Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 31 Meeting Notes

District Governor Visit

President Lisa introduced Assistant Governor Carol Adamson, who then introduced District Governor Sherry Chamberlain from the Kamloops West Rotary Club.  This is her 15th club visit, with 42 to go.  Sherry, who is only the second female DG in our district's history, talked about her personal story of why she joined Rotary.  She got involved in helping rescue girls from sex slavery in Thailand and Cambodia.  She has made 7 trips for CGT (Children of the Golden Triangle) projects.

DG Sherry talked about a Rotary club being like a home and family.  We need to be welcoming, give value and purpose to members, and be there for friendship and support.  In the area of membership, she stressed the importance of bringing guests.  She has a specially designed pin to present to anyone who sponsors a new member this year.  She presented one to Earl Crowe for sponsoring Ethan and Kaitlyn Vanweerdhuizen.

In the area of The Rotary Foundation, Sherry emphasized the "World's Greatest Meal to End Polio" which will happen worldwide on October 24.  Our club can participate with a dinner of our own, or join with other area clubs.  Hands-on projects are another important aspect of a Rotary club, and she suggested we do a Peace Garden with a Peace Pole.  The district will give our club $500 for a local project when we put up $500.  There are also public image grants we can apply for.

Sherry ended by encouraging us to tell our Rotary story, and then showed a video promoting the district conference in Kamloops next May 2-5.  Register (on the district web site) before the end of August to get a discount.

DG Sherry also presented a Paul Harris pin/certificate to Matt Eastman in recognition of the $1000 contribution to The Rotary Foundation.  It was also announced that Dave Freimuth has earned his Paul Harris +1 (total of $2000 in contributions).

Lisa thanked Sherry with a couple bottles of wine and a $50 donation to the Rotary Peace Centers in her name.

Jane Davis visited a new Rotary in Bali, and brought back their banner and a sarong with the Rotary logo on it.


Wayne, Jim & Carol, Tana, Robin, Taro, Jane , and John Mc. will all be working at the Watershed concert in the Gorge this weekend as a big fundraiser.  Two more concerts coming up this summer.

Backpack/school supplies giveaway will be Saturday from 8-12 at Columbia Elementary School in Wenatchee.  We have 7 members volunteering, and they can always use more help. our club also donated $1000 to the cause.

August 9th will be the all area social at Sunrise Circle with DG Sherry and her husband Jim.
Time: 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. for kids swimming and set-up)
Cost:  $5.00 person or $10.00 for the whole family
Location:  Sunrise Circle Park
Bring:   Last Name: A-I Salad for 10, J-R Side Dish for 8, S-Z Dessert for 12

RSVP:  john@ridgelinegraphics.com 669-6965

Kathleen McNalty was nominated for the GWATA Entrepreneur of the Year.  We'll find out at the coming luncheon.  Good luck, Kathleen, you deserve it.

August Birthdays:  Chris McDarment

August Anniversaries:  Kevin Love (Lynn), Earl Crowe (Joy), Bryan Noyd (Cyndi), Pete Blanksma (Kristine), Taro Masuda (Patti), & Jenny Rojanasthien (Top)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

7/23 Meeting Notes


District Governor Sherry Chamberlain will be here next week.  The Club Leadership Team (officers, board, committee chairs, and anyone else who is interested) will meet with her at the Thai Restaurant at 4:30 on Monday. Then Sherry will be our program at our Tuesday morning meeting (get ready to sing "O Canada").  Bring your spouse, family, and guests to meet her and hear her story.  This year's Rotary theme is "Be the Inspiration", and Sherry will inspire us to serve, share, and get involved.

Our first concert at the Gorge is Aug. 3-5.  We will have several volunteers working to raise funds for our club and our projects.

August 4th is the back to school supplies giveaway at Columbia Elementary School.  Shifts are from 7:45-9:30, and 9:30-11:15.  If you didn't get a chance to sign up, you can just show up anyway.  We can use all the help we can get.  This is one of our club service projects, and we help out that day, along with contributing $1000.

Our youth exchange student from France will be arriving in late August.  We need a second host family.  Contact Taro or Joel if you would like to enhance the life of this student, and the lives of your family.  We will also need members to do things with him during the year.  This a life-changing experience for our students, as those of you who hosted Elza last year can verify.  Also, Isaiah Banken has returned from his YE year in Thailand, and had a great time.  He will be giving more of a program at a later date.

The program committee will have a suggestion box available at each meeting.  This is your chance to share or request a program.  Drop in an index card with your idea, and any contact information you may have so the committee can communicate with potential program people.


John McDarment gave a quick membership update, and introduced our club membership committee members, who talked about various aspects of club membership.

Ethan talked about why (at the age of 20) he joined Rotary.

Alan stated why we focus on friendship, and why we need to share this with others.

Ruth discussed how projects help get and retain members.

Leslie emphasized how to get involved, and why we should engage our members.  Our committee will be calling members who miss a few meetings to check on their well being.

Wayne talked about how we fit into inter-nationality of Rotary, and the wide reaching friendships we make at district and international events.

