Posted by Marilyn Highberg on Jan 03, 2019

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.

Diana Dupuis, Manager of the Inland NW Area Parks Marilyn Highberg 2019-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Dec 27, 2018
Our speaker last Thursday was Ethan Perriah.  His topic was South Korea thru the eyes of a U.S. Adoptee. 
Ethan Perriah Sandie Brown 2018-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Dec 11, 2018
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.  
Greg Orwig, Whitworth University Sandie Brown 2018-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andy Biggs on Dec 05, 2018
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. 
Andy Biggs & Mike Mainer in Nepal Andy Biggs 2018-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Starr on Dec 05, 2018
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.
Sandy Kates - Operation Spokane Heroes Brian Starr 2018-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Nov 23, 2018
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!
Paradise Fire help MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Nov 23, 2018
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. 
Dr. Hriar Garabedian, MD, FAAR, FACC Sandie Brown 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 23, 2018
  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.
MaryAnn Dalessi PH + 6 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Starr on Nov 13, 2018
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. 
Dr. Jose Vasquez, Ixtahaucan, Guatemala - Fish hatchery Project Brian Starr 2018-11-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Nov 09, 2018
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.
Tom Robinson Sandie Brown 2018-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Nov 09, 2018
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. 
Cathy McMorris Rogers Sandie Brown 2018-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Turner on Oct 30, 2018
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!
Zach Crossan, U S Border Patrol Agent In Charge Jim Turner 2018-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 26, 2018
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. 
Club Board Meeting MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherill Kucklick on Oct 26, 2018
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  
End Polio Now Sherill Kucklick 2018-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Oct 22, 2018
   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.
District Governor Bev Reed Sandie Brown 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Starr on Oct 22, 2018
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.
Al French, County Commissioner Brian Starr 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandie Brown on Oct 10, 2018
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.
Leslie Woodfill of the Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer Association Sandie Brown 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 05, 2018
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. 
Nancy Lewis - Sandpoint & Zihuatanejo projects MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Dr. John Tomkoviak, MD, MOL Founding Dean of the WSU, Elson S Floyd, College of Medicine Sandie Brown 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 24, 2018
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. 
Melisa Cole - Fun Fine Art MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Starr on Sep 18, 2018
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.
Ned Morris - Shelter Box Brian Starr 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 14, 2018
 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.
Spokane Camera Club MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 04, 2018
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
Vicki Anderson and Leisa Heuple - Counseling - Complex Trauma MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 04, 2018
 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!
Gary Myers - Rotary Friendship Exchange MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 04, 2018
 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!
Sandie Brown Paul Harris MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 20, 2018
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.
Josh Kerns Spokane County Commissioner MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 14, 2018
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.
Dave Richardson MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 08, 2018
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.
Emery Krahn MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 03, 2018
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.
Lisa Brown MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 03, 2018
   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.
Mike Dalessi on Membership MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 25, 2018
     MaryAnn Dalessi presented our club's Facebook pages and ClubRunner pages for our club, district and Rotary International.
MaryAnn Dalessi on Social Media MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 25, 2018
  Immediate Past President Sherill Pederson received her Paul Harris + 2 pin last week from past Foundation Chair Mike Dalessi Well done!
Sherill Pederson PH + 2 MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 25, 2018
