Teamwork, community service define 2011 Day of Service

It was a day devoted to the community and service.

In the Spokane East Stake alone, the 2011 Day of Service involved roofing, dragging trees, hauling gravel and eradicating weeds.

Along with volunteers from all eight wards in the stake, representatives from St. Mary’s Catholic Parish and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection donated time to the cause. A total of 558 people pitched in on half-a-dozen projects.

The work marked the second year that East Stake members have participated in the Day of Service. In April 2009, President Barack Obama declared Sept. 11, a “National Day of Service and Remembrance,” encouraging Americans to acknowledge the lives lost on 9/11 by donating their time and energy toward projects that benefit their communities. Families of the victims were instrumental in establishing the idea and implementing the program on a national level.



Each stake in the Spokane Temple District took part in the Day of Service this September, an event set aside to honor victims of Sept. 11.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined other religious and civic organizations throughout the country in lending support for the cause. This year, Church leaders included a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the LDS welfare program as part of service efforts throughout the world.

In announcing the proclamation for his state’s Day of Service, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell acknowledged the impact made by the welfare program.

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Late quilter’s legacy, Relief Society service combine to provide unique gift

Beth Ransom may have passed away six years ago, but her example of service continues to bless the lives of people she never had the chance to meet.

A child of the Great Depression, Ransom grew up in Brigham City, UT. on a fruit farm, learning the value of hard work and integrity. In the words of her daughter, Lynda Hinckley, Ransom “was always learning, always serving, doing what she could to make the world a better place.”

She also learned not to let things go to waste.

The fabric and yarn that Ransom stored in her Liberty Lake home was first put to use a couple of years ago when Sis. Hinckley worked with Janet Holloway of the West Plains Stake to distribute some of Beth’s leftover yarn and fabric to local prisoners who were knitting hats and other items.



The Evergreen Ward Relief Society in the Spokane East Stake recently created 120 quilts to be distributed to area nonprofit causes. Fabric for the quilts came from a collection gathered by the late Beth Ransom who passed away six years ago.
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This spring, Trudy Reese of the Spokane East Stake Relief Society’s Outreach program contacted Hinckley about utilizing more of the remaining fabric for a quilting project in the Evergreen Ward. According to Reese, Leanne Crawford and her daughter, Tina Burns, took the lead on the effort, cutting fabric and compiling dozens of kits for members of the Relief Society to sew and tie.

By the time the work was completed, volunteers had created 120 unique and comfortable quilts to be distributed to foster kids, mothers in need at a local hospital and children displaced from drug houses and other crisis situations.

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Coeur d’Alene dentist brings smiles to Central America

Doug Pulsipher, DDS of Coeur d’ Alene, and his staff are all smiles, literally.



Dr. Doug Pulsipher, a Coeur d’Alene dentist, and his wife, Sally, volunteer time to a Church humanitarian program called “Smiles for Central America” that provides dental care for departing LDS missionaries in countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.
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Dr. Pulsipher and his crew been traveling with a group called “Smiles for Central America” to help fulfill a mission statement “to provide dental and medical services for young Latter-day Saint men and women in Central America.”

Twice each year, Smiles for Central America sponsors humanitarian service expeditions to Central America for the purpose of delivering medical and dental services for young LDS men and women to help them prepare to serve full-time LDS missions. The group rotates through the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama.



Sally Pulsipher with several smiling missionaries. The Pulsiphers have traveled to Central America four times as part of Smiles for Central America.
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Dr. Pulsipher has gone four times with this group to Central America. He usually goes twice a year and pays his own way, which costs from $2,300 to $2,800 per person. His wife, Sally, has gone with him each time. He has been to Peru, the Dominican Republic and Belize. He has traveled with his son John (a dentist) to El Salvador and with his daughter, Lindsey (a... Read Full Story →

Health and Help Bulletin – Oct. 5-18

A guide to educational presentations, community programs, health and wellness events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest. For ongoing Health and Help listings, visit the Sentinel’s “Community Cupboard” section.

Foods to Fight Pain
Learn how food choices impact pain and inflammation by attending an informative workshop on ‘Foods to Fight Pain’ Monday, Oct. 10 at Balanced Life Center, 12929 E. Sprague Ave., Suite 104 in Spokane Valley. The interactive 45-minute workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include recipes, meal plan ideas and free food samples. Cost is $5. RSVP by calling 509-496-9998 or e-mailing erin@totalbalancewellness.com.