Jim A. introduced two new incentives for our members.  The first will be to give a gift card to every member with perfect attendance for the first half of the year (ending in December), and again for the second half (ending in June).  This includes make-ups (see options in the right hand column).
The second is the B.A.G. (bring a guest) program, which encourages members to bring guests (any adult).  Guest cards will be filled out and dropped in the B.A.G. bag.  A card will be drawn each quarter, and the winner presented with a $25 gift card.  The membership committee will follow up with guest who are potential members (non-family).

John concluded, and let the club know that we have asked for a $4000 budget, because membership is that important.  Membership is also everyone's responsibility, so share with others why Rotary is important to you, and invite them to come to a meeting, social, and/or project.
The ninth annual Rotary Potluck with the district Governor is scheduled for THURSDAY, AUGUST 9TH AT 6:00 PM (5 PM FOR SET UP AND SWIMMING FOR KIDS).   Join 100 of your fellow Rotarians for an evening of fun, fellowship and food. Meet our District Governor Sherry Chamberlain and husband Jim.   
Bring the whole family for swimming, tennis, playground, games and good old fashioned family fun. Come early and stay late! Just $5 per person or $10 per family WHAT TO BRING? Last name begins with A to I bring a salad for 10 Last name begins with J to R bring a side dish for 8 Last name begins with S to Z bring a dessert for 12 Main dish and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.   Beer and wine allowed but need to bring your own.

2nd Harvest Service Project

On July 12 our Club joined with three other area Rotary clubs in the third of five 2nd Harvest Food Distributions to needy families. The 2nd Harvest visits were made possible from our area clubs jointly donating $3000, which was matched by District 5060 grant.  Thanks goes to Jim & Carol Adamson, Earl, Emma, & Lucy Crowe, Kevin & Lynn Love, Kathleen McNalty for helping to put Rotary’s name “out there.” The next 2nd Harvest Food distribution will be held on Friday, September 21 at Holy Apostles Church in East Wenatchee. Please consider helping and making this a Rotary priority of “service above self.”  Stay tuned for more information as the date nears.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Meeting Notes July 10th


  • Next Club Social will be August 8th, 2018 at Bob's Burgers and Brews in East Wenatchee.
  • The new committee structure is now available, please make sure you get connected with one of the committees.  
  • July 17th is a new meeting format:  Brief classifications talks followed by a committee meeting.  This is a great opportunity to see your committee members eyeball to eyeball.  Focus for this meeting is Budget!
  • July 31st Sherry Chamberlain, DG, will be visiting our club and providing the program- be sure not to miss it!
  • August 9th is the Area Wide Rotary Potluck.  $10.00 for a family, $5.00 for one person.   Get signed up with john@ridgelinegraphics.com.  Also, we need some people to help move tables that night from Ridgeline Graphics to the park for the potluck.
  • 2019 District Conference is May 2nd-5th in Kamloops.  Early Bird Registration ends August 30th.
Thanks all around for those that helped with litter clean-up and parking on the 4th.  We raised a bunch of money and are invited back again for next year!

Brags and Confessions:

  • Chris thanked Taro and Robin for helping clean up the Habitat for Humanity Parking lot
  • Ruth thanked everyone who helped with the Habitat for Humanity
  • PJ is 70!  Happy Birthday!


Laurel Turner, the Director at the Women's Resource Center and a fellow Rotarian, spoke to us about the happenings at the Women's Resource Center.

This organization provides much needed support for families and children in need.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Meeting Notes July 3rd


  • Welcome new Board Members John Schapman and Matt Eastman!
  • Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 a.m. at Wild Huckleberry. Anyone is welcome.
  • July 31st Sherry Chamberlain, District Governor, will be visiting our club.    

We have an All Area Club Rotary Potluck coming up! 

Date: August 9th
Time: 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. for kids swimming and set-up)
Cost:  $5.00 person or $10.00 for the whole family
Location:  Sunrise Circle Park
Bring:   Last Name: A-I Salad for 10, J-R Side Dish for 8, S-Z Dessert for 12

RSVP:  john@ridgelinegraphics.com 669-6965

Brags and Confessions:

  • Robin visited mother in California
  • Lisa has grass!   She also went fly fishing in Montana.
  • Jerry has been traveling and playing golf
  • Mansour has been traveling
  • Alan's wife's father passed away
  • Bill is back!
  • Taro went on a skiing/camping trip
Schedule Changes for Sunrise Rotary:

  • Meetings are still every Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. at the Rivertop Grill.
  • UNLESS it is the 5th Tuesday of the month
    • For 2018 that is October 29th and December 31st
    • On the 5th Tuesday of the month, there will be an evening meeting TBA
  • Club Social is the 2nd Wednesday of every month and is no longer a meeting- just a social
Structure Changes for Sunrise Rotary:
  • All committees are being condensed to 6 main committees:
    • Bike Ride
    • Club Administration
    • Membership
    • Public Relations
    • Service Projects
    • Rotary Foundation

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Changeover Dinner

Changeover Dinner at Ridgeline Graphics, June 26.

Thanks for the desserts Betsy.

Erin thanking her Leadership Team.

Earl was our club's "Change Maker"

Wayne got the Marky (Rotarian of the year)

Carol presiding over Erin's impeachment.

Lisa getting sworn in.

Lisa introducing her Leadership Team.

Winners of the pot draw ($100 each).

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...