Wenatchee Rotary  - Noon Thursdays at Red Lion  
January 09, 2020                      
          Volume LXIX - No 27            
January is Rotary's Vocational Service Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
Makeup opportunities at area clubs.  (Area 8)
  • CENTENNIAL ....#43
Please try to arrive by 11:30 AM. 
All members are always welcome to greet.
If unable to attend, please greet at your next meeting. 
Future assignments are tentative.
01/02 Tom Jessi Alice Tyler
Date Future Weeks Looking Ahead
01/16 Miracle Monnette Meyer Mussen
01/23 Myers Myers Nelson Nelson
820 N. Chelan Ave.,
Dedicated to providing safe, 
high-quality care in a 
compassionate and 
cost-effective manner ....
Menu and meeting room:   Columbia River Room    Chicken Penne in Alfredo Sauce, Garlic Bread, Assorted roasted vegetables, Cesar salad with parmesan cheese and croutons, Chef’s Choice Dessert & Coffee Service.
 (Thanks to Alyssa Moomaw of Red Lion staff for providing this update weekly)

We were sad to learn of the loss of another giant of our club history, with the passing of Melvin Johnson, age 88, on Saturday December 28.  He was past president #73, serving the year 1992-93.  Mel joined the club in November 1980, and became an honorary member in 2010, serving a total of 40 years.  He was a Paul Harris Fellow.  A memorial service will be announced later.
Read about his year....  PART 1    PART 2    OBITUARY LINK  
Dr. Stan Hoyt, aged 90.  Stan was a longtime Rotarian (36 years) and fixture in the community.  He was a regular attendee despite health issues in his later years.  Stan was well respected in both our club and also in the Wenatchee area.  Both he and his wife Beverly are Paul Harris Fellows.  His memorial is planned for February 1 at Wenatchee Golf & CC. 
OBITUARY LINK.  Read his obit to learn about the WSU scholarship fund setup in his and Bev's names (donations welcome).
Click HERE for a detailed listing of all recently-deceased members, with service dates and photos.




It is Auction time!  And we are crushing it!
We are officially under 20 days until our biggest fundraiser of the year.  We have a goal of $120,000 to help support:
Local service grants to organizations serving youth, homelessness and the hungry, Interact Club project with the Chelan-Douglas Trust, college scholarships, World Community Service Project for clean water and sanitation, and we’re partnering with the Community Foundation of NCW to help many local non-profits continue to do outstanding work. 
To date we have 30 tables sponsored.  We have only 5 more tables left.  Now is the time to get your sponsorship secured.  Contact Bill Murray,, for sponsorship opportunities.
Donations were rolling in over the holiday break and we still have lots trickling in.  Contact Gary Provo, or Leonard Singhose, to get those final donations in.  
Now as a whole, we focus on getting tickets sold to the event!  Tickets are $65 each.  Not only is this event a terrific fundraiser, it is one of the best fellowship events we host.  Come see new and old friends as we join together to make a difference in the community and the world.  You can purchase tickets  at our Thursday meetings, use the link on the website, or visit Trisha Johnson at the Red Lion.  
Interested in what has been donated?  Check out our Facebook page at Wenatchee Rotary.  The marketing committee has been spotlighting donations.  There is some really neat things offered.  
The auction committee needs this week:
  • Get final donations in by Thursday, January 9 at noon for inclusion in the program.  
  • Visit other Rotary Clubs to promote ticket sales and attendance   
  • Purchase tickets and invite your friends to share the vision of Rotary and our fundraising goals.  
  • Sign up to help with Set-up, Night of event tasks, or Tear down.   
  • Details and descriptions can be found on the website after January 9.
For any questions, contact Jill Leonard, 509-670-5742,

Apple STEM/Career Center with Sue Kane
Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society.  The Object of Rotary (see previous page) is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
Dr. Sue Kane is Director of STEM Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, North Central Educational Service District.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is an approach to learning that removes the traditional barriers separating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and integrates them into real-world problem solving and relevant learning experiences for students.

