Spokane North

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 p.m.
Bark, A Rescue Pub
905 N Washington St
Spokane, WA 99201
United States of America
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North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
February 12, 2024
           Feb. 19: No meeting. Presidents Day holiday.
           Feb. 26: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington.  
            President Ron Noble again mentioned the list from District Gov. Doreen Kelsey to “Nominate Your Fellow Deserving Rotarians” for District and Rotary International awards. The deadline is March 31. Noble also again asked if members have ideas to help celebrate Spokane’s 50th Anniversary of Expo ’74.
            Laura Zahn, coordinating the club’s dinner project at the Ronald McDonald House, still needs two members to Friday, March 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m., to feed about 40 people staying there while family members are treated at local hospitals.
            Zahn also reminded members that on March 18, the club will visit Fairmount Memorial.
            Bill Simer said small red hearts on members’ badges were not Valentines but denote contributions to the club charitable fund drive.
Happy Buck$:
            John Mailliard reaches his 80th birthday Feb. 16. Congratulations!
            Jerry Logan, was happy that prospective member Jessica Shew has visited three times.
            Steve Boharski was happy for an extended fishing trip.
            Melinda Keberle still chipped in a dollar despite the 49ers loss in the Super Bowl.
 In the city’s numbers game, growth is up 
            Significant growth is expected this year in both residential and commercial development for the city.
            Tabulating the numbers at the club’s Feb. 12 luncheon was Steve MacDonald, director of Spokane’s director of Community and Economic Development Division.  Executive Assistant Stephanie Bishop joined MacDonald.
            Among the city’s challenges, MacDonald mentioned limited space for building growth.
             Thus residential growth will focus on increasing density on available land, rather than hoping to annex tracts in other areas of the county.
            In a city which needs more housing, MacDonald is happy that 1,340 residential units were added last year, including multi-family 934 units, including 37 new duplexes.
            “We needed the growth and it looks like it’s not going to stop,” he said. “We need to get more density,” he added.
            Regarding economic development, MacDonald said, “We don’t have the department or budget, and we still don’t have a coordinated infrastructure” to compete nationally.
            So one focus would be to grow existing businesses, he said.  One shining example, he added, is the Jubilant HollisterStier firm in Hillyard, which has expanded to a third production center.  It now has 750 employees and may expand by “hundreds more” in its plant which produces medicines and serums.
            MacDonald also mentioned the hopes for aerospace growth.  Spokane is one of 31 sites nationally for a potential hub for American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing.  He said Gonzaga University is leading 40 other groups seeking plants to formulate and build new plastics and other materials.
            MacDonald joined the city in August 2021.  He came to Spokane from Los Angeles after 13 years as a managing director for SDS Capital Group, which manages more than $1 billion in impact investment funds focuses in economically challenged areas.  Prior to that he was president of FilmLA, an entertainment-focused economic development organization.  He also was a bureau chief in LA for that city’s Department of Building and Safety.
            Discussing economic development here, MacDonald, we have a “lemon” in the high level of poverty in the area, but we do have “some lemonade” in the expansive network of conduit and fiber optics already done in the city.
            He said three prime targets to grow are potential developments in Northeast, including areas outside the city like the former Kaiser Mead and R.A. Hanson land, the West Plains, especially with aerospace firms, and the University District, near the universities.
            MacDonald said he came to Spokane after his son located near Medical Lake.  He, the City Council and Mayor are on the same page for growing housing and economic development, and he is optimistic about overcoming the poverty and the other limitations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
           Maybe that bodes a happy ending, Hollywood style.                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pres Ron thanking Steve and sharing the                                                                                                                                                                                                           giving of a Mobius pass to Holmes in his honor.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photos:  Melinda Keberle and Sandy Fink. 
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
February 5, 2024
           Feb. 12: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Steve MacDonald, Community and Economic Development agency.
           Feb. 19: No meeting. Presidents Day holiday.
           Feb. 26: Noon meeting at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington. 
