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Service Above Self

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122 W First St
Deer Park, WA  99006
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Pictured left to right:  Haylee Swiger, Mikal Palmer, Olivia Willis
Haylee Swiger has lived in the Springdale area all of her life.  She is Vice President of ASB and a member of the volleyball and softball teams.  During fall and winter, she is a cheerleader for the football and basketball teams.  Haylee, along with Mary Walker students, collected canned food and raised money for the Loon Lake Food Bank by holding a movie night and selling sno-cones.  Haylee plans on attending Eastern Oregon University where she will pursue a future in social work.
Olivia Willis began by thanking Rotary for selecting her as Student of the Month from Riverside HS.  Olivia has maintained a 4.0 GPA in HS and is currently enrolled in 10 classes.  She will be a 12 sport varsity athlete, lettering in cross country, basketball and track each year and is a musician.  She plays acoustic bass in Riverside’s jazz band, electric bass in the pep and marching bands and flute in the concert band.  Olivia is ASB executive treasurer, senior class treasurer, and president of the Riverside Honor Society, band and French clubs. She volunteers at the local animal shelter, Spokanimal, tutors students, gives music lessons and is an employee at the Ram Drive In. Most importantly she is a dreamer who, at a young age, dreamed that she will make a difference in the world.  Olivia plans on studying behavioural neuroscience at either Stanford University, the University of San Diego or the University of Washington with the dream of helping individuals overcome mental disorders.
Deer Park High School’s Mikal Palmer is ASB Sergeant at Arms.  He is involved in leadership and is a member of Link Crew, helping incoming freshmen during their first year at Deer Park High School.  Mikal plays basketball, football and golf and recently learned he has been selected for the All State 2nd team in football.  He recently attained his goal as an Eagle Scout.  He is currently taking Real Estate classes, is a member of the Latter Day Saints and will go on a mission in a year or so.
Guest Speaker Mary McDermid, Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company's "Special Needs Trust" Specialist drew the lucky winners of our 2017 Santa's Helper Raffle.  First prize of $1000 went to Gary Webb and $500 second prize winner was Portland Rotarian Randy Barcalow.
Pictured left to right: Joe Feist, Travis Hanson, Enoch Clemmer, Malia Fay,Natasha Chrisp and Ken Russell
Natasha Chrisp, a 12 year student at Riverside High School is on the cross country, basketball and track teams.  Her classes include Spanish 4 and Calculus.  Natasha was in a select group of nationwide students who competed and won a trip to Peru.  Lasting friendships were made as they traveled the entire country of Peru in one week.  She said that week was the best experience of her life.
Deer Park High School student Malia Fay was introduced by President Jeremy.  Jeremy noted that not only is Malia an honor student, she has a kind heart and is an excellent employee who works in the office at Vision Source.  Malia is president of Key Club, an ASB officer, a member of FFA and has been a member of Link Crew for 4 years.  She is very involved in her church and her favorite class is a floral class where she discovered a creative side of herself she didn’t know existed. 
Enoch Clemmer, a new student at Mary Walker High School transferred this year from Paideia High School in Valley, Washington.  Enoch’s favorite class is PE.  He loves all sports and has since he was a little kid.  He plays basketball, baseball, football and runs cross country.  His hope is to be accepted into ROTC at Central Washington University where he can pursue a career as a pilot.
Pictured along with our students of the month are Deer Park Rotarians; Deer Park High School Principal Joe Feist, Deer Park School District Superintendent Travis Hanson and Riverside School District Superintendent Ken Russell.
Left to right:  Shandel Swiger, Ethan Spencer, Weston Dean
Mary Walker High School student Shandel Swiger, Riverside High School student Ethan Spencer and Deer Park Student Weston Dean were recognized at the November 2nd Rotary Meeting as November Students of the Month.  Congratulations to these young people, leaders of the future. 
District Governor Jerri Anderson was our special guest speaker at the October 26, 2017 Rotary meeting of the Deer Park Rotary Club.  DG Jerri shared her personal story of becoming a Rotarian and carried a message of possible initiatives from Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  There are a lot of exciting things happening in District 5080 and as DG Jerri says "our future is so bright, we have to wear shades!".  She invited everyone to the District 5080 Conference to be held in Sandpoint, Idaho on June 1 through June 3, 2017. There will be world-class speakers, events and fun activities for families and members of all ages.  Mark your calendar!!
