Friday, December 30, 2016

Global Medical Brigades

Alex Rodriguez, one of our Wenatchee Rotary Challenge Scholars. has been given the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and provide medical care to low-income families through the non-profit organization called Global Medical Brigades (GMB). UW GMB has an annual auction that raises funds for the trip. 

He would be incredibly grateful if any member would be willing to donate an item or an experience for the auction. I suppose we could also attend the April 30 event.  Here is the link:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dec. 20 Meeting Notes

Remember - no meeting Dec. 27.  See you all next year (Jan. 3).


Wenatchee Wild Hockey coach Bliss Littler discussed the history of hockey, and the evolution of the Wild.  In 1980, 75% of the US college players were from Canada, which has always had a great junior hockey program.  Now the US has lots of programs, and hockey has become very popular, even in southern states with indoor program.

The Wild are now in the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League), which is very competitive.  Last year the Wild were 2nd in their division.  This year they are first in the league with an amazing 28-5-2 record.  Lots of the players are committed to division 1 colleges, and a couple could be drafted by the NHL.  The Wild also has a U-18 program which includes boys from all around the PNW, U-16 and U-14 programs which attract players from around the state, and hope to add a U-18 girls program in the next couple years.  The team has a big economic impact in our area, and provides support for many of the service clubs and charitable groups.


The Board has approved Callie Klein for membership.  Contact Jim H, Jim A, of John M. by Dec. 27 if you have questions or objections.

Terry Lillybridge was here to show us a quilt that featured several Sunrise Rotary bike ride T-shirts
from the past, including the first one in 1988.  He has ridden in many of our bike rides.

Our club was able to provide two bikes, helmets, and locks for the 9-year old twins of the family we adopted for Christmas.  Thanks to Lisa, Matt, and any others in the shopping crew.

Last chance to sign up for the January 14th Wild Hockey game and dinner will be on our January 3 meeting.  This will be a fun family social with our Challenge Scholars and their families, and a great way to support the first place Wild hockey team.  $20 for tickets and dinner.  You can email Jim Adamson at to reserve your tickets.

What?  An indoor golf tournament?  Yes, but you'll have to check out the details on future emails. Great idea for a small fundraiser where you and a partner can set an appointment to use the indoor golf simulator at Golf, etc.

We had a fun Christmas party last Thursday.  About 70 showed up to eat a great Olive Garden dinner and exchange gifts.  Thanks to John McDarment for opening up his rooms at Ridgeline Graphics, and to Wayne and the fellowship committee for all the work setting this up.  See pictures below.

Brags & Confessions

Kathleen McNalty is looking for tutors, and the Tutor Doctor will be starting an SAT prep class.
Renee Parkins went to White Christmas at WHS, and really enjoyed it.
Jill Courtney reported that former member Shelly Miller is searching for a club in Spokane, and really thought our club was great (she is right).

Christmas Party time

Carol presented gift certificates to newlyweds Jenny & Top (had to work) Rojanasthien and Leslie & Mike Coleman.  Congrats!

Lots of good fellowship at Ridgeline Graphics. The building is John McDarment's, and he and Betsy opened the place for our party.  Thanks John.
 Olive Garden buffet

Four of our Challenge Scholars with families.
Julia, Lupita, Jasmine, and Zayra

Youth exchange students Putter (Thailand) and our own Lucas (France).

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 13 Meeting Notes


Location change - Social tomorrow (Wednesday) at PYBUS (brewery) starting at 5:00.  They expect it to be busy so come as early as you can.  This will be a great informal pre-function for our Christmas party on Thursday.  Family and guests are always welcome.

Christmas Party Thursday night.  Due to large number attending (about 70), we ask that you only bring one White Elephant gift per couple if you are coming with spouse or guest.  Starts at 6:00 at Ridgeline Graphics.  BYOB.

Check your calendars.  We are having a Hockey social on January 14 with our Challenge Scholars and families.  $20 per person includes dinner in a private room and the game tickets.  The Wild are leading their division (British Columbia Hockey League), and ranked third in the entire Canadian Junior Hockey League.  We'll need you to sign up by January 4 so we can purchase a block of tickets.

Our club and members are participating in a fundraiser for family of the young man that was killed when struck by a car last month.  They would like to get back to Guatemala.  Our club donated $500, and members chipped in another $170 by passing the hat.

Brags and Confessions

Taro Masuda spent the weekend with the district YE (youth exchange) kids at Silver Star (near Vernon, BC).

Brian Thorpe paid for missing so many meetings (glad to have you back Brian).  He will have three daughters getting married this summer (all different dates).

Lucas paid because he forgot his visa in Vernon, and almost couldn't get back into the US after the YE weekend.

