Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cheney Kiwanis meets Thursdays at 7am

We meet at the Sessions Village clubhouse at 2229 N 6th Street, in the Cheney Care Center complex.  Turn in at 2229 N. 6th, drive straight through the front parking lot to a stop sign then continue to the parking strips on both sides of the street.  The clubhouse is on the right.  A cafeteria style breakfast is available for $10; coffee, with toast or pastry, is available for $1.

NOTE: We do not meet on holidays and if a Thursday is the day before a holiday, the meeting may be cancelled.  Meeting cancellations will be noted on this site.

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Join us to hear the following speakers:           
          January 11, 2018 - Chuck Richardson will speak about the Paint-a-Helmet division project

         January 18, 2018 - program is still in progress

         January 25, 2018 - program is still in progress

November 30, 2017 – Fifteen members heard a presentation by Chad Karthauser, EWU Associate Athletic  Director for business and finance.  He explained the major financing sources for EWU athletics ( about 30% comes from ticket sales and donations) and said that Roos Field has an official capacity of 8,600 but usual attendance is about 10,000.  Typical media game rights bring in about $40,000 compared to up to $20 million for Pac-12 games. “Money games” bring in larger amounts. Playoff game money goes to NCAA with shares to the teams. 

November 23, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day; no club meeting.

November 16, 2017 – Lori Musgrave of the Marketplace, spoke to 16 members about the upcoming Christmas tree gala.  The Gala will take place at the Marketplace and will feature 7 decorated trees, each with at least several hundred dollars of gifts or certificates.  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each and purchasers can place their tickets in the collection boxes for the trees they would like to win.  Tickets can be purchased from December 1- December 23.  On December 23 there will be a prime rib dinner at the Marketplace and winning tickets will be drawn by Mayor Trulove.
   We also had reports on activities by Betz K-Kids and Cheney High Key Club.

November 9, 2017 – Fifteen members attended along with 6 visitors from the Northeast Kiwanis Club.  Our speakers were Tami Chapman and Catherine Nero Lowery from the Spokane County Library District.  They talked about the various programs at Cheney for kids:  story time for small children; Camp Kaslo during the summer for older kids' partnering with Cheney schools for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and reading buddies programs done with the elementary schools.  Other community programs include:  a seed library (take and plant seeds then harvest seeds at the end of the season to replenish the seed library); promoting small business Saturday at the end of November; access to data bases for business use and grant directories. 

November 2, 2017 – Eighteen members and one guest heard a youth protection guidelines presentation.  This is an annual training that every club should have.  We also discussed issues related to our rest stop fundraising. 
We had a report on our participation in the EWU Harvest Festival: 10 club members, several Key Club members and one former Salnave K-Kids member helped at the event.

We selected Cheney Outreach and Feed Cheney to receive our Quarter Cup donations; Jeri recommended giving the first 7 months to one organization and then 5 months to the second since we have 3 evening meetings in the first 7 months and don’t collect money at them.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

October 26, 2017 – Elsy Lusk who organizes the Christmas gifts for Cheney Kids spoke to us about the program.  This year the set up will be from 7-9pm on December 13 at Wren Pierson building and distribution will be December 14.  Donation boxes will go out at Cheney businesses on November 21 and needy families can sign up starting November 21 at Cheney Outreach (hours are Monday through Wednesday 9am to noon).  Last year 183 kids were served and this included members of several families who had been burned out. 
Coats for Cheney Kids – 369 coats were collected and 134 were handed out at Salnave Elementary.  There was also distribution at Sunset Elementary in Airway Heights and remaining coats will be available at Feed Cheney and then at the Cheney Clothing bank. 

Sixteen members and 2 guests attended the meeting. 

October 19, 2017 – Julie Meadowcroft from Horizon Hospice spoke to 18 members about the signs of caregiver burnout and support that is available for caregivers.  The coats for Cheney kids distributions are happening this week and we collected donations for Cheney Outreach’s Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids.  Kirk Madison gave the schedule for the October 31 Harvest Festival at EWU and members signed up to help set up, operate and take down games at the event.

 October 12, 2017 – There was no morning meeting since we had our officer installation dinner; fifteen members and several spouses attended.  Our officers for 2017-18 are:  President – Margie Lindner, Vice President – Mark Eckerich, Secretary – Jeri Morgan and Treasurer – Roger Hagenbuch.

October 5, 2017 – Member Bob Quinn gave a winter weather prediction (slightly more than normal precipitation, cooler than usual temperatures and strong snowfall in the mountains) and explained the theory of using sunspot activity for weather forecasting, the El Nino and La Nina weather patterns and why weather patterns are different in the Southern hemisphere.  Nineteen members were present. 



Sunday, October 15, 2017

September 28, 2017 – Eighteen members heard a presentation by Suzanne Milton, EWU Dean of Libraries.  She talked about the learning commons that became part of the library in the last few years and how students are being educated to evaluate the authenticity of information they find on the internet. She also spoke about the challenges of changing to electronic journals and how electronic media is offering access to a growing population of EWU students who are not on the Cheney or Spokane campuses. 

September 21, 2017 – EWU psychology professor Russell Kolts spoke about how humans respond to threats and how anger affects how our minds work.  Regarding threats, he brought out that animals size up a potential threat and either react with a threat display if they feel they can control the situation or act submissively if the feel they cannot control the situation.  When the situation is over, the animal recovers rapidly.  After humans face a real or potential threat the recovery process can take hours or days since we tend to replay the situation in our minds and contemplate “what if…” .  With anger, a person narrows their focus on the source of anger and doesn’t look at other actions.  A person is also more likely to blindly follow an authority figure who expresses the anger that person feels.

September 14, 2017 – Fourteen members attended and heard a presentation from incoming Cheney Food Bank director Jerry Stewart.  He explained that most food comes from Second Harvest/Fair Share and a large amount also comes from Grocery rescue which collects short or some outdated food from area grocery stores, Pizza Huts and Starbucks. Additional food is provided by several community food drives.  Financial and residence eligibility for food bank use is handled by Cheney Outreach.  A typical box of food contains 47 pounds of food and the food bank purchases toiletries, toilet paper and laundry soap to provide to their clients.  They receive no federal funding; the city provides free rent and utilities.  The food bank is run by 12 volunteers.

September 7, 2017 – Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane International Airport spoke to 13 club members.  He spoke about federal budget proposals to cut funding for contract weather observers and the possibility of having contract air traffic controllers at Felts Field.  Regarding security, he spoke about the Read ID act and how standard Washington driver’s licenses are not compliant.  A feature coming in 2018 will be a gas station and convenience store located between the connector roads to provide fuel and other items to travelers.

August 31, 2017 – Fourteen members attended and we did not have a formal speaker.  We discussed plans for the upcoming coat drive, the club officer installation dinner and our planned club liaisons to Betz K-Kids and Cheney High Key Club.  Bob Quinn presented information on hurricanes and typhoons that have recently occurred and explained that hurricanes typically do not happen in our area since they develop over warmer water and the northern Pacific water has usually been colder. 

August 24, 2017 – Todd Ableman, Cheney Public works director, spoke to 17 club members.  He explained that the state maintains First Street (SR 904) until the city population exceeds 20,000 then the city would maintain it.  He also spoke about the solid waste plan that is being developed and possible ways to mitigate the water restrictions that have been required during summer in recent years. 

August 17, 2017 – Thirteen members heard a presentation from new EWU head football coach Aaron Best.  He told us that in the last year EWU football coaches visited all but 2 Washington state high schools and also traveled as far away as northern California.  He talked about how prospective players are evaluated and how a typical prospective player’s campus visit is structured.  Final plans for the club’s summer picnic were discussed and we continued to have member sign up for working the September rest stop fundraiser.

