Women Helping Women - Katie Parsons


North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
June 17, 2024
           June 24: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Bill Simer, President’s Quarterly Update plus a special guest and a Paul Harris award.
Happy Buck$:
         Art Rudd was $10 happy that he survived with just an injured wrist after a young female moose charged him when he was walking his dog near his Little Spokane area residence.  “I was so lucky,” Art said.
         Sheila Fritts was happy that a podcast item she posted was noticed by a reader in Africa.
         Ron Noble was $5 happy for attending five graduations in venues ranging from Lake Stevens and Bremerton to Yakima and elsewhere.  Ron also added $1 for helping, along with Sheila, the Holmes Heroes celebration at the school.
        Dave Hayward, noting the passing of former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, added $10 to recall his fraternity time at WSU with the congressman.  Dave said on one trip that George, “a clothes horse,” started wearing loafers with no socks, a New York City fad at the times.  Dave also chipped in $1 to celebrate the first-place winning Spokane Indians at the mid-season championship.
        Jerry Logan was $10 happy to attend the graduation of the Lumen School.  The club contributed $1,500 each for two Lumen grads. The event, Jerry said, “raises my spirits.”
       About 30 members and spouses have signed up for the club’s dinner meeting is planned July 12 at Art Rudd’s house to celebrate the last Rotary year and welcome the new officers and board members.  (Art confirmed that moose meat was not on the menu for the party.)
A fund to help ‘Our Girls’
      The Women Helping Women Fund Spokane has an encyclopedic data base of answering questions like “How are ‘Our Girls’ doing?” Or, “Why are ‘Our Girls’ and their families struggling?
      At the club’s June 17 luncheon, Katie Parsons, the Women’s Fund development director, shared the wealth of data, but agreed that finding solutions are difficult.
      The fund was started in 1992 by Mari Clack, Vickie McNeill and others “to empower Spokane area women to achieve their full potential by building a strong, diverse community of engaged and strategic givers.”
      Parsons said in those 32 years more than $7 million has been raised and more than 600 grants and scholarships have been awarded “to remove the barriers to their success and bring the community together to fund non-profit partners that can make that happen.”
      Partners include Catholic Charities, Christ Kitchen, Joya Child and Family Development, Mujeres In Action mental health services, the Northeast Youth Center, Vanessa Behan, both the YMCA and YWCA and others.
     In multi-colored graphs the Women Helping Spokane details the county-wide distribution of women and children in each neighborhood.
     It shows how the county’s younger generations are more racially and ethnically diverse than older adults.
     It also shows “tragically, that suicide was the second leading cause of death for children and youth in Spokane County in 2021.  And that year, 29 percent of girls and 12 percent of boys in grades 8, 10 and 12 said they seriously considered suicide.”
     In an area where one in five children and youth live with a single mom the household earnings were less than one-third of families with two parents.
     Poverty underlies many of the challenges to helping Our Girls succeed, Parson said.  Rents are rising fast.  Child care is more expensive, even with better financial resources.
     “Unstable housing situations” mean doubling up with family, skipping house payments and other challenges, the report said.
     The report also details Spokane’s also long-time challenges with drug abuse – worsened in recent years with fentanyl – and child abuse.
     Solutions for Our Girls are not easy, but Women Helping Women Spokane tries to make big differences by ensuring access to basic needs and services, improving access to mental health counseling, supporting programs in resilient and safe households, creating a sense of belonging and connections and building paths to communities and resources that support well-being.
    The report concludes with the challenge: “Get Involved. Fight Like a Girl.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink.
Women Helping Women - Katie Parsons  Charles Rehberg 2024-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Fairwood Farmers Market - Karol Widner

North Notes

Spokane-North Rotary Club

June 10, 2024
           June 17: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Katie Parsons and Geneva Johns, Women Helping Women fund.
           June 24: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Bill Simer, President’s Quarterly Update.
Happy Buck$:
         Bill Simer was happy to celebrate wife Renee’s birthday.
         Eric Johnson was $5 happy to graduate his oldest daughter from Central Washington University.
         Sheila Fritts was $4 happy to graduate her oldest son, a valedictorian.
         Karol Widner, our luncheon speaker, was happy for the beautiful weather.  
       About 25 members and spouses have signed up for the club’s dinner meeting is planned July 12 at Art Rudd’s house to celebrate the last Rotary year and welcome the new officers and board members.
 Scholars honored
       Club scholarship chairman Jerry Logan announced that two Lumen High students have been named for the Lumen Star Scholarships and one community college student has been named for the Gerald Saling Scholarship.  Each award is for $1,500.
       The Lumen winners are Payton Garza and Angelina Stevens.  Both are planning to attend EWU.  Lumen graduation is at 10a.m. June 15 at the Hemmingson Auditorium at GU.
       Spokane Community College student Prayse Olson was the top choice among nine candidates.  An alternate candidate was Payton Nachtigal, a Spokane Falls Community College student.
      Joining Logan in the selections were club members Art Rudd, Melinda Keberle, Bill Simer, Lenore Romney, Steve Bergman and Chuck Rehberg.
Holmes Science Students say THANKS!!!
  Posters from the Holmes 3rd and 5th grade science students who were recipients of the Mobius science kits which were purchased by the club for classroom use.
Visit the market, join the party
        The manager of the Fairwood Farmers Market said “it’s a party in the parking lot.”
        Karol Widner, the market’s manager for 10 years, said the market this year operates each Tuesday, 3-7 p.m., from May 14 to Oct. 8.
        She said the market “is where friends, farmers and neighbors gather” at the shopping center at 319 W. Hastings, a block west from Mead High School.
        Widner said entertainers this year have included a fiddler, a harpist, singers and even a hula hoop contest.
        She told members at the June 10 luncheon that the big market sellers include a wide assortment of breads, plus soaps, produce and beer.
        But Roger Brown, a neighbor at Fairwood Retirement Village and a visitor at the luncheon, said perhaps the hottest product is the huckleberry scones.
        Widner said special events include the “Kernel Kid’s Program” and the “Senior/WIC Program.”
        She said five shifts of volunteers of all ages help organize and stage the weekly non-profit market. 
        A large bookmobile provides reading materials and a “gleaning program,” helps add items to the Mead Food Bank, Widner said.
        She smiles when she recalls one area farmer who told her “how important the market was to him.”  And she delights when neighbors meet at the market, realizing they live nearby but had never met.
        So Widner said, “I knew this was more than a party in the parking lot.  It’s more than a party.  We have a purpose.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink.
Fairwood Farmers Market - Karol Widner Charles Rehberg 2024-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

. Spokane County Water District --Wissink & VanDyke 

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
June 3, 2024
           June 10: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Karol Widner, Fairwood Farmers Market.
           June 17: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Katie Parsons and Geneva Johns, Women Helping Women fund.
           June 24: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Bill Simer, President’s Quarterly Update.
Happy Buck$:
         Bill Simer was happy that “there is so much to do in the Spokane area, including Artfest.”
         Nancy Hanson was happy for the slate of candidates willing to help next Rotary year.
         Michelle Fossum shared a dollar’s worth of wisdom, saying “you should not believe that a son and daughter-in-law would be ready to move all the items from a 3rd-floor apartment.”
         Sheila Fritts was happy for Rotary.
          Melinda Keberle was happy for an upcoming trip to Toronto and Cincinnati to continue their major league visits with her son.  This will be the 26th and 27th stadiums visited. 
          A dinner meeting is planned July 12 at Art Rudd’s house to celebrate the last Rotary year and welcome the new officers and board members.  Members and spouses are welcomed.
Club board approved
            In a unanimous vote at the June 3 club, the slate of officers and directors for the 2024-25 Rotary year was approved by members there.  Elected were:
                Presidents: Nancy Hanson, 1st quarter; Melinda Keberle, 2nd quarter; Steve Bergman, 3rd quarter, and, Steve Boharski, 4th quarter.
                Past President: Ron Noble
                Secretary: Michelle Fossum
                Treasurer: Lenore Romney
                Director 1: Programs: Bill Simer
                Director 2: International: Chuck Rehberg
                Director 3: Education: Jerry Logan
                Director 4: at-large: John Mailliard
                Also appointed as committee leaders: Foundation Chair, John Mailliard; Charitable Trust, Bill Simer; Scholarship Chair, Jerry Logan; Holmes Committee liaison, Sandy Fink; Membership Chair, Lenore Romney; Activities Chair, Laura Zahn; Social Media Chair, Sheila Fritts; Gambling Licensing Activities, Lenore Romney; and, Bookkeeper, Michelle Lilly. 
A lot about water, mostly good
         Right on cue, as club members discussed water quality and supply, a half-inch of rain began to highlight the June 3 meeting.
         Leading the luncheon talk were Spokane County Water District 3 Commissioner Mary Wissink and Assistant Manager Justin VanDyke.
        VanDyke showed slides of water testing county-wide and the sources which provide water from eight district systems.
        Topics about testing ranged from eliminating septic systems to PFAS, the pesticides he said is “the new hot button, which has everybody’s scared,” especially in the Airway Heights area, where some wells have exceeded safe levels.  
        VanDyke said that substances like PFAS have been called “lifetime chemicals,” because they break down very slowly.  If exposed in certain amounts to those chemicals, “people, animals and fish are affected,” he said.
         “You would have to drink a lot of water to get contaminated,” he said, referencing swimming pool quantities, “but it is serious stuff.”
         “And we do want the best quality water we can get,” VanDyke said.
          The Spokane County water district includes eight distinct water systems, ranging from parts of the Spokane Valley, south of the Manito Golf Course, and north county areas including Linwood, Mead, Chattaroy and Nine Mile.
          The district was formed in November of 1986 when the district bought the Spokane Suburban Water Company, a subsidiary of General Waterworks Corp. of Philadelphia.
         The main source for the district is the Spokane aquifer, a 325 square mile area from Rathdrum and the Spokane Valley westward.
         VanDyke said the huge natural reservoir mostly is very porous, beneath sandy soil and basalt rock which filters the rain and snowpack and moves at a relatively high speed for an aquifer.
         He compared that to water under Airway Heights, which “is more like a bathtub.”   VanDyke, a WSU grad, started work at the City of Airway Heights, graduating to the lead water system position. 
         VanDyke said there is an ample supply of water in the Rathdrum Aquifer, and levels stay high even during very dry summers or when snowpacks are low.  Water from Coeur d’Alene Lake and Pend Oreille Lake help provide added water, he said.
         Spokane County water testing, as elsewhere, is frequently tested by the district and the state, he said, adding some 15,000 different chemicals have been developed since the 1940s.
         He said even open-pit areas in contact with the aquifer pass tests.  Leaks from oil to paint to metals to fecal matter and other substances are tested for water quality and dust-control roads are monitored to keep quality levels high, he added.
         Still some are wary about smell or taste of water quality.
         And if Spokane water gets a passing grade, one comment at the luncheon added: “In Moses Lake, don’t drink the water.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink.
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Expo ‘74 Memories -- Mike Kobluk

Spokane-North Rotary Club
April 29, 2024
           May 6: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Michelle Fossum, navigating pathways with a special-needs child.
           May 13: Noon meeting at the Bark.  Program: Skillskin – providing meaningful employment and quality of life.
           May 20: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: J.D. Paquet, one person’s cerebral palsy story.
           May 27: No meeting. (Memorial Day Holiday.)
Happy Buck$:
          John Mailliard was happy to note his 24th anniversary with the FBI.  J. Edgar Hoover administered John’s oath of office.
          Bill Simer was happy to do well in Pacific Raceways driving competition last weekend, adding one measure of success: “nothing fell off in the car.” 
          Jerry Logan witnessed Bill’s races and happily shared Bill’s successes.
          Visiting Rotarian Janine McKorkle, with husband Scott, also a Rotarian, was happy to buy a house in Spokane.
          Club members are still welcome to join the Rotary table from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 as part of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74.  The table will be near the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park.  We’ll have a sign-up sheet at our meeting next Monday.
World-class memories remembered
          The theme for the club’s April 29 luncheon clearly was “Thanks for the Memories.”
          As the 50th anniversary of Spokane’s Expo ‘74 World’s Fair, Mike Kobluk, hired in 1972 as manager of special events for Expo, talked about the amazing roster of performances throughout the six-month fair.
          Kobluk, quickly then named manager of performance and visual events for the fair, said that when challenges mounted to get top-rated stars to attend Expo it was comedian Bob Hope who made a key difference. 
          Kobluk’s talk was titled “Expo Memories” and Hope’s longtime signature song was of course “Thanks for the Memories.” 
          And when Hope delivered, the trickle of stars opened the floodgates of first-class events.
          Kobluk said dozens of acts remained interested, but un-signed, for the small inland Northwest city.
          But when Hope not only agreed to perform, and also starred in a television ad saying he would attend, suddenly top performers agreed, Kobluk said.
          Suddenly, he added, Expo, which some feared would be like “a three-week county fair” to what The Spokane Daily Chronicle called it “the center of entertainment for six months.”
          At the lunch, Kobluk distributed a list of more than 100 attractions that came to Expo ’74. 
         The diverse acts included the Seattle Opera’s “Aida,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Harry Belafonte, Jack Benny, the Carpenters, Chicago, the Cleveland Orchestra, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson, Ella Fitzgerald, Festa Brazil, Margot Fonteyn and the London Ballet, Merle Haggard, Bob Hope of course, the Irish Rovers, gymnast Olga Korbut, the Joffrey City Centre Ballet, Liberace, Gordon Lightfoot, The Limelighters with Glenn Yarbrough, and the 100-plus member Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta.
         The list continued with mime Marcel Marceau, Russia’s Moiseyev Dance Company, Spokane-native opera singer Patrice Munsel, Jim Nabors, Itzhak Perlman, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Buck Owens, Roberta Peters, Charley Pride, the Pointer Sisters, Helen Reddy, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Seals & Croft, Isaac Stern, Van Cliburn, ballet dancer Edward Villella, Walt Wagner, Porter Wagoner, Lawrence Welk, Roger Williams and the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions.
         Sports fans also enjoyed the Soviet National Basketball Team, the Soviet Championship Skaters, Rodeo and Wild West Shows, the Seattle Supersonics, a pre-season NFL game with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, and the WSU-Kansas football game.
         With that lineup, that “center of entertainment” claim was realized.
          Kobluk said “it was a real miracle” that the tangle of railroads from Trent (now Spokane Falls Blvd.) north to the Spokane River was removed quickly enough to open the space which now covers Riverfront Park.
          He said a bit of lucky confusion made that happen.  While a Spokane delegation went to Chicago to ask a railroad executive to clear the tracks, Lincoln Savings president Roderick A. “Rod” Lindsay, Expo board chairman, announced the group.  A secretary carried the message and the railroad leader came out, expecting his long-time friend, then New York City Mayor John  Lindsay.
          After the confusion was cleared up, the railroad leader said, while you are here, come on in.  And soon the railroad agreed to move the obstacles, clearing the space for Expo.
          Kobluk, one of the original members of the Chad Mitchell Trio from Spokane, used all of his contacts to lure entertainers to come to Spokane.
          “I wrote to all the mayors I could find to invite cultural events, bands, singers, whatever.”  He said some 450 groups paid their own to provide free entertainment on site.
          The Smithsonian was asked to provide folk-life events.  They declined, but Bob Glatzer, of the Smithsonian staff, liked the ideas and stayed to coordinate during the fair, and stayed.
          Club member Art Rudd, a friend of Glatzer, said he bought one of the small houses at folk life for a kids’ play house…and the building is still used in his yard.
          Asked about how Spokane could hurdle all the challenges to make Expo possible, Kobluk said, “King Cole, called “the father of Expo,” would not take ‘no’ for an answer.” 
         The challenges also included finding a funding measure when a local 60 percent super levy failed by just a few votes, plus a national gasoline shortage which lower interstate speeds to 50 miles per hour.
         When a flood of entertainers flowed in Kobluk said hotels were filled, especially for some larger groups.  Jack Geraghty, working with Expo prior to being Spokane mayor, found interesting lodging.  A Winnebago franchise in Liberty Lake had a lot-full of recreational vehicles.  The RVs were used as hotel rooms, two or four to a unit.
       “Expo had to buy blankets, soap and other items, but the visitors’ unique spaces loved it,” Kobluk said.
        He said when plans for the state of Washington pavilion were discussed some wanted a planetarium and others wanted an aquarium.  But the winners were an Opera House and a new convention center.
        Given all the entertainers who came, it would have been hard not to have a new 2,000-seat Opera House for performances.
        After Expo, Kobluk was named by the city to direct activities at the Opera House, Coliseum and Albi Stadium.  He led those facilities for more than 30 years.  In 1995 the Spokane Veterans Arena replaced the Coliseum, more than 100,000 square feet of convention center space was added and now Albi has been replaced by the new ONE Spokane Stadium downtown.
        And Expo’s legacy--Riverfront Park—has become a world-class downtown venue.
        Especially for the next nine weeks we can think about the 50th Anniversary and what Expo produced.
        Those are enduring memories indeed.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink. Photos by Bob Romney.
Expo ‘74 Memories -- Mike Kobluk Charles Rehberg 2024-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rod Tamura - Japanese incarceration impacts on the Tamura and Oba families.

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
April 22, 2024
           April 29: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Mike Kobluk, Expo 74 50th anniversary memories.
           May 6: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Michelle Fossum, navigating pathways with a special-needs child.
           May 13: Noon meeting at the Bark.  Program: Skillskin – providing meaningful employment and quality of life.
           May 20: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: J.D. Paquet, one person’s cerebral palsy story.
           May 27: No meeting. (Memorial Day Holiday.)
Happy Buck$:
          Ron Noble, with wife, Melody, at his side, was happy to celebrate their 29th anniversary.
          Sherri Fritts was happy to celebrate her Expo memories podcast and that Art Rudd was there.
          Chuck Rehberg was happy to celebrate the Earth Day anniversary.  As a reporter, Chuck wrote the Spokane Daily Chronicle’s first Earth Day observance story in 1970.
        Board members are still welcomed to join the Rotary table from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 as part of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74.  The table will be near the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park.
Welcome Jessica!
       Melinda Keberle and Bill Simer welcomed Jessica Shew, our club’s newest member.
       Melinda, a Realtor, has worked with Jessica through Idaho Central Bank.  Melinda said Jessica has three children and likes to travel and drink some wine.
       Club President Simer said the board has a goal of adding five new members – Jessica is the first – by Sept. 30.
WWII ‘camp’ lessons recalled
       Casualties of war come in varieties of ways.
        And while hostilities continued overseas, for Japanese Americans in the USA, the dreaded words at home for Japanese Americans were “incarceration” and “internment.”
        Rod Tamura said it’s important not to forget the impacts on those affected.
        At the April 22 luncheon, Tamura, now retiring from a career with Spokane schools, brought   a large plastic bin of family memories.  There were pictures of the Tamuras, his dad’s family, and Obas, his mom’s family.  He shared slides, yearbooks, documents, maps and many stories.  
       Many of the pictures showed conditions in the barren landscapes of Minidoka in southern Idaho and in Tule Lake, Calif., near the Oregon border.
       Two months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, forcing tens of thousands of Japanese in America and Japanese Americans to abandon farms and businesses.  They were boarded on buses with blackened windows as they moved inland to make-shift lodgings, former stables and other residences often ringed with barbed wire.
       Tamura, now nearly 64, wants to continue retelling his family’s ordeal, especially to teens who get just glimpses of this part of history.
        Rod, raised in Spokane, said he himself “didn’t know much about the internments until he was in high school,” adding, “mom didn’t want to talk about it.”
        He said the ordeals for Japanese Americans “often are glossed over” in history lessons, so he has developed a 45-minute presentation to share his families’ stories.
        Rod learned that until 1875 most Asians had no citizenship rights.  During internments during World War II most rights were suspended.
        Much of his story involves the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho, in Jerome County in south central Idaho.  The camp housed more than 13,000 from the February 1942 opening until its closure on Oct. 28, 1945.  Minidoka was one of 10 internment camps.
       Tamura said he visited Minidoka just before Covid, saying, “Oh, my God.  It blew my mind.”
        His family had a farm on 194 acres in Kent, Wash., but often land then could only be leased, not owned.
        During the internments, some ancestors here lodged at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, called “Camp Harmony,” but housed in former stables. Curfew there was 9 p.m. and lights out at 10 p.m., Tamura said.
        At Minidoka, he said, there were 44 blocks of housing in 12 wood-framed barracks, some with just black tar paper sides, and the cold winds “swept in and sand got into everything.”  Pot-bellied stoves provided the only heat.  Tamura showed a picture of the guard tower, which looked inward on the residents.
        The camp had two elementary schools, one junior high and one high school.
        Players could play baseball on a dirt field, and Rod showed pictures of his dad in uniforms in the mid-1930s.  The irony of America’s past-time is a long way from Ichiro Suzuki’s pending Hall of Fame notoriety and Shohei Otani’s multi-million wealth as baseball’s wealthiest player.
        Filed say 844 residents who were incarcerated at Minidoka volunteered or were drafted for military service, including William K. Nakamura, a Medal of Honor Army soldier.
        A national monument for Minidoka was approved in 2001.
        After retirement, he said he will continue his history lessons about the internments, especially to the young.
        During the internment, much of the land and many businesses were confiscated.  It took decades to get any reparations.  In 2006, President Bush approved $38 million divided for all 10 camps.
         As club members Eric Johnson and Ron Noble mentioned during Tamura’s talk, Yakama Tribal members did return some of the property reclaimed to Japanese Americans in the Yakima Valley—another irony as so many Indian Americans were forced onto reservation lands.
        Tamura asked his dad about returning to farming after the internments, but his dad told him “no, farming is a hard life.”
        Rod said internees were sent to the camps “if people had just 1/32nd Japanese blood.”

        A national aid he will continue his history lessons about the internments, especially to the young.
        His lessons: “Be respectful and appreciate the rights you have because things can change.”
        “And we have to be care about what other groups are like.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink. Photos by Nancy Hanson.
Rod Tamura - Japanese incarceration impacts on the Tamura and Oba families.  Charles Rehberg 2024-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

Role of Lawyers -- Hunter Abell

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
April 15, 2024
     April 22: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Rod Tamura, Japanese incarceration impacts on the Tamura and Oba families.
     April 29: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Mike Kobluk, Expo 74 50th anniversary memories.
Happy Buck$:
     John Mailliard added “a coupla bucks” to honor the woman with the most Oscar wins – costume designer Edith Head.
     Laura Zahn was happy to know a lady, now 47, who finished Monday’s Boston Marathon.
     Sheila Fritts was $2 happy as she read a nice note from Holmes Elementary Principal Kale Colyar thanking the club for helping donate a washing machine and dryer for the school.
     Steve Boharski was happy to celebrate Sheila as he asked “where does she get all that energy?”  Sheila’s podcasts about Expo Anniversary memories segments will be mentioned on KREM-TV.
      Ron Noble was happy to celebrate the successes of women as the WNBA announced its draft choices.  Ron recalled how some young ladies years ago had to drive 50 miles just to participate in women’s sports
      Club members are still welcomed to join the Rotary table from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 as part of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74.  The table will be near the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park.
Happy Birthday: Sandy Fink’s happy day is on April 20.
Lawyers should help rebuild trust
       In the past 20 years, public trust has waned in many areas from the presidency to law enforcement to the legal profession, Hunter M. Abell told club members at the April 15 luncheon. 
      Abell said “cynicism and nostalgia” are among the reasons for the decline of respect for many sectors of business.
     “There are simple answers, but not easy answers,” he said.
      He said as polarization has mounted “lawyers, whose number one role is the guardian of structures, should become teachers.”
      Abell, on a leave as president of the Washington State Bar Association, has had his own remarkable journey.
      He was born on a ranch near Inchelium on the Colville Reservation.
      Part of his legal practice, he said, is split between working “on a table in Inchelium” and in Spokane at the Williams Kastner offices.  The firm also has offices in Seattle and Portland.
      Abell specializes in civil litigation, residential real estate and Indian law. 
      He served as a commander in the Navy’s JAG Corps and was a liaison officer in the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad, Iraq.
      Abell graduated in Willam and Mary, earned his law degree at Gonzaga in 2005 and studied at Georgetown Law in 2006.  He also is a member of the Ferry County and King County bar associations.
      So, obviously, Abell brings a lot to the table when he talks about the roles of lawyers.
      At the luncheon, he used slides to show how much public confidence has declined in sectors.
      Polling showed respect for the Presidency dropped from 52 percent in 1973 to just 26 percent last year.  Supreme Court showed 45 percent in 1973; just 27 percent in 2023.  Banking went from 60 percent in 1979 to 26 percent last year.  Public school trust dropped from 58 percent in 1973 to 26 percent and media fell from 39 percent to 18 percent.  Congress’ numbers dropped from 42 percent to just 8 percent.
      Abell said the only growth in respect in the sectors in the polling was the military, which grew from 58 percent in 1973 to 60 percent last year. He added though, depending on war time, in some years even the military declined 7 percent.
     While many reasons have “undermined public trust,” he said, “trust can be rebuilt.”
     He challenges lawyers to help rally trust in many areas and institutions.
     Though some may think there are too many lawyers, Abell said “we need more lawyers, especially in rural areas.”
      He added that we also need more doctors and nurses and accountants in rural areas, but people in urban areas, especially the young, don’t like to move to rural areas. “There is no big dating pool in rural areas,” he quipped. 
      Abell said another key to rebuilding trust among institutions is to make an effort to connect better with people in the areas.  He said Rotary, with its various classifications is “well-positioned with its diversity.”  Reaching young people is a special challenge, he admits.
     Asked about the possibility that some new lawyers now may be admitted to the bar without bar exams, Abell said he hopes that does not become areas where there is a “gold standard” for those who passed the bar exam, and a “silver standard” for those who just clerked with law offices to be admitted.   
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink.
Role of Lawyers -- Hunter Abell Charles Rehberg 2024-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Giving Back Spokane - Rick Clark

Posted by Charles Rehberg
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
April 8, 2024
           April 15: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Hunter Abell, developments in the legal profession.
           April 22: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Rod Tamura, Japanese incarceration impacts on the Tamura and Oba families.
           April 29: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Mike Kobluk, Expo 74 50th anniversary memories.
Happy Buck$:
          Melinda Keberle was $10 happy for the spring break trip with son Landen to Washington, D.C. to watch the Nationals game.  That was their 26th major baseball stadium they have visited. Adding to her happiness as her son said “this was a great trip.”
          Laura Zahn was $5 of success for the supply drive with KHQ for the Ronald McDonald House March 30.  Worried that the Easter weekend would not earn as much, the amount of supplies equaled or surpassed the previous year. 
         Sheila Fritts was $3 happy for the three guests she brought to this meeting.  
         Eric Johnson was happy for his April 7 birthday and for the birthdays of his dad, Leroy, and Leroy’s twin.  Leroy, now 93, a retired Real Estate Broker, joined our club in 1973.
         Steve Boharski was happy for a pleasant Arizona trip.
         Board member Nancy Hanson said that as part of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74 six area Rotary clubs will staff a special table Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park “to make aware of Rotary.”  Sheila Fritts has signed up for the entire day, but other club members are welcomed to staff the table for one-hour each.
         Remember: Construction continues on North Washington near the Bark for our luncheons.  Access should be available via North River Drive west of Division.
Special solar treat
         As the moon darkened a small slice of the sun during the April 8 solar eclipse, club members were treated to “solar doughnuts” by Jerry Logan, sergeant-at-arms for the day.
         Jerry’s tribute included a base of a Krispy Kreme doughnut topped by one side of an Oreo cookie and whipped cream.  Too bad we have to wait another 20 years for the next full eclipse in our area.
                  (Sorry the photographer was too busy eating to take a picture!)                      
A gift of giving back
         Rick Clark didn’t wear a backpack to our April 8 luncheon, but that’s because he probably gave it away to a needy person on the way to the Bark.
         What he never gives away is his will to help people in need.
         Clark nearly teared-up as he recalled his challenges and successes.  His riveting life story also brought strong emotions to the full crowd.
         Clark, now 53, was born in the Spokane Valley.  Dad left early, leaving poverty and numerous challenges for the family.   He said he dropped out of high school and already had a baby.  His sisters also had babies by then.
         Rick said by age 44 “his third marriage was on the rocks,” had five children and 50 different jobs “all entry-level.”  By then he was “squatting in a trailer in Medical Lake.”
         Emotions raw, Clark said he screamed, saying “you’re not going out like this.”
         “I wasn’t a bad guy, but I just didn’t want things that way,” he said.
         “I was 28 years as a drop out and this was my ‘Hail Mary’ shot” to do something, Clark said.
         That’s where he met Jerrod.  Clark had gone to the downtown bus plaza and saw Jerrod, dirty clothing, no shoes.  “He looked like one of my son’s age,” Rick said. 
         So Clark made a connection to someone “who was doing worse than me.” 
         Jerrod told him he had slept under the Monroe Street Bridge the previous night and muggers took his backpack and most of his meager belongings.
         Rick offered the question which he now knows connects people most: “Are you hungry?”
         Clark offered his $10 at the plaza food court.  Jerrod wanted a pastry and a Mountain Dew.
         Rick wrote down Jerrod’s clothing sizes, a backpack, and promised to find him again.
         “You are low, but others are even lower and my job is I want to be a helper,” Rick said.
         He gave out a backpacks and started at Spokane Community College.  Rick graduated the same day his son graduated from Spokane Falls Community College.
         Buoyed by that success he borrowed $100 and sent a heartfelt letter about his travails to Gonzaga University. 
         “This opened the door to ending his chain of poverty,” Clark said.  He said at GU classes, he was in his 50s and one student in his 30s and they used to nod at each other since every other student was so much younger. 
         GU provided $35,000 to start school and a donor paid most of the rest.
         With his communications degree in hand, Clark started out to help “Giving Back Pack.”  More than 7,000 backpacks, with toiletries, clothing and other essential items were given to the needy.
         When the backpack needs were met, Clark changed the program to “Giving Back Spokane,” and the non-profit provides a variety of necessities and food, especially for youngsters in need who may not have food when schools are not in session.
         Because all the money is private community funds, no governmental red tape limits donations, he said.
         During the Covid pandemic, Clark said, the group helped 110 restaurants keep open.
         Talking about the homeless, here and elsewhere, Rick said the key “is to make a connection. When there is no hate, there is dignity,” he said.  “Give people a reason to get up in the morning.”
         He said his Facebook responses have numbered 36,000…”and 80 percent are people over age 40.”
         Clark said he did find Jerrod a few years ago, finally recognized as schizophrenic, living in North Idaho.
         And Rick Clark, whose life has gone very far indeed, now operates his agency on West Sprague, just a block or so from that bus plaza where his life changed forever.  
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink.
Giving Back Spokane - Rick Clark Charles Rehberg 2024-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Michael Baumgartner -- County Treasurer

