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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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Oct 22, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 22, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 29: No meetings scheduled on fifth Mondays. 
            Nov. 2: FUND-RAISER!! Dine Out Spokane for Kids. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Kalispel Golf & Country Club is at 2010 W. Waikiki Road (the former Spokane Country Club).  Our event has moved inside to the private room behind the bar off the main 1898 Dining room.  Enter the building through the 1898 Public House doors.  Please inform your guests of our location change.
            Nov. 5: Noon meeting at Nectar; speaker TBA -- Selection of Kids for Christmas Gifts
            Nov. 11: No meeting - Veterans Day Holiday.
            We were saddened this week to learn that Melody Farance lost her battle with lung cancer. Melody was a member of Spokane North Rotary from 2008 to 2016 when she resigned due to her illness.  She was an attorney with Stamper Rubens, P.S. and was an active member during her time with us.
            Turkey thoughts: President Lenore Romney is coordinating our club’s “Rotary Serves” monthly event – joining the hundreds of volunteers Nov. 17 for Tom’s Turkey Drive at Rosauer’s stores.  Our shifts are 8 a.m. to noon at the 29th Street store, and 9:45 a.m. to noon at the “Y” store.       There’s ONE slot left for the shift at the 29th street store!  Email Lenore if you would like that spot.
Taste time is here for needy kids
            We’re off to a great start for our fundraising effort…90 members and guests are scheduled to attend, and 60 donated wine bottles are available for sale during the Wine Grab, along with some generous donations will help provide the needed funds for this year’s projects with Holmes Elementary School.
            Under the direction of Club President Lenore Romney, the event will be at the Kalispel Golf & Country Club.  Due to concerns about the weather this time of  year, we have moved the event to a private room off the main 1898 Public House dining room (behind the bar area). 
            The wine-tasting, with antipasto appetizers start at 5:30 p.m.  The full Italian buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m.  A short program starts around 7:45 p.m., featuring comments by Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg, and a quick paddle-raise “call for the cause.”  The Wine Grab (cork draw) will be going on throughout the event until the last bottle is sold!  Corks are priced at $20 each and the range of average retail price for the wines is $11 to $60!  
             Electronic tickets are available through an Eventbrite site, for tickets a “donate” button for the cause.  Photos of Holmes Elementary activities and events will be displayed at the event. Music will be provided.  Suggested attire: “business casual.”
Simple tips for reds and whites
For those needing a refresher on wine tasting etiquette, here are some tips from Paul Gregutt of the Wine Enthusiast magazine:
            Sight: Examine the wine.  Look straight down, then hold it up to the light.  Give a tilt for complete color range.
            Swirl: Keep the bottle on a flat surface as you rotate the vintage.  Look for “legs” or “tears” that run down the side of the glass.
            Sniff: Sample a good look, but don’t bury your nose in the glass.
            Smell: Look for “wine flaws,” off-aromas, old musty corks and tastes “like a wet newspaper,” which he said, are “terminal.”
            Taste: Use a sip, not a swallow.  This aerates the wine and circulates it in your mouth.
            And some added tips for an occasional wine drinker and club bulletin writer:
            Spit: Only if protocol provides and designated receptacles are provided. (It’s not a baseball or softball field.)
            Non-Corks: Sniffing metal wine bottle caps is not suggested.  Nor are the plastic caps on wine cartons.
            Use glasses: Some non-purists occasionally just drink from the bottles.  This is expedient and saves washing glasses later, but probably should be limited to home kitchens, with no guests present.
            No “shot-gunning:” Limit volumes to polite sips and samples, please.  Even if you find a delicious varietal, avoid draining the entire bottle in one big swallow. 
            Final tip for Nov. 2: Have fun!!
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Taste Time Nears for Kids Charles Rehberg 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Oct 15, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 15, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 22: Noon at Nectar: Please bring your ticket money and wine bottle donations to Nectar in Kendall Yards for our Nov. 2nd “Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Under the Big Top” Dine Out Spokane for Kids event.
            Oct. 29: No meetings scheduled on fifth Mondays.
            Nov. 2: FUND-RAISER!! Dine Out Spokane for Kids. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Kalispel Golf and Country Club is at 2010 W. Waikiki Road (the former Spokane Country Club).
            Nov. 5: Noon meeting at Nectar; speaker TBA.
Briefly: Turkey thoughts: A sign-up sheet will be available on Monday 10/22 for our November Rotary Serves volunteer event for “Tom’s Turkey Drive.”  President Lenore Romney is coordinating our club’s “Rotary Serves” monthly event – joining the hundreds of volunteers Nov. 17 at Rosauer’s stores.  Our shifts are at the 29th Street store (11 volunteers needed) from 8-10 a.m.; and at the “Y” store (4 volunteers needed) from 9:45 a.m. to Noon. 
Fund-raising:Tickets and wine due Oct. 22
            The targets: more than 100 members and guests, at least 60 bottles of wine, and $15,000 to raise Nov. 2 for Holmes Elementary School projects and other needy schools.
            The deadline: Noon, Monday, Oct. 22 to bring in ticket sales proceeds and bottles of wine for our “Wine Grab.”
Under the direction of Club President Lenore Romney, the event will be in the Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s big white tent.  The wine and craft beer tasting, with antipasto appetizers is from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  The Wine Grab will be in full swing until the last bottle is “sold” at $20 per cork pull.  The full Italian buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m.  Enjoy the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble through dinner.  A short program starts around 7:30 p.m.-ish, featuring comments by Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg, and a quick “call for the cause.”    
Wine tasting and dinner sponsors would be ideal and would help defray the event costs. 
            The event in the large tent is heated and accommodates well more than 100 guests.  Non-alcoholic beverages also will be available.  Event tickets and Donation tickets are available through the Eventbrite website.  Friends and family can find our event at and search “Dine Out”, then just click on the Tickets button to either purchase tickets to the 11/2 event or to make a donation of any amount…it’s that easy!
            Photos of Holmes Elementary activities and events will be displayed at the event.  For all the Spokane Jazz Orchestra aficionados, rumor has it that saxophonist extraordinaire, Christopher Parkin, will be leading the ensemble. 
Picture this: the district is ‘an inspiration,’ and ‘wave a force of nature’
            If one special photo is worth a thousand words, the images brought by Bev Reed can fill a small library…or a small art gallery.
            District 5080 Gov. Reed, a member of the neighboring Aurora Northwest Club, brought photos and videos to enliven her visit to the board meeting and the Oct. 15 club meeting.
