason of the New Orleans Saints and Tim Greene, a linebacker from the Atlanta Falcons.  Greene was featured Nov. 18 on “60 Minutes.”
            While most cognizant brain-power sustains – Greene, also an author, has written more than 30 books – the muscle power fails.  Greene now uses his eyes to write with a computer.
            Matt said with their ALS homes eye contact “can open the front door,” among many other uses.
            But without muscle tone, ALS victims can’t do work in the kitchen.  A fall without help could be fatal, he said, because he could not get up on his own. 
            Because ALS victims cannot expel enough gases, in a crisis situation oxygen could not be administered by EMTs or others without special training, Matt and Theresa said.  The computer gear can help monitor the patients and their progress, or lack of progress in each case.
            One ALS smart home has been developed in Coeur d’Alene and a second is under way at a modular or pre-fab home in East Spokane.  Part of the plan is to accommodate care-givers who can stay with the victims.
            Theresa and Matt said the enormous cost of equipping smart homes required a large team of construction workers and suppliers to help defray the costs.
            Likewise, care for ALS victims easily reaches up to $300,000 a year.  For Matt, fortunately, the Veterans Administration covers military costs for those with ALS.  For those in the ALS smart homes, he said, “the cost (of housing) is free.”
            Cures and treatment for ALS victims are slow.  “Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s are neuron problems, but they are 20 to 30 years ahead of ALS,” Theresa said.  She added that male athletes and the military are often cited, but ALS victims also include women and children.
            Matt’s Place Foundation runs on donations and events including a March Pub Crawl, a July golf classic and a fall festival.
            At this point, Matt’s voice is strong and his determination is evident.  But he can only advance a weakened left hand to shake, and he knows that unless a stem-cell miracle or some other breakthrough is made, he cherishes every day.
            Who was Lou?
            Lou Gehrig, famous New York Yankee first baseman, was born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig in Manhattan.  He weighed 14 pounds at his birth, June 19, 1903.
            After starring at Columbia in New York, Lou joined the Yankees in 1923 and played for 2,130 consecutive games, hitting 493 homers, with a record 23 grand slam home runs.
            In 1938 he was “tired” and sensed something was wrong.  In 1939 Gehrig lasted just 8 games, not finding enough muscle coordination to run to first base.
            After a moving tribute at Yankee Field, he said, “I was the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”  A Hall of Fame player, retired with the number “4”, Gehrig had died on June 2, 1941
at age 38.   
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Lenore Romney
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Nov 05, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 5, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Nov. 12: No “Rotary Connects” gathering.Veterans Day Holiday.
            Nov. 19: Luncheon at Nectar’s in Kendall Yards.  Speakers: Theresa and Matt Wild, “Matt’s Place.  Matt is an ALS victim.  The CDA couple are adding “smart homes” for victims with similar disadvantages.
            Nov. 17: Rotary Serves is the “Tom’s Turkey Drive”.  Volunteers will participate at Rosauers stores on 29th and at the “Y.”
            Dec. 3: Club Christmas lunch at Nectar Downtown (Main and Stevens).  Family members and guests welcome.  RSVP to Chad Haverkamp.
            “Staying put”:  Unless there are rare exceptions, such as the Christmas luncheon, President Lenore Romney said the club will remain through the Rotary year (June 30) for luncheons at Nectar’s in Kendall Yards. Other than federal holidays, the club meets Monday noon on the first and third weeks of the month.
            Turkey thoughts:  President Lenore Romney is coordinating our club’s “Rotary Serves” monthly event – joining the hundreds of volunteers Nov. 17 at Rosauer’s stores for “Tom’s Turkey Drive.”  Our shifts, assigned earlier, are 8 a,m. to 10 a.m. at the 29th Street store and the “Y” store at 9:45 a.m. to Noon.
            Nice reunion:  Akihiro Nakahara, a Club 21 member and leader of the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, visited our club Nov. 5.  Nakahara, who in 1985 was a Rotary and Junior Chamber exchange student, was hosted by Dave Peterson.  Dave and “Aki” were reunited at our luncheon meeting.  Nakahara also has served in the Nishinomiya-Spokane Sister City Society.  His wife, Dian, attended Ferris, and their parents, Dick and Misako Egner, are Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society board members.
            Holmes ideas?:  Board member John Mailliard, who attended the Rotary Foundation meeting in Coeur d’Alene, said matching grant applications for the club are due in April for the 2019-20 Rotary year and suggests Holmes projects might be worthy of consideration.
“40 for 40”gifts go fast
            In just a few minutes 36 of the 40 slips for needy children and their families at Holmes were picked by members at the Nov. 5 luncheon.
            Treasurer Sandy Fink, the gift event coordinator, was amazed at how fast the tags disappeared at the rate of two per Holmes family.  The wrapped gifts – with letter IDs attached on the outside – are due at the Dec. 17 luncheon meeting at Nectar’s in Kendall Yards.
            Sandy stressed that total items per tag should stay at $40 because more expensive gifts create equity problems.
Wine-tasting results: Cheers! and Bravo!
            In just 45 days, the wine-tasting fundraiser Nov. 2 generated about $13,000 net proceeds – an amazing result for a club with just 20 members.
            President Lenore Romney reported preliminary results at the Nov. 5 luncheon.  Among the results:
                    Set at the Kalispel Golf & Country Club, 105 people attended, including 20 staff members from Holmes Elementary.
                    The results:  Paddle raises:            $8,000
                                          Cork draws:                $1,320
                                          Sponsor checks:         $1,250
                                          EventBrite                   $   576
                                          Ticket sales (net):      $1,750
                                          Total:                           $12,896
            When Romney presented that preliminary total of $12,896, she said one more bottle of wine remained.  A spirited bidding started at $5 and ended at $200 for the Reustle Vineyards dry Reisling vintage.  That raised the preliminary total at nearly $13,000.
            She added that one other good result of the fund-raiser was that changing to a fall event puts the total closer to Rotary’s July 1 budgeting year.  It has been difficult to gauge expected amounts for projects when results are not known until mid-June when springtime fund raisers have been staged.
            Romney said an earlier date might be considered, perhaps a date in September.
            Asked for reactions about the event, most responses were very favorable.
            The mix of the wines, professional music, tasty appetizers and cordial conversation all got raves.  The cork pull was a hit and some said we could raise the $20 price, along with adding more bottles of wine.
