Meeting Minutes for July 11, 2018

 This week we welcomed Thom Nees of Serve Wenatchee Valley as our guest speaker. 

This week we welcomed Thom Nees of Serve Wenatchee Valley as our guest speaker. 

Attending: 21 people, 2 guests. 

Announcements: 

  • Help welcome out incoming Rotary exchange student Alina Heikkurinen from Finland to our community on Aug. 21 at 2:15 p.m. at Pangborn Memorial Airpot in East Wenatchee. There's a event page with details on our Facebook page. 
  • Great work at the Fourth of July beer and wine garden! Thirty-two of 48 members showed up to help out, and that's great! There's a lot to build on, and if you have ideas on how to next year even better, please email Rob Tidd or me, Dominick Bonny, by clicking on our names. 
  • On Aug. 14 the downtown club is doing a "friend-raiser" and you can find more about that on their Facebook page. 
  • Our club board meeting in August is on the 8th at noon at Columbia Station, with an official chartering ceremony at the Town Toyota Center at 5:30 where we will be welcoming the district governor! Please make every effort to make it to that evening's event, and remember that all members are welcome at every board meeting. 
  • If you would like to help out at the Gorge serving beers to thirsty fans to help raise funds for the club, the final training session is July 17 at McDees. If you haven't signed up already, please do by emailing Rob Tidd. 
  • Thanks to Randy's hard work and dedication, crews will break ground on the new Rotary Park parking lot in the next few weeks! You can see a story covering this great news the July 11 edition of the Wenatchee World. 
  • Andrea wanted to put in a plug for the Royal Family Kids Camp golf tournament, dinner and auction which is coming up soon. Please play, sponsor a hole, buy a table or just attend and learn more about this organization doing so much for children who have been the victims of abuse. Get more information via their website here
  • Aug. 9 is the all Rotary club picnic at Sunrise Circle in Wenatchee. A $5 donation to help cover burgers and dogs is recommended but not required and everyone is asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. There's a pool and kids are welcome to swim. It's a great time and I suggest you go if you can. Here's a little video I made for Melissa and Jesus Hernandez and the downtown club from my first all-club picnic. 

Happy Bucks

  • Kevin had a happy/sad buck. He spent the last few weeks moving his parents out of his childhood home, which was a bittersweet experience. 
  • Lindsay Bentsen had a happy buck for a lovely family road trip from which they just returned. 
  • Patrick had a happy buck and a story about Giorgio, the Rotary exchange student whom they played host to who just went back home to Italy. He sent Patrick a photo, in full WHS golf team uniform, from a course in Milan, Italy last week and that was pretty cool. 
  • Kellen had a buck in celebration of his son's first Mariner's game. Go M's! 
  • President Richard had two bucks – one in celebration of the Fourth of July beer and wine garden last week and one because his parents are in town visiting. 
  • Shannon had a buck for a wonderful trip she recently enjoyed with her daughter. 
  • Cameron had a buck for England, in hopes that they would proceed to the World Cup final on Saturday. 
  • I (Dom) had a buck for Croatia, in hopes that THEY would proceed to the World Cup final Saturday. Why? I love an underdog, and I support anyone who beats Russia at anything. 

Presentation: Serve Wenatchee Valley

This week we welcomed Thom Nees of Serve Wenatchee Valley, which is a local non-profit that helps prevent homelessness by keeping people in their homes who might otherwise be kicked out to live (and die) on the streets. Needless to say it's more expensive for society to deal with people already on the streets than it is to find the resources needed to keep people on the fringe from becoming homeless. That's where Serve Wenatchee comes in. They act as a self-described clearing house matching local charities, churches and non-profits with the people who need their help the most. 

Thom told the story of a South Wenatchee resident who is dying of cancer. Because her property was very cluttered and in violation of city code, she was in danger of losing her home. Serve Wenatchee helped get the deadline for compliance extended through the city and arranged for volunteers and movers to clean up her property. Not sure how many eyes in the room were dry during the retelling of that tale... 

If you'd like to know more about what Serve Wenatchee is doing, and help in their upcoming project called "Clothes 4 the Classroom" to help provide poor children with clean new clothes for the start of school in September please visit their website at servewenatchee.org. Or email Thom directly by clicking here

Now I'll leave you with a clip of Mayor Kuntz in the Serve Wenatchee dunk tank at the Fourth of July celebration last week. If you look closely, you can see Thom "helping" the kid who threw the ball that felled the mayor. 

Notes by Dominick Bonny

Board of Directors Meeting - June 21, 2018

1)      Call to Order
Meeting called to orde at 12:15 by Richard DeRock.

2)      Confirming Charter Board Members
a.      President – Richard DeRock
b.      President Elect – Bealinda Tidd
c.       Vice President – Dominick Bonny
d.      Treasurer – Kellen Parton
e.      Secretary – Carl Polson
f.        Director – Ivan Christensen
g.      Director – Lindsay Bentsen
h.      Director – Kat Bonny
i.        Director – Cam de Mestre
j.        Director – Patrick Bodell
k.       Director – Katie Atkinson
l.        Director – Eric Limon

Katie Atkinson made a motion to approve charter board members, second by Carl Polson.

Amendment to original motion, to remove Director – Mike Williams and adding Kat Bonny. Motion by Lindsay Bentsen & 2nd by Patrick Bodell.

3)      Acceptance of Rotary International Constitution for Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club
Motion by Cam de Mestre and 2nd by Patrick Bodell to approve Constitution for Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club.

4)      Approval of By-laws for the Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club
Motion by Kellen Parton to approve By-laws, 2nd by Patrick Bodell.

5)      Approval of Resolution authorizing establishment of a bank account with Cashmere Valley Bank for the Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club

6)      Approval of Resolution establishing Authorized signers for payments on the checking account as:
a.      Richard DeRock
b.      Bealinda Tidd
c.       Kellen Parton

Motion by Dominick Bonny & 2nd by Patrick Bodell to open new bank account at Cashmere Valley Bank and add Richard, Belinda and Kellen as signers to the new account.

7)      Setting the Regular Board Meeting Date as the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon at Columbia Station
Motion by Cam de Mestre and 2nd by Katie Atkinson to set regular board meeting at Columbia Station the third Thursday of each month.

8)      Authorizing the Richard DeRock and Rob Tidd to expend up to $4,000 as start-up capital for the 4th of July Beer Garden. Expenditures to be reimbursed out or proceeds of the event and if necessary, future fund-raisers
Motion by Patrick Bodell & 2nd by Kellon Parton authorizing up to $4,000 in start-up capital for 4th of July Beer Garden.

9)      Authorize the President and Treasurer to pay the semi-annual Rotary International Dues and the annual Rotary District 5060 Dues as billed by Rotary International and District 5060.
Motion by Katie Atkinson & 2nd by Dominick Bonny to pay semi-annual Rotary International Dues and Rotary District 5060 dues.

10)  Approve proposed budget.
Motion to approve budget by Kellen Parton & 2nd by Patrick Bodell.

11)  Authorize the Treasurer to make reimbursements to club members consistent with approved budget
Motion by Patrick Bodell & 2nd by Cam de Mastre allowing club treasurer to make reimbursement checks that follow approved budget.

12)  Approval of the Goals for 2018-2019 for the Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club
Motion by Patrick Bodell & 2nd by Lindsay Bentsen to approve 2018-2019 goals.

13)  Approval of the Proposed Committees for 2018-2019 for the Wenatchee Confluence Rotary Club.
Motion by Cam de Mastre & 2nd by Kellen Parton approving proposed 2018-2019 committees.

14)  New Business
Discussion about making sure all club related documents would be distributed and hosted on Google Drive.

Motion by Kat Bonny & 2nd by Patrick Bodell to move forward with purchasing QuickBooks online that cost roughly $360/year.

Lindsay requested adding action items to the agenda to help keep better track of specific tasks.

Richard will schedule the charter night, he also suggested doing this in conjunction with the District Governors visit on August 8th and 9th, which is the regional picnic.

15)  Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 PM.

 

 

Final Wenatchee North Rotary Board Meeting Notes

Wenatchee North Rotary Board Meeting Notes

June 21, 2018 at Columbia Station in Wenatchee

Attending: Linda Adamson, Katie Atkinson, Kellen Parton, Kevin Vitulli, Patrick Bodell, Cam De Mestre, Dominick Bonny, Kathryn Bonny, Lindsay Bentsen. 

Meeting called to order at 12:19 p.m. 

Treasurer's report: All outstanding bills are paid and there's about $10k left in the Wenatchee North Rotary account. None of the funds from WNR can transfer to Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence. 

Thus, president Richard proposed we give $3k of those funds to Rotary Park maintenance. Dom made the motion, it was seconded by Kevin and passed unanimously.   

The second motion was also made by Dom, to cover the cost of Rotary event abroad for the most recent Allen Landis Scholarship recipient, Treat Schubert, as he studies abroad in Japan, we well as give additional funds to StoveTeam International. It was seconded by Kevin and passed unanimously. 

President Richard suggested we give the remaining $3k to the Rotary International Foundation, split evenly among the members moving over to Confluence Rotary so those funds will be counted toward their Paul Harris Fellowships (after all remaining bills have been taken care of). 

The motion to move remaining club funds to the RI Foundation was made by Kevin, and seconded by Patrick. The motion passed unanimously. 

Then President Richard requested authorization to officially dissolve the Wenatchee North Rotary Club. The motion was made by Kevin and seconded by Lindsey. It was passed unanimously. 

Wenatchee North Rotary was dissolved at 12:55 p.m. and the board of the Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence commenced its first board meeting. 

Those notes will be on the website soon and will be published by the new club secretary Carl Polson.  

Notes by Dominick Bonny, Wenatchee North Club Secretary/Confluence Rotary Club Vice President

Meeting Notes for June 27, 2018

Today marks our last official meeting as Wenatchee North Rotary!

We had 27 members and visitors present, including Kyle Vierck, the new AD at Wenatchee Valley College, Davis Halle, Treat Schubert, Giogio Casiroli. Bryan Campbell was our visiting Rotarian. 
 

Announcements:

  • On August 8 Sherry Chamberlain presenting our new club charter. It will be an evening meeting/party and Bealinda would like folks to volunteer to help plan the details. So please contact her at this email address if you'd like to help. 
  • August 9 is the all-rotary club picnic at Sunrise Circle. 

Announcements

  • Greg Franz is thankful for new athletic director at the college, he's officially retired as of Monday.
  • Bob Bullis announced that not only is Franz retiring, but he's also going to start going to the gym with him. 
  • Shannon McManus's son is starting physician school and her daughter is starting her Ph.D. studies in psychology. We're putting her in the running for "parent of the year" because that is impressive... 
  • Patrick Bodell is excited about World Cup Soccer, and we would expect no less from our resident Rotary exchange coordinator. 
  • Brian Campbell is proud to announce his brother is retiring from the Chelan PUD and his son is graduating as a Navy Seal. Congratulations to both of them! 
  • The Mission: GranDuro is this weekend and they could use snacks if you can donate any. 
  • Don't forget about the "Red, White and Brew" Beer Garden we'll be hosting at Walla Walla Point Park on July 4! The Facebook event is up, the press release is out and our co-hosts at the Chamber of Commerce have been getting the word out as well as selling tickets. In fact, Shiloh gave it a plug at Business After Hours at Apple Valley Honda this evening. 

 

The rest of the meeting was simply a work session, we had no program or guest speaker. 

Thank you to Kathryn Bonny for taking notes. 

 

Red, White and Brew Beer and Wine Garden at Wenatchee's 4th of July Celebration Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/27/2018

Contact: Dominick Bonny

Vice president, Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence

dominick@digitalmedianorthwest.com

Confluence Rotary to Host “Red, White and Brew” 4th of July Beer and Wine Garden at Walla Walla Point Park

Wenatchee, WA: The Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce are proud to partner in hosting the inaugural “Red, White and Brew” beer and wine garden at Walla Walla Point Park on July 4, 2018. The event will be part of the “Let’s Have A Blast” Fourth of July celebration from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Afterward spectators will be treated to the annual Fourth of July fireworks show that takes place over the rushing waters of the Columbia River.

The beer and wine garden will feature local craft brews from Badger Mountain Brewing as well as red and white wines from Milbrandt Vineyards. Buck Milbrandt himself, co-owner and production coordinator for the vineyard, will be there to pour award-winning wines for guests for a time during the event. Funds raised by Rotarians at the Red, White, and Brew beer and wine garden will go to scholarships for local students to pay for college, to fund Rotary Youth Exchange students abroad and to other service projects Wenatchee Confluence Rotary supports.

Entry fee is just $1, drink tickets are four for $20 pre-sale and you can find them at the Chamber of Commerce at 137 N Wenatchee Ave, Suite 101. On the day of the event, the price is $6 per ticket at the gate. Guests can purchase tickets at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce from now until July 3.

For media inquiries or for more information, contact Dominick Bonny, vice president of the Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence, at dominick@digitalmedianorthwest.com or at 509-421-2789.

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June Activity Recap (So Far)

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At our June 6 meeting we welcomed back the victorious Foothills Middle School STEM Robotics Team, recently returned from the World Championships. As you can see, they brought a few trophies back with them... 

At our June 13 meeting, 

22 people attended and there was no guest speaker. It was a work session meeting dedicated to a review of our club goals. President Richard handed out a multi-page list of last years goal and how they turned out and then went through the list for the upcoming year.