            At the Sunday evening board meeting, in Club President Lenore Romney’s home, she and six other directors met with Gov. Reed, her spouse, Bill Reed and new assistant governor Joe Bruce.
            Gov. Reed cleared the table, literally, and spread out 120 photos of varying Rotary activities.  Directors each chose one or two photos to signify their personal responses, then explained their choices.
            At the Monday luncheon, Reed showed three examples.
           Romney had picked a photo of children, saying how much she enjoyed interacting with Holmes students.  She recounted how one young lady, now a high school graduate, remembered fondly the mentor sessions at Holmes.  Chuck Rehberg had picked an African-American infant getting a dose of polio-prevention medicine and a photo showing Dr. Frank Walchak and a young lady who apparently been treated for a cleft pallet procedure. That photo displayed the wide age range of Rotary.  President-elect Melinda Keberle picked a photo of students choosing one avenue of service in Rotary.
            At the board meeting, Reed said in the past five months she has met with 44 of the 61 clubs in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and southeastern British Columbia.
            She talked of the wide array of activities.  She also said a number of clubs have expanded from the traditional weekly luncheon meetings, as our club has done.
            On Monday, Reed gave each member a “Be the Inspiration” motto pin and described what the pin design signifies.
            The ocean “wave” is apt, she said, because “the wave is a force of nature.”  RI President Barry Rassin, of East Nassau, Bahamas, likes the nautical theme.
            The red color is for “heart,” which signifies the service of Rotary.
            The sail, she said, shows that we have “direction” in Rotary’s various activities.
            Reed said “in the last 15 years, more than 15,000 clubs have been organized, but overall membership growth is flat.”
            To grow, she said, “you have to be open to change.  Look at your community.  Does your club reflect your community?”
            Reed said, “I’m a fund-raiser (a longtime YMCA foundation member) and in that you need a trust relationship.  You need to keep them engaged and ask if it is the right fit.”
In May, 2 districts ‘Come Together’
            Using a zany video, with a Beatle-esque adaption of “Come Together,” Rotarians from two districts will come together in Spokane next May 16-19 at a unique district conference.  Western Washington members from District 5030 will join forces with District 5080 to “Be the Inspiration.”
            The pre-conference starts with golf and wine tasting at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club and the main conference will be at the Spokane Convention Center.  Registration began in July and Reed said 200 people have already signed up.  The Convention Center can accommodate up to 700 people.
            Speakers include Microsoft’s Bill Gates, RI President Barry Rassin, and Angelo Lombardo, a notable motivational and leadership speaker from Aspire Lifestyles.
            With Lilac Festival activities that weekend, downtown should be lively.  
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Picture This -- District Governor Bev Reed Charles Rehberg 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Oct 01, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 1, 2018
Rotary calendar:
            Oct. 8: Rotary Connects at The Backyard Public House, 1811 W. Broadway, starting at 4:30 p.m.  A special meeting of Club 21’s Rotary International Committee and other clubs meet at 4 p.m.
            Oct. 15: Meet Rotary 5080 District Gov. Bev Reed at noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
            Oct. 22: Turn in ticket sales money and wine bottle donations at noon at Nectar in Kendall Yards for our Nov. 2 “Dine Out Spokane for Kids” event.
            Oct. 29: No meeting scheduled on the fifth Monday.  On this date, however, some prep may be needed for the fund-raiser.
            Nov. 2: FUND-RAISER!! Dine Out Spokane for Kids presents “Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Under the Big Top”. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Kalispel Golf and Country Club located at 2010 W. Waikiki Road (the former Spokane Country Club).
Briefly: Turkey thoughts: With space available, club members, spouses and guests can sign up for “Tom’s Turkey Drive.”  President Lenore Romney is coordinating this “Rotary Serves” monthly event. 
            While KREM’s Tom Sherry is the lead personality, the Turkey Drive has seven major sponsors, including 2nd Harvest, which distributes meals to about 11,000 Inland Northwest families.  Club members can volunteer on Saturday, Nov.17, at 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Rosauer’s store on 29th (11 volunteers needed), or from 9:45a.m. to noon at Rosauer’s at the North Y (4 volunteers needed).  Email Lenore if you want to serve at one of the locations.
            Volunteers help process turkey and food donations in the parking lot.     
Funds: Here’s the ticket, and much more
Less than one month remains for the club’s fund-raiser on Friday, Nov. 2.
Under the direction of Club President Lenore Romney, the well-planned event will be in the Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s big white tent. 
At the Oct. 1 meeting, tickets were distributed and sign-ups continued to connect with wineries and wine shops which can support the wine-tasting, dinner and other events designed to raise about $15,000 for various Holmes Elementary School activities and other needy students in the West Central near-North Side venues.
The $75 tickets include wine tasting with antipasto appetizers and an Italian buffet dinner.  The event will include a Wine Grab whereby participants pay a fee to randomly select a numbered cork and then “win” the wine bottle with the corresponding number. 
Romney said Oct. 22 is “turn-in day.”  Ticket sales proceeds and unsold tickets should be brought to the meeting that Monday.  That also is the day to turn in wine bottle donations for the Wine Grab.
Foremost, sponsor donors are needed to help raise at least one-third of the goal.  That is less than previous fund-raising totals in recent years.
The event will be in Kalispel’s large tent, which is heated and accommodates well more than 150 guests.  Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
Electronic tickets are available through Eventbrite.  Folks may donate to our fundraiser by clicking on the tickets button whereby they will see the option to purchase a ticket to attend the November 2nd event or to Donate to Rotary’s Projects.
Photos of Holmes Elementary activities and events will be displayed at the event. Music will be provided.  Holmes Principal Stephanie Lundberg and perhaps others will speak and a “call for the cause” paddle raise will follow.
As Romney says, “There are lots of things to do and not much time.”
Bonds would transform schools, libraries
With a one-time possibility and a novel “innovative partnership” Spokane voters will make a $572 million decision about School District 81 schools and Spokane libraries this fall.
At the Oct. 1 club meeting, Mark Anderson, Andrew Chanse and Rick Romero outlined the details.  Anderson is District 81’s associate superintendent. Chanse is executive director of the city’s library system.  Romero is a financial advisor to Mayor David Condon.
Romero is helping with the downtown stadium project advisory vote, also on the Nov. 6 ballot.  Though Romero described himself as “chief meddler” for the city, among other things he helped design the successful $64 million bond proposal for renewal of Riverfront Park.
