Club Information

Welcome to Wenatchee Rotary!


Service Above Self since 1921

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Red Lion Hotel
1225 N. Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA  98801
United States
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February 23.  Dorry Foster, CEO of YMCA; proposed by Don Myers.  
She is pictured on the YMCA web site .
January 26.  Stacy Spurlock, book keeper with CliftonLarsonAllen, sponsored by Angela Spies.
December 29.   Dan Maher, IT professional with Fast Net Security, sponsored by Gary Provo.
December 1.   Kristen Hankins  &  Casey Brown, Confluence Health.
Kari Demarco , Coldwell Banker Lavigne.  
Tyler Mickey , Moss Adams.
November 10.    Kelli VanWagner and Kimberly Gullett of Confluence Health as corporate members, replacing two other Confluence members.  These are both healthcare managers and sponsored by Stephanie Grubich.
September 29.  Dick Reed
September 8.   Laura Drew
September 8.   David Olson
September 1 - Talia Butler
August 18 - Alexandria (Alex) Smith,    Kamorlay Parker
June 23 - Michelle Shermer
April 21 - Amanda Keller
Click here to see a list, as of March 01, 2017.
Club terminations since June 30, 2016
March 8 - Chris Baker
February 2017 -
Genie Lutz, Alex Smith
December 2016 -
Stacy Lockhart, Steph Grubich, Talia Butler, Sheila Salmon, Amanda Keller
November 2016 -
Ben Sappington, JoEllen Colson, Sarah Elliott, Stacy Sykes, Robin DeRock
October 2016 - 
George Buckner (deceased), Richard DeRock, Don Elfving
September 2016 -
Don Reichert (deceased), John McDarment
August 2016 -
Debra Liske, Robert Scea (deceased)
July 2016 - 
Brian Etzkorn
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
President Elect
President nominee
Director 2017
Assistant secretary
Director 2018
Director 2019
Director 2019
Director 2018
Director 2017
Director 2017
Director 2019
Director 2018
ELECTION Results 12/22/16
Elections were held and results announced December 22, for president nominee and 3 directors.  Their terms begin July 1.  The president nominee becomes president July 1, 2019.  Those selected are:  president, Mike Kintner;  directors for 2020, Dawn Davies, Marcia Henkle, Gary Sparks.
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
    Register here by 01 April             
That's right!  District 5060 is hosting TWO Million Dollar Dinners this year to help celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Rotary Foundation.   Thinking about including TRF in your estate planning?  It's the BEST value you can get for your philanthropic dollars... just ask Charity Navigator (Click HERE for Charity Navigator TRF).
Friday 07 April - Wenatchee WA, Convention Center
7 PM dinner with no-host reception at 6 PM
Guest speaker: Past R.I. President Kaylan Banerjee!
Donate, bequeath, or commit to $10,000 USD or more this year be our guest.
(Donors may bring one complementary partner)
Other Rotarians are invited and may purchase tickets at a cost of $50.
The MDD North event is Saturday 8 April - Kelowna BC.
 Want more information??
Million-Dollar-Dinner Chair Wenatchee: James Russell
Million-Dollar-Dinner Chair Kelowna: Greg MacKinnon
Read More Detailed Information:  MDD Info Page
DG Vern Neilson Memorial Fund
A Rotary memorial fund has been set up in memory of our beloved District Governor Vern Neilson of the Kelowna Club who passed away February 11.  Our club Foundation has created a "Vern Nielsen Fund" and will collect donations until the district fund reaches a minimum of $25,000 USD.  At this time a Permanent Named Fund will be set up with the Rotary International Foundation in Vern’s name, and the proceeds of this fund will be used to fund grants and projects throughout Vern’s Rotary District 5060 in perpetuity.  Click here to   DONATE NOW  (credit cards only, $20 minimum).
Checks are also accepted; make out to the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation and in the memo line "DG Memorial".  
Checks should be sent to  Wenatchee Rotary Foundation, c/o Heidi Myers, Washington Trust Bank, 523 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee WA 98802
PRIP Ed Cadman Polio Tribute
PRIP Dr. Ed Cadman
President Jim is encouraging all members to consider donating to the Ed Cadman Polio-Plus Memorial Tribute.  All donations are matched 2 for 1 by the Gates Foundation.  More information later.  Dr. Cadman was president of Wenatchee Rotary 1962-63, PDG '68-69, RIP '85-86.   To donate, CLICK HERE.
The big auction event is past, but there is ONE FINAL ITEM - a Dinner Tour Extravaganza at Rocky Reach Dam on May 18, hosted by our own Doug Button.   This was item #9 on our live auction list PROGRAM PAGES.  
For more information, contact Ford Barrett.   Tickets are $50 and may be purchased here by credit card, or from Jill Leonard or Angela Spies.  Adults only.  Final results of the "Building Communities" Auction will be announced soon.
Recent meetings & news.  Scroll down for details and links.
March 16 - Ruth Esparza and Mario Cantu report on their Economic-development trip to Mexico with community leaders.
March 9.   Million Dollar Dinner and TRF giving.  See Appleseed and District 5060 site.
March 2.  President Jim on Dr. Cadman.  Deputy K9 Reno with A. Shepard.  P/E Don on membership.
February 24.     Our Interact club in the news.
February 23.   Trust for Public Land - Norma Gallegos and Cary Simmons.
February 16.   Auction wrapup.
February 9.  Linda Evans-Parlette speaking on North Central Accountable Community of Health. Details below.
February 2.  Classification talk by Michelle Shermer, introduction by Laurie Flarity-White.  AUDIO.
                        Jill's auction report.  AUDIO
January 28.   "Building Communities" Auction.
