LakeViews Issue No. 09 for August 30, 2022

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Lunch Meeting - Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Speaker: Charlie Guildner, President and CEO

North Cascades Bank

Program Sponsor: Julie McCoy

This week, our speaker will be Charlie Guildner, President and CEO of North Cascades Bank. Join us to learn about the exciting new "green construction" building in process in downtown Chelan. The new branch, which will also house the administrative offices, is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in the first quarter of 2023. 

Charlie has been a community banker for over 35 years. He began his banking career at Cascade Bank in Everett, then spent 17 years at People’s Bank in Bellingham including the position of Chief Lending Officer. Charlie is a strong supporter of community involvement at both a corporate and personal level. He currently serves on the board of the Chelan Valley Housing Trust and has served on the board of directors of the Foundation for Early Learning and the Mount Vernon School District. Charlie and his wife Debbie moved to Chelan in 2017 from Skagit County. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, snow skiing, traveling and tennis. He graduated from Snohomish High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Pacific Lutheran University and is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

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.

If joining us in person, we encourage you to purchase lunch, prepared and served in Sorrento's beautiful dining room. The cost for a full lunch is $16; salad only is $10; 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.

Note - this is a new recurring link and meeting ID for the new year!

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on this link:

Meeting ID: 892 6034 1676

Passcode: RCLC

Dial in: 1-253-215-8782

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.

The Rotary Club of the Rivers E-Club meets online on Zoom the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 5pm PT/8pm ET. All are welcome to attend meetings, which focuses primarily on the environment.  Meeting ID: 823 3796 5825 Passcode: 651849

President's Message

Dear Rotarians,

It seems every popular tourist town in the west is grappling with housing challenges. 

From Sun Valley to Sedona, housing shortages drive the conversation. We know the same is true here in Chelan. 

Earlier this year, I shared a 1% For Housing concept that could be a part of a long-term solution. 

As a club, we indicated interest in taking the next step to explore the concept. I’m writing to ask for help in this exploration. 

Specifically, we need to determine the actual mechanics of how a 1% donation would be applied to a property in perpetuity. I’ve talked with a couple of attorneys and their recommendation is to reach out to national housing trust groups. Someone out there has likely done this, and it will be less expensive if we don’t reinvent the wheel. 

I’m guessing this research would take no more than 3-7 hours over the coming months. Mainly it will be phone calls and emails to gather what others may have done elsewhere and then synthesizing the information. If this sounds up your alley, please let me know! (

Yours in Rotary,

Guy Evans

Areas of Service

Youth Service

Youth Exchange

Inbound Exchange Student

Ivan Castro

Outbound Exchange Student

Candice Ducrocq

Our inbound exchange student, Candice Ducrocq, arrived in Wenatchee from Bruay La Buissiere France on August 17. She is 16 years old, and Candice will be graciously hosted by the Polley family her first 3 months. She has been here less than a week and has already enjoyed time at the Polley’s home and cabin, visited the ER to get a few stitches, picked up the new sport of volleyball and registered for her high school classes.  She’ll start classes at CHS on the 30th with a full schedule as a senior, including US history, Algebra II, Creative Writing and Food and Nutrition.

Candice attended her first Rotary meeting this week and met many club members including her neighbors on Minneapolis Beach Road. She’ll try to attend a meeting at least once per month, but her class schedule will need to be her first priority. She’ll be meeting her inbound counselor, Krysta Westmoreland, this week. Krysta will help Candice navigate any issues that might arise during her year here with us.  She will be presenting more information to us during a lunch program soon so we can learn more about her, her family, school and Rotary club. For now we know Candice is “passionate about theatre” and likes tennis!

Our outbound student, Ivan Castro, arrived in Santa Domingo without incident on August 19. His first host family lives across the street from his school and only a few blocks

from the beach. He will start classes next week after he is fitted with his uniform and complies with the school rule of “no hair dye” and cuts his hair!  He has met a fellow exchange student from Germany and his Spanish is improving daily. Ivan will keep in touch with his outbound counselor, Lester Cooper, who will share updates periodically through the newsletter.

