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December 17, 2020      Volume LXX - # 25
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Error correction - Ken Robertson's biking buddy (Allan Galbraith) is NOT his golfing buddy!
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    WEEK IN REVIEW -  December 10, 2020 (ZOOM #36)      
   Part 1 - Program:  Christmas Party With S. Claus
See ZOOM edited video  HERE[password =  #21december10Santa ]
1. Videos are only available for 2-3 weeks.  Each may begin with "10 things about..." 
2. Previous APPLESEED (Dec 03)
3. Get audio only HERE.
Special guest Santa Claus (with Mrs. Claus) was introduced by president Kory.

Santa opened with a humorous poem reflecting this very unusual Christmas season.  He then proceeded to...

  • Offer commentary on the various holiday attire of the attendees, and whether they are naughty or nice! 
  • Express a preference for egg nog with rum, and snicker doodles over the traditional milk/cookies.
  • Relate some stories of holiday memories, and allowed members to guess who owned those memories. 
  • Allow board members to share a special holiday memory
No one was able to guess the two submitted Christmas child hood memories of Mike Kintner and Phil Rasmussen.

A few stories were shared by board members Jill Leonard, Frank Clifton, and Alice Meyer.  PP Bill Murray added one of his favorite memories from 1969 when Buster the dog got into the traditional baby Jesus birthday cake.

Holiday singing - a chaotic 'Silent Night' by all, led by Mrs. Claus.





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.  He praised all of those who were sporting colorful Christmas attire (photo below).
Guests included Declan (Tom McNair's grandson), Casia Logan (below left, Outbound RYE student from Quincy RC to Belgium), Kelli Scott (below right, Congressional aide, guest of Russ Speidel), Ray Dobbs (Chelan RC), Shanley Crane (AG, E. Wenatchee RC).
Next week.  Annual meeting (elections), see Upcoming Programs below.  It will be fun and festive.  Bring your favorite holiday memory (if you were missed last week).  Also, bring a favorite Christmas movie quote, just in case there is time.  And be sure to vote before 11 AM on Thursday using the online poll, but we are also required to bring floor nominations (contact PP Mike first). This our final 2020 meeting.
Other 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."
  • Scholarships.  If you remember mention of our Wenatchee Rotary Board giving our scholarships through North Central ESD, here are the projects we funded and the shout out from the ESD...
  • Rotary Park Update with Rich PetersNew PICKLE BALL courts are planned at a cost of about $10K.  More later.  Michelle Shermer claims that the game was invented in her hometown during her high school years on Bainbridge Island.  It is true.  Click the link!

  • Sack pack!  Over 700 sack packs donated!  Judy Conner excelled in card-writing.   Another opportunity to support folks who are struggling like we did with the Stuff-a-Sackpack Wenatchee, is to write letters and cards to the elderly in assisted living. I still have about 20 holiday cards if anyone wants them to help this writing campaign and I will get more!

  • PolioPlus.  [From PP Pete Van Well]   District 5060 has raised $51K for polio plus this year, up from last year significantly. As for Wenatchee Club, President Kory, you can feel proud that your club is No. 1 in the district for Polio Plus donations with $5,200 of your annual $7,500 goal reached! We are just a couple hundred ahead of Okanogan which has raised $5,000 YTD. Thank you for your support and leadership in having a successful year for our commitment to polio eradication.

  • 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.  [From Pete Van Well]  FYI. 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.

Peter Van Well, President, Van Well Nursery

Stupid Suff.  Some people go overboard with the exterior illumination. Kory was that guy at one time!  Rumor is that he was inspired by Clark Griswold in the 1989 comedy Christmas Vacation. (watch trailer)

