LakeViews Issue No. 18 for November 1, 2022

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Lunch Meeting

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Speaker/Program: Nancy Spurgeon

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Sponsor:  Mary Ann Warren

This week our speaker will be Nancy Spurgeon with a program about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Nancy is a true leader in the state in early learning and serves on the Head Start/ECEAP Board. Locally, the Dolly Parton Immigration Library is being provided in the Chelan/Douglas area through a grant to the Chelan Douglas Child Services Association (Head Start/ECEAP) program in Wenatchee.

Nancy earned an AA degree in Early Childhood Education, a BA in Human Services at Western Washington University and did post graduate work at Pacific Oaks College in Human Development.  Her career has been in Early Childhood Education. She has been a family home childcare provider, a preschool teacher, campus childcare director, a Head Start/ECEAP director of Education and Disability services and the Director of the Early Childhood Program at Wenatchee Valley College.  She continues to teach ECE classes at WVC, do contractual Early Childhood program coaching work with Mason and Chelan school districts, is Chair of the North Central Regional Library Board, a Board member for Chelan/Douglas Child Services Association (CDCSA), represents the Chelan/Douglas Coalition of Health Improvement (CHI) on the Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) board, and is a member and public policy representative for the North Central Early Learning Coalition (NCELC).


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Republic of Ireland.  More than one million books per month are sent to children around the world inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More. Learn more at Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Noon Meetings

Meetings are held every Tuesday at noon at Sorrento's Ristorante at Tsillan Cellars. We continue to offer a hybrid meeting format with the option of attending in person or joining on Zoom.

The cost for lunch is $12, and for those not buying lunch, the sitting fee is $4. Each club ticket is an additional $1, with ticket sales supporting club operations, half of which is paid to a lucky winner based on weekly drawings.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link:

Meeting ID: 892 6034 1676

Passcode: RCLC

Dial in: 253-215-8782

Satellite Meetings

Satellite meetings are not formal but we keep these standing dates for members who want to gather for fellowship and some Rotary talk:

1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month - Ancestry Cellars in Manson, 5 p.m.

2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month - Coffee meetings - The Family Bean, 131 S Apple Blossom Drive #101 Chelan, 7 a.m.

Rotary Sustaining Member

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes $100 or more each Rotary year. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, EREY, Major Donor, and club recognition. You can check the Club Foundation Banner Report to see a list of our club’s Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members.

So, for just $10 a month, you too can be a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member and help provide life-changing opportunities for those in need every year!

President's Message

Dear Rotarians,

Our club will celebrate its 100-year birthday in 2026. To honor this milestone, Lake Chelan Rotary is completing ten $10,000 Centennial Projects - one each year - to total $100,000 of investment in our community.

This year, the Club and Fund boards are considering a $15,000 Centennial Project that would have both a local as well as regional impact.

The project has two components:

Kids Sailboat Play Structure: Purchase and install, with the City of Chelan, a sailboat play structure at Lakeside Park. The club would contribute $10,000 to the project ($5,000 from a district grant) as well as the labor to install the structure.  

Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council Food Distribution Center: The CDCAC operates the regional food distribution center that supports the Chelan Food Bank and other food banks in the region. Our Food Bank receives 2,500 lbs of food every week from the CDCAC. As needs grow in the region, the CDCAC needs a bigger warehouse space.  

Alan Walker, Executive Director of the CDCAC, will be attending club this week to give a short presentation on his organization and the Food Distribution Center project. Wenatchee area clubs are contributing over $15,000 to the project. The Lake Chelan Rotary Club would join these clubs and contribute $5,000.

Please attend or zoom-in on Tuesday to learn more from Alan about the distribution center project. And please pass on any questions or ideas you have about this proposed Centennial Project to board members or myself.

Yours in Rotary,

Guy Evans

Areas of Service

Community Service

Fall Highway Cleanup 

What a great turnout at last Tuesday's highway cleanup! With 15 volunteers, we were able to clean up 26 bags of trash along Hwy. 97A between the old bridge and Tsillan Cellars. Thank you to Don Christenson for organizing this community service event, as well as volunteers (from left): Jim Heg, Dan Hodge, Amy Mills, Barry Leahy, Guy Evans, Daryl Ferguson, Mary McGovern, Kirk McGovern, Valerie Rohrich, Bill Fass, Karen Pembroke, Bob Hargadon, Roy Bennion, Russ Jones and project captain Don Christenson.

