Wenatchee Rotary  - Noon Thursdays at Red Lion  
          Meeting of February 14,  2019                
                    Volume LXVIII - No 32                  
  February is Peace/Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month    
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.
  Jim Dawn Claudia John
Date Future Weeks Looking Ahead
2/21 Divis Dudek Dahmen Everly
2/28 Ferguson Flarity-White Esparza Clifton
3/7 Foster Galbraith Gellatly Gibbons
1474 Wenatchee Ave.
7 days a week!  (509) 662-9577
Annual auction for the animals:
"Be a Hero for the Animals"
Saturday Feb. 16, 5-8 PM; $65
Menu and meeting roomColumbia River Room.  Beef and Broccoli, White rice with green onions and carrot shred, Vegetables, Asian slaw; Chefs choice dessert, & Coffee Service.
❤Love songs by "The Four Tune Hunters" of Wenatchee High School❤
and Tales of True Love by Joe and Terri St. Jean.

~   $117,658   ~
It was a thrilling moment at our meeting last week, when co-chair Jill Leonard made the long-awaited announcement of our auction results, noting that we exceeded our goal of $115,000!  Two members guessed very close to the amount in a donation raffle.  Listen to Jill's remarks including recognition of the committee members (who each received a special chocolate treat from Pres. Pete, which he brought back from his recent trip to Hershey, PA).
Jill and Jay Smith again thanked all of the committee, sponsors and others who made it happen; for the complete list, see last week's Appleseed
Did you miss out on a giving opportunity?  There are 10 spots left to attend President Pete's Pool Party on July 20, a great buy at only $40, including food and drink and fun.  Contact Jill or Jay.
Personal photos linked ....  GO HERE to see photos and download
As a reminder .... At our meeting of April 5, 2018, the club voted that the proceeds from this auction will be used to:
  • Build a BMX Track and 2nd Picnic Shelter at Lincoln Park.
  • Scholarships through the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation
  • Community  Service Grants
  • Ongoing Improvements at Rotary Park
  • WHS Interact Club
  • Other Charitable Community causes.

          WEEK IN REVIEW - February 7          
Classification Talks with Mark McCants and Tom Arnold
Past President Terry Sorom ('93-94) introduced new member Tom Arnold (center) who joined the club in August 2018 with his wife Lorien, both sponsored by Gil Sparks.  Tom used an informative PowerPoint to present an overview of his life and career.  Click here to listen to his presentation.  Tom informed us that his classification is "software developer"(meaning he looks for problems which can be solved by software), but he is also an entrepreneur.  His first computer in 1981 was a Tandy TRS80 and the internet was known as the "arpanet".  He became fascinated with computers.  In high school he started his own "bulletin board" service called "Arnie's System" (similar to a website) and sold ads on it.  Being from Indiana, he attended Purdue U. to get a computer science degree, and later worked in a small company called Asymetrics, started by Paul Allen, where he worked with his heroes.  He and some friends started their own company called STL, followed by some other software businesses, and publishing some related books. He started Pet Hub in 2010.  In 2016 he married Lorien, and moved to Wenatchee to be near the tech industry and good skiing. Listen to the audio to hear much more, and about a very funny experience.
President Pete sponsored and introduced Mark McCants who gave an entertaining and humorous introduction of himself.  Mark started in Rotary in 2003, is a former member of our club and the Chelan club, and rejoined us in August 2018.  He was born in Seattle in Feb. 1960 and grew up in that area. He had an older brother John and little sister Janice. 
His family spent much time camping, hunting and fishing.  His dad had a hunting/fishing TV show in the 1950s.  "It was a problem being in high school with his "golden child" older brother who was "captain of the basketball team, I was a stoner".  He ran cross-country, sang and toured with the school choir, and enjoyed being in drama.  His dad was an insurance agent; Mark became the youngest agent in Washington at age 18.  
He later became a house painter and partnered with a friend to build a large paint contracting business.
In 2014 he wanted something new. So through a lottery process he was granted a license to open a marijuana store in East Wenatchee; he named it Happy Crop Shoppe , today there are also locations in Wenatchee and Cashmere.  He went on to explain many facts about the business, and different types of the product.  "I am a pioneer and have gone where no stoner has gone before".

