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 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.
LAST WEEK: Zach Crossan, U S Border Patrol Agent In Charge, made a very timely presentation on Border Patrol activities in our area. The number of agents has been increased to about 40 each in Colville and in Spokane . Their Colville border areas of responsibility include mostly difficult terrain with few choke points and extends one hundred miles south to Spokane which is a choke point for transportation and drug issues..

Following a brief summary of his personal career and numerous assignments and experiences in the BP, Agent Crossan was kept busy responding to the numerous questions of members regarding the migrant “caravan” and the BP’s preparation, the legal and judicial processes for entry, asylum process, background checks, visas, BP role at the transportation center.

THIS WEEK: Coming up is another timely topic, "The Syrian Crisis”, by Tom Robinson of Whitworth University, and a special thanks to our program committee members for continuing  to bring us interesting, varied and relevant presenters to each meeting… Great work!
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. 
Here's a picture of our recent board meeting with District Governor Bev Reed and  husband Bill. We were hosted at Rotarian Jeff Apland's home. What a fun time to share stories of what Rotary meant to each of us via picture cards. 
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years.  Today, as we mark World Polio Day, we are closer than ever to this goal.  Recently Rotarian Bruce Johnson of Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary recently completed the 370-mile WACANID Bicycle Ride.  Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary raised funds in support of Bruce, which were matched by Bruce to support Rotary’s worldwide End Polio Now initiative.  Congratulations on completing the ride, Bruce!  You too can help eradicate polio through a contribution at  
   Speaking about being on fire!  District 5000 Governor Bev Reed was our speaker.  Bev is an excellent choice for a Rotary ambassador.  Her passion for Rotary radiated in her voice while describing the "Be The Inspiration" journey through the district. SANWR was Bev's 36th (or was it  44th) club visit out of the 56 clubs in our district since July.  Rotary is a way of  life for Bev - her enthusiasm is unstopable.
Al French was our speaker at our last meeting on Thursday.  He shared a great deal of information surrounding the Public Development Authority which encompasses the Spokane International Airport and surrounding area.  Amazon is currently building their fulfillment center in the PDA and will bring more than 1500 jobs to the Spokane Area.  As a representative on the PDA, he help facilitate Amazon’s decision to locate here and was instrumental in streamlining the permitting process which makes it fast, friendly and efficient.  Al also noted that they are currently working with other national businesses to locate here in Spokane, including Caterpillar.  Al is currently up for re-election after having served as one of Spokane County’s Commissioners for the last 7 ½ years.
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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