Spokane North

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Bark, A Rescue Pub
905 N Washington St
Spokane, WA 99201
United States of America
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President-elect Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 8, 2022
            Aug. 15: Noon. Lunch at the Bark. Topic: TBA.
            Aug. 22: Noon.  At Holmes Elementary.  Speaker: Holmes Principal Kale Colyar. After lunch, members and spouses help stow supply room for the year.  Sign up with Sandy Fink for the luncheon.
            Aug.  29: Noon. Lunch at the Bark. Speakers: Ben Stuckart and Gavin Cooley.
Holler for a Dollar:
            John Mailliard talked about sudden one-inch rains which flooded extremely arid Death Valley areas.
Happy Buck$:
            Bill Simer was happy to quickly recover from a mild Covid case.
            Steve Bergman added $2 for a wedding party at St. Ignatius, Mont., for Colin and Kelsey Prestesater.
            Michelle Fossum was happy for a family gathering at South Padre Island, Texas, and other nearby venues at space facilities, where Terry’s brother-in-law worked and served on the space shuttle.
            Eric Johnson was happy that his daughter has earned a volleyball scholarship at Western Washington University.
Seeking answers to a difficult issue   
            If there is one word to raise a hot-topic issue it would be “homelessness.”
            Local media have had a daily barrage of stories on “Camp Hope” in East Spokane and other smaller tent city venues in the area.
            One thing most area residents agree about the homeless issues is: they are complicated.
            At the Aug. 8 club luncheon board member Bill Simer showed a video to help focus discussion, understanding, and, hopefully, some answers about homelessness.
            Bill showed the video – “Housing and Help” -- from Gavin Cooley, who from 2003 to 2020 served as a top finance and investment manager for the City of Spokane.
            Cooley worked to find financial solutions during six mayors, including three Republicans and three Democrats.
            On Aug. 29, Gavin and Ben Stuckart will visit the club luncheon to continue the discussion.  Stuckart, Spokane City Council president from 2012 to 2019, now is board chair for Continuum of Care, an agency hip deep in homeless issues.
            Gavin’s video featured a discussion with Edward Byrnes, a social work educator, who talked how Spokane lost so many good middle-class jobs when Kaiser Aluminum Mead and other production positions were eliminated.
            Byrnes said that changed the character of neighborhoods and a comfortable life-style that left with the jobs.
            So the much smaller number of homeless, often camping along the trains, were just sent out on the rail cars.  But now, he said, those train rides have left, leaving tents and old RVs to forage under bridges or on open land.
            Cooley said Spokane’s “astronomical housing” 72 percent gains in the past three years have eliminated home-buying for many and out of reach for many apartment dwellers.
            “It used to be an affordable housing market,” Cooley said.  Now average prices have risen from $250,000 to $430,000, he said, adding “average wages have only increased 14 percent.”
            That is part of the homelessness issue, where, for example, Camp Hope has grown from 150 a day to 500 or more.
            Cooley visited Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, to learn how that city works on homeless issues, cutting its total by 65 percent.
            On the video, Cooley and Byrnes agreed that finding some solutions to homelessness in Spokane is doable.
            “It’s still on a scale that we can do something,” Byrnes said.
             Cooley said: “The time is right, but we need to work together.  We all need to get under the same tent.”
            “You want to think there is a silver bullet, but it’s not just one thing to do, and how we got here.”
            The questions arise from issues of poverty, drug use, mental health, lack of opportunity and many others.
            The “tent” will need to be big.  Discussion about the size and scale of the problems will continue Aug. 29.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
August 1, 2022
            Aug 8: Noon. Lunch at the Bark.  Topic: TBA.
            Aug. 15: Noon. Lunch at the Bark. Topic: TBA.
            Aug. 22: Noon.  At Holmes Elementary.  Speaker: Holmes Principal Kale Colyar. After lunch, members and spouses help stow school supplies room for the year.
Happy Buck$:
            Steve Boharski was happy for a great trip to France and Spain.
            Colin Prestesater was happy that wife, Kelsey, has finished studying for the state bar.
            Melinda Keberle was happy for a trip to Philadelphia and Baltimore with son, Landen, to watch major league baseball.  They now have visited 23 of 30 big-league stadiums.
            Visiting Rotarian Christian Tuerk from the Wien-Schoenbrut Club in Vienna, Austria, was happy to visit Spokane and that his wife could raft the Salmon River.
Looking ways to save the land  
             Nature is, well, first nature for Dave Schaub.
            Growing up in a family strongly attuned to the outdoors, Dave said “as a kid I did a 50-mile hike.”  He also stressed camping as a Boy Scout and an Eagle Scout.
            And he and his brother hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada.  “We walked about 30 miles a day,” he said.
            So it wasn’t far to travel from his office at 35 W, Main to our lunch spot at the Bark on Aug. 1 to tell the club about his work with the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy. 
            Schaub, the organization’s executive director since 2017, said the group’s core values are Love of Nature, Perpetuity, Discernment and Collaboration.
            The Conservancy, a private, non-profit agency was organized 30 years ago as the Inland Northwest Land Trust.  
            “Our weather and our climate are changing,” Schaub said.  “There is anxiety about climate changes, but we can see a path forward.”  The group, he said, “is focused on thriving habitat.”
            One prime example is the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve, a 95-acre tract along the Little Spokane River, just north of the Kalispel Golf Course.
            Last year, with the combined efforts of the Conservancy, Spokane Tribal Fisheries, the state fisheries and others, 50 chinook salmon were planted along the stream.  Some fish were as big as 15 pounds and the fish were radio-tagged to see how long the fish will survive.
             This sort of salmon species had not been seen since the dams were built along the Columbia River and its headwaters, Schaub said.  A YouTube video showed the planting and tribal elders leading a “happy dance.” Waikiki is an Indian word for “spouting water.”
            Schaub also praised the work on the Rimrock to Riverside project which links Riverside State Park to Palisades Park, the high terrain north of Indian Canyon Golf Course.
            The Conservancy lists 125 miles of waterways and shorelines and 22,682 acres on 114 properties of protected land.
            Schaub said the Conservancy greatly favors cooperation over conflict in land decisions.
            “We are not anti-mining or anti-development,” he said.  “A thriving economy benefits all of us.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Holmes Review and School Supplies
Aug 22, 2022
Noon at Holmes Elementary School
Luncheon Menu at Bark
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