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
April 1, 2024
           April 8: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Rick Clark, Giving Back Spokane.
           April 15: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Hunter Abell, developments in the legal profession.
           April 22: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Rod Tamura, Japanese incarceration impacts on the Tamura and Oba families.
           April 29: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Mike Kobluk, Expo 74 50th anniversary memories.
Happy Buck$:
           Sheila Fritts was $5 happy to note her 5th anniversary working at the Fairwood Village retirement center.
           Michelle Fossum was happy for an Easter weekend with husband Terry at Hill’s Resort in Priest Lake.
           Ron Noble was happy to have all of his family together for Easter.
 Happy Birthday:
           Eric Johnson gets older on April 7.
           Board member Nancy Hanson said that as part of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74 six area Rotary clubs will staff a special table Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park “to make folk aware of Rotary.”
           Nancy said our club members are needed to staff the table for one-hour each.
Holmes School gets cleaner
           Sandy Fink, our club’s coordinator for the Holmes Elementary School supply closet annual project, can now add detergent and dryer sheets to her wish list.
           Thanks to the help of Sheila Fritts and Ron Noble and a generous anonymous donor, Holmes now has a new washing machine and dryer when needed for soiled garments from the building and playground.
Ron Noble and Holmes Principal, Kale Colyar
No fooling, it’s tax time
           One of the first things Michael Baumgartner mentioned is the distinction about who raises taxes in Spokane County.
           “I am the treasurer, not the county assessor,” he told the April 1 club luncheon.  “I am your banker.  The assessor adjusts the rates for levies and bonds.”
           Mike, who was elected treasurer in 2018, was joined at the lunch with Hillary Pham, the county treasurer’s inter-governmental affairs officer.
           While Mike knows very well about the distinctions about raising taxes, he has much to talk about how those rates have risen, especially for schools, while he was in the State Senate from 2010 to 2018.
            He said the Democratic legislative majority and the governor, also a Democrat, helped push teacher salaries “to the highest in the nation.”   He added that with smaller class loads statewide, “there are also some very expensive new buildings.”
            Mike and wife, Eleanor, know personally about public schools, since four of their five children are in school.
            Baumgartner shared how the growth of Spokane County property taxes raised during his term: $579 million in 2019; $658 million, in 2020; $713 million in 2021; $770 million in 2022; $818 million in 2023 and $856 million in 2024.  That is an increase of $277 million from 2019.
            He said about 60 percent of the taxes fund public K-12 education, including salaries and  buildings, and 40 percent of tax bills are self-imposed by tax payers for school bonds and levies. 
            The treasurer’s management team, including Pham and six others, supervise banking services for 80 local government entities and a $1.9 billion portfolio.  Using an array of U.S.  Treasury notes, Fannie Mac, Fannie Mae, World Bank and corporate bonds, he said more than $120 million in earnings have accrued since 2019 tax years.
            He said the Treasurer's office also has been able to speed funding for projects like the expensive Bigelow Gulch widening.
            Baumgartner said the increasing tax rate does hit hard for some homeowners, especially seniors on fixed-rate incomes.  Last year senior and disabled property tax exemptions went to 10,595 participants, 1,000 more than in 2022.  
            “Some people come to our office with tears in their eyes because they can’t pay their taxes,” he said.
            To keep the access, he said, a City of Spokane Valley office and several other collection points are opened during spring and fall tax deadline times.
            Asked how his office has worked with five commissioners rather than three, Baumgartner said he probably would have liked a county executive system to help manage the load.
           He also was asked about his candidacy for the 5th District Congressional seat where long-term Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she will not seek re-election. 
           Baumgartner, 48, is a Pullman native.  His mom was an elementary teacher and his dad a professor at WSU.  Mike has a major in economics and minors in French and math at WSU and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard. 
           He met Eleanor while working in Afghanistan and Mike worked there and in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in strategic planning.
           He said he would like to get involved in international issues and said he has talked with Cathy about “how much could get done in four years,” telling him that much could be done.
           But for now Mike reminds property owners that first-half county taxes are due April 30.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink.
Michael Baumgartner -- County Treasurer Charles Rehberg 2024-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Ron Noble - Third Quarter Report Charles Rehberg 2024-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
David Ittner, CEO of Fairmount Memorial Association, and Jorge Vara II, sales director at Fairmount Charles Rehberg 2024-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Velocity and Real-estate Home Sales Status -- Robben, Hopkins, and Johnson Charles Rehberg 2024-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Leadership Spokane - Jaxon Riley Charles Rehberg 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Velocity and Real-estate Home Sales Status - Robben,  Hopkins, and Johnson

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
March 4, 2024
           March 18: Noon meeting at Fairmount Memorial Association, 822N. Government Way.  Speaker: Fairmount CEO David Ittner.
           March 25: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Club President Ron Noble, quarterly report.  
            During March, John Mailliard reaches 34 years in Rotary.  Bill Simer reached 27 years with Rotary and Bob Romney has 5 years.
Happy Buck$:
            John Mailiard was happy to have a procedure to straighten a troublesome finger, though the wrap makes getting on his left sleeve a challenge.
            Dave Hayward was $10 happy during his six weeks in Mazatlan, Mexico, where the Haywards have wintered since 1998.
            Sheila Fritts was $5 happy that Ray Brown, a former Club 21 Rotary president, joined the meeting.  Brown, whose classification was hospital administration, now lives at the Fairwood Village.
            Lenore Romney was happy to join the other members who served dinner March 8 at the Ronald McDonald House.
No fast food on this Rotary menu
          On Friday March 8th, Club members took “Service Above Self” on the road…to prepare and serve a hearty dinner meal to the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. 
            One of the many kitchen bays at the facility is for volunteers to prepare meals.  It felt a bit like the atmosphere on one of those timed cooking shows, as we laughed and worked around each other to get everything ready in a two hour window. 
            The group divided the myriad of tasks involved with prepping, cooking and cleaning up and were ready to serve our menu right on time at 6pm.  Our menu consisted of Lenore’s Mexican chicken entrée, seasoned salmon fillets, cilantro & lime rice, fresh fruit salad, and hot fudge sundaes with Laura’s homemade hot fudge sauce right.  With hardly any leftovers, we took it as a thumb’s-up sign! 
            Helping to support these families was a fun and worthwhile way to spend a few hours on a Friday evening…we look forward to doing this project again.
A special Paul Harris moment
                At the March 11 club luncheon, David Hayward was given a Paul Harris Fellowship, celebrating $1,000 to the   
     Rotary International fund.  It was the 4th Paul Harris mention for long-time member Dave and reading the tribute was 
     Dave’s grandson, Hunter Hopkins.
Get your kicks with the Velocity
            Perhaps the luck of the Irish will be with Spokane’s new pro soccer team in the United Soccer League One.
            On Saturday, March 16, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick start their annual Irish Parade at noon.
            At 2 p.m., the Spokane Velocity FC kick off its home schedule at One Spokane Stadium against the Richmond Kickers.
            Logan Robben, Velocity assistant manager, said just 600 tickets remained for the 5,000 seats at the inaugural home game.  He told the club that 200 soccer fans crowded a local bar to watch the first road trip, where the Velocity lost 3-1 to the Greenville Triumph in South Carolina.
            The men’s team home schedule has 15 games with the last regular home game on Oct. 26.  The pro women’s team, the Zephyr, start in the summer.  Robben said soccer games will play all months except November and December.
            Individual ticket prices range from $18 to $39, he said.  Team colors are “River Rapid White and Impact Blue.  The club has a merchandize store in the Davenport Grand Hotel.
            The pro teams here, Robben said, “are at the level at Double-A baseball and are modeling after British Leagues in soccer,” where winning teams may move up and losers may drop a bit.  Robben said personally, he’s a Chelsea fan.
            Joining Robben at the club’s meeting was Hunter Hopkins, a WSU student majoring in sports management.  Hopkins, Dave Hayward’s grandson, is an intern with the soccer teams.  Hunter said he played (the other) football in high school, not soccer.
Home sale outlook: Challenges continue
            An active home sales spring is expected in Spokane, and while prices continue to rise, homes are even pricier elsewhere.
            “The lack of inventory continues to be our number one issue,” said Eric Johnson, who has tracked Spokane area home sales for decades.  In 2021 he was president of the Spokane Association of Realtors.
            Eric said in 2024 the Realtors forecast a 6 percent increase in units and a 3 percent price increase.  Another Realtor index expects a 3.6 percent gain in units, but a 10.2 percent price drop, while the National Association of Realtors forecast a 13.5 percent increase, with no overall increase in prices.
            He said in February the median home sales price was $400,000, up 6.7 percent and closed sales totaled 341, a 13 percent increase.
            “There are about 1,000 homes on the market and the ‘churn’ has been pretty good,” Eric said.
            He said a number of home buyers are moving to Spokane. “They are coming from L.A., Portland, Seattle, and even Coeur d’Alene, where costs are pricing out of that market.  “The Spokane Valley is the benefit of that,” Eric said.
            Inventory is low, he said, and, with prices rising, some new “ruthless builders” are cutting quality, like not installing soffits, and locating on just 5-foot-wide setbacks.
            He said, with “a lot of variables,” some younger people are “more of a rental mind,” rather than buying homes.
            But overall, Johnson said, “This is not a bad market for home sales,” even when interest rates “has been the most sensitive we’ve ever had since I have been doing this.” 
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg, Lenore Romney, and Sandy Fink.
Velocity and Real-estate Home Sales Status - Robben, Hopkins, and Johnson Charles Rehberg 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Junior Achievement - Janet Banaugh Charles Rehberg 2024-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Community and Economic Development - Steve MacDonald Charles Rehberg 2024-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

SPS Bond & Levy - Shawn Jordan and Sandra Jarrard

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
February 5, 2024
           Feb. 12: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Steve MacDonald, Community and Economic Development agency.
           Feb. 19: No meeting. Presidents Day holiday.
           Feb. 26: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington. 
            Sandy Fink, coordinating the club’s Holmes Elementary School supply closet program, noted the only items still remaining from the fall drive was composition books.  Using a $180 reward from Staples, and adding cash at the Feb. 5 luncheon, she will be able to re-stock the closet with $280 worth of glue, sharpies, dry erasers and moisture wipes.
Many thanks from the students and staff at Holmes Elementary for the generosity of the members attending the Feb. 5th meeting.  This is a truly a caring and generous group!!!  Sandy
            Club President Ron Noble, attending the Holmes Heroes event, said the school is waiting for a plumber to connect the new washing machine.
1ST SEM, Feb., 2024
Ron Noble and Sandy FInk were on hand to shake the hands and
congratulate each of the recipients!
             Noble again shared a list from District Gov. Doreen Kelsey to “Nominate Your Fellow Deserving Rotarians” for District and Rotary International awards. The deadline is March 31.
            Laura Zahn, coordinating the club’s sharing project at the Ronald McDonald House, has sign-up sheets for five helpers needed Friday, March 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m., to feed about 40 people staying there while family members are treated at local hospitals.
Club anniversaries:
            In February, Art Rudd, who joined in 1969, reaches 55 years with the club.  Also noted were Dave Hayward, 38 years, Lenore Romney, 19 years, and Eric Johnson, 15 years.
Happy Buck$:
            Jerry Logan, in a “Grammy” mood, was happy about Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” song winner.
            Nancy Hanson was happy for WSU’s basketball successes.
            Lenore Romney offered a “sad buck” for the GU men’s loss to St. Mary’s.
            Ron Noble then added a dollar for the Zag ladies wins.
 Next Tuesday voters decide funding
            Millions of dollars are at stake Feb. 13 as residents of 15 Spokane area school districts vote on bonds and levies.
            At the Feb. 5 luncheon members learned details about the funding proposals in Spokane’s District 81 from Shawn Jordan, chief operations officer and Sandra Jarrard, chief of communications and governmental affairs.
 District 81 Superintendent Adam Swinyard, scheduled to speak, had a conflict.
            Jordan was introduced by Sandy Fink, who was principal at North Central High School when Jordan was a teacher there.
            For many years, the educators have recalled the mantra that “bonds are for buildings and levies are for learning.”  Levy measures require 50 percent passage, while bond measures require 60 percent “super majorities” and 40 percent of voters from the previous general election for validation.
            Jordan said District 81 now has 29,000 students, an increase of 400 this year.  He said the district has 5,037 employees.  He added that students from 79 different languages are spoken in the district.
            In each of three years, the District 81 replacement levy rate is assessed at $2.50 per $1,000 value.  The current 3-year levies were assessed at $2.41 in 2022, $2.10 in 2023 and $2.24 this year.
            Thus the amounts for the new levy rates would total $95 million in 2025, $99 million in 2026 and $103 million in 2027.
            The levies supplement state funding, and the local money, Jordan said, funds athletics, arts, music and drama, nurses, counselors, advanced placement courses, special education, behavioral specialists, technology support, smaller class sizes, highly capable programs, librarians, custodians and intervention programs.
            Jordan said average class load in most elementary schools is 18 students.  Club member Jerry Logan, a retired educator, said “that’s an optimum level” for success.  School classes for grades 4 and 5 average 22 students and middle and high school classes average 25 students, he said.
            The district has 57 buildings, including 34 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools and 7 schools dedicated to alternative learning.
            Jordan said 2024 major bond projects include replacements of Adams and Madison elementaries, modernizing parts of North Central High and Garry Middle School, Chase Middle School improvements, upgrades to Public Montessori and Libby Center, Community School improvements and a full design of Balboa and Indian Trail elementaries.  He said there is some discussion about locating a school in the Eagle Ridge area in the future.
            The bond assessment per $1,000 value estimates are $1.34 in 2025, $1.36 in 2026 and $1.30 in 2039.  The previous three year assessments were $2.11 in 2022, $1.70 in 2023 and $1.58 this year.
            Jarrard and Jordan said “We have been going out to all groups to get the correct information out, but people are feeling the tax.”
            Next Tuesday, area voters will decide the important pass-fail tests for school funding.   
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink. 
SPS Bond & Levy - Shawn Jordan and Sandra Jarrard Charles Rehberg 2024-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Vanessa Behan -- Sue and Gordon Jackson

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
January 29, 2024
            Feb. 5: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Adam Swinyard, District 81 School bond and levy.
            Feb. 12: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Steve MacDonald, Community and Economic Development agency.
            Feb. 19: No meeting. Presidents Day holiday.
            Feb. 26: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington. 
            Club President Ron Noble shared a list from District Gov. Doreen Kelsey to “Nominate Your Fellow Deserving Rotarians” for District and Rotary International awards, with the March 31 deadline for nominations.
            Ron Noble also said March 2 is the date for the “Il-Lumen-ate the Night” event hoping to raise $50,000 for the downtown high school for teens who have kids of their own.
            Laura Zahn, coordinating the club’s sharing project at the Ronald McDonald House, said five helpers are needed on Friday, March 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m., to feed about 40 people staying there while family members are treated at local hospitals.
Happy Buck$:
            Sheila Fritts was $20 worth of happiness for the birth of Hartley, her sixth grandchild.
            Jerry Logan was happy that he went to Arizona to look at buying a sports car, but didn’t but one.
            Bill Simer was happy for the club’s continued high participation.
            Ron Noble, in his first for quarter as club president, was happy “for our great board.”
Holler for a $:
            Coug alum Dave Petersen was happy for the basketball success of the WSU’s men’s and women’s teams.
 This center uses child’s play
 to deal with abused and neglected kids 
            After long successful careers in higher education, Gordon and Sue Jackson now really like playing with kids and their toys.
            Their real joy involves their volunteer work with the Vanessa Behan Childcare Center.
            Gordon and Sue have retired after 32 years at Whitworth University.  They came to Spokane from South Africa in 1983.  Gordon led the journalism program and Sue worked in administrative jobs at Whitworth.
            For the past 17 years, they have volunteered at Vanessa Behan.  They shared their stories at the club’s Jan. 29 luncheon.
            Vanessa Kay Behan was a 2-year-old Spokane girl who died from a long list of injuries of child abuse. In 1987, the center was opened in a private home to provide safe care for neglected children. The need grew and the operation was moved to a South Hill location and now has been expanded to a spacious building and playground at 2230 E. Sprague.
            The center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and all services are free and confidential.
            Children are cared for ages birth through 6 and on a case-by-case basis ages 7 to 12, the Jacksons said.  Many kids are referred to the center, but some drop-ins can be accommodated, they said.
            The center serves children of families “in cases of substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness or just exhausted and worn out from the demands of parenting.”
            In 1987, 427 children were cared for at the center. In 2023, 6,860 kids were protected, they said. Over that lifespan, they said, some 132,500 children were served.  The center operates with a nearly $4 million operating budget.  About half of the money is from individual and business contributions, augmented by events, programs and appeals and a few grants.
            Gordon and Sue said they work 4-hour shifts twice a week, playing with infants and kids.
            “It is a very secure building and every door is locked,” Sue said.
            “There is an enormous, kid-friendly great room, with a climbing wall, slides and hidey-holes.  Kids can run and they can build things,” she said, adding, there also are quiet transition places.  An outdoor playground is designed for kid-friendly surfaces and equipment.
            Gordon said the youngsters “are incredibly honest,” asking in various ways, “can I trust you?” or “do you like me?”
            Sue said that “there are some special need kids who are classified ‘one-on’ children who get single house parents.” 
            She added there is “a dramatic room” where kids ages 2-5 can play dress up and use instruments.
            “We both enjoy playing with the toys,” she said, displaying for the club a tall plastic pole  with rings that curves around the stack.
            Gordon said the Behan Center “has very few male volunteers.  We need more male role models.”
            Preventing child abuse and dealing with neglect, unfortunately is a big challenge, but the Vanessa Behan staff and volunteers have made a huge difference.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink. 
Vanessa Behan -- Sue and Gordon Jackson Charles Rehberg 2024-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Marijke Fakasiieiki - Fig Tree

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
January 22, 2024
            Jan. 29: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speakers: Gordon and Sue Jackson, Vanessa Behan.
            Feb. 5: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Adam Swinyard, District 81 School bond and levy.
            Feb. 12: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Steve MacDonald, Community and Economic Development agency.
            Feb. 19: No meeting. Presidents Day holiday.
            Feb. 26: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington. 
            Lenore and Bob Romney delivered Mobius science kits to Holmes Elementary students and Bill Simer said Lenore negotiated a good price for the kits, saying they are “our charitable funds at work.”
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer was happy for basketball success at both Gonzaga U. and Eastern Washington U.
            John Mailliard said his 13-year-old grandson wanted some firearm practice for his birthday.  That was not allowed in Washington because the eligible age there is 14, but in Post Falls, John said, there was no problem to shoot handguns and rifles.
Faith grows in a Fig Tree
            Bibles have several references about fig trees.
            Mark (11:12-20) recalls “how Jesus cursed the fig tree because he was hungry and found only leaves (when the fruit was out of season).”
            Micah (4:4) talks about people “under their own fig trees and no one shall make them afraid” because their independence were freed from the military.”
            In the Spokane region, The Fig Tree is “a monthly newspaper and website covering faith in action.”
            At the Jan. 22 club luncheon, Marijke Fakasiieiki, Fig Tree’s development and editorial associate, described the organization’s outreach.
            She said the newspaper publishes 10 times each month and circulates a 200-page resource directory of churches and centers for human services, medical resources, senior and retirement centers, justice resources and agencies on the environment, arts and culture and civic services.
            The resource service guide is funded by two dozens of companies, businesses and organizations plus individual donations.
            The Fig Tree, located at 13th and Perry, was started in 1984 and circulates throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
            Marijke said the interfaith effort was founded by Methodist ministers in the 1930s in Great Britain’s World Council.
            She said the concept is “to have the faith communities get together and share their voices for peace and justice.”
            The Fig Tree counters the negativity in media and to emphasize stories about positive events, Marijke said.
            For example, the current tabloid features Catherine Ferguson, of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), who has “traveled the world to do international research for an internship and in leadership roles.”  Her story is one of the Fig Tree’s 40th anniversary publications.
            Also in the current edition, Ferguson wrote about the work of Kaye Peterson, guest services manager at the Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center.
            When the devastating fire in the Medical Lake area scorched 10,000 acres of fires and 240 structures in August, much of the camp structures, two miles south of the city, survived.
            During the trauma, Peterson said, she “constantly felt Jesus’ presence,” adding, “regardless of all the work that still needs to be done, her faith in God inspires everything she does and asks how can we help the greater community and show God’s love.”
            Marijke said a free Fig Tree 40th anniversary Benefit Event is scheduled at noon on March 8 at GU’s Cataldo Hall, to “feature recent stories that empower people.” 
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink     Photo:  Lenore Romney
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Salvation Army - Marcie Undlin

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
January 8, 2024
            Jan. 15: No meeting. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
            Jan. 22: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Marijke Fakasiielki, Fig Tree newspaper.
            Jan. 29: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speakers: Gordon and Sue Jackson, Vanessa Behan.
            Feb. 5: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Adam Swinyard, District 81 School bond and levy.
            Feb. 12: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Steve MacDonald, Community and Economic Development agency.
            Feb. 19: No meeting. Presidents Day holiday.
            Feb. 26: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington. 
            Club President Ron Noble read a note from Holmes Elementary School thanking all of the members for the holiday gifts for needy families.
             President Noble asked all club members “to think about growing our membership” and to also think about our club can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74 with a lasting remembrance.
            Sheila Fritts added that she is assembling print and audio files about Expo.  Melinda Keberle said her dad won an award for a photo at Expo.
            John Mailliard reminded that “every member of the club is on the membership committee.”
            Bill Simer said little red heart decals have been added to members’ badges for contributing to the club’s charitable giving campaign.
Happy Buck$:
            John Mailliard visited Salem, Ore., to celebrate his sister and her husband for their 50th anniversary and brought back a flag from the Salem Rotary club.
            Ron Noble was happy to reach his 75th birthday.
            Jerry Logan is happily awaiting an Arizona trip to buy a sports car.
A special Holler for $1:
            Eric Johnson and wife, Stephanie, had stopped at the north side Fred Meyer store for gasoline last week, when they noticed that a young man ahead of them in line had his driver’s door ajar.  Then they heard a loud clunk when the man fell to the pavement.
            The 17-year-old, who was driving alone, had fractured his skull in the fall.  Stephanie, a nurse, helped the young man, while Eric called 911 to summon EMTs and found the man’s mother’s number to call him.
            Eric said the young man is hospitalized and asked members “for thoughts and prayers.”
            One prayer was already answered by the quick assistance of Eric and Stephanie.
This Army has prayer and a lot of programs
            For the Salvation Army, it’s about “soup, soap and salvation.”
            And this Army’s marching order is “Doing the Most Good.”
            At the Jan. 8 club luncheon Marcie Undlin, the Salvation Army’s eastern Washington donor relations director, described the organization’s efforts.  Her territory includes six facilities, with the largest at 222 E. Indiana.
            “We are much more than holiday bell ringing,” Undlin said.  But there is a lot of bell-ringing.  She said there are 62 kettle stations in the Spokane area whose volunteers, supplemented by some paid workers, ring bells in two-hour shifts to raise about $3 million a year.
            The Salvation Army Spokane offers help and refuge for all ages, Undlin said.
            “Sally’s House” works with children ages 2-12 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.  Some 8,000 children have been served since its opening in 2002.
            “Evangeline’s House” provides short-term placement for ages 12-20 needing support and counseling.
            “Stepping Stones” is a family transitional housing program which serves three or more individuals seeking housing and work.
            A “Nurturing Center” provides court-ordered time and visitation services to children aged birth to 18 and their families.
            Camp Gifford at Deer Lake brings 500 or so aged 7 to 17 to a summer experience.
            A family resource center helps those who “work paycheck-to-paycheck” when emergencies arise.
            The “Way Out Bridge Housing Center” works with homeless adults trying to transition from shelters to permanent housing.
            And the “Way in Shelters” help facilities like the “low-barrier” Trent Resource and Assistance Center” to get out of the cold.  TRAC has 350 beds and a Cannon center adds 80 beds.
            The Salvation Army also has a variety of community programs for scouting, after school, movies in the park, Thanksgiving Day Meals and “Trunk or Treat” families.
            The Spokane Salvation Army is headed by Majors Ken and Jennie Perine.
            The original Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London by a Methodist minister.  Undlin said “we have churches and all officers are ordained ministers, part of the universal Christian Church.” 
            She added: “We operate like a military base and ranks rise from privates to colonels.”
            Undlin said the “soup” is nourishment, the “soap” help programs like addictions and the “salvation” Biblical references to help bring the words of Jesus.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink. 
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Measure No 1 -- Sheriff Nowels

