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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Leslie gave a very informative presentation on Alzheimer, just one of the many types of dementia. Giving us a glimmer of hope, she told us about an on going study of a medication that will halt the progress of Alzheimer disease and in the future will prevent it completely. She provided many take home brochures, outlining symptoms and services available in Washington for patients and their caregivers.
Nancy Lewis, a Rotarian of Sandpoint, ID and Ixtapa, Mexico Rotary clubs joined us for lunch this week. Her presentation was to highlight the wonderful joint projects our club has done in conjunction with Nancy's two Rotary clubs. Since 2008, our club has contributed $6900 into six projects that totaled over $74,000! Nancy was able to show us pictures of finished projects in public libraries, rehabilitation centers, a non-profit for physically and mentally challenged facility and a hospital project. The synergistic power of collaboration, partnering and grant writing is awesome. Way to go Spokane Aurora NW Rotary! You rock. 
Melissa Cole of fun Fine Art kept us spell bound last Thursday with story upon story of her vast travels around the world and, her art making in every location. Melissa offers private commissions and public installations of her art which includes mixed media paintings, metal, mosaic and concrete sculpture. 
Fellow Rotarian Ned Morris from the Rotary Club of Walla Walla was our guest speaker.  Ned has been involved with ShelterBox, a disaster relief organization.  ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and tools for displaced families transforming despair into hope around the world.  There are currently around 85 million people around the world that have been displaced by natural disaster and conflict.
ShelterBox and Rotary are Official Project Partners doing amazing work throughout the world.
 Our speaker was John Lepper, Past President of the Spokane Camera Club.  John talked about the camera club and the many fun and exciting places he and the other members have visited to take pictures as he displayed his amazing photography on the large screens in our meeting room. Photo after creative and beautiful photo captivated the entire audience. Then he introduced Alice (a member of his club) and Alice treated us to some awesome shots of animal she has taken around the world.  A photograph of three large tigers has been stuck in my mind.  All I can say is WOW and WOW!! If you weren't at the meeting -you should have been there.
We were fortunate to have as our Speakers, Vicki Anderson and Leisa Heupel with Be Connected.  They shared their experiences with our group and are educating the public on  Complex Trauma and Building Resilience.  The objective of the Be Connected is to Advocate for Early Identification of ACEs, Support a Trauma-Informed Approach, Increase Awareness of ACEs on Health and Well Being and Advocate for Services to help those affected.  If you want to learn more, go to
 Last week our Foundation Chair Sherill Pederson presented President Sandie Brown her very first Paul Harris pin. What a wonderful accomplishment! Sherill mentioned that our of our club of nearly 50 members, we have 34 that are Paul Harris fellows, 25 are multiple Paul Harris's, and seven are benefactors. Way to go club!
 Our speaker was our very own Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary member Gary Myers.  Gary shared several colorful pictures of the visit to Guadalajara he and Lorraine recently made through Rotary Friendship Exchange. It appears they were treated like royalty with wonderful dinners, fiestas, and side trips to cities neighboring Tlaquepaque. The Rotary club of the Tlaquepaque, a small group of twenty members, has been very instrumental in cleaning up the area schools and school yards.  The before and after pictures Gary presented showed amazing improvements.  Gary, thank you for sharing your wonderful trip!
Our speaker was Josh Kerns - Spokane County Commissioner - 2018 Board Chair.  Josh did an excellent job of updating us on wide array of issues, concerns and developments in Spokane County.  Josh appeared very knowledgeable and had tons of information to share.  Hopefully, he can return soon - 40 minutes wasn't enough time to cover all the aspects and answer all of our questions.
Our Rotary Club has lost another member, Emery Krahn passed away this past Thursday, August 2nd. Emery was a recent transfer from the Deer Park Rotary Club, he joined Rotary February 12, 2003.
Our speaker was Dave Richardson with Northeast Community Center.  Dave shared with us all the great programs Northeast Community Center has available and invited us to stop by and vist the center.
Thank you Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary for inviting me to speak at your meeting this afternoon. As a fellow Rotarian, I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you and answer your thoughtful questions.
   Our speaker was Mike Dalessi, our Membership Chair. Mike gave us insight into his experience with Rotary, what is expected of Rotary members and some ideas on ways to grow our membership.
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