Looking forward we've got big events coming fast and furious, like

  1. The Mission Gran Duro, which is June 30 up at Mission Ridge. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Evan Plews
  2. Our "Red, White and Brew" beer garden at Walla Walla Point Park, which is set to become one of our major fundraisers. It's an all-hands-on-deck club volunteer opportunity, so please join us if you can and in the meantime help us promote the beer garden by RSVPing on the Facebook event here, and share the link with your friends on Facebook or via email! 
  3. The Gorge concession stand volunteering. There are still dates that need volunteers, so if you'd like to serve libations to the sweet sounds of Def Leppard while also benefiting the club, please email Rob Tidd

And now a quote about life, and beer: 

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.
— Abraham Lincoln

Meeting Notes for May 23, 2018

 Congratulations to club member Earl Tilly, who was presented with the Harvey Award at the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Gala on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Watch  this short video  featuring Earl that was screened at the gala. 

Congratulations to club member Earl Tilly, who was presented with the Harvey Award at the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Gala on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Watch this short video featuring Earl that was screened at the gala. 


May 23 Meeting Notes

18 Members attended today's meeting. 

Guests included:

  • Jake Hambly, a guest of Kevin Vitulli
  • Shawn Lee (NCW Life and membership applicant)

Happy Bucks:

  • Carl Polson – has received his MBA degree
  • Rob Tidd – His brother is here!
  • Steve Tidd – Tax season is over, son Logan is home for the summer.
  • Richard De Rock – last weekend spent in Prosser for the District Conference, our new club application has been submitted, 39 of 50 members voted to belong to the new club, and has been officially nominated as the 1920-21 District Governor Conference (may not be correct verbiage) will be here May 14-16, 2021.

New member gives classification talk

Andrea Johnson gave her classification talk today. Check back on the blog later for her notes from that introduction, as well as more information about what she does for a living as well as for fun! 

Presentation: Mission GranDuro is coming up

Even Plews gave a presentation about the Mission GrandDuro, which is June 30. This is a club fundraiser in part and they are seeking volunteers for aid stations. Learn more about the event by visiting the GranDuro website, and let Evan know if you can volunteer by emailing him

The 50/50 Raffle winner was Ivan Christensen. He took home $17.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Rotary International Convention – June 23-27, Toronto, Canada
  • Club Installation BBQ at Rotary Park – June 27
  • Mission GrandDuro – June 30
  • Fourth of July Beer Garden – July 4

Notes by Cindy Herdt

Meeting notes for May 16, 2018

Wenatchee North Rotary Rebrands

Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence is the new name

The biggest development at our meeting on May 16 was the name change. After a week of deliberation and online polling, we took the suggested club titles and had a vote. The Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence, Wenatchee Confluence Rotary for short, won with 12 votes. Riverview Rotary got the second-highest number of votes with 8. 

For more on the story of why we chose to rebrand the club and move forward with a new name, see the meeting minutes from the last few posts. 

4th of July Beer Garden Planning Dominated Discussion

Most of the rest of the meeting was spent discussing our new fundraiser, the 4th of July Beer Garden we are organizing for the annual 4th of July party at Walla Walla Point Park this summer. Things are moving along nicely and if you'd like to know more and get involved, please join us for the planning committee meeting at the tennis courts at Walla Walla Point Park at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 22. 

Join us Wednesday, May 23 for our next meeting!

Evan Plews will talk about Gran Duro. Also, Andrea Johnson will also be giving her classification talk this week so please make every effort to hear from Andrea get to know her better. Our greeters are Greg Franz and Jeremy French. 


A quick look at the Habitat for Humanity home build on Saturday, May 12. President Richard DeRock joined local Interact club members to help put the finishing touches on a project that when finished, will house three families. Wenatchee High School's Interact Club raised more than $50,000 to fully fund one of the triplex units that are expected to be finished later this summer in South Wenatchee. You can read an article about the home build from Rufus Woods of the Wenatchee World here

 

Meeting Notes for May 9, 2018

Guests: 

  • Barbara Tilly and Kay Burdan, with Packing Friendship. 
  • Marissa Jacobs, real estate professional 
  • JD Taylor, organizer of the Sunburn Classic Basketball Tournament
  • Shannon,  the new finance director at the Town Toyota Center
  • Sean Lee, account rep with NCWLife
  • Ashley Gillum with Central Washington University
  • Christopher Bishop, Ivan's grandson and star WHS athlete

