Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Family of Rotary

February Birthdays - Joe Grimes, Alice Thompson, Bryan Noyd, Norm Sturm, Tana Nichols, Kevin Love, & Renee Parkins

February Anniversaries - Bill McDowell (Pat), Jay Higgins (Heidi), Tom Utigard (Sheri), & Rebecca Lyons (Greg)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 24th Meeting


A reminder that the Bike Ride is 130 days away!  June 3rd!

Our next club social will be at The Thai Restaurant on February 8th at 5:30 p.m.

Lucas can be reached at 881-8616.

A weekend retreat in Revelstoke at the Sandman Hotel is coming up February 17,18, 19 and 20.  The cost is $300.00 for three nights and includes all lodging and food.  The Challenge Scholars will be up there that same weekend.

There is a Public Relations Committee meeting on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 at Bob's Classic Wenatchee.  If you are interested in helping with the website, facebook, twitter or have other public relations ideas outside of social media, join us!

Brags and Confessions:

Earl is 45 years old!

Wayne has been getting over a cold for the past couple weeks.  He talked to Mansour in Phoenix and he says hello to everyone.

Erin made her final student loan payment!

Joan's sister was nominated for a costume design award.

John celebrated Chris' wedding anniversary by paying $5.00 that will be deducted from Chris' inheritance.

Robin welcomed in her third Rotary exchange student.  This one is from Australia.

Kathy said a Night at the Museum was really fun and everyone should plan on going next year.

Alan is headed to Mexico and is hoping that Trump's visit won't interfere with his ability to safely return.


TED Talk- Adam Grant (click to watch)

This is a very interesting TED talk on Givers, Takes and Matchers in organizations and how to get the most out of them.  Worth a listen!

Adam Grant's website can be found here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

$18,800 Raised for Polio Plus

With the generosity of our members, and help from several matching 
donations, our club was able to raise $18,800 to help eradicate polio in a matter of minutes.  At 60 cents for each dose of the polio virus vaccine, the amount represents 31,333 lives that will be saved from the ravages of this paralyzing and/or deadly disease.  Here's how it worked:

$150 collected by Sgt. at Arms and blue cup collection
$150 donated by Don Sangster

$250 donated by Annie LaCroix after matching to $250

$1000 donated from club funds

$1550 donated by Bryan Noyd after matching total club donation

$3100 donated by Wenatchee Club (President Jim Russell) after matching the new total

$12,600 donated by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after 2:1 match
$18,800 TOTAL

That means for every one dollar a member donated, $18.80 was generated (31 lives saved).

January 17th Meeting ABCs


Remember the Golf Tournament sign ups end January 30th!    Contact Earl Crowe to sign up.

Side note: Annie would love to play but needs a partner.  Contact Annie at 509-433-1372 if you need a partner.  (at one point in time, I play varsity golf on my HS team so I might actually be able to hit a ball decently- no promises)

Call Lucas and take him out!

The Wenatchee Downtown Club is having their auction on January 28th.


Leslie missed her classification talk because she overslept.

Patty has her first Great Grand Baby- a boy!  Congratulations!

Mike is recovering from knee surgery and feels great.

Rebecca's daughter, Mari, placed 3rd in her age group for gymnastics.

Erik is trying to put together some funding for uniforms for the rescue girls in Africa.  For only $50.00, you can outfit a girl for an entire year!  Contact Erik to donate.

Million Dollar Dinner:

District 5060 is having a Million Dollar Dinner on April 7, 2017.

80% of the Rotary Foundation money comes from bequests given from Rotary Members.  The goal of the Million Dollar Dinner is to have our district raise One Million Dollars in gifts either as an outright Major Gift Donor, as an Arch Klumph Society Gift or as a Bequest Society Gift.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Foundation and the 30th anniversary of Ed Cadman's presidency of Rotary International.  Ed, a former president of the Weantchee Club, was passionate about ending polio, and his tribute fund can be found here.  Between the Ed Cadman fund and the Foundation, district 5060 is hoping for a successful Million Dollar Dinner.

Currently, your donation can be matched up to three times:  For every dollar you donate to the Ed Cadman fund, the Wenatchee Downtown club will match it dollar for dollar.  In addition, the Gates Foundation matches all donations 2:1.  This means that your $1.00 can become $6.00 for ending polio.

There are several ways to donate:
  • An outright gift
  • A gift to Rotary in your Will
  • Making Rotary a beneficiary of your Life Insurance
  • Direct contributions from your IRA (for those 70.5 years old and older)
  • and other ways..
For help on the best way for you to give, please contact Carolyn Ferguson (RI Giving Coordinator) at 905-304-6831.  You can also contact your local accountant or investment person.

Admission to the Million Dollar Dinner on April 7th, 2017 at the Wenatchee Convention Center is through a donation of $10,000 or more to the Foundation.  
There may be tickets available for those who have given $10,000 in previous years - that is to be determined.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wild Night of Hockey

Club members and Challenge Scholars had pizza and witnessed the Wild dominate the visiting Canadian team in a 4-1 victory Saturday night at the TTC.  Thanks to all who attended.

PUB Social

We had a great time at the Columbia River Brewery last Wednesday night with 12 people showing up.  We had a beverage, food, and talked about potential fundraisers.  Great ideas you'll be hearing more about.  If you have not been to one of our PUB socials, you really need to try it.  We've gotten to know each other much better, and had lots of fun in the process.  The next social will be in February, at the Thai Restaurant (lounge).

January 10th


Check out the All Service Club Golf Competition held at Golf Etc!  Sign up in teams of two for $50.00 per team and compete with other local services groups for bragging rights and a plaque.  Half your entry fee goes back to our club!

Call Lucas at 888-8616 and take him out for an adventure!

You have received an invoice from Rotary this past week.  It includes $50.00 for the Foundation.  We currently have 100% participation in this so even though it is technically optional, please don't be That Guy who takes it off the invoice.  Keep the club at 100% Foundation Support.

The Rotaract group will be organizing a caravan to head to Seattle for the April 21st Women's March.


BIKE RIDE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO READ! (yes, I typed in all caps for shouting purposes!)

The Bike Ride is less than 6 months away!  That is NOT a long time left even if it seems like it.  Here is what YOU need to know:

1) Go to your calendar and block out June 3rd.  Block all of it out.  The whole day.  This bike ride is an ALL CLUB event and we need YOU to make it successful.

2)  Go to Facebook and like this page:  https://www.facebook.com/applecenturybikeride/  After you like this page, share it with friends. Don't know how?  Check out this pictorial guide:

On the top of the page, under the banner, you will see this little bar:

On this bar, click "Share".  It will bring up a box like this:

Here, you can write a little something about the bike ride and then click "Post" at the bottom of the box and this will share the page on your timeline!
I can see if you like this page.....so go like it.  Go!

3)  Repeat step 2 often!

4)  Know someone who would like to be a sponsor for the bike ride?  Connect them to Alice.  The more the merrier- we have Things that need Sponsors.

5)  Last thing:  Block out June 3rd on your calendar.


Brags and Confessions:

Tom shared this t-shirt with us that his kids gave him for his birthday:

There was another confession from Jim but honestly I missed it while laughing at this t-shirt.

Classification Talk:

Alan Walker was our talk today and he had a very enjoyable story about his life.  My condensed version will not do it justice but here are the highlights:

  • Born in Oklahoma on 3/16/65
  • His parents moved around to a few places but built a house in Witchita.  
  • Dad went to school for public admin and that determined the next few moves for the family.
  • His first job as a PA was in Independence, Kansas and that began a 35 year career in Public Administration.
  • Eventually the family moved to Ellensburg where his dad worked in PA for eight years before moving to Oak Harbor.  He commuted home every weekend.
  • Alan's older brother decided to move back to Oklahoma to take over the family cattle farm but soon realized that it wasn't for him.
  • Alan, seeing the error of his brother's ways moved back to Oklahoma to take over the pig farm, clearly seeing that the problem was the type of livestock.  Not Oklahoma or ranching.  
  • That lasted 8 years before him and his wife decided that his brother was on to something.
  • Alan refused to move back to Ellensburg so moved as far from Ellensburg as possible to a town called Roslyn.  While living in Roslyn, he worked in Ellensburg.
  • He earned a graduate degree in Organizational Development
  • He became the Executive Director of Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce for 3.5 years before accepting a job in Wenatchee at United Way.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tuesday, January 3


Remember to give Lucas a call at 509-881-8616 and take him on an outing!  He is now living with Erin and Paul McCool.

On January 11th, we will be having a club social at the Columbia River Brewing Company at 5:30.  Bring your fundraising ideas and let's brainstorm over a beer!

Rotary Leadership Institute has some upcoming dates in our area.  Click on this link and then look at the brochure at the bottom of the page for more info.

Too cold for Golf?  Not at Golf Etc. in Wenatchee!  We are having a service club competition and we need YOU to join us for FUNdraising.
You and a partner sign up to play a round of golf at a virtual Couer d'Alene golf course.  Alternating hits, you work your way through the course.  Prizes are given for first place in each club and the winning team of all the clubs gets a plaque and bragging rites.  PLUS, 50% of your entrance fee goes back to our club. You can sign up at Golf Etc.

Packing Friendship is every other Wednesday at First Assembly of God.  Sign up with Wayne.

The Bike Ride committee is really heating up as we get closer to our annual fundraiser.  Although there is a core Board of Four who are AMAZING, we need EVERY club member involved in this.  The Bike Ride is Saturday, June 3rd.  Mark your calendars NOW and be ready for a big event on this, our 30th anniversary of the bike ride.

Remember the Board Meeting on January 9th, 7:00 a.m. at Wild Huckleberry.

Alex, a former challenge scholar, is going on a special medical trip.  A fundraising auction will be held at UW on April 30th.  Even if you can't attend the auction, you can donate to the auction or the fundraising efforts on Alex's behalf.  Contact Jim A, or Milt if you have an item to donate.

District Conference is coming up in Kelowna April 27-30.  Get signed up here.

Election results for 2017-18 officers and Board:
Pres - Erin McCool
Pres-elect - Lisa Parks
Vice-pres. - Taro Masuda
Sec. - Joanne Rosenthal
Treas. - Leslie Coleman
Board - Patty Rush
Board - Jerry Karney
Congrats to all.  We are excited to have you all serve in these offices.


Erin is now a member at Ogden Murphy Wallace!

Jerry returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Kathy is 60!  Also, the museum is having its annual fundraiser called "A Night at the Museum" coming up- watch for details.

Leonard celebrated a birthday on New Year's Eve.

Jim wanted to remind everyone that January is Rotary Awareness Month.

Alice's suggestion for the new year: Put one happy thing in a jar each week of the new year, at the end of the year, you can go back and read all the good things that happened during the year.

Annie is back from Hawaii, and is now starting her Master's Degree program.


The Wenatchee Valley Senior Center was highlighted this week.  The senior center is a vibrant community that is NOT just open to seniors.  Anyone can be a member and most of the events are open to the public.  These events include lunches, dances, bingo and much, much more.

The Senior Center has a huge crab feed every year to raise money.  Additionally, they have a thrift store that is their biggest revenue generator of all their activities.

What this organization does is really amazing- check them out!  (I would like to go play bingo there one night or go to a dance, just for fun- even anyone in the club wants to join me, let me know.  -Annie)

Click this link to read more about the Senior Center.

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...