Wenatchee Rotary  - Noon Thursdays at Red Lion  
       October 10,  2019         
                  Volume LXIX - No 14                
October is Rotary's Economic & Community Development Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
Makeup opportunities at area clubs.  (Area 8)
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.
  Al Jim Doug Bryan
Date Future Weeks Looking Ahead
10/17 Corcoran Clemens Clugston Conner
10/24 Divis Diede DeRobles Davies
Financial Consulting Services
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Menu and meeting room :   Columbia River Room.    Baked Lasagna, Chef's choice seasonal vegetables, Caesar salad, Rolls with butter, Chef’s Choice Dessert & Coffee Service.  (Thanks to Alyssa Moomaw of Red Lion staff for providing this update weekly)

THURSDAY NIGHT THIS WEEK (Oct. 10)!    This month's Rotary fellowship event is the celebration of Oktoberfest with Don and Heidi Myers.   So put on your "Lederhosen" and join the fun!   Brats, buns, sauerkraut, and sides are provided by the Myers and the fellowship committee.    Help liven "eine Party geben" by bringing your favorite Berliner Weisse or Ale!
Location:   1030 Canyonside Rd., Wenatchee
Time:   5 PM to 7:30 PM
Contact Gary Provo ASAP if you have not signed up, 972-998-4221.
There will not be a better opportunity to chat with RYE student Beatrice from Milan, Italy.

 It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of former Rotarians and a spouse.  
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.
 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.

Mike's Musings
Mike Kintner
member photo

Another Auction?  Why?

Our club is about to embark on auction season for the second year in a row. You may be wondering- Why?  After all, traditionally the club has put on its major fundraiser every other year.  Here’s the reason- the normal schedule would have the auction in January 2021.  That happens to coincide with our club’s Centennial Celebration.  We will be hosting a great big bash in January 2021- but not one with the primary function of being a fundraiser.  Our club finances are intentionally lean; our budget is designed to put as much of your dues to work in community service, world service, Interact and other club-sponsored projects as possible.  Auction proceeds help with this.  However, even in normal times, having a significant amount of cash flow come in only every other year creates challenges in budgeting.  If we were to wait until 2022 for our next major fundraiser, the club would be forced to cut back significantly in those very important programs and activities. Your Board analyzed the situation carefully and decided that we wished to continue being impactful in our local community and our world.  This includes providing funding for our Wenatchee Rotary Foundation’s scholarship program, for Interact, for Community Service, for HANWASH and for Milot.  To accomplish this, we needed to put together auctions in both 2019 and 2020. During the current year, there is an extraordinary need for funding for several worthy non-profit agencies in the Wenatchee area.   Our objective is to help the Community Foundation of NCW be a part of the solution. Audacious? Maybe.  But that’s what it takes to make an indelible impact in our community and our world. We’re grateful for you being willing to be a part of this important activity.  Yours in Rotary- Mike

  (NOTE - All program speakers listed on site home page)   
    OCTOBER 10 - Greater Wenatchee Technology Alliance (GWATA)    
Jenny will share information on GWATA's non-profit mission and upcoming events. GWATA is a 501(c)3 focused on supporting technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM education efforts in NCW. In addition, GWATA co-directs the Apple STEM Network and Flywheel Investment Conference. 
Photo of 2019 Flywheel Investment Conference and 2019 Innovator Awards Luncheon.

with Pat Lamphere

The meeting was opened by President Mike Kintner, who gave or allowed the announcements below, before introducing PP Marc Heminger, who introduced our speaker Tom Neher, Director of Garden Terrace Independent Senior Living.  Click the link to see Tom's video and other info.  Tom presented the highlights below, which appear on the website.  LISTEN HERE TO MARC AND TOM

"Our mission is to provide safe and affordable apartments for folks who are 62 and older but have limited income. While protecting individual privacy, resident leaders, staff and directors strive to foster a caring community experience. This includes resident meals served five times each week.  Garden Terrace apartments are ideally located. Confluence Health medical services, banking and supermarket shopping are less than one block away. Walk a few more blocks to Riverfront Park, with its paved walking and cycling trail. Free trolley service links tenants to downtown businesses, Pybus Public Market, concerts, theater and sports events. Why not call some friends to enjoy nearby fishing, mountain trails and winter ski slopes?