Don Christenson is also looking for a co-captain to help with future highway cleanup events.  If you are interested in driving the cleanup route rather than walking the road to pick up trash, this could be the job for you!  The next event will be the Spring cleanup in May 2023.  

International Service

Iltumaro Primary Progress

Progress is continuing and we are getting closer to the end of Phase 1.  

The one remaining item still be decided on is which biodigester should be used. This is not an easy decision.  There are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration.  This will be a big change for the mamas and we need to be sure that they are ready to embrace a completely new way of cooking.

The painting will be completed on November 5.  The solar panels and batteries will be installed over the coming weekend; the wiring is now complete.  The roof gutters and piping will also be fitted over the weekend now that the facia boards have been painted.  The glass and other bits and pieces (sinks and water feeder tank) will be done during the next week. 

It is now time to start thinking about Phase 2.  Phase 2 will be the construction of staff housing, toilets and showers.  We need to start fundraising for Phase 2.

Dining Room Exterior

Dormitory Interior

Dormitory Washrooms

Dormitory Exterior

Another StoryBook Library

Books and more books. What a difference a book can make.

This week we opened our fifth school to StoryBook Libraries.  The school in Baraka Academy in Tawa, Kenya received four boxes of books.  It was quite the occasion and was celebrated by the whole school.  Baraka Academy is the school that Kosen’s wife’s daughter, Elaine Kosen, and his niece Tatiana Ndolo both attend.

Iltumaro Dining Room Tables

The frames for the dining tables are now complete. The carpenters have started to fit the benches and tabletops.  They will be ready to move to Iltumaro by November 5, 2022.

Youth Service 

Scholastic Book Fair Day at Manson Elementary

Last Thursday was Scholastic Book Fair Day for 2nd graders at Manson Elementary.  Partnering with Lake Chelan Rotary, who provided each child with money to buy a book, students were able to make a selection of their choice.  Decisions were sometimes difficult, but Susie Hepner and Valerie Rohrich had a great morning helping children select books. The students were very excited about the event. Many who had not spent their total allotment went back and chose books for family members. There were some amazing bargain hunters in this group; some were able to choose 3 books to take home! 

In addition, by purchasing through the Scholastic Book Fair, and with Rotary buying books for students, the school receives points towards purchasing additional books. Thank you to Heidi Griffith, the school media librarian, for allowing Rotary to participate and for giving her time to help us. Thanks also to Ben and Justina Riippi for their help. 

Updates from Outbound Exchange Student Ivan

Our outbound exchange student Ivan Castro recently updated us about his life in Chile:

My adventures continue and I am enjoying my time here in Chile.  It is difficult to communicate as the days and weeks seems so full and pass by very quickly.  My Rotary club is sponsoring two students this year, myself and a girl from Germany. We have visited some small schools to make presentations and play with some of the students. All the school we visited are local.

Chilean Independence Day is September 18.  This public holiday marks the date when the Chilean people declared independence from Spain in 1810.  For me it was an opportunity to go to the rodeo with my family and attend a number of parties.  My spoken Spanish is getting better but I find reading and writing hard. 

Recently I went to Santiago for yet another shopping trip.  I really like the city. Santiago is the capital of Chile. It lies on the canalized Mapocho River, with views of high Andean peaks to the east. The city was founded as Santiago del Nuevo Extremo (“Santiago of the New Frontier”) in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia. The area was inhabited by the Picunche Indians, who were placed under the rule of the Spanish settlers. The original city site was limited by the two surrounding arms of the Mapocho River and by Huelén (renamed Santa Lucía) Hill to the east, which served as a lookout.

Santiago Shopping

Ivan and his fellow Exchange Students at a local school

Independence Day 2022. Rodeo, Parties and Food

Showing Off for the Youngsters

Inbound Exchange Student Candice Presents to RCLC

The featured speaker at our October 18 lunch meeting was our inbound exchange student from France, Candice Ducrocq.  We had opportunity to learn a bit about her life in France including information about her town, her home and family, and also how her exchange year in Chelan is going.  Candice is open to new experiences and travels while she is here, so please consider including her as a guest to theater, sporting or cultural events or even visits outside the area to give her an expanded view of the United States.  Please contact Youth Service Chair Susie Hepner if you are interested.  We look forward to having Candice join us at future meetings as the school year progresses.

Chelan High School is now accepting applicants for the school advisor position for Interact from the community (no teachers were interested this year, but hopefully will be next year when they see momentum). If you are interested in applying, please let Susie Hepner know at (917) 692-7698; or call the school and ask for Scott Granger, Assistant Principal at CHS, at (509) 682-4061.

