Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 11, 2017
Our club member Jim Roeber recalled an event for us when he was involved in the July 4, 1974 Trans Pacific Yacht Race. That's from California to Hawaii using the great circle route. There were 60 boats in 4 classes entered into the race and of course, there were trials and tribulations. There were gale force winds of 45 knots, 4 hour watches during the day and 3 hour watches at night, they were heeled over between 30 degrees and 40 degrees at one time with no electricity. Their navigation was done by RDF and sextant only. What a thrilling race it was. Jim said, "You never stop racing 24/7." Thank you Jim, it was wonderful to hear.
Jim Roeber TransPacific Yacht Race MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Last week we held our annual Installation Dinner to change leadership within our club. We met at Beacon Hill Event and Catering thanks to member Peter Rayner who is the owner. Here are a few of the great pics to commemorate the event.    
Installation Dinner June 29, 2017 MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Our President Brent and our Rotary Club honored Rex Reed as the Rotarian of the Year. This was last week at our annual induction dinner. Rex is a hard working guy, always willing to help. He served as Club Foundation Chair for 25 years and Club Administrator for 30 years. Where's Rex? On vaca in Montana. Well done Rex! We so appreciate you!
Rex Reed Rotarian of the Year! MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 26, 2017
Our club President Brent Mathison was telling us a fish story ... I suppose since it's his last meeting, we can cut him some slack. What do you think. It was such a big fish, I couldn't get it all in my camera lens. LOL
President Brent Mathis - Fish Tale MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 26, 2017
We have yet another member in the spotlight with a Paul Harris pin. This past week Foundation Chair Mike Dalessi honored Dr Frank Walchak with his Paul Harris + 4 pin. What a great achievement Frank and, congratulations for all your contributions to the Rotary International Foundation!
Frank Walchak PH + 4 MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 24, 2017
June 22nd Pastor Matt Goodrich from Newport WA captivated us with one story after another. His theme was to have reverence for one another. He said his passion is for people. Respect is a deep and profound respect for someone or something. Pastor Matt notices that people want to define him, want to know which church is his, what theology, put him in a box and label it. He objects to that and instead chooses to respect all people. He said Rotary is displaying reverence to all and it is so needed in our culture and our world right now. 
His dad once pricked his finger and then talked about the blood oozing out, saying it runs in all of us. Our skin and it's color is just window dressing, we're to pay attention to what's inside of each one of us. Do not give in to irreverent people. 
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
Pastor Matt Goodrich - reverence MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 24, 2017
Rogers High School Principal Lori Wyborney and Assistant Principal Marty Rubinette spoke at our club in June. They were highlighting the ways they have used grant money to raise the standard and expectations of students at their school.
Rogers High School - Lori Wyborney Marty Rubinette MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 23, 2017
 Last week Foundation Chair Mike Dalessi presented Paul Harris awards to two more of our members. Secretary Hanne Young received her PH + 2 pin and President Brent Mathison received his PH + 1 pin. Congratulations to you both for all your efforts toward the Rotary International Foundation.
Paul Harris Awards MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 15, 2017
Foundation Chair Mike Dalessi presented Past President Karen Heppler her Paul Harris +5 pin. This represents $6000 that Karen has donated to the Rotary Foundation. Good job Karen! This is what keeps funding all of our wonderful projects both here and around the world.
Karen Heppler receives PH + 5 pin MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 14, 2017
Pride Prep, the 1st charter school in Washington, presented to us last week. Brenda McDonald the District Superintendent and Johnny Whitmore her Ops Manager came to our meeting. They are challenging the status quo and using 21st century curriculum, teaching the students to adapt and solve problems. This includes personalized learning, workshop projects and a hands on skill set.
Pride Prep School - Brenda McDonald & Johnny Whitmore MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 09, 2017
One of the exceptional projects our clubs does, is to give a summer reading book to every 4th and 5th grader ... we're currently covering 6 local schools. 
Book Giveaway MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Rob McCann - Catholic Charities MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Tom Townsend -- Teen Challenge MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Mike Dalessi Foundation Chair MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Bob Castle General Manager KGCC MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by JB Miesegaes



This 24th year ride offers a variety of fun, scenic and challenging tours for every level of rider.  Five tour lengths support all levels of riders and everyone will enjoy a free baked-potato feed at the finish. Tri-athletes may register for a Bike/Run “Brick” transition to a 5 K run from a secure bike holding area. All proceeds to benefit local charities supported by the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club

Don’t Miss Out!
Lilac Century bike drawing for a Trek FX1 Bike sized to fit, with helmet, bottle and cage. Provided by North Division Bicycle. Value of $500.00! If you would like to enter the drawing,  Tickets are $2.00.  Tickets are available at the packet pick-up.  Need not be present to win!