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
Oct.30, 2023
            Nov. 6: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Molly Allen, Safety Net Inland NW.
            Nov. 13: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Spokane Fire District 10 Chief Ken Johnson on the Medical Lake fire.
            Nov. 20: Noon lunch at the Bark. Tag Day – all members pick up gift tags for Holmes’ 40 for $60 holiday program for needy students and families.
            Lenore Romney said Holmes Elementary administrators said our club’s  annual “40 for $60” holiday gifts for needy school children and families will have its “tag day” Nov. 20 and return of gifts Dec. 18.  Each member is asked to take two tags for gifts and each gift is limited to $60.
            Sheila Fritts shared a nice thank-you note from the Kids Closet program for two boxes of items donated by Carters which Lenore had picked up.   
Save the dates:
             The club’s holiday gathering will be the evening of Friday, Dec.1 at Bill Simer’s house, with details to follow.
             In lieu of the Monday, Dec 4 club luncheon, members are invited to help at 2nd Harvest during 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that day.  Steve Boharski coordinated the dirty hands project. 
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer and Jerry Logan visited the Lumen School and said they were very happy to have received infant clothing donations, also from Carters
            Ron Noble was pre-Halloween happy that a grandchild was born just soon of the eerie date of Oct. 31.
Thanks from Holmes Students:
             Sandy shared a poster made by the 5th graders in science class thanking Rotary for the Mobius science kits.
Sheriff Nowels: ‘We do have a plan’
             At the Oct. 30 club luncheon, Spokane County Sheriff John Nowels offered dozens of reasons to support Measure No. 1 – building a new jail and several other item and programs.
            While some critics have said the law and justice program measure lacks details, Nowels offered a blizzard of data points about how current correction facilities are overcrowded and outdated and programs for mental health and substance use disorders are severely lacking.
             If ballot Measure 1 is approved by voters, a 0.2% sales tax over 30 years would generate an estimated $1.7 billion to build two new jails and provide local governments in the county to added revenue, which, by state law, must be spent on criminal justice, public safety and behavioral health programs.
            The funding would split, with 60 percent – about $540 million, including interest payments, for the county, and 40 percent for various municipalities, Nowels said.
            While some critics said the plan lacks details, Nowels said flatly, “We do have a plan.”
             “We have lacked money for criminal justice for a long time,” the sheriff said.
             With Measure 1, the current county jail would open and two new buildings near the old jail would be built.  One would be a five-story jail for medium and minimum offenders.  The second new building would house a variety of behavior programs, including detox programs, a drug court and community contact programs, Nowels said.
             The existing jail would house maximum-level offenders.
             The Geiger Corrections Center, a minimum-level facility built in the Korean War-era, would be demolished, the sheriff said.  Geiger, he said, can only house 100 to 150 minimum-level inmates and only males because it lacks staffing and facilities. “They could just climb the fence,” he said, adding the county intends to demolish Geiger in five years regardless of the ballot result.  Replacing that could cost $40 million, he added.
            Nowels said that the current jail is severely overcrowded.  In one recent day, the jail, designed to house 465 inmates, had 675 inmates.
            “Some days we have deputies in patrol cars holding inmates, waiting for a room in the jail to open,” he said.  “It’s not anecdotal,” Nowels said, “We have to make decisions every day about who to hold in jail or who to release.”
             Building a facility for behavioral programs comes close to home for the sheriff.
             He said his daughter has struggled with addiction.  “We must have a system that helps people.  For many, a better health program is better than incarceration, but we just lack the facilities to do the programs,” Nowels said.
            With the spread of fentanyl and cocaine and other substances, he said, “We have an epidemic of drug use.”  He said housing someone with a drug problem in jail for 30 to 90 days “could be a better place” than on the streets.  Space for that is lacking now.
            Talking about homelessness, the sheriff said “Only three people died because of freezing temperatures in Spokane last year, but 63 people died of drug overdoses.”
            If Measure 1 passes, he said, construction would take five years to complete and add 500 beds to the total.
           The sheriff said the new facilities can be built without adding much staff, because current state law limits how many inmates can be housed on one floor, while the new designs  can use fewer staff per floor.
          Nowels also detailed how local and state law enforcement ranks here are among the lowest totals in the nation.  To achieve the average national number of officers, he said Spokane County would need to add 136 deputies.
         “We need more cops,” he said.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Measure No 1 -- Sheriff Nowels Charles Rehberg 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Betsy Wilkerson-- Council President Candidate

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club
Oct. 23, 2023
            Oct. 30: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Spokane Sheriff John Nowels on the new jail proposal.
            Nov. 6: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Molly Allen, Safety Net Inland NW.
            Nov. 13: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Spokane Fire District 10 Chief Ken Johnson on the Medical Lake fire.
            Lenore Romney said Holmes Elementary administrators confirmed that our club’s annual “40 for $60” holiday gifts for needy school children and families will have its “tag day” Nov. 20 and return of gifts Dec. 18.  Each member is asked to take two tags for gifts and each gift is limited to $60.
            Lenore also said two boxes of clothing and household items have been delivered to Holmes from Carter’s in the Spokane Valley.  Items for infants were sent to Lumen School and two more boxes of clothing were sent to the Kids Closet program.
Save the date: The club’s holiday gathering will be the evening of Friday, Dec. 1at Bill Simer’s house, with details to follow. 
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer, happy to hear Betsy Wilkerson, who also was an Innovia board member.
            John Mailliard was happy for some “liquid sunshine” rainy weather on the Oregon coast.
            Sheila Fritts was $5 happy for a successful Meals on Wheels fund-raiser which gained $32,000 in one night.
Duty Roster for November:
            Desk:  Lenore Romney
            Invocation/Pledge:  Steve Boharski
            Sgt. At Arms:   Colin Prestesater
Betsy: ‘Negativity has never solved one thing’
            Talking about homelessness, crime and safety, campaigning and other topics, Spokane Council President candidate Betsy Wilkerson said, “There is a lot of negativity – the worst since my time in Spokane.”
             Asked about liberal and conservative views in the city mayoral and council administration, Wilkerson said “both sides are a little guilty.”
            “We must take the personalities out to get the work done,” she said, adding, “negativity has never solved one thing.”
             Wilkerson spoke at the club’s Oct. 23 meeting.  Her opponent, Kim Plese, did not attend.
             On Oct. 30, the last of the club’s pre-election programs, Spokane County Sheriff John Nowels will discuss the proposal to fund a new jail.
             Asked about the city council presidency, Wilkerson said “I was going to retire, but no one else will do it.  That’s what leadership does.”  Among other duties, the council president, she said, sets the council agenda and “is second in line” to the mayor.
            Wilkerson was appointed as a District 2 Councilwoman in 2020 and re-elected in 2021. She was asked to run for president by former Council President Breean Beggs after he was named a Superior Court judge by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year.
            Betsy has owned and operated Moore’s Assisted Living, a mental health facility, since 1993.  On the City Council she is current president of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council and current president of the Associated Washington Cities.
            She fielded a variety of topics during the club’s luncheon.
            One thing she mentioned was “cracked sidewalks,” saying throughout town sidewalk problems make it difficult to travel, especially for those with disabilities. She said traffic calming money from red light fines could help.
             About homelessness, Wilkerson said she was impressed with programs in Vancouver, Wash., to house “tiny homes and RVs.”  That is a better solution than living in cars, she said, adding, "when you are homeless, you often live in a car.”
            She commended Lt. Gov. Denny Heck for convening representatives statewide to study issues of homelessness “and how to stay at the table.”
            “Since Covid, when there were few gatherings,” she said. “We have to build back civic muscle.”
            Wilkerson is no fan of concentrated homeless venues, such as Camp Hope and the East Trent Shelter.  She said, “70 people you can absorb; but 300, no.”
            She said space is available on city, county and state parcels of lands in the area and even private parking lots, including near churches.  She suggests finding (the homeless) areas “where they grew up, such as Hillyard.”
           “Let’s not make them come downtown,” she said. The area near Second and Division is a problem area because there is no place to gather.  Apartments are secured.  There is no park or benches and most businesses lock lavatories by 8 p.m.
            She said some homeless people are moving to Deer Park, but facilities and programs are scarce there.
           Wilkerson agreed that improvements are needed in the Monroe Street Bridge area, where some have jumped or fallen into the river.  “Maybe we need a net or cameras,” she said.
            Asked if more stop signs can be installed to control speeding traffic, she said “stop signs are a day in the past.  They just are not effective.  More round-abouts is where we’re going.”
          Wilkerson said improving government means working together “in collaboration and with the process,” even, she said, if sometimes (at the council) “are Jerry Springer Monday nights."
          “Government can be changed,” she said, “but it’s a heavy load.”                            Nancy and Betsy acknowledging Mobius Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Lisa Brown - Mayoral Candidate

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club
Oct. 16, 2023
           Oct. 23: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speakers: Spokane City Council president candidates.
           Oct. 30: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Spokane Sheriff John Nowels on the new jail proposal.
            Nov. 6: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Molly Allen, Safety Net Inland NW.
            Nov. 13: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Spokane Fire District 10 Chief Ken Johnson on the Medical Lake fire.
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer, noting the date, was happy he now longer had to file six-month federal tax data for clients, so he could pick apples instead.
            Nancy Hanson was happy for the continuing success of WSU’s women’s volleyball team.
            Michelle Fossum was happy for husband Terry’s success in an important program.
A Paul Harris moment
            At the Oct. 16 meeting, Club President Nancy Hanson proudly presented a saffire pin to Lenore Romney denoting Lenore’s sixth Paul Harris Fellow award.
            Each Harris award celebrates $1,000 donated to the Rotary International Foundation, a program begun in 1957 to fund a wide range of programs and activities worldwide, including Polio Plus.
            Lenore, current club treasurer, has served as club president at least three times and in many other leadership capacities.
Brown: ‘Put people together’
                 At the Oct. 16 club meeting, Brown said working on major issues like homelessness and public safety “should be transparent from downtown to the neighborhoods. We need to pull people together.”
                 She said one important initiative, working with the school districts, is to strengthen programs for the youngest students.  Brown said 30 percent of youngsters are not yet ready for kindergarten, with the rate 35 percent for girls and just 25 percent for boys.
                 The 50th anniversary of Expo ’74 next year would be a good target to boost quality for an improved quality early learning program.
                 Asked about policy and program splits among the mayor and council members, Brown said “in the State Legislature, I worked both sides of the aisle.”  One example, she said was creating a “rainy day fund,” where some of her fellow Democrats opposed, but was established with bipartisan support.
                 “Potholes are not partisan,” Brown said.
                 As Chancellor of WSU Spokane, she also noted that taking just four years to create a medical school from inception to launch was amazing.
                 Asked about dealing with homelessness in Spokane, Brown said there are about 2,000 people on the streets now and the total is growing.
                 Of the current number, she said “we can handle that” with a variety of sources, but more effective outreach is needed.  “What do we do upstream?” she asked.
                 “We can’t turn around the issue in four years, but we can make a big dent in the problem,” Brown said, adding, “It’s not just a law response.”
                 “It’s tricky, but we have to get to people before they are evicted,” she said.
                 Brown mentioned using “a network of neighborhoods,” plus more programs for food banks, food stamps, and reaching young people earlier, like Crosswalk.
                 Asked about the new jail, she said the details “are not yet ready and it’s too expensive.”  Brown questioned about funds to staff three facilities – the current jail, a new jail and a behavior health facility.  (The current plan would eliminate the Geiger Corrections Center.)
                 “The city and county have not had effective dialog on the jail issue,” Brown said.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Lisa Brown - Mayoral Candidate Charles Rehberg 2023-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Mayor Nadine Woodward -- Upcoming Election

 North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club
Oct. 2, 2023
            Oct. 9: No meeting (federal holiday).  
            Oct. 16: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Mayoral candidate Lisa Brown.
Happy Buck$:
            Art Rudd was several dollars happy to celebrate his 54th year with the club. Yes, Art joined Rotary-North in 1969.
            Steve Boharski was happy that the Cougs did not lose…of course, WSU had a bye last week.
            Nancy Hanson was happy for the Cougs’ women’s volleyball successes.
            Jerry Logan was happy for a visit to Lake Chelan for camping with grandchildren and watching some road racing.
            Lenore Romney donated $2 – “all I had left” – from her two week visit to Italy to celebrate a friend’s 60th birthday.
            Ron Noble was happy for the success of the international youth badminton tournament at the Podium.
            Sandy shared that Holmes Elementary is trying a new technique to encourage good attendance.  For September, October, November, and December, the school will recognize students who have attained a 95% positive attendance for the month.  The school is offering "Remarkable Recess" and "Attendance Dinner" each month to recognize these students and their families.  The dinner will be held, Oct 5th, Nov 9, Dec 7, and Jan 11 from 6 to 7:30pm.  Rotarians are invited to attend and congratulate students and their families.  It is suggested that you call the school and let them know that you would be attending -- PLEASE support this venture to encourage students to be in regular attendance and support their parents!
Woodward: ‘I am a law and order mayor’
             Law and order were the top topics as Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward visited our club Oct. 2.
             Citing a list of “tipping point” items during her four-year term in office, Woodward said, “We’ve been able to do a lot.”
             To do more to get more to “decriminalize drugs” – top on her list, and “a huge challenge” – she said the city needs more resources, including more police officers.
             Spokane, the mayor said, “is at the bottom of the list” among Washington cities for ratio of law enforcement staffing.  She said up to 100 officers are needed; it takes one year to graduate the academy and we only have 10 spots available.
             Working with Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl and his staff, Woodward said police manpower has been moved personnel staffing shifts and directed to cut crime in areas such as Second and Division.
             She said efforts have been heightened to limit banned drugs in public.
             Woodward said she strongly supports the ballot measure to build a new jail, adding, “There is no room in the (current) jail for miscreants.”  She noted that the new facility for drug rehabilitation also is part of that measure.
             The mayor said she also strongly supports the ballot to make it a citable offense for people who are homeless to camp within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds and licensed childcare facilities in the city.
             “I am a law and order mayor,” Woodward said.
             Also on her resource needs, she said the city needs fewer vehicles.
            With some auto workers on strike, she said, there is a backlog to get new patrol cars.
            She said the city tried an electric patrol car – a Tesla – but the vehicle was too small to put cage bars in the back.  And the Tesla cost is $100,000, she said.
            Another problem with using EV police cars is that they often are operated 24-hours a day as shifts change, so there is little time to recharge the electric cars.  The mayor said they are considering using Ford 150 pickup trucks for some uses.
            “Homelessness is a regional issue,” Woodward said, adding that officials in several counties have asked her if there is space in the city’s 300-plus bed East Trent facility.  
             She said “limiting for a pause in building housing, such as Latah Valley, would be a mistake.”  The mayor said Spokane has limited areas to build, especially in facilities for the homeless.  In many areas of the city, she said, “people don’t want growth.”  She wants “smart growth” and is talking with the state about improvements along Highway 195.
             Woodward added, “We have to get ahead of the game on homelessness.  She lists Buffalo and Cleveland where programs have had success.
             Asked about cooperation with the city and Spokane County, where there now are five commissioners elected by districts, she said wants to “avoid silos…it’s better to work together.”
            The mayor was asked about, after working 35 years in television, including 28 years as a reporter and anchorwoman in Spokane, it feels to be “on the other side of the camera.”
            Woodward said she was happy to leave TV, where issues have changed, and stations “mostly want the millennials’ eyeballs on TV.”
            Mayoral candidate Lisa Brown is scheduled to visit our club Oct. 16 and city council president candidates Betsy Wilkerson and Kim Plese have been invited for Oct. 23.  A program on the new jail issue is scheduled Oct. 30.  
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Table Talk -- All Members Charles Rehberg 2023-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Catholic Charities - Robb McCann Lenore Romney 2023-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Holmes School Supplies -- Club Members Sandy Fink 2023-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Teen and Kid Closet -- Robin Nance Charles Rehberg 2023-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor -- Doreen Kelsey Charles Rehberg 2023-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Holmes and Rotary -- Kale Colyar Charles Rehberg 2023-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Alzheimers -- Jordan Hunter & Sheila Fritts Charles Rehberg 2023-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Saling Scholarship Recipients - Elliot Anderson and Emma Shay Charles Rehberg 2023-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Cybersecurity -- Stu Steiner Charles Rehberg 2023-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
President's Report -- Steve Boharski Charles Rehberg 2023-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Greater Good Northwest - Presho and Christensen Charles Rehberg 2023-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
UGM - Linda Ziehnert Charles Rehberg 2023-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Expo '74 Anniversary -- Matt Santangelo Charles Rehberg 2023-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation -- H. Beebe-Stevens Charles Rehberg 2023-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Air Quality -- Lisa Woodard 2023-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Another Great Quarter -- Melinda Keberle 2023-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Launch NW -- Ben Small Charles Rehberg 2023-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Business Research & SPL --- Mark Pond Charles Rehberg 2023-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Stadium -- Rustin Hall, ALCS Architects Charles Rehberg 2023-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking -- Stephanie Pratt Charles Rehberg 2023-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Ukranians & THRIVE -- Mark Finney Charles Rehberg 2023-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Fentanyl -- Dr F. Velazquez Charles Rehberg 2023-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Spokane Public Library -- Paul Chapin & Mark Pond Charles Rehberg 2023-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Nursing -- Trena Redman Charles Rehberg 2023-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Airport -- Todd Woodard Charles Rehberg 2023-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary and Baseball in D.R. -- Kristin Thompson. Charles Rehberg 2023-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Bark -- Madison Owens Charles Rehberg 2023-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
President's & Fund Drive Report -- Michelle Fossum and Bill Simer Charles Rehberg 2023-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Lumen High School - Pettey and Edwards Charles Rehberg 2023-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Karl Otterstrom -- Spokane Transit Charles Rehberg 2022-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Thank You for Gifts -- Spokane North Members Charles Rehberg 2022-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Empty Table - Honoring Veterans -- Terry Fossum and Club Veterans

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 28, 2022
            Dec. 5: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: None.  Gifts due for holiday Holmes project.
            Dec. 12: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Karl Otterstrom, chief planning and development officer for Spokane Transit.
            Dec. 16 (Friday): Club holiday gathering at Sandy Fink’s house.
            Dec. 19, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2: No regular Monday luncheons during the holidays.
Happy Bucks:
            Ron Noble and Chuck Rehberg both celebrated their wives' birthdays on Nov. 28.
            Bill Simer was amazed that club member Eric Johnson drove a Porshe to the meeting during the noontime snow shower.  
            Melinda Keberle was happy that her grandmother, age 89, could again host the family at Thanksgiving dinner.
            Reminder: Holmes holiday gifts -- the “40 for $60” project -- are due Dec. 5.  Gifts –wrapped, but with identifying Holmes letters –should be brought to the Monday luncheon or arrange delivery to Lenore Romney or Michelle Fossum.
            Party time: For the Dec. 16 holiday gathering, Sandy Fink will assemble a list for hors d’oeuvres, salads, breads and desserts.  She also asks that each club member bring by Dec. 6th a fun fact card that other members do not know.
Thank you for your service
            To close a month-long special series of lunch programs about veterans issues the club members who served in the military shared their own thoughts and pictures of active duty.  
            Emcee for the event was Terry Fossum, former Air Force Captain, former club member (now at Club 21) and wife of current club President Michelle Fossum.
            Terry opened by saying how much he liked that the club had a whole month devoted to veterans and veteran issues.
            Born and raised in south Texas, Terry said how much he enjoyed his life there, including his electrical engineering degree from Texas A&M.  He bragged about the Aggies being the largest engineering program in the country and how much he looked forward to his new career in “the country of Texas.”
            Of course, the Air Force had other plans, and Terry said he was assigned to some place in “Spo-kain,” with duties not resembling engineering.  Making the best of it, he said he even learned to like pine trees.
            Energetic and affable, Terry worked the ranks through his military service and leadership roles in United Way and the Boy Scouts, among other pathways
Then it was our club members’ turn to share their memories of service.
            Vietnam vet John Mailliard talked about his 370 combat sorties.  In a lighter moment, John shared a photo atop an F-4 aircraft with two Playboy bunnies on the plane.
            Fellow Vietnam vet-era Navy man Ron Noble talked about his avionics career and the Top Gun program which originated near San Diego.  Ron also was at a Navy assignment in Memphis the day Martin Luther King was shot.
            A guest of Melinda Keberle attending the luncheon, Liz Russell, talked about the Air Force training she used to help POW returnees in the joint personnel recovery agency. She was a captain in the Air Force.
.           Dave Hayward, an Army lieutenant stationed 40 miles from Saigon, talked about his quartermaster role, noting he managed a field of Quonset huts that “supplied all things but weapons” in his area.
            One later generation removed from Vietnam, Steve Bergman enlisted in 1998.  He was an airman at Edwards AFB in California and was on the flight line twice when space shuttle craft landed there.  He recalled how a 24-inch asbestos lined water main broke on the flight line, requiring breaking through the two-foot-deep concrete runway.
            Steve, who served while the 911 attack occurred, noted how different servicemen and women and veterans were treated after the attacks in 2001, especially compared with treatment to the military in the Vietnam era.
            As the program ended Michelle Fossum gave to each veteran a special pin with the message: “Lest We Forget.”
            The Fallen Soldier Table
            Despite the Nov. 28 snowstorm, 18 people filled the special luncheon and after the vets in the club had shared their memories Terry Fossum opened “the formal part of the program,” the special table with special meaning.
            Terry said solemnly about the items:
            “The table is to show our everlasting concern.
            “The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
            “A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate.
            “A red ribbon symbolizes the sacrifice they made.  We will never forget.
            “The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans…those they loved and those who loved them.
            “A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears that were shed, are shed, in their memory.
            “The flag is the flag laid upon their coffin, draping them in honor.
            “The bible is a promise of where they now reside.
            “The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to join us in our toast.
            “The chair is empty, those fallen never to join us again.
            “The lighted candle reflects the hope that their sacrifice gives us all.  It is a hope for freedom, not just for our nation, but for all nations.  Not just for our people, but for all people.  Their sacrifice was not made in vain.”
            With that, Terry and all in attendance rose and raised a toast (of water): “To Our Fallen Comrades.”
In Flanders Fields
            To conclude, Terry recited the famous lines written by Lt. Col. John McCrae after presiding over his friend and fellow soldiers at a funeral in Ypres, Belgium, during WWI on May 3, 1915.
            The opening:
            “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
            Between the crosses, row on row
            That mark our place, and in the sky
            The larks, still bravely singing, fly
            Scarce heard among the guns below.”
            And the final lines:
            “The torch; be yours to hold it high!
            If ye break faith with us who die
            We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
            In Flanders Fields.”
To honor our program's presenters Lenore Romney provided patriotic cupcakes for all to share!
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink and Lenore Romney
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District Governor Linda Bauer

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
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Spokane County Commission Candidates -- Jordan and Plese

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 24, 2022
            Oct. 31: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Rotary District 5080 Gov. Linda Kay Bauer.
            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.
Happy Bucks: (None this week to expand candidate meeting time.)
            Welcome to the club. The board unanimously approved the membership of Megan West of the local Boy Scouts of America chapter, President Michelle Fossum announced.
            Cruising: Club members and spouses are invited to a Sunday, Nov. 20 cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  Details to follow.
Differences define County District 1 candidates
                                                                                                                                          For Kim Plese and Chris Jordan it will be a new role in a new office.
            Both are newcomers to political positions and the Spokane County Commission will now operate with five members elected fully by new districts.  Formerly the county had three commissioners elected by districts in primary races,but elected countywide in general elections.
            The candidates shared their ideas in a lively 45-minute debate at the club luncheon Oct. 24, with a packed conference room of 18 attending.
            Plese, 60, a Republican, stressed her 32 years in business operating a printing shop.  She said she had 3,600 accounts over the years and political affiliation did not matter.
            Jordan, 33, a Democrat, who has worked for seven years with the Washington State Attorney General’s office in Spokane, said “a career in public service is not a negative.”
            Both candidates were born and raised in Spokane.  Though neither candidate has run for political office, each has long lists of community service organizations.
            Plese said she has been endorsed by all three current county commissioners.
            Jordan said for 15 years the commission has had only Republicans and it is time for “a mix of representation.”
            The new District 1 boundaries extend from the Whitworth area through central Spokane to south 29th, mostly west of Division.  
            Asked how the county should spend from the $6.4 million from the federal rescue fund, Jordan cited affordable housing, small business needs, children services and childcare.
            Plese said business needs, seniors and housing, but not childcare.  “The state legislature sets mandates on childcare, not the county,” she said.  “Crime is my biggest priority,” she added.
            The candidates were asked whether Spokane needs to build a new jail, something recommended by both county sheriff candidates at the club’s Oct. 3 debate.
            Plese said, “The jail is 40 years old.  It is unsafe and has had deaths in jail.  It (a new jail) will be expensive, but it needs to get in front of the voters.”  She added that costs for break-ins often reach $1,000 in deductible expenses, which also is expensive.
            Jordan said, “crime is a critical issue.”  He said since at least 60 percent of crime involves mental health and drug issues, some other measures should be utilized more.
            “I don’t support a new jail at this time,” he said, adding, “If 1 percent of the crime involves 60 percent of repeating criminals, we need to get those repetitive people in the jail.” 
            The candidates also were asked about dealing with homelessness.
            Jordan said, “As a person of faith, I think we need some compassion.  Spokane is a kind and compassionate city and we need to work on a bipartisan basis to deal with the homeless
            He cited his work with the state Homeless Children Act, saying “we got results.”  He mentioned programs in Houston, “where homelessness dropped 60 percent when they took the politics out.”
            Plese said, “I have a totally different approach (to homelessness).”  She said she has talked with numerous business operators, including many near Camp Hope in east Spokane.
            She said, “Ozzie (Sheriff Knezovich) back-stabbed the mayor.  It’s all about politics.”
pedophiles, and a 5-year-old child was injured.  And this is on state land.”
            Asked whether police have been “holding back” on responding to property crimes, Plese mentioned a situation where 8 or 9 alleged criminals were in line to put in jail, but with crowding they were given a letter to return later.
            She also mentioned incidences of rampant shoplifting at stores where guards were not allowed to intervene.  “With the jail full, the police are doing the best they can,” she said.
            Jordan said he does not support defunding the police.  He said that on a ride-along the “police were professional, and I was impressed.”  He said, “we need to repair trust.”
            In concluding remarks, Plese said “the county has 2,100 employees and there are good times and bad.  I won’t spend money that we don’t have.”
            Jordan cited his career working at the University of Washington and the Attorney General’s office “which included a number of accountability measures.”  After 15 years of Republican control, he said “we need new perspectives on the county commission.”

