Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Vice President
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Paul Harris Committee Chair
Executive Director
Public Relations
Rabbi Tamar Milano
Jul 27, 2017
Luke Baumgartner & Ginger Ewig
Aug 03, 2017
Terrian - 10 year anniversary
Terry Fossum
Aug 17, 2017
Fox TV Kicking and Screaming Reality Show Winner
Kevin Berkompas
Aug 31, 2017
Ukraine: Facing Unique Challenges
Marcello Morales
Sep 14, 2017
Founding and Funding Start-ups
Brian Schaffer
Sep 28, 2017
Fire Chief City of Spokane
Blain Bart
Nov 09, 2017
Illuminating Courage

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Rotary Club of Spokane #21
PO Box 1117
Spokane, WA 99210

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Spokane 21

Service Above Self

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1002 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA  99201
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Club #21 News

Thursday, July 27, 2017 -  Rabbi Tamar Malino

Malino is director of the Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and Rabbi rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El and Temple Beth Shalom.  In Spokane since 2010, she has helped the unity among the 400 families of the various Jewish congregations, and has also strengthened outreach to the community.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 -  10 Years of Terrain: Changing Our Region, One Artist at a Time.

Founders Luke Baumgarten and Ginger Ewing will talk about local emerging artists and culture creators and their unusual nonprofit arts organization.  Since 2008, Terrain has fought the out-migration of our most talented and creative young artists, musicians, and innovators by building community, cultivating a sense of pride in the area, and by modeling the incredible things that are possible here. Terrain works to make the Inland Northwest a stronger, more beautiful and prosperous place by supporting young and emerging artists and culture creators.


July 23rd - 29th
Jul 25 Laurie Dolan
Jul 27 Bert Mills
Jul 28 George Lathrop                  
Jul 28 Howard Ness                       
Jul 29 Laura Bracken      
Jul 29 Sonny Wittkopp, Jr 

Happy Birthday!



