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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Venue Map
January 5, 2017
New Member Proposals
Stacy Spurlock  of Clifton-Larson-Allen has been proposed by Angela Spies for membership, and was approved by the board of directors on January 10. Her tentative classification is book keeper.  She replaces Chris Rumbles as one of our CLA corporate members.
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
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.
Website Sponsors
Rotary RSS feed.
Joint Statement on Syria
DAVOS, Switzerland – While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.
Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives
Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America.
Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease
Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease
WHO calls for urgent resumption of medical evacuations from besieged east Aleppo
The World Health Organization is calling for medical evacuation of the sick and injured from east Aleppo to be resumed as quickly as possible. Almost 200 patients were safely transferred to hospitals in western rural Aleppo, Idlib and Turkey before all evacuations were aborted this morning, leaving many more in need of medical care stranded.
WHO celebrates achievements in 2016, despite global health challenges
WHO Director-General, Dr Chan's end of the year statement for 2016
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!!   To see the award plaque, CLICK HERE or scroll down to other "News and Recent Programs".    For award details and history, CLICK HERE.
Thursday January 19.  Rotary meeting will feature Lighthouse Christian Ministries, sponsored by president-elect Don Myers.  Members are reminded to bring tools for the auction centerpieces, and to sell those tickets.  See story below.
Friday January 20.    
1.  6:30 PM - Our newest Exchange Student (from Australia) arrives at Pangborn.  
Members are encouraged to help welcome her.  And then ....
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.  For game information, CLICK HERE.
January 28, 2017 -  Wenatchee Convention Center.  
Note: Ticket price of $50 ($55 after January 15) includes elegant dinner and an opportunity to help raise funds for Rotary's many important and worthy causes.   Note that registration form includes a questionnaire, including entree selection and special needs.
Table sponsors should contact co-chair Jill.
See sidebar for other information, and 
for history and details CLICK HERE.  
Event schedule:  5:30 Social hour,  6:30 Dinner
January 14.  Norma Gallegos honored by Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council!
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.
December 29.  Andy Petro gave an overview of Rotary's International Youth Exchange.  Our current exchange student "Putter" from Thailand presented an excellent PowerPoint about his home, family, and nation, accentuated by an entertaining video promoting Thailand.  We also enjoyed a visit and greeting by our exchange student of 2004-2005 Axana Graf.  New member Dan Maher was inducted.   To hear the complete audio, CLICK HERE.  
Announcement from AG Carol Adamson - First Annual All-Service Club Golf Tournament (click link)
December 22.  Heartfelt testimonies of how our auction benefits our community.
Jane Provo - Women's Resource Center (WRC)
Joe St. Jean - Scholarships awarded.
Phil Rasmussen - Rotary park plans for completion.
To hear the complete audio of the meeting.... CLICK HERE.
Results of annual election of officers are shown below current officers listing at left.
December 15.  Annual Christmas Party, planned and organized by Daryl Ferguson and Scott Ballard.   Food, fun, fellowship, and giving.  President Jim acted as M/C in absence of Daryl who was incapacitated.  We had many guests including lots of kids.
To listen to an audio podcast of each segment of the meeting, CLICK HERE.
1. Welcome and breaking news about Happy Elves and Lunch Buddies.
2. Thanking Jacquelin Stonas; also thank-you words from Major Frank of Salvation Army.
3. Eastmont HS Chamber Choir Concert - 4 of 7 selections
4. Trivia Game for the kids
5. Santa arrives and interviews the kids
Principal Alphonso Lopez of Lewis & Clark Elementary School spoke glowingly about the Lunch Buddies program (started by our own Linda Evans Parlette).  To see his message to the school on their web site, click here - Lewis & Clark Elementary School.   
To see (on YouTube) one of the songs performed by the choir (and other songs), CLICK HERE.
December 8. Annual meeting.  President Jim discussed club goals and elections.  Committees gave reports.  The "Building Communities" auction was discussed.  Look for more details in the Appleseed and a future posting.  To view a summary of progress on club goals,  CLICK HERE.   To listen to the 40 minute audio podcast of this meeting CLICK HERE.
