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.   http://www.wenatcheesunriserotary.org/.

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 lhourdin123@gmail.com.

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.

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...