Wenatchee Rotary
Meeting of February 1, 2018 - Volume LXVII - No 32   
From the head table
Don Myers
member photo
Thursdays are funny days for me.  They start with an early meeting with some guys that usually results in a pretty deep discussion.  Then lunch with all of you – always an enjoyable event, but requiring responsibility and attention to details.  In short, at Rotary I always have to act like an adult – not always an easy task for this overgrown kid.  (Thank you from the bottom of my heart that you don’t expect me to wear a tie… and beware, the days of shorts are coming…)
Thursday nights are another thing altogether.  We have a youth group at church we call “Alive”, and yes they are!  Tonight we played a total nonsensical game that involved rolling dice, then at a specified time running the length of the church, from upstairs to down, blowing an air horn and then running back at breakneck speed.  To satisfy “Is it the truth?” let me offer that the kids did the running – I proudly officiated.  Though that game may be hard to imagine and even harder in which to find any value, we laughed until we hurt.  Big old Don and another leader and a bunch of middle school kids acting like… kids!  
So Thursdays, though long, are actually great days.  I get to be both serious and silly.  I get to hang around people I appreciate and respect of all ages.  And I get to laugh. 
What makes you laugh?  (Do try and move past laughing AT me at Rotary…)  What allows you to be silly and immature and a kid?  There’s huge value in such behavior, and I hope it comes easily to you.  If not, look for some chances!  Come see a silly movie next Wednesday night as Tom and Mary Ann host us at the PAC. Or find that video that was your favorite for so many years.  Best of all, find a kid to play a nonsense game with.  There is great joy in acting younger than your age.  You might begin something wonderful and new. 

Program of February 8, 2018
Community Foundation with Gil Sparks
Imagine a community where every child has a safe place to call home, every animal is rescued and loved, every family has enough food to eat and a warm bed to sleep, every senior has a comfortable place to age, and every student has a chance to go to college.
If we all Give 10, we don’t have to imagine.
On February 8th, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington will join us to talk about the many ways we can give to support charitable work in our community, and their recently launched “Give 10” campaign to inspire everyone in our region to leave a legacy in the community we love.
Community Philanthropy means we all chip in together. It means every one of us gives something – no matter how big or small – back to the community that gives us so much.
Last year the foundation was able to award about $4 Million to charitable causes that are impacting our community – and that is no small number. But a recent study done by the Community Foundation of NCW showed that over the next 20 years, if every person in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties left 10% of their will or estate – no matter how small or large – to the Community Foundation, we would have an additional $18 million per year to support nonprofit work in our region.
Chances are, we won’t be here in 50 or 100 years. But our children and grandchildren will be. Let’s leave them a community that is brighter and better for all.
Imagine what we can do, together.
Jennifer Dolge, Director of Donor Services & Communications
(509) 663-7716<>
               Week in Review - February 1, 2018 - HOSPICE             
President Don opened the meeting with the reminder that it was the 97th birthday of the club; all at the head table blew silly birthday horns.  He then quoted some the early club history, which is posted on our website.
Our presenters this week were sponsored by Ford Barrett, and were the Central Washington Hospice Medical Directors: Steve Voorhies, MD,
Bill Gotthold, MD, John Gill, MD, Trisha Ortiz, MD and Dave Notter, MD .
This group of retired local physicians from various specialties has begun a project to bring a more thorough understanding of hospice care to the community via talks and Q&A sessions using an effective Powerpoint.
Currently in the US, hospice is underutilized; ½ of people who do access this care, do so for only the last 2 weeks of their lives; 1/3 for only the last week.  Practitioners in this field contend that it is a myth that hospice is useful only at the very end of life.  Hospice would be of much greater benefit if the process were begun earlier.  End-of-life-care is often complex, as care plans and disease progression change frequently.  Assembling a team and building relationships, before there is an acute condition, would allow greater evaluation and planning for patient and family’s needs. Referral for hospice can be from the patient’s doctor, the patient or a family member can also initiate the conversations and evaluation.  Consider asking : “Is it likely this person (or myself) may die within the year?”  Speaking to a hospice team member before a crisis arises can be useful in decision making at a later time.
Hospice care began in England in 1805 as nurses promoted end-of-life-care.  In 1948 physician Dame Cicely Saunders created the first modern hospice in London.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s book On Death and Dying, created interest here in the US.  In 1964 Dr. Florence Wald, Director of Yale Nursing school in Connecticut began the first program the US in consultation with Dame Cicely Saunders.  At the beginning care, was administered in hospitals.  By 1974-83, changes were adopted and care moved into the home.  Today home has come to mean their residence, an assisted living or a nursing facility – the place they have been living rather than a hospital room.  Medicare began coverage of Hospice care in 1983;  now Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and also non-insured patients can access hospice.  Nurses were and are the core providers; now, however there is a team approach: nurses, social workers, pharmacists and physicians.
Our speakers emphasized over and over that Hospice Care is designed to optimize the quality of life, by assisting the patient to be as comfortable physically, emotionally and spiritually as possible.  They honor the patient’s choices and the patient is in control as much as possible.
Report respectfully submitted by Dee Curcio (a few minor edits by Frank).
Important program links,   Hospice FAQ     
Tom McNair again promoted a Fellowship event and gave away some free tickets.
"We are calling it a movie party for the club to celebrate our 97th birthday.  The film is It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; it shows at 6:30.  We are meeting for fellowship at 6:00 where, if you wear your Rotary pin, you can get two glasses of champagne at a special Rotary discount price, and a free bag of popcorn."
Gary Provo appealed for volunteers to support Special Olympics March 2-4 in the Wenatchee area.  Sign-up names were taken.  Link to brochure here.

