Seattle Childrens Wenatchee Clinic Event Rueben Mayes 2023-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Wildfire Letter from District Governors

As you are aware, our members are experiencing yet another devastating fire season. Even beyond the borders of our Districts, our hearts ache for those in Northwest Territories, Eastern Washington and Hawaii 
who are also dealing with horrific fires causing the evacuation of entire cities and the devastating loss of their homes and structures. Many have also lost loved ones. We send our deepest condolences to them.
We would like to sincerely thank the first responders, firefighters, police, emergency services and the hundreds of volunteers who are fighting the fires. We are grateful to those who are keeping the evacuated areas safe, assisting those who are displaced from their homes. We are blessed by those who are simply doing their very best to support those who are going through a very challenging time. The strength and resilience of our communities is one of the reasons why many of us joined Rotary.

Despite the heroic efforts of everyone involved, the destruction is significant, and many will have to rebuild. As of August 21, in West Kelowna, the estimated number of homes destroyed is at least 50, and many more homes and structures have incurred damage. Kelowna and the Lake Country are also reporting structures lost. The Shuswap area has been hit by the Adams Lake fire, where more structures have been destroyed, and all of these fires are still active while people wait to return to their homes.
Wildfire Letter from District Governors Jill Leonard 2023-08-28 07:00:00Z 0 district5060,wildfires
TTC Concession Training Jill Leonard 2023-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Glass Reuse in Wenatchee Valley

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Glass Recycling Event Recap-.  
Thank you to Natalie Williams for coordinating this event.   The Rotary clubs of the Wenatchee Valley partnered with ZeWA (short for Go-Zero-Washington, website: for glass drop-off at the Grace Lutheran Church.  Many, MANY thanks to the Grace Lutheran Church for allowing us to use their awesome (partially shaded) parking lot.  Perhaps a half-dozen folks walked down the driveway to ask questions about Rotary, specifically the Environmental Area of Focus.
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Community Outreach Grants 2023 Jill Leonard 2023-07-20 07:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Community Outreach Grants
2022-2023 Year in Pictures Frank Clifton 2023-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Grace Van Well

On April 13, 2023, Grace Van Well was inducted as an honorary club member.  Grace is the precious daughter of Past-President Pete Van Well; she was honored on April 7 at the Washington State Senate with Senate Resolution 8625where athletes, coaches, and volunteers of the 2022 national summer games were recognized in the Senate Chamber for their courage and achievements. 
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Kenzie's Landing Interact Project 2022

Wenatchee Rotarians assisted our Interact Club with their annual planting,
November 11, 2022
Scroll down for photos and history.
(Photos by Allan Galbraith)
Rosario (Exchange student)
PP Alice
PP Mike
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Lobster Feed 2022

Just so ‘ya know...another of the Auction items in action!  In keeping with President Jill’s call for Rotarians to meet up for socializing, Fellow Rotarians Al Bridges and Joe St. Jean foresaw this call coming way back in January.  Subsequently the St. Jeans were fortunate to secure the live auction item of “An Authentic New England Clam Bake and Lobster Feed” offered by Al and Anne Bridges.  After a few emails back and forth, a date was set for September 17th and the St. Jean clan plus a few close friends descended on the Bridges’ lovely home.
Al and Anne were perfect hosts and provided a wonderfully coordinated meal complete with these jolly fellows, who had arrived fresh from Maine the previous day.   
Joe is seen joining in the festivities whole-heartedly.  
Food for thought – at Rotary’s next auction (in 2024?) be ready to bid often and bid high!
Thanks goes to the Bridges for helping our “For the Kids” Auction be a great success.
Proud to be a Rotarian,
Joe St. Jean, Chair
Wenatchee Rotary Community Outreach
Lobster Feed 2022 2022-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

WITW is Rotary 090122 - Coyote Corner

The Coyote Corner is a location on the second floor in the Museum designed for children under 6 and their caregivers and family members. The area provides experiential, full-body experiences that engage children in understanding how rivers and our natural environment can be a reliable source of clean energy, produce jobs, and contribute to the beauty of our area.

WITW is Rotary 090122 - Coyote Corner 2022-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

WITW is Rotary (08.11.22)?


Coyote Leads the Salmon Upriver

The North Central Washington Museum (now the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center) commissioned Seattle artist Rich Beyer to create a cedar sculpture for an 1988 interactive children’s exhibit showcasing the historical photography of the Columbia River.

Coyote Leads the Salmon Upriver enjoyed such an enthusiastic response that Beyer was approached to create an all-new aluminum version of the sculpture for placement in the new Walla Walla Point Park.......

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Goodbye Carmen 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Peace Pole Plaza at Rotary Park

Peace Pole Plaza and Pickleball Court Construction Underway

Rotary Park is getting two new features this year: a Peace Pole Plaza for meditation and reflection, and two pickleball courts for exercise and fun.  More information including how to donate toward either or both of these projects may be found at by clicking HERE or click the poster, then click the text box at top of the fillable form to insert text, and follow instructions. The plaza dedication ceremony was held on October 21.

