Posted by Sandy Fink on Jun 11, 2018
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
June 11, 2018  
          The club’s installation dinner is Monday, June 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Kalispel Country Club, the former Spokane Country Club on Waikiki Drive.  Lenore distributed lists for sign ups and indicated that members would be receiving an email to make dinner selections which she asked be returned promptly so counts could be reported to the Country Club. Tickets will be $25 each.
          Holmes Heroes: Tim Zacharius and Dave Hayward will represent Spokane North at the last Golden Heroes program at the elementary school year-end celebration at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 13.  Thanks to Tim and Dave for volunteering!
Shadle Park and Rogers Scholars
                On June 11, the club honored two additional Gerald Saling Scholarship winners: 
Michael Kamau from Shadle Park
          Michael plans to major in Mechanical Engineering and will attend SFCC for two years and then head for Eastern Washington to pursue his major.
          Michael’s educational journey has taken him from Kenya, where he lived for seven years, to America.  He was raised by his single mom and has three other siblings.  He said that discipline, respect and integrity are things that are upheld in Kenyan society.
          Michael says that his Kenyan grandfather taught him to be persistent and not to give up.  His mother taught me never to be afraid to stand out because of his differences.
          April Eberhardt, College and Career Readiness Facilitator at Shadle says, “One thing that is particularly remarkable about this student is that he has strong follow-through, and I trust that when he says that he will do something, he will indeed do it.  He is the type of student who will make the most of every opportunity; he is focused and driven.”
Britnee Akau from Rogers
          Britnee plans to attend EWU and major in Health Sciences.  She will graduate high school with an AA degree from SCC through Running Start.
          Britnee has volunteered extensively and says, “volunteerism is something that I believe builds stronger communities.”
          Kathleen Law, AVID/Running Start School Counselor at Rogers says, “Britnee displays a natural sense of responsibility, an admirable sense of values, and the ability to persevere in the face of difficulties. . . .She is extremely reliable, thorough and efficient in carrying out her responsibilities.” 
          Britnee had many positive letters of recommendation from people in her native Hawaii where she was exceptionally active in the Girl Scouts and won several prestigious awards.
Real Estate Market HOT!
          Spokane North’s member, Eric Johnson, shared conditions of the real estate market in Spokane and the surrounding communities.
          Rents and Home prices are both continuing to rise and have been doing so for the past two years.
          There has been a significant increase in the building of “multifamily” units due to the extremely low vacancy rate of 1 to 2% at existing properties.
          Many folks appear to be moving here from the Seattle area or commuting as needed in order to buy homes in the area at a greater savings than found in Seattle.
          Eric shared the Spokane Association of Realtors 2018 Year to Date Home Sales Report though May:
                   Sales Up 9.8%
                   Average Price Up 12%
                   Median Price Up 12.5%
                   Inventory Down – very, very low
                   Distressed Sales Down
The bulletin producers:
          Bulletin editors:  Sandy Fink
          Photos: Lenore Romney and Eric Johnson
          Program coordinator: Brad Stark