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Wenatchee Rotary recent program headlines and stories.
 
For more details on all programs, visit the APPLESEED links page.
 
 
September 21 - Conflict Resolution, with Susan Albert, Dianna Hernandez, Steve Schwinn.
September 14 - SAGE, with Jessica Johnson.  AUDIO
September 7 - NCW Library, with Kim and Courtney.  AUDIO.
August 31 - Rotary Youth Exchange, Dee Curcio for Andy Petro
        Returning outbound experiences.  John Kottkamp, Isabel Palayo.
August 24 - Classification talks, David Olson, Tyler Mickey
        Induction, Brett Riley  (click names for audio)
August 17 - State of Healthcare, Dr. Peter Rutherford
August 10 - Col. Valley Comm. Health, David Olson
         To hear AUDIO click here  PART 1   Part 2
August 3 - District Governor Bill Jenkin Visit
July 27 - The PAC, Matt Cadman, Sue Rose, click for  AUDIO
July 20 - Classification, Stacy Spurlock.  Click for AUDIO.
July 13 - Club Vision, President Don Myers
July 6 - Inaugural address by new president Don Myers. See Appleseed for highlights.
June 29.  End-of-Year, "Peaceful Transfer of Power", chaired by Tom McNair.
Click names for AUDIO of speakers.
Guest Julio Cruz   Praise for Jim Russell  Sue Rose    Rob Tidd 
June 22.  Rotary Year in Review
June 15.  Wenatchee Rotary Foundation
June 08.   FIDO with Carin Smith/Gil Sparks.  AUDIO.
June 01.   Classification talks by Dick Reed & Kari DeMarco.  
New-member induction of Sandy Covey, with charge by past-president Sue Rose.
Click highlighted names to hear AUDIO. 
May 27.   United Neighborhood Association (UNA) Cleanup Event.  For story and photos, CLICK HERE.
                Auction party at the MAC - Joe & Susan - CLICK HERE.
May 25.   Dutch Bros. Coffee with Jimmy Crocker presented by Don Myers.
May 18.   Leadership Wenatchee with Jerrilea Crawford, presented by Jill Leonard.
May 11.   Andy Petro presented our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student from Australia Olivia Greenwood-Jack.
May 3.   No regular meeting, but our club hosted the annual All-Service-Club Lunch (a feature of Apple Blossom Festival).
The speaker is Daniel Bernardo, Provost & Executive Vice President of WSU.  M/C is Jim Russell, Mike Kintner's choral group performed the National Anthem, Don Myers, delivered invocation.
April 27.   ALCOA update, with Tracey Yount of Chelan PUD.  Some members attended District Conference at Kelowna.
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.
 
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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).
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March 2.  President Jim on Dr. Cadman.  Deputy K9 Reno with Aaron Shepard.  
P/E Don on membership.
 
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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.
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 -  expansion@missionridge.com
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.
 
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.
 
November 17.  PDG Roger Perry gave an overview of The Rotary Foundation (TRF), what it does and how to donate.
Late-breaking news:  TRF has been named the Worlds Most Outstanding Foundation, ...CLICK HERE OR get the full story on this at Rotary International...  CLICK HERE !
 Jay Smith gave a report on the "Building Communities" Auction and appealed for participation. Frank Clifton demonstrated how tickets may be purchased directly from our web site.
Pete VanWell proposed, and the club voted on, a S. Wenatchee beautification project to be supported by our upcoming auction.  Gil Sparks promoted the Dec. 2 WRC Awards Gala, where Jim and Karen Russell will be recognized.  Michelle Shermer appealed for letter-writers in her support of congressional legislation pertaining to children's education programs.  View summary and status of the legislation, including a sample letter. CLICK HERE.
 
To LISTEN to any of these presentations, there now is an on-line audio list :  CLICK HERE
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November 10.   Veteran's Day.  Peggy Ludwick speaks of her father, and his military service in WWII.
To listen, CLICK HERE.
 
November 3.  Classification, Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan PUD.  To Listen, CLICK HERE.
Thursday, Oct. 27 during our noon meeting at the Red Lion Hotel, Congressman Dave Reichert presented his perspective on the fight against Polio.  Reichert is the District Polio Champion for his efforts and support through Congress.   Jim Russell recognized Congressman Dave Reichert
as a Paul Harris Fellow for his work in getting Congress to fund our Polio eradication efforts as well as his humanitarian service work.
Gloria Waddell, a local polio victim told us of her experience in contracting polio as a 4th grader in Wenatchee.  For more details, check out the latest Appleseed (CLICK HERE).  To hear the audio of the program, CLICK HERE.
To see our PowerPoint CLICK HERE.
 
Polio Awareness Day
Thursday, Oct. 27.   during our noon meeting at the Red Lion Hotel, Congressman Dave Reichert presented his perspective on the fight against Polio.  Reichert is the District Polio Champion for his efforts and support through Congress.   Jim Russell recognized Congressman Dave Reichert
as a Paul Harris Fellow for his work in getting Congress to fund our Polio eradication efforts as well as his humanitarian service work.
Gloria Waddell, a local polio victim told us of her experience in contracting polio as a 4th grader in Wenatchee.  For more details, check out the latest Appleseed (CLICK HERE).  To hear the audio of the program, CLICK HERE.
To see our PowerPoint CLICK HERE.
 