Two bonds are on this ballot: the $495 million for three new middle schools and other major improvements, and the $77 million to build three new libraries and four existing libraries.
Voters also will consider an advisory issue on whether to build a stadium to replace Albi Stadium.
Space in this bulletin does not allow for details all of the issues involved in the ballot measures, but more information is available in newspapers, on-line sources and other avenues.
Essentially, the one-time nature of the bond opportunity arises from the state’s famous McCleary decision which said the state’s schools were under-funded and over-crowded.  Small classrooms force building more schools.  The state is expanding in some districts, including Spokane District 81, to accommodate the construction.
Thus, as Anderson outlined, the plan is to build new middle schools in northeast Spokane (Foothills), the south area of town (Mullan) and the west side (Albi).  Major improvements are planned at Shaw, Glover and Sacajawea Middle Schools. (Salk was rebuilt last year.)  A cafeteria is planned at Lewis and Clark High and Libby Center in East Spokane will be improved.  6th graders will be
moved to middle schools from elementary schools in the reorganization.
The partnership is driven by school district and city land swaps.
City land at Albi would go to a new school.  So will land near Gonzaga Prep and land south of 60th, which Anderson noted some people call “the dog park” site.
Meanwhile, libraries will partner with the school district in several areas.  The Hillyard Library will relocate to Shaw Middle School.  A new East Side Library will be built near the Liberty Park Aquatic Center.  The popular Shadle Library will double in size.  Indian Trail and the South Hill Library will be improved.  And the Downtown Library will be opened to the first floor areas now used for storage.  Chanse said a small café would be added.
Since the school district boundary and the city are not contiguous and operate separately two bonds were necessary.
With the state assuming more of the cost, the estimated local tax rate in 2019 would drop about $2.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value.  With the bond package, the local investment would be 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, resulting in a net reduction of $1.22 per $1,000 of assessed value for residents.  With those totals, the bonds would cost $16 a month based on a median home value of $200,000 – 0.79 cents for schools and 0.19 cents for libraries.   If passed in District 81, the state would add $58 million to Spokane’s $495 million for a $553 million total.
Anderson said some operating costs would increase after all of the buildings are constructed, but he added that the State Supreme Court mandates would be required anyway in the near future and construction costs would be higher then.
Chanse said that because most Spokane libraries “were a 30-year design, mostly for taking books off the shelves,” and were not designed for interactive on-line activities, meeting spaces and quiet times.  Renovations are necessary and these remodeling projects will be “about a wash” with current facilities, he said.
Of the advisory on the ballot for a high school stadium replacement, Anderson said Albi’s only tenant now is the Greater Spokane League.  WSU and EWU no longer schedule games there. He also said three high schools do not have enough space to build their own football stadiums.
Romero said “there is a lot of energy on the North Bank,” the suggested replacement site near the arena.  Asked if a parking garage would be needed, he said maybe not. “There are 6,000 parking spots within 1,500 feet” of the proposed site, he said, though that would include private lots.  For example, Romero said, while the Rock Pointe Center is mostly full during week-day mornings and afternoons, those 1,500 spots often are empty when games and events usually are scheduled on nights and weekends.
For those of a certain age, some club members recalled, along with Anderson, how, in 1979 some 13 elementary schools in District 81 replaced old facilities.  Holmes was among the list.  That investment transformed the school district and revitalized the city.  Passage of the two bond issues might also be transformative.
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
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A ‘Big Top Tent’ for a Big Cause Charles Rehberg 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Aug 30, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 30, 2018        
            Our upcoming schedule:  Sept. 3, no meeting (Labor Day);
                                                            Sept.10, Rotary Connects, 4:30 p.m. at Nectar Beer & Wine in Kendall Yards
                                                                                                         (1331 W. Summit Parkway);
                                                            Sept.17, noon luncheon meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
            Fore!: Dave Hayward will coordinate organizing a club team for the Deer Park Rotary Club
                                                                                                         on Saturday, Sept. 22.
“A Great Team Effort, Rotary Serves at Holmes”
Twelve Rotarians plus a couple of guests joined together at Holmes at noon and organized and stored the $2000 worth of school supplies which we purchased for Holmes for this school year.  Folk participating included:  Chuck Rehberg, Lenore Romney and her Mom, Ron Noble and his wife, Chad Haverkamp, BIll Simer, Steve Boharski, Brian Hipperson, John Malliard, Nancy Hanson, Steve Bergman, Art Rudd, and Sandy Fink.  We also were joined by a prospective member,  Marianne Nemeth.
Storing Supplies
Here are all the supplies which we purchased and stored!!!
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Aug 20, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 20, 2018        
            Our new schedule: Our next Rotary Serves project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet as boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items are placed for use during the school year.  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.  Chef Sandy Fink will provide pizza and pop.
            Welcome!: Ron Noble, who has moved from the Colville Club, has joined Spokane-North Rotary.
            Fore!: Dave Hayward will coordinate organizing a club team for the Deer Park Rotary Club on Saturday, Sept. 22.
            Sgt.-at-Arms Q-and-A: What was founded earlier – Holmes Elementary or Rotary International? (If you missed the meeting, see answer below.)
            Pool party: Former director Brad Stark will host a gathering Sunday, Aug. 26, 2-5 p.m.  Pulled-pork provided; bring your own beverages (but no glass, please).  Brad’s house is at 6720 S. Tomaker in South Spokane.  The pool is down the hill.  RSVP by Aug. 24 to director Tim Zacharias at
            Schedule reminders: Aug. 27, noon at Holmes; Sept. 3, no meeting (Labor Day); Sept.10, Rotary Connects, 4:30 p.m. at Craftman Cellars in Kendall Yards (across from Maryhill and Nectar); Sept.17, noon luncheon meeting at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
 Another milestone for John
            Several of the Spokane-North Rotary Club has achieved Paul Harris Fellowship status for contributing $1,000 for the Rotary Foundation.
            But few have reached the “two ruby” designation of board member John Mailliard.  John’s contributions have reached $8,000 to $9,000, and Club President Lenore Romney presented the special metal at the Aug. 20 luncheon meeting.
            Lenore celebrated John’s achievement adding: “So much good begins with these gifts: wells are constructed, children are vaccinated against illness, senior citizens are afforded meals and services, children and adults are educated and given professional opportunities.”
            With the gift, she said, John had “gone above and beyond in doing good in the world.”
Agency helps us to breathe easy, if we can
            One of the busiest websites in recent days is the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency’s air quality index.