Congratulations Wes Player! Wes became a member of the Deer Park Rotary Club on May 18, 2017 and was recently selected by President Jeremy Marcuson as the Rotarian of the Month of July.  Wes  is definitely on the fast track and has stepped up to serve in so many areas of Rotary.  We are so proud to call him our fellow Rotarian!  


Riverside's September Student of the Month is Ben Shaw. Ben is Student Body President and is a 12 year student.  He is a cross country runner and placed second in the state.  Ben ran for ASB treasuer as a 7th grader and has been involved in ASB ever since. He's very proud of the student body and the work they do with their annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community as well as the great Veteran's Day event each year with guest speakers.  He likes the small size of the school which allows him to know everyone either by name or by face.
Tyson Lim is Deer Park High School's Student of the Month. He is also Student Body President at Deer Park and is a great student and citizen.  Tyson has been a running back in football for 3 years, played tennis for 2 years and track for 1 year.  When he's not playing sports, he's cheering on and supporting those who are.  Sports has allowed him to meet new people and make friends. Tyson will serve in a mission after completing high school
Mary Walker's Student Body President is Charlotte Edwards and the September Student of the Month.  Charlotte and her family moved from Texas to the Spokane area when her father, an Air National Guardsman, was transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base.  She also serves as the senior class president and an Honor Society member.  Charlotte's mother is a nurse and Charlotte wants to be a doctor.  She hopes to attend Washington State University or the University of Southern California after graduation.
October Student left to right:
Payton Erickson, Deer Park plays softball and volleyball and is a member of Link Crew.  Her English and History classes are through EWU and she hopes to go to be a pediatric nurse.
Evan Kitt, Mary Walker has AP classes in literature, Spanish and Pre-calculus and is in Upward Bound.  He plays football and basketball but his favorite class is weight lifting.
Jamie Connor, Riverside is a 12 year student at Riverside.  She is a member of Honor Society, varsity soccer and track.  Her favorite subject is math and she hopes to attend WSU with a future as a chemical engineer or something in the math field.
Welcome to our newest member of the Deer Park Rotary Club.  Dr. Kenneth Russell, Superintendent of the Riverside School District was inducted into our club September 28, 2017 by Past District Governor and Deer Park Rotarian Bob Carroll.  Ken's focus and work with youth for a better life has created a new excitement, attitude and hopefulness in the Riverside School District.  We are excited to have Ken join us in service in our community and the world.
Bonnie is an Independent Medicare Insurance Broker for Lifeline Insurance who represents Aflac, Medicare Plans, Individual Health, Life and Disability, Annuities, Long-Term Care, Identity Theft Protection, Pre-arranged Final Expenses and Washington Health Benefit Exchange-ACA. She has attended many Rotary clubs throughout the years and found our club to be “very welcoming” and wanted to join.  She has lived all of the country and came to Spokane in 1980.  She graduated from EWU in 1983 and spent 30 years in advertising.  Due to a horrible medical trauma affecting her husband, she left advertising and began her career in insurance needs.  She finds the work very satisfying and said “I love helping people!”  Bonnie has served in many leadership roles of non-profit groups, has board experience and strong fundraising experience.  Although Bonnie lives and has an office in north Spokane, she has spent many years in advertising in the Deer Park area and loves this community.  Bonnie is married and has 3 sons.  She loves one on one conversations and hopes to get to know many of us personally.
Left to right:  Rachae Allert, DLC teacher; students Tatiana, Christain, Sianna, and Logan.  Rotarian Bob Carroll
Transitions teacher at Riverside High School, Rachae Allert, and four of her students were our guest speakers June 8, 2017. The Transitions program is in its fourth year at Riverside and connects students with intellectual disabilities and local businesses for on-the-job-training.  Students are able to do basic tasks at local stores, restaurants, hair salons and boutiques.  Students spend close to two hours a day, four days a week voluntarily working at several businesses in the area.  Rachae introduced each of her students, Logan, Sianna, Christain and Tatiana as they told us of their work experiences and accomplishments.  We were all moved by the student’s commitment and desire to become a valuable part of society.  “We’ve found job training is critical to their high school success, because these kids might not be our college-bound kids, but truly eager to work, eager to learn, they’re eager to be contributing members of society.  They want to be there.  They want to help.  They want to be in your community” said Allert.  Thank you to local businesses and staff at Riverside HS who make this program possible.
