100 YEARS!
On February 1, 2021, Wenatchee Rotary will officially complete our first 100 years of service to the Wenatchee Valley and the world.  Our tribute on January 14, was the first of several planned celebrations.

  Wenatchee Rotary - ZOOM meetings Thursday noon  
Recurring ZOOM access -
[More details below]
January 28, 2021     Volume LXX - # 29
January is Rotary's Vocational Service Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
ZOOM Makeup at D5060 clubs  
  • UPCOMING PROGRAMS                
  • SPONSOR OF THE WEEK         
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 : NCW Walk to End Alzheimers- ZOOM #41
with Erica Grissmerson (more details below)
(Thursday at noon, ZOOM; Details below)
For virtual meetings -  ZOOM LINK.   Any Rotarian or friend of Rotary may attend.
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     Click HERE For the latest COVID-19 local health news.    
    WEEK IN REVIEW -  January 21, 2021 (ZOOM #40)      
   Part 1 - Speakers - Opioid Pandemic, with Keith Madsen
See ZOOM edited video  HERE[password =  #25january21madsen  ]
  1. See alternate video HERE, Keith's talk only.
  2. ZOOM Videos are only available for 2-3 weeks (may begin with other features)
  3. Previous APPLESEED (Jan. 21)
  4. Get audio only of Keith HERE .
The speaker was introduced by PP Bill Murray, with lots of fun facts.
Keith Madsen works with Intermountain AmeriCorps,  helping to bring education on the opioid epidemic to our schools.  It is a part of a national service movement striving to rebuild communities while broadening educational and life skills opportunities for citizens. AmeriCorps offers opportunities for Americans to make a substantial commitment to serve their country, mobilizing at the local level to build a national movement for positive change.
Basic info on Opioids
What are “opioids”? – Three kinds: natural, created from natural opioids and synthetic.
Natural: come from the opium poppy – opium, morphine, codeine
Created from natural – heroin
Synthetic: Oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, fentanyl,
What do opioids do? Used for the relief of pain. Also commonly used after other kinds of surgeries, for pain from cancer, and severe back pain.
These meds are generally safe when taken as prescribed by a medical doctor for a short time (3-5 days) when taken by the person for whom it is prescribed.  All three of those qualifiers are important!
Purdue Pharma claimed that OxyContin was not addictive and could be safely taken for all kinds of pain, both temporary and chronic. Both doctors and the general public believed them. Prescriptions for opioids tripled from 1992 to 2012. But what the drug companies had told people was wrong! The result has been what many in the health field have called “the worst drug epidemic in American history.
More people now die from overdose each year than die in automobile accidents or gun violence. In fact, more Americans die each year from overdose than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War. In recent years -over 70,000 deaths a year, and Covid has made it worse!
Opioids affect the brain’s ability to function in a normal way- atrophy of natural system of producing dopamine.
Opioids “Hijack” the brain, like a person might have their computer or Facebook page hacked This turns them into a different person who is only interested in getting the drug.
Breathing: opioids block signal that the brain needs oxygen. Overdose results in coma-like state where the body needs oxygen, but the brain does not know it. (Can be revived for 30minutes through Narcan nasal spray)
Among Seniors
On the rise among older Americans:
Older adults also more frequently face chronic pain issues.
Older adults often have experienced stress-inducing losses (retirement, spouse deaths, etc.)
Stigma may inhibit from getting treatment.
Healthy choices
Let’s take some time now to talk about positive actions you and your family can take:
  1. Monitor pain medication, and only take when necessary.  There are times when an opioid might be necessary for strong pain, if your physician prescribes them. But in those situations, you have the right to ask questions about your own treatment. Are there alternative ways of relieving pain? Many medical authorities are now saying that this combination is sufficient for most severe pain cases.—400 mg of Ibuprofen and 1000 mg of Acetaminophen 3X a day (side effect – possible GI bleeding, but relatively rare) Now Advil “Dual Action” has the 2 medications in one tablet. Other medical options: for Migraines, use triptans; for neuropathic pain, use Gabapentin; for joint pain, use capsaicin (topical) Also massage, acupuncture.
  2. If I no longer need the medication, what should I do with it? Never keep on taking an opioid just because you have more to take. (In that respect it’s different than an antibiotic.) Also, don’t just “save it for later.” Take it back to your pharmacy and ask them about safe disposal. Never take an opioid prescribed for someone else
  1. If you think you might be getting addicted, get treatment. Three medications are now being used to treat opioid addiction (methadone, Suboxone, Vivotrol), and when combined with counseling, are effective. Many older adults resist going for treatment because of the onus on drug addiction. But there is no reason for this. Opioid addiction is a health issue, not a moral issue. It can happen to good, caring, moral people. The Center; Ideal Options; New Start Clinic. Central Washington Recovery Coalition.
  2. Become aware of emergency treatment options. Naloxone nasal spray can be used to stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is now available in a generic form, and might soon be available over-the-counter. However, this spray only works for about 30 minutes, and should be followed up with emergency medical care.
  3. Find healthier ways to produce endorphins. Release produces the “runner’s high” – other ways to stimulate the production of endorphins – exercise, laughing, giving, yoga and meditation, building strong, satisfying relationships and …dark chocolate! This can be a challenge for older adults (except for the chocolate!). Particularly the case if they have lost their spouse or life partner. Need to think of being in a new era of life.



