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Service Above Self

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First Street Bar and Grill
122 W First St
Deer Park, WA 99006
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After months of work and coordination, the first Little Free Library was installed in Deer Park at 3833 E Eloika Rd on September 29th.
This Deer Park Rotary project was a solution to a problem. The books from the Rotary donation box at Yokes were no longer being used for the elementary school book event, and the Club considered removing the donation box. Gary Bowe, Club Treasurer, proposed an alternative, the Little Free Library program. This program has more than 90,000 registered public book exchanges in 91 countries with millions of books exchanged each year. The goal is to increase access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
After discussion at Deer Park Rotary club meetings, the board approved the project. The project was a natural fit for the local club. Supporting literacy and Community Service are central goals for Rotary. The project provides multiple locations for free access to books for readers of all ages. While we have an excellent library system, the Little Free Libraries provide access to many in the community that cannot or do not use the county libraries on a regular basis.
The club sought locations for the first installations while Wes Player, club president at the time, generously volunteered to construct the libraries. Wes reviewed designs of other library installations and used those ideas to create the design for the Deer Park Free Little Libraries. The club also submitted and received a grant from Rotary District 5080 for funds provided through The Rotary Foundation to assist with the costs of the project.
The existing book donation box which has been in place for many years with generous contributions from the community will continue to be maintained by the Deer Park Rotary Club. It will be a resource for stocking the Little Free Libraries.
Five more libraries will be installed in the next two to three weeks by Deer Park Rotary volunteers. They will be located as follows:
• Riverside Centerplace Market, 34710 N Newport Hwy, Chattaroy, WA
• 116 N Stevens Ave, Deer Park, WA
• Lifeworks Financial, 102 W Crawford St Ste A, Deer Park, WA
• Greenhouse Community Center, 211 Fir Ave, Deer Park, WA
• 4779 Gibson Dahl Road, Clayton, WA
The books are available for the community's free use. Exchanging books is encouraged, but the book donation box will provide a continuing source for replenishing inventory.
Four of the six installations are at club members' homes or businesses. They will watch over and restock those locations. A committee from the club, currently headed by Gary Bowe, will collect donated books, provide books for the various locations, and maintain the libraries, as needed. 
James Dashner, the New York Times Best Selling author of “The Maze Runner” series was the special guest speaker August 27, 2020 at the weekly Deer Park Rotary Zoom meeting.  Wes Player, immediate past president of the club introduced his nephew James as “Jamie”; the name he’s known by in the family.  James, the son of Wes’ oldest sister, was born and raised in Georgia and currently lives in Utah with his wife and four children.
As a young boy, James was always interested in writing and wrote his first full novel while in college.  Knowing that writing might be a tough way to make a living, James chose to pursue math in college and graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in accounting and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant. 
James continued to write on the side, submitting stories with varying results.  His move into publishing came in baby steps with books selling by the dozens until 2008 when the first book in “The Maze Runner” series was purchased by Random House. It was with some emotion as he recounted being with his wife, children and “sweet mother” when he got the word from his agent that Random House had purchased the Maze Runner series and he realized that he could make it as a writer.  He quit his accounting job and started on the path as a full-time author. When asked what drew him to writing, he believes it was the atmosphere of the rich family history of stories dating back to before the Civil War passed through the generations of his family living in South Carolina.  Probably the biggest thrill he ever had was having the Maze Runner series picked up by 20thCentury Fox, being on the set, meeting the cast and being in attendance at the premiere.