Ira Amstadter Rotarian of Year Award 2016-17
A man of many talents and contributions, Ira Amstadter, was honored this week with the Fred K. Jones Memorial Award as Rotarian of the Year for Club 21.
Ira has been a member of Spokane Rotary Club 21 since 2002 and his  contributions to Rotary and our community are legion, his kindness immense and his ability to make people smile is unsurpassed.
You may know Ira as the gorilla at Bloomsday, as the guy riding the Russian-made Ural motorcycle with a sidecar (sometimes in the gorilla suit during parades), as the host with his family of 7 Rotary international exchange students, as the person who brought the Foster KidFest idea to our club, as the guy in costume for the Renaissance Festival.
He was club president in 2011-12. Youth Exchange officer for many years. Youth Service Committee Chair. Chaperoned/drove the District’s Exchange students on a week-long Friendship Tour throughout the district a few years ago. Put on the fabulous opening reception at the District Conference (for District Governor Lloyd Gray) during Rotary’s Centennial Year in 2005.
Ira has provided the services of his and wife Susan’s employment and staffing business, Express Employment Professionals of Spokane, to recruiting 4 Executive Directors over the years – at no charge!
Ira has provided space in his office for Rotary committee meetings and for storage of Rotary stuff in the basement, and also provided a temporary Club 21 office there. On Bloomsday he opens the doors for Rotarians and their families to have a warm spot, bathrooms, coffee and a place to leave possessions during the race. He even made the side of his building at 331 W. Main into a giant painted outdoor sign promoting Rotary.
If you’re lucky, you have received a heavily accented birthday call from Ira on your birthday, or your or a family member has received one of his crisp $2 for a new baby, an important life event, an accomplishment, or for just being a great kid. Maybe you have received one of his year-numbered checks (last year $20.16) where you are asked to fill in the recipient for a worthy local charity and donate it as a meaningful holiday gift.
What you might not have known is that Ira worked in the Peace Corps in Zaire and then spent 4 years working for USAID in Rwanda.
Congratulations to Ira on this well-deserved honor. Ira, you are an amazing Rotarian! Thank you for your Service Above Self.
Here’s a great Mother’s Day or pampering idea. Rotary Club 21’s most recent Partners for Work (PfW) employee Jamie Toone is launching her own business as a licensed esthetician and is renting space at Lush Hair & Body Bar, 122 S. Monroe. The PfW program helps find permanent employment for differently enabled individuals.
Jamie is providing skin care services 3 days a week – Fri, Sat & Mon -- including Spa Facials, Micro Exfoliation, Microdermabrasion and Waxing. You can reach her at 509-979-0129 or Her gift certificates make a thoughtful gift.
Jamie is the first PfW employee to be self-employed. With the assistance of her “champion,” Rotary 21 member Julie Kelsey, Jamie tested the waters with three Rotary Spa Days in April. Thanks to people like Tammi Mason, co-owner of Lush Hair & Body Bar, and Rotarians Peggy McCartney and Julie, Jamie’s dream is coming true.
Tammi is providing Jamie the space and guidance to take the leap and be her own boss. Peggy received a facial from Jamie in April and wanted to support her entrepreneurial dream, so she contributed to Jamie’s startup costs.
Rotary Club 21 is so proud of Jamie and we want to share our excitement by spreading the word and helping Jamie experience continued success!
I can’t wait for you to experience Jamie’s pampering! Are you interested in a younger looking face? See Jamie after the meeting to schedule an appointment or get on her email list.
And don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner…Jamie also has Gift Certificates to make your shopping a little easier today.
Two lucky people will win a facial from Jamie today. Please look for a Rotary sticker on the postcard at your place setting. Who are the winners? See us after the meeting to schedule your appointment.
Please join me in thanking Jamie for her time with us and wishing her great success in her new endeavor.
Partners for Work. Changing the Workforce. Changing Lives.
Here are two ways you can support Rotary Community Service while you shop -- not just now, but year-round!
The first way to help is through Amazon Smile.  For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charity -- to Rotary Community Service.
The second way to help year-round is by shopping at Fred Meyer, and that includes either items inside the store, or buying gas.
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Rotary Community Service at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number of 86986.  Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Rotary Community Service earn a donation!
Click on the links to sign up today!
2016 Fred K. Jones Award Presented to Paula Nordgaarden
Joe Bruce, President-Elect, made the following speech as part of the presentation to Paula:
"I have the honor of presenting this year's Fred K. Jones Rotarian of the Year Award. This is the highest honor that Club 21 bestows on a member.
Who was Fred K. Jones?  To start off, he was a member of this club and our president in 1940-1941. He served as District Governor of our district in 1942-1943. He served at the Rotary International level and was a Director of the RI board 1945-1946. He is also remembered as a civic and Rotary leader.
The Fred K. Jones Memorial award was established in 1984 by family members Kennard, Barry and Scott Jones. Barry and Scott are with us today. 
Thank you Barry and Scott.
The award was initiated to recognize members who have made major contributions to Rotary and in particular Club 21.
The award is given annually and the recipient is selected by past recipients.
The person receiving this award is one who best epitomizes Service Above Self and whose life personifies the Four Way Test.
I would like to use a very eloquent quote from our own Past President Mike Church regarding what It truly means to wear the "tag" Rotarian.
Mike writes, 'When we walk through those doors each Thursday, we step away from the pressures of our daily lives, and we have the opportunity to be inspired by the company we keep. We know the Rotarians sitting around the table with us are focused on something much more important than their individual daily struggles-the notion that we each have made a commitment to make life better for others by adhering to the principle of Service Above Self, and by following the Four Way Test in everything we say or do.'
Our Fred K. Jones Rotarian of the Year, is the epitome of this statement. 
As long as I have known this person, making life better for others has been paramount and ......demonstrating Service Above Self seems to come naturally and with heart.
Our recipient can light up a room with a smile and does so with a team that visits Rotary Club shut-ins, letting them know that they are Rotary Club 21 even if they can no longer attend weekly meetings.
During the transition time of our club's executive director, she was key in keeping your club operating.
This person shuns the spotlight and points it back onto others.
In her current position she continues to bring light to those in need as a Life Celebrant.
She is a proud momma of one daughter, two sons and has five grandchildren.  Garry is her proud husband.
Paula Nordgaarden,........ the spotlight is on you, .......our 2016-2017 Fred K. Jones Rotarian Of The Year.
Would you and Garry please join me up front?"
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"LIKE US!" - If you are on Facebook, don't forget to like the pages for Spokane Rotary Club 21 and Spokane Area Rotary.  Click Here for the Club 21 Facebook page.  Many thanks to Greg Montalbano for creating our Facebook page!  Bailee Neyland of the Communications / Public Relations Committee is our new Facebook expert and will be maintaining our page.


Through the Eyes of Rotary
By Steven Schneider
All profits, about $8.00 per book, are donated to our local Rotary Community Service fund.
Paperback, 117 Pages
Price: $14.99
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A look at local and world history and Rotary International through the archives of one of the oldest Rotary Clubs, Spokane Rotary Club 21, chartered in 1911. The Club's weekly publication, The Hub, provides a record of local and international events through one of the most tumultuous periods of our history, the 1920's through the beginning of the Cold War. The author adds background and commentary to complete this unique history through the eyes of Rotary.
Click Here to locate the order site for this book.

