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.
2017 Fred K. Jones Award Presented to Ira Amstadter Jenna Carroll 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Partners for Work. Changing the Workforce. Changing Lives. Jenna Carroll 2017-05-09 07:00:00Z 0


June 18th - 24th  

Jun 18 Jason Farrow
Jun 19 Max Gallotti
Jun 20 Brady Cass
Jun 20 Deb Harper
Jun 20 Frank Storey
Jun 21 Jenna Carroll
Jun 22 Lee Pennell
Jun 24 Scott Jones
Jun 24 Pat Roewe


Happy Birthday!



Birthdays Jenna Carroll 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Outgoing President: Year in Review

Join Club 21 and President Joe Bruce as he wraps up his year as the President of Club 21. This meeting will be out of this world! 
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Thursday, July 6, 2017 -  Incoming President: New Rotary Year Kick Off


Join us for John Pilcher's first meeting as President of Rotary Club #21.  You'll hear about our focus on membership and other priorities and we'll have a surprise special guest. Don't miss this informative meeting that will kick off the 2017 - 2018 Rotary year! 

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BUDGET (Meets at Direction of Chair) 

Jennifer Thompson, Chair

CLASSIFICATION/MEMBERSHIP (2nd & 4th Wed., Noon, Hills Restaurant)

Scott Millsap & Kyle Weir, Co-Chairs

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS (2nd Wed., 3:00 p.m., Empire Health Foundation Bldg., 1020 W. Riverside Ave.)

Meagan Garrett & Kevin Berkompas, Co-Chairs


Debra J. Rauen, Chair

FELLOWSHIP (Meets as Needed)

Todd Eklof & Bailee Neyland, Co-Chairs

ROTARY FAMILY TASK FORCE (Subcommittee of Fellowship)

Michael H. Church, Chair

FOSTER KIDFEST COMMITTEE (Meets at Direction of Chair)

Alene Alexander-Scrudder & Marty Gonzales, Co-Chairs

GREETERS (Meets as Needed)

Richard T. O'Connor & Gary Stokes, Co-Chairs

HUMAN RESOURCE (Meets Quarterly, Members Appointed by Board)

Patricia L. Partovi, Chair

INVOCATION (Meets as Needed)

Loran F. Graham, Chair


Chud Wendle & Michael H. Church, Co-Chairs

NEW GENERATIONS (Meets at Direction of Chairs)

C. Eric Christiansen & Josiah Roloff, Co-Chairs

NEW MEMBER INVOLVEMENT (Meets quarterly at Location TBD)

Janelle Lee & Jahn Schmitz, Co-Chairs

PIANO PLAYING (Meets as Needed)

Gregory G. Tenold, Chair

PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE (Meets at Direction of Chair)

Michael H. Church, Chair

SONG LEADING (Meets as Needed)

Jerry Altig, Chair

PROGRAM (1st Tues., Noon, O'Doherty's Irish Grille)

John Driscoll & Mark Barnes, Co-Chairs


Jason Farrow, Chair


CIVIC AFFAIRS (3rd Tues., 4 p.m., Washington Cracker Bldg., Terrain, 304 W. Pacific Ave.)

Marie Strohm & Shelly Wynecoop, Co-Chairs

DISABILITY SERVICE (3rd Tues., Noon, Hospice Admin Bldg., 121 S Arthur)

Chad Dashiell & Paula Nordgaarden, Co-Chairs


Brian Behler, Chair


John Lee, Chair


President:  Frank Storey / V.P.:  Lawrence A. Stanley / Secretary-Treasurer:  Thomas M. Patrick

SUPPORT OUR VETERANS COMMITTEE (Meets at Direction of Chair)

Kurt Weigel, Chair

YOUTH SERVICE (3rd Thurs., 7:30 a.m., Express Employment, 331 W. Main Ave.)

