President Spring Message

Dear Colleagues,
The Spokane Pharmacy Association (SPA) hit the ground running in 2017 and we are planning a diversity of events and activities that will not fail to benefit your practice and fill your calendar with fun networking. The SPA Board of Managers met for the Annual Winter/Spring Retreat the middle of February and I am so excited for what our highly talented and dedicated team will achieve this upcoming year! Continue reading “President Spring Message”

2016 Wrap-Up

SPA Newsletter: 2016 Wrap-Up

We ended our year with a later-than-usual, but better-than-ever Annual Awards Meeting. We had great vendors representing many different companies and organizations, a WSU student poster, and fun raffles! We had some truly deserving people recognized for the work they are doing in the world of pharmacy, and of course, we had an exceptional group of people gathered to celebrate SPA.

The highlight of the evening was an engaging and energizing presentation by Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, who encouraged all people in the pharmacy world to use innovation, imagination, and futuristic thinking to move OUR profession into a new era. Some of the current changes would have been unthinkable a few years ago, and his recommendation is to push past today’s limits and reach out to create new and different applications of pharmaceutical medicine that are “bold and audacious!” Continue reading “2016 Wrap-Up”

Fall President’s Message

October is a curious month – outside the fall foliage and garden produce is present in wild abandon, and yet we all know that we’re about to enter the winter season. All around us, activities at work, school or play of all kinds proceed at a feverish pace, and yet we’re all aware that we’re nearing the end of the calendar year. So if we “start with the end in mind,” let’s look at the SPA events and activities for the remainder of 2016.

Everything always looks better if we can look forward to a party at the end, so let’s do that…

 picture1 Please plan on attending our
Spokane Pharmacy Association Annual Awards Meeting December 1, 2016!

We are planning a fabulous event at the Grand Hotel. The pre-dinner networking features vendor interaction, no-host bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the winning WSU student poster. After the elegant buffet dinner, our keynote speaker is Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the new WSU medical school. The focal point of the evening then follows with the announcement of the awards for Pharmacist and Pharmacy of the Year, Technician of the Year, Speaker of the Year, Student/Resident of the Year. You’ll be getting more details soon, or you can see the information on Register early and gather up a table of friends! (Buy tickets now!) Continue reading “Fall President’s Message”

Summer 2016 President’s Message


As the Olympics end, I noticed that there are some parallels to having a professional career:

  • Integrity matters, even in the smallest of details. Enough said.
  • Personal excellence is something that requires daily effort in order to grow and to show small but continuous improvement.
  • Recognizing achievements of team members and being an advocate for your team can make a difference, both in the moment and in the long term.

The first two are givens for pharmacy professionals, but we could do better at the third one. I’m sure you each thank your co-workers when they provide exceptional service, do innovative problem-solving, or lend their expertise to make a situation better for someone, but have you considered nominating a co-worker for one of SPA’s annual awards? Sure, it won’t get them a gold medal or a spot on a sports commercial, but it does provide an opportunity to let them know that their hard work is noticed. Remember that anyone can nominate in any category – pharmacist, technician, student preceptor, and across all practice sectors. We’ll be asking soon for nominations for our annual awards, so please consider nominating at least one person as a thank you for their efforts. Continue reading “Summer 2016 President’s Message”

Spring President’s Message

Dear SPA Members,

We are off to an awesome start for 2016! We have already had a social networking event at Liberty Ciderworks, two C.E. events (Washington State Immunization Records System review in January and the dynamic, student organized, WSU-NCPA event on “Technology Innovations in Community Pharmacies”) and a third C.E. on the Washington State Pharmacy Review Process coming up on March 22nd and 23rd.

Before we continue on with 2016, I’d like to acknowledge two outstanding SPA Board members who left the Board at the end of 2015:

  • Jason Doss, your amazing source of great education opportunities for the last few years, has turned the C.E. duties over to Brett Haney
  • Past-President Manpreet Chahal has stepped off the SPA Board, but is still representing the Spokane area on the WSPA Board
  • Chris Greer is now the SPA past-president, but continues to provide leadership in many areas, especially with the Community Pharmacy Forum, and working with the Spokane Regional Health District on their immunization and tobacco education programs.

These three people have raised the quality of all of the SPA educational and community projects to a whole new level in the last few years. Continue reading “Spring President’s Message”

Dec 2015 President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,
It has been extremely gratifying to serve as the president of our association this year. I am so happy to have had the chance to meet many of you at our events and look forward to seeing you in the future. Now is an important time for our profession with exciting opportunities for us to expand access to care. I would like to quote from the WSPA webinar invitation on ESSB 5557 Pharmacists as Providers:

Washington State is taking the lead in being the first state to require reimbursement by medical insurance carriers of pharmacists for care provided to patients. Numbered ESSB 5557, this legislation was ushered through the legislative process in the spring of 2015. The legislation required the formation of a Collaborative Workgroup. The workgroup’s deliverables have now been released… details for implementation still need to be outlined for the profession. In response, the WSPA is forming four workgroups to aid in the development of tools and guidelines.

It is important for you to be involved in our professional associations. Continue reading “Dec 2015 President’s Message”

Nov 2015 President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to personally invite you to our second ‘Community Pharmacy Forum’ to discuss common issues and solutions encountered in the practice of community pharmacy. It is hoped that this will be a recurring meeting of value to those who participate. Our first meeting had an excellent discussion on regulatory and contract compliance issues.


Community Pharmacy Forum

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

7:00-8:00 a.m.

Frankie Doodles Restaurant
30 East 3rd Ave
Spokane, WA 99202

No registration required.

Oct 2015 President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,
Now that summer is over it seems the busy time starts up again… the Pharmacy class of 2019 has started their training and flu vaccination clinics are right around the corner. It has been a privilege to be the SPA President this year.

One of the things that I have noticed is the incredibly high quality of the pharmacists and technicians who I have been able to meet though my involvement with the Association. Continue reading “Oct 2015 President’s Message”

Feb 2015 SPA President’s Message

The link to the Provider Status campaign is:


Dear SPA members,

Our year is off to a great start with the January Social and I look forward to seeing you at our future events. Last year was a very busy year for our association:

  • It is my honor to thank Manpreet Chahal for his excellent leadership as president last year.
  • We made the transition to a new Executive Vice President Sue Kellogg after honoring Bill Fassett and his wife Sharon for their service.
  • The WSU Marguerite Villars endowed scholarship was established.
  • We have reinvigorated the Fax Blast program.
  • Finally, we have increased our web presence with our new website  and social media

The SPA board met at our winter retreat this weekend to discuss the upcoming year. It is important to all of us that we are meeting the needs of the local pharmacy community to advance patient care through CE, promotion of competency and increasing the awareness of the pharmacy profession contribution to the health of the community.

You will receive a request to fill out an electronic survey in the near future. It is hoped that you will take the opportunity to provide input on ways that you can be better served by the association. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome.

I would like to bring to your attention an opportunity to promote the profession through the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition through the link above. They are looking for pharmacists and pharmacies who are interested in advocacy work in support of pharmacist provider status.

Thank you for the excellent work that you do every day!

Chris Greer

Spokane Pharmacy Association President

Update to Members – August 2014


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.