Volume LXXI(71) - # 37
March 17, 2022
March is Rotary's Water and Sanitation Month
Thoughts from President Alice
Alice Meyer
member photo
Spring Training Commemorated

It’s been a crazy couple of years.  The players took an indefinite 7th inning stretch.  It was we who ended up out on the field of hard hits.  The mandates, shots, and division on the field ended in protest.   It’s been two years since our lives have been put on hold.  Our bat bags were crowded with social distancing, masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.  Stay 6’ apart was stamped on the floors of local stores. Our daily routines consisted of virtual classrooms, zoom meetings and working from home.  Social interaction STOPPED!

Do you know that a handshake is a powerful symbol of trust and equality?   And what about the health benefits of a hug?  It may help to reduce stress, protect against illness and a good squeeze may lead to decreased depression.  But two years have gone by and we survived!   It’s time to dust your bats off and let’s start hitting the ball back to normalcy.

The Board of Directors would like to continue to offer hybrid meetings at this time, but let’s hit a grand slam and shake the hand of a fellow Rotarian at Pybus Event Center. See you Thursday, masks or no masks it’s your choice.  

President Alice

"The Cascade Killer"
With Rob Phillips
ZOOM #96/Hybrid #45
Sponsored by Ken Robertson
Attend via ZOOM OR in-person at
Pybus Market Event Center
   recurring ZOOM access -
   [Or dial 253-215-8782; enter meeting ID - 484-306-077#]
“So you want to write a book” chronicles Rob Phillips journey from sitting down during the early days of COVID protocols and writing a book, finding a publisher, marketing the book and then producing two more successful novels in the year that followed.  Rob’s in-person presentation at Pybus Market promises to be interesting and entertaining.  
"The Cascade Killer, Rob’s first book, tells a masterful tale that is engaging, endearing and suspenseful. It is rich with local knowledge of central Washington and the Cascade Mountains, two places the author is intimately familiar. Once I started, it was hard to put the book down. A page-turner for sure.”
-Pat Hoglund, Publisher of Western Hunting Journal, Traveling Angler, and Salmon & Steelhead Journal


The meeting was conducted at Pybus Market Event Center.
It was a virtual (ZOOM) Hybrid session, and
was opened and led by club president-elect Jill Leonard.
View ATTENDANCE HERE for this and recent meetings.  
See list of important dates below.
NOTE:   Masking is now optional at Pybus.
Important dates to save - More later on most of these, scroll down for more details
March 15 - Women in Rotary Fellowship
March 17 - St. Paddy's at Wenatchee Wild 
March 19 - Spring Training (CSTE) on ZOOM. 
March 24 - Venue change Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center  (No ZOOM)
April 8-10 - Rotary Campout (NEW) 
May 7 - Apple Blossom Grand Parade, Sunrise Rotary raffle "Road Apple Roulette"
May 12-15 - District Conference in Wenatchee  (This is a BIG deal for us)
May 21 - Rotary Pig Roast at Rotary Park, 3 PM; tickets remain
June 10 - Rotary Party at Historic Wells House, tickets remain
June 25 - Chelan Rotary Bike Rides ($65 early bird until March 01, more below)
March 24 at Rocky Reach Dam   Ken Robertson promoted the excellent program, lunch and tour we expect to experience at Rocky Reach, and encouraged all members to attend.  If attending, please click HERE.  If ordering lunch, make your selection on the form.  Select 'No Meal' if applicable.  Payment options are on the form.
Lunch is optional (at $16) but must be ordered at least one week early.  
NOTE:   NO ZOOM for this meeting, in-person only.
SPECIAL GUESTS. Leonard Singhose introduced Ms Gerilyn Johnson who made an appeal for housing for Wenatchee Applesox players in the coming baseball season. 
For more info click the Applesox link -  Host Families — AppleSox

HANWASH.  Our own Carin Smith gave an excellent presentation to the Upper Kittitas County Rotary Club with an update about our Haiti water project. 


She will also be speaking at the upcoming district conference along with PDG Sherry Chamberlain.  Wow!  What a team!