    Jeff Apland was given his Paul Harris +3 pin last week. What a fine accomplishment. Sherril presenting and Sandie presiding.
Jeff Apland MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Connie Stark - Boys & Girls Club of Spokane MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 06, 2018
    David Knutsen  - My Life with Raptors!
David told us the amazing story of his life work with raptors, working with the Seahawks, and how the birds of prey are used to keep aircraft safe during take-off and landings at airports. He was accompanied by Taima – the beautiful Seahawk bird that leads the Seahawks out of the tunnel at all home games.
David Knutsen - Raptors MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 03, 2018
Summer Reading Program was a huge success! Thank you Don Tomlinson for spearheading this tremendous effort for our club. 
Summer Reading Program MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 02, 2018
  Roger Wilson given Lifetime Service Award. 
Roger Wilson MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 02, 2018
 Sherri Wallis of STCU.  Her topic was Charitable Giving – Making the Most of Your Giving.  She had many good tips and ideas to share and gave us some valuable advice that we can use as individuals and as a club.
Sherri Wallis of STCU MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 26, 2018
  Special recognition for over 10 years of service as Club Treasurer was given to Dave Larsen.  
Length of Service Award MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Year MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 26, 2018
Memorial Service for long time Rotarian Dr Mike Leinweber of our club will be July 7th, 1 pm at Covenant Methodist Church on Gleneden. At his request, please make all contributions to Rotaplast.
Memorial Dr Mike Leinweber MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Jim & Jean Roeber's Rotary Quilt MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jun 10, 2018
    Dr Russell Tucker, from the Radiology Faculty and College of Veterinary medicine at WSU, Pullman was our speaker last Thursday. He's been involved with grizzly bear studies and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Dr Russell Tucker DACVR MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherill Pederson on Jun 08, 2018
Last week our program was from Janet Mann and Lori Kretcmar-Henricks of Gonzaga, on Foster Care Through the Eyes of the Children.  Not surprisingly, we heard that there is much room for improvement in the current Foster Care Program.  The Foster parents receive far too little training and too little funding for the work they do.  Much has been learned through the years about how best to meet the needs of children in the Foster Care system.  The opportunity exists for much reform in this system. 
Foster Care Thkrough the Eyes of the Children Sherill Pederson 2018-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 25, 2018
    Lori Wyborney, principal at Rogers High School proudly regaled us with sad and fun success stories of her students. Despite overwhelming odds, she told of her kids pursuit of an education. It was quite inspiring.
Lori Wyborney, Rogers Principal MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 25, 2018
  Long time member Dick Kerber says goodbye to our club. He's moving to the Tri-Cities area. Good luck Dick, you will be missed!
Dick Kerber says goodbye MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 25, 2018
    Gary Meyers was awarded a Paul Harris +2 pin. Good work for our Rotary Foundation.
Gary Meyers PH +2 MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 17, 2018
 Learning without barriers
Casey Lemon, a sophomore, holds an original design radio-controlled plane Friday that he and other students built
at Riverpoint Academy. Lemon has an interest in RC airplanes and motorsports, which includes a riding
lawnmower on which he and a friend mounted a racing engine.
At Riverpoint Academy, a tech and science-focused school in the Mead School District, students work on project-oriented assignments, building, creating and experimenting in various subjects. Most students work in one  large room, though there are other labs and workshops for specific tasks.
Bella Memeo, a sophomore at Riverpoint Academy, assembles the wing of a scale model airplane she adapted from a drawing of a World War II aircraft Friday at the tech-focused school in the Mead School District. The school recently began taking ninth- to 12-graders.
Riverpoint Academy news MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 15, 2018
 "Using Technology for Sustainable Knowledge Transfer" was Cornelius Adewale's topic to us this past week. Originally from Nigeria, he works with WSU in agricultural development and productivity to drastically reduce poverty in the sub Saharan African economies where 70 - 80% of the residents farm.
Cornelius Adewale, PhD from WSU MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 07, 2018
   This week we were be honored to have as our guest Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich of the Spokane County Police Department.  His topic was Protecting our Kids in Schools.  He has some very strong views on this subject, and it was very interesting to hear his current thoughts on this critical issue. 
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich of the Spokane County Police Department MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on May 04, 2018

