What's the Future of the Energy Situation?

Dr.'s John Shanahan, Ken Kok and Wanda Munn are retired nuclear energy experts.  They share their thoughts about energy and how nuclear energy should be an active participant in the energy mix.
 
The video was recorded during a Zoom presentation and three presenters were in three different locations.  The video runs about 41 minutes.
 
 
 
 
What's the Future of the Energy Situation? Don Havre 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Dan Newhouse Congressional Review Don Havre 2020-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Dr. Traci Pierce Kennewick School District Don Havre 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Cigdem Capan 

Cigdem was our speaker via Zoom today.  She is an expert on Turkey and today discussed the political, economic and religious considerations.
 
 
Dr. Cigdem Capan 2020-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Matt Boehnke

 
Matt Boehnke is a Washington State Legislator representing the 8th Legislative District.  He discusses the upcoming session.
Matt Boehnke Don H 2020-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Dr. Sandra Haynes Chancellor WSU TC Don Havre 2020-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Three Rivers Community Foundation

 
Abbey Cameron was our guest speaker today and she provided an overview of Three Rivers Community Foundation.  The foundation does a great job of supporting the community.   Last year it processed 26 grant applications for a value of $83,000.  Since 2004 it has processed grants to the community in excess of 5.2M. 
The video is approximately 30 minutes with a question and answer session.  
Three Rivers Community Foundation Don Havre 2020-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Jordan Chaney Part II Don H 2020-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

Poet Jordan Chaney

Jordan Chaney was our guest speaker and he gave a riveting presentation about life in the Tri-Cities as viewed by a black man. Normally our guest speakers have 30 minutes to present.  Today's meeting lasted 90 minutes; therefore, the video presentation is part 1 of 2 videos.   The second video will follow.  Jordan discussed Black Lives Matters.
 
Poet Jordan Chaney Don Havre 2020-07-22 07:00:00Z 0
Justice Steven Gonzalez  Don Havre 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Columbia Basin Consulting Group

 
William Stokes, President of Columbia Basin Consulting Group, was our guest speaker today via Zoom.  His company has two major projects.  One is the Advanced Heavy Metal Cooled, Fast, Module Reactor Plant Concept.  This small reactor is both safe and economical.  The company is self funded; however he is seeking grants to continue its work.  The second is the battery project that has been briefed by our own Thurman.  This project is not controversial and could be marketed within one year. The company is trying to maintain its operations within Washington State.
Columbia Basin Consulting Group Don Havre 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

We Have a New Prez 2020-2021

We have a new Prez effective July 1st, 2020.  Sara Schwan will be taking the gavel.  Pictured is Sara giving the oath to her new Board.
 
We Have a New Prez 2020-2021 Don Havre 2020-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

Columbia Riverkeepers

Brett Vandenhauser was our guest speaker today.  He provided an overview of the ecological challenges facing the Columbia River and especially the salmon runs.  The video provides his argument for removing the Snake River Dams.
 
 
Columbia Riverkeepers Don Havre 2020-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Howard's Year in Review Don Havre 2020-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Richard Sylla Financial Historian and Economist
 

Dr. Richard Sylla was our guest speaker today via Zoom.  He is a well known Financial Historian and Economist.  He discussed three crisis the United States has previously experienced.  The Pandemic of 1918-1920, the Great Depression and World War II were reviewed  
 
 
Dr. Richard Sylla Financial Historian and Economist  Don Havre 2020-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Kurt Miller NW River Partners

Kurt took a complex subject and make it easy to follow.  If you don't understand River Temperature Regulation, TMDL, NPDES, 401 WQC and the TMDL Conclusion, this video will make the subject clear.
 
 
Kurt Miller NW River Partners Don Havre 2020-06-03 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Mark Gibson Economist WSU

 
Today's guest speaker was Dr. Mark Gibson, WSU.   He is an expert on fiscal, monetary and public health policies.  
 
Dr. Mark Gibson Economist WSU Don Havre 2020-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Landry and the LIGO Story

Dr. Landry was our guest speaker today via Zoom.  His presentation included a brief description of 56 different candidate wave events during the year ending on March 27, 2020.  A new educational facility is being built and the public will be invited once completed.
Dr. Landry and the LIGO Story Don Havre 2020-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

All About Energy by John Shanahan

John Shanahan, PhD Engineering,  was our guest speaker this week via Zoom.  His visual slides are presented here.  His organizations website is www.AllAboutEnergy.net  The organizaton's goal is public education and the importance of energy and especially nuclear energy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
All About Energy by John Shanahan Don Havre 2020-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Kris Does Housekeeping

Kris Troyer has been safekeeping supplies in her home for months.  Thursday, May 7th, PK Volunteers filled 100 bags for donation.  The recipient of these bags are Impact Compassion, SARC, My Friend’s Place and Domestic Violence.  Our hats are off to Kris for organizing this project.  Pictured are Joe, Kitty, Kris and Howard. 
Kris Does Housekeeping Don H 2020-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Gail Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Gail Greager of PK Rotary was our speaker this week.  Unfortunately the Zoom presentation did not record the audio.   However, on the positive side the video portion was recorded for YouTube and a copy of the video is shown here.
 
 
 
Gail Diving in the Galapagos Islands Don H 2020-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
John Clement Photography Guest Speaker Don H 2020-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
US Census First Zoom PK General Meeting Don H 2020-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
First Meeting via Zoom Wednesday April 15th Noon Don H 2020-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
No Meetings April 2020 Don H 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
No Meetings March 2020 2020-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

YMCA

Steve Howland, PK member, provided an overview of the Tri-Cities YMCA.  The YMCA is focused on the needs of the community it serves.  All are not the same.  In the Tri-Cities the organization was rebuilt as a non-facility organization in 1983.  Even though it has this designation, the organization has three buildings: the Admin, Kennewick Y and the Pasco Y.  The Pasco Y works out of the Martin Luther King Center and does a tremendous job of supporting youth in the community.   Among the programs are youth sports, learning centers and LEGO Robotics.  The Pasco soccer teams playing level is well advanced and is a springboard for scholarships.
YMCA Don H 2020-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

Snake River Dam

 
Todd Myers, Director, Center for the Environment, Washington Policy Center, was our guest speaker this week.  His topic breaching the Snake River Dam. Fifty scientists are strongly in favor of removing the dam.  When the group is reviewed, some activists and not scientists are group members.  A 2003 Model published by the Environmental Protection Agency is used as justification.  When one questions the validity of the model, answers seem to be lacking.  When the model statistics are reviewed, the model appears not to be accurate.  A very recent study by the Army Corps of Engineers indicates the dam should not be removed.  There is definitely a variance between the two models.  The cost to remove the dam is estimated at one billion and consumer electricity costs would increase 1/2 billion annually.   The budget for Salmon Recovery is $50 million annually. 
Snake River Dam Don Havre 2020-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

The Project Idea

 
The IDEA Project was started by Allison Bureau, the mother of a child with special needs. When her son, Wyatt, started elementary school, he used a tablet computer to help him communicate. After witnessing the other students' confusion as to how to include Wyatt, Allison asked to come talk to Wyatt's class about his differences. She spoke to students about differences and different abilities, showed a video of Wyatt doing things the other students might not think he could do, and led an activity that simulated what it is like to have speech difficulties. After observing the students' improved understanding of Wyatt and his difficulties with speech, she decided to create a disability awareness program.
Pasco Kennewick Rotary brought “The Idea Project” to elementary schools in the Tri-Cities last year.  This week PK Rotary sponsored the Project at Hawthorne Elementary School in Kennewick.  Club volunteers supervised the six project stations assisting students so that they have a better understanding of the challenges and needs of disabled students. 
The Project Idea Don H 2020-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Short People

 
Dr. “Nik” Warnarachue of our club gave a presentation on “Too Short”.  In essence the presentation focused on short people and medically why they are.  The famous General Tom Thumb, 1838-1883, was perhaps one of the most famous short people.  He was adopted by P.T. Barnum and worked the circus his adult life. Throughout history other famous short people were identified.  Conversely others were very tall including Abraham Lincoln who was 6’4”.  
Nik identified five causes of short people and associated treatments. It was not until 1954 growth hormone treatment were provided.
Short People Don H 2020-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Peace Initiative

 
Bill Dunwoody of Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary was our guest speaker today.  His presentation was the Rotary International Peace Initiative and a goal to recruit members from Zone 10, Tri-Cities to Walla Walla, as members of the Zone’s Peace Initiative Committee.  Peace building is the broad range of measures impacting upon the emerging, current and past conflict situations.  In essence, its the peace measurement of an area. Bill provided the Rotary’s history as it pertains to “peace”.   Our goal is to have “positive peace”.   Those interested in joining his committee are encouraged to contact him directly. 
Rotary International Peace Initiative Don H 2020-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

John Clement Landscape Photograher

 
Our own John Clement was the speaker this week.  He presented photographs with a personal story about the events that surrounded each photo.  John is internationally famous for his landscape photography and his work is found in many businesses.  He frequently starts his morning journey’s well before sunrise so that he is able to catch the sun’s golden rays.  Since his presentation was in such demand, he is returning with more photos and stories.
John Clement Landscape Photograher Don H 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Tri-Cities Quilting Guild

Sharon Clement and Laurel Sutton, president,  were our guest speakers this week.  The topic was the Quilting Guide and its support to the community.  The Guide has three goals which are  education, creating art and enjoying members contributions.  The presentation gave an overview of the quilt parts including the top, batting, backing and binding.  The sewing methods are either by hand or machine.  The long arm machines can cost over $20,000.
 
There are many friendship groups associated with the Guild; and the Guide donates over 400 quilts annually.
 
Members gather monthly on the 3rd Mondays  at Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd, Richland WA  in The Inn. The AM meeting begins with social time at 10:00, agenda at 10:30.The PM meeting begins with social time at 6:30, agenda at 7:00. 
Tri-Cities Quilting Guild Don Havre 2020-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

The Amazing Shake

 
Pasco Kennewick Rotary participated in the Hawthorne Elementary Amazing Shake Program.  Shown is Steve Howland.
The Amazing Shake is a competition that places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct. Prior to the competition, students learn the nuances of professional human interaction as they are taught skills such as how to give a proper handshake, how to “work a room,” how to give a successful interview, and how to remain composed under pressure. The goal is to prepare our students so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today as well as those that will come in the future.
The Amazing Shake Don H 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

How the Eyes Function

Our own Dr. Gerald (Gerry) Wadtli was our speaker today.  He provided an overview how the eye functions and vision issues.   Among his stories was Luis, the son of a restaurant owner. Luis’s father requested that doctors evaluate his son who was not scheduled to be seen.  Gerry took Luis to the clinic and diagnosis was anisometropia.   Gerry had a special pair of children’s glasses taped to his wall which fit Luis almost perfectly.  Follow-up instructions were provided and Gerry saw Luis a year.  Today Luis is able  to live a normal life.   Gerry recommends all infants be seen at the age of six months.
How the Eyes Function Don H 2020-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

DG Bob Quay's Visit

 
Bob Quay, our District Governor, was our speaker today.  He’s not a stranger to our club since he has visited many times in past years.  As part of his presentation, he mentioned the four major areas of Rotary International emphasis.  The first is to grow Rotary through service, projects and membership.  Secondly families should always be the first priority one should not have to choose between family and Rotary.  Third, we should have a viable path to Rotary leadership and Fourth we need to strengthen our relationship to the United Nations.
DG Bob Quay's Visit Don H 2020-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Families in Need

 
Every year PK Rotary supports families in need during the holidays.  The Resource Center at Columbia Basin College provided the names this year.
Families in Need Don H 2019-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

Magnetic Properties of Actinides

 
Dr. Cigdem Capan,  physics professor WSU, explained her research with PNNL reference the magnetic properties of actinides.   She informed our club that the Elements Table is now a 150 years old.  Actinides are complex in that they are radio active, show various oxidation levels and  the configuration is often changing. She explained concept of nuclear magnetic resonance. Several nobel prizes have been awarded in this field.
Magnetic Properties of Actinides Don H 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition

 
Michele Gerber, Ph.D., President of the Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition, was our guest speaker this week.  She gave her personal experiences with two children affected by addiction.   Her son is deceased and her daughter is in the recovery stage.  
We seemed to be wired differently in that some can become addicted within three days of receiving medication while others apparently have greater resistance.  Addiction is a brain disease in that it changes the brain’s ability to process thoughts. The Tri-Cities is the only major metropolitan area in Washington State without a facility to treat those with addictions.  We desperately need detox, impatient and diversion centers.  Funding is the obstacle.  
The coalition can be reached at www.509recovery.org and 509recovery@gmail.com
 
Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition Don H 2019-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Salvation Army

Posted by Don H on Dec 08, 2019
 
PK Rotarians rang the bells on Saturday at Fred Meyer in Kennewick .  The Army provided the Rotary aprons for the event.  Frank is shown ringing the bell with just the right amount of finesse.  Frank will be giving bell ringing lessons for next year's volunteers.
Supporting the Salvation Army Don H 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Matthew Boehnke, WA State Representative

Posted by Don H on Dec 04, 2019
 
Matthew Boehnke, WA State Representative, was our guest speaker this week.  He has been serving as State Representative for 11 months.  He provided an overview the State’s budget and priorities. The State had a four billion dollar surplus and it was goal to save these monies for a “rainy day”.  Among his priorities are affordable transportation and supporting veterans.  The State will collect more taxes ($5.4B) through increased taxation.  He is aware of the forthcoming energy shortage and supports small nuclear reactors as a means to satisfy the demand. 
Matthew Boehnke, WA State Representative Don H 2019-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Energy Shortage 2022??

Posted by Don H on Nov 13, 2019
 
Commissioner Lori Sanders, Benton PUD and Member of the Board of Energy Northwest, returned to PK Rotary this week.  She states our energy crisis started during 2004.  February and March of last year the PUD was 6.5m over budget.  From 2018 to 2021 we are shutting down coal plants.  What follows is that during 2022, we expect to have an electricity shortage. By 2024 the State is to be 100% renewable.  Part of the answers appears to be the construction of 12 nuclear plants of 7-10 modules each.  Presently nothing is under construction.   
Energy Shortage 2022?? Don H 2019-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

Tri-City Animal Shelter

Posted by Don H on Nov 12, 2019
 
Saturday PK Rotary continued its tradition of assisting the community.  Cigdem, Kris and Don worked at the Shelter.  It wasn't high skill level work which consisted of washing bowls, laundry and store room activities.   The Shelter does an excellent job of keeping the animals healthy and ready for adoption.
Tri-City Animal Shelter Don H 2019-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Honorable Superior Court Judge Samuel Swanberg

 
Judge Samuel Swanberg gave an overview of his duties as a Superior Court Judge.  His court hears both civil and criminal law matters.  Following 25 years as a private attorney, he was appointed to the position by the Washington State Governor.  He emphasized the importance of both personal and judicial conduct for those serving in judgeship positions.  Having a decision overridden by review court is considered a record blemish. 
Honorable Superior Court Judge Samuel Swanberg Don H 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Kris Troyer Super Star

 
During the Rotary District Foundation Dinner in Spokane last week, Kris Troyer was recognized for her outstanding financial support to the Rotary Foundation.  Kris is a Triple Crown Donor which means she is (1) a major donor $10,000, (2) a member of the Bequest Society (commitment of $10,000) after death and (3) a member of the Paul Harris Society which means she donates $1,000 to the Foundation annually.
 
In addition Kris became a Major Donor Level II ($25,000+)
 
Thank you Kris for your generous support to the Rotary Foundation!
Kris Troyer Super Star Don H 2019-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

Millimeters to Atoms

 
Bruce Arey from Battelle was our speaker this week.  His presentation was “Millimeters to Atoms”  During Bruce’s 37 years at Battelle, the microscope technology is constantly improving.  He gave an overview of optical, scanning and transmission microscopes.  The scanning microscope is mostly used at the lab and costs range from $500K to $10M.  Biological, Geological and Material Sciences comprise the majority it the Lab’s work.  Professional papers are the primary products based on the research.  
Millimeters to Atoms Don H 2019-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Don H on Oct 23, 2019
 
Kris was our speaker this week and her topic was the The Rotary Foundation.   She provided an overview of the Annual, Polio Plus and the Endowment Funds.  An advantage of the Annual Funds is that 50% is returned to the District after three years. The Polio Plus fund has an advantage of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matching $2 for every $1 invested. In addition to The Rotary Foundation, Pasco Kennewick Rotary also has a Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation Don H 2019-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Childcare Center in Bamako, Mali Don H 2019-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Posted by Don H on Oct 10, 2019
 
Mr. Pat Oshie, member of the Washington State Northwest Power and Conservation Council, gave an overview of Council duties and the state of energy.  The Act forming the Council requires the development of a fish and wildlife program and a power plan.  The plan is nearing completion and should be available by 2021.  The State resource plan follows State guidelines and is cost effective and reliable.  The priorities are conservation, renewable energy, co-generation and all other resources.  Coal plants are closing not because of regulations, but because they can’t compete with natural gas production. Simply stated natural gas is cheaper than coal. 
Northwest Power and Conservation Council Don H 2019-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Race 2019 Don H 2019-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

Increased Temperatures

 
Dr. Kristine Ebi, Professor of Climate Science at U of Washington, discussed the threats associated with increased temperatures.  During a changing climate there are increased health risks. Rising shorelines are flooding hospitals and emergency care centers.   Flooding has a direct impact upon mental health.  Increased temperatures are causing more deaths. Vehicles are the primary source of rising emissions.  If more rode bicycles, we would have a cleaner environment.  For example, if those living in New Zealand changed 5% of their short trips to bicycles, twenty two million liters of fuel would be saved.  Additional, approximately 116 deaths  would not occur because of increased physical activity.
Increased Temperatures Don H 2019-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
PK Rotary Social September 2019 Don H 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

More High Level Waste Discussion

Posted by Don H on Sep 18, 2019
 
Pam Brown-Larsen, Executive Director of the Hanford Communities, clarified the Mayor of Richland’s position reference Hanford waste.  The State’s position is based upon the definition of where the material came from.  The DOE’s position is based upon what it is.    We have finite funding and must look at alternatives to the vitrification process.  Surry is one alternative.  A fresh look is needed.  Basically, the Department of Ecology seems not to be supportive of DOE’s waste management alternatives.
More High Level Waste Discussion Don H 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

No Guest Speaker this Week

Posted by Don H on Sep 13, 2019
The guest speaker for this week was held up in court.  Linda Bauer, Assistant District Governor, shared her messages with the Club.
 