Wenatchee World story  (October 6, 2022)

  Rotary Park History  


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Chelan Mountain Rescue

The Program Last Week 07/28/22
The speaker, Vernon Nelson, was sponsored and introduced by Carin Smith.  Vernon is president of Chelan County Mountain Rescue and also a Social Studies teacher at Eastmont High School.  He started climbing in college and fell in love with the sport.   Vern came to the area from Sultan, due to his love of ice climbing.

They are a 501c3 all-volunteer group working with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office, which will call them when needed. Their mission is to save lives through search, rescue, emergency medical care and mountain safety education; their focus is alpine areas and technical rescues, most often in the Enchantments. Other groups coordinate with the Sheriff, such as the Swiftwater Rescue group, Search and Rescue, and the Sheriff High Angle Rescue (for highway or close to town).

Vern described a few rescues off Mt Stuart, where climbers either were injured or became exhausted.  Their group had 14 missions in 2021 (756 hrs) and so far, 12 missions (347 hrs) in 2022.  Certain missions eat up a lot of hours, such as one on Mt Stuart with 241 total team hours.

NAWSI is the Whidby Island Naval Station which sometimes sends in their helicopter to assist (which although it costs $18,000/hour to fly, counts as training for them, so it is a win-win). However, in hot weather or adverse conditions the chopper cannot operate.  Vern’s reason to volunteer is to give back. It is sometimes fun, sometimes not.  CCMR holds training 1-2 times each month for their approximately 25 members who are hikers, skiers, climbers and medical professionals. This is a good number; they may get/lose a couple members a year and are always looking for volunteers.  Their missions only require a certain specific small number of people, so they need enough but not too many.  In contrast search and rescue is lots of people.

He was featured by Wenatchee World as a "30 under 35" last year.  You are encouraged to watch the ZOOM video recording here.

Vern used a PowerPoint to explain briefly who is in the CCMR and what they do and why.  He then highlighted some of their recent adventures, mostly in the Enchantment mountains, but also in other counties if asked to provide support.  Below are some summary images.  Previous Appleseed.
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REFUGEE UPDATE.  July 21, 2022   Wenatchee Valley Afghan Support Circle (WVASC) -  Kelli Scott spoke about. this opportunity and has written about it.   This community has shown incredible generosity and hospitality as it has welcomed refugees from war-torn Ukraine in recent months. Now, a family that fled the Taliban in Afghanistan is making their home here and could use our help.  

REFUGEE UPDATE 2022 2022-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

TRF Incentives

COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT.    On July 21, our Rotary Foundation (TRF) Committee chair (and club secretary) Frank Clifton gave an overview of the TRF and steps to achieving the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Award. 
For Jill's year, members may earn bonus matching Foundation Transfer Points by making TRF donations (Click READ MORE to view bonus points chart).  Also, donations made before September 30 will earn the donor an additional 100 bonus points.  Only points owned by living members may be given to others.
Questions?  Email Secretary Frank.
TRF Incentives 2022-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Presidential Changeover Party

Past President Kory Kalahar was at his entertaining best as he presided over this special event, attended by more than 60 Rotarians and guests at the beautiful Highlander golf clubhouse.  A time of fellowship preceded an excellent buffet dinner.  
This was followed by an amazing program of celebration, entertainment, friendly roasting and heartfelt tribute.
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Shelter Box Silver Award 2022 2022-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
TRF Gala Celebration 2022-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
World Day of Peace 2021-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Centennial Video

(Click image to view 1-hour video)
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WRF Scholarships for 2021

This year, the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation (WRF) awarded 12 scholarships totaling about $19,100.  Cost for supporting 3 new ’21 scholarships plus continuing support for 9 continuing: - $14,300 for 9 continuing scholarships - 4,800 for 3 new Class of ’21 scholarships - Total = $19,100 for the 2021-22 school year
The story was featured recently in our newsletter, the APPLESEED.
Continuing Rotary scholarships:
      - Galilea Katrina Vasquez
      - Jessica Gutierrez Elias
      - Mariana Santos                           
      - Janeli Sanchez Villasenor            
      - Cesar Bedolla-Hurtado
      - Pablo Cortez
      - Jizzelle Torres Bazan
      - Gabriela Alvarado
       - Exekiel Tschritter
Three first time recipients for 2021:
Karina Yecenia Batres – WHS graduate ’21 w/3.8 GPA
Nicholas Lopez Banuelos – WHS graduate ’21 w/3.5 GPA
Dennise Aguilar Cano – WHS graduate ’21 w/4.0 GPA
Videos from recipients getting continuing support:
Ezekiel Tschritter
Jizelle Torres Bazan
Mariana Santos   
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Jill's learning Moment

Jill Leonard gives a timely learning moment on our club website, 
especially updating member bio info (5 minutes) .  Watch for her "Challenge" to update your Rotary bio by September 20 for a chance to win a restaurant gift card to one of her faves.
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Gil's Goodbye

Gil Sparks announces plans for him and wife Kay to relocate to Lyons, CO, to be near the new grand daughter.  They will depart in October, and he plans to join Longmont Rotary.
Watch the video to see Gil's announcement.
Gil's Goodbye FRANK CLIFTON 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Ten Things about Linda