            Precisely at 7 p.m., Romney noted that nearly every ticket-holder quickly moved upstairs and took seats at tables at the rounds of 10.   She thought it looked like an orderly school drill. 
            The event, one club member said was “more fun, with less effort” than the games and auctions at previous fund-raisers.  Another agreed, saying this event “didn’t drag out” like previous times.
            Romney said the weather forecasts “spooked me,” prompting the move from the big tent to inside.  Some members said it was a plus to have the tasting downstairs so the tables could be ready for the buffet dinner.  Members and guests loved the tiramisu dessert.
   After the dinner, Romney talked about that the club focused on Holmes projects 12 years ago.
            Principal Stephanie Lundberg thanked all attending, especially all the staff members.  “It’s inspiring,” she said.
            Lundberg, now in her ninth year at Holmes, and fifth year as principal, said 89 percent of the school’s 400 students are on free or reduced-price lunch plans, showing the overall poverty of the West Central neighborhood.
            “We want to make a difference and we want to inspire them to make a change,” she said.
            Lundberg described how one former student was sent to her office after fighting. Forced to another city in a custody fight, he sent an e-mail to Lundberg 10 days ago with the message “I just wanted to say hello and tell you I’m doing well.”  It was a positive change indeed.
            Assistant Principal Ben Gilsdorf said he is in his first year at Holmes, but “has been in similar schools” in his 14th year in the district.  He talked about Holmes’ “hierarchy of needs,” including clothes, “including whitey tidies,” plus school supplies.
            Ben talked about how the school “collaborates as a team to help, dropping what we are doing to do what else is needed.”
            He added: “It’s incredible to see the Rotarians’ work here.”  He said when a 5th grader finally got his Holmes Heroes shirt, which Rotary provides, the boy “blew his mind” when mom came to the awards luncheon.
            Lisa Vance, assistant principal and health and fitness specialist is in her 24th year at Holmes.  She said she has “kids of kids and grandparents of kids at the school.  “I wouldn’t want to be at any other place,” Lisa said.  “It’s really a great place.” 
            She said the help for supplies and the shirts “go above and beyond the monetary gifts,” including weekly mentoring sessions.
            Collaboration may be one of the best words for Spokane-North and Holmes.  It defines how the members work together to affect the positive change that Lundberg talks about.  And it shows how, on very short notice, our members, especially a special club president, can make a fund-raiser a real success.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos:  Bill Simer and Melinda Keberle
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Posted on Aug 30, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 30, 2018        
            Our upcoming schedule:  Sept. 3, no meeting (Labor Day);
                                                            Sept.10, Rotary Connects, 4:30 p.m. at Nectar Beer & Wine in Kendall Yards
                                                                                                         (1331 W. Summit Parkway);
                                                            Sept.17, noon luncheon meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
            Fore!: Dave Hayward will coordinate organizing a club team for the Deer Park Rotary Club
                                                                                                         on Saturday, Sept. 22.
“A Great Team Effort, Rotary Serves at Holmes”
Twelve Rotarians plus a couple of guests joined together at Holmes at noon and organized and stored the $2000 worth of school supplies which we purchased for Holmes for this school year.  Folk participating included:  Chuck Rehberg, Lenore Romney and her Mom, Ron Noble and his wife, Chad Haverkamp, BIll Simer, Steve Boharski, Brian Hipperson, John Malliard, Nancy Hanson, Steve Bergman, Art Rudd, and Sandy Fink.  We also were joined by a prospective member,  Marianne Nemeth.
Storing Supplies
Here are all the supplies which we purchased and stored!!!
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Aug 20, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 20, 2018        
            Our new schedule: Our next Rotary Serves project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet as boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items are placed for use during the school year.  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.  Chef Sandy Fink will provide pizza and pop.
            Welcome!: Ron Noble, who has moved from the Colville Club, has joined Spokane-North Rotary.
            Fore!: Dave Hayward will coordinate organizing a club team for the Deer Park Rotary Club on Saturday, Sept. 22.
            Sgt.-at-Arms Q-and-A: What was founded earlier – Holmes Elementary or Rotary International? (If you missed the meeting, see answer below.)
            Pool party: Former director Brad Stark will host a gathering Sunday, Aug. 26, 2-5 p.m.  Pulled-pork provided; bring your own beverages (but no glass, please).  Brad’s house is at 6720 S. Tomaker in South Spokane.  The pool is down the hill.  RSVP by Aug. 24 to director Tim Zacharias at
            Schedule reminders: Aug. 27, noon at Holmes; Sept. 3, no meeting (Labor Day); Sept.10, Rotary Connects, 4:30 p.m. at Craftman Cellars in Kendall Yards (across from Maryhill and Nectar); Sept.17, noon luncheon meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
 Another milestone for John
            Several of the Spokane-North Rotary Club has achieved Paul Harris Fellowship status for contributing $1,000 for the Rotary Foundation.
            But few have reached the “two ruby” designation of board member John Mailliard.  John’s contributions have reached $8,000 to $9,000, and Club President Lenore Romney presented the special metal at the Aug. 20 luncheon meeting.
            Lenore celebrated John’s achievement adding: “So much good begins with these gifts: wells are constructed, children are vaccinated against illness, senior citizens are afforded meals and services, children and adults are educated and given professional opportunities.”
            With the gift, she said, John had “gone above and beyond in doing good in the world.”
Agency helps us to breathe easy, if we can
            One of the busiest websites in recent days is the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s air quality index.
            As dense smoke blankets the skies from lingering forest fires the index numbers zoomed from breathable “Good” and “Moderate” categories to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” to “Unhealthy,” to “Very Unhealthy” to downright “Hazardous.”  The last category hits the high index at 300.  Sunday night the meter hit “399,” the highest many observers have seen here.
            “It was very bad,” said Julie Oliver, executive director of the air agency.  “For those who like to breathe, it’s been a struggle,” she said.  Gusty winds during the Aug. 20 club luncheon reduced the index level to about 215, considered just “unhealthy.”
            Oliver said she doesn’t feel good about reaching the “hazardous” air quality levels, but it’s far better than “hazardous.”     
            Oliver explained the air quality components of ozone, particulates and other elements in the hazy stew.
