North Notes
Spokane-North Rotary Club
Sept. 11, 2023
            Sept. 18: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement.
            Sept. 25: Noon lunch at the Bark. Speaker: Club President Michelle Fossum.
Happy Buck$:
            Michelle Fossum was happy for a 10-day stay at a Montana cabin.
            Sheila Fritz was happy her husband could join the luncheon.
            Laura Zahn was happy to complete an estate planning class.
            Eric Johnson just said “Go Cougs!”
            Ron Noble provided meaningful words of inspiration and a moment of silence for the 22nd anniversary of the calamity of destroying the World Trade Center buildings in New York City and the fatalities in the airplane crash in Pennsylvania.
Table talk: Fire, housing topics
            In lieu of a scheduled speaker, club members discussed a variety of topics including the devastating wildfires in Medical Lake and Elk, the difficult recovery in those areas, and current housing developments.
            Eric Johnson said there has been “a rush of Californians” moving to the area, often buying new homes for cash, which makes it tougher for new homeowners, especially with kids, who want to finance loans.
            Several members mentioned the difficulties for those who lost homes and other properties in the fires.  Bob Romney said some insurers may not cover “mower-less” home owners, with no lawns, but yards with brush and debris.
            Eric said homes where fire responses are more than 7 minutes away also may not get full insurance coverage.
            And a number of members agreed that, with housing building rates rising, a number of fire victims will be shocked to see how many insurance policies have not kept up with the increases in the past several years.
            Eric said “a lot (with demolished homes) will just sell the land and move.”
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink