Posted by Ed Felt on Apr 15, 2017
David introduced the speaker Amy Volz from Alternatives to Violence of Palouse.
Amy apologized for her manager not being able to attend the meeting and gave a great speech.  
She shared the story of how the program was started in Pullman by Dorothy Whitely in 1980.
Alternatives to Violence helps people from any gender or background. They serve all of Latah county and Whitman county, and have 4 fulltime staff in the Moscow office and 9 in Pullman, and 2 in shelters. They are moving into a new location April 19th and have two satellite offices at the University of Idaho and Colfax courthouse.
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This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-04-15 07:00:00Z 0 Speakers 2017
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 22, 2017
Ed introduced this week’s guest, Ethan Adams.  He is the CEO of VMRD, where’s he’s been officially employed for roughly 22 years.  However as his dad helped found the company, he has been involved for most of his life.  Ethan told us how he even answered a phone call from a customer as a toddler, with his uncle quickly intervening. 
Ethan spoke about the history and background of VMRD, which serves veterinary laboratories, vaccine manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies, among others.  Their mission is to provide high quality products and services to their customers and a harmonious and rewarding work environment for their employees.
His father Scott Adams and a few others founded the company.  They did so with the idea of being able to produce diagnostic products based on scientific research, where at the time research was otherwise “sitting on a shelf.” 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 15, 2017
Brenda Barrio was this week’s guest speaker.  She spoke about the WSU Roar program, which is post secondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
She began brainstorming Roar two years ago, and is hoping to kick off in 2018. K-12 education for children with disabilities is widely available, but there are few opportunities for children when they finish. This limits opportunity for employment, which puts further strain on families that support young people in the area.  Roar will be the first fully inclusive program in Northern ID and Eastern WA.
Washington is only at 54.6% graduation rate for students with disabilities. Even though they complete most classes, because they can’t or don’t get through standardized testing or other diploma related requirements, they don’t “officially” graduate.  People with disabilities have a 65% unemployment rate, while people without are at 17%. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 08, 2017
This week’s guest is Pete Dickinson, City of Pullman Planning Director.  He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Berkley and a master's degree from WSU.     
Pete spoke to us about what has been happening around town in Pullman. 2016 was a record-setting year, with total permit value at $170.8 million.  WSU: $71.4 million, while all other funding went elsewhere.  The multicultural center is 16,000 square ft and $2.2 million in city value for 2016.  A few other updates include:
  • Ferdinand’s addition: 6,600 square feet at a cost of $5.7 million
  • Chief Joseph Village Apts: $8.1 million
  • Courtyard by Marriot hotel: 122 guest rooms. $10.5 million
  • SEL 2454 industrial building: 165,000 sq ft. $10.9 million, with 500-550 new jobs
  • WSU Digital Classroom Building: 80,000 sq ft at $12.0 million
  • WSU Chinook student center: 70,000 sq ft at $16.5 million
  • WSU Troy hall renovation: 50,000 sq ft. at $18.2 million
  • Pullman-Moscow airport: 3.5 cubic yards of soil, at $18.9 million
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 01, 2017
This week’s guest is Kristina Umbright, who works as Senior Chore Service Coordinator with the Pullman Community Council on Aging.  Once we connect a senior with a volunteer, you can meet as frequently or infrequently as works with your schedule.  Chores can range from 30 hours to 60 hours and can change based on what is needed.  Some programs may be delivered through local churches or other organizations. 
Next major workday is coming up in April.  They work with the Center for Civic Engagement at WSU.  They also work with Real Life Community Church.  They’re always looking for other project opportunities and for community members to fill in the gap.
Their goal is to help keep seniors living in their current home, and with support with chores and work around their home, this is possible.  Everyone is welcome to volunteer! 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 22, 2017
Ann Lewis and Elizabeth Walker were introduced by Graham.  Ann and Elizabeth are two of the three members of the executive team for the League of Women’s Voters in Pullman.  The league is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in elections.  It was found in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt, right after the 19th amendment was passed to give women the right to vote.  This organization was meant to show the 70-year struggle of the voters. 
Early on, they trained volunteer teachers for citizenship schools, organized institutes to study defects in system of government, and initiation “Know Your Town” meetings.  Women had the right to vote in 1910 in Washington State specifically, becoming the 5th state in the US to allow this. The group has accomplished a great deal over its existence.  They’ve even had a role in managing presidential debates. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 15, 2017
Eric introduced our very own Ed Felt, who some members also know as the winner of the Traditional Sauce Competition at the 2014 National Buffalo Wing Festival.  Ed presented on his “sauce journey,” chronicling his very early interests in chicken wings and buffalo sauce, to his institution of an annual “Wingsgiving’ event and why he even went to Buffalo, NY in the first place.
Ed started enjoying chicken wings upon starting school at Washington State University, even implementing a Facebook group for fellow members of his hall community to go to such locations as Wingers every week.  He says what most interested him were all the options of sauces at various locations, though (of course) they had to taste good for his interest to flourish.  “Once I turned 21 and could go to previously prohibitive locations, my love affair with wings grew exponentially due to newfound access to so many options,” he said. With the interest of his mom on visits back to his home in the Walla Walla area, they developed a sauce that combined sweet tang with spice, taking inspiration from traditional Buffalo sauce as well as those from Wingers.  Ed continually tinkered with the sauce cause through college and after, eventually being inspired to create a wings-centered event with family and friends: Wingsgiving.  “The notion was I would make the wings, and my guests would bring the “things”,” he said.  “It started fairly disorganized as no guidance was given as to what “things” should be in relation to food and beverage, but we’ve improved.”
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 08, 2017
Eric introduced our own members Ed and Jeff.  They both were there to discuss our club’s Palouse Tarakea Future Visions Project (PTFVP), including what’s been done thus far, and they’re working on now along with Chandi and other stakeholders.
Ed first went through the accomplishments of the first project, which started in 2013.  This included implementation of rain-water harvesting tanks, regular and emergency electricity to the region, education on water safety and electricity, and funding for construction of a
pregnancy ward.  Ed and Jeff both went to Tarakea on two separate occasions, with Ed going with member Barry Johnson mainly to deliver water safety education and associated materials, while Jeff and his son Santos mainly went to deliver education and associated materials about electricity.
After Jeff completed his trip, he was interested in trying to continue helping the people of Tarakea, along with the support of our club, stakeholders such as the Rotary Club of Mkuu Rombo (who we had worked with on the initial project) WSU partnerships, and others.  Jeff was especially motivated by a few areas for improvement he saw while there, including the pervasive darkness in classrooms, inability to utilize cellular devices as power is hard to come by, and lack of mobility for water.
This Week's Meeting Ed Felt 2017-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 01, 2017
Graham introduced our speaker Jerry L Robinson.  Jerry was born in Moscow, Idaho. After graduating from Moscow High School Jerry worked for a local farmer and his father at Stubbs Seed Services. From 1981 to 1993 Jerry managed the warehouse, along with oversight and management of the company’s seed production. In 1993 Jerry became the General Manager and Owner of Stubbs Seed Services. With the retirement of the general manager of WSCIA in 2007 Jerry was hired to manage the organization and to oversee its move from Yakima to Pullman and currently manages the organization from its new office at Port of Whitman Research Park in Pullman.
The Washington State Crop Improvement Association (WSCIA) was started in 1946 and incorporated in 1951. Purpose of the organization has grown and expanded since then. They currently have 7 fulltime employees in Pullman, and they have 16+ summer time employees. Most of them are teachers who work from July-September inspecting fields. Annual payroll is ~$612K and annual revenue is ~$2.1 million. WSCIA’s structure has 4 components. It involved a business office, a breeder seed production focus, a seed certification program and foundation seed program, promotion and an education program. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jan 25, 2017
Harmon introduced today's guest speaker, Kristin Kontogianis.  She is a student at the WSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and has worked with Harmon on occasion.  She also works with the Humane Society as well.  Kristin completed her undergrad work at the University of Washington.  She has been interested in animal behavior since she was very young.
The #1 behavior of concern for humans is aggression, of which the main symptom is dog bites.  4.5 million dog bites occur each year.  If you have children and have a dog that has been in your family for its whole life, and then suddenly biting someone, it is important to think about next actions.  Aggression is not a “dirty word” but actually a natural activity for dogs, especially with regard to territorial aggression, protective aggression, etc.  There are ways we can mitigate behavior.  Especially with older dogs, there are many hyper sensitivities that surface from previous experiences or discomforts.  When Kristin has worked on such dogs, they can attempt to train them to not respond so negatively to such experiences. 
14-39% of dogs suffer separation anxiety.  Common signs are vocalization, especially when owners leave them for longer periods of time.  This could quickly lead to an eviction in a crowded place such as an apartment complex, as the dog may be too loud for neighbors.  One dog she’s previously worked with was Mara, who she learned was very mouthy and uses her teeth when taking treats.  Within 20 minutes of working with Mara on the first day she was surrendered to the Humane Society, the dog would now use its tongue when given food. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jan 03, 2017
Harmon introduced Lyle Drader as the guest speaker.  Harmon has had a lot of fascination regarding aviation on the Palouse.  After making a trip out to Inter-State Aviation, he got their chief pilot Lyle out to make a presentation. 
Lyle first asked if there are any pilots currently present, of which there were none.  He’s been flying for 25 years, and has all the obtainable ratings except for one.  He is a certified flight instructor, and can teach flying lessons as well as how to be an instructor.  Lyle grew up in Colton, and has been in the area most of his life where he worked on a farm for 31 years until got tired of it and took up flying. 
Among other things, Inter-State Aviation plan charters throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Most recently they went to Sun Valley.  They also teach and sells fuel to companies in the area such as SEL.  They have roughly 13 different aircraft now, including 3 Cessna 172s. 
He’s had many interesting experiences throughout his career.  At one time, he couldn’t stop after landing on a runway, and ended up in a nearby field.  Luckily, he got the aircraft back on the runway, and flew out.  He was also able to convince the owner Doug that the plane, which as he didn’t crash or damage it, he was ok with.  One time he had an engine blow up! He had to crash land it with low visibility, but made it with only minor scratches.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Dec 13, 2016
Wende introduced Jake, who she hired roughly 11 years to work at SEL.  Jake and his wife Kendra have been adopting several children from Haiti, and will soon have a family of 11.  Some of his soon-to-be adopted children are still in Haiti, but they hope to have them here soon. 
Jake and Kendra started a non-profit called Good Neighbor Missions Internationally about 5 years ago, to help with children in need in Haiti.  They had a few friends with an orphanage originally, which gave them the idea.  Eventually they had enough funding to support an orphanage that they’re fully supporting every month, which is providing for the day-to-day life for kids in the area, from ages as young as 4 to 13.  They currently employ 12 staff to care for the ~23 children present. 
One of Jake’s main goals is also being able to fund a school there, and giving a meal a day to all the students present.  This would require $100/year for one person to sponsor a student for an entire year.  The recent hurricane that devastated Haiti has built up their school with more students as impacted residents have pushed their kids into the city so that they may attend school there, whereas no infrastructure is currently in place in some other areas of the country due to extreme weather. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Dec 06, 2016
Jacie was inspired by the presentation of funds to Kim with Pullman Child Welfare, and spoke of the need to help here and internationally in generally.
She and her husband Wayne have been farming for 34 years as business partners.  They have family members who are also helping.  They farm “Gum Junction” which is 7 miles from Union Town, Moscow, and Genesee.  They started doing farm tours in the 1990s, and did so for about 11 years.  For so many generations, many people have been moved further and further away from farming and have lacked the understanding of what farming can do.
Instead of giving a PowerPoint presentation, Jacie proceeded to give us materials for a fun learning activity.  This gave us the opportunity to understand how much of agriculture is luck based on weather, among other things.  She believes that this year agriculture would be impacted by “Falling Numbers.”  Whenever they take a load of seed into an elevator, they take count and look for any evidence of sprout.  Recently the “Falling Numbers” test evaluates it differently.  Because of cold evenings and warm days when plants were flowering, shortages occurred.  If you look at the cash price of crops, it has dropped. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed on Nov 29, 2016
President Schulz had already been in Pullman for 6 months. They have been enjoying the area very much, and it has been a very busy six months.
He was very impressed regarding the article in the paper about the Rotary club and our participation in the Tarakea international project. He encouraged our continuous engagement in the projects of this nature. President Schulz’s wife is also very interested in helping people in need in Ethiopia.
He wanted everyone to know that he and his wife are living at the President’s house and enjoy being in there and living closer to the students.  They had been married for almost 29 years and had the opportunity to live in small college towns during his career. They absolutely love Pullman.  They have a dog Cayenne who has 1000 social media followers. They have 2 cats and a 25 feet airstream camper.
President Schulz went on to mention his plans for WSU. WSU is dispersed in 5 different campuses around the state of Washington that make his job very interesting.  Our Vancouver campus just surpassed 3,500 students in this semester.
This Week's Program Ed 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Nov 22, 2016
We had a “warm and fuzzy” presentation by Eric, which consisted of a video recap from a presentation by our current RI president, President John Germ, at the 2016 Convention.  He said that small opportunities can lead to great results, such as inviting guests to Rotary.  “I think that every one of us recognizes the opportunity to serve through Rotary,” he said.  “The only difference between a small opportunity and a great one, is what you do with it.”  He gave an example of toilets being installed in India, and the continued campaign to end Polio around the world.  These are examples of what can happen when we recognize the opportunity to join Rotary was the Opportunity of a lifetime.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Nov 15, 2016
Mark shared the major changes he has seen in Pullman since he started in 1985. Pullman has grown in respect to streets, subdivisions, industrial parks, research parks, sidewalks, and many other things. The city has worked hard to beautify Pullman.
He mentioned many people who were important to his career. John Sherman was really impactful in helping him get things into perspective. He also mentioned the impact Glenn has had on his life.
As he leaves, Mark believes that Pullman is in good shape. Budgets are stable. There is even a program to replace vehicles when needed including fire trucks.
He is proud that ‘the Pullman factor” was eliminated. It used to be that contractors added 10-15% into their prices because Pullman was considered difficult to work with. It took several years to change this factor, but now contractors really like working with us.
This Week's Program  Ed Felt 2016-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Nov 08, 2016
 Eric introduced our speaker, Dr. Cornell Clayton.  He is the Thomas Foley distinguished professor of politics at WSU, and among other things a frequent commentator and contributor to politics in local and national news. 
He originally didn’t think he’d have much dramatic material to discuss the day after the election, but now, “everything is changed,” he said.  Dr. Clayton believed that this result all came from the desire for change.  However, some things haven’t changed overall including a deeply divided country and electorate.  Also, looking at what a successful campaign strategy is hasn’t changed.  “You can’t be something with nothing,” he said.  Donald Trump had messaging, but Hilary Clinton didn’t have anything specific.  For Clinton, it was more of a response to Trump. 
As far as other changes, for the first time in a while, the Republican Party will control both the legislative branch and the executive branch.  Also, symbolic change is occurring, including having the first female presidential candidate.  Arguments between both parties have changed for the first time since 1980, and yet it’s also within parties via a populous message. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Nov 01, 2016
John introduced our speaker.  John has been the “Foundation Shepard” for our club, and he asked our District Governor who would be the best to give a speech on the Rotary Foundation during Foundation Month.  That man is Don Hart.
Don is familiar with our region, especially participating in several sporting events over time.  As District Rotary Foundation Chair, he makes sure every member of the Columbia Center Club a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Tarakea Project was completed with the assistance of the Rotary Foundation.
Don informed us that this year was the 100th anniversary of the foundation.  His aim was to teach the group on what the foundation is and what it can do for us.  He introduced his chair members, including Chandi who is the Grant Chair.  The team also includes quite a few other members who focus on various aspects of the foundation.
In its 100th year, they’re trying to raise $300 million dollars.  So far they’ve obtained $37.5 million.  Don also showed us an analysis of our own fundraising, in which the prior year we did exceed our goal by almost ~$2000. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Oct 25, 2016
Eric introduced Taylor Persello with the American Cancer Society (ACS).  She graduated from Whitworth and recently was married to a firefighter from Spokane.  She joined the ACS a few years ago, especially after a current member of her family went through a bout with cancer.
Taylor thanked everyone for being able to present.  She first spoke about the ACS, which is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that helps people access the closest care and resources available to them for cancer treatment and preventions.  They also provide transportation when needed to the hospital. 
They have several different programs, including Relay for Life, and Look Better Feel Better, among others.  There are cancer resource centers in the area for anyone to utilize when needed. 
The organization tries its best to help people stay well.  They’re prepping for their tobacco control initiative event “The Great American Smokeout” which will take place November 17.  They also promote Cancer screenings.  She is our ACS representative for Whitman County. 
Taylor went into the group's work as an advocate to keep federal and state funding for medical screenings and follow-ups, and they also work with the ACS Cancer Action Network, a lobbying group of sorts to push through certain initiatives.  They have a 24/7 resource at, which provides local service information, questions to ask your doctor, and information about all their expenditures.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Oct 23, 2016
Jeff Guyett, Executive Director of the Community Action Center was this week’s guest. He shared a video. The participants talked about how they are benefited from the food bank, their energy assistance and weatherization programs.
Jeff talked about the broad programs available through CAC.
Every 3 years they do a community needs assessment to identify the areas that are with most needs in the Whitman County. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Oct 11, 2016
Kiall Swift introduced Curtis Fackler. Curtis joined Better Health Together in July 2013. With a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Golden Gate University, he has over 25 years working with individuals and small business in the insurance and employee benefit arena. In 2007, he was named National Federation of Independent Business Washington State Small Business Champion for his work on health care issues for small business. He enjoys the great outdoors.
Curtis shared that his first career was as a B52 navigator. Now he helps Spokane-area residents navigate through insurance. Better Health Together helps train uninsured on how to get insurance.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Oct 04, 2016
October marks Rotary’s polio campaign with a highlight on October 24th which is World Polio Day. Eric shared the following video on polio:[] (Pictures and notes are taken from the video.)  
I think that you can argue that no vaccine captured the emotions of the American public, as much as the polio vaccine did. It was a very, very emotional disease for this country.  In the 1930s and 40s, parents dreaded summer because it was the start of the polio season.  Polio could target any age, but most were under the age of five. No one knew why it impacted some kids and not others. The only thing that people knew was that it would infect and kill many kids every summer.
In the 30s, we started with 9700 victims and it increased to 52,000 victims in 1952.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Sep 27, 2016
Debi introduced District Governor Kees van der Pol.  He has been retired for 7 years, and been in British Columbia and teaching for his entire career.  He received a BA in Geography and German.  In 1974, he spent 1 year at the Kyoto University in Tokyo, Japan, where his wife Mayumi immigrated to Canada from.  Both are very involved in Rotary taking on multiple leadership positions, and have been married for 38 years. Their passion is travel, having frequently been in Japan and Europe, going on multiple tours.   
Kees thanked us for the warm reception, and to Eric for the meeting and dinner the previous night.  He and Mayumi had enjoyed the travel here.  He started by mentioning an e-mail that he had received.  It told the story about a girl who takes a bite out of an apple, chews, swallows it, and does the same thing with another apple.  Her mother tried not to show disappointment in her daughter as she took both apples, but then her daughter said “I think you’ll like this, it’s the sweeter one."  The lesson here: No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, never conclude your judgment of others before understanding them first.  This e-mail came from a young lady in Pakistan, who had previously interviewed them on television regarding the Rotary Friendship Exchange they had undertaken there.  One reason he brought this up is as it is from Pakistan, which is a location we hear so many negative things about including the lack of education for women. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Sep 20, 2016
Gary introduced Hal Klein.  Some of the examples of uses for Amateur radio are:
  • During Hurricane Sandy where the telephone towers were out of operation
  • In 2001 when 911 calls were made, and during some other major hurricanes we had in the past.
Some of the service agencies are Red Cross, FEMA, and the  National Weather Service. These have also been used on other occasions like Thunder in the Snake sporting event along the Snake River and other similar sporting events.
This technology involves different pieces of equipment we can use in emergency situations because of their different modes of transmission methods and power sources. He discussed about the various aspects of this technology. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) governs all the frequencies and Amateur radio uses those frequencies that are not allocated for commercial use. He spoke about the different frequencies they use, the modes like CW and voice phone (MARS - military auxiliary radio system) and non-traditional uses of Amateur radio (earth-moon-earth communications, satellite communications, meteor scatter, QRP, and SOTA-summit on the air). He also talked about different technological pieces like antennas, repeaters etc. that we have around the area that can be used in an emergency situation. They have field days with emergency preparedness steps for individuals, and they do some exercises every 5th Saturday at the local fairgrounds.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Sep 13, 2016
Gary introduced Anthony Alvarez.  He lives on some farmland outside of Pullman, and has a great deal of experience managing restaurants.  He was in the navy, is a member of the VFW, and also manages an online farmer’s market.  Veterans on the Farm is an organization meant to help military personnel transition to work with farming. 
Dealing with PTSD and other associated conditions make it difficult for veterans to find a job after military service.  The unemployment rate is actually 2% higher among veterans than the rest of the country.  This group’s vision is to help provide them with opportunities for education, partnership, and employment in conservation-based agricultural industries. 
Anthony said this is not an age specific group, as they even have Vietnam veterans working with them.  If nothing else, giving them the opportunity to feed themselves with the ability to grow and utilize various crops is one of their main goals.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Sep 06, 2016
Gary introduced our speaker: our very own Debi Dockins.  Debi is a past officer and president, and probably the only president of our club that gave birth during her tenure.  She also runs RYLA, and presented about being Assistant District Governor.
She started by stating that she’s always been in awe of the members of this club.  She’s the new assistant governor for area 9.  At first she said no when asked, as it would be a lot of work, along with the two jobs she already has.  However she tries to say yes as much as possible when it comes to Rotary.  She has been the assistant district governor since July 1, and has already visited 11 clubs. 
In Clarkston, the club’s lunch is $15 and they participate in youth exchange and a bike ride fundraiser, a potential opportunity for the Rotary Club of Pullman to get involved in something established already.  Their dues are $120 and they pay a dollar for every meeting they miss.  Their biggest goal is to have fun.  Someone always gives a stock tip at the end of a week, essentially letting some of the members bringing their own business into their club.  They have roughly $30,000 in their account.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Aug 30, 2016
Dean Rohrs was our guest speaker. She was born in South Africa immigrated to Canada, and joined rotary in 1989.  In Rotary she has had the following experience and credentials:
  • 17 years of Youth Exchange in both District 9300 and 5040
  • District 5040 Group Study Exchange Chair
  • Group Student Exchange Team Leader to New Zealand
  • District Governor 2007/2008
  • Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator
Her mother was the head of the Red Cross. Dean received 30 nuns who had been raped and their hands cut off when Dean was only 14 years old (during the Congo Revolution). She left for university during South African apartheid. She joined the revolution and began rebelling against the government, and was shortly thereafter jailed for a couple of weeks. She was only 16 years old and will carry those scars from the frightening experience forever.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Aug 23, 2016
Our guests today were Chris Cargill and Todd Myers from the Washington Policy Center.  Chris is the Eastern         Washington Director, and Todd is the Environmental Center Director.  Chris spoke to all of us in 2011 and 2012, and said the Washington Policy Center is “a non-partisan, non-profit think tank.”  They’re a research organization on a state-wide level.  This includes various centers and subjects such as Agriculture, Education, Environment, and Government Reform. 
Their goals include the implementation of good public policy, and warning others about bad public policy.  Over the past 18 months, they’ve been working on moving their agriculture center to the forefront of their activities, and it is a new activity for them in general. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Aug 16, 2016
Debi introduced Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) participants, which included Jake (sophomore sociology major at Washington State University) Elizabeth (Project Management Major at Columbia Basin College), and Matthew (majoring in English with a minor in business at the University of Idaho.  All of them were here to talk to us about RYLA camp, which they attended in July.  Jake and Elizabeth were first-time campers, while Matt was returning as a junior staff member. 
They showed us a picture of the group at RYLA, which was shadowed by the outline of the district.  They also presented us with the notion of snapping when you appreciate something someone said; something they learned to appreciate a great deal at camp.  “Very serious crimes” would occur when students would lose water bottles, or because of other “infractions” (clearly not so serious).  There were many activities that occurred with an effort to bring introverted students into any conversation and participation.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Aug 09, 2016
Dr. Mike Pumphrey was introduced by Eric.  He leads the spring wheat program with WSU and is the OA Vogel Endowed Chair of the program.  He specifically came to present on Wheat Breeding and Genetics.  He first let us know that we are not his normal crowd, and that he made the presentation he was giving us in 20 minutes as he had forgotten!  Mike appreciated the opportunity to come and speak with a group like ours.
Mike presented on Washington Wheat Basics.  They have 2.3 million acres in a ~1-billion-dollar industry. 
For $1 generated by wheat farming, 51 cents are earned by businesses that support farmers.  11,134 jobs depend upon the state’s wheat crop.  Essentially for every dollar used, we receive two dollars for the state economy.
Mike’s main job is to simplify all the difficulty in variety selection in wheat genetics, and work on wheats that are resistant to various pathogens and elements, and can grow really well.  The less a farmer has to worry about, the better. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Aug 02, 2016
Mick introduced Monica Bando, who is with Washington State University working on her Ph.D. at their College of Veterinary Medicine.  She presented on bear bile farming and moon bear heart disease.  Her focus was on Asiatic black bears, also known as “moon bears” due to the crescent symbol on their chest. 
Monica showed us a map of all areas where the animals used to exist.  They’re endangered, and we don’t know how many there currently are.  Major threats to their survival include illegal trade & habitat loss, mainly for bear bile.  Bile has been used for 3000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and contains UDCA which has been found to have medicinal properties.  Pharmaceutical companies have other alternatives available, but unfortunately there is an ongoing demand for 3-4 tons of bear bile annually in the Asian market, as well as many other markets.
It is a lucrative product, and depending on what market you are looking at, it can sell for as much as $3000/kg.  Annually, 10,000 bears have been killed for this bile product. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jul 27, 2016
Today’s presentation was by our very own Graham Adderson, focusing on personal finance.  He started by making sure everyone was aware that there is no right or wrong way to pursue finance, but he would present on his own understanding and philosophy as a certified financial planner. 
He’s been in sales all his life, and the phrase “keep it simple” is meant to help guide a salesperson with the philosophy and idea that you should only present the basic information about a product to customers as opposed to an overabundance of information, which supposedly might lead the customer to not buy the product.
Graham presented a fictional story about the Clarks, a couple that are planning for retirement.  The financial planner in the story presented information the couple needs or can use.  A mixed portfolio is presented, without commissions and instead an advisor fee of 1.25%/year.  Graham mentioned that this sounded pretty fair.  He then brought up a burger, which always has to have certain ingredients to be a burger.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jul 22, 2016
Colleen is currently the CEO of the YMCA of the Palouse, and grew up in Pullman.  She never expected to have a career in service, but she had some strong role models who did follow such a path including her pastor brother.  She also grew up doing a number of service projects with her Church and some of her other family members.
Colleen went to EWU and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies.  After spending some time in Portland, she eventually ended up coming back to Pullman
where she obtained a post-baccalaureate in Psychology from WSU.  Eventually she also became further involved at the YMCA, which she actually grew up.  One of the most important programs in her youth was the Big Brother program, where they pair young students with college students.  Her mentor Carmel made a big impact in her life.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jul 12, 2016
Eric introduced Amy.  She’s the outreach coordinator at Backyard Harvest, and is passionate about agriculture, and sustainable growth.  She’s also involved with other projects, including Rotary projects in Guatemala. 
They’re a 501c3 non-profit, currently located in Moscow.  They’re branching out to other communities, and have grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.  They get food to those in need.
Backyard Harvest has been around for 10 years.  Amy Gray is the founder, from Moscow ID, and it was actually founded by accident.  They ended up producing too much food in their garden, donated it to a food pantry, and the pantry was extremely happy to have received the materials. 
They have an access to fairly cheap highly processed foods, while access to vegetables is rough.  The big problem is that tons of produce goes to waste.  Their mission is to avoid having this waste, and their vision is to get fresh food to all.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jul 05, 2016
Glenn introduced Tony Bean.  Tony comes from a Marine background, which he said has helped greatly in his current profession as executive director of the Pullman-Moscow Airport.  There are only 463 pilots credited as airport executives in the nation.  Tony also just finished he Executive MBA at University of Idaho, and was recently featured in the top 40 under 40 of an aviation magazine.
Tony started by letting us know that airports are really the largest community asset, larger than anything such as roads and highways.  The main focus of the presentation regards realignment project of the runway. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jun 28, 2016
Glenn gave his end-of-year address as president of the Rotary Club of Pullman, and thanked the group for all of their support this past year.  He appreciates all we did for the International Picnic, Spaghetti feed, Tarakea Future Visions Project, all other events and initiatives.  He thanked Eric for all his support, Archie for the picnic, Sandee for the Spaghetti feed, and Debi for all of her contributions.
One of the things Glenn wanted to work on was building membership, and because of this he even met with people one-on-one to better convince them to join or return.  He thanked everyone once again for everything, and handed the mic over to our new president Eric Hoyle.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jun 21, 2016
Archie introduced Amber Hanes-Miller with Life Flight Network.  Life Flight has been around since 1978.  They have various partners including OSHU.  
They currently have bases at various locations, and are about to set up one in Walla Walla.  Our closest base is right over at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.  They have fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.  Life Flight operates all of their own aircraft, and this includes the aircraft in Med Star, a similar company that joined with Life Flight.  They currently have over 25 different planes and helicopters. 
The Life Flight Network service area is all across the Pacific Northwest with options for rotary wing, fixed wings and ground transportation.  Each base covers a distance of 250 air miles.  They ask that EMS give them 7 minutes for takeoff, which she says is an outstanding turnaround time. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jun 14, 2016
Our new member Craig Adams gave his classification speech.  He is pastor at Encounter Ministries.  He wanted to present a disclaimer right up front: he would use terms related to Christianity, but wanted to make sure we knew he wasn’t trying to convert. 
“I actually believe in a God that is Happy,” Craig said, in reference to some negative commentary in relation to Orlando.He’s been called “Preacher Man” among other things, but the one term he appreciates is “Servant.”“I believe in Humanity, and that people have the potential to do great things,” he said.More than anything he believes in and seeks the opportunity to serve people.
Craig also loves speaking.He first was able to speak in Ireland, where his family is from.It was by accident, but he cherished the opportunity.Now he’s been able to speak in countries all over the world.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on May 31, 2016

