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Apply for a once in a lifetime professional exchange to India

Here is a special opportunity for business people to apply for a Month-Long Professional Exchange to India. Rotary Clubs in our area are seeking four outstanding professionals, preferably age 25-40, to visit Bangalore, India from January 30th to March 2, 2012, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation. Bangalore is a thriving city often referred to as India's Silicon Valley.

Team members are hosted in the homes of Bangalore Rotarians. They receive personalized tours of cultural and business sites, meet various professional counterparts, and give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups about the U.S, Pacific Northwest and their own profession.

The Rotary Foundation provides a round trip air ticket, lodging and meals. Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses including immunizations and visas. Applicants must have two years professional experience. The purpose of the Group Study Exchange is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.

Members of Rotary and their descendants are not eligible to apply. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that four very fortunate individuals from our area will experience. It could be you so apply now. Applications are due Sept. 9. Interviews will be Sept. 18.

For more information or to download an application, go to their web site or call Team Leader Michelle Lee at (509) 690-7517.

97th Annual Spokane Tribal Pow Wow in Wellpinit

The Spokane Tribe's annual Pow Wow held on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington is scheduled to begin on September 1, and run through September 5. With the cancellation of the Riverfront Park Pow Wow held in downtown Spokane, sponsored by the area Tribes including the Spokane Tribe, has led to some confusion regarding the Pow Wow held in Wellpinit. The 'Wellpinit Pow Wow' also known as the 'Spokane Tribal Pow Wow' will be held in Wellpinit on the Spokane Indian Reservation beginning September 1.

The Pow Wow will kick off with the coronation of the Spokane Tribal Royalty and children's Pow Wow at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 1st. Traditional dancing, singing and drumming will continue at the Wellpinit Fairgrounds through Monday, September 5th. Other activities will include food vendors, arts/crafts vendors, traditional tribal stick games and a live auction. The Spokane Tribe's Annual Indian Art Auction will begin at 4pm on Saturday, September 3rd.

The tribal event is free of charge and open to the public.

Issue 2 of Spokane Wine Magazine is going to print

Spokane's only regionally focused wine magazine is going to print for issue number two in late September. Published by Josh Wade of Nectar Tasting Room and partially funded by the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, the magazine focuses on the news and events happening at the 25+ local wineries and wine tasting rooms. 10,000 copies of the publication are distributed at local wineries, hotels, advertisers and through the visitors bureau.

Correct website for Firesafe

The correct address for the Firesafe websites are www.firesafe.org and www.firesafe.net.

New LED lighting technology making a difference

Kathleen Sullivan's energy efficient lighting company, FGI (Forever Green Illumination), specializes in retrofitting existing business lighting to get the old 'high energy' lighting out and the newer technologies in. They are trying to get businesses to understand the necessity of removing the old incandescent and halogen lamps and even the CFL (the compact fluorescent 'twisty' lamps) due to high energy consumption as well as lead and mercury content of the CFL's. The new LED technology is a more pleasing light, has no harmful lead or mercury and has a life of around 10 years before needing to change the light bulb again. You can replace a 100w light bulb with one that uses 12watts. At 10 cents per watt for Spokane energy (and climbing), you can only imagine the difference on the utility bills. They believe that if you change a bulb, you can change the world.

As a result of a retrofit, The Italian Kitchen restaurant is saving over 25,000 kWh of electricity due to changing all their lighting to LED. Bryce Kerr, the owner of the restaurant is committed to making his restaurant more 'green' as well as reducing his energy consumption annually. He's already seeing savings of over $400 per month on his electricity bill as well. The changes he has committed to in terms of carbon footprint reduction are the equivalent of removing 5 cars from the road. The company has also done retrofits for Solo Design Studio, a hair salon in the W. 1st area and the Cataldo Investments Building at 111 Cataldo for their common areas. All of them are saving money and helping keep Spokane 'green.'

For more information go to fgillumination.com.

Greenstone Homes Names Greg Benner Vice President of Residential Sales

Greg Benner, who had been with the Tomlinson Group of Companies for the last 15 years in various management positions will be overseeing the Greenstone residential sales team as well as promoting the many outstanding Greenstone Homes communities. Greenstone Homes has been building homes and neighborhoods in the Inland Northwest since 1983. The company remains the number one home builder in the Spokane market. Benner will help the company with his vast expertise in local residential real estate.

Inland Northwest Development Council elects 2011-2012 Executive Council

The Inland Northwest Development Council announces the election of their 2011-2012 Executive Council. Kristine Ruggles, President, Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen; Heather Beebe-Stevens, Vice President of Programs, Spokane Symphony; Jackson Williams, Vice President of Communications, Hospice of Spokane; Sharon Robertson, Vice President of Membership, Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs; Bobbie League, Treasurer, Spokane Guild School & Neuromuscular Center; Jillian Bell, Secretary, Community Volunteer; Courtney Susemiehl, Past President, Sterling Savings Bank.

The Inland Northwest Development Council evolved out of prior Spokane organizations that were focused on connecting grant makers and grant seekers, as well as providing professional development for grant seekers and development professionals. In July of 1993 a Charter was drawn up for the Inland Northwest Development Council 'to provide a structure for networking and learning.' The INDC has a large member base with approximately 100 active members.

Pig Out in the Park bigger than ever this year

New figures just released show that Spokane's entertainment and food extravaganza is bigger and better than ever. The 32nd annual Pig Out in the Park will feature 82 bands and 54 food vendors serving 250 menu items.

Go to spokanepigout.com for more information about Spokane's biggest food and entertainment event of the year.

Don't miss 'The Miracle Worker' and help Lilac Services for the Blind

Director Patty Duke and the Spokane Interplayers Professional Theatre are hosting a fund-raising event for Lilac Services for the Blind. $4 from every ticket ($24) sold for the Thursday, September 1st show will go to Lilac Services for the Blind. To purchase tickets please call the box office at 509-455-7529 or TicketsWest at 800-325-7328. The show begins at 7:30 pm, and the theater is located at 174 S. Howard St. in downtown Spokane.

KXLY 4 News Announces Anchor Changes This Fall

The KXLY Broadcast Group and Morgan Murphy Media announces that starting Monday, September 12, Nadine Woodward and Mike Gonzalez will debut as the new anchor team of KXLY 4 News at 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Currently, Woodward and Gonzalez anchor KXLY 4's Good Morning Northwest. They will be joined by Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker each evening.

That same morning, Robyn Nance and Derek Deis will debut as the new anchor team of Good Morning Northwest, which airs weekday mornings from 5 am to 7 am on KXLY ABC 4. Nance currently anchors the 5 pm, 6 pm and 6:30 pm newscasts, while Deis is currently the KXLY 4 Sports Director. Mark Peterson will join the new team and continue to handle weather duties each morning.

Kalae Chock will continue in her current role as the anchor of KXLY 4 News at 11:00.

ChipShots.us and Spokesman.com Stay and Play Golf Contest

Now through September 25 you can enter to win a stay and play package to an area resort style golf course each week. From courses in Canada throughout Idaho and Washington, ChipShots.us and the Spokesman Review are bringing you an opportunity to go golf in style! Go to ChipShots.us each Sunday-Thursday until September 25th to discover the next stay and play package opportunity and sign up for those you are interested in winning. Then each Tuesday you will begin to receive the weekly e-newsletter, Chip Shots. Chip Shots is a free weekly e-newsletter sent every Tuesday from April through September that is filled with information on area golf deals, events, news and tips.

The Business Thought of the Week

"If you're not happy, you're stupid."
Carlos Santana

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