Kate Benson & Darin Christensen, Co-Chairs


INTERNATIONAL SERVICE (3rd Tues., Noon, Hills Restaurant)

D. Patrick Jones & Karen Mobley, Co-Chairs


Debra J. Rauen, Chair

VOCATIONAL SERVICE (Meets at Direction of Chairs)

Tim Henkel and Shelley Redinger, Co-Chairs

2016-2017 Cheryl Prueher 2016-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

What:  RYLA Camp!  Applications are on the website!  Please consider nominating a deserving young adult in your community who would benefit from eight days of leadership training, fun and new friendships.  This is the ONLY program in Rotary that allows you to send your own family! 


Dates:  July 2-9, 2016


WhereCastlegar, B.C. at Selkirk Community College


Cost:  $600, or $650 after May 31.  Each club is encouraged to budget for and send two campers!  U.S. Clubs please send to Gail Greager/Tri Cities, and CA Clubs please send to Stacey & Mike Cassidy/Grand Forks.  Addresses are on the application on the district website. 


Questions?  Contact these District RYLA Committee members:  Dave Douglas/Nelson, Kevin Sharrai/Rathdrum, Bob Griffith/Creston, Debi Dockins/Pullman or Gail, Stacey or Mike.



Debi Dockins, RYLA Camp Director




RYLA Camp July 2-9, 2016 Cheryl Prueher 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

Please welcome Alene Alexander-Scrudder to Rotary Club of Spokane #21!

Alene is the Executive Director of Embrace Washington, a nonprofit organization.  She is married to Houston Scrudder, and they have two adult children.  Alene serves as a board member of Safety Net, and she lists golf as something she enjoys doing.
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Posted on Jan 17, 2016
Our 2015-2016 RCS Campaign, "Keeping Promises," is coming to a close on a very high note.
If you missed last week's meeting, you will be pleased to know that our campaign has raised over $117,000 and is still growing.  Add the amazing Spokane Rotary Foundation distributions, and the amount well exceeds $180,000.
Because of these historic financial results, we've been able to make additional funds available to our Spending Committees.  Please see your committee chairs for details.
All of this money is dedicated to those in need in the primary areas of international service:  youth, health care, disability support, education, and veterans.
This inspiring RCS campaign is just one of the many ways that Rotary 21 helps make our community and world a better place. 
Thank you all for joining in this effort.



John R. Pilcher

John R. Pilcher

Rotary 21 Vice President
Club 21 - Keeping Promises - RCS 2015



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Posted by Meagan Garrett on Jan 17, 2016
Date:  Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Place:  Bank of America Building (Lobby), 601 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA
Rotary Club #21 has been selected as this year's highlighted nonprofit organization at the Bozzi Media Best B2B Firms of 2015.  It is a tradeshow and networking event held on a single night, celebrating the best Spokane Business has to offer.  Rotary #21 will have a booth at the event, where our Membership Development and Communications Committees will be able to engage with Spokane's best in business, to help them understand the importance of Rotary in our local community and encourage them to be a part of the amazing work Rotary does both locally and internationally.  We would love to see a HUGE Club #21 presence at the event, supporting our booth and engaging with the community.
Bozzi Media Best B2B Firms of 2015 (Tradeshow and Networking Event) Meagan Garrett 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

Dear Rotarians of District 5080,


Please find an application form by clicking the "Read More" link to be part of a Rotary Friendship Exchange to D1700 in France (Andorra, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees) 

The outbound portion of this exchange will take place APRIL 25 - MAY 8, 2016. 


My contact in this district has supplied the following initial information about this exchange:

His  proposals are;
Fly into and out of Toulouse airport

3 days - Perpignan "Doyen"

3 days - Toulouse

3 days - Cahors

3 days - Balma and Tournefille

 Please be aware that plans do change and this may not be an exact itinerary.


Applications for this exchange will open on July 3rd and close on July 17th

Successful applicants' Rotary Clubs should be willing to host the inbound team from France who will most likely be coming between August 22 - September 9, 2016.







Brenda Balahura
Chair, RFE Committee
District 5080
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Meet Marie Komboukos!  She is Club 21's PfW Staff.  If you would like to consider her for a position with your organization, please review her resumeClick here



Partners For Work - Current Staff Resume Suzy Greenwood 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

We have the amazing opportunity to host Past Rotary International President Rick King in February.  This is a District-wide event you will not want to miss!  Rick is noted as an inspirational and entertaining speaker.  If you are in Spokane on February 26th, plan to join us for this exciting evening.