Classification talks - Keni Sturgeon and Jordan Baldock
President Mike opened the meeting with some introductions and announcements, as noted below, and called for a moment of silence for PP Mel Johnson who passed away on Saturday, 12/28.
Both speakers were introduced by their sponsor, Gil Sparks who told how he met each of them, and gave some obscure fun facts about each.
Keni Sturgeon.   She is Executive Director of the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center; Jordan is General Manager of Cascade Auto Center.
About Keni, Gil revealed these things :  She can pilot an oyster dredge boat and is a certified snake handler.  Her dad taught her to how to shoot pool, shoot a rifle, throw darts, cut down trees with a chain saw, and throw a football, and she has actually met the Dalai Lama.  In her talk she used an excellent PowerPoint with photos, cleverly linking key dates of her life with famous events or people, such as being born on the same day as the first moon landing, and how conflicted her mother was in trying to focus on both.  She talked about growing up in the San Francisco bay area with an adopted sister.  Her brother Michael was born in 1979, same year Joe Montana was drafted by the 49ers, and BTW she is a 49ers fan.  She spent hours at the King Tut exhibit and loved it.  She gave a list of her favorite cult classic movies.  As a teen, she spent two months in Europe.

Prior to joining the Wenatchee Valley Museum in November, she was with Pacific Science Center in Seattle, as their Vice President of Science Engagement and Outreach. She has served as the Museum Director and Curator at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon from 2007-2014, and was previously the Director of Education and Programs at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She also spent time as the Director of the Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon.

Keni received her master’s degree in cultural anthropology and museum studies, from Arizona State University in 2000, and her B.A. degree in anthropology and archaeology, with a minor in history from Sonoma State University. In 2017 she earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Illinois. Since 2008 Sturgeon has served as adjunct professor teaching online museum studies graduate courses for the University of Oklahoma’s masters of arts in museum studies program, and she is on the Western Museums Association’s board of directors, serving as their VP of Membership & Community Engagement.  For more information, Listen HERE to Keni  and visit  Keni's PowerPoint  .

Jordan Baldock.   Jordan's Fun Facts - Things in common with Gil.  He is a certified scuba diver, and motorcycle fan and loves fly fishing and the ocean.  Gil appreciates how Cascade Auto has supported Rotary.

He was born in 1990 in Wenatchee and does not handle snakes. When he got into some trouble, his parents sent him to high school in Seattle, where he made many friends, including his wife Gwen.  There he played sports and was in the school band.  He has an older brother Alex who is a musician.
Later, he attended the California Maritime Academy, a state school in Vallejo, majoring in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs with an emphasis on admiralty (maritime) law. 
He learned to sail and participated in the sport of crew.  The school helped him secure a good job  at American President Lines (APL) in the Spring of 2013 as a Container Yard (CY) Superintendent, then worked the gate, rail, and ship and learned an incredible amount of the world of shipping, import and export and stevedoring.  He lived in San Pedro and Long Beach, CA.  He married Gwen in 2017.  For more information visit  Jordan's PowerPoint  and listen HERE to Jordan's talk.

Some added post-meeting.
See previous editions for other important notes
  • Pete's guestRich Monroe has applied for membership, and he is already board-approved.  He is account executive for Cherry Creek Media.  There were other valued guests, including Lorien Clemens' mother-in-law Dottie from Elkhart, IN, and Sean Cooper, recently from Denver.
  • Another sad loss.   A moment of silence was held for PP Mel Johnson who passed away on 12/28.  Details above.  Also note the new info on Stan Hoyt, PhD.  Since Rotary discourages use of titles, who knew?
  • Next week AAA WEEK! - All About Auction.  Bill Murray gave an update.  See Program above.  Listen HERE to Bill.
  • Mystery Rotarian.  Secretary Frank Clifton was Mystery Rotarian, and took the opportunity to bring closure to the recent loss of his daughter.  See his story below *.    Big Fat Juicy Clue for January 9 - This jet-setting musician recently returned from an international concert tour.
  • New year's resolution?  Andy Petro says resolve to include RYE student Beatrice in an activity.  See story below.
  • CARMEN needs a ride weekly; volunteers wanted.
  • Fellowship.  Rotary is going WILD!  Read story below.
  • Useless Trivia.  There are more $100 bills now in circulation globally than either $1 or $20 bills.  It makes no cents!  Read the story in the Washington Post.

* Secretary Frank told the story of the loss of his unforgettable daughter Cheryl (Cheri) on October 15, by showing a PowerPoint slide-show of her life in photos and song.  Frank related how he recently discovered a recording she had made of their duet singing that father-daughter classic Unforgettable, sung at a Clifton reunion in 2004, and how this is now his favorite pop song.  (the duet used a karaoke soundtrack as background).
The photo taken in the hospital ICU shows how he last saw her alive, but the later photos show how she will be remembered.  Frank shared that, because of her faith, he believes she is in a far better place, and he will see her again, singing with the angels.   
View the PPT slide-show.    Hear their Unforgettable duet.  