Wes Player was inducted as a new Rotarian by Past District Governor Bob Carroll at the May 18th weekly Rotary meeting.  Wes is a retired educator who taught chemistry and physics, along with coaching cross country at Mead High School for 34 years.  Wes continued to coach at Deer Park High School after retirement.  Prior to his induction, Wes has been a regular at the weekly meetings and served with the Rotary club last year as they provided crowd control during the Settlers Day parade. 
Scott Breneman is the newest member of the Deer Park Rotary Club having been inducted May 25th.  Scott is originally from Ohio and his career has taken him to Florida, California and, most recently, one and a half years ago, to Deer Park.  Scott is a structural engineer who has also worked at a California soft ware company.  He currently works with engineers and architects as a consultant whose buildings are constructed entirely with wood from local lumber companies.
Deer Park Rotarians welcome Wes and Scott as we serve together in our community and in the world.
Each year the Deer Park Rotary Club holds a Student of the Month Banquet.  Twenty-four students from Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker High Schools, along with their parents, siblings and other family members are invited to an afternoon of food, fun, prizes and recognition.  This year's event was held in the pavilion at the RV park in Deer Park Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Each student received a Certificate in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholastic, citizenship and school and community service along with a gift from the Deer Park Rotary.  
Congratulations to these young people who have completed a significant chapter in their lives.
Student of the Month Program:
Elizabeth Burns, senior at Riverside High School is a member of the Honor Society and WDFY. Her sports include basketball, soccer and cheerleading.  Elizabeth plans to attend Eastern Washington University where she will pursue a career in nursing.
Deer Park student Riley Wilson is a senior and cross country state champion.  Riley’s participation in sports include basketball and track.  He is a member of ASB, Key Club and DECA.  Riley is looking at business or sports management and is still deciding whether he will go to Western Washington University or spend the first 2 years at Spokane Falls Community College.
Mary Walker Student of the Month, Tiffany Cochran, was unable to attend today’s Rotary meeting due to a softball tournament but will hopefully be able to attend Deer Park Rotary’s Student of the Month Banquet to be held May 21, 2017.




March Students of the Month

Dean Lockwood is the second in his family to be a Student of the Month from Deer Park High School.  Dean’s interest is engineering and he currently works at Evergreen Truss & Supply Company in Deer Park.  He plans to attend EWU or WSU and pursue Electrical Engineering.  The only thing he would change in his school is to have AP classes available to help graduates compete with students from larger schools.
Riverside High School’s Jayden Fay, is a four-year Spanish student and lists it as her favorite subject.  Along with being a student, Jayden enjoys working at Hobby Lobby.  When asked what she would change at Riverside, she said she wouldn’t change anything.  Jayden plans to attend EWU with a focus on pre-dental and someday be a dentist.
Matt Donahue is a senior at Mary Walker High School and has started his own business.  He makes and sells fishing poles through consignment.  He loves hunting, fishing and all outdoors.  Matt has signed up with the Marines and will be going to boot camp after graduation.  He plans to use the GI bill to complete his college education.
Left to right:  Kyle Verhaag, Lysandra Gonzalez and Josh Ruygrok
Mary Walker’s Kyle Verhaag is a 3 year member of the varsity football team and a 2 year member of the varsity basketball team.  Kyle reported that 5 wrestlers are on their way to state along with other happenings around Mary Walker.  Math is his favorite subject and he hopes to attend college when he has the necessary finances.  Lynn noted in his introduction of Kyle that his sister, Kassandra, a former member of the Springdale Interact Club went to Ecuador with the group and also went to RYLA.
Lysandra Gonzalez, a senior at Riverside HS has enjoyed and participated in every sport available during her time in school. She has now narrowed it down to basketball and volleyball and has been a 3 year varsity member in both.  As might be expected, her favorite class is PE.  In addition to school, Lysandra works at the Ram Drive-In near the school.  She would like to attend Whitworth and has applied for a scholarship there.  She would like to pursue a future in health or nutrition.
Deer Park’s Josh Ruygrok is Senior Class President, National Honor Society treasurer, a member of DECA, Key Club and the varsity baseball team.  After graduation Josh would like to pursue a business degree and has applied to the University of Oregon, San Diego University and University of Southern California.  He would like to attend USC and is hoping to hear from them soon.