Ten (or more)  things we didn't know  about Linda Evans Parlette.  
Linda's birthday party 8/20/20 - click photo below
for surprise video made by her son Guy.
  1. Joined Rotary in 1993
  2. A bit of history: Parents Ray (Toad) & Jessie McMonagle O’Neal Married 9/3/1944 (Photo at right)
  3. Pioneer family from Chelan—
  4. Graduated from Chelan High School 1963
  5. WSU—1963-1968    BS Pharmacy degree
  6. 2 lucky experiences –
  7. Father of my two sons—Denny Evans- married 1969 
  • Guy Evans(1971)
  • Lucas “Luke” Evans (1972)
  1. Married Bob Parlette 1986
  2. Served in Washington State legislature 20 years
  3. August 20, 2020  -   (VIDEO)
Listen HERE for Linda's audio commentary on these events
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WRF Scholarships 2020

This year, the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation (WRF) awarded 15 scholarships totaling about $24,000, including funding from the new Carol Norton WSU Fund. The story was featured recently by NCW Life (video at right), and previously reported in Wenatchee World and our APPLESEED.
Carol Norton/WSU scholarship students:
      - Emma Ferrari-Zimmerman          
      - Maia Brown                                 
      - Rhett Goveia                             
Continuing Rotary scholarships:
       -Pablo Cortez Gomez
      - Guadalupe Almanza
      - Maria Guadalupa Navarro
      - Galilea Katrina Vasquez
      - Jessica Gutierrez Elias
      - Mariana Santos                           
      - Janeli Sanchez Villasenor            
      - Cesar Bedolla-Hurtado              
2020 Rotary Scholarships:
     - Jizzelle Torres Bazan
     - Amber Crocker
      - Ezekiel Tuchritter                       
      - Gabriela Alvarado

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Beginning July 01, we have a new Rotary year with a new president.  Congratulations to Kory Kalahar who must now learn to herd cats.
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Carmen on NCW Life

For World Polio Week -
Watch our own special Carmen Bossenbrock on  NCW Life TV October 22, 2019
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Polio history

Thank You Rotary - A video of Rotary and Polio as presented at our "End-of-Year" Celebration on June 27, 2019. This may have helped us raise $300 at the meeting, putting us over the top of President Pete's audacious goal of $10,000.
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What is Rotary? 2018-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Barry Rassin, RI President 2018-19 2018-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Wine Down by the Riverside 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Program of February 8, 2018

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Community Foundation with Gil Sparks
Imagine a community where every child has a safe place to call home, every animal is rescued and loved, every family has enough food to eat and a warm bed to sleep, every senior has a comfortable place to age, and every student has a chance to go to college.
If we all Give 10, we don’t have to imagine.
On February 8th, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington will join us to talk about the many ways we can give to support charitable work in our community, and their recently launched “Give 10” campaign to inspire everyone in our region to leave a legacy in the community we love.
Community Philanthropy means we all chip in together. It means every one of us gives something – no matter how big or small – back to the community that gives us so much.
Last year the foundation was able to award about $4 Million to charitable causes that are impacting our community – and that is no small number. But a recent study done by the Community Foundation of NCW showed that over the next 20 years, if every person in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties left 10% of their will or estate – no matter how small or large – to the Community Foundation, we would have an additional $18 million per year to support nonprofit work in our region.
Chances are, we won’t be here in 50 or 100 years. But our children and grandchildren will be. Let’s leave them a community that is brighter and better for all.
Imagine what we can do, together.
Jennifer Dolge, Director of Donor Services & Communications
(509) 663-7716<>
               Week in Review - February 1, 2018 - HOSPICE             
President Don opened the meeting with the reminder that it was the 97th birthday of the club; all at the head table blew silly birthday horns.  He then quoted some the early club history, which is posted on our website.
Our presenters this week were sponsored by Ford Barrett, and were the Central Washington Hospice Medical Directors: Steve Voorhies, MD,
Bill Gotthold, MD, John Gill, MD, Trisha Ortiz, MD and Dave Notter, MD .
This group of retired local physicians from various specialties has begun a project to bring a more thorough understanding of hospice care to the community via talks and Q&A sessions using an effective Powerpoint.
Currently in the US, hospice is underutilized; ½ of people who do access this care, do so for only the last 2 weeks of their lives; 1/3 for only the last week.  Practitioners in this field contend that it is a myth that hospice is useful only at the very end of life.  Hospice would be of much greater benefit if the process were begun earlier.  End-of-life-care is often complex, as care plans and disease progression change frequently.  Assembling a team and building relationships, before there is an acute condition, would allow greater evaluation and planning for patient and family’s needs. Referral for hospice can be from the patient’s doctor, the patient or a family member can also initiate the conversations and evaluation.  Consider asking : “Is it likely this person (or myself) may die within the year?”  Speaking to a hospice team member before a crisis arises can be useful in decision making at a later time.
Hospice care began in England in 1805 as nurses promoted end-of-life-care.  In 1948 physician Dame Cicely Saunders created the first modern hospice in London.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s book On Death and Dying, created interest here in the US.  In 1964 Dr. Florence Wald, Director of Yale Nursing school in Connecticut began the first program the US in consultation with Dame Cicely Saunders.  At the beginning care, was administered in hospitals.  By 1974-83, changes were adopted and care moved into the home.  Today home has come to mean their residence, an assisted living or a nursing facility – the place they have been living rather than a hospital room.  Medicare began coverage of Hospice care in 1983;  now Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and also non-insured patients can access hospice.  Nurses were and are the core providers; now, however there is a team approach: nurses, social workers, pharmacists and physicians.
Our speakers emphasized over and over that Hospice Care is designed to optimize the quality of life, by assisting the patient to be as comfortable physically, emotionally and spiritually as possible.  They honor the patient’s choices and the patient is in control as much as possible.
Report respectfully submitted by Dee Curcio (a few minor edits by Frank).
Important program links,   Hospice FAQ     
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Program of February 15, 2018