            Sandy Fink, coordinating the club’s Holmes Elementary School supply closet program, noted the only items still remaining from the fall drive was composition books.  Using a $180 reward from Staples, and adding cash at the Feb. 5 luncheon, she will be able to re-stock the closet with $280 worth of glue, sharpies, dry erasers and moisture wipes.
Many thanks from the students and staff at Holmes Elementary for the generosity of the members attending the Feb. 5th meeting.  This is a truly a caring and generous group!!!  Sandy
            Club President Ron Noble, attending the Holmes Heroes event, said the school is waiting for a plumber to connect the new washing machine.
1ST SEM, Feb., 2024
Ron Noble and Sandy FInk were on hand to shake the hands and
congratulate each of the recipients!
             Noble again shared a list from District Gov. Doreen Kelsey to “Nominate Your Fellow Deserving Rotarians” for District and Rotary International awards. The deadline is March 31.
            Laura Zahn, coordinating the club’s sharing project at the Ronald McDonald House, has sign-up sheets for five helpers needed Friday, March 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m., to feed about 40 people staying there while family members are treated at local hospitals.
Club anniversaries:
            In February, Art Rudd, who joined in 1969, reaches 55 years with the club.  Also noted were Dave Hayward, 38 years, Lenore Romney, 19 years, and Eric Johnson, 15 years.
Happy Buck$:
            Jerry Logan, in a “Grammy” mood, was happy about Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” song winner.
            Nancy Hanson was happy for WSU’s basketball successes.
            Lenore Romney offered a “sad buck” for the GU men’s loss to St. Mary’s.
            Ron Noble then added a dollar for the Zag ladies wins.
 Next Tuesday voters decide funding
            Millions of dollars are at stake Feb. 13 as residents of 15 Spokane area school districts vote on bonds and levies.
            At the Feb. 5 luncheon members learned details about the funding proposals in Spokane’s District 81 from Shawn Jordan, chief operations officer and Sandra Jarrard, chief of communications and governmental affairs.
 District 81 Superintendent Adam Swinyard, scheduled to speak, had a conflict.
            Jordan was introduced by Sandy Fink, who was principal at North Central High School when Jordan was a teacher there.
            For many years, the educators have recalled the mantra that “bonds are for buildings and levies are for learning.”  Levy measures require 50 percent passage, while bond measures require 60 percent “super majorities” and 40 percent of voters from the previous general election for validation.
            Jordan said District 81 now has 29,000 students, an increase of 400 this year.  He said the district has 5,037 employees.  He added that students from 79 different languages are spoken in the district.
            In each of three years, the District 81 replacement levy rate is assessed at $2.50 per $1,000 value.  The current 3-year levies were assessed at $2.41 in 2022, $2.10 in 2023 and $2.24 this year.
            Thus the amounts for the new levy rates would total $95 million in 2025, $99 million in 2026 and $103 million in 2027.
            The levies supplement state funding, and the local money, Jordan said, funds athletics, arts, music and drama, nurses, counselors, advanced placement courses, special education, behavioral specialists, technology support, smaller class sizes, highly capable programs, librarians, custodians and intervention programs.
            Jordan said average class load in most elementary schools is 18 students.  Club member Jerry Logan, a retired educator, said “that’s an optimum level” for success.  School classes for grades 4 and 5 average 22 students and middle and high school classes average 25 students, he said.
            The district has 57 buildings, including 34 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools and 7 schools dedicated to alternative learning.
            Jordan said 2024 major bond projects include replacements of Adams and Madison elementaries, modernizing parts of North Central High and Garry Middle School, Chase Middle School improvements, upgrades to Public Montessori and Libby Center, Community School improvements and a full design of Balboa and Indian Trail elementaries.  He said there is some discussion about locating a school in the Eagle Ridge area in the future.
            The bond assessment per $1,000 value estimates are $1.34 in 2025, $1.36 in 2026 and $1.30 in 2039.  The previous three year assessments were $2.11 in 2022, $1.70 in 2023 and $1.58 this year.
            Jarrard and Jordan said “We have been going out to all groups to get the correct information out, but people are feeling the tax.”
            Next Tuesday, area voters will decide the important pass-fail tests for school funding.   
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink. 
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