Kevin Love's wife, Lynn,  was featured in the Good Life.  He will be going to his first Seahawk game Thursday and will miss our party.  Kevin was also the subject of the "shotgun classification talk" today.

Rebecca Lyons is back from too weeks in China.

Joel Banken's son, Isaiah, will be our outbound YE student next year, and just found out he will be going to Spain. Ole.

Thanks to John McDarment for printing Wenatchee Sunrise note pads.


Steve Robinson (right) and Gil Sparks presented on Pybus 2.0.  They gave a history of the facility, a look at how the non-profit works, and a glimpse future plans.  The 25,000 sq, foot building was purchased by the Chelan County Port District ($5M) and Mike & Joanne Walker ($5M) in 2010.  Through the public/private partnership, the building was remodeled, and opened in 2013.  Pybus is a non-profit run by a 16 member Board of Directors.  They support other non-profit groups.  Pybus has 17 year-round merchants and employees 100 people.  The plan is to expand and remodel the annex to house meeting rooms, businesses, and restaurants  Steve and Gil showed slides and renderings of Pybus, then, now, and in the future.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December 6th


Next week is a busy week!

December 12th:  7:00 a.m. Board Meeting at Wild Huckleberry(updating bylaws and the constitution)
December 13th:  Regular meeting with Steve Robinson from Pybus Market
December 14th:  5:00 p.m. Club Social at Columbia Brewing Company
December 15th:  6:00 p.m. Christmas Party at Ridgeline Graphics

Lucas had a big week last week!  He spent Thanksgiving with the extended family of his host family. Then he went to Seattle and visited Pike Place Market and took a ride in a Tesla!!!  He was also able to attend Mission Ridge opening and was lucky enough to get stuck on a chair lift.

The Bike Ride Committee met and has some very cool stuff for the June 3rd bike ride.  If you haven't already blocked off the day on your calendar, do it now!  We need all hands on deck for the 20th anniversary of our club's biggest fundraiser.

There is a financial aid workshop for challenge scholars on Wednesday.  All mentors received an email regarding the details.

Brags and Confessions:

Lisa Park's birthday!

Jim H put in money for Annie because she took Sammy.

Mansour wonders why he has been stuck in this snowy torture chamber.

Jim A spent the weekend in Edmonton training district leaders.

Jill celebrated her 44th wedding anniversary.

Laura reported that the Rotaract club made $200.00 for CASA.  At right are some of the stocking stuffers they purchased for the kids.


Doyle from Lighthouse Ministries presented to our club today.

Doyle joined Lighthouse Ministries three years ago after realizing that he wanted to help people that were just like him.  He reminded us that we could all be in the same position as many of the people that the Lighthouse Ministries help.
The organization was founded in 2009 by Bob Rogers who is still involved in the organization.  Currently there are 7 active programs.  These programs include:

  • The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen which feeds about 5000 servings per month.
  • The Food Distribution Ministry which distributes approximately 168,000 servings per year.
  • Grace House which is a transitional house for Women and Children.  The capacity is 40 people and is currently at 16 women and 19 children.
  • Gospel House provides emergency housing for entire families.
  • Mission House which provides transitional housing for men.
  • Lighthouse Clinic which provides free or reduced medical and dental care.
  • King's Garden Christian Preschool which has been in existence provides interactive preschool for 3-5 year olds.  The current class has 19 children.
Lighthouse Ministries is currently looking at consolidating it's efforts in a large building they were recently able to acquire.  The monetary goal for the organization is $744,000.00.  They are approximately $189,000 short of their goal.  If you would like to donate to this amazing local project, click here.

(former residents, and now volunteers, Harry and Crystal pose with Doyal)
You have to check out the new look for our club and bike ride web site.  Very cool!  Thanks to Joel and the others who helped to make this happen.

Friday, December 2, 2016

November 30th Meeting


Remember to get a hold of Lucas!  He has a list of stuff he would love to do (See November 15th Meeting Blog) before he leaves.  His number is 881-8616.

The Christmas Party is on December 15th.  If you haven't signed up, be sure to get a hold of Wayne. Family welcome!

The week of December 12th is a busy one!  At our regular meeting on December 13th, Steve Robinson will come speak about Pybus Market.  On December 14th there is a club social at Columbia River Brewing Company at 5:00.  On December 15th is our Christmas party.

Brags and Confessions:

Earl paid for the Coug's loss in the Apple Cup.
Erik paid for the Huskie's win the Apple Cup AND the celebration of his 26th wedding anniversary.
Rani's dad broke his leg and is currently staying at the hospital at which Jonas Salk worked.  Rani was glad that Ohio beat Michigan.
Ron paid for his big ole color picture in the paper.
Alan took his mom and the kids to the woods to gather trees for Christmas and left with 5!

