Walla Walla         
Noon Club #271              

District 5080              

"Welcome to the Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club" - Pam Cress, President

Service Above Self

Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.
Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
6 W Rose St
Walla Walla, WA  99362
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Nancy Riggle
Sep 21, 2017
Valley Residential Services
Joan Toone
Oct 05, 2017
Polio Plus
Katie Stinsen
Oct 12, 2017
Foster Care Awareness
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Club Public Relations
Committee chair
Rotary Foundation
Web Site Administrator
Bulletin Editor
Club Administration

Thursday, September 21, 2017  11:45 a.m.

Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center

Valley Residential Services

Presented by: Nancy Riggle

Valley Residential Services (VRS) provides personalized support in safe, comfortable home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residencies for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services. With more than 200 employees (the vast majority of which are full-time), VRS is the 23rd largest employer in Walla Walla County. Most of our employees work directly with clients, mainly in the Supported Living program.

Mission Statement:

Valley Residential Services provides personalized support in safe, comfortable home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residences for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services.


  • Health & Safety: Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our clients is of the utmost importance to us. We help with areas such as medication supervision, nutrition and other areas relating to keeping our clients safe and healthy.
  • Positive Recognition: each and every person has things about them that are positive and need to be recognized. Part of our mission is to help build the self-confidence and self-esteem of our clients by recognizing the positive things in their life and the positive achievements they have had.
  • Personal Power & Choice: Every person should be able to expect the freedom to make personal decisions about their life and activities. We make sure our clients are able to exercise their personal power and choice in day to day activities.
  • Community Integration: Being involved in community activities and events is vital to us all. Our clients are very much a valuable part of our community. We ensure that our clients are active in the community, in an effort to help them to one day independently integrate into all aspects of our community.
  • Positive Relationships: Building lasting important relationships is one key to independence. We nurture and encourage strong family, friend, and community relationships for all of our clients.
  • Competence & Self-Reliance: One of the greatest steps toward independence is to develop the ability to rely on yourself for basic needs. Our job is to work ourselves out of a job. In other words, it is our goal to assist our clients to learn skills that will enable them to live without any assistance from others.

President Pam Cress (right) was pleased to award David Lindstrom (left) Rotarian of the month at our September 7, noon meeting. David has been a member since 2014 and became our Youth Exchange Program Committee Chair soon after, where it is fair to say that he has revived the program significantly. Congratulations and thank you David!

Update: Wildwood Park Project
Wildwood park project installation date will be October 14th. This will be from 9am till done.
We will need 15-20 people to help that day to put together the playground equipment and dig the fencing holes. (We are going to rent some post hole diggers)
The second phase of the project will be on October 21st. This will be from 9am till done.
Then we will be installing the fencing and putting down wood chips. We will need 10-15 people for this project.
Charlie DeSalvo will be leading the installation team. He will be doing sign-ups starting next week for both opportunities to serve.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Coates dosm@mwhcc.com or 520-3813.

Thursday the 21st is "World Gratitude" Day

Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.


The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.

A Day For Gratitude

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contented people.


Long lines and sweltering heat of the 2017 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days could not dampen the ready smiles and cheerful spirit of the many Rotarians and family members who attended parking lots and admitted guests through Gates 3 and 8. Our heartfelt gratitude to all who volunteered!
And to all who parked your car at our Tietan and Chase Street Parking Lots, THANK YOU! Your parking fee helps fund college scholarships for high school students who have demonstrated resilience in overcoming adverse life experiences. We support students from: Walla Walla HS, College Place HS, Walla Walla Valley Academy, Lincoln HS, DeSales HS, Touchet HS, Waitsburg HS, and Prescott HS.

As of last week, we had brought in $14,148 from our work at the fair! Nearly 100 members of our group covered a shift during the fair and covered 162 different shifts.

Thank you again!



President Elect Todd Brandenburg (left) presented our exchange student Raquel Pérez (center) with a special name plate giving her honorary status of membership in our club with the expectation she is able to attend as many meetings as possible with cultural exchange objectives. She will be staying with Rotarian Bill Erickson (right) and his wife for a few weeks before moving to a different family.

Welcome to Walla Walla Raquel. We look forward to working with you on local projects.


President Pam Cress (left) and District Governor Jerri Anderson (center) introduced our club’s latest Paul Harris Fellow at our August 10, noon meeting:

“Today we recognize a member who first encountered this Rotary Club while working and serving the lunch meetings when they were held at the Elks Lodge. She was impressed with the magnitude of the projects undertaken and the mission of community service. She knew then that she would love to be a part of the organization! However, it took an invitation from Adele Goss who she knew through activities at the Chamber of Commerce to get her a seat at the table instead of being the one cleaning it up. After joining in June of 2005, she has been an active member and supporter of Rotary and, today, she is a board member and will eventually be your club President! Born and raised in Walla Walla, she began training in her career nearly 50 years ago at the Mr. Charles College of Beauty. Many of you in this room have benefited in visits to her salon, ‘Impress.’ If you golf, you probably have also encountered her husband Gregg of 36 years. Meanwhile their daughter lives in Seattle with her husband. Rotary. Career. Family. And a brand new Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations Jan Corn!”


Sunday night, August 20th, a small group of Rotarians and family members welcomed our 2017-2018 incoming exchange student, Raquel Pérez (fifth from left) who is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Raquel is 17 years old and is planning to start her senior year at College Place High School on August 28th. Her main interests are art, music, and sports. She has one younger brother and two older brothers. Both her parents are lawyers. In the future, she would like to study architecture or medicine. While she is in Walla Walla she hopes to experience new cultures and traditions, learn English, and meet new people.

Tim Ruybalid (bottom) and Bob Yancey (top) received their Blue Badge at our August 10, noon meeting from President Pam Cress. They have shown their commitment to serving Rotary and the community by faithfully completing many tasks asked of each new member. Thank you Tim and Bob.

District Governor Jerri Anderson (right) and President Pam Cress (center) brought a very special announcement to our August 10, noon meeting by presenting Chris Coates (left) with “Outstanding Club Rotarian” recognition.

Congratulations Chris for a well deserved award!


Jerri Anderson, District 5080 Governor, visited us at our August 10, noon meeting. Jerri has enjoyed extended living situations in Israel, Peru, Slovenia, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer. She currently resides in Sandpoint, Idaho with her husband Kent, where they are both Rotarians.

She was District Assistant Governor for three years, and District Executive Assistant Governor before becoming our District Governor for 2017-2018. She surely brings a worldwide perspective to her position with Rotary.

Welcome to our club Jerri!


All Rotarians are welcome to attend Rotary Board of Directors Meetings at the Courtyard at Marriott (Rose St) on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from noon to 1 PM.  It’s a good way to complete Blue Badge requirements or make up a missed meeting. 

Our next meetings will be held Monday, October 2nd and 16th. 

Attendees do not need to order lunch in advance. A buffet lunch is available upon arrival and is optional for a $15 charge posted to the Rotary account of those who choose the lunch option.


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