Wenatchee Rotary
Meeting of January  25, 2018 - Volume LXVII - No 30   
From the head table
Don Myers
member photo
I have just begun reading a book titled “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by  Sebastian Junger.  (You may remember him  as the author of the book, later made into a movie, “The Perfect Storm”.)  I have just begun reading (ask me more in a week or so) but am intrigued with his exploration of the idea of “belonging”; why people across time have bonded with like people in social groups of all kinds, and why those relationships create impact that are far greater than people acting along.  Two quotations have jumped out at me:
                “ Humans don’t mind hardship, in fact they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary.  Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary.”    ****      “We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.”
I’m pretty sure that for most of us reading this newsletter, Rotary is one of our tribes.  Not the only one; Rotary probably takes a second seat to family and church and neighborhood and perhaps even work.  But Rotary is one of our “tribes”, and when members of our tribe are absent we all lose out.  Terry Sorom has gathered a group of folks to see how we can encourage members that we don’t see often to reengage, reconnect.  I’m excited to see what comes of that and grateful for the purposeful work they are planning.  But here’s a thought:  if you look around on Thursday and think of someone you haven’t seen for a while, or look through the roster to see who is actually still in our club – what if you made a phone call and said simply “We miss you!”  Not “where the heck have you been?” or something similarly accusing, but a sincere recognition that the tribe is weaker without them.  Might be a fun experiment for us all to try and see what happens…

Meeting Program January 25, 2018 - ClubRunner
REMINDER : President Don is offering prizes for the best "vocational" attire!!  Also, note many special ANNOUNCEMENTS below.
Some members believe that our club has a pretty good web site.  Our webmaster (club secretary) agrees, and hopes to demonstrate to you some reasons why, without boring anyone more than necessary, even those without computers.  Frank Clifton joined our club in March 2016 and immediately accepted the opportunity to serve as secretary, and, as Jim Russell says, on the condition that we implement ClubRunner (CR).  Frank came to Wenatchee in August 2015 from Mount Olive, NC, where he served in a small club as president and secretary. His wife Quita convinced him they needed to be here near their two sons and seven grand children.
The Web Site - ClubRunner is an award-winning software for clubs that "helps boost Public Relations, increase visibility, improve communication between members, and better organize their club.  It  is an online service comprised of powerful tools designed to give the club a strong online presence, maintain club data, organize events and volunteers, and help the club run more efficiently and easily."  We began using it in April 2016 and have found it comprehensive and easy to navigate; it has many useful features that we have applied.
Thus far, in addition to creating an informative web site home page, we have used it for:
Membership profiles;  Attendance records and data integration/synchronization with RI;  email communication;  archiving Appleseeds and meeting minutes;  posting efiles such as Grants info and forms, and other documents;  event registration;  dues invoicing and payments;  rotating photo carousel;  and most recently, creating the new digital Appleseed "e-bulletin".
In the meeting, Frank will use a live demonstration and hopes to show why CR is good for our club, and provide suggestions on how our members might find it useful in their own Rotary life (hopefully we won't spend the entire time on discussing how to login).  Our web site web address is  Bring your questions.
Topics for discussion-
1. A tour through the Home Page
2. CR login, necessary to get behind the home page to the Member Area
3.  "My ClubRunner"
     a.  member profile, including photo
     b.  club directory
     c.  dues and billing
     d.  Sending and receiving emails; using mail stats
Steps to login from Home page:
(1) Click Member login in upper right corner; login window opens;
(2) In login-name window, enter first.last.1365; 
(3) enter password, or follow instructions; use your profile email address.
Total violent crimes in Chelan and Douglas counties dropped from a high of nearly 270 in 1995 to just under 120 in 2015 – the lowest in the past 20 years, said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett at our last Rotary meeting where he and Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown addressed the successes and struggles of their departments in our region.  “It’s not just about fighting crimes.  It’s about making this a place that we want to live in, that we want to raise our families in, that we want to retire in,” Burnett said. “People know across the state … that there’s some unique things about the quality of life here.”
With 41 commissioned officers and 10 professional staff and a budget of $7.5 million, the Wenatchee Police Department responds to more than 20,000 calls per year, said Crown, who was named Chief in June 2016.  Most of that budget, between 80 to 85 percent, is spent on salaries and benefits.  “Like the sheriff, we’ve been very low on staffing. The sheriff suffers from the same problem that the police department does in hiring quality applicants,” Crown said. “We’re very selective.” The department is in the process of hiring it’s sixth officer since Crown was named chief.
Every year, those 20K calls lead to more than 59,000 pages of reports.  Some of those calls are 1,200 to 1,500 warrants resulting directly from their arrest activity. At any one time, the department has 8,000 items in the evidence locker and gets rid of about 1,200 per year, either surplused or destroyed.
“Video requests and public disclosure requests are at an all time high. Generally, we run anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 public disclosure requests every year,” Crown said, estimating that an entire employee’s time is spent dealing with those requests.  “We’re starting to keep track of that, right?  Because we want to be transparent in government, but we also want to make sure we are properly communicating to our legislature who makes those laws how much that’s actually costing.”
Sheriff Burnett said his department deals with approximately the same population and number of service calls as the Wenatchee Police Department, except spread over a wider region including Leavenworth, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan.  The Columbia River, the county lines, the city lines - crime doesn’t care.  It’s not going to stop, so we need to do things to work together multi-jurisdictionally that can bring the best of our resources together,” Burnett said.
His department carries about a $10.6 million budget, with $3.6 million as revenue from cities contracted in the county for their services. They have 60 commissioned staff, 17 support staff, and two campus security officers for a total of 79 personnel. With those resources, they are able to form special teams for a marine division, search and rescue, high-angle rescue rope, SWAT, and K9.  “We want to prepare for the worst, and hope and pray for the best,” the sheriff said, emphasizing that they would like to combine resources for a SWAT team with Douglas County and East Wenatchee to meet national standards.
 The department is one of five or six in the state that does not control the county jail, which is operated by the state Board of Commissioners instead.  The department answers about 15,000 calls per year. They seized about 384 grams of heroin last year, and disrupted 23 drug trafficking organizations.  There are 140 registered sex offenders, but 12 are “absconded,” meaning they don’t know where they are and are not able to track them.
While the region has seen a major decline in violent crime – the number of DUIs of either alcohol or drugs has increased from 5,500 in 2013 to 9,500 in 2017, coinciding with the new marijuana laws. Previously, 19 percent of people tested positive for alcohol and marijuana, and now that’s about 34 percent, which means the turnaround time at the state lab now takes six to seven months for results.  Burnett said the state is not sending enough money back to local departments to help with this increased demand.     More ...
  • Stacy Spear announced the SAGE annual gala March 10, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year – “Enchanted Evening”.  Tickets are $100 each or $150 per couple.  Auction items are also needed and are tax-deductible donations.  See SAGE letter,   Gala details.   Gala donation form.
  • Rotary’s January theme is “vocational” so come dressed next meeting as the best representation of your vocation and win prizes.
  • The first weekend of March, Wenatchee hosts the Special Olympics.    We have been asked to provide volunteers. Gary Provo will provide more info soon.
  • Interact president Fernando Lopez announced that work has begun on the Habitat for Humanity house.  Another  work party is scheduled for Jan. 27.  They are also collecting book donations to deliver to Tonga.  See details below.
  • In memory of Bob Parlette, Linda Evans-Parlette accepted a Paul Harris Fellowship in his name, donated by a few club members.
  • The Rockin’ Winter Ball on Feb. 3, with music by DreamWreck, Laura Love and Nancy Zahn, will benefit the Women’s Resource Center. Tickets are $50 and available at
  • The club is now incorporated under the laws of Washington State.  We will be hearing more about this, beginning with the official certificate and articles.
Respectfully submitted, Michelle Shermer (with minor edits/additions by Frank)
Related web Links
Program -   AUDIO link (hear it in their own words)
Rotary Ambassadors 1/25/18 - 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.
Chip Small Jay Smith Len Singhose Tracy Hazen

Interact News.
Children's Book Collection.  Our Interact Club is asking for books for beginning readers thru elementary level skills. This is a project involving the Rotary Club of Tonga, a Peace Corp Volunteer teaching English and OUR Interact Club. Please bring books (new or used) to any meeting in January.  If you wish Laurie Flarity-White (ph: 662-3359) will come and pick them up.
Habitat Build. [From Laurie]
Interact students were able to continue working on The Habitat For Humanity build this past Saturday, January 20th! The triplex is located at 931 Methow Street, about 9 houses south of Ferry street. There is a construction trailer on the street outside the build with the Habitat logo on it to help you locate it. Some students are shown in foreground; man on housetop is the HFH building supervisor, Jess.
We are planning to work on the house next Saturday, January 27th, from 9 am-12 noon. Dress warm! We have 5-7 Interact students signed up to help, so it would be wonderful to have Rotary people come help out, too! There will be food, coffee & water at the build site. 
Watch here for future build opportunities! Thank you! 
Please feel free to call or email me for more information, Laurie Flarity-White, 509-662-3359,
Former member Lloyd Berry, even though deceased, is still supporting Wenatchee Rotary.  As if 37 years perfect attendance were not enough, he is now, through his widow Sue Berry, making a major donation to his favorite project, Rotary Park, which will help tremendously in the current planned upgrades.  A new site page is planned dedicated to the history and future of the park, and will begin with a photo of Sue's handwritten letter.  Click here to see it.
From Mario Cantu (paraphrased by Frank) - Recently a family in Wenatchee lost everything due to a home fire.  As you can imagine, the family is having a tough time right now. The family was placed in a hotel for a few days, and recently relocated to an apartment in Wenatchee. This seems like a great opportunity for Rotary to step up and help out. The affected family is in need of sofas, beds (at least 3), dining table, cooking dishes, household items, etc. I would really appreciate your support and the support from the club on this project. We could make a difference for this family. For anyone who wants to donate items (please be sure donated items are in good condition) or anyone who wants to volunteer to move furniture in the apartment, please call 509-387-0717.
Wenatchee Rotary Officers
President 2017-18: 
     Don Myers
Pres. Elect: 
     Pete Van Well
     Frank Clifton
     Mike Kintner
     See site home page  
Meeting Makeups
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)
February 9-11 Zone Event
RI Peace Conference, Vancouver, BC
May 17-19 - District Event
District Conference - Prosser, WA
June 23-27
RI Convention - Toronto
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 Jan. 18 = $27.20, thus bringing our total (since July 1) to $2940 or $8821 with the Gates match.  This equates to 14,732 lives saved.
Additionally, the amount donated by the public on World Polio Day = $2675.
Sponsor of the Week
Alpine Aire Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Owner - Tom Ross
Based in Wenatchee, we serve customers throughout North Central Washington. 
Your home and comfort are important to us.
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
Jan 25, 2018
ClubRunner (web site)
Feb 01, 2018
Feb 08, 2018
Community Foundation
Feb 15, 2018
Mar 01, 2018
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