No Guest Speaker this Week Don H 2019-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Hanford High Level Waste

Posted by Don H on Sep 05, 2019
 
Alex Smith, Department of Ecology, gave a presentation on the Hanford materials.  She provided a definition and High Level Waste (HLW) and the history of plans for the Hanford tanks.  Fifty-nine percent of the Nation’s HLW is found at the Hanford Area.  The Department of Energy is proposing alternate pathways to eliminate HLW based upon the expense of present plans.  Alex indicated that Washington State supports DOE findings on more cost effective solutions to HLW treatment and disposal across the complex.  However, Washington State does not want solutions to come at the expense of long-term protection of health and the environment.  
Alex’s presentation does not seem to agree with the City of Richland’s mayor.  Perhaps it’s in the definition of long-term protection?
Hanford High Level Waste Don H 2019-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Elephant Ear Booth 2019 Don H 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

PTSD

 
Our own Kat Lawrence was our speaker this week.  Her topic was PTSD and its history. It was first recognized during 1678 and was referred to as Soldiers Heart by 1871.  Often referred to as Battle Shock, Emotional Disorder and Battle Fatigue.  Little was known about the condition until the 1980’s.  Kat identified the symptoms and treatments.  If you know of anyone who has signs of PTSD, help them get help.
PTSD Don H 2019-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

AJ's RYLA Story

AJ Templeton was our guest speaker today.  He told his Rotary RYLA story and the week was a life changing experience.  He reviewed the three major lessons and how they impacted upon him.  The lessons being Self Discovery, Limitless Opportunities and a Personal Mission Statement.   Today he believes that he is more positive, goal oriented and productive.  Our hats are off to the staff of this wonderful event. Well done!!
AJ's RYLA Story Don H 2019-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Port of Pasco

 
Jean Rychman, a past member of Pasco Kennewick Rotary and presently a Port of Pasco Commissioner, was our guest speaker this week.  Jean provided an overview of port functions and responsibilities.  The Board determines the what is to be done and the administrators determine how to accomplish responsibilities.  Especially interesting to me were the Redevelopment and Recreation activities. 
Port of Pasco Don H 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Kennewick All Stars

 
Last week at Rotary we had a surprise visit from members of the Kennewick American 10u All Star Baseball Team and their parent leaders.  They have secured a spot in the 2019 Cal Ripken World Series being held in Phenix City, Alabama July 31-Aug 8 2019.  They were requesting money assistance to help with their expenses to travel there.  Mrs.  Doherty presented the information and there were handouts at each table.   The  Club contributed $500 towards their expenses.
Kennewick All Stars Don H 2019-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Richland Mayor's Views on Hanford

 
Robert Thompson, Richland Mayor, provided his views on the Hanford cleanup efforts.  He believes that faster, cheaper, and out of here should be the goal.  Presently he trusts DOE over Washington State’s efforts to clean the site.  His opinion is based primarily on the efforts should be directed at what’s presently in the tanks and not what used to be in the tanks.  There is simply not enough money to follow Washington State’s plan.  It’s based upon a never ending supply of financing. He believes the present effort puts the community at risk.  If science and money are not priorities, it must be politics.  He goes on to state that Washington State’s position is based upon magical thinking.
Richland Mayor's Views on Hanford Don H 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
We Gotta a New Prez Don H 2019-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Future of Columbia and Snake Rivers

 
Dr. Darrell Olsen, Board Representative Columbia Snake River Irrigators Association, provided an update on three potential future paths for the Rivers ESA BiOp-EIS Litigation.   Essentially Dr. Olsen  believes that the three potential options are (1) the federal judge accepts improved science, (2)  he rejects the latest science and (3) WA-DC Administration Affirms ESA Exemption for the Hydro System .  He believes option one has a low probability whereas options two and three probabilities rated as high.  He believes it’s no longer about fish, but the desire to be disruptive.   According to Dr. Olsen, Judge Simon should be considered an activist judge.
Future of Columbia and Snake Rivers Don H 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

PK Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Don H on Jul 03, 2019
 
Flavien Sawadogo was recognized as the Pasco Kennewick Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019.   Flavien’s contributions in all club activities must be commended.  As the Director for International Service, he has established programs that are in keeping with the highest ideals of Rotary International.  Please join me in congratulating Flavien for setting such a high standard. 
PK Rotarian of the Year Don H 2019-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

No Club Meeting July 3rd

Posted on Jul 03, 2019
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There will be not Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club Meeting on July 3rd.  
Please have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!
No Club Meeting July 3rd Steve Howland 2019-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Installation Dinner 2019 Don H 2019-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

 
Nick Barilo, Director of the Center for Hydrogen Safety, gave an overview of the present and future uses Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFC). Presently they are used to power over 25,000 fork lifts in the US.  Real world applications include trucking, buses, back-up power, planes, trains and city power. With 29% of our energy devoted to transportation, there is a ripe market for HFC.  Presently delivery parcel trucks are operating in California and New York using HFC's.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells Don H 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

Green New Deal

Posted by Don H on Jun 06, 2019
 
Dr. James Conca, gave another informative presentation this week.  His topic was “Achieve Green New Deal.”   His solution to achieve a better environment is to use a three prong approach.  First stop building new fossil fuel plants; Second stop closing nuclear plants; and Third build more wind turbines in strategic locations such as “Tornado Alley”.   He is a strong proponent of building Small Modular Reactors (SMR) as fast as possible.  They are extremely safe and productive. The first generation of SMR’s will be built in Idaho.
Green New Deal Don H 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Sex Trafficking

Posted by Don H on May 29, 2019
Sean Levesque was our guest speaker this week.  He had a very sobering message dealing with slavery.  He gave us a typical model how a young girl with low self-esteem can be tricked into sex trafficking.  Young girls can appear normal during the day however, they maybe working the sex industry at night.  Often, they do it because of coercion.  Go to his website of www.love2hope.com for additional information. As a side note Sean and his family have been traveling in a 5th wheel for two years to spread the message.
 
Sex Trafficking Don H 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

John Goldsbury Award 2019

 
This year’s recipients of the John Goldsbury Award are Detective Jesse Romero (City of Pasco) and Officer Jeremy Taylor (City of Kennewick).  Officers receive a small stipend and $500 is donated in their names to the charity of choice.  If you know these officers, please congratulate and thank them for service to our community.
 
John Goldsbury Award 2019 Don H 2019-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Oxycontin Problem

Posted by Don H on May 15, 2019
 
Judge Bruce Spanner and Attorney Bill Davis were our guest speakers today.  They gave a very informative presentation concerning the “opioid epidemic”.  Purdue Pharma has been sued by Washington State and others.  During December 2017 a Multi-District Court consolidated over 200 lawsuits.  It’s alleged that the company did not properly inform physicians of the potential impact of Oxycontin.   The drug builds up in the system and many can become addicted.  A cycle that kills is:  Addicts develop high tolerance; enter treatment; tolerance is reduced; take previous dosage and it kills them.  Many addicts are a result of prescription drugs written by physicians. Locally we have a limited program of a “Drug Court”.  90% are opioid addicts and must volunteer for the program.  If they have successful completion in nine months, their crimes are dismissed.  
Oxycontin Problem Don H 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Turkey Political Situation

Posted by Don H on May 08, 2019
 
Dr. Cigdem Capan, Professor of Physics at WSU, provided an overview of the political situation  in Turkey.  The Kurds are 20% of the population and live primarily in the SE area.  The Kurds have been prosecuted by the Turkish Government and it was not uncommon for Kurds to be arrested by the police and disappear.  The Government has thwarted efforts to allow the Kurds to organize politically.  
Turkey Political Situation Don H 2019-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

Another Food Garden with PK

 
PK Rotary assisted the Master Gardeners to build another food garden on Saturday.  This one the Nueva Vista II Food Garden in Kennewick. A couple of the local residents assisted. 
Another Food Garden with PK Don H 2019-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Belize Missons

Posted by Don H on Apr 25, 2019
 
Peter Kalunian and Ron Weed received a plague. Peter for 16 years for Rotary Service to Belize and Ron for six trips.
Photo by Dottie Stevens
Belize Missons Don H 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Cancer Center Update

Posted by Don H on Apr 17, 2019
 
Chuck De Gooyer, CEO Tri-Cities Cancer Center, provided an update on the Center.  The Center supports a large geographical area from Moses Lake to La Grande OR.  Five years ago the center was failing and today has received accreditation effective February 2016.  The Center has been identified nationally as the Best Place to Work in Health Care during the years 2015 and 2017.  Results are pending for 2018.  Rather than concentrating only on Sick Care, the Center also emphasizes Preventative Care. For some, free screening for lung cancer is available.   The Center recommends the HPV vaccine for youth ages 9-14 to prevent six types of cancer.
Cancer Center Update Don H 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Annual and Polio Funds

Posted by Don H on Apr 04, 2019
 
 
Our own Chad Chittenden gave this week’s presentation.  His topic was the Annual and Polio Funds.  He described Rotary’s six areas of interest and provided an update on the Polio Project.   So far during 2019 three new cases have been reported.   Two are in Pakistan and the third in Afghanistan.  He demonstrated how a $25 donation to Polio can grow to $75 as a result of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s contribution. 
Annual and Polio Funds Don H 2019-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

International Projects

Posted by Don H on Mar 20, 2019
 
Flavien Sawadogo (Chair, International Committee) and Kris Troyer (Treasurer, International Committee)  were are speakers for today.  Their subject was Pasco Kennewick and International Committee foreign projects.  Flavien explained  how $1 can become $3.50 through the matching grant program.  Kris gave an overview of the most recent international projects.  They included Pakistan (solar and diagnostic equipment); Thailand (water filtration); Thailand (hospital equipment) and Kenya (clear water project). 
International Projects Don H 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Leprechaun Dash 2019 Don H 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

The Pasco Kennewick Ombres

Posted by Don H on Mar 13, 2019
 
The Pasco Kennewick Rotary Ombres supported Junior Achievement.  If you see the gang, alert the authorities.  Shown are Evelyn, Joe, Carl, Tracy and Linda.  Great Job!
The Pasco Kennewick Ombres Don H 2019-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Dave Zabell, Pasco City Manager

Posted by Don H on Mar 06, 2019
 
Dave Zabell, Pasco City Manager, provided an overview of the City of Pasco’s successes.  Crime continues to be low with a safety score of 79.16.  Fire safety is another successful area. The fire protection rating has decreased from a level five to a three; thus saving the average homeowner $150 a year in home insurance costs.  The City continues to grow, but at  slower pace.  Assessed values have increased 272% since 2006. 
Dave Zabell, Pasco City Manager Don H 2019-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Franklin County Museum

Posted by Don H on Feb 20, 2019
 
We had one of the most interesting overviews of Franklin County history.  Richard Scheuerman of the Franklin County Museum provided short history lessons based upon Museum panels.  From Marmes, The Moon and Historic Preservation to the Columbia Basin Irrigation District he provided our area’s history.  Zane Grey, the famous author, visited our area and wrote his book entitle, “The Desert of Wheat.”  The book is presently available on Amazon for $9.95.  The Museum has plans to build a new facility and is seeking donations.  The Club intends to have a social at the Museum.  If you are a non-member and interested in joining us, go to www.PKRotary.org and contact the Club President. 
Franklin County Museum Don H 2019-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Hawthorne Elementary SHAKE Program Don H 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Leprechaun Dash Don H 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

PNNL - Applied Math and Statistical Research

Posted by Don H on Jan 23, 2019
 
Dr. Romarie Morales, PNNL, is an Applied Math and Statistical Researcher.  She discussed a variety of projects.  Among these were Nuclear Weapons Studies, Modeling Inference Route Sensing and Cyber Security issues.   Data Management and Exposure Device studies were briefly mentioned. PNNL is active in STEM education, summer internship opportunities and Community Schools (program to reduce dropouts and increase graduation rates).
PNNL - Applied Math and Statistical Research Don H 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

RadioGel/PetGel Yttrium 90

Posted by Don H on Jan 17, 2019
 
Dr. MIke Korenko, President and CEO of Vivos, Inc., gave a ground breaking presentation on the elimination of tumors.  Radio Gel/PetGet Yttrium 90 has shown position results treating pets.  The Yttrium 90 is the highest energy beta emitter for tumor elimination with little damage to surrounding tissues. It half-life is 2.7 days and becomes nonradioactive in 30 days. For pets over the age of 10, cancer kills 32% of cats and 50% of dogs.  Presently they are in the process of selecting regional clinics across the country for therapy of animals.  If successful, treatment of humans maybe on the horizon.
RadioGel/PetGel Yttrium 90 Don H 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

Wastes to Better Energy

Posted by Don H on Jan 15, 2019
 
Dr. John Holladay, PNNL, gave a very interesting presentation on the use of pollutants for fuel.  Waste water sludge and manure have proven to excellent sources of energy.  PNNL has developed Cataryst Technology that converts accohols to targeted fuel molecules.  Steel mills waste gases are a high quality basis for jet fuel.  In fact, petroleum production is no longer the best source for fuel production.  Using wastes solves a problem while at the same time produces higher quality energy production.
Wastes to Better Energy Don H 2019-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Kennewick Economic Development

Posted by Don H on Jan 03, 2019
 
Terry Walsh, City of Kennewick, provided an overview of the City’s Economic Development plan.  It consists of Vision and Policy, Support Legislature Efforts, Real Estate Promotion, Partnership and Events, Business Support and Economic Incentives.  The Staff is moving from a compliance mindset to one of problem solving.  As an example is takes little time to receive a building permit and one can actually start the foundation prior to final permit approval.  Thinking outside the box is the new standard.
Kennewick Economic Development Don H 2019-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Pasco Kennewick Rotary Christmas Party Don H 2018-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Cigdem Capan  and Turkey

 
Cigdem Capan, Phd Physics, is a dual citizen of Turkey and the United State.  She gave her family’s history and her recollections of growing up in Turkey.  Turkey frequently referred to as the Crossroad of Civilization is a complex country with a rich history.  Her best memories were vacationing on the Mediterranean Coast and summertime in Istanbul.  
Her worst memories included daily encounters with poverty, environmental pollution and coping with political violence and financial instability.  
Presently she is teaches at Washington State University.
Cigdem Capan and Turkey Don H 2018-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

PK Rotary Rings the Bells

Posted by Don H on Dec 15, 2018
 
PK Rotarians Rang the Salvation Army Bells at Fred Meyer in Kennewick.  Tom Thompson demonstrates the correct techniques for maximum donations.  It's all in the wrist apparently. 
PK Rotary Rings the Bells Don H 2018-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bond talks Bond

 
Dr. David Bond returned to PK Rotary for an update on the most recent Kennewick School proposed Bond.  During the 2009 Bond the emphasis was on elementary schools while the 2015 bond concentrated on middle schools.  This upcoming bond has emphasis on high schools.  In brief the Kennewick High School opened during the 1951-52 school year.  Both Kamiakin and South Ridge High Schools have classroom portables.  The Bond would replace most of Kennewick High School and make modifications to Kamiakin and South Ridge High Schools.  Additionally, every three years Kennewick’s population is growing requiring another elementary school.  Elementary School #18 is proposed in this Bond.   
What will it cost homeowners?  For $200K of assessed value the tax would be $5/ month.  Dr. Bond reminded us that in outyears our taxes will decrease because the State is paying a greater share for education. The Supreme Court has ruled the State needs to play a greater role in supporting education.
Dr. Bond talks Bond Don H 2018-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Dark Matter

 
Dr. Noah S. Oblath of PNNL provided a presentation on “Dark Matter”.  The discussion of unseen dark matter began during the 19th Century.   Solid evidence was discovered during the 1930’s.  Galaltic Rotation Curves, Gravitational Lensing and Bullet Clusters have been used during research.  A pie chart of the universe indicates that dark matter is about 24% of the universe.  More recently the Axion Haloscope has been used to study dark matter. Overall the presentation discussed (1) what is dark matter, (2) what is axion and (3) how does ADMC detect axions.
Dark Matter Don H 2018-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

Second Harvest

 
PK Rotarians volunteered at the Second Harvest facility on Wednesday the day prior to Thanksgiving.  Six hundred and fifty-five lunch packets were assembled for school children to be consumed during the holidays when school is not in session. Each packet contained food for several meals.  The Pasco and Spokane facilities support approximately 250 food banks.
 
Second Harvest Don H 2018-11-27 08:00:00Z 0
forte! Sings for PK Rotary Don H 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rebuilding Mid Columbia

Posted by Don H on Nov 10, 2018
 
Pasco Kennewick Rotary writes another check.    This time Crystal of Rebuilding Mid Columbia receives a check for $500.  The rebuilding days are during the months of October and April each year.  The organization sends 10-15 teams to the community to complete a variety of projects. Recently funds were used to build a wheel chair ramp for Joyce.
Rebuilding Mid Columbia Don H 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Jay Works Wonders

Dr. Jay Zuroff, a member of PK Rotary, was our speaker today.  He gave an update on four patients receiving orthodontic care from him.  Jay volunteers his time and PK Rotary supports his efforts by paying for supplies etc.
It is difficult to believe he can take severe cases with patients having crossbites, crowding teeth, and alignment issues.  One patient received special approval from the Rotary Board.  This patient was 20 years of age with primitive dental work done in Mexico.  It took the cooperation of two dentists to repair this young man’s mouth.
His patients are  afraid to smile prior to his work.  Following Jay’s care, they can’t stop smiling.  Dr. Jay Zuroff is a person of action and we are honored to have him in our Club.
Thanks Jay for all the good work you do!
 
 
Dr. Jay Works Wonders Don H 2018-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Low Level Radiation

Posted by Don H on Oct 31, 2018
Dr. Anthony Brooks was our guest speaker today and he spoke on the subject of low level radiation.  He states that most equate radiation with fear.  In fact low level radiation is more of a friend than foe.  He attended the September 30, 2018 meeting where scientists discussed this topic.  The subject was the Radiation Dose Response Model.
He demonstrated where Nevada was the test site of over 100 nuclear explosions and Utah was downwind.  Today Utah has among the lowest levels of Cancer.   As one looks at the map with cancer exposure, the greatest areas are in the South East.  An area associated with tobacco use.   
He states that if one lives in a home with Radon, the best thing one can do is quit smoking.  The impact of Radon is insignificant. 
Low Level Radiation Don H 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

People of Action

Posted by Don H on Oct 30, 2018
 
Frank, Marge and Dottie are People of Action. They supported the Mid-Columbia Master Singers Choir Festival last Saturday.  All enjoyed their lunch served by our volunteers,
People of Action Don H 2018-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication Week

Posted by Don H on Oct 26, 2018
 
For decades, Rotary has been a leader in the battle against polio that has reduced worldwide cases by more than 99.9 percent. With your help, the number of cases will continue to shrink, and we’ll keep up prevention and surveillance until we’re sure polio is gone forever. We’re closer than ever to ending this devastating disease.
 
If you missed last night's meeting, you can still donate directly to www.Rotary.org.  Sign-in and click the donate button.
 
Polio Eradication Week Don H 2018-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Idea- Interactive Disability Education Awareness

Posted by Don on Oct 24, 2018
 
This week learned about a very special program.
Allison Bureau, mother of a child with special needs, started “The Idea Project”  when her son started elementary school and was using a computer to communicate.  The other students didn’t understand why he was given special treatment.  After giving a presentation to the students on how difficult it is to communicate with a speech difficulty, students readily accepted her son into group activities.  One exercise is to speak with a marshmallow in one’s mouth.  
Today teachers are actively seeking Allison’s assistance in providing workshops.   Learn more about this nonprofit by visiting its website. https://theideaproject.org/
 
Idea- Interactive Disability Education Awareness Don 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Hanford Test Bed Initiative

Posted by Don H on Oct 10, 2018
 
Duane Schmoker gave a presentation on the “Hanford Test Bed Initiative”.  The DOE office is attempting to do a Test Bed Initiative (TBI) in order to demonstrate the feasibility of options for retrieval and treatment of lower level tank waste.  Duane demonstrates what we are presently doing is not cost effective.  As money is spent Environmental Liabilities are increasing. Eventually the system was run of out funding.  
A new procedure is much cheaper than VIT operations.  For some waste, technology allows waste to be filtered and changed to a low level category. The waste then can be shipped to Andrews Texas for a fraction of what an equivalent amount can be processed locally. To conduct the test, DOE needs 2,000 gallons of waste.  Getting access to the waste is a problem.  The State Governor and Senators are  not cooperating with the test. I asked if jobs maybe an issue and Duane stated no.   No valid reason has been given for not cooperating with the test.
 
