Speaker Date Topic
Steven Solomon, Rotary Foundation Oct 25, 2018
Rotary Foundation Update
Mark Lee, development director Nov 01, 2018
Communities in Schools of Benton and Franklin Counties

With amazing growth over the last 4 years and now in 26 schools and 4 districts what is the prresent work and future of the CISBF?

Mark is the development director at CISBF and Community Advocate.

Dr. Cabasug, MD Nov 08, 2018
Mary Mattox Founder/President SPW Nov 15, 2018
Free Service dogs to qualifying veterans with PTSD

My name is Mary Mattox and I live in Tri-Cities Washington. I am the founder and president of Service Peace Warriors, a Non-Profit Organization. Our mission is to train service dogs who will be paired with combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was heartbroken to find out that 22 American military veterans kill themselves every day due to PTSD and the unimaginable stresses they have experienced while serving our country. I decided to start Service Peace Warriors because I feel a need to try and make a difference in their lives, even if it is only in a small way.   

BIOGRAPHY:   I have suffered from Complex PTSD all of my life due to trauma and abuse I experienced as an adopted child. I do not compare my experiences with those of a combat veteran and do not pretend to know anything of war. I do however know about PTSD and the disabling effects that it can have. I know what flashbacks are, what it is like to flinch from loud sounds or moving objects, and what depression and anxiety feel like. It is because I know what it is like to live with this disorder that I am trying to make a difference in the lives of veterans who cope with it every day. Once diagnosed with Complex PTSD, my doctor and I decided that a service dog could be a great way for me to deal with my anxiety. I felt confident in training my own service dog due to my many years of experience with dogs. Dating all the way back to my childhood, when I trained heard dogs. I found a good breeder of German Shepherds and I picked out a pup. Her name is Sky and she is now over four years old. I trained her to be used as my personal service dog and she has had a great impact on my life. Since having her, my episodes of anxiety have nearly disappeared. After the improvement I have seen I know that these service dogs can make a difference in the lives of veterans.          

Thanksgiving Nov 22, 2018
no speaker
Steve Riesenweber, Board Member Spring of Hope Int Nov 29, 2018
Community Transformation in Rural Kenya

The talk will be an introduction to Spring of Hope International (SOHI), a 501.C3 non-profit working to empower the people of rural Kenya to rise up out of dire poverty.  SOHI is working in a 50 square mile region of western Kenya with about 45,000 people.  Transformation is taking place through partnership with the community to implement holistic and sustainable solutions in the focus areas of clean water & sanitation, education, economic development, and spiritual development.

BIOGRAPHY:

Steve Riesenweber recently retired after nearly 30 years working with various engineering companies as a contractor around the DOE complex.  In his career, he worked as a mechanical engineer, project manager, engineering manager as well as vice president and principal of three engineering companies.  Steve is now retired and pursuing his “second (unpaid) career” helping the hurting in sustainable ways. He is on the board of Spring of Hope International, a Spokane-based non-profit working to empower the critically poor of rural Kenya to sustainably improve their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  With this organization, Steve runs all clean water initiatives, leads the economic development committee, as well as providing organizational strategic planning support.  He recently returned from a two weeks in Kenya—his 7th trip in 2 ½ years.

Steve is also the co-leader of a Tri-Cities-based resource called Second Half that helps people discover that, for most, fulfillment and happiness in life is found in not in the pursuit of the American Dream, rather the discovery and pursuit of one's vocation.

elf elections Dec 06, 2018
no speaker
elf elections Dec 13, 2018
no speaker
Columbia Center Family Christmas Party Dec 20, 2018
no speaker
Club Directors committee updates Dec 27, 2018
Directors will provide a review of the first half of the rotary year achievements