Although the Maze Runner was written for older teenagers, it was popular with middle schoolers and read by adults as well.  The first book of the series didn’t make it onto the New York Times “best seller” list but the second did and the third, not only was on the list, but was #1.  James said the series is “huge” in South America and is actually more popular outside of the United States than inside.  “The Maze Runner” has been published in 45 languages and has taken James to all of the continents with the exception of Antarctica.  He’s been trying to find a way that he and his wife could change that.
When asked who his favorite authors are, Stephen King was at the top of the list. He is currently working on a Stephen King thriller type novel that will probably come out by next fall.  Included in other books that James has written is “The 13thReality” series which was based in Deer Park, Washington.  Wes, known by James as “Uncle Wesley” asked when he and his family might next visit in Deer Park.  James said he’d like to come in the winter after seeing all the beautiful snow in Wes’ pictures.
James expressed appreciation to Deer Park Rotary for it’s emphasis on literacy and work that we do in the community.  Although our club members look forward to meeting again in person, it was a real treat to have James join us via Zoom and spend this time together.  For all of his success and notoriety, he is a very well-grounded person and as one member put it, “he is a regular guy”.
Pictured left to right - Wes Player, outgoing President for 2019'2020, Dr Ken Russess, newly elected President for 2020/2021
By Teresa Foster Eckard
Wes Player, the 2019/2020 President of the Deer Park Rotary Club passed the gavel to Dr. Ken Russell at the July 23rd meeting of the Deer Park Rotary. Deer Park Rotary is currently meeting through Zoom but typically meets weekly at noon, on Thursdays, at the First Street Bar and Gill banquet room, 122 W 1st Street, Deer Park, WA 99006.
Russell shared his three core values with the Club:
• Serving Others
• Building Relationships
• Pursuing Excellence
Ken is excited about the journey and looking forward to getting to know all the Club members. His focus this year will be on UNITY in response to the divisiveness that currently afflicts our world.
Dr. Ken Russell, newly elected President of the Deer Park Rotary, proudly serves as the Superintendent of the Riverside School District. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services for the Mead School District for 3 years. Before that, he was the principal of Mead High School for 6 years. Before becoming a high school principal, Ken was an assistant principal at Mead HS and at Ferris HS. He started his 28-year career in education as a middle school and high school English and Physical Education teacher.
Ken received his BA in English and MA in Education from Whitworth University, and he received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from WSU.
Ken grew up in Bigfork, MT and came to Spokane to attend college and play baseball. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, for 28 years, and they have 5 amazing children: Nick (25), Allie (20), Lindsey (20), McKenna (20), and Luke (17). He and Shannon just welcomed their first grandchild, Weston!
Deer Park Rotary supports many local charities with money raised through an annual Petunia Sale in the spring, an annual Golf Tournament in September, and other activities supported by their local community. Much of their fundraising goes toward support of education in the Deer Park area, including scholarships for Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker High Schools and the Student of the Month Program.
Joe Feist – Rotarian of the Year
Wes Player, Immediate past president of the Deer Park Rotary Club selected Joe Feist as the “Rotarian of the Year”.  Joe, Principal at the Deer Park High School has been the force behind the club’s successful golf tournaments.
As a new member of the club with a golf tournament, he saw a way to contribute and serve.  And what a contribution he has made.  It takes many club members to plan and put on the annual tournament but it’s Joe who leads the way.  His strong relationships in the community have enhanced the success of this event.
Funds raised at the tournament support academic and vocational scholarships to deserving students in the Deer Park, Riverside and Mary Walker High Schools.
When accepting this award, it was clear that Joe’s reward for his work is shown in the joy expressed by the students when they receive one of these scholarships.

