Meeting Notes for Dec. 12, 2018

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Guests

  • 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!

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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!

Announcements

  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.

Presentation:

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

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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