Wenatchee Rotary  -  Meeting via ZOOM temporarily  
June 18, 2020  - 6 PM
Volume LXIX - No 49
June is Rotary Fellowship Month
Thanks to Ken Kohnhorst for the updated banner.
Makeup opportunities at area clubs.  (Area 8)
  • CENTENNIAL ....#58
  • SPONSOR OF THE WEEK         
* Polio-Plus donations have exceeded our goal through personal giving, especially that of PP Jim Russell and wife Karen in 2019.  Final results will be reported at year-end.
DONATE TO OUR CAUSES PLUS HERE. Then follow instructions. 
RI Convention online, 6/20-26!  First ever virtual convention. 
During the pandemic, our regular meetings continue online (virtual) using ZOOM technology.  Currently, all meetings are at 6 PM each Thursday.  To join in CLICK HERE.   Any Rotarian or friend of Rotary may attend. 
All will remain in a "Waiting Room" until the host arrives.
If no digital access, call in by phone :  Dial 669-900-6833; when asked, enter meeting ID - 484-306-077#, then #.
To find/join other clubs' virtual meetings, CLICK HERE ;  for security purposes, ClubRunner login is required to access the list.
Do you have a personal COVID-19 story to tell?  Scroll down to see Jill's proposal.
     Click HERE For the latest COVID-19 local health news.    
    WEEK IN REVIEW -  June 11 (ZOOM #12)      
   Program:   Chelan Fire Chief, Brian Brett
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Listen to audio only HERE.
The speaker was introduced by sponsor Britt Dudek.  Read about Chief Brett in the APPLESEED  of June 4.

Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett got his start washing trucks working for his father’s Wenatchee Valley business Brett and Sons.  It seems that his career choice kept him in the truck-washing business.

CCFD1 merged in 2015 with Wenatchee Fire Department.  The merger has gone very well and made perfect sense to combine the two entities since they had a significant geographic overlap.

The district received an updated rating in mid-May by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau.  On a scale of one thru ten the district rating was lowered from five to four.  There are no communities in Washington that are rated one at this time.  This should allow homeowners to reduce their insurance costs beginning September 1, 2020.

A brief summary of district locations.  Our main fire station is in Sunnyslope with aviation facilities.  A new station being constructed on Wenatchee Ave. near Joe’s Log Cabin to be open this October.  A previously dormant facility at 5th and Western was remodeled and opened in 2019.  A new facility at the base of Squilchuck canyon, currently staffed with volunteers only.  A station at the foot of Wenatchee Heights road in Squilchuck canyon, and a location in Malaga that will also have aviation facilities.  Future locations will be on Stemilt Hill near the Four-Corners area and the Colockum area.

District equipment consists of ten, Type 1 fire engines, six were purchased used.  Two new engines are now being lease/purchased.  This new equipment as partially responsible for lowering our rating since equipment has a 25-year useful lifespan with 15 of those years as “first out” with the follow ten years as reserve.  The district has two ladder trucks plus a new “tillered” ladder truck that has been ordered to serve the growing urbanized environment.

Current careered staff at CCFD1 is 42.  One staff is tasked with promoting safe wildland fire strategy throughout the district.  Recently, goats have been utilized to reduce brush cover and help with this strategy in the Broadview area and are planned to be used again in the Quale Hollow area the week of the 15th.  We have seen a significant change in the landscape in the last 40 years with orchards buffering between wildlands and homes.  Now the orchards are mostly gone, and this produces more significant issues with wildland fires requiring the district to respond in a different manner to protect homes.

Aviation assets are coordinated with the Department of Natural Resources.  Plans to locate a larger helicopter at the Malaga facility along with a streamlined response plan will help to quicken response time throughout the district.

CCFD1 is following along a national trend where in the urban areas where there are few volunteers.  Fortunately, in the rural areas there is a significant base of volunteer fire fighters that are willing to donate their time to the district.  Wenatchee Heights, Stemilt Hill, Malaga and the Colockum all have high volunteerism. 

The modern fire service was started by Benjamin Franklin in 1776.  Since that time up until about 30 years ago, the strategy of fire fighting had remained mostly the same.  Beginning about three decades ago when consumer began buying home furnishings and belongings that are being made from plastics versus wood, fire fighters are now facing fires consisting of very toxic fumes and a much more quickly propagating fire.  The typical fire 30 years ago used to take approximately 30 minutes to become fully involved, now that time is closer to four minutes.  Here is a link to a video that illustrates that change.  Additionally, these toxic fumes contaminate fire fighting gear and have been traced to extremely high rates of cancer in fire fighters.  Fire districts now perform on-site decontamination as well as equipment cleaning and separating that equipment away from the fire station living quarters.

Fortunately, technology is always improving.  The district is using updated techniques and equipment to address these situations that can combat new challenges while improving the protection of the fire fighters.



