Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Welcome Jerry Karney to Sunrise Rotary

Jerry Karney was inducted as our newest member of Sunrise Rotary Club.  Jerry's wife, Kathy, joined him for the event.   Jerry and Kathy are active in the community, particularly the Performing Arts Center,  the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and Saddlerock Church.

Rotarian of the Month -- Matt Eastman

Matt Eastman has been a Sunrise Rotary club member for 10 years.  He is recognized for his consistent support of the bike ride and especially for his work as Chair of the ride over the past few years.   Congratulations Matt!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Battle of the Books

The winning team of Battle of the Books at Wenatchee High School joined us to explain the contest and its value.  English teacher, Molly Butler, launched the initiative this year as a way to increase reading literacy, a strong indicator of academic success.

BOB teams have four to six participants who read 12 books over two months and competed with other teams to answer questions about what they read.  The competition culminated in an elimination round where each classes' finalist team competed for the grand prize.  There were four students in the winning team:  Estella Navara, Jordan Bucherite, Stephanie Herrera and Rebecca Devereaux.  The grand prize was a Kindle Fire for each team member.  Sunrise Rotary donated the Kindles.

Challenge Scholarship Donations

Here are the options for giving to the Marvin & Frances Salisbury – Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Educational Scholarship Fund 

      Pay by check – make check out to the "Community Foundation" and be sure to include the fund name “Salisbury Scholarship” or “Sunrise Rotary Scholarship” in the memo or some attached note so that we know exactly where the funds should go. This can be delivered or mailed to our office.
      Pay be cash - include the fund name “Salisbury Scholarship” or “Sunrise Rotary Scholarship” in some attached note, along with your name and address, so that we know exactly where the funds should go. This can be delivered or mailed to our office.
Pay online – go directly to the Salsibury Scholarhip donation site at

All donors will receive a tax receipt for their gift.

After making your donation, let treasurer Lisa Tidd know the amount donated so she can send in the matching amount to the Community Foundation from our club's matching fund..

Announcements - May 12

Thank you Sunrisers.  Through your donations, club funds, and an anonymous matching gift from one of our members, we will be sending $2000 to Shelterbox for their relief work in Nepal and other regions around the world.

The new sign at Rotary Park is installed and it is beautiful!  But some work remains.  Please reserve Saturday morning May 23 for a work party.  We will proceed with landscaping, irrigation, and running electricity to the site for nighttime lighting.  We need a little help with digging some holes, spreading fabric and bark, and running some drip lines. We will also be machine trenching for electrical conduit and then manually back-filling the trench. This is all pretty light work, so shouldn't take all morning with a few bodies to help.May 30 will be an all-service club fair at Pybus market from 9:00-2:00.  We will need a few members to take shifts.  We will be answering questions and promoting Rotary and our bike ride.

May 30 will also be a "ride the ride" route tour of the Century Bike Ride route from 2:00-5:00.  We will be tracing the route to the Lake Wenatchee pit stop (fire station), where we will have refreshments and play a couple games.  Then we head back to town and end at Godfather's for pizza. Families are invited to join us at the pizza party.

June 10 is our presidential changeover dinner.  This is a chance to celebrate what our club has accomplished through service and fellowship activities, and welcome in Wayne Massing and his Board of Directors for the 2015-16 year.  Dinner (prime rib and salmon) will be at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club in East Wenatchee starting at 6:00, with a program following. Cost is $45 per person, and we will put it on your July invoice.  Bring your spouse and/or friends.

June 11 is the all-service club golf classic at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club.  Our club will be putting together one or two teams to try to bring home the prize.  Contact Craig Robertson if you are interested in playing.  Cost is $100 ($50 for WGCC members). Tee time is at 1:00, with appetizers after the round.

Beer, Brats, Bikes - June 19 will be a TGIF at Kathleen McNalty's home to celebrate the success of the Century ride.  More details to come.

