Posted by Charles Rehberg on Oct 15, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 15, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 22: Noon at Nectar: Please bring your ticket money and wine bottle donations to Nectar in Kendall Yards for our Nov. 2nd “Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Under the Big Top” Dine Out Spokane for Kids event.
            Oct. 29: No meetings scheduled on fifth Mondays.
            Nov. 2: FUND-RAISER!! Dine Out Spokane for Kids. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Kalispel Golf and Country Club is at 2010 W. Waikiki Road (the former Spokane Country Club).
            Nov. 5: Noon meeting at Nectar; speaker TBA.
Briefly: Turkey thoughts: A sign-up sheet will be available on Monday 10/22 for our November Rotary Serves volunteer event for “Tom’s Turkey Drive.”  President Lenore Romney is coordinating our club’s “Rotary Serves” monthly event – joining the hundreds of volunteers Nov. 17 at Rosauer’s stores.  Our shifts are at the 29th Street store (11 volunteers needed) from 8-10 a.m.; and at the “Y” store (4 volunteers needed) from 9:45 a.m. to Noon. 
Fund-raising:Tickets and wine due Oct. 22
            The targets: more than 100 members and guests, at least 60 bottles of wine, and $15,000 to raise Nov. 2 for Holmes Elementary School projects and other needy schools.
            The deadline: Noon, Monday, Oct. 22 to bring in ticket sales proceeds and bottles of wine for our “Wine Grab.”
Under the direction of Club President Lenore Romney, the event will be in the Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s big white tent.  The wine and craft beer tasting, with antipasto appetizers is from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The Wine Grab will be in full swing until the last bottle is “sold” at $20 per cork pull.  The full Italian buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m.  Enjoy the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble through dinner.  A short program starts around 7:30 p.m.-ish, featuring comments by Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg, and a quick “call for the cause.”    
Wine tasting and dinner sponsors would be ideal and would help defray the event costs. 
            The event in the large tent is heated and accommodates well more than 100 guests.  Non-alcoholic beverages also will be available.  Event tickets and Donation tickets are available through the Eventbrite website.  Friends and family can find our event at and search “Dine Out”, then just click on the Tickets button to either purchase tickets to the 11/2 event or to make a donation of any amount…it’s that easy!
            Photos of Holmes Elementary activities and events will be displayed at the event.  For all the Spokane Jazz Orchestra aficionados, rumor has it that saxophonist extraordinaire, Christopher Parkin, will be leading the ensemble. 
Picture this: the district is ‘an inspiration,’ and ‘wave a force of nature’
            If one special photo is worth a thousand words, the images brought by Bev Reed can fill a small library…or a small art gallery.
            District 5080 Gov. Reed, a member of the neighboring Aurora Northwest Club, brought photos and videos to enliven her visit to the board meeting and the Oct. 15 club meeting.
            At the Sunday evening board meeting, in Club President Lenore Romney’s home, she and six other directors met with Gov. Reed, her spouse, Bill Reed and new assistant governor Joe Bruce.
            Gov. Reed cleared the table, literally, and spread out 120 photos of varying Rotary activities.  Directors each chose one or two photos to signify their personal responses, then explained their choices.
            At the Monday luncheon, Reed showed three examples.
           Romney had picked a photo of children, saying how much she enjoyed interacting with Holmes students.  She recounted how one young lady, now a high school graduate, remembered fondly the mentor sessions at Holmes.  Chuck Rehberg had picked an African-American infant getting a dose of polio-prevention medicine and a photo showing Dr. Frank Walchak and a young lady who apparently been treated for a cleft pallet procedure. That photo displayed the wide age range of Rotary.  President-elect Melinda Keberle picked a photo of students choosing one avenue of service in Rotary.
            At the board meeting, Reed said in the past five months she has met with 44 of the 61 clubs in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and southeastern British Columbia.
            She talked of the wide array of activities.  She also said a number of clubs have expanded from the traditional weekly luncheon meetings, as our club has done.
            On Monday, Reed gave each member a “Be the Inspiration” motto pin and described what the pin design signifies.
            The ocean “wave” is apt, she said, because “the wave is a force of nature.”  RI President Barry Rassin, of East Nassau, Bahamas, likes the nautical theme.
            The red color is for “heart,” which signifies the service of Rotary.
            The sail, she said, shows that we have “direction” in Rotary’s various activities.
            Reed said “in the last 15 years, more than 15,000 clubs have been organized, but overall membership growth is flat.”
            To grow, she said, “you have to be open to change.  Look at your community.  Does your club reflect your community?”
            Reed said, “I’m a fund-raiser (a longtime YMCA foundation member) and in that you need a trust relationship.  You need to keep them engaged and ask if it is the right fit.”
In May, 2 districts ‘Come Together’
            Using a zany video, with a Beatle-esque adaption of “Come Together,” Rotarians from two districts will come together in Spokane next May 16-19 at a unique district conference.  Western Washington members from District 5030 will join forces with District 5080 to “Be the Inspiration.”
            The pre-conference starts with golf and wine tasting at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club and the main conference will be at the Spokane Convention Center.  Registration began in July and Reed said 200 people have already signed up.  The Convention Center can accommodate up to 700 people.
            Speakers include Microsoft’s Bill Gates, RI President Barry Rassin, and Angelo Lombardo, a notable motivational and leadership speaker from Aspire Lifestyles.
            With Lilac Festival activities that weekend, downtown should be lively.  
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson