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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North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
October 3, 2022
            Oct. 10: No meeting: Indigenous Peoples federal holiday.
            Oct. 17: Noon lunch, at the Bark.   Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney candidates, Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.
            Oct. 24: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Spokane County Commission candidates: Kim Plese and Chris Jordan.
            Oct. 31: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Rotary District 5080 Gov. Linda Kay Bauer.
Happy Bucks:
            Dave Hayward was $5 happy for the Cougs win over the Cal Bears.  How happy will he be if WSU beats USC?
            Bill Simer was happy for a positive report with a friend’s cancer prognosis.
            Melinda Keberle enjoyed the Spokane Jazz Orchestra concert with her son and the Romneys.
On tap: Prosecuting Attorneys, Commission Dist. 1
            Candidates for Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney and Spokane County Commission District 1 will visit during October.
            Prior to each luncheon program, club members are invited to send e-mails or offer questions on notecards for the candidates to respond.
            On Oct. 17, the Prosecuting Attorney candidates are Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.  Send or bring your comments to moderator Brian Hipperson.
            On Oct. 24, Kim Plese and Chris Jordan will discuss their race for District 1.  Contact moderator Chuck Rehberg for questions to ask them.
Sheriffs want more manpower and a new jail
            The new Spokane County Sheriff would like a new jail and some more deputies to help put some criminals in jail.
            At the Oct. 3 club luncheon Sheriff candidates John Nowels and Wade Nelson discussed a wide-ranging topics at a lively 45-minute debate.
                        Moderator, Chuck Rehberg
                        John Nowels                                      Wade Nelson
            Topics included the jail, manpower and recruiting issues, homelessness, curbing fentanyl, response to property crime and gang violence in Spokane.
            The Nov. 8 election will decide who will succeed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who is retiring after 16 years in office.  
            Nowels, the county undersheriff, was been with the county 24 years, serving in various ranks, including the commander of the regional drug task force and a member of a federal office of community oriented policing service.  He graduated from EWU, has a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
            Nelson served 6 years in naval intelligence and served with the sheriff’s office for 20 years, including leadership positions with the Critical Incident Management unit, the Tac Team, emergency operations and defensive tactics self-defense program
            After opening comments, the candidates talked about manpower and recruiting.
            It was noted that many law enforcement units are understaffed.  Seattle’s mayor said in the past 2-1/2 years, Seattle alone has lost 460 officers.
            Nowels said six positions were filled that morning and the ranks are down just 10 from the 247 slots.  He said part of the program is having enough training spots.
            About recruitment, program moderator Chuck Rehberg asked about Knezovich’s posting a job application on a billboard in New York’s Times Square.  Nowels said one applicant resulted in that effort, but the media coverage spurred applicants from a number of other cities.
            Nelson wants an incentive program to attract applicants, with bonuses for sheriff’s deputies who recruit new officers.  He also wants more training spots and an outreach to schools for new deputies.
            Both candidates want Spokane to build a new jail to replace the facility.  Six stories, it was built in 1986 for $22 million.  Manpower is also an issue, as there was some concern about closing part of the Geiger Heights facility in Airway Heights for lack of adequate staffing downtown.
            Nowels said it will take funding to add staffing and a new jail will be expensive, but the money is needed as the county population grows.  
            Regarding homelessness, Nelson said it will take a fully coordinated effort from local, county and the state, plus churches and other private concerns to deal with the issues.  He said the county and sheriff’s office were not included in the early discussions about Camp Hope and that was a mistake.
            Nowels said the sheriff’s office could be involved in the rampant crime occurring near Camp Hope on east Second Ave. near I-90.  He said a number of retailers near that area fear closing stores or facing bankruptcy there.
            Both candidates said the rise of the potent opioid fentanyl is alarming, locally and nationally.  In combatting the rising drug use, Nowels cited his service on the drug force and Nelson discussed his work to curb other drug use.
            Asked about slow or little response to property crime, Nowels said that issue remains an important concern and responses are not ignored.  Nelson said adding more deputies could help speed the responses.
            Of gang violence, Nowels said unless adult gang members locate here, the gang issues usually involve youth issues and answers should be targeted there.  Nelson mentioned how deputies are located in the Spokane Valley and more manpower also will help with dealing with gang members.
