Now in our second century of service! 

  Wenatchee Rotary - meetings Thursday noon  
June 3, 2021     Volume LXX - # 47
  ZOOM #59 
   June is Rotary Fellowships Month   
ZOOM only for this week, June 3.
HYBRID meetings resume June 10, 17
(ZOOM only June 24)
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Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
  With Joel Norman & Allie Schank

Established in 1999, the AppleSox have been providing affordable family entertainment at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium.  Every summer, young men leave their colleges and come to Wenatchee hoping to hone their skills and impress their head coaches when they return in August.

Since the first season in 2000, the team has created a tradition as timeless as American baseball itself and woven into the colorful history of Wenatchee. Centered around traditional baseball and good, old-fashioned, family fun with wooden signage on the home field and a proud home crowd that boasts some record attendance. The AppleSox guarantee a good time for all and they bring it!

Joel is in his third year as the “Voice of the AppleSox” and is a graduate of West Virginia University. In the offseason, Joel assists the AppleSox in sales and also broadcasts Brewster basketball and football for KOZI FM as well as Eastmont and Wenatchee baseball for The NCWLIFE Channel.
Allie Schank has been with the AppleSox since 2018 and is in her first season as the general manager. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 and worked for three years in their athletic department with ticket sales and student-athlete tutoring. She enjoys spending her free time with her Australian Shepherd, Colchuck.
WEEK IN REVIEW -  May 27, 2021 (ZOOM #58)  
With Craig Reese, 
ZOOM VIDEO HERE   [password = #43May27Sister ]
  1. ZOOM videos are only available for 2 weeks.
  2. More permanent YouTube video HERE.
  3. Previous APPLESEED (May 27).
Craig was introduced by P/E Alice Meyer.
Sister Connection was founded in 2006 to help widows rebuild their lives after decades of war. Civil conflict left a generation of widows and orphans without status and without support. We connected them to sponsorship donors who rebuilt their homes and supported them financially.  [See Facebook page HERE.]

Today, Sister Connection serves a new generation of widows. While the memory of war is fading, the economic prospects for widows and their children remain bleak. Our goal has shifted from the immediate needs of charity to a push for self-sufficiency and sustainable development.  Craig shared with us how widows are provided new homes for only about $750, and how many of them are trained and loaned funds to start their own small businesses.

Wenatchee's Craig Reese has been the president of Sister Connection since 2016 after having served in other capacities since 2011.  He has made over 20 trips to Burundi and has been instrumental in instituting programs in micro -enterprise and vocational training. A few of his images....

Region served
Central Africa
Typical widow's home (before)
New home under construction
Widow meeting her sponsor
Widow meeting her sponsor
A new successful entrepreneur
selling potatoes.
Craig with a widow trained in sewing &
selling prepaid cell-phone tickets.



See previous editions of the Appleseed.
The hybrid meeting was opened and led by president Kory Kalahar, who welcomed members and guests, with Thomas Everly again at the technical controls.  All announcements are repeated in the Appleseed.


NEW-MEMBER PROPOSALS.   New-member proposal from last week  :
       Name spelling correction - David Rayfield, Wenatchee Wild
Meeting changes.  Meeting next week, June 3, and June 24 will be 100% ZOOM due to unavailability of Pybus.  As always, text reminders will be sent on Thursday morning to all members.
Farmer's Market Takeover
Sunrise Rotary is again performing this community service; next event - June 19.  To join in, contact Kathleen Mcnalty - .  "We're hoping to add a pet parade with Firehouse Pets. So bring your pet next time! "
WRF Bylaws Update  [Added after the meeting]  The updated bylaws for the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation are ready for a vote by the entire club.  Jill Leonard will send out voting instructions soon.  Voting will close at 11 AM June 17.  Results will be announced at the club's hybrid meeting that day by Jill, or incoming WRF president Tom Ross.   To view the update, CLICK HERE.
Haiti HANWASH.   Our amazing Carin Smith has announced major developments in our effort to bring clean water to Haiti.  See full story below.
Festival Lunch  Wednesday - June 9th, 
All-Service-Club Luncheon, noon at the Convention Center - tickets are $25 pp or $225 for a table. We have purchased two tables for Wenatchee Rotarians.  You can get individual tickets HERE. Or contact Kory HERE to join our table.  There may be a few remaining.
Michelle Shermer introduced Lauren Scanga, and Amy Taulango. 
Laurel Turner brought Ginger.
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).  [Added later]  Student applicants needed according to the district RYE chair Martha Kennedy.  More later.  CLICK HERE.
Not so Stupid.   President Kory is running out of smart things he has done, but managed to find one more.   "One of the things we struggled with when my father passed away was how soon to sell his beloved Corvette. My dad instructed me to make sure and liquidate everything to make sure my mom wants for nothing. Well, she wants for nothing and we were still able to keep the Corvette."

