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 of America
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Robin Redmon spoke to the club about modifying sports so people with disabilities or other physical limitations can stay active while living with their disabilities. She showed several slides of people participating in a variety of sports. In order for participation people need to opportunity to access equipment, to instruction and expertise and to venues and facilities. The equipment is stored in various home and out buildings of the volunteer organization. This included equipment for skiing, ice hockey, archery, climbing and boating. Access to instruction/expertise and to venues comes from the organization working with City Recreation, Wild Walls, Team River Runners, Innovia, Spokane Nordic, Rafting Blind, Spokane Mountaineers, Outcomes/Success and Empowerment to name a few. Since this is a grassroots consortium they are not a 301c and are always looking for volunteers. We thank Robin for coming to our club and sharing the amazing work being done to help people stay active and involved. Thanks to John Hatcher for arranging for this presentation.
Assistant District Governor, Joe Bruce introduced District 5080 Governor Bob Quay. Bob has a long history of Rotary involvement in his home club Kennewick as well as nationally and internationally.  One of the first items Bob talked about was  the new program, Express Grant Process. This is a $350 grant for a hands on project that does not require matching grant funds. Clubs that are interested should contact Joe Bruce for details.  This is designed to expedite small projects for clubs.
Meg Winchester, President and CEO of Visit Spokane Tourism, spoke about her position and the mission of the organization to promote tourism and regional prosperity for the Spokane area. Ms. Winchester came to Spokane in January 2019 from Galviston Texas where she held a similar position for several years.
Kevin Berkompas spoke today about a program Rotary Club 21 has developed to support vaccinations in Spokane.  They have partnered with Spokane Regional Health District to assist with their vaccination clinics. One of their goals for this partnership is to provide activities that are fun and are a positive reinforcement for the vaccination program. The primary goal is to target medically under served school age children.
Mark Poirier, Spokane City Golf Golf Manager, talked talked to the club about the city golf courses and the capital projects underway at them.  Mark was hired for the manager position in May of this year so he has spent much of his time getting up to speed with the details and history of each of the courses. The four courses include: Indian Canyon which was built in the early days of the 20th century, The Creek at Qualchan, the newest course 1993, Downriver, oldest 1916, and where the most rounds are played each year,  and Esmeralda, built in 1953. 
Tyler Russell, from the Spokane office of the Better Business Bureau, spoke to the club about  "Scams to look out for!"  The Spokane office covers all or parts of 7 states. He began by defining what identity theft is: any use of personal information from any account you use. These take into account the various forms of "Isishing" such as fishing scams, and social media scams. He urged us to check our privacy settings frequently and to change passwords often.
 Nadine Woodward, candidate for Spokane mayor, spoke to the club today. She has a 35 year  career in broadcast journalism with 28 of those years at KREM and KXLY. She received the Silver Circle Award, one of the television industries highest awards, for her work as a TV journalist.
On Thursday, June 20th Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary celebrated the 2018-2019 Rotary year with our annual installation dinner meeting at Beacon Hills Event Center to thank our outgoing officers and directors and introduce our 2019-2020 board members.  The evening started with a silent auction and social hour.  At 7:00 PM the meeting was called to order by President Sandie Brown. District Governor Bev Reed presented a special Paul Harris award to Robyn Nance for her contributions to the community and Karen Davis presented a donation check to Robyn for Teen Closet.  Frank Walchak and MaryAnn Dalessi presented a gift to DG Reed from the Argentina Friendship Exchange clubs and two Rotary exchange flags to President Brown.
President Sandie thanked the members for their support during the year and gave an overview of the highlights of the year.  The LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD was presented to Gary Myers for his 35 years of contributions and service to the club.  The ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD was presented to Dave Larsen.  Dave has served as our club Treasure for 10 years.  Committee awards were presented to Jack Worden, Speakers Committee Chairman and to Mike and Heidi Pallardy for the great job they did on our Cruise Raffle.  A Special Rotary "Eagle" pind and gift certificate was presented to Rex Reed for his help and support of the president and being "The Best Secretary, Ever"!  
