Your Spokane Pharmacy Association Board traditionally takes a break from meeting during the summer months but lots of activity is going on behind the scenes.

The SPA Board of Managers met for their annual retreat in June to set goals and activities for the 2014-2015 membership year. We will be sharing progress with the membership as the year progresses.

One of our important goals for 2012 and 2013 was fulfilled this year–to finish funding the SPA-Marguerite Villars Scholarship fund:


For many decades, the Spokane Pharmacy Association Board of Managers has annually set aside a portion of dues and donations to award an annual scholarship to a WSU pharmacy student. Unfortunately, tuition costs have continued to rise and Association expenses have increased as industry support for CE programs has been restricted.  With the help of the WSU College of Pharmacy, the SPA transferred the scholarship fund into an endowed scholarship named to honor Marguerite Villars, the long-time treasurer of the SPA.  The scholarship was kicked off at the 2011 SPA Banquet by Sue Merk and raised $12,000 of the $25,000 needed.

When Bill Fassett announced his retirement in 2014, he graciously offered to donate any funds raised in honor of his retirement to the scholarship fund.

The SPA is thrilled to announce that at Bill’s retirement celebration during the NW Pharmacy Convention in Coeur d’Alene on May 30, 2014 over $22,000 was raised during an auction and paddle raise to finish funding the scholarship!

A special thank-you needs to go to Linda Garrelts MacLean, Kelly Sylvester and Sue Lutz of the WSU Development & Alumni Relations office, John Oftebro of the WSPA Foundation who served as MC and the many attendees who donated and bid on the items, which included wine collections, golf clubs, gifts and fashion items, Coeur d’Alene lake tours and boat tours of Elliott Bay in Seattle.

The SPA Board of Managers voted at the board retreat in June to support the WSU College of Pharmacy in awarding a second scholarship in 2014 using the extra funds.  The second scholarship will be named to honor Bill and Sharon Fassett.  The SPA Board will be discussing plans for the future to support students both through scholarship support and other activities.


As mentioned above, Bill Fassett retired from WSU this year and at the same time, resigned from his position as Executive VP of the SPA.  Sharon Fassett has served as the Webmaster and electronic communication coordinator for the SPA and she has also resigned from that position so that they can enjoy their free time.

Sue Marchi Kellogg agreed to step into the appointment as the Executive VP and Michael Ayres of CHAS is working on the website, contact information and email listings. Currently the website is under construction to update content. We appreciate the patience of all our members as we try to fill the large gap left by the Fassetts. Expect updates to come soon.

The Spokane Pharmacy Association extends their gratitude to the Fassetts for all of their contributions to the Association and wishes them great happiness and success in their well-deserved retirement.


The Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Davenport Hotel. Board members are contacting exhibitors and working on details of the banquet now.  More information will come in the next update.

Awards are presented to:

Pharmacist of the Year

Pharmacy Technician of the Year

Pharmacy of the Year

Speaker of the Year

Student/Resident of the Year

Start thinking about nominations!—you will receive nomination information soon.

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