It's time to Tweet 21! @spokanerotary21

Rotary Club of Spokane #21 has enhanced its communication with a Twitter account!  Follow us now @spokanerotary21 and join the conversation!  #tweet21  Patrick Roewe is our Twitter Master.


For most of us, the disease of polio is a distant memory, and for the younger generations, a disease of the past.  But if you’ve ever met someone who has suffered from this crippling and often fatal infectious disease and heard their story, then you know of its devastation.  Many of us saw the effects of polio first hand when Rameesh Farris spoke to us last year.  He crawled across the room to the stage before telling us the story of how he contracted polio and was crippled for life.

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program to eradicate polio.  Since then, we have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to fewer than 250 and will stay on this commitment until every child is safe from the disease.  Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion, and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.

The world is now 99 percent polio free.  We are closer than ever.  But, the fight isn’t over yet!  For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected against the virus for life.  If we don’t finish the fight, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by polio in the next 40 years.

Rotary Club 21 is helping to get the word out!  Members became stars on October 24th as they joined the World's Biggest Commercial …Rotary’s “We are this close” campaign.  President Church and Rotarian Greg Montalbano loaded you to the live site right after the meeting!  Visit the “End Polio Now” site at and it can be found by entering "Michael Church" or "Club 21 Spokane", or just look below!




Bringing freedom through mobility

Physically disabled people in Mexico often face discrimination and find it difficult to be productive members of society. Rotary members in Mexico and the United States have teamed up with Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement to provide vocational training, encouragement, and equipment. 

Click Here for this and many more Rotary stories




Rotary Committees

Rotary Committee Meetings are held at the below time and location however all meetings can be subject to change. If you are interested in attending a committee's meeting it is in your best interest to contact the Committee Chair to confirm the meeting date and location.


Club 21 Committees

Budget Committee

Chair: Jennifer Thompson
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Development Coordinating Committee

Chair: Debbie Rauen
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Greeters Committee

Chair: Gary Stokes
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Human Resources Committee

Chair: Pat Partovi
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Invocation Committee

Chair: John Meekhoff
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

MarCom Committee

Chair: Linda Davis
Meets: 2nd Wednesday of each month
3:00 p.m.
Empire Health Foundation, Basement lvl 2
1020 W. Riverside


Paul Harris Fellow Committee

Chair: Debbie Rauen
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Piano Playing Committee

Chair: Greg Tenold
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

President Advisory Committee

Chair: Micheal Church
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Program Committee

Chair: John Driscoll
Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month
12:00 p.m.
O'doherty's Irish Grille
525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Rotary Family Task Force

Co-Chairs: Josiah Roloff and TBD
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Song Leading Committee

Chair: Jerry Altig
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Spokane Rotary Foundation

Chair: John Lee
Meets as needed by direction of the chair


Membership Committees

Board Membership Committees Coordinator: Julie Kelsey

Member Development Committee

Chair: Rod Price and Bailee Neyland
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
4:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Mentor/Information Committee

Co-Chairs: Jason Farrow and Brian Newberry
Meets as needed by direction of the chairs

Member Engagement Committee

Co-Chairs: Josh Quisenberry and Matt Sonderen
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Community Service Committees

Civic Affairs Committee

Co-Chairs: Marie Strohm and George Lothrop
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month
4:00 p.m
Fruci & Associates
802 N. Washington St.

Disability Service Committee

Co-Chairs: Dan Curley and Angelique Heinzen
Meet: 3rd Tuesday of the month
12:00 p.m.
Hospice of Spokane, Admin Building
121 S. Arthur

 Foster Kid Fest

Chair: Nadine Burgess
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

International Services Committee

Co-Chairs: Karen Mobley and Patrick Jones
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month
12:00 p.m.
Hills Restarurant
401 W. Main

Partners for Work Committee

Chair: Brian Behler
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
12:00 p.m.
Stamper Rubens P.S.
720 W. Boone

Support Our Veterans Committee

Chair: Kurt Weigel
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Vocational Services Committee

Co-Chairs: Tim Henkel and Shelley Redinger
Meets as needed by direction of the chair

Youth Services Committee

Co-Chairs: Kate Benson and Darin Christensen
Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month
7:30 a.m.
Express Employment
331 W. Maine Ave.

Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...