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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Recent proposals approved by the Board of Directors.
March 23.   Sandy Covey, recommended by Susan Albert.  She is a counselor for chemical dependency and plans to attend the district conference.
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.  Mike Kintner will serve as treasurer in 2017-18, as agreed by the board.
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Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...
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...
To help celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Rotary Foundation, the first of two District 5060 Million Dollar Dinners was held in Wenatchee Friday night, April 7. See group photo below.  Our event was a huge success well-attended by many Rotary locals and VIPs.  The fund-raising goals were exceeded.   $1,571,684.03!!!  And Carolyn Ferguson stated that "... just over $1 million of that total came from the US side.”  
Keynote speaker Michael McGovern did a magnificent job of describing the history and importance of The Rotary Foundation, especially PolioPlus.
To see a collection of photos taken at the event, CLICK HERE (Jim Russell's Google Drive - please add to it).  
Note the beautiful center-pieces provided (again) by Pam at Full Bloom Flowers at a great discount, and the Convention Center staff did an outstanding job!
 If you missed it, you may LISTEN to the audio here, in four parts.
1. Welcome remarks by M/C Sean Hogan, Greg Luring, Jim Russell.
2. Tribute to Vern Neilsen by PDG/Vice Governor Greg Luring.
3. Keynote speech by Michael McGovern, intro by Chris Offer.
4. Results and closing by Carolyn Ferguson & Sean Hogan.  
Group photo of MDD South attendees April 7, 2017.
The MDD North event was Saturday 8 April - Kelowna BC.
 To see a photo collection from Chris Offer, CLICK HERE.
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, Ford Barrett, Al Bridges,  and Mario Cantu.
Sponsors: Stemilt Winery, Mama D's, and Chelan PUD.   This was item #9 on our live auction list PROGRAM PAGES.  
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased here by credit card, or from Ford Barrett, Al Bridges, and Doug Button.
Recent meetings & news.  Scroll down for details and links.
April 20.  Apple Blossom Royalty with Daryl Ferguson.  Scroll down for photo and audio links.
April 13.  Entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan with Randy Smith & JC Baldwin.
April 6.  Classification talk - Dan Maher.  Click here for AUDIO.
April 5 & 10.  Two groups tour capitol with Senator Hawkins as a result of our Auction.   Tracy & Dave Piepel  & Steve Wright with a Cashmere HS civics class.  Scroll down for photos and stories.
March 30.  Wenatchee North after 48 years, with Rob Tidd.  See APPLESEED (4/6),   APPLESEED 3/30).
March 23.  DECA at Wenatchee HS, with Matt Pakinas, sponsored by Susan Albert.  See APPLESEED.
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 Aaron 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.
April 20.   Apple Blossom Royalty.   We are indeed fortunate to have Daryl Ferguson as a member, as he annually brings these awesome ladies to our club. He has served on the Grand Parade committee for more than 20 years, and is currently the director.
In the photo, L-R, chaperone Kristen Holmberg, Princess Paige Chivilivek, Daryl, Queen Amy Sand, chaperone Siobhan Fryhover.  Princess Alissa Riker was unable to attend.
To listen to AUDIO of the program click these links:
April 13.  Entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan with Randy Smith & JC Baldwin.  Seven young people spoke about their businesses, nation, and culture as part of an ongoing Rotary program.  AUDIO PART 1    PART 2
Mentioned by them and Randy was a tentative plan for a Rotary trip there to attend the 2018 World Nomad Games.
April 10.   Resulting from our auction, Steve Wright brought a Cashmere High School civics class to Olympia to meet with elected officials and staff to discuss the functions of state government with a particular focus on wildfire policy. 
The group had the opportunity to meet with staff at DNR, Representatives Steele and Condotta, a lobbyist with the Nature Conservancy, Senator Hawkins, staff with the Secretary of State, and also spent quite a bit of time with the Governor and his staff!  
April 5.   A message from office of Senator Brad Hawkins (photo below):
"Senator Hawkins wanted to give you both an update regarding the “Tour with Senator Hawkins” auction item from the Wenatchee Rotary Club Foundation Auction!    Tracy and Dave Piepel, the successful bidders for the item, visited the Capitol with their family today.  In fact, the Piepels have been here in Olympia for several days because their daughter, Madison, is working as a Senate page for our office this week!   The Piepels spent much of the morning with me touring the Capitol Building, House chambers, meeting with Rep. Steele and staff from Rep. Condotta’s office, and touring the Supreme Court.  After lunch they met up with Senator Hawkins on the Senate Floor and received a “behind the scenes” tour of the Senate chambers as well as the lobby and press room in the Governor’s office!  They ended the day with a tour of the Governor’s Executive Mansion.  You can find some of the photos from today attached to this email.  Senator Hawkins is glad to have been able to help with this item and our office is looking forward to Steve Wright and the Cashmere High School group visiting next week. "
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.  
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 18.  "Building Communities Auction".    Click for program.
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.
April 20, 2017 - Humanitarian/Community Outreach Committee Report -  CLICK HERE
October 2016 - 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.
April 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
No meeting
May 04, 2017
All Service-Club Luncheon
Andy Petro
May 11, 2017
Youth Exchange (Museum)
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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