July 10, 2019 Meeting Notes

President Bealinda Tidd led the meeting

30 people attending


Wenatchee Club:

  • Linda Parlet

  • Bryan Campbell

Quincy club:

  • David Kahler, Harvest Valley Pest Control


  • Chris Clausing, a guest of Kevin Vitulli’s.

  • Sheila Borden, a guest of Bealinda’s.

  • Terry Valdez, retired Eastmont art teacher/tennis coach. Also former exchange student to Russia. A guest of Selina Danko’s.

  • Laura Leon with Link Transit, Eastmont grad. A guest of Selina Danko’s.

  • Randy Lewis, Wenatchi band elder and Colville tribal elder, expert in local history and a descendant of the Miller family, like Miller Street. He also volunteered in the hot dog stand with our club on the 4th of July this year. A guest of Selina Danko’s.

  • Joshua Harris, a guest of Rob’s.

  • Ricardo Zepeta, Cashmere Valley Bank, a guest of Kellen Parton’s.


  • Wednesday evening club is meeting tonight

  • Next week the district governor will be here visiting so please come to the meeting, we’re going to be doing some visioning

  • The Chamber wants to let us use the picnic shelter next year for Red, White and Brew, and they’ll cover the cost of putting up fences to enclose the space.

  • Tomorrow between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. at Pangborn Memorial Airport we will be seeing our outgoing exchange student Alina off. Please join us if you can and help say goodbye!

Happy Bucks:

  • Richard for his induction in Kelowna

  • Rob for how well the Fourth of July sales

  • Earl for his trip to Sun River, Id.

  • Bryan Campbell for his new business, Maple Street Mini Storage

We watched this introduction video from the district governor, Peter Schultz (who will be visiting next week):

Please join us tomorrow to say goodbye to Alina at Pangborn Memorial Airport between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. And don’t forget to come next week to meet district governor Peter Schultz!

Please RSVP to the 2019 End of Year Changeover BBQ

Our annual “changing of the guard” club BBQ is coming up on June 26 and will take place at Rotary Park in Wenatchee starting at 5:30. Vice President Dominick Bonny will be doing a preview of the Red, White and Brew hot dog stand that we’ll be debuting on the Fourth of July, but we’re asking everyone to bring a potluck side dish item to share (salad, sides, desserts, etc.)

In order to get a good idea of how many folks we can expect and what kind of potluck items we’ll have, please fill out the form below. Thank you!

RSVP and info form for 2019 Changeover BBQ

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Meeting notes for May 29, 2019

Vice president Dominick Bonny led the meeting. Approx. 25 people attended.

Instead of this day in history, Dom pulled a few fun quotes from his favorite magazine, The Week. Here they are:

“Inside most people you read about in history books is a child who fiercely resisted toilet training.” – Journalist George Packer, quoted in the Washington Post.

“I never gave anybody hell! I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell.” – President Harry S. Truman, quoted in the Buffalo News

“Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force into an immovable object.” – Educator and author Laurence J. Peter, quoted in the Associated Press

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” – Pitcher Satchel Paige, quoted in the Lake County, Ill., News-Sun

Alina’s update

Alina recently celebrated her birthday with her best friend Hannah by enjoying a meal at Sumo. She also went to the horse races for the first time ever, in Seattle, and stopped by a little place that made her feel right at home – IKEA. She loved the meatballs. She also got to hang out at Lake Chelan with her host family, where she got sunburned, but had a great time paddle boarding and kayaking. She also gave a talk about Rotary Youth Exchange to Rotary Now evening group.


  • We passed around the sign-up sheet circulated for Rotary Night at the Applesox June 13.

  • Dom mentioned the Go Fund Me page set up to cover funeral expenses for Wenatchee College Basketball athlete Rachel Odima, who passed away due to injuries suffered in a car accident very recently. Her accident and passing is a tragedy for the entire community, but it hits the WVC community especially hard.

  • Club members were reminded of the importance of “all hands on deck” for the Fourth of July fundraiser. Sign-up sheets have been emailed and circulated at club meetings. Members should try to sign up for a shift or a portion of a shift. Volunteers are needed for the beer and wine garden and hot dog stand. Please share information about the event on Facebook. Those working the event should wear Rotary shirts. Extras are available.

Happy Bucks

  • Alina had a happy buck because Finland is world champion in hockey.

  • Selina had a buck to celebrate the fact that she chaperoned Wenatchee High School Earth Club on trip to explore marine life on San Juan Island.