Hanford Test Bed Initiative Don H 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

spa reju

Posted by DoH on Oct 03, 2018
Dr. Carl Cadwell, our guest speaker and President of Cadwell Laboratories, has started a new venture.   It’s a spa like none other in the country.  He started with a concept in his home.  It became so popular that he knew he had to take it to the commercial level.  It’s called Spa Reju.  The spa increases blood flow,  promotes lymph node drainage, elevates energy and targets specific areas.  Among the results are better sleep, stress reduction, muscle stimulation and waste elimination. For more information visit spa-reu.com
spa reju DoH 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Initiative Measure 1631

Posted by Don on Sep 30, 2018
 
Debbie Bone-Harris, a Senior Public Affairs Manager of Franklin PUD, provided an overview of Initiative 1631, a carbon tax.  She did so on her personal time and her comments do not reflect the position of the PUD.  High points included taxpayers would experience increased costs at the gas pump and electrical bills.  This translates to $234 to $305 for each household during the first year and annual increases after that.  Supporters claim increased jobs while critics claim many jobs will be eliminated.  The Department of Commerce will have total control to tax citizens. If passed, the gas tax will become the highest in the nation.  Rob McKenna believes if passed, the State will have billions in new taxes and no guarantee of carbon reduction.  He believes that I-1631 is virtually an entire book of blank checks for political appointees to spend as they choose.
Initiative Measure 1631 Don 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Family Resource Center

Posted by Don H on Sep 26, 2018
 
Yadira of the Family Resource Center receives a check for $500 presented by Frank of PK Rotary.  Yadira will be scheduled to provide a presentation later this year.
Family Resource Center Don H 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Bev Leads Song at PK Don H 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
PK Supports Habitat for Humanity Don H 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Suicide Awareness

Posted by Don H on Sep 12, 2018
 
Kristi Haynes, Benton-Franklin Health Alliance, Suicide Awareness TaskForce, provided her thoughts on suicide prevention.  Among her topics is that we should all be using safe language. For instance “she is living with mental illness”, not “she is mentally ill.”Suicide is a multi-factor event.  If you hear someone talking about hurting themselves or others, speak up.  Acknowledge the threat, Care for the individual and Tell a trusted adult or professional. 
Suicide Awareness Don H 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Elephant Ears 2018 Don H 2018-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Three Amigos

Posted by Don H on Aug 29, 2018
 
When a guest speaker is a no show.  The Club's back-up plan is to have "classification talks" by members.  Without warning the Rotarians find themselves speaking to the membership about their lives and work experiences.  This week the Three Amigos were Gary Hall, Cori Seidel and Leon Lindbloom.  All did a great job!
Three Amigos Don H 2018-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Mammoth History and Dig

Posted by Don H on Aug 17, 2018
 
Gary Kleinknecht gave an overview of the Ice Floods and the local Mammoth Dig.   His presentation includes the “Glacial Maximum” and the Clark River Ice Dam.  The mammoths were closely related to the Asian elephants with smaller ears.   The   present site was discovered by a front end loader in the process of selling dirt.  Today there are four on-going operations:  Dig, Wash, Dry and Picking.   The site started in 2010 and had its first student volunteers during 2013.  Last year the site had over 1300 volunteers.  About 1000 volunteers have served this year.
Mammoth History and Dig Don H 2018-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

The Lower Snake River Dams Must Go

Posted by Don H on Aug 08, 2018
 
Mr. Sean O’Oleary, Communications Director for NW Energy Coalition, provided an overview of the “Lower Snake River Dams- Power Replacement Study” dated April 4, 2018.  The study reviewed three scenarios.  One, being gas powered plants replacing the dams, two no replacement of the dams and three, a balanced approach of wind, solar and storage replacing the dams.  The study recommended option three.  
The study did not consider the larger consequences of removing the dams.  Mr. O’Oleary stated that wind and solar are more efficient energy sources than the dams.  Additionally, he stated that the salmon are on the verge of extinction.  Both of these statements were met with skepticism.  
The Lower Snake River Dams Must Go Don H 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Keep the Snake River Dams

Posted by Don H on Aug 01, 2018
 
Collin Hastings. Executive Director of the Pasco Chamber, provided justifications for keeping the Snake River Dams operational.  He believes there is much misinformation on this subject.  The dams have provided an economic boom to the area through its irrigation/transportation systems.  NOAA reports that the juvenile salmon survival is now 97% and the Corps is meeting its goals.  Besides providing a sustainable power source, the dams allow barge traffic to serve the area.  This network is very efficient in that a four barge tow is equivalent to 538 trucks with trailers.   Wheat, the number one US export, and soybean farmers depend upon this system.
Next week Sean O’Leary will provide an opposing view.
Keep the Snake River Dams Don H 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Hanford History

Posted by Don H on Jul 25, 2018
 
Jillian Gardner-Andrews gave an excellent presentation on Hanford History Project.  The Project is a DOE subcontractor and is primarily a depository for Hanford and the surrounding area historical materials.  The facility is a 8,000 square foot warehouse and is open to the public.  It contains many collections and is the largest depository of area history.  Community partners include Herbert M Parker Foundation, B Reactor, The Reach Museum, City of Richland and AACCES. 
Hanford History Don H 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA Instructors

Posted by Don H on Jul 18, 2018
 
Gail and Kat gave an overview of this year's RYLA.  The transformation of attendees was really exceptional.  Kat received a plaque for her contributions to the program that is celebrating 40 years of service.
RYLA Instructors Don H 2018-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Award

Posted by Don H on Jul 11, 2018
 
 
Kris Troyer was traveling during the Installation Dinner.  She was identified as being the "Service Above Self" awardee.  Today Kris received a plaque recognizing her achievement.  Kris is an inspiration to us all!!
Service Above Self Award Don H 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Installation Dinner 2018 Don H 2018-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Evelyn's Year Comes to an End Don H 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Dave Bond, Superintendent of Kennewick Schools

Posted by Don H on Jun 20, 2018
 
We were honored to have Dave Bond, superintendent of Kennewick School District, as our guest speaker.   He provided an overview of the relationship of the Washington Board of Education and the local school board.  Essentially, the State establishes learning standards while the local board determines curriculum.  
 
The State standards are broadly worded and include subjects such as health, student influences and goal setting.   The five member Kennewick Board works on a seven year renewal cycle.  A subject is analyzed each year.  Among the subjects are science, math, language arts and fine arts.  The District is considered parent friendly and allows deviations from the curriculum.
 
Presently the school district has 18,500 students.
Dave Bond, Superintendent of Kennewick Schools Don H 2018-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

2018 Peeky Award Winners

Posted by Don H on Jun 06, 2018
 
This year’s recipients of the prestigious “Peeky Award” are Nik Wannarachue and Floyd Ivey.  Nik's submission won high praise in the international category while Floyd took hands down in the human interest category. 
Rumor has it that both contestants are headed to the Cannes Film Festival.
 
 
2018 Peeky Award Winners Don H 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Toppenish School District and Security

Posted by Don H on Jun 05, 2018
 
John Cerna, Superintendant Toppenish School District, has established  a new standard for protecting his students and facility.  Namely, he has taken the bold move to arm some administrators within his School District. He wrote a policy in 2011 and it was June 2014 when the first reading took place and on August 2014, administrators started carrying weapons.  The administrators have concealed weapon permits, received 40 hours of initial training followed by training twice monthly.  Periodically local law enforcement and administrators conduct drills.  John states if someone has a better solution, he is open to consider options.
 
Toppenish School District and Security Don H 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

2018  Scholarship Winners

Posted by Don H on May 30, 2018
 
Annually the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club recognizes students who live by “Service Above Self” motto while at the same time demonstrating academic excellence.  Tri-Tech students receive a $1000 scholarship for tools and equipment while college bound students receive  $2000 for tuition assistance.  Pictured from left to right are Hunter Robbins-Billows: Kamiakin HS-culinary arts; Jaqueline Montes: Pasco HS- Eastern Washington University; Leslie Puente: Pasco HS- Eastern Washington University; Bailey Newton: Richland HS- culinary arts; Ruth Hayter- culinary arts;  Cami Logan: Hanford HS- culinary arts;  Cheyenne O’Hair: River View HS- culinary arts;  Maggi Fiocchi: Kennewick HS- Linfield College; Nataly Romero Gomez: Kennewick HS- digital arts; Dhylan Worster: Kamiakin HS- Whitworth College; Not pictured Nathan Blakely: Southridge HS- fire science
2018 Scholarship Winners Don H 2018-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

Honorable State Supreme  Court Justice Gonzalez

 
The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Steven Charles Gonzalez provided an overview of his background and qualifications.  His indicated that only 37% of the electorate voted on the last elections and 1/3 left the judge positions blank.  He attributed the low voting response to lack of information.  His background is very extensive and has been identified as judge of the year four times.  His opponent, he believes, is marginally qualified.  One can make the assessment by visiting www.VotingForJudges.com  One consultant stated that many vote by name rather than qualifications.  He urged the audience to become informed by visiting the website before casting a vote in during the next election.
 
Honorable State Supreme Court Justice Gonzalez Don H 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Our Josh Hits a Home Run

Posted by Don H on May 19, 2018
 
Josh Chittenden of Pasco Kennewick Rotary was again the Head Parking Person for Kids Dig Rigs this year.  His team parked thousands of vehicles Saturday and Sunday on the unmarked lawn of Columbia Park. Congrats to Josh!

Kidz Dig Rigz is a unique, two day family-friendly event in which kids of all ages can get up close and personal with all types of Rigz such as tractors, fire trucks, tanks and more! Child-friendly entertainment includes monster truck rides, tractor ride-and-drives, car crusher in action presentation, bouncy houses, face-painting, and much more. Various food concession vendors were present.

All proceeds benefit Pediatric patients, their families, services and programs at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
 
 
 
Our Josh Hits a Home Run Don H 2018-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

John Goldsbury Award Recipients

Posted by Don H on May 16, 2018
 
Annually the Pasco Kennewick Rotary Club recognizes an outstanding police officer from the cities of Pasco and Kennewick WA.  The awards are made as a tribute to John Goldsbury. John’s life was dedicated to serving the community and he was recognized as the Tri-Citian of the Year.  He was an avid supporter of the two police departments.
This year’s recipients of the John Goldsbury Award are Officer Issac Merkl of Kennewick and Sergeant Brian Vaught of Pasco.  Both have been nominated by their chiefs.  Issac in addition to his normal duties volunteers as a fire fighter, organizes the police/firemen’s basketball game that raises 10K plus annually for charity and assists American Hockey players in their temporary housing needs.   Brian has served as a patrolman, public information officer, training officer, detective, K-9 handler and is active in the anti-narcotics campaign in the Tri-Cities area. He is always on call to serve the community.  
Congratulations  to Officer Merkl and Sergeant Vaught. Thank you for your service!
John Goldsbury Award Recipients Don H 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0

Burkino Faso

Posted by Don H on May 09, 2018
 
Our own, Flavien Sawadogo, gave a presentation on his native country, Burkino Faso.  It’s a landlocked country in Western Africa   It has a rich history  being settled by a Mossi tribe during the 11th Century.  In 1919 it became a French Colony and received its independence during 1960.  It’s one of the poorest countries on the planet.   Cotton and gold are the two primary exports.  Flavien hopes to assist his native land through Rotary International projects.
Burkino Faso Don H 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

The Judge Takes Charge

Posted by Don H on May 06, 2018
 
Last week The Judge has us Play the "Money Game".  All funds go to support the eradication of polio.
The Judge Takes Charge Don H 2018-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Garden Party

Posted by Don H on Apr 25, 2018
 
Last Saturday, members of the PK Rotary, assisted the Master Gardeners in constructing a 10x10 flat bed and six 4x8 raised beds for community vegetable gardens.  The number one helper is shown.   The gardens are located at the corner of 19th and Olympia behind the Kennewick Christian Church. 
Garden Party Don H 2018-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Columbia River Shoreline

Posted by Don H on Apr 18, 2018
 
Gary Petersen, Brad Fisher and Doc Hastings provided an overview of the Columbia River 34 mile shoreline and the corresponding dykes.   Originally the Corps of Engineers took control of the River and its shorelines to provide flood control.  With the addition of additional dams upstream, the possibility of flooding is now extremely remote.  Representative Dan Newhouse introduced language into the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 that required the Corps to provide a complete description and cost of acquisition of the river shoreline properties.  The Corps complied and now is the time to re-convey the property back to civilian control.  We have two options: one doing nothing and secondly obtain Congressional approval to re-convey these properties back to our community. 
Columbia River Shoreline Don H 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Student of the Month Jaeda Matheson Don H 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Senior Intelligence Advisor

Posted by Don H on Apr 05, 2018
 
Dr. Ron Walters, a former member of PK Rotary, is a former Senior Intelligence Advisor at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  After 9/11 he began serving the United States Government in counter biowarfare programs.   Projects included pathogen characterizations and bio-surveillance.  The sequencing priorities were anthrax, plague, tularemia, botulism toxic poison and small pox.  Nation states who are believed to have offensive capabilities are China, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Russia and Syria.  Of the few well documented bioterrorism examples includes the Dalles, OR.  A small scale attack is most likely since a larger attack is considered to be extremely difficult to execute.
Senior Intelligence Advisor Don H 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Pasco Police Department

Posted by Don H on Mar 29, 2018
 
How did Pasco WA become one of the safest cities in Washington State?  The answer was provided by Pasco Chief Metzger.  Among the accomplishments the Department became State Accredited.  Not an easy task.  In addition, the Department is working on becoming Nationally Accredited.  Only a select few accomplish this recognition.   In addition, a Street Crime Unit was formed, officers receive 120 hours of training and connections with mental health professionals has been established.  Previously, jail was the only option; how those with mental health disorders can be treated by appropriate medical personnel. The Department’s  foundation for success includes updated mission, values and vision statements.  Social media has become a platform for communication.   Posts about the community are most popular.  
Eighty two officers are prepared to serve the community. 
Pasco Police Department Don H 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

Open World Visit PK

Posted by Don H on Mar 22, 2018
 
An “Open World” team from Ukraine visited this week.  Five young professionals provided overviews how they are working to improve the quality of life in their respective communities.  The congressional supported program allows participants to experience society within the US.  The participants promote recreational, cultural, educational and scientific programs.  Urban and community development are also among their specialities.  
Shown are Linda Bauer, Bob Quay, Victoria Kozlova, Anastasya Slavianaska, Andrii Hrudkin   Yaryna Melnyk and Christina Dobrovolska
Open World Visit PK Don H 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
PK Supports Junior Achievement Don 2018-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Rod Coler

Posted by Don H on Mar 01, 2018
 
Our special member, Dr. Rod Coler, was our speaker this week.  He provided an overview of his military experiences during WW II where he served on Miami Beach  (FL) as a weather observer.  He attender Cornell and medical school at NY City.  His residency brought him to the NW where he served at the Veterans Hospital in Portland.  A trip upriver brought him to Kennewick.
His stories need to be recorded.  Buying a home for $40K seemed to be beyond anyone’s ability.  He tried to recruit seven physicians to Kennewick.  Following a dust storm all departed never to return.  Another physician had interest and asked where his office might be.  He was directed to the small broom closet.  He also didn’t return.
During surgery in Prosser, he felt a metal object in his side.  It was the farmer husband’s gun and  the farmer stated, “she dies, you die”.   During a dinner engagement, Rod  hung a stuffed pheasant on a line .  On cue , a guest was to pull a shotgun and fire a blank.  The pheasant
was then to slide down the line.   Unfortunately, another guest saw the shotgun and tackled the  gun holder.
If you have the opportunity to attend one of Dr. Coler’s parties, ask for stories of early Tri-Cities.   
 
Dr. Rod Coler Don H 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

We Just Keep Writing Checks

Posted by Don H on Feb 20, 2018
During many meetings we present a check to a nonprofit organization.  The Club specializes in assisting the youth of our community.
We Just Keep Writing Checks Don H 2018-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Nuclear Energy and Being Green

Posted by Don H on Feb 14, 2018
 
Dr. James Conca gave another great presentation this week.  His subject:  Nuclear power.  Washington State has the lowest carbon footprint of the 50 states.  We have accomplished this goal with an abundance of hydro and nuclear power.   He covered the limitation of other forms of energy.   For instance, wind uses a large amount of steel and concrete.  There simply isn’t enough steel in the world to have a heavy reliance on wind. Higher upfront costs and the mileage limitation of electric vehicles are concerns.  Once these factors change, we’ll see many more electric vehicles on the road.  It may surprise some that electric vehicles are “not green” in some states because of the electricity source.   He states that one cannot be green and anti-nuclear.  Nuclear plans are very low carbon emitters.  The fastest growing energy source  is coal with the many new plants in Asia. 
Nuclear Energy and Being Green Don H 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0

Electric Grid and Cybersecurity

Posted by Don H on Feb 07, 2018
 
Dr. Lori O-Neill of PNNL provided a brief overview of PNNL’s organization including four locations in the Pacific NW (Sequim, Seattle, Portland and Richland).  The laboratory has 4500 employees and has a mission to transfer world discovery and innovation.  Her area of expertise is Grid and Electricity Infrastructure.  Department of Energy mandates goals and the Lab coordinates directly with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Homeland Security and Pacific NW Electric Utilities.  The Power Electronics Lab has a key role.   Recently, the Lab received a grant of $15M from DOE for cybersecurity projects.  
 
Electric Grid and Cybersecurity Don H 2018-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

Leprechaun Dash

Posted by Don H on Feb 03, 2018
 
Eric Greager, husband of Gail, promotes a healthy lifestyle including running.  Each year he organizes the “Leprechaun Dash” for young students in the Tri-Cities.  Last year 1800 kids ran for the $7,000 prize and six schools split the money to purchase physical education equipment. For many it was the first time to be on the Blue Bridge. Eric received a check for $2000 from Pasco Kennewick Rotary to support the “Dash” to be held on March 10th.  If you desire to assist in “herding cats” contact Eric at sageg@charter.net
 
Leprechaun Dash Don H 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

Posted by Don H on Feb 01, 2018
 
Part II of Dennis Walters presentation concerning Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack addressed what we can do at home to be better prepared.  Additionally, he provided a framework for what we as Rotarians can do to spread the word on precautionary measures.  I requested that he post his presentation on Dropbox and provide a link. 
Electromagnetic Pulse Attack Don H 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Kennewick Schools Levies

Posted by Don H on Jan 24, 2018
Dave Bond, Superintendent of Kennewick School, provided an overview of the two school levies being placed before the voters.  One covers educational programs and the second allows one-to-one access to computers for all students.
 
 
Kennewick Schools Levies Don H 2018-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

PNNL and Eradication of Ebola

Posted by Don H on Jan 17, 2018
 
Thomas Metz, Ph.D. , PNNL/EMSL Molecular Lab, provided an overview of the study of molecular changes in the blood of Ebola infected individuals.  The study is a joint effort of many laboratories.   Dr. Metz’s primary research deals with measurements.    His group does research of high priority viruses including Ebola with the intent to identify cures.   His research centered on the Ebola outbreak, March 2016, in West Africa.  Those affected have a 50% plus chance of dying.  Through his research, biomarkers are accurately predicting the outcome of those affected. This allows those with the greatest chance of survival to be treated separately. 
PNNL and Eradication of Ebola Don H 2018-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

Electromagnetic Threat

Posted by Don H on Jan 10, 2018
 
Dennis Walters, an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack expert, provided an overview of the impact upon our society if an EMP attack were to occur.  Most of our support facilities would no longer be operational.  Such an attack would have serious implications for food  and water support, sanitation, law enforcement, electric grid and health care.  Within the first year of an EMP, Mr. Walters estimates that 50-90% of the US population would die.  
He recommends that all levels have a survival plan.  Food home storage would be part of this effort. Apparently, the State of Washington does not have a plan.    
 
Electromagnetic Threat Don H 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Message By PK Rotary President Don H 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Kennewick Police Chief and County Prosecutor

 
Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor, and Ken Hohenberg, Kennewick Chief of Police, discussed potential de-escalation of potential fatal events.   According to Andy a proposal will be presented to the voters changing the law to indicate police officers must act without “malice and in good faith.  Andy wants “malice” eliminated in the potential law.  Having both an objective and subjective standard, is not in the best interests of the public according to Andy; therefore, he will vote against the proposal.  
According to Ken, the key lies in basic principles of (1) hiring the best people, (2) training and equipping officers and (3) enhancing police officers crisis training. Kennewick only accepts 4-5% of applicants to its force. Ken believes one has to look for potential officers who believe its a calling to serve.  His officers must care about people.
 
Kennewick Police Chief and County Prosecutor Don H 2018-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

The Reach Museum Update

Posted by Don H on Dec 22, 2017
 
Rosanna Sharpe provided an update on The Reach since her appointment.   There are several volunteer positions available.  If interested in volunteering or desire more information on The Reach go to www.VisitTheReach.org  The vision statement includes being an education center while also being a premiere cultural destination.   The values of the museum include being mission focused, transparent, responsible fiscal stuarts and having joy/humor in work.  

Our Dr. Rod Coler is scheduled to be a museum featured speaker for 2018.  
 
Happiness sprints from a well within you....Thurman Cooper
 
The Reach Museum Update Don H 2017-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

PK Rotary Christmas Party 2017

Posted by Don H on Dec 15, 2017
The PK Rotary Club celebrated the Christmas Season at Kat and Kerry's home.  It was a fun filled party with "great" caroling.  
 
PK Rotary Christmas Party 2017 Don H 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Forte' Show Choir

Posted by Don H on Dec 06, 2017
 
The Forte Show Choir received a $250 donation from the Club while the Club received an excellent Christmas Concert.  The Choir is comprised of high school students throughout  the Tri-City area.   In addition to schedules presentations, they perform throughout the  Area including the Mall and retired communities. The choir has character standards one must posse before being accepted by the group. 
Forte' Show Choir Don H 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Heritage University

Posted by Don H on Nov 15, 2017
 
Dr. Andrew Sund, President of Heritage University in Toppenish WA, discussed the role of today’s higher education.   He raised the questions of cost, competitiveness, quality and value.   Higher education is being questioned, but it is his belief that higher education is a great equalizer.  The university was founded in 1982 and its history its unique.   Catholicism had its origin but it is located inside the Yakima Nation.  The decision was made that the university should be open to everyone.  The 790 undergraduate population is 73% female, 69% Hispanic and 12% Native American.
 
One area of interest is that the Master of Arts and Medical Science program has a high percentage of graduates being accepted to medial schools.   The POC is Diana Eliason at eliason_d@heritage.edu
 
 
Heritage University Don H 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

NOAA and Its Weather Service

Posted by Don H on Nov 10, 2017
Dennis Hull of the Pendleton NOAA weather station gave an overview of NOAA’s role in protecting life and property.  It provides data, forecasting and warnings.  The system has 120 offices throughout the United States and territories.  Droughts are caused by El Ninos and the study assists in helping to forecast weather patterns and associated hazards.  On the horizon are HD satellites, automated weather stations, higher resolution computer models, and direct support to large events.   For local weather to go www.weather.gov/pendleton
NOAA and Its Weather Service Don H 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
District Governor Jerri Anderson Films PK Video Don H 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visits PK Rotary

Posted by Don H on Nov 05, 2017
Jerri Anderson, District Governor of 5080 presented her personal story of joining Rotary.  At the age of 16 she visited her uncle in Florida and noticed he was a Rotarian.  It was her goal to be a Rotarian as well.  She was saddened to learn that only men could become Rotarians.   At the age of 36 she learned that women were becoming Rotarians.  She applied only to discover her classification was full with one other member having the same classification.  At 56 she tried again and this time was warmly welcomed to Rotary.   At 66 she became the 5080 District Governor. 
 
Her message included identifying conflict and resolving it.   We need to thank each other and focus on fellowship, not service.   We are loosing long-term members because of lack of fellowship.
District Governor Visits PK Rotary Don H 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Help Eradicate Polio

Posted by Don H on Oct 25, 2017
 
Kris Troyer gave an update on the eradication of Polio.  Currently there are 13 cases worldwide.  Afghanistan, Niger and Pakistan are the only countries remaining.  Joan Toole, a polio survivor and Rotary District 5030 Chair, recorded a video that gave a history of Polio and her personal story.  With the advent of the industrial revolution, polio became more widespread.  Some communities did not allow children under the age of six in fear that they might be infected.  April 1955, the vaccine was developed and later refined as an oral vaccine.  Rotary International has been at the forefront of eliminating this disease.  Most recently the Bill and Linda Foundation have joined in this effort. The Foundation has agreed to match Rotary’s fundraising 2:1. 
 
Kris Troyer has volunteered to match Pasco-Kennewick Rotary fund raising, dollar for dollar. Kris simply does not want to see another polio victim.  A dollar raised by PK Rotary will be match by Kris and then doubled by the Gates Foundation.
 
The Story of Polio and Rotary is at https://youtu.be/oBxwneEUodQ
 
If you desire to help eradicate Polio go to www.endpolio.org/donate
 
 
Help Eradicate Polio Don H 2017-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Cyber Security

Posted by Don H on Oct 18, 2017
 
Dean Kovacs, Chief Information Officer at Energy Northwest, provided an overview of the threat posed to individuals, companies and nation states. He discussed the aspects of distance, time, motivation and coordination in the dark web.  US interests must always be on the alert for cyber attacks.  The Russians appeared to be motivated by money while the Chinese are gathering information for future use.  North Korea has become a major player on the dark web.  Nuclear power plants and other utilities are primary targets in cyber warfare.   Energy NW has hired consultants to attempt to break the electronic barriers in the company.  Some attempts are directed at employees opening unauthorized emails.   Others target operations.  
 
He warned of problems associated with Wi Fi and Bluetooth in homes.
Cyber Security Don H 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Lt Governor's Visit

Posted by Don H on Oct 11, 2017
 
Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib honored our Club as the guest speaker.  He explained his role as the Lt. Governor.  His primary duties include First President of the State Senate.  Since he is blind, an electronic system was installed that allows him to recognize speakers before the floor.  He has the responsibility to make appointments for 55 boards and commissions.  Additionally he runs the Small Economic Development Agency where he focuses on business development and business recruitment.   He strongly believes a college degree is the secret to success while at the same time supporting the trades. 
 
Having been a Rotarian he fully understands the importance of service clubs.  Service above Self is a motto that needs to be applied to government and across the country. 
Lt Governor's Visit Don H 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Duck Race 2017

Posted by Don H on Oct 11, 2017
 
Another successful year for the Rotary Duck Race held on the Columbia River in Kennewick Washington.  Rotarians sell duck adoption tickets to support the community.  Paul Miles was our "top duck sales person".   Way to go Paul!!
 
Rotary Duck Race 2017 Don H 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Four Members Provide Personal Stories

Posted by Don H on Oct 04, 2017
 
Zach Larsen, Tom Thompson, Chris Fuerrero and Flavien Sawadoga were our speakers for today.  Each member provided his personal story.  Zach a Rotarian in Yuma initially had a career with the Boy Scouts of America.  Recently he has become a Life Coach.   Tom is a senior member of the Club and joined in 1989.  He served many years as an appraiser.   He is a Past President of the Tri-Cities Booster Club.  Chris, a new member, has an extensive career in Law Enforcement.  His accomplishments are too numerous to list here.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.   Finally, Flavien was raised in Burkino Faso where he attended a boarding school at the age of 11.  He eventually attended the University of Idaho where he graduated as an architect.    His career has contributed to many major projects.  Among these is the renovation of Kennewick High School. 
 
The Club diversity makes us a fun and interesting organization.
Four Members Provide Personal Stories Don H 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Innocence Project Northwest 

Posted by Don H on Sep 27, 2017
 
Felix Luna, an attorney with Seattle Law Firm explained a Yakima Case where an innocent man spent ten years in a Washington State prison for an offense he did not commit.  He explained how the Yakima Police Department took shortcuts for a conviction.  Felix is a member of Innocence Project Northwest.  Eventually Mr. Bradford was found innocent following his prison term.  Felix’s Law Firm wanted to take the case to the next level and identify the actual perpetrator.   Following private investigation, the brother-in-law was identified.  Today Mr. Bradford has cases pending with Washington State and the police officer investigator responsible for the conviction. 
Innocence Project Northwest Don H 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Salt Flats Speed Racing

William Cobb’s hobby is speed racing at the Utah Salt Flats. His 1950 Chevy has the original body, but the interior has been modified to break speed records.  He completed most alternations in 1965 and registered the car during 2015.   During 2016 he attended his first speed test and did attend again this year.   The record for his class is 131 MPH and so far he has reached a speed of 117 MPH. The car is heavily modified to meet safety standards and has a seven-gallon tank.  The race fuel cost $105 for a “fill up” this year. Greg Schultz is his crew chief.  
Salt Flats Speed Racing Don H 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
PK Rotary Makes Ears 2017 Don H 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Camp Trios and PK Rotary

Josie and Frank present a $1500 check to Ken Daniel of Camp Trios.  The Camp helps children with Type 1 Diabetes.  Just another example of PK Rotary supporting the community’s youth.
Camp Trios and PK Rotary Don H 2017-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Trios Update

Posted by Don H on Sep 06, 2017
 
Lisa Teske, an executive for marketing and business, of Trios Health provided an overview of Trios and its events.  On February 1st of this year, the hospital began a rebuilding program to correct damages from a “perfect storm”.  The hospital is following the Strategic Organization Recommendations provided.  Accordingly it eliminated 23 employee positions and on June 30th filed for Chapter 9.  Among its objectives are to refinance existing debt, affiliate with another provider, recruit primary care providers and hold leadership accountable.  For every $100 Medicare expense, the hospital is only reimbursed $17-$25.  Its goal is to have a better payer mix.   The Affordable Care Act will cause another $6 million in debt that the hospital intends to cover.  Trios, a public health district, will work through its challenges and will be serving the community for years to come. 
Trios Update Don H 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

New Members join PK Rotary

Posted by Don H on Aug 30, 2017
Chris Guerrero and Flavien Sawado joined PK Rotary today!! We look forward to serving with both during the years to come.   Welcome aboard!
New Members join PK Rotary Don H 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Franklin County Prosecutor

Posted by Don H on Aug 30, 2017
Shawn Sant, prosecuting attorney for Franklin County, provided an overview of the prosecuting process.  With a 72-hour restriction to charge someone with a crime, the Office has little time to gather evidence to make the proper charge.  Mental health issues and dealing with gangs are a top priorities.   
Franklin County Prosecutor Don H 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Elephant Ears and the Fair

The Pasco-Kennewick Elephant Ear Booth for the Benton-Franklin County Fair was made “retail” ready.  All shown in the photo worked to make the facility sparkling clean for the upcoming Fair.  The Fair started today and runs though Saturday evening.  The proceeds from the Elephant Ear Booth support youth activities in the Pasco-Kennewick area.  Support your community and purchase an “Ear”.
Elephant Ears and the Fair Don H 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Official Greeter

Posted by Don H on Aug 16, 2017
In an effort to provide employment assistance to members of our community, Pasco Kennewick Rotary hires individuals to be “official greeters” in our Club.  Presently LuTonya Childs of Goodwill Industries is fulfilling that position until September 14, 2017. 
Official Greeter Don H 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Posted by Don H on Aug 10, 2017
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been designed by Rotary District 5080 for the students within District 5080 boundary.  The boundary includes an area from Golden BC to the Tri-Cities in WA.  It stretches to Orofino, ID.  The area includes the Spokane Valley area as well.
 
Kat and Gail, Pasco-Kennewick members and RYLA instructors, provided an overview of the program that advances skills of young leaders. The week program begins early at 7 AM and finishes at 9:30PM daily.  Seven senior staff members guide the students through a variety of topics including holding an effective meeting, impromptu speeches, leadership and values, personal charter strengths, group dynamics and many more. Students leave with 100 personal goals and a personal mission statement.
 
Graduates become friends for life. 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Don H 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

New Pasco Kennewick Rotary President

Posted by Don H on Jul 05, 2017
 
Evelyn Lusignan takes the gavel to become the PK President for 2017-2018.  We all thank Kris for her leadership year!!  Go Evelyn Go!!
New Pasco Kennewick Rotary President Don H 2017-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Law Week

Posted by Don H on Jun 07, 2017
 
Judge Alexander Carl Engtrom and Attorney Jeff Sperling gave a legal presentation for law week.  The presentation was informative and entertaining as well.   The presentation entitled “Practice of Law:  Myth vs. Reality” covered topics of Voir Dire (speaking the truth), Courtroom Decorum, Relationship between Attorneys, Litigation Strategy, Demonstration Evidence and Realities.  
Law Week Don H 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Pi Kapp Phi Fraternity Visits Tri-Cities

Posted by Don H on Jun 02, 2017
 
Last week Pasco Kennewick Rotary hosted Pi Kappa Phi fraternity as the fraternity members biked through the Tri-Cities.  Members were from different universities across the US.    The annual event starts in Seattle and finishes in Washington D.C. as a fundraiser for their “The Ability Experience” philanthropy which supports numerous charities.  “The Ability Experience” has raised over one million this year.  The event has three simultaneous riding groups starting at different west coast locations.
 
PK Rotary arranged for housing, three meals and bike maintenance support.  A special “thank you” to Kris Troyer paying for the noon meal and Aaron Stites of High Gear Coaching for bike maintenance and parts.
Pi Kapp Phi Fraternity Visits Tri-Cities Don H 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Police Officers Recognition

Posted by Don H on May 31, 2017
 
Congratulations to Curtis King with the Pasco Police Department and Craig Littrell with the Kennewick Police Department for receiving the John Goldsbury Award!
 
The John Goldsbury Award is presented annually by the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club and is named in honor of long-time Rotarian, community benefactor, and Tri-Citian of the Year, John Goldsbury. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the Kennewick and Pasco Police Departments for demonstrating a commitment to the highest standards of modern policing and to the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.”
Police Officers Recognition Don H 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Pasco-Kennewick Scholarship Dinner 2017 Don H 2017-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Benefits of Caffeine

Posted by Don H on May 10, 2017
 
Dr. Pat Hamner, Pulmonary, Sleep and Allergy specialist, provided an overview of caffeine’s benefits.   The average adult may consume 400 mg of caffeine daily.   The average cup of coffee is 133 mg while tea is 54 mg.  All cause mortality is improved with caffeine as while as gout is reduced.   It improves athletic performance and therefore, professional athletes are monitored for caffeine intake.  Also caffeine reduces the risk of heart attack.    
Benefits of Caffeine Don H 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

New Reach Director

Posted by Don H on May 03, 2017
 
Rosanna Sharpe, the newly appointed Reach Museum director, gave the Club an overview of her personal and professional experiences.  Her grandfather was a Hanford employee during World War II and the family moved to Yakima following the war.  Her latest position was Director, Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. 
New Reach Director Don H 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Arbor Day and PK Rotary

Posted by Don H on Apr 28, 2017
Annually Pasco-Kennewick Rotary plants trees to beautify our area and contribute to the environment.   This year we planted trees at the entry to the Horn Raids County Park.  Hopefully in ten years, the trees will provide a shaded entry to the Park.  If you are not familiar with the park, it’s located on the Yakima River north of Benton City. 
Arbor Day and PK Rotary Don H 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

WA Department of Financial Institutions

Posted by Don H on Apr 26, 2017
Roberta Hollinshead, Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), Division of Banks, provided an overview of her directorate.  DFI regulates financial services to protect the public.  Even though it’s a governmental agency, it’s self-funding through regulated financial institutions.  Within Washington State 78% of banks are state-chartered.  From 2008 to 2016 commercial banks have been in decline because of low interest rates and mergers with larger banks.   During the same period bank assets have been in decline as well.  The future indicates possible regulatory relief, continued mergers and new Denovo Banks.
WA Department of Financial Institutions Don H 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

SIGN Program Update

Posted by Don H on Apr 19, 2017
Jeanne Dillner, CEO SIGN, provided an overview of the program and most recent observations of visits to Ethiopia and Tanzania.   The SIGN program provides the “injured poor” access to orthopedic care.  With the increase in vehicle traffic, there is a corresponding increase in limb fractures.   A drivers license is not required and frequently drivers use poor practices.  It is estimated that 70-90 percent of the fractures are due to traffic accidents.  With this increase there is an expanding demand for more “nails”.  
 
On the positive side SIGN teaching hospitals are now attracting the best students. 
The program is seeking additional financial support to meet the increased demand.
 
SIGN Program Update Don H 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Hicks and Early Earth

Posted by Don H on Apr 12, 2017
Dr. Raea Hicks spoke on her research on space.  Her study on early Earth’s haze indicates that it is highly possible that life may exist on other planets.   Titan (earth like moon) has a substantial atmosphere that maybe similar to early Earth.  With new methods of data analysis, the research continues. 
Dr. Hicks and Early Earth Don H 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

PK Supports Hands for Hands

Posted by Don H on Mar 29, 2017
 
PK Rotary has a long history of supporting local charities.  This week Hands for Hands in the Tri-Cities receives a check for $1000.
PK Supports Hands for Hands Don H 2017-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

A Ronald McDonald Family Room for the Tri-Cities

Posted by Don H on Mar 15, 2017
Lisa Toomy, gave a presentation on the Ronald McDonald House Charity of the Inland Northwest.  The charity provides temporary housing to families with a child requiring medical care.  The Spokane House and Family Room units hosts 75% of its families from the Tri-City area.  Accordingly it’s time for the Tri-City area to have a Family Room of its own.  The Charity provides Housing, Family Room and Mobile Care Units.  The mobile units are designed for medical and also dental services.   In addition to facilities, the charity organizes support groups.  Ninety two percent of its funding comes from private donations.
A Ronald McDonald Family Room for the Tri-Cities Don H 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Waste Isolation Pilot Project

Posted by Don H on Feb 22, 2017
 
Dr. Robert Nelson, Chief Safety Officer, DOE Environmental Management provided an overview of Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in New Mexico.  He addressed the radioactive storage management issues facing the project. On January 9, 2017 the project was reopened with priorities of underground ventilation, surface infrastructure projects, transportation routes and budget.
Waste Isolation Pilot Project Don H 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

TriboTEX An Answer to Mechanical Friction

Posted by Don H on Feb 15, 2017
 
Pasha Rudenko of TriboTEX introduced a two layer nano sandwich product that reduces mechanical friction. He explained that 30% of energy is lost to friction in industrial machinery.  His product is an additive that can be added to oil and thereby significantly reduce friction.  Once the oil is drained, the product leaves a ceramic coating.   The applications seem endless including helicopters, Navy surface vessels and submarines, Army generators, weapons etc.  Vehicle engine/transmission life can be extended as well.   The website is http://www.carbosscoatings.com
TriboTEX An Answer to Mechanical Friction Don H 2017-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Pasco School Bond

 
John Morgan, Retired Assistant Superintendent Pasco Schools, spoke about the upcoming Pasco School Bond.   He stated that in 2011, the bond for building schools and facility improvements failed by a narrow margin.  The need today for new facilities is in even greater today.  During the last fifteen years the elementary student growth has surpassed 8,000.   Pasco is fortunate in that it qualifies for State matching funds.  The 119.7 million bond costs Pasco property owners only 69.5 million.   That equates to $3.25 a month for a $100,000 homes.  The Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club  fully supports community educational bonds
Pasco School Bond Don H 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Breaching Snake River Dams?

Posted by Don H on Jan 26, 2017
Jim Conca provided his views on breaching the Snake River Dams.   If the dams were breached it’s primary goal would be to restore the salmon habitat.    He reported that since 2000, the habitat has been increasing.  Through spill management, cooling fish ladders, recreating natural environments and other improved technologies, the number of fish surviving can be increased even more.  If the decision were made to remove the dams, it would be a 25-year project.  If removed, irrigation, recreation and navigation would be destroyed.   Power costs would increase 274-372 million annually since natural gas would have to replace hydro-electricity.  Hydro represents 52% of the US renewable energy. 
Breaching Snake River Dams? Don H 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

PK Rotary Supports Junior Achievement

Posted by Don H on Jan 18, 2017
Susan Fillafer, Regional Director for Junior Achievement, receives a $1000 check from Pasco-Kennewick Rotary. The check will support two middle school projects.  The check is presented by Zach Larsen.  
PK Rotary Supports Junior Achievement Don H 2017-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

Thurman Cooper and Nuclear Energy

Posted by Don H on Jan 11, 2017
Thurman Cooper of Pasco-Kennewick Rotary was our speaker this week.   Cooper is an expert on nuclear energy and a member of Columbia Consulting Group.  He stated that 70% of our energy comes from carbon sources eg.  Coal, oil and natural gas.  When one considers the impact of wind and solar, it is negligible.  Nuclear energy is not understood and most think of the Light Water Reactors (LWR) when one mentions nuclear.  There are other forms available.  One options Thurman recommends is Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs).  MSR’s use molten fluoride salts as primary coolant, at low pressure. This itself is not a radical departure when the fuel is solid and fixed. But extending the concept to dissolving the fissile and fertile fuel in the salt certainly represents a leap in lateral thinking relative to nearly every reactor operated so far.  MSR’s are safe, cheaper to build and require only 20% of the personnel of conventional reactors.
Thurman Cooper and Nuclear Energy Don H 2017-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Senator Sharon Brown Update

Posted by Don H on Jan 04, 2017
Senator Sharon Brown provided an overview of the upcoming legislative session.  The conservative majority caucus will continue to control the Senate. Its priorities include higher taxes as a last resort, eliminate government waste and change the direction of government.   Legislative priorities include JOBS.  Sharon is concerned that the Governors priorities are signal to businesses that they may do better elsewhere.   The Governor’s proposed budget includes capital gains, carbon tax and makes education less of a priority.   Sharon believes the budget includes massive tax increases while running a $648 million deficit during 2019-2021.
Senator Sharon Brown Update Don H 2017-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

PK Rotary and Kennewick Kiwanis have joint meeting

Posted by Don H on Dec 27, 2016
 
Pasco-Kennewick Rotary held its weekly meeting with the Kennewick Kiwanis on Tuesday of this week.  Each club reported on its funding sources and projects for the year.  The Kiwanis Club started a new project this year entitled “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty”.  It includes 16 programs designed to keep students in school.  The Club reports 200-250 service hours monthly to sustain the program.
 