         Serve Wenatchee Valley, with Pastor Thom Nees         
Thom Nees, executive director of Serve Wenatchee Valley, will be with us on Thursday to help us understand some of the difficult issues of our community and how they are being addressed.  The SWV mission statement reads “We are a cooperative of the church and community that serves as the heart and hands of Christ to meet the needs of those in crisis and keep families in their homes.”  Many of us are aware of some of the events SWV sponsors, such as Clothes for the Classroom, Thanksgiving Baskets and a Christmas outreach, but there are many more avenues that SWV uses to connect with the needs of the homeless and those struggling with poverty.  Come hear Thom explain the SWV mission and help us understand some of the challenges our communities face.
 WEEK IN REVIEW - February 8, 2018  - Community Foundation with Beth Stipe  
PP Terry Sorom began with the history of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington which began in 1986.  He then introduced Beth Stipe, Executive Director with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector.   
CFNCW is one of 26 Community Foundations in the state of Washington.
In 1986, their first grant was given to the Wenatchee Youth Circus.  30 years later, the CFNCW has granted over $22 million to our local community!  Today the foundation stewards $77 million, all of which was raised locally and supports local causes, because local people care.  None of those funds comes from the government or grants.  CFNCW recently launched a “Give 10” campaign to inspire everyone in our region to leave a legacy in the community we love.  The CFNCW gives everyone an opportunity
to give a charitable gift in a way that is most meaningful to the individual donor.  All are different because all donors and their interests are different.  The foundation does this in a variety of ways;
Donor advised funds are the most flexible and allow people to make grant recommendations during their lifetime.  Donations can engage the family to decide where the funds are given.  Gifts can also be anonymous. 
Agency funds partner with a non-profit organization to set up reserve funds and endowment funds for long term income and sustainability of that organization.
Designated Funds for donors who establish a designated organization that they have supported through their life time and after they are gone.
Unrestricted dollars are directed by the 28 volunteer members of the board of trustees to do competitive grant-making which support the needs of our community for today or tomorrow when needs are not yet known.  Examples are public schools, Tonasket swimming pool, health and well-being, support services and scholarships.
Community Philanthropy means we all chip in together. It means every one of us gives. The “Give 10” campaign encourages everyone to give just 10%.  Your $10 is just as important as $10 million from Bill Gates, especially in a rural community. A recent study done by the Community Foundation of NCW showed that over the next 20 years, if every person in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties left 10% of their will or estate – no matter how small or large – to the Community Foundation, we would have an additional $18 million per year to support nonprofit work in our region.  Chances are, we won’t be here in 50 or 100 years. But our children and grandchildren will be.  Let’s leave them a community that is brighter and better for all.. 
Word of the day is Tautologous (not a dinosaur).  Meaning: An unnecessary repetition of an idea, especially in words.  Example:  The department of redundancy department. 
Program links :   Beth's PowerPoint      Audio      Web Site
Guests included Major Ralph Jiminez, Commander of local Salvation Army, and Renee Parkins , of Sunrise Rotary, ironically introduced by Dawn Davies (Director, WV Humane Society),  while Renee is Development Officer.   Ford Barrett introduced Jim and Barbara Brink, recently relocated from Bakersfield, CA.
Submitted by Dawn Davies (minor edits by Frank)
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Meeting Program of February 1, 2018

