Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 13 Meeting Notes

Rotary and Non-Rotary Guests 

Karen Massing was the guest of Wayne Massing.

Donn Etherington, Chelan County Commissioner, District 1, was the guest of Jim Huffman.

Brian Campbell was also a club guest.

Announcements

-PJ Jones announced that there will be a BBQ at Tom Utigard's orchard 10 miles North of Wenatchee on Hwy. 97A, on Sunday, Aug. 18th from 1-4 pm. This is to welcome our new inbound exchange student Adele from Switzerland, and her Wenatchee host family. Attendees with names starting from A-L, please bring a salad; those with names M-Z, please bring a side dish.


-Sage Hills Church is looking for help with the Westside High School back to school bash on Thursday, August 29 from 3-5. This is a fun event for families and students. There will be food, games, and prizes. All three of our Challenge Scholars this year are from Westside! Let’s show them some love. Consider helping out with set up, clean up or staffing a booth. Contact Kelley Kennedy at kelleyk@impactevents.com or 509-387-1411.



-PJ Jones  announced that last week he collected $450 in donations for the Saddle Rock Evangelical Presbyterian Church  to clothe school children in the community this school year. For a $25 donation, the child receives a pair of pants, 2 shirts, socks and a pair of shoes. The Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Board of Directors voted to match the $450 donation for a total of $900! That 36 students who will have new clothes for school this year!



-Kathleen McNalty invited the club to a Pony Party at the Alethea Center, 2170 Sleepy Hollow Heights, Wenatchee, on Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 5:30 pm.



Brags and Confessions

August Birthdays and anniversaries in the right hand column



Chris McDarment and his family vacationed a week on the coast with Erik Holmberg and his family.

Jim Huffman got mixed reviews on his latest Chuck Norris joke!

Robin DeRock said she got her husband Richard back after the Link Transit Proposition #1 passed. Her husband wrenched his back picking up an air compressor. Her nursing skills were tested!

Joel Banken announced that his son had arrived in Mumbai, India, and had met his next two host families already.

Milt Herman would like to collect used prescription and reading glasses, sun glasses, magnifiying glasses and unopened eye drops for his Guatemalan trip in October.

Kevin and Lynn Love attended the Seahawk Training Camp. They also drove their boat up to Stehekin on Lake Chelan, and spent the night moored to the dock for $7.50 (up from $5).

Bill McDowell regretted being gone from club meetings.

Erik Holmberg enjoyed time at the beach until his wife hurt her back. Today their cabin on Lake Chelan is being demolished to renovate it.

Sargeant-At-Arms

Erik Holmberg fined the greeters for not greeting, and for being late!

Erik also recognized Wayne Massing for working 6 shifts and his wife Karen for working 5 shifts over the 3 days at the Watershed Concert!

PJ Jones, one of the Sargeant-At-Arms, was fined for his confronting a woman at the Watershed Concert about her hair color!


Program 

Lee De La Torre, from The Diamond Foundry, was the guest speaker. Lee is a manufacturing engineer and is the primary person responsible for the construction and installation of The Diamond Foundry in Wenatchee. He came to Wenatchee from the Bay Area of Calif.

Lee described the process of diamond making as "growing diamonds", since each diamond produces starts as a small slice of diamond. That slice gets carbon added to it in a proprietary process to make a grown diamond. They are 100% carbon.

By comparison, mined diamonds are from artisanal mines, mainly in Africa and Russia. About 250 ton of dirt must be moved for each 1 carat diamond unearthed. There are about 1 million miners working for about $1 per day.

Grown diamonds are produced in the USA. Their vertically integrated process has about 14 steps from the manufacturing process to being a piece of jewelry. The Diamond Foundry does many of these steps themselves, but has other help in the processes.

The basic process is described as a diamond seed or slice put into a "reactor", and is heated up to 10,000 degrees. It is bombarded with carbon gas and the carbon atoms attach themselves to the seed. The process to grow one diamond may take weeks, but many are "grown" at once.