             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Prosecuting Attorney Candidates Debate - Haskell and Conklin

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 17, 2022
            Oct. 24: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Spokane County Commission candidates: Kim Plese and Chris Jordan.
            Oct. 31: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Rotary District 5080 Gov. Linda Kay Bauer.
            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.
Happy Bucks:
            Responding to questions, Ron Noble confirmed that indeed it was his case of breast cancer he dealt with.  He also said the club’s Tom’s Turkey Drive support was not going to work out this year and asked members to think about another possible project.
            Bill Simer was happy for our first charitable contribution for the club, with a fund-raising target of $15,000 this year.
            Steve Boharski was happy for the warm, sunny fall weather.
            Colin Prestesater proudly announced that for he and his wife’s expecting child “it will be a girl.”
            John Mailiard celebrated the more than 400 pumpkins provided by a Moses Lake-area farmer, enough for every Holmes Elementary student. (See story and photos attached.)  John and son, Steven, coordinated the pumpkin drive and also raised $650 in one Saturday, then matched by the farmer, all for the Coats for Kids campaign.  Simer, noting all the grand gourds, said: “So there is a Great Pumpkin!”
            Welcome to the club!
            Megan West of the local Boy Scouts of America chapter will join our club, President Michelle Fossum announced.
            West was accompanied by BSA executive Anthony Escobar, who spoke to the club several weeks ago.  BSA board president Terry Fossum had introduced Anthony at the earlier meeting.
County Commission Dist. 1 candidates scheduled
            Candidates for the Spokane County Commission District 1 will visit during Oct. 24.
            Prior to the luncheon program, club members are invited to send e-mails or offer questions on notecards for the candidates to respond.
             Kim Plese and Chris Jordan will discuss their race for District 1, with Chuck Rehberg moderating.
Holmes Kids & Their Pumpkins
             A local farm with figurative and literal roots in Moses Lake is gaining notoriety for its charitable persona.  Spearheaded by Joshua Loera and his father, Javier Loera, the Great Pumpkinfest involves a number of donations of hundreds to thousands of pumpkins to schools, restaurants and non-profits, mostly in Spokane.
            For the 3rd annual Great Pumpkinfest in 2022, the Loera's already donated pumpkins to Holmes Elementary School in Spokane.
           Thanks to John Mailliard and his son who helped make this happen for Holmes!!! 
Prosecuting Attorneys debate the issues
            Distinctive differences were apparent as candidates for Spokane Prosecuting Attorney discussed issues at the Oct. 17 club luncheon.
            Moderator Brian Hipperson and timer-keeper Bill Simer kept the answers quick as a number of issues were raised.
            Larry Haskell, the current Prosecuting Attorney since 2014, cited his degree from the University of Washington and law degree from Seattle University.  Haskell, 68, served in the Air National Guard and was elected to the Airway Heights Council and Cheney School Board prior to his work with the courts.
            Deb Conklin has a degree in philosophy and a law degree from the UW.  Conklin also has a degree in ministry from the Vancouver School of Theology.  Conklin, 69, worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Clallam County and now serves as pastor at Liberty Park and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
            Asked about pretrial release practices, Haskell said, “we are a bail state” and judges get involved with setting bail, not prosecutors.  However, he said “the system is fair and works pretty well.”
            Conklin agreed that “the current law is pretty good but said many who are not dangerous could be used electric monitoring to alleviate jail over-crowding.  “Many of those could be out of jail,” she said.
            Asked about allegations that the prosecuting attorney’s office over charges on crimes, Conklin said, “the office does over-charge and that resolves in a domino effect when some people, especially the poor, can’t make bail and lose their jobs.”
            Haskell responded that “we only charge what is right.”  He said Spokane is much better than Clallam County and many of the inmates do not have jobs.  He added that “there is no crime when those inmates are not out (of jail).”
            Visitor Anthony Escobar said there have been a number of break-ins recently at the BSA office, which may relate to homelessness.
            Haskell said, “we don’t charge a crime because of homelessness,” adding that those prosecuted often are released despite the charges.
            Conklin said, “there is a connection between crime and homelessness and laws like ‘sit and lie’ promotes homelessness.”  She said if Camp Hope is removed, many of the homeless will relocate “under every viaduct.”
            Asked about building a new jail, Conklin said “there is a significant likeliness that we should have a new jail, but first we need to talk about what size of jail we need.”  She said other methods could be used to reduce the jail population.
            Haskell said there have been blueprints for a jail for the past 10 years and programs in Multnomah County, Ore., were studied to see alternatives.  He said the drug war continues and there may be treatment centers, but some jail time will be needed.
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Spokane County Sheriff Candidates --  Nelson and Nowels

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 3, 2022
            Oct. 10: No meeting: Indigenous Peoples federal holiday.
            Oct. 17: Noon lunch, at the Bark.   Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney candidates, Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.
            Oct. 24: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Spokane County Commission candidates: Kim Plese and Chris Jordan.
            Oct. 31: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Rotary District 5080 Gov. Linda Kay Bauer.
Happy Bucks:
            Dave Hayward was $5 happy for the Cougs win over the Cal Bears.  How happy will he be if WSU beats USC?
            Bill Simer was happy for a positive report with a friend’s cancer prognosis.
            Melinda Keberle enjoyed the Spokane Jazz Orchestra concert with her son and the Romneys.
On tap: Prosecuting Attorneys, Commission Dist. 1
            Candidates for Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney and Spokane County Commission District 1 will visit during October.
            Prior to each luncheon program, club members are invited to send e-mails or offer questions on notecards for the candidates to respond.
            On Oct. 17, the Prosecuting Attorney candidates are Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.  Send or bring your comments to moderator Brian Hipperson.
            On Oct. 24, Kim Plese and Chris Jordan will discuss their race for District 1.  Contact moderator Chuck Rehberg for questions to ask them.
Sheriffs want more manpower and a new jail
            The new Spokane County Sheriff would like a new jail and some more deputies to help put some criminals in jail.
            At the Oct. 3 club luncheon Sheriff candidates John Nowels and Wade Nelson discussed a wide-ranging topics at a lively 45-minute debate.
                        Moderator, Chuck Rehberg
                        John Nowels                                      Wade Nelson
            Topics included the jail, manpower and recruiting issues, homelessness, curbing fentanyl, response to property crime and gang violence in Spokane.
            The Nov. 8 election will decide who will succeed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who is retiring after 16 years in office.  
            Nowels, the county undersheriff, was been with the county 24 years, serving in various ranks, including the commander of the regional drug task force and a member of a federal office of community oriented policing service.  He graduated from EWU, has a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
            Nelson served 6 years in naval intelligence and served with the sheriff’s office for 20 years, including leadership positions with the Critical Incident Management unit, the Tac Team, emergency operations and defensive tactics self-defense program
            After opening comments, the candidates talked about manpower and recruiting.
            It was noted that many law enforcement units are understaffed.  Seattle’s mayor said in the past 2-1/2 years, Seattle alone has lost 460 officers.
            Nowels said six positions were filled that morning and the ranks are down just 10 from the 247 slots.  He said part of the program is having enough training spots.
            About recruitment, program moderator Chuck Rehberg asked about Knezovich’s posting a job application on a billboard in New York’s Times Square.  Nowels said one applicant resulted in that effort, but the media coverage spurred applicants from a number of other cities.
            Nelson wants an incentive program to attract applicants, with bonuses for sheriff’s deputies who recruit new officers.  He also wants more training spots and an outreach to schools for new deputies.
            Both candidates want Spokane to build a new jail to replace the facility.  Six stories, it was built in 1986 for $22 million.  Manpower is also an issue, as there was some concern about closing part of the Geiger Heights facility in Airway Heights for lack of adequate staffing downtown.
            Nowels said it will take funding to add staffing and a new jail will be expensive, but the money is needed as the county population grows.  
            Regarding homelessness, Nelson said it will take a fully coordinated effort from local, county and the state, plus churches and other private concerns to deal with the issues.  He said the county and sheriff’s office were not included in the early discussions about Camp Hope and that was a mistake.
            Nowels said the sheriff’s office could be involved in the rampant crime occurring near Camp Hope on east Second Ave. near I-90.  He said a number of retailers near that area fear closing stores or facing bankruptcy there.
            Both candidates said the rise of the potent opioid fentanyl is alarming, locally and nationally.  In combatting the rising drug use, Nowels cited his service on the drug force and Nelson discussed his work to curb other drug use.
            Asked about slow or little response to property crime, Nowels said that issue remains an important concern and responses are not ignored.  Nelson said adding more deputies could help speed the responses.
            Of gang violence, Nowels said unless adult gang members locate here, the gang issues usually involve youth issues and answers should be targeted there.  Nelson mentioned how deputies are located in the Spokane Valley and more manpower also will help with dealing with gang members.
            One big common solution to the various questions is to fund adequate manpower for the sheriff’s office and a second concern is to build a new jail.
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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1st Quarter President's Report - Steve Bergman

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 26, 2022
            Oct. 3: Noon lunch, at the Bark, Spokane County Sheriff candidates, John Nowels and Wade Nelson.
            Oct. 10: No meeting: Indigenous Peoples federal holiday.
            Oct. 17: Noon lunch, at the Bark.   Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney candidates, Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.
            Oct. 24: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Speakers TBA.
            Oct. 31: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Rotary District 5080 Gov. Linda Kay Bauer.
Happy Bucks:
             Michelle Fossum was happy for a wonderful camping trip last week.
             Steve Bergman was happy that his daughter made a smooth enrollment at Western Washington University.
             John Mailliard was happy for an Alaskan cruise planned with family.
            Melinda Keberle enjoyed a good outing at Lake Union and other Seattle environs with her son.
            Brian Hipperson was happy to close the family’s cabin at Newman Lake for the summer and be back home, adding, “and neither of the children moved back in.”
            Questions for candidates welcomed
            Candidates for Spokane County Sheriff and Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney will visit during October.
            Prior to each luncheon program, club members are invited to send e-mails or offer questions on notecards for the candidates to respond.
            On Oct. 3, the Sheriff candidates are John Nowels and Wade Nelson.  Send your comments to moderator Chuck Rehberg.
            On Oct. 17, the Prosecuting Attorneys are Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.  Send your comments to moderator Brian Hipperson.
Quarterly Rotary club results are positive
            Closing the first Rotary quarter for the year, Club President Steve Bergman said despite Covid cares and other challenges “we are in pretty good shape.”
            “We have been able to find the things we wanted to find,” Steve said at the Sept. 26 club luncheon.
            In the president-for-a-quarter leadership plan, Michelle Fossum will serve as club president from October through December.
             Steve asked club Treasurer Lenore Romney to provide funding details.
            “Very fiscally sound,” Lenore said.
            “Our philosophy is to try to have a break-even budget and we have done that,” she said.
             Lenore said the 2022-23 budget approved by the club board is for $8,770.  Some pending possible expenditures may raise that slightly, but still within target ranges.
            One club member joked that if we need more money we should just have Eric Johnson serve more often as the sergeant-at-arms as the kitty grows when he asks questions not answered in weekly club trivia challenges.
            Lenore said the annual fund-raising target for the club is about $15,000.  Some of the $13,000 projects include Holmes Elementary programs like annual school supplies, Golden Hero awards, Holmes Hero t-shirts, and The Principal’s Emergency Fund.  Funds also are raised for community projects, Saling Scholarships, and Rotary international projects.
            “The key thing is that every member of the club do something” for the fund-raising, Steve and Lenore said.  The club currently has 18 members.
            Much of the fund-raising can be directed through the club’s charitable fund, where money can be itemized as a 501(c)3 account.  Club member Bill Simer coordinates that fund.
            The fund succeeds former annual dinners for fund-raising events.  Asked when it would be a good time to pay funds, Bill said, “Now would be good.”  Some members will time funding to include the calendar year end dates in December, he added.  Lenore said other members make quarterly contributions.
            On the topic of speaker gifts, Lenore has coordinated with the downtown Mobius Science Center to provide a variety of passes at attractive rates so that Holmes students and/or parents may visit the popular venue.  These passes, in honor of our weekly speakers, will be awarded to deserving students by the Holmes staff.  This is in lieu of the books added at the Holmes library.  Leaders at Holmes said the school is very excited to have the Mobius program connection.
            Bergman also said the quality of speakers at the club has been great.”  Candidates are slated in October and November will include programs on veterans’ issues.
            He said projects included the school supply program in August and possibly a resumption of the club’s Tom’s Turkey Drive program, which was canceled by Covid the past few years.
            The club also will conduct its annual holiday gift program for needy Holmes students and their families.
            Michelle Fossum is checking into a possible fall cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene for the club.  A club Christmas gathering will be planned, but it is still undecided whether a Holmes choir will be involved.  Sandy Fink offered her home for the club gathering to celebrate the holidays.
            In summary, Bergman said, “The team effect on getting speakers has been good and the president-by-committee program is doing well.”
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink

1st Quarter President's Report - Steve Bergman Charles Rehberg 2022-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Real Estate Market - Eric Johnson Charles Rehberg 2022-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Boys Scouts -- Terry Fossum & Anthony Escobar Charles Rehberg 2022-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Homeless in Spokane - Stuckart and Cooley Charles Rehberg 2022-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Storing School Supplies -- Holmes Elementary Charles Rehberg 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Fellowship -- Club Members Charles Rehberg 2022-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

“Homelessness” -- Video

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 8, 2022
            Aug. 15: Noon. Lunch at the Bark. Topic: TBA.
            Aug. 22: Noon.  At Holmes Elementary.  Speaker: Holmes Principal Kale Colyar. After lunch, members and spouses help stow supply room for the year.  Sign up with Sandy Fink for the luncheon.
            Aug.  29: Noon. Lunch at the Bark. Speakers: Ben Stuckart and Gavin Cooley.
Holler for a Dollar:
            John Mailliard talked about sudden one-inch rains which flooded extremely arid Death Valley areas.
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer was happy to quickly recover from a mild Covid case.
            Steve Bergman added $2 for a wedding party at St. Ignatius, Mont., for Colin and Kelsey Prestesater.
            Michelle Fossum was happy for a family gathering at South Padre Island, Texas, and other nearby venues at space facilities, where Terry’s brother-in-law worked and served on the space shuttle.
            Eric Johnson was happy that his daughter has earned a volleyball scholarship at Western Washington University.
Seeking answers to a difficult issue   
            If there is one word to raise a hot-topic issue it would be “homelessness.”
            Local media have had a daily barrage of stories on “Camp Hope” in East Spokane and other smaller tent city venues in the area.
            One thing most area residents agree about the homeless issues is: they are complicated.
            At the Aug. 8 club luncheon board member Bill Simer showed a video to help focus discussion, understanding, and, hopefully, some answers about homelessness.
            Bill showed the video – “Housing and Help” -- from Gavin Cooley, who from 2003 to 2020 served as a top finance and investment manager for the City of Spokane.
            Cooley worked to find financial solutions during six mayors, including three Republicans and three Democrats.
            On Aug. 29, Gavin and Ben Stuckart will visit the club luncheon to continue the discussion.  Stuckart, Spokane City Council president from 2012 to 2019, now is board chair for Continuum of Care, an agency hip deep in homeless issues.
            Gavin’s video featured a discussion with Edward Byrnes, a social work educator, who talked how Spokane lost so many good middle-class jobs when Kaiser Aluminum Mead and other production positions were eliminated.
            Byrnes said that changed the character of neighborhoods and a comfortable life-style that left with the jobs.
            So the much smaller number of homeless, often camping along the trains, were just sent out on the rail cars.  But now, he said, those train rides have left, leaving tents and old RVs to forage under bridges or on open land.
            Cooley said Spokane’s “astronomical housing” 72 percent gains in the past three years have eliminated home-buying for many and out of reach for many apartment dwellers.
            “It used to be an affordable housing market,” Cooley said.  Now average prices have risen from $250,000 to $430,000, he said, adding “average wages have only increased 14 percent.”
            That is part of the homelessness issue, where, for example, Camp Hope has grown from 150 a day to 500 or more.
            Cooley visited Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, to learn how that city works on homeless issues, cutting its total by 65 percent.
            On the video, Cooley and Byrnes agreed that finding some solutions to homelessness in Spokane is doable.
            “It’s still on a scale that we can do something,” Byrnes said.
             Cooley said: “The time is right, but we need to work together.  We all need to get under the same tent.”
            “You want to think there is a silver bullet, but it’s not just one thing to do, and how we got here.”
            The questions arise from issues of poverty, drug use, mental health, lack of opportunity and many others.
            The “tent” will need to be big.  Discussion about the size and scale of the problems will continue Aug. 29.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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WA Secretary of State - Steve Hobbs Charles Rehberg 2022-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
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A Great Year!!! -- Pres Lenore Charles Rehberg 2022-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Holmes Staff Charles Rehberg 2022-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
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Club Survey Results -- Pres Lenore Charles Rehberg 2022-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
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Member Presentations --Melinda Keberle and Colin Prestesater

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 28, 2022
            March 7: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark - Christ Kitchen
            March 14 or March 18: To be determined - Either a Monday lunch or a St. Paddy’s Day potluck on Friday March 18
            March 21: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark - Mobius Discovery Center
            March 28: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark – Classification talks
             Lenore Romney provided a brief update from last week’s board meeting.  To date, contributions to this year’s fundraising effort from members totals $6,500.  The board approved funding for two $1,500 scholarships to be paid from our Charitable Funds.
Happy Buck$:
            Mentioning a long-time birthday tradition, Chuck Rehberg tossed in a dollar for his March 1 date.
            Lenore Romney played the role of Sergeant at Arms for the meeting and asked members who had not yet Wordle’d to put a dollar in the pot.  Don’t know if you Wordle’d on Monday? Google it and you’ll discover a fun daily word game hosted by The New York Times.
St. Patrick’s Day potluck??
            After a successful Valentine’s potluck, members are asked whether the club should have a St. Paddy’s Day potluck on Friday, March 18.  The day-after Irish toast would avoid competition with the actual St. Patrick’s Day and also would allow the participants to have a weekend following the event.       
           Please contact Lenore Romney to voice your preference for a regular lunch meeting that week OR for the Friday potluck.  The Club also needs a host for the 3/18 event.
  Class acts, cont.:   Melinda and Colin  
            One speaker wore a paper crown to keep kids engaged.  The other said two bad shoulders led him to a career in finance.
            At the Feb. 28 luncheon, Melinda Keberle and Colin Prestesater provided interesting and engaging classification talks.
            Melinda, a former past president of the club, is principal at Ridgeview Elementary School, talked about her special interests in working with kids who struggle in the classroom.
            She said she “was born to two teen parents – both were just 17” and “even if we didn’t have food on the table” her mom was “amazing” and worked her way to complete high school, Gonzaga University and a CPA job.
            Melinda said she “wanted to be a doctor – a heart surgeon,” but encountered a teacher – also “Melinda” – in drama and English whose inspiration led her to teaching.
            Our Melinda also had a talent for music and wanted to play saxophone, but when the rents were high she settled for a spare trombone at the school.  She still occasionally plays when her son Landen, now 14, plays piano.
             Melinda’s first teaching job was in Ritzville – “not a great fit,” she said of farm life. 
             Next she taught in Springdale, where she worked with a number of students who struggled.
            Next Melinda worked at Bancroft school, and then at Eagle Peak, the former Pratt Elementary at 4th and Bradley in the district’s most eastern school.  As the club once toured there several years ago, the school even had a “rubber room,” where students were able to be contained when necessary.
             Now Melinda, in her 14th year as a principal, is at Ridgeview, a north side middle-class neighborhood.   But every student has had challenges with the Covid chaos, she said.
            At her classification talk, Melinda showed her six-foot PVC tube for safe distancing, and a page of yellow and black dots to show the student path during the pandemic.
            She also wore her paper crown with messages and illustrations to engage the students.
            Being a principal and teacher now has, she said, “a tough job but rewarding.”
            Her hand-crafted sign at her school says: “I believe all students can succeed.”
            In some idle times during Covid, Melinda also became a real estate broker and she and Landen plan to continue their baseball odyssey to visit all major league stadiums.  They have visited 23 so far, and – if major league labor issues get settled – they will soon visit Atlanta and Miami ballparks.
           Colin said he and his family grew up in Southern California, where, he said he “was always in sports," encouraged by great parents.
           Colin’s football prowess led to a full-ride at Idaho State as an offensive lineman.
          While his goals were “leadership, hard work and diversity,” his injured left shoulder meant he “had to buckle down on education.”
          After a red-shirt year for rehab, Colin “tore his right shoulder” in his junior year.  His hopes to play in the NFL were dashed and his coach told him that Colin could try to play in his senior year, but if he injured either shoulder he “might not be able to play catch with your kids someday.”
          Colin’s future plans turned to the financial industry and his next sporting interests went to trout fishing, where, he said, “there is never a bad day standing in the river, even if you don’t catch a fish.”
          His first road trip at Idaho State was to play the Griz at Missoula, and Colin said he was smitten about the area even before they got to the city and the stadium.   Not playing football, 
          Colin worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
          But he knew that “you need to have a PhD to work in a coffee shop” in Missoula, where lots of folks would like to live, but can’t afford the home prices.  So a colleague said Spokane is a nice place, too.
          Colin married Kelsey just before the Covid clampdown and headed west.  Kelsey works at Cooney Law and graduates from GU Law in May.
         Colin is an investment advisor with Missoula-based WestPac Wealth Partners and life is good.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Member Presentations --Melinda Keberle and Colin Prestesater Charles Rehberg 2022-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Member Roundtable

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 7, 2022
            Feb. 14: (No lunch.)  Valentine holiday potluck, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Michelle Fossum’s house.
            Feb. 21: No lunch – Presidents Day federal holiday.
            Feb. 28: Rotary lunch, noon at The Bark.  Classification talks: Colin Prestesater and Melinda Keberle.
Happy Buck$:
            Several members, Bob Romney, John Mailliard, and Ron Noble, shared their birthdays, Ron in January and Bob and John this month. 
           Bon Voyage to the Romneys and the Bergmans on their upcoming trips.
Spokane North Members asked to share Thoughts about Club Duties
            Members present offered their thoughts about how things currently stand and how the club could structure duties such as arranging programs, dirty hands projects and social events, and leading weekly meetings.  All members will be contacted by email and asked to share their thoughts. 
Bulletin Editor:  Lenore Romney and Sandy Fink
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Bill Simer and John Mailliard Share Life Experiences

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 31, 2022
            Feb. 7: Rotary lunch, noon at The Bark: Club governance discussion (see below).
            Feb. 14: (No lunch.)  Valentine holiday potluck, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Michelle Fossum’s house.
            Feb. 21: No lunch – Presidents Day federal holiday.
            Feb. 28: Rotary lunch, noon at The Bark.  Classification talks: Colin Prestesater and Melinda Keberle.
Happy Buck$:
            Sandy Fink, $2 in honor of Scott McQuilken named Whitworth University President.  Scott, previously named Interim President at Whitworth, was club president in 2002-03.
            Bill Simer, $2 to celebrate former EWU players Cooper Kupp, slot receiver of the LA Rams, and Nnamka Samson Ebukam, linebacker of the 49ers, who competed in the NFL National Conference championship game. Kupp scored two touchdowns in the Ram’s win.
            Colin Prestesater in honor of his wife, Kelsey, joining the Cooney Law Firm, an associate of Steve Bergman, our club’s immediate past president.
            Melinda Keberle to celebrate that she and son Landen are finally healthy after a bout of Covid.
            Responses needed from all club members
        Club President Lenore Romney will lead a “club governance” session at the Feb. 7 luncheon to discuss ideas on organization and duties.  “It’s time to get creative,” Lenore said.  “We still need a new president for the next Rotary Year (which starts July 1).”
            “We want to hear from every member,” she said, adding that those who cannot attend next Monday will receive an e-mail or phone call.  “It’s too important not to deal now with these club issues,” she said.
Holiday potluck scheduled
            A wine tasting and potluck supper is planned Monday, Feb. 14 at the home of Michelle and Terry Fossum.  Members and spouses are invited and the dinner is in place of the usual Monday lunch.  The club’s holiday dinner Dec. 6 was postponed by several inches of snow and next month’s Valentine gathering provided a timely alternative.  Please contact Michelle if you would like to attend.
John and Bill show class in talks
            Club members John Mailliard and Bill Simer shared their travels and varied career paths in their classification talks Jan. 31.
            Mailliard was born in Long Beach, Calif., and grew up in the Burbank area.
            John, using a bagful of props, talked about his U.S. Marine Corps life as “a back seater” in a sleek Marine Phantom F-2 jet, including 373 combat missions in Vietnam.
            He said the Phantom soars up to “22 miles a minute,” often flying 450 knots just 100 feet above the landscape.  He said some back-seat assignments also meant sitting in the injection seat for up to 5 hours.  He noted the cramped quarters did not include a lavatory.
            Mailliard showed small anchor pins and other decorations on his Marine ball cap.
            After his service time, John briefly worked at a savings and loan bank in Beverly Hills, noting that Jack Benny often walked by passed a nearby haberdashery.
            Another career beckoned as John joined the FBI in 1972, working in several assignments in Oregon, Virginia and California bureaus until he was moved to Pocatello, Idaho, to help organize computerizing the agency.
            John has been in Spokane 7 years with family here.  His dad had been a Rotarian and John went to a few club luncheons until another member asked if he wanted to join.  “Sure,” John said, “sometimes you just have to ask.”  
            Bill Simer, our club treasurer, said he was born and grew up in “a working class neighborhood” of northeast Spokane.  His sister, 7 years older, helped Bill read and write, he said.
            “My neighborhood was a cool place.  We often played baseball in the street,” he recalled.
            Bill said his father and mother met in the service in England.  Bill’s dad ran the Ace Auto shop downtown, which led him to a life-long passion for cars and motorcycles, especially auto racing. 
            When his dad was killed in an automotive accident, Bill said, his mom “didn’t even drive.  But she was a good seamstress and the Bon Marche department store hired her.”
            Then the Bon (later Macy’s) hired Bill.  He also worked as a driver for the Spokane Daily Chronicle.
            At Rogers High School, Bill said he did not want to go to college, but he later changed his mind and focused on Evergreen in Olympia or WSU in Pullman.
            After a year and a half, Bill said, “his choices were to buy beer or books,” and his grades suffered.  But Bill came back to WSU and asked each classroom teacher if he could try again.  Only one teacher said no, Bill said.  
            When someone suggested an accounting class, Bill said “it was simple” and his path went to jobs at Coopers and Lybrand, then to American Sign and Indicator, a national developer of electronic time and temperature signs.
            One of the proprietors, Luke Williams, “took me under his wing.  He was a great mentor,” Bill said. 
            When AS&I was sold to a San Francisco firm, and a long 2-year commute ensued.  But Luke Williams organized another firm in Spokane and named Bill as chief financial officer.
            Bill then moved to the McDirmid , Mikkelsen & Secrest CPAs which merged with Eide Bailly, where Bill stayed until retirement last year.
            He has been active in a number of organizations, including leadership roles in the Fox Theater, Spokane Symphony, Centennial Trail, Animal Sanctuary and Innovia Foundation.
            Former Rotary North member Mark Lang asked Bill to join our club in 1996 and Bill has served as treasurer three times.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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WPC - Chris Cargill

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 24, 2022
            Jan. 31: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark. Classification talks: John Mailliard and Bill Simer.
Happy Buck$:
            John Mailliard was happy about his trip to the Oregon Coast, but wondered why some businesses had strict masking rules while others ignored masking.
            Colin Prestesater, celebrated the opening of his office opening in the American Legion Building.
            Guest Rotarian, Mary Joanis, added $1 to celebrate distribution of her energy drink and another $1 as she heads to the Cabo San Luis area in Mexico.  She said she will join us back here in July.
Valentines and potluck
            A wine tasting and potluck supper is planned Monday, Feb. 14 at the home of Michelle and Terry Fossum.  
            Members and spouses are invited and the dinner is in place of the usual Monday lunch.  The club’s holiday dinner Dec. 6 was postponed by several inches of snow and next month’s Valentine gathering provided a timely alternative.
            Michelle, our club’s board secretary, will add details soon.
WPC studies the state’s bills
            If proposed state legislative measures were snowflakes, Chris Cargill would be knee deep in drifts.
            Cargill, longtime director in Eastern Washington for the Washington Policy Center, talked about the blizzard of proposed legislative items at the club’s Jan. 24 luncheon.
            Cargill has been with the WPC since 2009 and has visited our club a few times in past years. The policy center, he says, is a non-partisan free market think tank, often described by others as a conservative watchdog on discussing alternatives usually promoted by Democratic legislative leaders.
            This “short,” 60-day legislative session has some 2,000 bills in play, while the longer sessions usually deal with 3,000 or more bills, Cargill said.
            One topic often mentioned is the proposal to allow a capital gains income tax measure, which was introduced last year and is scheduled for a summary judgment court date Feb. 4 in Douglas County.
            One fiscal “hot button” government reform in any discussion is introducing an income tax.  Washington is one of six states without an income tax, but there have been many attempts to change that.
            Cargill said Washington residents have rejected 10 different measures over the years that would install an income tax.
            Any excise tax in the state must by law be a flat tax, not graduated by income levels, he said.
            Discussing Covid issues, Cargill said the WPC would like to see emergency measures by the governor limited to 30, 60 or 90-day limits.
            “An emergency measure shouldn’t last two years without having the Legislature getting involved sooner,” he said.
            The WPC organizes ideas in eight areas: agriculture, education, the environment, government reform, health care, small business, transportation and workers’ rights.
            Affable and able, Cargill has an encyclopedic amount of dollar sizes and policy directions…and he could probably name almost all of the 2,000 bills in play.     
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Barriles Rotary Club - Mary Joanis

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 10, 2022
            Jan. 17: No meeting.  MLK Holiday.
            Jan. 24: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark. Speaker: Chris Cargill, Washington Policy Center.
            Jan. 31: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark. Classification talks: John Mailliard and Bill Simer.
Happy Buck$:
            Dave Hayward was happy that WSU’s men’s basketball team beat Utah.  “That was the first time in 20 years,” he said.
            Guest Rotarian Mary Joanis added $2 to celebrate her Spokane visit.
Is your check in the (e-) mail?
            Club President Lenore Romney has e-mailed members about contributing to club projects.
            To date, six members have contributed $6,250 toward an annual goal of $15,000, she said at the Jan. 10 luncheon.
            Romney said the contributions now fund all of the projects for Holmes Elementary School for the Rotary year, but do not yet cover the club’s two scholarships and various other projects.

