Now in our second century of service! 

  Wenatchee Rotary - ZOOM meetings Thursday noon  
Recurring ZOOM access -
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March 18, 2021     Volume LXX - # 36
March is Rotary's Clean Water/Sanitation Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
ZOOM Makeup at D5060 clubs  
  • SPONSOR OF THE WEEK           
March 11 :  WCHS Triple Point Program-ZOOM #48, 
(details below in "Upcoming Programs")
Plus other great stuff!    Thursday noon
For virtual meetings -  ZOOM LINK.  Or dial 253-215-8782; then enter meeting ID - 484-306-077#,
    WEEK IN REVIEW -  March 11, 2021 (ZOOM #47)      
with Karen Francis-McWhite; 
See ZOOM video HERE .  
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  1. ZOOM videos are only available for 2-3 weeks.
  2. Permanent alternate (YouTube) video HERE.
  3. Previous APPLESEED (March 11), contains speaker's bio.
  4. View some of the speaker's PowerPoint slides below.
The speaker was introduced by Rachel Evey.  Karen joins us to share Commerce’s mission and work, and to learn how our communities and organizations would like to partner with Commerce to strengthen our communities.  
Karen Francis-McWhite, community engagement and outreach specialist for central WA, joined our club meeting on 3/11 to talk about the Washington State Department of Commerce. The department focuses on strengthening communities through initiatives in housing/homelessness, infrastructure, business assistance, energy, planning, community facilities, public safety, and community service. The central Washington region covers 9 counties. The majority of financial support from the department goes to support social services, affordable housing, and workforce development. In Wenatchee area, department partnerships include the North Central Educational Service District, Chelan-Douglas Community Action Partnership, Housing Authority of Chelan County, NCW Economic Development District, and SAGE. Goals identified for our community (pre-pandemic) are housing, infrastructure, community facilities, access to behavioral and physical healthcare, public safety, and business recruitment and expansion.

Karen Francis-McWhite is an advocate for rural community and economic development, working with the Washington State Department of Commerce as the Central Washington Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist. She has lived in and been an advocate for Central Washington residents and communities for eight of the last thirteen years, and has worked for the Department of Commerce since November 2019.  Some of her images are shown below.


Karen's greeting
Karen's region (green)
State & county partnership
Some goals
The end



See previous editions of the Appleseed.
The meeting was opened and led by president Kory Kalahar, as he welcomed all members and guests. 
  • Rotary and IWD.  International Women’s Day Video 
  • Dick Harris.  Newly discovered photo from Pybus of Dick Harris and crew! See below.
  • JOIN THE PARTY May 12!!!  Big TRF Fundraiser, zone-wide!
    • Make your $100 donation your ticket to the huge fundraising Gala event "Celebrating our Foundation!"  Over 75,000 Rotarians invited from Alaska, all across Canada & northern USA!!  Click the link to see a 2.5 minute video promo, and to register:

    • 5:00-6:00pm Wednesday 12 May (minimum $100 donation)

    • Followed by District TRF Awards event @6:30pm

    • Many Celebrities


  • 10 Things about Jim.  You Don’t Know About a Fellow Rotarian -  Jim Corcoron - See below
  • Haiti HANWASH project status Carin Smith, with PDG Sherry Chamberlain gave an excellent presentation to D5060 members on ZOOM this week.  See video HERE.   
    Ode to Water.  From Carin Smith.   In honor of World Water Day, Monday,  March 22, 2021.....

    Water water everywhere, To wash my hands and wash my hair

    It’s nice to drink it by the pool, Slurp it, sip it, nice and cool!

    It comes from clouds, don’t you know, Falls in rain and also snow.

    Keep it clean or you will be, sick as sick, as sick can be!

    We are lucky here at home,  To have clean water to call our own

    Think of others when you get paid, And give a bit to Water Aid!

    Credit to Ashleen on

  • District Training opportunities See UPCOMING EVENTS on  the D5060 site home page or view the list and register HERE.   