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HOSPICE  --  sponsored by Ford Barrett.
Several of Wenatchee’s finest retired physicians, Doctors David Notter, John Gill, Stephen Voorhies, Bill Gotthold, and Patricia Ortiz have observed that folks in our community would benefit from a stronger working knowledge about our hospice care.  The consequence of not having that family level knowledge can have a detrimental impact on end-of-life experiences of Wenatchee patients and their families.  These physicians will apprise us about hospice care so that we can best assist ourselves and our loved ones when we are faced with making life’s most challenging decisions.
In their words:
"Hospice is considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness by providing expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes, along with support for the patient’s loved ones.”
How are these goals accomplished here in NCW?  Who makes up the hospice “team”? When is a person eligible for hospice, and what are the very real and specific benefits of hospice?
These questions will form the core of the Thursday’s Rotary presentation. Our hope is that you will catch a glimpse of what the hospice team does, and see that, for the hospice patient, the issue is not about giving up hope, but changing what he or she hopes for.”
We hope you and your family members will make time to attend this very valuable presentation.
Secretary Frank Clifton gave a cursory overview of our club web site, the home page and some of the background features.  Time did not permit seeing all of it, so you will find below a list of links to items covered and some important items not mentioned in much depth.  The main fact is that there is a large volume of valuable information stored there.  Also, attention is drawn to areas where additional volunteer assistance would be appreciated if there is interest.  A few questions were answered.  More are welcomed.
Our web site web address is   Frank conducted a tour through a few key features of the Home Page & Menu.  Click the links below.   But we only "scratched the surface".  Frank hopes all members will take time and browse the site and especially login and visit the options under "My ClubRunner" in the member Area.  Contact Frank if you need help.  See prior Appleseed for login steps.  All members are encouraged to login & update their own profiles, including their birthday and photos. Birthdays will show up automatically 
Home PageMenuSkipped or requires login 
Cadman photosOriginal CharterPayments
Member changes *Incorporation doc.Bylaws
Past/Deceased *WestSide HSMeeting minutes
Other clubsHappy ClubDistrict clubs
Clubs sponsoredRotary Park *$Million$ Dinner
Rotary eventsAppleseedsInteract video
Rotary newsDistrict 5060Club History *
Speakers list *Club ProjectsMy ClubRunner
BirthdaysOrg. chartPhoto/email Directory
Photo carousel *  
   *  Site features where others can take over, maintain
We appreciate our Appleseed sponsors (which also appear on the web site).  One new feature of the new digital Appleseed is "sponsor of the week", where one of our 16 sponsors is featured on a random basis.
President Don's long-awaited competition for best vocational attire was won by Dick Reed, former Seattle Police captain. But others were all in the running (Jim Corcoran, Dawn Davies, pres-pastor Don, Leonard Singhose)
Marcia Henkle recognized our January Rotary theme of Vocational Service by defining what Rotary means by the term:  it is how we as Rotarians portray the ideals and philosophy of Rotary to our vocation or workplace.  She illustrated by relating the story of Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor who became a legend in Rotary by implementing a plan for his own business in 1932 when he discovered a serious business problem.  He leaned over his desk with face in hands  --- and prayed.  After a few moments he looked up and wrote down the 24 words that came to him:
  The 4-way Test (one of Rotary's guiding principles).
  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned? 
  Will it build goodwill and friendships?   Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Paul Harris has stated :  "Each Rotarian is a connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and their trade or profession."smiley
Don also announced some membership changes and Board changes (see home page).
Don's word of the weekTeraflop - a measure of computer speed -  trillion (floating-point) operations per second.
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Jim Russell's Final Haiti Report

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My wife and I have decided to move to the west side of the mountains to take better care of our daughter, who as most of you know has early onset Alzheimer’s. We love Wenatchee and Wenatchee Rotary but we believe it’s much more important and meaningful for us to focus on taking care of her.  We are temporarily moving over to Seattle for a month to work on the move and consequently I’m taking a leave of absence from Wenatchee Rotary on Friday, 1/12/18
We have a plan to continue the Milot Rotary project and the money to support is still available in the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation.  Garry Arseneault is taking my place, and he’s well qualified to do it.  He visited Milot twice to help with water sanitation projects and has been following our progress this year.     This is the transition report from me as I hand it over to Garry.  Keslyn’s email below contains his progress to date, his plans for the next few days and his work to provide an estimate of ongong costs.  It consists of my introduction, Keslyn’s work plans this week, his progress over last weekend and his work to get estimates for the remaining work in the next stage. We have sent him or spent all the $5,000 we budgeted and he has $101 US remaining.  We believe we have more funds remaining to continue the project for the coming year.
We would like to present a Board report for next Thursday, January 18 at 4:30 pm regarding future work and budgets.  
It’s been a deeply satisfying experience to serve you all in the project.  I’ll be available by cell and email.  Jim
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Meeting Program January 25, 2018 - ClubRunner