  • Lindsay had a buck in celebration of the Bentsen’s first full family camp out (which included a 2-year-old) on Lopez Island.

  • Dominick had two bucks: one because his daughter Natalie is almost potty trained (mostly thanks to his patient wife, Kathryn) and another to celebrate his son Dresden’s last soccer game of the spring, which had just taken place the day before.

Rotary Park Update


Randy gave us a Rotary Park update, and shared the photo above that shows the new picnic shelter.

There’s a ribbon cutting planned for latest picnic shelter work that includes a 16-car parking area, $15,000 worth of picnic tables and benches. Money left over from the project may go toward the purchase of interactive kiosks detailing the history of the park.

Coming up next meeting

We’ll hear classification talks from new members Cara Hackenmiller and Judge Kristen Ferrera!

Meeting notes for May 22, 2019

President Richard’s This Day In History

  • In 334 B.C.E. Alexander the Great’s army defeats Darius III of Persia’s forces in the battle of Granicus.

  • In 1370 the Jews are expelled and massacred in Brussels, Belgium.

  • In 1455 the opening battle of the War of the Roses begins. Richard of York takes St. Albans and captures King Henry VI.

  • In 1761 the first life insurance policy in North America was issued in Philadelphia.

See more historical firsts from May 22 here.

Happy Bucks

  • Mike had a $1 in celebration of retirement from the Forest Service after decades of helping to manage our forests. Thank you for your work, Mike! Have a happy retirement.

  • Earl had a buck to celebrate local news outlets.

  • Dom had a buck and a shout out for the WVC Foundation gala and the Small Miracles banquet, both of which took place the prior weekend.

  • President Richard had two bucks – one for the Rotary convention in Hamburg and another for the Citizens for Better Transit campaign that’s kicking off to support the “Yes on Prop 1” initiative coming up on the August ballot.

Presentation: Stage Kids of Washington

Stage Kids of Washington is a great way for kids to discover and nurture their passion for the performing arts. They’re getting ready to debut “James and the Giant Peach” opening tomorrow at the Numerica PAC and gave us a sneak peek of a few of the musical numbers.


Independence Day approaches – all hands on deck!

Don’t forget to sign up to volunteer for our Red, White and Brew 4th of July beer, wine and cider garden at Walla Walla Point park coming up in July. We’ll need everyone to help out since this is our largest annual fundraiser!

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Meeting Notes for Feb. 27, 2019


Thirty-one rotarians and guests attended this week.

President-elect Bealinda Tidd led the meeting, starting with a Rotary Moment focused on the origin of the Four Way Test.

Guests and visiting rotarians:

  • Bryan Campbell from the Wenatchee Downtown Club.

  • Joy Robinson from Teams Learning Center.

  • Ryan Price from Sunrise Rotary.

  • Cara Hackenmiller with Joyful Scholars.

  • Keni Sturgeon, new executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

  • Sherleen and J.D. Taylor of Elite Hoop Effects and the Wenatchee Sunburn Classic.

  • Tyler Alos, proposed member with Mitchell, Reed and Schmitten Insurance.

Happy (and unhappy) Bucks

  • Shannon had a buck for her trip to Duke University recently (where she got to meet Coach K) and another buck for a road trip she took from Bend, Oregon to Bellevue, Washington. The second buck/story involved a very precocious 3rd grader.

  • Rob had an “unhappy buck” because Bealinda will be gone for a week for training and he might starve to death because he doesn’t know how to cook for himself. He also had a happy buck for Alina’s latest youth exchange update.

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Alina’s Youth Exchange Update

Last Saturday Alina learned the semantic difference between “passed away” and “passed out” after she told a friend about her host home dad who had “passed away” from painful arm injury. He was not dead, he had merely “passed out.” Alina also recently joined the golf team at WHS and has yet to hit the golf course because of the snow, but rest assured they are hard at work practicing golf inside for the time being.

  • France had a Happy Buck to celebrate and thank Rob for sharing his rink story for the Kraft Hockeyville USA Contest which ends March 2. Please share your story and help our local rink and events center win big!


  1. Nick’s Bricks at Pybus Public Market is this Saturday. It’s an event near and dear to all our hearts and a wonderful memorial for Nick Vitulli. If you’re not volunteering, please stop by and see and support this beautiful homage to Nick and his love of LEGOs on Saturday.