  • Final thoughts. Not so Stupid Things that Kory has done! Marrying my intelligent and beautiful wife Haylee in 2014. She is my best friend and my number one supporter and critic in all I do. She will gladly share most stupid things that I have done as of late if anyone wants to know! 
COVID.     Click HERE For the latest COVID-19 local health news.   
Ten (or more) things we didn't know about Jim Corcoran  
In trying to find 10 things you may not know about me, I found one I didn’t know myself. 
So many of the things I dreamed of and explored as a kid, turned into careers and hobbies later in life.
1. Careers
  • Radio
    • Took an old radio set and a record player, tortured my grandmother playing DJ.
    • Started closed-circuit radio station at Bellevue High School, now KASB FM.
    • Bought a 1000-watt AM station called KMEL and started KW3 in 1976, KW3 FM in 1985.
  • Newspaper
    • Created a household newsletter, reporting on family stuff, what mom made for dinner, the news that the lawnmower had broken down.
    • Started underground newspaper in high school called “Flash”.  Typed on paper towels and carbon paper, and passed around at football and basketball games.
    • With business partner Mike Cassidy, started Wenatchee Business Journal in 1987
    • Bellingham Business Journal in 1992
    • Everett Business Journal in 1999
  • Baseball
    • Went to Rainiers games with my grandfather as a kid.
    • Drank my first beer at a Rainiers game as a high school student.
    • Started the Wenatchee AppleSox in 2000. 
  • As a kid, I ran a root beer stand for a couple of summers. 
  • Later, I owned a pub (The Orondo Tavern).
2.  Hobbies
  • Hydroplanes
    • Dragged a wooden hydro behind my bicycle as a kid in Bellevue.
    • In the 1980’s, I purchased a 7-litre limited hydroplane designed by Ted Jones (Slo MoShun, Miss Thriftway, Hawaii Kai) and built by his son Ron Jones (Thriftway Too, Mis Bardahl).  Started the KW3 Racing Team with Mitch Evans driving.  Took 3rd in the nation. (photo)
  • Boating
    • First boat was a 6-ft. plastic display boat that held pineapples at the local grocery store that I pestered the store manager for weeks to give me when the pineapples sold out.
    • Eight boats later, I have a boat that my partner Joel Kelley and I keep in the Seattle area. (photo)
For 50 years now, my business ventures and hobbies have been mostly exhilarating and sometimes exhausting. 
I tried to follow Mark Twain’s advice:  Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   But I also always listened to my grandmother who insisted I kept a life preserver close by.

Next victim -  Alice Meyer.  These members have already told their story :

1. Kory Kalahar
2. Leonard Singhose
3. Jil Leonard
4. Phil Rasmussen (Raz)
5. Laurel Turner
6. Tom Ross
7. Rich Peters
8. Gary Provo
9. Linda Parlette
10. Dawn Davies
11. Gene Anderson
12. Alicia Nakata
13. Dorry Foster
14. Claudia DeRobles
15. Ford Barrett
16. Tom McNair
17. Mark McCants
18. Sean Cooper
19. Russ Speidel
20. Andy Petro
21. Pete Van Well
22. Frank Clifton
23. Sue Rose
24. Judy Conner
25. Allan Galbraith
26. Jim Corcoran
27. Alice Meyer?


      With Luz Estrada
Children's Home Society of Washington is proud to showcase their very own Triple Point Program. This is a new program being led by Luz Estrada and she will tell us all the details we need to know this coming Thursday! The objective to help develop and shape healthy children across gender and sexual spectrums, create strong families that are safe and welcoming of LGBTQ+ youth, build engaged communities inclusive of LGBTQ+ families and speak and advocate for ALL children. We provide a safe place where youth can make positive connections, learn about community resources, receive the support they need, as well as participate in regular meetings with other LGBTQ+ youth and group leaders. Like-minded LGBTQ+ youth come together to talk about today’s issues, tomorrow’s solutions and a future without limitations. Triple Point is a support group for these young people. 
Luz Estrada Gonzalez is 23 years old. Luz uses she and they pronouns. Luz has lived in the Valley for 17 years, and she loves all the beautiful scenery. She is a part of Wenatchee Pride and an advocate for the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer/questioning)  community in Wenatchee. Luz is happy to provide Triple Point NCW to LGBTQ+ youth who live in rural Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties. She enjoys working with youth and providing a safe space for them.
    (After the merger)    With Jim Kuntz
Our current sponsors are those who generously sponsored
our  2020 auction or newly-added this Rotary year.
148 Easy St, Wenatchee, WA 98801
"We don't just sell cars,
we buy them too!"
Plan to attend our 100-year celebrations
Virtual Celebration - Spring 2021/TBA
Big Gala! - Wenatchee Convention Center/TBA