Their diamond are serialized and grown to >9+ carats. The costs are typically between about 10-25% of the cost of mined diamond. Each grown diamond can be finished into one of 40 different cuts. Their production should start within 2 to 2 1/2 years. Sixty per cent of their employees are from the Wenatchee area, with many veterans being hired. New workers are trained on site.



Club President Taro Masuda said the club was donating a children's book to the North Central Washington Regional Library in Lee's name.
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Meeting was adjourned at 8 am.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August 6, 2019 Meeting Notes

August 6, 2019 Meeting Notes

Rotary and Non-Rotary Guests

Bob Bugert from the Wenatchee Rotary Club was a guest of Jim Huffman's. Bob is a member of the Chelan Douglas Land Trust.

Rebecca Lyons brought her daughter Marni.

Announcements

Wayne Massing thanked all the volunteers who worked at The Gorge this weekend, selling beers at the Watershed Concert. These Wenatchee Sunrise Rotarian volunteers spent a collective 161 hours: Taro Masuda, Erik Holmberg, PJ Jones, Robin DeRock, Kathleen McNalty, David Barshes, John Schapman, and Wayne & Karen Massing. They are shining examples of  Rotary's motto "Service Above Self".
The next concert where we are volunteering is the Dave Matthews Band on Friday, Aug. 30th, Saturday, Aug. 31st, and Sunday Sept. 1st (Labor Day Weekend). Volunteers are still needed for this concert. Each day's volunteer work is only one shift (unlike Watershed, which was 2 shifts). If you're interested, please contact Wayne Massing (wkmassing@nwi.net) prior to 3 pm this Friday, Aug. 9th. We have to submit the number of volunteers from each of 4 clubs to The Gorge early for location assignments.

PJ Jones announced that there will be a BBQ at Tom Utigard's orchard 10 miles North of Wenatchee on Hwy. 97A, on Sunday, Aug. 18th from Noon to about 4 pm. This is to welcome our new inbound exchange student Adele from Switzerland, and her Wenatchee host family. More details next week on what to bring.

John McDarment said the dedication of the second picnic shelter at Rotary Park on Western Avenue in Wenatchee will be Wed., Aug. 7th at 6 p.m.. Please plan to be there!

Kathleen McNalty asked the group in an ad hoc survey what were some of the reasons that they could not volunteer for selling beer at The Gorge Amphitheater. Some of the answers were: family or business travel, vacation, the heat, too long of a drive at night, and may not support the Rotary mission.

Sage Hills Church is looking for help with the Westside High School back to school bash on Thursday, August 29 from 3-5. This is a fun event for families and students. There will be food, games, and prizes. All three of our Challenge Scholars this year are from Westside! Let’s show them some love. Consider helping out with set up, clean up or staffing a booth. Contact Kelley Kennedy at kelleyk@impactevents.com or 509-387-1411.


RP Jones asked for donations to the Saddle Rock Evangelical Presbyterian Church is collecting funds to clothe school children in the community this school year. For a $25 donation, the child receives a pair of pants, 2 shirts, socks and a pair of shoes. At today's meeting, $450 was collected for club members. The Board of Directors will decide if the club can match those funds!

Craig Reese leaves for his annual volunteer trip to Burundi. He requested an old laptop computer (memory scrubbed clean!) to take with him. The school where he volunteers needs a replacement computer because theirs crashed. Please contact Craig if you can help (craigreese12@gmail.com or 509-679-3281) before he leaves Thursday (tomorrow!).

John Schapman has Thank You cards for the 2019 Bike Ride sponsors. Please contact John if you need one (jt.schapman@gmail.com).


Brags and Confessions

Alan Walker's daughter had her 28th birthday!

Rebecca Lyons' parents celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Program 

Jim Huffman presented a TED TALKS on "The Unexpected".

Meeting was adjourned at 8 am.

Monday, July 29, 2019

July 23rd Meeting Notes

July 23rd Meeting Notes


Announcements

There is a tentative dinner planned for everyone who volunteered for the bike ride - Sept 10th time and location to be later announced.