In answer to 2 questions  .....
1 - Members can access their RI Foundation (TRF) giving at the RI website by clicking this link and performing normal login steps.  The club foundation committee is considering a similar feature for the club foundation (WRF).
2.  To see a list of former (inactive) members CLICK HERE.  These folks may be candidates for auction attendance.
For details of other recent meetings, see HOME PAGE NEWS below.
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.
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
December 3.  Mission View School beautification project :   Club members Pete Van Well, Alan Galbraith, Ford Barrett, and Jim Russell helped Stemilt and neighborhood volunteers clean the bank and lay ground cover.
      At the November 17 meeting, Pete Van Well promoted this beautification project in South Wenatchee in keeping with the goals of our upcoming “Building Communities” auction. The club approved.  See Appleseed and listen below.
December 2.   WRC Awards Gala.  Jim and Karen Russell called heroes and honored for their contributions.  Read the story here in the Wenatchee World.
December 1.  At our regular meeting, we inducted 4 new members. Click here for audio.
  Left to right, president Jim, Tyler Mickey, "Casey" Brown, Kristen Hankins, Confluence Health sponsor Deb Andre, Kari DeMarco, her sponsor Jill Leonard.  Tyler's introduction contained some fascinating information.
We also heard classification talks by Andy Petro and Chris Baker.  Click here for audio.
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
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, 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.
November 2/16   Robert  A. Wines  (10/30/28 - 11/02/16) served Wenatchee Rotary, 5/05 - 2/08.  Obituary link. in Wenatchee World.
    October 7/16 -    Long-time member George Buckner died at the Wenatchee Valley Golf Club due to an apparent  brain aneurism.     George was a member for more than 27 years.  News story link     Obituary link
September 27/16 -  Don Reichert, Auto Dealer, philanthropist,  past president of Wenatchee Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow and  Paul Scea Fellow. Don joined our Rotary Club in 1976, 40 years ago.  He is survived by his wife Jane.  On-line obituary and photo.
August 06/16 -  Robert Scea, a dedicated member since 1963 and major foundation donor,  has passed away.    Obituary
July 15- 2016 - Melissa Hernandez, July 15, 2016.  A valued member for 6 years before transferring to Omak in June with husband Jesus.
To read her touching memorial obituary on line,    Click here.
2017 Foundation 
Auction: Jan. 28
"Building Communities"
Members and friends are urged to support our annual fund-raiser, serving local needs related to low-income housing, park improvements, scholarships, and South Wenatchee neighborhood beautification.  More info coming soon.  
For sponsor info click their logo.
            Presenting Sponsor
Silent Auction Sponsors:
Special Thanks to :
Event co-chairs Jill Leonard, Jay Smith.
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!
January 2017
Website Sponsors
Doyle Goolsby/Don Myers
Jan 19, 2017
Lighthouse Ministries
Dave Tosch/Pete Van Well
Jan 26, 2017
Wen. Valley Senior Center
K. Parker (8/16)/M. Shermer (6/16)
Feb 02, 2017
Classification Talks
Linda E Parlette/Sparks
Feb 09, 2017
Affordable Communities of Health
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Feb 16, 2017
Auction Wrapup
Feb 23, 2017
M. Rumbolz(1/16), A. Smith (8/16)
Mar 02, 2017
Classification Talks
President Jim
Mar 09, 2017
Million Dollar Dinner
Jennifer Bushong
Mar 16, 2017
Town Toyota Center
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
J. Mendoza
Apr 13, 2017
Literacy Council
Tracey Yount
Apr 20, 2017
Alcoa Update
D. Ferguson
Apr 27, 2017
Apple Blossom Royalty
No meeting
May 04, 2017
All Service-Club Luncheon
Andy Petro
May 11, 2017
Youth Exchnge
Jerryilea Crawford/J.Leonard
May 18, 2017
Leadership Wenatchee
May 25, 2017
D. Reed (9/16)
Jun 01, 2017
Classification Talks
Carin Smith/G. Sparks
Jun 08, 2017
Don Myers?
Jun 29, 2017
Presidential Roast (OFF SITE)
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