Something always seems to be happening among residents. Meet new friends during exercise or arts and crafts classes. Movie nights, potlucks, fundraisers and scheduled outings are planned by the Resident Council. Spontaneously, other groups form for custom activities, book discussions and conversation. We’re especially proud of residents who donate time and service to other community organizations and causes."   Objective - To provide vulnerable seniors a safe and secure community where they can thrive.


Thanks to Jessica Kendall for this week's excellent pics..

See previous editions for other important notes
  • Mystery Rotarian.  The first quarter competition is now complete.  Winner will be revealed next week.   Drawing for second place was won by Tom McNair ($25 in Pybus bucks).    The M/Rs have been Pres. Mike, Heidi Myers, Judy Conner, Andy Petro, Charlie Miracle, Bryan Campbell, Jessi Mendoza, Claudia DeRobles, Russ Speidel, Dan Rodgers, Bill Monnette.  This week it was Angela Spies.  Next Big Juicy clue for the second quarter: "This Mystery Rotarian will be Club President in 2021-2022".  Get more clues on the meeting PowerPoint; clues will have a different flavor this quarter. 
  • MYSTERY DONORS REVEALED!.  The large gift of the $101,000 was made by Jim and Karen Russell, with $26,000 toward Polio Plus and the remainder going to Guatemala Literacy and other RI programs.  
  • Auction update.  Bill Murray made an appeal; see below.
  • October is Polio MonthPP Pete Van Well outlined plans for October 24, World Polio Day , and wants everyone involved, in collections at KPQ, and/or at the "World's Greatest Dinner to End Polio" at the Senior Center.  Pete also serves as the district Polio Chair.  LISTEN HERE TO MIKE & PETE.
  • Alice Meyer mentioned that this is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month; everyone should wear pink next week.
  • Fellowship Events
    1. October 10.   October Fest at the home of Don & Heidi Myers (see above).
    2. November 01.  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. 
  • Women in Rotary.  Monday 10/30 was the Women of Rotary event.  Held at Horan Estates Winery, this group of women shared what they are passionate about,  what they love in life and some delicious wine!  Next event will be November 19 at the Wenatchee Museum.  Bring a friend or 4.  
  • Next week.  GWATA, with Jenny Rojanasthien.
  • Lunch BuddiesDick Reed introduced Alfonso Lopez, principal of Lewis & Clark Elementary School, who appealed for volunteers to help mentor some of his at-risk students in this program begun several years ago by Linda Evans Parlette and other members of this club. The commitment involves about 40 minutes per week.  His special guest, Family Advocate Belia Sanchez explained it further.   To volunteer, contact Belia at 509-663-5351.   LISTEN HERE TO ALFONSO AND OTHERS.  Alfonso received a standing ovation on being recognized as principal of the year in Washington State.
  • Gary Mertes.  His celebration of life is Saturday, 2PM at WGCC.  Everyone is invited. 
  • 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.
  • Centennial awareness.  Feature is suspended for now.
  • Late BreakingJim Brink has been elected to replace Dan Maher on the Board of Directors, serving into 2021.
  • TRIVIA.  Mike's useless trivia for the week:  there is only one flavor of Skittles, in spite of what we are led to believe.  
Dick Reed Alfonso Lopez Belia Sanchez
PP Pete on Polio Alfonso gets "standing O!"

Auction co-chair Bill Murray appealed this week to all members to support the auction, and announced that his new co-chair is Trisha Johnson.   LISTEN HERE TO BILL'S APPEAL.   
The date for our 2020 Action is January 25, 2020.  We’re ramping up quickly and are asking for assistance from all Wenatchee Rotarians. Auction Committee members will be reaching out to many of you in the coming weeks.  Your willingness to say “Yes!” is sincerely appreciated.  Please watch the Appleseed for on-going updates and auction announcements.  Any donation checks should be made out to The Wenatchee Rotary Foundation.  Thanks.
Oct 10 - At the Myers'
Nov 01 - Dia de los Muertos 
at the Museum
October 24
Bucket collections at KPQ
Potluck dinner at Senior Center
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


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 3, Club-60-cup donations totaled  $52.40 bringing our total to $506  or $1712 with the Gates match!   This equates to 2859 lives potentially saved!  Plan now to participate in all our activities on World Polio Day, October 24.
                  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 10, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Cyber Security
Oct 24, 2019
Link Transit
Oct 31, 2019
Legislative Updates
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