Wenatchee Rotary
Meeting of June 14, 2018 - Volume LXVII - No 50   
June is Rotary Fellowships month.
  • FRIEND-RAISER - 2018
The Annual Meeting - Led by WRF President Tom Ross
Your Wenatchee Rotary Foundation (WRF) will host our annual meeting during our regular lunch meeting on June 14th.   Each member of our Club is a voting member of the WRF.  Among other agenda items we will be voting for three new Board Members.  Currently serving and again on the ballot are Joe St. Jean, Alice Meyer and Bill Monnette.  Please submit any additional nominations to Tom Ross via e-mail at   Your Foundation does a tremendous service to this community and provides generous scholarships to many (often needy) young people each year.  We would like to do more.  Our corpus is well managed by the Community Foundation.  Traditionally your board will request donations to our foundation during this meeting.  Please be prepared with checks or pledges on June 14th.   
Greeters & Cashiers. Please try to arrive by 11:30 AM. 
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Next week -  Wenatchee Rotary Year in Review (with prizes!)
See other important future program details below.
    WEEK IN REVIEW - 6/01/18 -  Alcoa Update with Tracy Yount   
President Don Myers presiding. 
This week our guest speaker was Tracy Yount,  Director of External Affairs for Chelan County PUD.  Listen to Tracy's presentation.... AUDIO  
Tracy was introduced by Lorna Klamanski, his fellow in service at the PUD.  Both are active members of our club.  Lorna explained that Tracy’s duties include interfacing with legislators both in Washington, DC and in Olympia.  He is tasked with explaining the value of the PUD and giving input on legislation for topics such as Employment, Safety, and Bitcoin Mining. Tracy joined us this week speaking about the status of the Alcoa plant; its contract with the PUD and possible scenarios going forward.
Tracy shared with us that Alcoa was in the final stages of its decision making process and within a few days will say whether or not they will reopen the plant.  He then explained some details of the contract for us which runs until 2028. This agreement states that Alcoa is guaranteed 26% of PUD energy generated and agrees to pay 26% of generating costs.  Alcoa agreed to pay a capacity charge of $86 million applicable for the total span of the contract.  That fee would be reduced by a certain percent every year the plant was in operation.  Alcoa currently owes $62 million, due “immediately” if their decision is the continued closure of the plant.
At this time, in accordance with the contract, the PUD sells the 26% of the power that would go to Alcoa.  If the sale covers the generation costs, Alcoa owes zero, if not Alcoa pays the difference. If the sale exceeds the generation costs the PUD keeps the excess.
Alcoa has many factors to consider as it weighs the pros and cons of a restart of the plant.
      Employees –  Where are the 400 former employees: 33% moved away, 33% retrained, 33% took early retirement.  Therefore there is a lack of seasoned people to rehire.  Talks with the Union indicate that workers want a decision and are disinterested in dragging out the limbo year after year.   Also there are many weeks of plant preparation before hiring could occur, none of which has begun.
     Supply Chain issues-  How to get materials to the plant as many of the specific rail cars used to move materials are ready to be retired.
     Money -  Alcoa is a huge industry and although $62 million is a great deal of money, not so much for a company this size.
Alcoa is bound by the contract until 2028, and will still be responsible for the 26% of generation costs until the end of the contract – plant open or plant closed.  

If Alcoa closes the plant, there will need to be environmental re-mediation, aka clean-up, of the site.  PUD, Port of Chelan, City of Wenatchee and Chelan County all need to be involved with Alcoa in that planning and process.
What will PUD do with $62 million should the plant stay closed?
Note - This amount exceeds 1 year of income.   Possible uses for that money are :
  • applying it to reduce the debt, use it for ongoing reburbishing of the plant,
  • apply it to public power programs,
  • additionally PUD might not have to go to the bond market for money for projects.
Where might that 26% of power go?
  • Possibly to some BITCOIN miners, if the structure of contracts could insure stability for ratepayers.
  • Possibly to other renewable energy (solar and wind).   There is a need to pay Hydro plants for the service of constantly readjusting output due to variability of solar and wind generation (every 4 seconds).
Many thanks to Tracy Yount for an enlightening and animated presentation. 
Respectfully Submitted by Dee Curcio (minor edits by the secretary).
President Don praised the dedication of board members and reported on recent important Board decisions....
