North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club Bulletin
March 3, 2020
Rotary calendar:
            Mar. 9: Rotary Connect, 4:30 p.m., Lenore and Bob Romney’s house, 4822 S. Myrtle.
            Mar. 16: Lunch at Nectar, “Cancer Can’t,” Emily Grankowski.
            Mar. 21: Rotary Serves, Food for Kidz, GU Cataldo Hall, arrive at 5 p.m., packaging at 6-8 p.m.
            Saving the dates: The club’s current Rotary year ends with the June 22 installation dinner and next year’s fund-raiser is Oct. 2.
            Prayers welcome: Bill Hyatt, is now in Spokane Hospice.  Club member Dave Hayward said Bill is able to have visitors.  Bill joined our club in 1974, served as club president in 1989-90 and was District 5080 governor in 1996.  Until illness in recent years, Bill had more than 30 years of perfect attendance at weekly meetings.
            Next year motto: President-elect Steve Bergman returned from Seattle’s multi-district training seminar with new colleagues from the area, new ideas for Rotary programs and a small banner with the 2020-21 motto: Rotary Opens Opportunity.
            Fund-raiser help: Several members are needed to help the efforts for the Oct. 2 fund-raiser at the McGinnity Room, 116 W. Pacific. The club’s annual event funds projects at Holmes Elementary and other activities.
New ideas planned for festivals, other events
            Following combined decades of planning and staging events at Spokane’s Veterans Memorial Arena, two entrepreneurs are developing a new entertainment business.     
            Matt Gibson and Becca Watters told the March 3 luncheon about their new firm, Silverscout Presents.
            Gibson, a Spokane native, was an Arena general manager, and Watters, from Portland, was an assistant  general manager.  In their combined 32 years of event planning, they talked about four-year plans to convince and schedule Garth Brooks and Elton John tour stops in Spokane.  They also worked with U.S. Skating and NCAA basketball events and shows including Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Fleetwood Mac and many others.
            Becca talked about how the Eagles avoid cell-phone technology at their concerts, while many other acts welcome the cell-phone lights which light up the Arena like small stars in the 12,000 seat venue.
            One common item to the shows, Matt said, is beer.  “Lots and lots of beer,” he said, sometimes wondering how some patrons will get home.
            Another thing about staging the events, he said, is long days.  “When I was an event manager, and then a host, it often meant 16-18 days,” Matt said.  His record longest day was 23 hours, he added.  
            For all the challenges, both said the work “can be incredibly cool.”
            They know that staging big names not only produce great memories, but also add to the fabric of the Spokane community.
            But now Matt and Becca are “starting a new gig” with their new live events and entertainment company.
            They envision a variety of endeavors, many of them outside, with various festivals.  One example might be a “Kris Kringle” yuletide event, with six weeks with music, kiosks and a Christmas beer garden.
            Matt would like some of the events or festivals to generate “the excitement like a Hoopfest.”
            Of concern to all sports, events, festivals and most gatherings is the nervousness about the effects of the spread of the coronavirus.  “We are nervous about the virus,” Matt said.  Becca added that some Portland-area events already have been rescheduled from this spring to fall.
            Responding to a question, Matt said a small stadium, especially if centrally located, could provide a festival grounds or event site.
Spots open for a ‘packing party’
            Six members have signed up for Spokane-North Rotary’s next project on the evening of March 21, a Food for Kidz meal assembly event at Gonzaga University’s Cataldo Hall.
            In groups of eight to 10, the packing stations will help produce thousands of meals.   Members, family and friends should arrive between 4:30 to 5 p.m.  After instructions and donning hair nets and gloves, each team will work from 6 to 8 p.m.
            Joining the event will be members of six or seven Rotary Clubs and GU’s Rotaract and Interact clubs.
The bulletin producers:
            Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
            Photos:  Sandy Fink