Announcements

  1. The Habitat for Humanity house build is this Saturday and they could still use volunteers, contact President Richard DeRock if you'd like to help out.  
  2. Tuesday, May 15 we will be having a Fourth of July Beer Garden planning meeting at 5:30 in the upstairs conference room at the Wenatchee World building at 14 N. Mission. Park in the back lot between Northwest Geodimensions and the Labor Temple, it's easiest to take a left off of Chelan into that lot. Use the rear entrance, the door code is 27390 then hit #. 
  3. GWATA's Tech & STEM showcase is May 19 at Pybus Public Market. It's a great way to see some of the cool stuff our local students are doing with STEM learning and new technologies, which is super important to prepare them for the tech jobs of the future. For more info visit GWATA's website here
  4. Ashley with CWU presented a check for a couple hundred dollars raised during the basketball game at the Town Toyota Center in December that WNR Braden Dragoo organized. 
  5. JD Taylor passed out sponsorship information for the Sunburn Classic coming up on July 28 & 29. If you can sponsor a team that means you're covering the cost of entry for kids who cannot afford it. $100 is a barrier to a poor kid, and it's one you or your business can easily remove. Contact JD and Sherleen to become a sponsor. 

Presentation: Packing Friendship

 Barbara Tilly (left) and Kay Burdan talking about what Packing Friendship does. 

Barbara Tilly (left) and Kay Burdan talking about what Packing Friendship does. 

Packing Friendship provides non-perishable food items to school children in the lower Wenatchee Valley. It began seven years ago as a passion project of Barbara and Kay's and has grown to include 24 local churches and other organizations who provide meal kits to local schools in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Cashmere.  They are currently serving 461 students.

We wouldn’t have had enough to eat over the weekend if we didn’t have that bag of food.
— A quote Barbara shared from one child

No child should ever go to bed hungry, I think that's something we can all agree on. Packing Friendship has made huge strides in increasing food security for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. If you'd like to get involved, help out or learn more email Barbara and Earl Tilly. You can also read a recent Wenatchee World article about the program here

Special Announcement: 

Forging a New Path Forward for our Club

It recently came to the board's attention that the club has lost its non-profit status because we have failed to file taxes properly as of about 10 years ago. Getting caught up would be nearly impossible and it would be very expensive. So the best course of action is to form a new club and start fresh. After weighing the options, the board believes that to be the best path forward and we would like buy-in from the entire club membership. We also need to decide on a new name, and the name "Wenatchee Riverview Rotary" has been suggested. 

But we want to make sure everyone has a chance to weigh in, and be a part of the decision as we move forward. So please follow this link and take this very short survey so we can collect your response. 

 

Meeting Notes for Feb. 28, 2018

Call to order at 12:16 pm

Visitors and Guests

  • Linda Evans-Parlette, former state senator and current downtown Rotary member
  • The Foothills Middle School Robotics team

Happy Bucks

  • Cindy Herdt had a buck for her cousin Ron Guidry, who just published a book titled "My Life In Pinstripes" about his experience pitching for the New York Yankees. 
  • Greg Franz had a buck in celebration, he's a brand new grandpa! 
  • Patrick Bodell, WNR's resident ornithologist and owner of our local Wild Birds Unlimited shop gave a buck in recognition of the 49th species of bird he spotted in his backyard this year. 

Announcements

 From left to right: Bealinda Tidd, Jayne Vitulli, Kevin Vitulli and Rob Tidd. 

From left to right: Bealinda Tidd, Jayne Vitulli, Kevin Vitulli and Rob Tidd. 

  • "Nick's Bricks" at Pybus Public Market was this past Saturday and Kevin gave that wonderful event a plug. Since I'm writing this on the Tuesday after the event, this reporter can relate that the event was a smashing success and you can see photos and video from it on our Facebook page
  • March 21 there will be no meeting. Instead please join us at club social at 5:30 at President Richard DeRock's home in Sunnyslope. Richard will follow up with an email providing directions. 
  • For those of you who like to plan waaaaay in advance, the 2021 district conference will take place May 14-16 right here in Wenatchee, since president Richard will be the governor that year. 

Program – Foothills Middle School's Robotics

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During the last six months, the Wenatchee World has published multiple articles about the Foothills Middle School Robotics Team. That's because they are awesome. You can see an example of that coverage here

Mr. Aaron Hansen, one of the teachers leading the program and three of his students, Noah, Miranda and Asanti were kind enough to explain what STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education means and walk us through the finer points of their robotics competitions, which pit them against the best STEM programs in the state. They've had their fair of success, bringing home many awards, placing in the top at state and being invited to "Worlds" which will be taking place soon. 

But they need our help. In order to compete at Worlds they need to raise the funds to get there. That's where we come in. Please donate if you can. Email hansen.a@wenatcheeschools.org for details and make checks payable to "Foothills Middle School attn: Robotics" to give.