We hosted our Student of the Month yesterday, Andrew Bradford, and his adviser Nancy from the Career Center at Rogers High School. Nancy related how she's known Andrew for many years and when he was a sophomore, came to her office and said he wanted to attend Stanford. He helped her up off the floor and asked her what he needed to do to get there.

She's been working with Andrew ever since and he reports that he's going to Stanford this fall to work in Enviro Science! Andrew is the football captain, Interact President, STEM tutor and has won the Science and Engineering Fair at the state level.

Congratulations Andrew on all your hard work! We support you.

Student of the Month MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Apr 09, 2018
    Doug Gilmore of Spokane Rotaract club visited this week to invite us to his club's first annual Whiskey Social at Dry Fly Distillery. They are trying this idea as a membership drive and to promote club awareness. Let's go out as a group and support them! 
Rotaractor Doug Gilmore MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Apr 09, 2018
Chris Cargill, Eastern WA Director for the Washington Policy Center spoke to us last week on Improving Lives Through Market Solutions. He's been a speaker at our club before and is always welcomed.
Chris Cargill Washington Policy Center MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Apr 09, 2018
     District 5080 held the annual Spring District Training Leadership Assembly this past Saturday at Central Valley's Tech School. What a great place to meet. We had an awesome cadre of instructors and a wide array of classes to take. Thank you DGE Bev Reed and Stacey Cassidy for all your excellent work!
District Leadership Training Assembly MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Apr 06, 2018
Last week we had a great meeting Matt Velasco, US Army, Retired, sharing his experiences as a Senior Defense Representative to the Philippines.  It was very interesting to hear his recollections of his time spent in the Philippines, and his perspective on decisions made by the United States with respect to the American military presence.   
Matt Valesco Ret US Army MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Apr 06, 2018
  Our member Andy Keys is getting hitched Saturday. We had a little fun with him!
Andy Keys getting hitched MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Apr 03, 2018
Students of the Month of March from Mt Spokane High School Work Based Learning Program.. They are with Counselor Kelli Burkhardt and Rotarian Karen Heppler. The students are Ryan Sexton who serves as manager for the wrestling team and Camden Wahl. Both students have excellent attendance, are punctual and, are willing to step up whenever asked. Congratulations to you both!
Students of the Month MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 19, 2018
District Leadership Training Assembly coming soon!
April 7th 
Spokane Valley Tech, 115 S University Road Spokane Valley
$40 for all day and it includes lunch! 
District Leadership Training Assembly MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 14, 2018
Lieutenant Shawn Kendall from the Spokane Police Department, brought a riveting meeting on "Enhancing the Survival Mindset."  He has served 11 years as a Master K-9 officer and is currently the Master Instructor on Survival Techniques. "Mental preparation is more valuable than physical training when it comes to survival during a critical incident."
Lt Shawn Kendall Enhancing the Survival Mindset MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 06, 2018
  Marie Marx Strohm brought a non-profit video and a mini documentary to our club meeting on March 1st. Marie is a Spokane native and loves telling stories and sharing them in video. 
Marie Marx Strohm Hummingbird Productions MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 06, 2018
  Karen Davis, Scott Willegalle and Sandie Brown helped us to kickoff our Lilac Century Family Fun Ride. Bob Lombard designed the trail maps, Karen managed sponsor placement sales, Scott and Sandie are co-chairs of this event. Shout out to our club members who assisted in the Bike Show last weekend, we sold 238 bike raffle tickets there. Posters, Save-the-Date postcards, Road Cycling Maps and raffle tickets are available now to distribute throughout our county. Contact Scott and Sandie for help. We all need to get these materials out to our sponsors and friends to spread the word for our event. 
Bike Ride Kickoff! MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 06, 2018
   We have been blessed this month to have two  particularly special birthday parties. Both Rotarians, Jean Roeber and Al Bjerkestrand turned 90! Jean transferred into our club with her husband Jim a couple of years ago. Al is one of the founding members from 35 years ago. Al says he was born in India of missionary parents and his two great passions in life are the church and Rotary. Congratulations to you both, may you live long and prosper. We certainly enjoyed eating cake two weeks in a row, who's next?
Rotarians Al B and Jean R turn 90!!! MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 06, 2018
DGE Bev Reed encouraged us to attend the District Leadership Training Assembly. New venue this year at Spokane Valley Tech 115 S University Road and the date is April 7th, all day. This year we have expanded training – offering over 50 different topics!  Class offerings will be available in the areas of Membership, Public Image, Leadership, Youth Services, as well as classes to prepare incoming club officers for their year.  Each hour you will have 9 different classes to choose from.  Hint:  Bring as many club members as you can with you so all material can be received.
Spring Leadership Training Bev Reed MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Mar 06, 2018
Kaitlin Zempke, Student of the Month and Rob Renner, counselor from Mt Spokane High School shared lunch with us last Thursday. Kaitlin has diverse interests and is hoping to attend University of Washington. Our club asks the students to apply for a $1000 scholarship from us.
Student of the Month Kaitlin Zempke MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 28, 2018
We enjoyed meeting some aspiring young students from Mt Spokane High School. Chris enjoys football and has learned to push through struggles, that will help him all his life. Isaiah enjoys track and field and is a dedicated worker. School coach Justin King and Work Force counselor Kelly Burkhart were present to introduce these students to our club.
Mt Spokane Students of the Month MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 28, 2018
Our own Rotarian member Dr. Mike Mainer gave the club some shocking facts about Opioid addiction in the country and especially our area. Mike has been a physician and ER doctor for 45 years. He currently serves on the County Advisory Board for Mental Health and Drug Abuse.
Rotarian Mike Mainer - Opioid Abuse MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 20, 2018
 Our speakers from HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence), Danette Driscoll and Kim Shafer, presented great information about the wonderful HOPE school, working with deaf children from birth to 5 years to teach them language skills after their cochlear implants or other surgery to establish sound for these children.  These children are then able to attend regular classroom schooling and not have to rely on sign language. 
HOPE Hearing Oral Program of Excellence MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 18, 2018
      What a wonderful club meeting we had this past week!  It was a joy to meet Aziz, the Student of the Month from Mead High School.  Aziz immigrated from Afghanistan and is doing exceptional academic work.  In addition, his family was one of the recipients of our Rotary Christmas Baskets a few years ago, delivered by Bev Reed.  How rewarding it was to see how well he and his family are doing today. 
Student of the Month Aziz MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 16, 2018
    Shawn Kingsbury, founder of Pura Vida Recovery, spoke at last weeks meeting. He's a nephew of our Rotary member Karol Price and Shawn is also a Rotarian from Club 21 in Spokane. Pictures show Rotarian Karen Davis introducing him.
Shawn Kingsbury Pura Vida Recovery MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 16, 2018
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New Member!! Jeff Apland was inducted by President Sherill Pederson last meeting. Jeff and family recently moved here from Eugene, OR. He was a member of the Eugene Airport Rotary Club there for 10 years. Not only was he Past President of that club, he was past Foundation Chair, Treasurer and Live Auction Chair. His former occupation was loan officer. Do welcome Jeff when you see him, he's very friendly.
New member Jeff Apland MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
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Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 16, 2018
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We were also treated to a musical number from our student of the month from Mt. Spokane High School, Dylan Hathaway. We will undoubtedly hear from him again in the future!
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Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Feb 16, 2018