1.  In spite of our lean financial position this year (with no fund-raisers), there will be no increase in dues next year.  Expect electronic quarterly billing where appropriate.
2.  We will keep the dues discount for members under 35, but not for spouses.
3.  We will discontinue the concept of corporate memberships. 
4.  These policies will be "codified".
[Editor's note - The club does not wish to lose any members, but since we are billed for RI dues on July 01, any member planning to resign should advise the secretary before that date]
Don also spoke about the Interact-Habitat build at 931 Methow St.   See photos below.  There is still a need for volunteers to complete some of the finishing details. See Don.
Andy Petro read a message from the district Youth Exchange in-bound coordinator thanking everyone for their help.  Hear the AUDIO here.
Gary Provo needs volunteers to help with planning the July Friend-Raiser; sign-up next week.
Garry Arseneault reported on the status of our clean-water project in Haiti, taken over from Jim Russell.  There was vandalism recently requiring some repairs.  Garry is working with DGE Sherry to make this a district project, along with some other activities.  More news coming.
Hear Garry's 4-minute AUDIO .  See photos next page.
The secretary needs help with our effort to cleanup our membership records so that they match with RI profile data.  Please reply to his email of June 6.
Andy Petro read a district thank-you message.  Listen. Garry Arseneault provided an exciting update on our Haiti clean-water project. Listen .
Linda Evans-Parlette and her guest Tamara Burns, applying for membership.
Secretary Frank wants help in updating club member data.
Lorna Klemanski gave a rousing intro for our speaker Tracy Yount.
Heidi Myers offered Applesox tickets for that night.
Gil Sparks won the drawing again, and again threw it into the Club 60 cup for polio, as last week when he won the marble drawing.
Don’s word of the week was "OBVERSE" meaning the front side of a two-sided object.
New-member proposal - The board has approved the application of Tamara Burns, formerly of E. Wenatchee Rotary, and proposed by Linda Evans-Parlette.

(Photos by Don Myers June 7, 2018)
And our old favorite -
June 15 - District Event
DG Installation, Kamloops
June 23-27 - RI Event
RI Convention - Toronto
June 28 - End of Club Year
President Appreciation (PYBUS)
July 14 Friend-Raiser
Wine & Food Gala, Warm Springs Inn
"Wine Down by the Riverside"
September 20-22 - Zone Event
Zone Conference, Hotel Boneventure, Montreal PQ
January 26, 2019
"Building Communities" AUCTION
We appreciate all of our sponsoring merchants & businesses.
For complete details, see our web site.
  • Alpine Aire H&C
  • CARPET ONE/Inside Design
  • Cashmere Valley Bank
  • CliftonLarsonAllen, CPA
  • Colonial Vista, assisted living
  • Confluence Health
  • Eagle Transfer
  • Edward Jones Investing
  • EXpress Employment Professionals
  • JetPro Carwash
  • Lifeline Ambulance
  • Noyd & Noyd
  • The Paradise Restaurant
  • The Thai Restaurant
  • Humane Society of WV
We are excited about our 2018 Friend-Raiser, a fun-filled evening by the river.  Don't miss it!
Get tickets at a meeting, or online .
End Polio Now/Club 60 - Approximate totals collected:
Goal this Rotary year = $4,000, or $12,000 with Gates Foundation 2-for-1 match (20,040 lives saved).  Donations by club members on June 07 = $88.94 thus bringing our total (since July 1) to $4270 or $12,810 with the Gates match.  This equates to 21392 lives saved.   Thanks to Gil Sparks, this amount will increase by about $400 due to Gil donating his raffle winnings!
Donated by the public on World Polio Day = $2675.
Jun 14, 2018
WRF Annual Meeting
Jun 21, 2018
Year in Review (with prizes!)
Jun 28, 2018
Peaceful Transfer of Power (at Pybus)
Jul 05, 2018
International Convention Overview
View entire list
Club Foundation
The mission of the wenatchee Rotary Foundation (WRF) is to improve educational opportunities for citizens living in the greater Wenatchee area.  Funding is through immediate and deferred giving from current and past club members.  Each club member in good standing id also a member of WRF.
President, Tom Ross;   VP, Jay Smith;   Treasurer, Heidi Myers; Secretary, Bill Monnette.
Board Members:   Joe St. Jean,   Ruth Esparza, Alice Meyer, Susan Albert, Dee Curcio,
Pete Van Well (ex officio)
Russell Hampton
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