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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   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.
LAST WEEK:  Our speaker last Thursday was Ty Brown from Wandermere Golf Course.  Ty is a History and English teacher at West Valley High School and author of "Wandermere - Legacy on the Little Spokane River". 
Youth Services Chair Karen Heppler again presented us with an outstanding student from Mead High School. Morgan Coerver, according to her counselor Melanie Fender, is quite an asset to the high school and community. Morgan is a Chewelah Camp counselor, and President of the student body. She's a light in the crowd, bubbly and welcoming, with loads of leadership qualities. Morgan is a member of Spokane County Sheriff's office Explorers at Newman Lake. She hopes to make a career in the sheriff's department. In the picture above, she was joined by her mother Amber (Spokane 21 Rotarian) and step dad Jason. 
Alex Kontinikolis of Mt Spokane High School was honored by our club in February.  Alex is in the Work Base Learning Program and Justin King is the advisor for the program which gives work experience to students. Alex is working as a paid intern at Yokes supermarket, who is a sponsor of the program. Spokane Aurora NW Rotary donates $100 to this program each time a student is honored.
Foundation Chair Sherill Kucklick presented the PH + 3 to Brent Mathison and PH + 2 to Brian Beatty. It's an honor to have such great supporters of our Rotary Foundation. Each Paul Harris is equivalent to $1000 and so these two have done a fabulous job!
It was our pleasure to have the Founders of Mama Torrez Salsa Company, Fred & Gilda Myer, as our speakers.  The original recipes came from Gilda's family from Leon, Mexico, and Gilda was the oldest of eight children. 
Nate Boutain our Student of the Month, flanked by Mr & Mrs Boutain. Also present is our Youth Services Coordinator Karen Heppler, Jamie Goodman counselor at Mt Spokane High School.  On the far right is Katie Olson of Fred Meyer, they have been partnering with our club to provide certificate frames for each of our students. Congratulations Nate for keeping a 3.71 GPA despite all the AP classes you have been taking! Every year Nate has enrolled in the 4 year Engineering Classes, including Civil Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. What a big achievement. 
Our Cruise Raffle fundraiser was a huge success this year, apparently up $3000 over last year's earnings. All funds going to serve the local community of North Spokane. 1st Place cruise winner: Rotarian Don Tomlinson 2nd place $2500 Ennis Furniture winner: Colleen Kabill 3rd place $500 Jewelry Design Center winner: Joe Shogun. Congratulations all! Thank you members and partners for your help in making this such a big success for our club!
Tom Hammer brought us gifts and gifts of stories from his youth his last week. Did you know he graduated from Shadle High in 1987? After grad school you could have found him in 1993 with a push-cart coffee business on Main St, downtown Spokane.
Lisa Olson is Store Lead of Umpqua Bank North, by the North Town Mall. Rod Sprague sponsored Lisa and pictured above is Membership chair Mike Dalessi making the presentation. Lisa's husband Rick is self-employed and away 4-5 weeks a month. Her son Derek is a student at U of Colorado, Bolder with a semester off to be an intern at NASA, Houston! Her daughter is a sophomore at Mead HS and active in sports. Please shake Lisa's hand and give her a warm welcome when you see her next.
 Ned Wendle is an executive at Mead School District, overseeing Facilities & Planning. With him the day he spoke was Superintendent Tom Rockefeller. Tom attend Mead schools K-12 and  his kids attended Mead schools as well now as his grand kids.  He is also an amateur drone pilot and filmed much of the video we viewed of the district projects. Rotarian Rob Allan said Tom was instrumental in helping him establish a flashing light at the Mead HS and Fairview Farmers Market. 

Guest speaker for the January 3 meeting was Diana Dupuis, Manager of the Inland NW Area Parks for Washington State. This means she manages staff and resources at Riverside State Park, Mt. Spokane, the Centennial Trail, Crawford State Park including the Gardner Caves and the Columbia Plateau Trail.

Our speaker last Thursday was Ethan Perriah.  His topic was South Korea thru the eyes of a U.S. Adoptee. 
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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