  2. Our annual club party this year is coming up next week and it’s a Mardi Gras extravaganza at the Red Lion Hotel! The cost is $25 per person and there will be appetizers, a no-host bar, music, and socializing. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and invite friends and family, find details here on our Facebook page.

  3. Therefore no regular Wednesday meeting next week!

(Wenatchee Confluence Foundation Special Insert)

Two-thirds of the way through announcements we shifted over to a Confluence Rotary Foundation board meeting and David Bentson asked for nominations for new foundation board members. The foundation was started a few years ago thanks to a $50,000 donation from Barbara and Earl Tilly. The Foundation is close to reaching its goal of $100,000 of funds raised/donated since then the Foundation’s impact has included providing the Town Toyota Center with “Learn How To Skate” aids for local children.

Nominations were solicited by David. Ben McNair nominated himself. No other nominations were made. A motion was made to approve the slate of candidates:

  • David Bentson

  • Randy Zelinski

  • Ben McNair

    The motion was approved unanimously.



NAMI, The National Alliance for Mental Illness

This  is a recent story in the Wenatchee World  about a local man battling mental illness who has slept in an apple bin in the middle of the Memorial Park since last October.

This is a recent story in the Wenatchee World about a local man battling mental illness who has slept in an apple bin in the middle of the Memorial Park since last October.

What is NAMI?

“We’re kind of like the Red Cross for mental health.”

– Charleen Woodard

NAMI in a nutshell, is a non-biased free-of-charge mental health service for those who need it, regardless of economic status or opportunity. They are totally staffed by volunteers and train local folks to mentor and aid folks. They host support meetings that are drop in and offer education classes and aim to destigmatize mental illness because it’s not abnormal. According to the World Health Organization:

“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

What they need:

Our help. For less than $700 we can sponsor an intervention training to prepare volunteers to deal with mental health crises situations. That could prevent more situations like Blaine’s.

Here’s some good news:

Blaine’s not currently sleeping in an apple bin at night. Because of Reilly Kneedler’s story he’s been taken in by former coworkers. That’s the power of the pen, coupled with empathy. Blaine might be out of the apple bin, but he’s not out of the woods. You can read Reilly’s follow up here.

- Notes by vice president Dominick Bonny.


Join the communications committee!

Help us tell the story of Wenatchee Confluence Rotary.

If you attend meeting regularly please volunteer for the communications committee and help take notes. Not everyone can make it to every meeting and it’s important everyone is in the loop. Email Dom (dominick@digitalmedianorthwest.com) and/or Cindy at (cherdt@towntoyotacenter.com) and join become an official club scribbler!

Meeting Notes for Jan. 23, 2019

28 people attended

Alina’s Update

Wednesday she will volunteer at the Wild game helping with a chuck a puck fundraiser, Friday and Saturday were days to go bowling. She made Finnish Tortillas (which sounded like quite the treat) and macaroni casserole!

Rotary Moment

Richard played a Rotary Moment video showing some Rotary services that are being provided in Uganda.

Note: This might not be the same video Richard showed, but it does highlight some good work Rotary clubs came together to do in Uganda.

Happy Bucks

  • Bealinda – participating in the Follies

  • Patrick – Horan Natural Area bird walk today discovered nesting eagles – a first for that area and numerous other birds.

  • Shannon – Excited to serve beer/wine at the WVC Hall of Fame event.

  • Katja – Noted that Darren K will be offering a Beekeeping Class (a Pybus University offering) next Tuesday at 7 pm.

  • Richard – Shared that “Rotary Month” has been super busy with activities in Seattle, Vernon, BC, Ellensburg, Revelstoke, BC, and Seattle again.


  • Kevin announces Nick’s Bricks will be held at Pybus on March 2nd. The event is 10 am – 3 pm. Signup sheet was passed around.

  • Martin gave a Water Project in Haiti update as well as other clean water and sanitation works.

  • Richard said this is the last week to sign up for some of the big Rotary conferences in order to get the discounted early-bird rates.

  • Lindsay said the Mardi Gras event will be March 5th

  • Bealinda passed around sign-ups for the WVC and the Wild game events.

Program: Samantha Krumdieck with the Wenatchee Valley YMCA, Mentoring Change (MENT2BE) program

This program is emotional, social and academic support for youth. The program matches at risk youths with an adult for mentoring and social activities. If you’d like to get involved, visit their website here and volunteer to be a mentor!