Club Assembly:

Today we spent time looking at all the committees we have and making sure that everyone is involved on some level.  A reminder that Rotary is a service club and serving on a committee is how that service happens.  We have the following committees list with their chairpersons that you can contact to get involved:

Rotary Foundation (contact Jerry Karney)
Fund Raising (contact Earl Crowe)
Challenge Scholar (contact Joan Wright)
Salisbury Fund (contact Maggie Nelson, Jim Huffman or Leslie Coleman)
Youth Exchange (contact Maggie Nelson)
Membership (contact John McDarment)
Public Relations and Social Media (contact Annie LaCroix)
Rotaract (contact Laura Singletary)
Fellowship (contact Wayne Massing)
International Projects (contact Wayne Massing)
Community Projects (contact Matt Eastman)
Senior Dinner (contact Jill Courtney)
Bike Ride (contact Alice Thompson or Alan Walker)
Programs (contact Jim Huffman)
Club History (contact Leonard Noss)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Club Web Site

You have to check out the new look for our club and bike ride web site.  Very cool!  Thanks to Joel and the others who helped to make this happen.

Proud to be a Rotarian


The  has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.
The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”
“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”
AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

Blast from the past

Here is an article from the Wenatchee World several years ago when our club replaced a three-wheel bike that was stolen.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meet Our New Members

Robin DeRock
Robin is a Nursing preceptor, Staff educator, Rehab Admissions Coordinator, and Case manager at Confluence Health-Wenatchee Valley Hospital.  Her hobbies include HOCKEY, playing bad golf, crafting, hockey, sleeping in, travel, wine tasting, hockey.  After 24 years of floor nursing, she’s gone back to school, so homework is now a "hobby".  Oh, and Rotary. ;)  One thing that is unique about her is that she used to be shy, and she detest peas.

Her husband, Richard, is President Elect of the North Club, and director of Link Transportation.  He likes playing golf even worse than Robin, reading, yelling at the TV, yardwork, watching bad sci-fi, spending every waking moment thinking how lucky he is to be married to Robin.

Kids: 1) Birthed children:  Alicia - 28 yrs old, married, teacher, lives in East Wenatchee has their only 2 grandchildren.  Alex- 26 yrs old, single (taking applications), lives in Wenatchee, is an EMT with Ballard.
         2) Foreign born (AKA: Imports):  They have hosted 16 (maybe 39 or 74) exchange students
         3) Domestic brand: (AKA: Athletes who eat A LOT): They’ve hosted 12 athletes between the Wild and the Applesox.

Chris McDarment
Chris grew up in Wenatchee, and went to Harvey Mudd College in Los Angeles, where he graduated with an Engineering degree.  He has worked for Chelan PUD for over 20 years and is now the System Operations Manager for the PUD. 
Chris enjoys puzzles, traveling, and mysteries like astronomy.  He is a dog lover and his family has fostered many puppies from the humane society.  He is an Eagle Scout and is active in the Boy Scouts at the Troop and Council levels.  Chris learned "service above self" at an early age through Scouting, as well as through the example of his wonderful parents, John & Betsy.

Chris’ wife, Holly, was born and raised in Iowa, and she served overseas in the U.S. Army.  After she completed her tour in the Army, she followed her parents out to this area, finding a job at Central Washington Hospital as a unit secretary.  She is now a stay at home mom who doesn't know what stay at home means, as she is active in their Church, the Scouts, and the community.  
Chris and Holly met in Leavenworth on a blind date.  Holly likes to read books and cook, but is an avid sports fan as well.  They also enjoy playing cards with friends.
They have two boys, Braden is an Eagle Scout and is at the University of Washington, and Brian is a Life Scout, the step before Eagle, is a junior at Wenatchee High School.  He is in the high school band and on the swim team.  They also have two dogs (Grace, a German Shepherd and Jack, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, a Humane Society rescue).

Laura Singletary
Laura is new to the Wenatchee area and during her free time, loves exploring her new surroundings.  She moved here in May and is paving the way for her family to follow.  Her husband, Michael, is the registrar at Watcom Community College.  They are the proud parent of two beautiful daughters.
Laura is the Director of Student Programs at Wenatchee Valley College.  She is passionate and honored for the opportunity to work with student leaders and supports Student Government, Clubs, Residence Life, and Campus Activities.  After finishing her transfer degree from Tacoma Community College, Laura earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior.  She worked in the court system for seven years and has since completed her M.Ed. in Adult Education from Western Washington University.  Laura plans to pursue her Doctorate of Ed. in Organizational Leadership beginning Fall 2017.  Until then, she plans to spend every ounce of her free time with family and friends, and serving her new community!

Joel Banken

Joel and Julie met in college at Pacific Lutheran University and got married 26 years ago here in Wenatchee where Julie grew up.  They spent two years in Ecuador as Peace Corps Volunteers before Joel went to medical school at WSU and UW.  They lived in Yakima for three years while Joel did his residency in Family Medicine.  In 2001, they moved home to Wenatchee, where Joel is a family physician at the clinic in East Wenatchee.  He and Julie have two boys.  Zachary is 15 and is a sophomore at Wenatchee High School.  Isaiah is 17 and is finishing his senior year of high school and will graduate from the Running Start program in June.  They were all very excited to find out on Sunday that Isaiah was chosen to go be a Rotary exchange student next year.  They have had a wonderful time hosting Lucas this year, and are looking forward to being part of the Rotary Exchange Program.  Joel has loved traveling ever since he was a high school exchange student himself in Mexico.  He also loves hiking and biking around Wenatchee, and is a huge fan of electric cars.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22


Have you checked in with Lucas yet?  His phone number is 881-8616 and he has a whole list of fun things he wants to do while he is here.  Let's help make his trip one to remember!

Christmas Party is December 15th at Ridgeline Graphics!  Cost is $18 per person, and catered by Olive Garden.  RSVP To Wayne now!  There will be a while elephant gift exchange.

The Foundation Award was presented to Wayne today.  This award represents our club having 100% participation in donating to the Rotary Foundation.  Additionally, our club has 100% participation as Sustaining Members ($100.00 or more per member).  We are one of only tow clubs in our district with this distinction.

 A big thanks to Leonard for speaking for a few minutes regarding the history of Rotary. Leonard joined Sunrise Rotary in 1968 and has watched the club participate in many projects including the train depot down at waterfront park, the performance shelter at Centennial Park, the 30 years of the Bike Ride and the growth of the Challenge Scholarship Program.  Leonard gave the induction charge to the new members.

 Four new members were inducted today:

Joel Banken, Chris McDarment, Laura Singletary and Robin DeRock.
New member Laura Singletary and sponsor Kathleen McNalty
New member Chris McDarment (with wife Holly) and sponsor Eric Holmberg

New member Robin DeRock and sponsor Maggie Nelson
New member Joel Banken and sponsor Patty Rush.

Brags and Confessions:

Robin loves Hockey and there was something about getting lots of points.

Kathleen told us about AJ, a challenge scholar, being a dancer in the Holiday Spice performance. Kathleen gave us a little hip hop preview!  She also found some calculus tutors!

Alice had hand surgery but was still able to pay a dollar in congratulations of Russell Wilson's performance against the Pats on Sunday!  Go Hawks!

Erik paid a dollar for the Husky win this weekend and then psychically paid a dollar for their future win this weekend.  He also paid $20.00 because his mug was in the paper- in color!

John welcomed his son an daughter-in-law to Rotary.

PJ was happy to report a new door for the Women's Resource center and bids us all farewell until April.

Tom is 80 and highly recommends NOT eating at the Ardenvoir cafe.  Better luck on your 90th birthday lunch, Tom.

Our Classification talks today were from Matt Eastman and Bobby Black.

Bobby Black is originally from Orange, CA and eventually made his way to Wenatchee.  It was at the Wenatchee city pool that he met his wife, Brook.
They went to Western together, graduated and were married in Chelan. They have three daughters, Lauren (9), Paige (6) and Natalie (2).  The girls have taught him the beauty and amazement of non-stop communication.
Bobby was not always a hiker but after a miserable first hike to Lake Ruth and a subsequent difficult but less miserable hike over Aasgard pass, Bobby is now an avid hiker and has summited Mount Rainer with his Father in Law, Keith.  He currently works at North Cascades Bank as a loan officer.

Matt Eastman was born in Spokane and was
raised a Cougar.  After his graduation from WSU, he moved to Bellevue but didn't like how populated it was.  He and his wife moved back to Wenatchee in 2005.  They have two kids, Ellie and Finnegan.  Finnegan was named after his wife's 12% Irish Heritage but further investigation showed that Finnegan is actually Scottish.
Matt is an avid hunter and fisherman and was able to do a big hunt in Canada where he and his brother both killed a Moose. He also enjoys skiing and other outdoor activities.  Currently he works at Eastman Insurance.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 15th Meeting


Our four new members will be introduced and inducted next week.

Our Christmas Party will be held at Ridgeline Graphics on December 15th.   Please be sure to sign up at the next meeting.  Family and friends are welcome.

The club social for December will be held at Columbia River Brewing company on December 14th.

We will be having a club social on January 14th, 2017 at the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Game.

Remember to check out Lucas' wish list.  Lucas is here until June so has plenty of time to check off a bunch of these but don't wait!  Lucas can be reached at 509-881-8616 or

Here is a picture of his wish list!

Congratulations to Sunrise Rotary's Newly-est Weds:  Leslie and Mike.  They had a great time in Vegas and are now Happily Hitched.

On November 29th we will have a Club Assembly which is just a "taking care of business" kind of day.  Jim has been very busy preparing an onslaught of horrific jokes to lead us into 2017.

The Rotaract Meetings last week went very well with a total of 8 students showing interest.  20 are needed for a charter so keep getting the word out.

Earl mentioned a fundraiser that is being put on by Columbia Elementary school.  Donate $20.00 and get a free 3 month subscription to the Wenatchee World and the Washington Post.  100% of the money goes to the school.

Brags and Confessions:

Confession of the Blog Writer:  You all do your B & C too darn fast for me to write them down so these are just the ones I could catch!

Lisa Parks attended the Rotary Leadership Institute in Yakima and said it was really great.  The next one for our district is in Ellensburg, March 4, 18 and April 1.

PJ:  Go Utes.  He has visions of a UW/Utes championship game.

Renee:  Go Cougs

Tom:  Went to Chicago and drove around his grandkids for two days. Spent a nice time on his son's boat for his pre-80th birthday bash.  He is now officially retiring (again) so he can travel more!

Presentation today was about The Rotary Foundation.  Thanks, Jerry, for a great presentation!

The Rotary Foundation was first conceived in 1917 by Arch Klumph and was officially named in 1928.

In 1947, Paul Harris had requested before his death, that money be donated to the Foundation in Lieu of flowers.

By 2006 there we over One Million Paul Harris Fellows (donors of $1000.00 or more).

In 1980, The Rotary Foundation committed to ending Polio.  As of 2015, the number of polio cases has decreased 99.9%.  We are SO CLOSE!

The basic idea of the fund is that each year, money is donated.  That money is held for 3 years to collect interest.  It is released three years later.  So, money donated in 2013 is being used in 2016. This interest collected is used for the administration of the Foundation which means that 100% of the money YOU donate goes to the work that the Foundation does, NOT the management of that Foundation.  (be aware that this is often difficult to find in organization, many times, a large percentage of your $1.00 goes to administration)

Click here to learn more about The Rotary Foundation.

Have you made YOUR donation to the Foundation this year?  If not, it should be on your next invoice.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 8th


Rotary Social TONIGHT (November 9) at Columbia River Brewing Company.  All welcome.  This will be a monthly event to socialize and get to know one another better.  Awesome event for prospective members.  5:30 p.m.

Rotaract Meetings:  Van Tassel Hall at WVC:  Novmber 9, 1:00 and November 10, 3:00.

Christmas Party is December 15th at Ridgeline Graphics.  Details to be announced later.  Save the Date!

November 14th is a Board Meeting.  The Budget is on the agenda!

November 22nd we will be inducting 4 new members.

The Bus Tour to Boeing went well.  A great group of 13 people had the added benefit of Wayne's knowledge as they toured.

Packing Friendship needs people!  This is every Wednesday at 3:00 and requires two people per week.  Please sign up at the next meeting.

Lucas has a wishlist!  It is posted at the meetings.  Give Lucas a call at 509-881-8616 to take him on an adventure!

Brags and Confessions:

Jim Adamson congratulated WSU on their win and is looking forward to seeing without glasses for the first time in years!

Earl Crowe congratulated the Huskies on their win!

Mansour gave a shout out to Wayne for his great tour director duties at the Boeing tour.

Mike and Leslie are headed off to Vegas to get married.

PJ gave us a detailed description of a 1 3/8" long sliver that was in Cookie's knuckle.  He also went skiing last week.

Jenny missed some meetings due to the amazing growth of GWATA.

Robin is a huge hockey fan and her son at Steven's Point got her 5 points.

Carol is thankful that Laura has taken on the Rotaract.


Today's presentation was from a group who toured Kyrgyzstan.  They shared a nice slide show about their tour.  A relationship with this country has been in the making for years.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Rotary Foundation Month

This is Rotary Foundation Month, and celebrates doing good in the world through the donations made by Rotarians.  These donations change lives around the world.  The Rotary Foundation (TRF) will celebrate 100 years in 2017.  At the 1917 RI convention, outgoing Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.  The Rotary Club of Kansas City made the first donation of $26.50.


Sally Brawly, Eastmont Parks Director, talked about the proposed $4M levy (bond) to improve the Eastmont pool, replace the playground, and add a splash pool.  The pool was built in 1973 and covered in 1076, and has undergone typical and costly maintenance and repairs.  The current playground was built in 1969, and is too costly and impractical to repair.  The levy is the first  since 2007.  The Municipal Park District was formed in 2004, and is not part of the city or county.


Chris McDarment is posted for membership.  Contact Jim Huffman if you have objections.  Chris is the son of new member John McDarment, and works at teh CTC Center.

We are sorry to announce that Stacy Speer is resigning form the club,  but hopes to return at some point.