            As dense smoke blankets the skies from lingering forest fires the index numbers zoomed from breathable “Good” and “Moderate” categories to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups,” to “Unhealthy,” to “Very Unhealthy” to downright “Hazardous.”  The last category hits the high index at 300.  Sunday night the meter hit “399,” the highest many observers have seen here.
            “It was very bad,” said Julie Oliver, executive director of the air agency.  “For those who like to breathe, it’s been a struggle,” she said.  Gusty winds during the Aug. 20 club luncheon reduced the index level to about 215, considered just “unhealthy.”
            Oliver said she doesn’t feel good about reaching the “hazardous” air quality levels, but it’s far better than “hazardous.”     
            Oliver explained the air quality components of ozone, particulates and other elements in the hazy stew.
            Groups impacted the most with the high smoke levels are children, pregnant women, senior citizens, asthma sufferers and those with heart and lung diseases, she said.
            “Children breathe 50 percent more than adults per weight groups,” she noted.  She said that the chemical process producing ozone “is like giving your lungs a sun tan.”
             Spokane County has been in compliance with statewide and regional standards, she said, but “we don’t have much wiggle room” to succeed those levels, said Oliver.  And as the “smoke seasons” seem to get longer each year, the standards also have been tightened.
            The countywide Spokane air agency, she said, is one of seven agencies in the state.  It operates with a staff of 19, including engineers, monitors and compliance members.  The Spokane agency checks air quality at 600 commercial and industrial sites.  Some in recent years included Kaiser Aluminum, Inland Empire Paper and Sacred Heart Medical Center, but most involved what she calls “mom-and-pop” businesses, like gas pumps, body shops which paint vehicles and others.
            Adding to the list of registered compliance sites are legal marijuana growing operations.
            Odor complaints, from rendering operations, composts and other businesses also reach the agency. 
            The agency’s five-member board includes representatives from the city, the county, Spokane Valley, a small-cities member and one at-large member.  Club member Michelle Fossum is a counselor for the agency.  Annual funding is $2.2-2.5 million, including fees, local assessments, grants, permits and penalties.  There were 650 citizen complaints and 250 staff-initiated complaints last year, Oliver said.  
(Q.-and-A.: Holmes Elementary was built in 1901.  Rotary International was founded in 1905.)   
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg,  Sandy Fink, Eric Johnson
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency -- Julie Oliver Charles Rehberg 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Aug 06, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 6, 2018            
            Our new schedule: President Lenore Romney reminds that our next gathering is “Rotary Connect,” starting at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug.13, at Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, 1203 W. Summit Parkway (just east of Nectar).  The next luncheon meeting is noon, Aug. 20 at Nectar in Kendall Yards.
            This month’s service project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet as boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items are placed for use during the school year.  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.
            Welcome!: Ron Noble, who has moved from the Colville Club, has applied to join Spokane-North Rotary.
            Fore!: Dave Hayward will coordinate organizing a club team for the Deer Park Rotary Club on Saturday, Sept. 22.
            A day for everything: Sgt.-at-Arms Eric Johnson stumped a table with the national day for Aug.6.  It was “wiggle your toes day!” 
            Warning for possible computer glitches
            Spokane County Auditor, whose job includes administering Recording, Financial Services, Motor Vehicle Licensing and Election Divisions, said major Spokane County computer changes are scheduled Sept. 3 – Labor Day.
            Dalton said, “We usually get license tabs back in two days, but over that weekend all systems will be down and rebooted.”  She encouraged folks to take care of things ahead of the Labor Day weekend such as renewing tabs and driver’s licenses, voter registration and other similar records.
Election process detailed 
            On the eve of the primary election, Spokane Auditor Vicky Dalton fielded an array of questions and added fascinating items for the club luncheon Aug. 6.
            Dalton said August primary elections were forced by calendar pressures.  September dates were moved earlier to accommodate mailing of ballots to military, travelers and business people overseas, and even recounts and law suits that arise and need to be resolved before the general election.  Dalton said she would prefer the Idaho calendar, with primaries in May and general elections in November.  However, when regular sessions of the Legislature are in session, the senators and representative cannot fund-raise, so May is too early for the primary.
            She said “we lost a few percentage points on turnout because of the summer primaries.”
            Turnout this year is higher than expected.  Dalton said “if we get 33 percent for a primary we would be thrilled, but this year it may hit 40 percent.”  She said the pre-paid postage has raised turnout.
            When King County decided to use pre-paid postage, others joined in.  She said ballots cost 55 cents in Spokane, but up to $1.17 in other counties.  Some, like Ferry County, just use regular stamps, but that may cost more because all ballots must be stamped.
            Dalton said in previous elections, paid ballots and dropped ballots in the white boxes were 50-50, but this time it looks like 70 percent are pre-paid and 30 percent are placed in the white boxes.
            Ballots, by the way, must be printed in North Carolina because there is no suitable paper in the Western states, Dalton said.
            She said she has had a number of reasons for replacement ballots, from “the dog ate it, the cat ate it, and the cat did something else on the ballot” that she wouldn’t detail in public.  One voter used images of lady bugs with legs on the ballot.   Her favorite was a ballot with a burn hole over one issue.  Apparently a smoker dropped his ashes onto the ballot and neatly circled through the ballot.  (The rest of her ballot was counted, she said.)
            What some voters may not know is that those voting early in the primary season are removed from call lists.  As Dalton said, the fact of voting is a public record, but not who someone voted for.  She showed how members could review their public voter information from a website, and to see if their ballot has been received by Spokane County.
            Dalton said Democrats tend to vote in the early days when ballots are sent out.  Republicans tend to vote near the deadline.
            She was asked if electronic ballots from cellphones or personal computers were likely soon.  “Baby Boomers will not see it in their lifetimes,” Dalton said.
            She said, despite expanded safeguards and computer protections, hackers, such as Russia, North Korea and China, still “scare us to death.”
            Asked about verifying signatures on ballots, Dalton said officials can determine if spouses had switched the yellow envelope with the signed letter on the white envelope.  Millennial voters often have difficulty with written signatures, she said.  At a recent Hillyard Festival, some said three ballots were rejected for illegible signatures.  Asked if they are under 26, the response was “yep.”
            When asked about “the old days, with white-haired poll workers at the school,” Dalton said “schools don’t even want us in there,” with lock-downs, parents squabbling about students who might be involved in restraining order issues, and the like.
            Cost-by-mail is cheaper and works better, she said.
            Dalton added that the first Friday after the vote deadline is “election day for us.”  “Tuesday results are meaningless, she said.
            Dalton, a Priest River, Idaho native, has been County Auditor since 1999 and she is unopposed on the ballot for the first time this year.  
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg,  Sandy Fink, Eric Johnson
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Election Process - Vicky Dalton Charles Rehberg 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Serves
July 23, 2018
Spokane Harvest Food Bank
Help the Hungry Afternoon Sort
    Briefs:  There is no meeting Monday, July 30, which is the fifth week of the month.  The next meeting is a lunch at Nectar at noon on Aug. 6.
A-"sorted" members
In its first "Rotary Serves" session of the Rotary year, the topic was cherry-picking -- actually sorting culled fruit and packing boxes from huge bins of cherries from the Chelan area to distribute to 2nd Harvest outlets.  Pickers included (rear, from left) Chad Haverkamp and Brian Hipperson, and (front, from left) Ron Noble, Laura Zahn, Dave Hayward, Lenore Romney, Chuck Rehberg and Bob Romney.  The next Rotary Serves session is noon, Monday, Aug. 27 at Homes to store items for the storage cabinets.
Second Harvest Food Bank Charles Rehberg 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jul 16, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 16, 2018    
            Lunch changes:  Only four lunch meetings occur in the new Rotary year quarter.  Club President Lenore Romney outlined the new methods July 16.  Those choosing lunch should sign “yes” when they initial the weekly roster.  Lunches are paid quarterly, but lunches not used carry over to the next quarter.  Lunches are $15.
            Family friendly: Club members can join a spouse, adult child or other close family members by paying the $35 per member dues each quarterly, plus separate lunches when they join eat at the meeting.
            Next week: Rotary Serves. Club Treasurer Sandy Fink said we hope to have 10 or more members and friends at 2nd Harvest, 1234 E. Front Ave. at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 23.  Closed-toe shoes are important as we sort food items.  We are part of a project which will continue to 4 p.m., but we have committed time for one hour, or as long as you would like to stay.
Aloha and mahalo: Visiting Rotarian Dennis Smith shared banners with our club July 16. Smith was visiting from the Hickam Pearl Harbor Club, a one-year-old club of about 20 members on Oahu.  That island has 26 clubs according to on-line sources.  Smith’s club meets at 5:45 p.m. on the first, second and third Thursdays of the month.  He said much of their club has military members and they focus on needy children, such as a recent effort to provide “slippers” (flip-flop sandals) for hundreds of Micronesian youth.  Part of their fund-raising effort was to decorate wooden pins, raising $1,900.
   Morning Star Foundation focuses on at-risk youth
            Supporting the long-time Morning Star Boys Ranch, plus other at-risk children, is the Morning Star Foundation.
            Erin Neal, interim executive director described projects such as Bring Your Own Backpack (B.Y.O.B.), helping kids ages 6 to 12, among other charitable youth activities in the area.
            Erin said the Foundation has amassed an $8 million endowment total and gets client youth from a variety of sources in Spokane. It works with Ronald McDonald and Vanessa Behan programs, among others.
            She said whenever possible, the Foundation tries to reconnect the youth with family members. 
            Erin said reaching the 6 to 12 age kids is particularly important, but adds “if you can fix them by age 3, they likely will be good until 30.”
             She said there “is some magical ingredients growing in the Inland Northwest” that makes the area a great place to raise kids.
            Her own daughter will be a kindergarten student at Holmes Elementary this fall.
             Again, here is the new Rotary-North lineup:
            Rotary Listens: Luncheons will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (except on federal holidays).  The next meetings are at Nectar Wine and Beer, 1331 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.  The club will not meet Sept. 3 (Labor Day), and will meet Sept. 17 to discuss fall fund-raising plans.
            Rotary Connects:  Club “meet-up” gatherings are scheduled the second Monday of each month, starting at 4:30 p.m.
 The fellowship times are open to Rotarians, spouses, friends, prospective members and others interested in Rotary.  Locations will change each month and members are encouraged to suggest venues.
Next month’s Connect is 4:30 p.m., Aug.13 at the Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, 1203 W. Summit Parkway (just east of Nectar),
            Rotary Serves: A service time is scheduled each 4th week of the month, with time and dates adjusted as needed to suit the tasks.
            The first service project is Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at Second Harvest food bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. 
            Next month’s service project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet as boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items are placed for use during thEdit Storiese school year.  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.  Sandy is supplying pizza.
            “Rotary Serves” succeeds what club members once called “dirty hands” projects.   Members are encouraged to propose potential service projects for non-profit organizations.
             When a 5th Monday occurs in a month -- such as July 30 -- that is an off day for the club.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg,  Sandy Fink, Eric Johnson
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Morning Star Foundation - Erin Neal Charles Rehberg 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jul 11, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
July 9, 2018        
          Our new schedule: President-elect Lenore Romney and the officers and directors welcome major Rotary calendar year changes (detailed below) to our Monday biweekly programs and monthly gatherings and service efforts.  Please check e-mail notes, Facebook and the bulletin for changes.
          Thanks for your service: Brad Stark, longtime member, director and for several years our club program director has resigned.  Brad cited added workplace and family commitments as he offered his resignation.  The members thank him for his fine work for the club.
  Here is the new Rotary-North lineup:
           Rotary Listens: Luncheons will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays (except on federal holidays).  The next meeting is July 16 at noon at Nectar Wine and Beer, 1331 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards.  Next month, the luncheon meetings are Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, also at Nectar.  The club will not meet Sept. 3 (Labor Day), and will meet Sept. 17 to discuss fall fund-raising plans.
           Rotary Connects:  Club “meet-up” gatherings are scheduled the second Monday of each month, starting at 4:30 p.m.
            At the first gathering July 9 – despite the 90-degree heat and usual vacation trips – some 15 people filled a large section at Nectar.  They included some spouses, a few prospective club members and a Club 21 director.
           The fellowship times are open to Rotarians, spouses, friends, prospective members and others interested in Rotary.  Locations will change each month and members are encouraged to suggest venues.
          Next month’s Connect is 4:30 p.m., Aug.13 at the Maryhill Winery Tasting Room, 1203 W. Summit Parkway (just east of Nectar),
          Rotary Serves: A service time is scheduled each 4th week of the month, with time and dates adjusted as needed to suit the tasks.
          The first service project is Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at Second Harvest food bank, 1234 E. Front Ave.  Coordinator Sandy Fink said our club’s commitment is for one hour, but members are welcomed to stay as late as 4 p.m.