We will have a secure bike-run transition area for Triathletes who want to practice a "race-pace" transition into a short 5K run. Sign up for a "Brick"!!


The 15 and 22 mile rides have been redesigned to be more family friendly. The new courses are nearly flat and the 15 mile course avoids road traffic altogether! Both routes follow the newly paved "Fish Lake Trail" from the trailhead at the foot of Sunset Hill out to Scribner Rd and back. The 22 mile route is the same as the 15 mile route with the addition of a 3.2 mile section from SFCC along Government Way past the cemeteries and returning the same way. For more information about the Fish Lake Trail

Deluxe collectors short sleeve t-shirt; healthy snacks and beverages at all stops; great potato bake feed at the finish line; route map; rider’s packet full of goodies!

The route is monitored by Rotarians and volunteers. Technical and mechanical support is provided by North Division Bicycle Shop.

Your fees help raise funds for the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club. These funds are returned to the community through Rotary Community Projects such as:
• Christmas Food Baskets for needy families
• Kids at Risk
• College Scholarships

• Summer Reading Program

Our Sponsors

Dr. Richard Yarbro • Banner Bank 
Fergusons Cafe • Albertson's . BCI Creative
Chuck E. Cheese  •  Hi Rel Labs   Jewelry Design Center 
Ennis Furniture   •  Numerica Credit Union  .  
Law Office of John H. Loeffler  •  Post Net of Spokane
Spokane Produce • Mountain Gear
North Division Bicycle Shop • Round and Round Productions
Clear Chiropractic  •  Sodexo Spokane  
Steve Dashiell, CPA • The Pacific Northwest Inlander 
Beacon Hill Event Center
Wendle Ford • Windermere North Real Estate 






24th  Annual Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride


April 30th 2017


Spokane, Washington


6:30 – 10:30 am at Spokane Falls Community College


6:30 a.m. - Century (100 miles)
7:30a.m. -Metric Century (66 miles)
 8:30  a.m. -50 Mile ride

10:30 25 Mile ride

10:30 15 Mile ride and Family Ride
ALL ROUTES START and Finish at Spokane Falls Community College.Suggested start times are when “the starting gun goes off”. However, feel free to start whenever you are ready, but please, only start after the suggested start time for your ride.  Remember, this is a ride, not a race.  We will have a big clock timer at the finish area, so you can see how you did.


Download Mail-In Registration Form: (Lilac Century Tab) 

or Online at:  




Spokane Falls Community College. 5:00 – 7:00 pm Saturday April 29th, and on Ride Day

April 30th starting at 6:00 am.


24th Annual Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride JB Miesegaes 2017-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Reed on Jul 28, 2016



The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute or have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. This recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation's only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations they made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to received the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957.

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of the-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida Le Tulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through  a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U. S. President Jimmy Carter, Russia President Boris Yeltsin, U. S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk. The number of Paul Harris  Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.

The Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club is proud to acknowledge the following members and friends who have earned Paul Harris Fellow awards:

