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.