Now in our second century of service! 

Wenatchee Rotary - September 02, 2021  
Thursday noon
   Volume LXXI - # 10
  HYBRID #21/ZOOM #72 
Watch here for any changes.
   September is Rotary's Basic Education
and Literacy  Month   
Attend via ZOOM OR in-person at
PYBUS Market Event Center
recurring ZOOM access -
[Or dial 253-215-8782; then enter meeting ID - 484-306-077#]
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.
 Challenge Scholars - West Side
High School Mentor Program
    with David Barshes
     Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary
   (ZOOM #72, Hybrid # 21)
David Barshes has 20+ years' experience working in the nonprofit and education sectors. David joined Sunrise Rotary Club in 2017 and is co-chair of its Challenge Scholarship program. A Chicago native, he moved to Seattle in 2009 to tie the knot with Eloise, whom he met while they both served in the Peace Corps in Armenia. They moved to East Wenatchee with their two children in 2014. David now designs online trainings for various contexts.
The Challenge Scholarship Program pays for two years of community college (or equivalent amount for a 4-year university) if the students, selected their 10th grade year, graduate on time. These students all have various challenges to overcome, and our club members mentor them for their last two years in high school.  We also had a brainstorming session to get ideas for future activities with our scholars.



See previous editions of the Appleseed.
The Hybrid/ZOOM meeting was opened and led by president Alice Meyer, with Thomas Everly & Jill Leonard as ZOOM hosts at the Pybus Market Event Center.  Masking was advised due to recent CDC guidance. 


[All announcements are repeated in the Appleseed.]
  ANOTHER SAD LOSS. (Added late)  Past President Jay Roeter (1987-88) passed away on Friday August 27.  More later.
View pictorial list of recently deceased members HERE.
View a list of past presidents HERE.
FOOD SERVICEA message from Ford Barrett "Rotarians - We will use the Cafe Columbia catering service for our September meals. We will have a variety of wraps and a salad with water service. All of the utensils will be provided. The cost for the wraps will be $5 and salad $3; both for $7.50.  This is a pretty lean offering so that we can keep our costs under control. I have taken the liberty to order this service for 20. Please come and enjoy the lunch fellowship with your fellow members, and help make this work.    Ford"
 PETE'S UPDATES.   Pete Van Well gave some important updates.
POLIO.   Pete Van Well gave a Polio update, reminding us to feed the polio cups on the tables, and to keep in our thoughts and prayers the mostly female volunteers in Afghanistan.  World Polio Day is October 24. View the latest RI Polio news HERE.
AUCTION.  The 2022 Auction is getting off to a good start.  IMPORTANT - Scroll down to read "News from Left Field".  Make a pledge HERE.  For more info, see the AUCTION tab on our home page HERE.
 CARIN'S BIG ADVENTURE 9-18  Carin Smith's Hike with Facebook Friends, September 18.    Join us to hike Devil’s Spur Trail on Saturday, Sept 18th. We will meet in the Lincoln Park parking lot on Mission Street at 9 am; vaccinated folks welcome to rideshare. The trailhead is at a wide paved pullout just past the 10 mile marker on Squilchuck road.   
Please RSVP to Carin 509.699.1593 /  so we know to expect you and can contact you with any last minute changes.

The hike is an out-and-back, 6 miles round trip (or less if you want to turn back sooner). It is a moderate grade uphill. The first 1.5 miles is a rocky old road bed (wide, so nice for visiting), then it narrows to a dirt track. You will be in the trees and then out in the open with views to the valley below. Expect the temp to be cooler than down here! There are a few narrow sections with dry gravel, so bring hiking poles if you wish. Pack a snack or light lunch.