            The fund drive is in lieu of the club’s annual dinner and wine event, which was canceled by the Covid chaos.
            We encourage everyone to help if you can contribute,” she said.
            One part of encouragement, Romney said, is the ability to use a 501(c)3 fiscal tool available to U.S. Rotary clubs to make the contributions taxable.
Warm thoughts from the Baja
             It was 79 degrees at noon on Jan. 3 in the Cabo San Lucas area of Baja California while Mary Joanis was talking about her home Barriles Rotary Club.  Spokane reached 34 degrees.
            The low Monday night at St. Luke’s Cape was 67 degrees.  Spokane hit the mid-20s.
            Mary and husband Phillip (Paco) came to Spokane to help welcome a godchild.
            Mary grew up in Portland and Phillip in Bend, Ore., and she said they may come back to Spokane for the family.  She also wants to start an “arbonne” skin care and wellness business.
            In a few weeks, Mary and Phillip will drive the 2,000-mile trip to Cabo San Lucas.  Their pictures and stories showed a little less glitz than the high-end resort town, which even has a Waldorf Astoria hotel.
            Her Rotary club in Los Barriles (“the barrels”) shows a fountain with gushing water from barrels.  The area has just 9 inches of rain (with no snow) per year, about half the Spokane area total.
            The local industries are tourism and sport fishing. The fishing includes rays, sharks, mahi mahi and marlin.  Pods of whales cruise around the tip of the peninsula.  Mary said her home club of 19 does not meet in the hot summer months.  Ironically, Phillip said local stores do not sell fish.  Local residents just see what fresh fish is brought into the harbor for the day.
            Much of the area use wells and the water is bad, she said, so the area clubs help provide    water filtration projects.  Mary said diabetes is the biggest health concern in the area.
She said litter is rampant, despite that garbage collection is free.
Phillip, a long-time baseball player and coach, tries to recruit a youth team.
The baseball field is all-dirt, no grass, while the area soccer field has artificial turf.
            Mary said cartel problems are little.  “we don’t mess with them and they don’t mess with us,” she said.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Snow curbs club luncheon crowd

Happy New Year!
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 3, 2022
            Jan.10: Club luncheon, Noon at Bark; Speaker - Mary Joanis.
            Jan. 17: No meeting.  MLK Holiday.
            Jan. 24:  Club luncheon, Noon at Bark; Speaker – Chris Cargill, WA Policy Center
Jan. 31:  Club luncheon, Noon at Bark; Classification talks – John Mailliard & Bill Simer
            Should the club hold a Valentine’s party?
            If the Covid chaos abates quickly, club Secretary Michelle Fossum raised the question about having a Feb. 14 gathering since the holiday party scheduled Dec. 6 was postponed when snow and ice made travel difficult.
           The small gathering at the Jan. 3 luncheon said a potluck Valentine’s Day event on Monday, Feb. 14, would be a good idea…depending on more snow or less Omicron and other Covid woes.  The club directors will discuss this and all members are welcome to comment.
Snow curbs club luncheon crowd
            Just six members and one guest weathered the snowy, sloppy streets for the first club luncheon of 2022.
            Half of the club members were “Steve,” including immediate past-president Steve Bergman, director Steve Perry and Steve Boharski, also a past president, who talked about his Christmastime visit to the Galapagos Islands.  Steve Perry recalled his visit to the Galapagos in 1964. 
           Steve Boharski said he will present a slide show of his trip at a future club luncheon. The Galapagos Islands, a nature treasure, are 563 miles west of Ecuador.
            The club guest was Mary Joanis of the Barrilles Rotary Club near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  She will the club’s speaker next week.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Snow curbs club luncheon crowd Charles Rehberg 2022-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Covid 101 Lessons - Dr. Frank Velazquez

North Notes
December 13, 2021
Happy Holidays!!
Dec. 20, Dec. 27: No meetings.  Rotary lunches resume Jan. 3.
Good crowd:  20 Rotarians and guests filled the Bark meeting room for the Dec. 13 luncheon.
Pile of packages: The hallway to the Bark meeting was jammed along both sides with large bags of presents for 40 Holmes Elementary families.   
                    After the luncheon, a caravan of cars and trucks rove to Holmes and filled a large portion of a large room to store the gifts for distribution. 
                    Special thanks to Lenore for contacting Holmes for the family wish lists, distributing the wishes to club members, and organizing the collection and
                    delivery of the gift bags to Holmes!!!  Thanks to Bob, too, who was also there to support and help Lenore!
Warm coats: Bob and Lenore Romney collected 17 coats that were donated by customers from Burlington Coats                   
on North Division St.  The coats for children and adults were delivered to and will be distributed by Union Gospel Mission.       
The coats were donated to Kids Without Borders and facilitated by our Rotary Club
Special Christmas gift: Mary Joanis, member of the Rotary Club of Los Barriles in Mexico near Cabo San Lucas, enjoyed the birth of her grandson two days earlier in Spokane.  Mary, who will be a speaker at the club in January, spends time in Spokane and Bend, Ore., with her family members.
Happy Buck$: Adding to Mary Joanis’ happy bucks, were Ron Noble for his wife, Bill Simer for his wife, Renee; Lenore Romney for a night at the Spokane Jazz Orchestra; Melinda Keberle, for the Jazz event and friend, Jill, who, with Melinda work in real estate in Spokane and Seattle.  Steve Perry chipped in as a tribute to Whitworth’s holiday music at the Fox.
            A special tribute went to Ron Schurra’s daughter, who worked on scenery for Director Steven Spielberg on the new movie “West Side Story.”  Ron is also looking forward to celebrating the holiday with his entire family.  Ron Noble also asked a contribution to fine Ron Schurra, who had picked up the wrong “Ron” club badge…Bob Romney donated a $20 bid for the Ron Schurra badge!
Health officer shares Covid 101 lessons
            Not taking any chances, Frank Velazquez said he has 35 special masks with matching pocket squares for his suit coats.
            “He is the go-to guy for the Health District,” said Michelle Fossum, Spokane-North board secretary, who handles legal issues for the Health District.
            Fossum’s intro at the Dec. 13 luncheon listed a full page, single-spaced, of Dr. Francisco Velazquez’s titles, accomplishments and activities.
            Dr. Velazquez is former president and CEO of Pathology Associates (PAML) and managing director of the Nichols Institute and Quest Diagnostics, Inc., infectious diseases clinical trials division.  He was trained at the Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston, Boston University Medical Center and Harvard’s School of Public Health.
            In the private sector, Dr. Velazquez has expertise in mergers, acquisitions in regional healthcare networks and health system integration.  He also was Interim Executive Director of Life Science Washington Institute.  “I was involved in seven companies and started three,” he said.  And he chairs Spokane’s United Way board and is president of the Spokane Symphony Board.
            The affable Velazquez crammed a fact-filled virology lesson about Covid for the club.
            He said there are 4,000 variants, so many that “we have to use Greek letters, because we ran out of numbers.”
            The two most notable current variants are Delta and Omicron, both rapid “transmissives” which are circulating nationwide and globally.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
             The Omicron version spreads faster, but the Delta is stronger and more worrisome, Velazquez said.  “That’s the one to worry about,” he said.
            About all those masks, Dr. Frank said, “Use them.”  He said each person in one day can transmit 11,000 liter-size bottles of air.  So keep your germs at home.
            He said one side benefit of our 21-month pandemic is that hardly anyone got the flu last year.
            The best ways to mitigate the pandemic effects, Velazquez said, is to get vaccinations, including booster shots – and mixing and matching among shots works fine – wear masks, keep washing hands and keep distances when possible. 
            When asked how the vaccines seemingly were brought to market “so quickly”, he said there were several contributing factors including the unprecedented amount of money worldwide that was thrown into the effort to develop vaccines (great things can be accomplished when a lot of money is put into the effort); collaboration among drug companies working to develop vaccines; and the fact that the mRNA vaccine technology has been around for decades.
            He said people, cautiously, should get out for events, dinners and other socializing because people need to do that for their health.
            Asked about low levels of vaccinations in North Idaho and Eastern Washington, he said, “I don’t tell people what to do.  I just give them information.”
            He added that “mandates are complicated.”
            When can we do away with masks?  Not yet, he said, “but hopefully next spring will be better than this winter.      “
Editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink 
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"Class Talks" - S. Boharski & M. Fossum

North Notes
November 29, 2021
Dec. 6:  No luncheon meeting. Potluck at Fossum home in the Spokane Valley.  Gifts will be collected for the Holmes Holiday Drive. 
Dec. 13: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark.  Speaker: Dr. Francisco Velazquez, Spokane County health officer.
Dec. 20, Dec. 27: No meetings.  Rotary lunches resume Jan. 3.
            Potluck and presents: As noted, the club’s annual holiday dinner will be a potluck gathering on Monday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Michelle Fossum. (Map details will be e-mailed.)  All members and spouses are invited.  Let Michelle know what you are bringing, such as salads, appetizers and desserts.
            Remember to bring your wrapped gifts and tags for the Holmes Elementary Christmas Drive for 40 families.  Please contact President Lenore Romney before Dec. 6 if you cannot attend.
            Leader(s)—ship: As the calendar year concludes, the club still is seeking a president for Rotary 2021-22.  Club President Lenore Romney said a leader is needed soon to prepare for RI’s president-elect role early next year.  Romney said some clubs are organizing a small president’s cabinet where members can share some of the duties, including leading weekly meetings.  In those clubs a president-designate leads the club.
Happy Buck$:
          John Mailliard was happy that kids in his family helped bake holiday apple crisp.  Michelle Fossum enjoyed 14 guests for Thanksgiving and Steve Perry likewise had 12 guests. In the sports column, Dave Petersen cheered the Cougs’ Apple Cup win, Steve Boharski loved the Zags and Bill Simer toasted the Eagle football win. Chuck Rehberg noted the passing of Lee Elder, age 87, who was the first Black golfer The Master’s at Augusta, Georgia.
Class talks: Steve and Michelle
             Continuing the fine presentations of club member classification talks were Steve Boharski and Michelle Fossum. 
            Steve, born in Kalispel, MT, joined the club in 1999 after he and wife, April, bought the practice of the Garland Animal Clinic on West Garland from Roger Harder, a long-time Spokane North club member.  Steve served as club president in 2009-10.
            Noting tremendous change in recent years in veterinary care, Steve said dogs and cats are no longer just pets, “they are family members.”
            Most of the same types of diagnostic tools, like MRIs, which are used on people now are used on pets, he said.  Steve added that some obese people not usable in smaller MRIs are taken to WSU for the same machines used to work on horses.  There also are pet psychologists and naturopaths for pets, he said.
            From the small clinic, Steve and April moved to a larger clinic a few blocks west.  They now have 10 veterinarians working there, he said.
            The pet mania now includes several forms of insurance and there are types of veterinary law to deal with, he said. 
            Steve and April have four children, two sons and two adopted daughters.  Steve said he hopes the older son, now at WSU, will take over the clinic at some point so he can continue with his three recreation passions, fly fishing, bird hunting and travel.
            The family plans to go to the Galapagos Islands for Christmas. 
            Club Secretary Michelle Fossum was born in Minot, N. D. and lived there through high school.  Michelle joined Spokane North in 2006.
             “I was a complete tomboy,” Michelle said, adding she helped her dad install heating and air conditioning units and loved stock car races.
            She said her mom said the races “were no place for a girl” and preferred dance, which Michelle thought “silly.”
            She said she moved with her mom to the Spokane area and Michelle picked EWU, planning on becoming a dental assistant.  But she “hated chemistry” and loved a good class on governmental law, which led her GU Law. 
            Michelle worked in estate planning and probates and one major client is the Spokane County Health Office which has often been in the news media during the Covid pandemic and the departure of one health officer who was replaced by Dr. Frank Velazquez, scheduled to visit our club Dec. 13.
            She and husband, Terry, have three boys, two work at Yokes Grocery and one is a "Fusion Analyst" working in Baltimore.  
Editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Club Fellowship

North Notes
November 22, 2021
Nov. 29:  Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark.  Classification talks: Michelle Fossum and Steve Boharski.
Dec. 6:  No luncheon meeting. Potluck at Fossum home in the Spokane Valley.  Gifts will be collected for the Holmes Holiday Drive. (See below.)
             Past-District Gov. Bev Reed joined the meeting to sell tickets for her Aurora Northwest Rotary Club’s annual drive to support community programs and services.  The winning grand prize $20 ticket is a $5,000 amount for a luxury vacation or a special dream of his or her own.  Most of the 9 members at the meeting bought tickets, and Bev said she was “amazed by the support.”  
Happy Buck$:
 Dave Hayward, appropriately wearing a sharp crimson and gray jacket, contributed $5 to celebrate the WSU win over Arizona and hope for a Coug win over the Huskies.  Dave also added $5 for a Thanksgiving  trip to South Carolina.
John Mailliard added a dollar when he and his wife had a pleasant holiday trip when a 7-year-old young lady “had a ball” at a Target store.
Holmes Holiday drive underway
 Bluetooth music systems, Fortnite player cards, a big assortment of toys and a wide variety of clothing items are among the presents club members will provide for Christmas at 40 Holmes Elementary’s holiday drive.
 Total items of each tag is $60 per student.  Gifts should be wrapped and clearly labeled on the outside of the items by the alphabetized list of families.  The gifts are due Monday, Dec.  6, at the potluck dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at     Michelle and Terry Fossum’s house. Michelle said the event will include a wine-tasting with a variety of varietals.
            Those not attending the potluck should contact club President Lenore Romney to make other arrangements.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Holmes Holiday Drive

North Notes
November 15, 2021
Nov. 22:  Noon meeting at Bark - Fellowship.
Nov. 29: Noon meeting at Bark – Classification talks from Steve Boharski & Michelle Fossum
Dec. 6:  Holiday Potluck Dinner at Fossum home starting at 5:30pm.  Gifts will be collected for the Holmes Holiday Drive. (See below.)
            Tom’s Turkey Drive:  No formal club action is planned this season in conjunction with Tom’s Turkey Drive because the event will not take place at Rosauers sites this year due to Covid.  However, volunteer opportunities exist for the re-engineered event on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Spokane Fairgrounds.  Sign up at the Second Harvest website volunteer page – http://vhub.at/TomsTurkeyMainPage.    
            Holiday Parade: Club 21 Rotary is spearheading a group of Rotarians from all area clubs to walk in a downtown holiday parade at 3 p.m. on Nov. 20.  Family members ages 12 and older are welcome to join and a social gathering will follow after the parade at approximately 5:00 p.m. at the Bark restaurant.  Email executivedirector@rotaryspokane.com to sign up to walk with the Rotary group.
Happy Buck$:
Steve Boharski contributed $20 “because it’s a great time to be a Coug, an Eagle, a Bobcat and a Zag.”  He added another dollar because paperwork closed that day on his new Priest Lake cabin.  
            Potluck Fellowships:  Here are some pictures of the potlucks held at Dave and Robin Hayward's and Steve and Bernie Perry's homes!  Melinda Keberle also attend the fun at the Perry home.
          Holmes Holiday drive underway
            Only a few tags remain for the 40 students and families for the Holmes Elementary Christmas Drive.  With a table-full of instructions and itemized tags, the assortment of toys and clothes were quickly selected.  Gift budget per student is $60.
            Gifts should be wrapped and clearly labeled on the outside of the items with the Family Letter and student name on your Tag.  The gifts are due Monday, Dec. 6, at the potluck dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at Michelle and Terry Fossum’s house.
            Michelle said the event will include a wine-tasting with a variety of varietals.
            Those not attending the potluck are asked to contact club President Lenore Romney to make other arrangements prior to December 6th.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Colin Prestesater's Induction

North Notes
November 8, 2021
Nov.15:  Lunch at Bark – Distribution of tags for Holmes Christmas gifts project
Nov. 22: Lunch at Bark - Fellowship
Nov. 29: Lunch at Bark -  Classification talks from Steve Boharski and Michelle Fossum
Dec. 6:  No lunch meeting; Holiday potluck dinner at Michelle & Terry Fossum’s home – bring wrapped Holmes Christmas gifts
Colin joins Spokane-North Rotary
            The newest member in the club is Colin Prestesater, a financial advisor with Westpac Wealth Partners.
            Colin was introduced by club President Lenore Romney and Past-president Steve Bergman.  Colin’s wife, Kelsey, joined him at the induction ceremony.  Kelsey is a Gonzaga Law School student and works in the Cooney Law firm with Steve.
             Colin, who played football at Idaho State University, met Kelsey in Missoula and the couple wed at St. Ignatius, Mont., this summer.  Colin’s interests include golf, fly fishing, backpacking, skiing, cooking and classic cars.  In his membership application, Colin stated the reason he wanted to join Rotary North is that he loves the mission of ensuring every child has access to the opportunities that will allow them to be successful in whatever they pursue.
             At the induction, Romney told Colin about our club’s “special service to help disadvantaged youth in our community.”  She mentioned the current presidential slogan, “Service to Change Lives,” and a recent favorite theme of hers: “Be A Gift To The World.” 
             Here are some pictures of the induction ceremony:
  ‘The Wish List’ ready Monday
            Holmes Elementary staff is completing the list for Christmas gifts for students and their families for the annual holiday drive.  Tags will be available at Monday’s (11/15) luncheon at Bark.
            Club President Lenore Romney said the gift-per-student budget has been raised to $60,  raising the target price because costs have been going up.  The target price was $40 per student for several years.
            Lenore said gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the child’s name and family number.
            Gifts will be collected Monday, Dec. 6, at the club’s Holiday Potluck Dinner party at Michelle Fossum’s house.  (There will not be a Monday luncheon that day.)
A welcomed Happy Buck$
            Bill Simer happily contributed a dollar, relieved that he reached Spokane following a brief quarantine in England.  Though already fully vaccinated, Bill’s positive test forced him to stay several extra days in London and the area nearby and Bill was not able to drive in his planned roadway race.
             Bill also contributed a dollar in the honor of his relative, Donald McCaig, who reached his 100th birthday Nov. 10.
            After surviving the rigors of getting out of quarantine and back to Spokane, Bill said, “America is a pretty special place.”
Sergeant-at-Arms Dave Hayward did a Veterans’ Day trivia and the Club recognized all of our Veteran members in attendance in appreciation for their military service.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Speaker canceled

North Notes
November 1, 2021
Nov. 8: Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark, new member: Colin Prestesater, induction
Nov. 9: Home potlucks  (see below).
Nov.15:  Rotary lunch at the Bark. Name tags claimed for Holmes Holiday Drive.
            Potluck:  Two gatherings are planned on Nov. 9, with room for six members and spouses at the homes of Dave and Robin Hayward, 5121 S. Lincoln Way, and Steve and Bernie Perry, 2207 S. Katy Ct.
            The Haywards have two remaining seats available and the Perrys have six spots open.  Contact Lenore Romney if you would like to attend one of the events.
            Bark Fall Luncheon Menu:  the new fall menu is now posted on the web site.  Just look under the Links in the right hand column.
Happy Buck$:
            Dave Hayward chipped in $1 to celebrate the WSU Cougars over Arizona State.  “Best game in a long time,” Dave said.  Nancy Hanson added $1 to the Cougs’ win.
            Michelle Fossum celebrated her son, Seth, of a return from military service, due that night.
            Steve Perry added to the kitty for his favorite Halloween costumes – both ages about 5-year olds, one with a Biden mask and one with a Trump mask.
Speaker canceled
            The scheduled speaker, Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy Center, called an hour before the luncheon saying unfortunately he had to cancel for a non-Covid reason.  Chris’s presentation will be rescheduled.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Romney and Rehberg Share

North Notes
October 25, 2021
Nov. 1: Noon lunch at Bark – Chris Cargill – Washington Policy Center
Nov. 8: Noon lunch at Bark – Fellowship – Colin Prestesater will be inducted
Nov. 9: November Potlucks:  two homes:  Hayward’s and Perry’s:  due to seating limits 3 couples may attend each one – watch for signup emails!
Nov.15: Noon lunch at Bark – Holmes Christmas wish list tag pickup
Happy Buck$: 
Steve Boharski’s  lake place is his new purchase moving across Priest Lake.  When they loaded their boat with their furnishings, a rocker ended up on top and a neighbor told him that it reminded him of Jed Clampett!  That was a fun story since Dave Hayward had just completed a Sargent at Arms with Beverly Hillbillies trivia and we had just sung the Ballad of Jed Clampett.
Lenore Romney said she was grateful that her Mom was not seriously injured in a recent car accident and that her sister was close by to help out her Mom.
Dave Hayward was happy that they had had a safe journey recently when he and Robin drove  3,113 miles on a 3-week trip to Arizona.   He said the freeways going and coming were something else.
Potluck: Thirteen members/spouses gathered on Oct. 19 at Ron & Edie Schurra’s home.  Here are some pictures of the happy event!  Attending were Robin and Dave Hayward, Chuck and JoAnne Rehberg, Melinda Keberle, Ron and Edie Schurra, Steve and Bernie Perry, John and Catherine Mailiard.
            Bob Romney shared that both of his parents, now 95, are still living in their own home and with their wits about them.  He said they were doing very well!!
            His father is a retired anthropologist and while he was seeking his degrees from Stanford and Harvard, the family moved back and forth between the west and east coasts a lot.
            When they were in California Bob decided to try out for the track team, specifically the 440 and the pole vault.  He said the 440 was tough and he fainted at the end of the race so it was decided that pole vaulting was for him.  He was able to successfully reach the height of 11 feet 6 inches, but that height wouldn’t win him a medal in Southern California. 
            Then they moved again and this time in Massachusetts Bob again joined the track team for the pole vault event.  When he told them that he could vault 11 feet 6 inches, they were astounded as the school record was only 11 feet…he became the star of the show.
            After high school, he attended BYU majoring in Graphic Design.  A call late in his senior year and invitation from his Dad to join him on a sailboat roundtrip from Acapulco to Columbia, South America brought a special bond between Bob and his Dad.  One which they still share today as they review old logs and listen to audio recordings of ocean and winds.
            Bob held a variety of jobs after they returned including, installing cable TV in the winter in Wisconsin; a stint at the Big Sky Resort in Montana as a nighttime lock smith, and a job as a draftsman with the Bridge Bureaus in Helena, Montana
            As his work progressed Bob would experience the steps of the growing computer industry.
            He learned the AutoCad program, an application for computer-aided drafting and design and eventually printed circuit board designs for airport parking systems.
            Bob then opened his own firm for tech planning:  Romney and Associates where they developed 3 to 5 year plans for customers.
            20 years ago upon moving to Spokane Bob became an independent consultant.  He indicated it took 3 to 5 years to build the needed network in the community but after that the business did very well.
            Bob now is semi-retired and has become a “Fleet” manager – still loving that sailboat!
            Chuck was born March 1, 1946, making him, like some in our club, one of the first Baby Boomer generation – those raised from 1946 to 1964. 
            Chuck was born in Milwaukee and adopted in a Catholic orphanage in March, 1947.  Mom was a nurse and Dad a truck driver.
            Chuck was raised in Catholic schools and won his first writing award when the parish priest ran a 3rd grade essay contest.  His entry earned him $1 – but just the idea of a parish priest giving back money was notable.
            Chuck was the editor for the 6th grade newsletter and writing for school papers continued through high school.
            Chuck moved to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – UWM and wrote for the UWM Post and covered sports and music.
            Chuck and JoAnne married in 1968 and seeking masters’ programs, moved to the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Chuck’s thesis dealt with newspaper coverage of consolidation in Nashville and St. Louis.
            In June 1969, Chuck accepted a position in Spokane with the Daily Chronicle.
            In 1972 Chuck was named assistant city editor and then in 1980 became city editor.
            During these times Chuck had opportunity to report on many community stories:  Sunshine Mining fire, Expo ’74, Riverfront Park, Kevin Coe case to name a few.
            In 1984 Chuck moved to the business side and became assistant to the general manager. 
            In this role staff members were asked to join three community activities.  Chuck selected:  United Way, Sister Cities, and Spokane North Rotary.
            In 1996, Chuck was asked to operate the newspaper’s Business Section which continued to his early retirement.
            So what is the future of newspapers???
            Advertising has changed and so has the journalistic side.  Many papers publish only three times per week:  Wednesday food ads, Friday weekend entertainment and Sundays.
            So far, Spokane is surviving and we have just lost one day a week with a print paper.  However, how many readers under 50 read a newspaper these days?
            “When we did investigative reporting, it often took weeks to develop ideas, check and re-check sources and package the copy and photos.  How much diligence does that journalism get now?”
            “The media have changed and the messages have changed.  Wary customers should know what they are getting.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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John Mailliard, Major Paul Harris Donor and Kale Colyar, Holmes Principal

North Notes
October 18, 2021
Oct. 25: Noon lunch at Bark - Classification talks: Bob Romney and Chuck Rehberg.
Nov. 1: Noon lunch at Bark – Chris Cargill – Washington Policy Center
Nov. 8: Noon lunch at Bark - Fellowship
Nov.15: Noon lunch at Bark – Holmes Christmas wishlist tag pickup
            Tom’s Turkey time: KREM’s annual holiday drive will not be staged at Rosauers stores this year because of Covid, but club members can help out at 2nd Harvest on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at the Spokane Fairgrounds.  You need to sign up for a shift at http://vhub.at/TomsTurkeyMainPage or Contact club President Lenore Romney for assistance.
            Potluck: Five couples will be gathering on Oct. 19 at Ron Schurra’s home.  Another potluck dinner is planned in November.
 Happy Buck$:  No contributions this time.
What a crowd! What a meeting!
            In the best club meeting of the year, 23 Rotarians jammed the back room at the Bark to honor a major donor, a past club president and the new principal at Holmes Elementary.
Club President Lenore Romney offered special praise and a club gift to former Club President Melinda Keberle, whose own parting ceremony was canceled due to the first Covid lock down in March of 2020.
John joins a very special club
             Lynn O’Connor, District Governor, praised John Mailliard for his “substantial contribution toward the goal of international understanding and peace.”
            Mailliard received diamond pins for he and his wife, who are both Paul Harris members.
            O’Connor said of John, “As a Major Donor, you are among a dedicated group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to helping others less fortunate.”
            “This special group of persons, are changing lives of children, young people and adults through a legacy of hope.”
            O’Connor added, “In appreciation for this investment in the future of humanity, the RI Trustees wish to express their gratitude by presenting these diamond pins.” 
            John said his dad joined Rotary 45 years ago and John still has his dad’s first Rotary pin – “a lapel pin the size of a fingernail.”
            Joining the meeting to honor John and offering their words of thanks to John for his cumulative contributions to the Rotary Foundation were Lynn’s husband and District Polio Plus chair, Ed; former District Governor Bev Reed; District Governor-elect Linda Bauer and her husband and District Annual Fund Chair, Jim; Assistant Governor Gary Stokes; and District Treasurer Gary Bowe.
Amazing crowd and an amazing new principal
            As every chair filled in Bark’s back room, Kale Colyar took his seat in a back corner, where he started his talk.
            The new principal at Holmes Elementary joked: “I’ll stand in the corner.  That was me as a kid.”
            Next to Colyar was Stephanie Lundberg, the Club’s good friend and past Holmes principal.  She will be principal at the new Denny Yasuhara Middle School.  Colyar said he learned everything about Holmes from her.
            Sandy Fink, introducing Stephanie’s post at the new middle school referring to construction underway, said “and it will open maybe in the Fall?”   Lunndberg replied: “There’s no maybe about it.”
            Colyar said he went to WSU as an undergrad in K-8 Elementary Education, then worked two years in Grand Coulee and then four years in Rathdrum teaching the 6th grade.  He worked at West Valley’s Pasadena Park and received a master’s degree in administration at Whitworth.  He was an Assistant Principal at Whitman for one year and then at Homes for two years, Kale then became principal at Woodridge for five years before returning to Holmes this year.
            At Woodridge, he said, free and reduced lunches totaled 31 percent of the enrollment.  At Holmes the total is 94 percent.  “They know poverty and they know grit,” Colyar said
            Despite the continuing Covid and the poverty and bus schedule chaos, Colyar said “These kids are amazing.”
            “Every day, the kiddos are smiling and excited to be at school,” he said.  “Many of the kids wear Holmes T-shirts provided by the Rotary Club, rain, shine or whatever.”
            Colyar said he was amazed by the large amount of school supplies which the club provides each year.  “Many of these students do not have money for pencils or crayons or art supplies or even tissues,” he said.
            “These kids have expectations and want to set a picture of what their future can be,” Colyar said.
            He said the faculty members stay late, often until 5 or 6 p.m. to help.  “They feel it is a calling, not a job.”
            Colyar said if one Covid-positive student is found, the entire class must be quarantined.  “But we have a rock-star nurse,” he said, and the classes have stayed intact.
            Holmes now has 380 students, about 20 down from typical years.  But the mobility issues remain, with half of those who start school in September leave and half more arrive during the year. 
            Asked about mentoring programs and other club volunteering, Colyar said until Covid subsides the opportunities may be limited although the need is there.  Volunteers need to be vetted through the District office and provide proof of vaccination.
            Fink, a former North Central principal, said the club has been closely associated with Holmes since 2002. 
            President Lenore presented Colyar with a book for the Holmes library from the Character series about Benjamin Franklin.
            The continuing connections also might be called “amazing.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Rotary Youth Groups -- Steve Perry

North Notes
October 4, 2021
Oct. 11: No Meeting; federal holiday.
Oct. 18: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark. Speaker: Holmes Elementary Principal Kale Colyar.
Oct. 19: Rotary Potluck at Ron Schurra’s home. (Details on-line.)
Oct. 25: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark, Classification talks: Bob Romney and Chuck Rehberg
            Meal time: Club President Lenore Romney said the revised meal plan at the Bark seemed to work much better.  As they arrived at the Oct. 4 meeting, members ordered and paid as they entered and meals were delivered promptly.
            Pot luck: Several members and couples have signed up for the pot luck dinner Oct. 19 at Ron Schurra’s home.  (See details in Lenore’s e-mail.)  Details for the November pot luck dinner will be available soon.  Again, plans can be canceled if Covid problems ensue.
            Turkey time?: KREM-TV anchor and weatherman Tom Sherry has mentioned on air that the annual “Tom’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive” – in which the club’s members have participated for several years – may be relocated to the Spokane Fairgrounds, rather than at the usual Rosauers store outlets.  Lenore will check with 2nd Harvest, the organizer, to see if members’ help would be needed for the event.  
             The club again plans to provide holiday gifts for 40 needy Holmes Elementary School students.  Lenore said gifts for individual students will be at the $60 limit. Tags will be distributed Nov. 15 at the Bark and the gift return is Dec. 13, either at Holmes or the Bark.
Happy Buck$:  No contributions this time. 
            Rotary youth groups featured
            Club member Steve Perry used his sergeant-at-arms position on Oct. 4 to discuss the history of Rotary youth groups.
            Few members had the answers, so learning about the topics added $1 contributions per member to club coffers.
            Perry said Interact high school Rotary affiliates was organized in Melbourne, Fla. In 1962.   Some members have been active at North Central High and perhaps elsewhere in Spokane.
            He said groups of Rotaract college-age members were founded in 1968 in Charlotte, N. Car., and another group was soon organized in Brisbane, Australia.  As the Rotary magazine noted last month, the 2020-21 outstanding awards for Rotaract project service drew 675 entries in 63 countries.
            In another off-shoot of RI youth, member John Mailliard said he helped organize three groups of middle school students when he was in California.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Nancy Hanson and Sandy Fink -- Sharing