"An Evening with Rick King"
February 26th, 2015
No Host Reception....5:30 p.m.  Dinner Seating 6:15 p.m.
Place:  Red Lion Inn at the Park

Also entertaining us that evening will be Spokane Youth Jazz Orchestra 
Colors will be presented by the U.S. Navy Cadet Corp/U.S. Navy League Cadet Corp
Centerpieces designed by Spokane Falls Community College Floral Department and
Spokane Community College Culinary Arts Students


Paid Reservations are $50 per person

Please make your reservations by no later than February 16th. 

(Checks and Credit Cards accepted.  Please make your reservations now by contacting Suzy at the Rotary office, 534-8998, or  Checks should be made payable to Rotary Club of Spokane. 
Please send to: 7 South Howard, Suite 420, Spokane, WA  99201.)


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If you wish to submit a grant application, please determine from which committee you will be applying for funds.  Once you have determined the correct committee:  Youth Services or Disability Services please click on the name of that committee and you will be taken to the appropriate page which gives you instructions, guidelines and further information to apply.
Please note our new mailing address, effective 08/25/16:  PO Box 1117, Spokane, WA 99210.
Submitting A Grant Application Cheryl Prueher 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0


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




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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.


IT'S TIME TO TWEET 21! @spokanerotary21 Cheryl Prueher 0

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!



Stars are Born as Club 21 Says "We are This Close" - Joins Worlds's Biggest Commercial Cheryl Prueher 0


Front Row, Left to Right: Steve Schneider, Mike Church, Linda Davis, Rick O'Connor, Greg Montalbano, Joe Bruce  Back Row, Left to Right:  Greg Larratt, Jason Farrow, Darin Christensen, KC Constable.  Team 21 rocks!

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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.


"LIKE US" - Getting Facebook Friendly Cheryl Prueher 0


Thank you to everyone who helped keep our Centennial Trail beautiful.  Members of Rotary 21 helped Spokane Rotaract with the 2014 Trail Cleanup Project.

Rotary 21 assists Spokane Rotaract with Centennial Trail cleanup! Suzy Greenwood 0

We are pleased to announce that the Peace Corps and Rotary International have signed a letter of collaboration to promote our shared missions of service and sustainable community development. Founded in 1905, Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Rotary also builds peace and international understanding through education, humanitarian service, and by connecting young leaders.

Much like Peace Corps Volunteers, Rotarians are attuned to their communities’ needs. Our organizations operate not only in many of the same countries, but also in many of the same communities. The Peace Corps and Rotary families often overlap. There are many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the Rotarian community and, likewise, many Rotarians become Peace Corps Volunteers. 

Under this new strategic partnership, our organizations will explore collaboration initially in three countries: Philippines, Thailand, and Togo. Among various activities, Peace Corps posts can encourage Volunteers to collaborate with local Rotary clubs, while Rotary clubs can work with Peace Corps posts to provide small grants to Volunteers and their communities through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. By exploring new ways of working together, our organizations hope to realize administrative efficiencies and achieve greater development impact.

Our partnership provides not only for collaboration overseas, but also in the United States. The Peace Corps looks forward to working with Rotary to recruit Americans into Peace Corps service, and to advance the Third Goal of sharing the world with our fellow Americans. Together, we can inspire volunteerism and service across the country and around the world.  

To learn more, please read the letter of collaboration or visit the Rotary International partnership page on the Intranet. We encourage posts outside of the three focus countries that are interested in working with Rotary to contact Dilana Martinez in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at

Peace Corps and Rotary International Sign Letter of Collaboration Suzy Greenwood 0
Posted by Suzy Greenwood

PFW Success!!!

Our own Partner's for Work staff member, Robert Campbell, has landed a job!  He started working at Prohibition Gastropub on N. Monroe on Saturday, November 14th.  Robert's last meeting with us will be Thursday, November 19th.  Please take an opportunity to congratulate Robert on this achievement and thank him for his service to our club.