            Groups impacted the most with the high smoke levels are children, pregnant women, senior citizens, asthma sufferers and those with heart and lung diseases, she said.
            “Children breathe 50 percent more than adults per weight groups,” she noted.  She said that the chemical process producing ozone “is like giving your lungs a sun tan.”
             Spokane County has been in compliance with statewide and regional standards, she said, but “we don’t have much wiggle room” to succeed those levels, said Oliver.  And as the “smoke seasons” seem to get longer each year, the standards also have been tightened.
            The countywide Spokane air agency, she said, is one of seven agencies in the state.  It operates with a staff of 19, including engineers, monitors and compliance members.  The Spokane agency checks air quality at 600 commercial and industrial sites.  Some in recent years included Kaiser Aluminum, Inland Empire Paper and Sacred Heart Medical Center, but most involved what she calls “mom-and-pop” businesses, like gas pumps, body shops which paint vehicles and others.
            Adding to the list of registered compliance sites are legal marijuana growing operations.
            Odor complaints, from rendering operations, composts and other businesses also reach the agency. 
            The agency’s five-member board includes representatives from the city, the county, Spokane Valley, a small-cities member and one at-large member.  Club member Michelle Fossum is a counselor for the agency.  Annual funding is $2.2-2.5 million, including fees, local assessments, grants, permits and penalties.  There were 650 citizen complaints and 250 staff-initiated complaints last year, Oliver said.  
(Q.-and-A.: Holmes Elementary was built in 1901.  Rotary International was founded in 1905.)   
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg,  Sandy Fink, Eric Johnson
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Aug 06, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 6, 2018            
            Our new schedule: President Lenore Romney reminds that our next gathering is “Rotary Connect,” starting at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug.13, at Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, 1203 W. Summit Parkway (just east of Nectar).  The next luncheon meeting is noon, Aug. 20 at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
            This month’s service project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet as boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items are placed for use during the school year.  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.
            Welcome!: Ron Noble, who has moved from the Colville Club, has applied to join Spokane-North Rotary.
            Fore!: Dave Hayward will coordinate organizing a club team for the Deer Park Rotary Club on Saturday, Sept. 22.
            A day for everything: Sgt.-at-Arms Eric Johnson stumped a table with the national day for Aug.6.  It was “wiggle your toes day!” 
            Warning for possible computer glitches
            Spokane County Auditor, whose job includes administering Recording, Financial Services, Motor Vehicle Licensing and Election Divisions, said major Spokane County computer changes are scheduled Sept. 3 – Labor Day.
            Dalton said, “We usually get license tabs back in two days, but over that weekend all systems will be down and rebooted.”  She encouraged folks to take care of things ahead of the Labor Day weekend such as renewing tabs and driver’s licenses, voter registration and other similar records.
Election process detailed 
            On the eve of the primary election, Spokane Auditor Vicky Dalton fielded an array of questions and added fascinating items for the club luncheon Aug. 6.
            Dalton said August primary elections were forced by calendar pressures.  September dates were moved earlier to accommodate mailing of ballots to military, travelers and business people overseas, and even recounts and law suits that arise and need to be resolved before the general election.  Dalton said she would prefer the Idaho calendar, with primaries in May and general elections in November.  However, when regular sessions of the Legislature are in session, the senators and representative cannot fund-raise, so May is too early for the primary.
            She said “we lost a few percentage points on turnout because of the summer primaries.”
            Turnout this year is higher than expected.  Dalton said “if we get 33 percent for a primary we would be thrilled, but this year it may hit 40 percent.”  She said the pre-paid postage has raised turnout.
            When King County decided to use pre-paid postage, others joined in.  She said ballots cost 55 cents in Spokane, but up to $1.17 in other counties.  Some, like Ferry County, just use regular stamps, but that may cost more because all ballots must be stamped.
            Dalton said in previous elections, paid ballots and dropped ballots in the white boxes were 50-50, but this time it looks like 70 percent are pre-paid and 30 percent are placed in the white boxes.
            Ballots, by the way, must be printed in North Carolina because there is no suitable paper in the Western states, Dalton said.
            She said she has had a number of reasons for replacement ballots, from “the dog ate it, the cat ate it, and the cat did something else on the ballot” that she wouldn’t detail in public.  One voter used images of lady bugs with legs on the ballot.   Her favorite was a ballot with a burn hole over one issue.  Apparently a smoker dropped his ashes onto the ballot and neatly circled through the ballot.  (The rest of her ballot was counted, she said.)
            What some voters may not know is that those voting early in the primary season are removed from call lists.  As Dalton said, the fact of voting is a public record, but not who someone voted for.  She showed how members could review their public voter information from a website, and to see if their ballot has been received by Spokane County.
            Dalton said Democrats tend to vote in the early days when ballots are sent out.  Republicans tend to vote near the deadline.
            She was asked if electronic ballots from cellphones or personal computers were likely soon.  “Baby Boomers will not see it in their lifetimes,” Dalton said.
            She said, despite expanded safeguards and computer protections, hackers, such as Russia, North Korea and China, still “scare us to death.”
            Asked about verifying signatures on ballots, Dalton said officials can determine if spouses had switched the yellow envelope with the signed letter on the white envelope.  Millennial voters often have difficulty with written signatures, she said.  At a recent Hillyard Festival, some said three ballots were rejected for illegible signatures.  Asked if they are under 26, the response was “yep.”
            When asked about “the old days, with white-haired poll workers at the school,” Dalton said “schools don’t even want us in there,” with lock-downs, parents squabbling about students who might be involved in restraining order issues, and the like.
            Cost-by-mail is cheaper and works better, she said.
            Dalton added that the first Friday after the vote deadline is “election day for us.”  “Tuesday results are meaningless, she said.
            Dalton, a Priest River, Idaho native, has been County Auditor since 1999 and she is unopposed on the ballot for the first time this year.  
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg,  Sandy Fink, Eric Johnson
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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Rotary Serves
July 23, 2018
Spokane Harvest Food Bank
Help the Hungry Afternoon Sort
    Briefs:  There is no meeting Monday, July 30, which is the fifth week of the month.  The next meeting is a lunch at Nectar at noon on Aug. 6.
