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.


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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

December Board Meeting

1)     Call to Order

Meeting was called to order at 12:01 PM

2)     Approval of Minutes (Approve)

Motion by Rob Tidd as submitted, second by Katie Atkinson. Motion passed.

3)     Financial Report (Approve receipt)

Motion to Eric Limon & 2nd by Patrick Bodell. Motion passes.              

4)     Membership

a.     Wenatchee World Corporate Membership (Discussion – Action)

                                                              i.      Jeff Ackerman

                                                            ii.      Ann Marie Morris

Waiting to hear back from Roseburg Rotary group.

b.     Link Transit Corporate Membership (approved through email vote)

    i.      Richard DeRock (conversion)

    ii.      Selina Danko

Motion by Patrick Bodell & 2nd by Eric Limon to transition Richards membership into Link Transit

c.      Renee Parkins, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (approved through email vote)

 Motion by Katie Atkinson & 2nd Patrick Bodell

d.     Brian Thorpe, Global Car Care (approved through email vote)

 Motion by Rob Tidd & 2nd by Eric Limon

Motion to approve Drew Vader by Katie Atkinson second by Kellen, this will take effect once Rob is able to work with Town Toyota Center on their current corporate membership.

5)     Club Elections – Establishment of Nominees – are there others?

a.     Vice President – Eric Limon (through 2023)

b.     Director – Ivan through 2022

c.      Director – Lindsay Bentsen (continuation through 2022)

d.     Director – Katie Atkinson (continuation through 2022)

e.     Past President – Richard DeRock (though 2020)

We will accept nominations from the floor for open positions, and vote at the next regular Wednesday meeting

6)     Holiday Party (Mardi Gras)
Lindsay will work on coming up with some sort of party for January or February.

7)     Committee Reports (Please be prepared to report on the committees you oversee)

Rob – needs to get together a core group to help grow our membership.

Katie - Public Relation/Public Image – will work with Kat and Dominick to help post and email information out to members. Richard will investigate getting our club setup with ClubRunner email communication tools. Rob applied for a public image grant that will be used for a Rotary open house at Pybus with all 9 clubs in the area to share their information.

Patrick – World Service – will have a meeting and discuss projects we want to be involved with.

Patrick – Youth Exchange – Our next year outbound student will be Hannah Johnson that will be going to Chile. Richard mentioned that we should consider allowing Hannah’s parents on as honorary members to the club while their daughter is away.

8)     Conference Committee Meeting Scheduling

Richard wanted to schedule a conference committee for the district conference, Monday January 7th afternoon.

9)  New Business

10)  Adjournment

Meeting adjournment 1:20pm

Meeting Notes for Jan. 2, 2019

Call to order at 12:15, 21 people in attendance.

Guest: Bryan Campbell

New Member: Selina Danko, with Link Transit.


  • Our inbound exchange student Alina went to Detroit, Michigan and saw her first NFL game. She said it did not matter that she didn’t know anything about NFL rules because, apparently, the Detroit Lions don’t either! She visited the Ohio Zoo and got a giraffe for her Rotary jacket. She also visited the Motown Museum and ate hot dogs at Tony Packo’s. And she spent New Year’s with Hanna, an outbound Rotary Exchange Student.

President Richard’s “This Day in History”

In 1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali, in 1942 the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals, in 1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible's march to Novgorod begins and in 366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire. Check out other notable events to happen on Jan. 2 here.

Happy Bucks

  • David Kazemba had a buck for finally being able to show up for meetings after an ankle injury.

  • Rob Tidd obviously had a buck for the Cougars winning the Alamo Bowl and he also mentioned the Huskies did the best they could, but…

  • Lindsay Bentsen had a dollar in celebration for being able to visit family over the holidays

  • Richard DeRock had a buck for travels over the holidays, which included some work, some Rotary and lots of family.


  • The GESA High School Basketball Tournament is this weekend at the Town Toyota Center. Get info about that here.

  • The Sunrise Rotary is organizing a suite night for the Wenatchee Wild Game on 2/15/2019. Tickets are $25 per person. There is a sign up sheet, or talk to Rob.

  • Monday, January 7 is the kick off week to start preparing for the 2021 District Conference. The initial meeting will be at the Link Transit offices in Olds Station at 6 pm on Jan. 4.