Eric Hoyle introduced our guest speaker, Alex Reed with IMG (International Management Group) Sports.  Alex is an account executive with the company, which focuses on marketing with and for athletics.  “Essentially I get paid to talk about the Cougs all day,” he said, even to the point where he forgets it a job.  As a Washington State University alumnus, he loves the WSU Cougars and promoting the school.  He said that if a student sticks with a brand in college, they’ll stick with it for the rest of their lives.

Multiple companies have come and gone that eventually formed what IMG is today, which is also a partner with WSU and one of the largest sports marketing firms in the world.  Besides WSU, they work with over 200 schools throughout the country whether they be public or private.  They also have partnerships with half of the Pac 12. 

This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on May 24, 2016

Ed and Barry were finally able to talk about their completion of the third phase of the Palouse Tarakea Future Visions Project (PTFVP), a joint project with the Rotary Club of Mkuu Rombo that started in 2014.  In April they both went to Tarakea to complete this phase of the project.

The main objectives included the delivery of water safety educational materials, solar power suitcases, teaching of how to utilize these materials, and viewing the Tarakea Health Center which has been under construction.  Additionally, both of them were able to view the 5 rain water harvesting tanks that have been placed at various schools throughout the area.

The water saftey education compoenent was especially made possible with the support of Project Wet, a non-profit organization in Bozeman that provides water safety activity booklets and educator materials for students and teachers respectively.  Barry and Ed went to their main location for a one-day training in March. 

This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on May 17, 2016

Bruce Pitman is the founder and president of Family Promise.  Prior to his involvement with this group, he was the provost for University of Idaho and Dean of Students for 30+ years.

Family Promise in Moscow-Pullman was started in Oct 2013.  They have provided direct care for ~110 families to date, and have also provided shelter care for 34 families. They only serve families with children not the individuals.

Their objective for those families who they take in for permanent shelter is to help them to transition into that shelter within 90 days.  >80% of the families have been able to transition to a permanent house.  They provide aftercare and follow up care for few months.  The only way they provide all of these different resources is with the help from community supporters.  Besides all this, they have also brought together 28-29 congregations from very different faiths in this region to create this organization.

This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on May 03, 2016
Alan’s presentation focused on Lawson Gardens, Pullman’s premier formal garden complex.  This was implement with the help of Gerald Lawson who donated land and development funds.  With this park, they’ve even worked out how it will continue to be managed in the future this land and funding. 
The Garden House will be available for various events and meeting, banquets, wedding, and more.  The event room will fit at least 120 people inside.  There will be two conference meeting rooms with AV capabilities.  They are still accepting donations, with various levels to follow. Allen sees the potential for city groups to use the meeting room as well.
Currently they are halfway to their fundraising goal, at $700,000. Donations are accepted.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Apr 19, 2016
Our guest speaker was Joanna Bailey of Pullman’s Neill Public Library.  It was Joanna’s first time presenting at Rotary
The library is supported by the City of Pullman, and was originally a children's library.  According to their data, they have roughly 238,000 visits to the library annually, with 14,645 cardholders, of which 70% are Pullman residents, and 64% of total circulation is by Pullman residents. Over the past few years the number of visitors have increased gradually following the Great Recession.
Library patrons benefit from 1900 volunteer hours annually, $9600 in donations and endowment funds, and $53,000 from the Friends of the Library.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 29, 2016
Linda introduced Brett Borden, owner of new local retail business Retro Riot.   She emphasized that Brett is already involved in the club as he has just donated to the Spaghetti Feed Silent Auction.
Brett emphasized the store’s focus is on retro entertainment and pop culture products, among other things.  He is originally from Spokane Valley, and has lived in Pullman for 10 years. When he decided to open his business, he thought the Palouse would be the perfect place for it, especially with two universities in the area.
As for why he did it: he spent the last 4-5 years in the trade of used book and records.  It was a unique skill to have in this region, especially as he realized there wasn't an independent record shop on the Palouse. Brett said that evidence shows there is a renewed interest in vinyl records. “It's college age students that are really driving this for the most part,” he explained.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 29, 2016
The committee has chosen the Pullman Community Council on Aging as this year’s recipient of the award. Nancy Backus accepted the award. The group has been around for 40 years, with programs including the Meals on Wheels program. The Senior Chore Service is another activity. They have volunteers that support the group, as well as businesses, churches, and other groups. Seniors that aren't living in assisted care need help with tasks around the house, and could use help. This is for citizens aged 60 and above. Nancy said they will use our grant to make a tool shed for a supply storage.
Irving M. Field Grand Project Awarded Ed Felt 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 22, 2016
Linda introduced the speaker, while also mentioning she's been very excited to hear him speak about social media issues and how they relate to law enforcement. Scott Patrick is with the Pullman Police Department.  He’s actually a returning guest: he previously presented to the group 2 years ago. He has 10+ years as a patrol officer, and 13+ years as a member of the Quad Cities Drug Task Force.
Scott gave us an altered presentation to what he usually gives to parents and their children. Among other things related to responsbile uses of social media, he showed us an agreement (Family Media Agreement) that is for parents and teens to agree on what they will and won’t do on social media. The world of technology is ever changing, and can be difficult to keep up with. However Scott is able to keep up: he knows enough about various operating systems, how to get in/out of trouble, etc.
Scott emphasized that care needs to be taken with regards to social media, just as you would with other privileges. He reminded us that you don't automatically give your teenager access to a car.  We don't just turn over the keys to them; we help them make better choices.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 15, 2016
Linda introduced Kathy.  Kathy came to present on her V7 Martial Arts Venture, but she's also a caterer.  She’s returned to Pullman from most recently living in Florida. She has been a chef traveling around the world for 15 years, during which she met her husband.  He is the owner of V7 Martial Arts.
Her family is from here the area, but at this point, she has two potential homes - Brazil and Pullman.  They've now decided to go with Pullman.  She caters with the South Fork food truck (Fork In The Road). 
Her husband started training in martial arts when he was 3, and even trained with an Olympic team.  When he was 26, he worked to become a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.  He comes from a long line of Judo training, which is related to MMA.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 08, 2016

Our own Archie McGregor III gave his Classification Speech.  He grew up Coeur D’Alene and moved in 1986 to St Maries.  In 2015 he moved to Pullman.  He’s been married to his wife Shelley for 22 years.  He has 3 kids:

·         Daughter 24, adopted at 2 and who works for Horizon Air Moscow/Pullman Airport

·         Archie the Fourth, 43, LCSC Grad in business admin & marketing

·         Hunter 20, UI Ag system management - wants to be a farmer

Growing up, his dad and granddad owned CDA cabins, a grocery store, and toy store in Coeur d’ Alene.   They sold the businesses when Archie was a senior in High School.  Archie worked summers at the CDA boardwalk marina.  In College, Archie started as an architect and then changed to computer science.  Back then, the PC was introduced.  Archie has always been involved with the Alumni Control Board of his University of Idaho fraternity. 