Mormon.org fireside
The regional LDS single adult program (31 and over) will host a fireside on the Mormon.org website and local media campaign on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Spokane Stake Center, 1620 E. 29th Ave. in Spokane starting at 7 p.m. Bro. Michael Metcalf will be the featured speaker. For more information on the “I’m a Mormon” campaign, see the Sept. 21, 2011 story in the Sentinel archives. A single adult fireside will also be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Spokane Valley Stake Center, 21022 E. Wellesley in Otis Orchards. To learn more about these and other single adult events, call the Spokane info line at 509-459-1072 or the Coeur d’Alene line at 208-664-1223.

Coats 4 Kids
KXLY Channel 4 in Spokane is sponsoring the 26th annual Coats 4 Kids campaign through Oct. 15. Residents can donate new or mildly used coats and winter wear at any Sterling Savings Bank, Papa Murphy’s Pizza or Coldwell Banker Tomlinsion location in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Coats will be distributed beginning Oct. 25. For a complete list of donation sites and to learn more about the program, visit www.kxly.com.

LDS employment workshop
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LDS wards to work with other faiths on Day of Service

In honor of the national “Day of Service” observed to salute victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the welfare plan established of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the First Presidency has invited members worldwide to render service in their communities on Saturday, September 17.



Last year, for the inaugural Day of Service, volunteers from the Spokane East Stake help improve grounds in the Central Valley School District. This year’s event will be held on Sept. 17.
Photo by Marianne Thompson.

The Hayden Lake (Idaho) Stake has arranged three projects from 8 a.m. to noon on that day. The gazebos at Hayden City Park and Finucane Park will be painted and homes at Tamarack Mobile Park will be winterized, followed by a picnic lunch at Finucane Park. Approximately 25 charitable organizations and churches are arranging for 1000 volunteers.

The second annual Spokane East Stake “Day of Service” will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various sites throughout the area. The East Stake is collaborating with the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Spokane Valley Fire Department to provide maintenance, cleanup, painting and renovation at several Spokane Valley parks, Chester Elementary School, Central Valley School District property and Mica Cemetery.

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Health and Help Bulletin – Sept. 6-19

A guide to educational presentations, community programs, health and wellness events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest. For ongoing Health and Help listings, visit the Sentinel’s “Community Cupboard” section.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
With the start of the school year, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest is looking for volunteers to help with its school-based mentor program. Volunteers visit with kids once a week, usually during lunchtime, to provide support, encouragement and a listening ear. BBBS is also putting the word out for volunteers for its community-based program, requiring a minimum of five hours a month. To learn more about BBBS, see the story in the Sentinel archives from Jan. 25, 2010. For more information on volunteering with the agency, call 509-328-8310 or the North Idaho office at 208-667-0975 or visit www.northwestbigs.org.

Day of Service
The second annual Spokane East Stake “Day of Service” will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various sites throughout the area. The East Stake is collaborating with the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Spokane Valley Fire Department to provide maintenance, cleanup, painting and renovation at several Spokane Valley parks, Chester Elementary School, Central Valley School District property and Mica Cemetery. Equipment needed includes: wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, push brooms, gloves, ladders, claw hammers, scrapers, roller handles and tarps. A food drive for Spokane Valley Food Bank will also be part of the event. Volunteers are encouraged to bring canned goods to the respective work sites. A “bring your own” picnic lunch at Brown’s Park at 32nd and Pines will conclude the day. Other Day of Service events this month include the West Spokane Stake improving Medical Lake’s community... Read Full Story →

Health and Help Spotlight

Calling attention to a worthy volunteer, fundraising or donation opportunity in our community.

Suit Drive
Join The Arc of Spokane and Robert Half International in a special “Suit Drive” through Aug. 19 to collect new or nearly new men’s and women’s suits and formal wear. For over 60 years, Robert Half International has been helping people acquire the resources, confidence and skills they need to gain employment and advance their careers. By donating to this month’s Suit Drive, you can be part of that life-changing effort.

The Arc will be collecting suits, dress pants, skirts, blouses, shoes and accessories (including handbags and jewelry). All donations should be clean, stylish, in good condition and appropriate to wear to work. Clothing is requested on hangers since they will be made available to job seekers immediately.

Items may be dropped off at The Arc office in Spokane on 320 E. Second Ave. or you can contact The Arc at 509-328-6326 to arrange a pickup of your donation.

To learn more, visit www.rhi.com/philanthropy or www.spokane-arc.org.

