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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September 8.   Ms Laura Drew of Wenatchee is sponsored by Maynard Man. She is employed by MCF Properties;  her suggested classification is Property Manager.
September 8.   Mr. David Olson is sponsored by Jay Smith; he is a former member of Moses Lake Rotary. His proposed classification is Healthcare Manager.
September 1 - Ms Talia Butler of Leavenworth, sponsored by Christina Davitt.  Her suggested classification is attorney (tax law). 
August 18 - Alexandria (Alex) Smith, sponsored by Don Myers;   attorney with Chelan PUD.
Kamorlay Parker, sponsored by Jim Russell;   minister.
June 23 - Michelle Shermer, sponsored by Laurie-Flarity White;   community organizer.
April 21 - Amanda Keller, sponsored by Jim Russell;   accounting.
Recent proposals approved by the Board of Directors.
September 21.  Mr. Dick Reed has been proposed by P/E Don Myers.  As a former Seattle Police captain, his classification will likely be Law Enforcement Officer.
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
Website Sponsors
Rotary RSS feed.
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
PRIP Ed Cadman Polio Tribute
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.  To donate, CLICK HERE.
September 29 - Wenatchee WILD with Katie Lenerville, Director of Sales and Marketing.  See latest Appleseed for details; click main menu under Archives.
September 22 - WVC athletics, with Greg Franz and Kory Kalahar at Westside Highshool.  See latest Appleseed for details; click main menu under archives.
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.
Progress in reaching many club goals can be found at the web page Rotary Club Central.
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.
Home Page News
Recent Programs:
September 15 - StageKids Washington, with founder Michelle McCormick.    Through her excellent PowerPoint, we learned of the amazing theatrical achievements of its short 3-year life and also all about the program, its benefits and needs.  But we were also entertained by 12 very talented kids.  For the first time, we were able to create an amateur video of the entire 30-minute program.  To see it, CLICK HERE
Learn more:  FACEBOOK     WEB SITE   Read this the Thank-You note from StageKids :
Thank you so much for letting Stage Kids come and perform.  If you enjoyed just a sample of Stage Kids we'd love to have you come and see all 70 kids perform in our December 1st-3rd Production of "ELF".  There are two ways you can do this:   Visit the PAC box office on October 10 when tickets go on sale to the public and purchase a ticket to one of our shows...   OR .....   Come to the By-Invitation-Only-Preview Show on Wednesday, November 30th.   This is a fundraising event for Stage Kids.   Dessert will be served and you will hear more about partnering financially with Stage Kids.  If you would like more information about this fundraising event or would like to request an invite, please email Laura at 
(click link).
September 8 - "Pybus Market ...  Reflections after 3 years", with Mike and JoAnn Walker along with Kristin Lodge & Steve Robinson.  Read the Appleseed for details or listen from the link below.  The excellent program opened with an introduction of our new Exchange Student, "Putter' from Thailand.  Two new members were inducted, Laura Drew and David Olson, and memorably charged by PP Terry Sorom.  
Former member Patti Hail (of Leavenworth Rotary) announced "Welcome Home" reception and ceremony at Pybus for ALL U.S. veterans serving 11/55 - May 15, 1975 (Viet Nam 50th anniversary), to be held 10/20/16, 2-4 PM.    To attend, send email to or call 509-699-3026.  Event is sponsored by DAR, John Kendrick Chapter.
To LISTEN to the entire meeting program, CLICK HERE.
September 1 - Make A Difference Day with Laurel Helton;  "See a Need, Do a Good Deed".  Laurel was introduced by her sponsor Jill Leonard. To hear the audio of the entire program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, click these links :   Web Site       Facebook
August 25 -  Adventures In Tourism:   We met and heard Miss Devon Anderson, our representative to the ninth annual AIT Conference, which exposes high school students to the inner workings of the tourism industry and which brings together students from across Canada, the NW US, Australia and Scotland for a 5-day experience in the beautiful Okanogen Valley.  Her brief PowerPoint presentation was followed by an appeal by the Committee for Community Outreach/Humanitarian Service (Susan Albert and Joe St. Jean); their grant application form was handed out and will be posted on this site as a download file.  To hear the entire meeting program, CLICK HERE.
President Jim closed the meeting with an inspiring Rotary short story.  Listen here.     At 5 PM, some of our members traveled to Pangborn Airport to greet our new arriving YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT from Thailand, Watsanan Kaeswanga aka "Putter".
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 the MENU/ LINKS tab on the home page.
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.
August 4 - For our annual District Governor visit, ADG Carol Adamson (with husband Jim, former DG 2005-06) represented DG Vern Neilsen, unable to attend for health reasons.  To hear meeting highlights, including DG Vern's video greeting,  CLICK HERE.
July 28 - Trent Moyers fascinating update on Pangborn Airport -  CLICK HERE
To read about it on the Pangborn web site,  CLICK HERE.
IN MEMORIAM - Recent club losses.
August 06 -  Robert Scea, a dedicated member since 1963 and major foundation donor,  has passed away.    Obituary
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.
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.  Click the link for details and registration.  Registration cost is $225 through December, then $250. 
Rotary Leadership Institute, 3 day learning experience.
Reg. fee now reduced 50%.
RLI North, Vernon, BC, Sept. 17, & Oct. 1 & 15;    Register here!
RLI South, Yakima, Sept. 24, & Oct. 8 & 22;  Register here!
Rotary International Convention 2017,
Atlanta, June 10-14 Register here!
September 2016
Website Sponsors
Sep 29, 2016
Katie Lenerville /Jill Leonard
Wenatchee Wild (Town Toyota Center)
Oct 06, 2016
Alphonso Lopez (3/16), Andy Petro (01/16)
Classification Talks (At Pybus Event Center)
Oct 13, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
Jon Wyss/Brad Hawkins
Candidate Forum (Museum)
Oct 27, 2016
Nov 03, 2016
Steve Wright (8/15)
Classification Talk
Nov 10, 2016
Ford Barrett
Veterans' Day
Nov 17, 2016
Jim Adamson/Don Myers
Rotary Membership
Nov 24, 2016
No meeting
No meeting
Dec 01, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
Jim Russell
Annual Meeting/elections
Dec 15, 2016
D. Ferguson/S. Ballard
Christmas Party
Dec 22, 2016
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Auction Recipients
Dec 29, 2016
A. Petro
Youth Exchange
Jan 05, 2017
President Jim
Membership Celebration
Jan 12, 2017
Josh Jorgenson/Gil Sparks
State of Mission Ridge
Jan 19, 2017
Dr. Peter Rutherford/G. Sparks
State of Healthcare
Jan 26, 2017
Gil Sparks
Trust of Public Land
Feb 02, 2017
S. Salmon (8/15)/M. Shermer (6/16)
Classification Talks
Feb 09, 2017
Linda E Parlette/Sparks
Affordable Communities of Health
Feb 16, 2017
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Auction Wrapup
Feb 23, 2017
Mar 02, 2017
M. Rumbolz(1/16)
Classification Talks
Mar 09, 2017
President Jim
Million Dollar Dinner
Mar 16, 2017
Jennifer Bushong
Town Toyota Center
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