NOTE - View some important historical information...
  • copy of the original club charter HERE
  • summary of our first year, with copies of local news stories of the first days HERE.
  • list of ALL past presidents HERE.
  • pictorial list of deceased members HERE.
  • 75th anniversary video HERE.  
  • video of Ed Cadman's year as Rotary International President HERE
  • Appleseed of January 14, 2021    January 28 
Currently only new and 2020 Auction
sponsors are listed
We appreciate all of our sponsoring
For complete details, see our web site.
  • Confluence Health
  • Cascade Auto Center
  • Alpine Aire H&C
  • CVCH 
  • JP Portrait Studio
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • Carmen Bossenbrock
   Presenting Sponsor
   Silent Auction
   Heads & Tails
   Photo Booth
   Photo Booth
   Balloon Pop
New Sponsors Added
Focal Point Educational Services September 2020
SPEAKERS.   Are you thinking of sponsoring a speaker?   Complete the new online info FORM.   Guidelines are posted on our website under the main menu.  Or click here.
End Polio Now:      Our goal this Rotary year is $7500.  As of this December 9, we have donated $5200 (#1 in District 5060*), 70% of our goal; this amounts to $15,600  (with the Gates match! )  This equates to 26,000 lives potentially saved to date! 
Note:  We continue our 10-year relationship with the Gates Foundation.  Since 2013, they have matched each dollar with $2 toward polio eradication.    *  District donations total about $51K.
  Board meetings 3rd Thursday
  4:30 PM, ZOOM
   Meeting ID: 972 9929 0991
   Password: 290505
Centennial Events   
Gala - September 25
Other Events TBA  
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2020-21:
      Kory Kalahar
Pres. 2021-22:
     Alice Meyer
Pres. 2022-23
     Jill Leonard
Pres. 2023-24:
    Michelle Shermer
Secretary (for life):
     Frank Clifton
Treasurer (for life):
    PP  Allan Galbraith
Term ends 6/30/year shown
'21 -Claudia DeRobles
'21-Andy Petro
'21-Gary Provo
'22-Michelle Shermer
'22-Dante Gutierrez-Zamora
'22-Jim Brink
'23-Marilee Rounds
'23-Thomas Everly
'23-Matthew Michelson
'24-Sean Cooper
'24-Ricardo Iniguez
'24-Tom Ross
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 is also a member of WRF.
President, Jill Leonard;
VP, Tom Ross
Treasurer, Tyler Mickey;
Secretary, Bill Monnette.
Committee Chairs :
   Scholarship - Joe St. Jean;
  Legacy Society  - Susan Albert;
   Events - Mark Kulaas.
Board Members: 
    Shannon Sims, Jay Smith
Pres. Elect (ex officio)

TRF Chair: Dan Rodgers
Attendance  (Advise secretary if you were not counted)
  1 Albert   Evey   Nelson   Singhose
  2 Anderson   Foster   Parlette   Smith,C
  3 Barrett   Galbraith   Peters   Smith,J
  4 Bossenbrock   Heminger   Provo   St. Jean
  5 Brink   Iniguez   Rasmussen   Stach
  6 Campbell   Kalahar   Robertson   Stuller
  7 Clifton   Kintner   Rodgers   Van Well
  8 Cooper   Leonard   Rose    
  9 Corcoran   McCants   Ross   GUESTS
  10 De Robles   McNair   Rounds   Francis-McWhite,
  11 Dudek   Meyer   Scott     speaker
  12 Everly   Mickey   Shermer    
Mar 18, 2021
Triple Point Program
Mar 25, 2021
Port of Chelan and Douglas County: After the Merger
Apr 08, 2021
Classification Talk
Apr 15, 2021
Apple Blossom Royalty
View entire list
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
Since 1921, The Appleseed is published weekly by:
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Wenatchee, WA 98807-1723
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