Wenatchee Rotary
Meeting of April 26, 2018 - Volume LXVII - No 43   
April is Rotary's "Maternal and Child Health" month.
--  CONTENTS  --
  • Thursday's Program
  • Rotary Ambassadors
  • Sponsor of the Week
  • Week in Review
  • Announcements
  • Sponsors
  • Just so 'ya know
  • Events calendar 
  • Polio Progress
  • Upcoming Speakers
  • Club organization
NOTE!   Our Thursday Program is offsite, 5 PM, at Chateau Faire LePont (again).  It will be a followup to the recent program at this venue on LEADERSHIP.  A discussion of college mentoring will be led by Andrea Johnson, WHS Director of College Mentor Program, and Hilary Martinez, Westside HS Gear-Up Specialist.  Fellowship time is 5-5:30, program, 5:30 - 6 PM.
Next week - Wednesday All-Service-Club Luncheon (no Thursday meeting); join a Rotary table, noon -  2.
Greeters & Cashiers. Please try to arrive by 4:50 PM 
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111 S. Mission St
    WEEK IN REVIEW - 4/19/18 - YWCA
YWCA, with Jenny Pratt    
     YWCA NCW focuses our efforts on the most relevant issues in our community.  
After a couple of attempts, and good-natured randomness, President-Elect Pete VanWell started the meeting, filling in for President Don Meyers.  The meeting was opened with the pledge to the flag and a moment of silence for the recent passing of former first lady, Barbra Bush.
Following introductions of guests, Pete gave a shout-out to the honorable Alicia Nakata, retired Superior Court Judge.
Dick Reed introduced our newest member, Major Ralph Jiminez, commander of the local Salvation Army.  The charge will be given in three weeks when another new member is also inducted.  Pete reminded the club that the charge is not only for new members, but serves as a reminder to all Rotarians.
Gary Provo gave an update on the building project that our club is helping YWCA to provide new lighting, updated bathrooms, pantry and more.  Gary then introduced speaker Jenny Pratt, Executive Director of YWCA.  Jenny attended Eastmont High, then college and began her career in marketing with a healthcare company, then with YWCA; she has been serving as Executive Director for 18 years.
Jenny thrives on innovation, forward thinking and inclusivity.  She is a key contributor to the City of Wenatchee Diversity council.  Past awards include the non-profit business of the year and civil rights and social justice recognition.
YWCA provides housing for homeless and job training which serves their mission to eliminate racism and empower women.  Jenny explained that YWCA serves women and children on the worst day of their life and that many women show up at the door with nothing.  YWCA provides 90-day emergency shelter, transitional housing, up to one year, permanent supported housing and assists chronically homeless individuals with a home and ongoing case management.
Jenny shared a video of three testimonials of women who have been served by YWCA and are now contributing members to society as YWCA volunteers.
The YWCA board of directors are looking to the future with a plan to build 9 new housing units in Wenatchee for permanent supportive and some transition housing.  They hope to build some low-barrier housing, which is a new concept to provide housing and support for individuals who do not meet all of the requirements for the other homes.
Next Thursday is the 4th annual Stand Against Racism, at the Wenatchee Valley College Fountain from 9AM to 3PM.  There will be a lineup of speakers every half hour including the founder of Black Lives Matter at 11:30 AM.
Pete stated that our work includes funds obtained through a district grant, totaling $10,000.
Respectfully submitted by Dawn Davies (minor edits by the secretary).
  • Meeting changes - No noon meeting on April 26 or May 3;  we are encouraged to attend the the Apple Blossum Festival All-Service-Club Luncheon on May 2.   $25 tickets were sold. More may be available next week.
  • Major Ralph Jiminez, Commander of local Salvation Army, was inducted as our newest member, and the latest in a long legacy of commanders.  His most recent Rotary affiliations were Port Angelis (noon, district 5020) and Lewiston ID (Sunrise)  .  He and wife Dianne have moved frequently in his work.  He is proposed and mentored by Dick Reed.  The Rotary charge will be given at a future meeting.
  • Phil (Raz) Rasmussen and wife are hosting a fellowship dinner next Wednesday.
  • Andy Petro appealed for 4 host-families for returning exchange students on May 21, 3 for girls, 1 for boys.
  • Gary Provo reported on the YWCA work done last Saturday, and appealed for workers on Saturday again at the YWCA.
  • Rich Peters encouraged all to attend the WILD hockey final that night, predicting the team would bring home the Fred Paige cup (which they did).
  • Amazing daughter brags.  --  Michelle Shermer bragged about her daughter Nicole who is accepted into London School of Economics and is a candidate for a Fulbright scholarship, after graduating WVC and UW with 4.0 averages.  Russ Speidel, bragged on his daughter Christine (WHS '99, Phi Beta Kappa at Pamona), who attended Harvard Law School with her new husband, and has now been hired as a law professor at Villanova Law School, while husband Jacob was just hired at the Senior Law Center in Philadelphia.   Allan Galbraith bragged on his daughter Lisa who just completed the Boston Marathon  with 26,000 other people in a heavy cold rain.  Click here to hear the AUDIO of these 3 amazing daughter stories .
  • Bryan Campbell spoke about the ASC luncheon, and donated the extra funds to the club.
  • Jim Brink won the drawing and handed his winnings to the speaker for YWCA.
  • Pete's word of the week was "RESPECT" , a term suited to the YWCA, and making reference to the passing of first-lady Barbara Bush..
Gary Rich Michelle Russ Allan
May 5 - District Event
2nd Annual Spring Roundup
May 17-19 - District Event
District Conference - Prosser, WA
June 23-27 - RI Event
RI Convention - Toronto
July 14 "Friend"raiser
Wine & Food Gala, Warm Springs Inn
"Wine Down by the Riverside"
September 20-22 - Zone Event
Zone Conference, Hotel Boneventure, Montreal PQ
January 26, 2019
"Building Communities" 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… (#5 in series, by Joe St. Jean)
The excitement builds as Apple Blossom kicks off this week.  The Rotary Club of Wenatchee has always been very involved in this great festival. This is especially true this year when club member Bryan Campbell and his wife, Jody were named the Applarian Chancellor and First Lady.  As you enjoy the various activities of Apple Blossom know that Apple Blossom Queen Gretta and her Royal Court are wearing tiaras that are courtesy of our Club.  Yes, according to local historians, the Rotary Club of Wenatchee has sponsored the Royalty’s tiaras for over 20 years. 
Queen Gretta Bryan and Lady Jody
     YWCA PROJECT     
Gary Provo and Dan Maher are seeking continued support for an improvement project at the YWCA involving renovation of some space in their facility at Chelan and First Avenue.  A group has worked there on the past two Saturdays (4/7&14) with Jenny Pratt YWCA Executive Director, and will continue.   Last week, they built a new wall, installed shelves, and ripped out some old cabinets which will be redesigned.   

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 April 19 = $53.19 thus bringing our total (since July 1) to $3401 or $10,203 with the Gates match, equating to 17,040 lives saved.  Reminder - these donations are collected from the table-cups each week!
           $3401 ($599 to go, or $60 per week)     
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)
Apr 26, 2018
May 02, 2018
No meeting
May 03, 2018
All Service Luncheon (Festival)
May 10, 2018
Alcoa update
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Russell Hampton
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Wenatchee Rotary, Wenatchee, WA
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