Scholarship Recipient Mikayla Lara

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla was delighted to award a $1,000 scholarship to Mikayla Lara (second from left), graduating senior from Walla Walla High School at our May 6, noon meeting.

From the words of her teachers and school counselor Carrie (far right), Mikayla is hardworking, sincere, responsible, positive, and most of all, resilient. She plans to attend the University of Montana and major in radiologic technology.

Mikayla is pictured surrounded by her grandfather Lupe, close friends Henry and Chris, and counselor Carrie.

Best wishes Mikayla from all of us at Walla Walla Noon Rotary!

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This Week's Program

Posted on May 11, 2021


11:45 a.m.

Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center or via Zoom (If on Zoom, please join with video so we can connect and see each other's smiling faces!)

Program: City Neighborhood Initiative Program

Presenters: Zidane Galant-LaPorte

Zidane Galant-LaPorte is the Community Fellow and Coordinator of the Neighborhood Engagement Program at the City of Walla Walla. She is a Senior at Whitman College, where she will graduate with a BA in Sociology. She has spent her time at Whitman connecting with the Walla Walla community through education and direct service with her work in the College’s Office of Community Engagement. Her work with the City and Whitman awarded her a Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact, where she had the opportunity to meet with national civic leaders. She enjoys connecting with neighbors throughout the pandemic in unique ways-- virtual workshops, gingerbread decorating contests, and community conversations through her work with the NEP. She has been amazed at the resiliency and fortitude of the Walla Walla community through the pandemic, and knows that we will come out of it stronger and more ready to engage with one another in-person (someday).


May 20th, 2021
Alayna Brinton
The Blue Mountain Health Cooperative
May 27th, 2021
June 3rd, 2021
Eileen McCormick Place
State Department (National)
June 10th, 2021
Neal Chavre
Poplar Street Improvements
June 17th, 2021
Walla Walla Sweets Evening Baseball Game
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Thank You Fellow Rotarian Mike Gillespie

Mike Gillespie was honored by the City of Walla Walla Government at the April 30, 2021 Arbor Day celebration in Pioneer Park. Mayor Tom Scribner presented a plaque, and Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman shared some personal stories of working with Mike and noon Rotary club. Thank you Mike for your many years of dedication to making Walla Walla a remarkably beautiful city for all to enjoy!


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Walla Walla Noon Rotary Foundation

Our Rotary Club #271 Board recently approved transferring $60,000 from our Clubs Administration account to our Clubs Rotary Foundation account. Our Foundation reinvests those funds in scholarships, local projects like Vista Terrace Park and international projects. These funds were generated from generous members paying dues and not having food expense for just over a year during the pandemic. This ‘lunch money’ became our primary fundraiser! President Tom Osborn (left) joyfully presented the check to our Clubs Rotary Foundation Chair Katherine Miller (right) at our first in-person noon meeting since March 19, 2020.

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Message from Our President Tom Osborn

I’m so glad that we have the option to meet in person again!  It had been over a year since we migrated to the virtual meetings via zoom. While we will continue to offer zoom as an option, I hope you consider joining us in person at the Marcus Whitman Hotel at 11:40ish every Thursday.

Before the lockdown began we had over 180 wonderful members in our club. We now have just under 150 members.  Every member is important to the viability of our club. I hope that you might consider inviting a friend, or a Rotarian you have not seen in a while, to join your Rotary family-) 

Can you think of someone you would invite to become a member?  Attached is a flyer!!

We will print out some membership applications for sponsors to fill out.  It’s also located in your club runner account under documents.

- President Tom Osborn 

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Rotary Club of Walla Walla - Our First In-person-Live Meeting – Noon, Thurs. Apr. 29th

After working with the Chris Coates at the Marcus Whitman, the Board has decided to start holding onsite meetings beginning Thursday April 29th at noon.  This is a positive step forward for our club as we continue to provide fellowship and service opportunities in our community. As we transition from our “Zoom” meeting environment to live meetings, it is important that we remain flexible and understand the COVID-19 environment we are still experiencing.

With that in mind, the Board has had discussions as to what our meetings will look like and the steps we still need to do to mitigate some of the issues still at hand.

To make things clear to all members of our club, attendance in person is an optional and personal choice. Many members of our club cannot wait to meet in person and just as many or maybe even more are waiting for the COVID cases to go down a bit more. 

To accommodate for all our members’ needs, we will have a hybrid meeting which will provide “Zoom” coverage of our onsite meeting.  One of the reasons we decided on the April 29th date is that we wanted to give our AV committee time to make the adjustments to set up for a quality online offering to our members.

These are some of the things you can do and what to expect as we start our onsite meetings:

Attendance:  As a courtesy to the Marcus Whitman Hotel, please contact Chris Coates ( if you are planning to attend our meetings in person or plan on bringing a guest for the next month of meetings.  She needs a head count as to how many will be there (tables) and how much food to prepare.

COVID-19 Precautions: The Governor has established specific rules for meeting venues serving food to follow.  Please follow the current precautions as prescribed. As always, be flexible since these mitigations are subject to change.

The Marcus Whitman Hotel will have jugs of hand sanitizer upon entry, and sneeze guards over the food. 

If you are not feeling well, please stay home. 

Please wear a mask as you come in, visit, and get your food via the food line.  You may take off your mask when you sit down at your table to eat. 

Food service will be a buffet, but you will not serve yourself.  Hotel staff will fill your plate per your request as you go through the food line. Seating will be arranged to provide appropriate social distancing.

Financial Basics: In discussions as a board, we felt that we need to limit the amount of cash handling and credit card transactions at this time. 

We will not have weekly drawings or have someone walking around collecting money.  We will not have a cash bag on hand so we will not be able to make change for happy bucks, fines, and guest lunches. We will not be taking credit card payments. You can make payments online if you need to make any credit card payments, you can mail in your checks, or place any payments in the basket that will be provided.

If you bring a guest, make a note on the guest sign in sheet and we will bill you.

Happy Bucks and other Payments: You can still bring your happy bucks, fines, and check payments for dues that are usually collected at meetings. As stated, there will be a basket at the entrance (exit) for people to drop those payments into.  

The board is always looking for suggestions to improve our meeting experience so contact any board member or President Tom at

We hope to see you either on "Zoom" or in person at our April 29th meeting.

Your Rotary Club Board.

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Blue Mountain Horse Therapeutic Riding

Noon Rotary Youth Committee

Blue Mountain Horse Therapeutic Riding

Last month, the Youth Committee approved a grant of $213.00 to purchase paint and supplies to decorate nine arena barrels they use when they provide riding lessons to their clients.

Blue Mountain Horse Therapeutic Riding offers adaptive riding, the most popular form of equine assisted activities. It is mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. We also offer equine facilitated learning which requires no previous experience with horses. Involves working on the ground with the horse in a safe setting with an experienced facilitator and certified equine professional. The program provides riding lessons to disabled community members from ages 4 to 80 +.

To assist Blue Mountain Horse Therapeutic Riding, five WA-HI Latino Club members came out to their facility near Umapine on April 9th, during spring break to decorate the nine arena barrels.  Creativity took over as the barrels were illustrated with hot air balloons, horses with dog riders, Holstein dairy cows, flowers, and pigs with big hearts.  

WA-HI Latino Club president, Roberto Rodriguez stated the feelings of himself and the other club members, “This is the best day of our spring break.”

Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding is a non-profit corporation that serves individuals in the Walla Walla and Milton Freewater areas.

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Rotarians Making a Difference in the Community

Words from a few of our Rotarians volunteering at the vaccine clinics:

“Clinic attendees were in good spirits, which made volunteering a very pleasant experience." Bob Alexander

“The joy and excitement in the pavilion was palpable.  It was great to see our community come together with so much strength and commitment to make this happen.”  Kathy Murray

“Great experience!  Everyone was upbeat, and I was constantly thanked for volunteering.”  Skip Cundiff

“I loved being able to help people get the vaccine.  It takes all of us working together to help get through this challenging time.  Seeing so many volunteers was very inspiring.”  Candi Walmsley

“It was fun to work in the varied volunteer positions.”  Tom Osborn

“I transported an elderly Hispanic man from the parking lot.  Being able to answer one of his questions in Spanish (my Spanish is not great but I understood) was rewarding.  Also I helped an older woman who was feeling overwhelmed navigating how she could get herself and her husband vaccinated without taxing their delicate health.  Personal connections made a difference for these community members.”  Angie Peters

“Helping my community is why I joined Rotary.  All of the work has been rewarding for me, especially assisting some of the elderly residents.  Reassuring and joking with them helped put them at ease with the vaccination process.”  Dave Irion

Thank you to all those members, and their family and friends, who have contributed volunteer time to help the community get vaccinated.  For those that would like to volunteer, please check the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health website:  and click Volunteer Opportunities.  You may also contact Rotarians Tom Osborn or Bill Erickson for addition information.

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Vista Terrace Park Project Update

Walla Walla Noon Rotary members were proud to contribute $20,000 to the Sunrise Rotary club to help fund the Vista Terrace Park project! Sunrise is leading this effort to install new playground equipment and a picnic shelter! It should be open by summer 2021!!


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March 27 Tree Planting

Volunteers gathered at Fort Walla Walla, Saturday, March 27, to help the city plant two dozen locally purchased trees. Rotary members and family plus Rotary’s Walla Walla High School Interact of Walla Walla provided muscle power and enthusiasm. Walla Walla Noon Rotary is proud to contribute efforts to ensure this is a Tree City U.S.A. Thank you to all who participated!

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Rotarians at Work!

Walla Walla Rotarians were helping again March 25th and 27th at the Walla Walla mass vaccination clinic at the fairgrounds. Thank you to all those who have volunteered!


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Upcoming Club Events and Club Information

First, the successful vaccination event is underway, and many more people are eligible.  Check Covid to see if you are eligible.  

Second, the Vista Terrace Park project is moving forward. Our Club has a match program underway, and many of you have contributed. For every dollar you contribute, our Club will match it, up to a total Club match of $2,500. 
Third is a Club tree planting event is slated for Fort Walla Walla Rotary picnic shelter 3/27 at 9am. Bring your gloves and tools. 
Fourth is to check your Club invoice. The invoices were sent via email, but some people may have missed them.
And finally, some good news! The Club is working with the Marcus Whitman hotel on when we can meet in person!! Yay!! Hopefully sometime in April. Please let President Tom know if you are interested at We need to let the Marcus Whitman know a headcount estimate. The Club will still maintain a Zoom presence.   
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Global Grant Update from the Rotary Club of Chiangmai

We have recently received an update from the Rotary Club of Chiangmai with which our Club partnered with to help improve the capacity of Warm Hearts Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Clinic at Nong Pa Khrang Municipality which responds to the needs of growing aging population in the community. 

The Rotary Club of Chiangmai has finished the medical equipment handover and training since January and is now preparing the final report to be sent to The Rotary Foundation by March. Ultimately it was reported that the project did indeed help improve the capacity of local health care, promote disease prevention and treatment program. 

Below are just a few pictures of many showing the Clinic in action.

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Vista Terrace Park Playground Project

Recently, our Club heard from the Sunrise Rotary Club about the $200,000 Vista Terrace Park playground project. They have been working with the City on this for the past six months and have recently purchased playground equipment. It will have a playground that is handicap accessible and a picnic shelter. This is a much needed project near Eastgate Wilbur exit, but, North of the highway. Our club is donating $15,000 out of our major project funds (we set aside $5,000 each year). We would like to make it $20,000. So, you are invited to donate with the Club matching dollar per dollar up to $2,500.  If you donate $100, the Club will donate $100, for a total of $200. Send your check to Rotary Club of Walla Walla, PO Box 418, Walla Walla 99362. 

Also, the Sunrise Rotary Club has a buy a brick fundraiser.

  • Purchase a brick or two with your special message, which will be used in the walking path:

We are excited for this park redevelopment which will enable the community to better enjoy outdoor activities with their children.

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BMAC Food Bank Donation

Many Walla Walla Rotarian members personally donated funds to assist our local BMAC Food Bank operations, totaling $2,275. BMAC Action-Council helps over a thousand families with food assistance every week! Astounding!! 

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Tribute to Wade Robbins

At last week's meeting, February 18, 2021, Patty Martin gave a beautiful tribute to Wade Robbins after his recent passing. You can find the video of our last meeting on our Club's Facebook page at Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club | Facebook with the tribute beginning approximately 12 minutes and 25 seconds into the meeting.
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Vaccination Clinic - Volunteers Needed Sun. Feb 21 and Mon. Feb 22 2021-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

Passing of Wade Robbins 

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of fellow club member Wade Robbins on Wednesday, January 27.  Wade joined Rotary in 2013.  He really enjoyed working the Walla Walla Fair gates and parking lot fundraiser.  He also served our club as a chair of the Financial Planning and Projects Committee.  
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his family at 1133 S. E. Falbo Dr., College Place, 99324.  Further details regarding a service will be announced. 
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Passing of Jim Henderson - Obituary 

After a courageous three year battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer,  Jim (Jimmy, Hendy) passed away at his home. He was never one to speak at length but what he say was meaningful and often with a pithy sense of humor. Jimmy was born in Spokane, WA and moved to Walla Walla, WA in 1957 with his dad Babe and his brother Roy. He graduated from WA-HI in 1963.

 Jim had a true zest for life and made the most of each day.  His outlook on life was to always “Celebrate your days, be positive and thankful.” He valued his friendships and took pride in his golfing accomplishments. The game of golf was at the core of his life and always there. He enjoyed golfing as a member of the Walla Walla Country Club and Marrakesh Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. He started his career in golf at Manito Golf Club in Spokane, WA after earning a Class C Caddy Badge when he was eight years old. He attended PGA Business School in Long Beach, CA in 1964 earning a Class A Membership to the Professional Golfer’s Association. He also earned a Class A Membership in the American Clubmaker’s Association where he learned to repair and build custom specific clubs. He was Assistant Pro for his dad, at the Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course and took over as Head Pro status from 1972-1979. After leaving his golf pro job Jim was a successful salesman because he was easy to like.

 Jim repaired many golf clubs over the years and enjoyed teaching others how to play golf. Jim served on the City Council for several terms, and was a life member of the Elks, and was a member of Rotary for over 38 years. Many will remember him cooking fish at the Rotary Salmon Bake.

Jim was a partner in Tour Fairways and became interested in wine and decided to get involved. He was a founding shareholder in Forgeron Cellars and followed his interest in wine and learned the craft of wine making. Jim met and married Sonja Rasmussen in 1999 and and they went on to share many life and work adventures. He and Sonja (Blondie) established a vineyard in Lowden, WA and started Lowden Hills Winery in Walla Walla making some excellent wine as many will recall.

He will be remembered as a man who was willing to always be there for his friends and family. If you called him for help he would be there for you.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy (Babe) Henderson, step-mother Thelma, his mother Norma Binkley Tapia, and step-father Roberto Tapia.

Jim is survived by his wife Sonja, his children from his first marriage: Lance Henderson, and Lana Stalder Henderson. Jim has four grandchildren: Anthony Stalder, Michaela Stalder, Meghan Stalder, Jenna Henderson and numerous nieces and nephews, his brother Roy (Mel) Henderson, Utah, half- brother, David (Stephanie) Tapia, Georgia, half sisters, Patty Binkley, Texas and Ceci Hayes, Texas, step- brother Terry (Pat) Parsons, CA, and his mother-in-law Susanne Estes that Jim has helped care for at home over the years. His Brock farm family will feel his loss as well. Jim leaves behind his beloved dogs Bella and Pepper at home.

A celebration of life will be held in the Spring or Summer when everyone that loved him can safely celebrate the amazing man he was.

Friends and family are invited to sign the virtual guestbook at .

Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or the Blue Mountain Humane Society through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home at 315 W. Alder Street in Walla Walla. WA 99362.

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BINGO!!! Wednesday, February 3rd


Walla Walla Noon Rotary

Bingo Night - Wed., February 3rd

6:30 p.m.

We are planning a Bingo Night on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. All family and friends are invited. Pre-registering for the event is preferred but not required. 
Any questions: Bill Erickson,
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Passing of Jim Henderson

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Club Member James “Jim” Henderson on Sunday, January 17. 

Jim joined the Club in 1982. Almost 39 years ago! He was very involved in the Club’s Salmon Bake Fundraiser over the years. His long membership is a testimony to his belief in the work of Rotary. 

Jim was the Owner/Winemaker of Lowden Hills Winery, Walla Walla WA, established 2002 and, Owner/Viticulturist of Win Chester Vineyards, Lowden, WA established 2001.

Prior to such his career was centered around Golf - past PGA Golf Professional, 1964-1982, and Member of Professional Clubmakers Association, 1985-2004. His golf career included teaching golf to clients in the Walla Walla Valley, 1965 to 2001; golf club repairs, 1964 until present; owner of Henderson Golf Company, 1980 to 1992; Principal Tour Fairways Golf Center, 1992-2002, which included an all-weather Golf Driving Range; and Golf Store and premier Custom Golf Club Service. 2001 he retired most golf activities and planted wine grapes and started commercial winemaking business.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his Wife, Sonja, and Family at 619 Clay Street, Walla Walla. Further details regarding a service will be announced. 

Jim Henderson (back row, first from right to left - 2004/2005)
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Town Hall January 11th RE: Affordable Housing

You’re invited to a town hall to learn about an important, innovative approach for making homes affordable for people who live and work in our region-- Columbia and Walla Walla counties and the Milton-Freewater area.

Common Roots Housing Trust is a community-based organization that will create new homeownership opportunities for people whose needs are not met by the traditional housing market. 

Join us at this free, live Zoom event on Monday, January 11th at 6:00 pm. Live Spanish translation will be provided. Bring your questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Register in advance for the town hall:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

You can also follow Common Roots Housing Trust on Facebook @commonrootshousing

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Volunteer Opportunities for Walla Walla Noon Rotarians

Volunteer Bell Ringers, Salvation Army

Volunteers are needed to ring bells at various locations around town until Dec. 24th.   The program is flexible with options that fit each volunteer. “These funds allow services to the most vulnerable members of our community, providing emergency help with food, rental, lodging, utility bills, back to school, Christmas dinners, outfits and toys."  Bill Erickson is maintaining a sign up and referral list. Click here to sign up.

Thank you all for any help you can provide!

And don't forget to wear your vest and mask!

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Rotary Fellowship Night - Tuesday, December 15 2020-12-15 08:00:00Z 0


Small Trees, Big Impact

Our Small Trees, Big Impact Fundraiser preparations are underway! We need YOU! Contact friends or family who own a business or create beautiful holiday trees. They can adorn it with gift certificates, wine, dinners, or movie passes, anything you wish, really. Especially now we need to support our local businesses. See the attached sample tree and let the sky be the limit!

Trees can be picked up at Blue Mountain Humane Society or at Impress Salon.

Recommended value of $100 or more per tree, please. Due date is Monday, November 30th. For more information visit:

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help fund our club’s very successful scholarship program for area students and other worthy humanitarian projects. Last year we raised $10,000!

Please contact Candi Walmsley at or Sara Archer at for a tree.  

Here are some more beautiful examples from last year's fundraiser:

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Rotarians at Work!

Rotarians, Interact of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Rotaract Club and friends worked hard October 11th making our community a better place. We enjoyed the good weather while planting hundreds of native plants at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site. This effort was in support of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest annual single day volunteer event designed to help restore and improve public lands around the country!

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Volunteers Still Needed for Community Vaccination Clinic

Volunteers Needed

St. Mary's still needs a few more volunteers for traffic control  (outside) and other help for their Saturday flu shot event.  Working on your Blue Badge, or need credit for a make-up meeting (let us know if you attended), give them a call.  
Providence St Mary Medical Center needs volunteers for their Community Vaccination Clinic Saturday October 24th at the Southgate Medical Park (formerly Walla Walla General Hospital), from 8:30am until noon. Volunteers may contact Kathie Oreb, Director of Mission Services at (509) 897-2940.
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Happy Bucks!

Sue Thompson To honor good friend Candi Walmsley who is a wonderfully talented and pleasurable person to know, and a wonderful servant to our community and Rotary.

Maryann Cole – Happy for all those that joined in on the Zoom Pictionary game last week.

Esther Duncan – Excited she was able to work with a great team at the Washington level to create a commercial that aired across Washington State that shows dispatchers on the job, the calls they take and why we need more dispatchers.

Sam Wells – Grateful for son who graduated from University of Washington in summer (online) and, despite Sam's advice he has 40 years to work and not rush to finding a job, his son now has a job and is working a lot.

Steven V. – To recognize Kari I. for her hard work at the Blue Mountain Community Foundation which has made an extraordinary difference in our community, and through her hard work helped the Foundation receive the Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award.

Bill E. – Shout out to Sara A. and David L. for putting on the Youth Exchange Program Meetings!

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REMINDER Club Survey - We Are Still Taking Responses

The Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club has been in a state of virtual meetings since March, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.  Just as COVID-19 has affected our lives, it has also impacted how we engage with each other and operate as a club. 

We (The Board) are now asking our members through this survey how we can better serve our community as a Club in our mission of service to the community and fellowship. 

In filling out the survey, please note that there are many factors that are not under our control.  We are looking for ideas that would help our club despite the many restrictions that we face during this COVID-19 situation. 

