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Welcome to Wenatchee Rotary!


Service Above Self since 1921

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Red Lion Hotel
1225 N. Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA  98801
United States
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September 29.  Dick Reed
September 8.   Laura Drew
September 8.   David Olson
September 1 - Talia Butler
August 18 - Alexandria (Alex) Smith,    Kamorlay Parker
June 23 - Michelle Shermer
April 21 - Amanda Keller
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
President Elect
President nominee
Director 2017
Assistant secretary
Director 2018
Director 2019
Director 2019
Director 2018
Director 2017
Director 2017
Director 2019
Director 2018
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Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...
January 28, 2017 -  Wenatchee Convention Center.  
See sidebar for information.  For history and details CLICK HERE.
On Thursday October 20 Wenatchee Rotary hosted a senate candidate forum at the Wenatchee Valley Museum,
with Jon Wyss and Brad Hawkins, both seeking the district 12 seat now held by our Linda Evans Parlette.  Other Rotary clubs were invited and it was covered by local media.  The event was recorded by LocalTel Communications for later TV broadcast.  But to view our own video of the event (courtesy of Maynard Man)   CLICK HERE.
 For details of the earlier announcement,  Click here.
On Monday 24 October, join Rotary International for our fourth annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   At 3 PM PDT We’ll be streaming live from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. We’ll be joined by celebrities and experts to share our progress on the road to polio eradication.  
In Wenatchee that morning, a donation table is to be set up in front of Cherry Creek Radio during drive time (approx. 5:30 to 9:30 a.m.). Cherry Creek stations will be asking their audiences to stop by the station and donate.  We will have cookies, plastic wrist bands (stamped and other goodies to give out to those who stop by.   There will be coffee and other warm beverages for all the Rotary volunteers. Assistant District Governor Carol Adamson hopes to be present in the morning.  There will be sign-up sheets at Rotary meetings.  
At 6:30 PM at the Wenatchee Valley Museum there will be a potluck dinner, with tables setup for 110-130 guests.  Guests have been asked to provide sides, salads and desserts for the potluck dinner.  We hope to have a speaker from the Gates Foundation, or other polio-related program, including tours to the iron lung exhibit.  Other area clubs will hopefully participate, but due to space limitations, they should contact club a club officer to reserve a spot.
Thursday, Oct. 27 during our noon meeting at the Red Lion Hotel, Congressman Dave Reichert will present his perspective on the fight against Polio. Reichert is the District Polio Champion for his efforts and support through Congress.   The meeting is open to all Rotarians in the valley, however, visitors from other clubs or Rotarians with guests should notify chairman Pete VanWell or President Jim Russell if they wish to attend, so that the Red Lion can prepare.   Attendees should be aware that Mr. Reichert is conducting a contested political campaign unrelated to this Rotary recognition, and should not bring signage, wear pins or ask questions that pertain to the campaign. 
PRIP Ed Cadman Polio Tribute
PRIP Dr. Ed Cadman
President Jim is encouraging all members to consider donating to the Ed Cadman Polio-Plus Memorial Tribute.  All donations are matched 2 for 1 by the Gates Foundation.  More information later.  Dr. Cadman was president of Wenatchee Rotary 1962-63, PDG '68-69, RIP '85-86.
To donate, CLICK HERE.
CLUB GOALS 2016-17
President Jim Russell challenged the club board of directors (in his first regular board meeting, July 14), to support meeting his goals for the coming year, which are consistent with those of RI President John Germ, as expressed in his Presidential Theme and Citation publication.  Members of the board expressed enthusiastic agreement.
Progress in reaching many club goals can be found at the web page Rotary Club Central.
New Rotary Guidelines
The recent sessions of the Rotary Council on Legislation not only raised dues, but made rule changes granting clubs more flexibility in meetings, membership and admission fees.  To read a summary report, CLICK HERE.
Home Page News
Recent Programs:
