Meeting Notes for Dec. 6, 2017

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Today's guests

  • Ron Bates, with the Wenatchee World advertising department
  • Eric West, with Link Transit
  • Lauren Loebsack, with Link Transit

Happy Bucks

  • Rob Tidd had $1 for his Apple Cup football pool. Although the Cougs lost (sadly) he won one quarter and donated his winnings to the club coffers. 
  • Ivan threw in a buck not in happiness, but in recompense for missing our last board meeting on Nov. 17. For those who did miss it, there's a podcast of that meeting in a previous post on our website news blog.
  • President Richard's 30th anniversary is this week, and he gave a buck for each year of marriage. (so that's 30 happy bucks for anyone really bad at math). They will be celebrating with a cruise through the famous Panama Canal. Bon voyage DeRocks! 

Announcements

  • The WNR Holiday Party is next Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The food is always very good, and the price per plate is $25. Please RSVP to Bealinda Tidd by Dec. 8 by email or phone. Her email address is bealinda@us.ibm.com and her phone number is 509-860-6483. We will also be collecting stocking stuffers, toys and needed clothing for local children in need ages 0-18. Bealinda has a list of items they're looking for and will send that out to everyone. 
  • The City of Wenatchee is looking for volunteers to help shovel snow for mostly elderly and special needs folks in town this winter. If you'd like to sign up to help out please mail or call Anna Zumba, Public Information Officer at the City of Wenatchee, 509-888-3623, aalvarez@wenatcheewa.gov. 

Presentation – The Future of Link Transit

Today we heard from the good folks of Link Transit and were actually a beta test group for a presentation that will be repeated to other service clubs and group meetings until next February when the community will vote on whether or not to increase Link's operating budget. 

Rather than transcribe my chicken scratch, I asked President Richard for his powerpoint presentation so I could merely embed it below. Here you go: 

Dom's Book Corner

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Grant

by Ron Chernow

Ulysses S. Grant is one of the most misunderstood and most important presidents in American history, and that's not an understatement. This new biography by historian Ron Chernow is about 1000 pages (not counting footnotes) yet it reads like a page-turning paperback. Often remembered as a failure at business and an incorrigible drunkard, that's only half true, about half the time. One of his greatest achievements might have been mastering his addiction to alcohol, but others notable high-points of his life included turning the tide of the Civil War almost single-handedly (if you don't count hundreds of thousands who followed his orders) and eventually accepting Lee's surrender at Appomattox. He also oversaw a period of reconstruction in this country that could have devolved into another civil war and did his best to protect black citizens in the south and ensure their rights. Unfortunately, that was too tall an order and sadly many black Americans were massacred at the hands of the "night riders" of the south and it wasn't until the 1960s before blacks in the south could exercise their right to vote without the threat of physical violence. I highly recommend this excellent biography. Chernow has made a Grant fan out of this eastern Washington farmboy, I'll confess to that. 

Dominick Bonny, Wenatchee North Rotary Secretary