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REMINDER : President Don is offering prizes for the best "vocational" attire!!  Also, note many special ANNOUNCEMENTS below.
Some members believe that our club has a pretty good web site.  Our webmaster (club secretary) agrees, and hopes to demonstrate to you some reasons why, without boring anyone more than necessary, even those without computers.  Frank Clifton joined our club in March 2016 and immediately accepted the opportunity to serve as secretary, and, as Jim Russell says, on the condition that we implement ClubRunner (CR).  Frank came to Wenatchee in August 2015 from Mount Olive, NC, where he served in a small club as president and secretary. His wife Quita convinced him they needed to be here near their two sons and seven grand children.
The Web Site - ClubRunner is an award-winning software for clubs that "helps boost Public Relations, increase visibility, improve communication between members, and better organize their club.  It  is an online service comprised of powerful tools designed to give the club a strong online presence, maintain club data, organize events and volunteers, and help the club run more efficiently and easily."  We began using it in April 2016 and have found it comprehensive and easy to navigate; it has many useful features that we have applied.
Thus far, in addition to creating an informative web site home page, we have used it for:
Membership profiles;  Attendance records and data integration/synchronization with RI;  email communication;  archiving Appleseeds and meeting minutes;  posting efiles such as Grants info and forms, and other documents;  event registration;  dues invoicing and payments;  rotating photo carousel;  and most recently, creating the new digital Appleseed "e-bulletin".
In the meeting, Frank will use a live demonstration and hopes to show why CR is good for our club, and provide suggestions on how our members might find it useful in their own Rotary life (hopefully we won't spend the entire time on discussing how to login).  Our web site web address is  Bring your questions.
Topics for discussion-
1. A tour through the Home Page
2. CR login, necessary to get behind the home page to the Member Area
3.  "My ClubRunner"
     a.  member profile, including photo
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Total violent crimes in Chelan and Douglas counties dropped from a high of nearly 270 in 1995 to just under 120 in 2015 – the lowest in the past 20 years, said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett at our last Rotary meeting where he and Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown addressed the successes and struggles of their departments in our region.  “It’s not just about fighting crimes.  It’s about making this a place that we want to live in, that we want to raise our families in, that we want to retire in,” Burnett said. “People know across the state … that there’s some unique things about the quality of life here.”
With 41 commissioned officers and 10 professional staff and a budget of $7.5 million, the Wenatchee Police Department responds to more than 20,000 calls per year, said Crown, who was named Chief in June 2016.  Most of that budget, between 80 to 85 percent, is spent on salaries and benefits.  “Like the sheriff, we’ve been very low on staffing. The sheriff suffers from the same problem that the police department does in hiring quality applicants,” Crown said. “We’re very selective.” The department is in the process of hiring it’s sixth officer since Crown was named chief.
Every year, those 20K calls lead to more than 59,000 pages of reports.  Some of those calls are 1,200 to 1,500 warrants resulting directly from their arrest activity. At any one time, the department has 8,000 items in the evidence locker and gets rid of about 1,200 per year, either surplused or destroyed.
“Video requests and public disclosure requests are at an all time high. Generally, we run anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 public disclosure requests every year,” Crown said, estimating that an entire employee’s time is spent dealing with those requests.  “We’re starting to keep track of that, right?  Because we want to be transparent in government, but we also want to make sure we are properly communicating to our legislature who makes those laws how much that’s actually costing.”
Sheriff Burnett said his department deals with approximately the same population and number of service calls as the Wenatchee Police Department, except spread over a wider region including Leavenworth, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan.  The Columbia River, the county lines, the city lines - crime doesn’t care.  It’s not going to stop, so we need to do things to work together multi-jurisdictionally that can bring the best of our resources together,” Burnett said.
His department carries about a $10.6 million budget, with $3.6 million as revenue from cities contracted in the county for their services. They have 60 commissioned staff, 17 support staff, and two campus security officers for a total of 79 personnel. With those resources, they are able to form special teams for a marine division, search and rescue, high-angle rescue rope, SWAT, and K9.  “We want to prepare for the worst, and hope and pray for the best,” the sheriff said, emphasizing that they would like to combine resources for a SWAT team with Douglas County and East Wenatchee to meet national standards.
 The department is one of five or six in the state that does not control the county jail, which is operated by the state Board of Commissioners instead.  The department answers about 15,000 calls per year. They seized about 384 grams of heroin last year, and disrupted 23 drug trafficking organizations.  There are 140 registered sex offenders, but 12 are “absconded,” meaning they don’t know where they are and are not able to track them.
While the region has seen a major decline in violent crime – the number of DUIs of either alcohol or drugs has increased from 5,500 in 2013 to 9,500 in 2017, coinciding with the new marijuana laws. Previously, 19 percent of people tested positive for alcohol and marijuana, and now that’s about 34 percent, which means the turnaround time at the state lab now takes six to seven months for results.  Burnett said the state is not sending enough money back to local departments to help with this increased demand.     More ...
  • Stacy Spear announced the SAGE annual gala March 10, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year – “Enchanted Evening”.  Tickets are $100 each or $150 per couple.  Auction items are also needed and are tax-deductible donations.  See SAGE letter,   Gala details.   Gala donation form.
  • Rotary’s January theme is “vocational” so come dressed next meeting as the best representation of your vocation and win prizes.
  • The first weekend of March, Wenatchee hosts the Special Olympics.    We have been asked to provide volunteers. Gary Provo will provide more info soon.
  • Interact president Fernando Lopez announced that work has begun on the Habitat for Humanity house.  Another  work party is scheduled for Jan. 27.  They are also collecting book donations to deliver to Tonga.  See details below.
  • In memory of Bob Parlette, Linda Evans-Parlette accepted a Paul Harris Fellowship in his name, donated by a few club members.
  • The Rockin’ Winter Ball on Feb. 3, with music by DreamWreck, Laura Love and Nancy Zahn, will benefit the Women’s Resource Center. Tickets are $50 and available at
  • The club is now incorporated under the laws of Washington State.  We will be hearing more about this, beginning with the official certificate and articles.
Respectfully submitted, Michelle Shermer (with minor edits/additions by Frank)
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Meeting Program January 25, 2018 - ClubRunner Frank Clifton 2018-01-10 08:00:00Z 0 Appleseed,ClubRunner,Law

