Staff Update

Melissa Eliason has taken over as office assistant from Lori.

Julia who has taken on the role of programs and rental coordinator

Jan will take over as the volunteer coordinator

Lauren will be our commercial kitchen coordinator

Kay who will be our bookkeeper taking over from Melinda who is moving to Arizona.

And, we have Barb who will coordinate new members and day travel trips.

 Thanks, Phyllis!
Our Garden Angel, Phyllis, is hanging up her gardening gloves and trowel. She says it's time. We have truly appreciated her work making the Center flower beds look great--weed free with lovely flowers.
Are there any other angels who can step into this vital volunteer
activity? We need ongoing help weeding flower beds and deadheading roses and spent blossoms. Call and leave a message with the front desk if you want to volunteer. We are also looking for a someone willing to organize work crews/parties.

Strut Your Stuff in a SCC T-shirt
Due to demand we are selling gorgeous blue T-shirts that show yoursupport of the Center.
They are currently on orderfor sizes, Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL: 100% cotton,excellent quality and feel.
Members: $12 /Non-members: $18
Get your order in now.

 Classy Corner Closed
A casualty of Covid, Classy Corner is closed until further notice.
We appreciate all your support.

 Luncheon/Kitchen Committee Forming
This committee is forming again after the 2020 Covid hiatus and needs your help. If you join the committee, here are the kind of things you might help with:
 •    Sorting linens
•    Organizing the pantry
•    Planning luncheons and programs
•    Serving and cleanup
•    Kitchen Job Opportunity
We are also taking applications for a part-time paid position as Kitchen Coordinator. Call Lisa at 535-0803.
 Fall/Winter Event Plans Move Forward
We see masks in our future but weare proceeding with plans forupcoming events. If we have to change anything, we will let you know. Here's the schedule for now:
 •   September 9-11-Garage Sale
•    September 21-Tuesday Luncheon to Welcome Fall
•    October 2-Community Health & Wellness Fair
•    October 19-Tuesday Luncheon
•    November 16-Thanksgiving Luncheon and Annual Meeting
•    December 4, 11, 18 - Breakfast with Santa
We need lots of help. Call 535-0803 and leave a message.
 Wish List
•    8 ½ x 11 inch 20# white copy paper
•    Disposable Gloves
•    Adult Disposable Masks
•    Manila File Folders
•    Soft drinks (including diet)
•    Bottled Water

Fun and Games For All
BINGO / Sunday 1 -3 pm (vaccinations required)
Bridge Welcome Bridge - Mon & Wed /1-3:30 pm
Party Bridge - Thursday / 12:15-4 pm
Canasta - Tuesday / 10 am-12 pm
Teal Ladies - First Thurs 10 am-noon / Resume in Sept.
Pinochle - Friday / 1-3 pm
Knifty Knitters - Tuesday / 1-3 pm
Quilters - 2nd & 4th Wed / 1-3 pm
Tai Chi with Altari - Wed / 10-11:30 am
Chair Yoga with Altari - Thurs / 2:30-3:30 pm
Qigong - Dr. Brian Flake - Mon / 2:30-3:30 pm
Mexican Train - Wed / 11 am-1 pm
Texas Hold’em Poker - Mon & Fri / 1-4 pm
Wii Bowling - Mon & Wed / 1-3 pm
Red Hat Ladies - 3rd Monday / 1-3 pm
Questions about times, costs, etc.? Call Lori 535-0803
Check your email for updates or call.

Calling All Volunteers
We need your ideas and energy to help with the upcoming events now in the planning stages — like the monthly luncheons, Community Health Fair, Estate Sale, Santa Breakfast as well as gardening. You can be on the committee and/or help during the event. All help is valued and appreciated. Lori is also looking for Front Desk Ambassadors. Call Lori at 535-0803 for more information.

