Volume LXXI(71) - # 32
February 10, 2022
February is Rotary's Peace & Conflict Prevention Month
With Jeff Wilkens
ZOOM #91/Hybrid #40
Attend via ZOOM OR in-person at
Pybus Market Event Center
   recurring ZOOM access -
   [Or dial 253-215-8782; enter meeting ID - 484-306-077#]

Members of the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council (CDTC) work together as a unified region to develop strategic plans for better roads, bridges, trails, buses, railroads and airports. CDTC establishes transportation priorities that support the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life.  (

Jeff Wilkens is the Executive Director for the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council.  Jeff is responsible for overall management and leadership of the Council and staff.  He is originally from St. Louis Missouri, where he studied Sociology and Urban Planning at Westminster College and the University of Iowa.  After working in regional and state government for 5 years in southwest Washington, he relocated to the Wenatchee Valley in 2002 for the opportunity to start-up and manage the Council.  After working in the region for 20 years, he remains motivated by the uniqueness and potential of the Wenatchee Valley.



The meeting was conducted at Pybus Market Event Center.
It was a virtual (ZOOM) Hybrid session, and
was opened and led by club president, Alice Meyer.
View ATTENDANCE HERE for this and recent meetings.  
NOTE:  All indoor meetings are currently held in venues where face coverings are mandatory.  Please honor the requirements of these establishments by wearing face-coverings properly.
DID SHE REALLY DO THIS?   President Alice was relieving the post-auction tension with her granddaughter. 
Watch video HERE.
MORE ON HAITI HANWASH HANWASH HERO Carin Smith recently appeared on NCW LIFE TV to discuss our Haiti initiative. 
In this 30-minute interview, all of your HANWASH questions will be answered as only Carin can, with her expert & encyclopedic knowledge of the topic.  View "Common Sense" video HERE.

AUCTION UPDATE.  A message from 'Auction Queen'  Jill Leonard.    "The Rotary Auction was a blast!  We had about 200 people attend, including more than 50 Rotarians.   It was a fun night of cornhole, balloon pops, and the ever-popular Heads or Tails.  
Thank you for our sponsors -- Cascade AutoCenter, Columbia Valley Community Health, Carmen Bossenbrock, Washington Trust Bank, and Numerica Credit Union.  

We are still waiting for expenses to come in, but we are close to announcing the final results of the auction. Stay tuned.  
New this year, we are offering a "Send a Kid to Camp" option.  This is your chance to "bid" (donate) $50 that will be used to help kids attend camp at either YMCA Lake Wenatchee Camp or Campfire Camp Zanika.  
If you would like to contribute to the success of the auction, you can send donations payable to the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation in any amount to:
     Jill Leonard
     635 N Kansas Ave
     East Wenatchee, WA 98802.    