January 26.    Wenatchee Senior Center.   Click to see Appleseed.
January 19.  Lighthouse Christian Ministries.
January 14.   Norma Gallegos  recognition!  
January 20.   Exchange student arrival.
March 16.  Ruth Esparza and Mario and a team of community leaders discussed their recent economic-development trip 5 cities in Mexico.  For summary and team photo, visit the APPLESEED of March 23.
March 9.  PDG Pete Erickson speaking on The Rotary Foundation (TRF), the Million Dollar Dinner (MDD), and recognizing new club donors.  The level of new giving is so impressive, it is posted on the District 5060 web site.  CLICK HERE for the story (also covered in the APPLESEED).  There you will also see a link to the amazing INTERACT CLUB hip-hop video, telling the story of their "House of Life"  (scroll down on the District home page).
March 2.  President Jim on Dr. Cadman.  Deputy K9 Reno with Aaron Shepard.  
P/E Don on membership.
February 24.  Our own WHS Interact club interviewed about their Habitat fundraiser nearing $50,000.  See Wenatchee World story.  Also, see their excellent amazing hip-hop student-made video HERE.
February 23.   Trust for Public Land - Norma Gallegos and Cary Simmons.
Program AUDIO.   TPL web site.   TPL Promotional video.   
 "James Wallace" -  Story of the 1948 KPQ Flood - AUDIO.  
Kory Kalahar brought two students to announce and sell tickets to annual Westside HS fund-raiser.
February 16.   Auction wrapup.  See online APPLESEED for details.
February 9.  Linda Evans-Parlette, Executive Director of North Central Accountable Community of Health.  She spoke articulately on this new program designed to improve the overall health of people in 4 local counties.  She was assisted by Barry Kling, Governing Board Chair.
AUDIO .   Also, some websites with helpful information:   Healthier Washington ,  WS HCA ,  Informational video ,  Apple Health
February 2.  Classification talk by Michelle Shermer.  We had no idea of this woman's amazing story and talents.  We are very fortunate to have her in our club.  AUDIO.   We also were excited by Jill Leonard's preliminary but enthusiastic auction report.  AUDIO.
January 26.  Dave Tosch, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center.    See APPLESEED for details. 
January 14.  Norma Gallegos honored by Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council!
   January 14.   We are very proud of the recognition given to our own Norma Gallegos!   The article linked below reports that Wenatchee Rotarian Norma Gallegos was nominated for the individual Civil Rights and Social Justice award made in announcement by the City of Wenatchee’s Diversity Advisory Board that was published in the Wenatchee World on 12/30/16, which lists all deserving individual nominees.  She was the winning nominee and received her award at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center’s Diversity Day Celebration on Saturday, January 14.  Congratulations Norma!!   For award details and history, CLICK HERE.
January 19.  Lighthouse Christian Ministries, presented by Doyle Goolsby who gave an interesting and informative overview of this excellent Wenatchee program.  Click here to hear the audio podcast.   The talk was preceded by some important "brags", including a song led by Mike Kintner.  Click here to listen.
For details of other recent meetings, see HOME PAGE NEWS below.
Our Foundation committee has met and issued an excellent report of current activities.
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CLUB GOALS 2016-17
President Jim Russell challenged the club board of directors (in his first regular board meeting, July 14), to support meeting his goals for the coming year, which are consistent with those of RI President John Germ, as expressed in his Presidential Theme and Citation publication.  Members of the board expressed enthusiastic agreement.
The status of club goals was reported at the Annual Meeting December 8, 2016.  To view a summary CLICK HERE.
Progress in reaching many club goals can be found at the web page Rotary Club Central.
Home Page News
Friday January 20.    
1.  6:30 PM - Our newest Exchange Student (Olivia from Australia) arrives at Pangborn.
2.  7:30 PM - Eastmont High School/Wenatchee HS basketball game - fund raiser for the Cadman Tribute Fund - Gloria Wadell is spearheading this and both schools will be asked to see who can raise the most money in the fight against polio.  
January 12.  Gil Sparks sponsors Josh Jorgensen to discuss the past 50 years and the future of our excellent ski resort, Mission Ridge.
Josh presented an informative and entertaining overview of events and plans at Mission Ridge, and requested comments from the community, which can be submitted by email -
For more information, see the Wenatchee World article of Dec. 28.
For online audio podcast of the presentation,  CLICK HERE.
January 5.  Jim Russell and Don Myers led a discussion on club membership.  Joe St. Jean presented a sample tool box centerpiece for the January 28 auction (photo below).  Donations of tools are requested to fill them.   Terry Sorom promoted the upcoming District Conference (register from this site or District 5060 site).  Carmen Bossenbrock took a group photo (below) of almost everyone.  For more details, visit the on-line APPLESEED.  To listen to audio highlites, CLICK HERE.     
January 4.  Fascinating story in today's Wenatchee World (front page) about former member, Jack Evans.  CLICK HERE.
New Rotary Guidelines
The recent sessions of the Rotary Council on Legislation not only raised dues, but made rule changes granting clubs more flexibility in meetings, membership and admission fees.  To read a summary report, CLICK HERE.
Wenatchee Rotary Club - Stories and Events