Click the following link to access the questionnaire. Your answers will help the “Board” address immediate concerns we are all facing in order to gauge our next steps.  

Take the Survey:

We appreciate your time to complete this survey!

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October 13 Game Night on Zoom

Rotary Family Game Night, October 13 from 7-8 p.m.  

Be with your Rotary friends for some virtual fellowship and a game of Pictionary...yep, the interactive board game. Everyone is welcome, even the kids! Or you can just visit and observe if you choose. Those playing the game will need a wide tip marker and plain paper or a dry erase board.  

Please email your interest in participating to Maryann Cole at before Tuesday 3 p.m.  And you will get the Zoom info.  It will be fun!

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October 17 Care & Share Food Drive 2020-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Programs - Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

Over the next three weeks our Club will have the opportunity to meet and learn more about the candidates running for Washington State House of Representatives and Walla Walla County Commissioner.

The schedule is as follows:

  • October 15, 2020: Candidates for State House of Representatives, District 16 Position 1 - Frances Chvatal and Mark Klicker; and,
  • October 22, 2020: Candidates for State House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District - Dave Wilson and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

Please submit questions each week by Monday at 6 p.m. to Candi Walmsley who will be moderating these programs. Candi's email is:

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October 12th - Rotary Youth Exchange Information Meeting

Rotary Youth Exchange Information Meeting

Monday, October 12th, 2020 4:00 PM

Walla Walla Noon Rotary is hosting its second virtual information presentation on Monday, October 12th, 4:00, to highlight a great opportunity for students 15-19 years old to study abroad in a foreign country.

Parents Are Encouraged to Attend!

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Questions?   Bill Erickson, Event Coordinator: (509) 520-4655

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Tree Planting October 11

Join us as we plant trees as a community service project, Sunday, October 11. Bring your spouse, your kids, or your friends! There are plenty of trees and work to go around. We are usually done within two hours.

Contact Sam Wells at for more information.

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2020 Virtual Kitchen Tour

Walla Walla AAUW 2020 Virtual Kitchen Tour

Walla Walla AAUW needs our help to continue to support women's scholarships in our community. The AAUW-Walla Walla Kitchen Tour is coming to you virtually this year. On October 4th, you will be able to view this year's beautiful kitchens from the comfort of your own home.

You can find more information about the upcoming tour at: or

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Rotary Thailand Annual Scholarship 2020-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange - Passport to Adventure

This month's Rotary Magazine featured our Youth Exchange Program. Our Club has hosted four students over the past four years. A pdf of the full article is located towards the bottom of this Bulletin. Here is an excerpt from the article:

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Dinner on the Plaza - Tonight September 29 at 5:30 p.m.


Let's get together for dinner with Members, family and friends this evening, Tuesday, September 29, at 5:30 PM on First and Main in beautiful downtown Walla Walla.

It is ala cart so you can order the food/wine of your choice, or you can grab a few friends and find some delicious food, and join us outside on the Plaza. A few restaurants have indoor seating available. Look forward to seeing you there :-)

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September Fellowship Opportunities

Upcoming Fellowship Opportunities

Mark your calendars! To continue with what the Club has been doing the last two months, there will be a BYOF dinner the last Tuesday of the month, September 29.

More details to follow...

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Zoom Recordings 2020-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Interact-Latino Club Leadership Workshop

Walla Walla Rotarians Train Youth Leaders

“Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born…
Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work.”
Vince Lombardi
Coach Green Bay Packers


What kind of leader are you? The “Big Boss,” a “Cheerleader,” “Ghost” leader, or that “Transformational” leader who sees leadership as a form of personal improvement and service to others?  What does character, ethics, and responsibility have to do with trust for those in your organization or Club? Is “Trust” and “Character” important to being a leader?  How do you plan and implement a meeting?

On Saturday, August 15th, several local Rotarians hosted a “Leadership Workshop” for several Club leaders from the Interact Club of Walla Walla, and the WA-HI Latino Club to help them answer those questions. With the help of Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club members Shelley Murphy, Elizabeth Chamberlian, Bill Erickson, and Sunrise Rotary member Diana Erickson, a 6- hour Workshop was offered on basic leadership principles to the officers of the two clubs.

The workshop’s objective was to highlight the importance of Rotary’s Strategic Goal to provide for the needs of its members by promoting: Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity, Service. and Leadership, which are important goals for any club. 

Elizabeth, a Rotary Board member and the Deputy City Manager of the City of Walla Walla provided a discussion on the steps and methods of making decisions by reviewing the planning process and  incorporating her recent  experiences working on the Walla Walla County Covid-19 Task Force. She noted that the decision-making process can be a linear one step at a time process or a circular process that changes and has flexibility as the situation progresses.

Shelley will be one of the Interact Club Advisors this year. She provided a presentation on the importance of Beliefs and Values and the Ethics of leadership. One of the key things she emphasized was that belief in yourself is a key factor in being a leader as well as ethics. People, especially volunteers, will not follow a leader of poor character or a leader who has values contrary to the group, club or organization they lead.  Traits such as telling the truth, compassion, drive, energy, determination, self-discipline, willpower, and nerve are indicative of a person who has strong character.

Diana, who is one of the co-advisors of the Wa-Hi Latino Club did a presentation on motivation emphasizing that individuals are motivated internally by seeking to meet personal needs.  Very few people, especially volunteers, are motivated by external forces. Motivation by force or threats will work only in the short term. As a leader, it is important to make sure that primary needs are met. These include safety, food and water, shelter, and self-esteem.  As a high school club leader, there are situations that they must look for to help club members who may need assistance.  To address higher level needs of club members, club leaders are required to develop a club program that fulfills those needs through club activities (fellowship), providing a safe haven (integrity), create a sense of belonging (diversity), service to others (service), and leadership training opportunities (leadership).

Bill provided sessions on basic leadership and planning and organizing club meetings. Noting that the success or failure of a club is whether you have “great” meetings.  Organized meetings that have value will always help bring new members into the club and retain the ones you have. He organized the entire event basing the workshop from several on site workshops held on University campuses over the past years while working with the Wa-Hi Latino Club leadership and using curriculum from the Learning for Life, Exploring program, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. One major change caused by the Covid-19 situation was converting the workshop from a live onsite workshop to a virtual conference. With the presentations and the overall sincere interest of the clubs’ leadership, all the students remained engaged the entire day answering questions and taking notes. Up to the last minute, when we asked them to write down a closing thought, they all had their heads down writing their answers.

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Rotary Club of Walla Walla News Release RE Picking of Corn at Birch Farms

Union-Bulletin News Release - August 17, 2020

The Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club recently responded to a request from Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank Director, Rotarian Jeff Mathias, for volunteers to pick corn donated by Birch Creek Farms. 

In addition to John Bleth of Birch Creek Farm, there were two Rotarians and three friends of Rotary who were able to volunteer on short notice.  Although small in numbers they were strong in output.  The volunteers picked over 870 pounds of corn in 90 minutes. 

“It started getting hot outside by the time we finished, but it was really worth the effort to provide fresh food  to those in need of food assistance,” remarked Rotarian Chris Coates.

Club president Tom Osborn noted that Chris did a lot of work breaking the stocks of corn and packing it for transport.  Tom commented, “We appreciated the opportunity to help with the harvest.  Thank you to Birch Creek Farms for the donation to BMAC and to all the volunteers.  It was fun looking for the best corn to pick and having the fellowship of working together for a great cause.”  

Rotary Club of Walla Walla News Release RE Picking of Corn at Birch Farms 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday's Tomato Picking Outcome

Sunday, August 23rd, Rotarians, family, and friends enjoyed picking tomatoes to benefit the local food bank this morning at Frog Hollow Farm. Working together they picked 1,050 pounds! Nice teamwork!

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Dinner on the Plaza

Join your fellow Rotarians and board members for ala carte dinner near the 1st street dining Plaza downtown this Wednesday evening at 630 PM.  There are many delightful Restaurant options. So come on down, enjoy some friendly banter outside, support our small business, watch the sun set, and enjoy some great food.  Hope to see you soon! 

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August Birthdays and Anniversaries

Doug Saturno
August 1, 1996
24 years
James Opara
August 1, 2004
16 years
Leah Wilson-Velasco
August 7, 2014
6 years
Marcus Frey
August 8, 2019
1 year
Kristal Hassler
August 11, 2005
15 years
Gary Crabtree
August 12, 1999
21 years
Becky Kettner
August 17, 2017
3 years
Larry Frank
August 21, 2008
12 years
Lisa Colville
August 22, 2019
1 year
L. Casey Goodwin
August 31, 1989
31 years
Mike Rizzitiello
August 6
Duane Depping
August 7
Chase Hessler
August 8
David Lindstrom
August 8
Christy Lieuallen
August 9
Kimberly Powell
August 9
Joe Kinney
August 11
Emily Perkins
August 12
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Come and share in a morning walk in Pioneer Park with Rotary friends. The park is located at 940 E. Alder St., WW.

Enjoy a stroll by the rose garden, aviary, and historic cannon. Stop by the duck pond and covered wagon bronze art. An array of tree varieties will provide the shade. 

Please meet at the Grand Stand in the center circle area of the park. Parking is available in that area.

Rotarians, family, and friends are welcome. Masks and social distancing will be observed.  Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8 a.m.



Updates on Our Former Exchange Students

Rotary Youth Exchange Update

We communicated recently with the exchange students our Noon Rotary Club hosted during the last four years. Here is what they had to say:


Bianca Mizobe (2016-17) from Alvares Machado, Brazil, is currently in isolation at home with her parents and sister.  She is in her second year of law school at UNESP, a state university in Franca, Brazil, in the northeast corner of the state of Sao Paolo.  (Her home is in the southwest corner of the state.)  In Brazil, students enter professional school right out of high school.  There are no undergraduate degrees.

At first when COVOD19 hit, the students were sent home and no online classes were offered since not all students at a state university would have access to computers and internet.  However, her sister, who attends a private university, did have online classes from the start. Bianca kept busy helping her extended family by babysitting her cousins. Recently, Bianca’s university did start offering online classes, so she is busy studying again and helps at her father’s lumberyard.  Unfortunately, COVOD is still highly active in her area so there is no end in sight of the isolating.


Raquel Perez (2017-18) from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is currently in isolation at home with her father and two older brothers. The main concern in Bolivia is the lack of a good health system.  There are not enough hospitals or equipment and she believes the data on the number of cases is not accurate. At first people did not believe that there was danger from the virus but later took the warnings more seriously when threatened with arrest if they left their homes for non-essential reasons.  Recently, her dad, an attorney and judge, was able to return to work in a somewhat normal fashion.

She is taking classes online and recently started up an online business, Raquel Perez Skincare & Beauty.  She is very excited about this enterprise!  


Etienne Chaillot (2018-19) from Le Chateau d’Olonne, France, is enjoying the summer surfing and stand-up paddling.  He has played a little bit of tennis but is not into it as much as he was while here.  He finished high school and due to the pandemic did not have to take the usual end of year exams.  In France, they do not have graduation ceremonies, so the pandemic did not impact that event.  They usually go to school, see the exam results on a list, then celebrate with family and friends at home or at another venue. 

They can travel freely in France but must wear masks in enclosed public places. His town is a tourist destination, so they are anticipating an increase of COVID19 cases in the next few weeks.

This coming school year he will be enrolled in a two-year program that focuses on math, physics, and chemistry to prepare for the entrance exam to get into engineering school.  He will be in Nantes, a nearby city, where his sister is studying to be a physical therapist.  He is hoping the conditions improve so that he does not have to take online classes while enrolled in that program.

Etienne hopes to come back to Walla Walla some day to visit and see all the changes in people and the school.

Jonatan Wahlby (2019-2020) from Uppsala, Sweden, just returned from a trip with friends hiking and enjoying the Swedish coastline.  They took a train up to Kiruna, a bus to Nikkaluokta, and then hiked 40 miles to the top of Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise.  Although the view is normally spectacular, the day they reached the top it was foggy so there was not much to look at except the glacier.

Water polo, his sport of choice, is still a no go but he is hoping when the new season starts, they will be able to play.

His friends normally would have had a grand graduation celebration were unable to do so in June.  The school has postponed it until August 14th, so he is looking forward to celebrating with them.  He did celebrate ‘Midsummer” on July 20th with a big party.  He and many friends ate, drank, played games, danced, and sang.

Jonatan is keeping busy working at a hospital as an orderly.  He assists patients that have undergone hand surgery.  The job is both mentally and physically challenging, even exhausting at times but he is grateful he was able find work during this pandemic.  He loves the job so much that he is now considering a career as a nurse or doctor because of this experience.

He is looking forward to next summer when he and his family plan to come to the U.S. and travel in an RV.  They want to explore the places and meet the people Jonatan did during his exchange.

Updates on Our Former Exchange Students 2020-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meeting Link

This morning you should have received an email from Candi Walmsley forwarding the new Zoom link for our meetings. 

Please register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please delete the old invite from Todd. Once you register, the remaining meetings for 2020 will be added to your calendar. You may share the link with guests, but are asked to introduce them at the virtual meeting. 

Thank you to Todd Brandenburg for allowing our club to continue meeting during lock down by use of his personal Zoom account!

Stay well and we will see you soon! Please let Candi Walmsley know if you have any questions. 

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Paul Harris Awards

Congratulations to Bill Allen and James Opara on receiving the Paul Harris Award at last Thursday's, July 16, Club meeting. This is Bill's second Paul Harris Award and James's sixth Paul Harris Award.

Thank you both for your financial and leadership efforts on behalf of Rotary International. Your gifts truly make a difference in the world.

If you have not made your first Paul Harris Award there is an opportunity for you to do so by adding a little money when you pay your dues. You can also mail in a check or go online to Rotary International. 

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Rotary Fellowship Events for July

Message from Shelley Murphy:

If you are like me you have missed seeing everyone, in-person, at our Rotary meeting each week. That is why we wanted to find additional ways to have fellowship. 


July 29 is our interaction IN-PERSON!!! I am so excited for this. We are limited to 15 people at this event. If demand exceeds that, we will look at having a second night.

We will meet downtown at the plaza on 1st and main. Then we will draw cards to break into 3 random groups of 5. After that we walk to one of the 3 restaurants and enjoy the evening.

Date: Wednesday, July 29. – 6:30pm -?. The price point for the restaurants will be $15 and up. They will also have a vegetarian option.

To reserve your spot for this please reply to this email. Include how many people in your party.  I will accept the first 15. Or email me at


BONUS!! Another Chance to interact with Rotarians is to join our Rotary Fellowship Committee. Let me or Elizabeth know if we can count on you for that .;-)  We would love to see you at a meeting - ( in-person!! )


Shelley Murphy 

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Japan Rotary Chapter Aids Walla Walla Health Professionals

Union-Bulletin Article - July 5, 2020                                                                                          

Several teams of coronavirus frontline workers in Walla Walla have benefited from personal protective equipment through the thoughtful, generous and timely response of the Rotary Club of Sasayama, Japan.

Club president Takeo Kawai reached out to sister club Rotary Club of Walla Walla to offer assistance, reported Rotarian Maryann Cole in a release.

In a letter to local club president Jan Corn, Takeo wrote, “We are pleased to have been able to continue our long friendship with your club. We are very grateful to have received the donations from your club following the Japan earthquake in 2011. As a result we were able to support the affected area in collaboration with your club.”

Sasayama club Rotarian and former president Keiichi Fujii heard the coronavirus was in the Walla Walla Valley and there was a shortage of personal protection equipment here. Keiichi informed his club of the opportunity to be of service to Walla Walla, Takeo said.

Sasayama club International Service chair Masato Nakai and Keiichi coordinated a donation between clubs, making extensive international shipping arrangements and Walla Walla received face shields for local medical and health centers.

Rotarian Candi Walmsley coordinated distribution of 240 hospital-grade shields and 1,000 shields usable in non-medical sittings. “This project really was a team effort and emblematic of the importance of connections,”  Candi said.

Medical face shields went to the Walla Walla Fire Department, Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Walla Walla University for student laboratory use. Rotarian Patty Martin coordinated he distribution of supplies to local dental offices.

The cities of Walla Walla and Sasayama initially established a connection in 1972 and soon further relationships developed, including through Rotary. Early into the Sasayama-Walla Walla relationship between the cities Keiichi and his father, Schioichi Fujii, then mayor of Sasayama, visited Walla Walla. Later when a high school student exchange program was developed, Keiichi became the 1974-75 Walla Walla High School exchange student.

Expressing appreciation for the donation of face shields from Rotarians in Sasayama, Jan said "their members demonstrate such dedication to the relationship between our cities and our clubs. Through the many decades, Keiichi’s commitment to our area is still strong. He even participates in our online club meetings on Thursdays at noon — which is a very early hour in Japan!”

Several Sasayama and Walla Walla Rotarians have met at international conventions and at other times over the years. Past club president Todd Brandenburg said he met a large group of Rotarians from the Sasayama club at the international convention in 2018 in Toronto.  “We felt so welcomed by them, and it was a pleasure to greet each other in person. Rotary connects like a worldwide family,” Todd said.

Rotary International built its mission, membership, and service on an international structure, Maryann said. Rotarians from more than 200 countries provide diverse experiences and skills that enhance the planning and completion of cooperative international humanitarian service projects.

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2020 AAUW Kitchen Tour

Information below on this Year's AAUW Kitchen Tour:
18TH Annual AAUW
Thank you for your interest in becoming an advertiser in the 2020 AAUW* Kitchen Tour Guide.

Due to the current pandemic health and safety concerns, the 2020 AAUW Kitchen Tour will be a virtual online event. Our online Kitchen Tour will be an interactive website which will be available October 4 thru December 31, 2020.

This is a fundraiser for AAUW Walla Walla community philanthropic efforts. Rather than selling tickets, the site will allow tour participants to donate to AAUW directly. There will be lots of information about the Walla Walla Branch of AAUW and how the fundraising dollars are utilized.
We have 8 exciting kitchens to explore with 3-D images, photos and lots of details about the owners goals, challenges, resources and craftspeople. Envision an online version of our usual tour guide but much richer and more dynamic. This format will allow many more individuals to participate in the tour since it won’t be limited by time or capacity. Because it will be available for several months, advertisers will have quite a bit of exposure.
Due to this new format, the way advertisers will participate has changed also. Rather than ad size determining the ad fee, it will be determined by the number of times the advertisers’ contact information appears on the site. Every advertiser listing will have an active link which viewers can click to learn more about a particular business or to view the business ad. All of the “nuts and bolts” of exactly how this will work is under development, but the end result will provide each advertiser with a three month exposure on the site.

We are contacting you now to invite you to advertise in our beautiful 2020 Kitchen Tour Virtual Tour. You can be part of this new way of reaching tour participants. We invite you to help support the tour and the work that AAUW does in the community by being part of this experiment.

Following are the advertising level available in our virtual tour.

Level One: $100: On every page of the KT site
Your business name and a link to your own website or email

Level Two: $50 On half of the pages on the KT site
Your business name and a link to your own website or email

Level Three: $30 On one quarter of the pages on the KT site
Your business name and a link to your own web site or email

For assistance please contact Kathy Foster -
We look forward to having you be a part of this important fundraiser for AAUW* Walla Walla.
Visit for more information about AAUW* Walla Walla and our philanthropic contributions to our community. *American Association of University Women
Kathy Foster
AAUW Walla Walla
Kitchen Tour 2020
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Our Rotary family gathered June 25, for the Annual Banquet; a time to reflect on our accomplishments in the past Rotary year, spotlight particular Rotarians who embody “service above self,” and to move the chain of officers forward one step. This means of course that our President is placed into the Immediate Past President position. Jan Corn presided over a remarkable year and has now passed the gavel on to Tom Osborn effective at the close of the banquet on June 25. We look forward to another successful year of changing lives in communities, here, and around the world.

Awards presented:

Steve Stevens and Jerry Cummins were presented with the Honorary Rotarian Award.

Maryann Cole was chosen as Rotarian of Merit

Todd Brandenburg and Chris Coates received the President's Award

Sue Thompson and Kimberly Powell accepted the Rookie of the Year Award

Congratulations everyone!

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Rotary News Release June 2020 Scholarship Donations

Rotary Club of Walla Walla News Release                                                 June 16, 2020

Marking the thirteenth year of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla scholarship awards is an associated new mentorship program.  Initiated this spring by the club scholarship committee, the program will involve active mentoring of each scholarship recipient by a selected Rotarian. 

“A trained mentor will help the high school student prepare for entering college and be supportive through to graduation.  The role for the mentor is to help the student navigate the academic process--which could include completing a college application or a financial aid application; registering for classes; or acquiring study skills.  Mentors will also outline the different college or university resource personnel and programs designed to aid incoming students,” noted Rotarian Curt Nelson.

This year seven senior students were selected from their respective schools to be recipients of $1,000 Rotary academic scholarship.  Annually the club grants an award to one student from each area high school that selects an eligible recipient.    

There is no traditional scholarship application process. The students who receive the Rotary club scholarships are all selected by their teachers, counselors, or administrators of their schools.  The following criteria are used for the selection process:  scholastic ability and progress, financial need, and personal challenges overcome.  The main focus is on their potential and future goals.

