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Spokane North

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We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Nectar Wine Bar--Kendall Yards
1331 W Summit Parkway
Spokane, WA 99201
United States of America
1st & 3rd Monday–Lunch meeting at Noon at Nectar Wine Bar; 2nd Monday-Rotary Connect meet-up at 4:30pm–check website for location---changes monthly; 4th Monday–Rotary Serves–a service project-check website for details; 5th Monday-no events
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                           ROTARY CLUB of SPOKANE NORTH                                                                                                                      Presidential Theme for 2020-2021

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Nov. 2: Rotary Noon Zoom: Pres Steve and Treas Bill -- Club Financial Position
Nov. 9: Rotary Connect: 4:30 p.m. at Nectar in Kendall Yards
Nov. 16: Rotary Noon Zoom: Eric Johnson -- Real Estate
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 16, 2020
            Projects: Coordinator Lenore Romney  will soon update plans for our “$40 for 40” gift drive for the needy children and families at Holmes Elementary.
            Spokane Connects:  A meeting – likely on Zoom – is planned at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14. President Steve Bergman plans some surprises during the on-line gathering.
            Doing well: Our speaker, Eric Johnson, said his dad, Leroy, a longtime former club member, has recovered well from a procedure to replace stents.  Eric said the new procedure was done by a physician who had participated in Leroy’s earlier procedure about 20 years ago.
            Reminder: Lenore mentions that November is Rotary Foundation Month.  This is a good time to remember all of the thousands of good deeds worldwide that clubs help around the globe and around their own neighborhoods.
            Happy Bucks: (Remember those?) Steve Bergman celebrated that his son, Bret,  completed an 8-month Navy deployment in the South China Sea and is now back on a base in Japan.
            Bill Simer celebrates this week as his second retirement awaits at his Eide-Baille position.  Bill said he planned retirement last year, but was asked to return to the firm.
            Brian Hipperson contributed an “un-happy buck,” as he finally got back to his gym “to open his locker for a change,” only to hear Gov. Inslee’s dictums that gyms must be closed for a month because of Covid.
Real Estate housing is soaring
            For many people, as the Covid chaos continues, this has been the worst of times.
            But for the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area’s residential areas, these have been the best of times.  Residential houses and apartments are selling faster than the proverbial hot cakes. Loan rates are staying near rock bottom.  And prices continue to soar at almost all levels.
            The only down sides are that there are not enough properties to sell and construction costs are soaring, too.
            Club member Eric Johnson, who is president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and a board member of area-wide and state associations, the sizzling data during the club’ Nov. 16 Zoom meeting.
            Eric said average house sales prices are $346,000, about double just 10 years ago.
            Average waiting time to sell is often about two weeks, when late-year typical sales five few years ago would average two months or more.
            “Two weeks now (for a house) now seems like three years then,” Johnson said.
            The lack of housing inventory puts on more price pressure on the properties, Eric said.
            “It’s like trying to sip a thick milkshake through a straw,” he said.
            With typical mortgage rates now under 3 percent, would-be buyers are eager to locate or relocate.  Apartments and house rentals are few and the monthly rents also are climbing steadily, Eric said.
            Housing sales prices have continued upward throughout the pandemic, with 40 sales listed at $1 million and more.
            Johnson said many of the top-end sales are in North Idaho, where, he says, “buyers from California show up on almost every plane load.”  Residents from Seattle and Portland also are scouring Inland Northwest properties, Eric said.
            While Spokane often tops $400,000 for new houses, Bellevue houses are above $700,000, he said.  “We are a bargain,” he said, “and we still have good reputations for schools and other things.”
            Asked about bigger traffic problems with growth here, Eric acknowledged the difficulties in several areas.  For example, traffic changes are needed near 57th and Regal, he said.  And new developments like the old Sun Dance Golf Course, planned
for hundreds of new homes, will further clog arterials like Francis and Indian Trail.
            Johnson said in the distant future, planners may even try to coax some residents, especially downtown, to avoid having cars at all.
            To that idea, Bill Simer, a noted “car guy,” said, “I’m not ready to drink that Kool-Aid anytime soon.”           
The bulletin editors:
           Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
November 2, 2020
            Spokane Connects meets beginning at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, at Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards.  After a long election season and even longer continuing Covid 19 challenge, maybe a nice beverage and good conversation may be a good tonic.
            Tag times due: Nearly all 40 spots have been reserved for the holiday gifts for needy children and their families at Holmes Elementary School.  A few spots are open for club members who have not yet committed.  Coordinator Lenore Romney will talk with Holmes administrators in the Nov. 16 week to line up students and families with ages, gender and other issues.  Then club members will have several weeks to buy presents and wrap the gifts.
            Reminder: Lenore mentions that November is Rotary Foundation Month.  This is a good time to remember all of the thousands of good deeds worldwide that clubs help around the globe and around their own neighborhoods.
            Tom’s Turkey Drive adjusts: In recent years as a club project, members joined the Tom’s Turkey Drive for holiday families in need.  KREM-TV personality Tom Sherry and Rosauers’ stores headed the event the weekend before Thanksgiving Day.  With the coronavirus issues continuing, this year’s alternative is an on-line request, selling $20 bags of groceries until just before the Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day.  Groceries will be distributed at the Fairgrounds with a drive-in procedure.
Trick or Treat tradition alive in many neighborhoods
           With appropriate measures to avoid Covid issues, a number of club members at the Nov. 2 Zoom-meet talked about the trick or treat turnout.
            Dave Hayward had just 4 children.  Chuck Rehberg counted 16.  Ron Schurra had 43 costumed customers.
           But Bill Simer, joining with the neighbors in the Northwood neighborhood near Argonne counted more than 200 children.
Bill also had one of the best costume winners – a 9 or 10-year old girl dressed as the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  When Bill complimented the young lady, she replied: “Finally, someone knew who I was dressed as.”

Despite disruptions, donations continue
            Though our club’s fund-raising event has been sidelined by the pandemic, there is a good path to help with charitable distributions.
            President Steve Bergman said as in-person school attendance grows, the Holmes Elementary programs continue.  That includes the class items’ supply closet, the principal’s emergency fund, the Golden Heroes awards and the Holmes T-shirts.
            The Holmes projects have been budgeted at $6,620.
            Also, last year four Saling Scholarships were awarded at a total of $6,000.
            That alone would total more than $12,000 in donations, which is about the usual fund -raising ballpark , he said.
            In previous years, fund-raising has focused on dinner and wine events, open to members and guests.
            With Covid 19 curbing so many events, Steve suggests an alternative:     “We are asking people to donate what you would have given at the fund raisers.”
            To incent added consideration, Treasurer Bill Simer said members could donate contributions to our club’s post office (P.O. Box 9190) .  If members want charitable itemized donations, the amounts can be address the total to the District 5080
Charitable Fund, but send the letter to our Post Office Box.  Simer said: “The fund will be directed to the appropriate site and recipients will get a letter for tax purposes.”
            He added: “We have a well-oiled machine.”
The bulletin editors:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink


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