The Center Has a New Mini-Van
A near-new mini-van has been donated to the Center. This is great news because it means when three people have signed up for a trip, we will go, as long as it remains feasible for the Center!

 Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election
at Tuesday, November 19 Luncheon

Dennis is a licensed mental health counselor. After a long career with organizations throughout the Spokane area, including St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Deaconess Medical Center, and Group Health Northwest. He is currently in private practice and a lecturer at Eastern Washington University. He’s a lifelong Spokane resident and has been involved in community and neighborhood projects for many years. He joined the Center after retiring from EWU. He was raised in a family that played pinochle at every family gathering, but because his wife didn’t like to play cards he jumped on the chance to join the Center’s pinochle group. He also looks forward to developing a Community Garden near the center and is working actively to make that happen.

Sue is currently the office manager at Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory in Spokane. She has lived in Spokane for the last 40 years and has an AA Degree from Spokane Community College. After working at a prominent local law firm for seven years she worked at Ball and Dodd Funeral Home and then moved to Hennessey Funeral Home, where she has been for the last 15 years. Sue takes great pride in her role as office manager at Hennessey and considers it a privilege helping families during the most sensitive time in their lives. Sue loves volunteering in the community. She enjoys walking, scrapbooking, reading, cheering on the Seattle Mariners and Gonzaga Bulldogs, and yearly trips to Las Vegas. Being a Grandma brings her great joy.
Brynne attended high school at Gonzaga Prep and graduated in Secondary Education from the University of Washington. After teaching history at Gonzaga Prep, he became a stockbroker and investment advisor and became Vice President of Investments at Nelson Securities and Kemper Securities. His next career was building a Guardianship Agency which advocated on the behalf of vulnerable citizens by acting as their legal guardian. After growing a successful Guardianship agency he joined a small home health care agency in Spokane providing nursing services and therapies to homebound patients. Under his management this agency was recognized by Medicare as a Top 500 agency each of the years of his tenure. The agency also exceeded all financial and quality of care measures established by Medicare. He is now the agency’s Regional Manager of Sales and Operations for Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Washington. He says the opportunity to serve and be a resource to families in need brings great joy and purpose to his life. He looks forward to working tirelessly to make Southside Community Center a wonderful place of interaction and community.
Help Police Dog “Haywire”
Get a Bullet Proof Vest

Thanks to your generosity, we’re making fabulous progress towards the estimated $4,000 needed to buy a vest for Haywire. So far, we have collected over $1,000 and Priscilla is still sitting on the counter in the lobby hoping you’ll to put more money in her tummy. Please help keep Haywire safe as he works to protect us. Thanks to all who have helped.

Welcome New Members
Walter and Deborah Allen * Carol Artis * Nancy Childre * Steve Davis *
Frank and Diann DePasquale * Wendi Goris * Leslie Hall * Ruby Harris *
Phillip Jones * Tom and Gretchen Lawson * Bob and Karen Ranlett

Next New Member Orientation is Tuesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. before the luncheon. Luncheon is hosted for new members.

Thanks For Your Generosity
  • Mary Van Couvering – 3 dishwasher tubs
  • Linda Webster – Front desk snacks & bears for Santa
  • Diana Hart, Annette Silver, Doreen Rugg and Michell Gardner – Coffee
  • Phyllis Williams, Phyllis Kirby, Cheryl Jensen – Candy
  • Mary Takami – Complete Wii gaming system
  • Barbara Tuttle, Joanne Baldwin – Copy paper
  • Doreen Rugg, Phyllis Kirby – Cookies
  • Donna Carl – Kleenex and napkins
  • Joanne Baldwin – Bottled water
  • Dot Verry – Coffee Mate packets
  • Joyce Smith – Books for the library and an office chair

Book It! Kids / Wiggly Science Thanks & Update from Lynn Terry
Last month I asked folks to donate money to support Book It! Kids – Wiggly Science because the event was partnered with Franklin Elementary School where 70% of the children are on free or reduced lunch. Many of these children have few opportunities to expand learning experiences beyond the classroom. And you stepped up big time! Some gave a little and some gave a lot and all gave from the heart! There were one hundred dollar donations, and five dollar donations. At September’s Tuesday lunch people held up dollar bills and quarters and the total for the lunch donation was $111.06! The total amount donated was $711.06. Thanks for helping provide a fabulous science inquiry experience for 29 students, 11 siblings, 35 family members and 26 volunteers and EWU presenters!
I heartily thank the following named (and many unnamed) supporters for stepping up! They include Lani Batters, Marlys Bliesner, Elizabeth Christy, JoEllen Dunning, Franklin Elementary School ASB, Franklin Elementary School PTG, Jack Ishitani Nancy Painter, Numerica Credit Union, Joseph and Judy Sauer, Southside Community Center Tuesday lunch participants, Thomas and Sue Terrell, Barbara Tuttle, Lynn Terry, and Tim and Kath Ugaldea. If you were not able to attend…you missed the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach races!

Christmas Shopping With Ease at Classy Corner
Christmas is coming and there are special and high quality treasures to be found at the Classy Corner - from jewelry, décor, greeting cards, games, clothes, and more. Our boutique thrift store, right off the lobby, is one of the best in town and the prices are better than most thrift stores in town.
You’re sure to find treasures as you start Christmas shopping without crowds and parking insanity. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.

 Pop-Up Shop Rescheduled
Stay tuned; the Pop-Up Shop sale has been rescheduled until 2020. Please, keep your donations until we have a date.

Come Meet the Teal Ladies
Thursday, November 7 / 10 a.m.-Noon
The Teal Ladies are community-minded women who give their time and energy to the Center and projects throughout Spokane. They invite you to join them on the first Thursday of each month.

                                   Wish Lish
  • Keyboards needed for a new music class.
  • Refrigerator for bar inventory
  • Commercial clothes steamer for linens and napkins
  • # 20 Copy paper
  •  Coffee / regular and decaf
  • Tissues and napkins
  • Diet sodas, sodas, seltzers and front desk candies
  • Lighted arches to decorate for Center events and rentals
  • Yarn for Knifty Knitters
  • Volunteer drivers for day trips

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.