New Service at the Center: Veterinary Therapy for Dogs

Dr. Julie Sowa, DVM, is an experienced and caring veterinarian and she has begun to serve the community by adding holistic and therapeutic care for dogs. Just as humans benefit from physical therapy following surgery or injury, the proper therapeutic care can help your pet regain mobility, increase strength and decrease pain.  She will start her new service at the Center on July 24, and will be available every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have a need for her service, please contact us at the Center for an appointment.

Heartfelt Gratitude to
the Spokane Fire Department
On Tuesday, July 3, Executive Director Lisa Rosier contacted the Spokane
Fire Department to see if they could come out to help the Center replace the current flag and make some adjustents and repairs to the flagpole. The fire department could not be more accommodating. They came from downtown and raised the ladder which always attracts both passers-by to watch as well as our members. After negotiating our driveway and the ladder, one of the officer’s climbed to the top and replaced our flag with the new one the Center had recently purchased. Unfortunately, the repairs could not be completed. A special thank you to Captain Darryl Wisniewski and officer’s Jeremy Heimbigner, Rich Williams and Sean Golladay from Station 1, Ladder 1.

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.

Garage Sale Extended to TWO DAYS
The Garage Sale will be on Friday and Saturday August 17 and 18. The members only pre-sale will be Thursday evening.

Ray and Nancy--Celebrating 70 Years
Congratulations to Ray and Nancy Tomlinson who are celebrating 70 years of marriage on July 19!

 Join the Front Desk Ambassador Team
Whether you’ve been here a while or are new, you can make a difference as a front desk ambassador. Call Betty on extension 100 - Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1p.m. for an opportunity to join this amazing team either as a regular or a substitute.

Congratulations to Josh on June Wedding
Josh Kracht, Center Rental/Program Manager, married his sweetheart, Amanda, on June 16. A honeymoon to Yellowstone is planned for July.

Tuesday Luncheon to go on Summer Vacation
Tuesday Luncheons will go on summer vacation in July and August. Lunches resume September 18.
July and August will feature a casual barbecue with our new barbecue. Details to follow.

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.

Security Cameras Installed
Security cameras are now in place around the Center.

Fido Fete was a Huge Success
All these awesome folks helped make it happen!
  • The Committee who worked for many months: Claudia Craven, Mary Van Couvering, Dan Garcia, and Annette Shannon.
  • Our very generous sponsors: STCU, Regal Veterinary Clinic, PETCO, Downtown Subaru of Spokane, Northtown Auto Liquidators.
  • Claire Graham of KHQ for being the emcee.
  • The Spokane Chinese Association for performing in honor the 2018 Year of the Dog.
  • Melinda Kresek and the volunteers for cooking and selling hotdogs, burgers and sodas.
  • Bobbi Ahouse for tending bar.
  • The Sea Cadets who helped with parking.
  • Little League for lending us their outside sound system.
  • Northtown Auto Liquidators for their big blow-up dog.
  • All the volunteers who helped with setting up, selling raffle tickets, working with food sales, filling dog water bowls, and cleaning up “accidents.”
    Thank you --WOOF!

Discounts for Southside Members
24-hour SNAP Fitness is offering special discounts to our Southside members. If you are of a certain age, your medical insurance may cover the entire costs of your membership! Call Arthur, the manager at SNAP Fitness at 473-9477 for details. We are also exploring taking the van to SNAP fitness a few days a week if we get enough members who join SNAP and would like this service.


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.

Welcome New Members
Gregory Busch * Delilah Cornwell * Michael Douthat *
Bill Shelby
Next New Member Orientation— Tuesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. before the luncheon. Luncheon is hosted for new members.

 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.

 Thanks for the Donations
  • Megaen Childress - volunteer/staff t-shirts
  • Bernadine Sanders, Kathy Hill - coffee
  • Jim Cory – tea
  • Carol Gabel – folding step stool for Classy Corner
  • Bob H - office supplies
  • Val Peck - sorter
  •  Mic Cochrane - beverages and water
  • Yvonne Takis - office supplies and candy
  • Ann Armstrong, Nancy Burke, and Margaret from Touchmark - coffee
  • Jack Gordon and Mary Shea - copy paper

 Wish List
  • Steam mop to help keep our floors cleaner and make Danny’s work more efficient
  • Box fans to keep us cool in the summer
  • Projector for Wii Bowling
  • Coffee/black tea (not loose tea) and soda/water
  • Storage Pod because our current one is leaving soon
  • Cordless microphone and portable sound system
  • 20# copy paper
  • Sponsors for luncheons and events
  • On-call custodian

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.