Wenatchee Rotary  - Noon Thursdays at Red Lion  
       October 31,  2019         
                  Volume LXIX - No 17                
October is Rotary's Economic & Community Development Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
Makeup opportunities at area clubs.  (Area 8)
  • JUST SO YA' KNOW #22
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.
  Rachel Britt Ruth Tom
Date Future Weeks Looking Ahead
11/7 Gellatly Flarity-White Foster Galbraith
11/14 Gibbons Heminger Gillum G-Zamora
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Menu and meeting room :   Columbia River Room   Honey Mustard Chicken,  Roasted red potatoes, Chef's Choice seasonal vegetables, Spinach salad with dressings and condiments, Rolls with butter, Chefs choice dessert, Coffee Service
 (Thanks to Alyssa Moomaw of Red Lion staff for providing this update weekly)
  (NOTE - All program speakers listed on site home page)   
Brad began serving the people of the 12th District in the Legislature in 2013 and to the Senate in 2018. His legislative priorities focus on the essential services of government: education, transportation and public safety. As a former school-board member, he believes quality public schools and higher-education institutions can prepare a workforce to help the economy prosper. Maintaining state roads and bridges are vital to transporting the 12th District’s world-class agricultural products. He believes providing necessary law enforcement, judicial oversight and corrections will help maintain a safe environment for our businesses and families. Brad supports state budgeting efforts that are aligned to deliver these services in the most cost-effective manner possible.
He is currently the ranking member on the Early Learning and K-12 committees and serves on three other committees.  

Brad grew up in the Wenatchee Valley and received his K-12 education in the Wenatchee School District. After graduating magna cum laude from Central Washington University, he completed his Master’s in Public Administration at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Brad returned to the Wenatchee Valley after graduation. He and his wife, Shawna, live in East Wenatchee with their two young children.

He has been active in his community, serving on the North Central Educational Service District Board of Directors, Wenatchee Valley YMCA Board of Directors, and the Eastmont School Board, including two years as school-board president.

   NOVEMBER 07 - TRF  
with Dan Rodgers
With Richard DeRock. General Manager
The meeting was opened by President Mike Kintner, who gave or allowed the announcements below, before introducing Russ Speidel who presented the speaker, Richard DeRock.
Richard was a member of our club until 2016 when he moved to Confluence Rotary.  He will become district governor in July.
He is director of the public transit system of Chelan-Douglas Counties, aka LINK.  Since 2002 he oversees 125 employees, 52 buses serving over 3500 square miles, and a population of nearly 120,000.  He is past president of  Washington State Transit Association, and has many other notable attributes.
He reviewed the scope & history of the LINK system (a municipal corporation), and the effects of the recently-approved public initiative.  LINK was intended to be a Lifeline service.  It is geographically the largest transit system in the state (he calls it bi-polar in that is also the smallest urban system). 
With 600 bus stops, LINK serves about 1 million passenger trips per year, mostly from low-income customers.  The primary source of income is the local sales tax and there are a few small federal grants. Fares provide less than 4 %.
LINK has the largest environmentally-friendly fleet in the Northwest, not to be green, but for cost-effectiveness, mostly electric powered. LINK is the first in the world with wireless charging!   The new expansion will make transit more relevant to more people, with more routes and longer hours, including our own Carmen!
Thanks to Ashley Gillum for this week's photos.

See previous editions for other important notes
  • Moment of silence for the passing of PDG Al Stojowski, Oct. 19;  he was PP 67-68, PDG 88-89.
  • Mystery Rotarian.  Stay in the game for lots of chances to win 100 Pybus Bucks, as did Russ Speidel, the first-quarter champ.  Last week's M/R was Michelle Shermer, this week Dawn Davies.  This week's Big Fat Juicy Clue is "Her life is bring order out of Chaos. And she was co-chair of the 2018-19 Rotary Auction."   Get more clues on the meeting.
  • Today is World Polio Awareness dayPP Pete Van Well reported on collections at KPQ this morning in the amount of $700. Tom Everly gave details about the "World's Greatest Dinner to End Polio" potluck at the Senior Center tonight See details below.   PP Jim Russell, present today,  will be there.  Bring cash or check contributions.
  • Fellowship Event.   Sue Rose requested volunteers to help on November 01, 6 - 8 PM.  Dia de los Muertos, partnering with The WV Museum & Cultural Center, and Norma Gallegos.  This is a celebration of life and death, honoring many who have left us, and it will be fun and colorful with music and good food.  Mike wants photos of deceased members. 
  • Auction update (Jan. 25).    Co-Chair Bill Murray gave an update giving information about to-do items for our volunteers, specifically sponsorships, donations, and collecting items for sale. He only wants our time, your things and treasure - we have color-coded forms for each, which are available at meetings.  Then Gary Provo and Michelle Shermer explained the plans for the new outreach committee, which will begin with a project supporting the auction.  Rotarians will sit with their designated team at future meetings.  Listen to this 7-minute presentation.!!!!!
  • Karen Russell.  Her memorial service was mentioned. (July 26).
  • Cashmere Rotary Auction.  A great event after 25 years.  It will be held Nov. 9 at Cashmere Riverside Center. See Angela for $30 tickets.
  • Next week.  State Senator Brad Hawkins will give an interesting legislative update.
  • RYE student Beatrice needs to get to know our Rotarians and all things American. Please invite her to go hiking, skiing, to a football or hockey game, or a stage production play or symphony.
  • Lincoln Park Pickets.  If your name appears on one, collect it at the Parks Dept. before they disappear.
  • TRIVIA.  Mike's useless trivia for the week (#17):  Appleseeds contain cyanide (just as our newsletter is sometime spicy).  Don't eat them (or other fruit seeds)


