An image that shines – Davis sets standard in business, sports

Question: What is a “certified image consultant?” Answer: Linda Davis.

Specifically, a certified image consultant is a trained professional in the field of image, etiquette and communication. Certified image consultants are specialists in visual appearance, business and social etiquette, as well as verbal and nonverbal communication.



Linda Davis, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Second Ward in the Coeur d’Alene Stake, has been a certified image consultant for the past 28 years. Davis also serves as executive director of the Spokane Shine, the Inland Northwest’s representative in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
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Serving as a certified image consultant for some 28 years has given Davis a great passion for life. She is currently the executive director of the Spokane Shine, one of over 70 teams that comprise the Women’s Premier Soccer League, an independent national league whose main focus is on the development of highly competitive premier women’s soccer.

Linda is also president of Supreme and Co., an image consulting company which is a subsidiary of Supreme Sports Marketing. She has been married for 43 years to Bob Davis; they have 10 children and in a couple of weeks they will have 36 grandchildren.

Joy and radiance flood Davis when she speaks of her life-directing goal based on a picture that she was given years ago. It reads: “I want to be the kind of person that causes Satan to say every morning, ‘Oh no! She’s up!”

“As an image consultant, I’m a merchant of self-esteem, so if I can help someone find out who they are and appreciate that and feel empowered by it, I’m all about doing... Read Full Story →

Coeur d’Alene artist, musician soars with Eagles

The date is Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, the snowiest day of the year so far, and over 60 people have made the trek to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jak Van Etten.

A young man who loves the scriptures, especially 3 Nephi 18:20: “And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you,” Jak (pronounced Jack) says he finds freedom in living the values of the Church and looks forward to serving a full-time LDS mission. As part of his preparation, Van Etten obtained the most prestigious individual award in all of scouting – the rank of Eagle.

“I want people who read this, if they are in Scouting, to earn their Eagle Scout rank,” Jak said. “This award and the pathways that you will travel to receive it are worth your time and effort.”

The highlights of the evening were Jak’s works of art, his beloved viola, and a volume of photography he had created. He also favored the audience with an original work of music on the piano.

A talented artist, Jak played with the Coeur d’ Alene Spring Orchestra for a time and has since branched off into other instruments, playing the piano and the guitar.

“I took viola in elementary, junior high and high school, and I base my piano playing on the knowledge I received there,” he said.

Despite his accomplishments as a musician, Jak’s ability to communicate artistically isn’t limited to that field.

“At school they call me the ‘Renaissance man’ because I am good at all forms of art, pencil, photography, and graphic design,” he said.

Combining his artistic abilities together with the values of the Boy Scouts, Jak led a group of 15 people to create a Frisbee Golf course at Farragut State Park. The project consisted of putting together baskets suspended on poles and digging post holes into... Read Full Story →

Post Falls photographer celebrates creation with unique greeting cards

In the world of greeting cards, the works of Sue Ericksen are more reminiscent of heaven than Hallmark.

Ericksen lives in the Post Falls Second Ward of the Coeur d’Alene Stake. She is married to her college sweetheart, Jerry, who serves as the Coeur D’Alene Stake patriarch. She is a visiting teacher, a temple ordinance worker in the Spokane Temple and a scribe to her husband.



Sue Ericksen of the Post Falls Second Ward honed her photography skills as a student at BYU.
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In December 2006, Ericksen earned her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from BYU with an emphasis in history. The diploma was completed after a 38-year hiatus from college.

“Going back to school was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone,” Ericksen said.

During this time she was challenged in a Humanities class to create a project that showed the five steps of the creative process. After much internal struggle and prayer, she combined her love of God’s creations with photography. She created the “Friend Share Cards” that she sold at several shops in the area for a while.



Ericksen no longer sells her greeting cards, but distributes them among family and friends
Photo by Sue Ericksen.

Ericksen’s goal, however, was to share the natural wonders that Heavenly Father has created. So instead of selling the cards, she now shares her work with friends, temple workers and family members. She orders the cardstock from New York, takes... Read Full Story →

A day of caring – Volunteers rally for community causes at Humanitarian Day

It was a day set aside for caring about – and contributing to – the community.

The Spokane East Stake Relief Society completed a Humanitarian Project on Feb. 25 in which over 200 members worked to provide items for 15 local organizations. This day was different from the physical labor project that was completed in the fall when three city of Spokane Valley sites, two cemeteries and an undeveloped piece of property owned by the Central Valley School District were cleaned.



Over 200 representatives of the Spokane East Stake Relief Society participated in a Humanitarian Day on Feb. 25.
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In talking about the Humanitarian Project, Stake Relief Society President Karen Spear said, “I love the origin of this day. Instead of our sisters creating projects that we would find homes for, the Humanitarian Leader, Jill Woolf, went to organizations and schools and asked them, ‘What is on your wish list?’ They gave several ideas which we took to our sisters and they decided what they wanted to sponsor. The thrill of the day was in being able grant wishes. It’s not often that we get to do that!”

The project benefited Sullivan Park Care Center, Horizon Hospice and Hospice of Spokane, Good Samaritan, Sullivan Park Care Center and Sullivan Park Assisted Living, Central Valley, West Valley, East Valley, Freeman and Liberty school districts, Valley Hospital and Medical Center, My Sister’s Closet and a Guatemalan Mission Project.

Items such as weighted toys and textured lap quilts were completed beforehand, and, in some cases presented to representatives that day.

