Meeting notes for March 22, 2017

 

Chelan Douglas Land Trust New Director Visits, and there are Happy Bucks galore

Guests:

This week we had Jim Russell, president of the downtown club as a visiting rotarian, our youngest "Rotarian" Natalie Clare (Dom and Kat's baby) and Chelan Douglas Land Trust executive director Kurt Soper as our guests.

Happy Bucks:

  • Rob Tidd had a buck to celebrate Lindsay Bendtsen, who he caught volunteering at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society recently. 

  • Lindsay had a buck for WV Humane and got the word out about their volunteer opportunities as well as their free services. Learn more here

  • Adam had a buck in celebration of Lauren Johnson, a basketball player playing in the NAIA tournament who was coached by Greg Franz. 

  • David K. had a buck for his wife who just got her teaching certification! 

  • Sheila gave a buck to celebrate the fact that their daughter is back stateside. 

  • Greg had a buck for WVC, which had three athletes the tournament. 

  • Kellen had a buck for their trip to Maui, which his family just returned from. There was much envy. 

Announcements

  • The week before we had Jim Russell as a guest and he returned to announce how much money our club generated for the Rotary foundation the week before. It was a lot! 
  • Sports Awards: scholar athlete applications are up in the web and the news is out. Ad sales are in full swing and you can find the master client spreadsheet here. Please take a look and cut a few little doggies from the herd to run down.

Program: Kurt Soper, Chelan Douglas Land Trust

Kurt is the new director of the CDLT and he gave a slideshow presentation about the work that great organization does to preserve the quality of life and recreation opportunities we so enjoy here in the Wenatchee Valley.

He's the third director since the CDLT was established in 1985 and the main purposes of the organization is to protect our land, enhance recreation access in the region and educate the public about the amazing region in which we live. If you'd like to learn more about the CDLT, visit their website here.

Dom's Book Corner

This Sinclair Lewis novel published in 1936 begins with a scene set in a Rotary club meeting in an average American town, and the presentation is by a prominent community member and military leader who advocates nothing less than the establishment of an American version of National Socialist German Workers' Party. This epic dystopian fiction was meant to be a cautionary tale to warn Americans about what could happen if we elected our own ultranationalist strongman and began relinquishing our constitutional rights and protections piece by piece.  

Written for a society more literary than we are today, it can be a bit dry in spots, but sometimes fiction speaks the greatest truths. This book published on the verge of WWII is eerily relevant for our modern times. As the philosopher Karl Popper, author of The Open Society and Its Enemies, said: "It can't happen here is always wrong. A dictatorship can happen anywhere."