This Weeks Rotary Story

Each week we will highlight a Rotary member and tell their story, so you can connect their face to their name and connect with them!
This week’s Rotarian story is about a retired CPA who has been married for 46 years to his wife Melanie, an interior designer. They have one daughter, Lesley, an attorney in Spokane, and a new 5-month-old granddaughter, Nora. Lesley is married to Adam Gangelhoff, a middle school teacher at Shaw.

He and his wife like to travel, go to Coeur d’Alene Lake in the summer, and babysit their new granddaughter. He also likes to play golf and stay active by playing music.

His favorite author is Alistair MacLean who has written such books as The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare. His favorite movie is The Sting and his favorite album is The New Glenn Miller Band followed closely by Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

His most worthwhile investments are dedicating time and effort early in life to learning how to play the drums and the piano, and attending every activity, performance, and meeting his daughter was involved in while she was growing up.
One of the most special events in his life was being in an April 1953 Life magazine article as part of a feature story the magazine published about a musical kindergarten in Spokane, Washington. 

He was born and raised on Spokane’s South Hill attending Wilson elementary, Sacajawea junior high, and Lewis & Clark high school. Throughout his K through 12 years, he played percussion instruments in the school bands and orchestras and was also active as a drummer in a rock and roll band in high school and college.

He attended the University of Idaho for his undergraduate degree where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity; he goes on to say that his closest friends in life today are guys he met at the fraternity. He attended graduate school at the University of Washington where he obtained his DDS degree. 

Our Rotarian served 2 years of active duty in the US Navy as a dentist in Okinawa, Japan, and San Diego, California. After his military service, he practiced dentistry in Spokane and Hayden Lake before deciding to retire from dentistry and become an accountant. He worked as a CPA at LeMaster & Daniels, now known as CLA, for 33 years, 12 years as managing partner of the Spokane office, and retired in 2015.

He has served on the boards of the Spokane Sports Commission and Spokane Area Children’s Chorus and is a past president and trustee of Wampum, a former nonprofit organization that raised money for the arts.

He joined Rotary Club 21 at his father’s urging and became a third-generation member of this club. He enjoys fellowship with other members and giving back to the community through our club’s various committees. 

Please say hello to Harley Reckord


We are in need of host families for one exchange student during the 2023-2024 school year. The timeframe is from August 2023 to June 2024. We currently have one family willing to host and they live in the Lewis and Clark High School catchment area. We need 1-2 additional host families who live in the same catchment area. If you are interested in hosting or know of a family who may be interested, please contact Jim Johnson, Club 21 Youth Exchange Officer at or (509) 991-6611 

Upcoming Programs:

March 16, 2023
As Seen on Shark Tank: Tim Loucks of Square Keg
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Meeting ID: 842 3937 5370
Passcode: 191121
March 23, 2023
Art Swannack - Agriculture in the 21st Century
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Taco Bar Buffet
Chef’s Choice Salad
Hard and Soft Taco Shells
Tortilla Chips
Diced Tomato, Shredded Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream
Chef’s Choice Meat
Mexican Rice and Beans
Planning to attend the 3/16 meeting in person?
Alternate meals can be arranged but must be requested before Tuesday at noon. Contact the Rotary Office for more info.

Volunteers Hosts Needed! 

Rotary will host the Greater Spokane League for the annual GSL Scholar Honors at our meeting on April 20th at Center Place in Spokane Valley. 
Membership Engagement Committee is seeking 32 volunteer Rotarians to act as table hosts.
CLICK HERE to RSVP/volunteer for the meeting. 

March 14 Jerry Walmsley
March 16 Lee Brown
March 17 Kristine Meyer
March 17 Carrie Funke
March 18 Josiah Roloff

Proposed Members

Brian Newberry has proposed Alan Lesher, President & CEO, YMCA of the Inland Northwest
Brian Behler has proposed Leyna Bernstein, President, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Committees Meeting This Week

Youth Services
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