Robert W. Aiken, Jr., May 1993

Mildred Andersen, November 2011

John W. Becker, June 1991

Marianne Becker, November 2006

Albert T. Bjerkestrand, June 1989

Jerry L. Booth, June 1995

Stephanie Bryant, October 2007

Tracy Christensen, September 2006

William Christensen, January 2003

Michelle Lynn Clark, December 2009

Joseph E. Clements, November 2011

Michael Conley, May 1994

Mike Cunningham, June 2011

Stephen G. Dashiell, October 2010

Karen Davis, March 2014

Tim Davis, June 2004

Richard A. Ennis, May 1990

Laura Erwin, April 2010

Robert C. Fischbaugh, June 1998

Leslie E. Flinn, October 2010

Ellen Gillespie, October 2010

Grace Harris, June 1992

Mary A. Henderson, June 1995

Randy L. Henderson, May 1994

Karen Heppler, May 2009

William L. Holcomb, May 1989

Eileen Hyatt, March 2010

Robert W. Iller, July 1984

Bruce Johnson, January 2003

Maxine Johnson, January 2015

Thomas J. Johnson, July 1997

Cecily Kelly,

Ed Kelly,

Richard R. Kerber, May 1994

Andy Keys, April 2010

Scott Kine, January 2000

Dave Larsen. September 2006

Mike Leinweber,

John H. Loeffler, May 1993

Cory Lux, April 2010

Judy Lux, November 2009

Tom Lux, October 2004

Brent Mathison, February 2010

Walter E. Michaelis, June 1992

Carol Millard,

Jim Millard,

Dale Mobley, January 2014

Marion Mobley, January 2014

Judy Mongelluzzo,

Stephen A. Mongelluzzo,

Clara Monks, June 2010

Jerry Monks, June 2010

James E. Montzheimer, June 1998

John G. Morrison, Sr., November 1989

Rita Morrison, November 2006

Gary D. Myers, June 1989

Lorraine Myers, May 2007

Norma Myers, March 2003

Nate Narrance, May 1983

Brian R. Parker, August 1987

Troy A. Parker, November 2006

John Pederson, February 1995

Sherill Pederson, April 2010

Tom Petersen, April 2005

Jeannie Petri, August 2015

Boyd W. Plager, June 1992

Maria Pursel, October 2006

Michael Pursel, September 1998

Pete Rayner, June 2016

Barbara Reed, August 1998

Bev Reed, May 2009

Bill Reed, June 2009

Rex A. Reed, June 1991

Tony Richardson, June 2012

Jean Roeber, June 1998

Jim Roeber, July 1985

Lora Ross, June 2008

James C. Schindler, December 2009

Karen Schindler, May 2012

Trevert L. Shelley, May 2005

Stephanie Sorensen, April 2010

Rod Sprague, January 1997

Bryan Stamm, August 2015

Cindy Stevens, October 2010

Craig V. Stolle, June 1998

Bill Swank, May 1994

Christi Swearingen, November 2002

Thomas Burke Swearingen, November 2002

Ward Tappero, March 2003

Margaret Thomas, July 1999

William W. Thomas, June 1988

Linda Thompson, January 2007

Mike Thompson, December 2006

Opal Thompson, August 1996

Sam Thompson, June 1995

Don Tomlinson, August 2006

Jeanne P. Tomlinson, June 2007

Martha Tomlinson, June 2007

Dale Vig, January 2012

Carolyn E. Walchak, February 2004

Frank R. Walchak, May 2001

Roger Wilson, May 1994

Jack W. Worden, May 1998

Linda Yates, June 2004

Johanne Young, November 2009

Aurora Northwest Rotary Supports The Rotary Foundation Rex Reed 2016-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

 Welcome To Aurora Northwest Rotary

Welcome to the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary website.  We are an active club of 47 members.  Our club was chartered on January 5, 1984.

Many of our members have expressed that our club feels like an extended family. We care about one another and enjoying working on projects and socializing at our meetings.

With a common goal we work on both community and international projects on our own and in partnership with other Rotary clubs and our district. By combining our efforts we are able to multiply the results of our projects.

In order to accomplish our projects, there are two Fund Raisers a year. The first starting in October is a cruise raffle in which, if you win, you have a choice of one of four cruises for two on a Princess ship in a balcony room with $1,000 for other expenses.  The second is our Lilac Century Bike Ride and we will be celebrating its 24th year the last Sunday in April, 2016.  With as many as 800 riders and a brick transition for the Triathlete we are the earliest major bike ride in Spokane that caters to families as well as serious athletes.

During December we provide 48 families in need with Christmas baskets. The baskets are a full shopping cart of food. Working with KXLY “Coats 4 Kids” we provide coats for all children in these families. A coupon for Chuck E Cheese is provided to allow families to have a meal out with tokens for the children. This is a favorite for our families.

In spring, we sponsor a Summer Reading Program with six elementary schools to provide a book, selected by their teacher, to each child in the 4th and 5th grade. Many of these children have no books at home. This allows the children to have a book of their own to read and enjoy.  This year will be the 10th year of this program, and we will be providing 800+ books to our schools.

Our Youth Program provides five or more scholarships of $1000.00 each to high school seniors or continuing students for college or technology school. We also celebrate a student of the month from Rogers, Mead and Mt. Spokane High Schools.   

Rotary is about “Service above Self” but we certainly have fun together doing the service.  If you are interested in being a part of this kind of organization; we invite you to look us over.  Meetings are once a week on Thursday’s from noon to one at Kalispel Golf and Country Club.  This is your personal invitation to come.  Just email me at and I will send you directions and let you know who the speaker will be for that week.

