Thanks to All for Successful Veterans Dinner
The 2019 Veterans Dinner was a smashing success. More than 230 people, both veterans and guests, who attended were treated to a delicious steak dinner prepared by Red Rock Catering, an inspiring keynote by Lt. Col. Angela Pilato, Ph.D. (USAF Retired) about her Vietnam era experience, and toe-tapping music by Leslie Ann Grove and Pamela and Olivia Brownlee of The Andrews Sister Revue, and the Brent Edstrom trio. Thanks to all the others who made the evening special. They include:
  • Dan Kleckner KHQ—emcee
  • Fairchild Air Force Base—Color Guard
  • Abbey Foster– sang the national anthem
  • American Legion Riders carried flags
  • Rev. Earon Davis Jr. – gave the invocation
  • Richard Hemming—recited a moving poem
  • Phil Kowzan—played taps to conclude the evening
  • Planning - Shelagh Camak, Lisa Rosier and Dan Garcia
  • Carol Gabel and Terri Pederson for decorations and cleanup
  • Center volunteers who helped with serving, registration, and whatever needed to be done
Veterans and guests raved about the night, especially the Vietnam veterans who were recognized by Angel that night. Many heartfelt thanks were passed to the Center. A highlight was the attendance of several WWII veterans who were over 100 years old and several in their 90s.
The generous sponsorship of the following businesses and individuals allowed us to treat the veterans to dinner.
  • Touchmark,
  • Kindred at Home,
  • Hennessey Funeral Home,
  • STCU,
  • EXIT Real Estate,
  • Hospice of Spokane,
  • the Inland NW Thunderbird Car Club,
  • Vertical Options,
  • Fairmount Memorial Association,
  • Jack and Shelagh Camak, and anonymous.

Adopt-a-Cop Jake — Asks for Help
My apologies for not being more visible the last few months. My new assignment with transient camps takes up a lot of my time. I look forward in seeing you all more often. We have started to integrate more Neighborhood Resource Officers so that we can have more time to handle our assigned NRO duties.
Recently, one of my volunteers expressed his frustration on not having enough volunteers to help work the desk at the South East COPS shop in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. The bottom line is that we need help at the South East COPS shop. We need volunteers that can come here and help fight the worthy fight on crime with us. So, here’s what I’m asking.
Do any of you amazing folks who come to the Community Center have the time and ability to join us and do some volunteer work. It does not have to be long hours or many days. It can be as little as two hours a week. We would love to have you come and apply at the address or phone number below.
Thank you,
Officer Jake Willard, South East Neighborhood Resource Officer
(509) 625-3326,,
2809 E. 29th Ave., Spokane, WA

Welcome New Members
Janet Anderson * Bernard Baumgardner * Jim and Judi Bennett *
Susan Chase * James Elliott * E Lynn and Linda Shupe *
Sidney and Karla Stecker * Ann Frankel and Chris Imhoff * Del Hirzel *
Peggy Irwin * Patricia Johnson * Donna MacDowell * Brynne Malone *
Elton Priel * Eric Snyder * Marilyn Weigand * Anne Weor *
Ralph and Karen Fishburn
Next New Member Orientation Tuesday, December 17 at 11 a.m. before the Christmas luncheon. Luncheon is hosted for new members.

Thanks For Your Generosity
  • Joyce Smith for refrigerator bar inventory
  • Jan Suhr and Clayton Klippert for paper cups and plates
  • Toni Kuder, Karen Ranlett, Jessie Quincy, Lani Batters for front desk candy
  • Jeanne Baldwin for copy paper
  • Roy Hooten for Pilot pens

Where It’s At! Christmas at Classy Corner
Christmas presents, cards, and decorations can all be found in Classy Corner — at a thrifty price. 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 do you Christmas shopping without crowds and parking insanity. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.
Open Saturdays during Breakfast with Santa!

Remember the Center as You Plan Your Year-end Giving
Center members recently received a letter asking for a year-end donation to the Southside Community Center! Many have responded and we say THANKS for your generous and continued support. If you haven’t had time yet, right now is a great time to write that check to the Southside Community Center or call 535-0803 to make your donation by credit card.….before the rush of the busy holiday season.
Your gift to the Southside Community Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation* ensures that our life-enriching programs will always be there for you and others. We can’t do this without friends like you. Thanks again for your support.
* If you make your gift before December 31, it may be tax deductible. Ask your financial adviser.

                                   Wish List
  • DE-ICER to keep us safe during the winter!
  • Heavy-duty, high-quality corkscrew for bar
  • Stanley box cutter
  • Duct tape
  • Volunteer drivers for day trips
  • Lunch program committee members
  • Commercial clothes steamer for linens and napkins
  •  # 20 Copy paper
  •  Coffee--regular and decaf, diet and regular sodas, seltzers and front desk candies
  • Tissues, napkins, paper plates,
  • Keyboards needed for a new music class.
  • Lighted arches to decorate for Center events and rentals

 Attention All Gardeners
The Southside Community Center is opening a new community garden in spring of 2020 located behind the 10 foot cyclone fence just west of the Center.
We are taking reservations for plots in the garden for folks who want to raise veggies and/or flowers. There will be 30-40 4x8-foot raised beds available at a cost of $25 for the season. The $25 includes water and soil. If you are interested call Dennis Anderson at 280-6854 or email
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.