Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Club (since 1986)
Every Tuesday at 7:00 am, join us at Pybus Market, 3 North Worthen St., in the Local-Tel Event Center. You'll hear a friendly greeting, accompanied by a warm smile and a handshake. We are an organization made up of professional business people whose main goal is service through our friendships and our vocations. Come see what we are all about.
Sunrise Rotary Christmas PartyDecember 21, ThursdayLocation: Ridgeline Graphics, 34 N. Chelan Ave.Starts at 6:00BYOB Special Christmas Drink - $5 donationCatered by Olive Garden Cost per person $18White Elephant Gift Exchange – 1 gift per familyRaffle and other fun stuff RSVP to Ruth or Alice by Dec. 10
Red Lion has increased room fees again, so we will be looking for another meeting place.
Club elections are coming up. We need two new Board members next year (July 1). Kathleen and Patty will be going off. Kathleen has volunteered to be our treasurer. If you would like to serve, or nominate someone (w/ their permission), contact Jim Huffman soon.
We welcomed our newest member today. Craig Reese (with sponsor Bryan Noyd) was inducted by Jim A. Craig was a former member, and past-president of our club. He is married to Tracy, and has 2 children and 3 grandkids. Craig is the president of Sister Connection, a non-profit that works with widows in Burundi. He is currently working on his MBA through Greenville University. Craig likes to travel, and loves history. He makes custom fishing rods, but doesn't fish (sounds fishy to me).
Paul Harris Recognition:
This is Rotary Foundation Month, and Jerry Karney talked about ways we can encourage members to contribute to the Foundation, and recognize members or community citizens for their contributions.
He then called Maggie Nelson up, and presented a Paul Harris Fellow in the name of Charlie, her late-husband. He also thanked Maggie for all her past work as our club secretary and with the youth exchange and Challenge Scholar programs.
Water Filter Project:
Jim Huffman demonstrated how water filtration units work. Funds collected in the "Blue Cups" will be used to send filters to Puerto Rico.
Program - Classification Talk:
Laura Singletary gave an inspiring talk about her life and career journey. She, her sister, and her parents started out in California. She gets her competitive spirit from her mom, and her spirit of adventure from her dad. When she was 15, her parents divorced, and Laura found herself homeless and drifting in and out of shelters. At 18 she was pregnant, and in an abusive relationship. She "escaped" one night, and her daughter (now 30) became her purpose in life. As a high school dropout, she couldn't support herself and her daughter, so went on welfare, which was one of the worst experiences she's ever had.
The good news? Over the next 16 years she earned her Bachelor's degree from the UW. She met her husband, Mike, at the UW, and they now have a daughter of their own. Laura worked at a court house job for 7 years, working her way up to an administrator. She completed her Masters in Higher Ed at WWU, and took a job at WVC. Laura is the Director of Student Programs, which includes overseeing the new Rec Center and residence halls, and advising the student leadership groups and clubs. She is now starting work on her doctoral program. Laura is also working with the startup Rotaract Club at WVC.
Family of Rotary:
December Birthdays: Lisa Parks, Adam Prater, Leslie Coleman, Joel McDonald, PJ Jones, & Leonard Noss
December Anniversaries: Jill Courtney (Dick), Robin DeRock (Richard), & Adam Prater (Jennifer)
Brian McDarment has been accepted as our outbound student!
Elza went to Yakima for an orientation and had a good time.
Remember to register for the District Conference in Prosser. It is next May.
The Blue Cups are going to Puerto Rico for water filtration systems.
We need a treasurer for the next election cycle.
The Club Christmas Party is coming up December 21st. Please RSVP by December 10th to Alice or Ruth. It is a White Elephant gift exchange.
On February 3rd, 2018, there is a president-elect training but anyone else is welcome. It is in Ellensburg. Brags and Confessions:
Robin's German in-laws are about to arrive so she burnt some bay leaves because someone told her it would reduce stress. Instead, it made her house smell like a pot den. Good luck Robin.
Renee has been too busy to be at meetings.
Taro's kids decided to have tea with dolls at the American Doll Shop instead of spending time with him.
Jim H attended Bob Parlette's memorial service.
Erik H said some of the best tailgating is in Utah.
The Program this week was presented by United Way discussing the Opportunity Community. This is relatively new program, about 3 years old, that providers mentors, called "navigators" to families living in poverty to help them pursue strategies for increasing income potential.
Our own John Schapman is going to become a navigator and was inspired to do so after seeing the amazing impact this program can have on families.
First, a note from the notetaker: My apologies for not getting the blog out last week!
Elza has enjoyed seeing snow for the first time and making snow angels!
There will be a $3.00 sitting fee for meetings moving forward.
The Blue Cups will go for water filters in Puerto Rico.
The Board Elections are coming up and we need a treasurer!
Chuck-a-puck is coming up this Wednesday for the Wild Hockey.
The Christmas Party is December 21st at 6:00, BYOB. $18.00 per person, RSVP to Ruth or Alice
Brags and Confessions:
Erik Holmberg took his son to Stanford, the campus was beautiful.
Leslie and Mike Coleman celebrated their one year anniversary.
Rani is excited about applying to be a judge along with Erin.
PJ's mom passed away.
John Schapman is celebrating a year in Wenatchee, a year with his in-laws
Alan has left United Way and is looking for a job that keeps in the valley
We had the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra visit us today. Two of the members, Marva Lee McCracken and Mary Carter Pringer, played us some samples of songs. You can watch a couple video clips below:
Club members and mentors met with some of our challenge scholars and their families at Abbys' on Sunday afternoon. Scholars introduced their families and told us what they have been doing with school and work. Thanks to Earl and Erin for organizing the event.