A-"sorted" members
In its first "Rotary Serves" session of the Rotary year, the topic was cherry-picking -- actually sorting culled fruit and packing boxes from huge bins of cherries from the Chelan area to distribute to 2nd Harvest outlets.  Pickers included (rear, from left) Chad Haverkamp and Brian Hipperson, and (front, from left) Ron Noble, Laura Zahn, Dave Hayward, Lenore Romney, Chuck Rehberg and Bob Romney.  The next Rotary Serves session is noon, Monday, Aug. 27 at Homes to store items for the storage cabinets.
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jul 16, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 16, 2018    
            Lunch changes:  Only four lunch meetings occur in the new Rotary year quarter.  Club President Lenore Romney outlined the new methods July 16.  Those choosing lunch should sign “yes” when they initial the weekly roster.  Lunches are paid quarterly, but lunches not used carry over to the next quarter.  Lunches are $15.
            Family friendly: Club members can join a spouse, adult child or other close family members by paying the $35 per member dues each quarterly, plus separate lunches when they join eat at the meeting.
            Next week: Rotary Serves. Club Treasurer Sandy Fink said we hope to have 10 or more members and friends at 2nd Harvest, 1234 E. Front Ave. at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 23.  Closed-toe shoes are important as we sort food items.  We are part of a project which will continue to 4 p.m., but we have committed time for one hour, or as long as you would like to stay.
Aloha and mahalo: Visiting Rotarian Dennis Smith shared banners with our club July 16. Smith was visiting from the Hickam Pearl Harbor Club, a one-year-old club of about 20 members on Oahu.  That island has 26 clubs according to on-line sources.  Smith’s club meets at 5:45 p.m. on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month.  He said much of their club has military members and they focus on needy children, such as a recent effort to provide “slippers” (flip-flop sandals) for hundreds of Micronesian youth.  Part of their fund-raising effort was to decorate wooden pins, raising $1,900.
   Morning Star Foundation focuses on at-risk youth
            Supporting the long-time Morning Star Boys Ranch, plus other at-risk children, is the Morning Star Foundation.
            Erin Neal, interim executive director described projects such as Bring Your Own Backpack (B.Y.O.B.), helping kids ages 6 to 12, among other charitable youth activities in the area.
            Erin said the Foundation has amassed an $8 million endowment total and gets client youth from a variety of sources in Spokane. It works with Ronald McDonald and Vanessa Behan programs, among others.
            She said whenever possible, the Foundation tries to reconnect the youth with family members. 
            Erin said reaching the 6 to 12 age kids is particularly important, but adds “if you can fix them by age 3, they likely will be good until 30.”
             She said there “is some magical ingredients growing in the Inland Northwest” that makes the area a great place to raise kids.
            Her own daughter will be a kindergarten student at Holmes Elementary this fall.
             Again, here is the new Rotary-North lineup:
            Rotary Listens: Luncheons will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (except on federal holidays).  The next meetings are at Nectar Wine and Beer, 1331 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.  The club will not meet Sept. 3 (Labor Day), and will meet Sept. 17 to discuss fall fund-raising plans.
            Rotary Connects:  Club “meet-up” gatherings are scheduled the second Monday of each month, starting at 4:30 p.m.
 The fellowship times are open to Rotarians, spouses, friends, prospective members and others interested in Rotary.  Locations will change each month and members are encouraged to suggest venues.
Next month’s Connect is 4:30 p.m., Aug.13 at the Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, 1203 W. Summit Parkway (just east of Nectar),
            Rotary Serves: A service time is scheduled each 4th week of the month, with time and dates adjusted as needed to suit the tasks.
            The first service project is Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at Second Harvest food bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. 
            Next month’s service project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet as boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items are placed for use during thEdit Storiese school year.  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.  Sandy is supplying pizza.
            “Rotary Serves” succeeds what club members once called “dirty hands” projects.   Members are encouraged to propose potential service projects for non-profit organizations.
             When a 5th Monday occurs in a month -- such as July 30 -- that is an off day for the club.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg,  Sandy Fink, Eric Johnson
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Morning Star Foundation - Erin Neal Charles Rehberg 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jul 11, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 9, 2018        
          Our new schedule: President-elect Lenore Romney and the officers and directors welcome major Rotary calendar year changes (detailed below) to our Monday biweekly programs and monthly gatherings and service efforts.  Please check e-mail notes, Facebook and the bulletin for changes.
          Thanks for your service: Brad Stark, longtime member, director and for several years our club program director has resigned.  Brad cited added workplace and family commitments as he offered his resignation.  The members thank him for his fine work for the club.
  Here is the new Rotary-North lineup:
           Rotary Listens: Luncheons will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (except on federal holidays).  The next meeting is July 16 at noon at Nectar Wine and Beer, 1331 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards.  Next month, the luncheon meetings are Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, also at Nectar.  The club will not meet Sept. 3 (Labor Day), and will meet Sept. 17 to discuss fall fund-raising plans.
           Rotary Connects:  Club “meet-up” gatherings are scheduled the second Monday of each month, starting at 4:30 p.m.
            At the first gathering July 9 – despite the 90-degree heat and usual vacation trips – some 15 people filled a large section at Nectar.  They included some spouses, a few prospective club members and a Club 21 director.
           The fellowship times are open to Rotarians, spouses, friends, prospective members and others interested in Rotary.  Locations will change each month and members are encouraged to suggest venues.
          Next month’s Connect is 4:30 p.m., Aug.13 at the Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, 1203 W. Summit Parkway (just east of Nectar),
          Rotary Serves: A service time is scheduled each 4th week of the month, with time and dates adjusted as needed to suit the tasks.
          The first service project is Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at Second Harvest food bank, 1234 E. Front Ave.  Coordinator Sandy Fink said our club’s commitment is for one hour, but members are welcomed to stay as late as 4 p.m.
            Next month’s service project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet with boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items which are placed there for use during the school year.  We will also deliver some “beginning of the year” supplies to each classroom with a greeting from Spokane North.  Sandy is suppling pizza and drinksJ!!  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.
            “Rotary Serves” succeeds what club members once called “dirty hands” projects.   Members are encouraged to propose potential service projects for non-profit organizations.
             When a 5th Monday occurs in a month -- such as July 30 -- that is an off day for the club.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink,
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Spokane North News Charles Rehberg 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
That is a primary purpose of ROTARY.  Now each club member, and as many spouses/significant others as you invite, will have such an
opportunity in our community.
On Monday, July 23rd at 1pm, as our monthly Service Project, we will gather at Second Harvest Food Bank at 1234 East Front Ave in Spokane to help with an Event.                          .
Our commitment will be for one hour of service BUT the Event will last until 4pm and we are welcome to stay as long as we can!
Rotary Serves - July 23rd 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lenore Romney on Jul 09, 2018

                                                                 ROTARY CONNECT

JULY 9, 2018     4:30PM


Hey friends and fellow Rotarians join us on Monday July 9th at 4:30pm for our first ever Rotary Meetup event at Nectar Wine & Beer in Kendall Yards. We call it Rotary Connect and it will happen at 4:30pm on the 2nd Monday each month. We'll announce the location on our Facebook page and our website home  page.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Rotary was founded on fellowship and we want to make it a more prominent part of our Club by dedicating a week each month for the purpose of socializing, networking and just having a good time. The venue will change each month to take advantage of Spokane's wonderful happy hour scene. Whether you are a Rotarian or interested in meeting Rotarians, join us for Rotary Connect. Look for the Spokane North Rotary Club table sign - that's how you'll know you've found us!

This is a no-host event.


Rotary Connect Lenore Romney 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Club Schedule Changes & WA Policy Center Charles Rehberg 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Winners:  Michael Kamau, Shadle Park and Britnee Akau, Rogers Sandy Fink 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Saling Scholarship winner – Ashley Sweeney of North Central. Charles Rehberg 2018-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Candidate Races - Michael Cathcart Charles Rehberg 2018-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
P4 Training Solutions - Rae Wilson Charles Rehberg 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Members Proud Moments Charles Rehberg 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Dominican Republic - Water Proj Kristin Thompson Charles Rehberg 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Financial Moves - Dan Hodo Charles Rehberg 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Spokane County Library District - Patrick Roewe Charles Rehberg 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
BumbleBar -- Glenn Ward Charles Rehberg 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Space - Joe Bruce Charles Rehberg 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
President's Quarterly Report Charles Rehberg 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Empire Unmanned - Colleen Hennessey Charles Rehberg 2018-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
STA - Brandon Rapez-Betty Charles Rehberg 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Second Harvest - Jason Clark Charles Rehberg 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
World Relief -- Mark Finney & Jackson Eremugo Lino Charles Rehberg 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Tribe - Mike Tedesco Charles Rehberg 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Tax Reform Update -- Brown and Fruci Charles Rehberg 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane School Levy -- Redinger and Anderson Charles Rehberg 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Club Busy Schedule -- Chad Haverkamp Charles Rehberg 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Every Woman Can -- Deb Barnes Charles Rehberg 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Spokesman Review -- Rob Curley Charles Rehberg 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Christmas Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
“University District” -- Lars Gilberts Charles Rehberg 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
"Kicking and Screaming" & Leadership -- Terry Fossum Charles Rehberg 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
Sharp Shooting - Robin Ball Charles Rehberg 2017-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Port District -- Todd Mielke Charles Rehberg 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Wheel Sport -- Mark Neupert Charles Rehberg 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Origin Forensics LLD -- Jarrod Carter Charles Rehberg 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Judges -- Hazel and Cook and Spokane’s Prop 2 Charles Rehberg 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
South and NW Council Candidates Charles Rehberg 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
School and Council Candidates -- Benn, Burke, Wiser, and Thomas Charles Rehberg 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Jerri Anderson -- District 5080 Governor Charles Rehberg 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Challenges abound in the Ukraine -- Kevin Berkompas  Charles Rehberg 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Health Sciences & Services Authority - Susan Ashe Charles Rehberg 2017-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Area 7 Asst Governor John Guarisco & Daniel H. Pink Charles Rehberg 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Thomas Jarrard - USERRA Charles Rehberg 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Chad Haverkamp -- Quarterly Report Charles Rehberg 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Angie Funnell - Habitat for Humanity Charles Rehberg 2017-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Washington Policy Center - Chris Cargill Charles Rehberg 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Embrace Washington - Alene Alexander Daria Brown 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Simon Sinek - TED Presentation Charles Rehberg 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Cyber World - Tim Taylor, SBDC Charles Rehberg 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jun 19, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 19, 2017
            Thanks mainly to the efforts of fund raiser coordinator Robbie Jackson, an astonishing total of $20,262 was netted for needy students and an array of projects for Holmes Elementary School and some other schools like Glover Middle School and North Central High School.
            Total revenues were $23,637 and expenses were $3,375, Jackson said.  Some 89 people attended The Backyard restaurant, as auctioneer Bill Simer smoothly worded through the events: silent and live auctions, “Heads and Tails” game and the “Call for the Cause” donations.
            Corporate sponsors donated $7,350 and five live auction items included $5,475.  Jackson distributed itemized details to club members.  Congratulations to all who worked so hard. 
             Rotary ending:  The last event of the Rotary calendar year is the installation program and banquet, 6 p.m., at Monday, June 26 at the Kalispel Country Club.  No luncheon meetings are planned June 26 and July 3, on the holiday eve.
Congratulations to club President Nancy Hanson for an outstanding year and best of luck to Chad Haverkamp as he begins his 2017-18 Rotary year.
Saling scholars honored
Chuck Rehberg shared that the following graduates from North Central, Shadle Parkand John Rogers high schools were selected as the club’s Gerald L. Saling scholarships. Each student received $1,500:
Emma Vandine, of North Central, plans to attend Biola University in LaMirada, Calif., majoring in marketing and Biblical Studies. 
Andreya Fletcher, of Rogers, plans to attend Eastern Washington University, majoring in environmental studies and business.
           Vandine and Fletcher attended the June 19 luncheon, while Kuhn was out of town and will visit the club later.
           Lenore Romney coordinated the scholarship program, joining committee members Art Rudd, Brian Hipperson, Melinda Keberle and Chuck Rehberg.
At Hanford, timelines are long and costs are high
          Ben Harp shows an encyclopedic mind about all things Hanford, as he details the awesome, complicated issues of radioactive wastes in south-central Washington.
          Harp is deputy manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection.  At the June 19 meeting, Harp talked in detail about safe storage, retrieval, treatment and disposal of 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive wastes at the Hanford Site.
