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January 07, 2021     Volume LXX - # 26
January is Rotary's Vocational Service Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
ZOOM Makeup at D5060 clubs  
  • 10 THINGS ABOUT RUSS      
  • UPCOMING PROGRAMS                
  • SPONSOR OF THE WEEK         
January 07 :  Rotary Youth Exchange - ZOOM #38
with Casia Logan
(Thursday at noon, ZOOM; Details below)
Another club loss, former member Gary Montague (04/04/39 - 12/07/20).
Gary joined the club in 1971, resigned in June 2011 due to health issues (40 years!).
    and front-page story.

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If no digital access, call in by phone : 
Dial 253-215-8782; when asked, enter meeting ID - 484-306-077#, then #  
Meeting ID: 484 306 077
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     Click HERE For the latest COVID-19 local health news.    
    WEEK IN REVIEW -  December 17, 2020 (ZOOM #37)      
See ZOOM edited video  HERE[password =  #22december17election ]
1. Videos are only available for 2-3 weeks.  Each may begin with "10 things about..." 
2. Previous APPLESEED (Dec 17)
3. Get audio only HERE.
PP Mike Kintner, chair of the nominations committee, thanked all of the candidates, then spent a few minutes asking a series of penetrating and unexpected questions of the two presidential candidates.  Both answered eloquently.  Mike was confident this was a no-lose scenario for our club.
Jill Leonard reported that the online vote was very close, but the winners are shown in her graphic ...











  • For president, 2023-24 – Michelle Shermer; read her statement HERE .
  • For BOD director 2021-24 (3) – Ricardo Iniguez,  Sean Cooper,  Tom Ross 

At the end of the program, Kory asked members if they wished to relate more holiday memories.   Joe St. Jean shared a touching story from 10 years ago about how parents will sacrifice for their children, especially at Christmas time, when there is a possibility of some Christmas "magic".

Watch the video HERE .  Get the audio HERE .

It was such a powerful story, no one wanted to follow it!




See previous editions of the Appleseed for other important notes
The meeting was opened and led by president Kory Kalahar, who offered many announcements following the pledge of allegiance. Scroll to bottom to see attendance.  Our one guest was Kelli Scott who has applied for membership, sponsored by Russ Speidel. Kory then explained about our election process, and allowed anyone who was unable to vote, to place their votes by phone call to Jill Leonard.
Other items.
  • Medical Supplies from CascadeLoren Stach reports that the K of C-HELP were only able to use the crutches, but remaining supplies are now on their way to Cambodia and Morocco to be used  by Medical personnel who have the need for the items.  
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing (repeat). - Sign-up thru the email of major Ralph Jiminez (  Ralph says "As you know they will have to follow COVID guidelines such as social distancing and wearing mask and gloves. If they can do that that would be great. I know some members are more susceptible than others and probably shouldn’t volunteer. We probably need 14 volunteers for at least one door at Safeway, 2 people every two hours. If we have more there’s also JC Penney.  Saturday the 12th or 19th are also open. There is also have a 'virtual kettle' for on-line local donations."  View the Red Kettle Concert video HERE.   
  • Centennial plans.  Plans are evolving based on changing circumstances, such as shutdown of NCW Life due to COVID.  There will be a major party sometime soon!  Watch for news.
  • Thanks from Action Health Partners.  Deb Miller and Action Health Partners send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Shannon Sims for her help moving many LARGE furniture items for us.  "She and I coordinated the weekend following Thanksgiving and used her truck and horse trailer to move some incredibly challenging furniture.  I have no pictures to share because it was only the two of us and our hands were otherwise busy the entire day.  While I have a little gift and card I plan to deliver to her as a personal thanks, I would love it if you could publicly thank her for representing Rotary and helping out our agency!!"

  • Sack pack!  Over 700 sack packs donated!  Judy Conner excelled in card-writing!

  • Jill's Teachable moment (Repeat).  Recently Jill Leonard presented a useful bit of information about getting rewards for our foundation (WRF) when we shop locally.  When we link our rewards cards at Amazon Smile or Fred Meyer, they donate a portion of the purchase amount to the organization you select.      READ MORE .

  • Our oldest past president.   PPP Pete reported " My uncle just got a call from Paul Larsen, who is our oldest living past president. Paul just turned 94 on December 7.  He lives in assisted living halfway between Logan, UT, and Salt Lake City. He was Wenatchee Rotary president in 1975-76 when he ran the WSU Tree Fruit Research Station in Wenatchee. He left that job to take over the Horticulture Program at Utah State University in Logan. He and his wife traveled the world into their late 80s until Lorna’s death about five years ago (and it wasn’t just driving to Salt Lake, they were actively travelling to Lebanon and other ports of call). They made it to six world continents after a rogue wave kept their cruise ship from landing in Antarctica (again in their 80s on this trip, where the ship almost capsized and Lorna broke her arm and they ate cold sandwiches for days waiting on rescue). Just another example of the great men and women who make up our club."

  • District Conference 2021 Cancelled. The planning committee recently made this decision due to COVID fears.  Alternative plans are being studied, but not to include a virtual conference.

Bryan Campbell : Charles W. “Bud” Sears, 90, of Wenatchee, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.  He was principal of Washington Elementary School where Bryan attended.

Would you Rather, final edition.  Would you rather be an elf in Santa’s workshop (build something with your hammer) or would you rather be a reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh (swim in the air like a reindeer).  The second half of Kory's year will feature a more relevant activity.