North Notes
Rotary Club of Spokane North Bulletin
Sept. 27, 2021
Oct. 4: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark; Fellowship
Oct. 11: No Meeting; federal holiday.
Oct. 18: Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark; Speaker: Holmes Elementary Principal Kale Colyar.
Oct. 19: Rotary Potluck at Ron Schurra’s home. (Details in email.)
Oct. 25:  Rotary lunch, Noon at Bark; Classification talks from Chuck Rehberg and Bob Romney
            Back to in-person meetings: Subsequent to our Monday meeting, President Lenore confirmed with Bark that they are open and glad to have us return for our lunch meetings starting October 4th.
            President Lenore Romney said to expedite the service the plan is to have members stop at the dining room counter and order and pay for your meal before heading in to the meeting room.
            Under Governor Inslee’s current rules, masks must be worn indoors at the restaurant.
            Pot luck: Several members and couples have signed up for the pot luck dinner Oct. 19 at Ron Schurra’s home.  (See details in Lenore’s e-mail.) 
            Lenore said if Covid issues intervene and hosts or guests “are not happy,” the fellowship events can be canceled.  The Club will keep planning events so long as members are interested in attending.
            Holiday plans: The club again plans to provide holiday gifts for 40 needy Holmes Elementary School students.  Lenore Romney said because of rising costs the gifts for each student will be $60, rather than the $40 for 40 in past                    years. Tags will be distributed Nov. 15 and gift return will be on Dec. 13 most likely at our regular club meeting at Bark.
Happy Buck$:  No contributions this time. 
            Class acts feature Nancy and Sandy
            Continuing to add the “class” in its line-up of member classification talks, Nancy Hanson and Sandy Fink shared their memories in a Zoom luncheon on Sept. 27. A full screen of 12 members participated.
            Both talked about major changes in their respective classifications. 
            Nancy, an audiologist at Columbia Hearing Center, talked about her 37 years in work with hearing-loss issues.
            Sandy talked about decades of change in education, especially involving non-education issues.
            Nancy Hanson said “the technology (of hearing help) is getting better and better.  And now the Baby Boomers have arrived!”  Boomers, born from 1946 to 1964, now reach an age where hearing-loss is widespread.  
            She said for people of all ages who have minor hearing loss issues, a number of over-the- counter devices are reaching the market, supplementing the “Big Five” manufacturers which dominated.
            Now warehouse-style stores and others have added options.
            “We have priced people out of many hearing programs.  It’s fun to see people who have been out of the market be able to come back,” she said.
            One financial challenge is that Medicare has not funded hearing loss programs, just as they have not funded dental care.  With the Baby Boomer ranks filling fast, she hinted that some financial help may be on the way.  At least some in Congress are discussing the issues.
            Also, she said, rapid growth of Medicare Advantage plans are expanding hearing loss programs.  That may force other insurance carriers to expand their options.
            The technology changes continue with a wide variety of new devices, including artificial chips in “plug and place” systems.
            But “it’s been a crazy year” with Covid issues and semi-conductor chip shortages, Nancy said.
            One tip to allay some costs, Nancy said is “have a hearing test, don’t ask for a hearing aid.”
            Nancy was Club President, 2016-2017.
            Sandy Fink has worked in education roles in several countries and in a few other states.
            She has taught or served as administrators in places, among, Turkey, Berlin, plus Portland and San Diego.  But the roads always came back to Spokane, especially to North Central, where she retired as principal.  Some overseas jobs were DOD (Department of Defense) schools.
            “After 34 years in education I had no energy left so I decided to retire.” Sandy said.
            “I moved every two years, so why would anyone hire me?” she joked.
            The answer, obviously, was quite a few school leaders.
            Working around the district brought her back to NC.
            Sandy said working at Ferris “was a cultural shock” when just one student would leave mid-year.  At NC, like at Holmes, the revolving door rotates far often. 
            Working at the School District, she saw the differences.  But she maintains that “everyone can excel.”
            The major shift for education in her decades, she said, is how many non-education issues teachers and administrators must deal with.  “The job is education, not all the social issues,” she said.  And she said, despite Covid, students need to be in school.
            Her administrative educational mantras: “organize and delegate and demonstrate trust in those who work for you”  and all students are capable of excelling – find the ways and believe in their abilities!
            For Sandy, the lingering Covid chaos has made her “antsy” to travel again.
            Her “bucket list” fills with plans for trips.  She loves to visit New York and has traveled from Budapest to New Zealand, among other places.  She also has visited all of the national parks.
            “I want to go somewhere, but (with Covid lingering) not just yet,” she said.
            Sandy joined Rotary in 1990, when Brian Hipperson was club president.  She said she still has the Rotary pin Brian handed to her when she joined.  In some years she even played the piano to accompany club songs.
            Sandy served as club president in 2000-01.
            Sandy’s  lasting advice from her mom: “Don’t leave Rotary.  They care about each other!”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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District 5080 Gov. Lynn O’Connor

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
Sept. 20, 2021
Sept. 27: Rotary Zoom, Noon, Classification talks: Sandy Fink and Nancy Hanson
Oct. 4:  Lunch meeting at Bark – program TBA
Oct. 11:  No meeting due to federal holiday
Oct. 18:  Lunch meeting at Bark – program TBA
Oct. 19: Rotary Potluck at Ron Schurra’s home. (Details on-line.)
Oct. 25:  Lunch meeting at Bark – Classification talks: Chuck Rehberg and Bob Romney
Happy Buck$: (Virtually, via Zoom)
            Chuck Rehberg donated a virtual dollar for the successful – despite the steady rain – of the dedication of the Spokane-Cagli Sister City sculpture in the Riverfront Park “Connections” garden and the rededication of the Kokanee Steel, Spokane’s sculpture.  The 1,300-pound marble Italian sculpture drew several dignitaries from the Seattle area, including an Italian vice consul and a former Sister Cities International board member.   Spokane-North members donated to the garden and organized the work project for its reflexology path.
            Ron Noble celebrated relatives from Twin Falls, Idaho, and other four grandchildren who toured Riverfront Park among other sites
            Michelle Fossum was happy that a long summer’s work for the family’s Montana cabin was finished, “just in the nick of time” before early snows arrive.
            Bill Simer was ecstatic when he received word that his motorsports entry in rural England was accepted.  Bill will be racing in the “Good Wood Road Racing Club” race in mid-October.
Welcome!:  Joining the Sept. 20 Zoom meeting were Gary Stokes, assistant governor for District 5080  Area 8 and a member of Spokane Club 21, and Mary Joanis, a Rotarian from the tip of Baja, Mexico.   Gary, who introduced the district governor, is the manager of KSPS-TV.  Mary also spends time in Bend, Ore., and will visit Spokane as her first grandchild will be born here.
Hats off for our District Governor
             In an engaging talk Sept. 20, Rotary District 5080 Gov. Lynn O’Connor discussed in detail the many challenges and opportunities for Rotary worldwide, nationally, the district and individual clubs.
             As the pandemic persists, O’Connor’s visit was done via Zoom.  She used the virtual venue to show the many “hats” – literally – that a district governor wears.  Using a variety of graphic headwear, Lynn wore a halo, a fedora, a pirate’s garb, a red bandana with white polka dots, among others.  She returned to the halo, saying, “sometimes I feel like I’m a symphony conductor.”
            As with many organizations, O’Connor said, the continuing Covid chaos has many Rotary casualties.
            Membership has dropped significantly, especially in the U.S.A., she said.  Leaders, from RI President Shekhar Mehta to all of the district governors, encourage every Rotarian to “bring a friend” and try to double enrollment.  RI Foundation funding also was challenged.
            “Last year was difficult,” O’Connor said, adding “there has been a litany of sacrifices.” But she said that there have been “silver linings,” such as the Zoom platform, “which showed us how we can meet differently.”
            She said Rotary is revisiting its total organization.  Leaders, she said, may become councils.  Various task forces are working to improve diversity, inclusivity and environmental issues.
            Peace conferences, especially in Africa, will also be on the RI agenda.
            One bit of the good news, O’Connor said, is that polio cases last year numbered “just two cases.”  She reminded club members that RI’s World Polio Day is Oct. 24.
            Concluding her presentation, Lynn urged members to attend the District Conference, May 13-15 in her home club in Colville.
            She hopes for in-person conference activities “hell or high water.”  In addition to the traditional golf tournament, a variety of activities will be available from the huge Colville National Forest.  In closing, O’Connor said, “What we in Rotary do best is change lives.”  To emphasize that point, she donned virtual sunglasses and a fake moustache.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Classification Talks -- the Two Rons

North Notes
August 30, 2021
Sept. 6: Labor Day: No meeting.
Sept. 13: No meeting.
Sept. 20: Rotary Zoom, Noon, District Gov. Lynn O’Connor
With luck, pot lucks begin
            If there is a panacea for the Covid pandemic, the club will begin a series of pot luck dinners in the 2021-22 Rotary year.
            Club President Lenore Romney said Ron Schurra has signed up to host the first dinner.  “No problems…just bring cash,” Schurra joked.
            Lenore said Steve Perry and Dave Hayward have agreed to host pot luck dinners in November.  Given the usual schedule of busy events in December, including the club’s traditional gift drive and annual holiday luncheon, Lenore said future pot lucks will resume in January.
A ‘funky’month begins
            How to schedule club meetings during yet another wave of Covid crisis chaos?
            We live in a difficult time. We just have to be flexible,” Club President Lenore Romney said.
            While no meeting is scheduled on Labor Day, during the Aug. 30 meeting she worried aloud about how to proceed.
            Romney suggested having no meeting Sept. 13 to evaluate school openings and “take a pause.”
            District Gov. Lynn O’Connor of Colville was scheduled to make her official visit to the club on Sept. 20, but the 5080 District board, with the guidance of health officials, said no such in-person visits should be made.  Romney said that meant either use a Zoom meeting for the visit or delay the visit until the Covid chaos wanes.
            General agreement of the 13 club members on Aug. 30, preferred the Zoom option.
            Romney said the Sept. 27 meeting also might be done via Zoom, with final details to be determined.
            “I don’t want to see anyone get sick” by continuing in-person activities, she said.
            “September is a funky month.  We have to take small steps and re-evaluate in late September or early October,” she said.     
            Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer donated $10 to celebrate a 43rd anniversary and the 50th anniversary of a Rogers High bandmate, recalling their “Louie, Louie” days. con
            Sandy Fink contributed “to thank all who helped open and stage school supplies at Holmes.”
Two talks with real class
            On Aug. 30, the club resumed a long dormant tradition of “classification talks.”
            Decades ago, those talks often were 2-3 minute snapshots about their past and current jobs. 
            Classifications were listed to limit having clubs from a large number of accountants, bankers, lawyers or other avocations.  The diversity strengthened Rotary.
            At times the back stories of many members really needed more time to show the often fascinating personal histories and just a good way to get to know club members.
            So, in lieu of another invited speaker, the Aug. 30 meeting was termed “The Ron and Ron Show.” 
            The show quickly turned into an entertaining “double feature,” with Ron Schurra and Ron Noble describing their childhoods, education and life’s work.
            In a dead-pan style, Ron Schurra said his life now means “have breakfast, walk the dog, have a second breakfast with my wife, walk the dog again, then have dinner.”
            But his brief bio belied his engaging discussion about his childhood in Cleveland in Catholic schools.  In one class, the nun, Ron said, marked his report card down and said Ron “talks too much and is very annoying.”
            Ron S. talked about chemistry and physics teachers who made a big difference.
            After college at St. Louis University, Ron served in the Peace Corps in Ghana, where, despite the pitfalls a native colleague encountered, that gentleman’s attitude was “I will be happy.”
            Ron S. followed that mantra during positions in health care administration from New York City to Hilo, Hawaii.  One stop was at Spokane’s Holy Family Hospital.  And we are happy he stayed here.
            Ron Noble talked about his dad moved the family from Arkansas to Mabton, Wash., in the Yakima Valley.
            A big part of the farmland involved horse-drawn vehicles, including hay-gathering machines.  Ron N. talked about “King” and Charley” and the nuances which made the pair successful, helped by his dad, “who was a mule-skinner.”
           When he managed to ruin the farm’s electric power machinery – and 18 cows had to be milked by hand, in the dark -- Ron’s real passion started.  His dad gave him a book on wiring and access to his “junk pile” of assorted machines, so Ron had a new base of knowledge.
            Ron N. also became a teacher at various levels and was in Naval electricity and technology during the Vietnam War.  Ron  also traveled to Memphis and he was there when the huge garbage strike fouled the town and Martin Luther King was killed. Ron also toured in the Phillipines, at Miramar’s Top Gun in San Diego before settling in Colville.
            One of Ron’s life lessons: From his dad, “if you are going to shovel shit, be the best shit-shoveler you can be.”  And don’t just give tech and math lessons, understand why those things matter personally. 
            After the two classification talks concluded, Bob Romney said of the two Rons, “you have made the bar very high.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Holmes School Supplies

 North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
Special Edition
August 23, 2021
Aug. 30: Rotary lunch, noon. Classification talks: “The Ron (Noble) and Ron (Schurra) show.  Please send your lunch order to Lenore by 5pm on Sunday; Bark’s menu is posted on our Club website under “Links” on the right hand side of the homepage.
Sept. 6: Labor Day: No meeting
Hi Everyone,
Just needed to share how things currently look at Holmes Elementary School and the storage of the school supplies which the club purchased.
First, thanks to Brian Hipperson, Ron Schurra, Steve Perry, and Dave Hayward who came to Holmes last Monday to unload the supplies from Staples.  We also had the help of the new Holmes Principal, Kale Colyar, and two of his administrative assistants!
Many thanks to Robin and Dave Hayward who came today to help me complete the final storage tasks.  The room is small and the three of us barely fit into the space but after a couple of hours of work here are the results of the efforts we have made to help make the learning process at Holmes better for teachers and students!!!
We thought that things looked good and very colorful:):):)!!!    
Many thanks for all the club support for this project and next year we will hope that a lot of you can be involved and we can all enjoy pizza together!!   Sandy
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Table Talk  -- Club Members and Guests

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 16, 2021
Aug. 23: CANCELLED - August 23rd meeting at Holmes
Aug. 30: Rotary lunch, noon. Classification talks: “The Ron (Noble) and Ron (Schurra) show.  Please send your lunch order to Lenore by 5pm on Sunday; Bark’s menu is posted on our Club website under “Links” on the right hand side of the homepage.
Sept. 6: Labor Day: No meeting.
Holmes supply project is on Aug. 23
            Following a crew of members under the direction of coordinator Sandy Fink, the boxes of school supplies delivered from Staples were stored Aug. 16.  The supplies will be organized and stored in their permanent location by club members on Aug. 23 at Holmes Elementary.  A pizza lunch will follow.
            Coordinator Sandy Fink said the small mountain of tissues, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors and other items will be staged in Room 113, rather than in the closet space formerly used for several years.
Table talk:
            Welcome guests:  Noting that he met him while working out at the YMCA, Steve Perry introduced Terry Jordahl.  Both served on destroyers while in the Navy.
            Also at the Aug. 16 meeting was Colin Prestesater, introduced earlier by Steve Bergman.  Colin’s wife, a GU law student, is interning in Steve’s law office.
            Members’ thoughts:  President Lenore Romney asks members to think about hosting potluck dinners at their homes during the year.  “We can start next month, if someone wants to host in September,” she said.  If you would like to host a group of members, please email Lenore and let her know the month in which you are willing to host.
            Happy Buck$:
           To celebrate their 18th anniversary, President Lenore Romney chipped in $18.  She and member Bob Romney celebrated with dinner at Luna.  At the Rotary luncheon at the Bark, Bob tested the new Zoom connection from home.
            Dave Hayward added a dollar admitting he left his badge at home.
            Noting that Hayward, during his invocation the previous week, asked that all members should find ways to commit an act of kindness at least one day, Chuck Rehberg added $3 for “some very good examples of kindness from three anonymous members.”
            Club notes high percentage of Paul Harris Fellows
            Some 14 of 19 club members in Spokane-North Rotary are Paul Harris fellows, signifying each has contributed $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation.
            President Lenore Romney said “that is outstanding for a small club like ours.”
            Lenore also shared that for the Rotary year ended June 30, 2021, clubs and members in our District 5080 collectively gave nearly $1.0 million to the Rotary Foundation!  Donations from our members contributed to that record-breaking total!
            She noted that Rotary’s organization in Chicago in 1905, and the RI Foundation was set up to fund worthy causes globally.  One of the most notable is the Polio Plus campaign to try to eradicate polio.
            Lenore said many club members have multiple Paul Harris designations.  Among the most decorated are John Mailliard with eight Paul Harris citations; Steve Perry with six; and Sandy Fink with four, Lenore said. 
            In an article in The Rotarian magazine, former RI Foundation chair Ron D. Burton talked about a special group which donates $1,000 each year to the Rotary Foundation and a “White Hat Society” group, started in Texas, in which each member donates $5,000 and challenges another Rotarian to match that total. 
            The annual pledges, started in California, signed us 55 members the first year (1999), and The White Hat group raised $75,000 in one day in 2004, Burton wrote. 
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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TABLE TALK -- Club Members

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 9, 2021
Aug. 16: SCHEDULE CHANGE - Rotary lunch, noon at Bark; fellowship and Club business.  Please send your lunch order to Lenore by 5pm on Sunday; Bark’s menu is posted on our Club website under “Links” on the right hand side of the homepage.
Aug. 23: SCHEDULE CHANGE – N OON.  Rotary project and lunch at Holmes Elementary for resupplying storage cabinet items (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.).  Pizza lunch follows.  (The WPC program with Chris Cargill has been rescheduled to 11/1.)
Aug. 30: Rotary lunch, noon at Bark. Classification talks: “The Ron (Noble) and Ron (Schurra) show.  Please send your lunch order to Lenore by 5pm on Sunday; Bark’s menu is posted on our Club website under “Links” on the right hand side of the homepage.
Sept. 6: Labor Day: No meeting.
Change: Holmes supply project moves to Aug. 23
            The club’s supply cabinet project has been moved back one week –to Monday, Aug. 23 – to allow Holmes staff to clean out a home for the supplies.
            Coordinator Sandy Fink said the small mountain of tissues, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors and other items will be staged in Room 113, rather than in the closet space formerly used for several years, and will be brought to the new storage cupboards on Monday, Aug 23rd.. 
            Assorted boxes of other materials must be moved so club members can stage the supplies bought from Staples, Sandy said.
            As noted above, the Aug. 16 lunch will be at Bark.  
Table talk:
            Members’ thoughts:  President Lenore Romney asks members to share their thoughts or concerns to her about meeting in-person during the continuing Covid issues, the structure of the weekly meetings, and social activities. 
            With the rampant Delta variant, should we continue to meet in person?  Or should we Zoom back to that format?
            And should we reorganize the club meeting agendas to have guest speakers lead off, then follow the announcements, Happy Bucks and other items?  On meeting flow, it helps greatly if members pre-order lunch.  Sandy posted the Bark menu to the website so that it is always easily available to members.
            Members in attendance overwhelmingly supported the idea of holding pot-luck style dinner-socials at member homes.  More information to come as the Club plans to hold the first pot-luck dinner/social on a weeknight in September.
            Her plea: “Let’s communicate!” – please use whatever format you are most comfortable with - email, text, phone call or in-person at a meeting. 😊
            Universal challenge: In his invocational comments, Dave Hayward asked people, especially decision-makers, to abide by Rotary’s  Four Way Test.  He led the members in the familiar words: Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
            Dave then challenged members and others to perform at least one act of kindness daily.
Happy Buck$:
                        Sandy Fink, writing last week’s bulletin, added a “confessional” dollar for not citing her source about the speaker’s material.
                        Picking up the religious theme, Bill Simer wondered why no hand bells were in a recent Mass service and John Mailliard, recalling his family’s time in Pocatello when his wife threatened a late church bulletin copy with telling the author “you will kneel.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Childhood Cancer - Local Support

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
Aug 2, 2021
August 9: Rotary lunch, noon. – no scheduled speaker – Member Fellowship
August 16: 11:45 a.m.  Rotary project and lunch at Holmes Elementary for resupplying cabinet items (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.).  Pizza lunch follows.
August 23: Rotary lunch, noon. Speaker: Chris Cargill, Washington Policy Center.
August 30: Rotary lunch, noon. Speakers: Classification talks – “the Ron (Schurra) and Ron (Noble) Show!”
             Sandy Fink, coordinator for the Aug. 16 Holmes field trip and asked folk to be at Holmes at 11:45am.
 Happy Buck$:
            Steve Bergman shared that he was happy to have his son who is serving in the military come home for a surprise visit!
            Eric Johnson shared that he was proud of his daughter’s recent athletic success!
Childhood Cancer and Local Support Organization
            Each year in the U.S. approximately 15, 580 children are diagnosed with cancer.
            Leslie Woodfill, executive director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest. joined us to share information about this local support group for families experiencing childhood cancer.
This is an independent local affiliate of the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Local affiliates across the country, like ACCO of the Inland Northwest, provide direct support for kids with cancer and their families through very practical and hands on means.
            We remain committed to our founding principles of being a voice for parents and kids. We are there with new patient information, experience, emotional support, financial assistance, respite, toys, and many other programs and services to ensure that kids don’t fight cancer alone. 
            American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest’s unique mission is to help each family cope with life during childhood cancer treatments and rebuild their lives after cancer from the experienced perspective of those who have been there before. Your donations will enhance the lives of children with cancer and their families. You will be providing emotional and practical support, education, patient advocacy, and the assurance that no child or family will have to fight cancer alone.
            Our Mission Statement:  “To educate, support, serve, and advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them.”
We serve all children diagnosed with cancer from Eastern Washington and those traveling to Spokane, Washington from North Idaho and Western Montana for treatment. Funds raised locally remain in our communities to help children with cancer in the Inland Northwest.
…because kids can’t fight cancer alone!!!
            New Patient Bags are given at diagnosis: Included in each rolling travel bag (that can be used for frequent hospital visits) is:
                        Information about childhood cancer – books, journals, and a binder full of tips from 30 years of parents’ experience
                        Toiletry items- shampoo, soap, lip balm, hand lotion, soft tissues, hand sanitizer, q-tips, etc.
                        Essentials that have been requested over the years by parents/families/hospital staff – pill organizers, pill crushers, thermometers, wet wipes, pens, post-it notes, highlighters, etc.
                        Etch-a-sketch, pillow pet, blanket, age-appropriate additional toys (camps and non-flu season).
                        Amazon Fire Tablets

UPCOMING EVENT:  LIGHT THE WAY ANNUAL EVENT:   September 25th, 2021This event will be an online auction this year. We are currently looking for sponsors, silent auction donations, volunteers and virtual table captains.

Editor:  Sandy Fink
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 Rotary lunch: new digs and in-person

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 21, 2021
July 9:  Rotary Installation Program and Social, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sandy Fink’s house; dinner catered.  (More details to follow.)
July 12: Rotary lunch, noon, at Bark A Rescue Pub (905 N. Washington). Speaker: Nicole Adamson Wood at Spark.
July 19: Rotary lunch, noon, at Bark. Speaker: Chris Cargill, Washington Policy Center.
August 16: Rotary project and lunch at Holmes Elementary for resupplying storage cabinet items (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.).  
 Rotary lunch: new digs and in-person
            An old familiar sound opened the June 21 club luncheon as President Steve Bergman gaveled the bell – something not heard since the Covid pandemic forced us to meet on-line in Zoom-land.
            And as Steve presided for his last meeting in the 2020-21 Rotary year, members shared memories in the new location – a meeting room at Bark, A Rescue Pub, 905 N. Washington.
            Treasurer Bill Simer asked if the name means people can take a dog home, too?
            Old routines quickly emerged.
            With just six members attending, “Happy Bucks” totaled $60, obviously showing how happy people were inching toward “normal,” whatever that means now.
            Dave Hayward mentioned how a baseball from a Spokane Indians game “fell into his hand” -- well worth his $1 fine for his lucky catch.
            Bergman shared some good news as the club won the “High Five Award,” Rotary District 5080’s recognition of “the top five donors in percentage of members’ contributions to the annual fund.”
            Steve noted that even without our club’s annual fund-raiser, all of the goals for Holmes School projects and other items were met.  He thanked the members for their generous contributions.
            He also commended the membership for staying with the club during the Covid-related difficulties.
            On July 1, Lenore Romney will be club president.  The installation is at 5:30,  Friday, July 9, at Sandy Fink’s house.
            Steve said the club still needs to have a new President-elect.
            Starting with this meeting, members can order from a menu, have a beverage, or do not have to order anything.
            Growing club membership is a top priority, Steve said.
            But summing all of the issues and challenges and successes during the last Rotary year, Steve said simply, “It’s been great.”       
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
 Rotary lunch: new digs and in-person Charles Rehberg 2021-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

New Questions with new Rotary year -- Members

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 7, 2021
            June 21: Rotary Lunch, Noon, Zoom or elsewhere if allowed.  Speaker TBA.
            July 9:  Rotary Installation Program and Social, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sandy Fink’s house; dinner catered.  (Details to follow.)
            August 16: (Tentative) Rotary project and lunch at Holmes Elementary for resupplying storage cabinet items (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.).  
New questions with new Rotary year
            As we “zoom” (sorry!)  forward to the new Rotary 2021-22 year, several big questions arise and all members will be invited to add their thoughts.
            At the June  7 zoom noon-time gathering, President-elect Lenore Romney and five other members discussed some of the issues for the next year. Included:
            How many meetings?
                        Should the club meet weekly (except holidays) and add social gatherings and projects to the list?
                        Responses varied.  Some prefer weekly contact, in person whenever possible.  Others like the idea of semi-monthly meetings with social and project dates as part of the regular weekly calendar.
                        Noting that it is difficult to arrange speakers, especially with our smaller numbers, one suggestion was to meet weekly, but schedule speakers just twice a month.
                        Weekly gatherings provide more frequent contact and eliminate the occasional guessing about which week is another luncheon meeting.  Regular weekly sessions, it was said, also makes it easier to organize holiday gift                       drives and other Rotary projects. Another point was that it is very difficult to recruit new members via Zoom.
            What should we eat and where should we meet?
                        Hopefully, not meeting in Zoom-land, but where and what.
                       Nectar in Kendall Yards and downtown require a catered lunch program, but that means we need to guarantee 20 lunches at each meal.  Since we stopped requiring lunches, whether members were there or not, the meals                       usually are cost-losers.
                       Another is locating a room where members could select and pay as they arrive.  Some might just want a beverage; many would have something from a menu.  And perhaps the entrees could be tailored to facilitate to make our               Rotary schedule.
                       One possibility is “Bark’s,” at 905 N. Washington.  The Nectar folks have opened that restaurant and possibly we could eliminate or minimize room charges and provide free parking in a central location.
            Add your thoughts.
                       Lenore Romney and other board members welcome input on these issues and other issues for the club in the new Rotary year, which starts July 1.  Some survey questions will be distributed and all club members are asked to                participate.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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Tell Us What You Are Thinking -- Club Members Lenore Romney 2021-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Spokane North Service Project - Second Harvest Sandy Fink 2021-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Fellowships - Mel Dick Charles Rehberg 2021-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
NASA Ambassador - Joe Bruce Charles Rehberg 2021-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

HOPE - Kim Schafer

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
April 12, 2021
           April 19: Rotary Zoom lunch, Joe Bruce, JPL Solar System Ambassador and NASA
           April 30: Rotary Serves. 2nd Harvest project, 2-4 p.m.  Twelve spots open.
            Changes due: A leadership change is due at Holmes Elementary School as Kale Colyar, now principal at Woodridge Elementary, moves to Holmes in the fall, succeeding Stephanie Lundberg.  Her new assignment with District 81 was not named yet.
            “All good:” Treasurer Bill Simer announced that, despite the pandemic forcing cancellation of the annual fund raiser, “all of our commitments to Holmes projects have been fulfilled.”  
             Happy times:
                     Eric Johnson celebrated a birthday April 12.
                     Lenore and Bob Romney said “they were treated like kings and queens” on a 3-day visit to various wineries in the Walla Walla area.
             Great Service Project at Second Harvest on March 26th --- Dave and Robin Hayward, Ron Schurra , Lenore and Bob Romney, and Sandy Fink worked together to put together food boxes of non perishable items for distribution to families in our community and area.  Some pics of the group:
For deaf infants, there is HOPE
             Kim Schafer said one of the worst nightmares occur when new parents learn their new baby cannot hear.
            Schafer is development director for Spokane’s Hearing Oral Program of Excellence (HOPE).  She talked about the non-profit agency as 10 members Zoomed in for the April 12 club luncheon meeting.
            HOPE works in programs for birth to age 3, for a toddler group and for preschool students.
            She has three daughters and one had meningitis at age 3 when the severe hearing loss occurred.
            With that diagnosis, Schafer said, “All you hear is DEAF.  There is a whirlwind of emotions.  We bawled out our eyes.”
            The cure, for them, was a coclear implant.  The implant is a surgically neuroprosthetic device which bypasses the normal acoustic hearing process to stimulate the auditory nerve.
            After technicians adjust the unit and its small processor – often hidden under a head band – the result is sound.
            Schafer recalled hearing her daughter’s response to a toilet flushing – “I hear that!”
            The small HOPE classes help intensify the progress.  Schafer showed a “graduation class” phot with six students.
            At first, the agency was at 5th and Sherman.  When our club members visited the HOPE school several years ago, the agency was in the RiverPoint campus area.  With the WSU medical school expanding, HOPE, which was founded in 2004, had to relocate to 1821 E. Sprague.
            Covid issues made difficult times for HOPE.  Schafer called it “incredibly difficult.”  Some programs were temporarily closed because parents could not meet at the program’s offices.  Fund-raising events like its annual “Hoe-down” became a virtual program and funding dropped from $234,000 in 2019 to $163,000 last year.
            But HOPE never lost hope.
            The coclear implants and processors have been improved and  smaller.  And the plan still is to have the students allowed to mainstream regular classes, rather than in special ed classes.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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President's Report - Steve Bergman Charles Rehberg 2021-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
GU Rotaract - T. Zangaglia, N. Verboort, J. Leach Charles Rehberg 2021-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Red Cross Programs - Ryan Rodin Charles Rehberg 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Kristin Thompson - Dominican Republic Service Project Charles Rehberg 2021-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

SPS  Levy - Dr. Swinyard & Dr. Anderson

North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 11, 2021
            Jan.18: No Zoom luncheon meeting—MLK Holiday.
            Feb. 1 and Feb. 15: Zoom Noon lunch meetings.
            Congratulations!: Board Treasurer Bill Simer  achieved his third Paul Harris award!
            Happy$ Buck: Lenore and Bob Romney saw some whales and warm sunshine on a visit to Oahu, Hawaii.
                    School levy mail-in ballot 
       due Feb. 9   
            Having to negotiate for more than 10 months with Covid 19 chaos and juggling on-line and in-person classes, it was somewhat appropriate that the top School District 81 administrators joined the club’s Zoom meeting Jan, 11 to discuss its Feb. 9 levy ballot.
            Superintendent Adam Swinyard and Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson joined a screen-full of on-line club members to share the details of the three-year levy.
            Past-president Melinda Keberle, principal at Ridgeview Elementary, introduced Swinyard and Anderson.
         Swinyard thanked the club members “for your support in the community in an obviously trying time.”  He cited “40 years of levy support which provides support in many essential ways.”  He mentioned counselors, nurses, extra-curricular activities and some basic education elements.
            Swinyard said that about 90 percent of our on-line students are logging in, but we want to get them back into the classrooms as soon as possible.  Some of the youngest students are in classrooms now.
             Anderson provided key numbers.
                    The district -- third largest in the state – was 29,115 students and 4,195 employees.
                    Some 1,720 students speak 79 different languages.
                    Also, some 58 percent are in poverty which allows for free and reduced-rate meals and the district has provided one million meals during the school year.
                    Anderson said with three new middle school buildings under way and other projects, some 700 construction workers have had work through the pandemic.
            Swinyard said some in the district have asked “why a levy now?”
            He replied that “we are on a three-year program.  The 2021 levy expires with the three-year measure, so if we do not fund a new levy, the district would have a $65 million gap.”
            He also said that while the state has increased some education funding, district money is essential to maintain basic education and extra-curricular programs, but not for construction. (“Levies are for learning; bonds are for buildings.”)
            State-mandates to operate with smaller classrooms also challenge district funding.  Swinyard said, for example, some of Melinda Keberle’s students at Ridgeview now go to Shaw to keep the numbers of students in line.
            The levy is a replacement measure, not a new tax, Swinyard said.
            The 2022-2024 levy amounts, rates and assessment for a $250,000 property include:
                                2022: $65.7M                     $2.40     $1,142.50
                                2023: $73.8M                     $2.45     $1,155
                                2024: $82.1M                     $2.50     $1,167.50
            Swinyard concluded: “Our kids missed a lot (with the pandemic forcing classes to go on-line).  We want a typical school year.”
            As routine, Club President Steve Bergman gave a book to the Holmes library in the name of Swinyard and Anderson. 
            The book is called “The Value of Tenacity.”  That sums up nicely what schools and all of us have had to have with the covid year crisis.    
The bulletin editors:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
SPS Levy - Dr. Swinyard & Dr. Anderson Charles Rehberg 2021-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Memories - Club Members

Happy Holidays
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
December 21, 2020
            Jan.4: No zoom luncheon meeting.
            Jan. 11: Noon Zoom luncheon.  Topic: School District 81 levy.
            Jan. 18: MLK Holiday; no Rotary Connect meeting.
            Congratulations!: President-elect Lenore  Romney  achieved her third Paul Harris award!
            Kids coats available:  In conjunction with a Kids Without Borders project in western Washington and Burlington stores, Lenore and Bob Romney will help distribute coats for needy children. Members who know of organizations who can connect the coats with the kids can contact Lenore and Bob. 
Smooth collection for Holmes gifts
            Despite the continuous Covid chaos, the club’s annual holiday gift collection for needy children at Holmes Elementary School went smoothly, perhaps even better than expected
            Coordinators Lenore Romney and Sandy Fink organized a well-planned project, with all participating members bringing wrapped gifts to Holmes.
            They said that plan worked better than previous years, where gifts had to be transferred the from piles of bags at club lunch sites to Holmes.
            Sandy and Lenore photographed the members at the door, gifts were placed in large bags,  then stored in the supply room.
            Sandy sent e-mails to each member with the photographs and a video thank-you from Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg.
            Club member Brian Hipperson added a $100 Happy Bucks donation in honor of Lenore and Sandy’s work on the gift project.
Members share holiday memories
            During the club’s Dec. 21 Holiday Lunch zoom meeting the recollections ranged from childhood stories.
            Ron Noble, then at the Colville Rotary, talked about delivering gifts to one rural family house lit only with kerosene lamps.  The dad, a logger, had duct-taped repairs to his logging (Sorry, no pic of Ron on the Website:(!) boots.  When the Rotarians brought the gifts, Ron said, the dad was so touched he ran out the back door because he did not want to see his two children cry with gratitude.
Member picture
President Steve Bergman said he was age 10 and a big Charlie Brown fan when he was part of an elementary school presentation on the radio.  Apparently Steve’s signature Charlie Brown “augh” cry sounded more like a pirate “aargh” than the usual Peanuts broadcast.  Steve’s mom mentioned the difference and the memory still lasts.
            Chuck Rehberg recalled the “Davy Crockett” Disney westerns of the 1950s.  When he was age 8 in 1954 a cousin brought his Christmas Eve gift – a sort-of authentic coonskin cap. Then his folks brought out a pile of gift.  OMember picturen top was a coonskin cap.  When Chuck greeted his next-door neighbors on Christmas Day, guess what their gift was.  Yep, a third coonskin cap. You just can have too many of those.
            Sandy Fink recalled all of the carols at years of church holiday gatherings and was chagrinned that this year’s ceremonies will only be on Zoom.
           Member picture
           Brian Hipperson mentioned a Christmas years ago when his wife, Carol, was teaching at Rogers High when she visited a home with only dirt floors and a rug.  The family was ecstatic when Carol took the young lady to a holiday presentation, apparently the first time the girl had been to an event like that. 
            Brian also recalled a Rotary Christmas luncheon in the 90s when the program – a magician – failed to show up.  Club members shared holiday memories to fill the program.
Lenore Romney talked about one of her many Holmes’ mentors.  Her mentor shared a Christmas Eve birthdate with the boy, who was a huge Spokane Chiefs hockey team fan.  Lenore gave a Chiefs jersey and that sweater was his favorite piece of clothing
            Dave Hayward said his annual tradition is to have wife, Robin, bake Snicker-doodle cookies and package the treats with a religious message and a $5 bill to share with homeless people downtown.  Dave said one man, who was toothless, devoured the soft cookies, saying he knew exactly what they were.
            Bob Romney mentioned so much when he and Lenore attended a New York stage presentation of “The Christmas Story,” a perfect setting for the holidays.
            Bob (Sorry, No pic of Bob on the website:(!) said much how we have in communities and traditions (in the holidays) and Rotary helps to fill some of that need throughout the year.
            In parting, Steve Bergman wished all in the club “a happy and safe holiday season.”
The bulletin editors:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Christmas Memories - Club Members Charles Rehberg 2020-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

Gifts for Holmes Elementary

Special Edition of North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
December 17, 2020
On Dec 14 between 3 and 5 pm many members of Spokane North came to Holmes Elementary to delivery their Christmas Gifts for the families of Holmes Elementary .  What a special afternoon and  a very special thank you to each member for your generosity and willingness to participate in this very special project.  YOU are very special and caring people and certainly clearly demonstrate “Service Above Self!”

Here are pictures of folk as they delivered their gifts: (Bill Simer, Lenore and Bob Romney and Sandy Fink had already delivered their gifts!)

Gifts for Holmes Elementary Sandy Fink 2020-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Gold Shoes and Fighting TIgers - Jordan Harrison

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
December 7, 2020
            Projects and Rotary Connection: Coordinator Lenore Romney and Sandy Fink on Monday, Dec. 14, will collect gifts from members for Holmes School from 3-5 p.m. (See below.) 
            Zoom Holiday Luncheon: At noon on Dec. 21 all club members are invited to wear Christmas items and share a brief on-line memory of years past.  President Steve Bergman will be chief elf.  Steve said that “this is not the usual holiday luncheon we have, but we will try the best we can” as the Covid chaos continues.
            Happy Bucks: Lenore Romney was happy that tags from all 38 families were filled.  Ron Noble agreed with another dollar. 
            PETS job filled: President Bergman said Lenore Romney has agreed to fill the vacant position of President-Elect Training Session for the remainder of the year, succeeding Steve when his term ends June 30
Holmes gifts due Dec. 14
            As a reminder, holiday gifts from needy children and families from Holmes Elementary School should be delivered to the school at 2600 W. Sharp between 3 and 5 p.m. next Monday.
            Coordinator Lenore Romney said administrators chose 38 families to participate.  Each student will receive gifts totaling $40.
            Romney said each gift should be wrapped and – on a tag with the gift -- placed with the name of the child and the alphabet letter of the family.
            Romney and Sandy Fink will greet members at the front of the school and gather gifts from each family into large bags to store in the supply closet until deliveries are made.
            PETS topic: Gold Shoes and Fighting Tigers
            On Dec. 7 Club President Steve Bergman showed a video of one of the most inspirational speakers at the regional district president-elect training session early this year.
            Steve said that Jordan J. Harrison, described as “a professional speaker, educator and social entrepreneur,” drew raves at the Seattle session attended by 750 Rotarians from several Northwest Rotary districts.  The meeting occurred just before the Covid 19 pandemic closed large gatherings.
            Harrison, born in Chicago, moved to San Diego when he was 11.  He said he gave his first speech when he was in the 8th grade.  He often speaks at large Rotary gatherings.
            He was a graduate of San Diego State University and has a master’s degree in education from Harvard.   Now, he said, he is “First Director of College Town and Senior Director at Reality Changers.”
            He said he “focuses on students with a 2.0 GPA in jeopardy in dropping out and students who were gang affiliates.”
            With rapid-fire delivery and nimbly crossing the stage in his “gold shoes,” Harrison asks his audiences to “Face the Condition.  Change the conclusion.”
            He asks: “How do we create environments where every person can succeed, no matter where they come from?”
            Harrison says his gold shoes help diminish the tigers (obstacles and demons) which can derail our best plans.
            “There might be a lot of tigers that are chasing us,” Harrison said, “but perhaps the greatest victories we can be is finding the gold shoes.
            For Rotarians, he said, that might be a service project or something else. “But we need to out-run (with those golden shoes) that very thing that wants to destroy us.”
            Harrison adds: “Our happiness depends on it.  Our life depends on it.  Our nation depends on it.”
The bulletin editors:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Gold Shoes and Fighting TIgers - Jordan Harrison Charles Rehberg 2020-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Spokane Real Estate Market - Eric Johnson

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 16, 2020
            Projects: Coordinator Lenore Romney  will soon update plans for our “$40 for 40” gift drive for the needy children and families at Holmes Elementary.
            Spokane Connects:  A meeting – likely on Zoom – is planned at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14. President Steve Bergman plans some surprises during the on-line gathering.
            Doing well: Our speaker, Eric Johnson, said his dad, Leroy, a longtime former club member, has recovered well from a procedure to replace stents.  Eric said the new procedure was done by a physician who had participated in Leroy’s earlier procedure about 20 years ago.
            Reminder: Lenore mentions that November is Rotary Foundation Month.  This is a good time to remember all of the thousands of good deeds worldwide that clubs help around the globe and around their own neighborhoods.
            Happy Bucks: (Remember those?) Steve Bergman celebrated that his son, Bret,  completed an 8-month Navy deployment in the South China Sea and is now back on a base in Japan.
            Bill Simer celebrates this week as his second retirement awaits at his Eide-Baille position.  Bill said he planned retirement last year, but was asked to return to the firm.
            Brian Hipperson contributed an “un-happy buck,” as he finally got back to his gym “to open his locker for a change,” only to hear Gov. Inslee’s dictums that gyms must be closed for a month because of Covid.
Real Estate housing is soaring
            For many people, as the Covid chaos continues, this has been the worst of times.
            But for the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area’s residential areas, these have been the best of times.  Residential houses and apartments are selling faster than the proverbial hot cakes. Loan rates are staying near rock bottom.  And prices continue to soar at almost all levels.
            The only down sides are that there are not enough properties to sell and construction costs are soaring, too.
            Club member Eric Johnson, who is president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and a board member of area-wide and state associations, the sizzling data during the club’ Nov. 16 Zoom meeting.
            Eric said average house sales prices are $346,000, about double just 10 years ago.
            Average waiting time to sell is often about two weeks, when late-year typical sales five few years ago would average two months or more.
            “Two weeks now (for a house) now seems like three years then,” Johnson said.
            The lack of housing inventory puts on more price pressure on the properties, Eric said.
            “It’s like trying to sip a thick milkshake through a straw,” he said.
            With typical mortgage rates now under 3 percent, would-be buyers are eager to locate or relocate.  Apartments and house rentals are few and the monthly rents also are climbing steadily, Eric said.
            Housing sales prices have continued upward throughout the pandemic, with 40 sales listed at $1 million and more.
            Johnson said many of the top-end sales are in North Idaho, where, he says, “buyers from California show up on almost every plane load.”  Residents from Seattle and Portland also are scouring Inland Northwest properties, Eric said.
            While Spokane often tops $400,000 for new houses, Bellevue houses are above $700,000, he said.  “We are a bargain,” he said, “and we still have good reputations for schools and other things.”
            Asked about bigger traffic problems with growth here, Eric acknowledged the difficulties in several areas.  For example, traffic changes are needed near 57th and Regal, he said.  And new developments like the old Sun Dance Golf Course, planned
for hundreds of new homes, will further clog arterials like Francis and Indian Trail.
            Johnson said in the distant future, planners may even try to coax some residents, especially downtown, to avoid having cars at all.
            To that idea, Bill Simer, a noted “car guy,” said, “I’m not ready to drink that Kool-Aid anytime soon.”           
The bulletin editors:
           Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Spokane Real Estate Market - Eric Johnson Charles Rehberg 2020-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Pres. Steve and Treas. Bill Report

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 2, 2020
            Spokane Connects meets beginning at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, at Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards.  After a long election season and even longer continuing Covid 19 challenge, maybe a nice beverage and good conversation may be a good tonic.
            Tag times due: Nearly all 40 spots have been reserved for the holiday gifts for needy children and their families at Holmes Elementary School.  A few spots are open for club members who have not yet committed.  Coordinator Lenore Romney will talk with Holmes administrators in the Nov. 16 week to line up students and families with ages, gender and other issues.  Then club members will have several weeks to buy presents and wrap the gifts.
            Reminder: Lenore mentions that November is Rotary Foundation Month.  This is a good time to remember all of the thousands of good deeds worldwide that clubs help around the globe and around their own neighborhoods.
            Tom’s Turkey Drive adjusts: In recent years as a club project, members joined the Tom’s Turkey Drive for holiday families in need.  KREM-TV personality Tom Sherry and Rosauers’ stores headed the event the weekend before Thanksgiving Day.  With the coronavirus issues continuing, this year’s alternative is an on-line request, selling $20 bags of groceries until just before the Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day.  Groceries will be distributed at the Fairgrounds with a drive-in procedure.
Trick or Treat tradition alive in many neighborhoods
           With appropriate measures to avoid Covid issues, a number of club members at the Nov. 2 Zoom-meet talked about the trick or treat turnout.
            Dave Hayward had just 4 children.  Chuck Rehberg counted 16.  Ron Schurra had 43 costumed customers.
           But Bill Simer, joining with the neighbors in the Northwood neighborhood near Argonne counted more than 200 children.
Bill also had one of the best costume winners – a 9 or 10-year old girl dressed as the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  When Bill complimented the young lady, she replied: “Finally, someone knew who I was dressed as.”

Despite disruptions, donations continue
            Though our club’s fund-raising event has been sidelined by the pandemic, there is a good path to help with charitable distributions.
            President Steve Bergman said as in-person school attendance grows, the Holmes Elementary programs continue.  That includes the class items’ supply closet, the principal’s emergency fund, the Golden Heroes awards and the Holmes T-shirts.
            The Holmes projects have been budgeted at $6,620.
            Also, last year four Saling Scholarships were awarded at a total of $6,000.
            That alone would total more than $12,000 in donations, which is about the usual fund -raising ballpark , he said.
            In previous years, fund-raising has focused on dinner and wine events, open to members and guests.
            With Covid 19 curbing so many events, Steve suggests an alternative:     “We are asking people to donate what you would have given at the fund raisers.”
            To incent added consideration, Treasurer Bill Simer said members could donate contributions to our club’s post office (P.O. Box 9190) .  If members want charitable itemized donations, the amounts can be address the total to the District 5080
Charitable Fund, but send the letter to our Post Office Box.  Simer said: “The fund will be directed to the appropriate site and recipients will get a letter for tax purposes.”
            He added: “We have a well-oiled machine.”
The bulletin editors:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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President Steve's Quarterly Report Charles Rehberg 2020-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Youth for Christ - Andre Lewis Charles Rehberg 2020-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Holmes School Supplies Charles Rehberg 2020-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Cancer Can't - Emily Grankowskli Charles Rehberg 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Saling Scholarship Winners Charles Rehberg 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Teaching During Covid-19 --Blackwell, O'Halloran, and Rolando

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 6, 2020
Happy Rotary 2020-2021 New Year!!
Rotary calendar:
          July 13: Rotary Connects: A virtual gathering. Grab a beverage and Zoom in at 4:30.
          July 20: Luncheon, noon on Zoom.  Honor our four (yes, four) Saling Scholars.
          July 27: (No meeting)
          Aug. 3: Luncheon, noon on Zoom. Speaker, Emily Grankowski with the organization "Cancer Can't."
          Rotary in the age of Covid 19: President Steve Bergman said our club’s usual venue does not plan to open until the local pandemic moves to Stage 3, allowing larger groups.  Club officers and directors continue to seek other possible live meetings, perhaps including the patio at the Kendall Yards Nectar facility.  Box lunches also might be an option.
          Scholars honored: Please zoom in at noon July 20 to meet the four Saling scholarship winners.  Committee Chair Brian Hipperson led the search which found an outstanding group of scholars.  Winners came from North Central, Shadle Park, Rogers and The Community School.
          Position needed: One more officer is needed to fill the board roster – a President-elect.
          KUDOS to Ron Noble:   “As the State Coordinator of the Washington Applied Math Council we are still tasked with providing a "week long" virtual conference for the teachers in Washington.  It will occur the week of July 20th - 24th.  We have been holding this conference for over 25 years, but never virtually.”  We are so impressed with Ron’s dedication to education and wish him the greatest success with the new virtual conference!!!
          Holmes Projects for 2020-2021 we continue to hope that we will be able to support the projects at Holmes for another year.  School supplies have been ordered, and we hope to have delivery at Holmes on Monday, August 24th – with all that is happening with Covid-19 how we will store the supplies and have the lunch which Sandy has provided are up for review – watch for detailsJ!
Just so you know how Holmes values these school supplies: Sandy has talked with Stephanie at Holmes and regardless of whether school opens or they continue online learning this fall, they will use the school supplies which we furnish.  Last year, in March, they made up packages of the school supplies and distributed them to the students for at home use.  If school does not reopen, they will do the same again so that students will have access to the supplies they need for fall studies.
  School years are like no others
          While every job and every family has been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, there are special challenges at schools.
          At the July 6 zoom club meeting, three elementary teachers shared their experiences.  They included Rebecca “Becky” Blackwell, a kindergarten teacher from Holmes; Renee Rolando, a second grade teacher from Jefferson, a Tim O’Halloran, a fourth grade teacher from Ridgeview.  Past-President Melinda Keberle, the Ridgeview principal, moderated the session.
          The teachers worked through a myriad of computer programs and platforms to keep a semblance of learning lessons. They said some students already were proficient with computer skills, while others lacked laptops at home and strived to keep up.
Some students’ attention spans waned when the initial excitement of the computer-at-home regimen went to boredom or “I don’t want to do this anymore,” the teachers said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Becky Blackwell said “the kindergartners come with a clean slate, but some had to learn how to maneuver a (computer) mouse.”  
“Because they are 5 years old, they still need help and if the parents aren’t there, that’s a problem,” Becky said, adding, “some of the parents couldn’t help.”            
O’Halloran said “We started in a manic mode on how to do things, but after a few weeks, using multiple platforms, most of the 9 and 10 year olds learned how to navigate the technology.”
Using his team members, he worked with local businesses to help, including “Trivia Mondays,” with prizes of Italian sodas at the nearby Bistro Café on Rowan.                                                           
Tim said the more the students used the technology and the topics, the more engaged the youngsters did.  But he worries that “some students are more hesitant to talk up, and they are not getting it.”
          Rolando said it seemed “everyone at Jefferson was doing different platforms” for a while.  She made sure that “everyone who needed a laptop got one, even if that meant four or five computers for big families.”
          Renee said there was “high frustration” among some parents and after many weeks of the computer classes up to 10 of 24 students in her class “zoomed out -- not so much of tired school, but tired of the whole Covid thing.”
          Asked about the need for socialization, Renee said “I feel some kids got depressed and that worries me.”  
          When asked about some statewide suggestions that in-person classes by limited to two days a week, she and the others prefer five-day school weeks.
          “The relationships need time,” Renee said.
          And they all welcome the return to some school life normalcy.
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Teaching During Covid-19 --Blackwell, O'Halloran, and Rolando Charles Rehberg 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Silverscout Presents - Gibson & Watters Charles Rehberg 2020-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Food for Kidz - Jim Dodd Charles Rehberg 2020-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

New Tech Skills Center - Karene Duffy

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
February 3, 2020
Rotary calendar:
            Feb. 10: Rotary Connect, 4:30 p.m. at Maryhill Winery, 1303 W. Summit Parkway.
            Feb. 17: No meeting on Presidents’ Day, holiday.
            Feb. 24: Lunch at Nectar, Jim Dodd, Food for Kidz.
            Mar. 2: Lunch at Nectar, Guatemala Literacy Project.
            Big day for “Big Build”:  Nine GU Rotaract members and “a good chunk of our members” processed more than 1,000 bags of food Feb. 1 for our club’s project at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank center.
The Spokane-North Club and friends tied for place in the amount of processed food, behind the winners from EWU.        
  At the event, club President Melinda Keberle was honored as an “MVVP” (Most Valuable Volunteer Person) at 2nd Harvest for her work with the “Bite to Go” program at Riverview Elementary.
            Jobs wanted: Following the resignation of Tim Zacharias, the board still needs to fill the secretary position for the Rotary year, which ends June 30.
 A few openings also remain for the 2020-21 Rotary Year, when President-elect Steve Bergman moves up to the club presidency.
Fund-raiser site and date announced
The club’s annual fund-raising effort for projects at Holmes Elementary and other projects are set, President Melinda Keberle said.
            The date: Friday, Oct. 2.
            The site: McGinnity Room, 116 W. Pacific.
            Keberle said the new venue provides a larger space—it wall accommodate more than 200 people -- than the Kalispel Country Club sites and a central place downtown.
            The hall, in a restored historic building, is named for the late Daniel T. McGinnity, a chemical engineer and patent attorney who died in 2016.
            Several more committee members are needed to help out in the fund-raising effort, Keberle said.
Skill Center continues to grow
            With courses ranging from Animation Technology to Robotics to Wildlife and Fish Management, the curriculum expands at the Spokane-based NEWTech Skill Center.
            At the Feb. 3 club luncheon, Karene Duffy, the skill center director, displayed the variety of courses and the “soft skill” programs at NEWTech, located at 4141 N. Regal.
            Several years ago, club members toured the center and had lunch prepared by students there.he tech center serves 40 high schools in 11 districts, including most Spokane area high schools and satellite areas such as Davenport and Colville.  (Colville operates the fish hatchery.)
            Duffy said the center focuses on programs “where the needs for jobs are great.”  Health care is one hot area and the center will add a pharmacy program next fall, she said.  The curriculum already includes intros to nursing, health careers, dentistry and veterinary.
            Another hot topic is intro to aerospace and aviation technology.
            A wide assortment of other programs include basic car maintenance and auto collision,  culinary arts and bakery, robotics and digital game and web design, cosmetology, criminal justice and graphic design.
            Duffy said as important as the direct skill building areas are the “soft skills.”  Those include critical thinking, collaboration, communication and quality measurements.
            For example, she said, “you ask students if you arrive 10 minutes late for a class, or 10 minutes early for class.”  That makes a big difference to prospective employers, she said.
            Adding a counselor to the skill center faculty has helped.  “She is fantastic and worth her wealth in gold.
            Asked about how skill students are recruited, Duffy said there are steering committees and out-reach all the way down to 5th graders to show some of the possibilities.                               
            The skill center operates from 7:55 a.m. to 2:05 p.m., with an “AM Shift from 8:10-10:40 and a PM Shift from 11:25-1:55.”                                                                                                
            Duffy said attendance and graduation rates continue very high.
            As one young lady said in a video clip, “We are all treated like adults here.”
The bulletin producers:
           Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
           Photos:  Sandy Fink and Bob Romney
New Tech Skills Center - Karene Duffy Charles Rehberg 2020-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
President's Quarterly Report - Melinda Keberle Charles Rehberg 2020-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Josh Wade - Nectar's Wine and Beer Charles Rehberg 2019-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
District Gov. 5080 Bob Quay Charles Rehberg 2019-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