Again, I want to thank everyone who helped with the auction. This could be....
  • getting donations,  
  • sponsoring a table,  
  • promoting ticket sales, or
  • attending the auction.
Huge kudos go out to Mike Kintner and Pete Van Well.  Without your leadership, hard work, and dedication, this event would not have been as successful as it was!  Special thanks to Shannon Sims who organized our silent auction items and to our amazing Interact members who worked during set up and the auction.  It was my utmost pleasure to work alongside all of you!"
Important dates to save - More later on all of these
Feb. 23 - TRF GALA; see below
March 19 - Spring Training (CSTE)
March 24 - Venue change; we meet at Rocky Reach Dam Visitor Center
May 7 - Apple Blossom Grand Parade, Sunrise Rotary raffle "Road Apple Roulette"
June 25 - Butte Blast Bike Ride, Chelan Rotary ($65 early bird until March 01)
MORE SAD NEWS:   Don Elfving, a member from July 01, 1994 - Oct. 11, 2016, and board member 2013-2016, passed away January 30. 
Read two stories below about Don.
Related update.  A memorial service is planned for deceased member Paul Pankey,  at Saddlerock Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Miller St. (at Crawford), Feb. 12, 2 PM.
View pictorial list of all recently-deceased members HERE.
CLOSING .   Ken Robertson's brag:  He is thrilled that his daughter Julie is newly engaged to be married (in late April).  She lives in California.
President Alice closed the meeting with Super Bowl Trivia....
What team played in 4 Super Bowls without holding a lead?
What is the weight of the Lombardi trophy?
      (answers below)
THANK YOU.     PP Don Myers received this note from Betsy McDarment regarding the club's condolences following John's passing.  "Dear Don and Rotarians; Thank you for notes remembering your time with husband John.  When we support business and each other we prosper the community.  It's all good.
Blessings to each of you - Betsy McDarment."
ROTARY FOUNDATION (TRF) GALA FEB. 23 A sequel to the 2021 celebration, ticket price is $120, with $100 of which will be credited towards your Paul Harris points, if you include your Rotary member ID number.  That number can be found in your ClubRunner profile, or on our published member list HERE.  It runs from 5 PM to 7 PM PST.
DON ELFVING.   From PP Pete Van Well.   "My uncle spoke with Dusti Elfving this afternoon.  They took Don to the hospital where he died from pneumonia. The pneumonia was the cause of death, but it really was the advanced Parkinson’s and stroke he had last year that lead to his downfall.  Dusti wanted to reach out to Wenatchee Rotary, where Don was a board member (I think Jim Russell or Jesus was the last president he served under). I believe Don kept the attendance at the club for several years. He joined sometime around the time I did which was 1995. At one time, Dusti was also a member of our club. He and Dusti met in Wenatchee, but I don’t know if Rotary was the cupid in that relationship.  They moved to Texas to be closer to family.  In Wenatchee, Don worked for the WSU Tree Fruit Research Station, where he served a number of years as Superintendent. He was among the most knowledgeable people in the country on Apple physiology, if not the most knowledgeable. He provided great research to the apple industry on getting trees to branch, tree dormancy and apple storage and maturity.  He worked at other Universities around North America as well."
From Don's wife Dusti.  "It is with a heavy heart that I must tell our family and friends that we have lost an incredible man. Our Lord decided that this evening Sunday, Jan. 30th, 2022  5PM >>it was time to take my Don to His Lords KINGDOM. Don is an incredible man and he will be preparing all the Orchards for the best Apples, Cherries, pears, and Nut trees in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Don was an amazing Scientist and loved his career and made a difference around the WORLD.. He had so much Passion and Love in his heart!  I was so blessed to have had him in my life. Don was truly my life and one day we will embrace it again. Love and Hug your families and friends and tell them how you feel. Thank you for all your support and prayers."
View a 2016 news article about Don 's work HERE .
TRIVIA.ANSWERS  --  Vikings have never led  (sorry Rich).  Trophy weighs 7 pounds
View ZOOM recording HERE (available for 2-3 weeks)
Zoom #90, Hybrid #39.   
Lauren was introduced to the club by her sponsor P/E Jill Leonard, who met her when she visited a meeting in mid 2021; she joined in June. Some of her images are shown below. Her complete bio, as posted in her Rotary profile, is as follows. 
A Florida native, Lauren has lived in Washington State on and off since 2014. She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters of Science in Agricultural Education and Communication both from the University of Florida. She spent several years in higher education working for the University of Florida extension system and then with Washington State University Extension overseeing community and 4-H youth development research and outreach programs in counties across Washington. She even dabbled in some international development projects too, working with educators in Burundi, Haiti and Paraguay. In recent years, Lauren and her husband, Micah lived in the Sacramento area of Northern California, where she worked in Marketing for the agricultural financial lender Farm Credit West. In early 2020 after the birth of her first child, Lauren, Micah and their son, Harrison, were presented with the opportunity to fulfill a dream and live in Wenatchee, WA. After living and working in the Moses Lake and Ephrata area for many years prior, they had always dreamed of living in the Apple Capital. At the beginning of the Pandemic, they packed up and moved their small family (including Lauren’s pet rabbit Queenie) back to Washington and have enjoyed being here ever since. Today, Lauren continues her passion for serving communities in Central Washington in her role as risk management advisor and business insurance sales representative for PayneWest Insurance. Although she grew up going to Florida beaches, today she enjoys hiking, running, camping, wine tasting and really anything that allows her to explore the beautiful outdoors of the Wenatchee Valley and Pacific Northwest. But to be honest, most free time is now spent chasing around Harrison who is now a very active toddler and preparing for the birth of her second child—a girl expected to arrive in February 2022.
She loves family ...
... and the outdoors
Lauren grew up in Florida, here
with 2 sisters and friends
She met husband Micah at UF
She worked briefly at WSU
Her territory at Payne-West
Some things about Payne-West
More on Payne-West
Dear AppleSauce:   Now that the auction is over, why are flamingos pink?
                           - Pinky
Dear Pinky;   You do realize that flamingos were pink before the auction? Perhaps the membership committee should start issuing IQ tests.
Dear Applesauce:   Are you dating?
                                  --  Mr. Wondering
Dear MW;   If you are looking for a committed relationship don’t try to tie down Dear Applesauce! DA likes to play the field.
Have a question?   Click HERE .  Watch for your answer in a future Appleseed.
Board meetings 2nd Thursday
  4:30 PM, ZOOM, with exceptions
   Meeting ID:92794079436
January 29, 2022
Listing of officers and directors may be viewed on website home page.
Wish to propose a new member?  Download the form HERE.
Feb 10, 2022
Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council
Feb 17, 2022
Volunteer Attorney Service (VAS)
Feb 24, 2022
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust
Mar 03, 2022
Our Valley Stronger
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