To find out more about ongoing volunteer opportunities, educational programs and nonprofit groups throughout the Inland Northwest, visit the Sentinel’s Community Cupboard section.

Health and Help Bulletin – July 18-31

A guide to educational presentations, community programs, health and wellness events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest. For ongoing Health and Help listings, visit the Sentinel’s “Community Cupboard” section.

Single Adult Firesides
The area Single Adults program (31 and over) will host several firesides this month, including two on Sunday, July 24. The theme of “Are You Listening?” will be addressed at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Stake Center, 2801 N. Fourth St. The Francis building, 2112 W. Francis in Spokane, will host a 7 p.m. fireside on emergency preparedness the same night. On Sunday, July 31, a video presentation from President Monson titled “Principles of the Prophets” will be featured at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen building, 14111 E. 16th in Spokane Valley. For information on these and other single adult events, call the Spokane information line at 509-459-1072 or the Coeur d’Alene line at 208-664-1223.

H2O 101
Water conservation will be the topic this Thursday at Sun People Dry Goods in Spokane (32 W. Second Ave.) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Water saving kits will be handed out to participants, courtesy of the city of Spokane. Registration is recommended for this free event. To find out more, call 509-368-9378.

LDS employment workshop
The LDS Employment Office will be hosting a three-day career workshop on July 26-28. The free workshop runs 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch, except on Thursday. LDS Employment Resource Services is located at 200 N. Mullan, Suite 220, in Spokane Valley. Another workshop is scheduled for Aug. 9-11. To learn more, call 509-928-2534.

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Health and Help Bulletin – July 5-17

Your guide to educational presentations, community programs, health and wellness events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest. For ongoing Health and Help listings, see the Sentinel’s “Community Cupboard” section.

Know Your Healthy Numbers
Most of us know the special numbers in our lives – birthdays, anniversaries and the like – but how many of us are aware of the numbers that keep us healthy? On Saturday, July 16, Community Health Education and Resources will host a “Know Your Healthy Numbers” presentation at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. in Spokane Valley, from 8 a.m. to noon. The free event will include screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose and BMI/body fat percentage. A full lipid profile is available for $20. To register, visit www.cherspokane.org.

Plant therapy at Manito
Learn about the rehabilitative power of plants and gardening this Thursday as Spokane-based Therapeutic Recreation Services sponsors a greenhouse and gardening tour at Gaiser Conservatory in Manito Park. The tour will run from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on July 7. Cost per individual is $14 and registration is required. To find out more, call (509) 625-6200.

Liberty Lake Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society will sponsor the inaugural Liberty Lake Relay for Life later this summer at the Meadowwood Technology Campus. The event on Aug. 5-6 joins thousands of similar fundraisers throughout the world, generating money and awareness for the fight against cancer. This Saturday, July 9, the ACS Relay for Life team will have a booth at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., marketgoers will have a chance to find out how they can donate time and/or funds to the cause. For more information, visit www.cancer.org and click on “Get Involved” or call (509)... Read Full Story →

Health and Help Bulletin – June 13-26

Your guide to educational presentations, community programs, health and wellness events and volunteer opportunities throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond. For ongoing Health and Help listings, see the “Community Cupboard” section.

BYU-Idaho youth programs
Wondering how your adolescent kids will spend their summer this year? How about a schedule of fun and spiritually fortifying events and activities sponsored by BYU-Idaho? A trio of programs – Adventures for Youth, Outdoor Youth Adventures and Youth for Excellence – will run from June through August for youth 16-19. The agenda includes rafting, rope courses, gospel firesides, daily devotionals and tours of Church history sites, depending on the program. For more information, visit www.byui.edu/cc/youth.

Insurance advice helpline
Having trouble navigating the maze of Medicare? The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors helpline is here to provide support. Volunteers with the toll-free helpline understand that health insurance has been known to cause a headache and will help walk callers through various options and providers. The number can be reached by calling 1-800-562-6900.

Support for local debater
Next week, the Sentinel will feature a story on state-champion debater Deven Coffey, a recent graduate of University High School and a member of the Painted Hills Ward in the Spokane East Stake. This week, Deven is participating in the National High School Debate Competition in Dallas, TX. In addition to facing off against the nation’s best, Deven and his teammates are working to pay off the cost of participating in this prestigious tournament. Those who wish to help Deven and his teammates can make tax-deductible donations out to University High School Debate Team and mail to Todd and Jenna Coffey at 11801 E. Valleyway Ave., Spokane, WA. 99206. For more information, call... Read Full Story →

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