Recipients of the 2020 Rotary scholarships are:

Niel Wright, College Place High School; Wendy Vargas, DeSales High School; Marley Ahler, Waitsburg High School; Kylee Roberts, Lincoln High School; Gabriel Torres, Walla Walla Valley Academy; Dominic Solis, Touchet High School; and Reese Fewell, Walla Walla High School.

Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club meets on-line Thursdays at noon via Zoom and is live streamed on Facebook.  The program features a community interest program, discussion of service, and club fellowship.  For more details, contact club president Jan Corn at or online see or on Facebook

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Message from Our President

When the County makes it to full Phase 3 status, we will be able to meet in person again!

Of course these will be smaller groups than used to be (50), but those who are inclined can fellowship in person. We will continue including the Zoom streaming for those not able to join in person. 

Listening to Rotary International Convention online, we heard the call to continue to grow Rotary. It's even easier now, with us globally forced to get creative with meetings. Think of the growth we would experience if we each added one new member! 

We are encouraging and endeavoring to plan small group gatherings with our Club members. Consider planning/hosting a backyard gathering, a hike, a get together at the park. There are so many ways we can see each other face to face. 

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued service in Rotary.

Jan Corn

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Statement from Board of Directors

Statement from Board of Directors:

We have had some administrative changes in the Club recently.

Treasurer Jo Ann Brewer tendered her resignation on March 1, with the offer to stay on to the end of the fiscal year if need be. Chris Coates made the very generous offer to step in, and the Board took up that offer. She has been acting treasurer for the past several weeks.

The Board accepted Becky Roberts' wish to resign on June 4 as well.

We will begin the process of finding permanent replacements for both these positions soon. In the meantime Chris has been working in communication with Terry Teske to cover secretary duties.

To reach Chris Coates regarding any club business directed to secretary and treasurer, please use

Please feel free to talk to a board member if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you. Jan

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Plans for Onsite Meetings

Dear Rotarians of the Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club,

Many of you probably have been wondering when we will start meeting in person again. As Walla Walla County plans for Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start protocols, the Board has been looking at options for starting onsite meetings including our Annual meeting scheduled at 11:45 on June 25th. Please be aware the earliest Walla Walla County is eligible to apply for Phase 3 is June 18 and eligibility is dependent on a number of factors.

Please read through the following information and take the survey at the end.

We are currently working with some of the anticipated requirements and developing a plan to start up our onsite meetings hopefully by the end of this month. Working with the Marcus Whitman Hotel we will provide a safe environment for having onsite meetings.

Some precautions we will take are:

  • Tables will be placed farther apart with only six people per table. 

  • Lunch will be plated and served to the tables. (vegetarian or meat entrees)

  • Hand sanitizer will be available. 

  • Staff will be wearing masks and will have their temperatures taken when they arrive for work. 

We will continue live streaming the Walla Walla Noon Rotary meetings on Thursdays.

  • We encourage those who are highly vulnerable, as well as anyone who is not yet comfortable enough to attend meetings, to please feel comfortable staying home.

  • We ask that those who are sick, have recently been sick, or have been around someone who is sick to please stay home.

  • We will continue to offer virtual online Rotary meetings as long as there is a need.

As we approach the opportunity for onsite meetings, the Board would like to know if you will be onsite with us or continue to attend virtually.  Please respond to a survey using this link: There is a section in the survey for any questions, concerns, or other comments you may have.

 Your Rotary Board

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2020 Annual Awards Banquet

The Annual Awards Banquet is Thursday lunch, June 25, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center and virtually on Zoom. The lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.  Holding the meeting at the Marcus Whitman is contingent on Walla Walla County moving to Phase 3 before June 25.

The event is free to you.  Due to space limitations, we will not be able to allow any guests.  Some precautions we will make are that tables will be placed farther apart and only six people per table.  Lunch will be plated and served to the tables.  Hand sanitizer will be available.  Staff will be wearing masks and they have their temperatures taken when they arrive for work.  Please let us know if you have any questions about safety precautions.

There will be an attendance drawing for $500! Names will be drawn until someone present (in person or virtually) wins.

At the banquet there will be a presentation of awards, the installation of our new officers, plus we get to celebrate the last official event of President Jan Corn.

Please RSVP by contacting Chris Coates at or 509-524-5107.

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Credit Card Fee Explanation RE: Rotary Dues

Although we all appreciate the convenience of using our credit cards, it does come with a price to the vendor. In this case, the vendor is the Club. This is an expense that for businesses is considered a cost of doing business. However for a non-profit it can become a drain on funds that are already being stretched.  Since we have not been meeting in person, many of you have opted for the pay online option through our QuickBooks program. This number has increased so greatly, that we are seeing almost double the credit card transaction fees than in previous years. The fees look to be around $3,400 for this fiscal year, so far.

We would like to encourage members to please pay by check rather than credit card, when possible. 

You can mail those checks to the Rotary Club’s PO Box 418, Walla Walla, 99362. 

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or one of the board members.

Chris Coates, Treasurer
Walla Walla Noon Rotary
President, 2014-15
Credit Card Fee Explanation RE: Rotary Dues 2020-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Recipient - Dominic Solis

The son of Jesse and Erica Solis, Dominic is a standout student and citizen. Dominic is Touchet's Class of 2020 salutatorian with a GPA of 3.61. Throughout his high school career, he has taken a rigorous course load, including several college classes through the Running Start and College in the High School programs.

He is very involved in his high school community. Dominic is the Associated Student Body public relations officer, he is the National Honor Society president, he is on the varsity basketball team as well as the team captain.

He has volunteered many hours as an assistant middle school basketball coach and, in the concession stand during athletic events.

Dominic is recognized by his teachers and coaches as being a quiet leader who is respectful, responsible, always gives his best effort, and encourages his classmates to meet high standards.

Next year he plans to attend Walla Walla Community College and then transfer to a 4-year college. He plans to pursue a career in either engineering or physical education. 

We congratulate Dominic on this scholarship and wish him luck on his future!

Scholarship Recipient - Dominic Solis 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - Andreas Beccai

Andreas Beccai serves as lead pastor at the Walla Walla University Church, Washington. Andreas was born in Ghana and spent his formative years in England. His upbringing in a multi-ethnic, multicultural and diverse socio-economic setting positively informs his current work and practice. He holds a BA Law & Business from Keele University, and a Master of Divinity from the Theological Seminary at Andrews University. 

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, he has learned to love snowboarding, rock climbing and softball. His first love is, and always will be soccer. He enjoys travelling and good food; perennial favorites are fragrant Thai, and rich gelato. Andreas and his wife Cassandre are proud parents of six-year-old Eden.

Welcome to Rotary Andreas! We are so happy you joined!

New Member - Andreas Beccai 2020-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

The Passing of Jeffrey Schneider


It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jeffrey Schneider, son of Rotarian Lowell Schneider, passed away in April. Our sympathy goes out to Lowell, Ginny, and family.  Members that would like to reach out to Lowell, please find his contact information on the club’s database ClubRunner. An obituary will be forthcoming in the newspaper and website for Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. 

--Jan Corn

The Passing of Jeffrey Schneider 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Connect with the (Online) Rotary World

Rotarians and Rotaractors everywhere are proving that being physically isolated doesn’t mean being disconnected. People are embracing new ways to connect using technology — smartphones, webcams, and the internet. Find out more by viewing the webinar "Connect with the (Online) Rotary World" at

Below are some resources that can help us members stay engaged with others, even in the face of social distancing:

1. Find resources and best practices to your most frequently asked questions here (My Rotary login required):

2. Donate to the Disaster Response Fund or apply for a grant:

3. SAVE THE DATE! Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention, taking place between June 20-26. More information will be posted here beginning in May:

4. Exchange ideas in the Meeting Online learning topic in the Learning Center (My Rotary login required):

More resources and information can be found at

Connect with the (Online) Rotary World 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Donation to YWCA and Trilogy

The Board applied to the District for $1000.00 for their Covid-19 related project. Our plan was to give $1,000 each to YWCA and Trilogy. Our Club's commitment was a 50% match. We received 2 checks from the District for $365.40 each to apply. The Board approved adding the shortfall from the District Grant to allow us to send $1,000.00 each to YWCA and Trilogy.

It is heartwarming that our Club was able to help these worthwhile local non-profits! Great job, Walla Walla Rotary Club!

Donation to YWCA and Trilogy 2020-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract of Walla Walla Asks: How are YOU surviving quarantine?

From Our Walla Walla Rotaract Club:

Hello fellow Rotarians! 

My name is Desi Branscum and I am a member of the Columbia River Passport Club as well as the current Vice President of the Walla Walla Rotaract Club

I am here on behalf of Walla Walla Rotaract because as a club, we had the idea to make a video about how we are surviving quarantine.

We decided that it would be awesome to make a district wide "How 5080 is surviving quarantine" video with as many Rotarians as would be willing to send in a video, to show that we are in this together. 

So what I need from you is a short video (it should be just a few seconds long!) saying "I'm ___ and I'm surviving quarantine by___"  just fill in with your name and what's keeping you sane while social distancing! Please feel free to make it serious or funny! 

For example mine would be something along the lines of "My name is Desi and I'm surviving quarantine by painting!" 

Once you record your video, please email it to me.

I would like to have the videos by Saturday, May 9th, but the sooner the better! 

If you have any questions at all feel free to email me!

Thanks so much and I hope you all are staying safe!

Rotaract of Walla Walla Asks: How are YOU surviving quarantine? 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - Chad Hickox

Chad Hickox, sponsored by Doug Bayne, was inducted into our Rotary family at our April 23, virtual meeting. Chad is acting president of Walla Walla Community College where he has worked since 2018 as Provost/Executive Vice President, and previously as Vice President of Instruction.

He is a philosopher by training and inclination, having earned a PhD in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He grew up in rural southwestern Idaho on a dairy farm, but has lived all over the country, including Boise; Buffalo; Detroit; Seattle; Portland; Helena, Montana, and now Walla Walla, where he truly feels that he has found his home. Chad is an avid gardener (or at least builder of raised gardening beds) and loves all things related to the outdoors. He lives in Walla Walla with his wife and two school-aged sons.

Welcome to our Rotary family Chad!

New Member - Chad Hickox 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - Erin Wells

Erin Wells, sponsored by Rhonda Gould, was inducted into our Rotary family at our April 30, virtual meeting. She has lived in Walla Walla for the last five years and has been the Library Director at the Walla Walla Public Library since August 2019.

Erin was born in Portland Oregon. She attended Portland State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University. While she was completing her Master’s degree she worked at Pacific Power in Portland as a Project Coordinator in the Transmission Engineering department. After she finished her Master’s she took a chance and moved to a town of 600 in Southwest Kansas to be their Library Director. The town was so small that they did not have a stoplight, but it was a great opportunity. However after a few years the Northwest called home and Erin moved to Milton-Freewater to take over as their Library Director in 2014.

Erin has been active in many professional library associations and is currently the Chair of the Public Library Division of the Oregon Library Association. Erin is married to Matt Elder who is a Social Studies teacher in Waitsburg. One of their favorite hobbies is traveling and they have been to 13 countries on four continents together.

Erin has loved living in Walla Walla these last few years and looks forward to getting to know everyone in Rotary. Welcome to our Rotary family Erin!

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Scholarship Presentation - Marley Ahler

Marley Ahler is our 2020 High School Scholarship recipient from Waitsburg. She was unable to attend our April 30 virtual meeting but sent us a letter which Becky Roberts read for us:

"Dear Members of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla:

I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Walla Walla for the Waitsburg High School Scholarship. I am honored you supported me as Waitsburg High School's selection. This scholarship will allow me to pursue my plans of attending Eastern Washington University in the fall of 2020. At EWU I will major in either social work or criminal justice.

Different experiences have led me to the two fields of criminal justice and social work. During my junior year I had the opportunity to learn about criminal justice and the various possibilities the field has to offer. I am also considering a career in social work, because I know personally what it is like to be on the other side of social work: that is actually having a social worker assigned to you.

I have been in foster care for four years, so I know what an amazing social worker is like as well as what a not so great social worker is like. I want to help other children of all ages who do not have a voice or have someone to talk to. Having an invested and involved social worker can make or break a child’s whole world. I feel like I can relate to more people since I had the experience of being a child in the foster care system. I also would like to be a social worker, because it deals with the court system, which then ties back to the field of criminal justice.

Thank you again for believing in me. You will never know how much your support means to me. I hope I will be able pay your kindness forward one day.


Marley Ahler"

Scholarship Presentation - Marley Ahler 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dues

The Board has discussed Club dues at the recent meetings and recognize that the bill reflects what usually includes our lunch costs. (As Terry Teske would say, "our silent fundraiser.")

All our planned fundraising for the Club has essentially been eliminated, so the Board's thought is to give people the opportunity to pay the regular amount, with the monies usually going to lunch helping fund our commitments. Those who are unable to pay the regular amount are encouraged to just pay the International dues and regular administrative and operational Club expenses only. Several members and Board individuals have made the commitment to help fund the Club through this unusual time. 

If you have questions please reach out to President Jan Corn at

Rotary Dues 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Do You Know any Members in Need?

Club Members Please Note

If you know of a member needing get-well wishes or an extension of sympathy on behalf of the club, please inform Maryann Cole or Pam Cress.

Also if you are able to reach out to other Rotarians during this troubled time, you are encouraged to do so.  A short email or quick call will lift someone’s spirits. Keep our cherished honorary members in mind as well.  Thank you!

Do You Know any Members in Need? 2020-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

Attendance Tracking

For those of you wondering, attendance is being taken for Zoom meetings.  If you are watching via Facebook or viewing the recordings later, the system is not so accurate.  Please let Secretary Becky Roberts know at if you see ANY missing dates for any reason and she will be sure to count you!

Attendance Tracking 2020-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed at the Christian Aid Center

Volunteer Opportunity at the Christian Aid Center


Special Response Volunteers Needed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need additional volunteers to help us continue basic services to the most vulnerable.  They need on call volunteers to fill in and help with meals. Besides providing pick up meals for morning and evening, they are the current community site for lunch time meals.

If you are interested in adding your name to a list of “Special Response Volunteers” who will be called as needed, please call:

Jeannette Regalado at 509-525-7153 ext. 114.

While we rely on the help of volunteers for daily operations, we fully support those who chose not to come to Christian Aid Center during the COVID-19 public health crisis. We also request those who are at a higher risk or are experiencing any symptoms of sickness, to please stay at home.

Volunteers Needed at the Christian Aid Center 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Presentation - Niel Wright

Niel Wright, College Place High School senior, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at our April 16, virtual on-line meeting. Niel is a track athlete, a student body officer, and mentors a middle schooler. He is planning to attend Washington State University majoring in digital technology. Our Scholarship Committee was moved by this very humble young man. Congratulations Niel, you have the backing of all of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla. Best wishes!

Scholarship Presentation - Niel Wright 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

Blue Badge Presentation - Kyle Tarbet

Kyle Tarbet was recognized as having met all the criteria necessary to receive his Blue Badge at our April 16, virtual on-line meeting. Congratulations Kyle, we are pleased you have chosen to serve the community alongside us.

Blue Badge Presentation - Kyle Tarbet 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - Angie Peters

Angelic Dustine Peters, sponsored by Jerry Cummins, joined our Rotary family at out April 16, virtual on-line meeting. She grew up in neighboring Helix, Oregon and attended Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Angie recently moved to Walla Walla as the General Manager of Walla Walla Valley Transit. Welcome to our Rotary family, Angie!

New Member - Angie Peters 2020-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

District 5080 COVID-19 Action Needed

All members in our district are requested to join the fight against COVID-19. What if there was a way to help, from the safety of our homes, and make a real difference?

Our district is being asked to participate in this extraordinary new effort, and your participation is critical to its success. In the past week, this program has been announced via press release with national coverage, and the hope is that it will be adopted by Rotary Clubs across our nations in the next few weeks.

The background is this: Only a few weeks ago, Rotary Members in a Bay Area, California club engaged Rotary International to recruit 1 million volunteers in two weeks to sign up with Volunteer Surge, a new program that allows us to train online, for free, to become a Telehealth Worker, or a Community Health Worker. These volunteers will provide basic assistance, and will reduce suffering and save lives, locally and across our nations. How? By helping our health care providers to focus more of their attention where it is most needed.

Click HERE to watch a video of the presentation of this inspirational effort to a large group of district governors which will answer a lot of your questions.


Please click HERE to learn more and decide how you, your friends, and family can participate. And share this link with as many as you can, on Facebook, email, and other social media.

The world is watching, and we, as Rotary Members, People of Action, are now truly defined by our actions in this crisis.

District 5080 COVID-19 Action Needed 2020-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

New Member - Donny Veverka

Donny Veverka, a.k.a. Don, became the first member to join our Rotary family through an on-line virtual meeting April 2, 2020. He was sponsored by John Cress.

Don is a graduate of then Walla Walla College, and spent a few years in Colorado as a youth Pastor. Moving back to Walla Walla he eventually became the recruitment director for Walla Walla University and achieved the school’s fourth highest enrollment in its history.

While at the University Don participated in many programs, ministries, and service projects. His favorites were, acting as a mentor for a student lead worship service known as The Awakening, sponsoring an annual service project in Uruapan, Mexico just south of Ensenada, and helping facilitate seminars for young adults looking for guidance in the areas of dating and relationships, as well as newly engaged couples.

Today Don is the Sales Manager for Brookdale College Place and loves it enough that he now facilitates a support group for adults with aging parents.

Welcome to Rotary Don. We look forward to meeting you in person once this virus pandemic is suppressed!

New Member - Donny Veverka 2020-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

Blue Badge Presentation - Craig Volwiler

Congratulations Craig on your Blue Badge!

Craig Volwiler was recognized with a Blue Badge at our April 9, virtual on-line meeting after having completed all tasks asked of new members. Craig has amply demonstrated his commitment to serving our community both within and outside of Rotary. Thank you, Craig!

Blue Badge Presentation - Craig Volwiler 2020-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

World War I Rotary Project Monument

Earlier this month the World War I Memorial Plaque was installed at Fort Walla Walla. Thank you Jerry Cummins, Kathy Trommald, Kevin Freeman and community member Joe Drazan for all your hard work to make this happen.

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Please Send Suggestions for Service Projects

If anybody knows of service projects that need volunteers, or if you have ideas for service projects, please contact our fearless President Jan Corn. We need to identify some areas our members can serve. You can find Jan's email in our Member Directory.

To see what other Rotary Clubs are doing around the globe visit, and

Please Send Suggestions for Service Projects 2020-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Share this Week's Club Meeting with Our Community

This Thursday’s meeting Meghan DeBolt will join us live for a special presentation about COVID-19. Meghan is the Director of the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health.

The meeting will be live streamed via Facebook Live on our Club's Facebook page. Information for this week's meeting will be posted shortly on our Club's Facebook page and we encourage everyone to share the post with friends and family in our community so that we can give others an opportunity to participate via Facebook and see what Rotary is like in the process.

The Zoom meeting link will be for Rotary members only so that our members can participate as usual in the meeting and discussion. The Facebook live stream will be for visitors and their questions, or any members who do not have access to Zoom.

As a note, if people miss joining the Facebook Live meeting, they will be able to watch it later on the Walla Walla Noon Rotary page.

Share this Week's Club Meeting with Our Community 2020-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

This Week's Song for Our Rotary Meeting

In preparation for singing this week's song, below is a link to YouTube for Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" coronavirus PSA.

Please take some time this week to practice. If nothing else, please join in the "bom, bom, bom," and "so good, so good," parts.

We will learn to sing together during our virtual meetings before this is over!

This Week's Song for Our Rotary Meeting 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Word from the Food Bank


We have eight signed up for this Saturday, April 2nd, and they will need around 15 total.  If you can help on Saturday from 9:00 to 1:00 the sign in link is open:

The Food Bank has been notified that the National Guard will be coming to provide our man power for future giveaways, but they are not sure when this will start. Until then, the Food Bank will need volunteers lined up for this Saturday just in case things don’t get into place until next week.

Once the Food Bank is notified when the National Guard will take over, they will make sure to reach out to everyone.

 “This past Saturday in 2 hours, the Food Bank served 504 households (18,000 lbs of food!), which was 100 more than the prior Saturday. We were pretty steady the whole time. It was an amazing event that could not happen without our awesome volunteers." Claudia Limon, BMAC

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Walla Walla County EOC Asks for Public Assistance 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2020 Cancelled 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Photos

From Larry Frank:

Rotary photos can be accessed on your browser by typing: then clicking on the gallery with the Rotary Banner. Left mouse click a photo to select it. Right mouse click the enlarged selection and you can select Save As… to download it to your computer. Ignore the Buy Print button unless you want Smugmug to print you a copy and mail it to you. The site does not require a password, and downloading a file does not cost you anything, and I am not rewarded in any way.

Rotary Photos 2020-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

Support Rotary Youth Exchange

Support Rotary Youth Exchange and expand your Rotary wardrobe for just $28! Funds raised will support the Rotary Youth Exchange Student District tour planned for May, 2020. Please support our students by purchasing a shirt – or two!  
  1. Click HERE to see the tee-shirt options. Use the password youth1
  2. Pick your shirts and place your order.
  3. Shirts will be delivered at a date and place to be determined.
  4. Wear proudly in support of the efforts of Rotary to create peace, goodwill and understanding in our world through investment in our youth.
Support Rotary Youth Exchange 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0


For the foreseeable future, our Club meetings will be held virtually. There is no plan for any group meetings until we hear further from Governor Inslee and our Government leadership.

Our meeting this Thursday will be broadcast from Pocket iNet. Our guest speaker this week is Brent Caulk who is the Dean of the WWCC Washington State Penitentiary Education Program. At the end of the meeting, there will be a question and answer session with our Board, who will be there. You will be receiving a link shortly to the meeting.

Additionally, the Tour of Walla Walla organizers have decided to cancel the 2020 race as per what is happening nationwide/worldwide. They plan to hold it in 2021. Our Club will be exploring fundraising opportunities in place of the event.

Most importantly though, please make sure to call your fellow members, table mates and friends to stay connected. Our President Jan is a fearless leader who cares and appreciates each and everyone of us fellow Rotarians. She is looking forward to using this opportunity to be Rotarians of SERVICE and cannot wait to see what we are capable of. We need to stay connected to each other and our community. Americans and Rotarians have a great spirit of ingenuity!

“This is a changing world: we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” - Paul Harris

Announcements 2020-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Tour of Walla Walla


Volunteer corner marshals help keep the course clear of cars and pedestrians when riders are nearby. Detailed information about corner marshal duties will be presented in a training session prior to the race weekend. Instructions will also be sent by email before the race and reviewed quickly at the volunteer check in on race day.

Each shift start time includes time to check in, receive instructions, and go to the assigned location on the race course.

For races in Waitsburg, volunteers should check in at the start of their shift at the race staging area off of 10th street.

For the Criterium race in downtown Walla Walla, volunteers should check in at the start of their shift at the side door of Allegro Cyclery on Spokane St.

Bill Erickson will be at the each Club meeting before and after to sign-up volunteers or you can email him at

Volunteers Needed for the Following Shifts

Friday April 17th   TIME TRIALS (Waitsburg)  - Shift 1: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM  -

4 People

Friday April 17th   ROAD RACE (Waitsburg) – Shift 2: 3:10 PM to 6:45 PM to 12:00 PM 

10 People

Friday April 17th   TIME TRIALS (Waitsburg)  - Shift 3:: 4:15 PM to 7:00 PM  -

4 People

Saturday April 18th  CRITERIUM (Downtown Walla Walla) Shift 1: 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM

28 People

Saturday April 18th  CRITERIUM (Downtown Walla Walla) Shift 2: 12:45 PM to 5:00 PM

28 People

Sunday April 19th  KELLOGG ROAD RACE (Waitsburg) Shift 1: 7:20 AM to 12:00 pm

14 People

Sunday April 19th  KELLOGG ROAD RACE (Waitsburg) Shift 2: 11:20 AM to 4:30 pm

14 People

Volunteers Needed for Tour of Walla Walla 2020-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Rotary Meeting Locations

Below are the following dates in which our meetings will be held off-site or in the Renaissance Room:

March 19th - Renaissance Room

April 16th - Renaissance Room

April 23rd - Off-site at the Marriott

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Blue Badge - Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson (left) received her Blue Badge from President Jan Corn (right) at our February 27, noon meeting. Sue brings a vitality to the club which is hard to match. Although the club does not keep records on such matters, Sue is probably the top leader in achieving a Blue Badge in the least amount of time after being inducted into Rotary. Thank you, Sue, for becoming a part of our family.

Blue Badge - Sue Thompson 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Update - Belize Rotary School Building Grant

Construction is underway for the three classroom building, St. Matthew's Primary School, in Pomona, Brazil! 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14. In the groundbreaking picture is Linda Bauer, member of the Rotary Club of Richland, Washington, Rotary District 5080 Governor Nominate Designate, the Rt. Rev. Philip Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Belize, and Nana Mensah, President of The Rotary Club of Dangriga, Belize. 

The students, parents, teachers and principal of St. Matthew's look forward  to the day when the doors are opened. Thank you to all in our Club for helping make this happen!

Update - Belize Rotary School Building Grant 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Club Donation to 4-H Youth Program

Chair of Youth Services Committee Bill Erickson (right) presented a $750 check to the 4-H Youth Program at our February 27, noon meeting in support of their Public Presentation Contest. Accepting on behalf of 4-H is Marissa McBride (left), senior at Walla Walla High School. Marissa has participated in 4-H for nine years with projects involving cats, dogs, clothing, food and nutrition, gardening, needle arts, photography and more!

Our Rotary Club is proud to help support 4-H efforts in teaching life skills to youth in the first to twelfth grades using hands-on interactive experiences.

Club Donation to 4-H Youth Program 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Donation to Blue Mountain Action Council

Rotary Club members reached into their own pockets and donated $3,866 to the Blue Mountain Action Council through our Holiday Fund Drive. Those funds will help approximately 10,000 residents. Thank you!

Donation to Blue Mountain Action Council 2020-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Club Member's Birthdays and Anniversaries

Member Birthdays

Deanne Fielding
February 1
Alan Feistner
February 4
Abe Maycumber
February 11
Clinton Miller
February 11
Ned Morris
February 13
Shelley Murphy
February 13
Jim Henderson
February 19
James Chubb
February 21
L. Casey Goodwin
February 23
Nabiel Shawa
February 23
Robert C. Blethen Jr.
February 27


Rene Erm
February 1, 1996
24 years
Jared Hawkins
February 2, 2012
8 years
Pedrito Maynard-Reid
February 3, 2000
20 years
Ned Morris
February 5, 2015
5 years
John McVay
February 7, 2013
7 years
Patience Taruwinga
February 7, 2019
1 year
Todd Brandenburg
February 11, 2008
12 years
Patty Martin
February 14, 2013
7 years
Karl Eckhardt
February 18, 1993
27 years
Chris Coates
February 19, 2004
16 years
Kenneth Frahm
February 19, 2015
5 years
Margaret Buchan
February 20, 1992
28 years
Alan Feistner
February 26, 2008
12 years
John Knowlton
February 26, 1976
44 years
Nick George
February 28, 2019
1 year
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Fun Facts About Rotary


In many Rotary Clubs throughout the world, wives of male members are affectionately called “Rotary Anns.” This designation was never one of disparagement, but rather grew out of an interesting historical occasion.

In 1914 San Francisco Rotarians boarded a special train to attend the Rotary convention being held in Houston. In those days few wives attended Rotary events, and until the train stopped in Los Angeles, the only woman aboard was the wife of Rotarian Bru Brunnier. As the train picked up additional convention-bound delegates, Mrs. Ann Brunnier was introduced as the Rotarian’s Ann. This title soon became “Rotary Ann.” Since the clubs of the West were inviting the Rotarians to hold their next convention in San Francisco, a number of songs and stunts were organized which would be performed in Houston. One of the Rotarians wrote a “Rotary Ann” chant. On the train’s arrival at the Houston depot, a delegation greeted the West Coast Rotarians. One of the greeters was Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia, whose wife was also named Ann. During the rousing demonstration, someone started the Rotary Ann chant. The two petite ladies, Ann Brunnier and Ann Gundaker, were hoisted to the men’s shoulders and paraded about the hall. The group loved the title given to the two women named Ann. Immediately the same term of endearment was used for all of the wives in attendance, and the name “Rotary Ann” was here to stay.

Guy Gundaker became President of Rotary International in 1923 and Bru Brunnier was elected President in 1952. Thus, each of the two original “Rotary Ann”s became the “First Lady of Rotary International.”

Very few clubs have “Rotary Ann”s now, but many have Partners Organizations; some are stilled called “Inner Wheel.” The words “Rotary Ann” can be heard on rare occasions, and now you know where they came from.

Fun Facts About Rotary 2020-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

Looking for 100th Anniversary Photos

The Photography Committee is looking for any photos that were taken at our Club's 100th Anniversary Celebration. The plan is to eventually publish a "coffee table" book of the event as well as pictures of current events and our international projects. Please send pictures to Larry Frank at

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Cub Scout Pack 306

At our January 30, noon meeting, Chair of the Youth Services Committee Bill Erickson (right) presented Cub Scout Pack 306, chartered by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a check for $500. Rotarian and scout leader Peter Early (left) accepted on behalf of the Pack, along with his three sons.

Pack 306 serves both boys and girls from Kindergarten to the 5th grade by developing citizenship and providing service opportunities as emphasized the Scout Oath and Law.

Typically, in the Scouting program, the budget is set and dues and fees are paid in September to meet the yearly expenses of the Pack. This past November, the national office of BSA announced that membership fees for youth members would double, from $33 to $66 per year. This increase basically depleted the expense budget of the Pack for the year, limiting the purchase of awards and badges, activities, and summer camp day. The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is pleased to be able to help alleviate the shortfall as part of our commitment to helping foster good citizenship and leadership skills in Walla Walla valley youth.

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Apply Now for 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.

Rotary is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship program. Candidates have until May 31 to submit applications to their district. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by July 1. Click here for the 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application. 

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,300 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

Apply Now for 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowships 2020-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Win Big - 50/50 Raffle at this Thursday's Meeting!

The Sky is the Limit!

At this week's February 6 meeting we have a very special 50/50 raffle! Club Members will have the opportunity to earn raffle tickets by participating in our Committee Fair. You can also purchase tickets to increase your odds of winning. Make sure to bring cash with you as a Rotarian in attendance will walk away with at least $100! 


Win Big - 50/50 Raffle at this Thursday's Meeting! 2020-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the News - January 15, 2020 Union-Bulletin Article

Rotary Fundraiser Success

January 15, 2020 Union-Bulletin Article

Looking back over 100 years in Walla Walla, Noon Rotary Club members celebrated their platinum jubilee with a party on Dec. 5 at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Members of the local Rotaract and Interact clubs joined the celebrants two members of the Rotary Club of Sasayama, Japan, were live streamed. Sasayama is a sister city to Walla Walla and a sister Rotary club.

The event gave past club presidents the opportunity to share reflections about their tenure. Bob McCoy, president from 2001-02, ruminated over the time when he was contacted by staffers for Speaker of the House in Washington, D.C., Tom Foley of Spokane, who wanted to address Rotarians here. Bob was busy contending with the U.S. Secret Service, which provides security for the speaker.

Doug Bayne joined Rotary because his father was club president in 1952-53. Doug was president from 1996-97. He noted the club has had positive change and never stops going forward with service.

A few notable fundraisers were mentioned including the Italian straw hat sale in the 1940s. An existing hat in its original box was brought to the event.

Pam Cress, president from 2017-2018, told how joining Rotary had widened her circle of friends and opened additional ways she could serve the community.

“What makes the club stand and thrive after 100 years is that one individual can make a difference — it is the belief in people. There is a family within Rotary that comes together in fellowship and to take action to improve the world,” noted Todd Brandenburg, president from 2018-19.

Several of the club’s service projects in the community and the world were highlighted, reported member Maryann Cole. Projects with great visibility in the community include new playground equipment for city parks; a splash pad, picnic shelter and trees planted in public spaces. Other contributions include the support of many other nonprofit organizations serving humanitarian needs here. The club also supports international disaster relief through ShelterBox and the Rotary campaign ending polio.

Club secretary Becky Roberts surprised active member and past club president from 1988-89 Steve Stevens with a special recognition. Steve was honored for achieving 50 years in Rotary and being an exemplary member with perfect attendance. He received an award noting his devotion to excellence from 1969-2019.

Rotary District 5080 Governor Bob Quay introduced honored guest Rotarian Johrita Solari as the evening’s keynote speaker. She is from Anaheim, Calif., and one of 16 directors of Rotary International. Johrita related how she joined Rotary and was able to connect to the heads and hearts of fellow members.

On behalf of Rotary International, she presented a commemorative centennial proclamation acknowledging the chartering Nov. 1, 1919, to Rotary Club of Walla Walla.

Rotary held two fundraisers in December. In its third and most successful year, the Small Trees Big Impact silent auction netted $10,100 to support local student educational scholarships. Fifty small, festively decorated and embellished trees with a wide variety of gift items were prepared by Rotarians, businesses and friends of Rotary.

Bidding took place while trees were displayed for the auction in the Marcus Whitman Hotel from Dec. 2-15.

The club-focused Holiday Fund Drive rounded out the December fundraisers with members raising more than $3,500. Proceeds benefit Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank, which serves those in the area needing food assistance.

Here is the link to the article:


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February 6th Rotary Meeting

Club Committee Fair

As a reminder, this Thursday's club meeting will be a Committee Fair. We will have the committee chairs available to talk about what their task is, and use the time to recruit members to get involved.

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Australia Bushfires

Donate to the Australia Rotary to help those impacted by the Australia Bushfires

Currently, Australia is experiencing the worst fires in Australia in over a decade. 12 million acres have burned so far since their fire season started in September. Compared to the fires in California in 2018, which burned 2 million acres. 24 people have been killed. 2,000 home have been destroyed. It is estimated that almost 500 million wild animals have been killed.

To donate, use the following link:


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Donation to Skyline Adventures

Chair of the Youth Services Committee Bill Erickson (right) presented a $500 check to Skyline Adventures at our November 21, noon meeting. Accepting the check is Bill Pogue (left).

Skyline Adventures, in partnership with quality organizations, transforms lives by bringing skiing and snowboarding opportunities to disadvantaged youth in our community. The “Ski and Snowboard” program scholarship provides each participant a day on the mountain with warm snow sports clothing, lift ticket, rental equipment, a professional lesson, and a lunch!

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Donation to Junior Achievement

Chair of the Youth Services Committee Bill Erickson (left) presented a $500 check to Junior Achievement representative, Rotarian Nancy Brown (right) at our December 12, noon meeting.

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla proudly sponsors Junior Achievement, which served more than 2,100 students during the 2018-2019 school year in southeast Washington.

Junior Achievement’s financial literacy programs teach students how to prepare a budget, earn money, save for their futures, the difference between debit and credit cards, and how to use both wisely.

Thank you, Nancy and Junior Achievement, for inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in this global economy.

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New Member Cris Benson

Cris Benson (left) sponsored by President Jan Corn (right) was brought into our Rotary family at our December 19, noon meeting. Cris grew up in Walla Walla, driving pea combines and wheat trucks to fund a Bachelor’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western Washington University. She applied her skills at Boeing for many years until an epiphany during the Nisqually earthquake directed her to contribute directly to making things better for people. She founded and ran a WBE certified Human Resources consulting firm in Seattle for 10 years.

Cris now serves as Operations Manager for Fort Walla Walla Museum and lives near the middle school she attended years ago. Welcome to our Rotary family Cris!

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New Member Karen Hedine

Karen Hedine (center) sponsored by Kari Isaacson (left) was brought into our Rotary family by President Jan Corn (right) at our December 19, noon meeting. Karen is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a MEd from Indiana University. She spent more than 30 years in the global life sciences industry, serving in executive roles before coming to Walla Walla as CEO of the YMCA.

Welcome to our Rotary family Karen!

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New Member Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson (center) sponsored by Todd Brandenburg (left) was brought into Rotary by President Jan Corn (right) at our November 21, noon meeting. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Sue entered college as a physical education major but was perceptively guided into pre-medicine, eventually receiving her MD degree from Oregon Health Sciences University. Shortly after completing medical residency at the University of Iowa, she joined the Walla Walla Clinic in 1987.

Sue retired after 28 years at the clinic and looks forward to contributing her talents to Rotary. The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is happy Sue has accepted an invitation to join us. Welcome to our family Sue!

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New Member David Irion

David Irion (right) sponsored by Tim Ruybalid was brought into our Rotary family at our November 21, noon meeting. A native of Montana, David recently completed a 42-year career in the cabinet industry. He and his wife Ellen retired the same day and they began a search for their retirement utopia, ultimately finding it here in January 2019.

David was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Duvall, Washington and is looking forward to a second Rotary career here in Walla Walla.
Welcome to our Rotary family David!

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Last Call for the Holiday Fund Drive!!!

This Thursday, January 9, 2020, is the last day to submit donations for the Holiday Fund Drive. 

All donations will be given to the Blue Mountain Action Council to aid in supplying food for those most in need in our area. Our goal is to raise $4,000.

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Centennial Celebration!

Thank you to all who helped put on our Club's terrific 100th Anniversary Celebration. It was truly an evening of memories. And, many thanks to our guest Johrita Solari (center with flowers) who is a Rotary International Director for 2019-2021, and flew up from California to meet us.

If you're interested in our 100 years of Service above Self in Walla Walla, please take a look at history:…/dae757c0-08ee-4e40-a575-0…/1/

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Small Trees, Big Impact

As a reminder, our Small Trees, Big Impact Fundraiser is currently underway at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. For those Members with Facebook, please share any and all posts to help spread the word and increase the traffic at the Hotel.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help fund our Club’s very successful scholarship program for area students and other worthy humanitarian projects. Last year we raised over $6,000 from the holiday trees and hope to raise even more this year.

Below are just a few examples of the trees that you can find on Facebook and at the Marcus Whitman.

Sara and Peter wish you a very "Cabo Christmas" with a tree for Small Trees, Big Impact filled with handmade ornaments. Tortilla presses and a mortar and pestle accompany several other cabo style gifts.

You will have visions of sugar plums with this magical creation from Bright's Candies! Be prepared for a sweetness overload as you gaze upon the magic in this tree at Small Trees, Big Impact.

Dreaming of summer already? This tree for Small Trees, Big Impact is sure to please. Walla Walla Police Department Chief, Scott Bieber, will treat you to a round of golf and lunch on the patio at the Walla Walla Country Club if you win this tree!

Work hard at your home and have pasta to finish the day. Walla Walla Pasta Factory will fill your belly after a day working with Koncrete Industries on a home project. 



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New Passport Club Member - Janet Ockerman

Janet Ockerman (left) received formal status as a member of District 5080 Passport Club from President Jan Corn at our November 7, noon meeting.

The Rotary District 5080 Passport Club is sponsored by District 5080 and designed to be a low-cost, flexible club for individuals who seek support and inspiration in serving their local and global communities through their passions.

For folks who are no longer able to devote substantial time and finances to a regular club, this is a meaningful alternative to continue serving their community through Rotary. Janet and past District Governor Jerri Anderson volunteered at the main gate for this year’s Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

Thank you Janet and Jerri!

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New Member - Brian Andrews

Brian Andrews (center) sponsored by Kimberly Powell (left) was brought into our Rotary family November 14, by President Jan Corn (right). He is a native of Indiana and moved to Washington four years ago to study and practice law under the auspices of the Washington State Law Clerk Program. He plans to sit for the Bar in February 2021.

Brian has traveled extensively and is fluent in French and Spanish. Prior to studying law, he worked with abused children and disadvantaged youth in Chicago, Alaska, and Indianapolis, and is very happy to make his forever home in beautiful Walla Walla. He is thrilled to be joining in Rotary’s important efforts to serve our community.

Welcome to our family Brian!

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New Member - Julie Perron

Julie Perron (left) sponsored by Wade Smith (middle) was brought into our Rotary family by President Jan Corn (right) at our November 7, noon meeting. She holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, where she was active in various service-related activities related to Unity House and Diversity initiatives, the Human Rights Commission and the Anti-Hate Institute.
After serving as a school principal for 18 years, and a teacher and specialist in the areas of English, dual language and ELD for 12 years, Julie found her way to Walla Walla where she is the Director of Equity and Dual Programs for the Public-School System.

Welcome to our Rotary family Julie!

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Walla Walla Rotary 100th Birthday Celebration! 2019-11-26 08:00:00Z 0


Save the Date!  

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. we will be having the 100th Birthday Celebration of our Club. There will be no lunch meeting that day. To be held in the Renaissance Room. More info coming soon! 



Attendance Scanner Reminder

7 Nov

Steve Stevens

6 Feb

Kevin Freeman

14 Nov

Patty Martin

13 Feb

Kari Isaacson

28 Nov

Kari Isaacson

20 Feb

Jim Harold



27 Feb

Kathy Fry Trommald

5 Dec

Jack Copperman



12 Dec

Kathy Fry Trommald

5 Mar

Steven Stevens

19 Dec

Bob McCoy

12 Mar

Kenneth Frahm


Kenneth Frahm

19 Mar

Bill Pontarolo



26 Mar

Skip Cundiff





2 Jan

Bill Pontarolo

2 April

Jack Copperman

9 Jan

Skip Cundiff

9 April

Jeff Waetje

16 Jan

Kevin Freeman

16 April

Patty Martin

23 Jan

Patty Martin

23 April

Kari Isaacson

30 Jan

Bob McCoy

30 April

Kevin Freeman

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Rotary's November 9th Un-Event

Thank you Rotarians for your support of the 2019 Shine Un-Event.  If we all pitch in for Rotary’s November 9 Un-Event, the college bound students will still get their scholarships, and ShelterBox will still be able to bring light, hope, shelter, and relief to people in the aftermath of disaster. And you can spend a rare Saturday evening exactly how you want.

Please consider continuing with your commitment made at our May Fellowship meeting whether that was as a table sponsor or making a financial donation rather than an auction item or just a cash donation; and with not having a dinner the contribution is entirely tax deductible! If you committed to be a table sponsor, please be on the lookout for an email from the Shine Gala Committee.

