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Wenatchee Rotary was organized on January 11, 1921. Prior to that, the idea of having a Rotary Club in Wenatchee came to Dr. H.F. (Bert) Morse who was a natural born Rotarian and deserves recognition as being the Father of our Wenatchee Rotary Club. On his way to Chicago to attend a 1920 convention of Osteopathic Physicians, Bert had as a companion a Wenatchee attorney. Together they decided to call on the International Association of Rotary Clubs to make inquiry as to how to form a Rotary Club in Wenatchee.
Bert was advised to get in touch with Nelson Pike of the Spokane Club, who was governor of District 101. A District Assembly for club presidents and secretaries was being held in Walla Walla and Bert, along with several others, made the long trip in the heat of July to contact the District Governor. They were told that Rotary frowned on organizing clubs in cities under 10,000 population. Wenatchee barely qualified.
The District Governor commissioned the Rotary Club of Spokane to sponsor a club in Wenatchee if a survey showed the city had qualified business and professional men to form a club. A committee of Dr. Morse, Alex Corbin, Ira Edwards and O.B. Shay signed up 25 charter members. At the time the club first met there were only Rotary Clubs in Yakima and Walla Walla between Seattle and Spokane.
Growth of the club was fantastic. At the end of the second year, there were 58 members with an average attendance of 92.49%. "Service" was emphasized from the beginning when, in 1922, a carload of apples was sent to both the Industrial School for Boys and the Industrial School for Girls. Later projects included paying for Scout-A-Vista, building of Mission Vista Group Home, sponsoring cabins at Camp Zanika-Lache, YMCA projects and helping to establish the North Central Washington Museum, the Wenatchee Valley College and the Wenatchee Valley Senior Center.
From the beginning, we have had outstanding members from our community who have served as members of the school board, the Chamber of Commerce, on the city council and as mayor, as state representatives and senators, as well as leaders in the business and professional community. Eight of our members have served as Rotary District Governors. Ed Cadman, one of our members, served as President of Rotary International from 1985 to 1986 and, following that, as Chairman of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation.
At the present time, the Greater Wenatchee community numbers about 50,000 and there are 4 Rotary Clubs here. Along with Rotary International, our club has participated in the effort to eradicate poliomyelitis in the 21st century. We currently have reduced the cases of polio by 99% since 1988 and hope to complete the effort within the next couple of years.
Over the years we have conducted fun-raisers to support many projects in our community and around the world. We helped build a feeding station and day care center in Danli, Honduras, provided 100 wheelchairs to the disabled in Troitsk, Russia, provided a van to an orphanage in Russia, participated in Cleft palate surgeries in Viet Nam, Peru and Venezuela. Built water wells in Africa and provided clean water in Haiti. We have provided shelter boxes for national and international disasters.
In Wenatchee we have lit ball fields, provided art sculpture in the parks, helped build Habitat for Humanity Houses, financed work on the Guild House, financed DARE projects, built maintenance facilities for the Saunders Miniature Railroad in the Park., Built Rotary Park on Western Avenue and built a playground at Lincoln Park. and provided scholarships to many youth. In addition, to these many projects, we have taken on a five year project of helping WestSide High School in their transition to a new facility. All of this while participating in International Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange programs.
We make great things happen!