March President's Message

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dear fellow EWI of Spokane Members,

When I was in elementary school there was a lot of hoopla around the three R’s, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. I bought into how writing was included in the three R’s because the “w” is silent. However, I was always baffled that arithmetic was part of the trio. Hello, did anyone notice that the word starts with an “a” and the “r” isn’t even a hard “r”? As a child I would have just as soon excluded arithmetic because I wasn’t a huge fan of math back then. I have several friends that teach elementary school and not only have they excluded the...

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Corporate Volunteer Opportunity to Help Remodel Spokane Humane Society!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Spokane Humane Society has been chosen by the KXLY Extreme Team for a major remodel. As a shelter that cares for more than 3,500 homeless pets a year this is an amazing opportunity to update their building, which hasn’t seen a major remodel since it was built in 1973.

The team is looking to fill multiple volunteer shifts during this project. Each shift has the need for 10 individuals who will be helping to remove debris, build, paint, clean, organize and more. Currently these are the empty shifts that need to be filled:

February 22nd
5:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Philanthropy Opportunities

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Join us Wednesday, March 9th from 6:15p-10:00p for KSPS Public Television’s upcoming pledge campaign. We need 10-12 volunteers to answer phones and take pledges. It’s a good time and a good cause, so sign up yourself and a friend and make it a fun night out! KSPS and EWI will be providing food and snacks for the evening. To Volunteer, please contact Laura Lahr or Becka Shelly with your name and email no later than February 21st. and/or

The Philanthropy...

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Providence Health Care Chief Executive Named 2016 chair-elect to American Hospital Association governing council

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Elaine Couture, R.N., chief executive of Providence Health Care has been named 2015 chair-elect of the American Hospital Associations Section for Metropolitan Hospitals, and will assume role of chairperson in 2017.Couture oversees a health system that employees nearly 7,000 employees in Spokane and Stevens counties, including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital.

It is a great honor for EWI of Spokane to also have Elaine as our keynote speaker during our April 2016 meeting. Please join us in congratulating Elaine on...

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Transitions “SOCK HOP” drive on Friday, March 10!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Member firm, Transitions will be hosting a “Sock Hop” donations drive to collect socks, bras and underwear for transitions participants on Friday, March 10 from 12:00-1:00pm.

Drop off all sizes of new socks, bras or underwear, enjoy food from New Leaf Bakery and Café and bop to some 1950’s music – all in a lunch hour!

RSVP’s can be made to, 509.328.6702 or at our February EWI meeting.

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February President's Message

Monday, February 8, 2016

In the fall of 2012, I had the privilege of participating in Leadership Spokane. I am proud to say that I am a 2013 alum. I am truly indebted to Providence Health Care for the huge investment they made in me to allow for me to grow and learn about servant leadership. The course was on my radar for nearly two decades. I’d heard so many wonderful things about Leadership Spokane from colleagues and mentors. I knew that someday I would go through the class. I waited until the right season in my life so I could be fully engaged in the process and reap the best possible experience and outcome...

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Conversion of EWI Corporate Database/Website Timeline & Disruption to Service Guidelines

Monday, February 8, 2016

This announcement comes as an update to all of our members about some immediate changes that are occurring regarding the EWI website and database system. I'd like to provide you with the latest information, how it will affect you as our member, what you can expect and a brief timeline to anticipate our next steps. Please understand that our organization's staff and your board of directors are here to support you through the upcoming transition and if you have any questions, comments or concerns, we are open to receive them and help answer them for you. We ask for your patience and teamwork...

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St. Patrick's Day Cookie Sale

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Support your EWI Spokane Chapter and put a smile on all your Irish and Irish wanna-be friends and family with a delicious large frosted shamrock sugar cookie.

This year EWI is partnering with New Leaf Bakery/Transitions. For a nominal price of $3.00 you can sweeten someone’s day. So buy one or two for your sweetheart, children, grandchildren, parents, aunts, uncles, clients, customers, neighbor and don’t forget to get one for yourself.

The cookies will be individually packaged and delivered at the March 15th Chapter Meeting....

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Food for Thought

Friday, January 15, 2016

Approximately 24,280 children in Spokane County are Food Insecure. That means 1 in 4 local children struggles with not having enough food at home. Children who don’t get enough to eat have less energy and struggle to focus in the classroom.

To help combat this, the Philanthropy Committee will be accepting food and cash donations at the January and February meetings for the Spokane Valley Partners Food for Thought program.

Food for Thought provides homeless students with two days worth of food to carry them through the weekends. Ensuring good nutrition will help provide a...

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January President's Message

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Do you remember where you were at and what you were doing on New Year’s Eve 2000? I remember very distinctly. In fact, it’s a New Year’s Eve that I’ll never forget.

We gathered at the Morgan Family’s home with several other families to play games, munch our way into midnight and soak in the hot tub. Kevin wasn’t able to join his wife and children because he worked at Avista and they were dispatched to headquarters to be ready to go, if necessary. We were all confident that the clock would strike 12:01 and nothing would happen. We were all standing in front of the TV engaged in...

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