Second Quarterly Rotarian of the Month Awards
Left to right:  Les Newell, Don Kelley, Warren Schick
Rotary's highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others.  President Jeana recognized Les Newell, Don Kelley and Warren Schick as Rotarians who exemplify service above self as expressed through their work for the benefit of others.
October Rotarian of the Month Warren Schick was born in Spokane and moved, with his family, to Deer Park in 1974 where he grew up.  After a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Warren attended Ricks College for 2 years, then graduated with his bachelor's degree in business from Utah State University. He has been working as a real estate agent at Real Estate Marketplace since 2002. He is a member of the Services Projects Committee and willingly stepped forward into the role of the Student of the Month advisor for the Deer Park High School.  Warren is compassionate, patient and willing to go the extra mile.  He manifests a willingness to offer help to the club and club members when needed and he expresses the initiative to offer solutions and to act when he sees something that needs to be done embodying the motto Service Above Self.
Don Kelley was chosen as Rotarian of the Month for November.  Don is originally from California where he was first in his class at Southwestern Law School and passed the California bar exam on his first attempt.  After receiving his law degree he was promoted into Pacific Mutual Life's Law Department where he served for five years.  He later joined the Prudential as one of its attorneys and went on to become head of the Law Department of PennCorp Financial.  Don was recruited out of retirement and became the General Counsel of Western United Life Assurance Company in Spokane and recently opened his law office in Deer Park.  Don is an Eagle Scout and a multi-engine, instrument rated pilot.  President Jeana describes Don as a quiet Rotarian.  He is a member of the Administration Committee and Deer Park Rotary Treasurer.  His diligent work epitomizes service to others without fanfare or desire for credit.  Don is consistent and reliable in his service to the club.
December Rotarian of the Month is Les Newell.  Les was born into a family of 11 children with his identical twin brother in Chewelah, Washington. After the family home in Chewelah burnt down, they moved to Colville where Les attended school through the 12th grade.  Les spent 3 years in the Army and had an 18 month tour of Vietnam.  After discharge from the Army, Les worked in the wood products industry until he received a letter from the Postal service asking him to come in for an interview.  Les held many positions in the Postal Service and union and was promoted to delivery supervisor and then, Postmaster at the Deer Park Post Office. Les became a member of the Deer Park Rotary Club in April of 1991.  He has said that there have been many changes since he joined the club but "We will always have people willing to serve and make a stronger and more effective club."  Les is a member of the Administrative Committee and a Board Member.  He is an elder of the club, not about age but longevity and experience.  Les carries the history and spirit of the Deer Park Rotary Club.  His commitment, attention to detail, discipline, integrity and ability to both lead and follow reflect his deep understanding of Service Above Self. 
Pictured left to right:  Riley Martinson, Shante Carthens, Paige West
Deer Park’s Riley Martinson is an academic whose interests range from aerospace to woodworking with calculus as her favorite class.  She is a 4 year soccer player, Link Crew president and secretary of her National Honor Society chapter.  Riley hopes to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
Riverside senior Paige West is Associated Student Body treasurer and secretary of her National Honor Society Chapter.  Hip surgery and recuperation has kept her out of athletics but she’s looking forward to getting back to track.  After her mother’s cancer diagnosis, Paige said her eyes were opened to the possibility it can happen to anyone and it has inspired her to want to go into cancer research.  She hopes to attend the University of Washington after graduation.  She thanked Deer Park Rotary for selecting her as Riverside’s student of the month.
Shante Carthens lived in New York for 8 years, a long way from Springdale, Washington where Mary Walker High School totals 123 students.  Her favorite class is math because she likes to solve problems.  She is a member of the National Honor Society Chapter at Mary Walker.   Shante is a member of the softball and volleyball teams and is a cheerleader.  She plans on attending Eastern Washington University to get her degree in social work and eventually be a therapist.
Pictured left to right:  Nathan Pratt, Conner O'Dea and Brooklyn Schurger
Riverside's Nathan Pratt is a three-sport athlete (cross country, wrestling and baseball) and a member of the the school's National Honor Society chapter.  He also serves as Riverside's ASB tresurer and plans on attending the University of Washington after graduation.  