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Hayden Lake Stake prepares to haul handcarts over pioneer route

Members of the Hayden Lake Stake will be trading in their cars, trucks, bikes and skateboards for handcarts this summer.

A reenactment pioneer trek is scheduled for the Hayden Lake youth this summer, from June 20-23. They will traverse similar terrain traveled by the famous Willie and Martin Handcart Companies over 155 years ago.

The original two handcart companies were comprised of poor European emigrants and consisted of 980 people and 233 handcarts. They started in Iowa City, Iowa, and literally pushed and pulled their belongings from Iowa to Salt Lake City, Utah without the benefit of horses or covered wagons.



Authentic handcarts like this one will be part of the Hayden Lake Stake reenactment pioneer trek this summer. Around 150 youth are expected to participate in the three-day journey, June 20-23.
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Because this company started their trek late in the season, they had to build their own handcarts. The journey was filled with mishaps and misfortunes. With the lateness of the season and the harsh travel conditions, 220 members of the two companies died on the high plains, the majority freezing to death in early snowstorms near the Continental Divide in central Wyoming. Many others suffered the amputation of fingers, toes, and legs due to frostbite.

Under the direction of President Brigham Young, rescue parties from Salt Lake City were organized and helped avert further tragedy. Over the years, faith-building stories from the survivors have been passed from generation to generation.

This June, over 200 people will leave their cell phones and other electronic devices at home, and will push or pull a handcart with their belongings 18 to 20 miles. They will leave Bing Canyon near... Read Full Story →

Hayden Lake humanitarian scales hurdles to help others

As a distance runner and triathlete, Jason Ball understands that every race has its obstacles – but they are nothing compared to the challenges he has faced in real life.

The first event occurred when he was 10 years of age. His younger brother and best friend, David, was killed when a motor home backed over him accidentally. He was 8 years old. This traumatic incident brought a solemnity to Jason’s life that had not been there before.

When Jason was 14, he suffered one of the worst femur breaks ever seen in San Diego, the result of a motocross accident. He was confined to a body cast and was told he would never run again. Jason not only learned to walk in his body cast, but at the age of 25, he became a runner.



After suffering a severe motocross injury that left him in a body cast, Jason Ball was told he would never run again. He now competes in marathons and triathlons.
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“One of my legs is a bit shorter and twisted, and my footprints in the snow appear a bit odd,” Jason said. “But I know that perseverance in the face of adversity is essential.”

Jason currently runs three to 10 miles a day and participates in marathons and triathlons but sits out the Coeur d’Alene Ironman competition because it is held on Sunday. He relies on his dog, Diesel, to help him keep on track and adhere to his schedule of morning runs.

When he is not running, Jason works as the Community Relations manager for the Four Seasons Retirement Community where his schedule involves collaborating with hospitals, doctors and community action groups. But his family health needs have brought new meaning in a quest to provide service to others whil establishing an outline... Read Full Story →

Coeur d’Alene oncology nurse finds harmony during challenging times

In the season that celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we talk and wonder of the angels that sang praises on that night so long ago. Were we one of them? Perhaps – and if so, what did we do or commit to do in this life that allowed us this privilege?

Debbie James was probably there.

Not only does does the Coeur d’Alene resident sing like an angel as a second soprano with the Northwest Sacred Music Chorale and Select Ensemble, she works at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane in the Medical Surgical Unit that specializes in end-of-life oncology. In other words, cancer is what she works with and she does this work with great love for her patients



Coeur d’Alene resident Debbie James works as an oncology nurse at the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. James’ interests include singing with the Northwest Sacred Music Chorale and Select Ensemble, kickboxing and maintaining a rock garden.
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“I’ve been an oncology nurse for 25 years and I’ve had the privilege of working with some really great people,” James said. “I feel like this is really a gift and a calling that I have.”

In the days and hours before the death of a body and the rebirth of a soul, how wonderful it would be to hear the words that we may have forgotten over the long period of time we call life. In other words, the perspective of death as the end of this worldly probation and ascendance into a peaceful realm. To hear this from an angel could provide great peace and joy to the suffering soul – and that is the gift that Debbie James works to give to her patients.

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Digging for roots: Hayden Family History Seminar celebrates many aspects of genealogy

Over 200 followers of Jesus Christ, representing many religions, gathered at the Hayden Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the fourth annual Hayden Lake Family History Seminar on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Under the direction of Connie Godak, director of the Hayden Lake Family History Center, over 35 patrons, both LDS and non-LDS, spent a year planning and preparing for the free seminar. A member of the inaugural Spokane temple presidency, President Frank Wagstaff and his wife Jane, who are now the area advisors for 43 Family History Centers in the Northwest, shared information about the event with the centers they oversee. The Kootenai County and Eastern Washington Genealogical Societies also helped spread the word. Genealogists from Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities and other surrounding areas joined local researchers for the day.

Sister Godak insisted that the event was a collaborative effort. The local wards and some attendees contributed wonderful food for the luncheon. Some baked breadsticks, some made soup or salads, while others set up or took down the tables and chairs or worked in the kitchen.

“For the first time, we really felt like we had enough food for everyone, and we are so grateful for this support,” Godak said.

Godak added that there were a few changes to this year’s agenda, including classes with more specific themes and a second lunch time.

“We really can’t comfortably accommodate more than 200 people at this event and the addition of the second lunch hour made things much more relaxed,” she said. “People were able to eat, visit, exchange ideas and contact information without having to face long lines for food, before having to hurry off to another class. I think this was our most successful event so far – but tomorrow we start working on plans for next year.”

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