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Deer Park

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
First Street Bar and Grill
122 W First St
Deer Park, WA  99006
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Left to right: PDG Bob Carroll, New members Aaron Norris and Darci Mankin
PDG Bob Carroll talked about how Rotary changes a little bit every year. Some of these changes come about due to a change in the complexion of membership. He spoke about the “dirty hands” projects done by the Deer Park Rotarians through the years. As the years passed, it became apparent that physical labor was becoming more difficult and the club reassessed how they could continue to serve the community and focused on supporting youth with programs like student of the month, scholarships, Interact, literacy and scouting. As he introduced Aaron Norris and Darci Mankin he wondered how their interests and skill sets will impact the club. We don’t know what those changes will be but we know they will enhance Rotary’s ability to deliver meaningful change in our community and the world.  When offering a few words, Aaron said that his vocation is banking but his life work is “Service” which is apparent as he is an Eagle Scout.  Darci’s  vocation is also in banking but her degree is in education and she sees her service as working with youth in any way.  It is a pleasure to welcome these two impressive individuals to join us in Service Above Self.
Deer Park Rotary honors Charter Member Don Veillette
Don Veillette and his wife, Marge, were special guests at the July 19th Deer Park Rotary Club meeting as the club recognized Don as a lifetime honorary member.
Don, along with twenty other business and professional leaders of Deer Park became the chartered members of the 259th club to join Rotary International, an international service club whose motto is “Service Above Self”.  Through the many years of Don’s time in the club, much was accomplished by the Rotarians for the Deer Park Community.  Some of the projects included installation of the sprinkler system at Perrins Field, helped construct the bleachers at DPHS football field, constructed the dugouts at DPHS and helped financially with the reconstruction of the dugouts, along with providing scholarships at Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker High Schools and sponsored Deer Park Cub Scout Pack #202.
Don served as club president twice and was the club historian.  As he shared memories of the club and individual projects he made that are still used in the meetings, he also shared how deeply he cares about Rotary and how it has made a difference. 
Thank you, Don, for your service through the years in Deer Park and in the world.
Les Newell, retired Deer Park Postmaster was the special guest of the Deer Park Rotary Club at their April 12th luncheon meeting.  The club presented Les with his second Paul Harris Fellow award and also recognized him as a Lifetime Honorary Member of the club he had joined over 26 years ago. 
In recognizing Les, fellow Rotarian Wes Player said that Les was the first person who met him when he attended a Deer Park Rotary Club meeting.  He was so friendly and he knew that this was the kind of person he wanted to be around.
Wes then called Past District Governor Bob Carroll to the podium to speak for the members of our club.  Bob spoke to the memorable quality of friendship that Les will always be remembered for. Bob then presented Les with his honorary credentials and the club award of a second Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Les expressed his gratitude for the many years of great memories in the club.  He stated that in spirit he would be a “Rotarian” well into the next life.  The club rose in applause expressing respect and appreciation for Les Newell’s service.
Jeremy recognized one of our newest members, Casey Armstrong, as Rotarian of the month of May. Before Casey was even inducted into the club, she led the club in flower sales. She not only pre-sold 22 baskets in less than a week, she got them from the greenhouse and delivered all but those who wanted to pick them up. Since joining the club, she has supported all of our projects and events.
Our guest speaker was Mike Bucy, Fire Chief at Stevens County Fire Protection District #1 and fellow Deer Park Rotarian.  District #1 serves Southern Stevens County and covers communities of Clayton, Deer Lake, Ford, Loon Lake, Suncrest, Tum Tum, Williams Valley and Springdale.  It is staffed by a combination of paid and volunteer personnel. They responded to 1400 calls last year, up from 1100 in 2013; 70% a result of medical/trauma accidents with a majority being ATV accidents. They partner with Life Flight and are helped by “Tender Operators”, volunteers who take vitals, drive water tanks and free up regular firefighters.  The district is largely rural-wildland that includes private forestland. Chief Bucy is very proud of a special wildland truck that they built themselves at a fraction of the cost to buy one like it new and the new Fire Stations at Loon Lake and Suncrest. Along with their duties on the job, they work with kids, train military and provide other community services. Mike finished up by answering questions and giving us all important advice on how to protect our homes and communities from fires.
            Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was our guest speaker. He is a 4th generation Washingtonian whose family has deep ties in Everett, Washington. He began his legal career in Spokane and later returned to Seattle. He was elected as the 18th Attorney General of Washington State in 2012. He told us that our club is the 126th Rotary Club in Washington that he has visited. He was at the Colville Rotary Club yesterday and started today at the 7:00 am Kettle Falls Rotary Club. He learned early on that Rotary Clubs share the Attorney General office’s mission of service to the community.
            The AG’s office is the largest in the state, employing over 1000 with approximately 600 Attorneys and 600 professional staff. The AGs office researches and gives legal advice and available options, but does not set policy. It works on behalf of the people of Washington through civil and consumer protections and defends Washington State law. When asked what had he learned from the transition of attorney to Attorney General, he said it wasn’t so much learned but the realization of managing a department of over 1000 people and the breadth of the responsibility of the Office.
            He ended by thanking us for having him and for letting him move his time up a bit in order to make a 3:00pm flight so he could have dinner with his wife and 10 year old twins.  I think everyone present would agree that it was an honor and pleasure to meet Attorney General Ferguson.
May 20, 2018 was our Annual Student of the Month Banquet held at St Mary Presentation Catholic Church in Deer Park. Twenty-four students from Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker High Schools, along with their parents were invited to an evening of fun, food and fellowship where they were recognized with certificates and gifts. Our Student of the Month Program and the annual banquet has become one of our favorite events.  This program, along with Academic/Leadership and Vocational scholarships, monetary donations to local food banks, RYLA scholarships and community projects like the playground equipment in Mix Park are possible through the generous support of our Golf Tournament, Flower Basket Sales and Holiday Sign.
Left to right:  Brent Fiola, Nathan Berglund, Tom McNamme
Congratulations to Mary Walker's Brent Fiola; Deer Park's Nathan Berglund and Riverside's Tom McNamme who were selected as Deer Park Rotary's March Students of the Month.
Brent, Nathan and Tom told us about their classes, sports and updated us on the happenings at their respective schools. All three students were impressive presenters and high achievers.  
Each year Deer Park Rotarians look forward to a visit from the Clayton Community Fair Royalty and their adviser Karen Martino.  In their promotion of the fair, we learn about its history, the events and opportunities available and any current information.  This year was no exception and President Jeremy Marcuson was happy to present a check in the amount of $100 to Queen Karli Kastener and Princess Hannah Moore.  This year’s Fair date is August 24 through August 27.
Left to Right:  Cameron Franks, Deakon Lamb, Courtney Stockman
Courtney Stockman is student of the month from Deer Park High School.  Courtney’s love of horses and riding comes from past generations of her family.  She and her mother enjoy riding together.  Courtney has been involved in Link Crew and softball for several years.  She has been in band since the 4th grade and is currently in the Deer Park HS band and will be going to Anaheim with the group.  She is also a member of FFA and raises hogs.  Courtney plans to pursue pre-med at Spokane Community College following graduation.
Riverside High School’s Deakon Franks is student of the month.  Deakon has attended Riverside schools for 13 years.  He has been involved in baseball, basketball, cross country and wrestling.  His favorite sport is wrestling.  Deakon is also completing his first year in Running Start and will be going to Washington State University this fall.  Along with his academic courses, Deakon enjoys learning and working with the strength of carbon fiber and its ability to replace aluminum.
Cameron Franks has lived in the Valley-Springdale area all of his life.  He attended Valley elementary school and is a senior at Mary Walker High School.  Cameron has been a member of the basketball team for three years and said it’s his favorite sport.  He feels the challenges and struggles he encounters in basketball help him in his daily life.  He plans to work with his father after graduation.
President Jeremy presented a $100 gift from the Deer Park Rotary Club to Hospice of Spokane .  Accepting the gift is Joan Poirier, Director of Development and Communication.  Hospice of Spokane is Washington's only nonprofit hospice serving Spokane, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.  They provide a holistic approach to end-of-life care addressing medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of patients with terminal illness and their families.
Pictured left to right:  Haylee Swiger, Mikal Palmer, Olivia Willis
Haylee Swiger has lived in the Springdale area all of her life.  She is Vice President of ASB and a member of the volleyball and softball teams.  During fall and winter, she is a cheerleader for the football and basketball teams.  Haylee, along with Mary Walker students, collected canned food and raised money for the Loon Lake Food Bank by holding a movie night and selling sno-cones.  Haylee plans on attending Eastern Oregon University where she will pursue a future in social work.
