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Issue No. 1 for July 3, 2018

In This Issue
Please enjoy, learn and be inspired by this week's Lake Views newsletter of Lake Chelan Rotary. We are proud of the community and international service we have provided since 1926 to the Lake Chelan region.
Our Club meets every Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at Tsillan Cellars in Sorrento's RistoranteOur satellite meeting is held at The Vogue, the Valley's Gathering Place, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 a.m.  Please join us at either of these meetings.


July 3, 2018 ASSIGNMENTS  
Greeter:  Dan Hodge
Assistant Cashier:  Paul Gunn
NO MEETING on July 10, 2018 due to New Officer Installation Dinner on July 9, 2018
Please try to arrive by 11:30 a.m. on your assigned date.  If you cannot attend, please contact a fellow Rotarian to assist as a replacement. 
Lake Chelan Rotary Officer Installation Dinner
Monday, July 9, 2018
Sorrento's Ristorante at Tsillan Cellars

Join us for a special evening at Tsillan Cellars on Monday, July 9, 2018 at  5:30 p.m. for the installation of Lake Chelan Rotary's 2018-2019 officers.  Tickets are $55 per person which include a buffet dinner, a glass of wine or beer, tax and gratuity.  A no-host bar will also be offered.   If you have not already done so, please RSVP as soon as possible with number of guests to Karen Takagi at and copy Karen Pembroke at  Payment by cash or check can be made at the July 3 lunch meeting, with checks made out to Lake Chelan Rotary Club.


Please note that this dinner will replace the regular Tuesday lunch meeting, which will not be held on July 10, 2018. 

Program for July 3, 2018
Speaker:  Janet Heg
Deputy Chief of American Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate - Monterrey, Mexico
Our speaker this week will be Janet Heg, who is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, currently serving as Deputy Chief of American Citizen Services at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico.  She is the manager of the Monterrey Service Center, which is the first point of contact for the millions of U.S. citizens who live in or visit Mexico every year.  She was born in the U.K. and grew up in New Jersey, where she majored in Communications at what is now Rowan University.  She is married to retired Foreign Service Officer and Rotarian Jim Heg, and together they have lived in England, Mexico City, Jamaica, Norway, Afghanistan and Paris.  Before joining the State Department, Janet worked as a print and radio journalist for the BBC and as media analyst.  She is proud to have helped fellow citizens in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in France, and to have organized a concert tour of Afghan musicians at major venues on the East Coast, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  
Chelan Valley Community Nurse is Recipient of 2018-2019 Speaker Award


Each year, the incoming Lake Chelan Rotary Club President chooses an organization or program deemed deserving of a donation based on the community service provided.  To recognize each week's program speaker over the coming year, a $25 donation per week is made in their honor.  This year, President Ty Witt has chosen nurse Michelle Jerome, Chelan Valley Community Nurse, who has been providing in-home health care for nearly 40 years and was our featured speaker at the June 26 lunch meeting.  The program provides nurse home visits, health education, blood pressure screening clinics, and referrals for other services for vulnerable adults living at home. Congratulations to Michelle for being the well deserved recipient of this year's award in recognition of the important work she does in our community.

Chelan High School Interact President Rosa Lopez Accepted to Gaps Medic Program
The following article appeared in Lake Chelan Now on June 23, 2018 and is shared with permission.  Rosa is entering her senior year at Chelan High School.
CHS Senior is Taking Next Step in Professional Development
By Loni Rahm
The first person Rosa Lopez met when she moved to Chelan has completely changed her life.

Rosa had every intention of studying law and pursuing a legal career. "I watched Judge Judy every day and memorized all the case law and decisions she cited," Rosa said with a laugh.

In 2008, Rosa and her family moved to Chelan and immediately met Dr. Lorinda Parks. "She became my friend and mentor," Rosa said. And seven years later, when Rosa was about 15, Dr. Parks dangled an enticing invitation in front of her young friend.  "She asked me to join her on a medical mission to Ciudad Sandino in Nicaragua." 