Not recommended for dogs since there are some steep drop-offs. If you do bring a dog, please only on fixed-length 6 ft leash (no retractable leashes)
NEXT WEEK.  David Barshes, Sunrise Rotary.  See above.  The next 4 meetings are hybrid/zoom at Pybus.  Our next meeting at the Museum is 9/23.  Weekly text reminders will continue.
ICE CREAM SOCIALFrom Tom Ross :  "Your Wenatchee Rotary Foundation Board is hosting our second annual drive through Ice Cream Social.  This year's event will be on September 15th from 4:30 until 6:00 at the Rotary Park South Shelter.  Like last year, those that want can drive through and shout out a masked hello and will be rewarded with an ice cream treat.  If you wish to stop and visit, join us in the shelter for "Fun in Rotary" aka Fellowship and have your treat with others.  Either way, we hope to see everyone there.  Bring your spouse and family."
The board has approved the membership of Kimberly Andrew, realtor and part owner of Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery.
Cashmere 9/11 Memorial Ceremony.   20th anniversary Spirit of America Remembrance, 11AM - 12:30 PM.   Speakers, David and Peggy Beamer; parents of Todd Beamer lost on United Flight 93.   Riverside Park 201 Riverside Dr., Cashmere.  Reminder - PP Mike and some friends will be singing there.
Guests.     In-person,  with Michelle Shermer, Amy Taulango and Kimberly Andrew; with Ken Robertson, Dr. Michele Sandberg (school board), and with ith president Alice, Marcela Covarrubias of Stemilt Growers LLC, Employee Engagement Manager.
On ZOOM -  Linda Kaminski of Yakima Rotary again (Linda is president of Yakima Valley College).
Dr. Sandberg
APPLESAUCE Fourth week!  See below.
Rotary District Training.    Visit the D5060 home page  site and view the "Upcoming Events" panel on the right side of the page.  Click the link to register for any event.
Click HERE and/or HERE for the latest COVID-19 local health news.   
ZOOM #71, Hybrid # 20;  
Microsoft, with Lisa Karstetter
  2. ZOOM videos are only available 2-3 weeks
  3. Previous APPLESEED (Aug 26).
Lisa was introduced by president Alice.  See previous Appleseed.  Lisa then added more about her background before speaking about her work for Microsoft in Quincy.  Most of her notes are in "first person" text.  Scroll down to see some of her images.
Microsoft’s mission:  Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
We seek to do this in every aspect of our work, from our commercial business to our education business to our Corporate Social Responsibility work, and beyond.
Jobs out there and the skills people need have changed.  Technology is reshaping our economy. I often ask, “What job doesn’t have technology involved from conception to completion.”
The potential of technology to empower people and organizations has never been greater.
Our communities stand to benefit in many ways if they are able to take advantage of the new opportunities technology is creating.   For example :  
•Agriculture: 'AI' and the 'Internet of Things' are helping farmers produce more food by more efficiently monitoring the health of farms in real time.
•Small business & entrepreneurship: The cloud and access to powerful data analytics and visualization tools are enabling small, emerging, and start up businesses to grow quickly, compute powerfully, better understand (and thus serve) their customers, allowing them to compete with larger or more established businesses.
•Manufacturing: Cloud-based smart factory solutions powered by AI allow for real-time data monitoring on equipment health and products using machine learning, which enables better production management and the ability to forecast breakdowns.
•Education: TV white space technology is helping to bring affordable broadband internet access to communities, providing them with new educational opportunities as well as the connectivity and access they need to succeed in school, where many assignments, resources, or opportunities are online. 
When communities are able to use and create with these technologies, they can foster higher paying jobs, greater entrepreneurial opportunities, and a better quality of life for their residents, while making themselves more attractive to new businesses, services, and residents.  But for many in rural or remote areas these options remain out of reach, leading to the potential to disrupt established businesses, careers, and lives.
Together, we can advance a future that is for everyone.  And that’s why we created Microsoft TechSpark.
TechSpark is a community engagement/civic program aimed at fostering greater economic opportunity and job creation through partnerships with rural and smaller metropolitan communities. It was created is in response to the very real and persistent digital divide for those living in rural or smaller metropolitan communities and brings to bear the best of our company’s assets and programs to help spark local growth and opportunity.
We are doing this work in 7 regions across 7 states (including a cross-border partnership with Juarez, Mexico), with a goal of sharing our learnings and what works more broadly.
TechSpark is active in the following counties:
•Virginia: Halifax, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Brunswick and Mecklenburg
•Wisconsin: Brown & Outagamie
•Texas: El Paso County
•Washington : Grant, Douglas, Chelan, Okanogan, and Adams – Small sliver in ESD/BBCC circle, Ferry?
•North Dakota: Cass County
•Wyoming: Laramie County
Locally, my TechSpark work takes me across 6 counties, 17,000 sq miles ( which is about twice the area of New Jersey).  I’ve been able to partner and fund many great organizations that have helped me do this work. Agriculture, hydropower, government and healthcare are the predominant employment sectors, and all are undergoing profound digital transformations.   So far in my 4-year journey I have had some wonderful partners.  Here are just a few where we have made partnered on work and done multiple donations.  As for our strategic partners.  These organizations are able to serve the Broader TechSpark area. 
Strategic Projects have included:: (elementary school – adults who need reskilling)
• Workshop and Regional Training NCESD – 6 counties  (200 educators trained and ready to bring into their classrooms.)
•Hour of Code – 4,000+ participants  (2018,2019, 2020) Multi-generational nights
•TEALS/CS courses  - 21 of 29 (19 TEALS – Training a teacher for two years with a professional by their side - no cost to students or district)
•Carnegie Melon AI Camp – 6-week camps – Story of Jayr (Quincy, Manson, Tonasket)
•Computer Science Pathway articulation – CTE Dual Credit (Riva Morgan, Dennis Conger, Nicole Monroe, Sue Kane, CWU)
•Script Training – Strategic Planning for districts to plan equitable computer science education. Train the trainer program (Sue Kane and Pete Phillips) (funded OSPI – NCESD28 school districts that have taken advantage in state)
•Remote Worker Pilot – TechSpark funded a pilot program for WSU Extension, Worksource and GWATA to evaluate the Utah State University (USU) Rural Online Initiative Master Remote Work Professional Certification course and AWB and Confluence participated in this pilot.
•Upskillathon – TechSpark partnered with regional nonprofit, GWATA to develop a local portal for access to the LinkedIn Learning digital training, skilling and credentialing pathways. Juan Servin (11,300 page views) (Free On-demand on their phones) 600 courses completed (30 pathways)
Now I will remove my TechSpark hat and this farmer girl is going to talk about another kind of farm, called  “Server Farms” (aka Data Centers).   These came to the area with Microsoft and Yahoo breaking ground in 2006 and opening in late 2007.   Then, we all knew very little about data centers.    This tour through a data center is led by the President of Microsoft Brad Smith and filmed when he was here in Quincy last October.  Watch VIDEO HERE (Note- copied from a poor quality ZOOM recording).
Lisa finished by explaining the significant economic benefits to the region in jobs and wages and offered to return and give more updates.
Dear Applesauce:    Do you know the definition of passive aggressive?
   From:  Snidley Whiplash
Dear Snidley, Yes. Your question fits the bill perfectly!