            Next month’s service project, Aug. 27 at noon, is filling the Holmes Elementary supply closet with boxes of pens, pencils, tissues, notebooks and other items which are placed there for use during the school year.  We will also deliver some “beginning of the year” supplies to each classroom with a greeting from Spokane North.  Sandy is suppling pizza and drinksJ!!  Holmes is located at 2600 W. Sharp.
            “Rotary Serves” succeeds what club members once called “dirty hands” projects.   Members are encouraged to propose potential service projects for non-profit organizations.
             When a 5th Monday occurs in a month -- such as July 30 -- that is an off day for the club.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink,
Photos: Sandy Fink and Eric Johnson
Spokane North News Charles Rehberg 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
That is a primary purpose of ROTARY.  Now each club member, and as many spouses/significant others as you invite, will have such an
opportunity in our community.
On Monday, July 23rd at 1pm, as our monthly Service Project, we will gather at Second Harvest Food Bank at 1234 East Front Ave in Spokane to help with an Event.                          .
Our commitment will be for one hour of service BUT the Event will last until 4pm and we are welcome to stay as long as we can!
Rotary Serves - July 23rd 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lenore Romney on Jul 09, 2018

                                                                 ROTARY CONNECT

JULY 9, 2018     4:30PM


Hey friends and fellow Rotarians join us on Monday July 9th at 4:30pm for our first ever Rotary Meetup event at Nectar Wine & Beer in Kendall Yards. We call it Rotary Connect and it will happen at 4:30pm on the 2nd Monday each month. We'll announce the location on our Facebook page and our website home  page.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Rotary was founded on fellowship and we want to make it a more prominent part of our Club by dedicating a week each month for the purpose of socializing, networking and just having a good time. The venue will change each month to take advantage of Spokane's wonderful happy hour scene. Whether you are a Rotarian or interested in meeting Rotarians, join us for Rotary Connect. Look for the Spokane North Rotary Club table sign - that's how you'll know you've found us!

This is a no-host event.


Rotary Connect Lenore Romney 2018-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Club Schedule Changes & WA Policy Center Charles Rehberg 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Winners:  Michael Kamau, Shadle Park and Britnee Akau, Rogers Sandy Fink 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Saling Scholarship winner – Ashley Sweeney of North Central. Charles Rehberg 2018-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Candidate Races - Michael Cathcart Charles Rehberg 2018-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
P4 Training Solutions - Rae Wilson Charles Rehberg 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Members Proud Moments Charles Rehberg 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Dominican Republic - Water Proj Kristin Thompson Charles Rehberg 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Financial Moves - Dan Hodo Charles Rehberg 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Spokane County Library District - Patrick Roewe Charles Rehberg 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
BumbleBar -- Glenn Ward Charles Rehberg 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Space - Joe Bruce Charles Rehberg 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
President's Quarterly Report Charles Rehberg 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Empire Unmanned - Colleen Hennessey Charles Rehberg 2018-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
STA - Brandon Rapez-Betty Charles Rehberg 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Second Harvest - Jason Clark Charles Rehberg 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
World Relief -- Mark Finney & Jackson Eremugo Lino Charles Rehberg 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Tribe - Mike Tedesco Charles Rehberg 2018-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Tax Reform Update -- Brown and Fruci Charles Rehberg 2018-02-05 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane School Levy -- Redinger and Anderson Charles Rehberg 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Club Busy Schedule -- Chad Haverkamp Charles Rehberg 2018-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Every Woman Can -- Deb Barnes Charles Rehberg 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Spokesman Review -- Rob Curley Charles Rehberg 2017-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Christmas Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
“University District” -- Lars Gilberts Charles Rehberg 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
"Kicking and Screaming" & Leadership -- Terry Fossum Charles Rehberg 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
Sharp Shooting - Robin Ball Charles Rehberg 2017-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Port District -- Todd Mielke Charles Rehberg 2017-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Wheel Sport -- Mark Neupert Charles Rehberg 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Origin Forensics LLD -- Jarrod Carter Charles Rehberg 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Judges -- Hazel and Cook and Spokane’s Prop 2 Charles Rehberg 2017-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
South and NW Council Candidates Charles Rehberg 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
School and Council Candidates -- Benn, Burke, Wiser, and Thomas Charles Rehberg 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
Jerri Anderson -- District 5080 Governor Charles Rehberg 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Challenges abound in the Ukraine -- Kevin Berkompas  Charles Rehberg 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Health Sciences & Services Authority - Susan Ashe Charles Rehberg 2017-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Area 7 Asst Governor John Guarisco & Daniel H. Pink Charles Rehberg 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Thomas Jarrard - USERRA Charles Rehberg 2017-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Chad Haverkamp -- Quarterly Report Charles Rehberg 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Angie Funnell - Habitat for Humanity Charles Rehberg 2017-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Washington Policy Center - Chris Cargill Charles Rehberg 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Embrace Washington - Alene Alexander Daria Brown 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Simon Sinek - TED Presentation Charles Rehberg 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Cyber World - Tim Taylor, SBDC Charles Rehberg 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Jun 19, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 19, 2017
            Thanks mainly to the efforts of fund raiser coordinator Robbie Jackson, an astonishing total of $20,262 was netted for needy students and an array of projects for Holmes Elementary School and some other schools like Glover Middle School and North Central High School.
            Total revenues were $23,637 and expenses were $3,375, Jackson said.  Some 89 people attended The Backyard restaurant, as auctioneer Bill Simer smoothly worded through the events: silent and live auctions, “Heads and Tails” game and the “Call for the Cause” donations.
            Corporate sponsors donated $7,350 and five live auction items included $5,475.  Jackson distributed itemized details to club members.  Congratulations to all who worked so hard. 
             Rotary ending:  The last event of the Rotary calendar year is the installation program and banquet, 6 p.m., at Monday, June 26 at the Kalispel Country Club.  No luncheon meetings are planned June 26 and July 3, on the holiday eve.
Congratulations to club President Nancy Hanson for an outstanding year and best of luck to Chad Haverkamp as he begins his 2017-18 Rotary year.
Saling scholars honored
Chuck Rehberg shared that the following graduates from North Central, Shadle Parkand John Rogers high schools were selected as the club’s Gerald L. Saling scholarships. Each student received $1,500:
Emma Vandine, of North Central, plans to attend Biola University in LaMirada, Calif., majoring in marketing and Biblical Studies. 
Andreya Fletcher, of Rogers, plans to attend Eastern Washington University, majoring in environmental studies and business.