Garden Looking Good

Thanks to Wayne, Norm, Mansour, Jim & Carol for weeding the Sunrise community garden.  It looks great, and the crops are coming up fast.  All that is produced will again
be donated to the Women's Shelter at the Bruce Hotel.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Guess Who?

Bill McDowell was pulled out of the audience at the musical "Spamalot" to get his 2 minutes of fame.  Way to go Bill!  This should be good for some kind of fine from the Sergeant at Arms, eh?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Public Awareness

Here is a great example how Rotary's public image can be expanded.  This painting in downtown Spokane can easily be seen by thousands of people everyday who visit the downtown area.  Next year, our district will be offering PR grants for clubs.  Maybe the Wenatchee clubs can get together and come up with a great way to share Rotary in our community (Link bus signage, cinema advertisement, painted sign on downtown building, etc.).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Visit to Wenatchee Valley College

Dr. Jim Richardson, Wenatchee Valley College President and Sunrise member, hosted our club for breakfast at WVC and gave us a great tour of the new Fine & Performing Arts Building.  The building, originally designed at $4M ($2M of that from the state), was completed for $9.6M, thanks to funds from the WVC Foundation, a match from the Icicle Fund, and many personal donations.  This allowed a better state-of-the-art building that got just about everything the fine art and music people wanted.  The arts building features art studios that have high tech computerization, white board walls, and are designed for optimum lighting and utilization of space.  The music wing consists of an acoustically designed recital hall, sound-proof practice rooms, a computer music composition room, a recording studio, and a practice room for bands and choirs.  This was a community effort that has produced a world class facility.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Presidential Changeover Dinner Set

It’s roasting time!  I mean, celebration, no, well, time to thank Carol for her service as Club President, and install Wayne Massing as 2015-16 President, along with his new Board of Directors.

Wednesday June 10th
Wenatchee Golf and Country Club
Prime Rib and Salmon Buffet


Sign up at the coming meetings or contact Alan Walker.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Guess Who?

Do you know these 5 Rotarians, and what their vocations are?
Carol had everyone write down the names and occupations of these five members.  Those who missed 5 or more had to pay $2.  Those who missed 3 or 4 had to pay $1.  Be prepared to do this again.  Let's get to know
our members.

2015 Challenge Scholars

Emily, Maria, Alex, Zayra and Josh
We welcomed five of our scholarship winners and their families.  Josh Nerland a Senior at Eastmont wants to earn a degree in nanotechnology.   Zayra Calvillo Garcia is a sophomore at Wenatchee High School and wants to be lawyer and a chef.  Alex Rodriguez Pantaleon is a Junior at WHS and wants to be a family physician.  Maria (Lupita) Torres is a sophomore at WHS and wants to be a lawyer specializing in immigration and domestic violence issues.  Emily Castorena is Junior at WHS and plans to be a biology major and a pediatrician.

May 5 Announcements

  • Carol thanked members for attending the All Service Club lunch last week (right).
  • There are several ways you can contribute to the Nepal disaster relief.  Our Rotary is likely to support the Shelter Box program which provides giant tents and supplies.  Contact Carol if you would like to make a personal donation.
  • 227 are registered for the bike ride!
  • Don't forget: next week we are at the Wenatchee Valley College for our meeting.  Enter off 9th by turning onto Nelson.  Park behind Wells House.  Bring $3.50 for cost of breakfast. We will have a tour of the new music and arts center.  
  • We needs weeders for our garden this weekend.  We are plot #20.  Help out if you can.

Wenatchee Valley College Honored

WVC is celebrating their 75th anniversary, and the school was honored by being chosen as Grand Marshal.  College students played a big part in designing and constructing the Apple Blossom float.  Sunrise member, and WVC President, Jim Richardson (left) represented the college in the parade.

July 28 Meeting Notes

President Earl Crowe opened the meeting at 7 am with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and Milt Herman lead the Club Members with the In...