October 06 - At our offsite meeting held at Pybus Event Center, we heard an inspiring classification talk by a new member, Alfonso Lopez, principal of Lewis-Clark Elementary School and owner of the Paradise Restaurant in Wenatchee.  He explained how he, a school teacher, immigrated here from Mexico many years ago to learn English, that he might return and teach it back in his homeland.  To earn a living, he picked fruit and worked on a cattle ranch, and then became a teacher's aid which eventually led to his current position.  He is a strong believer in bi-lingual education, which is good for the students, the community and nation.   Gary Provo also spoke about planning for the upcoming "Building Communities" auction.
As a historical tid-bit, President Jim Russell reminisced about the suit sale fund-raisers held by the club years ago, when Rotary was a gentlemen’s organization of suit and tie wearers., and members sought to upgrade sartorial quality of the club.  According to Marc Hemminger, the suit sale was an annual event from 1957 until the late seventies. In those days the club was made up of business men that wore suits to work every day. "My dad wore a suit, starched white shirt and tie and a fresh flower in his lapel (during the season) to work every day. Fred Nancekivell was a member of our club and he owned a dry cleaners. He would clean the suits at no charge. Then the club would have a sale and people could come by & look at the suits, try one on & buy it if they wanted. The leftover suits were saved until the next year’s sale."
September 29 - Wenatchee WILD with Katie Lenerville, Director of Sales and Marketing.  See latest Appleseed for details; click main menu under Archives.  To LISTEN to this program, CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO.
September 22 - WVC athletics, with Greg Franz and Kory Kalahar at Westside Highshool.  See latest Appleseed for details; click main menu under archives.
September 15 - StageKids Washington, with founder Michelle McCormick.    Through her excellent PowerPoint, we learned of the amazing theatrical achievements of its short 3-year life and also all about the program, its benefits and needs.  But we were also entertained by 12 very talented kids.  For the first time, we were able to create an amateur video of the entire 30-minute program.  To see it, CLICK HERE
Learn more:  FACEBOOK     WEB SITE   Read this the Thank-You note from StageKids :
Thank you so much for letting Stage Kids come and perform.  If you enjoyed just a sample of Stage Kids we'd love to have you come and see all 70 kids perform in our December 1st-3rd Production of "ELF".  There are two ways you can do this:   Visit the PAC box office on October 10 when tickets go on sale to the public and purchase a ticket to one of our shows...   OR .....   Come to the By-Invitation-Only-Preview Show on Wednesday, November 30th.   This is a fundraising event for Stage Kids.   Dessert will be served and you will hear more about partnering financially with Stage Kids.  If you would like more information about this fundraising event or would like to request an invite, please email Laura at 
(click link).
September 8 - "Pybus Market ...  Reflections after 3 years", with Mike and JoAnn Walker along with Kristin Lodge & Steve Robinson.  Read the Appleseed for details or listen from the link below.  The excellent program opened with an introduction of our new Exchange Student, "Putter' from Thailand.  Two new members were inducted, Laura Drew and David Olson, and memorably charged by PP Terry Sorom.  
Former member Patti Hail (of Leavenworth Rotary) announced "Welcome Home" reception and ceremony at Pybus for ALL U.S. veterans serving 11/55 - May 15, 1975 (Viet Nam 50th anniversary), to be held 10/20/16, 2-4 PM.    To attend, send email to or call 509-699-3026.  Event is sponsored by DAR, John Kendrick Chapter.
To LISTEN to the entire meeting program, CLICK HERE.
September 1 - Make A Difference Day with Laurel Helton;  "See a Need, Do a Good Deed".  Laurel was introduced by her sponsor Jill Leonard. To hear the audio of the entire program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, click these links :   Web Site       Facebook
August 25 -  Adventures In Tourism:   We met and heard Miss Devon Anderson, our representative to the ninth annual AIT Conference, which exposes high school students to the inner workings of the tourism industry and which brings together students from across Canada, the NW US, Australia and Scotland for a 5-day experience in the beautiful Okanogen Valley.  Her brief PowerPoint presentation was followed by an appeal by the Committee for Community Outreach/Humanitarian Service (Susan Albert and Joe St. Jean); their grant application form was handed out and will be posted on this site as a download file.  To hear the entire meeting program, CLICK HERE.
President Jim closed the meeting with an inspiring Rotary short story.  Listen here.     At 5 PM, some of our members traveled to Pangborn Airport to greet our new arriving YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT from Thailand, Watsanan Kaeswanga aka "Putter".
Wenatchee Rotary Club - Stories and Events

