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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. 
There is no better way to round out your golfing season than with the best golf tournament in the Inland Northwest.  The Deer Park Rotary is hosting their annual golf tournament on Saturday September 17, 2016 at the Deer Park Golf Course. This annual fundraiser helps the local Rotary chapter provide books to kids, scholarships for continuing education, RYLA opportunities, funding for our Interact club as well as community service programs throughout the greater Deer Park area. So mark your calendar and plan on spending a beautiful fall day in Deer Park meeting new people and supporting a great cause. - See more at:
The Deer Park Rotary, a local service organization that promotes the education of our youth and solving challenges within our community is pleased to announce our newest member; Warren Schick.
Many of you may know Warren as he grew up in Deer Park and graduated in 1993 from Deer Park High School. For the past 14 years, Warren has been a realtor in the Deer Park area; he currently works at Real Estate Marketplace. He loves to help people find their dream home or sell their existing home as their needs change.
When he is not helping others with their real estate needs, Warren and his wife Cheryl are busy raising their six children. Sometimes I work and work and do not take time to serve in the community so I am joining Rotary to give back. Plus it helps keep me aware of what is happening in Deer Park.
As a new member, Warren enjoys being with good people and working to help make good things happen in our community. The Deer Park Rotary will give Warren plenty of opportunities to meet his new member goals. We provide a variety of services to the greater Deer Park area including scholarships to students from Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker high schools, over the last two years the Rotary has expanded the playground equipment at Mix Park, provided street security during the Settler’s Day parade, given books to kids at the surrounding elementary schools, provide leadership opportunities through our Interact club at Mary Walker High School,  we give money to the Green House, Loon Lake and Northern food banks as well as funding various other local projects.  To make this all happen, Rotarians can often be found hard at work raising money through our annual Golf Tournament, the annual Petunia sales which will be starting soon and through our Christmas Raffle and Community sign that hangs each holiday season in the Rotary Pocket park on Main street. When duty calls, your local Rotarians also get our hands dirty installing park equipment or helping to address challenges in our community.  If you would like to check out Rotary, we meet each week at noon on Thursdays at the First Street Bar and Grill; we are always looking for people that want to make our world a better place, help the kids in our community while having fun and building friendships of a lifetime. 

New Member: Don Kelley
The Deer Park Rotary, a local service organization that promotes the education of our youth and solving challenges within our community is pleased to announce our newest member; Don Kelley, Attorney at Law. 
Currently, the office of Don Kelley, Attorney at Law, P.C.  is located in the Flour Mill Building in Spokane overlooking the Spokane Falls.  He is planning to open an office here in Deer Park and is looking for suitable office space.  Don has been practicing law for 48 years as a general practitioner who specializes in assisting clients with their personal legal matters such as drafting wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.  He assists clients in obtaining settlements of their insurance claims without having to resort to litigation. If a client needs legal assistance beyond his specialty fields, Don works with other attorneys with that specialty at no additional cost to his clients. He is licensed to practice in Washington, California, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Supreme Court.
Don and his wife Jeryl live in Loon Lake.  Jeryl is the pastor of the Loon Lake House of Hope, the small church they founded and restored across from the medical clinic in Loon Lake. Don has four children from a previous marriage and thirteen grandchildren that he and Jeryl dote on.  When not busy at work or with the family, Don enjoys flying his plane out of the Deer Park airport.  Jeryl cares for her aging horse, Minnie, whom is no longer ridden but loved deeply.  They also care for Josh, their dog that they rescued as a puppy from a shelter in California before the move to Loon Lake.
Don was drawn to Rotary for a couple of different reasons, as a younger man in Southern California he was actively involved with the Jaycees completing local service orientated projects. Don explained that “as we aged out of the Jaycees, many of my fellow members joined the local Rotary club with which they continued their community service.”  Through them, I learned of the value of Rotary as a means of being involved in local, national, and even international service activities.  When I decided to move my law practice to Deer Park, I saw not only an opportunity to provide needed local legal services but also the responsibility to become involved in local voluntary service projects.
As a new member, Don looks forward to becoming increasingly involved in the service projects and to get to know the other Rotarians on a more personal basis. The Deer Park Rotary will give Don plenty of opportunities to meet his new member goals. We provide a variety of services to the greater Deer Park area including scholarships to students from Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker high schools, over the last two years the Rotary has expanded the playground equipment at Mix Park, provided street security during the Settler’s Day parade, given books to kids at the surrounding elementary schools, provide leadership opportunities through our Interact club at Mary Walker High School,  we give money to the Green House, Loon Lake and Northern food banks as well as funding various other local projects.  To make this all happen, Rotarians can often be found hard at work raising money through our annual Golf Tournament, the annual Petunia sales which will be starting soon and through our Christmas Raffle and Community sign that hangs each holiday season in the Rotary Pocket park on Main street. When duty calls, your local Rotarians also get our hands dirty installing park equipment or helping to address challenges in our community.  If you would like to check out Rotary, we meet each week at noon on Thursdays at the First Street Bar and Grill; we are always looking for people that want to make our world a better place, help the kids in our community while having fun and building friendships of a lifetime.  
One of the many activities during the 32nd Winterfest on January 23, 2016 was the Outhouse Races.  The Kiwanis club had issued a challenge to complete a heat in the Outhouse Races with the high stakes of:
* If Rotary lost, we had to buy a Winterfest Sweatshirt.
* If Rotary won, the Kiwanis club had to buy a petunia.
At high noon, the teams met on the snow packed field in drizzling rain to compete. But both teams also decided to pay the fee and participate in the regular heats as well for prize money.  The Rotary team runners made up of Jeremy Marcuson, Brady McCray, Tim Fitzgerald and Gerry Ashby carried our rider Brant Bascomb across the finish line of the regular heat at a sweltering pace leaving everyone else behind and earning the grand prize of $100 and the floating award. We switched up our runners to include Jeremy Marcuson, Brady McCray, Shane Bascomb and Gerry Ashby with Jada Bascomb riding for the challenge heat, but unfortunately the slushy snow caught up with our team causing the outhouse to dig in and slow us down.  It was a great effort by all and perfect fellowship activity as well.  The team was cheered on by fellow Rotarians Bill & Deb Cogan, Doug Lilly, Marty Hilton, Linda Sheeks and LaCinda Ashby.