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RYLA has announced the call for applications for the 2018 RYLA Camp, including the exciting announcement that the location will be in Chewelah WA this year! Our club has budgeted to sponsor two young people to this wonderful leadership-building opportunity. Deadline is May for all applications.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program that brings together youth and young adults, ages 14-30, to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary.

RYLA application season MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 31, 2018
On the 25th of January, Rotarian Rob Allen introduced Tim Murrell to our club members. Tim is the new general manager for Whitworth Water District and a new transplant from Colorado.
Tim Murrell Whitworth Water District MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 31, 2018
It was just last July that Foundation Chair Mike Dalessi presented Brian Beatty with his Paul Harris Fellowship award. Now, just a few months later, Brian has upped his giving to the Rotary Foundation and has earned his Paul Harris + 1 pin. Wowee, isn't that something!?! As a club Brian, we all congratulate you on your dedication to Rotary. Thank you.
Brian Beatty PH + 1 MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 31, 2018
Congratulations to the winners of our Cruise Raffle drawing held during last week’s meeting. 
Grand Prize Cruise winner:   Jim and Tina Quinn, Merritt Island FL
1st Prize: Larry Russel, Cousin of Karen Schindler
2nd Prize Scott Broadway, Joe Clements former co-worker
Thank you to all club members for your efforts in selling the raffle tickets!  Very soon we will be announcing the total amount raised. 
Cruise Raffle Winners  MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 22, 2018
 Joe Bruce visited with our club this past week regarding his volunteer with with NASA and JPL. He has been a Solar System Ambassador for the past ten years but in really has been on a 27 year quest discovering mysteries about our space frontier. Joe is the immediate past president of Rotary Club 21.
Joe Bruce Nasa Ambassador MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 22, 2018
Our Rotary member for Youth Services, Karen Heppler presented our Student of the Month for January. From Mead High School is the Adviser, Adam Straight and student Francesca Capanni with her mother Ross Watts. Francesca hopes to attend Gonzaga and major in biology with either an Italian or French minor.  She was picked from 400 in her senior class. 
Student of the Month Francesca Capanni MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 17, 2018
Multicare has arrived in Spokane in a big way, they have purchased Deaconess Hospital Rockwood Clinics and Valley Hospital. To present to our club last week was Carolyn Cadyk, executive director, George Hampton, marketing, Chris Warrety, director of outreach and Garmin Letz. Their motto is Better Connected. 
Multicare in Spokane MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 11, 2018
Dao Nyguen visited our club last week and it was a sweet reunion for Frank Walchak and all the members who remembered helping her when she was here previously. This time she was accompanied by a team of photographers who are making a prime time documentary to be shown in Viet Nam. She was so thrilled with the help she has received since her accident, she is paying it forward through a foundation called Safari Smiles which offers free dental work.
Dao Ngyuen and Frank Walchak MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jan 04, 2018
Rob Curley, editor of the Spokesman Review brought an interesting talk to our club. His passion and vision for our local newspaper was evident, and such a breath of fresh air!  All he ever wanted was to work at a newspaper. So he started in 1996 and proclaims he was nerdy. He learned code. He has built high-profile , award winning websites for newspapers and, is friends with Mark Zuckerberg, clearly another nerd. 
Rob Curley Spokesman Review Editor MaryAnn Dalessi 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 27, 2017
Our very own member Colin Harris of Hennessey Valley Funeral Home & Crematory was our speaker on Dec. 21st. He holds dual licenses of funeral director and embalmer in Washington. His discussion centered around how to choose a funeral home and what to look for, how to plan and prepare.
Colin Harris, Hennessey Valley Funeral Director & Embalmer MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 13, 2017
    Merry Christmas my fellow Rotarians!  You deserve a big HURRAH and WELL DONE for the activities of the last week.  The Christmas Basket packing and distribution to members for delivery went more smoothly than ever.  Thank you to Mark Liptrap for his organizational excellence, and for making sure things ran so well.  Thanks to Dick Kerber and his Load Out Crew – packing the carts was great fun and well organized. -- President Sherril
