Stories

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. http://honorpoint.org/honor-point/
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

 

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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!

TRIATHLETE SPECIAL
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"!!

NEW FAMILY FUN RIDE ROUTE

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 Trailhttps://static.spokanecity.org/documents/parks/trails/fish-lake-trail-brochure.pdf

FEATURES
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!

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

WHERE THE MONEY GOES
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 

 

 

 

 

EVENT:

24th  Annual Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride

DATE:

April 30th 2017

LOCATION:

Spokane, Washington

ON-SITE REGISTRATION:

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

START TIME:

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.

REGISTRATION:

Download Mail-In Registration Form: www.northdivision.com (Lilac Century Tab) 

or Online at:  

 

 

LATE REGISTRATION/ PACKET PICK UP:  

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

April 30th starting at 6:00 am.

CONTACT US:

lilaccentury@gmail.com

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

 

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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 bmathison@bannerbank.com 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
Rotaplast
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.

Trevert

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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

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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 http://www.rotaplast.org 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