Gary Gifford with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will present on DNR Activities in the Deer Park Area September 26th at the Deer Park Rotary Club weekly meeting.

The attendees can expect to learn the following:

  • DNR’s role in fire fighting in the Deer Park Area,
  • What DNR does in this area beside fighting fires,
  • DNR usage of the Deer Park airport for fire fighting,
  • The closest DNR campground to Deer Park.
Deer Park Rotary meets weekly at noon, on Thursdays, at the First Street Bar and Gill banquet room, 122 W 1st Street, Deer Park, WA 99006.

IMG_3454.JPGMike Balahura to present at the September 19th Deer Park Rotary Club weekly meeting. 

HELP Honduras Society - It’s Story and Successes

HELP Honduras, is a project administered by Rotarians to provide support, opportunities and hope to some of the poorest families in Honduras. They are families, usually headed by single mothers, who work in the public markets or scrounge in the municipal dumps to eke out an existence.

November, December and January Students of the Month

Left Top  - November 2018 Students - Emmy Moore - Deer Park HS and Niah Gray - Mary Walker HS
Right Top - November 2018 Student - Sarah Balogh - Riverside HS
Left Bottom - December 2018 Students - Jerin Posey - Mary Walker HS, Libby Michael - Deer Park HS, and Andrew Bergman - Riverside HS
Right Bottom - January 2019 Students - Brent Hodgson - Deer Park HS, Lauren Pettit - Mary Walker HS, and Christian Salcedo - Riverside HS
Left to right, Ava West, Lucas Keller and Jake Everly
Lucas Keller, Student Body Vice President at Deer Park High School is a member of several clubs including DECA, Key Club, and Link Crew.  He is also a well-regarded member of the Varsity Football team and said he has had a passion for football since grade school.  He credits the team work of football as a positive effect in his life.  He hopes to attend a school with D-3 football and a good Pre-med program.  He is looking at the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.  His goal is to be a pediatrician and make a difference in people’s lives.  His father, Eric, is with the Deer Park District of DNR and his mother is a pharmacist. He ended by thanking the club for selecting him as Student of the Month.
Riverside High School’s student of the month is Ava West.  Ava is the second student in her family to represent Riverside High School.  Her sister, Paige, was January Student of the Month in 2017. Ava is taking AP classes and is a tri-sport athlete competing in soccer, basketball and tennis. She said she is blessed with an amazing supportive family at home and a second family at school. Ava said the teachers at Riverside work with students to help them achieve their goals and she feels Ken Russell, the new Superintendent at Riverside, has energized the school.  She sees more students at games and more school spirit.  Outside of school, Ava is involved in her church youth group. She has traveled to Mexico with them to build houses and spends a week each year in service at Camp Spaulding helping where needed.  Ava’s future goal is to be an architect.
Jake Everly is Mary Walker’s October student of the month.  Jake has one brother who is a sixth grader at Mary Walker, his father is a policeman in Spokane and his mother is a stay at home mom. When introducing Jake, Bob Lockhert told us that Jake is very personable.  Jake’s favorite classes are sports and metal shop.  He is a member of the varsity football and baseball teams at Mary Walker, as well as involved in leadership activities there.  Jake filled us in on all of the activity at school as they get ready for Homecoming.  Jake and his family have a family farm and Jake personally takes responsibility for 60 of those acres.  He raises cattle and has cut hay and is looking to plant some of it in wheat next year.  He plans to go to Spokane Community College, get his CDL which will be very helpful to him in his goal of being a full-time farmer.
President Don Kelley with Kristina Ralls, Director of Legal Programs
Kristina Ralls, Director of Legal Programs for The Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) was guest speaker at the Deer Park Rotary meeting September 27, 2018. 
The Volunteer Lawyers Program began in 1985 to provide legal services to low-income residents of Spokane County and outlying counties who may otherwise be denied adequate representation or access to the civil justice system, and to encourage local attorneys to fulfill their duty to provide pro bono services. The program is funded through The Legal Foundation of Washington, interest on trust funds, state and city funds, local grants and donations.  If you are low-income, at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, and have a non-criminal legal problem, contact CLEAR (Washington State’s Coordinated Legal Education and Referral System) for accessing legal aid at 1-888-201-1014 Monday through Friday from 9:15am to 12:15pm or visit  There is no income eligibility for Seniors 60 or older and seniors may call CLEAR for Seniors at 1-888-387-7111.
The VLP staff consists of an attorney, non-attorneys and volunteers who help with paper work, filling out forms and in the courtroom in matters of family law, landlord-tenant issues, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, consumer matters, wills and estate planning.  In addition, they recruit volunteer attorneys to staff clinics and dockets that address these needs held during the week at various times.  The VLP is fortunate to have assistance from volunteer paralegals and Gonzaga Law School FLASH Program students.