Christmas Basket Giveaway MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 13, 2017
           Riverpoint Academy, our partner school gave us a glimpse into their award winning school programs. We are so inspired each time I hear the staff or students from that school speak about their experience and educational process at Riverpoint Academy. 
Riverpoint Academy Presentation MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 11, 2017
Bob Harley has only been a Rotarian for one year but still, he has seen the value of our Rotary International Foundation. Bob has donated $1000 to the Foundation in this his first year in our club. Congratulations Bob! What a bright future there is with you on board.
Bob Harley Paul Harris Fellow MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 11, 2017
November 30th, 2017 we inducted a new member, John Hatcher. He was pinned by our District Governor Jerri Anderson as part of her visit. John is retired from physical therapy as a hand specialist and sponsored into our club by Bruce Johnson. Please be sure and welcome John!
New member John Hatcher MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 05, 2017
District Governor Jerri Anderson brought us an award from 2015-2016 year. Pete Rayner was the Club President that year and received the accolade for our club donating $100 on average to the Rotary Foundation and for 100% Participation in Foundation giving.
Past President Pete Rayner Foundation Award MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Dec 05, 2017
District Governor Jerri Anderson came for the annual club visit on November 30th. We had a packed house and loads of activity. President Sherill presided over the meeting, Assistant Governor Karol Price and Past District Governor were there and helped with the proceedings. Our annual District 5080 Conference will be in Sandpoint ID June 1-3 2018. Jerri assures us our future is BRIGHT!
District Governor Jerri Anderson MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Nov 28, 2017
Last meeting we had a very special and motivating presentation by Terry Fossum.  Thank you to the Sandie and Hanne for bringing him to our club to speak.  One statement that really resonated with me was this: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  I think of our Club when I ponder that statement. -- Sherill Pederson
Terry Fossum Kicking & Screaming Survival Challenge MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherill Pederson on Nov 19, 2017
Dia Maurer of Partnering for Progress (P4P) was our speaker on November 9.  P4P is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring access to health care, sanitation, clean water and educational opportunities for 26 villages in the Kopanga region of Kenya.  They have 3 health facilities serving the over 30,000 people of this region.  Nurses deliver the health care since the MD/patient ratio is 1:10,000 in Kenya.  P4P provides a weekly feeding project to help child nutrition.   Water projects develop boreholes and catchment tanks.  P4P provides scholarships for 27 high school students, of which Aurora Northwest sponsored 2 students.  Economic development projects focus on agricultural assistance for growing corn, the primary crop of the subsistence farming in the villages.  Thank you Dia for sharing the mission and vision of P4P in this area of Kenya.  
Dia Maurer Partners for Progress Sherill Pederson 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Jerry Dyer of The Rural Alliance and Gates Foundation MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Nov 07, 2017
Thank you, once again, Aurora Northwest Rotarians, for your contributions to the Polio Plus fund for Polio eradication around the world.  Because of your generosity, special donation efforts the past three weeks in our club for World Polio Month have netted $1001 for Polio Plus.  These dollars will be tripled through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Thursday I will announce the names of the Rotarians at last week’s winning table that will be fine-free this week.
$1001 for Polio Plus MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Nov 03, 2017
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Rogers High School Interact club hosted a Harvest Party this week. They invited the other service clubs to join them in making it a fun event for everyone. There were 60 students who orchestrated this party, 290 kids attended along with 217 adults. This pictures shows the book give away table, free for anyone in attendance. 
Interact Club Party MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Nov 03, 2017
District Governor Elect Bev Reed presented the newly appointed Assistant Governor Karol Price with her official name badge. Congratulations Karol for all your efforts for our District 5080!!
AG Karol Price MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 29, 2017

Struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been well documented for those returning from combat. 

What isn't as well known are the programs available to help struggling veterans. 

One such local program was created using the power of photography to help bring them out of their darkness. 

Light Benders with Chris Chaffee MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 29, 2017
APPLE GLEANING with our INTERACTORS! November 4th, Saturday 8:30 @ Walter's Fruit Farm 9807 E Day Road in Green Bluff. Afterwards, a bonfire and chili feed @ Rotarian Roger Wilson's home (the adviser), just a few doors down the road. We love these kids, they are such a good help to our club during the annual bike ride, let's joint them on the Bluff. The apples go to 2nd Harvest. Yes! 
APPLE GLEANING with our INTERACTORS! MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 17, 2017
Last week we had as our speaker Officer Todd Belitz and his K-9 partner Zeus.  Those of you that could not attend missed a great program.  I’m glad I will never be on the receiving end of being chased by that mighty canine or his handler!  Learning about his program gave me a whole new level of appreciation for these members of local law enforcement.  They have a very tough job!  
Police Officer Todd Belitz K-9 Zeus MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 11, 2017
Last week was another very educational presentation with Dieter Bohrman providing an update on the cleanup progress at the superfund site Hanford.  We learned about the many complications with the project.  It appears the cleanup will be lasting throughout our lifetimes.  As long as they get it right for the next generations…
Dieter Bohrman MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 11, 2017
NEW MEMBER! Last week we inducted Brian Starr of Starr and Brown, they do insurance and finance in Spokane Valley, into our club. We all welcome you Brian!
New Member Brian Starr MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Oct 06, 2017
Eric Moss, Consumer Protection Outreach & Education Coordinator of the office of the WA Attorney General presented to us on Identity Theft. 
In 2016 his office received 12,262 complaints and 23,490 phone calls. He credits the state's work in this area to saving the consumer $2.6 million. Some of the small business scams focused on new businesses, often unexperienced business person, minority owned businesses especially with limited English speaking skills.
From scams to identity theft, he provided us with data and resources that will help us be even more well-informed. Thank you Eric for the information!
Eric Voss , Identity Theft MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 29, 2017
John Nelson of the Mt Spokane Ski Patrol told us many interesting things about the National Ski Patrol Society. It was founded in 1938 by "Minnie" Dole and today there are more than 27,000 + patrollers serving more than 650 patrols. This is the same year that Mount Spokane was established ... 1938. They boast of having the oldest 2-seat chair lift and the largest all-volunteer patrol of 135 members.
John Nelson Mt Spokane Ski Patrol MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2017
NEW MEMBERS! Our Membership Chair and Past President Brent Matthison inducted two new members to our club one is Rob Allen, CEO of Fairfield Farmers Market and the other is Jim Turner a retired educator, sponsored by Bruce Johnson. Welcome to our club, we are eager to get to know you both.
New Members Rob Allen Jim Turner MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 20, 2017
Assistant Governor John Guarisco visited our club with updates on our district events.
AG John Guarisco MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherill Pederson on Sep 20, 2017
This week our club learned about the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center from Korin
Michielli, Development Director. The Guild School is perhaps best known for their annual Penny Drive,
one of several fundraisers conducted by the school.
Korin Michielli, Development Director, The Guild School Sherill Pederson 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 08, 2017
The Freedom Project has been operating for 2 years at Airway Heights Corrections center. Kathy DuCrest has been facilitating the 16 week program in Nonviolent Communication. She says this same program is implemented at the United Nations and in schools in war torn countries. There is a 34% decrease in recidivism in the population that partakes in this program because the men coming in are highly motivated to make change.
Kathy DuCrest from the Freedom Project. MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Sep 01, 2017
Larry Krauter CEO of Spokane International Airport and Felts Field spoke this week to our club. Their byline: GEG Generating Economic Growth. He outlined some of the Federal and State regulations and issues that make his job so interesting. 
Larry Krauter Ceo Spokane International Airport MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 28, 2017
Local Scams and Fraud was the topic last week with Kristin Davis the Marketplace Director for the Better Business Bureau. She noted our Rotary 4-Way Test banner hanging in the dining room and said she uses those very same core principals when teaching ethics class to youths. 
Kristin Davis BBB Spokane MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 28, 2017
  Our club just donated 100 T shirts from our Lilac Century Bike Ride to Teen Challenge. What a great way to take care of our surplus and make it a blessing to teens with little.
100 T Shirts Donated MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rob Allen Fairwood Farmers Market MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 11, 2017
Chief Jack Cates of Spokane County Fire District #9 spoke to our club and his guest was board member Tom McGarry. Together they told the story of Fire District #9 which serves 120 square miles of the north end of Spokane. They receive approximately 5500 calls a year from a population of 44,000. 
The fire district is funded 100% by property taxes which come in via a regular levy of $1.50/1000 and special levies to make up the deficit, all approved by taxpayers. Chief Jack said he has 70 career fire fighters and 100 volunteers and these cover 9 stations. They also offer advanced life support and paramedic services 24/7. Some of the benefits to the taxpayers are: 
CPR and First Aid training
Blood pressure checks
Sports event standby
Labor organization
Christmas on Fire program = 500 coats for kids
Demo Day and Open House
Fuels Mitigation Program 
They have become one of the most admired fire districts in the state because of their financial conservation. One of the premiere showcases is not only an in-house maintenance program but, they also save funds for future truck and equipment purchases. This it seems, is quite a novel idea among  his peers. 
Chief Jack Cates MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 11, 2017
Our newest member was inducted Thursday ... Marilyn Highberg. Marilyn is a retired school administrator from School District 81.  Marilyn is not new to Rotary, she was a long time member of the Hillyard Rotary Club. Please take time to welcome her into our club. 
New Member Marilyn Highberg MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 31, 2017
YMCA and District Governor Elect Bev Reed presented this week at our club. These two youths, Gabby and Josiah are recipients of educational opportunities through our local YMCA. Josiah has been attending Gonzaga through the ActSix program and will be going on to law school.  Gabby has been part of the Youth and Government Program. Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. How encouraging to hear from both of these students.
YMCA Youth Acts 6 participants MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Brian Beatty new Paul Harris Fellow MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 25, 2017
PJ Waters, author and Past President of Rotary Club 21 spoke to us last week regarding Inland Northwest Community Foundation and their efforts in our region. They professionally manage and invest the donors' charitable dollars and assist them in awarding grants and scholarships from their funds. They manage 500 funds including 100 agency funds adding up to $112 million in assets investment pool for endowments. They have distributed $62 million since and 1975 and $5 million in grants in the 2016-17 year. Their motto is connecting people who care with causes that matter. 
PJ Waters Inland NW Community Foundation MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 24, 2017
Elliott Briggs spoke to us as a docent of the Honor Point Military and Aerospace Museum located at Felts Field, Spokane. The museum is explaining the past for our future. He had interesting historical photos of early aviation in Spokane which began in 1910 plus, WWI the trained pilots here, including the Lafayette Escadrille. He said that WWII was the genesis of air force and naval aviation. Also, he highlighted the all woman assembly line in the facility here. 
Honor Point is a center where unique aircraft and rare technology representing the evolution of aeronautic engineering are presented in the context of individual lives and important events.  Honor Point allows those who understand historic aircraft and their significance to share their irreplaceable knowledge. Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum occupies a prominent site at historic Felts Field in Spokane and is a place where personal stories come alive with interactive exhibits representing aviation and military science.
Elliott Briggs Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Jul 24, 2017
Just this month, we've inducted two new members into our club. Karol Price is transferring in from Spokane South Rotary and Emery Krahn is transferring in from Deer Park Rotary. Please take time to welcome them both into our club. They will both be great assets to us.
NEW MEMBERS! Karol Price and Emery Krahn MaryAnn Dalessi 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Not only is Sherill Pederson our new Club President, she's also a Paul Harris + 1. 
Foundation Chair Mike Dalessi presented the award.
President Sherill Pederson PH + 1 2017-07-22 07:00:00Z 0
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.


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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.


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