Book Buddies

Valerie Rohrich and Book Buddies reports a big THANK YOU to Confluence Health & Wenatchee Valley Medical Group Partnership Fund, with help from the Community Foundation of NCW, for a $2,000 grant. What a great way to start out year two! The program will kick off in September at MOE with 4 teachers and 9 volunteers. Readers will go to classrooms twice a month. We continue to explore the best way to support Manson Elementary School. More updates will follow, and more volunteers for Manson would be appreciated!

Environmental Service

Pollinator Garden Resolution

This year, our club plans to establish a Pollinator Garden somewhere in the Lake Chelan area as part of DG Karl Ruether's proposal to develop a Pollinator Highway across our entire district.  To see a short video about this vision click HERE.

In essence, the Resolution addresses "the critical importance of pollinator habitat both restored and maintained on public and private lands, particularly found within our geographic area. Through collaboration and outreach resulting from this Pollinator Resolution, an interconnected mosaic of pollinator habitat will be developed to help restore and maintain populations of pollinator species throughout this region."

Please review the attached Pollinator Resolution HERE.

At an upcoming meeting we will have discussion and gather club member opinion about this topic.  A committee has been formed to address this project. If you are interested in participating, please contact Concie Luna or Randy Brooks.

Club Service

Three Amigos Project

We recently introduced a fun initiative called the Three Amigos. If you are new to Rotary or just want to get to know your fellow Rotarians better, this is your chance. Members have been randomly placed in groups of three to meet informally for at least an hour. One member in each group has been selected to coordinate a meeting with your group of three.  This could be coffee, beer, wine, a walk together, or whatever works based on your schedules. Our goal is to have all groups meet by the end of November. After you meet, please plan on sharing something about your experience with the club at a subsequent meeting. 

Remember - be one of the first groups to meet and report back to the club, and President Guy will reward you with a bottle of wine! So far we've heard back from three groups who have met together, and it's been fun to hear what the members are discovering about each other.

Click HERE for the list of assignments. Questions? Contact John Ausnes at 253-312-7550 or

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to contribute your time and talent, or do you want to learn more about Rotary and gain a few skills you can use in our club?  As President Guy shared at this week's lunch meeting, there are several opportunities!

  • Volunteer at 911 Glass Rescue on a Saturday morning - go and click on the Volunteer Sign Up link.

  • The Community Service Team needs members. This is a vital part of what our club provides for our community.  Contact Don Christenson to learn more.

  • Do you have good organizational skills?  We need you to lead a potential Club organizational fundraiser called "Looks Who's Coming to Dinner."  Contact President Guy for more information. 

And we really want to see at least five members attend RLI in September - see below for this opportunity!

District and Rotary International Announcements

Time to Sign up for RLI September 17-18

Lake Chelan Rotarians, be one of the first 5 members in our club to sign up for the Rotary Learning Institute's 2-day program on September 17 and 18 in Wenatchee, and the club will pay $50 of your $100 registration cost!  It's 4 weeks away - please look at your calendars and see if you can fit this course in!

Check out the agenda HERE.

Please let Past President Karen Pembroke know if you are interested and/or have already registered for this opportunity.

This program is limited to 25 participants overall. Sessions are fun and interactive and you will discuss everything from membership, to leadership, to the Rotary Foundation, to public image... and more! The program runs for the full weekend, all inclusive.



And you can always find the registration under "Upcoming Events" on the upper right of the District ClubRunner website. 


Questions: Rob Tidd at or Peter Schultz at or 250-470-9228

Rotary District 5060 News

Check out the latest news from District Governor Karl at

Community Announcements

August 30 Lunch Program: Charlie Guildner, North Cascades Bank

September 6 Lunch Program:  Elaine Thompson, Storybook Libraries

September 13 Lunch Program:  To be announced

September 14: Club Board Meeting, 4 pm, Chelan Chamber of Commerce  

September 17 & 18:  Rotary Learning Institute, Wenatchee

September 20 Lunch Meeting: Julie Pittsinger, Karma Vineyards

September 27 Lunch Meeting:  Classification and Committee Talks

Officers & Directors
Lake Chelan
Rotary Club

President: Guy Evans

President-Elect: Coron Polley

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

Coron Polley

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 July 2022 Attendance 

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

Views of the Lake

This week's photo of a Stehekin sunset was taken on August 20 by Karen Pembroke.  

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