Lynn Bergstrom was the guest speaker and gave a presentation on the history of aviation in Pasco.  Her company Bergstrom Aviation has been in business for 45 years and is spearheading the project to renovate the World War II Control Tower and making it into a museum.   Each Friday volunteers assist in the effort.  Lynn can be contacted at 509-547-6271. Lynn is pictured on the left and Kris Troyer, President PK Rotary, is at the podium.
PK Rotary and Kennewick Kiwanis have joint meeting Don H 2016-12-27 08:00:00Z 0

Tri-City Cancer Center

Posted by Don H on Dec 21, 2016
 
Dr. Guy Jones of the Tri-City Cancer Center is a native Tri-Citian and is a graduate of Hanford High School, Columbia Basin College, Washington State University and Rutger Medical School.   Upon completion of his internship at Sacred Heart Medical Center, he studied four years at the National Cancer Institute. 
 
To his surprise he found the equipment at the Tri-City Center to be state of the art.  The Varian Edge at the TC Center exceeds the capabilities of equipment found at the National Center.  Therefore, it is his opinion that one does not have to leave the Tri-Cities for cancer treatment. 
 
The Tri-City Cancer Center treats cancerous and non-cancerous conditions; thereby eliminating surgery in many instances.  The most common cancers treated are those of the brain, breast, head/neck, prostrate and skin.
Tri-City Cancer Center Don H 2016-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Rob DiPiazza Volunteered to be a Pasco School District Company Advisor...

Posted by Don H on Dec 02, 2016
 
Our hats are off to Rob DiPiazza, a long-time Pasco Kennewick Rotarian.  Once again, he volunteered as a Company Advisor for Pasco School District’s Enterprise Week.  Students are formed into small companies where they create a new product and operate a business using a computer business simulation. Each student company is partnered with a Tri-City business professional or community member.  The event runs for five days with student presentations for marketing and stock holders report.  
Rob DiPiazza Volunteered to be a Pasco School District Company Advisor... Don H 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Apollo - A Local Success Story

Posted by Don H on Nov 30, 2016
Bob Hightower, a member of Pasco Kennewick Rotary, and Mike Ellis, Safety Officer for Apollo of Kennewick updated the PK Club on its latest projects and safety record.  Apollo, the 19th largest mechanical contractor in the US, continues to expand.  It most recent projects include the $5B Tesla building in Nevada; $40M Intel structure and $430M SeaTac renovation.  The list continues to grow.  One reason for Apollo’s success is its safety record.  In addition to protecting workers, the company benefits from lower operating cost in insurance premiums. The lower cost makes the company more competitive in the bidding market. Being identified as the Best Safety Company in its category is an achievement that is win-win for everyone.
Apollo - A Local Success Story Don H 2016-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Posted by Don H on Nov 23, 2016
Laura Eder, Operations Analyst for Ste. Michelle Estates, gave a comprehensive overview of the wine industry in Washington State.  This was her first presentation outside the company.  Ste. Michelle has several wineries under its leadership umbrella.  The Company is so large that it consumes 2/3 of all grapes grown in the State.  The capital investment is massive.   It started in 1957 and has grown with a mixture of old and new worlds.  The wine industry is growing at a pace of 8-10% annually and its sales exceed one billion.   The magic of wine encompasses art, agriculture, manufacturing and science.  The Washington wine industry has the potential to exceed California’s production.
 
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Don H 2016-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Jay Zuroff  Travels in Germany

Posted by Don H on Nov 16, 2016
Jay frequently travels to Germany and the surrounding areas.  He gave an overview of recent trips. See video
 
 
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Jay Zuroff Travels in Germany Don H 2016-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

SHAKE Receives Rotary Check

Posted by Don H on Nov 10, 2016
Zach presented Jan with SHAKE, an organization that purchases school supplies for those unable to afford them, with a check for $1000.   Josh our speaker gave an update on the Rotary Foundation and the Club’s trust account.   Rich, the judge for the day, quizzed us for “its all about the money”.
SHAKE Receives Rotary Check Don H 2016-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Alicia Berry for Superior Court Judge
 

Posted by Don H on Nov 02, 2016
Alicia Berry provided a thought provoking presentation on our constitutions and the role of government.  Specifically, she raised the question at what level should decisions be made, especially those dealing with religious and minority groups.  When we hear that the Church and State should be separate, it is a falsehood.  No mention is made in the US Constitution.   She does not believe judges should legislate, but follow the constitutional guidelines of the Federal and State governments.  She is running for Superior Court Judge.
Alicia Berry for Superior Court Judge  Don H 2016-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Update

Posted by Don H on Oct 26, 2016
Fatima Traore, Dr. Darrell Fisher and Kris provided an overview of Polio.  Kris gave an analysis of polio eradication and Dr. Fisher, a polio survivor, shared his story. Finally, Fatima presented a presentation with photos/videos of her hometown and the polio survivors.  The survivors are selling their crafts and the PK Club purchased the existing inventory. 
 
Polio Update Don H 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Initiative 732 and It's Impact Upon Education

Posted by Don H on Oct 13, 2016
Dave Bond, Superintendent of Kennewick School District, provided an overview of I-732, Carbon Emission Tax, and its impact upon public education.  His analysis indicates that it is highly likely that if the initiative passes the School District will loose from $780,000 to $2 million annually.  Considering that the State Supreme Court indicates that the school districts are already underfunded, passage of this initiative is likely to make a undesirable situation worse.  The Sierra Club and the Democratic Party do not support its passage
Initiative 732 and It's Impact Upon Education Don H 2016-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Integrated Energy Resource Plan 2016

Posted by Don H on Oct 05, 2016
Lori Sanders, Benton PUD Commissioner returned with Chris Johnson of Benton PUD.  They addressed the 2016 Integrated Resource Plan and Extreme Weather System Planning.   Forecasting energy needs is a delicate process that requires information from a variety of sources.  Among the sources to determine future needs are past purchases, present purchases and the PNUUC Regional Forecast.  All these sources have to be balanced with meeting renewable energy mandated goals and anticipating political influences.   The political influences contribute to a high level of uncertainty due to future legislation. 
Integrated Energy Resource Plan 2016 Don H 2016-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Policy Center Update

Posted by Don H
Chris Cargill, Eastern Washington Director- Washington Policy Center and Maddi Clark, Agriculture Specialist, provided an overview of upcoming initiatives.   The Policy Center generally promotes free markets and not increased regulations.  Among the initiatives discussed were:  I 1433, (minimum wage and sick leave provision), is projected to hurt farmers.   I 1464, Campaign Finance, will in some instances have voters paying taxes to finance candidates they do not support.  I 1501, Public Records, will result in some union workers having unions support candidates workers do not support. I 732, Carbon Tax will result in some Washington Business leaving the State for more favorable energy prices.  Farmers are also expected to incur increased production costs.   The Policy Center can be reached at (509) 570-2384.
 
Policy Center Update Don H 2016-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Visit

 
District Governor Kees and Mayumi van der Pol and Assistant Governor Bob Quay visited Pasco-Kennewick Rotary and provided their inspirational Rotary moments.  Kees has an unusual Rotary history in that he was a member for years and then withdrew for five years.  Rotarians requested that he reconsider joining Rotary and Kees was informed the only position vacant was president-elect.  He accepted the challenge on the condition that the president’s position be a two year term.  Today he is the District Governor for 5080.   When asked why he joined again he stated he enjoyed the banter, fellowship, service projects, fund-raisers and fellow Rotarians.  He and Mayumi are a team and have attended the same Rotary training.  Both provided international stories that have changed their lives.
 
All Rotarians are invited to attend the District 5080 Conference in Nakusp, BC,  May 12-14, 2017.   Go to www.clubrunner.ca/5080/
District Governor's Visit Don H 2016-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Initiative 732 - Should You Support?

Posted by Don H on Aug 10, 2016
 
Lori Sanders, Energy NW Board Member, informed the Club why she is voting NO on Initiative 732.  Presently the State of Washington is 75% carbon free for energy production while Benton PUD is 90% free.  The State leads the Nation in low emissions for carbon production.  The Centralia coal plant will be closed, thus making the State’s coal energy production zero.   Initiative 732 taxes manufacturing, electric sectors and transportation.    The monies would go to the general fund and thereby (1) reduce the sales tax by 1%, (2) reduce the B&O tax and (3) provide 400,000 families with $1500.
 
Why is the initiative bad?  Carbon emissions will not be significantly reduced.  Our power system will still require steady, reliable energy sources. It taxes everything “not defined” as coal production even though no coal production will be present.   Perhaps its major disadvantage is that many Washington businesses will no longer be competitive and are likely to move elsewhere.  For instance, it would make economic sense for Alaska Airlines to relocate to Portland.   The impact upon Boeing is unclear.
 
Lori believes a better alternative is to modernize Initiative 937.
 
PS The dark glasses cover a “black eye” from a hiking accident on the Pacific Coast trail. 
Initiative 732 - Should You Support? Don H 2016-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Washigton State Legislative Session

Posted by Don H on Aug 03, 2016
 
Washington State Senator Sharon Brown, Vice President Pro Tempore, 8th Legislative District provided an overview of the last legislative session.  Among the distractions for this year was the Department of Correction situation whereby many convicts were released early.  Although the news media reported the situation to be attributed to a computer error, Ms. Brown thought otherwise.   She believes the Governor simply is not managing his departments.  There seems to be a void in leadership according to Brown.  
 
Progress has been made in keeping government accountable, Jason’s Law, Cyber security and education funding.  The budget includes no tax hikes when many wanted a capital gains tax.  Budget highlights include wild fire and mental health funding.   She does not believe the school district levy challenges can be solved by simply throwing money at the problem
Washigton State Legislative Session Don H 2016-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

2016 EPSON Aerial Photographer of the Year

 
David Wyatt, the 2016 EPSON Aerial Photographer of the Year, treated our Club to many of his award winning photographs.  He started his fine arts photography career during 2008.   His work is widely known and respected throughout the Pacific Northwest.  One can view his work this weekend at the outdoor Arts Fair in Richland.  He can be contacted at pilot@loftics.com or go to his site at www.loftics.com
2016 EPSON Aerial Photographer of the Year Don H 2016-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

Partners for Work Program

Posted by Don H on Jul 20, 2016
Brian Behler, promoter for Partners for Work Program, was our speaker.  He explained the program  and how it has been implemented by Spokane Rotary Club #21.  Rotarians using community connections assist those with disabilities.  Using creative ways has placed many in jobs.   The program includes preparing resumes and practice interviewing for employment.  Rich Foeppel, a member of PK Rotary, is exploring ways to implement a similar program in the Tri-Cities.
 
Partners for Work Program Don H 2016-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

A Successful RYLA Camp

Biana Chavez and Zoey Chamberlin provided an overview of their experiences at RYLA this year.  We received a day by day curriculum presentation.  Biana stated this was an excellent transition from high school to college.  A special “thank you” to Gail and Kat for their contributions being members of the RYLA staff.
A Successful RYLA Camp Don H 2016-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Inspiration to Troubled Youth

Posted by Don H on Jul 06, 2016
Rick Griffen, Jubilee Leadership Academy, provide an overview of why many young men do not succeed.   Many believe that society does not want them to succeed and adverse experiences in youth carry over into adulthood.   The forms of abuse include physical, emotional and sexual while the forms of neglect include physical and emotional.  
 
Some troubled youth never learned to read and this situation has contributed to failure.   Rick states no one wants to be controlled and it’s relationships that contributed to success.
Inspiration to Troubled Youth Don H 2016-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

TRIOS Imaging Technology

Posted by Don H on Jun 29, 2016
Larry Zackula, manager of diagnostic imaging at TRIOS, provided an overview of the hospital’s imaging capabilities.   TRIOS, as of 2014, has the most complete imaging in the United States.  The complete line of equipment includes:  Ultrasound, MRI, X-Ray, 3D Mammography, Computerized Tomography, Fluoroscopy, and Nuclear Medicine.   Digital PET is coming next.   Collectively the equipment allows for the best treatment available.
TRIOS Imaging Technology Don H 2016-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Using Microscopes for Improved Research

Posted by Don H on Jun 01, 2016
 
Dr. Arun Devaraj, senior research scientist with PNNL/EMSL, provided a presentation on the power/ many uses of microscopes.  The first book published was “Micrographia” in 1665.  Since that publication, researchers have found numerous ways to improve materials using the power of microscopes.  Changing the arrangements of atoms affects the way materials behave.  Blacksmiths learned that heating and cooling metal increased its strength.  As the power of microscopes improved, electronic microscopes through scanning and transmission provided 2D images never seen previously.   Today 3D chemical imaging enabled by multi-model analysis, provide an increased level of magnification and study.   In addition to microscopic imagery, his section is researching energy storage using Li-on batteries and atomic scale analysis of biomaterials.
Using Microscopes for Improved Research Don H 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

PK Rotary Supports the Community

Posted by Don H on May 26, 2016
Our Zach Larsen provided an overview of community projects supported by PK Rotary this year.
 
 
 
 
PK Rotary Supports the Community Don H 2016-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

Tri-Tech Scholarships

Posted by Don H on May 18, 2016
Today the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary recognized five Tri-Tech students for their academic/ professional achievements.   Students received a $1,000 tool scholarship to ease the transition to their respective fields.   From left to right the recipients are:  Bryson Davis – Auto Body, Enrique Leal – Construction, Elijah Gomez – Construction (HVAC), Eduardo Ramos – Auto Systems and Miguel Rodriguez – Auto Body.
Tri-Tech Scholarships Don H 2016-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

John Goldsbury Officers of the Year- 2016

Posted by Don H on May 12, 2016
Yearly the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club recognizes an outstanding police officer from the Cities of Pasco and Kennewick.  Each officer is nominated by his/her chief and identified as a “John Goldsbury” award winner.   John Goldsbury is a past member of the PK Rotary, Tri-Citian of the Year and supporter of Law Enforcement.  In John’s memory this award was created.   Pictured above are this year’s recipients:  Shirrell Vietenheimer of the Kennewick  Police Department and Matt Griffin of  the Pasco Police Department.
John Goldsbury Officers of the Year- 2016 Don H 2016-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Pasco-Kennewik Rotary Scholarship Winners for 2016

Posted by Don H on May 05, 2016
 
Recipients of the 2016 Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Collegiate Scholarships are shown above.  Each received a $2,000 scholarship deposited with the college/university of their choice.  Winners left to right are:  Zoey Chamberlin, Katelin Crowner, Logan Smith, Ludmila Sokolovich, Bianca Chavez and Jocelyn Delgadillo. 
Pasco-Kennewik Rotary Scholarship Winners for 2016 Don H 2016-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Benton-Franklin Court System

Jackie Stam, Court Commissioner, and Adam Pechtel, an attorney specializing in employment disputes, provided an overview of the Court System in Benton and Franklin Counties.   The history includes a regional court system that eventually evolved into the Judicial District we have today.  Overviews of interesting judges including John Truay, James Lawless, John Day, and Duane Taber were given.   The primary reason for the present consolidated court system is greater efficiency and cost savings.  Since most, to include criminals, consider the Tri-Cities one community, it makes sense to have one court system.   Otherwise, we would have a duplication of efforts and associated costs.
 
 
 
The Benton-Franklin Court System Don H 2016-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Tamera Holder - Fox News Contributor

Posted by Don H on Apr 20, 2016
 
Tamera Holder, Fox News Contributor and daughter of our PK Rotary President, was our guest speaker.  She provided insights into working with such personalities such as Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.    Her primary focus was mental health issues in our society.  She believes that 20% of our population suffers from depression.  Additionally, many in our prisons have mental health issues.  It is estimated that 80% in prison are non-violent drug offenders.  Rather than budgeting for law enforcement, we should be spending more on those with mental health problems.    Presently, the LA County Jail is the largest health provider in our country.  Among the causes of mental health issues are war, drugs and alcohol. 
Tamera Holder - Fox News Contributor Don H 2016-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

The LInk - An Alternative to the Performing Arts Center

Posted by Don H on Apr 06, 2016
 
Eric Van Winkle provided an alternative to the proposed performing arts center.   At this time it’s called the “The Link Entertainment Center”.   The primary focal points would be Broadway shows, events and sports.  The Link is designed to be multi-use with flexibility.  At the same time, the seating would be first class and not the hard plastic type seats.    The proposed Link would be 110,000 square feet addition to the Convention Center and provide seating in the auditorium for up to 2300 guests.  The project would be paid by an increase in the Kennewick sales tax by 2 cents per $10, on consumables only.  
 
Studies have shown the need for better facilities with the following responses:
            Performing Arts:                   65%
            Athletics                                 20%
            Convention space                    9%
            Business events                       6%
 
The proposed performing arts center with 800 seats is believed to be too small to attract major shows according to Eric.         
The LInk - An Alternative to the Performing Arts Center Don H 2016-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

A Performance Arts Center for the Tri-Cities

Posted by Don H on Mar 30, 2016
 
Kim Richards, a member of the Arts Center Task Force, discussed a proposal for a Center at Vista Field.   Among the many benefits to community a center would stimulate economic development, increase tourism, and generally improve the quality of life.  Presently there is no suitable performance venue for local and touring performances.  A 2013 market study recommended a facility that seats 800 with a projected cost of $20-$25 million.  The facility would copy many features found at McIntryre Hall in Skagit Valley.   These features include exemplary acoustics,  energy efficiency, confortable seating, art gallery and classroom space. August 2016 starts the fund raising campaign.  
A Performance Arts Center for the Tri-Cities Don H 2016-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Seventh Northwest Power Plan

Dr. Tom Karier, Northwest Power and Conservation Commission, provided the highlights of the Pacific Northwest Power Plan.  The 7th plan was recently completed and will be used as a guide for the next five years.   The analysis included 20 scenarios and sensitivity studies.    They only studied commercially available technology; therefore nuclear energy was not addressed.  Apparently there are many potential nuclear options, but none have been selected.  Among the findings are coal will be replaced with other options and the least cost strategy will continue to be conservation.  The load growth for the next twenty years is projected to be flat even though we will have more customers.
Seventh Northwest Power Plan Don H 2016-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Atomic Man Survives

Posted by Don H on Mar 09, 2016
 
Eugene Carbaugh provided an overview of the Harold McCluskey (age 64), who became known as the Atomic Man. On August 30, 1976 Harold was working in a platinum finishing plant where a chemical explosion in an ion exchange column occurred. The blast of radioactive material caused debris to hit his face.  Eugene commented on the immediate actions of clothing removal and face flushing with water.  Numerous baths and showers followed.  Measuring the contamination was a new experience using a gamma camera and detector.  The initial treatment included Ca-DTPA with Zn supplement for five days followed by Zn-DTPA for another five days.  Harold received 583 grams of DTPA over a five-year period.  During August 1987, Harold died of congestive heart failure with no signs of cancer.  Apparently the medical treatment was effective and he died of natural causes.   His treatment has become the standard for today’s medicine. 
Atomic Man Survives Don H 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Friends of Scouting Don H 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Friends of Scouting

Posted by Don H on Mar 08, 2016
Members of the PK Rotary attended the Friends of Scouting (FOS) Annual Breakfast.  The FOS is the primary fund raising activity for the Blue Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America.  This activity makes scouting possible in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.   Representing PK Rotary were Josh, Zach, Kris, Rod (Eagle Scout), Don and Rich. 
 