Week in Review January 11, 2018

Posted by Frank Clifton
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Week in Review, January 11, 2018 - Wells House
Dawn Collings * stood in for Sandy Cohen this week to give us an overview of Wells House.  Dawn serves as Wells House Coordinator/Facility Rentals Manager for the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.  
Dawn began her presentation with a few trivia questions about the history of the A.Z. Wells House.  Joe St. Jean impressed us all with his inside knowledge as he answered nearly all of the questions!  The Wells house was built in 1909 by early developer W.T. Clark.  It was sold in 1919 to pioneer hardware and orchard businessman A.Z. Wells.  It was commonly referred to in the community as the Cobblestone Castle.  By donation from AZ Wells, it became the first home of Wenatchee Valley College, serving as the center of student activity during the 1950s.  In 1973, the Wells House was added to the National Registry of Historic Homes.
The house is now owned by the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.  The museum has a Long term goal is to undertake a complete restoration so it can be a functioning historic home with consistent open hours for the public, space for permanent and rotating exhibits, event space and possibly long term rental for office space on the second floor.
Phase one of the reconstruction is nearly done, including wiring which was supported by $3,000 funding from Downtown Wenatchee Rotary. The hardwood floor, plumbing and bathrooms on the first or second floor are completed.  The master bedroom is gorgeous.
Dawn encouraged people to get involved by joining committees such as maintenance, cleaning, construction, tours, sponsoring exhibits and events.  The house can comfortably seat 25-40 people for an indoor event with another 200 hundred on the outside grounds. The spring tea is an example of an annual, popular event.
Wells house is your house, to be used and valued by the community.  For more information, contact Dawn Collings at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.
  *  Dawn was introduced by Tom McNair , who gave some interesting facts about her.  She is a native of Eastern Washington, having resided in East Wenatchee for the past 35 years.  She has a background in city government, events and marketing, and has served in various capacities throughout the Valley.  Four years ago, Dawn opened her own business, "A Real Basket Case", creating custom gift baskets. Last August she was hired as the Wells House Coordinator/Facility Rentals Manager for the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. In addition to her basket business and her position with the Museum, Dawn is also a Commissioner for Douglas County Fire District #2, serving as the Commission Chair this year.  She is married, has three children, and two adult grandchildren.
Rich Peters recognized Rotarians who are doing great things in our community, and displayed and a photo of Russ Speidel from 1964.  Susan Albert will be on the ESD board.  Word of the week is “Senectitude”;  a nice word for old age. 
Respectfully submitted by Appleseed reporter, Dawn Davies (with minor edits by Frank); and last week, Dee Curcio.
Liv's final meeting.....
Olivia Greenwood-Jack returned home to Australia on January 12.
Jim Russell announced that he and his wife Karen are taking a leave of absence from the club to be with their daughter in Seattle.   Click photo to hear Jim's remarks.
Message from Jim.   "My wife and I have decided to move to the west side of the mountains to take better care of our daughter, who as most of you know has early onset Alzheimer’s. We love Wenatchee and Wenatchee Rotary but we it’s much more important and meaningful for us to focus on taking care of her.  We are temporarily moving over to Seattle for a month to work on the move and consequently I’m taking a leave of absence from Wenatchee Rotary on Friday, 1/12/18. 
We have a plan to continue the Milot Rotary project and the money to support is still available in the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation.  Garry Arseneault is taking my place, and he’s well qualified to do it. He visited Milot twice to help with water sanitation projects and has been following our progress this year.  
This is the transition report from me as I hand it over to Garry.  Keslyn’s email below contains his progress to date, his plans for the next few days and his work to provide an estimate of ongong costs.  It consists of my introduction, Keslyn’s work plans this week, his progress over last weekend and his work to get estimates for the remaining work in the next stage. We have sent him or spent all the $5,000 we budgeted and he has $101 US remaining.  We believe we have more funds remaining to continue the project for the coming year.   We would like to present a Board report for next Thursday, January 18 at 4:30 pm regarding future work and budgets.  
It’s been a deeply satisfying experience to serve you all in the project.  I’ll be available by cell and email. "    Jim
Week in Review January 11, 2018 Frank Clifton 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Program January 18, 2018

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THIS WEEK  - January 18, 2018
Chelan County Sherriff
Brian Burnett
Wenatchee Chief of Police
Steve Crown
      Sherriff Burnett and Chief Crown will give a brief overview of their office or department to include special duties, call volume, budget, staffing, mission, and other distinguishing characteristics of each organization.
Both speakers will illustrate how they have developed teams and have combined resources to meet law enforcement demands.  They will also discuss crime trends in the city and county and furthermore what each agency has developed in terms of strategies to address such issues that affect the overall crime rate such as chemical dependency, mental health crises and homelessness.
         January is Vocational Service Month   
Rotary Ambassadors - Greeters/Cashiers
Marilee RoundsTom RossDavid OlsonTracy Hazen
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Meeting Program January 11, 2018

Posted by Frank Clifton on Jan 08, 2018
Dawn Collings will stand in for Sandy Cohen this week to give us an overview of Wells House.
She serves as Wells House Coordinator/Facility Rentals Manager for the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.    Tom McNair will introduce Dawn and knows some interesting things about her.
Presentation Outline –
                Wells House Trivia
                Capital Projects
                Facility Rental
                Opportunities to Support Wells House
Rotary Ambassadors - Greeters/Cashiers:
Dick ReedDan RodgersSue RoseTracy Hazen
Meeting Program January 11, 2018 Frank Clifton 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Week in Review Jan. 4, 2018