See previous editions of the Appleseed for other important notes
The meeting was opened and led by president Kory Kalahar, who introduced Russ Speidel, checking in from SEATAC.  Russ sponsored and introduced Ms. Kelli Scott, to be inducted.  After her introduction, an excellent charge was delivered by Past President (PPP) Pete Van Well.  Kelli was formerly a writer for the Wenatchee World and other newspapers, a political lobbyist, and is now serving as Central Washington Manager for Congresswoman Kim Schrier (WA-08). Her husband, Brett, is also a former Capitol Hill staffer and a government affairs consultant. Kelli’s father was a longtime Rotarian in Tacoma.   We can hardly wait for her classification talk!  Read about Kelli's amazing dog Barkley HERE.   The induction and charge ceremony can be viewed as a cloud video HERE....  Audio only HERE.
President Kory
Russ Speidel
Pete Van Well
Kelli Scott
The induction and charge ceremony can be viewed as a cloud video HERE....  Audio only HERE.
  • Chelan Cares.  Supporting local has never been more important. If you happen to be in Chelan they have gotten very creative with Cares dollars and reimbursing the local restaurant owners for their work time and effort. 
  • Secretary Frank Clifton.  Ten things you Don’t Know About a Fellow Rotarian.  See below.
Ten (or more) things we didn't know about Frank Thomas Clifton, Jr.
Photos show Frank then and now.
  Watch the video of Frank  ... or get audio only HERE
Frank used a PowerPoint with photos.  Below is a simplified description, followed by a few of Frank's photos.
  1. Born in Florence, SC, November 5, 1938.  Nickname, "Tommy".
  2. Grew up in small town, Mount Olive, NC.  Home of Mt. Olive Pickles.
  3. In Mt. Olive, there are neither mounts nor olives.
  4. Dad started a tire business after returning from Army, circa 1945.
  5. Played 3 seasons HS football as running back, with some success.
  6. Graduated high school, 1957.  Met future wife during senior year.
  7. Related incidents involving the HS 3rd floor balcony.
  8. Became Eagle Scout with mother's urging.
  9. Committed many mischievous pranks with high school friends.
  10. Married LaQuita during college, January 31, 1960.
  11. Graduated NC State College, 1961 (now NCSU); BS, Mechanical Engineering.
  12. Worked at a variety of engineering positions in 8 different locations around the US.
  13. Retired 1996 after 20 years with Westinghouse-Hanford; back to Mt. Olive, '99.
  14. President & secretary, Mt. Olive Rotary (2004-2015); awarded Area Rotarian of Year.
  15. Secretary, Wenatchee Rotary since early 2016.
  16. Family photo below show kids Tom, Cheri, Sean; Cheri is now with Jesus.
  17. Thankful to God for blessed life!

Next meeting - Frank selected PP Judy Conner.  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
Andy Petro
Pete Van Well
Frank Clifton


   With Erica Grissmerson
Erica is the Manager for the Walk to End Alzheimer's here in Wenatchee but also manages the Yakima, Walla Walla and Tri-Cities Walks. Joining Erica is Geoff Gatewood, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. Geoff serves on the Wenatchee Volunteer Walk Planning Committee as the Walk Chair. 
Walk to End Alzheimer's is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer's/Dementia Rotarian Action Group is a proud National Team of the Walk to End Alzheimer's! 

   With Rich Monroe

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!"
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)
Other events are TBA (pending COVID)   
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2020-21:
      Kory Kalahar
Pres. Elect: 
     Alice Meyer
Pres. Nominee:
     Jill Leonard
Pres. Designate:  
    Michelle Shermer
     Frank Clifton
     Allan Galbraith
Directors (term ending):
'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
'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)
    MEMBERS               GUESTS  
    Some attendees were only part-time      
  1 Albert   Heminger   Monnette   Singhose   Keith Madsen, speaker  
  2 Anderson   Henkle   Murray   Smith, C   Kelli Scott, inducted  
  3 Barrett   Jinneman   Nelson   Smith, J   Ray Dobbs  
  4 Bossenbrock   Kalahar   Parlette   Speidel      
  5 Brink   Kintner   Peters   St. Jean      
  6 Clifton   Kulaas   Petro   Stuller      
  7 Conner   Leonard   Provo   Sturgeon      
  8 Cooper   McCants   Rasmussen   Van Well      
  9 Dudek   McCart   Robertson          
  10 Everly   McNair   Ross          
  11 Evey   Meyer   Rounds          
  12 Galbraith   Mickey   Shermer          
Jan 28, 2021
NCW Walk to End Alzheimer's
Feb 04, 2021
Classification Talks
Feb 11, 2021
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center Strategic Plan
Feb 18, 2021
Hearing Loss, The Silent Epidemic
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Russell Hampton
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