North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
June 24, 2024
 
Calendar:
 
 
          July 1 – No Meeting -- Happy Fourth of July weekend!
 
          July 8 – Mary Charbonneau, who started a small free food pantry by her Little Free Library in her front yard
 
Guests:
 
          Rich Bosaaen (pronounced Boe-sanne, like Roseanne) who lives in Orlando and is here visiting his mom.  Rich was sponsored 28 years ago as a Rotary International Exchange Student to Belgium – by Spokane North club!
 
          Janice and Scott McKorkle, who just moved into Cliff Cannon neighborhood from Sammamish and will be moving from the Issaquah club to ours!  Welcome!
 
Happy Buck$:
 
          Dr. Steve Boharski, as of Tuesday, June 25, is losing a prefix – no more Dr.! He will be retiring from his Garland Veterinary practice! He had another happy buck for a week of fishing in Sitka, AK.
 
          Bill Simer was happy that, as an avid bicyclist 30 years ago, he “still has air in my tires” and dusted off his bike after encouragement from a friend.
 
          Jerry Logan had a similar “dust-off” with a 1883 Harley sportster.
 
          Eric Johnson was doubly happy after his oldest daughter graduated from Central Washington University and he had a boys trip to Hermosa Beach.
 
          Sheila Fritts was happy that a friend of hers in Zambia has re-enrolled in biology classes after reading about the science work Rotary International is doing.
 
          Sandy Fink was happy her 92-year-old brother is out of the hospital.
      
Former Exchange Student’s Memories & Thanks
        
          Rich Bosaaen spoke to the club.  Lenore Romney got an email saying he was our sponsored RI exchange student 28 years ago, “can I come back?”
 
          Rich was always interested in traveling since he was a kid growing up here. He said he would look at brochures and think, “where can I get besides Spokane?” A teacher and counselor told him “there’s this club and they are looking for someone who could possibly go abroad for a year.”  The brochures he was reviewing were trips for tens of thousands of dollars. He was selected to spend his senior year in Belgium.
 
          “I was in a Rotary club for seven years, and I used to tell them, you guys changed my life.  You opened doors” that may not have opened otherwise, he said.  Our club must have spent about $7000 for his year in Belgium, “which I knew nothing about and I didn’t speak French.”  He arrived on a plane with 200-250 other North American exchange students all going to Belgium.  “It was chaos” at the airport when they deplaned and tried to find their families.
 
          Rich “immersed myself in the culture and language” and took advantage of opportunities like joining 54 other exchange students to go to Brussels for a side trip. “It really opened up the world. Those were the things I always dreamed about as a kid, and you guys made it happen.” He lived with two host families during his senior year, one who lived next to a farm, and one who lived in a farmhouse with a network of corridors that hid 12 Jewish children during WWII.
 
          After his year in Belgium, he had to take 2 classes  –  college prep English and, ironically, current world affairs – at North Central when he came back in order to graduate and be accepted by North Dakota State University in Fargo.  He chose it because it offered reciprocity with WA and “was the furthest place I could get and still drive to get there and be in a different environment.”
 
          After 2 years, he got an internship at Disney World, then earned his degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and now is in Orlando working in the travel & hospitality business with Marriott International. He recently took his son to meet his host family in Belgium. At his Tampa Rotary Club, he worked to bring 2 exchange students in and send 2 local students abroad. So he said he tried to give back and also help other kids experience what he did.
 
          Steve Boharski noted that since another exchange student was sponsored 15 years ago, his family has had five exchange students and met the family of a student in Italy on a trip
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          Prez Bill noted that Shadle Park has had some communication about a student who wants to apply for a RI exchange student scholarship. Scott McKorkle offered to help as the Issaquah club has done many exchanges.
 
Paul Harris Recognition
           
          Dave Peterson was awarded by Prez Bill his 3 sapphire Paul Harris pin, which indicates that Dave has contributed more than $4000 to the Rotary Foundation since he joined this club on July 1, 1976
 
          Dave was a sustaining member who set up quarterly billing to add $25 for the Foundation.
 
          On that schedule it takes 10 years to earn $1000, and Dave has reached 4 of those milestones as a 48-year member!  “Art (Rudd) brought me in,” Dave said. “By the way, he’s older than I am.” Art joined in 1969.
 
