Wenatchee Rotary
Meeting of March 15, 2018 - Volume LXVII - No 37   
March is Rotary "Water and Sanitation" month.
--  CONTENTS  --
  • Thursday's Program
  • Rotary Ambassadors
  • Sponsor of the Week
  • Week in Review
  • Lots of Announcements
  • Sponsors
  • From the Head Table
  • Events calendar
  • Polio Progress & Club Information
  • Upcoming Speakers
  • Web site/Appleseed want-ads
        Wenatchee Parks, with Dave Erickson & Jessi Mendoza          
David Erickson currently serves as the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director for the City of Wenatchee.  This is his 36th year of working in the field of Parks and Recreation, the last 21 years as a Department Director and key member of city management teams.  Some of his most satisfying professional accomplishments include:
  • Developing the Saddle Rock Gateway, Hale Park and other park projects in Wenatchee through grants, partnerships and donations.
  • Acquiring 893.69 acres of parks that will be protected in perpetuity including:  The Foothills North Natural Area, Sage Hills Gateway Natural Area, Lower Castle Rock Natural Area, Hale Park, Saddle Rock, Saddle Rock Gateway.
  • Building a park system in Covington that had no programs or parks at the start to one that includes vibrant recreation programs and 10 parks, trails and recreation facilities.
  • Over a ten year period in Mountlake Terrace, teaching several thousand children to swim.Obtaining over 6 million dollars in grant funding to improve the communities that the projects occurred in.Developing comprehensive plans and policy and procedure documents that have been used as models for other communities across the country.  
  • Accomplishing a long time community goal of getting Ferndale's Pioneer Park on the State Heritage Register.
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    WEEK IN REVIEW - 3/08/2018 - Chelan Sheriff K9 Unit    
President-elect Pete Van Well presided in the absence of president Don Myers.  Many guests were present, perhaps because of the unusual and fascinating program.  On behalf of one of our speakers, Pete intends today's meeting to be "mellow", and is considering that approach for his year ahead as president.  See announcements below.  Listen to the program AUDIO.
Chelan Deputy Aaron Shepard (introduced by Jill Leonard who met him in 2016), showed off his beautiful police dog Reno, and explained all about the county K9 program operations.  Aaron has served served the county for 5 years, and worked with the K9 unit for 3.  They have 3 patrol dogs, Reno, Asa (SWAT) and Spur (in training), plus Reuben and Aspen (search/rescue/drug search).  The dogs are extremely useful.  Reno has made several "arrests".  Dogs have been used in law enforcement for more than 100 years, mostly German and other types of shepherds and a few other breeds such as black labs.  Few qualify (maybe 2/1500).   Their sense of smell is 10,000 times better than humans.
They need at least 400 hours of initial training to be certified, and then 16 hours per month thereafter.  Reno is from the Czech Republic and is multi-lingual - German, French & English.  They must bond with their unique handler whom they live with.  They must be strong enough to take down a large man. 
 They are used as a valuable tool in pursuit of "the worst of the worst", to search for lost people, or to perform building searches.  But they are a very costly part of the sheriff's operations, thus, financial donations are important toward keeping the program functioning.  The annual April fund-raiser is called K9s and Wine.
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  • New members planned for induction next week:  Jim Brink, Tom Everly, Jon Volyn.  Future induction is planned for Major Ralph Jiminez of Salvation Army.
  • Several members were lauded for helping with Special Olympics last week.
  • We have a new district grant (obtained by Jim Russell) to make some improvements to the YWCA; Dan Maher is working with Gary Provo to study options; there will be opportunities to get our hands dirty.
  • International women's Day is being observed today; Michele Shermer's ONE organization has much information on the needs of under-privileged women worldwide.
  • Bill Monnette was recognized and welcomed back following the recent loss of his wife Sheryl.  Sandy Covey has taken a leave-of-absence to recover from her recent heart attack, but she is eager to return.
  • Gil Sparks promoted the Pybus Annex Campaign.
  • Sue Rose praised the progress being made by women on this Women's Day (We are on our way!) Fellowship Dinners; are popular and progressing well with 6 scheduled; more hosts needed.   Jill Leonard,  on  The 2019 un-named Auction. A team meeting is set for Tuesday 3/13; data-entry help is needed.   Hear the brief AUDIO for details. We are thankful to these dedicated Rotarians heading up these important initiatives.
  • A membership chair is needed; Pete will be seeking other committee chairs soon.
  • Pete would love company for the District Conference Saturday night banquet, May 19, 6:30 PM in Prosser.  He will be driving there and back in his personal van. Contact Pete, then book your $75 tickets (deadline April 20).  There are also two tickets available from Russ Speidel.
  • Carmen Bossenbrock (our official club photographer) is available on the first meeting of the month (or anytime) to take photos for member profiles.
  • Pete's Word of the WEEK - something in German meaning a state of coziness or contentedness, etc.
  • Heads up.   President Don has mentioned that we are changing some meeting formats, places, and times.  We will have our first evening meeting Thursday March 29 at Chateau Faire La Pont 5-7 pm (wine and appetizers available for purchase).  More later.
  • District Conference Hosting opportunity.  ADG Carol Adamson is seeking a coordinator to obtain Rotarians in Wenatchee to host Canadians traversing through.  There are a few people coming from the northern reaches of our district that would like to stay in Wenatchee on the way to or from the conference.  Prosser is a 13 hour drive for some.  More later.
From the head table
Don Myers
member photo
With president Don Myers on vacation, your secretary thought you might like to know these things.....
President Don was recently interviewed on the Jessi Mendoza Show. 
Click here to read the story and listen to the podcast.   
Don talks about his background and his experiences in leadership and life.
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
January 26, 2019
Rotary Fundraiser AUCTION
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 Employment Professionals
  • JetPro Carwash
  • Lifeline Ambulance
  • Noyd & Noyd
  • The Paradise Restaurant
  • The Thai Restaurant
  • Humane Society of WV
Just so ‘ya know… (#2 in series. See last week's Grants Summary).
In January, the Rotary Club of Wenatchee, through the Community Outreach Grants donated $1000 to the 2nd Harvest Food distribution effort. This ‘seed’ money has now been matched by Sunrise Rotary along with $500 from North Rotary and $500 from East Wenatchee Rotary.   
We have applied for a 5060 District matching grant, which could result in a grand total of $6000. This would allow for six visits of a 2nd Harvest food bank truck coming to the Wenatchee Valley to feed low income families!
- Joe St.Jean
End Polio Now/Club 60 - Approximate totals collected:
Goal this Rotary year = $4,000, or $12,000 with Gates Foundation 2-for-1 match (20,040 lives saved).  Donations by club members on Mar. 08 = $35.00 thus bringing our total (since July 1) to $3186 or $9558 with the Gates match, equating to 15,961 lives saved.  Reminder - these donations are collected from the table-cups each week!
                      $3186   (814 to go)               
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)
Mar 15, 2018
Wenatchee Parks
Mar 22, 2018
Hanford Site
Mar 29, 2018
Club Awareness
Apr 05, 2018
Classification talks
View entire list

Website Want-ads
For members longing to learn or assist in web site maintenance, Frank will gladly relinquish control of these functions:
1. Be contact person for inquiries
2. Photo Carousel
3. Events List
4. Rotary Park page
5. Membership changes, etc.
6. Appleseed production
7. Club History
Thanks to : 
Alice for taking the Speakers list,
Ford for Attendance,
Kory, WestSide HS page!
Dan for tech advice as needed.
Russell Hampton
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