Notes by Cindy Herdt, Confluence Rotary Communications Committee

Meeting Notes for Jan. 16, 2019

25 people attending

Visitors – Brian Campbell and Baby Jack

Welcome new members Jeff Ackerman and An Marie Morris

Alina Update

Our inbound youth exchange student Alina went skiing again with host sister Megan, met Joseph (another exchange student from France) at Sunrise Rotary and will be attending Wenatchee Wild game this evening to volunteer with the Robotics Club selling chuck a pucks.

Happy Bucks

  • Davis – Moved to Cashmere, daughter’s third birthday is tomorrow

  • Lindsay B. – spent a lovely three days in the Methow Valley/Twisp area.

  • Selina – had complimentary tickets to the Art Ed. Assoc. “Signature” event to share.

  • Rob – Jeff Ackerman won $900 at Wild game on chuck a puck

  • Ivan – shared about Heidi Schreck play – she is writer and lead monologue.

  • Katja – Thankful for ski passes provided by Rotary Club for her daughter and Alina


  • Rob emailed out the “Rotary Basics”

  • Joint Rotary Wild game is 2/15/2019

  • Has a sign up sheet for WVC Hall of Fame Dinner for servers.

  • Reminded Club our Sheila Dresker will be inducted on the WVC Hall of Fame

  • Linsday B – Mardi Gras Party will be 2/20 or 3/5. Still working on details.

Program: Friends of the Horan Natural Area

Bruce moved to Wenatchee 3 ½ years ago and discovered the HNA through the Board of Audubon Society. HNA is located near Confluence Park and the Walla Walla Pint Park and the convergence of the Wenatchee & Columbia Rivers. The HNA consists of walking paths, ponds, weeds, plants of value, birding hot spots, wood ducks and more.

The HNA board and staff are looking towards improvements for the area: diversity of aquatic and terrestrial habitat, center for regional environmental education, a place to study and understand indigenous history, a regional place of pride. Bruce discussed locations of the points of access to the area are and parking availability. The Friends of the Horan Natural Area group has been created for anyone interested in volunteering.

Notes by Cindy Herdt, Confluence Rotary Communications Committee

Board of Directors Meeting - January 17th

1)     Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 12:06 PM

2)     Approval of Minutes
Motion by Katie Atkinson & second by Kellen Patten to accept the minutes for December

3)     Financial Report
Kellen went over the budget. Motion by Belinda Tidd & second by Lindsay Bensen to approve the financial reports & bills to be paid.

4)     Mardi Gras Party
We talked about having a Mardi Gras Party on Tuesday March 5th. Details are being worked out.

5)     RLI Support
It is suggested that we support someone from our leadership to attend the 2 day event about the leadership of Rotary. It is hosted at the Cordell Neher in Wenatchee. The cost is about $170 that covers food and materials of the course. The board agreed to have both Eric Limon and Dominick Bonney attend the training.

6)     Beer Garden Organization
With upcoming changes, Richard feels that we will do better with the beer garden this year, the 4 local breweries have agreed to come on board and are willing to staff it. It is possible that one of the local wineries will come forward and assist.
Last year we rented a bunch of stuff (tents, tables, and chairs) which cost us roughly $1,100. It was discussed about possibly purchasing materials that were rented to help keep the cost down over the long term. Katie Atkinson made a motion to approve purchasing 2 10x30 tents for our club, second by Eric Limon.

7)     Committee Reports (Please be prepared to report on the committees you oversee)
Patrick – World Services Group has $2,000 budget. He has requested the board to approve spending the $2,000 on Hippo Rollers. Motion by Belinda Tidd, 2nd by Lindsay Benson.
Lindsay – Programs – is continuing to find people to present at our noon meetings, we have quite a few classification talks. Richard suggested possibly county commissioners or other local elected officials to come in and talk.
Katie – Asked for a follow up on previously discussed items. Rob received a $500 for public image grant that will be used for an open house type forum to help recruit new members. Richard is still looking into getting Club Runner access for our club, it was suggested to possibly have another Rotarian from another group to present the usage of Club Runner.

8)     Conference – Club Role
The conference will be in Wenatchee between May 13-16, 2021
The downtown club has offered to provide home hosting.
The sunrise club has offered to handle the golf tournament.
There was discussion about different ideas for showcasing our area during the conference. There was also discussion on using the Convention Center and Town Toyota Center, and possible speakers.
We need to figure out fun things to do on Friday, and events on Saturday.

9)     New Business

10)  Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 1:32 PM