  June 11  - ZOOM Meeting #12  
See previous editions of the Appleseed for other important notes
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  • President Mike opened the ZOOM meeting to  about 34 members and a few guests as listed below, with Secretary Frank as ZOOM host. 
  • RYE students.  Mike encouraged members to consider ways to do things with inbound Beatrice who departs soon.  She has enjoyed learning golf with Tom McNair and his friend.
  • Rotary International Virtual Convention (first ever), June 20-26, no cost!  See Special Announcement above.  No Rotarian should miss this opportunity!
  • COVID stories.  Send your stories to Jill's email HERE
  • Mystery Rotarian :  Rich Peters was named for June 11.  Rich served 1.8 terms as club president.  Few guessed correctly, since his name was not on the ballot.  Juicy Clue this week for the final M/R - This week’s M/R is a relatively new member of the club but was a star in handling finances for our successful 2020 Rotary Auction!
  • Green Bags ProjectCarin Smith is asking for 3 people to help sort and box food donations on the morning of Sat July 11 for a couple of hours. Contact Carin if you can help out! 509-699-1593.
  • Carmen.  She joined our meeting, just barely home from being hospitalized.  What an amazing lady!
  • Polio donations need to be in before end of June (end of Rotary year) to help make our goal.  DONATE HERE.
  • Next weekGil Sparks brings the riveting story of guest speaker Bethany Alhaidari.   Invite your friends.
  • "Stuff the Bus" - Rob Tidd will elaborate this week, if we choose to admit him.  For info click HERE
  • Useless Trivia.  In 2004, Google launched GMAIL, but many Garfield fans thought that domain was owned by the comic strip cat.  Read the story HERE.  Read the actual history of GMAIL HERE.  
Business of the week.  Appleseed may soon begin promoting a "business of the week".  Those interested may send the secretary some details to display, like a logo, motto, contact info, etc.  There will be a small annual fee.
The meeting was arranged and hosted by Secretary Frank, using Jill Leonard's ZOOM account, assisted by Tom Everly.
Attendance:  Mike, Kory, Sue, Eric, Ford, Tom Ross, Tom McNair, Russ, Carin, Muffy, Loren, Gary P., Ken,  Linda, Rich P., Carmen, Gene, Chuck J., Susan, Leonard, Pete, Gil,  Terry, Doug,  Allan, Britt, Dante, Rachel,  RYE student Beatrice, Frank C.
Guests:   Brittany Dudek, Mary Kintner, Jeff Pierce (Fire Marshall at Holden Village)
Speaker :  Brian Brett
(Please advise Frank if he omitted you)
Jeff Pierce, Fire Marshall at Holden Village offered helpful comments. Rich Peters had good questions.
With Bethany Alhaidari & Gil Sparks
The organization seeks to provide advocacy and support to American mothers and their children stuck in Saudi Arabia.  "The program will introduce some of the findings of my PhD research in Saudi Arabia, my experience there in opening the first female & foreign owned start-up company, and my own struggle with the Saudi legal system and human rights violations, which led to me leaving it all behind. I will highlight how we were able to advocate and eventually get out, and how the Saudi American Justice Project serves to help other mothers and their children in similar circumstances."
Bethany Alhaidari is a PhD candidate in International Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, with a Masters in Middle East & Islamic Studies from the American University of Paris. She has spent nearly a decade on the ground in Saudi Arabia addressing complex human rights issues. She is a consulting human rights advocate for the Center for International Policy in Washington D.C., and has recently founded the Saudi American Justice Project (SAJP) in Washington State.
  June 25  -  END OF YEAR  
With Pete Van Well and the Past Presidents
End of Year, Peaceful Transfer of Power, Presidential Roast/Recognition/Tribute, Installation of officers - some of the names traditionally assigned to the final meeting of the Rotary year as we transfer the leadership reins.  All will agree, it has been a great year to be a Rotarian - Oh Yeah!  Will there be more mystery?  Will there be more useless trivia?
As we enjoy the last meeting that President Mike will preside over this week and its serious topic, be sure not to miss his send off next week.   Don't miss the laughs and fun of this transition meeting - always sure to entertain!
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Hello members,
As a service club, we need to spotlight our service to the community and the world.  Can you please share with me what you are doing during this time to make a difference.  I know the majority of us are not just sitting at home watching Netflix 24/7.    Many of us are still working,  making masks, reaching out to people or supporting small business, etc.    Please send me an email at with the details of how you and your family are engaged to make a difference in our pandemic world.  I would love concrete facts and photos speak volumes.  I will be sharing on our social media channels.  If you want to share what you are doing, but don’t want to be identified, just let me know!    Thank you for helping me show the world why today is a great day to be a Rotarian!   

Jill Leonard
Board meetings 3rd Thursday
4:30 PM, ZOOM
Meeting ID: 972 9929 0991
Password: 290505
Future meetings TBA
We appreciate all of our sponsoring merchants & businesses.
For complete details, see our web site.
Friday January 15, 2021
5-9 PM
Centennial Gala

May 13 - 16, 2021
District Conference, Wenatchee
  • 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
Plan to attend our 100-year celebration
Friday January 15, 2021
Wenatchee Convention Center
View a list of ALL past presidents here.
1978 - 1979
Ray Shutt
View a list of ALL past presidents HERE.
Watch the 75th anniversary video HERE.
Join Kory Kalahar & John McDarment on the Centennial Committee . Help plan the Gala to be held Friday January 15, 2021.
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2019-20:
      Mike Kintner
Pres. Elect: 
     Kory Kalahar
Pres. Nominee:
     Alice Meyer
Pres. Designate:
    Jill Leonard
     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 is 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)
New member - Shannon Sims

TRF Chair: Dan Rodgers
INBOUNDBeatrice Sandrini from Italy near Milan.
(Bay- uh-tree-chay)
Contact her to join in fun activities thru Andy Petro (509.885.8825), or see her at a meeting.
OUTBOUND - Emily in Finland
Jun 18, 2020
Saudi-American Justice Project
Jun 25, 2020
Year End Transfer
Jul 02, 2020
Video from District Governor Richard DeRock
Jul 09, 2020
Community Foundation
View entire list
Russell Hampton
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