Congratulations, Robert!



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Posted by Suzy Greenwood

Spend a little time with our Youth Exchange students, Leonardo and Eros, and you will soon see we live in a very small world!  Invite them to join you for dinner, or on a family outing.  You will enjoy getting to know these delightful young men!  Give Ira a call to set up the plans.   Remember-   it is a shared club effort to expand their experiences and expose them to American culture.  Invite them today!   Ira @ 701 0226.


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Posted by Suzy Greenwood

Click here to get your RCS Contribution Card and REACH FOR THE STARS!  Return the completed form to Suzy at the Rotary office, 7 S. Howard, Ste. 420, Spokane, WA  99201.  If you prefer to scan and email the form, send to  Thank you for sharing your heart and your treasure with those in need.  Need is prove that kindness and compassion are as well.  The stars are twinkling a little brighter today  because of you!


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Posted by Joe Franklin Bruce

Transitions Gate was founded in 2007 by Nancy Mortlock, a Spokane Nurse and recipient of Rotary Club 21's International Service Committee funds. In this video you will hear in Nancy's own words about the work of Transitions Gate and how Rotary Club 21 RCS dollars made a difference. Click on the YouTube link below to view the video.

Reach for the Stars and please give to the 2014 RCS campaign. Through your contributions, Rotary Club 21 touches lives in our community and around the world.

Thank you.

Joe Bruce

Rotary Club 21 Vice President

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Posted by Joe Franklin Bruce

October 23, 2014, starting at 1:44 PM, is a partial eclipse of the Sun. Please do not look directly at the Sun during an eclipse.

October 23, 2014 we will eclipse our previous weeks totals for the 2014 RCS campaign. The current total is over $47,000.

Eclipse  gum was distributed at the weekly Rotary Club 21 lunch to celebrate the partial solar eclipse. It is also a great reminder to help us eclipse our $100,000 RCS goal. 

If we surpass $100,000 dollars this year Kathy and I will host a Rotary Club 21 star party and children are invited. 

This event would take place at our home next summer when weather permits. 

Thank you so much to everyone that has already pledged and contributed to RCS.

Let's eclipse $100,000.



This is a photo of the eclipse taken from north of Reardan, October 23, 2014, 3:42 PM.

Joe Bruce

Rotary Club  21 Vice President

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Posted by Suzy Greenwood

Leonardo and Eros peeling potatoes for their first Thanksgiving dinner in the USA.


Leonardo and Eros Enjoy First Thanksgiving with Club 21 Suzy Greenwood 0
Posted by Joe Franklin Bruce

Rotary Club 21 RCS dollars are at work again at the Guilds' School. Read about Club 21 helping with an iPad for a special little girl, Kathryn, in The November Guilds' School Vision newsletter.

You can go to pages 4 and 5 to read the story.

Please get your RCS pledge cards into the Rotary office so we can continue reaching out to these stars like little Kathryn.

Thank you.

Joe Bruce

Rotary Club 21 RCS Chairperson


Rotary Club 21 RCS Dollars At Work, Again! Joe Franklin Bruce 0
Posted by Suzy Greenwood

LOOKING for Ambassadors that you want to see represent Rotary in far off foreign lands as High School exchange students.  Know anyone interested?  Please give Ira a call at 747 6011 for more information!!  Interviews on November!!!!!


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Posted by Suzy Greenwood

Rotary Club of Spokane #21 had the distinct honor of hosting Washington Governor Jay Inslee at the June 5th, 2014 meeting.  Following tradition, the incumbent Governor addressed a full room of Rotarians and guests.  Trudi Inslee accompanied the Governor for this event.


President Mike Church and Governor Jay Inslee


Gov. Inslee presents award to our own Bill Chaves!


Gov. Inslee thinks things over as he speaks with Mac Kosinski and guest.


Also joining us for the day, one of our own and one of our favorites...Representative Kevin Parker.

Governor Inslee Visits Club 21 Suzy Greenwood 0
Rotary District Spring Tour 2013 - Amstadters with our Exchange Students Suzy Greenwood 0