Friends of Scouting Don H 2016-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Junior Achievement and PK Rotary

 
The Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club takes great pride in supporting youth activities throughout the Tri-City area.  Among the fund raising activities is the Junior Achievement 20th annual Americana Bowl.  The team members representing PK Rotary were (First Row) Rob, Judy, Evelyn and Linda.  Carl and Don (Back Row).  All had a great time while supporting the Junior Achievement program.
Junior Achievement and PK Rotary Don H 2016-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Walla Walla District Army Corps of Engineers

 
Major Davis, Deputy Commander, represented Lieutenant Colonel Vail, Walla Walla District Commander. The Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, includes portions of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.  The District is the 2nd largest producer of hydro-electricity in the US.   The District adds value to the area through its 870 employees and a $210 M budget.  Forty percent of the country’s wheat moves through its waterways while protecting the fishery industry.  2015 marked a record number of fish returning to the rivers and streams.  The numerous functions include rivers maintenance, battle Western blazes, levee and dam maintenance and spillway weirs that help increase fish survival. The local quality of life is increased through its commercial and recreational programs
Walla Walla District Army Corps of Engineers Don H 2016-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Marji Kaspar A Landscape Architect

Posted by Don H on Feb 24, 2016
 
Marji Kaspar, a member of PK Rotary, reported on the Landscape Architecture profession.  She outlined the differences between a contractor and an architect.  The list is extensive for landscape architecture projects.  Among them are designing campuses, conservation, corporate and commercial sites, land planning, parks and recreation and storm water management.   All landscape architects must pass an extensive examination to become certified.  Those going through the certification route rather than the BA education route have a much higher passing rate. Age and maturity could be contributing factors.
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Marji Kaspar A Landscape Architect Don H 2016-02-24 08:00:00Z 0

Dick Quigley Receives Award

Posted by Don H on Feb 19, 2016
 
Our good friend and long time Rotarian, Dick Quigley, receives an award for 11 years of service to the Lady of Lourdes Board.  The presentation is made by Kathy Ruggles and Connie Gillispie.   Congrats Dick!
Dick Quigley Receives Award Don H 2016-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Mohammad Khan's and ISIL

Posted by Don H on Feb 18, 2016
 
Dr. Mohammad Khan provided an overview of the Muslim religion with its founder, Mohammed who was born 570 AD.  He indicated the basis for the religion is based upon peace and not murder. In fact, Dr. Khan believes that Islam has more rights to women than any other religion.  Both sexes should seek knowledge.  When one considers the actions of ISIL, the group is not living per the Koran and Mohammed’s teachings. 
Dr. Mohammad Khan's and ISIL Don H 2016-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

Eamonn Roach, Attorney, Our Immigration System is Broken

Posted by Don H on Feb 10, 2016
 
Attorney Eamonn Roach, an immigration law specialist, provided an overview of our immigration system.  Specifically he indicated the system is broken.  While politicians promote building a wall, Eamonn believes the problem really lies with our visa control system.  Who is allowed to immigrate to the US?  Only 15% is employment based. 
Eamonn Roach, Attorney, Our Immigration System is Broken Don H 2016-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Our Thurman -Speaker with Little Notice

 

Today’s guest speaker failed to show and as usual the talent in our Club provided the speaker.  Thurman Cooper gave an impromptu and informative presentation.  His opinion is that pressurized nuclear reactors are unsafe as compared to other options and should be replaced with Generation 4 Reactors.  Being salt based, the reactors are superior with a boiling point of 1400 degrees, easy to recycle the fuel, convert all uranium and can be refueled in one day.
 
Our Thurman -Speaker with Little Notice Don H 2016-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Christer Jansson and the Production of Methane Gas

Posted by Don H on Jan 27, 2016
 
Dr. Christer Jannson, Director of Plant Sciences, PNNL provided an overview of rice and its impact upon releasing methane into the atmosphere.   Through genetic engineering a new hybrid, Susiba Rice, reduces the methane gas release to zero and also provides denser grains for additional nutrition. 
Dr. Christer Jansson and the Production of Methane Gas Don H 2016-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

"DarkLIght" The Next Level of Cyber Security

Posted by DonH on Jan 20, 2016
 
Ryan Hominer, Chief Technology Officer, for Champion Technology, provided an overview of his company .  The technology was developed at Battelle and some of its employees started the company.    The concept was originally funded by PNNL during 2009 and the Company was formed 2013.  It’s premier product is software named “DarkLight”.  The software is unique in that it has special capabilities to provide a higher level of cyber security.  Many universities are joining Champion’s efforts through software education.   The software was identified as being among the top R and D 100 Winners for 2015.
 
 
"DarkLIght" The Next Level of Cyber Security DonH 2016-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Kennewick School District Levy

Posted by Don H on Jan 14, 2016
 
David Bond, Superintendent of Kennewick School District, provided an overview of the upcoming school levy.  Dr. Bond indicated that the upcoming vote is actually a “replacement levy.”  Tax payers will pay the same rate for the next two years provided the levy passes.  Once passed, the District will receive State equalization funds.  If the levy does not pass, the operating budget will be reduced by 20% thus eliminating many programs including teacher pay days for curriculum development and extra-curricular programs.  Eg. Music, sports etc.
 
Dr. Bond provided his personal views on mandated State funding and the Supreme Court’s ruling concerning education funding in Washington State.
 
Kennewick School District Levy Don H 2016-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

Newly Elected PK Rotary Officers

Posted by Don H on Jan 07, 2016
 
The newly elected officers from left to right are Rob DiPiazza, Membership; Evelyn Lusignan, President Elect; Kris Troyer, President; Kat Lawrence, Vice President; Eric Little, Club Service; Paul Miles, International Service.  Not present is Kathy Ruggles, Special Projects.
Newly Elected PK Rotary Officers Don H 2016-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Life in Cuba by Durien Calderin

Posted by Don H on Dec 23, 2015
 
Durien Calderin, a Cuban refugee, provided a very informative overview of life in Cuba.  As with any country there is both the good and bad.  On the positive side, Cuba provides universal access to education from elementary to graduate school.  Universal health care is provided as well.  The country is rich in a charismatic culture with Spanish and Afro roots.  On the negative side professionals are poorly compensated causing some to seek second jobs.  There is a shortage of products, no open commerce, technology or freedom of the press.  Additionally there is a lack of affordable housing.  With the government having complete control, there is a lack of plurity in terms of ideology or political views.  Even though health care is free, its standards are poor.  Many of the problems facing Cuba are viewed as being caused by the United States.  With an effort to normalize relations, it may be difficult for the government to continue blaming the US for its shortcomings.   Darien’s departure from Cuba is a story in itself.
Life in Cuba by Durien Calderin Don H 2015-12-23 08:00:00Z 0
New Member - Dr. Nikom Wannarachue Don H 2015-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

The Electrical Energy Grid

Posted by Don H on Dec 17, 2015
Dr. Henry Huang provided an update on the electrical power grid.  It’s been six years since Dr. Huang provided his last update.   The two words associated with the power grid over the last six years are “faster” and “bigger”.  During 2003 New York City and 2011 San Diego had blackouts.   Today’s power grid system is designed to eliminate these failures.   The electrical landscape is changing rapidly with the addition of solar and wind energy generating systems.   Both are not a steady electrical source; and require computerization to manage the constantly changing power generating systems and electrical demands.   Computers can run at unprecedented speeds today to help manage the grid.  
 
The Electrical Energy Grid Don H 2015-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

The Cost of Energy

Posted by Don H on Dec 09, 2015
 
Dr. James Conca gave an enthusiastic presentation on “The Cost of Energy: Nuclear Dilemma”.  Dr. Conca states that energy has never been cheaper as compared to the GDP.  The fastest growing energy source in the world is coal, followed by natural gas.  Nuclear, wind and solar comprise the bottom of the list.   Developing nations without an infrastructure turn to coal as the energy source of choice.  Dr. Conca provided construction and maintenance costs of the various energy sources.  With nuclear being safe, no carbon footprint and cost effective, many wonder why the nuclear industry has not become more popular. 
 
The Cost of Energy Don H 2015-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

The Status of Women in Washington State

Posted by Don H on Nov 18, 2015
 
Liz Vivian, Women’s Funding Alliance from the Seattle area, cited the nonprofit’s mission “to advance leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls in Washington State”.  The nonprofit works in three distinct ways:  (1) make the case by conducting research and analyzing trends, (2) drive solutions through strategic grant investments and (3) mobilize communities.   Key findings include that women comprise 58.7 percent of the workforce and  median incomes are only $41,300 as compared to men of $53,000.  Asian women have the highest income of $45,000 while Hispanic women have the lowest median income of $27,000.   Women have a tendency to seek occupations that pay less than men.
The Status of Women in Washington State Don H 2015-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Ms. Kiah Griffith- A Success Story

Posted by Don H on Nov 12, 2015
 
Ms. Kiah Griffith provided her personal experiences from attending a small rural school to graduating with a Nuclear Engineering Degree.   While a student at Purdue, she applied for the GEAR program and attended a year in France with all course work done in the native language.  Today she works for Bechtel and is an inspiration to STEM students.  Her avenue for success includes:  Teach confidence,You can do anything, Power of Youth, Endless possibilities, No excuses, and Encourage experimentation.   Kiah was a delight to have as our guest speaker.
Ms. Kiah Griffith- A Success Story Don H 2015-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Developes Technology for Commercial Purposes

Posted by Don H on Nov 04, 2015
 
Peter C Christensen, Manager, Technology Commercialization Office, PNNL provided an overview of the many options companies have available to them for transferring, developing technology for commercial purposes.  Many products including the CD were ideas developed by PNNL.  The Grid Scale Battery is showing promise in that it can store energy provided by wind/ solar generating sources
 
 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Developes Technology for Commercial Purposes Don H 2015-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

Sign Fracture Care International Continues to Grow

Posted by Don H on Oct 28, 2015
 
Jeanne Dillner, CEO) Sign Fracture Care International, once again visited PK Rotary.  Her message was the program continues to expand.   The non-profit organization started during 1999 and served approximately 100 patients.   Today it serves over 25,000 annually.   All this is done with donations primarily.   The organization receives 1-2 requests each week to start new a SIGN program.  With traffic accidents on the rise,  fractures requiring medical attention are rising as well.
Sign Fracture Care International Continues to Grow Don H 2015-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

Benton PUD Community Solar Farm

Posted by Don H on Oct 21, 2015
 
James Dykes, Power Analyst Benton PUD, provided an overview of the Benton PUD’s Community Solar Panel Farm.  The community had a project price of $375,000 divided into shares valued at $250 each.   The project was built with Washington State produced panels and installed by A&R Solar from Seattle.  It went on-line July 1st, 2015.   In addition James provided an overview of how the power grad has changed.   With home installation, homeowners are now adding power to the grid. 
Benton PUD Community Solar Farm Don H 2015-10-21 07:00:00Z 0

The BRCA Mutation and Cancer

Posted by Don H on Oct 14, 2015
 
Rachel Gorham, WHNP, Trios woman’s health practice is among the top 10 providers in the nation.   She gave an excellent presentation on Breast Cancer and Genetics.  What every woman (and man) should know.   Specifically, the BRCA mutation is an indicator of increased risk of breast and colon cancer.  Of the mammograms provided by TRIOS, 6.2% of the women are considered to be high risk.  Woman with the mutation have an 87% chance of developing cancer by the age of 70.   With early detection, lives can be saved.  Men like women are equally at risk. 
The BRCA Mutation and Cancer Don H 2015-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Awards

Posted by Don H on Sep 30, 2015
 
Josh Chittenden and Carl Holder presented Paul Harris Fellows to Bill Hames, Craig Mayfield, Tom Thompson, Bob Valient and Leon Lindbloom.   Their contributions of $1000 each support the Rotary Foundation. 
Paul Harris Fellow Awards Don H 2015-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Radel, President of Phoenix Nuclear Labs -- Guest Speaker

Posted by Don H on Sep 16, 2015
 
Dr. Radel, President of Phoenix Nuclear Labs presented an overview of a new gas target neutron generator developed by his company.  Among the applications for this new generator are radiography, medical isotope production, detection of explosives and nuclear materials.  Other generators are on the market, but on a much smaller scale.  At the present time, his company has no competitors on the international market. 
 
 
Dr. Radel, President of Phoenix Nuclear Labs -- Guest Speaker Don H 2015-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Zay Zuroff's Update

Posted by Don H on Sep 09, 2015
Our own Dr. Jay Zuroff, orthodontist, provided an update on the Club’s contributions to assist young students with oral irregularities.   Zay donates his time and the club provides the funds for materials.  This program, in my opinion, is what Rotary is all about.  We are changing lives by building self-esteem and approving appearance by providing dental care that otherwise would not be available.  When one views the “after photos”, Jay’s dental expertise is apparent.
 
Many thanks to Jay for supporting this Rotary program!!
 
Zay Zuroff's Update Don H 2015-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Elephant Ears 2015 - Another Successful Fundraiser

Posted by Don H on Aug 30, 2015
 
This year's Elephant Ears Benton-Franklin County Fair fundraiser was another success.  Congrats to PK Rotarians!!
 
 
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Elephant Ears 2015 - Another Successful Fundraiser Don H 2015-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Encanto on KNDU Wake-up Northwest NBC Carl Holder 2015-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Western Governor's University

Posted by Don H on Aug 05, 2015
 
Dr. Jean Floten, Chancellor of Western Governor’s University, provided an overview of the WGU program.   Nineteen western governors saw a need for alternative university educational opportunities.  WGU is an on-line university that has much lower operating costs, thus saving students thousands.  The six-month tuition is $3000 and students can take as many courses that meets their schedule.  
 
The university is competency based.  Once students have mastered skills, they move to the next level until graduation.   The average student, a mid-career working adult, completes a degree in 24-36 months.  The university has four colleges with 50 degrees.  Students are cautioned about excess debt and many graduate with no debt.   Today’s student body is approximately 8,000 students in fifty states.   Additionally, each student is assigned a full time faculty advisor who monitors the students’ progress. 
Western Governor's University Don H 2015-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Encanto

Posted by Carl Holder
Rotary Encanto. It's going to be a great event, a night of Encanto.
Get your tickets. 
Join on Rotary Encanto Facebook, invite your connections
Last night in Seattle, Jose Iniguez released his first CD, now Rotary Encanto.
Tickets:  Plaza del Calzado, 408 W Lewis St, Pasco, WA   509-544-9422, or online.  joseiniguez.com  http://www.joseiniguez.com
 
Rotary Encanto Carl Holder 2015-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Pendleton Roundup is Almost Here

Posted by Don H on Jul 29, 2015
Carl Culham and Corey Neistadt  provided an excellent presentation on the Pendleton Roundup.  The roundup is always the second full week of September and is celebrating its 105th year.   It addition to the rodeo, the week features Happy Canyon Night, Main Street Cowboys and the VFW Breakfast.    The parade is Friday starting at 10:00 AM.   A second unofficial parade is on Saturday.   All events attract approximately 60,000 attendees. 
Pendleton Roundup is Almost Here Don H 2015-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Tarantulas A Family Pet

Posted by Don H on Jul 21, 2015
 
Eric Hann, Principle Bethlehem Lutheran School,  provided a presentation on tarantulas, a great family pet.  One can identify tarantulas by their characteristics of eight eyes, eight legs and two retractable claws at the end of each leg.  Although they have poor eyesight, they have excellent touch hairs which pick up vibrations.  The life span of a female can be 20-30 years.  Tarantulas DON’T ATTACK humans. 
Tarantulas A Family Pet Don H 2015-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you Benton County Fairgrounds 2015-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Thurman Reveals Answer to Nuclear Energy

Posted by Don H
 
Our own Thurman was our speaker for today and he gave a compelling argument for replacing water-cooled reactors with sodium-cooled fast reactors  (SFR).  Sodium reactors seemed to be more efficient, safer and can burn spent uranium and plutonium products.  Thurman believes we don’t have an energy problem, but a knowledge problem in the nuclear industry and government.
Thurman Reveals Answer to Nuclear Energy Don H 2015-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Ron Weed and Fellow Rotarians Visit Thailand

Posted by Don H on Jun 10, 2015
Ron Weed with the assistance of Janine Swarleg and Nik Wanaraschu provided an excellent overview of the Rotary Friendship Tour to Thailand.  During their four district tour, they were treated like royalty.  They had the fortunate experience to celebrate the King’s birthday as well as being treated to many gifts.  Many of their newly acquired friends introduced them to the many customs of their nation.
 
 
 
 
Next week we will have Thai representatives visit our community.   Ron prepared us to welcome our guests in their native tongue.
Ron Weed and Fellow Rotarians Visit Thailand Don H 2015-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Oral Hygiene - The Systemic Link

Posted by Don H on May 27, 2015
Our own Larissa Recker was today’s speaker.  Her topic, the oral –systemic link.   She provided detailed information concerning the connection to one’s health and oral hygiene.  Upon completion we were given the opportunity to take an exam.  Leon, as usual, received a 100% score.
 
Oral Hygiene - The Systemic Link Don H 2015-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Awards Vocational Excellence

Posted by Don H on May 20, 2015
Today we honored six students from Tri-Tech Skills Center.  Bob Spaulding was the MC and provided his inspirational "dog story".   Make sure you are following sound advice.
 
Luis Barbosa Auto Body Repair
 
Conner Belmont Construction Trades
 
 
Alexa Castellanos Construction Trades
 
 
Angelica Sanchez Culinary Arts
 
 
Eibher Sanchez Auto Body Repair
 
 
Osvaldo Tovar Construction
 
Scholarship Awards Vocational Excellence Don H 2015-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Awards

2015 Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Educational Scholarship Awards:

 

Names of students left to right: Richard Para, Maria Rodriguez, Nilda Parra Gutierrez, Maria Celeste Estrada, Courtney Hall, and Ronny Banh

 

Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients!

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National Law Day: Juvenile Justice System

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

National Law Day: Juvenile Justice System

This week "Judge Jackie" and "Attorney Jeff" came and spoke to us about our bi-county judicial district's juvenile justice system. Currently, there are over 33,000 at-risk youth between both Benton and Franklin counties - making the juvenile justice system imperative for us. Topics discussed included how minors are treated in both civil and criminal cases as well as some comparisons to how adults in similar situations are treated. Special attention was paid to the BECCA laws which deal with truancy and youth at risk programs.
 
You can learn more about our juvenile justice system here: http://www.benton-franklinsuperiorcourt.com/juvenile-justice/
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Guest Speaker: Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent

Posted on Apr 08, 2015

Guest Speaker: Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent

 
This week's presentation was from Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent. The main topic discussed was levies and the future of our schools' testing systems as well as how the scores will be precieved to students and their families. It is also imporant that the state provides funding for student transportation, materials, supplies, and operating costs, as well as the funds for full-day Kindergarten and the expenses necessary to lower the class sizes in grades K-3 to a 17:1 ratio.
 
Find out more about Randy Dorn and his work for Washington schools at his website: http://www.k12.wa.us/aboutus/RDornbiography.aspx
Guest Speaker: Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

Larissa Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

Posted by Don H on Apr 07, 2015
Kris Troyer awarded Larissa Recker a Paul Harris Fellow for her service to Pasco Kennewick Rotary. The presentation was made in memory Gary Troyer, a Rotarian who understood the meaning of service.
 