The Boeing tour is on again this Saturday.  There are still seats lets.  Contact Wayne asap.

Spouse of late member Bob Church (Lorraine) donated $80 thanks to some yard work done by PJ Jones.

Next club social will be Wednesday, November 9 at the Columbia River Brewery.  Come anytime, but planned start is 5:30.  Bring spouses and guests.

The club Christmas party will be on Thursday, December 15 at McDee's.  More details later.

Kathleen reported on bike ride changes for next year.  She, Mike Thorburn, Alan Walker, and Alice Thompson have been meeting periodically.  Changes include starting and ending the ride at Pybus, selling jerseys on the internet (giving a different item with their registration), staggered start, and beer garden opening at 10:00 (Wenatchee Brewery providing beer).

The Rotaract is being formed, and potential member Laura Singletary, WVC Director of Student Program, is having meetings Nov. 9 (1:00) and Nov. 10 (3:00).  We are welcome to attend.

$1200 were raised on World Polio Day by a few people collecting money by Cherry Creek Radio, and donations at the Poilo potluck last week.  Donations were matched by an individual, and then matched again by the Gates Foundation making the total $6000.

Lucas showed us his "bucket list" of things he hopes to see and do while here this year.  As his host club, we can make it happen.  Call him when you can take him somewhere, or for coffee, dinner, etc.

Brags & Confessions

November Birthdays:  Matt Eastman, Lisa Tidd, & Tom Utigard

November Anniversaries:  None (really?)

Rani has been appointed as part-time commissioner (judge).
Wayne, Carol & Jim attended the district training weekend in Osoyoos, BC
Jim Richardson's wife's dad is living with them now.  He was a classmate of Leonard Noss.
Ron Griffith got a new car.
Lisa Parks daughter is dancing in the EHS musical, "Adam's Family", coming soon.
Jerry Karney stayed at Sun Mountain Lodge (Rotary gift certificate), and went to California to have time with their son.
Eric Holmberg will emcee their Boy Scout troop's last Eagle Scout presentation.  The troop will be closing after 96 years of service. Eric and Jay Higgins have been leaders there for years.
Rebecca Lyons is celebrating 10 years since she adopted her daughter from Guatemala.
Lucas (our YE student) had dinner with Carol and Jim, and bragged that he beat them in the game they played.  Payback will come, Lucas.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Representative Dave Reichert will be honored at the Wenatchee Rotary meeting on Thursday, 
October 27 as a Polio Eradication Champion Award winner, one of five U. S. Lawmakers, for 
being instrumental in providing U.S. government funding for the polio eradication efforts in the 
Center for Disease Control and the US Agency for International Development.  All Rotary clubs
in the area are invited to attend.
We want to:
1.    Congratulate him on his recognition with local Rotary constituencies
2.    Thank him for his leadership on Rotary’s highest priority issue among 
     Republican colleagues in the House;
3.    Provide him an opportunity to speak about his leadership role in 
     sustaining $230 million per year for three more years.
You won't want to miss the District Conference April 27-30.  Location is the beautiful Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC.  Register (at least $100 deposit) by October 30 to have a chance for our club to win $1000 for a project of our choice.  Great speakers, and wonderful fellowship with Rotarians from all around our district.  Again, we get Canadian prices, and the club will reimburse the registration cost.  Check it out and register here.


November Birthdays:  Matt Eastman, Lisa Tidd, & Tom Utigard

November Anniversaries:  None (really?)

Weekly Events

Lots going on this week.  We had no meeting Tuesday because we attended the World Polio Day event with the other area clubs at the Wenatchee Valley Museum.

Carol Adamson helped members of the Wenatchee club drum up donations in front of Cherry Creek Radio Monday morning.  After being matched by Bill Gates Foundation, over $6000 was raised for polio eradication.

Former Wenatchee Rotarian, and Rotary International President (1985-86), Ed Cadman was one of the key people who got the Polio Plus program started.
 Polio information, and an old iron lug that was used to keep paralyzed polio victims breathing.

Lots of food and fun at the Museum, where 4 clubs in our area were represented.  We had a great turnout from our club.

Saturday club members cleaned up our 2 mile stretch of the highway south of Hydro Park.  The 10 members put in 40 man hours and collected 49 big bags of garbage.  Thanks to Wayne Massing, Dave Freimuth, Heath Rush (Patty's' husband), John McDarment, Dick Baker, Taro Masuda, Maggie Nelson, Kathleen McNalty, Earl Crowe, and PJ Jones.

Carol Adamson and Vice-president Lisa Parks completed the third Rotary Leadership Institute class in Yakima.