MaryAnn Dalessi took the Oath of Office and was introduced as the President for the 2019-2020 year by President Sandie.  Incoming president Dalessi installed the new officers and directors and adjourned the meeting at 8:10 PM.
Our annual Summer Reading  Program went exceedingly well this year, with 944 books given away. What an exciting time it was with the kids. We sent to six schools: Madison, Evergreen, Arlington, Lidgerwood, Longfellow and Whitman elementary schools. This is the 11th year doing this great project. Thank you Don Tomlinson for all your efforts in continuing this program.
At our June 13th meeting we had a special treat!  Our speakers were two of our club members who told about their lives and their careers. First Jeff Apland, our Vice President, gave us a time line review of his life, his family and his career path that brought him from growing up in California, to his time and business experience in Oregon , to ending up in Spokane and becoming a member of our club.  Rob Allen, our Community Services Director, shared just "a peak" into his family and than gave us a presentation on his present business - marketing "RangeMaster".  "RangeMaster" is an apparatus Rob designed to help people avoid or recover from shoulder surgery. Rob gave free samples of the "RangeMaster, Blue Ranger Shoulder Pulley and the RangeMaster Shoulder Fit to those who wanted them. Thanks Rob - my shoulders feel better already! 
Thanks Jeff and Rob for your presentations!! It was fun getting to know you a little better.  We are very pleased to have both of you as members of our club.
  A few images from our time with the visiting Rotarians from Argentina.  ​​​​​​​
   The speaker at our meeting on Thursday, June 6th was Brad McQuarre, General Manager at Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park (a 501(c)(3) non profit since 1995, Mount Spokane 2000).  Brad gave us a brief history of skiing in Spokane, the ski park, and an overview of the recent expansion and  new runs.  Back in the 1930's the Spokane Ski Club formed the first organized skiing.  Prior to that a few hardy skiers made their way to the mountain on a fairly un-maintained road to ski on make shift runs through the trees.
The speaker at our meeting last Thursday was Amy Kapton Vega, Executive Director with Vanessa Behan.  Amy's topic was "Vanessa Behan, Past-Present-Future. She told us how Vanessa Behan's mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of 2.  
The speaker at our meeting last Thursday was Bill Robinson - Past President of Whitworth University.  He was introduced by Maury Ray. Bill was president of Whitworth for 17 years, retiring in 2010. Prior to that he served as President of Manchester University in Indiana.  His topic was "Leadership and Trust".  
   Andy Biggs being awarded his first Paul Harris by Jeff and pinned by Sherill. Good work Andy, keep it up!
The speaker at our meeting was Adam Gelhausen, Managing Partner of 1991 Partners I, LP a division of Palindrome Capital Management.  Adam was accompanied by Anthony Bailey.  Anthony is a partner in charge of Operational Strategy.  Mr. Gelhausen has over 18 years of experience in investment management.  He is responsible for the firm's portfolio management strategy and manages the valuation and acquisition process for the new investment opportunities. 
We had a short presentation by Tristana Leist.  Tristana is Rotary scholarship recipient (2015 - Sammamish Rotary) and a senior a Gonzaga University.  Tristana told us about her passion of the United States Foreign Aid.  She was introduced by MaryAnn Dalessi.
Brian Toone from Jewelry Design Center was our speaker.  Brian joined the Jewelry Design Center team in 1995 and is currently President & CEO.  He is proud to carry on what is dad started nearly 40 years ago.
Cameron Crowley of Mead HS visited with us. His counselor Melanie Fender says he accepts everyone, is respectful to all and greets everyone in the halls. Cameron plans to continue his education in agricultural production. His parents are shown with him.
NEW MEMBER! Please meet Debbie Miethe, our newest member. Debbie is a Thrivent Financial representative helping people in the Spokane, WA area be wise with money and live generously. She is active in community service and will be a great asset to our club. Thank you Lisa Olson for inviting her to Rotary. Pictured here is Membership chair Mike Dalessi, Debbie Miethe, Lori Olson and her husband Rick.
