A Note from Lisa
Opening? As I write this we still have no clear direction when senior/community centers can open. I have emailed the Governor’s Office for direction, as well as asking for PPE equipment that includes Plexiglas screens for the front desk, masks, gloves, infrared thermometers and cameras to check staff daily as well as members and guests. I have also applied for a grant to support these requests—fingers crossed. I will share answers I get in my weekly updates. When the Center does open, we will abide by the CDC and Spokane Regional Health Guidelines which include the mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing of 6ft, use of hand sanitizers and encouraging regular hand washing etc., until further advised.
Retirement! July is creeping up and Betty is closer to retiring which is hard to comprehend. She has been a part of the Center for so long I cannot imagine not seeing her every day. I know we all are happy for her as she retires to spend more time with her grandchildren and work on her rugs. This means we need to have a bookkeeper who is fully versed in QuickBooks. If you know of anyone who may be interested, send them my way.
Many thanks! A heartfelt thanks Judy Sauer for continuing to make masks for us and to everyone who is renewing memberships and donating to the Center. Any amount helps. Many have been so generous, including using PayPal which had Betty on her toes figuring it out! Thanks to Phyllis for the tremendous work she is doing in the gardens and keeping the library books stocked. Don’t forget the Helpful Plates organization that makes delicious home cooked meals to meet your needs. This wonderful team genuinely wants to help the Center, our members and guests with food that is not only delicious but meets the nutritional recommended guidelines.
Sad news! Our front area coffee maker blew a fuse and “passed away.” The Teal Ladies generously purchased it two years ago. We had a minute’s silence for this dedicated equipment that provided great coffee memories for hundreds of people. If you know a coffee maker looking to provide a great service, send them our way…it will have big coffee pots to fill.
On behalf of the staff and board, thank you for your continued patience, loyalty and support of the Center. This has been a difficult time for everyone, be it the loss of someone you know to Covid-19 or other illness during this time, the loss of a business, being laid off work or the feeling of isolation and loneliness. Please know we are thinking of you daily. We miss you and look forward to having you return when we can do so safely. Your safety is our priority, so please let us know if you need anything and stay safe and cool!

Lisa Rosier, Executive Director

Rescheduled or Cancelled 2020 Events
Center closed and all normal games and activities cancelled till at least May 4. May events are all tentative depending on progress of recovery. We’ll email changes or news.
  • Book It! Wednesday May 13— "A Geologist’s Survival Story of Mt. St. Helen’s Eruption" is rescheduled to Wednesday, September 23
  • May Garage Sale—rescheduled to September 10, 11, 12
  • The June 27 Fido Fete dog festival is cancelled for 2020.
  • Tuesday Friendship Potluck held the last Tuesday of each month is cancelled until further notice.
  • We’ll keep you informed about June and summer events.

Free Dog/Cat Food Available
The Spokane Human Society has donated dog/cat food to the Center. It is a mixture of Purina dog and cat food that Purina donated to them and they cannot use all of it.
It is bulk and loose, not in bags. If you need dog/cat food bring a container and we will fill it up for you.

A Whole Lot of Fixing and Cleaning
Thanks to a multicultural grant that can only be used for capital improvements we have been able to complete some much needed maintenance. The grant requirement is that we have eight multicultural events over the next two years. How fun will that be in our shiny, renovated facility? Here’s what’s been done.
  • All inside and outside lighting repaired including the driveway lights;
  • New high power garbage disposal installed and operational;
  • New flooring in ballroom, hallway and classrooms;
  • Kitchen floor replaced; and
  • Bids are being taken to replace ballroom sound system and expand conferencing capabilities.
We can hardly wait for you to come enjoy the improvements.

Wish List
  • Coffee Making machine
  • PPE gear, masks and sanitizers, infrared thermometers
  • References of people/groups to rent the newly renovated ballroom, classrooms and kitchen
  • Painting / supplies and volunteer labor
  • Funding for PPE equipment, Convection ovens, easily movable stage
  • Copy paper 20#

Get Healthful, Affordable Meals Delivered to Your Door
Don’t want to cook, but don’t want “junk food.” Helpful Plates, a new small business that is renting the Center’s kitchen, will prepare nutritious meals that meet your dietary needs and deliver them to your home once a week or you can pick them up at the Southside Community Center. They are taking orders now and will begin full operations April 6. The meals are freshly prepared and frozen; they can be reheated in the oven or microwave in minutes with easy directions.
Helpful Plates offers two different meals each day with the dessert of the day. They also offer a different soup every day. In addition, they offer pastas, pastries and cookies sold separately that are not frozen and freshly baked twice a week. Meal prices range from $6.95 to $8.95, 16-ounce soups with biscuit and dessert are $5.95, and casseroles purchased by the pan (9”x11”) are $12.
You can order as many as your freezer can hold. During a seven day period the first delivery is free. More than one delivery in a seven day will require a $3 delivery charge for each extra trip. Alternatively, you can pick up meals on Wednesday between 1– 4 p.m. at the Southside Community Center.
To get information or a menu, call Brandy, 509-216-6423 / Kerry, 509-362-6642 / Melinda 509-434-4303 or email If there is no answer, please leave your name and phone number. A website will be available soon.

Leave a Legacy …..
Estate gifts left in your will to the Donna Johnson Legacy Fund for Southside Community Center are used to enrich and sustain programs. Please consider this as you update your will. Call Lisa at 535-0803 for more details.

Two Ways to Shop and Help the Center
1. Shop at Amazon Smile. Go to, select Southside Senior & Community Center as your organization and shop as you usually do. Amazon then donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Center.
2. Shop at Fred Meyer.  Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Center at When asked to select your organization, enter BC373--please note this is a new organization number. Then every time you use your Rewards Card, the Center gets a donation! And you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates. Rewards Cards are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

Membership is a Bargain!
If you are a non-member and regularly participate, you will save money by becoming a member. For example, if you’re a mahjong enthusiast and play a minimum of three hours every week, the activity fee alone adds up to over $150 a year. This amount is three times the yearly membership of $50 for one and twice the couple’s membership of $75. What other benefits do you get as a member?
  • The newsletter mailed to your home.
  • Discounts on many Center activities, travel programs, and room rentalss
  • Perks, like early members-only shopping at garage sales.
  • Participate in games and many activities for free.
  • Elect board members and vote on issues at annual meeting.
  • Soon to be announced discounts at local businesses
A limited number of scholarships are available for those needing financial help to afford membership. Please contact Betty at 535-0803.

Membership–sponsored Fund
Sponsor a membership for someone who’d like to join our community here at Southside Community Center but can’t afford the membership. Your donation will allow someone in financial difficulty to enjoy center activities for one year. Contact Betty if you are interested in being a membership sponsor.