           Vandine and Fletcher attended the June 19 luncheon, while Kuhn was out of town and will visit the club later.
           Lenore Romney coordinated the scholarship program, joining committee members Art Rudd, Brian Hipperson, Melinda Keberle and Chuck Rehberg.
At Hanford, timelines are long and costs are high
          Ben Harp shows an encyclopedic mind about all things Hanford, as he details the awesome, complicated issues of radioactive wastes in south-central Washington.
          Harp is deputy manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection.  At the June 19 meeting, Harp talked in detail about safe storage, retrieval, treatment and disposal of 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive wastes at the Hanford Site.
          Ben, who first joined Energy in July 1991, said got his degree in engineering, but spends as much time consumed by the legal tangle of various jurisdictions and the mountains of scientific issues involving Hanford.
          This bulletin space is not the place to get into all the details; suffice to say, Harp presented a first-rate knowledge of the 70-year-plus history of plutonium at Hanford.
          Six of the original none reactors have been “cleaned up,” he said,  adding,“ one is a museum and two more to go.”  Some 60 leaky single-walled tank sites have been transferred to double-walled tanks.
          But it will take at least until age 2022 to “vitrify,” or immobilized in glass, much of the wastes.  Harp said just one of many issues is the competing of techniques – “grout vs. glass.”  At the eastern U.S. reactors at the Savannah River plant,
wastes were put in grout, but Hanford leaders prefer vitrification.
          Bad news surface occasionally, like the May 9 tunnel collapse in fuel rods, in which, by order “all people had to take cover.”  Harp said though the issues were minor, people, including a Mead School class where he talked, “the students were frightened.”  He said Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., shared their own concerns.  Scary very hot issues, like cesium and strontium, dangerous elements “that grow in the dark,” tend to bring that reactions.
          Calming assurances that the pump-and treat tank wastes have not reached the Columbia River and that “some Spokane basements than more than certain Hanford sites,”  nevertheless get wary questions.
          For those who want to dive into the mountain of Hanford details, a half-dozen websites await.
          For a more casual look, Harp has sheets of slides to share, and many stories about significant clean-up to date.  (He said it’s like looking at a 10-year old who doesn’t seem to grow much each day; but when looked several years ago, seems to grow quite a bit.)  Hanford covers 486 square miles of challenges, but at least 1,441 acres have been transferred for redevelopment for tribes and others, Harp said.
          Still, the answers at Hanford are still decades away and the accumulated costs continue to build in trillions.
          Closing the meeting, President Nancy Hanson said: “And I think I had problems.”
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Scholarship Recipients and Hanford - Ben Harp Charles Rehberg 2017-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daria Brown on Jun 12, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 12, 2017
          Installation Banquet Reminder: On Monday, June 26, 2017, instead of the regular noon meeting, the Installation Banquet will be held at the Kalispell Country Club.  A no host bar will be from 5:30 to 6:30 with dinner starting at 6:30.  Event will wrap up by 8pm and all members and their guests are encouraged to attend and support our incoming board.
          Location Update: We will continue to meet each week at the Lincoln Center through the end of 2017.
Foundation that takes philanthropy to a new level
          Empire Health Foundation (EHF) was founded in 2008 out of the sale of Deaconess Hospital to CHS. 
          They use the approach they call Philanthropy 3.0 – Adaptive, results-based investment that fuses innovation, collaboration and equity to do whatever it takes to move the dial.
          Sarah Lyman, Vice President of Strategies and Operations, detailed some of the programs that the EHF is a part of including Workforce Development, Medical Education, Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences, Obesity Prevention, Native American Health, Health Care Access and more.
          EHF manages approximately $80 million and their staff actively work alongside community partners to address complex issues.
          They have also partnered to create four non-profit entities: Family Impact Network, Spokane Teaching Health Center, Better Health Together and Rising Strong.
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Daria Brown and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark
Empire Health Foundation - Sarah Lyman Daria Brown 2017-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Mobius At Holmes Elementary Sandy Fink 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Northern Quest - Brandon Haugen Charles Rehberg 2017-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Work Source - Rob Crow Charles Rehberg 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Deadlines near for fund drive Charles Rehberg 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Digital Forensics - Josiah Roloff Charles Rehberg 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Downtown Spokane - Mark Richard Charles Rehberg 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Better Spokane -  Michael Cathcart Tim Zacharias 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Boy Scouts of America - Kate Benson Michelle Fossum 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Real Estate Market Update - Eric Johnson Eric Johnson 2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
World Relief -- Refugees -- Sabrina Slater Michelle Fossum 2017-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation - John Mailliard John Mailliard 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Health Care Changes - Neil Muller Charles Rehberg 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Mentors - Greater Spokane Association of Evangelicals -Anthony Carollo Chuck Rehberg 2016-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Holiday Luncheon Charles Rehberg 2016-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Inland Northwest Community Foundation - P.J. Watters Charles Rehberg 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) - Schaffer and Driscoll Charles Rehberg 2016-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Spokane Home Builders Association - Joel White Charles Rehberg 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
Associated General Contractors - Cheryl Stewart Charles Rehberg 2016-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
  Removing Snake Rive Dams - Sam Mace Charles Rehberg 2016-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Cyber Safety - Heather Stratford-Geibel Charles Rehberg 2016-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Superior Court Judges Candidates Nancy Hanson 2016-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
State Legislative Candidates District #3 Nancy Hanson 2016-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
County Commission Candidates Charles Rehberg 2016-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
6th District Candidates Charles Rehberg 2016-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 26, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
            On deck: Candidates for the 6th District seats in the State Legislature are scheduled to discuss issues Oct.3.
Budget, membership issues lead Q1 update    
          Club President Nancy Hanson turned her Sept. 26 first-quarter report into a round-table discussion about finances, positions, programs and strategies.
         In addition to leadership lists and copies of the fiscal-year budget, Hanson also distributed half sheets asking “three, single-words” in response to three topics, namely:
                What defines Rotary for you?
                Why did you join Rotary?
                Why do you stay in Rotary?
            Answers will be collected, collated and distributed, Hanson said.       
            Leadership roles which still need volunteers, she said, include Youth Programs, Grants, Social Programs, the Scholarship Committee and a 2017-18 President-elect to follow the current officer, Chad Havercamp.  “If you feel a calling, let us know,” Hanson said.
            She also distributed copies of a “club dashboard,” with graphs and pie-charts showing membership history (the club is now at 27),  gender distribution (67 percent male), age distribution (67 percent are 50 or older and 26 percent are 65 or older), and years of service (60 percent have 10 years or more).
            Much of the discussion focused on the fiscal-year budget, which shows a projected deficit of $7,135.
            The club also has a carry-over budget surplus of about $40,000.  Earnings from three CDs have been disappointing.
           The budget deficit, Hanson and other board members explained, arises from loss of some long-time members, a desire to keep most projects and funding programs at about current levels, plus some additional expenses, such as having a part-time
            One member commented he would be comfortable with the deficit “for a year or two, if there is a strategy” back to a balanced budget.  “Otherwise, I would be less comfortable.”
            Another member said “why give away the farm?” and suggested plans be “scaled back if we hit a deficit.”
            Hanson noted that Rotary International dues are scheduled to increase slightly each of the next three years, so raising club dues may discourage membership recruitment and retention.
            She said comments and suggestions from all club members will help direct board decisions.  The next board meeting is at noon, Thursday, Sept. 29.
The bulletin producers:
         Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
         Photos: Eric Johnson
         Program coordinator: Brad Stark
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 19, 2016
North Notes
Spoka  ne North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 19, 2016
            On deck: Following President Nancy Hanson’s first-quarter club update on Sept.26, the October luncheon programs will feature election roundtable discussions with candidates for the State Legislature, County Commission, Superior Court judgeships and ballot initiatives.
Business consultant polishes presentation skills
            Context is vital because “you are in a persuasive conversation all the time,”
            Kevin Benson told those attending the Sept. 19 club luncheon.
            Benson, who owns and operates Bold Move Consulting, added that he likes to talk to Rotary Clubs, partly “because you have the best food.”
            Benson also is a longtime adjunct instructor at Gonzaga and Whitworth universities, and, equally important, a 20-year veteran of improv comedy.
            He offered tips on how to “make your next presentation phenomenal.”  One of the basic problems for public speakers, Benson said, “is fear. You have to be an authentic human being and we want people to like us.  You are not a horrible public speaker; you are just terrified.”
            Benson said most people’s brains operate on “fight-or-flight reactions,” which leads to work-around behaviors.
            After his daughter, now age 9, fell off her bicycle, Benson said, she refused to get back on, saying “I’m not going to do that again.”  Overcoming the fear of falling, or failing at public speaking, takes concentrated effort, he said.
            Benson, who said he works mostly with non-profit agency leaders and entrepreneurs, offered some tips to improve presentation skills.
            Presenting information is a transaction, he said, differentiation between “presenting information and telling a story.”
            Part of the transaction is engaging the audience by soliciting and accepting their ideas, then building on them.  It takes a lot of “yes, and…once upon a time…then, because of that…and because of that…until finally…”
            Using the Disney Co.’s Pixar animated movies as an example, he talked about the “story spines” which shape story telling.
            So how would club members rate Benson’s talk, on a scale of “useful” to “phenomenal?”
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos: Eric Johnson
            Program coordinator: Brad Stark
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Posted by Charles Rehberg on Sep 14, 2016
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 12, 2016
           On deck: The speaker scheduled for the Sept. 19 meeting is Kevin Benson of Bold Move Consulting.  Future programs, said coordinator Brad Stark, will include candidates for the 3rd and 6th  state legislative districts, the county commission and Superior Court judge.
            Fond farewell: Past-president Bruce Ellwein said goodbye as he moves to a new assignment with First Command in Tucson.  In parting, Bruce donated $7 to the collection basket  – one dollar for each year he was a club member.
West Central center ‘has a place for you’
            Whatever a visitor’s age or need, the West Central Community Center applies its ubiquitous slogan: “There’s a place for you here.”
            Kim Ferraro, the center’s executive director, on Sept. 12 outlined the programs and possibilities of a closer working relationship with the club, which is located at 1603 N. Belt.
            Ferraro, a Plains, Mont. Native, returned to Spokane from Los Angeles to become only the second executive director at West Central.  She has been there 5 years, following the 30-year tenure of Don Higgins.
            The center primarily serves residents of the West Central, Emerson-Garfield, Riverside and near Northwest neighborhoods.  Programs, she said, include WIC (Women’s, Infants, and Children’s health and nutrition), Head Start/Early Start, Youth
Development and Recreation and Supportive Services, a catch-all category ranging from computer connections to various social services.  One new program, she said, is for developmentally-disabled adults.
            Ferraro describes West Central as a “hybrid” facility because it houses programs, has tenants, and also rents space to visitors.  Space is offered free for community activities and rented from private events, such as birthday parties or weddings, she
            One tenant is Unify Community Health, formerly the Yakima Valley Farm Workers health program, which has one of its three area clinics at West Central.  One target of health services, Ferraro said, is the demographic that the West Central neighborhood has “the highest rates of teen pregnancies and moms who smoke in Spokane County.”
            She also praised the work of long-time staffer Rick
            Because of its strategic location, the center also houses a Spokane Police detective and serves as a meeting hall for visitors such as former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who spoke there during his 2004 presidential campaign.
            The police presence is welcomed, Ferraro said, “because we have a tremendous amount of crime in the neighborhood.  Needles from drug users are picked up daily in the (adjacent A.M. Cannon) park.”  She added that construction will begin next month on a garage to house the center’s van and other vehicles.  The van was stolen recently and tires have been slashed twice by the same teen-ager.
            The center operates on a $1.7 million annual budget, Ferraro said, “with lots of federal funding,” mainly through community development block grants, plus city general funds.  The four Spokane centers also have raised $250,000 by auctioning 12 play houses, she said.
            In addition to the welcoming slogan, Ferraro said the center stresses its “core beliefs” with the acronym “REACH – Respect, Empower, Advocate, offer Compassion and Hope.”
            The center, she said, works closely with Holmes School since it shares the same family base.  Ferraro said she wants to talk more with club President Nancy Hanson about shared activities with Spokane North Rotary.
            The center stages a school supplies drive with help from the General Store and also coordinated collection of 5,000 pounds of food for needy neighbors.
            “We’re so glad we can do what we do in West Central,” Ferraro said.
Club adds new member
          The club’s newest member is Tim Zacharias, a financial advisor the past three years with the Edward Jones firm.
          Tim, who was born in Germany, served 21 years in the Air Force as a helicopter pilot and instructor.  He was stationed at Fairchild from 1994 to 1998.
          Tim and wife Alley live in Colbert and have three children, including two who attend Mt. Spokane High.
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
          Photos: Nancy Hanson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark
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