Brags and Confessions

Earl - Emma made it home from Germany safe
Robin - Her birthday was the 22nd and she paid $1 for leaving early
Alan - Paid for missing ruths project
Jill - Went through an orchard inspection
John - Went on an epic family hike.

Program 

Erik Holmberg and Chris McDarment - Tanzania 2019

Presented a slide show with lots of interesting pictures about their trip to Tanzania and showed us a bit about the 450 solar powered lights that they packed and took with them.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 16th Meeting Notes

MEET OUR International PRESIDENT

Mark Daniel Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.
This year's Rotary theme is "Rotary Connects the World"

MEET OUR DISTRICT GOVERNOR

Peter Schultz (with wife Susan) is from the Kelowna Club. He was a research scientist and restaurant owner, and is now spending his time in service to his community.  Peter has been active in several leadership roles in his club and in District 5060.  He says, "As I travel the district this year I very much look forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones!  We have a tremendous opportunity in our district to "Be Inspired" as Rotary International President Barry Rassin encouraged us in 2018-2019, and to "Connect the World" as this year's President Mark Maloney would have us do!  We are strong, with a growing membership, tremendous activities and projects both locally and globally, and the positive leadership we need to Grow Rotary.

Rotary Guests
District Governor Peter Schultz and Assistant Governor Karl Ruether attended the meeting.

Guests
Joel Banken brought his wife Julie as a guest.

Announcements

Ruth Dagg asked for volunteers to help plant foliage at the Habitat For Humanity house at 931 Methow St. on Thursday, July 18th from 8-11 am.

Invoices have been sent out this week.

Wayne Massing still needs more volunteers for The Gorge. Contact Wayne to sign up to sell beer!

Brags and Confessions

PJ Jones bragged about a mini-family reunion. A good time was had by all!

Jim Adamson briefly discussed a European river cruise he and wife Carol just completed with 30 other people from the Wenatchee area.

Carol Adamson said her grandson went to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in FBLA, and finished 3rd in the nation in his category.

Lisa Parks presented Kathleen McNalty, Club Treasurer, with a Board of Director gift, and personal gift for helping Lisa during her presidential year.

Sargent at Arms

Erik Holmberg and PJ Jones announced 2 conditions you will have to pay $1 fine; leaving early from the meeting, or being late to attend the meeting. Several club members rushed to pay the fines. Lisa Parks was fined for having missed the last two meetings.

Program

Assistant Governor Karl Ruether polled the club to see who remembered what this year's Rotary theme was. PJ Jones correctly identified "Rotary Connects the World" and was awarded a lapel pin with that phrase.

 AG Karl Ruether then introduced District Governor Peter Schultz.   DG Peter Schultz presented Julie Banken "The Spouse of the Year" award for her work as a Youth Exchange host mother. Julie and her husband Joel have hosted 5 different Youth Exchange students.       



Peter Schultz also presented Wayne Massing "The Rotarian That Connects the World" award for his work as the District 5060 Promoter for the recent Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.




















"Why Rotary?", asked Peter Schultz. Lisa Parks said she joined Rotary to give back to the community and networking. Jim Adamson agreed with networking, and added service, fellowship and international connections. Jim Huffman reminded the club of the connection Rotary International has with the United Nations, having helped with its original charter in 1947. Robin DeRock was hooked on the Youth Exchange program within Rotary.

DG Peter Schultz agreed with the Youth Exchange aspect of Rotary. The students are exposed to "a life in a year" concept when they travel abroad.

Peter explained his trip to Ethiopia with a medical team. Open pit fires were the cause of may injuries there, so the medical team repaired burn victims' limbs.

Chapter One Clubs are a goal of Peter's. The Chapter One is related to the first chapter of the Rotary Procedures Manual. Simple and easy! This manual is downloadable from the District 5060 site (https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50005/User/Login).

The pot draw netted Carol Adamson $5.