Rosa, who is both bilingual and biliterate* in English and Spanish, helped with translation between the medical team and patients. She shadowed Dr. Parks through midwifery and said it was an "eye opening experience".
While sitting with a scared young mother before, during and after delivery, Rosa realized the new mom was barely older than she was. "I remember thinking about the experience in a new way. Under different circumstances, that could have been me."

Rosa's trip to Nicaragua changed her professional trajectory.  "I'm going into midwifery," she stated emphatically.

Last year she attended Doula classes in Manzanita, Mexico. It may sound like a vacation in disguise, but Rosa indicated she was in class from 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. There were three stages of her doula education: pre-pregnancy training, education and assistance for women who are already pregnant, and post-delivery care.

She laughed as she recalled a doula workshop with 9 moms and their babies ranging from newborn to about 8 months. "One baby started crying, and suddenly all the moms were lactating."  Working through the stigma of breastfeeding in certain cultures is one of the steps in the doula education.

Earlier this year, Rosa applied for and was accepted to the Gap Medics Program. She will spend a couple of weeks in July shadowing and providing hands-on support to a medical team in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.

As the mom of daughters who routinely galavant around the world, it seemed natural for me to ask Rosa how her mom feels about these trips. Rosa told me her mom is "hesitant about my traveling but very supportive of my goals." She also told me she is very close to her older brother, Brian, who is studying physical therapy and will be a senior at CWU next year.

This led to a confession about the only thing that makes her the slightest bit nervous. "I don't have any sisters," she said. "And now I will have 22 sisters sharing a dorm with me!" She stated that only two other girls in this particular Gap Medics program are from the United States, the rest are from all over the world.
Rosa is responsible for the $3,000 Gap Medics program fee. She was pleased to announce that despite her discomfort asking people for money, she is within $400 of her goal.

She is adamant about earning the money rather than taking donations. In fact, the first time I met Rosa when she was introduced at the Lake Chelan Rotary Club, then Club President Lester Cooper told club members he tried to give her a check and she said "no thank you - I need to earn it".

Rosa then shared with me that one of her mentors gently chided her for her stance and let her know that she needed to honor the sincerity and generosity of others, and that giving provides great pleasure to the giver.
Lesson learned. Although it shouldn't be a difficult lesson for someone who already has given so much at such an early age, and is so focused on a life path that will allow her to give to mothers and babies every day.

For more information about Gap Medics, which is based in the U.K. and specializes in educational travel experiences for aspiring medical and nursing students, go to

Have You Paid Your 2018-2019 Rotary Club Dues?

Invoices for Rotary club dues were recently sent via email.  There are changes for the 2018-2019 Rotary year which are reflected your invoice.  Dues will now be $275 + a Rotary Foundation contribution of $75 (which is optional) for a total of $350.  The previous year, dues were $225 + an optional Rotary Foundation contribution of $75, for a total of $300.  Going forward, the increased dues are in lieu of the "mandatory" $2 collection each week at lunch meetings during Happy Bucks time. If members wish to speak at a meeting they will be asked to make a contribution.  If you haven't received your invoice, please notify Linda O'Brien at LaPorte Financial as soon as possible.  She can be reached at 509-682-2521 or
2018 Century Challenge and Cycle de Vine a Success
Lake Chelan Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year was held on Saturday, June 23.  Brent Morrison, Chair for the Century Challenge, reports that 426 riders registered for the Century Challenge, and 130 riders for the Cycle de Vine, which was led by Chairs Connie Lorenz and Tom Anglin.  This event required huge involvement from our Rotary members, families and friends who came through with strong support to make this year's event a successful one.   Special thanks go to the Boeing Company's significant sponsorship of the Century Challenge, and to Pinnacle Surveying who was a major sponsor of the McNeil Canyon loop.  BuDu Racing provided the timing for this Cat 1 climb, which was 6 miles long starting at 850 feet and finishing at 3,100 feet, with 271 riders making it to the top.  Riders participating in the Cycle de Vine provided positive feedback regarding the scenic course, event organization and the boat rides across the lake from Manson to Lake Chelan State Park.
Here are some scenes of our volunteers and riders on the day before and day of the event.
Chelan to Africa Annual Benefit Concert and Auction
August 4, 2018

This is the 11th year for this popular event which will be held at Benson Vineyards Estate Winery on August 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of live music by the Kevin Jones Band while raising funds for two organizations focused on helping children. Thrive Chelan Valley is a non-profit committed to providing programs and services to help local youth and Touching Tiny Lives Foundation is
a non-profit that operates a safe house for children in a country where 30% of the population is HIV positive.

Lake Chelan Rotary Club is a sponsor of Chelan to Africa.

Tickets available at the Chelan Chamber of Commerce or online at:

Community Service Team Calendar
Lake Chelan Rotary Club Community Service Chair Ty Witt has projects lined up through this fall.  Specific project assignments, locations and times will be announced to the Community Service teams via email from the team captains.  Projects are subject to change throughout the year.  However, you can plan to participate by marking your calendar for the specific Saturday corresponding with your assigned Community Service Team.  The schedule throughout the year is as follows:
Team 1:  First Saturday of the month. Your next date is July 7 
Team 2:  Second Saturday of the month
Team 3:  Third Saturday of the month
Team 4:  Fourth Saturday of the month
Weekly:  A community member needs assistance with lawn mowing once a week this summer.  Based on your team's assigned week, if you can help, please contact Don Webb at 509-670-7099 for details.

Make Up Meetings around the Area

You can make up a meeting at the following locations:
Wenatchee Downtown @ Red Lion, Thursdays at Noon
Wenatchee North @ Town Toyota Center, Wednesdays at Noon
Wenatchee Sunrise @ Rivertop CafĂ©, Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel, 1st, 3rd, & 4th Tuesdays at 7 am with Social on 2nd Tuesday of month
Cashmere @ Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Wednesdays at Noon
Leavenworth @ Kristall's, Fridays at 11:45 am
East Wenatchee @ Shari's Restaurant, Thursdays at 7 am
Lake Chelan @ Tsillan Cellars, Tuesdays at Noon
Quincy @ Quincy Senior Center, Thursdays at Noon
Okanogan-Omak @ Omak Elks Lodge, 110 Ash St in Omak, Thursdays at Noon
Grand Coulee Dam @ Siam Palace Restaurant, Wednesdays at Noon

Rick Nedrow does a great job keeping track of club attendance. See May 2018 Attendance .  To assist with accurate documentation, if you chair an event, meeting or lead a community service project, please provide Rick with a list of attendees.
To read the last Board meeting minutes, see June 2018 Board Minutes

Check out an E-Club to make up your attendance at

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Lake Chelan Rotary
Officers & Directors

Ty Witt
Kelly Allen
Vice President:
Tom Tochterman
Sandy Calicoat

Tiffany Gering

Past President:
Lester Cooper

Kate Tomlinson
Kirk McGovern
Brian Patterson
Karen Pembroke
Sergeant at Arms
Mandi Dawson
Tricia McCullough
LC Rotary Fund Trustees
Terry Johnson
Karen Feek

July 3 Program:  Janet Heg, US Consulate Monterrey Mexico

July 9:  Officer Installation Ceremony/Dinner, Sorrento's Ristorante at Tsillan Cellars, 5:30 p.m.
July 10:  No Lunch Meeting
July 12:  Rotary Board Meeting, Lake Chelan Chamber, 3 p.m.  2018-2019 Budget will be discussed; all Committee Chairs encouraged to attend

August 7:   District Governor Sherry Chamberlain club visit

October 26-28:  District 5060 Assembly and Training Weekend, Campbell's Resort, Chelan
View of the River
This week's View is of the Columbia River, looking north toward Chelan and was taken by Karen Pembroke from the top of the Saddle Rock hike in Wenatchee on June 11.  If you would like to submit a photo for publication please send it to the Lake Views editors.
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Are you interested in joining Lake Chelan Rotary?  Please contact Membership Chair Paul Gunn at
Lake Chelan Rotary | 509-682-2521|
PO Box 601
Chelan, WA 98816

If you have an item of interest to submit to the Lake Views, please submit it to the Editor by Thursday morning for inclusion in the following Tuesday's issue. 

Newsletter Editor:  Karen Pembroke
Assistant Editor:    Karen Takagi