Deer Park's Conner O'Dea earned All-Northeast A League football honors this fall and competed at the state track championships last spring.  He plans on attending Community College of Spokane to pursue a career in fire science.
Mary Walker's Brooklyn Schurger is a lifetime Valley resident and holds a 3.8 grade point average.  She is also a three-sport athlete (volleyball, wrestling and softball).  Brooklyn plans on attending Brigham Young University-Idaho to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse.
Julie Kelsey, guest speaker December 1, 2016
Thank you to Julie Kelsey, a member of the Rotary Club of Spokane 21 who told us about one of her club's programs that addresses the growing number of children in foster care, touches your heart and makes the world a better place.  It is “Foster Kidfest and Children’s Adoption”.  Two times a year, Spokane 21 puts together a “party” that brings foster children who are legally free for adoption in contact with couples wanting a child or children to raise and love.  This is a fun evening for everyone and, without the children’s knowledge, they are soon to be taken out of the foster program and become a part of a “forever” family.  In the 7 parties that have been held, 35 of 59 children have been adopted.  It was obvious as we listened to the life-changing nature of this program, that it was very dear to Julie’s heart.  And, as with so many projects or programs that Rotarians become a part of, Julie said, “the life that was changed the most, was mine”.
George Swannack receiving Deer Park Rotary's annual donation to the Loon Lake Food Bank.  Thank you to George and all the volunteers in local food banks who serve the needs of North Spokane and Steven counties.
Pictured left to right:  Emma Koski, Shelley Bryce and Jack Hill
Emma Koski, a Riverside High School senior was nominated by faculty as Deer Park Rotary’s Student of the Month in November.  A student in several AP classes that include history and language, Emma placed gold in Honors Spanish last year.  She is on the tennis team and enjoyed her first time in cross country this year.  Emma is a member of both the school and Jazz band and plays clarinet and piano.  After graduation, she is looking at Seattle University, Washington State University or Western Washington to pursue a goal of becoming a psychologist.
Shelley Bryce, Student of the Month from Mary Walker High School is a senior and has lived in Springdale most of her life.    She is the youngest in her family with two older brothers.  Shelley, a 3.8 GPA student, is in several AP classes and plans on going to Western Washington University where she will major in Zoology. Her hope is to someday work in a Zoo.
Jack Hill, a 12 year student in the Deer Park School District is student body Vice President, member of National Honor Society, Deca, baseball and cross country teams.  Out of school, his hobby is Classic and Custom Cars and sometime in his future he would like to own and operate a Hot Rod Shop.  Jack is applying at the University of Washington and Washington State University and is looking to go into business or forestry.  Jack is a big “Cubs” fan and was pretty happy about their win last night.
Tim Fitzgerald, Deer Park Rotarian, Spokane County Clerk and retired Marine Corps Colonel was guest speaker at the Deer Park Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Tim's distinguished military career of 30 years includes 4 combat tours, Marine One helicopter pilot and commander of forces in peace and war.  Tim shared stories that are not usually reported in news, some humorous and some that might put you on the edge of your chair.  Thank you to Tim for a very interesting and informational presentation and we also thank him for his service to our country! 
Left to Right:  President Jeana Moore, Teresa Eckard, Carol Carroll, Joe Feist, Assistant Governor John Guarisco
Service above Self Awards:  In this first quarter of Jeana’s presidential year, she is recognizing three Rotarians who exemplify service above self as expressed through exceptional leadership. 
Joe Feist; Joe currently serves as Principal at Deer Park High School.  Joe, a member of the Public Relations Committee, manifests awareness, empathy and confidence as a leader in our club.  He has quietly and skillfully led our club to successful golf tournaments for the past three years.  Without drawing attention to himself and always recognizing the contributions of others, Joe selflessly offers his leadership skills to benefit others. 
Teresa Eckard; After 25 years working as a civil engineer and project manager in Seattle, Teresa and her husband moved to Deer Park to be nearer their parents.  Teresa is co-chair of the Membership Committee.  She often steps forward when requests are made for help with club activities and without prompting, acts when she sees a need within the club.  Teresa leads with accountability, honesty and focus.  As a newer member of our club, Teresa brings “out of the box” thinking and freely shares innovative and productive ideas with our club. 
