Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
December 1.   Kristen Hankins  &  Casey Brown, Confluence Health.
Kari Demarco , Coldwell Banker Lavigne.  
Tyler Mickey , Moss Adams.
November 10.    Kelli VanWagner and Kimberly Gullett of Confluence Health as corporate members, replacing two other Confluence members.  These are both healthcare managers and sponsored by Stephanie Grubich.
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
Website Sponsors
Rotary RSS feed.
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Parts of unavailable from Saturday to Monday, 3-5 December
Parts of will be unavailable 3-5 December, beginning at 05:00 Chicago time (UTC-6), while we upgrade our membership database. During this time, areas that require sign-in (convention registration, club and district administration, grant application, giving, Rotary Club Central, etc.) and Club Finder will be unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.
Arch Klumph’s hometown raises over $2 million through centennial celebration
Rotary members in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation on 23 October with a banquet and a concert by The Cleveland Orchestra that have so far raised more than $2.1 million for the Foundation's next century of good work. Arch Klumph, a Cleveland Rotarian, planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917, with his idea of having an endowment fund dedicated to "doing good in the world." Today's District 6630 leaders thought that a concert was a fitting way to honor Klumph and mark the centennial because of Klumph's love of music. Klumph performed in several...
January 28, 2017 -  Wenatchee Convention Center.  
Note: Ticket price of $50 includes elegant dinner and an opportunity to help raise funds for Rotary's many important and worthy causes.  Table sponsors contact co-chair Jill.
See sidebar for other information, and 
for history and details CLICK HERE.
Elections are planned for December 22, for president nominee and 3 directors.  Their terms begin July 1.  The president nominee becomes president July 1, 2019.
Since a quorum is required, members who will miss that meeting may submit a proxy by email and since only members may vote, click here and login
November 17.  PDG Roger Perry gave an overview of The Rotary Foundation (TRF), what it does and how to donate.
Late-breaking news:  TRF has been named the Worlds Most Outstanding Foundation, ...CLICK HERE OR get the full story on this at Rotary International...  CLICK HERE !
 Jay Smith gave a report on the "Building Communities" Auction and appealed for participation. Frank Clifton demonstrated how tickets may be purchased directly from our web site.
Pete VanWell proposed, and the club voted on, a S. Wenatchee beautification project to be supported by our upcoming auction.  Gil Sparks promoted the Dec. 2 WRC Awards Gala, where Jim and Karen Russell will be recognized.  Michelle Shermer appealed for letter-writers in her support of congressional legislation pertaining to children's education programs.  View summary and status of the legislation, including a sample letter. CLICK HERE.
To LISTEN to any of these presentations, there now is an on-line audio list :  CLICK HERE
November 10.   Veteran's Day.  Peggy Ludwick speaks of her father, and his military service in WWII.
To listen, CLICK HERE.
November 3.  Classification, Steve Wright, General Manager, Chelan PUD.  To Listen, CLICK HERE.
For others, see Home Page News, below.
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.
Thursday, Oct. 27 during our noon meeting at the Red Lion Hotel, Congressman Dave Reichert presented his perspective on the fight against Polio.  Reichert is the District Polio Champion for his efforts and support through Congress.   Jim Russell recognized Congressman Dave Reichert
as a Paul Harris Fellow for his work in getting Congress to fund our Polio eradication efforts as well as his humanitarian service work.
Gloria Waddell, a local polio victim told us of her experience in contracting polio as a 4th grader in Wenatchee.  For more details, check out the latest Appleseed (CLICK HERE).  To hear the audio of the program, CLICK HERE.
To see our PowerPoint CLICK HERE.
On Monday 24 October,
In Wenatchee that morning, a donation table was set up in front of Cherry Creek Radio during drive time (approx. 5:30 to 9:30 a.m.).  Over $800 was collected; donations were matched 3 for 1 including matching funds from a club member.  This was followed by a potluck dinner at the Wenatchee Valley Museum.   Rotary International held its fourth annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Click here to see the 45-minute video. 
Our Foundation committee has met and issued an excellent report of current activities.
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.
Home Page News
October 22,  Make a Difference Day.  Wenatchee Rotary gets credit for a grant to the new mural at Pioneer Park.
For YouTube video, CLICK HERE.
Recent Programs:
October 13 -  The CASA program was introduced by club member Jessi Mendoza of Numerica (and who serves on the CASA ATEEM advisory board), who then introduced Arlene Grober, volunteer and training coordinator for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She explained that the organization has served the region for 22 years, and currently assists more than 170 youth in Chelan and Douglas counties, 217 year to date, ages 0 – 18. “Every child who needs a CASA gets one.”  There were many interesting guests and presentations, including an operatic aria by performing artist Mattawa-based opera tenor, José Iñiguez, guest of Norma Gallegos.
To hear audio of the entire meeting CLICK HERE.
To visit the CASA web site CLICK HERE.
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".
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.
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.
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.
IN MEMORIAM - Recent club losses.
November 2/16   Robert  A. Wines  (10/30/28 - 11/02/16) served Wenatchee Rotary, 5/05 - 2/08.  Obituary link. in Wenatchee World.
    October 7/16 -    Long-time member George Buckner died at the Wenatchee Valley Golf Club due to an apparent  brain aneurism.     George was a member for more than 27 years.  News story link     Obituary link
September 27/16 -  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 06/16 -  Robert Scea, a dedicated member since 1963 and major foundation donor,  has passed away.    Obituary
July 15- 2016 - 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 International Convention 2017,
Atlanta, June 10-14 Register here!
December 2016
Website Sponsors
Jim Russell
Dec 08, 2016
Annual Meeting/elections
D. Ferguson/S. Ballard
Dec 15, 2016
Christmas Party
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Dec 22, 2016
Auction Recipients
A. Petro
Dec 29, 2016
Youth Exchange
President Jim
Jan 05, 2017
Membership Celebration
Josh Jorgenson/Gil Sparks
Jan 12, 2017
State of Mission Ridge
Dr. Peter Rutherford/G. Sparks
Jan 19, 2017
State of Healthcare
Gil Sparks
Jan 26, 2017
Trust of Public Land
S. Salmon (8/15)/M. Shermer (6/16)
Feb 02, 2017
Classification Talks
Linda E Parlette/Sparks
Feb 09, 2017
Affordable Communities of Health
J. Leonard/J. Smith
Feb 16, 2017
Auction Wrapup
Feb 23, 2017
M. Rumbolz(1/16)
Mar 02, 2017
Classification Talks
President Jim
Mar 09, 2017
Million Dollar Dinner
Jennifer Bushong
Mar 16, 2017
Town Toyota Center
Matt Pakinas/S. Albert
Mar 23, 2017
Rob Tidd/J. McDarment
Mar 30, 2017
Wenatchee-North Rotary - 48 years
Amanda Keller (04/16)
Apr 06, 2017
Classification Talks
J. Mendoza
Apr 13, 2017
Literacy Council
Tracey Yount
Apr 20, 2017
Alcoa Update
D. Ferguson
Apr 27, 2017
Apple Blossom Royalty
No meeting
May 04, 2017
All Service-Club Luncheon
Andy Petro
May 11, 2017
Youth Exchnge
Jerryilea Crawford/J.Leonard
May 18, 2017
Leadership Wenatchee
May 25, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Classification Talks
Social Media
Facebook LinkedIn Twitter