Rotarians were asked to drop by to help out front KPQ Radio on Wenatchee Ave. this morning between 7 a.m. and noon. $700 was raised by our club.  That evening at 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Senior Center was the World’s Greatest Dinner to End Polio potluck.   

The goal is to help raise funds to match the generous $26,000 donation to the district from Wenatchee Rotarian Jim Russell and wife Karen.The dinner was well attended by all clubs, with about 75 in attendance.  The MC was Stuart Craig of East Wenatchee Rotary.  The big winner was Dave Tosh who won the beach bike sponsored by Coca Cola,  Amount raised was $6400 to be divided among clubs  The Chelan club held a separate dinner and raised $1700.


January 25, 2020
Building Communities Auction
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
    Just so ‘ya know…#22 - Community Outreach    
On Oct. 10, Gary Provo and Joe St. Jean performed a tag-team presentation on the merging of two committees : Community Service and Outreach.
They hope to involve each member of the club in a minimum of 1 service project each year.  An on-line skills survey will be available on our website home page menu "SERVICE" (for now, login is required).  LISTEN    View the PowerPoint as a PDF.   

Al Stojowski. Al passed away October 19  Al joined the club many years ago, and resigned 04 Oct, 2007.  He was made honorary 15 Dec 2016.  He was PP 67-68, PDG 88-89.  Arrangements are by Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee and Cashmere.  No details are available.
Rocky Skalisky.   Rocky and spouse, Katrina Borth,  were active members of our Rotary club for several years. Rocky always had a smile on his face and a warm story to tell. He will be missed.  View the obituary here.
Gerald (Jerry) Copp.  Jerry joined the club in September of 1991, and became an honorary member in January 2018 due to failing health.
Gary Mertes died on 9/18 as reported by Bud Truswell, who was a business partner. Gary joined 4/01/70, left on 12/31/03, and served many years as treasurer.   View the obituary here.  
Karen Russell passed away 9/21.  She was not a member, but was the beloved wife of Jim Russell. (PP 2016-17).  View preliminary obituary here as provided on her Caring Bridge site by Jim.  The family is planning a celebration service Saturday, October 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church in East Wenatchee, 1 PM.
Cheryl (Shuree) Clifton, beloved daughter of Frank and Quita Clifton passed away October 15 after a brief illness, in Mount Olive, NC.  Obituary in Tri-City Herald.  Frank is our club secretary.
 Go here for a list of other deceased members, with many obituaries.  
Thanks to John McDarment for some photos.  Karen's photo courtesy of her Caring Bridge site.



An incredibly generous grant of $26,000 is being made to the Wenatchee Rotary Club specifically for the Polio Plus campaign.  The benefactors, who are beloved members of our Rotary family, have requested that these funds be leveraged by all clubs in District 5060 to spur individual Rotarians to consider their individual contributions for this worthy cause.  To the benefactors we say- “Well Done- And Thank You!”.  For our club members, please consider your individual contributions to RI. It would be great to honor this generous gift by matching it with individual contributions. 

EVEN BIGGER NEWS!  The same benefactors are also making substantial grants to District 5060 and to RI for a Guatemalan literacy program, totaling up to $101,000.  These are remarkable acts of generosity that will impact the world.  The generous donors have been revealed as Jim and Karen Russell!

This proves that once again- It’s a Great Day to be a Rotarian!

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 October 24, Club-60-cup donations totaled  $35.20 bringing our total to $615  or $1845 with the Gates match!   This equates to 3081 lives potentially saved!  On World Polio Day, October 24, collections at KPQ totalled. about $700 by our club.  Also, total donations at the Greatest Dinner to End Polio were about $6400 between all clubs represented.
                    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
Oct 31, 2019
Legislative Updates
Nov 07, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Nov 21, 2019
NCW Economic Development
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