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Attendance  (Advise secretary if you were not counted)
1 Barrett Bossenbrock Parlette  
2 Bridges Brink Peters Amy Taulango\
3 Button Corcoran Provo Lauren Scanga
4 Clifton Davies Robertson  
5 Everly De Robles Rodgers  
6 Freytag Dudek Sims SPEAKER
7 Heminger Gillum Smith,C Craig Reese
8 Jinneman Kalahar Smith,J   
9 Meyer McCart St. Jean  
10 Myers, Don McNair Turner  
11 Myers, H Mendoza    
12 Petro Mickey    
13 Shermer Monette    
14 Singhose Murray    
15 Van Well Nelson    
  Ten things we didn't know   
about Don Myers  
     Watch video HERE .
Don related these facts:
  Born in Seattle 1957 - parents wanted better for their kids - accordion lessons!
2.  Teacher giving me string bass lessons - connection to various groups including the Walla Walla Symphony.
Affiliations -
3.  The Highlanders - Shorecrest High School
4.  The Fighting Missionaries - Whitman College
5.  The Huskies - UW
6. The Quakers (pacificists) and The Cadets (soldiers) - teaching years at Franklin Jr Hi and Eisenhower HS
7.  The Panthers - WHS.  Moved to Wenatchee in 1985 as Young Life Area Director
8.  The _________________ - Fuller Seminary
9.  Rotary - 1990.  Great relationships and adventures .  Tanzania in 2004 to see a Rotary sponsored school, and on the side climbed Kilimanjaro
10.  Heidi.  Married 43 years, 27 still to go to make the goal of 70.
 Watch video HERE .  Next victim -  Eric Nelson.  
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
28. Jim Brink
29. Marc Heminger
30. Bill Monnette
31. Loren Stach
32. Britt Dudek
33. Don Myers
34. Eric Nelson?


A Project of our International Service Committee
Carin Smith, Chair


We are grateful and excited to report that 23 clubs later and 15 Districts later, we raised the funds to be able to apply for a Rotary Global Grant. Carin Smith and Sherry Chamberlain are so thrilled, and celebrating today! This may be the largest GG our Rotary District has sponsored and the largest our two clubs have been involved with. This is a phenomenal project with much enthusiastic participation and we are proud of everyone for pitching in.

The budget for the project is just over $490,000. To be able to apply for the grant, we had to raise half of that. Sherry and Carin put in many hours finessing the grant and working with experienced Rotary leaders to make it as good as possible. We are tremendously grateful to the fundraising efforts on our behalf by John Smarge, who is a distinguished leader in the Rotary world (among other things, a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors in 2010-2012 and Chairman of the Executive Committee, 2011-2012). We also are extremely fortunate to be working with the leaders of HANWASH, who together have enormous experience with both Rotary and with water development projects in Haiti.

We were able to submit the grant just in time before the RI grant matching lowers from 100% to 80% of funds raised. Now we wait until we hear about whether our grant application is approved (probably by July).

Thanks again to all the clubs who have pledged your support. We know that especially at the beginning this was a big risk for you, with many unknowns. Huge thanks to the Wenatchee Rotary Club for their initial support of this idea! It is still a “pilot project,” which means we and HANWASH are learning as the project proceeds. This will lay the groundwork for many future water projects in Haiti, as we are developing SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for community involvement, and for setting up and training on-site teams who will manage the sustainable water system for many years to come. Thank you, everyone!

Our current sponsors are those who generously sponsored
our  2020 auction or newly-added this Rotary year.
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End Polio Now:      Our goal this Rotary year is $7500. 
                   Actual=7662 = 121%                                          
Total with Gates* match = $22986 (38K+ lives potentially saved)
RI Annual Fund   Our goal is $4500


* Note:  We continue our 10-year relationship with the Gates Foundation.  Since 2013, they have matched each dollar with $2 toward polio eradication.    
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Centennial Events   
Virtual Celebration - June 24
Gala - September 25
Jun 03, 2021
Wenatchee AppleSox Baseball
Jun 10, 2021
Saving the Free Press
Jun 17, 2021
Update from the Wenatchee School District
Jun 24, 2021
Presidential Roast
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