Olivia Willis began by thanking Rotary for selecting her as Student of the Month from Riverside HS.  Olivia has maintained a 4.0 GPA in HS and is currently enrolled in 10 classes.  She will be a 12 sport varsity athlete, lettering in cross country, basketball and track each year and is a musician.  She plays acoustic bass in Riverside’s jazz band, electric bass in the pep and marching bands and flute in the concert band.  Olivia is ASB executive treasurer, senior class treasurer, and president of the Riverside Honor Society, band and French clubs. She volunteers at the local animal shelter, Spokanimal, tutors students, gives music lessons and is an employee at the Ram Drive In. Most importantly she is a dreamer who, at a young age, dreamed that she will make a difference in the world.  Olivia plans on studying behavioural neuroscience at either Stanford University, the University of San Diego or the University of Washington with the dream of helping individuals overcome mental disorders.
Deer Park High School’s Mikal Palmer is ASB Sergeant at Arms.  He is involved in leadership and is a member of Link Crew, helping incoming freshmen during their first year at Deer Park High School.  Mikal plays basketball, football and golf and recently learned he has been selected for the All State 2nd team in football.  He recently attained his goal as an Eagle Scout.  He is currently taking Real Estate classes, is a member of the Latter Day Saints and will go on a mission in a year or so.
Guest Speaker Mary McDermid, Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company's "Special Needs Trust" Specialist drew the lucky winners of our 2017 Santa's Helper Raffle.  First prize of $1000 went to Gary Webb and $500 second prize winner was Portland Rotarian Randy Barcalow.
Pictured left to right: Joe Feist, Travis Hanson, Enoch Clemmer, Malia Fay,Natasha Chrisp and Ken Russell
Natasha Chrisp, a 12 year student at Riverside High School is on the cross country, basketball and track teams.  Her classes include Spanish 4 and Calculus.  Natasha was in a select group of nationwide students who competed and won a trip to Peru.  Lasting friendships were made as they traveled the entire country of Peru in one week.  She said that week was the best experience of her life.
Deer Park High School student Malia Fay was introduced by President Jeremy.  Jeremy noted that not only is Malia an honor student, she has a kind heart and is an excellent employee who works in the office at Vision Source.  Malia is president of Key Club, an ASB officer, a member of FFA and has been a member of Link Crew for 4 years.  She is very involved in her church and her favorite class is a floral class where she discovered a creative side of herself she didn’t know existed. 
Enoch Clemmer, a new student at Mary Walker High School transferred this year from Paideia High School in Valley, Washington.  Enoch’s favorite class is PE.  He loves all sports and has since he was a little kid.  He plays basketball, baseball, football and runs cross country.  His hope is to be accepted into ROTC at Central Washington University where he can pursue a career as a pilot.
Pictured along with our students of the month are Deer Park Rotarians; Deer Park High School Principal Joe Feist, Deer Park School District Superintendent Travis Hanson and Riverside School District Superintendent Ken Russell.
Left to right:  Shandel Swiger, Ethan Spencer, Weston Dean
Mary Walker High School student Shandel Swiger, Riverside High School student Ethan Spencer and Deer Park Student Weston Dean were recognized at the November 2nd Rotary Meeting as November Students of the Month.  Congratulations to these young people, leaders of the future. 
District Governor Jerri Anderson was our special guest speaker at the October 26, 2017 Rotary meeting of the Deer Park Rotary Club.  DG Jerri shared her personal story of becoming a Rotarian and carried a message of possible initiatives from Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  There are a lot of exciting things happening in District 5080 and as DG Jerri says "our future is so bright, we have to wear shades!".  She invited everyone to the District 5080 Conference to be held in Sandpoint, Idaho on June 1 through June 3, 2017. There will be world-class speakers, events and fun activities for families and members of all ages.  Mark your calendar!!
Congratulations Wes Player! Wes became a member of the Deer Park Rotary Club on May 18, 2017 and was recently selected by President Jeremy Marcuson as the Rotarian of the Month of July.  Wes  is definitely on the fast track and has stepped up to serve in so many areas of Rotary.  We are so proud to call him our fellow Rotarian!  


Riverside's September Student of the Month is Ben Shaw. Ben is Student Body President and is a 12 year student.  He is a cross country runner and placed second in the state.  Ben ran for ASB treasuer as a 7th grader and has been involved in ASB ever since. He's very proud of the student body and the work they do with their annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community as well as the great Veteran's Day event each year with guest speakers.  He likes the small size of the school which allows him to know everyone either by name or by face.