          The Rotary Foundation supports the work of Rotary International around the world and has made more than $4 billion (with a B) grants in US and abroad because of contributions like Dave’s.
 
President’s annual report
       
           Bill thanked the other quarterly presidents:  Michelle Fossum, Nancy Hanson and Ron Noble. Also officers and directors were Lenore Romney, treasurer, Melinda Keberle, secretary, John Maillard, Jerry Logan (who filled Colin Prestesater’s spot), Chuck Rehberg and Steve Boharski. 
 
          “I also want to thank everyone to served the many positions that keep our club running.  From our front desk to our song leaders, it takes involvement from EVERYONE to make our club successful.’
 
          Speakers were especially impactful this year, he said, the result of the program committee (Jerry Logan, Sheila Fritts, Steve Bergman and Laura Zahn), with help from Michelle and Steve Boharski.
 
          “A lot of the details we never see” are quietly handled by Lenore and Bob Romney, “two people who are always there,” from Coats 4 Kids pickups and behind-the-scenes work with Holmes Elementary.
 
Watch Bill in Action:)!  "C:\Users\hsfin\Dropbox\Rotary\2023-2024\Speakers\Bill Simer.MOV"  (Not sure you will be able to open this -- I hope so!
 
          Likewise, Holmes now has a washer and dryer because of Sheila Fritts, a new member who “shook the trees,” and Ron Noble, who helped secure installation.  Sheila helped with Coats 4 Kids, too.
 
          The Gerald Saling Scholarship Award was revamped and connected to the Community Colleges of Spokane, an organization that Gerry led, because of our Jerry Logan.  Jerry and his Scholarship Committee also have grown our program by supporting 2, two-year scholarships at Lumen High School (recipients will speak at our July 22 meeting).
 
          “Laura Zahn is someone who also has stepped up this year in leading a number of community engagement opportunities for us,” including a Ronald McDonald House dinner, he said. “She was so good at this that we’ve asked her to be a director next year to grow our community involvement.
 
          “Finally, I’d like to thank Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink for everything they do for this club, notably for their work in preparing and distributing our newsletter.” Sandy was traveling but didn’t miss a beat in getting it all done and Chuck’s writing is so good Bill worries people will think they don’t have to come to the meetings!
 
           “In a club this size, everyone does something,” but we are lucky to have so many capable hands, he said.
 
On the business side of things:
 
          Charitable fund contributions totaled $19,420 to be “a window into the club’s community involvement,” which is very impressive for a club our size, and we had nearly 100% participation (individual contributions are in lieu of a fundraising gala):
 
               Holmes Elementary support totaled almost $7800 ($3000+ in school supplies, Mobius Science Kids were $1070, Principal’s Emergency Fund got $1500, and Golden Hero t-shirts were $1134 and Golden Hero books were $1080). “We also sent a bunch of Holmes kids and their families to Mobius through our Speaker Recognition program, which donates a Mobius Science Center family pass in the speaker’s name.
 
                $4500 in scholarships were funded, 1 to a Lumen grad and 2 Gerald Saling Scholarships (1 each to grads from North Central and Rogers HS);
 
                Dinner at Ronald McDonald House was funded and prepared;
 
                We helped fund a new International Club in our district, and we contributed to the Expo ’74 Vendor Village, with Melinda Keberle, Nancy Hanson and Sheila Fritts representing us there.
 
           Membership loss and gain canceled out and remained at 20.
 
          “As I reflect on being a member of this club, I have to think of what my wife, Renee, says when people ask her about Rotary,” Bill said. “She says, ‘These are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.’ This lines up well with why Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905, ‘so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful and lifelong friendships.’ I think that sums us pretty well.
 
          “It’s been a great year to be a member of the Rotary Club of Spokane North, and the outlook for the 2024-25 year is even better.”
 
          Jerry thanked Bill, “who is behind-the-scenes consistently – it’s always you, buddy, you’re there.”
 
Submitted by Laura Zahn with thanks to Bill Simer for providing his report in writing!
Bulletin Editors:  Laura Zahn and Sandy Fink