On November 7th the Club can look forward to Ned Morris sharing more about Shelter Box and an opportunity for us to learn more about his deployments.

Thank you, Elizabeth Chamberlain

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India 2020 National Immunization Day

2020 Polio Immunization with Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, India

January 10 through 21, 2020

The Indian Rotary leadership has stated that this is expected to be one of the last, if not the last, times that the Government will hold a National Polio Immunization program. If you have always wanted to participate in a National Immunization Day (NID), this may be your last opportunity for this experience.

In 2015, India was declared polio free. Last year, the Indian Rotary leadership informed Howard Tours that there would be no more NIDs.  However, because of the surge of new polio cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Government has decided to hold ONE NID in 2020.  

For specific information, please visit:

Participants will travel to Delhi, India, where they will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory.

The group size will be limited, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  Those who are planning to participate should take immediate action. Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks. 

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The "Unevent"

Please note that the Shine Gala will no longer be taking place on November 9. The Shine Gala Committee has been working on updating the former Aloha event into a ShelterBox focused event which will return in 2020.

Instead, on November 9, you are invited to stay home. Maybe invite a few friends over, maybe Doug and his dancing cats. Take the night off. Stay home, or go out to your favorite restaurant. 

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Reminder - Pickup Your Small Tree to Help Make a Big Impact

Our Rotary Club is holding our third annual silent auction fundraiser, “Small Trees Big Impact” beginning the evening of December 1st through December 15th.  The public is invited to enjoy the Club’s display of creatively decorated holiday trees in a glowing winter wonderland scene in the lobby at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. 

Our fellow Rotarians Danielle Garbe Reser, Sara Archer and Candi Walmsley are coordinating the project. Each artificial tree is to be uniquely decorated with varying ornaments and gift items. We are still in need of sponsors so please reach out to Danielle, Sara or Candi to pickup your tree. 

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help fund the Club’s very successful scholarship program for area students and other worthy humanitarian projects.  Last year they raised over $6,000 from the holiday trees.

Best Sample Tree Ever


Straight from the North Pole, this beautiful tree

comes with these amazing gifts,

generously sponsored by Santa himself:

  • Bright’s Candy Canes and Gift Certificate         $25

  • Two ski passes to Bluewood                               $100

  • One night’s stay at Weinhard Hotel                   $125

  • Gift certificate to the Weinhard Café                 $100

  • Tree décor                                                              $50

Total Retail Value: $400


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World War I Plaque - Goal Achieved!

World War I Memorial Plaque

At our meeting on October 10, Jerry Cummins announced that we achieved our goal of raising $3,750 for the creation and placement of a plaque which will be displayed alongside the cannons at Fort Walla Walla in commemoration of the 57 local servicemen who lost their lives in World War I. 

Thank you, Jerry Cummins, for taking on this project and making it happen! And, thank you to JoAnn Brewer, Becky Roberts, Chris Coates and Jan Corn for helping Jerry reach our goal to honor those who served our Nation and made the ultimate sacrifice. 


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WEAR PINK TO MEETINGS! - October is Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Members are encouraged to wear pink to our Rotary Meetings throughout the month of October. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. The majority of deaths (269 000) occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.

Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. 

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New Member - Jim Fry

Jim Fry (left), sponsored by Ned Morris (right) was brought into our Rotary family by President-Elect Tom Osborn at our September 26, noon meeting. Jim is a life-long educator, currently serving as Superintendent of College Place Public Schools. He is a native of Pullman, Washington and received Bachelors, Masters and post-Masters credentials from Washington State University.

Jim has served the communities in which he has lived as an active volunteer youth coach for Boys & Girls Club and Little League baseball. He volunteered as a member of the Clearwater Economic Development Association in the Lewis and Clark Valley for the past four years and was part of a team that began an annual community-wide high school youth conference in partnership with the University of Idaho and Lewis & Clark State College.

We are pleased Jim has accepted an invitation to serve the Walla Walla Valley through the Rotary Club of Walla Walla. Welcome to our family Jim.

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This Thursday Attend the Rotary Orientation F.I.R.S.T. 

The next F.I.R.S.T. (Fast Interactive Rotary Standard Training) session is this Thursday, October 10.

Each participant will come to the regular club meeting room for lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.  At noon, the group will move upstairs to the second floor conference room. The session will be finished at 1 p.m.

This fun and informative session will be only one-hour in length beginning at noon and will coincide with the regular club meeting day. The orientation fulfills a blue badge requirement. The session will be facilitated by Maryann Cole and Tim Ruybalid.  If you have not already signed up, please do so by contacting Maryann. Her contact information can be found in the Club Directory. 

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New Banner Committee Volunteers

Welcome to our new Banner Committee Volunteers!

The Club is happy to announce our 2 brand new Banner Committee volunteers!  Please help me in welcoming Robert King and Marcus Frey to the Committee. Together they will be in service on the 3rd week of the month. Thank you Robert and Marcus for your service above self.

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District 5080 Facebook Page

Posted by Candi Walmsley

Hello Rotarians,

Earlier this year I took over the District 5080 Facebook page and I work on it daily along with our Club’s page.  As I look at the pages for the more than 50 clubs throughout the international district it is not lost on me that we have a large following for our noon club. I regularly invite new FB friends, not in Rotary, to like our page to learn more about our club and participate in our fundraisers. I challenge all of you who have a Facebook presence to extend an invite to like our club’s page to as many people as you can. I also challenge you to share all posts on our page regarding fundraisers. It’s nice if you like the post, but does not help the club much if it is not shared. Whether it is fair parking lots, Small Trees, or the bike race it all matters! We are here to spread the news about the fantastic organization that we belong to and your help is vital in that role. We currently have 587 “likes” on our page. I would love to have 700 by the end of the year.

Sharing photos of you doing good works for our club is awesome and when you tag the club, that is OUTSTANDING! I am happy to tell you how to do that, just ask me. If we are not currently FB friends, send me an invite!

Have a great September!

Candi Walmsley
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LaWa Scholarship Update

It is our delight to sponsor LaWa students to go to college every year by means of an annual scholarship. Pictured below is Alan and Joan Eubank together with students from Lawa Hostel at the Chiang Mai Rotary Club accepting our club’s scholarship.


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2nd Annual Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Point 5k!

Scott Whitt shared the following information with us at a recent meeting:

"I hope you all have been training hard for the 2nd Annual Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Point 5k! The 'grueling' 0.5km run/walk is less than a month away! I hope you all enjoyed last year's event as much as we did and are as excited as we are doing it again. This year the 'run' (or stroll) will be on Sunday, September 15th, with check-in starting at 12:00pm and the event staring at 1:30pm adjacent to Quirk Brewing. This year we are excited to have Quirk Brewing and MT Head Brewing as co-hosts for the event! We will also have live music, food trucks, and plenty of refreshing beverages available. This year all funds raised will go to The Health Center of Walla Walla, a school-based mental and physical health center for students.

With your $30 entry fee you will receive a t-shirt, free drink ticket (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), pretentious oval 0.5k sticker for your car, and a goodie bag with all kinds of good stuff in it."

Here is the link to sign  up:

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Fair Gates and Parking Lot Fundraiser Outcome


In total, there were 138 hours worked at the gates and 200 hours worked in the parking lots. This year's fundraiser netted $12,600!

Thank you to everyone who worked a shift at this year's Fair. Many people worked multiple shifts. A huge thank you to Tom Osborne and Charlie DeSalvo for spearheading this fundraiser.

Those who did, please reach out to Tom  or Charlie to let them know of things that were hard, worked great, or if you have improvements for next year. Also, please provide them with an estimate of how many people parked between 9 p.m. and closing. We are trying to determine if it is helpful having members there until 10 p.m.

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Need Volunteer Coordinator 

Volunteer Needed!

We are still in need of a new Volunteer Coordinator to take over for Kathy Trommald. The Volunteer Coordinator seeks out volunteers to serve as greeters and cashiers, and someone to introduce guests each week.

If interested, please contact our President Jan Corn or Kathy Trommald.

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Rick Benn went wild last week and purchased approximately $1000 in school supplies for our local youth. There is still a need so please keep donating. And, thank you to Rick for taking on this project!

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Blue Badge Presentment - Esther Duncan

Esther Duncan (left) received her Blue Badge from President Jan Corn (right) at our August 22, noon meeting. Esther has fulfilled all tasks asked of new club members, demonstrating her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Esther!

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Tiaras and Crowns

Walla Walla Rotary Club's 100th Anniversary!

President Jan Corn began wearing a Tiara in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla this year. The Tiara Club is rapidly gaining new members. Anyone wishing to wear a Tiara or Crown is welcome to join.

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New Member Lisa Colville

Lisa Colville (center) sponsored by Maryann Cole (left) was brought into our Rotary family August 22, by President Jan Corn (right).

After serving ten years as a medical assistant, then ten more years in cosmetology (including owning her own business), Lisa made a short-term move to the Tri-Cities to support family needs. In February 2018 Lisa began a career as a financial representative at Country Financial in College Place.

She is an active volunteer: organizing food drives, counselor for a Pathfinder youth group, and as an ambassador for the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce.

Welcome to our Rotary family Lisa. We are pleased you accepted an invitation to serve our community with us.

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Contact Information for Alex Colter

At our August 15th meeting Alex Colter presented on the topic of the Mill Creek Water Study. For those interested in obtaining a copy of his presentation, or wanting to learn more and receive monthly updates, please contact Alex at 

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Rotary District 5080 Conference

Rotarians from around District 5080 will gather in the Tri-Cities, Washington on May 14 through 17 for the 2020 District Conference. There will be energizing speakers, hands on projects, wine tasting, golfing and a fun run along the Columbia river.

The conference is being held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Preferred lodging rates have been arranged at nearby accommodations. Connect brighter, bolder, better in the Tri-Cities in May of 2020.

For more information on the Conference, please visit the following links: and

This will be an easy conference to travel to in May. Reserve your seat today!

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Message from Our President Jan Corn

Meeting Format

There have been some concerns about the new meeting format I would like to clear up for everyone. The reason I changed it was to be sure the speakers who are presenting have their full time. The program chair is very clear in the communication to the presenters that they will be introduced at 12:15, and have a full 25 minutes. We request of them they allow time for Q&A. If we don't have a full agenda for the meeting, they are allowed to go an extra 5 minutes or so. In the past, we have started the program portion at 12:25, with instructions to be finished by 12:50, so they are receiving the same amount of time. It's fun to switch things up once in a while! I hope you'll continue to share your thoughts.

- President Jan Corn

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Update from Former Member James Gilmore

Below is an update from our former member James Gilmore:

It took a while, and a job change, but I’ve found a home with the West Jordon Rotary. Past president is Kelly Atkinson who’s a lifer and charter member of the club. I joined Hexcel Corporation, with headquarters about a mile from our home which has enabled me to have more time to engage with Rotary. My wife, Jessica, trumped me when we moved to Utah and quickly landed a job as an Associate VP with Utah Valley University, the largest university in the state. - James Gilmore

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UPDATE - 100 Years of Rotary in WW

As previously noted, November 1, 2019 will mark the 100th year since the chartering of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla. In preparation for the centennial year celebrations, the club is compiling a booklet regarding its first 100 years.

The History Committee is still in need of information from you and we have just 5 weeks left! So far, the Committee has identified charter members and located some materials from previous landmark anniversaries but are in need of personal stories from members or people they remember from Rotary contributing to their community or their own personal lives. Additionally, photos of groups or projects would be helpful. 

Submissions may be made now through September 30 either in writing (either mailed or e-mailed) or by interview.  For further information please contact Rotarian Becky Roberts, Club History Committee chair, at The mailing address is P. O. Box 418, Walla Walla, WA 99362. 

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New Member Marcus Frey

Marcus Frey (left) sponsored by John Cress (right) became the 1.2 + 1 millionth Rotarian at our club meeting August 8. He is from the University city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. 

Marcus spent thirteen years in the electronics field and is currently working on an MBA one class at a time. He and his wife worked in the Philippines for six years before coming to Walla Walla in 2014 as an Advancement Officer for Walla Walla University. Marcus is currently the Executive Director for the Five Loaves Foundation.

Welcome to our Rotary family Marcus!

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Rotary International has announced a new way it is recognizing Rotaract clubs that actively support The Rotary Foundation. Rotary clubs can earn a special certificate, signed by The Rotary Foundation trustee chair, when at least five members of the club contribute a minimum total of $50 or more to The Rotary Foundation over the Rotary year. Make a one-time gift or a few smaller ones to any of the Foundation’s funds, as long as the total reaches $50. Give to support the causes you believe in, like PolioPlus or other Rotary areas of focus, to help make a bigger difference in the world.

When a club earns a certificate, district leaders will also be notified, so that they are aware of the club’s accomplishment.

This is something new and exciting for Walla Walla Rotaract Club! Let's help them out. Contribute towards our club’s certificate today at!

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ShelterBox Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

ShelterBox has again been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its humanitarian efforts in areas of extreme conflict around the world. The 2018 and 2019 nominations are a great acknowledgment that your donations provide much more than material aid – they provide the foundation for recovery and the stability needed for peace, one family at a time.

The winner will be announced in October 2019. 

For more information on ShelterBox visit

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Rotarians at World Scout Jamboree

International Rotary President Mark Maloney is the first Rotary President to visit the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Walla Walla Club Rotarian Bill Erickson with his wife Diana and local scouts met with Mark.

Our students from Walla Walla who call themselves the Bean Dip patrol also have a Rotary patch on their official shirts to show thanks to Rotary for their support.

Check out link to the Jamboree here:

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Getting to Know You

Last week's "Getting to Know You" featured Ann Counsell and Jim Harold. 

Ann Counsell:

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

Ann’s personal mantra is “The Fruits of the Spirit”, while seeking light for herself and others in an often-dark world.

The loves of her life are her husband, adult daughter, and rescue puppy; followed by her rose garden and views of the Blue Mountains.

She has strong ties to Whitman College as an alumna, alum parent, and former staff member.

She is the girl who goes to Jazzercise every day, drives with her sun roof open in her Mini Cooper almost always, and prefers to be barefoot (sandals are okay).

Ann believes that children and young people are the future of our community, country and world, and has focused her career on raising money for non-profit schools and the Walla Walla YMCA-capital and annual funds, and scholarship funds.  Ann a passion for children, young people and education.

Jim Harold:

Jim is the 4th generation of his family to live in the Walla Walla Valley. His great grandfather worked on the 1st water pipe in Walla Walla. He is a 3rd generation electrical engineer, and his son is a mechanical engineer. During his time in Colorado, Jim worked at a nuclear weapons plant and was the youngest journeyman electrician. While working at the nuclear weapons plant Jim also attended college which resulted in allnighters and late nights.

Jim has been back in Walla Walla for the last 28 years. He has been married 34 years and has 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and one on the way.

As stated by Jim, “without Christ I would be nothing.”

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Kyle Martz's Whitman College Scholarship Fund

Gifts to a Whitman College Scholarship Fund to honor Karl Martz

Whitman College has set up a scholarship fund for international students in honor and memory of Karl Martz who was brutally murdered in his home on July 8. 

Our Rotary Club Board has approved a match of up to $500 to the scholarship in Kyle’s name. Gifts will go through the Don Sherwood Trust Rotary Fund. Donations can be made through our Treasurer, JoAnn Brewer.

President Kathy Murray says, "There aren't words to express the sadness everyone in the Whitman community feels about losing Kyle. "He was loved and trusted by students, faculty and staff alike. He worked selflessly to make our international students feel welcomed and at a home in Walla Walla. His dedication and commitment to others, his kindness and humor only serve to highlight the depth of this tragedy."

Originally from Newport, Oregon, Martz graduated from Whitman in 2007 with degrees in German Studies and Gender Studies. In high school, he traveled to Germany in 2002 as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. As a senior at Whitman, he was awarded a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant scholarship from the Fulbright Commission to teach English as a second language in Germany.

He also served in a number of roles outside Whitman in Walla Walla: on the Walla Walla Diversity Coalition, Community Pride Walla Walla, and the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition.

As a mentor, advocate and friend for international studies, Martz touched countless lives.

Please consider giving a gift to the Kyle Martz Scholarship.

We are all feeling his loss of Karl Martz, and contributing gives us the opportunity to honor and remember Kyle.

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President's Award to Terry and Evelyne Teske

Immediate Past President Todd Brandenburg presented the President’s Award to Evelyne and Terry Teske at our July 11, noon meeting. Members of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla offered their hearty standing ovation in recognition of Terry and Evelyne’s many years of dedicated service to our club and the community. Thank you Terry and Evelyne!

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Last week both Justin Dalke and Sara Archer were the volunteers for "Getting to Know You."

Justin is an optometrist who has been working at Valley Vision for the last 4 years. His wife is also on optometrist. They have been talking about having a child in 2020 as they are always talking about 20/20. He was Rotary Rookie of the Year during John Cress's time as President, and he coordinates the Fellowship hike each year. He has also participated in a mission trip to Micronesia. 

Sara has moved 24 times thus far. Her heart is in non-profit and fundraising but some might surprised to learn that she started out as a securities and insurance professional to learn how to build an endowment. She has 6 children but has never given birth. Her first pets were rats. And, she would like all to remember that a home for a pet is a person not a place.

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Our booth at the 4th of July in the Park was a hit!

It was a great day of promotion for Rotary on the 4th of July. We had a chance to demonstrate what Rotary is and does to lots of members of our community.

The volunteers worked very hard in preparation for and the execution of the plan. There was excellent fellowship and camaraderie among the volunteers—just the kind of thing we often experience when Rotarians get together to do something good. Plus, the customers truly appreciated the delicious salmon sandwiches and veggie burgers.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen and to those who purchased items at our booth and/or donated funds. And, a big thank you to John Cress, Tom Osborn and Bruce Johnson for spearheading this fundraiser that will help support yearly Rotary scholarships for students from eight area high schools and for community enhancement projects.

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Exciting opportunity!!!

The District Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee has just received word that two couples have had to cancel their reservations for this year’s trip to Australia set to take place October 20-31. If you would like to fill one of these spots you need to reach out ASAP by contacting either Jan Corn at, Linda Bauer at or Janine Hales at These openings will likely disappear quickly.


Paul Harris Award

Rotarian and ShelterBox volunteer Ned Morris (left) received Paul Harris Plus 4 recognition from Rotary Foundation committee chair Katherine Miller (center) at our June 13, noon meeting. Ned has worked tirelessly as a ShelterBox ambassador and has been deployed on several disaster assignments.

Thank you, Ned, for your financial and leadership efforts on behalf of Rotary International and ShelterBox. Your gifts truly make a difference in the world.

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Youth Service Award

Youth Services Committee Chair Bill Erickson accepted on behalf of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla, a Youth Service Award from the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. The citation reads: “for service exemplary of Rotary International’s commitment to youth throughout the world through cooperation between Rotary International and Scouting.”

Bill and Diana Erickson are major players in providing opportunities to excel for youth activities in the local Latino club sponsored through an Explorer Post. 

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is immensely proud of the work Bill and Diana do for the community and for youth in the valley. Best wishes as the two of you chaperone two dozen plus young people to the 24th World Scout Jamboree, held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 22nd to August 2nd, 2019. The hosting duties will be split between the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and Asociación de Scouts de México. The theme is Unlock a New World.

Thank you Bill and Diana!

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Rotary Clean Up Project

Many thanks to all the Rotarians that worked hard this past Sunday morning clearing brush on the bike path next to Highway 12! Come check it out!

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New Members - Bert Brewer and Steve Mantle

Bert Brewer sponsored by Joann Brewer, was brought into our Rotary family by President Todd Brandenburg at our June 21, noon meeting. Bert is a native of Walla Walla with a B.A. degree from Washington State University.

From a young age Bert was fascinated by computers and trucks. After seven years as a systems specialist and technology manager for a 70-seat enterprise, he decided to pursue his other dream: He went trucking. Now after 12 years of driving, he has returned to his first passion. He is owner of Brewer Technology Services.

Steve Mantle sponsored by Todd Brandenburg was brought into our Rotary family at our June 13, noon meeting. Steve was born in Australia and has an MBA from the University of Washington. His background includes sales and leadership roles at a network equipment manufacturer, and acquisitions/partnership strategy at Microsoft. 

Steve is founder of Innov8 Solutions, a Walla Walla based startup and Microsoft partner, focused on enabling data-informed farming. 

Welcome to our Rotary family Bert and Steve!

Bert Brewer (right) and President Todd Brandenburg (left)

Steve Mantle (left) sponsored by Todd Brandenburg (right) 

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Rotaract Club in Walla Walla

On June 12, 2019, we welcomed the creation of the new Rotaract Club to the Walla Walla Valley which was chartered by both the Noon Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club!!

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Our Family

Our fellow Rotarians at work, at play and celebrating victories!

Rotarians, families and friends gathered at Blue Mountain Humane Society on October 20th to finish up the weeding and yard cleanup project.



Saturday October 27th, Rotarians once again gathered at Fort Walla Walla to plant trees near the newly installed playground and the World War II Memorial. Several members of Wa-Hi's Green Club also assisted with the tree planting. 

Thank you Rotarians and fellow community members for all you do! 

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Interact Club


The 1st Walla Walla Interact Club meeting was held last week. 6 students from Wa-Hi and 2 College Place High School students attended the 1st meeting and are excited to get involved. Welcome Interact Club members!


If you want to find out more please contact President Todd Brandenburg. Additional information regarding the Interact Club Program can be found in the Interact pamphlet at   

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Rotarian of the Month - March

President Pam Cress at our March 8, noon meeting...

“Our Rotarian of the Month for March has been a member of this club since 2004. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and is most enthusiastic about anything related to trees. He has organized many a tree planting in the years I have been with the club. This year alone we have planted over 250 as a result of his careful planning and collaboration with the city and local non-profits. Walla Walla canopy of green is assured in the decades to come because of his passion. It is my pleasure to present this Rotarian of the Month pin to Sam Wells.

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Admiralty Rum of the Royal Navy

Rotarian Ned Morris, recently returned from a ShelterBox deployment to the Caribbean, is holding a bottle of Pusser’s Rum, bottled exclusively for Pusser’s Rum in the British Virgin Islands. It is the original Admiralty Rum of the Royal Navy. When visiting the Rotary club of Tortola, guest speakers get a bottle of this rum as a gift. They are challenged to take it back to their home club and auction it off to the highest bidder (or bidding group). The money then goes to the charity of the presenter. This has been going on for years now, and the rums have historically sold for around $100. But, for bragging rights, the club that has won the most was a club in Norway that sold it to a group of bidders for $2,300 USD.

So come all ye merry bidders at Rotary Club of Walla Walla Aloha Fundraiser April 14, 2018. Proceeds from the auction of this bottle of rum will go to ShelterBox which is helping desperate families recover from natural disasters throughout the world.

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Ned is a Rising Star!

Our own Ned Morris won an Oscar! A ShelterBox rising star! Proud you are a Rotarian! Thanks for making a difference!

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Rotary Leadership Training

President Pam graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute this past weekend. Congratulations!
RLI is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.
RLI is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control.
RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in its member districts identify those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.
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Banner Exchange - Napa, California

John Coleman (left) from the Sunrise Rotary Club of Napa, California, exchanged banners with President Pam Cress (right) at our February 22, noon meeting. Welcome to Walla Walla Noon Rotary John!

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New Member - Wearstler

President Pam Cress (right) welcomed Bradley Wearstler (center) into our Rotary family on February 15. Bradley was sponsored by Lowell Schneider and introduced by Maryann Cole (left).

Bradley graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Fine Art with emphasis in experimental photography and sculpture. In 1998, he moved to the Walla Walla Valley and worked with a small civil engineering firm developing irrigated forestry models. Brad took a position with the Walla Walla Foundry in 2003. He served as manager of special projects, which involved developing new production techniques and utilization of non-traditional materials. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Walla Walla Foundry.

Welcome to our family Bradley, we look forward to working with you and meeting the rest of your family.

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Paul Harris Fellow +8 - Depping

Larry Hoof (left), Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, presented Paul Harris recognition at our February 22, noon meeting:

“This week, I have a pin with loads of significance as it carries 3 rubies and is what we refer to as a Paul Harris Fellow + 8. The Rotary Foundation has been a focus for ongoing contributions from a member who joined this club in 1999. He grew up on a farm in Walla Walla on a road that has the family name. Although he currently is retired from his career and is residing in the Tri-Cities area, he still owns the farm and he maintains his membership with our club traveling weekly, even on days such as this, for the fellowship and programs.

Here’s a bit of history of his community involvement, past achievements and current commitments.
While growing up here, he was active in 4-H and FFA and received the American Farmer Degree, which is FFA's highest honor.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from WSU and a MS in Agricultural Economics from University of Arizona, he went to work for the Farm Credit System and spent 41 years as an ag lender before retiring about 4-years ago.

Currently he is a Certified Cooperative Director for Columbia Rural Electric Cooperative Association and serves as the Board’s secretary/treasurer. He in the process of running for his second term as a director there.

In addition to his contributions to the Rotary Foundation, he has twice been the winning bidder for the Walla Walla Scenic Flight at the Aloha fundraiser. He and his wife also are active supporters of the Soroptimists. In service to the Boy Scouts, he sets up his five telescopes for guided star-gazing tours of the universe.

His wife Nancy is still working as Senior VP for Inland Northwest Bank in Kennewick. Together, with the Washington Ag Forestry Alums, they like to travel and have been to New Zealand and to New England just this past fall. They also enjoy fishing at a friend’s lodge in Pelican, Alaska. They have two daughters and six grandchildren that take up much of their time.

It is with great appreciation we get to praise another one of our remarkable members for outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation and to our community!

Thank you very much, Duane Depping!”

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Blue Badge - Rogers

President Pam Cress (left) presented a Blue Badge to Connie Rogers (right) at our February 22, noon meeting. Connie has completed all tasks assigned, demonstrating her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Connie!

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Rotarian of the Month - February

President Pam Cress introduced the Rotarian of the Month at our February 1, noon meeting by saying…

“The Rotarian of the Month for February has been an active member of our club since 2000. She is a Past District 5080 Officer, a past President of Sunshine Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow Plus. I am recognizing her today for her exceptional work in our club with new member orientation, writing and submitting press releases for the club, preparing pre-meeting slides each week, coordinating and providing member visits, and sending get well and condolence cards. Her ability to organize and implement ideas on behalf of this club is valuable. It is a privilege for me to award the Rotarian of the Month pin to Maryann Cole. Thank you for making a difference.”

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Health Center - Donation

Rotary Club of Walla Walla President Pam Cress (right) presented a $4,000 grant from our Foundation to the Health Center at our February 8, noon meeting. Accepting the grant is Health Center Director Dr. Stan Ledington (center). Also present to accept the award was Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent, Wade Smith (left).

Since its beginning over a decade ago, The Health Center has provided school based medical and mental health care services to students in our community, improving their health and opportunities to continue their education and achieving success. The Center’s mission aligns with the core mission of the Rotary Club of Walla Walla-we focus our energy and philanthropy on projects that helps students with recreational facilities, support for activities, scholarships, and life-enhancing services.

The grant from Noon Rotary will assist the Health Center in doubling the number of students with access to school based student medical and mental health services.
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Karate Center Youth Foundation

Recently, the Walla Walla Noon Rotary Youth committee provided a $300.00 grant to “The Karate Center Youth Foundation.” The grant is in support of the karate centers AAU team. The center uses the art of karate to build leadership skills, teach sportsmanship, and develop communication skills in students. Many children benefit from the training especially children from high risk social back grounds and children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. The training builds confidence and self- esteem. The grant will help fund AAU membership fees.

Their organization benefits the youth of Walla Walla by supporting the karate center team. The karate center has about 100 kids. Recently it was decided to have all the kids become AAU individual members. This would ensure each participant has insurance for the sport.

Karate will for the first time be an Olympic event. Our kids are excited about this and eager to participate. They hope to have kids competing in nationals this year.


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Youth Services Committee - Gift

Youth Services Committee Chair Bill Erickson (left) presented a $750 check to the local 4-H Youth Program’s “Demonstration and Public Speaking Contest” at our February 8, noon meeting. Accepting the check for 4-H is Tom House (right), one of the speakers.

Financial support is needed for prizes and awards for the contest which is held each year in April and May involving 90 – 100 4-H youth. The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to support 4-H in their pursuit of developing life skills in young leaders of tomorrow.


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Paul Harris Recognition - Wells

Chair of our Rotary Foundation Committee, Larry Hoof (left) presented Paul Harris recognition plus four to Sam Wells (right) at our February 8, noon meeting…

“Our program today is all about education. We all know how important it is for children to receive a good quality education which can only be delivered in communities that care and support the efforts of teachers and staff.

It was just a couple of weeks ago we were treated to an excellent presentation by Kathryn Witherington of Junior Achievement on the great work being done by volunteers who make presentations to kids in school about entrepreneurial thinking and how money works.

Today we get to applaud one of those volunteers who had been active with Junior Achievement in classrooms for ten years.

With three kids working their way through the school district, you might appreciate the vested interest this father has had in being involved.
About five years ago, he amped up his participation by putting himself up for election to the school board and has served as board president and is now in his second four-year term.

He’s been an active member of this club since 2004. He’s been on the Foundation committee and more recently, he’s the chair of the Tree Planting committee.
In addition to his love for kids, his affection for trees, he has demonstrated his concern for the well-being of animals by serving on the board of the Humane Society for six years. And he wonders why he doesn’t have more time for hiking, camping and pickleball!

It’s not hard to figure out that the guy who has been recognized for not just one, two or three Paul Harris Fellow Awards is Sam Wells. Today he gets his fourth! Thank you, Sam!”

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Deployed For ShelterBox

Walla Walla man deploys to Caribbean for humanitarian work

AnnAnnie Charnley Eveland

 Feb 4, 2018 Updated Feb 4, 2018


Whether literally or figuratively, Walla Wallan Ned Morris made his list and checked it at least twice in preparation for his deployment with the charitable, nonprofit ShelterBox organization. He is scheduled to fly into Antigua today.  Ned is a member of Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club, which has contributed funding for several ShelterBoxes that are used in natural disaster recovery.  In fact Ned certified as a ShelterBoxUSA Response Team member for the herculean task of providing a humanitarian response in areas that have suffered devastation.

His three-week assignment this month involves monitoring and evaluating ShelterBox response in the Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria that ground through there in September. Each large ShelterBox bin is tailored to the location and nature of the disaster and includes a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, a water purification kit, blankets, tools and other necessities to help a family survive.

“The Rotary club is proud of this guy. He did all of the nearly year-long training and qualification process on his own initiative. It takes a special person to respond to such humanitarian situations,” said Rotarian Maryann Cole in a release.

The charitable organization specializing in hand-delivering emergency shelter for families devastated by natural disaster and conflict worldwide.  There are approximately 200 Response Team members altogether and of those less than 40 are from the United States.  Ned will work three weeks in Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda.  

“One of the most impressive aspects of ShelterBox is that it truly holds itself accountable to the beneficiaries of aid and also to financial donors and contributors to the organization.  This is critical to ensure judicious disaster relief responses, every time,” Ned said.

He will determine if the delivery of aid was timely and appropriate for the situation. Onsite interviews will be conducted to determine what worked well and what could be improved.  For example, information is gathered on whether families receiving shelter aid were adequately trained on how to use it properly. In addition, communication with other aid organizations such as Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity will be conducted to assess the multi-organization coordination efforts in the region.  

Response Team members are volunteers who dedicate a minimum six weeks of service to ShelterBox per year.  Teams are composed of two to four people who are sent when and where needed.  Each team generally spends approximately 10-12 hours in the field a day plus a few hours each evening writing reports and scheduling.  There are often inherent travel and safety issues when responding to disaster and refugee zones, Maryann noted.  Each team reports back to ShelterBox headquarters twice a day. "ShelterBox, my family and friends in Rotary are very supportive. I have confidence in my training and preparation and am enthusiastic to put it into practice,” Ned said.  

Rotary President Pam Cress added, “Ned has taken on this impressive commitment with such energy and devotion to helping others.  He even spent weeks in extra training last year to increase his expertise. The club is really looking forward to learning about his experience when he returns.”

Noon Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Thursdays for lunch and community interest programs at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.  For more details, contact Pam at or 509-301-2199.


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Blue Badge Member - Garbe

Danielle Garbe (left) received her Blue Badge from President Pam Cress (right) at our January 25, noon meeting after demonstrating her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Danielle!

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Paul is a Paul Harris +2

Larry Hoof (right) recognized a Paul Harris Fellow plus 2 (left) at our January 25, noon meeting by saying…

“One of the measures of greatness in America is the ability to achieve remarkable levels of success by running a business providing needed services to benefit the people in the community we live in. Another measure is what a person gives in time, energy and money to good effect for that community and beyond.
As Rotarians, we understand this. As Rotarians, we also like... to recognize success and achievement and contributions by invoking the name of Rotary’s inspiration: Paul Harris.
Perhaps you’ve watched the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards where the winners provide a long list of people who deserve recognition for their support and contributions to the success of the recipient. The most eloquent and deserved ‘thanks’ is shared among many, not just the person on the stage with the statuette.

This is not the Golden Globes, nor is it the Academy Awards, but the message today is very much the same.

When informed of the new pin representing what we call the Paul Harris plus two, our member declared that it really ought to be shared with those who have inspired him to make meaningful and important financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation. That would include all of you as fellow members of this worldwide organization and those of you who have also been his customers throughout the years.

I am thrilled to be able to introduce the person who has also served this club as Foundation Chair. Here to receive the Paul Harris Plus 2 pin is Paul Rasmussen!”

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Rotarian of the Month - January

Rotarian of the Month – January 2018
President Pam Cress introduced the Rotarian of the month at our January 4, noon meeting...
“Our Rotarian of the Month for January has been a member of this club since 1973 and has the distinction of perfect attendance to club meetings for the 43 years he has been a member. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Past President of this Club and is most enthusiastic about anything Rotary. He has a ready smile and a word of encouragement most every time I encounter him. It is my pleasure to present this Rotarian of the Month pin to Steve Stevens. This club and this world are a better place because of Steve.
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ShelterBox - Gold Hero Status

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla received Gold Hero status at our January 25, noon meeting for pledging $5,000 annually for the next three years in support of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivor’s worldwide. Rotarian Ned Morris (left), a trained ShelterBox responder who will be deploying to the Caribbean in February, accepted the banner on behalf of our club. Thank you to all club members for making a difference through ShelterBox!

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New Members - Bell & Jay

President Pam Cress (far Right) delighted in receiving two new members at our January 18, noon meeting. Kari Isaacson (left) sponsored Christopher Jay (second from left), and Todd Brandenburg (third from left) sponsored Christian Bell (fourth from left).

Christopher Jay, has come back to his native Walla Walla by way of Portland, Oregon and Anchorage, Alaska, where he was active on the Board of various entities as well as a member of Rotary. He is a Paul Harris fellow and stockbroker by trade.

Christian Bell is a graduate of Walla Walla University and has come back to his native Walla Walla as an Account Manager with his family business. He has served on several Non-Profit Boards and is active in mentoring youth.

Walla Walla Noon Rotary is pleased to welcome Christopher and Christian into our Rotary family! We look forward to serving our community together with them.
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Club Coverage in Union Bulletin

Posted by Maryann Cole

Wildwood Park is sporting brightly colored new playground equipment, in case you haven’t visited the site lately at the corner of Division Street and Boyer Avenue.

More than a year of planning, several contributing partners and numerous volunteers made it happen, reported Maryann Cole with Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club, which stewarded the project. Rotary and friends attended a ribbon-cutting celebration there on Nov. 30.  

Past Rotary President Chris Coates led the major capital project, which stemmed from a casual conversation with a member of the park neighborhood.  

“I was curious about what was already in the park and went to take a look. It did not take long to realize that playground equipment and other improvements were greatly needed,” Chris said.

Wildwood Park hosts children’s programs through the city of Walla Walla and Camp Fire Walla Walla.  

They met in summer 2016 with Camp Fire Director Allen Stanley to plan the best project to interface with the programs and talk about priorities.

Walla Walla City Manager Nabiel Shawa and City Parks & Recreation Department Director Andy Coleman also weighed in.  

Playground equipment design and project budget details were planned and finalized so efforts could begin to secure funding, Maryann said.  

“Since Rotary clubs have a long history of community service — and our club in particular with providing playground equipment — convincing the club board of directors to support the project was easy,” Chris said.  

The $58,000 project was supported by Noon Rotary Club with approximately $36,000; a Sherwood Trust grant of $17,000; and a Rotary District 5080 grant of $5,000.   

“Not counted into the total project budget was an indispensable contribution by the city of Walla Walla of staff labor, estimated at $10,000. Past club president Paul Abenroth served as contractor for the project.  

“Our club cannot thank the city employees enough for all their amazing work on this project. It would not have happened without them since the playground structure assembly was much more challenging than anyone anticipated,” said Club President Pam Cress

The city also provided the ground preparation work and will complete the project by replacing the basketball court in the spring.  

Rotarians, their families and friends and residents of the neighborhood all helped with parts of the construction and installation.  

Long-term park-area resident Michelle Jones asked around the neighborhood for help with labor and food and beverages for volunteers.  

“It is very rewarding seeing children playing on equipment that has been especially provided for their entertainment and exercise. Our club is very pleased to have been able to lead another playground project in the community,” Chris stated. 

Noon Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. Thursdays for lunch and community interest programs at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St. For more details, contact Pam at or 509-301-2199 or online see or on Facebook,

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New Member - Vergara

Welcome Victor Vergara (center) sponsored by Forrest Baker (left) and brought into membership by President Pam Cress at our January 11, noon meeting.

Victor comes to us from Chile, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in history and geography. He received a Master’s in Education from Portland State University and a Doctoral degree in educational leadership from PSU. Victor began his career in education as an elementary bilingual teacher in Portland and Woodburn, Oregon. Victor’s service in Woodburn earned him recognition as the Oregon Middle School Principal of the year for his work there.

Walla Walla Public School district is proud to have Dr. Victor Vergara as Director of Bilingual Education, and we are proud to have him accept an invitation to join our Rotary family.

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Holiday Fund Drive

2017 Holiday Food Drive Appeal

Rotarians responded with the largest gift ever this year by raising $2,980 for the Blue Mountain Action Council Warehouse, thus sparing themselves from listening to Chris Grasso (left) read to us from the phone book.

Accepting the oversize check is Rotarian Jeff Mathias (right), director of the Food Warehouse.

Thank you everybody!

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Salvation Army

Pam shared that our weeks of Salvation Army kettle proved to be very helpful. Just over $500 in cash and toys was provided in the red kettle before our weekly meeting. Thank you for being so generous.
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Blue Badge - Byrnes

Jim Byrnes (left) received his blue badge from President Pam Cress (right) at our December 28, noon meeting. Jim has faithfully completed all tasks asked of new members, demonstrating his commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Jim!

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Exchange Student Updates

From Bill Erickson, Chair of Youth Services Committee…
Hi all- finally had some time to summarize some of the things our students are doing.

Youth Exchange Update: December 2017
Our current inbound student Raquel Perez just finished her first trimester as a senior at College Place High School. This past fall she lived with Rotarian Miguel Ibarra and his wife Maria’s family. Turning out for volleyball, she played on the Hawk’s JV team. She attended a Rotary Youth Exchange event in Canada. She also traveled to California for a few days with the Bill and Diana Erickson to experience Disneyland, Universal Studios scary night, Medieval Times Dinner, downtown Hollywood, and a chance to soak her feet for her first visit to the Pacific Ocean. Keeping up with her studies, Raquel finished the trimester with a 3.9 grade point average including an A- in her calculus class.
Raquel is currently living with Rotarian Tim Payne’s family who took her to Leavenworth, Washington, during Thanksgiving to see the town Christmas lighting. Moving into the winter sports season, Raquel is on the sidelines at the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games as a recent addition to the College Place High School cheer team. Raquel and Tisha Payne recently served as elves for the Christmas meeting this past Thursday.
Bianca Graduates from High School
December 7, 2017, was high school graduation night for Bianca Mizobe, last year’s inbound student. Bill and Diana Erickson traveled to Bianca’s hometown of Álvares Machado to be at the event. Hosted by Bianca’s parents, Roberto and Silvia Mizobe (including family and friends), it was a privilege to see her graduate with her 40 plus classmates.
Bianca had quite a busy spring after she got home in July. It turned out that the school she attended did not accept any of her class work in the United States. Even though she had a hunch that she would have that challenge ahead of her since her cousin went through the same things the year before, she was quite disappointed. To graduate on time with her class, she had to double up her course work and take 22 different classes.
She is now planning on moving to Sao Paulo in February to live with her aunt and uncle to attend a preparatory course that will help her study for exams for the college she wants to go to in Sao Paulo, a six hour drive from Álvares Machado. In Brazil, entrance exams are given by universities once a year. Passing students can attend tuition free. She is planning on going to law school when accepted. In Brazil, students can move directly from high school to professional school. For example, some of Bianca’s classmates are attending medical, law, or dental schools directly from high school.
The Mizobes were great hosts and showed and expressed to us how much they appreciated the efforts of the Walla Walla Rotary Club care of their daughter while she was in the United States.
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Rotarian of the Month - December

President Pam Cress introduced our Rotarian of the Month for December, John Stanford, by explaining:

“The Rotarian for the month of December has been a member of our club since 2000. He is a retired attorney who is a Paul Harris Fellow, a faithful attendee and staunch defender of saying the pledge in this club. However, as you know from last week, John went missing two weeks ago. At 92, he is slowing down and has decided he must now resign from the club. We did get him back here today because John represents the best of Rotary and we wanted to honor him. John has been faithful in service and fellowship with cherished friends. It is a privilege to award this pin to you, Mr. Stanford, as our Rotarian of the Month. Thank you for being a part of our Noon Rotary. You will be missed. In Mr. Stanford’s honor for the love of his country, I would ask that all Rotarians stand and recite with me the pledge.”


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Blue Badge - Miller

Clint Miller (left) received his blue badge from President Pam Cress (right) at our December 7, noon meeting after successfully completing all duties asked of new members. Thank you Clint!