Tyson Lim is Deer Park High School's Student of the Month. He is also Student Body President at Deer Park and is a great student and citizen.  Tyson has been a running back in football for 3 years, played tennis for 2 years and track for 1 year.  When he's not playing sports, he's cheering on and supporting those who are.  Sports has allowed him to meet new people and make friends. Tyson will serve in a mission after completing high school
Mary Walker's Student Body President is Charlotte Edwards and the September Student of the Month.  Charlotte and her family moved from Texas to the Spokane area when her father, an Air National Guardsman, was transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base.  She also serves as the senior class president and an Honor Society member.  Charlotte's mother is a nurse and Charlotte wants to be a doctor.  She hopes to attend Washington State University or the University of Southern California after graduation.
October Student left to right:
Payton Erickson, Deer Park plays softball and volleyball and is a member of Link Crew.  Her English and History classes are through EWU and she hopes to go to be a pediatric nurse.
Evan Kitt, Mary Walker has AP classes in literature, Spanish and Pre-calculus and is in Upward Bound.  He plays football and basketball but his favorite class is weight lifting.
Jamie Connor, Riverside is a 12 year student at Riverside.  She is a member of Honor Society, varsity soccer and track.  Her favorite subject is math and she hopes to attend WSU with a future as a chemical engineer or something in the math field.
Welcome to our newest member of the Deer Park Rotary Club.  Dr. Kenneth Russell, Superintendent of the Riverside School District was inducted into our club September 28, 2017 by Past District Governor and Deer Park Rotarian Bob Carroll.  Ken's focus and work with youth for a better life has created a new excitement, attitude and hopefulness in the Riverside School District.  We are excited to have Ken join us in service in our community and the world.
Bonnie is an Independent Medicare Insurance Broker for Lifeline Insurance who represents Aflac, Medicare Plans, Individual Health, Life and Disability, Annuities, Long-Term Care, Identity Theft Protection, Pre-arranged Final Expenses and Washington Health Benefit Exchange-ACA. She has attended many Rotary clubs throughout the years and found our club to be “very welcoming” and wanted to join.  She has lived all of the country and came to Spokane in 1980.  She graduated from EWU in 1983 and spent 30 years in advertising.  Due to a horrible medical trauma affecting her husband, she left advertising and began her career in insurance needs.  She finds the work very satisfying and said “I love helping people!”  Bonnie has served in many leadership roles of non-profit groups, has board experience and strong fundraising experience.  Although Bonnie lives and has an office in north Spokane, she has spent many years in advertising in the Deer Park area and loves this community.  Bonnie is married and has 3 sons.  She loves one on one conversations and hopes to get to know many of us personally.
Left to right:  Rachae Allert, DLC teacher; students Tatiana, Christain, Sianna, and Logan.  Rotarian Bob Carroll
Transitions teacher at Riverside High School, Rachae Allert, and four of her students were our guest speakers June 8, 2017. The Transitions program is in its fourth year at Riverside and connects students with intellectual disabilities and local businesses for on-the-job-training.  Students are able to do basic tasks at local stores, restaurants, hair salons and boutiques.  Students spend close to two hours a day, four days a week voluntarily working at several businesses in the area.  Rachae introduced each of her students, Logan, Sianna, Christain and Tatiana as they told us of their work experiences and accomplishments.  We were all moved by the student’s commitment and desire to become a valuable part of society.  “We’ve found job training is critical to their high school success, because these kids might not be our college-bound kids, but truly eager to work, eager to learn, they’re eager to be contributing members of society.  They want to be there.  They want to help.  They want to be in your community” said Allert.  Thank you to local businesses and staff at Riverside HS who make this program possible.
Wes Player was inducted as a new Rotarian by Past District Governor Bob Carroll at the May 18th weekly Rotary meeting.  Wes is a retired educator who taught chemistry and physics, along with coaching cross country at Mead High School for 34 years.  Wes continued to coach at Deer Park High School after retirement.  Prior to his induction, Wes has been a regular at the weekly meetings and served with the Rotary club last year as they provided crowd control during the Settlers Day parade. 
Scott Breneman is the newest member of the Deer Park Rotary Club having been inducted May 25th.  Scott is originally from Ohio and his career has taken him to Florida, California and, most recently, one and a half years ago, to Deer Park.  Scott is a structural engineer who has also worked at a California soft ware company.  He currently works with engineers and architects as a consultant whose buildings are constructed entirely with wood from local lumber companies.
Deer Park Rotarians welcome Wes and Scott as we serve together in our community and in the world.