Jim Adamson spent the weekend in Edmonton, Alberta giving presentations at the District 5370 Fall Training Assembly.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18 Meeting


We met at the Wenatchee Police station, where new police Chief Steve Crown and Capt. Edgar Reinfeld talked about the state of the police department, and gave us a tour of the facility.  The department has 38 officers (3 bilingual and 2 Latino) and 9 support staff.  The biggest challenge is staffing issues to cover all the preventative quality of life issues (gangs, youth violence, street drugs, the homeless, etc.).  Officers are trained for mental health and ethnic diversity issues.  They have prevention programs that include better training, outreach to younger kids, participation in community events, and school resource officers.  They discussed some of the new technology issues, which are costly (body cameras), but helpful (real time crime mapping).


The Boeing tour was rescheduled due to high winds in Everett last weekend, so you have another chance to sign up,  The new date is November 5.  Contact Wayne Massing.

The Challenge Scholars and mentors met at Abbys for pizza last Sunday.

We had our first monthly social at Pybus last Wednesday, and had a great time (scroll down to see pictures below).  Next one is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 9 at Columbia River Brewery.

Several of our members were on hand at WVC to talk to students about forming a Rotaract club last week (scroll down for pictures).

October 20 - Challenge Scholars and mentors meet at WHS Career Center at 3:30.
October 22 - Highway cleanup.  Meet at 8:00 am at the first Hydro Park in East Wenatchee.  Bring gloves and warm clothes.  Party at Abbys afterwards.
October 24 - Celebrate what Rotary has done with polio eradication at an area-wide Rotary potluck at the Wenatchee Museum.  Main dish will be provided, so just bring a side, salad, or dessert.  Bring family and/or guests.
October 28-29 - District Training Assembly in Osoyoos , BC.  This is especially good for officers and committee chairs.  Our club will reimburse the registration fee.  This is a great resort about 2.5 hours north (just across the Canadian Border so take your passport or enhanced driver's license). Rates in Canadian currency, which is a great deal for us.  Take your significant other and spend a couple nights.  Check it out and register here.

You won't want to miss the District Conference April 27-30.  Location is the beautiful Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC.  Register (at least $100 deposit) by October 30 to have a chance for our club to win $1000 for a project of our choice.  Great speakers, and wonderful fellowship with Rotarians from all around our district.  Again, we get Canadian prices, and the club will reimburse the registration cost.  Check it out and register here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Extra Curricular Activities

Several of our members spent time at WVC talking to students about joining a college Rotaract group.  We had several interested that signed up to get more information.  Jenny Rojanasthien helped organize this, and Wayne, Kathleen, Joanne, Carol and Jim A. volunteered at the table, with WVC President (and member) Jim Richardson making a guest appearance.

                  In our Rotary club, we value fun 

                                        and the friendships we make.

Wednesday night, about 20 folks showed up for a social at Pybus.  We enjoyed visiting with spouses and a couple people who are interested in join our club.  Pictured are 12 of the group.  Not to worry if you missed the fun - we will be having a PUB social the second Wednesday of each month.

Lisa Parks and Carol Adamson completed another Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday in Yakima.  Our club has had several members complete the three-Saturday RLI course over the past three years.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October 11 Meeting

Announcements and Coming Events

Dick gave a Rotary Moment describing the history and significance of the Rotary Flag (you all know we have one, right?).
Lucas translated a postcard from 1919 written in French to Jim Huffman's grandfather from a girlfriend in France.

October 12 - We will have a Rotary booth at WVC club fair from 11:00-2:00 to attract potential Rotaract members.  Feel free to show up to help man the booth.
October 15 - Boeing Tour to Everett.  Kathleen bought the last two tickets and donated them to anyone who can go.  Thanks, Kathleen.
October 22 - Highway cleanup.  Meet at 8:00 am at the first Hydro Park in East Wenatchee.  Bring gloves and warm clothes.  Party at Abbys afterwards.
October 24 - Celebrate what Rotary has done with polio eradication at an area-wide Rotary potluck at the Wenatchee Museum.  Main dish will be provided, so just bring a side, salad, or dessert.  Bring family and/or guests.
October 28-29 - District Training Assembly in Osoyoos , BC.  This is especially good for officers and committee chairs.  Our club will reimburse the registration fee.  This is a great resort about 2.5 hours north (just across the Canadian Border so take your passport or enhanced driver's license). Rates in Canadian currency, which is a great deal for us.  Take your significant other and spend a couple nights.  Check it out and register here.

You won't want to miss the District Conference April 27-30.  Location is the beautiful Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC.  Register (at least $100 deposit) by October 30 to have a chance for our club to win $1000 for a project of our choice.  Great speakers, and wonderful fellowship with Rotarians from all around our district.  Again, we get Canadian prices, and the club will reimburse the registration cost.  Check it out and register here.

