Meeting Notes for Jan. 2, 2019

Call to order at 12:15, 21 people in attendance.

Guest: Bryan Campbell

New Member: Selina Danko, with Link Transit.


  • Our inbound exchange student Alina went to Detroit, Michigan and saw her first NFL game. She said it did not matter that she didn’t know anything about NFL rules because, apparently, the Detroit Lions don’t either! She visited the Ohio Zoo and got a giraffe for her Rotary jacket. She also visited the Motown Museum and ate hot dogs at Tony Packo’s. And she spent New Year’s with Hanna, an outbound Rotary Exchange Student.

President Richard’s “This Day in History”

In 1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali, in 1942 the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals, in 1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible's march to Novgorod begins and in 366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire. Check out other notable events to happen on Jan. 2 here.

Happy Bucks

  • David Kazemba had a buck for finally being able to show up for meetings after an ankle injury.

  • Rob Tidd obviously had a buck for the Cougars winning the Alamo Bowl and he also mentioned the Huskies did the best they could, but…

  • Lindsay Bentsen had a dollar in celebration for being able to visit family over the holidays

  • Richard DeRock had a buck for travels over the holidays, which included some work, some Rotary and lots of family.


  • The GESA High School Basketball Tournament is this weekend at the Town Toyota Center. Get info about that here.

  • The Sunrise Rotary is organizing a suite night for the Wenatchee Wild Game on 2/15/2019. Tickets are $25 per person. There is a sign up sheet, or talk to Rob.

  • Monday, January 7 is the kick off week to start preparing for the 2021 District Conference. The initial meeting will be at the Link Transit offices in Olds Station at 6 pm on Jan. 4.

Program – Presented by Pres. Richard De Rock


President Richard reviewed the history and structure of Rotary International. It was started by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905 with business owners from four companies. Currently there are 1.3 million members, not counting members in auxiliary clubs like Rotaract. There are 35,000 Clubs, 529 Districts, 17 Rotary International Zones in 200 countries (out of 204). One member from each of the 17 zones make up the Board of Directors of Rotary. Keeping with the original concept, all terms are for 1 year in order to keep the leadership “rotating”. There are 181 Rotary Districts in North America. Our District has 57 Clubs with 2,621 members. Our District stretches from Prosser, WA to Clearwater, BC, Canada. President Richard also discussed the “bottom-up” structure of Rotary, and you can learn more about that and the history of this great organization we all love on the RI website here.

In June of 2017, Rotary adopted this new motto:

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.

Our Rotary goals are:

  • Fellowship

  • Integrity

  • Diversity

  • Service

  • Leadership

Take home on the ticket raffle was $25 and David Bentsen won!


Happy Buck follow up – Adele Wolford and the Beauty of Bronze

A few weeks ago I (Dom) threw down a happy buck to highlight this great program that has been the brainchild and passion project of Adele Wolford. It’s because of Adele that we have the beautiful Art on the Avenue pieces that we all enjoy along the Apple Capitol Loop Trail and in downtown Wenatchee. But you may not know that she also started the Beauty of Bronze program that gives every 5th grader in the Wenatchee School District the chance to experience what it’s like to sculpt with real bronze. So I wanted to follow up by including this little video feature my company put together for the NCW Community Foundation highlighting Adele, the Beauty of Bronze and Art on the Avenues. She’s a special lady who has singlehandedly enriched the lives of thousands through her volunteer work.

Meeting notes by Cindy Herdt, additional blurb by vice president Dominick Bonny.