This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Mar 01, 2016
Our speaker today was Steve Pfaff from the US Department Of Energy and associated with Hanford. He doesn't usually get to speak in locations like Pullman, and was excited to see the beauty of the area. 
When discussion about Hanford occurs now, most of it is about cleaning the facility.  When you have to talk about cleaning up things, the question that comes to his mind is what they're talking about cleaning up.
Steve gave us an introduction to radiation and associated materials.  In the early part of the 20th century uranium was mind in Africa. Uranium actually didn’t have a direct use at first, and was used to get radium originally which was touted for “health benefits.” It wasn’t always viewed as a weapon source. The U.S. eventually decided to make plutonium, another radioactive material, at Hanford. They developed nuclear reactors to create this and in the process of doing so created massive amounts of waste.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 23, 2016
Donna introduced our guest, Lynn Kramer with iBelieve on the Palouse.  Lynn grew up in Colfax.  Donna and Sandee are both now involved with the board, being convinced by the presentation Lynn gave at a Kiwanis meeting.  They have recently been established as a 503c non-profit. 
Lynn thanked Donna for the opportunity to speak today.  The organization was set up in July 2015.  It came out of a life event for Lynn, and a class called Landmark. She She credits it with helping her get the organization off the ground, and assisting her during her time of need. The main focus is to get our youth into the community and give them the chance to interact in ways they otherwise might not be able to. 
Their mission statement:  iBelieve of the Palouse connects youth to our community by providing them with resources and programs available, while providing them with opportunities to serve and grow. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 16, 2016
Donna Gwinn introduced our speaker.  David Harder grew up in Ritzville on a cattle ranch.  When he was really young, they had someone perform a geological survey on the property, so his interest started fairly early in his live.  He is a graduate of WSU earned his degree in archeology, and ended up becoming a permanent resident of Pullman. 
He receives a lot of questions about such things as dinosaurs and skeleton men.  He studies human adaptation: looking at how groups adapt to areas they're living in for a certain amount of time over a certain period in time.  No matter where you live, there are archeological possibilities.
Archaeology is a subfield of anthropology.  Anthropology is the study of humans, their cultures, and their adaptation to the environment.  So what do archaeologists do if they aren't college professors or mixed up with Nazis a la Indiana Jones?  The vast majority of archaeologists work in cultural resource management (CRM), which refers to the private archaeological consultant firms that survey for and document archaeological sites to satisfy legally mandated regulations, laws and permits.  There are approximately 1300 CRM-related companies in the U.S. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 09, 2016
Donna introduced Steven Bishop to talk about Bishop Orchard.  He is a University of Washington Husky and has lived in Garfield for ~40+ years. He has 3 children adopted from Columbia and owns a successful law practice in Garfield, along with an awesome orchard. 
Bishop Orchard was started in 1978 on 9 acres with 24 trees.  Whitman County was the biggest fruit growing county in the early 1900's, but growing fruit in Palouse is a real challenge now, as he had to import all the technology from Yakima.  Steven tried to adopt trees, which grows in upper New York and along the east coast.  His cider pressers became “the wagging tail” to bring in the customers to his orchard, and has 6 cider presses now.
Their operation had been blessed with technological jumps, which he went on to explain in detail.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Feb 02, 2016
Donna introduced today's speaker (she’s handling February meetings).  Gary Jenkins is the Police Chief of Pullman.  He and his wife have 6 children, and a
lso grandchildren. Donna also mentioned that the police department is challenging the fire department to a Donkey Basketball game.
Gary and his wife love Pullman.  Whenever they go to southern California for a few days, they always want to get back "home" with a wonderful community in Pullman.  The last few years there has been a mostly negative portray of law enforcement. 
Your perceptions of law enforcement are shaped by a number of factors, including where you grew up, and other life experiences.  In Pullman especially, it is very diverse as we have a diverse population with our university.  The press also presents information that shapes perceptions, both good and bad.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jan 26, 2016
Glenn introduced Paul Sturm, who is Superintendent of Pullman School District.  His main topic was regarding two propositions on the upcoming election ballet.  The two items include:
1. Levy for learning
2. Bond for building a new elementary school 
The Levy is to support the maintenance and operations of the schools, and supports daily operations, elective classes, extra-curricular programs and some staff and student support. It provides 22 teachers and 45 support staff above state and federal funding, music, arts and other activities, as well as technical support and infrastructure. Pullman’s schools are Achievement Award winners thanks to good support from the citizens. These schools consistently outperform the state average; and the graduation rate is consistently 90%+.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jan 19, 2016
Jeff introduced Beau Barnes, who is 2 doors away from Jeff at WSU in the Carson College of Business.  He focuses on accounting in hospitals and Medicare.  Jeff first started with Public accounting, then went to get his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. 
He started by using the “Thank You” slide at beginning, usually saved for the end of a presentation, as he wanted to thank the group for welcoming him. He's been in and around hospitals for 12 years, where he prepared Medicare cost reports.  It's available to the public, so you can learn a lot yourself.
He developed a perspective while he was working with hospitals: it's not about the little stuff,  but about the big stuff.  There are many problems with healthcare, as well as positives.  His research focuses specifically on Medicare, and the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) qualification.  As his first step in examining the DSH program, he looked at what the incentive the hospital has in regard to the DSH program. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jan 12, 2016
Jeff introduced Dr. Chip Hunter, who is the relatively new Dean of the Carson College of Business at WSU.  Over his career he's won multiple awards for HR, and he loves to teach negotiation.
He wanted to start by introducing the college itself.  Since he's new, he mentioned it mostly reflects the school, and not him yet.  He started with a promotional video about the college, featuring clients of the school that have used the school and students in projects. 
This is a new name for them, named for Scott Carson, who is among other things an exemplary alumni and member of the board at WSU.  He grew up in the Palouse, but didn't realize he'd ever be back since he left in 1981.  He has a wife and two daughters (one who has finished college and one who hasn't).  His mom is now married to a coug, so he's like a "step-coug".  
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Jan 05, 2016
Jeff Gramlich introduced himself (he is responsible for speakers this month, and in general). He presented on his family and a recent trip they took to Guatemala. His kids were originally from there (Santos and Sonia) and they first arrived into the US in 2009.  Guatemala City is reportedly a very dirty city, and not a pleasant place to be as it is rife with gun violence, with young men learning only this and nothing else.
80% of our families are led by single women.  Economically, on average a family of 6 earns $3/day, at $.5 per person. However, these people don't consider this amount to be shameful. Jeff showed us a picture of a garbage dump, where masses of people will be taking garbage out of garbage trucks that arrive.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Edward Felt on Dec 08, 2015
The club made a donation to Pullman Child Welfare for $300, in support of their sharing tree program.   Glenn and Eric presented the check to Kim Keifer during the lunch.
Roger Daisley from RJR Solar was our guest speaker.  He started off in the solar industry by building an electric car using golf cart batteries to power the vehicle. He tried using solar as well, but it wasn’t successful. He decided to follow up on why solar wasn’t working as well and found an organization (Solar Energy International) that specialized in teaching people how to use solar. While at the convention he attended a class on how to start a solar business. He wasn’t planning on getting heavily involved at first, but after a few requests from people in the public for solar needs he grew.                              
There are three types of solar installations:
1) Ground mount
2) Pole Mount
3) Building (house) Mount
There are four different methods/uses for solar energy:
1) Single use (to power a well pump)
2) Off Grid (to power a cabin or other building not connected to another power source)
3) On Grid with Backup (intended to be used only during a power outage
4) Grid Tie System (the most common way to install it to a building or home)
The grid tie system works well because the unused power is sold back to the power company and with Washington State assisted credits there is a premium for the energy sold back to the power company. Even though here in the PNW there isn’t as much sunlight it is still extremely viable, even compared to Southern California (during the summer months).
This Week's Program Edward Felt 2015-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Dec 01, 2015
Our own Eric introduced Daniel Francik, whom he met a few months ago in Palouse Treasures. Daniel is an acupuncturist and has a business in Pullman. He graduated from WSU in 2005, then went to get his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Texas. His clinic is Gentle Acupuncture. It is an ancient healing technique that has been around for 3000 years. They used bones and stones at first. The Chinese found that if you massaged certain areas, you would be able to affect areas unrelated physically to that area.
Channel Theory: the body has rivers of energy flowing through it, the reason why affecting one spot of the body will affect another. Chinese think of them as rivers or flowing streams.
Their medicine began linking up all of these points into a meridian, and Qi Theory was developed.  (Qi means energy.) It is described as a vital life force, pure energy, and in every living thing. The Chinese have mapped 14 meridians in the body with 361 acupuncture points.  Meridians are channels that carry energy throughout the body. When a channel is blocked, pain and discomfort can be the byproduct.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Nov 24, 2015
Our own John Brewer spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation.  He is currently our Rotary Foundation Chair.  He spoke about the overall organization of Rotary International, and also about the recent convention in Brazil.  The foundation of Rotary is the club.  The club can accomplish great things if it is well organizated, and we have seen a number of accomplishments in our own organization.
It is the duty of the rotary district governor to visit the district, each club.  The district is responsible for training all of the presidents in all the clubs of the district, which occurs in the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  PETS is very well run, and sometimes there is too much information, but they make an effort.  The district also holds
seminars, in the Fall and Spring.  John went with Eric to Pasco PETS, where they had special sessions on the foundation and how to apply for matching grants.
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2015-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Nov 10, 2015
Our own Joy Drake was our presenter today.  Joy began her career in residential mortgage banking in 1990 and continued until May 2014.    She's worked in banking for many years, and is excited to get out in the community to discuss issues with consumer, current customers, and others. 
Many consumers are concerned with data breaches that have happened in the past in the recent past, especially has they have happened to major corporations such as Target. Columbia bank was recently ranked #17 in safety and soundness in the nation, a ranking Joy is especially proud to have.  Banks are essentially the safest place to keep your money.  You are insured up to $250,000 with the FDIC.  At Columbia bank, they heavily invested in fraud protection and monitoring, and leaders in data security.  Sometimes people are embarrassed that a security breach happened to them, but Joy said they want to make sure the victims feel "whole" and to not be embarrassed as they are only there to help. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2015-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2015
Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston was our guest speaker.  He has been the chief since 2013.  This last summer he experienced and worked on teams putting out the various fires around the state.  related an Incident action plan.  Multiple groups were involved in the Cougar Creek Fire including the Forest service, Natural Resources, and the Department of the Interior.  They get a ton of practice with Wild Life Fires.  This year has been different than many as the first was much more widespread.  Mike went on 4 major deployments: 1 in June, 1 in July, and 2 in August.
To set up for a fire, they get camped out in a gymnasium with all departments.  Typically they get up at 5am, have 12 hour shifts, breakfast, and sometimes night operations.  It was too dangerous at night generally though so they did not do that this year.  They need breaks every now and then.  
Briefings occur in the mornings with hundreds of people involved.  At their headquarters they also include information about weather conditions, and where everyone will be.  Cell service isn't readily available, along with internet, so they need to bring portable stations.  
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2015
Joy introduced the guest speaker, Sandra Woodrow with the Pullman United Way. She moved to Pullman from California in 2007.  She joined Kiwanis club in May 2008 and served on the board of directors for two years. In 2011 she joined the YMCA board of directors.  She eventually left to take an executive position with the United Way of Pullman.  She thanked all of us for allowing her to  come for a few minutes to discuss United Way.  She appreciates contributions already made by many members.
For more that 85 years, United Way has advanced the common good by giving people opportunities for a better life.  Their goal is to change lives and create stronger communities by investing in education in youth, health, and needs for food and shelter.  They support roughly 18 different agencies, one of which was Boost Collaborative.  She brought up a story of a baby that wasn't putting their toes in their mouth, which is actually a milestone for a baby’s growth and development so its unusual if they don't.  She consulted with Eric and some other individuals and they tried putting food on her toes.  The baby ended up putting her toes in her mouth!  She started developing normally, but we don't know what would've happened had there been no intervention.
Their fall campaign goal is $250,000, which they can't do without the help of volunteers and donors.  She said that our generosity and support benefits the lives of children, families and individuals across Whitman County.  Almost all contributions to United Way stay local and are used local to benefit our community.  Many volunteers come to help support the organization.
This Week's Program 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Oct 20, 2015
Our guest this week was District Governor Mike Dalessi.  Mike began by thanking us for meeting and dinner the night before.  He also mentioned that what we are doing with our International Project is important, as clean water is very important to avoid issues like dysentery, which affects children across the world.
He said his presentation was about the heart, and also mentioned he thought of himself like the Vulcan Spock on Star Trek, being very logical and always be in Kirk’s face.
In 1965 he joined the US Marine Corp.  He fired his first rifle ever in boot camp, but was a great shot.  He's thankful that he never had to actually use these skills in combat.  In 1987, he was hired at AG Edwards, but on Black Monday of all days, so he didn't know what he had gotten himself into.  He joined Rotary, but was too busy to stay there.  He eventually moved to Juneau to manage an office.  He asked his coworkers how to meet people in town, and they mentioned Rotary and Chamber of
Commerce, so he joined both.  They put on a very large and successful event that had Ben Carson as a speaker (now running for President).  Overcoming difficulties growing up in Detroit, he was an inspiration to young people in Juneau, as he eventually became a neurosurgeon. 
This Week's Program Ed Felt 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Felt on Oct 14, 2015
Glenn introduced Larry Gross.  Larry received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.  Among other things, he worked at SEL and eventually founded RAI, which is now a multimillionaire company.
Larry started with some nice things to say about Rotary and some personal facts.  He was married in 1991 and has known his wife since the 3rd grade.   After he left Pullman for his first position out of college, he eventually came back to work at SEL.  He enjoys basketball and skiing of the water and snow variety.  He also happens to own a 1967 GTO.
He works in the electric power industry, and more specifically with electrical faults: major issues with electricity.  These can be caused by various factors including forms of terrorism, like a sniper previously shooting at substation transformers in California.
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Joy introduced our speaker.  Nobert Kruse is currently at Voiland Distinguish Professor at WSU.  He has published many papers and patents, and his main focus is catalysis.  Norbert has served as editor and chief of two journals and member of the supervisory board of the Bossel company.  Dr. Kruse’s research is focused on the development of catalytic processes aimed at provided sustainable chemical feedstock under environmentally benign conditions.  He holds a PHD from the University of Berlin, and received a diploma in chemistry.    
Why did he come to Pullman?  He's a city guy, and spent that last 20 years in Brussels.  He knows some cities, but he wanted to learn about life in the country side and he has been learning very much.  First: Americans are very respectful.  He can leave his door unlocked at times, whereas in Brussels he can't do that.  He also recommends to not do this!
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Ambassador Asif Chaudhry, WSU Vice President of International Programs, returned to Pullman in June of 2015.  Prior to accepting the Vice Presidency of International Programs, Ambassador Chaudhry served as the Vice President of Commodity Credit Corporation. 
He was Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, a U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy Chisinau Moldova, and Deputy Administrator for the Foreign Agriculture Service.  He also served as Minister Counselor to the U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, and Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. 
Ambassador Chaudhry received his Ph.D. from WSU and speaks five languages.  But his real claim to fame?  He is married to a Pullman girl.
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Dave Dolzenik introduced Latah County Commissioner Tom Lamar, Executive Director for 25 years at PCEI.  He currently serves on the Latah county commission at City hall and taught conservation leadership at University of Idaho.  He used to live in Pullman as a grad student at WSU, obtaining a Masters in Environmental Science 
Tom helped us with our fundraiser by using their plates and silver for our event through their plate project. PCEI is different from other environmental organizations.  In 2004 they purchased a homestead of 7.5 acres north of Moscow Building Supply and have been adding to that land.  They will have a total of 26.2 with a continuous nature trail thorough the city of Moscow.  Lots of people use the site for birthday parties, memorials, weddings, grad parties, etc. 
Soon they will be dedicating ramp in the name of the previous Moscow Fire Chief Ed Button’s daughter.  Tom is excited about work in Moscow. They also just added 22 solar panels gifted by Avista and have generated 2.5 megawatts of power since started in July.  
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Dave introduced the Palouse Area Robotics Team: Helena, Erin, and Jason.  Helena spoke first, saying the group was essentially a 4-H club operating under the WSU extension program and that they've been around for 4 years.  They operate with FIRST - an organization that has been around since 1989.  It includes different programs from Kindergarten through High School. 
They are part of a district that includes much of the Pacific Northwest.  She showed a highlight reel with different competitions, regionals, and then more in the audience.  Every year there is a different theme.  The teams are responsible to create something that relates to that theme.  The most recent theme is Recycle Rush.
All of the robots are wireless.  They can perform with a remote control.  There are human players and robots.  
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Our own Dave Dolezilek spoke about his work at SEL, the company’s history and its business with 147 countries around the world.
As the International Technology Director, Dave works with customers of SEL to protect, control, and use electricity.  (He also is often traveling which is why you may not see him at every meeting).  SEL collaborates with engineers around the world to teach best-known methods and to modernize the electric grid.  They have to generate and control electricity in the grid as it’s involved in everything.  It takes a lot of electricity for many to harvest oil, to build solar panels, and to mine coal.  
One of SEL’s product categories includes relays, which clear high voltage faults, and essentially as the name implies, relay information.  These products provide data and event reports that tell a story about what happened.  But many other devices are working together and talking to each other.  Avista made Pullman a “smart grid city”, so if energy is lacking in an area, other energy will refocus to fill the need.  
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The 2015 International BBQ was a huge success, with roughly 450 international students attending.  Members of the Rotary Club of Pullman were joined by WSU International Programs members to serve hot dogs, ice cream, and other food items on August 20 in Reaney Park.  This is an annual event that has taken place for many years and continues to grow each year!  
Special thanks to Gary Schell for leading the effort as he has in years past, and for all of the volunteers that turned out to help.  
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Steve introduced our speaker, David Schmidt.  He is with WSU Human Resources and Steve met David through his wife who attended one of his courses. David believes the most important thing when presenting is knowing your audience.  He believes a successful presentation also has the presenter and attendees coming away with a new understanding about something.
He showed us Telling Ain't Training, a book he is a fan of and highly recommends.  Training was the first focus, which he said can be a scary word for some.  It never winds up on the top of the budget, but it's very important.  He brought up an example of a dog, and used Sandy’s dog Bruno as an example: training needs to occur for this dog too.  Stolovich (the author of Telling Ain’t Training) defines training as creating a change in learners so that they consistently reproduce without variation.
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Steve introduced our guest. Irv Jacob has a past in agriculture, until he went to study teaching and became a substitute teacher.  He was in the air force and National Guard, and retired as a Lt. Colonel.  
Substitute teaching in Pullman is interesting:  you have to have a substitute teaching license. The environment is very professional in town and welcoming. Principals and other staff will try and meet with substitutes often.  Eventually Irv decided he would essentially retire from teaching, but much like an athlete would retire: he could always go back, but he's not doing it at this point.

He's now involved with the Literacy Council of the Palouse. He wanted to make us aware of the needs of the Pullman community. People that are illiterate don't necessarily want to let it be known that they can't read. Sometimes it will be students coming with their spouses together, with one wanting to teach with another. He's hoping to find someone else to be the director of the Literacy Council. He said it would be nice if they could read, but it's not necessary. 
This Week's Program 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Steve Dodgen gave us a presentation on the importance of SEL clocks, and accurate time measurement in general.  He especially wanted to give this presentation after Glenn mentioned there was a special SEL clock the city uses. Steve mentioned he thought it might be for accuracy so that our tax dollars aren't going to personnel that show up late.

He showed us one of the clocks. Accuracy and reliability are some of the reasons SEL does so. Accuracy is very specific. But why would SEL get into business of making clocks? 

Current varies all the time as its continuously oscillating. Two relays need to agree on the time at which they are reporting the current. Therefore accurate clocks are helpful: they need exact time. So how do you get it? They use the Global Positioning System (GPS). Triangulation is extremely accurate so that you know exactly where you are. Protocols are also important, where you have Ethernet connections so clocks have same time. Protocols have ways of sending a signal, and then a protocol for sending it back so you can measure signal and time it takes to travel.

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Glenn introduced today’s speaker, Chandler Madsen.  She is a Domestic Violence Advocate with Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse.
The services the group offers includes the crime victim service center.  They make sure to help victims to get the right help they need including legal advice and helping in the process of dealing with the aftermath of violent acts and fraud.
She explained different types of fraud, with elder fraud being one of the most common.  Seniors comprise of between 30-50 percent of fraud victims.  There is also telemarketing fraud, which is an illegitimate call from someone posing as a telemarketer.  Healthcare and health insurance fraud includes medical instrument, "rolling lab" schemes, and Medicare frauds.
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Dr. James Conca is a Sr. Scientist currently working on the Governer’s Carbon Plan.  Why do we care about energy source use?  Co2 emissions are strong with certain energy producing products according to Dr. Conca. He says it's not just about climate change; can also be about human health. People die every year from coal particulates, including 300,000 in China. Ocean acidification is also occurring. These are dramatic short term effects.
He said we've had climate change for the last 4 billion years, but many changes are happening right now. He showed us a picture of grand scenic landscapes on massive television screen in the city of Beijing, which is in place to make up for the lack of any scenery in the city’s smog.