Dear fellow Rotarians,

I embarked on my road to Rotary thanks to George Campbell, a dear friend and mentor who taught me the importance of civic responsibility. My former boss saw a potential leader in me and I thank him for his guidance. After starting down that road, I met many other Rotarians walking the same path. They offered me their help, shared advice, and made sure I kept moving in the right direction.


At the June 30 presidential roast and installation, the club received a surprise gift in honor of our new president Jim Russell.   Jim has written some thoughts members may wish to read....
Part of Rotary District 5060, we are club # 227 organized in 1921, and proud to be the flagship club of the Wenatchee valley. We hope you will visit our site, learn more about us, and come to a meeting as a guest of any member.  And please visit our Facebook page :
For the latest or recent club news, including upcoming speakers,click on the Archives menu above and select the desired weekly newsletter, "The Appleseed".
Wenatchee Rotary Club was chartered on February 1, 1921, the 815th club formed.  We are now known as club #227. Below is a copy of the original charter document.
Other Clubs and makeup options
There are several excellent Rotary clubs in the Wenatchee Valley.  Some were sponsored by our club and some have web sites.  All of them would welcome any Rotarian seeking to visit or to establish a makeup meeting, and would welcome a potential new member.   All Rotary clubs meet weekly.  For a list of area clubs and makeup opportunities, CLICK HERE.  
From Appleseed, June 30, 2016 - -
Our Wenatchee Rotary Club has sponsored NINE (9) other Rotary Clubs in our District:
Wenatchee Rotary Club was chartered on February 1, 1921.
     1. March 24, 1926 we sponsored Chelan Rotary Club.
     2. March 9, 1936, the Cashmere Club.
     3. February 21, 1948, the Ephrata Club.
     4. May 7, 1948, the Okanogan-Omak Club.
     5. December 16, 1948, the Grand Coulee Club.
     6. April 29, 1955, the East Wenatchee Club.
     7. April 1, 1969, the Wenatchee North Club.
     8. June 20, 1975, the Leavenworth Club.
     9. February 17, 1986, the Wenatchee Sunrise Club.
This is our 95th year in Rotary and we have spawned on average one new club every 10 years. Collectively we have grown to over 600 members today, all making the world a better place to live.
IN MEMORIAM - Recent club losses.
To see a partial list of former members and recently-deceased members, with many photos and obituaries,  CLICK HERE.
March 2017
District Conference 2017
The 2017 District Conference (April 27-30)  will again be held in beautiful Kelowna, BC.  All Rotarians should consider attending this extraordinary event.   Registration cost is $250. To register...   CLICK HERE.                        Note :  passports are required.  Click here for passport info.
Rotary International Convention 2017,
Atlanta, June 10-14 Register here!
Website Sponsors
Matt Pakinas/S. Albert
Mar 23, 2017
Rob Tidd/J. McDarment
Mar 30, 2017
Wenatchee-North Rotary - 48 years
K. Van Winkle (9/12), D. Olson (9/16)
Apr 06, 2017
Classification Talks
Randy Smith
Apr 13, 2017
Entrepreneurs for Korzy.....
Daryl Ferguson
Apr 20, 2017
Apple Blossom Royalty
Tracey Yount
Apr 27, 2017
Alcoa Update
No meeting
May 04, 2017
All Service-Club Luncheon
Andy Petro
May 11, 2017
Youth Exchange (OFF SITE)
Jerryilea Crawford/J.Leonard
May 18, 2017
Leadership Wenatchee
Pres. Jim
May 25, 2017
D. Reed (9/16); K. Demarco (12/16)
Jun 01, 2017
Classification Talks
Carin Smith/G. Sparks
Jun 08, 2017
C. Davitt
Jun 15, 2017
Rotary Foundation
Pres. Jim
Jun 22, 2017
Don Myers?
Jun 29, 2017
Presidential Roast (OFF SITE)
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