Posted by Sandy Fink on Jun 11, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 11, 2018  
 
Briefly:
          The club’s installation dinner is Monday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Kalispel Country Club, the former Spokane Country Club on Waikiki Drive.  Lenore distributed lists for sign ups and indicated that members would be receiving an email to make dinner selections which she asked be returned promptly so counts could be reported to the Country Club. Tickets will be $25 each.
 
          Holmes Heroes: Tim Zacharius and Dave Hayward will represent Spokane North at the last Golden Heroes program at the elementary school year-end celebration at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 13.  Thanks to Tim and Dave for volunteering!
 
Shadle Park and Rogers Scholars
                On June 11, the club honored two additional Gerald Saling Scholarship winners: 
Michael Kamau from Shadle Park
 
          Michael plans to major in Mechanical Engineering and will attend SFCC for two years and then head for Eastern Washington to pursue his major.
 
          Michael’s educational journey has taken him from Kenya, where he lived for seven years, to America.  He was raised by his single mom and has three other siblings.  He said that discipline, respect and integrity are things that are upheld in Kenyan society.
 
          Michael says that his Kenyan grandfather taught him to be persistent and not to give up.  His mother taught me never to be afraid to stand out because of his differences.
 
          April Eberhardt, College and Career Readiness Facilitator at Shadle says, “One thing that is particularly remarkable about this student is that he has strong follow-through, and I trust that when he says that he will do something, he will indeed do it.  He is the type of student who will make the most of every opportunity; he is focused and driven.”
 
Britnee Akau from Rogers
 
          Britnee plans to attend EWU and major in Health Sciences.  She will graduate high school with an AA degree from SCC through Running Start.
 
          Britnee has volunteered extensively and says, “volunteerism is something that I believe builds stronger communities.”
 
          Kathleen Law, AVID/Running Start School Counselor at Rogers says, “Britnee displays a natural sense of responsibility, an admirable sense of values, and the ability to persevere in the face of difficulties. . . .She is extremely reliable, thorough and efficient in carrying out her responsibilities.” 
 
          Britnee had many positive letters of recommendation from people in her native Hawaii where she was exceptionally active in the Girl Scouts and won several prestigious awards.
 
Real Estate Market HOT!
          Spokane North’s member, Eric Johnson, shared conditions of the real estate market in Spokane and the surrounding communities.
 
          Rents and Home prices are both continuing to rise and have been doing so for the past two years.
          There has been a significant increase in the building of “multifamily” units due to the extremely low vacancy rate of 1 to 2% at existing properties.
 
          Many folks appear to be moving here from the Seattle area or commuting as needed in order to buy homes in the area at a greater savings than found in Seattle.
 
          Eric shared the Spokane Association of Realtors 2018 Year to Date Home Sales Report though May:
                   Sales Up 9.8%
                   Average Price Up 12%
                   Median Price Up 12.5%
                   Inventory Down – very, very low
                   Distressed Sales Down
 
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors:  Sandy Fink
          Photos: Lenore Romney and Eric Johnson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Scholarship Winners: Michael Kamau, Shadle Park and Britnee Akau, Rogers Sandy Fink 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jun 04, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 4, 2018      
 
Briefly:
           June duties concluding: As we move into the last month of the RI year, President Chad Haverkamp said “lets queue up for our next Rotary year” and he urged members to support the efforts of President-elect Lenore Romney.
 
          The club’s installation dinner is Monday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Kalispel Country Club, the former Spokane Country Club on Waikiki Drive.  Chad will distribute lists on e-mail and with handouts to list members, spouses and other guests.  Tickets will be $25 each.
 
          Holmes Heroes: Chad and Coordinator Sandy Fink remind that a few club members are welcomed to join the Golden Heroes program at the elementary school year-end celebration at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 13.   Chad especially encouraged “new faces,” members who have not experienced the Holmes Heroes presentation.
 Sandy said she did an inventory of the huge pile of pens, pencils, paper, tissues and assorted sundries funded for Holmes at last fall’s delivery for the supply closet.  Every item was used except for a few notebooks.  “It’s amazing how appreciated these supplies are,” she said.  The club provided $2,000 for the annual supply.
 
 New NC scholar heading for U-Dub
            On June 4, the club honored the first of the Saling Scholarship winners – Ashley Sweeney of North Central.
 
            The first of our $1,500 scholarship winner said she will attend the University of Washington, majoring in sociology.  Indeed, Ashley is personable and sociable and warmed club members with friendly greetings.
 
            “I like the busy-ness of Seattle,” Ashley said.  “I’ve been in Spokane for 18 years and, not to say it’s boring, but I’ve seen everything here.”
 
            Scholarship coordinator Brian Hipperson, who noted that he is an NC graduate and Sandy Fink was an NC principal, also said Ashley may want to enter a flight school. 
 
            “I like to travel and in flight school look at the people you meet and the places you go.  I am a very social person,” she said.
 
            Even though Ashley wants to experience Seattle and travel wide and far, in her application, she said: “I have juggled the idea of persuing a career as a social worker, but also am very fond of coming back to my high school to be a college and career readiness counselor.”
 
            With a 3.8 GPA, she said “nothing is more important to me than those who are inside these walls.”
 
            Asked about Rotary’s Four-Way Test, Ashley said in her application that “many problems arise in the form of fairness.  One is the biggest is the battle between athletics and the arts.”  She said that as a student council member, though the arts do not bring in as much money as athletics, “we have done a great job in making them feel more included in the school.”
 
            Sharing duties, she played slow- and fast-softball and also worked on drama crew shows backstage.  She also was on the debate team.
 
            Hipperson shared a long list of volunteer activities, including Ogden Hall, the Guilds School, Vanessa Behan Crisis Center, the Yes We Can leadership program, Hoopfest and led NC’s Groovy Shoes competion.
 
            ASB Advisor Camellia Munoz said of Ashley: “She is one of the most kind and thoughtful students I have ever come across and truly understands the goals behind being a leader.”
 
            Hipperson also noted that Ashley was the first in her family to attend college.  Her mom and uncle attended the luncheon.
 
            On June 11, the club will honor the other two scholars, Britnee Akau of Rogers, and Michael Kamau of Shadle Park.  The scholarships are named for the late Jerry Saling a longtime club member who was a State Senator from Spokane and a president of Spokane Falls Community College.        
 
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
 
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
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jun 19, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 19, 2017
 
Bravo!!
            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. 
 
Briefly:
             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
 
Briefly:
          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
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 26, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
 
 
Briefly:
            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
 bookkeeper.
           
 
            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
Briefly:
            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
Briefly:
           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
said.
 
            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