Ryan McKelvie , Director, Head Coach for WAHA/Wild Development Teams, from the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Team reminded the club that they need housing for 4 local hockey teams. Contact Ryan if you would like to host a hockey player. (rmckelvie@wenatcheewildhockey.com)

Meeting adjourned at  8 am.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 9th Meeting Notes

July 9th  Meeting Notes

Announcements

Invoices will be out this week.

Wayne still needs more volunteers for the gorge. Contact Wayne for more information.

Habitat for humanity needs more volunteers for the landscaping project contact Ruth to get signed up.

Earl - Parking for the 4th of July went good just about $2200 was raised. Volunteers for parking include: Kaitlyn, Ethan, Mansour, Taro and his son, Earl, PJ, Robin. Volunteer for the next day clean up were: Ethan, John Schapman, PJ, Earl, Milt, and Ruth and her son.

Brags and Confessions

Erin bragged about the USA women's soccer team winning the world cup for the 4th time.

Leslie talked about her granddaughter and how she is a healthy baby.

Rebecca went on a nice adventure visiting different national parks.


Program

Kaitlyn gave a short talk about her time at RYLA

Watched a TED talk on procrastination.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

June 18th Meeting Notes

Announcements 

Joseph is leaving us July 7.  Erik & Kristin are hosting a good-bye party at their home on July 6, from 5:30 - 8:00.  Their address is 2017 Broadview North, Wenatchee.

June 22 - Highway Cleanup - meet at 8:00am at Hydro Park.

June 25th @ 6 P.M. Presidential Changeover Dinner at Ridgeline Graphics. No morning meeting that day.

July 4th we will be running the parking at Walla Walla and July 5th is the clean up for the park. Contact Earl to sign up for shifts.

Brags and Confessions

John is celebrating his 54th wedding anniversary.
Carol and Jim leave for Europe on Thursday!
Taro had a great time in Germany, and he even screened calls while there since his name was left on the sag wagon list for the bike ride. What a team player!
Robin also had a great time in Germany and got a new rotary printed fan.
Jim had another terrible Chuck Norris joke.
Kathleen is going to DC to visit family.
Earls daughter Emma graduated high school last week and his youngest daughter Lucy is going into the 6th grade.

Program

Joseph gave us the run down on how his time here was.
He got to do many things like visit:
The San Juan Islands, The Chelan County Fair, Lake Chelan, Pacific Ocean, and went he also skiing.
He carved his first Pumpkin ever and got his first Christmas Stocking!
All in all he has a great time with all the family's he stayed with, and it seems like everyone did a good job at making him feel at home while he was here.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 11 Meeting Notes

Joseph is leaving us July 7.  Erik & Kristin are hosting a good-bye party at their home on July 6, from 5:30 - 8:00.  Their address is 2017 Broadview North, Wenatchee.

June 22 - Highway Cleanup - meet at 8:00am at Hydro Park.

June 25th @ 6 P.M. Presidential Changeover Dinner at Ridgeline Graphics. No morning meeting that day.

**Long time Wenatchee eye doctor and Wenatchee Rotarian, Terry Sorom, has stage 4 cancer and is on hospice.  Cards and letters would be appreciated.  His address is 2405 #2 Canyon Rd, Wenatchee, WA  98801

Brag & Confessions

Joseph graduated last Friday night at WHS - one of 487.  Now he gets to go home to France and graduate again.

Joel Banken said his youngest son is going to be a youth exchange student in India next year.  His oldest son was a YE student in Thailand last year.

Jim and Carol Adamson celebrated their 47th anniversary in Kent with some of the grandkids.

Program

Beth Stipe, Director of the Community Foundation of NCW, summarized the history and current status of the foundation's funds (over $90M), scholarships (over .5M awarded this year), grants (4.3M awarded), and other programs.  Beth also gave information about our club's Salisbury Fund and the Donor Advised Fund, and how we could best leverage them.


June's birthdays and anniversaries are in the right hand column.