George and Shirley Creighton celebrated their 70th anniversary. They were married June 19, 1948.

A Heartfelt Thank You to Dan Garcia
Dan, as you resign from the Board, we offer deep thanks for your dedication to the Board and the Center. Your insight, integrity, direction and commitment helped the Center and its members grow and prosper. The Santa Breakfasts you spearheaded and the sleigh you built for Santa will continue to be a highlight for the Spokane community and the Center.

 Thanks for Your Donations
  •  Mary Shea – bar towels
  • Phyllis Williams – bath tissue and huge bag of candy
  • Trader Joe’s – 55 paper grocery bags for garage sale
  • Barb Schaub – antique books
  • Ruth Steward, Bernadine Sanders – copy paper
  • Dorine Rugg – coffee
  • Clayton Kippert, Bernadine Sanders - beverages
  • Barbara Tuttle, Margaret Nelson, Heather Roberts – batteries
  • Alan Donnal – Christmas tree for Center lobby
  • Linda Zinn – 2 #10 cans pork & beans for Center barbecue
  • Colleen Robertson and Marie Brown - Tea / Coffee
  • Gregg Jones - lobby clock

 Welcome New Members
Louise Abram * Qahtan Albayati *Jim Barry * John Bos Debra Brown * Deanne Clarkson * Tom & Carla Fawcett * John Gregory * Caryl Heller * Lorrie Hoffmeister *  Mary Huggins * Lois Morris * Ginny Owens * Kay Renfro * Christine Roller * Janet Stockburger * Preston and Carolyn Smith * Lee Templeton * Patty Tomulty * Linda Tweedy * Ellen Wrede

Next New Member Orientation Tuesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. before the luncheon. Luncheon is hosted for new members.

 WARNING! Fall Cleaning Coming Soon
In a few weeks, a committee will clean out all the Center’s cupboards and storage areas. If something needs to stay, label it, take it home, or leave a message for Shelagh or Lisa. If we don’t know about it, it may be donated or placed in the dumpster.
 Can You Serve on the Board of Directors?
Several positions for three year terms on the Center’s Board of Directors will be filled at the election at the annual meeting on November 20 held immediately following the monthly luncheon. If you have an interest or skills in grant writing, public relations/marketing, accounting/finance, computers, event planning or another area that would benefit the Center and would like to be considered as a nominee for the Southside Board of Directors, please call Mary Van Couvering at 509-466-2082 or leave her a message at the front desk.
Ours is a working board dedicated to providing fun activities/events for members while seeking funding opportunities that generates sustainable revenue for the Center. We encourage diversity in our Board.


New Service at the Center: Veterinary Therapy for Dogs
Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dr. Julie Sowa DVM and licensed holistic veterinarian is offering half-hour and full-hour treatments in acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy and strength and mobility training for pets at the Center. Dr. Sowa focuses on advanced pain management and finds these methods help improve the lives of many pets such as those with arthritis, pets needing mobility enhancement and strength training and those needing treatment for other conditions. She previously worked at Physiopaws and as a veterinarian at Regal Veterinary Clinic.
She offers in home treatments for people who cannot come to the Center during her scheduled hours. She will also come to your home when it is time for your beloved pet to cross the Rainbow Bridge. First time consultations are usually an hour so she can determine your pet’s needs. After that they tend to be half-hour sessions.
Southside members receive a discount. During Dr. Sowa’s sessions at the Center, you and your pet can wait in our lobby or library area.
To schedule an appointment call 535-0803.

Heartfelt Gratitude to
the Spokane Fire Department
In July, we asked the fire department if they could help us replace our worn out flag and fix the mechanism on the top of the pole so we could lower the flag. The fire department was incredible. They came from downtown and raised their huge ladder, which attracted many by-passers and our members to watch. After negotiating our driveway and the ladder, an officer climbed to the top and replaced the old tired flag with our new recently purchased one. Unfortunately, they could not fix the mechanism, so we still cannot lower the flag. A special thank you to Captain Darryl Wisniewski and officers Jeremy Heimbigner, Rich Williams and Sean Golladay from Station 1, Ladder 1 some of Spokane’s finest.

Free Classes Through September
Humana is offering the Center a series of free classes designed to help you improve mental and physical health and begin your journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Each Tuesday class will be from 10-11 a.m.

Tuesday, September 4—Preventing Falls
Falls can be a big deal, especially for older adults. Learn what puts you at risk for falls, ways to prevent falls, tips to fall proofing your home and much more.

Board Meeting Time Change
There will not be a Board meeting at the Center in July. The Board is having an all day “retreat” to plan strategies and assess programs. Starting August 22, regular Board meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Members are welcome.

New Washington State Regulation
According to the Washington State Gambling Commission, only members can play card games or other games involving betting. Ask at the front desk about how to become a member.

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 91967. 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.
Upcoming Road Construction on 27th
According to the Spokane Road Department, construction to grind and resurface 27th Avenue from Ray Street to Southeast Blvd. will begin sometime between June 15 and August and last around two weeks

  FYI—Center Financial Statements Available
The most recent financial statements are displayed in the lobby on the notice board between the bathrooms. If you have any questions, Lisa or Ron Rector will be happy to answer them.
Members are also invited to monthly Board meetings the second Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. to hear the latest about plans and issues at the Center.

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.