          Ben, who first joined Energy in July 1991, said got his degree in engineering, but spends as much time consumed by the legal tangle of various jurisdictions and the mountains of scientific issues involving Hanford.
          This bulletin space is not the place to get into all the details; suffice to say, Harp presented a first-rate knowledge of the 70-year-plus history of plutonium at Hanford.
          Six of the original none reactors have been “cleaned up,” he said,  adding,“ one is a museum and two more to go.”  Some 60 leaky single-walled tank sites have been transferred to double-walled tanks.
          But it will take at least until age 2022 to “vitrify,” or immobilized in glass, much of the wastes.  Harp said just one of many issues is the competing of techniques – “grout vs. glass.”  At the eastern U.S. reactors at the Savannah River plant,
wastes were put in grout, but Hanford leaders prefer vitrification.
          Bad news surface occasionally, like the May 9 tunnel collapse in fuel rods, in which, by order “all people had to take cover.”  Harp said though the issues were minor, people, including a Mead School class where he talked, “the students were frightened.”  He said Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., shared their own concerns.  Scary very hot issues, like cesium and strontium, dangerous elements “that grow in the dark,” tend to bring that reactions.
          Calming assurances that the pump-and treat tank wastes have not reached the Columbia River and that “some Spokane basements than more than certain Hanford sites,”  nevertheless get wary questions.
          For those who want to dive into the mountain of Hanford details, a half-dozen websites await.
          For a more casual look, Harp has sheets of slides to share, and many stories about significant clean-up to date.  (He said it’s like looking at a 10-year old who doesn’t seem to grow much each day; but when looked several years ago, seems to grow quite a bit.)  Hanford covers 486 square miles of challenges, but at least 1,441 acres have been transferred for redevelopment for tribes and others, Harp said.
          Still, the answers at Hanford are still decades away and the accumulated costs continue to build in trillions.
          Closing the meeting, President Nancy Hanson said: “And I think I had problems.”
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Scholarship Recipients and Hanford - Ben Harp Charles Rehberg 2017-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daria Brown on Jun 12, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 12, 2017
          Installation Banquet Reminder: On Monday, June 26, 2017, instead of the regular noon meeting, the Installation Banquet will be held at the Kalispell Country Club.  A no host bar will be from 5:30 to 6:30 with dinner starting at 6:30.  Event will wrap up by 8pm and all members and their guests are encouraged to attend and support our incoming board.
          Location Update: We will continue to meet each week at the Lincoln Center through the end of 2017.
Foundation that takes philanthropy to a new level
          Empire Health Foundation (EHF) was founded in 2008 out of the sale of Deaconess Hospital to CHS. 
          They use the approach they call Philanthropy 3.0 – Adaptive, results-based investment that fuses innovation, collaboration and equity to do whatever it takes to move the dial.
          Sarah Lyman, Vice President of Strategies and Operations, detailed some of the programs that the EHF is a part of including Workforce Development, Medical Education, Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences, Obesity Prevention, Native American Health, Health Care Access and more.
          EHF manages approximately $80 million and their staff actively work alongside community partners to address complex issues.
          They have also partnered to create four non-profit entities: Family Impact Network, Spokane Teaching Health Center, Better Health Together and Rising Strong.
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Daria Brown and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Empire Health Foundation - Sarah Lyman Daria Brown 2017-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Mobius At Holmes Elementary Sandy Fink 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Northern Quest - Brandon Haugen Charles Rehberg 2017-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Work Source - Rob Crow Charles Rehberg 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Deadlines near for fund drive Charles Rehberg 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Digital Forensics - Josiah Roloff Charles Rehberg 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Downtown Spokane - Mark Richard Charles Rehberg 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Better Spokane -  Michael Cathcart Tim Zacharias 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Boy Scouts of America - Kate Benson Michelle Fossum 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Real Estate Market Update - Eric Johnson Eric Johnson 2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
World Relief -- Refugees -- Sabrina Slater Michelle Fossum 2017-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation - John Mailliard John Mailliard 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Health Care Changes - Neil Muller Charles Rehberg 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Mentors - Greater Spokane Association of Evangelicals -Anthony Carollo Chuck Rehberg 2016-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Holiday Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2016-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Inland Northwest Community Foundation - P.J. Watters Charles Rehberg 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) - Schaffer and Driscoll Charles Rehberg 2016-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Home Builders Association - Joel White Charles Rehberg 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Associated General Contractors - Cheryl Stewart Charles Rehberg 2016-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
  Removing Snake Rive Dams - Sam Mace Charles Rehberg 2016-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Cyber Safety - Heather Stratford-Geibel Charles Rehberg 2016-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Superior Court Judges Candidates Nancy Hanson 2016-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
State Legislative Candidates District #3 Nancy Hanson 2016-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
County Commission Candidates Charles Rehberg 2016-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
6th District Candidates Charles Rehberg 2016-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 26, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
            On deck: Candidates for the 6th District seats in the State Legislature are scheduled to discuss issues Oct.3.
Budget, membership issues lead Q1 update    
          Club President Nancy Hanson turned her Sept. 26 first-quarter report into a round-table discussion about finances, positions, programs and strategies.
         In addition to leadership lists and copies of the fiscal-year budget, Hanson also distributed half sheets asking “three, single-words” in response to three topics, namely:
                What defines Rotary for you?
                Why did you join Rotary?
                Why do you stay in Rotary?
            Answers will be collected, collated and distributed, Hanson said.       
            Leadership roles which still need volunteers, she said, include Youth Programs, Grants, Social Programs, the Scholarship Committee and a 2017-18 President-elect to follow the current officer, Chad Havercamp.  “If you feel a calling, let us know,” Hanson said.
            She also distributed copies of a “club dashboard,” with graphs and pie-charts showing membership history (the club is now at 27),  gender distribution (67 percent male), age distribution (67 percent are 50 or older and 26 percent are 65 or older), and years of service (60 percent have 10 years or more).
            Much of the discussion focused on the fiscal-year budget, which shows a projected deficit of $7,135.
            The club also has a carry-over budget surplus of about $40,000.  Earnings from three CDs have been disappointing.
           The budget deficit, Hanson and other board members explained, arises from loss of some long-time members, a desire to keep most projects and funding programs at about current levels, plus some additional expenses, such as having a part-time
            One member commented he would be comfortable with the deficit “for a year or two, if there is a strategy” back to a balanced budget.  “Otherwise, I would be less comfortable.”
            Another member said “why give away the farm?” and suggested plans be “scaled back if we hit a deficit.”
            Hanson noted that Rotary International dues are scheduled to increase slightly each of the next three years, so raising club dues may discourage membership recruitment and retention.
            She said comments and suggestions from all club members will help direct board decisions.  The next board meeting is at noon, Thursday, Sept. 29.
The bulletin producers:
         Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
         Photos: Eric Johnson
         Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Qu1 Update -- Nancy Hanson Charles Rehberg 2016-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 19, 2016
North Notes
Spoka  ne North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 19, 2016
            On deck: Following President Nancy Hanson’s first-quarter club update on Sept.26, the October luncheon programs will feature election roundtable discussions with candidates for the State Legislature, County Commission, Superior Court judgeships and ballot initiatives.
Business consultant polishes presentation skills
            Context is vital because “you are in a persuasive conversation all the time,”
            Kevin Benson told those attending the Sept. 19 club luncheon.
            Benson, who owns and operates Bold Move Consulting, added that he likes to talk to Rotary Clubs, partly “because you have the best food.”
            Benson also is a longtime adjunct instructor at Gonzaga and Whitworth universities, and, equally important, a 20-year veteran of improv comedy.
            He offered tips on how to “make your next presentation phenomenal.”  One of the basic problems for public speakers, Benson said, “is fear. You have to be an authentic human being and we want people to like us.  You are not a horrible public speaker; you are just terrified.”
            Benson said most people’s brains operate on “fight-or-flight reactions,” which leads to work-around behaviors.
            After his daughter, now age 9, fell off her bicycle, Benson said, she refused to get back on, saying “I’m not going to do that again.”  Overcoming the fear of falling, or failing at public speaking, takes concentrated effort, he said.
            Benson, who said he works mostly with non-profit agency leaders and entrepreneurs, offered some tips to improve presentation skills.
            Presenting information is a transaction, he said, differentiation between “presenting information and telling a story.”
            Part of the transaction is engaging the audience by soliciting and accepting their ideas, then building on them.  It takes a lot of “yes, and…once upon a time…then, because of that…and because of that…until finally…”
            Using the Disney Co.’s Pixar animated movies as an example, he talked about the “story spines” which shape story telling.
            So how would club members rate Benson’s talk, on a scale of “useful” to “phenomenal?”
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Eric Johnson
            Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Bold Move Consulting - Kevin Benson Charles Rehberg 2016-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 14, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 12, 2016
           On deck: The speaker scheduled for the Sept. 19 meeting is Kevin Benson of Bold Move Consulting.  Future programs, said coordinator Brad Stark, will include candidates for the 3rd and 6th  state legislative districts, the county commission and Superior Court judge.
            Fond farewell: Past-president Bruce Ellwein said goodbye as he moves to a new assignment with First Command in Tucson.  In parting, Bruce donated $7 to the collection basket  – one dollar for each year he was a club member.
West Central center ‘has a place for you’
            Whatever a visitor’s age or need, the West Central Community Center applies its ubiquitous slogan: “There’s a place for you here.”
            Kim Ferraro, the center’s executive director, on Sept. 12 outlined the programs and possibilities of a closer working relationship with the club, which is located at 1603 N. Belt.
            Ferraro, a Plains, Mont. Native, returned to Spokane from Los Angeles to become only the second executive director at West Central.  She has been there 5 years, following the 30-year tenure of Don Higgins.
            The center primarily serves residents of the West Central, Emerson-Garfield, Riverside and near Northwest neighborhoods.  Programs, she said, include WIC (Women’s, Infants, and Children’s health and nutrition), Head Start/Early Start, Youth
Development and Recreation and Supportive Services, a catch-all category ranging from computer connections to various social services.  One new program, she said, is for developmentally-disabled adults.
            Ferraro describes West Central as a “hybrid” facility because it houses programs, has tenants, and also rents space to visitors.  Space is offered free for community activities and rented from private events, such as birthday parties or weddings, she
            One tenant is Unify Community Health, formerly the Yakima Valley Farm Workers health program, which has one of its three area clinics at West Central.  One target of health services, Ferraro said, is the demographic that the West Central neighborhood has “the highest rates of teen pregnancies and moms who smoke in Spokane County.”
            She also praised the work of long-time staffer Rick
            Because of its strategic location, the center also houses a Spokane Police detective and serves as a meeting hall for visitors such as former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who spoke there during his 2004 presidential campaign.
            The police presence is welcomed, Ferraro said, “because we have a tremendous amount of crime in the neighborhood.  Needles from drug users are picked up daily in the (adjacent A.M. Cannon) park.”  She added that construction will begin next month on a garage to house the center’s van and other vehicles.  The van was stolen recently and tires have been slashed twice by the same teen-ager.
            The center operates on a $1.7 million annual budget, Ferraro said, “with lots of federal funding,” mainly through community development block grants, plus city general funds.  The four Spokane centers also have raised $250,000 by auctioning 12 play houses, she said.
            In addition to the welcoming slogan, Ferraro said the center stresses its “core beliefs” with the acronym “REACH – Respect, Empower, Advocate, offer Compassion and Hope.”
            The center, she said, works closely with Holmes School since it shares the same family base.  Ferraro said she wants to talk more with club President Nancy Hanson about shared activities with Spokane North Rotary.
            The center stages a school supplies drive with help from the General Store and also coordinated collection of 5,000 pounds of food for needy neighbors.
            “We’re so glad we can do what we do in West Central,” Ferraro said.
Club adds new member
          The club’s newest member is Tim Zacharias, a financial advisor the past three years with the Edward Jones firm.
          Tim, who was born in Germany, served 21 years in the Air Force as a helicopter pilot and instructor.  He was stationed at Fairchild from 1994 to 1998.
          Tim and wife Alley live in Colbert and have three children, including two who attend Mt. Spokane High.