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Small Trees, Big Impact

This first year fundraiser for our club was a HUGE success! Led by Jan Corn, Danielle Garbe and Sara Archer, our club raised just over $4,000 for youth scholarships. Thank you to each of you who contributed a tree, purchased a tree or helped during this fundraiser! YOU made a difference.

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Holiday Fund Drive for Food Bank

Chris Grasso is leading the holiday fund drive to benefit local families. Please contribute what you can do this annual club fundraiser to help provide food to families during the holidays. Envelopes are available to mail in a gift or you can speak to Evelyne about to make your gift. We are very close to meeting our goal.

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New Member of the Board

DEBBIE M. WILLIAMS has been voted in as the newest Noon Rotary Club Board Member! Congratulations!!

I have been a Rotary member for 22 years.  I am a WSU Associate Professor and Walla Walla County Department Head directing the local 4-H, Food $ense, and Master Gardener Programs for more than 15 years.  I was born and raised in Walla Walla. I Joined Rotary in Kelso Washington on November 16, 1995 with a member designation of Nonprofit Executive Director.  In Kelso Rotary Club, I was a part of the Ducky Derby Committee.  In 1999, I returned to Walla Walla where Walt Gary sponsored my transfer into Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club.  I am a Paul Harris Fellow (working on my third) and I am working on my Don Sherwood Fellow.  I am a member of the Rotary Foundation, Invocation, and Youth Committees.  I strongly believe club service includes becoming a board director to keep our club strong and I am excited to be on this year’s ballot.

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Bell Ringers for Salvation Army

Through the leadership of Tom Osborn, our club is hosting a Salvation Army kettle to collect donations for this worthy organization. Each meeting during December will feature their kettle and bell with a helpful Rotarian posted to encourage your gift. Cash and checks are accepted. Evelyne, Charlie and John will be the bell ringers for the rest of the month. Please drop a gift, money or a toy in their kettle if you are so inclined.

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Wildwood Park project - Ribbon Cutting

Wildwood Park Playground received an official ribbon cutting ceremony on a quite chilly, overcast Thursday afternoon, November 30. Brief remarks from Parks Director Andy Coleman, Mayor Allen Pomranning, and Noon Rotary President Pam Cress and then the honor of cutting the ribbon performed by Rotary Past President Chris Coates who spearheaded the drive to get playground equipment in Wildwood Park. Notably, some of the apparatus is accessible to children with disabilities


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District Coverage for Ned Morris

While looking for content for this week's bulletin, I stumbled upon a shout out to Ned Morris and his work with ShelterBox on the District 5080 website. 

It is Day 3 of the final leg of Ned Morris's yearlong quest to join an elite emergency relief team.  The details of what he's doing on this leg in Cornwall, England, are not exactly known.  It is said to combine a mixture of classroom learning with fitness tests and practical exercises designed to prepare his for the worst of the worst conditions as a responder in international disaster relief for Shelter Box.  Specifics though are secret.

Way to go Ned! Learn more by visiting

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Rotarian of the Month - November

President Pam Cress (right) introduced the Rotarian of the Month at our November 2, noon meeting.

“The Rotarian of the Month for November goes to a member who joined our club in 2008. He is a Paul Harris fellow and provides a valuable weekly service to the club by having a camera in hand and recording through pictures the happenings of our Rotary Club meetings. He is also an active member in fundraisers, community service and fellowships. Thank you Larry Frank (left) for all you do to make a difference for our club.”

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Donation to Junior Achievement

Chair of the Youth Services Committee Bill Erickson (right) presented a $500 check to Junior Achievement at our November 16, noon meeting. Kathryn Witherington (left) accepted the check on behalf of JA.

The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. During the 2016-2017 school year, JA of Southeast Washington served more than 12,400 students in 85 schools. JA is currently working to expand their program to Edison Grade School and Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, and the Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to assist in that endeavor.

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New Member - Baker

Forrest Baker (left) received his blue badge from President Pam Cress (right) at our November 16, noon meeting. Forrest has demonstrated his commitment to serving Rotary and our community by completing a series of voluntary tasks asked of all new members. All of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla are delighted to have the opportunity to know and work alongside Forrest.


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New Member - Morris

Jane Morris (left) sponsored by Ned Morris (center) was brought into our Rotary family at our November 9, noon meeting by President Pam Cress (right).

As the daughter of a career Army officer, Jane has lived overseas and in numerous U.S. continental states. With degrees from WSU and University of Oregon culminating in a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, Jane has worked in the Springfield, Oregon School district for many years. While there she joined Rotary, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. She moved to Walla Walla after retiring in 2011, and is delighted to continue her relationship with Rotary. And we are delighted that Jane has accepted our invitation to join us. Welcome back to Rotary Jane!

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New Member - Martinez

Veaney Martinez (center) sponsored by Sandy Flores (left) was brought into our Rotary family by President Pam Cress (right) at our November 9, noon meeting. Veaney was born in Acapulco, Mexico and came to the states when she was five years old.

She earned a B.S. degree from Eastern Washington University in 2008 and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Social Work. Veaney is employed at Blue Mountain Action Council where she is the director of the pro bono law program.

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is delighted Veaney has accepted an invitation to join us and we look forward to working with her in serving our community.

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New Member - Hyndman

Jerry Cummins (center) sponsored Jeremy Hyndman (left) as a new member of our Rotary Club family. President Pam Cress (right) invited Jerry to introduce his candidate:
“As many of you might know, for a long time now I have tried to think of ways to improve my image in Rotary. Doug Bayne, my personal Life Coach, suggested one way to improve my image was to sponsor a lawyer for membership. Thus I am here today to introduce and (paraphrasing from last week), indict Jeremy Hyndman.

Jeremy Hyndman is the new managing Attorney at Basalt Legal, a six-person law firm which is just down the street in the Jones Building at Second and Main. Basalt Legal was formerly known as Burkhart & Burkhart.

Jeremy’s practice focuses on estate planning, business law, and complex litigation. He’s a member of the Walla Walla Valley Estate Planning Council. In addition to being licensed in Washington, Jeremy is also licensed to practice law in Georgia and California. In his litigation practice, Jeremy has been interviewed by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Oregonian, and U.S. News & World Report, as well as many other publications.

But the way you really know that this guy is smart if he’s leaving Spokane and has chosen to call Walla Walla home! However, understanding I am his sponsor might leave you in doubt.
Please welcome Jeremy Hyndman as the newest member of Rotary.”

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New Member - Plasencia

Petra Plasencia (center), sponsored by Kathy Fry-Trommald (left) was accepted into membership by President Pam Cress (right) at our October 26, noon meeting. Petra has been a family caregiver for many years before moving to Walla Walla from Touchet. She currently is the marketing director at Brookdale Senior Living. She worked with fellow Rotarian Gary London, who introduced her to Rotary.

Petra’s goal in becoming a Rotarian is to give back to the community she lives in and to make a difference. She is bilingual and has a passion for helping people in need. We’re delighted to have Petra Plasencia become a part of our Rotary family.

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Blue Badge Member - Murray

Kathleen Murray (left) received her Blue Badge at our October 26, noon meeting from President Pam Cress (right). Kathleen has faithfully completed the numerous assignments asked of all new members, demonstrating her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you for being an active member of our Rotary family Kathleen.

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Exchange Student Update From Italy

We’ve heard about many experiences that Hana Bobrow-Strain is having in Italy. Here are a few snippets from the past few weeks:

One of the first things I did in October was visit Capodimonte with my host family. It’s a town overlooking Naples. It was an important producer of porcelain as well as the location of a Bourbon palace, now a museum. The museum has art pieces from at least as far back as the 15th century and ranging into the 21st. The older collections come from the Bourbons and other noble houses. I saw my first piece by Michelangelo!

I went to my first rotary meeting here last week. There was an American professor speaking about his research in the nearby archaeological sites. After his presentation, I met a lot of Rotarians. It’s always a little tricky to explain that I’m from Washington state, not Washington D.C, even after I googled how to say: “It’s on the other side of the country.” Actually, a surprising amount of people had been to Seattle, Portland, or even some of the smaller cities in the area.

I got a lot of compliments on my Italian, which was cool, but I’m pretty sure it was just in comparison to how little most Americans try. I’ve heard lots of stories from people who’ve had colleagues who’ve lived here for years and can barely say buongiorno.

I got a passing score on a test in Italian, I enjoyed playing volleyball for the first time in my life, I’m looking for somewhere to do some volunteering, and I think one of my host mom’s friends might teach me some Italian cooking. I’m also looking forward to visiting Tuscany for the first time and going to another exchange student’s host family’s country house for a weekend. 


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Rotarian of the Month - October

Ned Morris (left) received recognition as Rotarian of the month for October 2017 at our October 5, noon meeting by President Pam Cress (right). Ned joined our club in 2015 and has been an active member in fundraisers, tree plantings, and foundation giving. Above all that, Ned has immersed himself wholeheartedly into the work of ShelterBox, Rotary International’s partner in providing emergency shelter and survival equipment to people around the world suffering through natural disasters and human conflict. Ned will soon complete training enabling him to serve on a Team which could be deployed anywhere in the world. “Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to have you as a member Ned!


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Wildwood Project

Thanks to each Rotarian who came and made a difference today in Wildwood Park. Families who regularly use the park joined the club in spreading wood chips and putting up a fence. It was a good day in the neighborhood! You gotta love Rotary! You gotta love Walla Walla!

For all of Saturday's photos:

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Visit from Joan Toone

Rotarians Joan (left) and Terry (right) Toone, from the Rotary Club of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, visited our club October 5, and gave us a polio awareness program. Many comments from the audience were overheard expressing “wow, I didn’t know that!”

Joan is the current President of the Victoria Rotary Club, and her husband Terry is the Polio Plus Chair for Rotary District 5020. She has numerous recognitions including: multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation Benefactor, President’s Commendation by the Rotary Club of Victoria, Rotary Foundation District Service Award-twice, District 5020 Award of Excellence, and Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.

Joan speaks passionately about Rotary’s involvement and commitment to polio eradication to anyone who will listen. She is herself a polio survivor.

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Community Pitched In at Wildwood

This past weekend we were especially delighted when a young family helped us at Wildwood Park. They were driving by and wondered what was happening. The little girl wanted to help out for a while, so we gave them jobs and enjoyed their company.

Many other neighborhood families came out on the rainy and cold morning to help. It was heartwarming to see the support for the project! This park will be well used for years to come.

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Newest Blue Badge Member

Sandy Flores (left) received her Blue Badge from President Pam Cress (right) at our October 19, noon meeting. She has immersed herself regularly in Rotary functions and assigned duties, admirably demonstrating her commitment to serve the community in the best tradition of Rotary’s “service above self.” Thank you for being a part of our Rotary family Sandy!

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Dancing Rotarians!

I had the pleasure of seeing these star-studded Rotarians performing in the fundraiser for VRS this past weekend! The audience was full of Rotarians supporting Rotarians and community members. LOTS of laughs and smiles.

Scott was powerful in his dance and didn’t drop his partner! I think he should wear a red sash more often.

Zachary had all the moves in his purple velvet jacket! His wife is definitely his biggest, and sweetest, fan!

Chris... Our lady Chris, was a vision in red and took 2nd place with a PERFECT score of 40!

Each of you were brave and made us proud in your performances.

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Youth Joining our Service Projects

Posted by Candi Walmsley

Our daughter, Audra Walmsley, is a member of the Pioneer Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) this year. While brainstorming with her on ways she can fulfill her required number of hours of service, we discussed the upcoming projects for our Rotary Club that she was going to help with. Then we thought about inviting her team members to our events. I reached out to our Club President and to the school liasion, Alba Biagi, and both were enthusiastic to include the youth in our projects! I am thrilled to report that from now on, we will have student representatives from NJHS at our service projects. Please share with them your passion and leadership as we help them develop their own passion and leadership skills.



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Thank you notes received

Our club received two thank you notes recently.

The first was from our Club member, Don Schacht. He is recovering well from his medical issues eralier this year and has been grateful for the cards and well wishes from the group.

The NorthWest little league team, from Walla Walla, also sent us a thank you note. While they were particpating in the Little League World Series we sent them some money to help cover expenses. We are all so proud of their hard work during the series!

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Recognition to Leo Doyle

Leo Doyle (left) received recognition as a $1,000 contributor to the Donald Sherwood Endowment Scholarship Fund from President Pam Cress (right) at our September 21, noon meeting.

Rotarian Donald Sherwood and wife Virginia contributed $10,000 to establish an endowed trust through the Rotary Club of Walla Walla early in the 1980s. Our club has been able to provide tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships through the endowment to deserving students. Money is annually distributed to Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, and Whitman College.

Thank you Leo for helping to continue this wonderful gift!


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BMAC Food Distribution

Please save the date of October 12th. Rotarians will help give away food from 4-6pm, with the help of Jeff Mathias from Blue Mountain Action Council. More details to come!

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Dr. Opara Recognized

Larry Hoof (left) presented Paul Harris recognition Plus 5 by announcing at our September 21, noon meeting:

“This may be a first! We get to celebrate a Paul Harris Fellow twice in the same calendar year! That means The Rotary Foundation has received enough qualifying contributions to recognize our club member’s continuing donations. If you were at first meeting of this year, you heard me describe the broad reach and scope of the service and contributions of Dr. James Opara. What I didn’t explain then was a bit of his history. He graduated from the University of Nigeria Medical School in June of 1981. With additional training, he became a surgeon before immigrating to the US in 1992 to further his career in a  Residency Program in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1996, he made a critical career decision to focus on practicing in a community with a medically underserved population. He has been working since then at the Walla Walla Family Medical Center. He joined this club in 2004. He is also active in several medical associations and is the current secretary/treasurer of the Walla Walla Valley Medical Society. He maintains his connections to his homeland with annual trips back to Nigeria to provide medical services as well as to witness the long-lasting impact of past Rotary supported water and education projects.

Let’s show our appreciation for the work and contributions of a remarkable Rotarian: Dr. James Opara.”

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Rotarian of the Month - September

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!

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Welcome Home for Veterans

Please take a moment to view the recognition received by our Club’s Vietnam Veterans by Dr. Angel Pilato. Thank you for your service.
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Fair Gates 2017 - Final update

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!


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Visit by District Governor

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!

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Two Blue Badge members

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.
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Paul Harris Fellow recognition

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!”

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Outstanding Rotarian

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!

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New Exchange student arrives

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.

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Sweets Baseball supports BMAC Food Warehouse

Rotarian Zachary Fraser (right) presented a check in the amount of $270 to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Warehouse from the Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Team. The Sweets donated a portion of ticket sales from Rotarians and their families who attended a special Sweets night out. Accepting the check is the Director of the Food Warehouse, Rotarian Jeff Mathias (left).

Thank you Sweets and thank you to all the Rotarians who supported hometown baseball, and the BMAC Food Warehouse.

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Exchange Student earns badge

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.

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New Member

 Meet Becky Kettner (center) who was brought into membership in our club by President Pam Cress (right) at our August 17, noon meeting. She was sponsored by Greg Kettner (left).
Becky is a Trust Adviser working with the D.S. Baker Adviser team to help community members construct and execute plans for building their legacies as well as helping them pass it on to future generations. This includes being a point of contact and resource for trust administration, financial planning, and managing investments. She joined Baker Boyer with nineteen years of marketing/sales and business strategy experience. During that time, she worked closely with the CFO and marketing manager of Liberty Bank, worked with the largest RV dealership in the Western US and has worked with a heavy equipment manufacturer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Walla Walla University.
Welcome to our Rotary family Becky. We look forward to working together with you.

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Rotarian of the Month - August

Candi Walmsley (left) was selected by the Board to be recognized as August Rotarian of the Month for her outstanding work in writing and publishing our club’s weekly newsletter. Congratulations Candi! Well Done.

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Christian Aid Center Donation

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla proudly delivered a check in the amount of $25,710 to the Christian Aid Center Women's Shelter building fund. Accepting the check from President Pam Cress (left) and Immediate Past President John Cress (right) was Jason Wicklund (center) Executive Director.
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Two Blue Badge Members!

Greg Kettner (left) and Bob Stuart (right) having faithfully completed tasks requested of all new members, were awarded blue badges at our July 20, noon meeting by President Pam Cress (center).
Thank you Greg and Bob.
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Larry Krivoshein

Larry "Digger" Krivoshein passed away July 11th after a courageous battle with kidney disease. 

Viewing will be 10:00am - 5:00pm, Friday, July 14th and 9:00am - 1:00pm, Saturday, July 15th at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA. A Celebration of Larry's life will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 15th in the Marcus Whitman Main Ballroom. 

Larry was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 21, 1938 with his twin sister. He started early in the funeral business while still in Canada. He married his wife of 44 years, Jan, in Weyburn in 1961. They moved to Walla Walla in 1963 in a VW bug with very few possessions and their 6 week old son. Larry attended Walla Walla College, but when an opportunity to purchase Groseclose Funeral home presented itself, he chose a different path. Larry operated/owned Groseclose for 30 years, eventually retiring in 1992... for his first venture. After watching close friends making home wine, he decided, I can do that, and in typical Larry fashion, not only made home wine well, but started Russell Creek Winery in 1998. The wine business was his true passion; he loved every part of the business and would control every part of it. If you ever worked with him during crush, it was Larry's way or no way. RCW was approximately the 12th winery started in Walla Walla and he was very proud of his many accolades, including a 3 time winner of the best of show at the Tri City Wine Festival. (he would have wanted you to know that.)

In Larry's spare time he was always involved in leadership in Walla Walla. He was a member of The Noon Rotary Club and the Walla Walla Country Club. During his life, he had served as the President of The Washington State Funeral Directors Association, President of Little League, and The Exchange Club. He also had served in varying capacities with Pony League, 1st Congregational Church, Shrine Club, Mason's, Elks and the Wine Alliance. 

Larry is survived by his three children, Trevor, Scott & Lori, their spouses, Kristan & Reneé, nine grandchildren, Katie & Jake, Andrew, Joshua, Adam, Tara, Emma, Madison, his sisters Lottie and Sharron, and many nieces and nephews, And countless others he would consider family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Theophil & Olive Krivoshein, and his wife Janette "Jan" Krivoshein, and his brother Alvin Krivoshein. 

We would like to especially thank Providence St. Mary's Hospital staff for their extraordinary efforts caring for Larry this past week. Also, Ceci for her care, Fritz, his landscaper, and Mary Lou Tillay for her spiritual guidance.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Humane Society through the funeral home. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at 
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Exchange Student

Daniel Sundström, Exchange Student from Lerum, Sweden, traded banners at our July 6, noon meeting. Daniel has been living with our fellow Rotarian David Lindstrom’s family for three weeks this summer. In a reciprocal exchange, Daniel has now returned home to Sweden along with Cameron Lindstrom, David’s son. We look forward to hearing from Cameron later this year about his experiences in Sweden.

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Board of Directors 2017-2018

Rotary Board for 2017-2018
Standing from left to right: Charles DeSalvo (Director), Bill Erickson (Sergeant-At-Arms), Tom Osborn (Director), Jan Corn (Vice President), Todd Brandenburg (President Elect), Pam Cress (President), John Cress (Immediate Past President).


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Perfect Attendance Awards 2017

Rotarians were honored for their perfect attendance during the past year! Well done everyone!

43 - STEVE STEVENS ** He has passed Rotarian Earl Reynolds, who had 42 years!!!

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Three Delightful Exchange Students

We were delighted to have three Rotary Exchange Students at our June 22, noon meeting. Pictured below from left to right are:
Bianca Barbosa Mizobe
 Just finished her junior year at College Place High School
 She has been in Walla Walla on a long-term exchange from Brazil for the past year. She hopes to go back and finish her high school by January and then get into law school in Brazil
Hana Bobrow-Strain
 Junior at Walla Walla High School
 Going on a long-term exchange to Italy (one year) and complete her junior year
Cameron Lindstrom
 Senior at College Place High School
 Going on a short-term exchange (total of 6 weeks) to Sweden this summer
 Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.
 Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
What are the benefits?
 Exchange students unlock their true potential to:
• Develop lifelong leadership skills
• Learn a new language and culture
• Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
• Become a global citizen
 How long do exchanges last?
 Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.
Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or home-stays that take place when school is not in session.
What are the costs?
 Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:
• Round-trip airfare
• Travel insurance
• Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
• Spending money and any additional travel or tours
How can I apply?
 Candidates are 15-19 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.
Can I host an exchange student?
 Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained.
If you’re interested in learning more about being a host family, contact a Rotary Club near you.


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New Member!

David Meeker (left), sponsored by Jack Copperman (right), was brought into membership by President pro tem Tom Osborn (center) at our June 15, noon meeting.
Many of you may have detected a residual southern accent from David Meeker. He was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, and went on to college at Tulane University in New Orleans. David was accepted after only three years of college by Tulane Medical School, an unusual distinction.

After graduation and one year internship, Dave left Dixie and was stationed as a Medical Officer in the Army in France. There he met the love of his life, Mary Hooper from Dixie, Washington! After marriage they finished his military career in France and England. Returning to the states, Dave took his Pathology residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. After stints as a Pathologist in a couple locations, David practiced in Walla Walla with our Dr. Abbas Sameh and others for 32 years. He had intended to practice longer, but his retirement in 2008 was hastened by the onset of cancer in his beloved Mary. Together they fought a valiant battle until the passing of Mary in April of this year.