Some sources of death based on energy source can be stopped, like people falling off of wind mills. Coal is causing the most deaths by far, while nuclear energy is actually quite safe. But coal is still the fastest growing energy resource in the world, mostly in Asia Pacific to provide energy with easiest resource. Hydro and nuclear may be only real alternatives to coal.

This Week's Program 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Tom gave an introduction for our speaker, Dave Ostrom. He is formerly with IT at WSU. He is the safety officer with Habitat for Humanity. He is also a member of Rotary in Moscow. He really appreciates that the Rotary Club of Pullman has donated 2 sets of ladders to the organization. What's really rewarding is seeing how much they've been used. Many volunteers have given their time from our organization as well.

Their international mission is putting God’s love into action. To him, it's especially about building hope. Volunteers really help them to accomplish this mission.  Something important about their work with the organization is safety, and falling off of high places is major cause for concern, along with avoiding death on worksites for Habitat for Human.

Every day before building, he checks air quality. They've cancelled construction for the day when the quality isn’t good, because major concern is the health of volunteers. Even injuries can cause a halt in construction, and besides the health concerns they cost time and money.
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Returning Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) students talked about their week-long adventure.  Debi Dockins introduced the two students, who is also our very own RYLA ambassador, counselor, advocate, and “queen.”
RYLA consisted of 64 Rotarians and 1700 campers.  Among the group there were 3 club residents, a district youth services chair, District Governor Gary Hollick from Kimberley in District 5040, and 5 ambassadorial scholars.  Several Rotaract Clubs were formed, and 7 members have attended the International RYLA meeting, of which Debi has been to 4. 
The two attendees/presenters were Darby and Liz.  They both learned quite a lot about Rotary and both had a great time.  After Ryla, Liz has been inspired to be more active, and has been running every day.  She will also be starting at Spokane Falls Community College in the fall.  Darby will go to Seattle University and plans to actively be involved in the Rotary Club there.  She's also looking to stop spending time with her more “negative” friends, and focus on those who are more positive towards her.  Both were very thankful for the support Rotary gave them to attend.
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Graham Adderson gave his classification speech.  He mentioned growing up in San Diego with great parents, and even though they divorced they still get along well.  It was nice having multiple Christmases.
As a youth he became involved with Church Home building mission in Tijuana, where life was quite different.  Some needed to sleep under the stars, and as kids they didn’t have too much to do to help except when needed.  Graham learned to appreciate what he had because youths didn’t have as much there as in the United States.
He went to college as music major, but didn't go to class, and eventually was told he wasn't welcome back.  He was accepted based on his playing of a piano piece by Bach.  Graham was invited to work at a mall kiosk selling cell phones.  He said he really didn’t know anything about it at first, but learned through hard work.  He eventually joined Verizon and did well selling phones.  Out of the experience he learned quite a bit.  He sold phones to financial advisers, and they invited him to join up after he obtained a college degree, which he did eventually from University of Phoenix.
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Posted on Jun 30, 2015

Chandima gave us a recap of the 2014-2015 fiscal year that he served as President of the Pullman Rotary Club, before handing of the baton/gavel/responsibility to Glenn Johnson.
Glenn enthusiastically greeted the group as the 2015-2016 President of the Rotary Club of Pullman.  To show the impact many members of the group have had over the years, he asked anyone who has previously been a president to raise their hand.  The majority of the group did so, showcasing the investment and involvement of many members for many years.  Glenn said everyone who hadn’t yet been President would get a chance in the future.
He unveiled the new official organizational message for 2015-2016:  Be a Gift To The World.
One of the reasons Glenn is involved in the Rotary is because of the Polio Plus Campaign.  He saw his dad go through it, but he was very positive throughout the ordeal and happy he wasn’t worse off. Glenn discussed the defeat of Polio around the world, and he has high hopes for the remaining 3 countries where it still exists. 
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Posted on Jun 23, 2015

Our guest speaker was Robert MacAuslon, PhD, former Director of the America Language Institute and CEO of Phonologics, Inc., Bedford, MA.

Phonologics is a company that supplies software as a service. That service provides automated pronunciation screening tools for ESL (English as a second language) instructors, with WSU as its first customer. The company has developed an Android app and will make an iPhone app in the next few months, as well as a line app for Japan.

Dr. MacAuslon’s main topic was on cultural differences between the west and Asia, as well as some differences between Japan and China. The Asian Confucian culture is very different than Western and Arab culture. Muslim culture is much like our own by comparison.
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The Rotary Vocational Scholarship was presented to the three recipients: Sam Faerber, Nicholas Reisenaur, and Cody Meyer.  The scholarships of $500 will be used for their continuing education, with Nicholas and Cody using it for Walla Walla Community College, and Sam using it for Lewis & Clark State College.  The awards were presented by Joy Drake.
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Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Joy Drake gave her classification speech.  Something she has taken away from both her work in banking as well as her work in Rotary is that it is all about relationships with people and building connections.
Bill Drake is her husband, and they two kids named Austin and Emily.  She used to be a competitive swimmer but is now happy to be a spectator.  She became a Rotary member because of her in-laws, who introduced her and her husband to Rotary.  Joy attended the University of Idaho with her husband.  There they dated all four years of college.

She’s now with Columbia Bank, which has been voted the best bank 8 years in a row.  She never actually did graduate the University of Idaho, but she has endeavored to continue learning through her employer and various classwork, obtaining certifications along the way.  She takes advantage of all of the educational opportunities she can be involved in. 
Soon her son Austin will be entering the navy, while her daughter Emily will be at Weaver State.  Her husband Bill is an assistant athletic director at WSU, as well as a great speaker.
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Our guest speaker was Tyler Garrett, Manager of Pullman Building Supply, to tell us about their new facility which just opened in Pullman on April 13, 2015. His team spent at least 6 months surveying similar kinds of businesses all over the United States to determine their strengths and weaknesses, their markets, how well they seemed to work, and what they found important in their communities. The team surveyed people in Pullman and surrounding communities to determine needs and the market potential for their store.
Pullman and Moscow Building Supply are both owned by the same group, so they also were able to build on what they’ve learned from those businesses and the experience in these two communities. They planned to begin construction just about the time the recession hit, so plans were put on hold until markets improved.  
Construction finally began last year and continued through the winter.

The new store has extensive lumber stocks, tools, rental equipment, housewares (a much bigger business than they had guessed), green goods (plants, shrubs, trees, seeds, etc.) lawn and patio furniture, floor coverings (including connections with contractors for installation), and much more. Tyler says their business is right on track for what they hoped it would be.
For those who haven’t visited the new Pullman Building Supply, check it out. It’s fun just to walk through, there’s coffee, and even popcorn.

Next week: Joy Drake's classification speech as well as Rotary Vocational Scholarship presentations 

This Week's Program 2015-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Washington State University Mechanical Engineering Professor Charles (Dr. Chuck) Pezeshki gave a presentation on the importance of empathy for creativity and innovation.

Dr. Chuck is the director of the Industrial Design Clinic - the Clinic provides professional-level services in a teaching environment using student talent in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The Clinic provides projects from regional industry that are paid for. Revenues from the Clinic support Student Clubs in MME, as well as Clinic operation and student travel. The Clinic has worked on projects with most major industries in the region and has raised some $3 million. 


Dr. Chuck says the ability to empathize with others and social interaction are vital to creative design and successful projects. Our ability to empathize with others is an evolutionary process. A high level of empathy results in more complex interactions, higher trust and responsibility. 

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Ken Casavant, WSU Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) was our speaker. He described the role of the FAR both internally and externally.

Externally the FAR is recognized as the representative of the institution and its faculty in the relationship between the NCAA and the local campus.

Internally he represents the president in academic and student-athlete areas to the athletic department. Conversely he also serves as liaison for the athletic department to the academic faculty.

Casavant said his role involves insuring the academic integrity of the athletics program and maintenance of of the welfare of the student-athlete.

The FAR provides oversight and advice in the institutional control of the athletics program.

He works to ensure the academic well-being of the student-athlete so that they can thrive academically. The FAR monitors the academic credentials of entering student-athletes, the academic progress of continuing students and the rates at which athletes graduate.

Our goal is to graduate these kids,” Casavant said. “The day of the 'dumb athlete' stereotype is gone.”

Instructors can no longer change grades to help athletes remain eligible, Casavant said. And coaches are not permitted to talk to instructors about student-athletes.

There is plenty of help available to athletes. They can get counseling and other assistance with academics. But they are required to complete at least six hours of passing grades per semester.


This Week's Program 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Circles of Caring Adult Day Health is the 2015 recipient of the Irving M. Field Grand Project for Community Enhancement.

Rotary President Chandi Bandara and Community Service Chair Eric Hoyle presented a $1,500 check to staff member Alison Lawhead and volunteer Ginny Hauser.

The grant will pay for training and certification of a program called Music and Memory. Research has shown that music helps stimulate the minds of people with issues such as Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.  

Familiar music gives a pleasing sensation to the brain. It helps calm clients and reduces the need for drugs.

Using the Grand Project funding, the organization will purchase music players and build a library of music that will be personalized for each client. Learn more about Music and Memory at

Circles of Caring Adult Day Health moved from Moscow to Pullman in December 2014. It provides caregivers a respite from round the clock care for adults and elders. The facility offers a caring, nurturing environment.

Learn more about Circles of Caring at


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We heard from recent new member Jeffrey Gramlich who is an accounting professor at WSU.

Jeff is a native of Colorado where he first attended college and developed an interest in accounting. He earned a masters from the University of Denver and began work in an accounting firm.

Later he earned a PhD from the University of Missouri and began his teaching career with the overseas division of the University of Maryland where he taught accounting to members of the U.S. military. He said he greatly enjoyed working and traveling to places like Japan, Spain,Turkey and other locations.

Jeff said he met his wife, Margrethe, while working in Copenhagen, Denmark. Today they have two adopted children in Pullman. 

Jeff currently teaches a PhD course in archival accounting. His specialties are earnings management and tax havens, 

This Week's Program 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Teresa Driver from Boost Collaborative was our speaker. She discussed the organization's employment support programs to help people with disabilities enter and remain in the workforce.

Driver pointed out that about 54 million Americans have some form of disability. These individuals face greater challenges to overcome isolation and feel a sense of self worth. Being employed helps disabled persons overcome many challenges and have meaningful participation in their community.

Boost Collaborative has 17 area businesses that participate in employing disabled persons. She said Boost currently has 22 individuals in competitive employment. A number of others are in programs to prepare for employment. 

Driver said Boost Collaborative works with employers to help them match jobs with individuals. Boost provides job coaching and training. It also helps employers with information on tax credits and ADA requirements and accommodations.

Boost Collaborative operates the Palouse Treasures Thrift Store. It serves as a training site for individuals who are learning how to work. Donations of all types are gladly accepted and a mobile crew is available to pick up larger items such as furniture. All donated items stay in the community to be sold. Palouse Treasures is on Facebook

This Week's Program 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

Our speaker was WSU Assistant Athletic Director Bill Drake who discussed concussions in sports.

Drake said WSU has seen concussions in every sport that the university sponsors. There is a lot of controversy about how to deal with the problem and he emphasized that he was expressing his own opinions.

Drake referenced a Purdue University study of high school football players which found that the athletes sustained some 1,800 hits to their heads in a typical season. Testing determined that there were significant lingering cognitive effects on the players.

He pointed out that years ago the method of evaluating a concussed player was to hold up a number of fingers for him/her to identify, and to ask if they had a headache. Many players went back into the game and suffered repeated hits to the head, reducing cognitive abilities.

Today the science of evaluating concussions is far more sophisticated. Players are given baseline tests before they suffer injuries and that data can be compared to post trauma testing. One testing method, SCATT-3, involves checking 22 symptoms. 

Many organizations are beginning to use sensors placed on the players head to measure the G-forces sustained in hits.

The PAC-12 is taking measures to help reduce the number of hits suffered by players. Hitting in practice has been reduced to two days, plus a game day. Drake said if there is any doubt about a player being concussed, coaches should sit them out.

Next week: Teresa Driver / Roger Hayes discuss the Boost Collaborative employment support services for people with disabilities.

This Week's Program 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Our guest speaker was Colleen Fox from the Ronald McDonald House of Spokane. The RMHC serves families with sick children who live 40 miles or more away from Spokane.

The house provides temporary, comfort and support for families with children accessing medical services in Spokane. RMHC also has a mobile medical clinic that travels to communities throughout the inland northwest.

Fox said the house is usually full with families on a waiting list. Currently there are 22 families using the facility. Their children are receiving treatment for cancer, premature birth, respiratory disease and other issues.

In 2014 over 400 families stayed at the facility. 130 volunteers devoted more than 12,000 hours to provide a warm, safe and comfortable home for these families. Additionally some 156 home cooked meals were provided to families through the efforts of individuals and organizations.

Funding for RMHC comes from local fundraising events, individual donations, area McDonalds customer donations (that spare change box at the take out window or counter) and from local franchise owners and operators. 

Fox said there are a number of ways people can help support the house such as a financial gift, attending a fundraising event, volunteering time, collecting aluminum pop tops and even just staying in touch on social media.

To learn more about supporting the Ronald McDonald House visit the website here.


This Week's Program 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Pullman

Graduating Senior Vocational Scholarship

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. May 29, 2015

The Rotary Club of Pullman seeks qualified Whitman County high school graduating seniors who are (1) pursuing a vocational degree through education at a junior, community, or vocational college and (2) have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

The Rotary Club of Pullman will provide a $500.00 one time only Vocational Scholarship to each of two qualified individuals. The Rotary Club will base its decision on application materials submitted by each student NO LATER THAN May 29, 2015.

Interested students are required to submit the following materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation from: (a) administrators at your High School and/or (b) a community or business leader.

  • A statement that addresses why you qualify for this scholarship (250 word maximum).

The Rotary Club of Pullman is part of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization.

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The essay submitted should demonstrate why the applicant represents the above ideals. Please provide the following information to submit with materials as outlined above.

  1.  NAME




  6. _________________________________________________________________________________________

Send completed applications to:

Rotary Club of Pullman
Vocational Scholarship
P.O. Box 335
Pullman WA 99163


Email to Joy Drake,

Vocational Scholarship 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0

Blaine Golden, veterans coordinator in the WSU Office of Veterans Affairs, discussed resources and programs available for returning veterans.

Golden pointed out the many challenges veterans face when they return to civilian life. There are many changes from the way things are in the military. Different societal rules, a lack of close comrades, a loss of purpose and many other issues that veterans must deal with.

Fortunately there are systems dedicated to veterans needs. The Veterans Administration has improved its system for mental and physical health care. Other resources are available in the community.

VA Veterans Centers are not only offering counseling, but also are organizing group activities such as fishing and camping trips. In Moscow, the Elks Club is providing a Fly Fishing course. Another group in Pullman is offering equine therapy. 

The Post 9-11 GI Bill provides veterans with four years of college funding and it is also available to dependents. Today about two percent of the WSU student body are veterans.

More information about the WSU Veterans Affairs programs visit

This Week's Program 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Legal marijuana was the topic of discussion with MJ's Pot Shop employee Corinna Nicolaou.

MJ's is the first marijuana store to open in Pullman since pot became legal in Washington. The business began operations in October 2014.

Nicolaou described the extensive security measures that are in place at the business. Cameras cover all activity and are fed live to state regulators. Each employee has a bar coded ID which is tied into the state system and monitored.

Customers must show ID proving they are 21 or older and all transactions are in cash. Because federal laws still classify marijuana as an illegal drug, banks cannot accept proceeds from the business. This has created logistical problems for dealing with large amounts of cash. 

Nicolaou explained that marijuana for the shop is grown by operators who are regulated by the state. She said that lab testing is done before any pot can be sold and that this has added to scientific knowledge about the plant.

There are two main types of marijuana she said: Sativa and Indica. Sativa is considered to be more of a brain centered or cerebral high, increased energy and creativity. Indica seems to affect the body and is used for things like pain relief, insomnia or anxiety.

To learn more about MJ's Pot Shop click here.

Next week: Blain Gordon, WSU Veteran's Programs.

This Week's Program 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

We heard from Scott Patrick, Pullman Police school resource officer. Patrick discussed the department's renewed D.A.R.E. program.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was started by the Los Angeles Police Dept. in 1983. According to the D.A.R.E. website the program is being implemented in 75 percent of school districts nationwide.

Patrick explained that two years ago the program was revamped by Penn State University, with a research based curriculum. Programs are aimed at 5th and 6th grades, middle school and High School.

And it's not just about substance abuse. “The idea is to give young people the skills and tools to make safe and responsible choices, to be a good citizen and help others.” Patrick said.

The program also deals with parents, who are a key part of meeting the D.A.R.E. goals. Patrick says social media is becoming more and more of a major issue and parents need to be involved with what kids are doing online. 

A special digital safety training session for parents will take place March 24 at 6:30pm in Lincoln Middle School.

To learn more about D.A.R.E. go to:

This Week's Program 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

We heard a classification speech from Dr. DaVina Hoyt (pr. Day-Veena) who is one of our recent new members. 

DaVeena grew up in a low income neighborhood of San Diego. She said her mother was determined that DaVina would someday attend college. Her mother made sure her K-12 education was at schools outside the poor neighborhood. DaVina said she attended schools that were affluent and mostly white. It motivated her to get an education so she could improve her life.

One of her greatest motivations to get out of the situation was when she witnessed her best friend being shot to death on the street.

DaVina went on to get a degree from U.C Berkeley in political science. Then she earned a masters degree in public administration from U.C Bakersfield and eventually got a PhD in Education at Washington State University. She also is a post doctorate in mechanical engineering.

DaVina has taught educational psychology and classes in diversity. She said she had many white students who were never exposed to an African American teacher before and they learned a lot from each other.

Among many other professional activities, she is a motivational speaker, trainer, presenter and a recruiter for WSU. She has also traveled extensively and spent a summer in Copenhagen, Denmark in a study abroad program.

DaVina is married to Floyd Berry Jr. and has two sons, Caleb and Alexander. 

This Week's Program 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

Bobby Ryder, a senior capital planner at WSU gave us a rundown of the numerous projects currently underway or being planned for the future.

There are 10.6 million square feet of buildings on the 1,675 acre Pullman campus now. Ryder said planners have to carefully anticipate future growth by making sure new roads and building are properly located.

The current ten year capital plan looks at two scenarios for growth. A moderate plan would add some 2.5 million square feet, a more aggressive scenario would add 8.6 million feet

A number buildings are being completed or renovated currently and we can expect to see continued construction work throughout 2015. A sampling of new projects being planned or proposed includes an expansion of Ferdinand's, a new indoor practice facility, a pedestrian mall on Stadium Way, a new campus entry, a new residence hall and more.

To view the WSU master plan and see current and future projects click here.


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This was a club business meeting. Several topics were on the agenda.

Eric Hoyle announced that the Grand Project application process is now underway. Members are encouraged to notify potential applicants about this opportunity to receive up to $1,500 for a project to improve the community.

John Sherman and members of the membership committee discussed ways to recruit and retain members. Everyone received a couple of cards that can be used to invite potential members to lunch. John said we should all be thinking about people who would make good Rotarians and try to recruit them.

Sue Hilliard thanked the club for helping to sponsor the 5th grade spaghetti feed. The board voted to supply $500 to $750 for expenses involved in the event. She said there is a potential for making this a joint fundraiser with Rotary in the future.

Donna Gwinn said that Gladish Community Center still needs to sell a lot of tickets for its “From the Heart” event coming up on February 13th. The event features dinner, music, art and entertainment from the various occupants of the center. Rotarians are encouraged to attend.


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Dave Dolezileck presented an update on the club's Tanzania project. The Rotary Club of Pullman raised more than $87,000 to bring electricity and rainwater collection systems to a village near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The project would extend the power grid to a school and the village where there is no power now. It would also provide electricity storage (batteries) to a medical clinic where power outages are common.

Dave explained that a lot of things have changed since the fundraising began three years ago. The price of materials such as concrete has increased sharply and plans for water storage tanks have to be cut back.

Currently the Obama administration has an initiative to electrify African countries and some power lines are already being constructed under that program. Dave said that this might allow our project to divert some funds for water systems.

The project is heavily influenced by Rotary International, which provided grant money and has strict requirements for how the funds can be used.

Our club has a commitment to provided an educational component for the project, but construction work will be done by locals. Montana based Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will help develop the educational materials and training. Click here for more.


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The Rotary Club of Pullman is pleased to announce the 2015 Irving M. Field Grand Project for Community Enhancement. This opportunity is for funding projects or services that improve the Pullman Community. The “grand” in the title reflects back to 1979 when the concept was initiated by then Rotary President Irv Field with calls for projects costing up to $1,000, or “One Grand.” The only criteria for submission are that the proposed projects help improve the local or broader community in some way.

The Rotary Club of Pullman has funded approximately 40 projects under this program since 1979. Enclosed is a list of awards in the last 25 years.

Applications may come from the community at large such as charitable organizations, schools, city government, individuals or Rotary Club Members. Proposals may be submitted for projects needing up to $1,500. The application form may be downloaded from this website. (Go to right hand side of homepage, scroll down to “Home Page Download Files,” click on the IRVING M. FIELD GRAND PROJECT APPLICATION, and choose save to make it a file that you may complete on your computer)

You may submit your application digitally to, or hard copy to Irv Field Grand Project - Pullman Rotary, P.O. Box 335, Pullman, WA 99163

The deadline for applications must be sent by email or post marked by March 31, 2015. The award(s) will reviewed and announced in April 2015.


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Our speaker was Billy Potter who became Assistant Dean of Instruction for the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Campus last August.

Potter pointed out that there are two institutions of higher learning in Pullman but a lot of people are not aware of SFCC. “I run into people all the time who say they had no idea we existed,” he said.

In fact Pullman has been served by the community college for some 10 years. In 2013 it began offering a full associate's degree in conjunction with SFCC.

Potter said the college is working in cooperation with Washington State University where many of his graduates will continue their education.

One of the most successful programs is Running Start. It allows high achieving students the opportunity to complete an associates degree along with their high school diploma.

The Washington Legislature is currently debating a pair of bills that could alter funding for the Running Start program.

Many more international students are attending community college Potter said. There are also a high number of older students. The average age of starting students is 29-30 years old. One reason for growing enrollment is the cost: it's about 1/3 the price of a four year school. “Students can save great deal of money,” he said. “And they still get the same quality of instruction.”

To learn more about SFCC Pullman click here.


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Washington Idaho Symphony Music Director and Conductor Jeremy Briggs Roberts (left) and performer Eric Meyers were our speakers.

The Symphony began as a small chamber orchestra in Lewiston in 1971. Today it is a full size symphony with 55 paid musicians. It has an annual budget of $300,000.

Serving the Quad Cities area, the symphony serves up live classical music to the region. “It provides performance opportunities for the most accomplished musicians in a time when live musical exposure becoming more limited.” said Briggs Roberts.

For the past six seasons the symphony has produced and performed an opera. This year it's Bizet's Carmen. The opera will be performed in Pullman on January 24 in the Daggy Hall, Jones Theater at WSU beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Eric Meyers is performing in Carmen as the Toreador. A role noted for it's well known “Toreador Song.” Meyers, who has an outstanding voice, treated us to a few bars. Sorry if you missed the meeting!

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Our speaker was Interim Dean David Whidbee of the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. The WSU College of Business formally announced the name change to Carson College of Business in October 2014. The college is named for Scott and Linda Carson, both WSU business graduates. Scott Carson is a retired Boeing executive.

Whidbee said the main goal of the college is to produce work ready graduates and develop global business leaders. “We want to provide an amazing student experience,” Whidbee said. “Our students have access to the services and resources they need to be successful.”

The college requires an international component to graduate. There are 10 faculty led study abroad programs available to students. Carson is now ranked #22 out of some 200 colleges for international business studies by U.S. News and World Report.

Whidbee said the college is exploring the feasibility of building a new facility because it is running out of room in Todd Hall.

Currently the college is in the process of appointing a permanent dean. Whidbee is one of four candidates. To learn more about Carson College click here:

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Our very own Debi Dockins gave a talk on ethics in Rotary. Debi is on a national committee for the Rotary Ethics Initiative and attends a seminar twice annually for training. She also now travels to Rotary clubs around the country giving presentations on ethics.

From the EI website: "The mission of the Rotary Ethics Initiative is to develop and provide resources that promote integrity and character in the personal and vocational lives of youth and adults through Rotary Clubs and Districts."

Debi is a leader in RYLA and said the young people who attend are given ethical dilemmas to think about, discuss and learn from. She said we all have different responses to ethical dilemmas, it depends on our backgrounds and individual factors in our lives.

The Four Way Test is an excellent guide to ethical behavior, she said. Debi challenged us to

start this new year by living the four way test, not just reciting it at every Rotary meeting.


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The annual Irving M. Field Grand Project is about to get underway for 2015. Members and a project coordinator are needed for the selection committee. Please contact Eric Hoyle if you would like to serve.

Eric also passed around a sign-up sheet for a painting project at Gladish Community Center. The project is scheduled for February 7, 2015.

Ray Wallace has agreed to serve as coordinator for monthly speaker organizers. Ray will be assigning months in alpha order after April.

Several members have birthdays this month and the club sang Happy Birthday in their honor. They include Linda Hartford, Glenn Johnson, Mick Nazerali and James Onstad.

An important item of discussion was how we conduct ourselves at meetings. Oftentimes people tend to have side conversations when our speaker is presenting. Questions are encouraged but please refrain from talking and tell your neighbor to please wait until later to speak. 

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For at least the past decade Pullman High School's Treble Triad has entertained our members with a program of excellent singing. 

Treble Triad has been in existence for some 80 years. Director Andy Mielke said he has singers now who's grandmothers were once in the group. Here's an article from 1942 in the Spokane Chronicle

The group sang Christmas favorites like Santa Claus is Coming to Town and The First Noel. They also had selections specially arranged by Mielke to feature a senior soloist.

Treble Triad is a select choir, meaning that all the singers must audition and be chosen based on ability. Mielke said he has an especially large group of talented freshmen this year, which bodes well for the future.

Next meeting is January 7, 2015: Debi Dockins will be speaking about Ethics in Rotary .


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Mayor and Rotary President Elect Glenn Johnson led our meeting, filling in for President Chandi Bandara.

Glenn reported that Rotarian David Seamans was honored this week for being a founding member of the Pullman Community Band. He has played French Horn with the group for 40 years.

Eric Hoyle said the Community Service Committee would meet Monday, December 22 at 5:30 in Cafe Moro. The committee will discuss the 2015 Irving Field Grand Project Award/

Best wishes to Melinda Beasley who is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

This meeting was our annual holiday gathering. The Fireside Grill prepared an excellent lunch featuring steak and salmon. 

Meeting Notes December 17, 2014 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

We heard an excellent presentation from Dr. Lynne Nelson, a professor of cardiology at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and assistant director of WSU's Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center.

Nelson has been doing research on various physiological mechanisms in hibernating grizzly bears. She said bears have many biological similarities to humans and studies with the bears can help us understand human pathologies. For example, how the maintenance of heart function, bone strength, and muscle mass by bears during hibernation might be extended to humans with failing hearts or weakened muscles due to disease or spinal cord damage.

The bear center also conducts research on bear behavior and intelligence. Nelson says they are at least as smart as a dog and learn very quickly.

“We train the bears so they can be handled more easily,” she said. “Sometimes you only have to show them something once and they know what to do. Bears are an amazing thinking animal and they're always trying to be a step ahead of us.”

Recently Nelson and her team of graduate students made news with a demonstration that grizzly bears actually have to ability to work out problems and use tools. The experiment involved suspending a food reward just out of reach and seeing if the bear would use a nearby tree stump or a box it had never seen before to reach the food.
A video shows what happened click here to view.

The WSU Bear Research Center is the only one in the country. Researchers from WSU also study grizzlies in the wild. The center faculty hopes to expand and begin working with polar bears as well as grizzlies.

To learn more visit the web site here.

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Eric Hoyle presented checks for $250 to each of four area charitable organizations on behalf of Pullman Rotary. The holiday donations went to Pullman Child Welfare, Friends of CASA, Whitman County Developmental Services and Friends of Head Start ECEAP.

Past President Keith Nelson announced that there will be a Rotary Leadership Institute in Pasco on Saturday. January 17, 2015. The club will help pay for expenses if anyone wants to attend.

A speaker coordinator is still needed for January. Two slots are already filled, so the job should be easy.

Good news: Mayor Glenn Johnson said that the new budget bill about to be passed in Congress contains an appropriation for the airport expansion project. It will mean a reduction in matching funds of about $2 million.


Meeting notes December 10, 2014 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Our scheduled speaker had a medical emergency and on very short notice our replacement program was Kristie Henning and Jalayna Watkins from the Washington State Child and Family Services program in Whitman County. Watkins and Henning are social workers who deal with foster children.
Law enforcement agencies can remove children from homes where there is drug or alcohol abuse, physical abuse or neglect. Watkins says neglect is the most common cause for removal of children in Whitman County.
Once children are taken out of a home the state becomes their legal parent, however the mission of the agency is to try to return the children to their actual parents when conditions are appropriate. Parents are given a year to correct problems, but if they don't, the children become available for adoption. 
While children are in state care they are sent to a foster home. “We try to make it as natural a situation as possible,” said Watkins. “placement with relatives or a family friend whenever we can, but that's not always possible.”
Watkins added that there is a great shortage of foster homes available in the county and children are often sent to Spokane or Clarkston, which is not the best situation for staying close to friends and schools.
Another program that works well for foster children is the Court Appointed Special Advocate. It requires some training and allows qualified CASA individuals to act as guardian ad litem in the court system.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent call 888.KIDS.414.
To access the many service of DSHS or to report abuse click for more information
Note: Pullman Rotary will be making a contribution to the foster parent program as part of our holiday project. 
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Pullman Rotary Board has voted to begin assigning club members to be monthly speaker organizers in alphabetical order. This will probably start in June since upcoming months are mostly filled already. However someone is needed for January.

Note to all organizers: please let Hugh know as soon as you have a speaker lined up. All speakers are listed on the web site.

Guests: Gladish Community and Cultural Center board member Suzanne Polle came as a guest of Donna Gwinn. 

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Assistant Attorney General Toni Ursich talked to the group about fraud and identity theft. She described the Washington Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the resources that are available for citizens to use.

The Consumer Protection Division is comprised of attorneys, investigators, customer service and professional staff. They enforce the Consumer Protection Act to help keep the Washington marketplace free of unfair and deceptive practices

Ursich said one of the best resources is the ATG website where consumers can file a complaint and get help with a number of issues.

Many scams are targeted at seniors, Ursich said. Often they are carried out over the phone or through the internet and attempt to get the victim to part with their money.

Scammers learn a lot about a potential victim through online sources such as social media. Ursich said we should take care to own our online presence. Check privacy settings frequently, talk to others about not sharing or over-posting. When in doubt, don't click on links that come in email, tweets, posts or online advertising.

“If it looks suspicious, asks you to act immediately or offers something that is too good to be true,even if you know the source, it's best to hit the delete key,” said Ursich. She also advised making passwords long, strong and unique.

Other tips include: Check bank statements regularly, monitor your credit report and financial accounts.(but watch out for fraudulent sites) This is a legitimate site for a free credit report:  

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Guests: We had an outstanding number of guests today. Several members brought their spouse or a friend and nearly every seat was taken.

Eric Hoyle, community service chair, reported that the board has allocated funds for our holiday project. Pullman Child Welfare, Developmental services and DCFS Foster Families will each get a $250 donation for their Sharing Trees. The club decided on the allocation so that people who work directly with the children will be able to address specific needs. Eric passed around a box for additional donations and club members chipped in $107 more. 

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We heard from KLEW Weathercaster Keith Havens who discussed how he gathers and reports on the weather in our region.

Havens is a lifelong resident of the Lewiston Clarkston area. He said he started in radio and at one point ran a dating service. He has also been CEO of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce. Eventually he was asked to be a fill in weathercaster at KLEW while still working at the Chamber.

There were times when I was running late from my Chamber job and got into the studio at KLEW just as the opening theme was playing for the newscast,” he said. “fortunately I was already wearing a suit and had looked up the weather information earlier.”

Havens said he really got serious about being full time with the weather about two and a half years ago. Although he's been working at the station since 1997.

Now he gives a geographically wide-ranging weather report that gives specifics on various climate zones in the region. He pointed out that there can be a huge variation from one area to another

There have been times when its snowing in Pullman, but we're playing golf in Lewiston.”

Havens said that long range forecasts are generally not all that valid. Things can change very quickly. He said the NOAA National Weather Service is his most trusted source and it can really only guarantee about 24 hours in advance. The NOAA forecast for Pullman can be found here.

KLEW will soon be expanding its weather report territory. The station is carried on Dish Network and Direct TV satellite services and KLEW is seen everywhere Spokane stations reach. Consequently Keith will soon begin reporting on weather as far away as Bonner's Ferry and Joseph, Oregon.

Visit the KLWEW weather page at


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Eric Hoyle, community service chair, discussed our holiday project. He asked the club if they would prefer to buy individual gifts for the Pullman Child Welfare Sharing Tree or if they prefer to have the board allocate a donation. The club decided on the allocation so that people who work directly with the children will be able to address specific needs.

The Community Service Committee will meet 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 24 at Cafe Moro.

Gary Hyde passed out a flier from the Whitman County and City of Pullman Emergency Alert System. You are urged to sign up to receive free notifications in the event of fires, severe weather and other emergencies. Go to this web site to learn more and sign up for the service.

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Gary Crooks, associate editor of the Spokesman Review gave us a look into the state of the newspaper business. Sadly the medium is in decline and Crooks said that will have an eventual impact on all news reporting.

Crooks came to the Spokesman Review in 1997 from the Arizona Republic newspaper. “When I got here there were about 150 people working in the newsroom,” he said. “Today there are probably half that many.”

As there are fewer journalists gathering news, there will be fewer sources for internet sites that aggregate stories. Those sites such as Google News and Yahoo! rely on newspaper reports for the stories they put online.

Young people in particular seem to have lost interest in reading newspapers. They get their news mainly online and don't understand that the reports they read are not written by the aggregators but come from working journalists who research and write the stories.

Newspapers are losing revenue because of declining advertising, not because of subscriptions. Advertisers are easily able to reach customers directly through email and online.

Crooks pointed out that newspapers are closing around the country. Communities lose their newspapers will have little or no coverage of local stories.

He said more people than ever are reading the news online but newspapers still haven't found a way to make their online presence profitable.


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On Saturday November 8, Rotarians helped construct the current Habitat for Humanity House being built in Genesee.


Lou Ann Heroff put in a pitch for the Market Children Project and encouraged members to sponsor a child. The program provides school uniforms, shoes, backpacks and books for children so that they can attend school. One child can be sponsored for a year for $120. Contact Lou Ann for more information.

John Brewer announced an opportunity to participate in a polio immunization trip to India. The tour will go to several cities in the country including to Agra, location of the Taj Mahal. Cost for the two week trip is $2009 excluding airfare. Contact John for more information.


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The Rotary Club of Pullman will help bring electricity and clean water to a secondary school and numerous locations around the Mbomai village in Tanzania. The project will also include training faculty and villagers to become water sanitation and energy educators for eleven primary and secondary schools in the region.

With help from the citizens of the Palouse region, local Rotarians raised $25,000 during the DASH-2 fundraiser, Rotary District 5080 awarded a matching grant of $25,000 and the Rotary International Foundation has now added $37,500 for a total award of $87,500 for the Tarakea project.

View a video of the Tarakea project click here 


(read the news release by clicking the read more link below)

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Rotary members will help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Genesee on Saturday, Nov. 8th. The work day will involve adding insulation and drywalling.

Community Service Chair Eric Hoyle said there are some holiday projects in the works. The first is a sharing tree for persons with developmental disabilities. Money raised will be used to buy presents for people who have no family in the area and often go without gifts during the holiday season. Pullman Rotary will contribute $250 and challenge Colfax Rotary to match it.

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Our speaker was Regional Business Manager Paul Kimmell from Avista. The regional utility company is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year. Founded in 1889 as the Washington Water Power Company, the name was later changed to Avista. Today the Spokane based company serves 360 thousand electric and 320 natural gas customers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

Kimmell explained the mix of energy resources the company uses. About half the energy generated comes from hydropower. 35 percent is from natural gas, 9 percent is from coal and the rest is biomass and wind.

Although the Washington renewable energy mandate does not recognize existing hydropower as renewable, Avista has already managed to meet 2020 goals for renewable energy. This is due in large part to the addition of power from the Palouse Wind project near Rosalia. Avista doesn't own the facility but buys all the power produced from 58 turbines at the site. At capacity the plant produces enough energy for about 25,000 homes. See more here.

Pullman is the site of the northwest's first smart grid demonstration project. Avista invested $38 million in Pullman to bring improved reliability and faster restoration to the electricity system.

Watch this video to learn more about Avista's grid modernization efforts. click here.


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The Pullman Rotary Board met this morning. Minutes of the meeting are available in club documents. You must log-on to view this.

New member DaVina Hoyt was voted in by the board and members welcomed her today.

Past President Keith Nelson has agreed to assist as treasurer to help Kiall Swift.

Our club is in need of a new Membership Committee chair. Please contact President Chandi if you are interested.

Meeting notes October 29, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

October 24 is World Polio Day Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries and the disease is nearly wiped out. We are urged to make a donation to this worthy cause. All donations are being matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition your contribution counts toward a Paul Harris Society award. Click here to learn more and give to Polio Plus.


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President Chandi passed around a sign up sheet so that every member can join a committee this year. He also announced that the Pullman Rotary Board will meet next Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 am in the Daily Grind. Any interested members may attend.

Eric Hoyle 
said the Community Service Committee will meet October 22 at 5:00 pm in Cafe Moro. Eric also passed out further information and sign up sheets for the Habitat for Humanity service day, November 8. Volunteers should bring work clothes that can get dirt, paint or glue on them. Wear sturdy boots or shoes and bring gloves. The work will include doors, flooring and trim.

Keith Nelson is lining up greeters for upcoming meetings. A good tradition to revive.

He is also seeking volunteers to participate in role playing as part of his forensic accounting class exercise. It will be from 2-4pm next Thursday at WSU. Contact Keith if you are interested.

Sandra Ristow announced that she is leaving Pullman to live in Sequim Washington. We will miss Sandra and wish her well in her new home.

Guest: Longtime Pullman business owner and civic leader Ron Wachter joined us.

This Week's Speaker
We heard from Jerry Robinson of the Washington State Crop Improvement Association.

The WSCIA has been in existence since 1946. It deals with production, education and promotion of certified seed in the region.

Robinson said they certify a variety of small grains, peas, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, edamame, buckwheat and forest cones. 

Based in Pullman, WSCIA acts as an agent for Washington State University commercialization efforts of new varieties being developed here. The organizations grows foundation seed stocks which are then distributed on an equitable basis.

To read more about WSCIA go to


Meeting Notes October 15, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

On Saturday, September 27, Rotarians gathered at the Mayor's Grove Park in Pullman to perform cleanup and maintenance work. Weeds were cut away, beauty bark put down, spring bulbs and new shrubs were planted. The before and after pictures tell the story of another community service project completed by the Rotary Club of Pullman. Thanks to project leader Eric Hoyle and all the helping hands who participated.  

Pullman Rotarians Spruce up Mayor's Grove Hugh Imhof 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Today's meeting was for club business.


President Chandi announced that there will be a District 5080 Leadership Institute session held in Moscow on Oct 11. The session will be held at Best Western Plus University Inn from 8:30 a.m. To 4:00 p.m. For more information click here.

Sue Hilliard reported that Pullman Rotary will receive $646.00 for our work selling wine at the Lentil Festival. Good job Sue!

Saturday, September 27 is the maintenance and cleanup day for the Mayors Grove on Grand Ave.

Eric Hoyle said he has 12 volunteers signed up to help with the project. Eric said we will improve the park area through semi annual maintenance according to the season. This includes weeding, raking leaves, removing dead plants, spreading mulch etc.

Thanks to a generous donation from Rotarian and Mayor Glenn Johnson, we will have some new plants to put into the ground.

Project begins at 9:30. Coffee and Doughnuts will be provided. Be sure to bring work gloves, protective eyewear and tools (marked with your name). Parking is at the UPS building north of the park.


President Chandi gave an update on our international project. The Palouse–Tarakea Future Vision Project would bring electricity to schools and villages in the Tanzania region. Our club raised $25,000 to be matched by the District plus an additional grant of $37,500 from Rotary International Foundation. The project is still under review and so far the RIF grant has not been finalized.

Steve Dodgen discussed a potential project to help area high school students find summer jobs. Steve proposes bringing students, who may not otherwise have connections to business, farmers and research facilities, to a jobs bank so that they can find summer employment. More details to come.

Past President Keith updated us on progress toward a Presidential Citation. We already have accumulated many points toward the goal but more work needs to be done, including member recruitment, adding diversity and other projects.

Highlights from today's board meeting

Treasurer Kiall has sent out quarterly bills, however they did not include billing for T-Shirts and our additional $25 per member contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Those will be added next time.

Tentative Spaghetti Feed date is April 11, 2015.

We are looking into purchasing a new sound system and computer for our meetings. More information to come.

Rotaract will have its first meeting tonight in Moscow. Debi Dockins has been leading the effort to get young people involved in Rotary and she would welcome any help you can give her.

Happy bucks that we collect at each meeting will now be awarded to local organizations on an annual basis. We will divide the accumulated funds among four charitable groups. Members will have a chance to suggest which groups will be recipients.


Meeting of September 24, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

We heard from Jeff Guyette from the Community Action Center. 


The CAC mission statement is: To empower the people and communities of Whitman County to be self-sustaining by: Promoting the self-reliance of people with low to moderate income. Promoting cooperation between local communities to enhance social and economic resource development.

 Guyette told us that Whitman County has the highest poverty rate in Washington, however the statistic is skewed by the high number of students. The number of students needing assistance puts a strain on services.


There are many services provided by CAC. They include emergency housing, community relief fund, transitional housing, housing development, rental assistance, food bank. Energy assistance, home weatherization and the new Palouse Free Clinic.


CAC was a 2013 Grand Project recipient and started a pilot project for young people called Edible Landscape.


The CAC receives $5-6 million in annual funding through state and federal grants. Most of that money goes right back into the local economy. Guyette said the organization is working find other means of funding.


A “Friend-Raising” dinner is planned for October 18. It will cost $25 per plate and there is no auction involved. Learn more about Community Action Center here.


Speaker September 3, 2014 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

We began the meeting with a humorous singing of the Four Way Test, led by Sue Hilliard and Ray Wallace. The test was sung to the tune of “Your Cheatin' Heart.”




Kiall Swift and wife Stacey are the proud parents of a new baby girl. On his facebook page Kiall posted this: Elana Jane decided to join our family after making us wait through the night for her to make her appearance. She was 7 lbs, 1 oz, & was 20.5 inches long. Mom & baby are doing great!”

Ed Felt has won first place in the National Buffalo Wings Competition in the amateur traditional sauce-off category with his original recipe. Congratulations Ed!

Save the Date: we will have a community service project on Saturday, September 27. Members are asked to help with cleanup and maintenance at the Mayors Grove which is a Rotary sponsored park. Another service day will be on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Habitat for Humanity house currently under construction.  

Meeting notes September 3, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Colfax Rotarian and retired US Navy Senior Chief Steve Aspenwall spoke about his experiences working against piracy in the waters off Somalia. 

Aspenwall is an operations specialist who trained naval personnel in the many aspects of Visit boarding, search and seizure (VBSS).

Maritime intercepts occur to prevent smuggling and to counter terrorist activity. Piracy, slave trade, unauthorized broadcasting, no nationality or refusing to show a flag are all reasons for VBSS teams to intercept a ship. 

Aspenwall said that piracy began in the Somali waters when fishermen became upset over waste dumping in their fishing grounds. Somalis began intercepting ships to stop the dumping. That eventually turned into piracy as a means of making money and supporting the very poor communities in Somalia.

Now some $12 billion a year is spent on counter piracy efforts in the Gulf of Somalia. There are 22 countries patrolling the seas and the number of incidents has dropped dramatically.  


Speaker August 27, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0


Gary Schell thanked everyone who helped with the International Picnic and Barbeque. The event was very successful. It was almost a disaster however. We did not have a proper permit and the county health inspector was coming to inspect. Fortunately Mayor Glenn Johnson was able to renew his food handler permit and Gary got the cook from his fraternity to also be on hand with the necessary sanitation items.

Sue Hilliard reported that club members helped serve some 500 glasses of wine at the Lentil Festival. Our club will receive 60 percent of the profits from the sales.

Eric Hoyle reminded all that we will have a community service project on Saturday, September 27. Members are asked to help with cleanup and maintenance at the Mayors Grove which is a Rotary sponsored park. Another service day will be on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Habitat for Humanity house currently under construction.

Keith Nelson announced that WSU Government Affairs is hosting a fundraiser for victims of the Oso, Washington mudslide. The banquet and auction are scheduled for Sept 5.More information here.)


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2014 International Picnic and Barbecue a Big Success

Pullman Rotarians hosted some 200 international programs students on August 21, 2014. The students were treated to an American style barbecue as a welcome to Pullman and Washington State University.

International Programs at WSU attracts scholars from more than 100 countries around the world. The Rotary Club of Pullman annually welcomes these students at the beginning of the school year.

Special thanks to Rotarian Gary Schell for leading this effort. Many others also volunteered and participated. Thank you all.  

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Ed Felt has taken on the task of getting Pullman Rotary Club T-shirts made for everyone. They look great and we will wear them at the picnic and other Rotary events in the future. Members will be billed $10 for the shirt.

Sue Hilliard is still signing up volunteers to pour wine at the Lentil Festival. Please let Sue know if you will be able to do a shift. 509-595-7234

Eric Hoyle confirmed that we will have a community service project on Saturday, September 27. Members are asked to help with cleanup and maintenance at the Mayors Grove which is a Rotary sponsored park. Another service day will be on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Habitat for Humanity house currently under construction.

Visitors: This week we had visiting Fonthill, Ontario Rotarian Frank Adamson who told us about a fundraising project his Rotary club has been successful with. It's a 5 kilometer obstacle course called the Pelham Mudfest. Fonthill Rotary raised $10,000 with it's initial event last spring and another is schedule for September 6. Read more about the event here.


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University of Idaho research economist Steve Peterson discussed the economic impact of the three regional “Pioneer” port districts of Whitman, Lewiston and Clarkston.


That impact has been quite impressive and the Quad County region is outpacing the nation in terms of manufacturing growth. Much of the growth is in high tech areas. Peterson said 51 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the region occurs on port developed land.


Peterson shared the draft results of a study he has conducted on behalf of the Pioneer Ports. His conclusions include the following:


  • The Pioneer Ports and their related entrepreneurs create 12% to 15% of the regional economy.

  • The ports directly support the entrepreneurs that create 4,845 direct regional jobs and $1.1 billion in spending.

  • For every $1 of taxpayer investment, a total of approximately $5.8 of property taxes are generated.

  • A key cause of the Quad County manufacturing growth has been the entrepreneurial activities and firms associated in the Pioneer Ports. 

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District Governor Norm McCarvell addressed the club.

He thanked us for singing the Oh Canada in his honor (this was led by Debi Dockins and John Brewer).

DG Norm said membership growth is vital. “My feeling is that active, vibrant clubs with ongoing community projects will attract members,” he said. “Doing community projects where Rotarians are visible will get people to ask about Rotary.”

Norm pointed out a number of programs that are available to local clubs and paid for through our dues. Rotary Leadership Institute, Spring Assembly, Team training, Youth Exchange and RYLA are just a few examples. Dates for District 5080 events are listed on the district website.

He said his passion is for International Programs. Norm talked about projects in planning stages such as a new Vocational training team program. Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.

On a district basis, Norm said that Sandpoint, ID and Nelson B.C. Rotarians have set up a friendship exchange to be held on a weekend. He encouraged Pullman Rotary to do something similar with another club in District 5080.

Norm discussed the many benefits of Rotary Foundation and the grants available for various projects.



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Gary Schell is in need of help with the International Picnic to be held on August 21. . Someone is needed to pick up our speaker system and name badges and bring them to Reaney Park on the day of the event. Please contact Gary if you can do this. (509) 432-3766

Rotarians need to be at the park by 4:00 pm to begin cooking and prepare for the students. Note that parking will be an issue with no spaces available next to the park.

Sue Hilliard is signing up volunteers to pour wine at the Lentil Festival. There are many two hour shifts waiting to be filled for Friday evening and all day Saturday. Please let Sue know if you will be able to do a shift. 509-595-7234

Cindy Tippet said we will have a community service day on September 27. Members are asked to help with maintenance at the Mayors Grove which is a Rotary sponsored park. More details to come.

Brandon Wolking announced that the Membership Committee will meet August 25 at 5:30 pm in the South Fork restaurant. All interested members are invited to share ideas for increasing membership

Visitors: This week we had visiting Fonthill, Ontario Rotarian Frank Adamson and Port Orchard Rotarian Chuck Hattan as our guests. Welcome Chuck and Frank.

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Eric Hoyle, Co-Chairman of the Local Community Service Committee has been in touch with Habitat for Humanity with regard to a Rotary service day. He is looking at Saturday dates in September or November when the club can help with construction of a new Habitat home.

Another possible service project will be to help with a student move-in day on the WSU campus.

The community service committee will meet Monday at 8:30 in the Cafe Moro. All interested Rotarians are invited to attend.

Gary Schell said preparations for the annual International Picnic and Barbeque are going well. Food has been ordered.

We will serve hot dogs and side dishes. Members are encouraged to bring homemade vegetarian salads or other dishes for the event. This year we are planning to have T-shirts so that Rotarians can be easily identified by the public. The event will serve as a Rotary Day and count toward the Presidential Citation.

Please sign up for one of the many tasks that must be done. We especially need to have a cleanup crew to get us out of the park quickly as preparations for the Lentil Fest get underway.

Visitors: This week we had visiting Port Orchard Rotarian Chuck Hattan as our guest. Welcome Chuck.

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Gary Schell filled us in on preparations for the annual International Picnic and Barbeque. Pullman Rotary has been putting on this welcome to international students since at least 1984.

We will serve hot dogs and side dishes. Members are encourage to bring homemade vegetarian salads or other dishes for the event. This year we are planning to have T-shirts so that Rotarians can be easily identified by the public. The event will serve as a Rotary Day and count toward the Presidential Citation.

Please sign up for one of the many tasks that must be done.

President Chandi reminded members that everyone is expected to join a committee for this year. Committees include Club Administration, Local Community Service, International Service, Rotary Foundation, Public Relations, Membership Development and New Generations.  

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Veterinarian Harmon Rodgers discussed his work with camels in the middle east country of Qatar (pr: cotter). Harmon spent a year there helping with breeding programs and veterinary care for the animals.

He said the camels are an integral part of the traditional culture and humans would not have been able to survive in the desert environment without them. Today, however, they're used for the sport of camel racing.

Harmon showed a video of a camel race. The animals have a mechanical “jockey” attached to them with a small whip that is controlled from vehicles driving alongside the race course. They run at about 25 mph for a distance of up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

These are some of the most expensive animals in the world,” Harmon said. A race winner can fetch $250 thousand. Bulls that are used for breeding can be worth $2 million to $6 million.

There is no gambling allowed, but the trainers of winning camels are given expensive gifts of luxury automobiles.

Qatar was a very poor country before the discovery of natural gas some 60 years ago. Today it is the richest per capita country in the world with towering skyscrapers and glistening public art; luxury automobiles abound and there is rapid growth happening.

The country relies heavily on migrant workers. Approximately 94 percent of the work force are foreigners. There is an informative article about Qatar here.


Here are some more of Harmon's pictures:


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District 5080 Governor Norm McCarvell and his wife Jeanette had a dinner meeting with the board and other memberson July 17 at the Hilltop in Pullman.

My only job is to support our clubs,” McCarvell told the members attending. He said he wants to improve services available to clubs in the district.

McCarvell is pushing for more use of social media and improving public relations and visibility of Rotary activities. “We need to brag about our services on the web and elsewhere,” he said.

A host of other topics were discussed and it was a productive meeting.

The DG will return to Pullman for a regular meeting on August 13.


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Washington State University Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Bernardo addressed the club. He discussed WSU's newest update of its strategic plan.

Bernardo said conditions are much different than they were the last time the plan was renewed six years ago. WSU has taken sharp budget cuts from the state, 52 percent since 2008.

Much of the shortfall has been made up in tuition increases, however the university is holding tuition flat for the second year in a row.

Bernardo pointed out that the student population has changed dramatically in recent years. It is larger and more diverse than ever. This year's freshman class is expected to include 4,100 new admissions. Thirty five percent of the student population are students of color.

More students will have a positive impact on the local economy. So will the expected 135 new faculty members coming in this year.

WSU has an impressive research portfolio. Some $350 million a year is spent on research, mostly on personnel here in Pullman. The institution expects to continue growth in research fields such as biofuels, human health and engineering.

Next week: Dr. Harmon Rodgers discusses his work with camels in the middle east country of Qatar. 

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We heard from two of our newer members who gave their classification talks.


Ron Huggins discussed his career and family. He works at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as the corporate environmental health and safety manager. Ron has a PhD in industrial hygiene and toxicology. He holds two patents and has several related certifications.

Ron's extensive experience includes working on supertankers that are longer than an aircraft carrier. He showed us pictures of passing through the Panama Canal, which he said is “an amazing marvel.”


One of Ron's career highlights includes working on the set of the film Polar Express. He was there to evaluate electromagnetic exposure levels on the actors. The production used special equipment to create the live action motion capture effect of the movie. Ron said the exposure levels turned out to be safe.


Ron and his wife Kimberly have a large family with five children. They have also served as foster parents for five years. Some of his grown children have varied careers including a military officer, a Peace Corps volunteer and a police officer.



Kiall Swift is a certified public accountant with Presnell Gage in Pullman. A graduate of Eastern Wa

shington University, Kiall has worked in several small towns in the eastern part of the state. He was transferred to Pullman last November after a stint in Omak, where he first got involved in Rotary.


Kiall told us about growing up on a farm in Lamont, Washington. He had amusing stories about how he got his name and winning a radio contest because of its unusual spelling. A coach once jokingly asked him if his parents “did a lot of drugs” back when they named him (no they didn't).


Kiall has stayed close to his roots, he regularly helps with work at the fourth generation farm. His experience there has helped with his profession where a lot of the work is in agriculture.


His family includes wife Stacie and two children ages two and five, with another due in August. 

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President Chandi Bandara Reminded the club that District Governor Norm McCarvell will be in Pullman tomorrow for a dinner meeting with the board and other interested Rotarians. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Inn.
The annual International Picnic is tentatively set for August 21 in Rainey Park. Some 450 international students are expected. Rotarians have traditionally hosted this picnic as a welcome to the students coming to WSU from overseas. A signup sheet will be passed around next week for club members to volunteer for this event.  
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We heard from our own long time (25 years) Rotarian Debi Dockins who discussed her many youth activities. Debi is the club Youth Activities Chair and leads the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) efforts.

An eight day RYLA camp is held annually in Castlegar B.C. The young people who attend various programs including a classes on leadership skills, family dynamics, dealing with grief, building relations and much more. Check out RYLA 2014 pictures on Facebook

But RYLA is only one of Debi's many activities dedicated young people. She directs Latah County prevention efforts to keep kids from using drugs and alcohol. Latah County Youth Advocacy Council (LCYAC) is working to reduce youth substance abuse in communities throughout the county.

Research has shown that when young people use various substances, such as marijuana, before their brains mature it can lead to a decrease in intelligence. Debi said that they encourage people to stay away from recreational drugs and alcohol until they are 25 to 30 years old.

Debi also is director of Gritman Medical Center Volunteer Services which includes a youth program. The program takes 25 young adults age 14 through high school annually. Debi said there are usually at least another 25 on a waiting list to be involved. Learn more about the Gritman Volunteers here.


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David Forrest gave us a heads up that there will be a number of Rotary Friendship Exchanges and Youth Exchanges coming this year. He asks that anyone interested in participating contact him. More information here.

President Chandi reminds us that the board will conduct a club business meeting with District Governor Norman McCarvell. The dinner meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., July 17 at The Hilltop. All members are welcome to attend.

Ray Wallace encouraged everyone to attend Moscow's annual Rendezvous in the Park, of which he is now a board member.

Mayor Glenn Johnson reported that Pullman's annual Fourth of July Celebration was a huge success. Next year the event will celebrate it's 40th anniversary.

Glenn is also giving a presentation on Pullman's history this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Kamiak County Park (at the bottom of the hill).

Congratulations to David Seaman who just celebrated his 87th birthday!

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President Keith Nelson gave a report on the monthly board meeting held on June 24. Some highlights include a commitment to add $25.00 to quarterly dues so that each member will give $100.00 annually to the Rotary Foundation; New committee chairs have been assigned; and we will contribute a $500 to the Conger Scholarship fund.
Incoming president Chandi Banadara will be assigning all members to a committee. Please let him know which committee(s) you would like to serve on, otherwise you will be assigned as needed.
Our new District Governor Norm McCarvell will be visiting Pullman on July 17. This will be a dinner meeting with the board. Other Rotarians may attend as well.
Tom Gooch announced that Habitat for Humanity has broken ground on its next home in Genesee.
Debi Dockins is leaving for her annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp in British Columbia next week. This will be her 20th year with RYLA!
Reminder: The July 2 meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Banyans restaurant. This meeting will be a transition ceremony as we change leadership for the coming year. Rotarians and guests are invited.
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This Week's Speakers:
Megan Vining and Kurt Dahmen, Pullman City Parks & Recreation
There is no shortage of recreation opportunities in Pullman thanks to a robust Parks and Recreation program. Our speakers outlined the many activities available to everyone from toddlers to senior citizens.
Summer programs include Reaney Pool, which was scheduled to be closed for renovations this year, but that project is now delayed, much to the delight of kids and parents. The pool opened June 25.