Program – Presented by Pres. Richard De Rock


President Richard reviewed the history and structure of Rotary International. It was started by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905 with business owners from four companies. Currently there are 1.3 million members, not counting members in auxiliary clubs like Rotaract. There are 35,000 Clubs, 529 Districts, 17 Rotary International Zones in 200 countries (out of 204). One member from each of the 17 zones make up the Board of Directors of Rotary. Keeping with the original concept, all terms are for 1 year in order to keep the leadership “rotating”. There are 181 Rotary Districts in North America. Our District has 57 Clubs with 2,621 members. Our District stretches from Prosser, WA to Clearwater, BC, Canada. President Richard also discussed the “bottom-up” structure of Rotary, and you can learn more about that and the history of this great organization we all love on the RI website here.

In June of 2017, Rotary adopted this new motto:

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.

Our Rotary goals are:

  • Fellowship

  • Integrity

  • Diversity

  • Service

  • Leadership

Take home on the ticket raffle was $25 and David Bentsen won!


Happy Buck follow up – Adele Wolford and the Beauty of Bronze

A few weeks ago I (Dom) threw down a happy buck to highlight this great program that has been the brainchild and passion project of Adele Wolford. It’s because of Adele that we have the beautiful Art on the Avenue pieces that we all enjoy along the Apple Capitol Loop Trail and in downtown Wenatchee. But you may not know that she also started the Beauty of Bronze program that gives every 5th grader in the Wenatchee School District the chance to experience what it’s like to sculpt with real bronze. So I wanted to follow up by including this little video feature my company put together for the NCW Community Foundation highlighting Adele, the Beauty of Bronze and Art on the Avenues. She’s a special lady who has singlehandedly enriched the lives of thousands through her volunteer work.

Meeting notes by Cindy Herdt, additional blurb by vice president Dominick Bonny.

Meeting notes for Dec. 19 – 2019 Club Elections!

Our inbound exchange student, Alina, from Finland, was our presenter ahead of the holidays!

Our inbound exchange student, Alina, from Finland, was our presenter ahead of the holidays!


  • Our club’s outbound student Hannah Johnson from WHS is heading to Chile in the summer for the year!

  • Katie A - $25 per ticket for suite seats with Sunrise rotary at the wild game in January.

Happy bucks

Kris Cameron had a buck in thanks that her son gets the holiday off.

  • Alina’s had a greenback because her brother got engaged!

  • Cam’s wife Stacy just accepted a new job! Congrats Stacy.

  • Shannon McMannus is thankful for the help of people and the local church aftermath of the tornado in Port Orchard.

  • Richard had a buck in celebration of his daughter’s 30th birthday, which was last week and they celebrated with some Swiss cuisine (reminiscing her exchange to Switzerland) together.


We had four new board members nominations:

  • Eric Limon VP

  • Lindsey Bentsen

  • Katie Atkinson

  • Ivan Christensen

All were approved unanimously.


Presentation: Alina and Finland

The club was treated to an interesting and informative presentation from inbound exchange student Alina Heikkurinen on Dec. 19. If you haven’t talked to Alina yet, please make an effort to attend and ask her about her fascinating country and culture!

The club was treated to an interesting and informative presentation from inbound exchange student Alina Heikkurinen on Dec. 19. If you haven’t talked to Alina yet, please make an effort to attend and ask her about her fascinating country and culture!


Dom’s Book Corner

“Educated” by Tara Westover

Sometimes when you finish a book, you set it down and rarely, if ever, think about it again. This is not one of those books. This is a book that sticks with you forever. This is a book that will make your blood boil. It’s a book that will make you consider the plight of, and despair for, abused and neglected children everywhere. This is a book that will open your eyes a bit to how our society, in some sectors, has backslid into the kind of ignorance, superstition and religious fanaticism one would expect from 14th century Europe.

Hats off to Dr. Tara Westover, the author and subject of this enlightening memoir. I don’t think I’d have the bravery and persistence to break out of such an incredibly toxic childhood, never setting foot in a classroom until I was 17, and go on to attend Cambridge and eventually earn a doctorate in history from Harvard. As a member of an organization that values and supports access to education for all, I highly recommend picking up this book in 2019, if you haven’t read it already.

Meeting notes by board member Kathryn Bonny, unsolicited book review by vice president Dominick Bonny.

