North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
March 7,2022
            March 14: Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark. Topic: Club fellowship.
            March 21: Rotary lunch, Noon, at the Bark.  Topic: Mobius museum.
            March 28: Rotary lunch, Noon at the Bark. Topic: Classification talks.
Happy Buck$:
            Senor Dave Hayward,  back from vacation, contributed $5 for “a wonderful five weeks in Mexico.”
            John Mailliard added $1 for “tartar sauce day,” a quirky celebration on the first Friday (a meatless day each week in Lent in some faiths) after Ash Wednesday.
            Ron Noble added a buck for missing last week’s meeting and another dollar for the outstanding Podium track event last week.
            Lenore Romney added $1 because she and Bob got Paul McCartney tickets April 28.
No St. Patrick’s potluck this year
            Joining all of the members at the March 7 meeting, President Lenore Romney said next week’s gathering will be at our usual luncheon spot, not a potluck Irish celebration.
            Reflecting on the Ukrainian invasion, she said, “I’m not feeling like celebrating.  It just doesn’t feel right.  So we will have a regular meeting next week.”
            “Maybe next month,” she said.  Dave Hayward added: “How about a Cinco de Mayo dinner?”  May 5th is on a Thursday.  The Cinco de Mayo potluck will need a host home.  IF YOU ARE WILLING TO HOST, please email Lenore.
Christ Kitchen hopes to grow
            If you like to say a little prayer with your meal, Christ Kitchen offers some additional sustenance.
            Entries include “Blessed Bean Soup,” “13 Bean Disciple Soups,” “Red Sea Split Pea Soup,” and “Faithful French Lentil Soup.”
            At the March 7 club meeting, Sharon Robertson, development and community relations manager for Christ Kitchen, talked about the faith-based, non-profit organization, located at 2410 N. Monroe.
            The motto is: “Food for the soul…made with love.”
            Robertson said the former Christ Clinic closed in 2017 and the Christ Kitchen off-spring continues on its own, training “with God providing,” on “nine matrixes training people how to work.”
            She said 17 people now work at the Kitchen working on growing and processing food, catering, library skills, retail/wholesale business and, now, a barista program. 
            Robertson said 120 women have “graduated into society” in the Kitchen program, “and we have had a 96 percent successful rate.”  She said most of the women in the program have had issues with drugs and many have felony or jail records.  She added that “it may take several years” for some in the program to “get out of an abusive relationship, or get reunited with their kids.”  But, she said, some women get GEDs or college classes.
            “It really is a family program and many graduates come back to visit,” she said.
            While Covid issues hit hard, the Kitchen now is looking for more space, in part to add a greenhouse and raised gardens to grow some of their own food. The agency has four trucks and needs two commercial ovens, she said.
            Christ Kitchen offers meals Tuesdays through Saturdays, and does catering, sales of products and gift baskets.
            No government funding is involved; funding is just sales and donations, she said.
            About the Bible studies, Robertson said, “It’s the heart issue, telling the women ‘you are worthy,’”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink