Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 29, 2015 Meeting

 Paul Harris Fellows Announced.  The entire Erik Holmberg clan were honored as Paul Harris Fellows based on the significant contribution made to the Rotary Foundation by each family member.  Erik's wife Kristen and children Drew, Ben, Lindy and Rawley were all present to accept the honor.  Each family member contributed at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation to earn this honor.

Club President, Wayne Massing, presented certificates.  Erik "pinned" each family member with the Paul Harris lapel pin.

Congratulations to the Holmberg family and to us for being fortunate enough to have Erik in our club.

Brags & Confessions

  • Jay Higgin's son Jonathan earned Eagle Scout honors.  Congratulations
  • Craig Robertson spent Thanksgiving in Colorado, driving there right behind a blizzard.  He recommends not trying that for your family vacation. He had a lovely trip to San Antonio where his wife, Mandy, was attending a conference.  He is most recently back from Puerto Vallarta, where Montezuma gained revenge.   
  • Erik Holmberg reported that Lindy made a safe and rapid return from California where she traveled in support of an eight-year old cancer victim and his family who searched (in vain, sadly) for the young man's hero.  The 8-year old is my hero!  And so is Lindy.
  • Jim Huffman reports he is in maintenance mode and his health is well.
Surveying Club Member and Club Assembly.  Club members were asked to complete a survey about what is going well and what needs improvement with the Club.  A survey will be made available to those who did not attend, either through this blog or by email.

Club members then broke into groups representing several of our committees and brainstormed ideas to get better traction from the committees.  Several groups reported progress, with plans for regularly scheduled meetings to help jump start activities.  We need you on a committee (or two or four or six committees).  Please let Wayne or any of the officers or committee chairs know if you want to participate.  More to come on this topic at a future meeting.

Pot Draw.  Wayne Massing was the lucky pot draw winner. He came within an inch of the top pay out of $30.  Maybe next time...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Eric Holmberg presented a pin for bringing in a new member.  Thanks Eric, for sponsoring Earl Crowe.
Maggie Nelson presented YE Exchange student Mateo with a Christmas gift from the club - a season's pass to Mission Ridge.  Several members also had personal gifts for him to open on Christmas.

Program - Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

Rebecca Ryker from Icicle Center for the Arts presented an overview of the many educational and performance opportunities available to patrons at this exquisitely beautiful setting in Leavenworth adjacent to (not related) the Sleeping Lady Resort. Rebecca was joined by Jennifer Korfiatis, a former Sunrise Rotary member working for the center in marketing and public relations. The Icicle Creek Center for the Arts includes the Snowy Owl Theatre, a recital hall, private practice cabins, a beautiful meadow with performing stage. This year brought 127 events with 11,000 people attending. They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure liberal arts remain vibrant in this area. Their emphasis is on education and performance with year round workshops,etc. January will bring a new schedule of world class musicians and performances through June. The summer months are primarily for education and workshops with performances beginning again in the fall season. Tickets and information is available at the box office or online. There is a new membership campaign underway with the opportunity to become a charter member, volunteers are needed as well and internships are available.

Challenge Scholars Visit

Joan Wright introduced our challenge scholars, and presented them with Christmas gift cards to Target.

Visiting were seniors Emily Castorena and Alex Rodriquez, and juniors Lupita Torres.and Zayra Garcia.

Alex introducing his mentor, Milt Herman, and his family.
Lupita introducing mentor, Rani Sampson, and her dad.

Zayra introducing her family.  Her mentor is Maggie Nelson.
Emily introducing her mentor, Carol Adamson, and her mom.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Rotary Leadership Institute

Besides being a service organization, what sets Rotary apart is that we are also about leadership development.

District 5060 is one of the more active anywhere in training members through the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), and this year we have set the bar higher than ever!  It is proven that RLI grads are more engaged, and have a great Rotary experience getting to know more about our programs and many of their colleagues from other clubs and areas.
We have (tentatively) scheduled the following course next spring:
   Yakima (March 19April 2 & April 16)
We have exciting new curriculum INCLUDING the Membership Matters & a new Social Media program.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Party Fun

Really, really ugly sweaters
Raffle Ticket Team

Holiday Joy

Examining the goods

Searching for the perfect gift
Found it!

Dreaming of the West Side

Growling growlers

A dog that does tricks

The dog was stolen and now is a bottle of wine

The bottle of wine is stolen and Kathy leaves with
lots of chocolae

A candle holder


A steal

First gift
Raffle winner!

A steal leads to a second choice for Carol

Plotting a steal!

A lovely gift 

Stole by Kris!

A pink flask, among other items, on
the second gift choice

Pink flask...girls' dream

Leslie grabs a gift

and wins an odd collection from someone's
junk drawer???

She wins again!  And donates half back
to Rotary.  Thanks Lisa

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Program - Classification talk by Earl Crowe

Earl is one of our newest Rotarians, becoming a member in October. He's been married 19 years and they have 3 lovely daughters. Earl was born in Everett, but he and his family more recently moved back to Washington from Ohio. He's an avid Seahawks fan and also enjoys camping, fishing, golf, tennis, but mostly in his spare time spending time with his family is most important. As our Chelan County Chief Deputy Coroner, Earl works on over 500 cases a year. He's required to be on call 24 hrs day/7 days a week, taking turns a week at a time with the County Coroner. The job requires that he be sensitive and caring (part people-person) as well as part investigator. His work includes homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, sudden deaths and unattended deaths-state law requires all unattended deaths be reported to the Coroner's Office. As the Chief Deputy Coroner his job includes: 1) Determining the cause and manner of death, 2) Thorough investigation of death ,3) Positively identifying the decedent, 4) Accurately and factually documenting the death scene, and 5) Determining whether an autopsy is required. Jokingly? Earl left us with his motto "Smile, tomorrow's going to be worse" 

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...