"Vitalant" - Amber Short

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Nov 18, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 18, 2019
Rotary calendar:
Nov. 23: Rotary Project. Tom’s Turkey Drive, at Rosauers groceries at the “Y” and at East 29th, 8-10 a.m.
            Dec. 2: Luncheon meeting at Nectar.  District 5080 President Bob Quay.
            Dec. 9: Holiday luncheon at Nectar Downtown. Holmes choir sings.
            Dec. 16: Luncheon at Nectar with speaker Josh White, owner of Nectar. Gifts due.
            Dec. 23 and Dec. 30: No meetings during the Holidays.
            Jan. 6: Luncheon meeting at Nectar. President’s report.
            Jan. 13: Rotary Connect, 4:30 p.m. at Helix Wines, 824 W. Sprague.
            Turkey time: At least 15 members, family members and guests will help our Rotary Serves project to help with Tom’s Turkey Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23. The club members will help out at the 29th Rosauers and the Rosauers at the “Y.”
            Candid camera: Sgt.-at-arms Dave Hayward fined Dave Petersen –both WSU fraternity brothers – for appearing seven times on camera during the Nov. 17 of the WSU-Idaho State men’s basketball telecast.  Perhaps dentist Dave, a long-time Cougar-watcher, should get one of those “smile shots” that are shown on the Gonzaga telecasts.
 Blood drives fill a network need
             What’s in a word?
            If the word is “vitalant,” the new word is the former Spokane and Inland Blood Bank.
            Amber Short, territory manager for vitalant, described the operation at the club’s Nov. 18 luncheon.
             Short talked about all facets of blood, including platelets, plasma and whole blood.
            “In the Northwest we have great blood donors,” she said.
            By joining the Inland Northwest, the large vitalant network expands to 127 donation centers in 40 states, with some 30,000 mobile blood stops a year. More than 1,000 hospitals use blood from the donation centers.
            There are three vitalant centers in the Spokane area – 210 W. Cataldo, 10403 N. Newport Hwy., and 12117 E. Mission.
            The vitalant centers started in 1943 at the height of World War II.  The networking helps because the lifespan of platelets is just five days, plasma 28 days and whole blood lasts 42 days.
            “Somebody needs blood every two seconds,” Short said.
            She added that there has been an overall decrease in blood donations because younger generations are not participating as previous generations.
            Short said age is not a barrier.  She knows of one donor, now age 87, who has donated blood since he was 16.  Health conditions generally are barriers to being donors, she said.
            Answering a question, she said the centers can no longer “bank” a supply of donations.
            For those who can donate blood, Short said the visit lasts just one hour at the mobile drive centers, and the blood for needed donors can be life-saving.
            Holmes holiday tags taken quickly
            In a flash, the holiday tags were swept up for “40 for $40” Christmas time gift project for needy students and families at Holmes Elementary School.  Some 15 families will receive gifts.
             Happy shopping and wrapping; the wrapped gifts, with the tags outside of each present, are due Monday, Dec. 16.
 The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photos: Eric Johnson and Sandy Fink
"Vitalant" - Amber Short Charles Rehberg 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Quarterly Report - President Melinda Keberle

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Nov 04, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 4, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Nov. 11: Veterans Day.  No meeting.
            Nov. 18: Luncheon meeting at Nectar with Amber Short, Vitalant Blood Center: Holiday tag pick-ups.
Nov. 23: Rotary Project. Tom’s Turkey Drive, Rosauers at the “Y” and 29th, 8-10 a.m. (Please sign up earlier.)
            Dec. 2: Luncheon meeting at Nectar.  District 5080 President Bob Quay.
            Dec. 9: Holiday luncheon at Nectar Downtown.
            Dec. 16: Luncheon at Nectar with speaker Josh White, owner of Nectar. Gifts due.
            Dec. 23 and Dec. 30: No meetings during the Holidays.
            Jan. 6: Luncheon meeting at Nectar.
            Happy Golden Anniversary: Congrats to John Mailiard and his extended family as they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to Ka’anipali Beach, north of Lahaina in Maui. Their Hawaiian quarters included six bedrooms and an 80-foot deck. 
A quarter to savor, with music
            Highlighting a successful fundraiser, the first quarter of the club’s 2019-2020 Rotary year was packed with achievements and activities.
            President Melinda Keberle said the club’s fiscal matters are in good shape and on scheduled as planned for the year.
            On behalf of the club, she commended Past-president Lenore Romney for her hard work on leading the fundraiser at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s “Big Tent.”
            Keberle and Treasurer Chad Haverkamp said the tickets and “paddle raise,” along with the cork pull and silent auction, earned $18,430.  Net funds totaled nearly $12,000.
            Holmes projects fund school supplies, Heroes T-shirts, Golden Heroes awards and the principal’s emergency funds. 
            The quarterly report was a well-crafted slide show, including music. It showed the fundraising event and the various Rotary projects and luncheon speakers.  Also included were photos of the field trip to the new Sister Cities “Connections” garden in Riverfront Park.  The club, several years ago donated $5,000 to help fund the plaza in the garden.
            Keberle invited members to lead the fundraising campaign for next year.
            Club members also are asked to seek possible alternative sites for the fundraiser.
            Summarizing the first quarter accomplishments, she said, “I am exciting about what we do.”
          Holmes holiday tags due Nov. 18
            The club beginning Nov. 18, will continue its “40 for $40” Christmas time gift project for needy students and families at Holmes Elementary School.
            Members are asked to pick up two tags which will show the children’s age of the family members and the toys or items of apparel they might like.  The total for each student should be $40.
            Club member Steve Boharski said his daughter, Emma, would like to help members with shopping and wrapping gifts for part of her community service at school.  Be ready to give Steve the gift tags for your two children you select on the 18th and have the $80 (40 for each child) available to give to Steve.  Gifts will be purchased and wrapped and brought to the meeting on Dec.16th.
 The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink
Quarterly Report - President Melinda Keberle Charles Rehberg 2019-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

Generation Alive - Darrin Duty

Posted by Bill Simer on Oct 21, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 21, 2019
Rotary calendar:           
            Oct. 28: No meeting.
            Nov. 4: Luncheon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, program TBA.
            Nov. 11: No Rotary Connect, Veterans Day Holiday.
            Holiday thoughts:  While we consider Halloween treats and Thanksgiving meals, keep in mind our Rotary Club’s “$40 for 40” gift program.  Tags for needy kids from Holmes Elementary will be ready for selection at the Nov. 18 luncheon.  Gift returns are due Dec.16.
           ROTARY SERVES:  Bite to Go several members of Rotary North gathered together Saturday morning to participate in the Bite to Go project which we heard about at a recent meeting.  Here are a few pictures of the group.
Lunch Meeting Monday 10/21
          If you missed our lunch meeting Monday 10/21 you missed a great one.  Sargent at Arms Ron Nobel started the meeting out by reminding us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, then he told us his
personal story of being diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago and his experiences of treatment and support from family and friends that helped him through that journey. 
          That story including three of his students, a boy and two girls who shaved their heads to show empathy and support. 
             Ron reminded us to recommend to loved ones to "get a mammogram every year".
Generation Live
          Ron's story was a perfect warm up for our speaker, Darrin Duty, the program director of Generation Alive. 

          Generation Alive (GA) was founded by Major League Baseball Player, Jeremy Afflect, in response to an experience he had in the power of showing compassion for others and the difference it made in his life.                                       

          Studies had shown that compassion was an emotion in decline in young people, so Jeremy worked to found an organization to address this by teaching young people the power of service. 
          The program is faith based and works to recruit college and high school aged interns to work with elementary students, leading them through a six-step program to study and then act on the needs of their communities.
          The students learn about food insecurity or human trafficking and engaging their peers to live the GA mantra "Sympathy + Action = Compassion." 
          In the final step of the program they learn to put what they've learned into action by addressing a need that they see in their community. 
          One such case was a child who wondered how homeless people fed their dogs and led to a program where they packaged and distributed dog food to homeless people with canine companions. 
          GA is in 35 schools in Spokane and 7 in the Bay Area and has packaged over 3.5 million meals through the program. 
          A total of over 70,000 students have participated to date, donating over 150,000 hours of service. 
          As Darren talked about the program it became clear that the power of service that we as Rotarians value is even greater than we can imagine, and one worth teaching to generations who may not naturally have compassion for others.
Bulletin Producers:  Bill Simer and Sandy Fink
Pictures:  Sandy Fink and Lenore Romney
Generation Alive - Darrin Duty Bill Simer 2019-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

H.E.L.P. - Honduras - Mike Balahura

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Oct 07, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 7, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 14: Rotary Connects: The Backyard Public House , 1811W. Broadway; starts at 4:30 p.m.
            Oct. 19: Rotary Serves: “Big Build,” at 2nd Harvest, 8:30 a.m.
            Oct. 21: Luncheon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, Darin Duty from Generation Live.
            Oct. 28: No meeting.
            Nov. 4: Luncheon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, program TBA.
            Nov. 11: No Rotary Connect, Veterans Day Holiday.
            Holiday thoughts:  While we consider Halloween treats and Thanksgiving meals, keep in mind our Rotary Club’s “$40 for 40” gift program.  Tags for needy kids from Holmes Elementary will be ready for selection at the Nov. 18 luncheon.  Gift returns are due Dec. 16.
Castlegar club leads programs in Honduras
            With the mounting list of challenges, one Rotary Club’s program in District 5080 is helping needy families in Honduras.
            The Castlegar Sunrise Rotary Club has made its mission “to improve education, health and economic opportunity to enable some in Honduras to live more productive lives.”
            The program is “H.E.L.P. Honduras.” The program’s president, Mike Balahura, described the program at the Oct. 7 luncheon.  HELP is an acronym for Health, Education and Literacy Program in Honduras, a country of 9.3 million in Central America.
            Mike is a retired school principal now working as a curriculum consultant to the University of British Columbia’s Department of Education.
            One of the remarkable aspects of the program is the funding.  Starting with just $3,000, the club matched monies with other clubs, the district and Rotary International global grants.  The multiples totaled to $122,000 (U.S.), Balahura said.
            The setting in Tegucigalpa and other Honduras towns is challenging, Mike said.  “It’s an incredibly violent country,” he said.  Gangs are rampant and poverty is widespread.
Most families with any wealth enroll students in private school, he said. To enroll in public school, students must first have uniforms, books, book bags and all of the stationery items.  Rotary funding provides most of those needs, plus extensive mentoring and tutoring.
            Balahura said several of the children are the first in their families to attend formal schooling.
            He said that with the school supplies and comprehensive tutoring and mentoring the HELP students have soared from 51 percent to 98 percent success in elementaries and 36 percent to 96 percent in secondary schools.
            Health clinics have been started in unused buildings and with micro-funding from Rotary a number of shoe-string entrepreneurs have opened businesses, rather than scavaging items from dumps and dumpsters.
            Balahura said the program even attracted a visit from Barry Rassin, the 2018-19 RI President.
            Mike admits that problems persist in Honduras. The HELP-ers seem heavily tilted toward women and girls in the pictures he shared.  Of the male side, he said, “they just do their own thing.”
But, for now, the gangs have generally left the programs alone. And Rotary has made a positive difference.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Lenore Romney
H.E.L.P. - Honduras - Mike Balahura Charles Rehberg 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Connections Sister Cities Garden -- Riverfront Park -- Chuck Rehberg

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 30, 2019
Spokane North Notes
September 16, 2019
            10/7/19 Lunch – Noon, Nectar at Kendall Yards, HELP in Honduras
            10/14/19 Rotary Connect – 4:30 p.m., Backyard Public House
            10/21/19 Lunch – Noon, Nectar at Kendall Yards, Generation Alive
            10/21/19 Rotary Serves (TBA)

 "Connections" Sister Cities Garden


            About a dozen club members braved the unseasonably cold weather to tour the new "Connections" Sister Cities Garden in Riverfront Park.


            With temperatures in the low 40s, members lunched on cold (of course) sandwiches on benches, then toured the new garden which is just north of the Rotary Fountain.


            Chuck Rehberg recounted the long path of  the garden, which planning started after the 2005 Sister Cities International held in Spokane.  College-aged members, asked to produce a legacy item for the conference, came up a reflexology path.


            With Spokane-North participating under then-president Diana Riggins, 12 of the concrete panels, 4 feet square, had assorted rocks and even golf balls  embedded into the concrete forms.


           The reflexology panels were stored at Mukogawa Institute while the Park Department and the club talked about a site for the garden.


            With the help of Washington State faculty and students at Riverpoint, plans were developed for the swirling pathways, a small, central plaza, and space for sculpture items from Spokane and its five sister cities.


            The club members Sept. 30 saw the replica of the Imazu Lighthouse in Nishinomiya, Japan, and the  Irish harp for the Sister City twinned with Limerick, Ireland.


            The harp was sculpted by Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, famous for many works, including the trash-eating  "garbage goat" in Riverfront.  She died last year at age 97.  Lenore Romney pushed the button which starts the harp music installed in the

sculpture.  A harpist from Limerick provided the music.


            When the formal dedication of the garden was staged, the Spokane sculpture -- a 5-foot high "Steel Kokanee" by artist Melissa Cole -- was brought to the garden.  The big fish is now in City Hall, awaiting the pedestal for the fish to be completed.


            Plans for three more sculptures are under way, including a "sotdae" series of geese or swans atop tall posts, from Jecheon, South Korea; a boat builder statue from Jilin City, China, and an historic cistern from Cagli, Italy.


             Signage is still being finished, but the club's name is prominently noted on the basalt column near the entry.  Our donation included a $5,000 gift to help develop the garden and also contributed to the rock path panels in 2005.





 Bulletin Producers

            Editors:  Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink

               Pictures:  Steve Bergman and Lenore Romney



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SPS - AVID-- Paul Gannon

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 16, 2019
Spokane North Notes
September 16, 2019
            9/20/19 Rotary Fundraiser – 5:30 p.m., Kalispel Country Club “Big Tent” event
            9/30/19 Rotary trip – Noon, Riverfront Park “Connections” Sister Cities Garden\
            10/7/19 Lunch – Noon, Nectar at Kendall Yards, HELP in Honduras
            10/14/19 Rotary Connect – 4:30 p.m., Backyard Public House
            10/21/19 Lunch – Noon, Nectar at Kendall Yards, Generation Alive
            10/21/19 Rotary Serves (TBA)
            It’s official!: Our newest member – Steve Perry – was officially initiated into the club by President Melinda Keberle at the Sept. 16 luncheon.
Big event in the ‘Big Tent’
            About 100 members and guests will raise money for projects at Holmes Elementary and other needy children in the West Central area at the club’s major fundraiser Sept. 20.
            The event will be in the “Big Tent” at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, 2010 W. Waikiki Rd.
            “It will be a great event,” said coordinator Lenore Romney.
            In a word of two, this program is ‘AVID’
            Dictionary terms define “avid” as keen, ardent, eager, fervent and enthusiastic.
            For Paul Gannon, avid means motivating and inspiring students to grow skills to help “leveling the playing field” so they can compete in their classrooms.
            AVID is an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
            Gannon, who spoke at the club luncheon on Sept. 16, is a coordinator for professional learning and elementary AVID in School District 81.
            AVID’s nationwide goal helps grow writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills to help “bubble kids,” especially “lower-represented kids,” who need some added help to compete in the classrooms, Gannon said.
            He said the AVID skills program coordinates with teachers and other administrators so it does not conflict with regular classroom assignments.  “It’s a program, not a curriculum,” Gannon said.
            The program started with high school students to achieve in classrooms and to plan career paths, whether college-bound or other avocations.  The program schedules career fairs and visits to campuses, businesses and other workplaces, he said.
            AVID has now migrated to middle-school classes and older elementary classes to widen the horizon of learning skills at earlier levels.
            Gannon stresses that “kids should be active learners,” whether it’s taking notes on post-its or writing formal reports.
            The students also are encouraged to “map out their time, thinking and reading, he said.
            Some 80,000 AVID are involved in the programs and Gannon said the Spokane results have shown some dramatic increases.
            Gannon hopes the dictionary program will also become equate with “success.”
Bulletin Producers:
             Editors:  Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
             Photographers:  Sandy Fink
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Rotary North Update

Posted by Sandy Fink on Aug 27, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 27, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Upcoming Events:
                September Service:
                     Front Desk:  Ron Noble
                     Invocation and Pledge:  Steve Bergman
                     Sgt At Arms:  Dave Peterson
            9/2/2019     No Meeting – Holiday – Labor Day
            9/9/2019     Rotary Connect @ Jon Heideman’s at 4:30
                                 “M” Apartments (Old Macy’s Bldg)
                                 Enter into 1st floor doors (next to Nike)
                                 Take elevator to floor PH
            9/16/2019   Lunch – Noon – Nectar Wine Bar – AVID (Paul Gannon)
            9/20/2019    Rotary Serves – FUNDRAISER @ Kalispel Golf and CC
            9/30/2019     Outing – Sister Cities in the Park Visit  (Lunches will be delivered to the park for us.)
What has been happening with Spokane North???
Lenore Romney received her 2nd Paul Harris Fellow pin from President, Melinda Keberle.

The speaker on Monday, August 19 was Karl Otterstrom, Director of Planning, at Spokane Transit
8/26/2019     Rotary Serves – Noon – School Supplies delivery at Holmes Elementary
School Supplies and Holmes Elementary
ROTARIANS WERE PROUD AND HAPPY!!! today at Holmes Elementary as 13 Rotarians from Spokane North and two of their wives came to help sort and store the school supplies which we had purchased for the year.  I think we have no idea how much these supplies mean to the students and staff at Holmes.  This morning the Office Manager said that several teachers kept asking when the supplies would be arriving – they were so anxious to get their rooms equipped so they would be ready for the start of the year on Thursday.
Many thanks to Lenore Romney and Bob Romney and John Mailliard who came early to help unload the supplies.
They provided valuable insights and skills getting the various supplies ready to be put on the shelves and helping to
devise the best strategies to utilize the available storage shelves!!
Also thanks to these additional members and the wives who came to complete the task:
Ron, the younger:), Schurra, Bill Simer, Steve Perry and his wife, Bernie, Art Rudd, Steve Bergman, Steve Boharski, Tim Zacharius, Chuck Rehberg, and Ron Noble and his wife, Melody.
Rotarians enjoying their reward after storing all the school supplies.
Bulletin Producers
            Bulletin Editor:  Sandy Fink
            Photographers:  Bob Romney, Eric Johnson, Lenore Romney, Sandy Fink
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Community School - Dr. Cindy McMahon

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Aug 05, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 5, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Aug. 12: Rotary Connects Begins at 4:30 p.m.  Art and Robin Rudd’s house, 1604 W. Fairway Drive.
            Aug. 19: Luncheon, noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, Spokane Transit Central Line, the electric bus route from Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College.
            Aug. 26, Rotary Serves, noon, Holmes School supplies delivered, 2600 W. Sharp. Pizza provided, thanks to project coordinator Sandy Fink.
            Sept. 20: Club fund-raising wine tasting and dinner at Kalispel Golf and Country Club.  Tickets will be distributed soon.  Project coordinator Lenore Romney reminds members to gather vintage bottles for the fund-raising “wine grab.”
            Welcome!: Rotarian Steve Perry, who recently moved here from Wilsonville, Ore., has applied to join the club.
            Quiet moment: Invocator Dave Hayward led a solemn moment of silence for the victims and families of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.  He then led the member in “God Bless America.”
  The Community School loves challenges
            Do you have to be born smart to be smart?
            Not necessarily, if you learn how to work with motivation, personality and development by teaching students to love challenges.
            That summarizes the work of Carol Dweck, an educator from Yale and Barnard who developed her education ideas at Stanford University.
            And Dweck’s work inspires The Community School, 1025 W. Spofford, where Dr. Cindy McMahon, the TCS principal, also loves challenges.
            TCS, with 160 students in four high-school grades, uses a project-based learning instructional approach that empowers, engages and enables its students with a variety of  outcomes.
            McMahon, who spoke at the Aug. 5 club meeting, said she her school “takes new learning in a new direction.”  She said to help with the new techniques the staff members went to a workshop in Orlando.  “Teachers” at TCS are called “facilitators of learning.”
            She said “it’s hard to get out of the mind-set of ringing the bell” for five traditional classes, like science to math to English.  At TCS, the students work on problem-based, problem-learning methods with the nine faculty members who often team-teaching and bring in outside help to meet the students’ challenges.  Most projects span six to seven weeks.
            Raising to those challenges, some 200 area businessmen, college educators and others have offered their expertise, McMahon said, adding “it’s a microcosm of the real world.”
“I could be retired, but I don’t want to stop doing this,” she said.  “The kids are so passionate” to learn.
            “How much do you remember from traditional classes (in high school)?” she asked, saying the challenges at TCS are very memorable.
            So are the results.  The graduation rate at TCS last year was 100 percent.  And TCS received the 2019 School of Distinction Award by the Center for Educational Effectiveness.
            Answering members’ questions, she said transcripts from TCS are graded the same way to meet collegiate standards.
            But she said “contracts” are developed for each new project and teammates must defend their results.
            McMahon often must explain TCS concepts and results to those unfamiliar with the process.
            She acknowledges that “often our own district doesn’t know what we are doing.”
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editor: Chuck Rehberg
            Photographer: Lenore Romney
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Bite to Go --Chris Sloan

Posted by Charles Rehberg
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 29, 2019
Rotary calendar:
            Aug. 5: Luncheon, noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, The Community School.
            Aug. 12: Rotary Connects Begins at 4:30 p.m.  Art and Robin Rudds’ house, 1604 W. Fairway Drive.
           Aug. 19: Luncheon, noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, Spokane Transit Central Line.
           Aug. 26, Rotary Serves, noon, Holmes School supplies delivered, 2600 W. Sharp- Pizza will be served!!!.
           Sept. 20: Club fund-raising wine tasting and dinner at Kalispel Golf and Country Club.
            Wine Grab: Past-President Lenore Romney has circulated four full pages of area wineries to start donations for the club’s fund-raiser on Sept. 20.  The goal is more than 100 bottles, generally priced at $15 per bottle or more, for the popular Wine Grab at the Dine Out Spokane for Kids event.  Proceeds go to projects at Holmes Elementary School.
           Paul Harris Plus One: At the July 29 meeting, Board member Chuck Rehberg received his “One-Plus” award signifying a second $1,000 donation to Rotary International.
Food Bank provides weekend meals for kids
            Spokane residents generally are well-aware about the high level of free and reduced-price meal programs in area schools.  But hungry kids also need meals for the weekends, too.
            At the July 29 club meeting, Chris Sloan of 2nd Harvest Food Bank described the “Bite 2 Go” program which offers weekend sustenance for the needy students.
            2nd Harvest’s menu provides “a good mix of healthy, kid-friendly, easy to open, single-serving, non-perishable food items to cover meals and three snacks over the weekend.”
serving, non-perishable food items to cover meals and three snacks over the weekend.”
            Part of the “kid-friendly” idea is having meals which “don’t require any cooking or other preparations.”
            Sloan said free and reduced-price meals cover “more than half of students in Spokane County schools.”  He said more than 3,500 elementary students in 71 schools need the weekend meal program.  Holmes Elementary has about 90 percent free and reduced-price program students.
            Noting he served 18 years in ministries before joining 2nd Harvest, Sloan said “people are my passion, but I stand here a conflicted man.  You do great work in Spokane, but we have a need to feed kids on weekends.”
            “Rotary and so many churches here have stepped up,” Sloan said, but more sponsors are needed to meet the weekend meal program.
            He shared videos at Sheridan Elementary and volunteers at 2nd Harvest who work with the meal program.  Club President Melinda Keberle said packaging of meals may be considered for club project.
            After 2nd Harvest meals are distributed to schools “staff members put the food discretely in the backpacks of students in need.”
            Asked whether all of the meals actually get to the youngsters, Sloan said school administrators talk with individual students to detect whether the kids received the food.
            Sloan also said the menus were varied so not every meal gets the same food each week.
            He said the weekend meal program costs about $180 per student during the 36-week school year.
            Since students also need some meals during the summer, 2nd Harvest also has a summer program of free cooking classes, including some at North Central High School.
            That menu includes healthy options, such as “veggie quesadillas and zucchini blueberry pancakes.”
            There are a number of contact points to donate or help with 2nd Harvest programs, including donation cans at “Pig Out in the Park, if you feel guilty after overeating there next month.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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Holmes Elementary - Principal Lundberg

Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jul 15, 2019
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 15, 2019
Happy Rotary 2019-2020 New Year!!
Rotary calendar:
             July 20: Rotary Serves: Meet at Holmes Elementary – 9 to 9:45am --help clean up the school field and premises
             July 29: Luncheon, noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards. Chris Sloan from Bite-To-Go.
            Aug. 5: Luncheon, noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, The Community School.
            Aug. 12: Rotary Connects.  Art and Robin Rudd house, 1604 W. Fairway Drive.
            Aug. 19: Luncheon, noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards, Spokane Transit.
            Aug. 26, Rotary Serves, noon, Holmes School supplies delivered and stored,
2600 W.Sharp.
            Sept. 20: Club fund-raising wine tasting and dinner at Kalispel Golf and Country Club.
            Monthly duty rosters for the 2019-2020 year were circulated for the welcome desk, invocation and pledge, sergeant-at-arms, bulletin and programs.
            Year in review: President Melinda Keberle opened the first luncheon program of the Rotary year with a smartly packaged video of pictures at luncheons and programs in the past year.  Sandy Fink collected many of the photos from bulletin archives.  Keberle noted “there were no wine pictures;” to which Treasurer Chad Haverkamp joked, with perfect timing, “Were they all blurry?” 
  This school year offers tough problems
            While every school year is challenging, this next year may be especially difficult mandated staff cutting and more than usual reassignments.
            At the July 15 luncheon, Holmes Elementary School Principal Stephanie Lundberg shared some of the challenges and thanked the club for its many supportive projects.
           Lundberg said all members are welcomed, especially times to read with students.  This item takes more importance since librarian positions were eliminated district-wide.
            She thanked club members for the many donations, from school supplies to holiday gifts to mentoring and classroom support at Holmes.  Most often cited were Sandy Fink, who frequently visits Holmes once or twice a week, and Lenore Romney, who has mentored students for many years.
            She also indicated that the Holmes Heroes and Golden Hero programs are a sources of great pride for the students of Holmes.  In both programs students are selected for the honor by meeting one or more the Character Counts attributes.  These include:  Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. 
            In the Holmes Hero program each classroom student who is selected for meeting one of the six Pillars of Character receives a t-shirt each month at a special luncheon to which their parents are invited.   
             The Golden Hero Awards are given three times per year and award a student from each classroom with a book selected by the student to keep and one for the classroom library.  The student needs to show progress in ALL of the Pillars of Character. 
            She said how much her “kiddos” and their parents welcome club-funded recognition programs such as Golden Heroes and Holmes Heroes.
            Lundberg said, “It’s not just about academics. It’s a great way to honor those students and their character traits, such as kindness and honesty.”
            She said Rotary-funded programs, including “the principal’s slush fund” for things like “clothing accidents at school,” allow teachers to concentrate on academics.  If Rotary didn’t help, she said, the staff and teachers would have to help more.
            “It’s nice to say Rotarians took care of this,” she said.    
            Asked about having no librarians, Lundberg said, “teachers will take their classes to the library, but it’s not the same.  It’s a huge loss.”
            She was asked how things will work without librarians.  “That’s a really good question,” she said.  “We’ll wait and see.”
            Lundberg said Holmes “is tied for second highest, with 90 percent free and reduced meal rates and tops in the district for “mobility.”  She said 51-52 percent of the 440 students at Holmes will move away or arrive during the school year.
            Another “huge challenge,” she noted, is that class cap size for younger grades is mandated at 18 students, forcing students in grade 4 to 6 to adjust to 29 or 30 in some classes.  
            Lundberg said Rotary-North is not Holmes only “partner.”  The school gets help from the Scottish Rite, Whitworth, GU, STA and a local guild, among others.  “But your club is the most constant partner,” she said.
            Club member Sandy Fink, a retired NC principal, said, “I see how much coordination is needed” to work with all of those partners.
            Yet another new challenge this year, she said, is that students will be dismissed every Friday afternoon in the school year, allowing for teacher prep time.  Formerly those early dismissal were every two weeks per month.
             Lenore Romney said she and Lundberg are discussing options with the West Central Community Center and SPARK center in Kendall Yards to help fill the gaps.
             In summary, Lundberg said, “We couldn’t do this without you guys.  It makes it better for our kids.  And it’s not just the education, but the social component, too.”
             Principal Lundberg also expressed gratitude for the Principal’s Emergency Fund or “slush fund”.    These dollars are used to support the needs of teachers such as classroom materials and students such as clothing needs etc. throughout the year.
 The bulletin producers:
           Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
           Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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Rotary Serves & Spark - Matson & Reed

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 www.32auctions.com/travelauction.
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 www.familypromiseofspokane.org.
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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Spokane City Council - Karen Stratton

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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Kendall Yards - Joe Frank

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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Half-year Club Report - Lenore Romney

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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Downtown Spokane -- Mark Richards

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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Holiday Luncheon with Ridgeview Choir

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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ALS - Matt & Theresa Wild

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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Fund Raiser Success!!!

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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