August 10, 2017 – Augie Hernandez, assistant EWU athletic director for equipment services spoke to 18 club members.  He explained that he and one other full time employee work with 10-12 student employees to set up practices and insure that needed equipment is available for home and away games.  For football, System Transport has donated the use of a 53 foot truck trailer that is used to haul about 7,000 pounds of equipment.  He uses truck drivers who’ve done the transportation in the past to make the deliveries and set the transportation schedule. Uniforms and some other essential equipment travel with the players.

August 3, 2017 – Fourteen members attended and we did not have a speaker.  We discussed having a club picnic and also a possible fundraiser.  We also had trivia questions related to Cheney history and facts about the month of August.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

July 27, 2017 – Fifteen members attended the meeting.  Chris Grover, running unopposed for Cheney mayor, spoke about his vision for Cheney.  He is focusing on keeping the small town feel of Cheney along with having a vibrant downtown and keeping city government fiscally responsible.  Water availability is currently priority one for him.  The city is issuing a request for proposal to get and outside engineering evaluation of the water system and wells.  The water supply problem is triggered by summer irrigation and possible solutions include expanding reservoir capacity, reclaiming waste water for irrigation and developing a better routine maintenance program.  He was asked about the 50 acre park, which was funded by a grant but has become an eyesore.  The problem is that the parks and recreation maintenance staff have been cut back so the park has not been well maintained. 
Margie reported that 4 club members spent about 45 minutes last week packaging dry dog and cat food for distribution with Meals on Wheels.  She hopes to make this an annual service event.

 July 20, 2017 – Fifteen members and Lt. Governor Marty Phanco heard Mayor Tom Trulove talk about his years of service.  He said he is both the youngest and the oldest person elected to the office.  He reviewed the water situation:  there are 8 wells, one of which is dedicated to irrigation only.  About 80% of housing in the city is multi-family but he doesn’t feel those residences are the reason for the draw down on the water supply.  He also discussed the recent rezoning for the Parkside development near the city pool.  The area had been zoned R3 (multi-family) and the developer was requesting R3H (high density multi-family).  The city felt that they would lose if the issue went to court and agreed to the R3H designation in return for the developer agreeing to install more on-site parking than currently required.

We had a preliminary report on the golf scramble – since the Cheney High athletic director resigned in June there wasn’t any support from school district staff and the level of participation was about one-third of what it was last year.

July 13, 2017 - Dave Reagan spoke about his experiences as an engineer for the local short line railroad.  It is operated by the Eastern Washington Gateway and the state owns the railroad.  He explained that many of its loads are grain that is brought to the Highline grain facility for blending and then shipped to customers in the Pacific Rim.  Each grain car carries the equivalent volume of three semi-trucks, so rail transportation is more efficient.  It takes 6- 8 hours to typically load a full train of wheat; sometimes cars have to be unloaded if the wheat is tested and doesn’t meet the buyer’s specifications.  He said that federal law allows a train to block a road for not more than 15 minutes but that time period starts when the train has stopped moving; if it is moving very slowly the 15 minute time limit has not begun.
Eighteen members attended and discussed plans for a club picnic and for volunteering to package dry pet food for distribution through Meals on Wheels. 

July 6, 2017 -   Fourteen members heard John McCallum, editor of the Cheney Free Press, talk about the challenges the paper is facing.  Most of their revenue comes from display ads, classified ads and legal notices.  Many of these have dropped off because there are no-cost alternatives on the internet.  There are also about 2400-2500 subscribers to the Free Press.  They have to be careful to separate editorial and news content from advertising to avoid appearance that advertisers are influencing the newspaper reporting.  John explained that the parent company also publishes the Spokane Valley Herald, Davenport Times and Ritzville Adams County Journal.  Al Stover, who has been at the Free Press for several years will relocate to Ritzville to fill a vacant reporter position there.  That means there will be only 2 full time editorial staff and one intern at the Free Press.  They may have to rely on free lancers to help cover community news and may ask community organizations to submit information on their events.  He was asked why the Free Press does not have any marijuana ads – it cannot publish them because the paper is distributed by US mail and marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law.

Friday, July 14, 2017

June 29, 2017 - Guest speaker Josh Potter spoke on what you might be missing by not letting your kid play youth football (for 10-12 year olds).  He coaches youth football and talked about the life lessons that youth football offers:
  •    engaging in new and  uncomfortable activities:  running into another person is counter-intuitive; the sooner they learn how to deal with being uncomfortable the sooner they can have fun
  • he treats 5 day a week practices as 'work' and the game as 'payday' - this mirrors the work world.
  • the first month of practices is like going to school - there is a lot to learn, the kids need to be stretched to grow and then have fun
  • it is more inclusive than other sports - it takes 20-22 kids to have a team and this means that a broader variety of backgrounds are represented.  A participant does not have to be from the 'right" family or have the 'right' physical characteristics to be on the team.
Concern about concussions - Concussion rate is very low and coaches receive extensive training on how to recognize symptoms and proper follow up.  Helmets are primarily designed to prevent skull fracture and building neck strength and knowing how to safely tackle are the main ways to reduce concussions.

Anna Payne, our scholarship recipient, spoke about her involvement with Key Club and her education plans when she attends the University of Washington.  Her mother also attended the meeting.  Sixteen members attended the meeting.

Club business:

   Rodeo parade cotton candy sale on July 8- the machine will be set up around 9:30am and sale will be from 10am until about 11:30 when the parade starts.
    Blackhawk/Kiwanis golf scramble on July 16 at 8am - fee is $75 for round of golf, cart use, lunch and chance to win prizes.
    Looking for a treasurer for 2017-18:  probably involves about 1-2 hours of effort a month to track incoming money and money paid out and update the budget. 

June 22, 2017 - We didn't have a formal speaker; member Bob Quinn spoke about the weather.  An El Nino is developing but is not very strong.  The entire North Pacific is warming up and that may generate some thunderstorms.   He expects summer to be warm but not blazing hot.  A question was asked about people surviving lightening strikes.  Strikes are the highest mortality weather event and lightening bolt temperature is about 50,000 degrees.  About 90% of people 'struck' by lightening survive - this is because most people are not directly struck but are very near the strike.  Of the people directly struck, about 50% survive because the are struck by a smaller branch off of the main lightening bolt.  Trees that are struck are heavily damaged since they are mostly water and the water expands and vaporizes due to the heat of the lightening bolt.  Fifteen members and one guest attended.

Club business:
     At Betz Elementary recognition event, Clara and Paul were recognized for being the Kiwanis K-Kids liaisons.
     Pat donated $41 to our scholarship fund in recognition of his 41st wedding anniversary.

June 15, 2017 - Member Bob Quinn was our scheduled speaker.  He explained that when there is an El Nino winter about 50% of the time the storm track splits around us and we have a dryer than usual winter.  Most of the rest of the time we may have a warmer and wetter winter due to being on the edge of the storm track.  HE said that short term forecasting (up to 10 days) is becoming more accurate but beyond 10 days the forecasts are still not very accurate.  He discussed global warming:  it exists but it isn't certain how much man has contributed to its development.  Levels of carbon dioxide, which holds in infrared heat, have doubled since 1900.  Fossil fuels are a source as are natural causes such as vegetation decay.  Fifteen members and one guest attended.

Club business:
     Roger reported that Cheney Outreach hasn't received their usual level of donations and have had to cut back on assistance provided to needy residents.  Outreach provides up to $100 to assist with rent and utility bills, provides bus passes and pool passes among other assistance.  The club has a donation budgeted and Jeri will find out if it has been paid.
     Golf Scramble - attendance and donations may be down since the athletic director left.

June 8, 2017 - Sixteen members attended and we did not have a scheduled speaker.  We continued with members sharing their personal histories, including when they came to Cheney and why.  Rande talked about his time in the military and about the ongoing development of Camp Comia.  Carl talked about growing up in South Dakota and how he came to Spokane after working in Sheridan Wyoming.  Jeri talked about growing up in western Washington, coming to eastern Washington to go to college and then coming to Cheney when she got at job at EWU.  Sixteen members attended.