Monday 24 October.
In Wenatchee that morning, a donation table was set up in front of Cherry Creek Radio during drive time (approx. 5:30 to 9:30 a.m.).  Over $800 was collected; donations were matched 3 for 1 including matching funds from a club member.  This was followed by a potluck dinner at the Wenatchee Valley Museum.   Rotary International held its fourth annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Click here to see the 45-minute video. 
 
October 22,  Make a Difference Day.  Wenatchee Rotary gets credit for a grant to the new mural at Pioneer Park.
For YouTube video, CLICK HERE.
 
October 13 -  The CASA program was introduced by club member Jessi Mendoza of Numerica (and who serves on the CASA ATEEM advisory board), who then introduced Arlene Grober, volunteer and training coordinator for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She explained that the organization has served the region for 22 years, and currently assists more than 170 youth in Chelan and Douglas counties, 217 year to date, ages 0 – 18. “Every child who needs a CASA gets one.”  There were many interesting guests and presentations, including an operatic aria by performing artist Mattawa-based opera tenor, José Iñiguez, guest of Norma Gallegos.
To hear audio of the entire meeting CLICK HERE.
To visit the CASA web site CLICK HERE.
 
October 06 - At our offsite meeting held at Pybus Event Center, we heard an inspiring classification talk by a new member, Alfonso Lopez, principal of Lewis-Clark Elementary School and owner of the Paradise Restaurant in Wenatchee.  He explained how he, a school teacher, immigrated here from Mexico many years ago to learn English, that he might return and teach it back in his homeland.  To earn a living, he picked fruit and worked on a cattle ranch, and then became a teacher's aid which eventually led to his current position.  He is a strong believer in bi-lingual education, which is good for the students, the community and nation.   Gary Provo also spoke about planning for the upcoming "Building Communities" auction.
 
As a historical tid-bit, President Jim Russell reminisced about the suit sale fund-raisers held by the club years ago, when Rotary was a gentlemen’s organization of suit and tie wearers., and members sought to upgrade sartorial quality of the club.  According to Marc Hemminger, the suit sale was an annual event from 1957 until the late seventies. In those days the club was made up of business men that wore suits to work every day. "My dad wore a suit, starched white shirt and tie and a fresh flower in his lapel (during the season) to work every day. Fred Nancekivell was a member of our club and he owned a dry cleaners. He would clean the suits at no charge. Then the club would have a sale and people could come by & look at the suits, try one on & buy it if they wanted. The leftover suits were saved until the next year’s sale."
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September 29 - Wenatchee WILD with Katie Lenerville, Director of Sales and Marketing.  See latest Appleseed for details; click main menu under Archives.  To LISTEN to this program, CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO.
 
September 22 - WVC athletics, with Greg Franz and Kory Kalahar at Westside Highshool.  See latest Appleseed for details; click main menu under archives.
 
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
Laura.stagekidswa@gmail.com 
(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 JKCviceregent@gmail.com 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".
 
 
August 18 - Classification talk by Frank Clifton, new club secretary.  Frank also gave an overview of the new club website.
Two new members were inducted:  Alex Smith (attorney), and Kamorlay Parker (minister).
 
August 11 - Our excellent and informative speakers, sponsored by Gil Sparks,  were Ms Shiloh Shauer, president of Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Maher, Outreach and Project Coordination Consultant, and Steven Ames (planning/visioning consultant) all part of the Our Valley initiative developing a future vision for the region.
To hear most of the presentation....CLICK HERE.  
To see a summary of events and surveys to date, visit the Our Valley WEB SITE.
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AUDIO FROM OTHER RECENT PROGRAMS CAN BE ACCESSED FROM LINKS AT BOTTOM OF HOME PAGE.
 
 
 
August 4 - Annual District Governor visit.  Assistant Governor Carol Adamson represented DG Vern Neilsen, unable to attend due to severe health issues.  Carol was accompanied and assisted by husband Jim, former DG (2005-06).  Audio file is linked above, which includes DG Neilsen's video greeting.
 
Foundation chair Tom Ross, assisted by Jim Adamson,  presented Paul Harris (Plus) awards to 3 members :  Susan Albert, Terry Stuller, & Judy Conner (absent). The presentation is part of the audio file above.
 
July 28 - Trent Moyers, manager of Pangborn Airport, gave an informative and entertaining overview of the recently-completed runway extension. Many questions were answered.  Audio file linked above.
July 21 - Coach Jeff Zehnder, WHS baseball.   A fascinating look at a great group of players and their recent season.
July 14 - We heard from head coach Dennis Tronson the inspiring and amazing story about how the WHS soccer team won their first ever state championship, against many odds, frustrations, and setbacks.  Thanks Pete Van Well for bringing in this fascinating program, along with the WHS baseball team next week!  
We also heard from our new visiting Area 9 ADG Carol Adamson, with information on District goals, and a report on District Governor Vern Neilsen.  Carol is the wife of PDG Jim, who was present to provide support.
July 7 -   PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS!   New president Jim Russell presented his plans and hopes for the coming Rotary year.  We did not think he could top his inspiring and uplifting acceptance speech (below) at the presidential dinner last Thursday night, but he may have.   His theme for this year seems to be "BETTER, and thus BIGGER and BOLDER".    He announced that he hopes to see some changes in club operations, and feedback to those responsible would be welcome.  He encouraged us to seek new members; the key is TO ASK.  New members will get to choose their own mentor as has been successfully done with our most recent inductees.
 
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