Rotary Ambassadors - Greeters & Cashiers. Please try to arrive by 11:30 AM.  Choose which duty to take on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Click here to notify the secretary if unable to attend.
Loren Stach Russ Speidell Angela Spies Marriah Thornock

May 17-19 - District Event
District Conference - Prosser, WA
June 23-27 - RI Event
RI Convention - Toronto
July 14 Fundraiser
Wine/Food Fundraiser, Wells House
September 20-22 - Zone Event
Zone Conference, Hotel Boneventure, Montreal PQ
End Polio Now/Club 60 - Approximate totals collected:
Our goal this Rotary year is $4,000 through the cups and other fundraisers, or $12,000 with the Gates Foundation 2-for-1 match; this amount results in 20,040 lives saved.  Donations by club members on Feb. 1 = $31.22 thus bringing our total (since July 1) to $ 3034 or $9102 with the Gates match.  This equates to 15,201 lives saved.
Additionally, the amount donated by the public on World Polio Day = $2675.
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2017-18: 
     Don Myers
Pres. Elect: 
     Pete Van Well
     Frank Clifton
     Mike Kintner
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 id also a member of WRF.
President, Tom Ross;
VP, Jay Smith;
Treasurer, Heidi Myers;
Secretary, Bill Monnette.
Board Members: 
Joe St. Jean, Ruth Esparza,
Alice Meyer, Susan Albert,
Dee Curcio,
Pete Van Well (ex officio)
Sponsor of the Week
Cashmere Valley Bank  We remain committed to the principles that we feel are best summarized as"the little Bank with the big circle of friends"   (509) 662-1644
We appreciate all of our sponsoring merchants & businesses.
For complete details, see our web site.
  • 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 Pros
  • JetPro Carwash
  • Lifeline Ambulance
  • Noyd & Noyd
  • The Paradise Restaurant
  • The Thai Restaurant
  • Humane Society of WV
Feb 08, 2018
Community Foundation
Feb 15, 2018
Serve Wenatchee Valley
Mar 01, 2018
Mar 08, 2018
Chelan K9 Unit
Mar 15, 2018
Wenatchee Parks
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