Rotary is Going Wild!    Wenatchee Wild that is...
Mark your calendar for February 1. It’s Rotary group night at the Wenatchee Wild game.   This special night is the annual Guns and Hoses night.   Specially jerseys,  youth jersey giveaway and the popular local fireman vs local police hockey game before the Wild game.   We will be having our own pre game no host “Tailgate” in the Orchard room.
Tickets are $15 each and $5 of each ticket sold will go back to the club to help support our many projects.  You can purchase at the link: or with cash or check at the Thursday meetings.   
And if that wasn’t exciting enough.  The Penticton Rotary club is having a hockey event on Penticton Vees and Wenatchee Wild on February 21 in Penticton.   The Penticton Club has a night full of fun and fellowship for our clubs.   For those who don’t want to drive, the Wenatchee Wild is taking a fan bus to Penticton that weekend.   Fan bus pricing includes hockey games February 21-22, hotel accommodations for February 21 and transportation.  More details can be found at or call 888-7825.   
January 25, 2020
Building Communities
April 23 - 26, 2020
District Conference in Kelowna
January 16, 2021
Centennial Gala
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
  • Health Alliance NW
  • JetPro Carwash
  • Lifeline Ambulance
  • Noyd & Noyd
  • Pet Hub, Inc.
  • The Paradise Restaurant
  • The Thai Restaurant
  • WV Humane Society

From Belia Torres Sanchez, Family Advocacy Coordinator, Lewis and Clark Elementary.  

"Thank you for your fine attention and dedication to coordinate the luncheon Christmas celebration  for lunch buddies.  We feel very thankful and humble to recognize your great effort, and time, and generosity by getting everything ready for the students and to all of us. Thank you for the presents for every student you got, the wonderful Christmas environment, including the Choir, Santa, and the excellent food and  time we enjoyed by sharing with other Rotary members.   I do not have enough words to express our sincere thankfulness.

We wish you and your whole family a blessed New Year 2020!"

      With Tom and Mary Ann McNair  
Mary Ann and Tom McNair had a fun night out with Beatrice on Saturday.  The photo shows her at the Robert Graves gallery at the college. She’s standing beside her favorite painting.
View a list of ALL past presidents here.
1963 - 1964
Richard F. Jones
  PART 1   PART 2
View a list of ALL past presidents here.
Join Kory Kalahar & John McDarment on the Centennial Committee . Help plan the January 16, 2021 Gala.

SPEAKERS.   Are you thinking of sponsoring a speaker?  Guidelines are posted on our website under the main menu.  Or click here.

End Polio Now/Club 60:      Our goal this year is $7500.  On January 02, Club-60-cup donations totaled  $30.45 bringing our total to $1063  or $3189 with the Gates match!   This equates to 5325 lives potentially saved! 
On World Polio Day, October 24, collections at KPQ totaled. about $700 by our club.  Also, total donations at the Greatest Dinner to End Polio were about $6611 between all clubs represented, plus about $700 in pledges.  Other uncounted donations are made by members through other avenues.
            14%        [Goal is $7500 for Rotary year]                
Note:  We continue our 10-year relationship with the Gates Foundation.  Since 2013, they have matched each dollar with $2 toward polio eradication. 
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2019-20:
      Mike Kintner
Pres. Elect: 
     Kory Kalahar
Pres. Nominee:
     Alice Meyer
Pres. Designate:    TBD
     Frank Clifton
     Allan Galbraith
Dawn Davies
Marcia Henkle
Garry Sparks
Claudia DeRobles
Andy Petro
Gary Provo
Michelle Shermer
Dante Gutierrez-Zamora
Jim Brink
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, Jay Smith;
VP, Tom Ross
Treasurer, Tyler Mickey;
Secretary, Bill Monnette.
Committee Chairs :
   Scholarship - Joe St. Jean;
  Fundraising - Susan Albert;
   Events - Jill Leonard.
Board Members: 
Paul Pankey, Alice Meyer.
Pres. Elect (ex officio)

TRF Chair: Dan Rodgers
INBOUNDBeatrice Sandrini from Italy near Milan.
(Bay- uh-tree-chay)
509.679.1555    EMAIL
Contact her to join in fun activities thru Don or Heidi Myers, or call her cell, or see her at a meeting. More information will be posted next week.
OUTBOUND - Emily in Finland
Jan 09, 2020
Auction Prep
Jan 16, 2020
Apple STEM/Career Center
Jan 23, 2020
Tierra Village
Jan 30, 2020
Business Wellness
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Russell Hampton
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