Note from
President Stokes

I had planned to write a Memorial Day column this week – but when I heard Brian Newberry’s invocation at Thursday’s meeting, he was gracious enough to allow me to use his Memorial Day tribute instead.
 
As former commander of Fairchild Air Force Base’s 92nd Air Refueling Wing, I can’t think of a better person to provide a reflection on this day. Brian, thank you for your service and your words:
 
"Today as we do every Thursday we ask for blessings on this club of good.  We uplift our speaker today, Tyler Douglas Lowe, and thank him for his service to our community.  As we approach a warm Memorial Day weekend where we honor those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and our nation, we should also pause and reflect on the nearly 600,000 Americans lost in last year from the enemy COVID.  May they rest in peace and may their families know that Rotarians remember their lives.    Since last Memorial Day, we have lost 17 service members in Afghanistan—it is these military members and their families that we pause to remember this Monday—freedom is never free and the cost is born by so many.  As we leave Afghanistan after two decades of prolonged combat, President Lincoln’s immortal words at Gettysburg remain true:  The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  As Rotarians of Club 21, this Memorial Day, we will not forget what they did here and we remain a club committed to peace on earth.  Amen."
 
"See" you on Thursday,
 
                                     
                  Gary Stokes
                President                     
                      Rotary Club 21

Hybrid Meeting Update
ACTION REQUESTED

As mentioned at last week's Rotary Meeting, we are (hopefully) just a few weeks away from the return of in-person meetings. After more than a year, that is not a simple process. Below you'll find a survey that will help us ease the transition from everyone in their own rooms to everyone in one room.
 
Please complete the survey as soon as you can.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Proposed Members

Brian Newberry has proposed Adam Swinyard, Spokane Public Schools.
 
Richard Repp has proposed Shawn Smith, NW Real Estate Management, LLC.

Upcoming Programs:

June 3, 2021
Learn more about Club Committees and how you can get involved at this years Committee Fair. 
 
CLICK HERE at Noon on Thursday to attend the meeting via Zoom. To phone in call 
+1 253 215 8782
 
Meeting ID: 842 3937 5370
Passcode: 191121
 
June 10, 2021
Pickleball LIVE! Attend either via Zoom or in person at The Playground Wellness Center & Pickleball Playground.
 
CLICK HERE for more details about attending this Rotary meeting in person.
 
For more information on upcoming programs
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CLICK HERE, to notify the Rotary Office about guests.

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to view slides from previous Rotary speakers.

CLICK HERE to view the recordings of previous meetings*

*you must be in the Club 21 Facebook group to view previously recorded meetings.

May 31 Mike Forness
Jun 01 Chandi Bandaranayaka
Jun 02 Jennifer Thompson
Jun 04 Barbara Cruz
Jun 04 Hal Ebel
Jun 05 Homer Todd
 

Committees Meeting This Week

Program
Partners for Work
Classification
Tech Team
 
Committee meetings can be subject to cancellation. Please contact the committee chairs to confirm the meeting logistics or request a Zoom meeting link.
 
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