Carol Carroll; Carol retired from Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company where she served as Agency Secretary and Group Medical and Dental Claims Adjuster.  Carol is a member of the board, Administrative Committee and is club secretary.  Carol demonstrates cooperation, integrity and results in her leadership style.  In her position as club secretary, she has expanded and refined the role helping our club run smoothly and effectively.  She has also identified areas of weaknesses and taken action to improve them. 
Left to right:  Alice Biurchett, Hunter Fitzgerald, Tina Carlson
Alice Biurchett is a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, ASB, Cross Country and Track at Riverside High School.  Her parents have inspired and encouraged her that no matter how small a community you are in, there are tons of opportunity if you are determined and work hard.  Alice worked as an intern at EWU last summer and would like a career in medical research.  She has applied at Stanford, University of Washington, Notre Dame, and as many universities as she can.  However, her mother told her she’s not going anywhere until she receives a rejection letter from Stanford.
Hunter Fitzgerald of Mary Walker High School is president of FFA, an ASB representative and member of the boys basketball team.  Hunter carries a 4.0 GPA and has applied to Stanford.  He’s waiting to hear from them and also said he can’t go anywhere until he receives a rejection letter from them.  There isn’t anything he would change about his school and said he enjoys Mary Walker and thinks everyone gets along.
Tina Carlson of Deer Park High School is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Youth Leadership and has a 3.98GPA.  She is a 4th year volleyball team member and a 3rd year softball team member. Tina so appreciates her mother and father who always support her whether it’s in sports, academics, or life in general.  She values her strong Christian faith and how it leads her in life.  Tina hopes to go to a local 4 year university like EWU or Whitworth and would like to be a first grade teacher. 
Pictured left to right, Janelle Harvey, Don Roberts, Traci Sunday and PDG Arlan Gadeken
The Deer Park Rotary Club welcomed the Visioning Team from Rotary District 5080 on Saturday, October 8, 2016 as they spent the day reflecting on their recent service in the community and planning for future endeavors.  Rotary International encourages local clubs to look at and evaluate their purpose and meaning within their areas of focus.
September Students of the Month

Cody Bollum, pictured on the left, is Deer Park Rotary’s September Student of the Month from Deer Park HS.  Cody is ASB President and Captain of the DP Cross Country team.  He is also a member of FFA, DECA and VP of the Key Club.  When asked what he’d change about his school, he said he’s already seen so many changes.  He said students are more supportive of each other and he is proud to be a student there.  Cody hopes to attend a four year college and is interested in state law or criminal justice.
On the right is Chandler Carr, Student of the Month from Mary Walker High School.  Chandler, Vice President of the Senior Class is a member of the boy’s basketball team but was unable to play football due to a concussion.  Chandler’s favorite classes are math and chemistry and he hopes to attend a four year college, possibly Northwest Christian in Eugene, Oregon.
Rose Taylor, student body president at Riverside High School is among Deer Park Rotary Club's student of the month for September.
Rose, a senior, is the fourth member of her family to have been chosen as a Deer Park Rotary Student of the Month.  When asked what values her parents have taught their children, she said the importance of education, to work hard and have a good work ethic, and to do the very best you can.
After high school graduation, she hopes to attend BYU Provo where her sister is currently attending.  Her goal is to become a doctor of neurology.
Deer Park Rotary “Changing of the Gavel”
Members of the Deer Park Rotary along with their spouses gathered for a Saturday evening barbecue potluck to honor and recognize the service of Doug Lilly, our outgoing president.  Doug was presented with the commemorative plaque to recognize his year in office.  The event also serves to introduce Jeana Moore who will serve as club president in 2016-2017.
Doug and his wife, Mary, were given a special award for their dedication to our annual “Wave Petunia Basket” project.  The Lilly’s greenhouse and the dedicated work of their family plays a large role in the successful spring project which generates dollars to fund academic and vocational scholarships in the Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker School Districts.
Each year, the Deer Park Rotary honors an outstanding member of our organization for their service to our community. This year’s Rotarian of the Year is Les Newell.  Les has been a Rotarian for the past 25 years serving this community through local projects and communities around the world through Rotary International Funding. Whenever there is a project to be done, a sponsorship to be sold, items to be stored or just someone to provide a shoulder to someone in Rotary or our community, Les is there. While he retired from the postal service years ago, Les is one of the “go to” people in the Deer Park Rotary.  He embodies the Rotary notion of Service Before Self and is always there when our community needs him. 
We asked Les what drew him to the Deer Park Rotary and what he has gained from being a member. “Twenty-five years ago, I was asked to join Rotary. I said yes and was inducted into the Deer Park Rotary. I did not understand Rotary totally, but I knew the members were strong leaders and would teach me what Rotary was all about. I found them to be good friends for life. We did dirty hands projects and many fund raisers to help the community, the country and the world. I can wake up every morning and know that some life has been saved because of Rotary. Members somewhere in the world have saved a life by administering two drops of a serum to eradicate polio from their body. Rotary is responsible for drilling  wells near schools so that children might be able to attend school and not haul water all day to help their families. Rotary is sending aid  and instructors to many parts of the world to train doctors, educators, farmers and other occupations so people in third world countries can learn to provide for themselves and their families. Rotary believes that world peace cannot come about without poverty being eliminated.”
He asked that we share this short parable as it really explains what every Rotarian tries to do.
The Parable of the Starfish and the little Girl.
An elder was walking along the ocean shoreline one morning after a very high time. As he wandered, he noticed thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore, and he realized that they would die if they were not returned to the sea.
But there were so many, there was no way to save them.
He looked up from the sand, and in the distance he saw someone bending, reaching, then standing and throwing something into the sea.
He approached, and realized that a little girl was methodically grasping starfish and throwing them one by one' into the ocean, repeating the gesture again and again.
The elder stopped the child and asked,' Why are you bothering? There are miles and miles of beach.....And thousands and thousands of starfish. You can't possibly make a difference"
The little girl looked at the old man, bent down, grasped another starfish, tossed it back into the sea and replied.
" It made a difference for that one!!"
As Les says, “Rotary is Service above self!! “
Thank you Les and Bonnie (all Rotarian spouses get to help out as well from time to time) for all your years of service and congratulations on being Rotarian of the Year.
You should be receiving emails about upcoming events as well as emails that will allow you to volunteer to help with upcoming events.  If you would like to see the day in which a particular event is happening, please look at and click on the Calendar link at the top.
  • Mix Park
    • We have a sign that will be going up in Mix Park recognizing all the businesses that donated supplies and manpower to that project.
    • The board agreed to purchase 2 of the toddler swings (cost is $45 per swing).  We will replace a couple of the swings with the toddler swings to make the swing set more user friendly for the young kids.
    • We also need to lower the swings, feedback from members and parents is that the seats are too high and the kids have to be lifted in and out of the swings.
  • Student of the Month Banquet - April 17th 3-6 PM Pavilion @ DP Golf Course
    • We will be setting up on Saturday April 16th from 1-3 PM - there are already some volunteers via the new event system.  Please sign up or just show up as the work goes faster with more people.
    • We need people to bring side dishes for the event.  The club is purchasing fried chicken from Yokes and cakes from Costco.  We need to provide the side far we have pasta salad, potatoes salad, scalloped potatoes and have some cash donations to supplement these items.
    • Jeana Moore is coordinating so please get with her on what you are bringing.
  • Interact Colville Trail Cleanup - April 23 8-5PM
    • We need people to drive kids up to Colville to help clean up the Rotary trail.  The kids will be back next week from spring break, so we will have a better idea then of how many volunteers we need.
    • The event in Colville is 10-3 but we need time to pickup the kids, drive there and then as well, the return drive time.
  • District Conference May 6-8th 
  • Petunia Project
    • The warm weather is helping the petunias grow like crazy again this year.
    • We need to be selling baskets!  We are running low on the burgandy star and possibly red.  The red, white and blue are sold out.  I am attaching the order form so you have it for your sales.
      • Fred's Automotive and Towing in Clayton bought 45 baskets!!! That is $810 worth of baskets and about 1/6th of what we make annually on this fundraiser.  Make sure you are asking at places you frequent if they would like some baskets and if you need your car repaired or towed, think of Fred's!
      • Doug a reminder that we need to put 10 red baskets aside for the Fred's order since we are out of red white and blue.
      • We need someone to take on contacting the Pavilion at the golf course and Classic Cafe for their orders of petunias.  
    • Starting the week of May 7th, you can start delivering your baskets to the people that ordered from you. Just in time for Mother's Day on May 8th!!  Also, we will need to deliver baskets the week of May 9th to the other Rotary clubs that we have visited.
    • May 7th from 9-12 P people that ordered from the newspaper ad or from the Open Door Church can pick up their petunias at the Open Door Church. If you have people that are willing to pick up their petunias at that time/place, you need to coordinate that with Doug so the petunias are brought to the church that morning.
      • We need volunteers for this day -
        • Early bird shift - 7 AM to pickup baskets at Doug's and take them to the church
        • Delivery Shift - 9-12 (or a couple of hours like 9-11 or 10-12) the baskets should all be paid for, its just a matter of making sure people get what they paid for
    • May 21st - Master Gardener Sale
      • We need people for this day as well
        • Early bird shift 6 AM at Doug's to help load up the remaining unsold baskets and haul them to Double Eagle Pawn
        • We need people from I believe 8 -2 PM that day - you can either do the entire 6 hours or at least come out for a 2 hour block that day.  We just need a commitment of when you are coming and for how long so we ensure we have people there to sell the baskets.
  • Scholarships & Graduations
    • The deadline for scholarships at DPHS has been extended until April 22nd due to the forms that we thought had made it to the guidance counselor getting lost along the way.
    • We are looking for more applications for the vocational scholarship at Mary Walker - if you know a student that could use some funds for next year please have them apply.
    • The scholarship selection committee will meet on Monday May 9th at Noon - Pizza Factory.  The academic scholarships will be selected first and then the vocational for all the schools. If you want to help with the selection, please contact Jeremy in advance as you need to review all the applications PRIOR to the meeting on May 9th.
    • High school graduation days/times have been added to our event calendar as we will need people to present the scholarships during graduation.  The 3 high schools all have different days/times so a bit easier this year.
  • Shed Building - June 5th 1-6 PM
    • We will be building a shed to store all the Rotary belongings in one place on the grounds at the Greenhouse.
    • Gerry will be getting the design and materials together, but we need manpower and tools that afternoon to put it all together.
  • Changing of the Guard - TBD
    • The beginning of July means it's time for the changing of the guard with Doug stepping back to allow Jeanna to lead us for the next year.
  • Settler's Day Parade - July 16th
    • Mark your calendar! This event takes a LOT of people to cover all the intersections along the route and to help get the floats lined up to kick off. 
    Golf Tournament - September 17th
    • Be ready to start selling sponsorships and getting your golf buddies together for this annual fundraiser!
If you note, we are coming into a slower period for Rotary with the summer months.  If you know of a community in our area that needs some help with a project, please let us know so we can help.
The computer lab in Springdale is often the only computer access that the kids in the Mary Walker school district have.  The computer lab is only open from 3-6 M-F right now because of a lack of volunteers.  They need people to just be in the building and ensure that the kids are keeping food/drink away from the computers.  If you have some free time and can just hang out, perhaps reading a book while the kids access this valuable resource to finish their projects, please consider contacting them.
Good/Bad News
  • Bill - I went to Fred's in Clayton and they bought 45 baskets!! Make sure everyone is out selling baskets!
  • Linda - I sold my home this past weekend in a bidding war, which was great for the price but now I have to be out of my house by May 13th. I won't have time to continue selling or to deliver baskets this year as I prepare to move to the west coast. It will be great to be near my kids and grandkids but hard to leave my neighbors and Rotary..
  • Jeana - I am part of Zen Peacemakers and we have been using google hangout to have meetings with people from around the world.
  • Deb - Welcome back to Teresa! She has been a member for a couple of years but recently moved back from Olympia.  She has been keeping up with us through these emails and is already volunteering to help with our upcoming events.
  • Bob - my afib issues have gone away
  • Bob C - I would ask that Jeana tell us about the RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) - A quick recap = lots of great conversations with other clubs about the challenges they have and how they are trying to overcome them.  Jeana would like to create a process for us that would have a President Nominee that would be in training to become the President Elect.  That way we have a system that would prepare our next leaders and identify them before June of the year.
  • Marty - We have had our grandkids in town which has been great.
  • Bob - I drove by Mix Park in the middle of the day, middle of the week and the swings were full of kids.
Next week we will have the last group of Students of the Month joining us.
50/50 drawing
We are up to $170.50 with 37 cards left...Bob Carrol had the winning ticket but did not find the joker.  Better luck next time, but that means more cash and better odds.  So come out and join us!
Make sure you are selling petunias, it is through this event that we will have the money to fund next year's scholarships. 
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