Each year the Deer Park Rotary Club holds a Student of the Month Banquet.  Twenty-four students from Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker High Schools, along with their parents, siblings and other family members are invited to an afternoon of food, fun, prizes and recognition.  This year's event was held in the pavilion at the RV park in Deer Park Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Each student received a Certificate in recognition of outstanding achievement in scholastic, citizenship and school and community service along with a gift from the Deer Park Rotary.  
Congratulations to these young people who have completed a significant chapter in their lives.
Student of the Month Program:
Elizabeth Burns, senior at Riverside High School is a member of the Honor Society and WDFY. Her sports include basketball, soccer and cheerleading.  Elizabeth plans to attend Eastern Washington University where she will pursue a career in nursing.
Deer Park student Riley Wilson is a senior and cross country state champion.  Riley’s participation in sports include basketball and track.  He is a member of ASB, Key Club and DECA.  Riley is looking at business or sports management and is still deciding whether he will go to Western Washington University or spend the first 2 years at Spokane Falls Community College.
Mary Walker Student of the Month, Tiffany Cochran, was unable to attend today’s Rotary meeting due to a softball tournament but will hopefully be able to attend Deer Park Rotary’s Student of the Month Banquet to be held May 21, 2017.




March Students of the Month

Dean Lockwood is the second in his family to be a Student of the Month from Deer Park High School.  Dean’s interest is engineering and he currently works at Evergreen Truss & Supply Company in Deer Park.  He plans to attend EWU or WSU and pursue Electrical Engineering.  The only thing he would change in his school is to have AP classes available to help graduates compete with students from larger schools.
Riverside High School’s Jayden Fay, is a four-year Spanish student and lists it as her favorite subject.  Along with being a student, Jayden enjoys working at Hobby Lobby.  When asked what she would change at Riverside, she said she wouldn’t change anything.  Jayden plans to attend EWU with a focus on pre-dental and someday be a dentist.
Matt Donahue is a senior at Mary Walker High School and has started his own business.  He makes and sells fishing poles through consignment.  He loves hunting, fishing and all outdoors.  Matt has signed up with the Marines and will be going to boot camp after graduation.  He plans to use the GI bill to complete his college education.
Left to right:  Kyle Verhaag, Lysandra Gonzalez and Josh Ruygrok
Mary Walker’s Kyle Verhaag is a 3 year member of the varsity football team and a 2 year member of the varsity basketball team.  Kyle reported that 5 wrestlers are on their way to state along with other happenings around Mary Walker.  Math is his favorite subject and he hopes to attend college when he has the necessary finances.  Lynn noted in his introduction of Kyle that his sister, Kassandra, a former member of the Springdale Interact Club went to Ecuador with the group and also went to RYLA.
Lysandra Gonzalez, a senior at Riverside HS has enjoyed and participated in every sport available during her time in school. She has now narrowed it down to basketball and volleyball and has been a 3 year varsity member in both.  As might be expected, her favorite class is PE.  In addition to school, Lysandra works at the Ram Drive-In near the school.  She would like to attend Whitworth and has applied for a scholarship there.  She would like to pursue a future in health or nutrition.
Deer Park’s Josh Ruygrok is Senior Class President, National Honor Society treasurer, a member of DECA, Key Club and the varsity baseball team.  After graduation Josh would like to pursue a business degree and has applied to the University of Oregon, San Diego University and University of Southern California.  He would like to attend USC and is hoping to hear from them soon.
Second Quarterly Rotarian of the Month Awards
Left to right:  Les Newell, Don Kelley, Warren Schick
Rotary's highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others.  President Jeana recognized Les Newell, Don Kelley and Warren Schick as Rotarians who exemplify service above self as expressed through their work for the benefit of others.
October Rotarian of the Month Warren Schick was born in Spokane and moved, with his family, to Deer Park in 1974 where he grew up.  After a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Warren attended Ricks College for 2 years, then graduated with his bachelor's degree in business from Utah State University. He has been working as a real estate agent at Real Estate Marketplace since 2002. He is a member of the Services Projects Committee and willingly stepped forward into the role of the Student of the Month advisor for the Deer Park High School.  Warren is compassionate, patient and willing to go the extra mile.  He manifests a willingness to offer help to the club and club members when needed and he expresses the initiative to offer solutions and to act when he sees something that needs to be done embodying the motto Service Above Self.