            One big common solution to the various questions is to fund adequate manpower for the sheriff’s office and a second concern is to build a new jail.
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
September 26, 2022
            Oct. 3: Noon lunch, at the Bark, Spokane County Sheriff candidates, John Nowels and Wade Nelson.
            Oct. 10: No meeting: Indigenous Peoples federal holiday.
            Oct. 17: Noon lunch, at the Bark.   Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney candidates, Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.
            Oct. 24: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Speakers TBA.
            Oct. 31: Noon lunch, at the Bark. Rotary District 5080 Gov. Linda Kay Bauer.
Happy Bucks:
             Michelle Fossum was happy for a wonderful camping trip last week.
             Steve Bergman was happy that his daughter made a smooth enrollment at Western Washington University.
             John Mailliard was happy for an Alaskan cruise planned with family.
            Melinda Keberle enjoyed a good outing at Lake Union and other Seattle environs with her son.
            Brian Hipperson was happy to close the family’s cabin at Newman Lake for the summer and be back home, adding, “and neither of the children moved back in.”
            Questions for candidates welcomed
            Candidates for Spokane County Sheriff and Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney will visit during October.
            Prior to each luncheon program, club members are invited to send e-mails or offer questions on notecards for the candidates to respond.
            On Oct. 3, the Sheriff candidates are John Nowels and Wade Nelson.  Send your comments to moderator Chuck Rehberg.
            On Oct. 17, the Prosecuting Attorneys are Larry Haskell and Deb Conklin.  Send your comments to moderator Brian Hipperson.
Quarterly Rotary club results are positive
            Closing the first Rotary quarter for the year, Club President Steve Bergman said despite Covid cares and other challenges “we are in pretty good shape.”
            “We have been able to find the things we wanted to find,” Steve said at the Sept. 26 club luncheon.
            In the president-for-a-quarter leadership plan, Michelle Fossum will serve as club president from October through December.
             Steve asked club Treasurer Lenore Romney to provide funding details.
            “Very fiscally sound,” Lenore said.
            “Our philosophy is to try to have a break-even budget and we have done that,” she said.
             Lenore said the 2022-23 budget approved by the club board is for $8,770.  Some pending possible expenditures may raise that slightly, but still within target ranges.
            One club member joked that if we need more money we should just have Eric Johnson serve more often as the sergeant-at-arms as the kitty grows when he asks questions not answered in weekly club trivia challenges.
            Lenore said the annual fund-raising target for the club is about $15,000.  Some of the $13,000 projects include Holmes Elementary programs like annual school supplies, Golden Hero awards, Holmes Hero t-shirts, and The Principal’s Emergency Fund.  Funds also are raised for community projects, Saling Scholarships, and Rotary international projects.
            “The key thing is that every member of the club do something” for the fund-raising, Steve and Lenore said.  The club currently has 18 members.
            Much of the fund-raising can be directed through the club’s charitable fund, where money can be itemized as a 501(c)3 account.  Club member Bill Simer coordinates that fund.
            The fund succeeds former annual dinners for fund-raising events.  Asked when it would be a good time to pay funds, Bill said, “Now would be good.”  Some members will time funding to include the calendar year end dates in December, he added.  Lenore said other members make quarterly contributions.
            On the topic of speaker gifts, Lenore has coordinated with the downtown Mobius Science Center to provide a variety of passes at attractive rates so that Holmes students and/or parents may visit the popular venue.  These passes, in honor of our weekly speakers, will be awarded to deserving students by the Holmes staff.  This is in lieu of the books added at the Holmes library.  Leaders at Holmes said the school is very excited to have the Mobius program connection.
            Bergman also said the quality of speakers at the club has been great.”  Candidates are slated in October and November will include programs on veterans’ issues.
            He said projects included the school supply program in August and possibly a resumption of the club’s Tom’s Turkey Drive program, which was canceled by Covid the past few years.
            The club also will conduct its annual holiday gift program for needy Holmes students and their families.
            Michelle Fossum is checking into a possible fall cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene for the club.  A club Christmas gathering will be planned, but it is still undecided whether a Holmes choir will be involved.  Sandy Fink offered her home for the club gathering to celebrate the holidays.
            In summary, Bergman said, “The team effect on getting speakers has been good and the president-by-committee program is doing well.”
             Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink

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