Posted on Dec 30, 2017
This week’s program was the Classification Talk by Brett Riley.
Brett joined our club in August 2017.  He and his wife Christina have 5 children (and 2 kid goats).   Brett is the VP of Administrative Services at Wenatchee Valley College.  He is active in the Boys Scouts and has joined our Interact Committee.  One of his hobbies is gardening; he especially likes to experiment with growing plants not normally found in this climate zone.  He is also an avid home brewer.  Christina works as an interior Designer and is active at St. Joe’s School.  Brett earned a BS in Neurological Science from WSU, one of 3 in his graduating class – the first class west of the Mississippi. He then began a pursuit of a PHD, 9 months at WSU and then 8 years in Michigan studying REM sleep and memory.  
Family issues brought him back to WA State.  This began a career change with a new job at Columbia Basin College (CBC) as Director of Grants Management,  writing grants and overseeing capital projects.  Under his management  (CBC) accomplished:  1. Building the largest planetarium in WA State  2. Erecting a beautiful 80,000 square foot social services building (innovative and sought input from faculty, and students).  3. Created a combination Clinic and Classroom building as a public/private partnership of Catholic Medical Center with CBC. This joint effort sought input from WSU, UW, and the Pacific University of Health Science.  The architects continued this collaborative style by seeking advice and input from nurses, nurse assistants and medical techs for the room layout.  With the completion of this clinic and nursing program, the area and college moved from having a shortage of nurses to being an exporter of nurses.   CBC was also able to design and implement a new Nuclear Technology program, from idea to completion in 9 months.  The success and speed for completion of this project again showed Brett the value community colleges add to the community.  Brett sees the same drive toward excellence and expanded opportunity here in Wenatchee.  WVC has two new BS programs; Nursing and Engineering Technology.  The college is developing future programs in Agriculture and Education.     
Brett is attentive to cultural change affecting our students and institutions.  He understands the complexities of finances from state and federal sources, and is examining how the economy and employment affect enrollment.  He sees how technological innovations and on line courses are creating competition for brick and mortar institutions.  Brett explained his view that we as individuals and institutions need to accept and understand the changes arounds us; we must be innovative and flexible and adapt.
Brett loves the challenge of working with his community to understand what makes sense for the community.  He loves going to graduations and sharing the joy and satisfaction of the students.  He is compassionate and works with students if changes in their lives force them to withdraw from school.  He is attentive to honoring contracts to sustain good labor relations at the college.  We could all see what an energetic visionary person he is and what a gift he is to WVC and to our community.
Hear AUDIO of Brett's talk.
Appleseed.  President Don spoke of the move to a digital format .  We hope to see more reports about club activities ; Inclusions from our Interact Club, our Community Grants Committee,  updates from our Exchange Students for example.  Anyone wanting a copy mailed to them can contact Frank 919-922-6261 email
Youth exchange committee seeks additional members. We need (1)  help with transportation of students to and from our meetings, (2)  a social-media-savvy person to keep up communication with our students abroad, (3) another to assist with our students in residence here in Wenatchee. Please contact Andy or Dee.
Interact News.  Our Interact Club is asking for books for beginning readers thru elementary level skills. This is a project involving the Rotary Club of Tonga, a Peace Corp Volunteer teaching English and OUR Interact Club. Please bring books (new or used) to any meeting in January.
If you wish Laurie Flarity-White (ph: 662-3359) will come and pick them up from you. Let’s support these young Rotarians in their service effort! 
Carmen and Liv had a girls' chat about Liv's great U.S. tour.

Did you know?   Wenatchee Rotary is now a Corporation, as soon as the state approves our DOCUMENTATION.  As you might imagine, this was done for legal protection.

Our club's history of generous giving.  Wenatchee Rotary has long been recognized for generous giving and fund-raising.  Click here to see a list of service projects going back to 1922.

District Conference news.

Happy New Year from us, the committee! Now is an excellent time to commit to improving your Rotary experience by attending the 5060 District Conference May 17-19 in Prosser, WA.   Purchase your tickets here and get ready to meet other Rotarians, get informed and engaged, and have an amazing weekend in wine country!    Hope to see you in May.   The 2018 District Conference Committee



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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.

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Upcoming & Recent Rotary Events

April 21              Wenatchee Electoral Process
April 28              Rotary Foundations (Club and International)
May 4                 All Service Club Luncheon, Wednesday 
                               (Wenatchee Center Grand Ballroom)
May 12                Pacific Coast Trail; open to public, at WV Museum & Cultural Center
May 12- 16          District Conference
May 28 - 6/1      Rotary International Convention, Seoul Korea
May 19                Engage Now (canceled due to speaker unavailability)
May 26 & beyond .....                TBA
August 4             District Governor Vern Nielsen visit
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On April 22, our High School Interact Club & Habitat for Humanity conducted an excellent dinner and silent auction to raise money to build a house for a local family in need.  The food and the special entertainment were outstanding.  We are extremely proud of these students; they deserve our support. Please read the rest of the story.

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