There are numerous youth and adult sports programs, field trips, fitness classes, concerts and movies in the park, and much more available.
Parks and Recreation is also part of the annual 4th of July celebration in Sunnyside Park, Lentil Festival, the Care to Share Fun Run and the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The programs are self sustaining through fees and contributions. Overall the annual Parks and Recreation budget is $2.5 million, with half of that recovered through various mechanisms.
You can see an updated list of activities and programs here.
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Pullman Rotary Board will meet Tuesday, June 27, 2014 at 5:30 in Cafe Moro. All members are welcome to attend.

Speaker organizers are needed for July and August. Please contact President Keith if you can volunteer to fill out these dates.

President Keith reminded members that the July 2 meeting will be held in the evening at Banyans restaurant. This meeting will be a transition ceremony as we change leadership for the coming year. Rotarians and guests are invited. A sign-up sheet has been sent around so we can plan for the expected number of attendees. Please RSVP by this Friday, June 20.


This Week's Speaker:

President Keith Nelson and President Elect Chandi Bandara discussed the potential for our club to earn a Presidential Citation from Rotary International 

They showed the members a form describing the requirements to meet this challenge:

Clubs are asked to use this form to plan and report their accomplishments for the 2014-15

Rotary year. To qualify for the Presidential Citation, clubs must achieve a specific

number of points in each of the three activity categories and must conduct one required

activity per category. Unless otherwise specified, all activities must be undertaken

and completed between 1 July 2014 and 31 March 2015.

The categories include Rotary Membership, Rotary Service and Family of Rotary.

Some of our existing activities will help us qualify; the international picnic for example. There was also a suggestion to increase our quarterly billing for Foundation donations. Other ideas are welcome. You can read the full requirements here.


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We heard from Optometrist Darin Paulson of Rolling Hills Eye Care. Paulson, who is a fellow Rotarian in Colfax, discussed a program for infant eye care called InfantSEE.

InfantSEE is a public health program of the American Optometric Association. It's designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life.

Paulson said there are some 8,000 optometrists nationwide who participate including four in Pullman. The volunteer optometrists provide free eye exams for babies between six and 12 months of age.

The examinations are able to pinpoint serious eye conditions before they become worse or even life threatening. Things that the Optometrist will test for include:

  • excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism

  • eye movement ability

  • eye health problems

In many cases eye problems can be corrected with early diagnosis.

Adults should be on the lookout for differences in reflections from a child's eyes. If one eye has appears different (I.e. in a flash photograph) it could be a sign of a serious problem and should be examined.


Paulson said there is money available to help pay for treatment options such as eyeglasses and other measures. The Affordable Care Act has also created insurance coverage requirements for children's eyecare

Visit the InfantSEE web site for more information.


Next week: Kurt Dahmen, Pullman City Parks & Recreation

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President Elect Chandima Bandara reminded members that the July 2 meeting will be held in the evening at Banyans restaurant. This meeting will be a transition ceremony as we change leadership for the coming year. Rotarians and guests are invited. A sign-up sheet has been sent around so we can plan for the expected number of attendees.
Sandy Powell of Gladish Community and Cultural Center, invited club members to the center for a Fathers Hobby Day event held at the center on June 14 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The event will include various displays and a concert.
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Sandra Woodrow, executive director of Pullman United Way, was a guest. She told the club that the annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive will be happening from July 26 – Aug. 16. Woodrow said volunteers are needed and passed around a signup sheet. Contact information is here:

President Elect Chandima Bandara announced that the July 2 meeting will be held in the evening at Banyans restaurant. This meeting will be a transition ceremony as we change leadership for the coming year. More details to come.

Donna Gwinn, executive director of Gladish Community and Cultural Center, said that there will be a special Fathers Day weekend event held at the center on June 14 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The event will include various displays and a concert. Gwinn said admission is free.


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This Week's Speaker:

ImageWe had two speakers this time from Whitman County Parks, Tim Myers, executive director and Todd Heitstuman, operations and trail coordinator.

They discussed the county parks system and the many recreation and learning opportunities available.

Kamiak Butte, Klemgard, Wawawai, Bill Chipman Trail, Colfax Trail are among the Whitman County parks facilities.

A new primitive trail has been built at Kamiak Butte that opens a wider area to the west end of the park. Myers said it is more difficult and longer than the existing trail to the top.

Interesting fact: Kamiak Butte, at 3,641 feet, is actually higher in elevation than Steptoe Butte (which is a state park).

There are a series of evening campfire programs planned for the summer at Kamiak Butte. You can see the list here. You can also get current parks information on Facebook.

Currently the Whitman County Park Board has a opening and if you are interested in joining contact Myers at or 509-397-6238.


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This Week's Speaker:

Amy Trujillo, Executive Director of the PalousImagee Land Trust.

The mission of the Palouse Land Trust is to conserve the open space, scenery, wildlife habitat, and water quality of the Palouse region for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Trust was formed 20 years ago when a group of area residents decided to ensure that private land could be put into conservation easements to protect them from development.

Trujillo explained that conservation easements permanently restrict defined uses on property. The easement can only be undone by the courts under certain circumstances.

The Trust focuses on working lands, rare habitat, fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation. Trujillo cited several examples of land that has been preserved from development in the Moscow area.

The organization is now looking at Whitman County for more projects and Trujillo welcomes input from the public.

To visit the Palouse Land Trust website click here

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Meeting of May 28, 2014


John Brewer, PDG, told the club that he was so impressed with the Pullman Civic Trust plans for a water feature along Grand Avenue that he offered to match the Rotary Club's $500 donation for the project. The club members approved with a unanimous vote.

Tom Gooch announced that the Habitat for Humanity, Berrueta family, house in Albion is essentially complete. Club members have been helping with the construction project.


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This Week's Speaker:

Lisa Carloye, president, Pullman Civic Trust

ImageThe Pullman Civic Trust was formed 30 years ago with the intent of preserving and enhancing our streams. “They define the character of our city,” said Carloye.
The Trust has not only cleaned up the riverbanks, but it has worked with the city and business community to build trail networks, beautify downtown and create a deeper sense of community.

In 1984 the Trust's first project was to clean up what was a trash strewn, weed infested riverbank and turn it into the Spring Street Riverpark. After that came the Bill Chipman Trail to Moscow. In the ensuing years an eight mile trail loop around Pullman was developed.

Carloye said one of the crowning achievements is the Pine Street Plaza. “We turned an old alleyway into what is now a centerpiece for our city.”

Other projects have included downtown bicycle racks, benches and trail markers, bridge lights and celebrations.

Today the Trust is working on developing Three Forks Wayside (Three Forks was the original name of Pullman). Located along Grand Avenue, it is intended to symbolically and physically connect trail, town and gown, Carloye said

The group is currently raising money to pay for a waterfall feature at the Wayside and donations are welcome.

Pullman Rotary presented the 2011 Irving Field Grand Project Award to the trust for the Wayside project. This year we will be contributing another $500 to the Trust.

Read more about Pullman Civic Trust here

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Meeting of May 21


Debi Dockins reminds us that the annual District 5080 RYLA camp is coming next month. It will be held at Selkirk Community College in British Columbia from June 29-July 5. Some 50 young people ages18-25 are expected to attend. Three will be sponsored by Pullman Rotary.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving and conflict management

  • Community and global citizenship

Debi said she can still take recommendations for potential participants. So if you know of a young person with leadership potential, let Debi know.


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This Week's Speaker:

ImageKiwanis President Larry Clark spoke to us about his service club. Pullman Kiwanis was formed in 1922, making it the oldest service club in Pullman. It is also the largest with 87 current members.

The Kiwanis motto is “Serving Children of the World.” Kiwanis members in Pullman have a number of community service projects such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the “Stuff the Bus” project. Last year Stuff the Bus helped some 500 local students with school supplies.

Internationally Kiwanis is partnering with UNICEF to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus. The disease kills 60 thousand women and children annually. The "Eliminate Project" aims to raise $110 million and vaccinate 120 million people against the illness.

Pullman Kiwanis holds several fundraisers including the popular Pancake Breakfast. Members also help with WSU game parking (Rotarians have also participated).

Larry filled us in on what a Kiwani is. It is a word derived from Ojibwe Indians meaning “to fool around.” But early Kiwanians translated it to mean “We Build,” which was the original motto of the club.

Kiwanis meets Thursday at noon in the Gladish View Room. Visitors are welcome. To learn more about Kiwanis click here:

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Past President Kurt Weigel informed the club that this would be his last meeting with us. Kurt has a new job in Spokane and will be moving there. He also asked for thoughts and prayers for his daughter-in-law who is fighting cervical cancer. Kurt promised to visit periodically in the future. We're sorry to see you go. Best wishes for your new job Kurt!


Past District Governor John Brewer recounted this past weekend's District 5080 Conference. He said the focus was on youth issues, particularly helping those from dysfunctional families.

Pullman Rotary also received a district Strategic Goals Award





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ImageJames Onstad hails from Yakima, Washington. He attended college at the University of Washington Later he went to the university of Oregon for a law degree. He also discovered he had “a passion for working with taxes. My sister is a CPA and I guess I take after her,” he said. He also professed gratitude for the computer spreadsheet program Excel.

James went on to Georgetown (in the other Washington) and earned a Masters of Laws in Taxation. He wanted to return to Eastern Washington and took a job in Pullman with local law firm Irwin, Myklebust, Savage and Brown PS James practices primarily in the areas of business law, estate planning and taxation.

James is a bachelor who loves golfing. He said he once had a hole-in-one.







ImageEric Hoyle grew up in Portland, Oregon. He showed us photos of his favorite activities, many of which revolve around the outdoors in the Mt. Hood area. They include soccer cycling, skiing, hiking and geocaching

Eric went to college at Northwest Nazarene College in Boise where he studied biological science with an emphasis in sports medicine. After graduating he volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics. “That became a life changing event,” he said.

“There's nothing more challenging and yet rewarding than working with disabled people,” Eric said. He said he enjoys being a job coach, helping disabled people get and hold jobs.

Today Eric is executive director of Boost Collaborative (formerly Palouse Industries) where he says every day is a rich experience.

Eric is married with one son and two daughters. The family is currently hosting a Swedish exchange student.  

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Pullman Rotary Honors Long Time Member Bill Paul


President Keith presented with Bill Paul with a clock in honor of his many years of service to Rotary. Bill recently had surgery and is still recovering, but he said he hopes to get back to the club once he is feeling better.

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Irving M. Field Grand Project Awarded


Pullman Youth Baseball is the 2014 recipient of a $1,500 grant to help improve baseball facilities. President Keith Nelson presented a check to Youth Baseball President Mike Hayton.

Mike mentioned that volunteers are needed to help with construction work. Contact him by email at

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This Week's Speaker: Mike Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington


The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the district. Mike Ormsby is a Spokane native who was appointed to the position in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

In addition to prosecuting crime in Eastern Washington, Ormsby serves as the administration's representative to Native American Tribes in the region. “It's one of the most interesting parts of my job,” he said. His office works to improve relationships with the tribes and also to reduce violent crime on the reservation.

Ormsby said his office has multiple areas of focus. It goes after large criminal enterprises such as gangs and drugs, white collar and economic crimes, domestic terrorism, violent criminals and gun related crimes.

He emphasized the cooperation among many federal, state and local agencies in the district. Ormsby said it is a unique atmosphere compared to other parts of the country.

The U.S. Attorney's office returns about 80 percent of seized assets, from various criminals, to the local law enforcement agencies. Last year approximately $1.5 million was shared throughout the district. Ormsby said seizing assets from criminals is more effective than prison time. “It really gets their attention is when you take away their toys and their money,” Ormsby said.

Asked about marijuana enforcement and the discrepancy between state and federal law, Ormsby said the issue remains a unsettled in federal law enforcement. For now the feds are only targeting large operations, those that involve guns, growing on public lands or sales to minors.


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Posted by Hugh Imhof on Apr 29, 2014

The Pullman Rotary Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction was a very successful and fun event. Thanks to Ray Wallace and Cindy Tippet for doing a great job of organizing and leading this effort. Club Treasurer Mary Hoffman reported that we took in about double the amount of money that we did last year. After expenses the Pullman Rotary will have approximately $5,000 to use for community projects.


See more pictures here: Pictures by Gary Hyde

And here: Pictures by Keith Nelson

Spaghetti Feed success Hugh Imhof 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Imhof on Apr 23, 2014

 Pullman Rotary Board meeting

By Chandima Bandara

A. Call to Order: Keith Nelson, presiding

In attendance: John Brewer, Mick Nazerali, Chandima Bandara BM,Hugh Imhof, Mary Hoffman, Brandon Wolking.

B. Secretary's report: Absent

C. Treasurer's Report: Mary Hoffman

  1. Mary has finalized the following payments.

  • $409 – Habitat for humanity for two ladders

  • $ 1000 – Shelter box ($500 of this came from the Moscow club).

We still have ~$12,000 in the charity account for distribution.

Mary will find out how much in funds we collect every year from the major fund raiser and from the club dues. This will help us decide how much we can safely use for donations even if there is no other fundraisers.

D. Committee Reports:

Membership Development:

Brandon Wolking reported and board voted for Ed Felt and Ron Huggins as our newest members.

Club Service

  1. Spaghetti feed – Planned for April 26th

  • Approximately: 40 items had been collected and more coming.

  • Food has been ordered.

  • Board expressed the importance of stressing the members for getting more people to attend.

  • Keith will look in to getting the help from the Boy Scouts at the Spaghetti feed.

  • Board proposed and unanimously agreed to name Bill Paul for the Walk of fame. Keith Nelson will attend the Thursday’s meeting and voice our vote. 

  • John Brewer will email Sandy to find out about the honorary membership program.

  • Board voiced their concern over the poor quality of the current sound system at Fireside and the need to obtain a new system either through Fireside or with Club funds.

Community Service:

            Grand project committee have voted to award the $1,500 to the Pullman Youth Baseball Association’s proposal.

We decided to award this at the Spaghetti feed.

Board voted to fund two more $ 500 donations. This is to Family Promise and CAC.

Board also voted to donate $ 500 to Gladish separately.

Board voted Boy Scouts as the Happy bucks and 50:50 donation recipient for the second quarter.

As there was no other business before the board, the meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Chandi Bandara

VP/President Elect

Board Meeting of April 22, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Imhof on Apr 22, 2014

This Week's Speaker

Denis TrImageacy, Whitman County Prosecutor, discussed the question of being tough on crime or being smart on crime. He said you don't have to choose and his office has been trying to do both in order to make the most of limited resources.

Tracy said there are about 1,800 misdemeanors, 200 felonies and 80 serious juvenile crimes each year in Whitman County. These are all funneled through the prosecutor's office with four deputy prosecutors. There are also two judges who handle all the cases the go to court.

Not all the prosecutor's efforts go toward putting people in jail. Tracy said there are ways to target resources at the cause of certain crimes.

There is a drug court that allows non-violent offenders to enter a program that will allow them to avoid being charged if they meet the requirements. They must appear monthly, pass urinalysis tests, go to counseling and get a job.

Eleven people have been in the program since it started in 2009. Three have graduated and successfully turned their lives around. Six others are still in the program. The two that failed and were convicted are now deceased. “It is literally a life or death situation,” Tracy said.

Tracy also discussed a separate program for less serious first offenders under 21. They must also comply with strict conditions, perform six months of communitservice, pay for county resources and for classes. If they stay out of trouble no charges are filed. Tracy says the program is highly successful. Out of 152 people referred to the program 15 did not respond and were charged, only four failed the requirements.

Washington state has one of the best track records for keeping people out of prison for non-violent drug crimes. The average for all states is 17% in prison. Washington has only 8%. Tracy says this is due to forward thinking judges and prosecutors who addressed this problem long before the federal government and most other states.

Next week: Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington


Speaker April 23, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Imhof on Apr 22, 2014

Meeting of April 23, 2014

Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction

Co-chair Ray Wallace reported that we have many items coming in for the silent auction and there will be lots for people to bid on. However ticket sales are a priority.

We need all members to redouble efforts to get people to the event. Ray suggested inviting Facebook friends who live in the area. Also post interesting items for the auction on the special Facebook page created for the event. click here for the Facebook page

Volunteers are still needed for a number of tasks from cooking help to checkout management.

All members are urged to arrive at Lincoln Middle School by 3pm To help with set-up.



Meeting of April 23, 2014 Hugh Imhof 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Nelson on Dec 03, 2013

Rotary dignitary and his spouse visit the Pullman Rotary Club.





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Posted by Keith Nelson on Jul 14, 2011
Location:  7:00 am @ the Daily Grind, downtown Pullman

Present: Chud Wendle, Tom Gooch, Mick Nazerali, Dennis McConnell, Debi Dockins, Kathleen Warren, Keith Nelson


Board Meeting Minutes - July 15, 2011 Keith Nelson 2011-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Ristow on Jun 21, 2011

Discussion of plans for future fundraising events (Lentil Festival Aug. 19-20, Fun Run in Sept.), membership development plans, & seeking matching grant from the district or the Rotary Foundation for the We Care Solar project.  










Board meeting minutes - June 21, 2011 Sandra Ristow 2011-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Nelson on May 18, 2011

Discussion of club finances, donations to be made to various charities and projects, the new member orientation package, club membership development activities, and potential future fundraising events.

Board meeting minutes - May 17, 2011 Keith Nelson 2011-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Imhof

This week's meeting began with a musical performance by Ray Wallace and the Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction committee. They sang the four way test to the tune of Hank William's “Your Cheatin' Heart.” Then they went on to present a skit with information about the April 26 Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction.

Volunteers are needed in all areas of the event and a sign up sheet has been passed around. We also need more items for the silent auction. Steve Dodgen suggested buying something you yourself would like to have and donate it for the auction. He said he does that and sometimes winds up bidding on it too.





Meeting of April 16, 2014 Hugh Imhof 0
Posted by Hugh Imhof


Doug Young, Washington State University Agriculture Economist



Doug Young has been at WSU since 1976, researching the economics of agriculture. He counts as colleagues several of our retired club members who also specialized in agriculture topics, including Bob Warner, Keith Saxton and Gary Hyde. 

Young discussed various principles of how agriculture prices rise and fall. He said high prices are actually a cure for high prices because they create more supply, thus leading to more competition and lower prices. Low prices lead to price increases since less product is produced thereby creating higher demand and rising prices. Other factors include changing consumer preferences, science and technology developing new products and government intervention.

The current outlook for agriculture prices is impacted by several factors. Grains have been strong in recent years and profitable for farmers. This has increased supplies as growers are plowing more ground and planting more crops. However, Young said, the outlook is for prices to continue to slide because of the principles stated earlier.



Club Business


Auction Items are needed for the upcoming  Rotary Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. All members are urged to solicit donations from area businesses. Debi Dockins has distributed a form that should be given to donors when they contribute something. The donor can fill in the value of the item for tax purposes. Our club non-profit ID is on the form. Sign the and date the form at the bottom. 

Lou Anne reports that she sold all her tickets for the event by attending a Rotary meeting in Colfax. You are all urged to sell or even give away tickets. Members will be billed with  their dues so you should keep the money you collect.

The Spaghetti Feed and Auction will be held April 26 at Lincoln Middle School. Please bring your silent auction items to Sam Dial Jewelers as soon as possible.

The Grand Project committee has begun reviewing the seven area organizations that have submitted applications. They include Community Action Center, Circles of Caring/Adult Day Care, Family Promise, Pullman Youth Baseball; Civic Trust, Gladish Community Center and YMCA. The committee expects to choose recipients next week.

