Monday, March 5, 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:            
   March 8 - Melissa Luna, Development Director, Ronald McDonald House
   March 15 - Kelly Naumann, Hutton Settlement Children's Home
   March 22 - Jim Patterson speaking on West Plains History
   March 29 - in progress

February 22, 2018 – Thirteen club members plus  5 members of Spokane Valley Kiwanis heard a presentation by Joe Lachnit from Freedom Has a Face.  This is a local organization that focuses on honoring fallen military members and providing financial assistance to families of fallen military personnel.  In 2017 they issued 10 grants to families and their goal is to issue 30 grants in 2018.  Most of their financial support comes from businesses.
 February 15, 2018 – Twelve members attended and the speaker was Chris Cargill from the Washington Policy Center, a conservative think tank.  He spoke about various tax proposals before the legislature ( carbon tax, changes in state taxes for school funding and pay by the mile tax).  He also talked about the proposed Seattle income tax and whether it is legal. 

Clara reported that Betz K-Kids delivered 400 valentines to the Veterans’ Home in Spokane.

 February 8, 2018 – Instead of a morning meeting, we met for our annual Sweetheart dinner.  Eleven members, 9 spouses and the Lieutenant Governor and his wife attended.  Our speaker was Ron Seibold from Stem Cell Solutions Northwest.  He explained how a stem cell transplant resolved constant pain he had for many years and explained that stem cells are  not subject to being rejected by the recipient’s body. 
February 1, 2018 – Rob Roetger, Sean Dotson and Kassidy Probert from Cheney School district spoke to our club about the upcoming replacement educational programs and operation levy election.  They explained that this levy would replace an expiring levy and the new tax rate per thousand (starting in 2019) would be lower than the current levy rate.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 25, 2018 – Delane Titus of Soldier’s Angels spoke to 12 club members.  Soldier’s Angels is a national organization which provides assistance to deployed soldiers, wounded soldiers, soldiers’ families and veterans.  The local chapter partners with various organizations to provide a monthly lunch and entertainment to 30-40 veteran residents of the community living center at the VA hospital complex in Spokane.  They also visit the residents and organize monthly bingo nights.

January 18, 2018 – Our speaker was from Wishing Star, a regional charity that fills wishes for children with possible terminal medical conditions.  They also go beyond the wish to establish and maintain contact with the children’s families to provide support and help to family members.  They have 2 paid staff and their primary fund raiser is Taste of Spokane.  Fourteen members were present.

January 11, 2018 – Chuck Richardson spoke about Paint-a-Helmet, a Kiwanis District program.  The program started in 1997 and is organized by the East Spokane Kiwanis Club.  They give away up to 900 helmets a year – the helmets are plain white and the kids decorate them.  This year it will be on April 21 at the Fairgrounds.    Other organizations including SCOPE and Ronald McDonald house are there to offer information and services. 

Fourteen members attended.  We got information on dinner options for our sweetheart dinner on February 8 at the Marketplace at 5:30pm.  We also learned that Betz K-Kids are preparing valentines to for veteran’s home on the lower south hill. 

January 4, 2018 – Seventeen members were at the meeting.  We did not have a speaker so each person wrote down something we thought other club members did not know about us and we then guessed which member went with which statement.

December 28, 2017 – There was no club meeting.

December 21, 2017 – Thirteen members attended; we didn’t have a speaker so we tried solving some Christmas puzzles.  Several members helped setup the Gifts for Cheney Kids last week.  A community member emailed our club to ask if we did a Christmas yard of the month.  We didn’t have time to organize and promote it for this year but the club and the Cheney Gardeners will consider having a competition next year.

December 14, 2017 – Member Bob Quinn told us about the recent trip he and his wife made to Australia.  Bob also updated us on current weather patterns and forecast for our area.  Betz K-Kids are working on recess buddies and classroom helpers.

December 7, 2017 -  Fifteen members heard a presentation from Mary Reinbold of Transitions in Spokane.  She talked about their current program to build 24 cottages for homeless women and children.  The site will also have a playground and they received a $5,000 grant from Pacific Northwest Kiwanis to help pay for it.  She explained that their program is very structured and seeks to help women with job skills and education and ultimately get them into their own housing. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

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.