Clark Griswold
Kory on roof of 3-level home
Ten things we didn't know about Sean Cooper   
Listen HERE for Sean's commentary.  Sean says .....
  1. I've been both sky diving and bungee jumping, but prefer the latter.
  2. My worst scar is from snowboarding but no-one sees it because it's on my left glute [a buttocks muscle]
  3. I broke my nose in my amateur debut boxing, but am proud to say I never went down or stopped fighting, and my opponents' professional debut was the following week.
  4. Many of my finance teachers didn't like me because it didn't look like I was paying attention in class.
  5. (I missed this one)  My parents' house has a firepole in the corner of the living room.
  6. I hold my old CrossFit gyms record for pull-ups without stopping at 50 and can deadlift 445lbs.
  7. I've been SCUBA certified since age 12 and two of the craziest things to happen since then were having an octopus wrapped around my arm and an eel wrapped around my leg. **
  8. I've traveled to 11 countries outside of the USA and hope to travel to at least 70 more.
  9. I've climbed a dozen 14ers in Colorado, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens.  Helens was my favorite because I got to snowboard back down.
  10. I'm fascinated with the middle ages.  I had the opportunity to learn to fight with two handed broad swords in Denmark and someday hope to Joust and build a trebuchet or catapult.
  11. [Added by Frank...he was named after Sean Connery  (007) same as my own son]
** Kory suggested everyone watch "My Octopus Teacher" on Netflix.  Click link for trailer.
Next week - Sean selected Russ Speidel.
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


 You should have received an on-line poll. 
Voting will be closed before the meeting of Dec. 17.
Election slate provided by the election committee, chaired by PP Mike Kintner:
  • For president, 2023-24 – Michelle Shermer,   Dan Rodgers
  • For BOD director 2021-24 (3) – Ricardo Iniguez,  Sean Cooper,  Matthew Michelson,  Ken Robertson,  Tom Ross 
Ricardo Sean Matthew Ken Tom

Presidential Candidate statements :

Dan Rodgers - I joined Rotary in 1997 for reasons much like many of you did.  It was an opportunity to meet new business people and have great conversations with like minded people. Rotary over delivered my expectations for the better.     READ MORE 



Michelle Shermer - A Rotary president knows that in order to be successful, the real magic happens when every member has the chance to shine, because the best way to transform our communities and world is together.   As a nominee for Wenatchee Rotary President in 2023-24, I can only hope that I will be as successful in supporting others as those before me.      READ MORE 


Our current sponsors are those who generously sponsored

our  2020 auction or newly-added this Rotary year.

Owner - Tom Ross
Based in Wenatchee, we serve
customers throughout
North Central Washington. 
Your home and comfort are
important to us.
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
Support the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation When You
Shop During the Holidays, and Year-round
Through the upcoming holiday season, Wenatchee Rotarians will be shopping at local businesses as much as possible for gifts and necessities.  For those needs that aren’t available locally, many of us turn to Amazon for online purchases.  Did you know that your purchases from Amazon can support the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation?
The AmazonSmile program will donate 0.5% of your qualifying purchases to the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation at no additional cost to you.  You do need to log in to the AmazonSmile website to select the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation.  Sign-in at the link below and bookmark it for future use.  Each time you log in to shop you can see how much your purchases have contributed and the total of how much AmazonSmile has contributed to the Foundation.  Log-in link to AmazonSmile, set up your account and select Wenatchee Rotary Foundation as the recipient of the charitable rebate.
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Help the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation earn some of that money just by shopping at Fred Meyer and using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. It’s easy and it costs you nothing.
Sign into your Fred Meyer account to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation.   On any Fred Meyer website page, go to "My Account/Community Rewards, then enroll by searching for the Foundation by name or number: JL761.  Once that’s done, just shop like you normally do using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card.  Every time you do, you’ll help the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation earn a donation while still earning your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today!
Don’t have a Rewards Card, but want to help? You can easily sign up at the Customer Service desk at the Fred Meyer store or visit the Fred Meyer Rewards webpage.
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)

   May 13 - 16, 2021
   District Conference,
(pending COVID restrictions)
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 Anderson   Leonard   Provo     Guests  
  2 Barrett   McCart   Rasmussen     Kelli Scott  
  3 Button   McNair   Robertson     Ray Dobbs  
  4 Clifton   Meyer   Rodgers     Casia Logan*  
  5 Cooper   Michelsen   Rose     Shanley Crane  
  6 Davies   Monnette   Schultz        
  7 Dilly   Murray   Shermer     Declan, age 6  
  8 Dudek   Myers, Don   Singhose     (with Tom Mcnair)  
  9 Jinneman   Myers, H   Smith, C        
  10 Kalahar   Nelson   Speidel     * former RYE   
  11 Kendall   Parlette   St. Jean        outbound,        Quincy  
  12 Kintner   Peters   Stuller        
            Van Well        
Dec 17, 2020
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Dec 24, 2020
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Dec 31, 2020
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Jan 07, 2021
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