Meeting Notes for Feb. 27, 2019


Thirty-one rotarians and guests attended this week.

President-elect Bealinda Tidd led the meeting, starting with a Rotary Moment focused on the origin of the Four Way Test.

Guests and visiting rotarians:

  • Bryan Campbell from the Wenatchee Downtown Club.

  • Joy Robinson from Teams Learning Center.

  • Ryan Price from Sunrise Rotary.

  • Cara Hackenmiller with Joyful Scholars.

  • Keni Sturgeon, new executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

  • Sherleen and J.D. Taylor of Elite Hoop Effects and the Wenatchee Sunburn Classic.

  • Tyler Alos, proposed member with Mitchell, Reed and Schmitten Insurance.

Happy (and unhappy) Bucks

  • Shannon had a buck for her trip to Duke University recently (where she got to meet Coach K) and another buck for a road trip she took from Bend, Oregon to Bellevue, Washington. The second buck/story involved a very precocious 3rd grader.

  • Rob had an “unhappy buck” because Bealinda will be gone for a week for training and he might starve to death because he doesn’t know how to cook for himself. He also had a happy buck for Alina’s latest youth exchange update.

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Alina’s Youth Exchange Update

Last Saturday Alina learned the semantic difference between “passed away” and “passed out” after she told a friend about her host home dad who had “passed away” from painful arm injury. He was not dead, he had merely “passed out.” Alina also recently joined the golf team at WHS and has yet to hit the golf course because of the snow, but rest assured they are hard at work practicing golf inside for the time being.

  • France had a Happy Buck to celebrate and thank Rob for sharing his rink story for the Kraft Hockeyville USA Contest which ends March 2. Please share your story and help our local rink and events center win big!


  1. Nick’s Bricks at Pybus Public Market is this Saturday. It’s an event near and dear to all our hearts and a wonderful memorial for Nick Vitulli. If you’re not volunteering, please stop by and see and support this beautiful homage to Nick and his love of LEGOs on Saturday.

  2. Our annual club party this year is coming up next week and it’s a Mardi Gras extravaganza at the Red Lion Hotel! The cost is $25 per person and there will be appetizers, a no-host bar, music, and socializing. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and invite friends and family, find details here on our Facebook page.

  3. Therefore no regular Wednesday meeting next week!

(Wenatchee Confluence Foundation Special Insert)

Two-thirds of the way through announcements we shifted over to a Confluence Rotary Foundation board meeting and David Bentson asked for nominations for new foundation board members. The foundation was started a few years ago thanks to a $50,000 donation from Barbara and Earl Tilly. The Foundation is close to reaching its goal of $100,000 of funds raised/donated since then the Foundation’s impact has included providing the Town Toyota Center with “Learn How To Skate” aids for local children.

Nominations were solicited by David. Ben McNair nominated himself. No other nominations were made. A motion was made to approve the slate of candidates:

  • David Bentson

  • Randy Zelinski

  • Ben McNair

    The motion was approved unanimously.



NAMI, The National Alliance for Mental Illness

This  is a recent story in the Wenatchee World  about a local man battling mental illness who has slept in an apple bin in the middle of the Memorial Park since last October.

This is a recent story in the Wenatchee World about a local man battling mental illness who has slept in an apple bin in the middle of the Memorial Park since last October.

What is NAMI?

“We’re kind of like the Red Cross for mental health.”

– Charleen Woodard

NAMI in a nutshell, is a non-biased free-of-charge mental health service for those who need it, regardless of economic status or opportunity. They are totally staffed by volunteers and train local folks to mentor and aid folks. They host support meetings that are drop in and offer education classes and aim to destigmatize mental illness because it’s not abnormal. According to the World Health Organization:

“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

What they need:

Our help. For less than $700 we can sponsor an intervention training to prepare volunteers to deal with mental health crises situations. That could prevent more situations like Blaine’s.

Here’s some good news:

Blaine’s not currently sleeping in an apple bin at night. Because of Reilly Kneedler’s story he’s been taken in by former coworkers. That’s the power of the pen, coupled with empathy. Blaine might be out of the apple bin, but he’s not out of the woods. You can read Reilly’s follow up here.

- Notes by vice president Dominick Bonny.


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