Meeting Notes for Dec. 12, 2018



  • Bryan Campbell, Rotarian

  • Selena Danko, proposed member

  • Drew Vayner

  • Jack de Mestre, junior Rotarian

  • Steve Wright, general manager, Chelan PUD

Alina’s Update

Our inbound exchange student Alina got back from a Rotary weekend in Canada where she met Santa! And as you can see from the photo below, she was thrilled. There was also a lot of skiing!


Happy Bucks

  • Martin Barron had $1 and a shout out for the figure skating club’s awesome show this past weekend.

  • Bealinda Tidd had $1 for her husband Rob

  • Rob Tidd had $1 about bell ringing with the Salvation Army last weekend, and another for the LEGO competition he helped judged earlier in the day

  • Shannon also had $1 for bell ringing, she took a shift at Wal-Mart on Saturday.

  • Bryan Campbell had $1 for his recent Caribbean vacation.

  • Ivan had $1 for the Wenatchee Wild’s last weekend, and a few other things.

  • Katie had $1 in celebration of the new floors in the VIP lounge where we hold our meetings. We can now freely move our chairs!

  • Kevin had $1 and a Cheshire Cat-like grin over the Cougar’s loss to UW in the Apple Bowl.

  • I (Dominick) had $1 and a shout out for the Beauty of Bronze exhibit currently at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. More than 500 Wenatchee 5th graders get the chance to become sculptors every year and the result is an interesting social experiment. I recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

  • Brandt Cappel had $1 as well!


  1. Club elections next week! That’s an important meeting so don’t miss it. Plus we’ll be hearing from our current inbound student Alina about life in Finland and how she’s finding her year in America.

Chelan PUD General Manager Steve Wright speaking to the club, Dec. 12, 2018.

Chelan PUD General Manager Steve Wright speaking to the club, Dec. 12, 2018.


The State of the PUD, by Steve Wright

We heard an interesting and informative presentation about the strategic plan and fiscal health of our public utility district from General Manager Steve Wright on Wednesday. You can get all the info on the Chelan PUD’s website here.

Dom’s Book Corner


The Soul of America

By Jon Meacham

In his new book George H.W. Bush biographer and presidential historian Jon Meacham does an excellent job reminding readers that American history has been never sunshine and roses, but somehow we managed to make significant progress in our relatively short history as a nation. He decided to write it after the tragic events in Charlottesville, as he and the rest of the nation looked on as Klansmen and Neo-Nazis rallied and counterprotester Heather Heyer was killed. It’s an erudite rebuke of the politics of fear and ignorance as well as a step-by-step roadmap of inspiring turning points and game-changing figures in American history. I highly recommend this one. I have a copy on my bookshelf if anyone wants to borrow it (if you can stand my sporadic notations).

One of my favorites from the book was this quote from Teddy Roosevelt:

“Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose, not of creed or birthplace.”

Notes by Dominick Bonny, vice president, Wenatchee Confluence Rotary

Board of Directors Meeting - October 18th

1)    Call to Order

12:05 pm by Richard

2)    Approval of Minutes
1st – Patrick Bodell 2nd – Eric Limon

3)    Financial Report

Rotary North Club bank account not closed as check was lost in mail. Richard working to get that fixed. Have to have no assets before filing tax return.

Budget sent out from Kellen after meeting.

Expense request - $25 for booth at Young Professionals week

            Approved: 1st- Katie Atkinson, 2nd- Dominick Bonny

4)    Membership

a.     JD Greening: Asking JD to withdraw his application and apply at a later date. This will allow him to not be “black-listed” from rotary.

b.    Other issues? No other issues…keep inviting guests!

5)    Committee Reports (Please be prepared to report on the committees you oversee) Rob & Bealinda will work on descriptions for each of the committees. Will help club members better understand what each of the roles are and if they want to sign up.

6)    Attendance at District Assembly, Conference and RLI

Assembly: Richard, Rob and Bealinda attending in Chelan.

Conference: Need members to attend Kamloops in 2019 and Kelowna in 2020.

RLI: April 13/14, 2019 in Wenatchee. Fees are budgeted and paid by club for President/Vice President. Great event to attend to learn more about Rotary and if wanting to run for position in future, RLI will be the first step towards that.

7)    Vice President (President for 2021-22)

Position presented to the board.

8)    Establishment of Conference Committee

Confluence Rotary responsible for the 2021 conference; our club will need volunteers for several committees to help with preparation

So far, Rob has stepped up for Chairman and Jim Adamson has volunteered for Co-Chairman.

9)    New Business - none

10)   Adjournment : 1:30PM by Richard