The Deer Park Rotary Club is back to finish work on installing playground equipment at Mix Park. Last year the club, aided by an army of community volunteers, installed playground equipment in the southeast portion of the park. Next month the club plans on adding a “Sky Runner Spinner” and “Climbing Wall” last year’s work.
In addition, the club, after hearing feedback from parents who were concerned that the swing sets were located on the other side of the park, will add swings to the Rotary Club’s playground equipment.
The club has been helped in their playground efforts by “7” C’s Construction, which handled the excavation work, Diamond Building Supply for the material needed to make the concrete forms, Concrete Etc. for building the forms and finishing the concrete, DTI Cement for supplying the concrete, Par Construction for building the forms and finishing the cement and Markham Homes which took care of the cost of the rebar.

   September 27, 2014 Deer Park Rotary Golf Tournament

The Deer Park Rotary would like to thank all the sponsors, golfers, volunteers for a fabulous Golf Tournament on a beautiful fall day, Sept. 27th, 2014. The event was enjoyed by all at Deer Park Golf & Country Club. The tournament proceeds will go toward scholarships and community projects. We wish to especially thank our 35 sponsors for their generous donations as well as the Deer Park Country Club. We also want to thank the Golf Committee: Joe Feist, Chairman, Les Newell, Emery Krahn and many volunteers for all the fun! Gary Bowe, Amy Krahn, Meg Parker, Carol Carroll, Bob Carroll, Debbie Cogan, 10 Springdale Rotary Interact volunteers and Peggy Skirko. Guest volunteer, Kent Greenhalgh from Dixon Golf at the featured Hole in One Challenge on #4. 


Please thank the following Sponsors for their generosity:

First Investors,  Loretta Huss Real Estate, Chewelah Construction Co. Inc., Sculley’s Automotive, Markham Homes Inc., Jim & Theresa Eckard, Anytime Fitness, B.S.N. Sports, Deer Park Diesel, Mary Mary Marketing, Linda Sheeks, Lifeworks Financial Services, Double Eagle Pawn, Bruchi’s Sandwich Shop, Best Medical Consultation, Deer Park Family Care Clinic, Northside Vehicle Sales, D&K Concrete, Levi’s Mini Mart, Hometown Animal Hospital, Auto Zone, Deer Park Urgent Care, Fred’s Automotive, Fred’s Towing, Deer Park Tribune, Golden Aspen Ranch, U.S. Postal Service, Hydrafab Northwest, Inc., Bill & Debbie Cogan, Jayco Drilling, Standen Insurance, Empire Eye Physicians, Freedom Signs, Spokane RV Park, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Magic Creek Construction, Kirk Shaler Farmers Insurance, Deer Park Veterinary Clinic, Toner’s Sand & Gravel, Les Schwab Tire Center, Washington Trust Bank, Memory of Mike Burdette, Deer Park Gazette, Gary J. Bowe, EA, NW Canopy Structures, Deer Park Auto Freight, Chattaroy Rental, Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc. Jim Palmer, Sr., Ambient Lighting, Debbie Connwell Realty, Bob Mart, Hauling Political Promises Elk Septic, 395 Tractor, Big John Spraying, Pretty Mans Pro Cut, Salty Dog, Deer Park Vision, Deer Park Plumbing, Avista Utilities, Bob & Carol Carroll, Pat’s Pumps, Julie Becker Heritage Home Loans.

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Deer Park Rotary members put the finishing touches on the Mix Park Playground Equipment expansion project on June 28th, 2014. Along side the members, an army of community volunteers and the Deer Park City`s maintenance crew helped install the equipment and the bark. Toner`s Sand and Gravel poured the cement edging. Scott Stevens of Deer Park Plumbing served as construction boss and assisted in the complicated job of assembling all the equipment! Debbie Cogan and other members managed the grant process with matching funds from the local Rotary. The Playground Expansion offers the children in the community many years of safe park FUN!


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