Dear fellow Rotarians,

I embarked on my road to Rotary thanks to George Campbell, a dear friend and mentor who taught me the importance of civic responsibility. My former boss saw a potential leader in me and I thank him for his guidance. After starting down that road, I met many other Rotarians walking the same path. They offered me their help, shared advice, and made sure I kept moving in the right direction.


At the June 30 presidential roast and installation, the club received a surprise gift in honor of our new president Jim Russell.   Jim has written some thoughts members may wish to read....
Part of Rotary District 5060, we are club # 227 organized in 1921, and proud to be the flagship club of the Wenatchee valley. We hope you will visit our site, learn more about us, and come to a meeting as a guest of any member.  And please visit our Facebook page :
For the latest or recent club news, including upcoming speakers,click on the Archives menu above and select the desired weekly newsletter, "The Appleseed".
Wenatchee Rotary Club was chartered on February 1, 1921, the 815th club formed.  We are now known as club #227. Below is a copy of the original charter document.
Other Clubs
There are several excellent Rotary clubs in the Wenatchee Valley.  Some were sponsored by our club and some have web sites.  All of them would welcome any Rotarian seeking to visit or to establish a makeup meeting, and would welcome a potential new member.   All Rotary clubs meet weekly.  For a list of area clubs, click the MENU/ LINKS tab on the home page.
From Appleseed, June 30, 2016 - -
Our Wenatchee Rotary Club has sponsored NINE (9) other Rotary Clubs in our District:
Wenatchee Rotary Club was chartered on February 1, 1921.
     1. March 24, 1926 we sponsored Chelan Rotary Club.
     2. March 9, 1936, the Cashmere Club.
     3. February 21, 1948, the Ephrata Club.
     4. May 7, 1948, the Okanogan-Omak Club.
     5. December 16, 1948, the Grand Coulee Club.
     6. April 29, 1955, the East Wenatchee Club.
     7. April 1, 1969, the Wenatchee North Club.
     8. June 20, 1975, the Leavenworth Club.
     9. February 17, 1986, the Wenatchee Sunrise Club.
This is our 95th year in Rotary and we have spawned on average one new club every 10 years. Collectively we have grown to over 600 members today, all making the world a better place to live.
August 4 - For our annual District Governor visit, ADG Carol Adamson (with husband Jim, former DG 2005-06) represented DG Vern Neilsen, unable to attend for health reasons.  To hear meeting highlights, including DG Vern's video greeting,  CLICK HERE.
July 28 - Trent Moyers fascinating update on Pangborn Airport -  CLICK HERE
To read about it on the Pangborn web site,  CLICK HERE.
IN MEMORIAM - Recent club losses.
    October 7 -    Long-time member George Buckner died at the Wenatchee Valley Golf Club due to an apparent  brain aneurism.    A memorial service will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in East Wenatchee, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 12th .  President Jim Russell asks that our members hold George's wife Marie and their family in our heartfelt concern and prayers.  George was a member for more than 27 years.
September 27 -  Don Reichert, Auto Dealer, philanthropist,  past president of Wenatchee Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow and  Paul Scea Fellow. Don joined our Rotary Club in 1976, 40 years ago.  He is survived by his wife Jane.  On-line obituary and photo.
August 06 -  Robert Scea, a dedicated member since 1963 and major foundation donor,  has passed away.    Obituary
July 15 - Melissa Hernandez, July 15, 2016.  A valued member for 6 years before transferring to Omak in June with husband Jesus.
To read her touching memorial obituary on line,    Click here.
2017 Foundation 
Auction: Jan. 28
"Building Communities"
Members and friends are urged to support our annual fund-raiser, serving local needs related to low-income housing, park improvements, scholarships, and South Wenatchee neighborhood beautification.  More info coming soon.  
For sponsor info click their logo.
            Presenting Sponsor
Silent Auction Sponsors:
Special Thanks to :
Event co-chairs Jill Leonard, Jay Smith.
District Conference 2017
The 2017 District Conference (April 27-30)  will again be held in beautiful Kelowna, BC.  All Rotarians should consider attending this extraordinary event.  Click the link for details and registration.  Registration cost is $225 through December, then $250.   UPDATE:  Clubs with the highest percentage of members registered (with $100 paid) before November will receive $1000 reward!  Kelowna club is not eligible.
Rotary Leadership Institute, 3 day learning experience.
Reg. fee now reduced 50%.
RLI North, Vernon, BC, Sept. 17, & Oct. 1 & 15;    Register here!
RLI South, Yakima, Sept. 24, & Oct. 8 & 22;  Register here!
Rotary International Convention 2017,
Atlanta, June 10-14 Register here!
October 2016
Website Sponsors
Oct 27, 2016
Nov 03, 2016
Steve Wright (8/15)
Classification Talk
Nov 10, 2016
Ford Barrett
Veterans' Day
Nov 17, 2016
Jim Adamson/Don Myers
Rotary Membership
Nov 24, 2016
No meeting
No meeting
Dec 01, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
Jim Russell
Annual Meeting/elections
Dec 15, 2016
D. Ferguson/S. Ballard
Christmas Party
Dec 22, 2016
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Auction Recipients
Dec 29, 2016
A. Petro
Youth Exchange
Jan 05, 2017
President Jim
Membership Celebration
Jan 12, 2017
Josh Jorgenson/Gil Sparks
State of Mission Ridge
Jan 19, 2017
Dr. Peter Rutherford/G. Sparks
State of Healthcare
Jan 26, 2017
Gil Sparks
Trust of Public Land
Feb 02, 2017
S. Salmon (8/15)/M. Shermer (6/16)
Classification Talks
Feb 09, 2017
Linda E Parlette/Sparks
Affordable Communities of Health
Feb 16, 2017
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Auction Wrapup
Feb 23, 2017
Mar 02, 2017
M. Rumbolz(1/16)
Classification Talks
Mar 09, 2017
President Jim
Million Dollar Dinner
Mar 16, 2017
Jennifer Bushong
Town Toyota Center
Mar 23, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
Rob Tidd/J. McDarment
Wenatchee-North Rotary - 48 years
Apr 06, 2017
Classification Talks
Apr 13, 2017
J. Mendoza
Literacy Council
Apr 20, 2017
Tracey Yount
Alcoa Update
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