North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 31, 2022
            Nov. 7: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Thomas Squires, Spokane Veterans Court.
            Nov. 14: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Tom Jarrad, USERRA claims.  Tentatively: tags for Holmes Christmas families.
            Nov.20:  Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene at 6pm, followed by dinner at a CDA Italian restaurant.  Meet at the Boardwalk Marina-Plaza Shops (inside the Resort hotel) at 5:20 pm
Happy Bucks:
            Lenore Romney was happy “because it is fall and time for lip balms,” which she quickly distributed to all in attendance.  (Several years ago Lenore shared a case or two of lip balm containers at an all-club Rotary gathering at Riverfront Park.)
            Melinda Keberle was happy that her son, Landen, who plays for Lewis and Clark, defeated both the G-Prep and Ferris football team.
            District Gov. Linda Kay Bauer added $1 for the success of her grandson, now 18, who, despite losing eyesight in one eye as a child now pitches in Wenatchee for a minor league team.  She said he has a 90 mile-per-hour fast ball.
            Dinner dates: Club members and spouses are invited to at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 for a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, followed by dinner at a CDA Italian restaurant.
            A holiday dinner for the club is scheduled Friday, Dec. 16 at Sandy Fink’s house.
            Sandy also said a key contact at Holmes Elementary School with our club projects is now Office Manager Kerry Morris.  Sandy also said rebates from Staples for the club’s school supplies amount added $95, which the school will get, as requested, 25 boxes of wipes and 6 cartons of pop-up wipes, suggesting a very clean elementary school.
            Tags:  The tentative date to distribute holiday tags – our club’s “40 for $60” program – is scheduled at the Nov. 14 luncheon.
A new member and a Paul Harris award
            District Gov. Bauer did the honors, officially recognizing Megan West to Spokane-North Rotary membership with official pins and leading the group in the Four-Way Test.   Bauer said Rotary “has the highest ethics in business practices” and she suggested Megan and other members wear their Rotary pins often, “not just on Monday noons” to help recruit new members.
John, Michelle, and Megan   
   Steve and Dist Gov Bauer    
John, Steve and Catherine
Bauer also gave a Paul Harris award to Steve Mailliard, son of member John Mailliard, who has reached the top levels of the Harris Foundation ranks by coordinating pumpkins for the students at Holmes Elementary and selling the remaining pumpkins and donating the proceeds 
Rotary hope:  Covid in the rearview mirror
            In her talks to clubs, Rotary District Gov. Linda Kay Bauer features the year’s motto: “Image Rotary.”
            What she most wants to imagine is a Rotary fully recovered from the Covid pandemic, when membership waned worldwide with many meetings canceled or reduced to Zoom online gatherings.
            “Clubs are coming out of Covid and everyone is trying to get back to normal,” Bauer said.
            Joining the governor were her husband Jim, “the 1st dude,” and Assistant Gov. John Guarisco.  The Bauers were in town for the week, visiting North, South and Club 21.
            At a Sunday evening board meeting, Linda said the 5080 District now has 57 Rotary clubs.  She has visited about 36 clubs so far in her one-year term as governor, generally using a motor coach and staying at campgrounds.  The Richland Club in the Tri-Cities is her home club.
            With 1.4 million members worldwide, Rotary has more places than McDonald’s, Bauer said.  She is a native of Lima, Ohio, and a graduate of Indiana University and Southern                 Illinois.  She worked with nuclear waste projects at Hanford.
            At the Oct. 31 club luncheon Bauer distributed packets of “honey bee mix” seeds saying “bee the change.”                                                                                                                                                                     
            Bauer cited “strategic initiatives” including increasing Rotary impact, engagement, measuring results and being adaptive.
            “People want person-to-person partnerships,” she said, suggesting seeking club members from Realtors bringing new people to town or looking at Chamber of Commerce members who might welcome Rotary contacts.
            Measurements are needed, she said, show our results.
            Engagements ask whether club members are friendly and finding their passions.
            Of being adaptive, Bauer, noting Spokane-North’s quad presidents for the year, said “you are writing the book” on having four leaders for 3 months each.  She added: “I guess it’s working.”
            Another change: Rotary President Jennifer Jones of the Windsorp-Roseland, Ontario, Canada is RI’s first female president.
            Bauer said she would like the district “to have a Rotary ranch,” where RYLA (Rotary youth) could be housed and other clubs could gather.  She said clubs in Montana have a ranch there.
            She also stressed the importance of supporting the Rotary International Foundation.  One area is Polio Plus, where only Afghanistan and Pakistan still have major issues, but the annual foundation fund, she said, is “true magic,” because district and global grants help needy projects worldwide.
            The third fund is the endowment fund which sustains activities.
            In total, she said, over the years of Rotary some $44 billion has been raised through the foundation.
            Bauer talked about the international conference in Melbourne, Australia, in June and the District Conference, May 18-21 in the Tri-Cities, where Club 5080 will join with Club 5100 in the Hermiston, Ore. area.
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink