Meeting notes for July 12, 2017

 WNR Foundation Board with member and TTC Rink Manager France Bedard, with one of the learn-to-skate sliders. 

WNR Foundation Board with member and TTC Rink Manager France Bedard, with one of the learn-to-skate sliders. 

Happy Bucks: 

  • Ivan had a buck for his very unique RV and the trip he's embarking upon this weekend. 
  • David Kazemba had a happy buck because the WNR Foundation has made it's first sponsorship! We'll be donating $2,500 to the Town Toyota Center's rink for learn-to-skate aides. You can see the photo featuring the moment above. David K. also had a sad buck for his wife's sister, who's not doing well health-wise, so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 
  • Rob had a happy buck for our next concession stand night, which will be on Oct. 27 at the annual "Battle of the Bridges" Eastmont vs. WHS football game. Please sign up and join us! It's always a great time. 
  • Carol Adamson had a happy buck in celebration of Kevin Vitulli's tenure as WNR president. She had great things to say about this administration, and I think we all feel the same way about Kevin's excellent year. Kudos Kevin! 

Announcements: 

  • Kevin V. nominated current WNR President Richard DeRock for district governor. It was seconded and the motion was passed by oral vote, almost unanimously. 
  • Carol Adamson made the announcement about the new district governor's visit to our area, which will be August 3. There will be an all-area social at sunrise circle that evening. Sign up by emailing Carol.  
  • There will be no club meeting Aug. 2, please try to make it to the all-area social instead. 
  • We welcomed John Taves, coach of the United soccer team here locally, and Paul, Isaac and Pierre, a few of his players. They recently qualified for a championship game in Indiana and need help getting all 15 players to the game. Please do what you can to help send these kids to the game they earned a spot in. They are selling raffle tickets or you can donate directly online here

Presentation: Wenatchee AppleSox Baseball

We welcomed Trevor Williams as our guest speaker this week, and he gave us an entertaining and informative overview of this quality local organization. He's been with the Sox for the last four seasons as their communications director. You may have heard him calling games if you listen to AppleSox baseball on the radio. The theme of this season is the history of baseball in the valley, and although the club got off to a slow start they are now second in the league. To learn more about the Wenatchee AppleSox, visit their website here, and make sure to catch at least one game this summer if you haven't already. It's such a great time. 

Visiting and guests included: 

  • Sarah Franklin, Kathryn Bonny's sister. 
  • Jim Corcoran, Rotarian and owner of the Wenatchee AppleSox 
  • Trevor Williams, communications, Wenatchee AppleSox
  • Abraham Goodwin, Jim's son
  • John Taves, coach of the United soccer team 
  • Raul, Isaac and Pierre, United soccer players
  • Jim and Carol Adamson, former and current assistant district governors, respectively 

Dom's Book Corner

This week I suggest "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. Though published in 1985 it's experiencing a massive resurgence in popularity, partially due to the fact they made it into a TV show recently and partially because the themes of mindless nationalism and toxic masculinity are pretty relevant these days. It's a dystopian fantasy set in a near future in which women are enslaved, for the most part willingly. Infertility is a major problem and the few women who can bare children become the most precious commodity – more valuable than diamonds or gold.  They are used as brood mares to ensure political and military leaders get to have children. The new nation, called Gilead, is located in what was once New England, but that all changed after a coup by a group of religious fanatics overthrow the government, machine-gun Congress and mop up individual states who resist with massive chemical attacks that leave the American landscape barren and unable to sustain life in many regions. The entire story is told by "Offred", which is literally "Of Fred" (women don't get their own names anymore, they just use their male authority figure's name). Horrible things happen to Offred, and she is made to do horrible things. Yet everything done to or by any character in the book has happened to real people at some point in history. Atwood borrows from real cruelties and atrocities and doesn't make up anything new because she's trying to make a point about what we're capable of when the rules are changed a little. It's an excellently-written and deeply thought-provoking book. I highly recommend. As Albert Camus said, “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”