I hope to see you soon,

Brent Mathison, 2016-2017 President of Spokane Aurora NW Rotary Club 


Projects we supported with donations:

The Rotary Foundation
RYLA -Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Students of the Month
Six Scholarships
Christmas Basket Program - Helping Forty Eight Families
Interact (Rotary for High School Students) Rogers High School
YMCA Scholarships
Malawi PAL Project
Guild School
Salvation Army
Immaculate Heart Retreat Center
Family to Family
Boys & Girls Club
Conscious Connections Foundation
Operation Healthy Family
Partnering for Progress
Meals on Wheels
Christian Victory Riders
Summer Reading Program
A Message From Our President Rex Reed 2016-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Pallardy on Dec 12, 2012


Image Thanks to the crew who filled the Christmas Food Baskets.  What a team!

A reflection from one of our members on his experience when delivering to his Christmas needy family!

I just wanted to pass on to you that this years family was a very good one and also to "thank you" for all of you at Wheatland Bank that helped make this a great Christmas for one very needy family.

The husband is unemployed and the wife doesn't work either. The husband met me at the car and carried everything inside the house himself, I got the impression they didn't want me to go in. That's not unusual, it was probably a pig pen. I did get to meet Angelbelle, she came out with a tattered nightgown and a blanket wrapped around her. She also said thank you many times. I don't know why she wasn't in school and didn't ask; I know she goes go to school, that's where the referral of her family came from.

The great part was that the husband became overwhelmed with gratitude and teared up after a while. He said, "You just don't know how important this is, the kids were not going to have any gifts and we didn't know what we were going to say to them." He also indicated that they would never have been able to afford a true "Christmas Dinner" this year and had no plans for one until they got all those groceries...$300 worth.

Our Rotary Christmas Basket program has been going on for nearly 20 years, I've been involved for 13 of them as well as various members of the Bank staff. Admin is the only group that is still involved with me. We have a budget of about $15,000 for this program and usually raise about $5,000 to $7,500 in money and groceries from a bag of groceries program at Albertsons Wandermere. We get some assistance in the form of price breaks from Albertsons and some of their suppliers. In total we get 45 families referred to us through various school counselors, we've found this to be a better source than churches as the counselors seem to have a better grip on true need vs. the church programs we've worked with in the past. We give all the kids winter coats in the Oct-Nov time frame in cooperation with KXLY and their winter coat drive. The kids also get one age appropriate book from our club. We have a book program where we give students in several different schools a book of their own. We've learned the kids really appreciate this program as do the teachers, it's fun to see the grins on their faces when they get their "very own" book, in most cases it's their first and only one.

This is a wonderful time of the year for us, it warms our hearts and makes us feel like we are making a difference in a few lives...we are blessed. I hope you all feel the same, you are greatly appreciated by our entire club.


Christmas Basket Project 2012 Michael Pallardy 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? John Becker 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Becker on Aug 05, 2012
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! John Becker 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Pallardy


Rotaplast Missions



Rotaplast International is a humanitarian non-profit organization that provides over 1000 children every year with free cleft lip and palate and other reconstructive surgery.  Started by the San Francisco Rotary Club 16 years ago it is now a stand along 501C3 organization that has served 12,000 people in 19 countries and donated 125 tons of supplies to host hospitals.  Michelle Lee of the Colville Club and Sheila Hart of the Nelson, BC Club are Rotaplast ambassadors and are seeking sponsorship from the District 5080 Clubs for a mission to Cebu, Philippines in Fall 2011.  Carolyn and I will be chief surgeon and head nurse on the mission.  Steve Mongelluzzo has applied to be a non-medical member of the team.  We have a prior mission to Udaipur, India in March of this year.  I encourage you to log on to to find out more about this organization.  Frank Walchak


  In April 2009, Frank and Carolyn Walchak and Michael Conley from our Rotary Club were part of a Rotaplast Mission to Nepal. Michael sums up his experience with these thoughts. "Our Rotaplast Team really worked as a positive force for helping these kids. Even though cleft lip and palates are the easiest and most visible changes made by our surgeons, the burn victims received major life changing help via their surgeries. The work done by the team was a significant contribution to helping the people of Nepal. The need there is still vast. I personally fell in love with many of the children and their families. They were so patient and fun loving and most of all ready with a smile. It was rewarding to see their improvement in just a few days. Newly functioning arms and legs made it all worth the extraordinary commitments and effort. It was an honor to serve with Angelo and the legends of Rotaplast. This was the most amazing assemblage of talent, integrity, and experience that I have ever been involved with. Being in the OR for the first time was a life changing experience for all of us new Rotaplast volunteers. Thanks for the chance to serve.


Rotaplast an International Project of ANWR Michael Pallardy 0