Lori Cook was reappointed to continue serving on the Hotel/Motel Commission at Tuesday night’s Spokane Valley City Council. She has served as a commissioner since March 2017 when she was appointed to complete a vacated term. Cook will serve a new three-year term from June 1 through May 31, 2021.
Cook is the general manager of the Residence Inn in Spokane Valley, 15915 E. Indiana. She has volunteered with a number of community organizations including Skal International (Tourism Professionals), Visit Spokane, Greater Spokane Inc., the Professional Women’s Network group and others.
The TPA Commission is responsible for reviewing applications and making recommendations to the Spokane County Board of Commissioners for support from TPA funds generated by a $2 per room, per night fee assessed on lodging. Funds are used to support efforts that attract and increase the number of visitor and conventions to the greater Spokane region, boosting the local economy with tourism-related businesses and jobs.
Also during this week’s council meeting, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins proclaimed May to be Lupus Awareness Month in Spokane Valley. The proclamation was made to support those living with the disease, increase awareness, and support efforts to find safe and effective treatments.
“There are 1.5 million people in our country who are living with this terrible disease,” said Mayor Higgins. “We must do what we can to help find treatments that will allow these citizens to reclaim their health and quality of life.”
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “lupus is an autoimmune disease that triggers inflammation in different tissues of the body...” There is no cure, and in its various forms, lupus can limit a person’s physical, mental and social functioning.
For more information, contact the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America at www.lupus.org/pacificnorthwest/home Finally, in partnership with the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, Higgins proclaimed Saturday, May 19, as Lemonade Day. Young entrepreneurs will be learning and applying business skills by selling lemonade in stands located at businesses throughout Spokane Valley.
According to the Lemonade Day website at lemonadeday.org/spokane-valley , the community-wide event is part of the chamber’s mission “to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow… one lemonade stand at a time.”
Working with adult leaders, event participants set goals for their stands, make plans, are required to meet health regulation requirements, manage their budgets, market their stands and more.