Larissa Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award Don H 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker: Our own Tina Beach: Pipeline Safety

 
Tina Beach spoke with us today regarding pipeline safety its importance throughout the state of Washington. An emphasis was placed on utilization of phone calls to the "call before you dig" line 811. One easy call to 811 initiates the free service to locate underground utilities and helps protect you, your family and neighbors from injury and expense. Make sure to call when planning any type of construction, home improvement or landscaping project (even gardening or planting a tree!) that requires digging or excavating. For more information on Pipeline Safety you can visit Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) website: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/home
 
Their website offers a vast plethora of information such as data and statistics, enforcement of laws, public meetings, and more! Check it out if you're curious, and be sure to remember to always call 811 before digging!
Guest Speaker: Our own Tina Beach: Pipeline Safety 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

Kris is Third Up At Bat

Posted on Mar 31, 2015
 
Today Kris Troyer was third up at bat. She took the gavel and pounded with authority as both our President and President Elect were out of town.  Great job Kris!!
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Rod Coler Represents Rotary at Friends of Scouting Event

Posted by Don H on Mar 24, 2015
 
Rod Coler represented P-K Rotary at the Blue Mountain Council Friends of Scouting breakfast today.   Rod is wearing his merit badges which he earned for his Eagle Scout Award.  His boy scout handbook is in his right hand.  Rod lives by the scout oath daily.  
Rod Coler Represents Rotary at Friends of Scouting Event Don H 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Dr James Conca - WA State and Carbon Pricing

Posted on Mar 10, 2015
 
Dr James Conca gave an overview of the Washington State and Carbon Pricing.  Our earth’s temperatures are increasing and carbon emissions are the cause.  Over 1 M people die from coal particulates each year of which 20K are in the United States and over 300K are in China.  Use of coal increases health care costs by 10% or $300 billion each year.  While coal contributes to the fastest growing carbon footprint, it is also the fastest growing energy source followed by natural gas.  How will we achieve a low carbon footprint in Washington?  The answer is we already have it once the coal plant closes in 2025.   Our reliance on hydro-power provides a low carbon footprint. 
 
The goal is to have everyone driving electric vehicles in the future.   The increased energy demand will likely to provided through increase use of nuclear energy.
Dr James Conca - WA State and Carbon Pricing 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

Kris Troyer Awards Four Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Don H on Mar 10, 2015
 
Kris Troyer awards four Paul Harris Fellows to Zach Larsen, Kathleen Lawrence, Randy Schneider and Don Havre.  The awards were made in memory of our good friend and fellow Rotarian Gary Troyer.  We certainly miss him.   Thanks Kris for all you do!
Kris Troyer Awards Four Paul Harris Fellows Don H 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker: Lamont Glass - National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, February 18, 2015   Guest Speaker: Lamont Glass - National Wildlife Refuge

 
Our speaker this week was Lamont Glass, from the National Wildlife Refuge. Topics discussed included the Refuge Improvement Act of 1997, the many types of wildlife that can be found on our local refuge sites, as well as the many activities available to the public on refuge sites. Many sites offer public observations and photography, and most allow hunting as well. Currently, the McNary Environmental Education Center (which is ran largely by volunteers) is opening its doors to the public on weekdays and even some weekends, offering the public options for outdoor learning programs. The education center is a great option for the whole family - just prepare to get a little mud in your shoes! You can find more information about the McNary Wildlife Refuge at their webite here: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/mcNary/
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Guest Speaker: Tom Moak - Port of Kennewick Commissioner

Tom Moak - Port of Kennewick Commissioner Re: Vista Field

This Wednesday (February 11, 2015), Tom Moak, Port of Kennewick Commissioner, spoke to us about the potential future for Vista Field in Kennewick. The Port of Kennewick is working with the public to redevelop Vista Field into a modern, urban center of the Tri-Cities in an effort to create more jobs, more business, and provide us with a central gathering place for many generations. The new idea is designed to make that part of Kennewick more pedestrian and community-friendly, similar to a down-town area in larger cities. Since voting in 2013 to close Vista Field and begin redevelopment, many new and exciting concepts have been introduced- including the potential creation of a performing arts center by re-purposing the airport hangars already in place.
 
For more information and to offer any feedback on the project, Tom Moak has recommended visiting http://portofkennewick.org/
 
Any feedback from the community is appreciated, as the members of the community are the main beneficiaries of this project.
Guest Speaker: Tom Moak - Port of Kennewick Commissioner Larissa Recker 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bill Hamel DOE/RL Guest Speaker

Posted by Don H on Jan 20, 2015
Dr. Bill Hamel DOE/RL Assistant Manager for Waste Treatment and immobilization Plant at Hanford spoke today.   His overlying theme was “always safety first”.  He discussed the aging tanks, transfer of waste to the double wall tanks and the issues associated with removing the waste from tanks.   The pumps have to be specially engineered to process the toxic wastes.
 
His overview of the area’s pretreatment facility, high level waste facility, low level waste facility, analytical laboratory and balance of facilities provided insights as the operational process.
 
When asked when the first log will be processed, he refused to answer based upon on-going negotiations.
Dr. Bill Hamel DOE/RL Guest Speaker Don H 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

Thank You - Young Life

During this summer's Creation Northwest concert series at the B/F Fairgrounds, members of the Young Life ministry assisted with operating the PK Rotary's Elephant Ear food concession.  Shown here are (r-l) Rtn John Clement giving the earnings to leader Bryan Ace (Boys and Girls Clubs) and his colleague, Steve Volmer.  Thank you for your efforts!
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New Members and Awards

Recent recognition at PK Rotary was the addition of two new members and awards.  Shown here in clockwise order are new Rotarians  Joyce Vandersommen (center with Rtn Ed Branham and Steve Howland)  and Tina Beach, Service Above Self award to Rtn. Gail Greagor from Past Pres. Steve Howland, and  (l-r) Paul Harris Fellow Rtn Rich Foeppel with PK Foundation Chair Josh Chittenden.  Welcome and congratulations!
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PK Rotarian of the Year

On August 6, Past President Steve Howland awarded Dottie Stevens with Rotarian of the Year for 2013-14.  Dottie is recognized as shepherding the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Scholarship program for 24 years.   Many thanks from all the members for keeping the program going and eliciting and finding greatly deserving students. 
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Possible New (Young) Rotarian?

Posted by Gary Troyer on Jul 08, 2014

P-K Rtn Dottie Stevens thrilled members by inviting our youngest potential Rotary member, 10 day old Baylee Ann O'Brien to the June 9 meeting.  Proud parents Christina and Jake were willing to let numerous more mature members have a 'Grandma Fix' during the meeting.  Smiles abounded.Image

Possible New (Young) Rotarian? Gary Troyer 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris and Membership Sponsors

Posted by Gary Troyer on Jul 08, 2014

Recently, visiting District Governor Norm McCarvell assisted with presentations of Paul Harris and Member Sponsor pins to P-K Rotarians. Image

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Paul Harris and Membership Sponsors Gary Troyer 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

PK Welcomes New Rotarian

Posted by Gary Troyer on May 06, 2014

On May 7, new Rotarian Brenda Bergman was welcomed as a new Rotarian and member of the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club. Shown with Brenda is sponsor Rotarian Gloria Sadlier (left). Welcome aboard!Image

PK Welcomes New Rotarian Gary Troyer 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Scholarship Award Recipients

Posted by Steve Howland on Apr 29, 2014

ImageCongratulations to the 2014 Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Scholarship Award recipients, Jayme Walker (River View High School), Karla Bahena (Kennewick High School), Justin Smith (Kamiakin High School), Abigail Buckenberger (Pasco High School) and Eilonwy Shugars (Delta High School)!

 

2014 Scholarship Award Recipients Steve Howland 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Bob Ferguson, WA Attorney General to Speak

Posted by Steve Howland on Mar 03, 2014

Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, will be speaking at the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club on March 5th. He will be discussing the Arlene's Flowers case. Please arrive early as he will be taking the podium at 12:15 PM.

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Bob Ferguson, WA Attorney General to Speak Steve Howland 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Applications Gail Greager 2014-02-21 00:00:00Z 0

New Member

Posted by Kris Troyer on Feb 18, 2014
On February 19, 2014, George Fearing rejoined the P-K Rotary club.  While he was a former member who had to leave due to work commitments, he has now returned with all the rights and privileges of a 'Red Ribbon' member.  Photo shows (l-r) sponsor Bill Hames, membership chair Kris Troyer formally welcoming George to the club.  Welcome Aboard!Image
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Exchange Student Visit

Posted by Gary Troyer on Nov 26, 2013

Local Rotarians are hosting foreign exchange students again this year.  Recently, Lukas Sarbach visited PK Rotary and exchanged club banners from his home Club in Switzerland with Pres. Steve Howland.  In addition, Lukas had the opportunity to meet Congressman Doc Hastings after Doc's presentation to the club.  Lukas is attending Richland High School through June 2014 and is currently hosted by Rtns Gary and Kris Troyer.

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Exchange Student Visit Gary Troyer 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

Wheelchair Ramp for Zuri

Posted by Gary Troyer on Nov 22, 2013
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Zuri suffers from spina bifada. This young lady has undergone several surgeries to straighten her legs so she can eventually walk by herself with a walker. She is making remarkable progress.

The attached pictures show the combined efforts of members of the West Highlands United Methodist Church and the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary to provide an assisted use temporary wheelchair/walker ramp for Zuri. A Rotarian identified a ramp that was no longer needed and the team moved and installed it at Zuri's house. Her family participated with the installation and shared lunch provided by her school teachers with the team.

As can be seen in the pictures (more and photo album), Zuri and her family are pleased with the results.

Wheelchair Ramp for Zuri Gary Troyer 2013-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Crazy Good Elephant Ears Work: The Members

Posted by Marjorie Kaspar on Oct 08, 2013

The Club is so grateful for the countless committee meetings, sub-committee meetings; deep research, errands and construction work on up-dating the Elephant Ear Pastry Booth for the County Fair this year. Almost everyone in the club put their weight behind this immense project, it’s construction or it’s staffing. Everyone should congratulate themselves on completion of this project so successfully and donating their three club shifts and their additional expertise.

We are grateful for the sacrifice of family and business time. If you missed the party here is a picture of the cake!

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Crazy Good Elephant Ears Work: The Members Marjorie Kaspar 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Elephant Ear Booth gets updated

Posted by Steve Howland on Jun 20, 2013
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The Elephant Ear booth is moving right along.  The demolition is done, sheet rock walls and ceiling have been repaired and painted (Rotary crew that did the painting was Marj Kaspar, Bob S, Steve H, and Randy S).  Exhaust fan and hoods have been installed (thanks to Apollo).  Floor has been leveled and reinforced. New commercial vinyl flooring was installed just today (Thanks to Craftsmen Flooring). 

Elephant Ear Booth gets updated Steve Howland 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

P-K Supports Fraternity Charity Bike Ride

Posted by Bryan Janzing on Jun 15, 2013
The Pi-Kappa-Phi college fraternity's purpose is support to disabled citizens.  Each year there is a multi-team charity bike ride with three teams starting in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, all ending together in Washington D.C.  During their ride through the Tri-Cities, P-K Rotary's Bryan Janzing coordinated interaction with ARC of the Tri-Cities members.  P-K also supported their stop-over meals.  A photo record of the Seattle team's arrival, activities, and departure is shown here.  Image
P-K Supports Fraternity Charity Bike Ride Bryan Janzing 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0

P-K Honors Scholarship Students

Posted by Gary Troyer on May 23, 2013
On May 22, P-K Rotary awarded 10 scholarships to local high school graduates for 2013.  They are shown here left to right:  Sergio Rico, Haydee Baheena, Griselda Cisneros, Tobias Jimenez, Magda Vazquez Lua, Mario De Asis Vera, Paul Quinonez, Sangeetha Thevuthsan, Jared Johnson, and Clayten Ayres.  PK Rtn Dottie Stevens coordinated the vetting by club Rotarians.  Photos showing Pres. Ryan Weld presenting the awards is in the site photo album.Image
P-K Honors Scholarship Students Gary Troyer 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary/BSA Pennies to Pound Polio

Posted by Gary Troyer on Apr 21, 2013

On Monday, April 22, PK Rotary President Ryan Weld with PR Chair and Asst. Dist. Commissioner Gary Troyer received over $200 from Scouts in Troop 237 of the Blue Mountain Council.  This donation was the culmination of a joint learning and funds collection effort.  Scouts prepared donation jars, learned about Polio and vaccinations in general, and collected donations.  Rotary provided information, jar labels, and a participation patch.  Shown with Ryan is Gary awarding the participation patches to the Scouts.
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Rotary/BSA Pennies to Pound Polio Gary Troyer 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Columbia Daybreak Rotary - Venues

Posted by Steve Howland on Mar 04, 2013

For Rotarians needing makeups, Columbia Daybreak notes the following temporary meeting location changes:

Meetings will be off site for April:

   7th @ Red Cross Real Hero's breakfast (TRAC)

   14th @ a program at Columbia River Eye Clinic

   28th @ the SIGN facility in Richland  

Columbia Daybreak Rotary - Venues Steve Howland 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

The Importance of the Last Push on Pounding Polio

Posted by Gary Troyer on Jan 21, 2013

It only takes a plane ride for an infected to infect the non-vaccinated!  Protect your fellow citizens and yours; childhood vaccinations are important!

Pakistani health officials Monday [21 Jan 2013] called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt.

Two sewage samples from Cairo were analysed and found to resemble a recently discovered strain in the Pakistani city of Sukkur, a joint statement by health officials, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said. ...

P-K Rotary has lead on Pennies to Pound Polio locally -->http://tricitiesrotary.org

The Importance of the Last Push on Pounding Polio Gary Troyer 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z 0

New Meeting Location - PK Rotary

Posted by Jon Funfar on Dec 30, 2012

(Kennewick) – After three decades at Leo’s Catering in Kennewick, the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club is moving its weekly meetings to the Clover Island Inn starting January 9.

The club made the move after the retirement of the owners of Leo’s this summer.  The move insures a predictable place to meet for the foreseeable future.  “We’re all very excited about the move.  Clover Island Inn will be a great place to meet” said club president Ryan Weld.

The Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Drive, 4th Floor, in Kennewick.  

For further information, visit the club’s website at www.pascokennewickrotary.org.  For more information on the Clover Island Inn, visit www.hotelkennewick.com.

Please also see map.

 

 

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Pennies to Pound Polio

Posted by Gary Troyer on Dec 04, 2012

Blue Mountain Council/BSA and Rotary

February 14 – March 14, 2013

Our two groups will participate in joint fundraising effort for community awareness about the endgame for Polio Eradication.  Scouts will prepare donation containers, perform community canvass, visit businesses, augment the Public Health Merit Badge, and receive a Rotary sponsored activity badge.  The time encompasses both organization’s birthdays.  Rotarians are encouraged to work with the local BSA Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, Posts, and Order of Arrow regarding the End Polio Now program.  See the downloads section for further information. (Contact Gary or Kris Troyer at 509-946-3425 or the Blue Mountain Council office 509-735-7306 for information.)

As of the end of 2012, the effort is down to 3 countries and about 200 cases:  Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  India showed a year of no new cases at the beginning of 2012 (Polio free declaration requires 3 years of this performance.)  Clinical description is at WHO website.  The current tally of 202 cases and locations is shown on this map.  However, these areas have been shown to be the most difficult and expensive due to remoteness, culture, and social upsets.  Since 1985, Rotary has been instrumental in the effort worldwide.
Pennies to Pound Polio Gary Troyer 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Induction of Kathleen Lawrence

Posted by Kris Troyer on Nov 06, 2012

Pasco-Kennewick Membership Chair Kris Troyer and sponsor Floyd Ivey officially welcomed Ms Kathleen Lawrence into the club as a new member on November 7.  Way to go Kat!

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Pasco Kennewick Installation June 2012 Don Havre 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Ethiopia Cataract Eyecamp Video on VOA Gary Troyer 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Marjorie Kaspar at the Rotary Club of Southern Districts in Western Australia Steve Howland 2012-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

CELEBRATING INDIA'S ONE YEAR WITHOUT POLIO CASES

Posted by Gary Troyer on Jan 19, 2012

We are elated to announce and share with you that Rotary celebrates India's first polio-free 12 month period as of January 13, 2011!
 
See the full Rotary International Press Release describing the achievement in the main story

Please also check out the new India focused "This Close" PSA featuring some of the biggest stars in India including Amitabh Bachchan, A.R. Rahman, Tanvi Shah and Anil Kapoor.  http://youtu.be/S1dWEWoAtF8

Rotary District 5080 is keeping the ball rolling (or we might say the feet moving).   Our current and next district-wide fundraising for the Rotary  PolioPlus Foundation are through our District 5080 Run/Walk Plus and the District Conference "Community in Motion" Fun Run/Walk.  These are described here and here, the former in progress, the latter developing.

 

 

CELEBRATING INDIA'S ONE YEAR WITHOUT POLIO CASES Gary Troyer 2012-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Birthday Celebration

Posted by Gary Troyer on Jan 01, 2012
Feb 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM  Three Rivers Convention Center:   The Keynote Speaker will be the one, the only, the incomparable Al Frumkin, Esq.  Al is a Rotary Past District Governor who is active in the Foundation and is a fantastic speaker and will bring us a touching look at Rotary and he is also likely to be entertaining, thoughful, and humorous in his presentation as well.   Bring quests to this meeting as his presentation is fun and always motivational!>
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PK Rotary Supports Refugee Children Needs

Posted by Gary Troyer on Oct 10, 2011
Today, Steve Howland and Lorraine Cooper presented the principal, Dale Kern, and his staff at Kennewick's Westgate Elementary with our check for $585.00 to help with supplies for the large population of refugee children the school serves. Image

 


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PK Rotary awards scholarships for 2011

Posted by Gary Troyer on Jun 27, 2011
 Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club Awards Scholarships to Local High School Students.
$2,000 scholarships were awarded to the following students to pursue degrees at colleges and universities of their choice.

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PK Rotary Awarded for Polio Project Support Gary Troyer 2011-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Club Vistations

Posted by Gary Troyer on May 19, 2011
PK Rotarians Gary and Kris Troyer just returned from attending their Grandson's High School Graduation and Granddaugter's Baby Shower in Emporia, Kansas.  Enroute, they visited Rotary clubs in Logan UT, Englewood CO, Emporia KS, Cheyenne WY, and Butte MT.   PK Rotary Club banners were presented at each club.  See a few pictures of presentations in the photo journals.
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Grace Clinic Donation

Posted by Gary Troyer on May 04, 2011
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Grace Clinic's Jean Murrow, RN, BSN, MHA - Clinic Director and Jeanne Berretta, MD - Medical Director, received $5000 donation from Pasco-Kennewick Rotary, presented by President John Intravartolo at the regular club meeting on May 4, 2011.
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PUSH America (Pi Kappa Phi) Riders Visit Tri-cities

Posted by Gary Troyer

On May 30, the northern route PUSH America bicycle rider team stopped at the Tri-Cities to 'mix-it-up' with ARC of the Tri-Cities.  More photos are available here.  Shown is Rtn and Past President of PK Rotary Ryan Weld with the team at the Richland Tire Factory.  The team was hosted there to a lunch before continuing to overnight at Richland Community Center and the evening event with ARC.Rtn Ryan Weld with PUSH America team.

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John Goldsbury Awards

Posted by Gary Troyer

Each year, Pasco-Kennewick Rotary in conjunction with the John Goldsbury fund, recognizes an officer from both the Pasco and Kennewick Police Departments.  The awards are peer nominations in recognition of community service outside the normal police job activities.  This year's awards went to Pasco Officer Jonathan Davis and Kennewick Officer Aaron Hamel.  Shown in left picture are (L-R) Officer Davis, his wife Heather, and Pasco Chief of Police Metzger. Shown in right picture are (L-R) Officer Hamel, his wife Angela, and Commander Littrell. Award coordinator P-K Rtn Linda Spier is in background.

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PK Welcomes New Rotarians

Posted by Gary Troyer
Two new members were welcomed on April 16th with induction into the club.  Shown are (L-R) membership chair Kris Troyer, new members Larry Hall (sponsored by Kathy Ruggles) and Cary Seidel, and sponsor Gary Troyer.  More pics here.Image
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Rotarians Assist At School Science Night

Posted by Gary Troyer

Pasco School District's Captain Grey Early Learning Center hosted a Parent/Student 'Science Night' on April 16th.  Shown are PK Rotarians and chemists Cary Seidel and Thurman Cooper demonstrating a chemical clock to the students.  PK Rotarians Kris and Gary Troyer worked with teacher Jennifer Coates in adding to the overall event with dental hygiene demos and kits. Nearly a hundred students received the kits donated by Dentistry for Kids through efforts of the Rotarians. Also demonstrated was Newton's first law of motion and how to make a 'rubber' chicken bone with vinegar.  More pics here.