Our fourth club president :      
Alex N. Corbin
Year-end changed to June 30 to match RI.
The club joined other local groups to keep the National Guard here.
To see his full story ... READ MORE
Kory Kalahar leads the Centennial Committee and would welcome other interested members to join the effort.   The committee has designated January 16, 2021 for our big celebration gala at the Wenatchee Convention Center.  Details are being developed.  See club website for a new countdown clock.
The logo above was developed by former member John McDarment who is generously serving on the committee.
February 15-18
RYE gathering - Revelstoke
April 13, 14
RLI - Wenatchee
May 2-5, 2019
May 5-12
RYE District bus trip
May 23-26
RYLA - Penticton
June 1-5
RI Convention - Hamburg
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
  • JetPro Carwash
  • Lifeline Ambulance
  • Noyd & Noyd
  • The Paradise Restaurant
  • The Thai Restaurant
  • WV Humane Society

President Pete opened the meeting of the Maui Wowie of Rotary clubs.  He thanked and applauded our one and only greeter, new member Trisha Johnson, and made the announcements below.  Guests included Jill Leonard's middle son (and auction assistant) Michael, and Keni Sturgeon, new museum director.
Tom Everly promoted the upcoming Camp Fire fund-raising auction March 6 supporting after-school programs and Camp Zanika .  Table sponsorships are only  $250.
Gary Provo on Special Olympics.  Greetings Wenatchee Rotarian Volunteers.  Time is again approaching for the Special Olympics of Washington (SOWA) -- Winter Games.  The 2019 event is scheduled for March 1st, 2nd and 3rd and numerous games are planned for venues in Mission Ridge, Wenatchee and Leavenworth.  Sign up at the SOWA website, where detailed information on the various games and volunteer opportunities can be found.  Please join your fellow Rotarian's in supporting this very worthwhile effort.
Several members have already signed up for a pre-event work party occurring on Friday afternoon, February 22nd, from 4;00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Foothills Four Square, 315 So. Mission.  We will meet in the basement.   Volunteers will help prepare table centerpieces with painted cardboard silhouettes fitting this years theme "Dancing Through the Decades".   The work party will also construct "Apple Boxes" from pallets.  Power tools and crow bars are needed, however other hardware is provided.  For more details, please contact Candace Hansen from the Game Management Team at:  
If you volunteered last year, you may have already received an invitation to help again at individual Winter Games events.

Did you miss out on a giving opportunity at the auction?  There are 10 spots left to attend President Pete's Pool Party on July 20, a great buy at only $40, including food and drink and fun.  Contact Jill or Jay.

Carmen Bossenbrock is back in the hospital after suffering with gall stones. She was in surgery until 1 a.m. Thursday AM. In addition to major gall stones (the doctor ended up taking out the entire gall bladder) she also had a hernia and a major infection. They are keeping her until they get the infection under control. She is on the 3rd Floor at Central. They want to keep her until she is back on her feet and can walk without tearing her stitching. She loves visitors, but well-wishers should make sure they are 100% well before going to see her. 

John Diede.  It was great to see John back Thursday. He has been ill for the last two months after developing a staph infection following hip replacement surgery. Also, prayers are requested for Dick and Bonnie Harris.  Dick (PP 1979-80, PDG 95-96) is being moved to Highgate Assisted Living on Miller and Crawford. Bonnie is recovering from a broken arm.    

From Jill Leonard.  Jill is saddened by the recent passing of Judi Scott.   She and her husband own Martin Scott Winery.   She is a polio survivor, having spent a year in an iron lung.  Jill is making a donation in her memory to the polio plus campaign.  Read her obituary here.  

Rotary news:  DG Sherry will visit us in March and April.  RLI in Wenatchee in April (see Events calendar above).  A collection was taken for our exchange student Chloe Crasson to attend the annual Adventures in Tourism experience in and around Kelowna, BC, presented by the Kelowna Ogopogo club April 14-19. The cost is CDN$500.  Lots of folks chipped in $20 each, enough to cover her tuition.  We must provide transportation.

Women in Rotary - the Area-9 group had their first networking meeting here last week.

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 ambitious goal has been set by President Pete at $10,000 ($192 per week!).
We continue our 10-year relationship with the Gates Foundation; since 2013, they have matched each dollar with $2 toward polio eradication.
Donations by club members on Jan.  07 = $39.77 bringing our total to $1473 or $4419 with the Gates match.  This equates to 7380 lives potentially saved. Collections at KPQ were $1133.  Read about World Polio Day, October 24
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2018-19:
     Pete Van Well
Pres. Elect: 
     Mike Kintner
Pres. Nominee:
     Kory Kalahar
Pres. Designate:
    Alice Meyer
     Frank Clifton
     Allan Galbraith
Michelle Shermer
Dante Gutierrez-Zamora
Joe St. Jean
Dawn Davies
Marcia Henkle
Garry Sparks
Claudia DeRobles
Andy Petro
Gary Provo
Dan Maher (July '19)
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,
Pres. Elect (ex officio)
Feb 14, 2019
Valentine's Day Celebration
Feb 21, 2019
Vocational Awareness
Feb 28, 2019
WVC Engineering Technology
Mar 07, 2019
Classification Talks
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