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
Beginning June 21 we will be meeting weekly at noon at Bark
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                                                              ROTARY CLUB
                                                                                                                                                                       OF  SPOKANE NORTH 
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                                               New meeting place – Bark, A Rescue Pub located at 905 N. Washington Street. 

                                                  Meeting time is Noon to 1pm; please arrive as close to Noon as possible for placing your lunch order.

North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 24, 2022
            Jan. 31: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark. Classification talks: John Mailliard and Bill Simer.
Happy Buck$:
            John Mailliard was happy about his trip to the Oregon Coast, but wondered why some businesses had strict masking rules while others ignored masking.
            Colin Prestesater, celebrated the opening of his office opening in the American Legion Building.
            Guest Rotarian, Mary Joanis, added $1 to celebrate distribution of her energy drink and another $1 as she heads to the Cabo San Luis area in Mexico.  She said she will join us back here in July.
Valentines and potluck
            A wine tasting and potluck supper is planned Monday, Feb. 14 at the home of Michelle and Terry Fossum.  
            Members and spouses are invited and the dinner is in place of the usual Monday lunch.  The club’s holiday dinner Dec. 6 was postponed by several inches of snow and next month’s Valentine gathering provided a timely alternative.
            Michelle, our club’s board secretary, will add details soon.
WPC studies the state’s bills
            If proposed state legislative measures were snowflakes, Chris Cargill would be knee deep in drifts.
            Cargill, longtime director in Eastern Washington for the Washington Policy Center, talked about the blizzard of proposed legislative items at the club’s Jan. 24 luncheon.
            Cargill has been with the WPC since 2009 and has visited our club a few times in past years. The policy center, he says, is a non-partisan free market think tank, often described by others as a conservative watchdog on discussing alternatives usually promoted by Democratic legislative leaders.
            This “short,” 60-day legislative session has some 2,000 bills in play, while the longer sessions usually deal with 3,000 or more bills, Cargill said.
            One topic often mentioned is the proposal to allow a capital gains income tax measure, which was introduced last year and is scheduled for a summary judgment court date Feb. 4 in Douglas County.
            One fiscal “hot button” government reform in any discussion is introducing an income tax.  Washington is one of six states without an income tax, but there have been many attempts to change that.
            Cargill said Washington residents have rejected 10 different measures over the years that would install an income tax.
            Any excise tax in the state must by law be a flat tax, not graduated by income levels, he said.
            Discussing Covid issues, Cargill said the WPC would like to see emergency measures by the governor limited to 30, 60 or 90-day limits.
            “An emergency measure shouldn’t last two years without having the Legislature getting involved sooner,” he said.
            The WPC organizes ideas in eight areas: agriculture, education, the environment, government reform, health care, small business, transportation and workers’ rights.
            Affable and able, Cargill has an encyclopedic amount of dollar sizes and policy directions…and he could probably name almost all of the 2,000 bills in play.     
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
January 10, 2022
            Jan. 17: No meeting.  MLK Holiday.
            Jan. 24: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark. Speaker: Chris Cargill, Washington Policy Center.
            Jan. 31: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark. Classification talks: John Mailliard and Bill Simer.
Happy Buck$:
            Dave Hayward was happy that WSU’s men’s basketball team beat Utah.  “That was the first time in 20 years,” he said.
            Guest Rotarian Mary Joanis added $2 to celebrate her Spokane visit.
Is your check in the (e-) mail?
            Club President Lenore Romney has e-mailed members about contributing to club projects.
            To date, six members have contributed $6,250 toward an annual goal of $15,000, she said at the Jan. 10 luncheon.
            Romney said the contributions now fund all of the projects for Holmes Elementary School for the Rotary year, but do not yet cover the club’s two scholarships and various other projects.

            The fund drive is in lieu of the club’s annual dinner and wine event, which was canceled by the Covid chaos.
            We encourage everyone to help if you can contribute,” she said.
            One part of encouragement, Romney said, is the ability to use a 501(c)3 fiscal tool available to U.S. Rotary clubs to make the contributions taxable.
Warm thoughts from the Baja
             It was 79 degrees at noon on Jan. 3 in the Cabo San Lucas area of Baja California while Mary Joanis was talking about her home Barriles Rotary Club.  Spokane reached 34 degrees.
            The low Monday night at St. Luke’s Cape was 67 degrees.  Spokane hit the mid-20s.
            Mary and husband Phillip (Paco) came to Spokane to help welcome a godchild.
            Mary grew up in Portland and Phillip in Bend, Ore., and she said they may come back to Spokane for the family.  She also wants to start an “arbonne” skin care and wellness business.
            In a few weeks, Mary and Phillip will drive the 2,000-mile trip to Cabo San Lucas.  Their pictures and stories showed a little less glitz than the high-end resort town, which even has a Waldorf Astoria hotel.
            Her Rotary club in Los Barriles (“the barrels”) shows a fountain with gushing water from barrels.  The area has just 9 inches of rain (with no snow) per year, about half the Spokane area total.
            The local industries are tourism and sport fishing. The fishing includes rays, sharks, mahi mahi and marlin.  Pods of whales cruise around the tip of the peninsula.  Mary said her home club of 19 does not meet in the hot summer months.  Ironically, Phillip said local stores do not sell fish.  Local residents just see what fresh fish is brought into the harbor for the day.
            Much of the area use wells and the water is bad, she said, so the area clubs help provide    water filtration projects.  Mary said diabetes is the biggest health concern in the area.
She said litter is rampant, despite that garbage collection is free.
Phillip, a long-time baseball player and coach, tries to recruit a youth team.
The baseball field is all-dirt, no grass, while the area soccer field has artificial turf.
            Mary said cartel problems are little.  “we don’t mess with them and they don’t mess with us,” she said.
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
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