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P-K Rotary Inducts New Members

Posted by Gary Troyer
Two new members, Larissa Rector (dental hygiene) and Thomas Bright (real estate mortgage agent) were added to P-K Rotary during meeting ceremony on April 9, 2014.  Pictured (L-R) are Membership Chair Kris Troyer, Larissa, sponsor Floyd Ivey, Thomas, and sponsor Don Havre.   Welcome Aboard!Image
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Dr. Schur Shows Rotary Sponsored Dental Fluoroscope

Posted by Gary Troyer
Through a collaborative grant between Rotary clubs of Bangalore, India and Pasco-Kennewick, and Rotary International, Tri-City Community Health was able to purchase handheld portable dental fluoroscopy (x-ray) equipment.  The equipment is targeted and in use for field dental screening to area primary grade schools and low income families.  Dr. Schur is shown demonstrating the unit using the computer connected image sensor on Rtn. Ron Weed's finger.  Additional photos and results are shown here.Image
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Planting Trees at Two Rivers Park

Posted by Gary Troyer

On March 15, PK Rotary and family members planted a dozen trees at Two Rivers Park.  This was in cooperation with the Benton County Parks department.  Rotarians purchased, dug holes, watered, and planted the trees.

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PK Scholarship Applications

Posted by Dottie Stevens
Annual Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Charitable Trust Fund college scholarship applications are now being accepted.   See the downloads (lower right panel) section for policy and application form.
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Valentine Invitation

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Valentine’s Day Invitation! Tuesday 14th 5:30-7:00 p.m.

 Great Wine, Food and Music Bob Bertsch has invited us to spend an evening with friends,

Little “Social Networking” at his place, which counts as Rotary ‘Makeup’.

Marketplace Wine Tasting; sign in at register

1950 Keene Rd, Richland, WA 99352
(509) 396-4798

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Pasco School District Enterprise Week

Posted by Gary Troyer

For the full week of December 2-6, the Pasco School District engaged all high school seniors in a mock business setting for the 14th year.  Approximately 700 students were divided into over fifty 12-14 person business teams and paired with community current and former business people as Company Advisors.  Through the week, the students learned about employee relations, marketing, product development, stock holders, trade shows, and community responsibilities by actively developing and doing these activities.  Members of the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary (yellow highlights) and other Rotarians (blue highlights) participated as company advisors.  For most of the students, this is the closest to a business environment they have ever known until launching out at next spring's graduation. Numerous other business Rotarians were sponsors to the teams. (Yellow(l-r): Dottie Stevens, Marje Kaspar, Kris Troyer, Gary Troyer, and Tom Hitt. Blue(l-r): Brian Ace, Daryl Francis,Jan Francis, and Don Worden) 

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PK Represented At Education Expo

Posted by Gary Troyer

On September 21, 2013, PK Rotary displayed educational impact and support at the Educational Edge Expo in the Three Rivers Convention Center.  Rotarians Dottie Stevens and Kris Troyer along with RYE student Lukas Sarbach visited with co-vendors and public in the all day event.

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P-K Hosts Pakistan D3272 RFE

Posted by Gary Troyer
P-K Rotary members hosted visiting Pakistan D3272 RFE team in the Tri-Cities June 9-12 with home stays.  The team arrived from the D5080 Annual Conference in early afternoon of June 9 to have dinner with home hospitality hosts at Rtn Dr. Rod Coler's home.  The next day saw a whirlwind exposure to the tri-cities with visits to a local medical birthing facility, CREHST museum, Riverside Rotary Club meeting, a visit to the LIGO physics facility, and finally a multi-club reception at the new local Tire Factory.  The final day saw the team at a free medical clinic, a picnic in the park to see Rotary enhancements, and a jet boat tour up the Columbia to the Hanford Reach, seeing wildlife, geologic features, and nuclear reactors. Shown here with P-K coordinators (l to r) are Dr. Bushra Maryam (Gynecologist), Salman Mubarak (Hospital Administrator), Kris Troyer, Yasmin Mushtaq, Muhammad Mushtaq (Businessman), Gary Troyer, Dr. Sohail Qureshi (Surgeon), and Dr. Arjumand Sohail (Gynecologist). A photo record of activities is here.
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Paul Harris Recognition

Posted by Gary Troyer
P-K Rotary Foundation Chair Randy Schneider recognized two members with Paul Harris awards at the September 12 meeting:  Bob Clark and Dan Boyd.  Thank you for your support.Image
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PK Rotarians become Benefactors

Posted by Gary Troyer
On Oct 10, Rotarians Randy Schneider and Rob DiPiazza (left in each pic) became contributors to the Rotary Benefactors.  Pres. Ryan Weld recognized Randy, and Club Foundation Chair Randy recognized Rob.  Thank you for your efforts and consideration.  Image
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PK Rotary at the hockey game.

Posted by Gary Troyer
PK Rotary's member Josh Chittenden as the Rotary Duck helps pick up ducklings after the 'Chuck-a-Duck' contest at the Tri-City Americans' seasonal opener hockey game on Sept 22.Image
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Rotary Wins Parade Trophy

Posted by Gary Troyer
Tri-City Rotarians captured the 2nd Place Award in the Sr. Division at the Prosser State's Day Parade on Sept 3, 2012.  Picitured are Rotarians Randy Schneider, Janelle Harvey, Gary Troyer, "The Duck" (Justin Raffa) with the award, and Kris Troyer.   Several clubs were represented and members and offspring had fun tossing candy to the spectators along the route.  After the parade, members mingled with the crowd at the city park for hamburgers, hotdogs, carnival rides, and stage entertainment.  A number of 'Duck Race' tickets were also distributed.  More Pictures.Image
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P-K Rotary Supports Childrens' Counseling Program

Posted by Gary Troyer
On September 12, P-K Rotary presented a donation of $5000 to Lourdes (Hospital) Counseling Center Children Summer Day Treatment Program representatives Dana Oates and Tim Hoekstra.   This donation was through the championing of  Rtn. Kathy Ruggles who initiated the effort and presented by Rtn Gary Troyer.  This support assists the summer school vacation gap in normal school year programs.
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The Blanket of Blessings

Posted by Gary Troyer
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Randy (Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary) and Betty Milne have agreed to sell Betty's Book for $18.00 and $5.00 will be donated to Polio Plus for every book sold. This is a great opportunity to get a great book and help eliminate Polio world wide

About the Book

The Blanket of  Blessings is loosely based on the author’s great Aunt Angie who came acrossthe country in a covered wagon, came to live with the Indians along the way,and moved on to California  in the late 1800’s.  Angie lived to the  age of 103 and had plenty of stories to tell. The Blanket of the Blessingsis based on just one of them.

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2011 results for Polio eradication

Posted by Gary Troyer

 The world polio eradication is still working towards zero.  The incidence has been cut by a factor of 2x from 2010 to 2011.  

Here are the numbers:

Reported Polio Cases
Country/region        All 2011
Pakistan 189
Chad/CAR (re-infect) 140
DRC (Congo) (re-infect) 92
Afghanistan 74
Nigeria 51
Western Africa (coast) 50
China 21
Angola 5
India 1
Kenya 1
Total 624
Total 2010 1352

 

The program is working, but more left to do.  We are 'This Close!"

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Dino Rossi to speak July 14

Posted by Floyd Ivey
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Dino Rossi, who is running for the US Senate, will be speaking at the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club on Wednesday, July 14.
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Annual Ring Party Set for July 14

Posted by Randy Schneider
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The upcoming RING PARTY will hopefully help you schedule time to help with this task. As most of you know, this is the party where we get together and put the rings on the Duck tickets.
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Passing of Dave Parmeter

Posted by Marc (William) Harden
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I must sadly inform you that PK Rotary immediate past-president Dave Parmeter passed away at home at 6:15 a.m. today following a brief but courageous fight with cancer.
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Work day at Volunteer Park

Posted by Bob Valiant
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A team of hardy P-K Rotarians and significant others took part in a work day at Volunteer Park in Pasco.  Photos of the event are found by clicking on the Volunteer Park photo journal at the right.
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Wodtli Returns from Mexico

Posted by Bob Valiant
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Jerry returned with some treasure which was auctioned off for over $400.  He hopes the Board will use the money to purchase scholarships for children in the Colima area.  Click the "Photo Journal" at the right to see photos of the trip.
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AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS: 2010-2011

Posted by Bob Valiant
ATTENTION P-K ROTARIANS

Each year Rotary District 5080 awards a $25,000 US Ambassadorial Scholarship to an individual wishing to study for a year overseas.  Applicants for this scholarship must have completed at least two years of university or college work, or must have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins.

All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club.  Initial application is made through a local Rotary club in the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment.

We are seeking an individual who will be an ambassador of goodwill for the period of time that they will be in the host country.  The timelines for the academic year 2010-2011 are as follows:

March 6, 2009 - Ambassadorial Scholarship Applicants submit completed applications to sponsoring clubs.

March 20, 2009 - Endorsed, completed Ambassadorial Scholarship applications are sent to District Ambassadorial Scholarship committee chair, PDG Elizabeth Cytra.

May 9, 2009 - Interviews with Ambassadorial Scholarship Applicants to be held in Spokane by District Scholarship committee.

Applicants may download an application from the RI website .  Information as well as application forms are also available by contacting the scholarship committee chair or any committee member.  In P-K Rotary, Dottie Stevens is listed as a committee member.  John Intravartolo can also provide information if you know of an appropriate candidate.

Please ensure that applicants realize that receiving a Rotary Scholarship DOES NOT guarantee admission into a university.  In general, the competition for this scholarship is very keen and applicants should have Grade Point Averages of 3.5 (out
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FUNdamental Youth Golf Program

Posted by Bob Valiant
Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club is hosting the  FUNdamental Youth Golf Program and Tournament May 10th at Columbia Park Golf Course. The event is open to youth ages 8 to 13. Net proceeds benefit the John Goldsbury Awards program, which honors members of both Pasco and Kennewick law enforcement agencies.
A clinic at 8 a.m. kicks off the day. The purpose is to teach safe golf, fast golf, courteous golf.  Following the clinic, all will participate in a tournament to apply what they have learned in actual play.
A small entry fee applies - $25 per child . Registration deadline is April 25th. Call Marc Harden at 509-987-2687 for more information.
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RI President Wilf Wilkinson Visit

Posted by Bob Valiant
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Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson recently visited District 5080 and a small contingent of P-K Rotarians traveled to Spokane to attend a reception at the Spokane Convention Center. The March 4 event featured the induction of 5080 new members by President Wilf along with the distribution of awards.  Our own Rod Coler was inducted into Rotary at the event and President Patty Heasler received an award as well.  Don Havre and Craig Mayfield accompanied our dynamic duo on the trip.  Many photos were taken at the event and some are shown here.
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Letter from a Kamiakin parent

Posted by Bob Valiant
Bob,
 
We met in Sept. when Craig was Kamiakin Student of the Month.  I am emailing you with a request that I would like you to pass on.

As chair of the Kamiakin Senior Party committee, myself and many other senior parents have the daunting task of putting on a graduation party for ~400 kids.  We will be out talking to businesses to solicit donations for our auction fundraiser that will be held on March 1 at Canon de Sol Winery.  My request is that you announce our effort at one of your meetings and ask your members to support these volunteers.  If any businesses want to contact me directly for more information or give a donation, please have them call me at 531-8834.

Billie Mauss
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MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

Posted by Bob Valiant
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GAME PLAN

6 Teams with 6 Coaches and 6 Captains- this way they can work together to accomplish the goal of recruiting 1 new member in their designated month.  These months will be assigned.

Each team will have approximately 12-15 team players.  A Draft is planned with details to follow.

Every two months, we will calculate the scores for each team.
We will have 4 quarters of competition-2 months per quarter
Nov-Dec, Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, May-Jun
The winning team at the end of each quarter receives an award
And the season winning team would receive a significant award
Each team is responsible for coming up with a mascot and colors

Points can be accumulated as follows:
1 pt.  =  Extra point for bringing a prospective member to a meeting
3 pts =  Field goal for proposing a prospective member
6 pts =  Touchdown for inducting a new member
-2 pts = Touchback for the loss of a member

The Coach is responsible for keeping track of their points.  A score card will be provided for tabulation.

This can be lots of fun and each coach can put in as time as they want to motivate their team.
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Rotaract

Posted by Patricia Heasler
Rotaract Club Seeks Funding for 14 Wells in Africa
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PK Rotary Awards $20,000 in Scholarships

Posted by Jennifer Aalgaard
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At the May 23rd Rotary Meeting, 15 students from Pasco High, River View High, Kennewick High and Kimiakin High brought their parents to be recognized as achievers in the community and recieved their scholarships ranging from $2,000-1,000.

 

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Fisher Named Scientific Director of Isotope Pgm

Posted by Jennifer Aalgaard
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Dr. Darrell Fisher from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will head up the nations isotope program. Medical Isotopes are in demand and can be used for imaging diagnosis and treatment. Fisher sees this as a wonderful opportunity for the Tri-Cities.
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Three of My Biggest Cases

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Kennewick attorney John Schultz recapped a 30-year legal history with three of his largest cases. Schultz was born in Seward, Alaska in 1938 and was 5th in his class at Gonzaga Law School. He is a member of the Pasco-Kennewick Kiwanis Club and promised to be a speaker again on his most recent trip to Machu Piccho and Easter Island.
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Dairy Waste Digester

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Troy Green, JUB Engineers, presented a new technology for waste processing for dairy operations. R&D, ready now to get other participating dairies and will be branching out with this new technology. Contact Troy Green, a member of PK Rotary for more information about this exciting technology.
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PK Rotary Christmas Program

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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PK Rotary hosted an annual Holiday party for members, their children and grandchildren - with donations going to Toys for Tots one of the local programs that experienced a significant drop in local support due to national and international catastrophies. This is a local community service project of Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club. Past President Bill Hames served as Santa Claus and both Kelly and Monica brought their daughters. A Naughty and Nice gift program acknowledged outstanding service to the Club this past year. Service above self at the local level.
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$100,000 DISTRICT FUND RAISER

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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ASSISTANT GOVERNOR, JEFF GLIDDEN'S GOAL IS TO RAISE $100,000 FOR THE ROTARY FOUNDATION. He is going to run, bike and swim 500 miles. Jeff Glidden of the Spokane Valley Club will be doing it in 3 days starting in Golden, BC (our most northern club) on Thursday, May 31, 2007 and finishing to attend the District Governor's Ball Saturday evening, 3 days later. Jeff's goal is to raise $100,000 for the Rotary Foundation. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a corporate sponsor for$1,000 or more (and/or want to make a personal donation) he can be reached by email at gliddenj@medrehabconsultants.com or by calling 509-328-9700 (work phone). The contributions given to Jeff's run, bike & swim event that our club secures will be credited to our club. Our club will receive points for all dollars contributed. More information is available at his web site at www.rotaryrichallenge.com
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District Governor Reports on Status of Rotary

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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This year's theme, "Lead the Way" is what Tom Halazon, District Governor 5080 lives in his personal life. Even as a cancer survivor, Tom has 100% attendance in Rotary. Halazon has traveled 14,000 miles this year as DG and showed a film of the District Conference will be held in Tri-Cities the last day in May and first couple days of June, 2007. Every Rotary member should plan on attending and being part of the fellowship, seminars and workshops. A Golf Tournament and dinner are being organized. Our Club will be responsible for Youth Exchange Housing. Halazon also stressed the need to support the Rotary Foundation and especially the Foundation's efforts internationally regarding polio eradication and other Health, Hunger and Humanitarian projects that grants really make a difference in poverty-stricken countries.
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Membership Campaign to be Launched

Posted by Marc (William) Harden
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Marc Harden, membership chair, reminds us that membership in Rotary is by invitation only. Each PK Rotary member is encouraged to invite 5 people this coming year to a meeting or Rotary event to learn about Rotary. More details to follow. In a recent survey by Monica Olivares, it was reported that 80% of PK Rotary members consider membership recruitment to be important. And, 100% of all PK Rotary members reported feeling welcome at all meetings.
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PK Rotary Hiked Badger Mountain

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Family, Friends of PK Rotary hiked the north face of Badger Mountain Oct. 28th. Don Havre shared "Lady in Red" wine with participants. Thanks to Lucy and Bill Luginbill ---the "Just a Minute" host from Northwest Public Television---who joined us for a magnificent sunset.
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Ice Age Floods

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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George Last presented the Ice Age Floods Story 18,000 years ago from Missoula, Montana to Portland, Oregon. The Tri-Cities area was in the middle of the deluge. George presented autographed books he's written for $19. More are available by calling George at 373-6948.
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Fred Ageyemfra Report on Ghana

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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As secret service agent to the Ghanian President and his family, Fred provides round-the-clock secuity services for the 42-year old daughter of the President. His name is a reflection of the day he was born, a person who is honored, and his family name. Ghana is a country of Christians and Muslims. Their main trade commodity is cocoa. Fred has been in Tri-Cities this past month as a Rotary Exchange program with the Kennewick Police Department. Fred's sister is a member of Rotary, and Fred hopes to join in the future. He was a guest in the home of the Bergevins (Sunrise Rotary).
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Duck Race Teams--Wear your Accessories-WIN A PRIZE

Posted by Patricia Heasler
Pasco Kennewick Rotary Club members have chosen teams for this year's Annual Great American Duck Race. Some of these include the Lucky Ducks, King Ducks, Just Get 'Er Done Ducks, PK member, Joe Ramos, chair of Gracho Marx Ducks, Red Neck Ducks and others. Each team will sit with each other for meetings until the Duck Race. As duck race sales are reported they will be posted on the large thermometer at Leo's donated by Bill Leahy. Both Randy Schneider and Joe Ramos can answer any questions about the Duck Race that members have. Baker Boyer Bank is again a major sponsor. Proceeds from the Duck Race go towards Columbia Industries and other local charities. The Duck Race will be held at Columbia Park on Saturday, Oct. 13th. The Top Ten Duck Racers from P-K Rotary last year were Ralph Smith (475), Dan Boyd (276), Jim Bertsch (275), Kelly Prechechtel (200), Roger Hastings (175), Craig Mayfield (167), Bill Tilton (150), Joe Ramos (132), Dick Quigley (125), and Bill Hames (125). Our goal this year is at least 6,000 ducks.
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Linda Spier Elephant Ear Queen

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Linda received a mystery bouquet of roses for our clubs big Thank you for again organizing the Fair Elephant Ear Booth for Pasco-Kennewick Rotary. With more than 100 four-hour shifts to fill, and working every day, Linda proved service above self. All Rotarians, their friends and families that worked shifts, deserve a round of applause. We raised more money this year than ever to give back to charitable causes, and help make our community a vibrant place to live and work.
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Rich Foeppel Updates Club on Columbia Industries

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Rich Foeppel brought club members up-to-date on the soon to open Columbia Industries Shop CI upscale thrift store which will open in December of this year. After looking at many locations, CI decided on re-furbishing a warehouse on their premises at 8th and Dayton in Kennewick. It will serve as a retail training and employment center for people with disabilities. Clothing, furniture, household items, toys, small appliances, and sporting goods can be dropped off at 900 S. Dayton. For more information, Rotarians can call 582-4142. Rich made his appearance with a new hair cut and especially complimented Patty, Connie and Linda on their hair.
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Jet Boat Trip this Thursday on Columbia River

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Join fellow Rotarians for an exciting afternoon this Thursday, Sept. 14th for an afternoon with the GFT Team from New Zealand on the Columbia River. PK Rotary is especially invited to join Boat Trip. Call Kelly Precechtel at 783-1756 to RSVP.
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Elephant Ear Booth Revenue Nears $40k

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Thanks to EVERYONE that worked at the elephant ear booth this year--getting booth ready, serving and making elephant ears, and clean up...WOW. This year we were just short $120 from breaking $40k revenue.
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Alexander Runs for Re-Election to WA State Supreme Court

Posted by Patricia Heasler
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Gerry Alexander spoke on his experience as Chief Justice and pointed out that the State Supreme Court is handling twice as many cases as the Federal Court. He is against special interests giving large donations to candidates for the Court because of the appearance and potential to bias candidates. This election will be decided in the Primary on Sept. 19th because of WA State law.
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