Club Service

Welcome to New Member Tom Koenig

President Guy welcomed Tom Koenig as our newest member at the October 25 meeting. Tom has officially transferred to our club after 30 years of service, including Club President, in the Everett Rotary Club.  He is a recently retired veterinarian and lives with his wife Debora in Wenatchee. Tom is a multiple PHF Fellow and among other projects led the club's scholarship program and is experienced with Rotary matching grants. We are honored to have him as a member.

Rotary Fireside Chat November 10 

If you have joined Lake Chelan Rotary Club in the last two years, you are invited to a "Rotary Fireside Chat” on November 10 at 5 p.m. at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.  

The Fireside is a chance to learn from veteran members a bit more about our club and an opportunity to ask questions you may have about Rotary.  You will leave with stronger connections to our club and our District and enjoy some good laughs in the process.

Please contact John Ausnes for more information at (253) 312-7550.

Three Amigos

November is almost here - have you had your THREE AMIGOS gathering yet? About a third of our membership has the opportunity to get to know their fellow Rotarians a little better.  The testimonials have really been great and exactly what we expected from these small group settings. 

If your group hasn't yet met, we encourage you to reach out to each other and set a date.

You won't be disappointed!  Contact John Ausnes if you have questions.


Rotary Foundation Moment  


A three-year funding cycle gives our district time to plan programs and allows the Foundation time to invest our contributions. The earnings from those investments help pay for administrative costs, program operations, and fund development costs. This funding cycle means that a contribution you make in 2022-23 will be invested in 2023-24 and projects will be selected in 2024-25, with the funds able to be spent in 2025-26. Support the Foundation now and help our club start the planning for future projects!

Rotary Club of the Rivers Satellite e-Club

The Rotary Club of the Rivers is online the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5pm PT/8pm ET.  

All are welcome and encouraged to join on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 823 3796 5825 Passcode: 651849

This club focuses on the environment and projects to preserve planet Earth, with members from Kamloops, Salmon Arm, BC, and Ontario. Join for fellowship and great speakers. This is a Satellite E-Club of the Rotary Club of Lake Chelan.

For news and to learn more, go to the website at Rotary Club of the Rivers.

District and Rotary International Announcements

Rotary District 5060 News

Check out the latest news from District Governor Karl at Governor's Update October 2022.

Community Announcements

November 1 Lunch Meeting:  Nancy Spurgeon - Dolly Parton Imagination Library

November 8 Lunch Meeting:  Guy Michaelson - Landscape Architecture

November 15 Lunch Meeting: DG Karl Ruether + Board Meeting 10 a.m.

November 22 Lunch Program: Luke Wall - Only 7 Seconds + Holiday Social

November 29 Lunch Program: Pete Erickson - The Rotary Foundation

Officers & Directors
Lake Chelan
Rotary Club

President: Guy Evans

President-Elect: Russ Jones

Vice President: Kim Dunbar-Wall

Treasurer: Dan Hodge

Secretary: Julie McCoy

Past President: Karen Pembroke

Director: Cindy Buboltz

Director: Tom Tochterman

Director: John Ausnes

Director: Lee Parker

Lake Chelan

Rotary Fund Board Trustees

Guy Evans

Dan Hodge

Connie Lorenz

Lester Cooper

Barry Leahy

Diane Leigh

Russ Jones

Susie Hepner

911 Glass Rescue

President: Julie McCoy

Vice President: Tom Tochterman

Treasurer: Brian Patterson

Secretary: Barry Leahy


Concie Luna, Steve Clark

Lee Parker

Admin Assistant: Megan Clausen

Members are responsible for tracking your own attendance online. Watch for your weekly Wednesday email and let Brian Patterson know if you need assistance.

Lunch, Satellite, online and committee meetings, community service work and other Rotary participation all counts! View the attendance report at September 2022 Attendance 

Watch for a weekly email with a link to self-report attendance.

Views of the Lake

This week's photo was taken by Katy Warren on October 20.

If you have a photo of the lake or interesting sights around Chelan, please share with Lester Cooper for publication in a future issue of the Lake Views.

Rotarians, please submit your items for publication to:

Lake Views Editor: Karen Pembroke

Assistant Editor: Lester Cooper

Lake Chelan Rotary | 509-682-2521 |

Rotary District 5060

Rotary International