Club business:
     Krista Delaney will return as Key Club staff advisor next year.

June 1, 2017 - Members Gary Shamblin and Tom Whitfield provided a concert of county and old time rock and roll music.  Seventeen members attended.


May 25, 2017 - We were unable to schedule a guest speaker. Club member Kirk Madison gave an impromptu presentation on shrimping on Hood Canal.  He explained that shrimping is only allowed for 4 days a year, for 4 hours on each day and the limit is 80 per person per day.  Their shrimp trap was bated with a combination of wet cat food, oysters and oyster juice.  Traps are set out about 100-150 feet from shore, about 40-60 feet apart and about 220-250 feet deep.  They are marked with buoys and left in place for about one to one and a half hours.  Twelve members attended.

Club business:
     Betz K-Kids trunk sale was cancelled due to rain; on May 26 they will have a participation celebration and then will be recognized on June 16 at an end of the year event.
     Care Center flower planting, part 2 will be this Saturday at 9am.  Five members plan to attend.
     The Blackhawk/Kiwanis golf scramble is July 16 at 8am.  Tom and Mark are soliciting sponsors and prizes.

May 18, 2017- Dustin Flock, recently selected as a Fire District 3 division chief, spoke to us.  The district was started in 1945, covers 565 square miles and also handles medical and wildlife events.  There are 125 personnel and 45-50 apparatus in the district.  In 2016 they handled 1,517 calls and  expect to handle over 1,600 calls in 2017.  The highest call volume is at Four Lakes due to SR 904 and I-90.  A ladder truck is being added to this station due to increased industrial plant development in the area. Average response time is 14 minutes which includes time to go from volunteers' homes to station to event.  Recruit training happens year round:  about 120 hours of structure fire training happens in fall, wild land fire training is in spring and about 60 hours of emergency medical responder training (EMS) happens in winter.  The EMS training prepares recruits for a national test.  If they pass the test EMT training and certification is the next level.  Eighteen members attended.

Club business: 
     Betz K-Kids will have a trunk sale this Saturday.  Money raised goes to Second Harvest; unsold items go to Goodwill.
     Care Center flower planting will be at 10am and will be followed at 11:30 with pizza party for the assisted living residents who put candies into plastic eggs for the egg hunt.  Daisy scouts and mothers will also join in both activities.

May 11, 2017 - Mike Flansaas from the Christian Motorcycle Association spoke about the organization and its international efforts to spread Christianity.  They just finished holding their Run for the Son ride to raise money to provide transportation to missionaries.  Provided transportation has included motorcycles, bicycles, boats and camels.  The organization began in 1975 and is present in all 50 US states and 18 foreign countries.  Eighteen members attended.

Club business:
   We have received the applications for our scholarship.  Roger and Vonice will review and select the winner; Carl will make the presentation.
   Margie asked for club volunteers to work on July 20 packaging dry pet food to be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients.  Five members volunteered.

May 4, 2017 - Mike Doggett, the after care director at Union Gospel Mission (UGM) spoke to us about the after care program.  UGM has a 18 month addiction recovery program and then after care is available for life.  Nationwide, 65% of recovery participants relapse within 3 years; if a participant does not relapse in 3 years they have a good chance of staying addiction free; if they go 5 years without relapse they will probably stay addiction free for life.  After care also includes help in getting GEDs and vocational education; seminars on how to be a good employee and about 110 businesses offer practicums for participants to get experience.  About 65% of practicum participants are hired by those businesses.  Sixteen members attended.

Club business:
     Special Olympics lunch packing will be this Saturday starting at 7:30am.  EWU women's soccer team will help pack.  Club members will lead the packing and help set up on Friday morning.
     Mayfest, May 13 - Kiwanis will have an information table and silent auction for 2 - $50 restaurant gift cards.  Tom and Mark will work the table from 9-2.