   Mark Liptrap gave us a brief overview of his life and family.  Mark has been a pilot for many years and has flown around the world many times.  He shared pictures of his family, planes he has piloted  and some amazing videos of take off and landings.  He left us wanted more information and to see more pictures.  Hopefully, he can come back soon with more stories.
Guy Gifford, Firewise Coordinator with the Washington Department of Natural Resources was our speaker at our meeting last Thursday.  His topic was "Fire Season is Coming"! Guy gave us an overview of fires - the many ways they are started and how they can be prevented. He gave us examples of how to improve forest health and reduce wildfire and bark beetle risk. Guy shared several brochures from the U.S Department of Agriculture - Forest Service and even "The True Story of Smokey Bear". Remember - Only you can Prevent Forest Fires! Guy was introduced by Past President Pete Rayner.
Riverpoint Academy's principal Moleena Harris said Charlie is the epitome of why RA exists. He was only getting by at a standard high school but, as he is leaving RA as a senior, he makes a positive impact on the school. His mind is brilliant but bored. Last Summer he interned as a coder with Start Up Spokane for 10 weeks and showed himself to be a dependable, rock star volunteer. Wimco has hired Charlie to intern, learning aerospace tooling. His dream is to attend Eastern WA U and study computer science, engineering and technology with machinery. Standing with him are his parents Chuck & Heather Conklin and Rotarian Karen Heppler.
  International Dinner April 18th
Our speaker this year is Jack Nesbit, a famous author from Spokane. He is going to talk about the life
and travels of David Thompson. David Thompson was born in England and went to work for the Hudson
Bay Company at an early age. His travels in Canada took him across Canada to the area just North of us.
The story takes place in the late 1700s and early 1800s. David Thompson spent a lot of time in our area.
Thompson falls in Western Montana was named after him. Also, he was responsible for the trading post
at the junction on the little Spokane and big Spokane rivers. His main claim to fame was that he was the
first person to travel the full length of the Columbia River. His story will let us know what our country
was like in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Our speaker last Thursday was Robyn Nance, TV News Anchor/Reporter; Teen and Kids Closet ,"Wednesday's Child" and Foster Parenting Initiatives. Robyn was accompanied by the co-founder of " Teen and Kids Closet", Linda Rogers.  Robyn gave a heart warming testimony of how she developed such a great passion for foster children while growing up in Bonne Terre, MO.  As a very young girl in her loving family home, it was unsettling to her to hear that other children had to leave their families under unfortunate circumstances and live with other families.  She knew she had to do something to help these children!
Student Kimberly Esperum with her mom and counselor Nancy Pemberton were honored last week. Kimberly is one of our Interact students at Rogers High school. She is outgoing, friendly and welcomes newcomers to school. Kimberly always says yes when asked to volunteer and she's also Valedictorian! She hopes to go to Western next year, then on to law school and hopes to work with veterans in her profession.
Student Natalie Turnbow of Mt Spokane High School and her mother Jennifer joined us to receive the Student of the Month award. She was joined by counselor Justin, who is counselor in the Work Based Learning program. He said Natalie is a great student and leader at school. She is currently working in day care and hopes to apply for full time work after graduation. Presenting her letter of recognition is Rotarian Karen Heppler.
Our speakers last Thursday were Wade Hunt, Chief Operating Officer - MultiCare Deaconess Hospital and David Sewell, EMS Liaison - MultiCare Deaconess Hospital  with MultiCare Health System.   In his capacity at Deaconess, Wade oversees the operations of the hospital to provide an efficient and safe environment for the patients in their care, in addition, he develops short and long term strategic goals for the future growth of the hospital.  In David's position at Deaconess, he builds relationships with EMS and rural health providers through education and collaboration in order to provide the best care for their patients. MultiCare's acquisition of Deaconess Hospital, Valley Hospital and the Rockwood Health System & Rockwood Clinic made them the largest community based health system in the state of Washington.
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