Kristina ended by offering how you can help; “Volunteer and tell people about the program.  Let them know there is help out there.”
Left to Right - Everett Pierce, Braiden Sparkes
September Students of the Month are from Deer Park and Riverside High Schools.  Mary Walker’s Student Body President will be our guest next month along with the October Students of the Month.
Braiden Sparkes is Student Body President at Riverside High School.  Braiden has a younger brother who is also a student at Riverside, his mother is a teacher in School District 81 and his father is a hunter who has land in Washington, Idaho and Montana.  In introducing Braiden, Bob Carroll pointed out that he is a departure from past students who are usually focused on further education.  Braiden’s goal is to see if he has a future in hockey. As a junior, he moved to Seattle and lived with a host family where he played on a hockey team.  He attended a school with 2500 students and that experience made him appreciate the size of Riverside where he feels at home. Braiden is also on the football team and said he is very competitive and wants to be the best in whatever he does.  Through his ASB involvement, he tries to involve freshman so that the good student atmosphere at Riverside continues and he wants everyone to feel a part of the school.  After high school, he hopes to receive a hockey scholarship, pursue criminology and someday be a member of the FBI.
Everett Pierce, was introduced as an outstanding student with intense mental and physical strength by Deer Park HS Principal Joe Fiest.  Everett suffered a knee injury while wrestling a year ago and was told it would take a year for him to recover before he could compete in athletics again.  He wouldn’t accept that prognosis and was back in sports after 3 ½  months. He said didn’t want to accept failure and wants to be the best he can.  Along with football, wrestling and ASB, Everett is a member of Key Club and Link Crew.  He wants to give back to the school and says that helping someone makes your day better.  Everett also introduced his father Aaron, an employee at the Deer Park Post Office for many years and his mother, Jennifer who works at Acceptance Captital Mortgage in Spokane.
                Outside of school, Everett likes to hang out with friends and family.  He has candidate status with the US Naval Academy where he hopes to attend and eventually become an officer in the Marine Corp.  Everett concluded in thanking the club for selecting him as Student of the Month.
Melanie Allen was the guest speaker at our August 30th meeting. Melanie began by thanking us for the recent $500 donation and said the timing of the gift was perfect as there are no grants available in the summer but the need is still great.  She told us that The Greenhouse Community Center has grown from its first beginnings as a small food bank and clothes closet at Zion Lutheran Church in 1987 to a place that provides a food bank, clothing bank, emergency services, furniture, household and miscellaneous items for people in the Deer Park area. 
The only qualification to receive food from the food bank is to be a resident of Deer Park. Each month eligible residents are able to select food from the pantry’s shelves and fresh produce once a week that has been “rescued” from five local grocery stores in north Spokane County by Greenhouse volunteers. Between the monthly and weekly visits, the Greenhouse serves approximately 250 families with 1200 visits per month. The Greenhouse is supported by County Block Grants, Second Harvest, thrift store purchases and donations from churches and organizations.  When asked “When do you need volunteers?”  Melanie replied they’re always happy to have volunteers and they’ll find something for you to do.
Assistant Governor John Guarisco introduced our 2018-2019 District Governor Bev Reed.  Bev, a member of the Rotary Club of Spokane Aurora Northwest has served as President and was the club’s Rotarian of the year in 2005 and 2015.  Bev has also been engaged in the District as a facilitator for the Rotary Leadership Institute, a President Elect Training Seminar instructor and has been selected to be the PETS OPCOM Chair in 2021.  Bev is a Major Donor and belongs to the Paul Harris Society. She recently retired after a 38 year career with the YMCA.
                DG Bev began the meeting by sharing RI President Barry Rassin’s theme “Be the Inspiration” and her question “Why are you here?”  As she meets with members of each club board in the district, she asks them to select a picture card that speaks to their passion and explain why.   Three of the stories she shared highlighted the eradication of polio in the world, the building of communities at home and in the world and the education of children.  She encourages each of us to use our passion to “Be the Inspiration”.
                DG Bev played a video promoting Rotary District 5080’s 2019 Conference “Come Together”.  It is the first joint conference with Seattle’s District 5030 and will be held in Spokane on May 16-19, 2019.  There will be golfing, wine tasting, a “hands on project” and keynote speakers Angelo Lombardo, Minda Dentler, Rotary International President Barry Rassin and Bill Gates.  Bev led us as we enthusiastically sang1 the Rotary version of “Come Together” by the Beatles.  Mark your calendar; this will be a great conference!
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!  
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