One who seemed to really enjoy the game was Angie Spies, back with us again!






Message from DGN Karl Ruether (We all received this email)

Hello Rotarians in district 5060.   I am your District Governor Nominee and this is the first time you will here from me. I received the below invitation from my classmate Bala and I think it is a very good opportunity for all of us to learn first hand about the future of Rotary as seen by our General secretary John Hewko.  It has been a very strange year indeed and I hope you will find time to join us for this informative meeting. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. All the best, yours in Rotary Karl

Greetings D.G.N. Karl Ruether


Rotary Club of Troy and D6380 are proud to invite you, your clubs and their members to join Rotary International General Secretary and CEO, John Hewko in an intimate discussion on the future of Rotary and the next few years. This district wide program is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 2021 starting at 11:30 AM US-EST. John Hewko oversees the operations of both Rotary and the Rotary Foundation and manages a combined operating budget of over $450 million and assets of more than $1 billion.  John also manages Rotary’s relationship with strategic partners and governments and leads a staff of almost 800 at Rotary’s world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois and in 7 offices outside the United States. 

Kick off the New Year with a fresh new perspective from Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko. Did you know John is a local Michigander? He speaks 5 languages besides English. Come prepared to ask your questions as John shares his vision of Rotary. Registration is required for this free event! Please click this link to register

Please share the above note along with the flyer with your entire membership.

At Your Service!!   Yours Truly in Rotary

Bala Murthy,  DGN 2020-21, RID 6380, Rotary Club of Troy

Ph: 248-930-1792,   email: 


Ten things we didn't know about Russ Speidel .   
Photos show Russ then and now.
Watch video of Russ's commentary HERE
Get audio only HERE .
  1. His favorite meal this time of year is fruit cake, especially one from a bakery in Corsicana, TX.
  2. Has served on the board of directors of the NW Justice Project 10 years.
  3. Member of both Mass. and New Hampshire Bar Associations.
  4. Campaigned with Barbara Bush in her husband's 1980 presidential primary against Reagan.
  5. Started Chelan-Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services, providing free legal services.
  6. With his partner, provides free legal services monthly on first Wednesday.
  7. Married to Jean 50 years in August; 4 children Christine, Carolyn, Jacob, Elizabeth.
  8. Helped start a Rotary club in Manchester, NH, serving as charter secretary, circa 1979.
  9. Active in the Wenatchee School district many years, serving on school board and various committees.
  10. Likes to water ski with Jean; they need some help in the boat next summer.
Other items added by members: 
1.  He performed in 1964 production of "Music Man" as professor Harold Hill; 
2.  He likes to sing karaoke.
Next meeting - Russ selected Andy Petro.
These members have already told their story :
Leonard Singhose
Jil Leonard
Laurel Turner
Tom Ross
Rich Peters
Gary Provo
Linda Parlette
Dawn Davies
Gene Anderson
Alicia Nakata
Dorry Foster
Claudia DeRobles
Ford Barrett
Tom McNair
Mark McCants
Sean Cooper
Russ Speidel


DECEMBER 24 and 31 -  NO MEETINGS   
Wenatchee Rotary wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.  Stay safe and healthy.
And consider making a donation.
with Casia Logan
Our speaker will be Casia Logan, a recent RYE student from the Quincy Rotary Club, outbound to Belgium, who will tell us about her adventures.
We have invited other former exchange students to join us and share some thoughts.

Our current sponsors are those who generously sponsored

our  2020 auction or newly-added this Rotary year.

820 N. Chelan Ave.,
Dedicated to providing safe, 
high-quality care in a 
compassionate and 
cost-effective manner ..
Plan to attend our 100-year celebrations
Thursday January 14 (virtual short program)
Saturday June 05 (Big Gala!)
Wenatchee Convention Center

View our list of ALL past presidents HERE.
View our pictorial list of deceased members HERE.
Watch the 75th anniversary video HERE.   Plan to be part of the 100-year celebration Gala, COVID permitting.
Watch the video of Ed Cadman's year as RI President HERE
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   
Thursday January 14 (virtual program)
Saturday June 05,  5-9 PM,  
      Centennial Gala
      (recently delayed by COVID)   
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2020-21:
      Kory Kalahar
Pres. Elect: 
     Alice Meyer
Pres. Nominee:
     Jill Leonard
Pres. Designate:    TBD
     Frank Clifton
     Allan Galbraith
Claudia DeRobles
Andy Petro
Gary Provo
Michelle Shermer
Dante Gutierrez-Zamora
Jim Brink
Marilee Rounds
Thomas Everly
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 Bossenbrock   Henkle   Parlette   Smith, J Guests  
  2 Brink   Jinneman   Petro   Speidel Kelli Scott  
  3 Button   Kalahar   Rasmussen   Spies    
  4 Campbell   Kendall   Robertson   St. Jean    
  5 Clifton   Kintner   Rodgers   Stach    
  6 Conner   Kulaas   Rose   Van Well    
  7 Cooper   Leonard   Ross        
  8 Corcoran   McNair   Rounds        
  9 Everly   Mickey   Schultz        
  10 Evey   Monnette   Shermer        
  11 Galbraith   Murray   Singhose        
  12 Heminger   Nelson   Smith, C        
Dec 24, 2020
Merry Christmas
Dec 31, 2020
Happy New Year's
Jan 07, 2021
Youth Exchange
Jan 14, 2021
Wenatchee Rotary 100 Year Celebration
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