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Nancy Hanson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
West Central Community Center - Kim Ferraro Charles Rehberg 2016-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Greater Spokane Incorporated - Todd Mielke Charles Rehberg 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Kees van der Pol Charles Rehberg 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Free Handyman - Kevin Oxley Charles Rehberg 2016-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
RYLA -- Abigail Colestock Charles Rehberg 2016-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Exchange Students - Chris Lynch and Students Charles Rehberg 2016-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Washington Policy Center - Chris Cargill Charles Rehberg 2016-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Northwest Harvest - Julie Delaney and Katie Hackabee Charles Rehberg 2016-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
New Year and Goals - President Nancy Hanson Charles Rehberg 2016-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Minkler Farewell Charles Rehberg 2016-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Farewell to the Minklers and Scholarship Winners Charles Rehberg 2016-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Lunchboc LLC - Ash Boodel Eric Johnson 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
GU, political science professor Blaine Garvin -tion 2016 Charles Rehberg 2016-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
KXLY Radio Group - Dianah Brubaker Ellis Charles Rehberg 2016-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
NCHS Update - Steve Fisk Charles Rehberg 2016-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Member Appreciation Day -- Keli Brereton and Bruce Ellwein Charles Rehberg 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Onion Bar and Grill - Sonja Halverson Charles Rehberg 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
WA State Bar Assoc - Robin Lynn Haynes Charles Rehberg 2016-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Journal of Business - Paul Read Charles Rehberg 2016-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Spokane Nordic Ski Association - Todd Dunfield Rehberg, Charles 2016-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
Quarterly Report -- Lenore Romney Charles Rehberg 2016-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Cork District - Mike Allen Charles Rehberg 2016-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Sixth Man Marketing - Ed Reese Charles Rehberg 2016-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Kendall Yards - Adam Jones Charles Rehberg 2016-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
The Inlander - Ted McGregor Charles Rehberg 2016-02-29 08:00:00Z 0
Fos 28 TV - Doug Holroyd Charles Rehberg 2016-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
American Red Cross - Megan Snow Charles Rehberg 2016-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
RiteCare - John Rivera Charles Rehberg 2016-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Hoopfest PLUS - Matt Santangelo Charles Rehberg 2016-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Club Resolution: Add Members Charles Rehberg 2016-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army & Holiday Luncheon - Major Stephen A. Ball Charles Rehberg 2015-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Club Leadership Report - Lenore Romney Charles Rehberg 2015-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Social Services In Spokane - Rob Crow Rehberg Charles 2015-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
WSU - Spokane - Lisa Brown Charles Rehberg 2015-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
UW School of Medicine -- Dr. Darryl Potyk and Catherine Brazil Charles Rehberg 2015-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University Charles Rehberg 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
It's the Law -- Hipperson and Jackson Charles Rehberg 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z 0
World Travel - Cheryl-Anne Milsap Charles Rehberg 2015-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
What's in the Wine Label -- Wadkins and Johnson Charles Rehberg 2015-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
City Council Candidates Districts 2 and 3 Charles Rehberg 2015-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Mayor and Council President Candidates Charles Rehberg 2015-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Board Quarterly 1 Report Charles Rehberg 2015-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Park Renovation Plans Update -- Leroy Eadie Charles Rehberg 2015-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
School Supplies at Holmes Eric Johnson 2015-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Worker's Compensation - Suzanne Schmidt Charles Rehberg 2015-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Washington Legislature Wrap Up - Chris Cargill Jim Minkler 2015-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Campaign Finance Reform - Dave Wilson Charles Rehberg 2015-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Transformational Life Coach - Rae Wilson Charles Rehberg 2015-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
District 5080 Gov. Mike Dalessi Charles Rehberg 2015-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Spokane Park Foundation -Heather Beebe-Stevens Charles Rehberg 2015-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Club Goals - Lenore Romney Charles Rehberg 2015-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Salng Scholarship Recipients Rehberg, Charles 2015-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
West Central Community Center - Kim Ferraro Charles Rehberg 2015-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Davenport Hotel - Matthew Jensen Charles Rehberg 2015-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Unsafe Speeds - Bill Simer Charles Rehberg 2015-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Community Theater - Laura Little Charles Rehberg 2015-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Elder Care Issues - Holland McBurns and Casey Holan Charles Rehberg 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Fraud Protection - Lenore Romney Charles Rehberg 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotaplast Missions - Frank Walchak Rehberg, Charles 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Fairchild Air Force Base - Colonel Stookey Charles Rehberg 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Getting to Know Them. . - Heideman and Stockton Charles Rehberg 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Hanford & Clean Up - Madeline Brown Charles Rehberg 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
EWU Public Policy and Economic Analysis - Patrick Jones Charles Rehberg 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Uganda Project - Sister Bernadette Mary Nannyonjo Charles Rehberg 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Head Start - Patty Allen Charles Rehberg 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Labor Market and Economic Analysis - Doug Tweedy Charles Rehberg 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Spokane Symphony - Eckart Preu Charles Rehberg 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Career and Technical Education (CTE) - Christi Harter Charles Rehberg 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Mead Supt. Tom Rockefeller - Bond and Levy Charles Rehberg 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Global Study Exchanges - Allison Blizzard Charles Rehberg 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Junior Achievement - Diane Dowling Charles Rehberg 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Next Generation Zone - Trina Clayeux Charles Rehberg 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
New Science Building NCHS -- Steve Fisk and Students Charles Rehberg 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Prep Pride Charter School - Brenda McDonald Charles Rehberg 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Body Cams - Timothy B. Schwering Charles Rehberg 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
War Stories - Carol Hipperson Charles Rehberg 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Bios - Stark, Mailliard, Stockton, Haverkamp Charles Rehberg 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Spokane Veterans Forum - Fred Aronow Charles Rehberg 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Boys and Girls Club - Dick Hanlin Charles Rehberg 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Project Hope - Christopher Dennis Charles Rehberg 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Riverfront Park and Street Ballot Issues -- Feist, Eadie, and Hawkins Charles Rehberg 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
NewTech Skill Center - Will Sarett Charles Rehberg 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
WA State AG Update - Bob Ferguson Charles Rehberg 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Home Sales Market - Eric Johnson Charles Rehberg 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Club Program Charles Rehberg 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Tibetan Students -- Dawa Jigmed and Tubel Jigmed Charles Rehberg 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
NWBaby - Suzie Dunn Charles Rehberg 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Wishing Star - Sarah Wallin Charles Rehberg 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
District 5080 Governor - Norman McCarvell Charles Rehberg 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
SFCC and Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB) - Sly Chatman James Minkler 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Peace Corps - Marya Nowakowski Sandy Fink 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0