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 Rotary story is about a Rotarian who has been married to his wonderful wife Julie, for 40 years.  They have two grown children, Ben and Sam, and a brand-new grandson, Nels Griffin Walen Read born on February 11th!

He is the publisher for the Journal of Business in Spokane and group publisher of the Tri-Cities area Journal of Business and Senior Times in the Tri-Cities.  He has been with the Spokane Journal for 37 years.

When asked how he likes to spend his time, he said, woodworking is his Zen time.  He enjoys making small furniture and other projects, but he also likes to hike, golf, and go wine tasting!

His current favorite author is Malcolm Gladwell, especially his books, “Outliers” and “Talking to Strangers”.  He says he is a classic rock junkie and the movie that still makes him cry is “Rudy”.
When asked about his most worthwhile investment, he said the simple answer is family.  The more complex answer is relationships.  He believes whoever dies with the most friends, wins.

He has served and, in most cases, led many civic and nonprofit boards and enjoys giving back. 
Among them are Greater Spokane Incorporated, United Way of Spokane County, Boy Scouts of America’s Inland Northwest Council, the National Alliance of Area Business Publishers, AWB, Visit Spokane, and others.

He says he joined Rotary Club 21 for two reasons.  We help the community he loves and the relationships you gain in Rotary are authentic.

Please say hello to Paul Read!


We are in need of host families for a 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 9, 2023
Local Journalism and the Inlander with Nick Deshais
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March 16, 2023
As Seen on Shark Tank: Tim Loucks of Square Keg
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Chef’s Choice Salad
Chicken Teriyaki
Stir Fried Vegetables
Pork Fried Rice
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Alternate meals can be arranged but must be requested before Tuesday at noon. Contact the Rotary Office for more info.

March 6 Colleen Fox
March 8 Books Sackett
March 9 Adam Brigham-Althoff
March 10 Brian Newberry
March 11 Catherin Brazil
March 11 Clark Brekke

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Support Our Veterans
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