  • We have sold our mandatory 25 tickets ($12 per tickets & family friendly event)
  • We need at least six volunteers sell $1 raffle tickets (you don’t have to volunteer to attend)
  • Wear green (or suffer the consequences)
If you would like to attend and/or volunteer, contact Pete Van Well at or 509-679-5214. 
There are also still tickets remaining for the PIG ROAST and the WELLS HOUSE.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE HOME HOSTING.  Workhorse-Pete is also coordinating this activity for our club, as we have agreed to coordinate it for the conference.  All 6 area clubs are involved, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere and Leavenworth.  Our club should lead the way.  Contact Pete to volunteer.   The Discon will need a minimum of 50 volunteer home hosts.
Tuesday March 15, 2022, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Residence Inn, Wenatchee 
No Host Bar and Food available for purchase.
Spouses welcome.
ROTARY CAMPOUT.  A group of Rotarians are planning a FUN camp-out at the Wenatchee River RV Park in Monitor April 8-10, Loop D.   Book your reservation at     All Rotarians are welcome!  
Not a camper?   Plan to join us for a potluck dinner on Saturday April 9.  
CHELAN BIKE RIDE EVENTS.  June 25.  Choose from 4 great rides.  Click the link to register or get info. 
$65 Early bird deadline is March 1.
CSTE on ZOOM.  Saturday morning, March 19, District 5060 Annual Spring Training Event (free).  See message from PDG Peter Schultz:
"Whether you participated or not last year, don't miss this year's CSTE - Club Spring Training Experience!  It is a casual Saturday morning with 3 different Zoom sessions and 14 topic options.  Lots of detail, it is all in the attached document and on the District website under the "Training" tab. 
[View HERE (everyone should have received the document)]
BEST PRACTICE: 10+ members from every club participate!  Meet new friends, learn new things, have some fun.  Make a CLUB SOCIAL for lunch or the afternoon.   Register NOW for Saturday 19 March 9:00am - 12:30pm at: 
[Ed. Note: Members should register themselves so that you can choose your sessions; but you can request to be registered by Secretary Frank]
BONUS PHF POINTS.  Certain club members (Paul Harris Fellows) are offering PHF points as incentives to attend upcoming district events.  The Paul Harris Fellowship award requires 1000 points, from donations or gifts from others.  Each PHF point is earned by donating $1.00 to the The Rotary Foundation (TRF).   These points can be given to others (their only purpose).  Here is how you can earn points toward your next PHF award. 
District event (points) Bonus (gift) points
Attend the CSTE training, a no-cost event (0) 100
Attend the District Conference (0) 200
Notify the club secretary if you have accomplished any of the above, especially the TRF Gala.
WRF SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS.   The Wenatchee Rotary Foundation (WRF)  Board of Directors is seeking Rotary Club of Wenatchee members to serve on the Board of Directors, starting July 1, 2022. 
View bylaws requirements   HERE  
Please e-mail or call Tom Ross (; (509) 630-5965) or Ken Robertson (; (804) 201-6839, if you have questions about the WRF or express interest in serving on the Board of Directors. If you intend to be a candidate to serve on the Board, please let Tom or Ken know by Friday, April 15, 2022.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE.   May 13-15, Wenatchee Convention Center. Every member should attend.  These annual events are routinely held in the hometown of the District Governor and would have been in 2021 but for the pandemic, which also caused the 2020 conference being virtual only.  The last in-person event was Kamloops in 2019, with DG Sherry Chamberlain.  The last time in Wenatchee was 2006, with PDG Jim Adamson; Jim is co-chair of our event with Rob Tidd.  Conference Registration and info is found HERE.  There are several options for attending all or portions of the event.  Our club will play a major role, especially with coordination of Friday night home-hosting (as noted by PP Pete above) and Secretary Frank, as registrar.
[View a pictorial listing (with bio) of all PDGs HERE. ]
TROPHY FROM 1923Club historian Marc Heminger discovered a treasure among artifacts received from John McDarment - a trophy from the district conference of 1923 awarded for "best stunts".
APPLESEED ISSUESThis ClubRunner-generated newsletter is emailed weekly to all members, and many others.  If you are not receiving it, check your spam filter, or notify the editor, Secretary Frank Clifton.    Once a blocked email is detected by ClubRunner, it ceases sending to that email.  Frank can unblock it.    Any Appleseed comments or questions are welcome.  All previous editions are available in the archive HERE.
Chelan Justice/Jail K9 Program
With Deputy Jacob Lewis
View ZOOM recording HERE (available for 2-3 weeks)
Zoom #95, Hybrid #44.   

The speaker was introduced by Loren Stach of the Program Committee.  Corrections Deputy Jacob Lewis was appointed the first K9 handler in 2019 for the Chelan County Jail.  He brought with him, K9 Kait, a 6-year-old border collie originally from a rescue in Quincy. She is also also part of Chelan County Regional Justice Center’s Drug Interdiction program.   The county jail’s K9 program is the second in the state to assign a canine to a county jail.  Kait assists with drug detection for federal agencies and local schools, according to the news release.  She was able to find narcotics in the inmate mail system within 5 minutes on her first day of assignment.  It took only a few seconds in our meeting to find the right box, as pictured here.  She was rewarded with a squeaky toy.

The K9 program is supported through donations, grants, fundraisers and other community contribution. And as a part of the 1-year anniversary of the program, people can support the program can buy a pullover hoodie. For details go to

Deputy Lewis used an informative PowerPoint to illustrate his message.  Some of the images are presented below.


Dear AppleSauce:    Is the world going to Hell in a handbasket?
                                         -- Hiding in My Basement
Dear Hiding,
Although times have been interesting of late, let us reflect on the words of Winston Churchill: “In times like these, it is best to remember there have always been times like these.” Plague, war, famine…unfortunately, none of these are new. Instead of hiding, however, put faith in yourself and your ability to do good. Rotary is a great place to start.
Dear Applesauce, What is this District Conference all about?
                              --  New Rotarian
Dear New Rotarian,
Wenatchee Confluence Rotary is home club to Governor Richard DeRock, so the District 5060 Conference is in Wenatchee this year. It is May 13-15 with different activities planned. Our club is responsible for Home Hosting, so consider making dinner Friday the 14th for two to six out-of-town guest Rotarians. It is usually a charming evening and a great way to meet others (and finally put the Sous Vide machine you had to have for Christmas to good use).
Have a question?   Click HERE .  Watch for your answer in a future Appleseed.
Board meetings 2nd Thursday
  4:30 PM, ZOOM, with exceptions
   Meeting ID:92794079436
January 29, 2022
Listing of officers and directors may be viewed on website home page.
Wish to propose a new member?  Download the form HERE.
Mar 17, 2022
Cascade Killer (Novel)
Mar 24, 2022
Rocky Reach Dam Visitor Center (Offsite Meeting at the Dam)
Mar 31, 2022
City of East Wenatchee Strategic Plan
Apr 07, 2022
Wenatchee YWCA
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