Don Kelley was chosen as Rotarian of the Month for November.  Don is originally from California where he was first in his class at Southwestern Law School and passed the California bar exam on his first attempt.  After receiving his law degree he was promoted into Pacific Mutual Life's Law Department where he served for five years.  He later joined the Prudential as one of its attorneys and went on to become head of the Law Department of PennCorp Financial.  Don was recruited out of retirement and became the General Counsel of Western United Life Assurance Company in Spokane and recently opened his law office in Deer Park.  Don is an Eagle Scout and a multi-engine, instrument rated pilot.  President Jeana describes Don as a quiet Rotarian.  He is a member of the Administration Committee and Deer Park Rotary Treasurer.  His diligent work epitomizes service to others without fanfare or desire for credit.  Don is consistent and reliable in his service to the club.
December Rotarian of the Month is Les Newell.  Les was born into a family of 11 children with his identical twin brother in Chewelah, Washington. After the family home in Chewelah burnt down, they moved to Colville where Les attended school through the 12th grade.  Les spent 3 years in the Army and had an 18 month tour of Vietnam.  After discharge from the Army, Les worked in the wood products industry until he received a letter from the Postal service asking him to come in for an interview.  Les held many positions in the Postal Service and union and was promoted to delivery supervisor and then, Postmaster at the Deer Park Post Office. Les became a member of the Deer Park Rotary Club in April of 1991.  He has said that there have been many changes since he joined the club but "We will always have people willing to serve and make a stronger and more effective club."  Les is a member of the Administrative Committee and a Board Member.  He is an elder of the club, not about age but longevity and experience.  Les carries the history and spirit of the Deer Park Rotary Club.  His commitment, attention to detail, discipline, integrity and ability to both lead and follow reflect his deep understanding of Service Above Self. 
Pictured left to right:  Riley Martinson, Shante Carthens, Paige West
Deer Park’s Riley Martinson is an academic whose interests range from aerospace to woodworking with calculus as her favorite class.  She is a 4 year soccer player, Link Crew president and secretary of her National Honor Society chapter.  Riley hopes to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
Riverside senior Paige West is Associated Student Body treasurer and secretary of her National Honor Society Chapter.  Hip surgery and recuperation has kept her out of athletics but she’s looking forward to getting back to track.  After her mother’s cancer diagnosis, Paige said her eyes were opened to the possibility it can happen to anyone and it has inspired her to want to go into cancer research.  She hopes to attend the University of Washington after graduation.  She thanked Deer Park Rotary for selecting her as Riverside’s student of the month.
Shante Carthens lived in New York for 8 years, a long way from Springdale, Washington where Mary Walker High School totals 123 students.  Her favorite class is math because she likes to solve problems.  She is a member of the National Honor Society Chapter at Mary Walker.   Shante is a member of the softball and volleyball teams and is a cheerleader.  She plans on attending Eastern Washington University to get her degree in social work and eventually be a therapist.
Pictured left to right:  Nathan Pratt, Conner O'Dea and Brooklyn Schurger
Riverside's Nathan Pratt is a three-sport athlete (cross country, wrestling and baseball) and a member of the the school's National Honor Society chapter.  He also serves as Riverside's ASB tresurer and plans on attending the University of Washington after graduation.  
Deer Park's Conner O'Dea earned All-Northeast A League football honors this fall and competed at the state track championships last spring.  He plans on attending Community College of Spokane to pursue a career in fire science.
Mary Walker's Brooklyn Schurger is a lifetime Valley resident and holds a 3.8 grade point average.  She is also a three-sport athlete (volleyball, wrestling and softball).  Brooklyn plans on attending Brigham Young University-Idaho to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse.
Julie Kelsey, guest speaker December 1, 2016
Thank you to Julie Kelsey, a member of the Rotary Club of Spokane 21 who told us about one of her club's programs that addresses the growing number of children in foster care, touches your heart and makes the world a better place.  It is “Foster Kidfest and Children’s Adoption”.  Two times a year, Spokane 21 puts together a “party” that brings foster children who are legally free for adoption in contact with couples wanting a child or children to raise and love.  This is a fun evening for everyone and, without the children’s knowledge, they are soon to be taken out of the foster program and become a part of a “forever” family.  In the 7 parties that have been held, 35 of 59 children have been adopted.  It was obvious as we listened to the life-changing nature of this program, that it was very dear to Julie’s heart.  And, as with so many projects or programs that Rotarians become a part of, Julie said, “the life that was changed the most, was mine”.
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