Brags & Confessions

Wayne Massing's wife, Karen, is having knee issues.
Eric Holmberg finally got back from a three week trip to Dubai and several countries in Africa.  He went on a safari, and stayed in a village where they saw a system set up to give families light in their houses.  Mansouir Ravassipour and John MacDarment each donated money to fund these.
Renee Parkins is off to Las Vegas and Lake Havasu for a wedding (not hers).
Carol and Jim Adamson's son and grandsons (ages 10 & 12) ran their first half marathon in Spokane.
Jerry Karney announced the "Breath of Air" concert at Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church October 15 at 6:00.  All proceeds go to the Lighthouse Ministry.
Patty Rush's granddaughter, (2013 Apple Blossom Queen) got the lead part in White Christmas, which will be in Seattle around Thanksgiving.


George Wilson, retired Secret Service, discussed the history of the SS, and shared some stories of his duties on the US presidential detail.  He started in 1969 with Nixon, and continued with 6  more presidents, through Clinton's second term.  He began his career in Chicago, then was based in Seattle until he retired in 1997 to Lake Wenatchee.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October 4th Meeting


Rotaract is starting a club with all new members.  On October 12th, there is an event at Wenatchee Valley College and we will be needing some Rotarians to help staff the booth.   Contact J-Roj to help out!

Youth Exchange Orientation is at the High School on Thursday from 6:30-8:00.  If you know someone interested in being and Outbound exchange student, this is the meeting to attend. Contact Maggie for details.

There are still spaces available for the Boeing Tour- get signed up this week!  October 15th- $70.00 per person.

October 18th Meeting will be at the Wenatchee Police Department!

October 25th Meeting is cancelled!  Instead, we will be having a fellowship on October 24th at the Wenatchee Valley Museum.  All the local Rotary groups will be there to celebrate World Polio Day.
Bring a salad, side dish or dessert.

On October 16th there is a Challenge Scholarship Pizza Party from 1:30-3:30.

SAVE THE DATE!  October 22nd is Make a Difference Day and we will be needing several Sunrise Rotarians to help pick up litter on a 2 mile stretch of Highway east of town by the Hydropark.  Many hands make light and fast work so sign up!

The District Assembly is October 28th.

The Rotary International Conference is April 27th.  Sign up now and our club could win $1000.00 towards a project!

Brags and Confessions:

Earl wrote a check for $20.00 which included:

  • $5.00 for being on the radio
  • $5.00 for the Huskie's win
  • $5.00 for the Coug's victory over the Ducks because he hates Ducks more than Cougs.
  • $5.00 for the Husky ranking of 5th!
Jerry is celebrating his 78th trip around the sun.

Classification Talks:


Jill's grandparents homesteaded near Rock Island in 1903 and raised dryland wheat.  They increased their acreage to 1200 acres by 1925.  In 1926 her grandfather was killed in a car accident and the farm was left to the grandmother and the boys to take care of.  Unfortunately, in the great depression all the land was lost and the family moved into town.
Jill's mom graduated from Wenatchee Valley Highschool in 1939 and the next year, in 1940, met her dad who had just moved from Missouri.  They were married in 1941, one week before Pearl Harbor.
Jill's dad was drafted in 1943 along with his brothers and all came back safely.
When Jill was born, the family lived on 5-10 acres out a Rock Island.  She was the 3rd of 4 kids.   When she was 6 months old, the family moved into town but after 4 years, her mom really wanted to be back on a farm and the family bought 320 acres out in Malaga.
Jill went to the Malaga school with just a few other students.  
Later, Jill joined the Applachee drill team and went to Jr. College.  While in Jr. College, she worked part time at GTE.  After Jr. College, she went to CWU for three months but was homesick (and in love with a boy...) so she moved home and got her old job back at GTE and then worked her way up the ranks to Sales person and then eventually to trainer.  From GTE, she eventually went to Interwest and just left there 4 years ago.  After her time at Interwest, she started working in the business office at Confluence health where she works today.
Her and her husband have one daughter, Tanya.  Tanya has two kids- a boy and a girl.


Renee grew up in the Wenatchee Valley doing a variety of jobs until she finally moved to Ellensburg and got a job as a legal assistant.  Even though it was a great job, it wasn't for her and she knew she wanted to get into event planning.
She was determined to go to WSU and finally ended up there. She is the first person in her family to attend college!
Although she graduated in 2008- the worst time to get a job coming out of college- she managed to land a great gig as the event planner for the Business Center at WSU.  She eventually became a full time recruiter.
After awhile, she decided to move to Spokane where she worked for the MDA association but she found the work heartbreaking decided to move back home to Wenatchee.  Since moving back to Wenatchee, she has been the Social Media Diva for Orchard Corset and now works for Firefly doing marketing.  
She loves motorcycles, karaoke, wine tasting and hiking.  She is a crazy cat lady in training with a total of 2 cats who have determined no more cats are allowed in her house!

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...