Tom Gooch suggested a new Club Service Project with the American Red Cross. Volunteers are needed when the Bloodmobile comes to town at Sterling Bank. 

Make plans now to attend the District 5080 Conference, May 9-11 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.


Next Week's Speaker: Brett Myers, Whitman County Sheriff


Rotary International History




Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Read more about Rotary history and see a list of notable Rotarians here: 






Doug Young has been at WSU since 1976, researching the economics of agriculture. He counts as colleagues several of our retired club members who also specialized in agriculture topics, including Bob Warner, Keith Saxton and Gary Hyde. 

Young discussed various principles of how agriculture prices rise and fall. He said high prices are actually a cure for high prices because they create more supply, thus leading to more competition and lower prices. Low prices lead to price increases since less product is produced thereby creating higher demand and rising prices. Other factors include changing consumer preferences, science and technology developing new products and government intervention.

The current outlook for agriculture prices is impacted by several factors. Grains have been strong in recent years and profitable for farmers. This has increased supplies as growers are plowing more ground and planting more crops. However, Young said, the outlook is for prices to continue to slide because of the principles stated earlier.





Club Business


Auction Items are needed for the upcoming  Rotary Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. All members are urged to solicit donations from area businesses. Debi Dockins has distributed a form that should be given to donors when they contribute something. The donor can fill in the value of the item for tax purposes. Our club non-profit ID is on the form. Sign the and date the form at the bottom. 

Lou Anne reports that she sold all her tickets for the event by attending a Rotary meeting in Colfax. You are all urged to sell or even give away tickets. Members will be billed with  their dues so you should keep the money you collect.

The Spaghetti Feed and Auction will be held April 26 at Lincoln Middle School. Please bring your silent auction items to Sam Dial Jewelers as soon as possible.


The Grand Project committee has begun reviewing the seven area organizations that have submitted applications. They include Community Action Center, Circles of Caring/Adult Day Care, Family Promise, Pullman Youth Baseball; Civic Trust, Gladish Community Center and YMCA. The committee expects to choose recipients next week.

Tom Gooch suggested a new Club Service Project with the American Red Cross. Volunteers are needed when the Bloodmobile comes to town at Sterling Bank. 


Make plans now to attend the District 5080 Conference, May 9-11 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.


Next Week's Speaker: Brett Myers, Whitman County Sheriff


Rotary International History




Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

Read more about Rotary history and see a list of notable Rotarians here: 





Meeting notes from April 9, 2014 Hugh Imhof 0
Meeting of April 2, 2014 Hugh Imhof 0
Posted by Debi Dockins
The Rotary Leadership Institute is coming to the Pullman/Moscow area beginning October 20th.  Don't know much about RLI?  Neither do I, which is why I'm thinking of attending.  It will teach me more about our club, our district, and what goes on at Rotary International.  Knowledge is power!  For more information, and to join up, check out the District 5080 website to sign up. Let's get a bunch together and have some fun!
Rotary leadership institute (RLI) Debi Dockins 0
Posted by Debi Dockins

Luanne Triolo was several weeks into a challenge to wear her Rotary pin for 60 days straight when she realized she had missed a day.

So the 2009-10 president of the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, Illinois, USA, started all over again to meet the challenge William Ferreira, governor of District 6440, had set before all his club presidents.

"You get used to it. It's something that is really good to do," says Triolo. "Different pins do catch people's eye in different ways."

Many Rotarians are serious about wearing their Rotary pins. Eugene Beil, past governor of District 6950 (Florida, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson, tapped into that dedication recently when he started a discussion thread on RI's official LinkedIn group, asking Rotarians whether they wear their pins every day or just for meetings. The discussion has prompted more than 190 comments.

"I am happy with the feedback," Beil says. "I feel strongly about the value of wearing the pin every day. Whether you are at the grocery store, at work, or anywhere, you never know when a stranger is going to notice and you have an opportunity to explain Rotary to them."

Tony Quinn, governor of District 1200 (England), notes on the LinkedIn thread that Rotarians agree to wear their pins at all times when they are inducted.

"Remember what Past RI President Bob Barth had to say," Quinn notes. "He said that a Rotary pin should say this about the wearer: 'You can rely on me, I am dependable, I am reliable, I give more than I take, and I am available.' I can't think of a better reason to wear it at all time."

Do You Wear Your Rotary Pin Every Day? Debi Dockins 0
Posted by Kathleen Warren

 March 13, 2012

PULLMAN – Two separate Pullman Rotary Club fundraising strategies recently paid off with benefits to the Rotary Foundation’s global polio prevention campaign PolioPlus and a playground enhancement project providing steel benches for a new path around the playground at Sunnyside Elementary School in Pullman.

Grand Project and Gala Results Kathleen Warren 0
Posted by Debi Dockins

Dear Rotary Club of Pullman,


In 2010, I was awarded $500 from the Rotary Club of Pullman Vocational Scholarship Fund.  I was so blessed to receive this money and just wanted to thank you for helping me with funding for my education.


I attended the Medical Technology Education Center for the 2010-2011 school year and recently graduated with a 99% GPA.  I just landed my first medical transcription job and am very thankful that you provided me with this opportunity.


So again, thank you!  I couldn’t have done this without the scholarship.


Palouse, WA


Vocational Scholarship Recipient stays in touch..... Debi Dockins 0
Posted by Debi Dockins

By: Jenna MacPherson, Gritman Junior Volunteer President. For the past three years, the Gritman Junior Volunteers have sponsored a student abroad. The sponsorship allows a child who cannot otherwise afford an education to attend a year of school.

Receiving this information and opportunity through the Rotary Club of Pullman, we chose to sponsor 12-year old Melanie Lorena Medina Lopez, a 7th grade girl, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Coincidentally, I traveled to Tegucigalpa over the summer as a Youth Ambassador sponsored by the U.S. embassy and the CAYA CIED program. I immediately contacted the coordinator of the Rotary Tegucigalpa Market Children Program, and although it is very rare and usually not allowed, he permitted me to see her during my two day stay in her city.

Communicating through him as a middle man, I told her that the only time we could meet was in the evening at my hotel room. Unfortunately it is suicidal to travel in Tegucigalpa at night, so I was informed that a reunion was not possible, but nonetheless I gave the family my contact information and the name of the hotel.

On the second night of my stay, I returned to my hotel long after dark to find a small family huddled on the couch in the bathroom-sized lobby. It suddenly hit me that it was Melanie's family - they had risked their lives to say thank you.

With tears in my eyes, I shook their hands and introduced myself. The father dropped to his knees on the floor and looked up at me humbly saying "Como un padre no tengo palabras suficientes para agradecerte." ("As a father, I don't have sufficient words to say thank you.")


Gritman Junior Volunteer visits Rotary Sponsored Honduras Student Debi Dockins 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Status reports from the Treasurer, Membership committee, Community Service committee, Public Relations committee, Club Service committee, and New Generations committee. Discussion of preparations for the spaghetti feed and silent auction on April 30.
Board meeting minutes 4/19/2011 Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Committee reports from Membership, Community Service, and Club Service committee chairs. Approval of Keith Nelson as new member of the club. Discussion of fundraising projects including the Spaghetti Feed on April 30 and the Lentil Festival in August. Discussion of club meetings starting earlier to allow more time for club business and speakers.
Board meeting minutes 2/15/2011 Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Briefings by the 5 committee chairs on their current plans. Acceptance of Chandima Bandaranayaka as a member of the club. Discussion of the spaghetti dinner fundraiser tentatively planned for Sat. April 30.
Board meeting minutes 1/18/2011 Kurt Weigel 0
PHS Treble Triad singers perform at Rotary Dec. 15 Kurt Weigel 0
Pat Caraher receives award for 40 years in Rotary Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Summary of the club visioning group's Dec. 13 meeting at Keith Saxton's house to recommend the organizational structure and responsibilities of the club's committees in the future. Defined 5 committees to be established: - Membership/Vocational Service - Club Service - Community Service - New Generations Service - Public Relations
Club Visioning followup session 12/13/2010 Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
WSU President Floyd was the guest speaker, and discussed the difficult decisions that have to be made given the budget cuts the legislature is making. The club members discussed the Apple Cup parking on Sat. Dec. 4, the New Year's Eve Gala, and soliciting proposals for the Irv Field Grand Project for Community Enhancement.
Club meeting minutes 12/1/2010 Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Keith Saxton was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow +2 for having contributed over $3000 to the Rotary Foundation at the Pullman Rotary Club meeting on Nov. 17, 2010.
Keith Saxton receives PHF+2 pin Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kathleen Warren
Imaginary letter to Rotary International President describing why Pullman Rotary Club should receive the Distinguished Club Medallion. Lists club accomplishments, organization, and activities in which we are involved to promote the Rotary goals of improving peace and understanding around the world, relieve human suffering, and promote high ethical standards.
Pullman Rotary Club 2015 Vision Kathleen Warren 0
Board meeting minutes - 11/162010 Kurt Weigel 0
Sandra Ristow recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kathleen Warren
Guests: Kate Werner and June Dougherty, WSU Women's Basketball Program Announcements: 1. Parking for WSU Football on Sat. Nov. 6. 2. Club visioning session at Gladish Sat. Nov. 13 3. Chorale concert, Sun. Nov. 14, 4:00pm, St. Boniface Church, Uniontown
November 3 meeting notes Kathleen Warren 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Treasurer's report, plans for fundraising events, contributions to humanitarian projects, plans for DG visit on Oct. 12/13, plans for club visioning session facilitated by District 5080.
Sept. 21 Board meeting minutes Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Presentation by Gary Jenkins, the new Chief of Police for the city of Pullman. Discussion about the Italian Dinner tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2. DG Sandy Wade visit to Pullman on Oct. 12-13.
Sept. 8 Meeting Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Discussion on possible International Project supporting a community center and school in Haiti, possibly in partnership with the Moscow club. Also discussed joint shelter box project with the other Palouse and L-C Valley clubs. DG Sandy Wade visit on Oct. 12-13.
August Board Meeting minutes Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kurt Weigel
Presentations by Pam Lund of the Girl Scout Council and Becky Nelson of Palouse on her Girl Scouting experiences. Upcoming events: Fall Membership and Foundation seminar in Spokane on Sat. Sept. 11 Visit by DG Sandy Wade to the Pullman club on Oct. 12 (Board meeting) and 13 (Club meeting). Possible Rotary Leadership Institute training class in Lewiston, ID on Oct. 16
Minutes of Sept. 1 meeting Kurt Weigel 0
Posted by Kathleen Warren
The Pullman Rotary Board met at the WSU Foundation Board Room. Attending the meeting were: Kurt Weigel, Mike Leinweber, John Brewer, and Kathleen Warren . Tom Gooch submitted a treasurer's report. Currently, there is $8,123 in the checking account.
June 15 Board Meeting Kathleen Warren 0
Posted by Sandra Ristow

The Pullman Rotary Board met Tuesday, May 25, at 5:30 PM at the WSU Foundation conference room. Kaylani Merrill called the meeting to order. On the agenda were the Friendship Exchange with India , the status of the club budget, RYLA applications, fundraising requests and the September 25 Breakfast fundraiser.

May 26 Board Meeting Sandra Ristow 0
Posted by Sandra Ristow
Topics under consideration were the upcoming visit of the Spanish GSE team, the upcoming fund raiser on September 25, a new matching grant opportunity, the treasurer's report, a new technology to facilitate board meetings, the Guatemala Literacy Project, and new members.
April 20 Board Minutes Sandra Ristow 0
Posted by Sandra Ristow

The meeting which was held at the Old Post Office at 6PM was called to order by President Kaylani Merrill . Members present were Kaylani Merrill , Sandra Ristow , Dennis McConnell, Kathleen Warren , John Brewer, and Kurt Weigel.

Posted by Kathleen Warren
Applications are being accepted until April 16 for Pullman Rotary's 30th annual Grand Project award. Up to $2,500 will be available for a project that will benefit the community. Applications are available by download at the club's website: or from any Pullman Rotary Club member. In tribute to the Grand Project initiator, then president of the club Irv Field, the club has renamed the Grand Project the "Irving M. Field Grand Project for Community Enhancement."
Posted by Sandra Ristow
Please see your email for an attachment with the complete minutes of the December Board Meeting. Only the treasurer's report and financial obligations are included below in their entirety.
Countdown to New Years Eve Gala, Merry Cellars Kathleen Warren 0
BOARD MINUTES, NOV 10 OPO Kathleen Warren 0
Posted by Sandra Ristow

Board Minutes - Aug. 4-summary

Wine Tasting DATE: October 10th -- Proceeds to help our obligation to the Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.

International Project -- Board wants proposals for participating in/ inviting collaborators for an international clean water project.

Treasurer's Report Income: $40-$45K/year; expenditures: $42-$47K /year.  Fundraising is a responsibility of the whole club.  We will contribute $2,500 in proceeds from the Italian Dinner to the Pullman Food Bank.  If the treasury allows, it was moved and seconded to provide Gladish $1,000 to top off the Grand Project award for new windows in a pre-school for low-income children.  Suggested members for a new finance committee: Keith Saxton, John Brewer, Steve Roberts (Keith will invite).

Membership drive: -- Current active membership 37. Goal, each current member sponsor one new member in the coming year.

New Committee Structure:  Keith Saxton is leading the development of a new set of committees to strengthen our club and involve more members in club functions and thus strenthen the club's effectiveness and bonding.  Keith and Kaylani will propose a commitee structure and tentatively designate potential members for each committee.

BOARD MINUTES AUG 5-09 Sandra Ristow 0

Applications are being accepted until April 6 for Pullman Rotary's 30th annual Grand Project award.   Up to $2,500 will be available for a project that will benefit the community.

Pullman Rotary introduced the Grand Project concept in 1979 with a commitment from members to contribute quarterly to a fund that will yield at least $1,000, or "one grand" annually for a special community project. Since then, the club has increased the commitment and will apply for matching funds from its parent Rotary District. 
Examples of projects funded as "Grand Projects" include a vision screening machine for the Pullman School District, downtown benches, a dishwasher for the Pullman Senior Center, a sound system for Gladish Auditorium, a defibrillator for Pullman Fire Services, a handicap access ladder for the WSU pool, fencing for the Whitman County Humane Society, and a sensory, handicapped-accessible nature walk for the Palouse Discovery Science Center.

You may download the application form from the Downloads section to the lower right of this page.

Applications should be sent by email to Kathleen Warren, Co-Chair, Pullman Rotary Grand Project -  Or by mail to Box 335/ Pullman, WA 99163.  For more information, call Warren at 432-4912.  Other Pullman Rotary members

Nancy Patterson, a University of Idaho graduate student, recently completed a Rotary International District 5080 Ambassadorial Scholarship in Guatemala. Patterson's research looked at visitors use of communication sources in Tikal National Park. She shared her experience with Pullman Rotary on February 18, 2009

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Posted by Hugh Imhof
Corvallis Rotarian John Stephens visits Pullman to surprise his grandson Josh Pederson by awarding him a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Posted by Wendy Anderson
Duane Brelesford is the owner of Corporate Pointe Developers. His vision for Pullman is to make it a better place to live, play and work by bringing in new businesses to create a self-sufficient town.
February 27th Speaker Duane Brelesford Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson

Our guest speaker for February 20th was Betty Thompson from Community Action. Betty is in charge of down payment assistance programs available from Community Action.


February 20th Speaker Betty Thompson Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson

Jerry Finch, Whitman County Commissioner spoke at our Feb. 2nd Meeting. Mr. Finch is a part of County Commission which consists of  three member boards divided by  districts.  His specific duties are to handle most of the insurance issues for Whitman county.  His focus for the meeting was the new Hawkins project that will begin construction this spring. To read more on this topic please refer to the downloaded files link in the bulletin home page and click on Hawkins Project.


Speaker Jerry Finch, Whitman County Commissioner Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson

Kaylani Merril grew up in Blackfoot, ID and Salt Lake City with four siblings. She began her college education at the age of 16 in Salt Lake majoring in material science engineering.

Kaylani Merrill, Classification Speech Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson
John Brewer announced an opportunity for anyone interested to participate in the Tegucigalpa Market Children Scholarship Program.
Market Children Scholarship Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson

Scott Adams, CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital was our speaker for January 9th. His focus was presenting the idea of a new, upgraded nursing home in Pullman.

New Nursing Home In Pullman? Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson

John Brewer recently attended a Rotary exchange in Cornwall England where he learned of the Shelter Box Organization that provides disaster relief for victims of natural disasters.

Shelter Box Organization Wendy Anderson 0
Grand Project call for proposals announced Kathleen Warren 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson


Laurie received a gift certificate from her son Cody for a Micro loan organization by the name of KIVA. Laurie suggested that we as a group become involved. Micro loans are generally $25.00 and go to help people in third world countries finance a small business of their own. These loans are paid back in installments and in return help borrowers provide for their own families. The default rate on these loans is almost nonexistent. To find out how you can become involved visit .

Micro Loan Opportunity Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Patrick Caraher

Amanda Gould has been named Student of the Month for December by the Pullman Rotary Club. The Pullman High School senior has maintained a 3.9 GPA.

Posted by Wendy Anderson

Sue Ritter and Harold Wilkerson from Habitat for Humanity were the speakers for our November 28th meeting. Habitat for Humanity is a  non-denominational Christian housing ministry that strives to make homelessness unacceptable.

Habitat For Humanity Presentation Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Hugh Imhof

Gates Foundation, Rotary in $200M polio fight effort

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)

In an effort to eradicate polio, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $100 million that will be matched dollar for dollar in the next three years by Rotary International.

The Seattle-based Gates Foundation said the grant is one of the largest challenge grants it's ever given and is the largest grant in the Evanston, Ill.-based Rotary club's 102-year history.

GREAT NEWS Hugh Imhof 0
Vice Provost Lance LeLoup, head of International Programs at WSU was our guest speaker. Dr. LeLoup has been at WSU since 1996. He is the author of more than a dozen books and has extensive international experience.
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Posted by Hugh Imhof

The members of our club have approved a new slate of officers for the coming Rotary year.


  • James Agidius is our new President Elect for 2008 
  • Mick Nazerali will be serving as Vice President, and President Elect for 2009
  • Kaylani Merrill will be taking over as Club Secretary 
  • Tom Gooch will be continuing his dedicated service as Treasurer


Posted by Wendy Anderson

Captain Tim Tate has served in the Military for 22 years. He is a Graduate of  the University of Oregon with a masters degree in Geology / Crops and Soil. He has recently published a book on emails from Iraq and spoke of the dilemma with the Poshtun People of Afghanistan.

Speaker, Captain Tim Tate Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Kathleen Warren

For newcomers and longtime members:  Ever wondered what happens to the $30/ quarter you pay on your Pullman Rotary bills?

Where do our dues go? Kathleen Warren 0
My Definition of "Technical Difficulties" Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson

For our last lunch meeting of the year we were treated to a musical performance by the Trebble Triad.

The girls performed very enjoyable renditions of  many holiday favorites.

 We were visited by Santa Claus as well to add to the cheer and holiday spirit!

Dec. 19th Program Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson
Guests for our September 26th meeting were Guli Nazerelli, Mick's mother who recently returned from Africa and Don and Connie Merry, parents of winemaker Patrick Merry and Kaylani's future in-laws.



Visitors 9/26 Wendy Anderson 0
Posted by Wendy Anderson
The Pullman Rotary welcomed Rick DeBowes the Associate Dean of the WSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Rick explained that the schools goal wasn't just to train good doctors but to train doctors to be great people.
Rick DeBowes, Assoc. Dean of WSU Vet. Med. Wendy Anderson 0

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Four-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.

This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

"Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"



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