Dear Applesauce:  Judy Conner makes me nervous.
      From: Nervous Attorney
Dear Nervous: Good.  Don't mess with Judy!  P.S. Might Applesauce suggest you take up a more respectable career?

To see last week's wise answers by Dear Applesauce, visit the Appleseed HERE .
Click HERE .  Watch for your answer in a future Appleseed.
Attendance  (Advise secretary if you were not counted).
Judge Robert Jourdan was omitted on Aug. 19.
  ZOOM Pybus Pybus GUESTS
1 Bossenbrock Albert Smith,J   
2 Brink Barrett,PP Tigard Linda Kaminski
3 Cooper Bridges Van Well,PP    (Yakima RC)
4 De Robles Clifton    
5 Dobbs Everly   Marcella Covarrubias
6 Flarity-White Heminger,PP   Dr. Michele Sandburg
7 Gellatly Jinneman*   Amy Taulango
8 Gillum Jourdan  
  Andrew **
9 Gutierrez-Zamora Leonard   Natalie Williams
10 Henkle Meyer    
11 Kalahar,PP Michelsen   ** applied for
12 McCart Myers, Don,PP       membership
13 McNair,PP Myers, H    
14 Mendoza Parlette   * Honorary  
15 Nelson Rasmussen,PP    
16 Peters,PP Reed    PP=Past        President  
17 Rodgers Robertson    
18 Sharp Rounds    
19 Stach Scanga    
20 Stuller,PP Shermer    
21 Sturgeon Singhose    
AUGUST 26, 2021
It was a slow week at the Wenatchee Rotary ballfield, with all but one team taking a bye, in procuring items and raising funds for the “For the Kids” Auction to be held at the Wenatchee Center January 29, 2022.
                Thankfully, Capt. Jostling Joe St. Jean’s Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Red Apple Division) came through with three procurement slips (one, the ever-popular Heidi & Don Meyer Thai Dinner, was already counted in last week’s tally) preventing a total shutout. The donation of an antique quilt and railroad lithograph brought Jacksonville’s score up $375 to secure their spot atop the South Division with $4,175 in donations to the auction.
                That effort pulled Red Apple out of the basement into second with a combined total of $6,775. Springwater (North) Division is still out in front with $9,575, while Orchard (Central) Division is just shy of Red Apple with $6,765.
                Overall, The Aces (Springwater) remain in the lead with $6,675, followed by Jacksonville, then the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Orchard) with $3,990.
                No team secured any swag, so there is still a great prize and bragging rights to be had. Again, the first in with the goods gets an awesome treat for all its members! Will it be a Reno Aces deck of cards or a Chihuahua beanie baby? A Saints pennant or a Skeeter beer cozy? A Knights jersey or Rainier boxer shorts? It doesn’t matter as long as it is official team merchandise.
                We are still hoping to eek out $10,000 in our big league promotion, “What’s Pete Gonna Do?” Right now with seven (possibly) unpleasant tasks ahead of him, League Commissioner Alice Meyers is still not satisfied it’s enough to send Triple P to the hospital. Only $1,300 more in pledges and we can add one more item on his to-do list!
Springwater (North) Division      $9,575
                Reno Aces $6,675
                Sugarland Skeeters $2,150
                Charlotte Knights $750
Red Apple (South) Division          $6,775
                Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp $4,175
                Tacoma Rainiers $2,300
                St. Paul Saints $300
Orchard (Central) Division            $6,765
                Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs $3,990
                Albuquerque Isotopes $1,755
                El Paso Chihuahuas $1,000


  Board meetings 2nd Thursday
  4:30 PM, ZOOM.
   Meeting ID:92794079436
Final Centennial Event
January 29, 2022
Sep 02, 2021
Challenge Scholars (West Side High School Mentor Program)
Sep 09, 2021
Washington State Animal Response Team
Sep 23, 2021
Team Naturaleza
Sep 30, 2021
Maker Space
View entire list
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
Since 1921, The Appleseed is published weekly by:
Wenatchee Rotary, P.O. Box 1723,
Wenatchee, WA 98807-1723
"Service Above Self "since 1921