 Welcome New Members
Maymar Annett * Kitty Archer
Lynn Davis * Barbara Geraghty * Steve Gustafson
Joyce Johnson * Deb Kutsal * Diane LaNae * Marie Moran * Susan Mossuto * Patricia Newcomb * Diane Shuman
Pam Hanna * Marlene Larson * Mimi Foster
Jagdish Bains * Harprett Bains * Daryl and Gloria Evans

 Thank You....
•    Margaret Nelson - pens
•    Center Place - 3 standing fans
•    Vernice Hunnicutt - soda
•    Joanne Baldwin - stamps
•    Steven and Ralph Gustafson - office supplies
•    Saundra - disinfecting wipes
•    Ruth Elkins - fabric
•    Diana Hart - coffee
•    Marie Moran - coffee
Thanks to everyone for donations and renewing your membership!

 Special Thanks To....
Alan Willis of Willis Prints—screen printing and vinyl solutions in Spokane Valley. Awesome job on our printed T-shirts! Reach them at 509-999-4388 or
Trish Eason of Barn & Blossom for donating 11 flats of bedding plants and vegetables for the Center flower beds and the Community Garden! She specializes in all types of plants, trees, outdoor furniture and more! Her address is 4010 E. Jamison Rd, phone 509-448-3894.
WILSON’S MOBILE REPAIR for flag pole repair. 509-358-4917 or
 Cribbage Anyone?
A few people have expressed interest in starting/joining a group to play cribbage. If you’re interested, call Barb at 535-0803.

 Project Joy Senior Serenaders Seek Choir Singers
We’re warming up our voices and gathering together our music! Rehearsals for this mixed choir begin Monday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. –12:30 p.m. at the Southside Community Center. Honestly, it’s pretty fun to sing with a group, and you don’t need to be a pro! Call 535-0584 for more information.

 Thornton Murphy Community Garden Update
By Dennis Anderson
The garden is up and running and we have 20 4x8 raised beds built and mostly planted. We are still looking for gardeners and want to raise money for another 10 beds. Send donations to the Southside Center and indicate that it is for the garden fund.
I am looking for volunteers to help plan a fund raising dinner and educational event for the Fall. I am hoping to have a keynote speaker on gardening in the northwest. If you are interested in helping on this event call me at 509-280-6854 or email Thank you for all the support on this worthy project.
BTW, the garden may have plenty of tomatoes and peppers to share at the end of the season.

Southside Community Center Has Just the Right Space for All Your Needs

Affordable, competitive rates.
• Ballroom accommodation for up to 300 people with tables and chairs.
• Newly renovated flooring and sound system with conferencing capabilities.
• You or your caterer are welcome in our commercial kitchen.
• Accessible with lots of easy parking.
• Smaller rooms available at a low rate.
• Members receive a discount.
For details about amenities and ratescontact Lisa at 535-0803 or email

The Donna J. Johnson
Endowment Fund Is a Reality

Donna Johnson left $10,000 to start an endowment fund for the Spokane Community Center. The purpose of an endowment fund is to provide financial security for the organization. It gives donors a way to perpetuate the Center’s programs and activities. Donna’s gift, along with $4,289 in the Center’s Sunset Heritage Society (given earlier by donors to start an endowment fund), are now being managed by Innovia Foundation.
You are invited to support the Center’s future by donating to the Endowment Fund. There are many ways for you to give and grow the fund for the financial security of the Center.

Checks: Payable to Innovia with The Donna J. Johnson Fund noted in the                memo line.
2. Gifts of Securities: Innovia supplies the Securities Transfer Form.

3. Insurance policies, retirement funds, real estate gifts, or other planned     gifts: Arranged by calling Innovia’s Director of Gift Planning.

For those not familiar with endowments and how they work, think of an endowment as an investment account in which the principal can never be touched. The earnings of the account are used to fund operations of the center. In the case of this fund, even the earnings cannot be distributed for five years.

An endowment gift gives donors the option to perpetuate their annual gifts. For example, the $100-year donor might make a $2,000 endowment gift in order to continue annual gifts of $100 to the organization in the future. Income in this example is based on 5% earnings, which is not unusual over time. The gift can also be restricted for a specific program or activity.

Questions: Call the Center at 535-0803.

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.