Rotary Club of Spokane Aurora Northwest

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Spokane Aurora Northwest

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Kalispel Golf and Country Club
2010 West Waikiki Road
Spokane, WA  99218
United States
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Our group , consisting of Mike Mainer. Andy Biggs and our wives, arrived at the Primary School  in Ghat Besi Nepal after an arduous 6 hour jeep ride from Katmandu. We were warmly greeted by all the students, teachers  and village leaders with Tikas painted on our foreheads and flower necklaces in a nice ceremony. 
Last Thursday our speaker was Greg Orwig, Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid at Whitworth University. Greg has a close tie with Rotary because he was an exchange student to Argentina as well as hosting Argentinian students at his home! Also, Greg is a former member of our club, something we will have to address very soon.  Greg shared 10 secrets about Whitworth University most people don't realize.  
It was a pleasure to welcome Sandy Kates with Operation Spokane Heroes.  She shared with us the mission of this wonderful organization which is to Provide Support for Local Area Military Personnel and Their Families.  They Connect the Military Families with area resources to get help when and how it’s needed.  This is so the Men and Women who serve our country and make sacrifices on our behalf deserve to know that everything is being taken care of back home.
As a club and district, we want to show our support for the people of Paradise, CA who have suffered so much during the recent fire storm.  After some research, we recommend these resources for you to donate directly to their health and wellbeing. Thank you Frank for your help instigating this for us!
Dr. Hriar Garabedian, MD, FAAR, FACC was our speaker at our luncheon meeting on November 15th.  Dr. Garabedian is a  Pediatric Cardiac Disease Specialist. He graduated from American University of Beirut with honors in 1967. 
  President Elect MaryAnn Dalessi was just awarded her Paul Harris + 6 pin. Presenting was Past President Sherill Kucklick. Congratulations for a consistently giving to our Rotary Foundation.
Our Guests this week come from Ixtahuacan, Guatemala which is located in the Highlands of the Sierra Madre Range.  They live at approximately 10,000 ft which presents unique challenges in building their homes and providing warmth.  Where there was once an open fire on the dirt floor of their homes, they now have stoves which help to vent the smoke from the home to reduce respiratory ailments. 
Attorney, Tom Robinson was our speaker at Thursday's meeting.  Tom is a political science professor at Gonzaga University and specializes in foreign policy and has taught American Politics for 12 years.
We were joined by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and several of her campaign staffers. Cathy gave us a thorough and concise overview of  what is happening in the 5th District. 
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