Meeting Notes for May 9, 2018

Guests: 

  • Barbara Tilly and Kay Burdan, with Packing Friendship. 
  • Marissa Jacobs, real estate professional 
  • JD Taylor, organizer of the Sunburn Classic Basketball Tournament
  • Shannon,  the new finance director at the Town Toyota Center
  • Sean Lee, account rep with NCWLife
  • Ashley Gillum with Central Washington University
  • Christopher Bishop, Ivan's grandson and star WHS athlete

Announcements

  1. The Habitat for Humanity house build is this Saturday and they could still use volunteers, contact President Richard DeRock if you'd like to help out.  
  2. Tuesday, May 15 we will be having a Fourth of July Beer Garden planning meeting at 5:30 in the upstairs conference room at the Wenatchee World building at 14 N. Mission. Park in the back lot between Northwest Geodimensions and the Labor Temple, it's easiest to take a left off of Chelan into that lot. Use the rear entrance, the door code is 27390 then hit #. 
  3. GWATA's Tech & STEM showcase is May 19 at Pybus Public Market. It's a great way to see some of the cool stuff our local students are doing with STEM learning and new technologies, which is super important to prepare them for the tech jobs of the future. For more info visit GWATA's website here
  4. Ashley with CWU presented a check for a couple hundred dollars raised during the basketball game at the Town Toyota Center in December that WNR Braden Dragoo organized. 
  5. JD Taylor passed out sponsorship information for the Sunburn Classic coming up on July 28 & 29. If you can sponsor a team that means you're covering the cost of entry for kids who cannot afford it. $100 is a barrier to a poor kid, and it's one you or your business can easily remove. Contact JD and Sherleen to become a sponsor. 

Presentation: Packing Friendship

 Barbara Tilly (left) and Kay Burdan talking about what Packing Friendship does. 

Barbara Tilly (left) and Kay Burdan talking about what Packing Friendship does. 

Packing Friendship provides non-perishable food items to school children in the lower Wenatchee Valley. It began seven years ago as a passion project of Barbara and Kay's and has grown to include 24 local churches and other organizations who provide meal kits to local schools in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Cashmere.  They are currently serving 461 students.

We wouldn’t have had enough to eat over the weekend if we didn’t have that bag of food.
— A quote Barbara shared from one child

No child should ever go to bed hungry, I think that's something we can all agree on. Packing Friendship has made huge strides in increasing food security for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. If you'd like to get involved, help out or learn more email Barbara and Earl Tilly. You can also read a recent Wenatchee World article about the program here

Special Announcement: 

Forging a New Path Forward for our Club

It recently came to the board's attention that the club has lost its non-profit status because we have failed to file taxes properly as of about 10 years ago. Getting caught up would be nearly impossible and it would be very expensive. So the best course of action is to form a new club and start fresh. After weighing the options, the board believes that to be the best path forward and we would like buy-in from the entire club membership. We also need to decide on a new name, and the name "Wenatchee Riverview Rotary" has been suggested. 

But we want to make sure everyone has a chance to weigh in, and be a part of the decision as we move forward. So please follow this link and take this very short survey so we can collect your response.