David has always had a strong interest in Walla Walla education, music and livability, including civic beautification and economics. He looks forward to
pursuing this with increased vigor, in and out of Rotary.
Welcome to our Rotary family David!

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Paul Harris Fellow recognition

Rotarian Larry Hoof (right) Chair of our Rotary International Foundation Committee, presented Paul Harris Plus One to a deserving recipient (center) at our May 18, noon meeting, with President pro tem Todd Brandenburg (left) presiding:
“Can you believe it? It’s the middle of June in the year 2017. The year is half over already! Where does the time go?

Then, you might ask: How does our Paul Harris fellow get so much done? And what a colorful history! Let me give you just a sampling.

As a Walla Wallan since birth and a Rotarian since 1995, she has filled her life with a wide range of community activities and jobs that are based in a rural farming lifestyle. In her formative years as a teen, she admits to plucking goldfish from the family lake to offer for sale. Currently she is maintaining a hobby farm of horses, cows, chickens, a couple of dogs and a cat while raising vegetables – and some of the above provide for good eats. Not the dogs, the cat or the horses which she rides to keep in shape for competitions!

 Some of you may remember her as a Princess in the Court for the 1980 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

As a graduate of WSU, our Paul Harris Fellow then earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Sciences. She has been a Research Analyst, the Business Officer at Green River Community College, the Executive Director of the Lower Columbia College Foundation, the Coordinator of the WSU Learning Center and the owner/CEO/CFO of the Pacific Edge Games company.

 4-H is also an area of focus. In her work as an Associate Professor with WSU she oversees the local 4-H program, the Food $ense Program and the Master Gardener Program answering questions on a variety of topics from goats, cows, pastures, food safety, lawns, and trees to identification of weeds,
insects, and spiders. She is also certified as a WSU Master Gardener and as 4-H Shooting Sports in the disciplines of Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun.

Plus, she goes to work every day! It is her Dream Job: for the past 14 years, she has been the Extension Director for WSU in Walla Walla County.
Family is important and she is most proud of her daughter who continues her medical studies beyond her degree in neuroscience at the University of South Florida. Her husband Shawn is a 30 year veteran of the highways as a State Trooper and his two kids currently live in Tri-Cities.

There is more, so much more to know about this fascinating woman who we honor today for her steady and ongoing contributions to the Rotary Foundation, but time continues to rush by us….

The Paul Harris Plus One Pin, goes to Debbie Moberg-Williams!”
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Annual Awards Banquet

The 2017 Walla Walla Rotary Awards Banquet is to be held this Thursday evening, June 29, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. The Social Hour kicks off at 5:30 PM with the first beverage complimentary at the no host bar. The dinner begins at 6:30 PM. There is no particular dress code for this evening. Just wear what you think would be appropriate and comfortable to an evening of fellowship.
But remember: there will be NO luncheon meeting this week. The evening event is included in your dues for you and one guest. Additional guests are $15 each.
There WILL be an attendance drawing for $500! Names will be drawn until someone present actually wins!
At the dinner there will be a presentation of awards, the installation of our new officers, plus we get to celebrate the last official event of our President John Cress.
Please RSVP to Jan Corn with attendee (s) info or 509.200.9881
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3D Printer for College Place School District

Rotarians Tom Osborn (center) and President John Cress (right) representing The Rotary Club of Walla Walla, presented a $1,500 gift to the College Place Public Schools in support of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs at our June 8, noon meeting. Accepting the check was fellow Rotarian Tim Payne, superintendent of the school district. The gift will be used to purchase a 3D printer and materials.
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New Member Inducted

Meet our new member Byron Olson (left), sponsored by Nabiel Shawa (right). Byron graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design, spent a year as an intern for a Tony Award winner in New York City, and returned to the University to complete a Master of Fine Arts.

Byron has served as an Assistant Designer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, taught college level courses in Michigan and Washington states, Chief Financial Officer for Metro Parks in Tacoma, owned a financial advisory firm, and Chief Financial Officer for the cities of Sunnyside and Port Angeles. He currently serves as Deputy City Manager for Walla Walla.

President John Cress (center) welcomed Byron into our club at our June 1, noon meeting. We look forward to meeting Byron and serving our community together.

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Lincoln High School Scholarship Award

Rotarian Linda Hardy (center) presented a $1,000 Rotary High School Scholarship to Mason Novak (left) at our May 11, noon meeting.

Mason is a senior at Lincoln High School who will be attending WWCC this fall, and eventually to a four year university with aspirations of becoming a museum curator. A big heart and immense determination has been Mason’s hallmark as he struggled to overcome cancer, losing his hearing to the chemotherapy in the process.

When not studying, Mason enjoys being on stage. He has had roles in every Lincoln High School play for the last four years. He has also participated in many fundraisers for the drama programs including soaping up vehicles in Lincoln High School car washes and flipping pancakes for appreciative breakfast appetites.

A counselor at Lincoln says: “Mason deserves this scholarship because he is a hard worker and will make good use of the funds. When he says he is going to do something or be somewhere he keeps his word.”

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to award Mason Novak this scholarship. Best wishes from all of us.

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Friends of the Farm Labor Homes gift

Chair of the Youth Services Committee, Rotarian Bill Erickson (right), presented a $750 check to the Friends of the Farm Labor Camp at our May 25, noon meeting.

The mission of the Friends of the Farm Labor Homes is to assist the residents of the Walla Walla Farm Labor Homes community to identify their communal needs and secure financial and other resources to help them meet those needs.

The Friends, in partnership with the YMCA operates an eight week, day-camp during the summer. The campers work with scientist, aviators, artist, farmers, mechanics, engineers, and police officer as part of the program.

Accepting the check for the Friends are: Board member Jan Foster (left), and WaHi student Nancy Aguirre (center).

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Loss of Stu Sherry

It is with deep sadness that I write to share with you the news that Stuart (Stu) Sherry passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 18.

Stu joined the Rotary Club of Walla Walla four years ago today--May 23, 2013.

A service is to be held today, June 6, at 10 a.m. at Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder Street, Walla Walla.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his spouse, Elly, at 8563 E. Highway 12, Waitsburg, WA 99361

Stu will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, and the members of our club.

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Walla Walla Valley Academy Scholarship

Rotarian Todd Brandenburg (left) introduced us to Sean Childs (right) 2017 Rotary Scholarship recipient from Walla Walla Valley Academy where he is a standout young man bent on getting a fine education with aspirations of becoming a police officer.

Sean is both employed and volunteers at SonBridge, earning him admiration from his school principal for his great work ethic while still maintaining a 3.32 grade average. Sean is looking forward to entering college this fall near San Francisco. Many believe Sean will bring order and empathy, caring and consoling, and smart decision making to whichever police force he joins.

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to present a $1,000 scholarship to Sean Childs. Best wishes from all of us!

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Wa-Hi Scholarship Awarded

Rotarian Kris Hedine (right) introduced us to Riley Winnett (left) at our May 18, noon meeting; recipient of our $1,000 High School Scholarship. Riley is a senior at Walla Walla High School and attends the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEATECH) at Walla Walla Community College in the electrician trainee program.

For Riley, a standout athlete and student at WaHi, braving injuries has become a way of life as he has suffered numerous injuries on and off the playing field. One car accident with his sister left Riley with a severe concussion resulting in an absence of three months from school.

Despite these injuries, and the time spent healing, Riley has earned a 3.45 GPA. He plans to continue studies at WWCC and looks forward to pursuing a BA in business in the Air Force and eventually starting his own solar energy business, working towards a fully sustainable energy source.

President John Cress (center) and the Rotary Club of Walla Walla extend our admiration for the courage and perseverance of Riley Winnett, our 2017 Walla Walla High School Rotary Scholarship recipient.

Rotarian Kris Hedine (right) introduced us to Riley Winnett (left) at our May 18, noon meeting; recipient of our $1,000 High School Scholarship. Riley is a senior at Walla Walla High School and attends the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEATECH) at Walla Walla Community College in the electrician trainee program.

For Riley, a standout athlete and student at WaHi, braving injuries has become a way of life as he has suffered numerous injuries on and off the playing field. One car accident with his sister left Riley with a severe concussion resulting in an absence of three months from school.

Despite these injuries, and the time spent healing, Riley has earned a 3.45 GPA. He plans to continue studies at WWCC and looks forward to pursuing a BA in business in the Air Force and eventually starting his own solar energy business, working towards a fully sustainable energy source.

President John Cress (center) and the Rotary Club of Walla Walla extend our admiration for the courage and perseverance of Riley Winnett, our 2017 Walla Walla High School Rotary Scholarship recipient.


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Fort Walla Walla project

Posted by Richard Benn

For this work project we will be repairing and removing a wooden fence at Fort Walla Walla. THIS weekend!

Date: Saturday, May 20th
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: Meet at the parking lot across the street from the Fort Walla Walla Museum
Bring: Yourself, children, friends, and family. Gloves would be good too!

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Paul Harris Award

Rotary Foundation Chair Larry Hoof (center) presented Paul Harris Plus One recognition to Steven Schaefer (left) at our May 4, noon meeting, presided over by President John Cress (right).
Steven graduated from Central Washington University in the Fall of 1988 after changing majors five times. Not wanting to sit behind a desk, Steven joined the Air Force, training to sit behind the yoke of an airplane. Downsizing of the Air Force following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall allowed Steven to pursue other career paths.
His next adventure as a Seattle Police Officer quickly brought the realization that life could end tragically in an instant. Today he is the owner of a small business in Walla Walla and is deeply appreciative of all the mentors and protectors in his life.
Steven says he is “thankful to Rotary and all it does to make our community and the world a better place; for all the people in this room that are role models and mentors both to me, and to so many other people. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
Thank you Steven!
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New Member Inducted!

President John Cress (center) welcomed Sandy Flores (right) into membership at our April 4, noon meeting. Sandy was sponsored by Bill Erickson (left), who introduced her to our club by saying:

“Today, it is my pleasure to introduce Sandy Flores. With a little help from an article from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, I would like to tell you a bit about her. Her story is a common story with the many students I work with at Walla Walla High School.

 Sandy grew up in the Walla Walla Farm Labor Homes. While she was in high school, her father, after years of working farms, became a truck driver, and the family moved out of the homes. Her father Jose always encouraged her and inspired her to dream big. Both her father and mother stressed the value of an education and offered support and encouragement growing up. Sandy said her father’s years working on farms, and the struggles he shared at home about work, began shaping her career aspirations.

 Sandy is a 2004 graduate of Walla Walla High School. At Wa-Hi, she was a member and leader of the Latino Club. During high school, she set her mind on going to Whitman College then to law school to become a lawyer. In 2008, she earned a degree in mathematics and economics from Whitman.

 She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Idaho in 2011, and passed the state bar exam in the summer of 2012.

 In 2012, in a Walla Walla County courtroom, Sandy Flores saw her dream of becoming an attorney become reality. Surrounded by family and friends, Sandy was sworn into the Washington State Bar Association, realizing a precedent both in her family and the community where she was born and raised. Sandy is the first lawyer in her family and the first on her father’s side to attend and graduate from college. She is the first Latina to be sworn into the bar locally.

 She returned to the Walla Walla community in August 2014, and provides public defense on a full-time basis for the County of Walla Walla. Currently, she works on dependency and criminal misdemeanor matters.

 Sandy has primarily worked for legal aid services and continues to advocate for free legal services and easy access for all. She sits on the advisory board for the BMAC pro bono law program. She is also involved in other community groups focusing on her passion for inspiring the younger generation to pursue higher education.

I present Sandy Flores, a new member of Walla Walla Noon Rotary.”

Welcome to our Rotary family Sandy!


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New Blue Badge Member!

President John Cress (right) awarded Shelley Murphy (left) her Blue Badge at our April 4, noon meeting. Shelley has demonstrated her commitment to serving Rotary and our community by successfully completing a number of tasks asked of all new members. Thank you Shelley!

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DeSales Scholarship Award

 President John Cress (right) presented a $1,000 scholarship check to DeSales High School senior Leslie Muñoz-Ruiz (center) and introduced by Chris Grasso (left) at our April 27, noon meeting.
Leslie has had a longtime goal of becoming a veterinarian, exceling in all academic areas due to her hard work and consistent effort. She has been involved in her school as a member of the Knowledge Bowl team each year, attending practices and meets in this very competitive activity. She is also a member of the Girls League Service Club, active in community service and helpful to the DeSales School’s office with her frequent volunteer service on behalf of the school. She has taken the most rigorous courses throughout high school and is currently taking AP Calculus, AP English, and Honors Physics as part of a full senior schedule in preparation for her studies in college and has achieved a grade point of 3.937 and a ranking of 3rd in her class.
Leslie is most deserving of this scholarship because she is a quiet leader and strong contributor in every positive way to her school and her class. She is a strong young woman who has always watched her father work hard for whatever he had and whatever they need, and has benefitted from his decision to provide for her the best education he could. She has been accepted to a few colleges but will most likely attend WSU and begin her pre-veterinary studies there. She can be counted upon to continue to work hard and make the most of any opportunity.
Congratulations Leslie and best wishes from all of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla.

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Rotary Foundation Major Donor Award

President John Cress (right) and the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation were honored at our April 27, noon meeting to express their appreciation to Larry Hoof (left) by awarding him the Rotary Foundation’s Major Donor Crystal, engraved with his name and the international symbols of peace, as well as the distinctive diamond pin.
Larry has made substantial contributions toward the goal of international understanding and peace through the Foundation’s humanitarian and educational programs.
The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is grateful for your leadership and generosity.
 Congratulations Larry Hoof!

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Whitman College Scholarship from Sherwood

President John Cress (right) presented a $5,901 Rotary Don Sherwood Scholarship check to Whitman College at our April 27, noon meeting. President of the college and Rotarian Kathy Murray (center) accepted the check and introduced two students who will be recipients of this gift.

Isaiah Standard (not in attendance), a graduate of DeSales High School where he excelled academically; and Emma Gregoire (left), a junior religion major from Walla Walla carrying on the tradition of her parents who both are Whitman College graduates.

Best wishes from all of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla!

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WWU Scholarship from Sherwood

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla presented a $5,901 check to Walla Walla University from the Rotary Don Sherwood Scholarship at our March 30, noon meeting. Accepting the check for WWU is Rotarian and President John McVay (right), accompanied by sophomore art major Hannah Thiel (left). Hannah is one of several students who will benefit from the lasting gift of Don and Virginia Sherwood’s passion for youth scholarships. Best wishes from the Rotary Club of Walla Walla to Hannah and all the students who will be supported by this wonderful gift.

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Two New Members...One Meeting

 President John Cress (right) welcomed two new members at our March 30, noon meeting. Pictured here are beginning from the left: Todd Brandenburg sponsor of Vanessa Lomeland, and James Schultz sponsored by Tim Ruybalid.
Vanessa Lomeland is currently the leasing manager for Welcome Home Properties, where she has been working for the last two years. Vanessa was born and raised in the small town of Cordova in south east Alaska. She attended Walla Walla College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She worked for Head Start in the developmentally challenged classroom at Payne school in Walla Walla until she had her first child.
Kids are her passion and delight. She has spent many years as a pathfinder counselor, Sabbath school teacher and chaperone for any and almost all kinds of kid’s events. One of Walla Walla Noon Rotary’s passions is supporting youth programs and scholarships. We look forward to serving the community with Vanessa. Welcome to our Rotary family.
Jim Schultz was raised on a farm on the North Fork John Day River in eastern Oregon and attended a boarding school outside of Caldwell, Idaho. He studied accounting at Walla Walla University and learned to converse in Russian while teaching English in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Jim is currently in accounting, project management, and Information Technology at Key Technology in Walla Walla. Fly fishing and basketball are major spare time enjoyments. We are happy to welcome Jim Schultz to our Rotary family.

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Pete Reid's Memorial Service

Pete Reid’s memorial service will be Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at Cordiner Hall, Whitman College.
The following is taken from an email I received from his son, Dan.
"The many gracious notes and calls that we have received from so many good friends are comforting and can't help but put a smile on our faces as we recall fondly the good times and Dad's gift of brightening the day of everyone he encountered. We miss him deeply, but strive to carry on the legacy of friendship and love."
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New Member, Doug

President John Cress (right) welcomed new member Douglas Roff (center) sponsored by Scott Peters (left) at our April 20, noon meeting. A native of Walla Walla, Douglas graduated from ITT Tech in Boise, Idaho with an associate degree in electronic engineering. Serving as an electrician in Wasilla, Alaska; and Hermiston, Oregon, Douglas now lives in Milton-Freewater and works as lead electrician on large commercial projects with Walla Walla Electric.

Douglas enjoys many outdoor activities as well as keeping up with requests from wife Vickie. The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is happy to add a few requests to that list; as well as welcoming Doug to our Rotary family.

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New Member, Forrest

President John Cress (right) welcomed new member Forrest Baker (center) sponsored by Maryann Cole (left) at our April 20, noon meeting. Forrest is a native of Pendleton, Oregon and has lived in Boise and Bend before moving to Walla Walla to attend Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla University, graduating in 1995. He worked for sixteen years in the Technology Services Department of WWCC before taking the position of Director of Technology and Library Services for Walla Walla Public Schools.

Forrest is a father of three with wife Kristi. Welcome to our Rotary family Forrest.

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New Member, Keith

President John Cress (right) welcomed Keith Crain (left) as a new member into our Rotary family at our April 6, noon meeting. He was sponsored by Tara Crain (center).

Keith has mastered professional truck driving, plumbing, construction, and welding; and his photography skills have benefited many local non-profit organizations as well as the Chamber of Commerce. He has a passion for mentoring youth, helping students to see their potential and rise up to meet their daily challenges.

Welcome to Rotary Keith! We’re pleased to have you join us.

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Rotary Scholarship - Waitsburg HS

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to award our first $1,000 scholarship of 2017 to Waitsburg High School senior Dylan Knowles (left). Assaulted with one calamity after another, Dylan’s desire to be a good citizen and to further his education has not been diminished in the least. He is bilingual, communicating in American Sign Language and in English. Both of his parents are deaf and have relied on him for communication with the outside world.

Next fall Dylan will attend Corbin University in southern Oregon where he will amass the knowledge, energy, and heartfelt dedication to become a police officer.

It takes a person with utmost confidence to greet people the first time with a friendly smile and invite you into his life. That is exactly what Dylan Knowles does regardless of the medical calamities and personal problems he has faced down.

Best wishes Dylan, from all of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla!

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Club Flag from Oak Bay

 Gary Lunden (left) recently enjoyed a trip to Victoria, B.C, and exchanged banners with the Rotary Club of Oak Bay. He presented our club President John Cress (right) with the banner from Canada. Glad you're back safe Gary.

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Duane Depping Honored

Rotary Foundation Chair, Larry Hoof, (left) recognized a Paul Harris Fellow at our April 6, noon meeting:

“This week, I have another pin with loads of significance as it carries 2 rubies and is what we refer to as a Paul Harris + 7 award. The Rotary Foundation has been a focus for annual contributions by a member who grew up on a farm in Walla Walla on a road that has the family name. Although he currently resides in the Tri-Cities area, he still owns the farm and he maintains his membership with our club. While growing up here, he was active in 4-H and FFA and received the American Farmer Degree, which is FFA's highest honor.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from WSU and a MS in Agricultural Economics from University of Arizona, he went to work for the Farm Credit System and spent 41 years as an ag lender before retiring nearly 3-years ago.

With some more time on his hands, he got elected to the Columbia Rural Electric Association Board of Directors two years ago and received a Credentialed Cooperative Director Achievement award just last year.
In addition to his ongoing contributions to the Rotary Foundation, he has been the winning bidder for the second year to claim the Walla Walla Scenic Flight at last week’s Aloha fundraiser. He and his wife also are active supporters of the Soroptimists. In service to the Boy Scouts, he has treated the troops to gazing at galaxies through the five telescopes he provides that program.

His wife Nancy is still employed as Senior VP for Inland Northwest Bank in Richland. Together, with the Washington Ag Forestry Alums, they find time to travel and have been to New Zealand and plan another trip with the group this fall to the East Coast. They also have two daughters and six grandchildren that take up much of their time.
It is with great appreciation we get to praise another one of our exemplary members for outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation and to our community!
Thank you Duane Depping!”

Pictured are from left to right: Larry Hoof, John Cress, Duane Depping

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Two More Blue Badge Members!

Justin Dalke (top) and Brian Hunt (bottom) received Blue Badges at our April 6, noon meeting in recognition of completing the obligations asked of all new members. They have faithfully demonstrated their commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Justin and Brian!

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Bianca visits Hawaii

Our exchange student from Brazil, Bianca, recently returned from a week's vacation in Hawaii and briefly told us of her adventures during "Happy Bucks." As you can see, she has quite a penchant for buttons and now license plates to adorn her jacket.

Bill later shared photos of her surfing and enjoying the island!
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New Blue Badge Member!

Patty Martin received a Blue Badge at our March 30, noon meeting, by exuberantly completing all assigned tasks required of new members. She has amply demonstrated her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Patty!

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Paul Harris Recognition

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President John Cress (right) presented Paul Harris recognition to Curtis Nelson (left) at our March 30, noon meeting.

Curtis' contribution to Rotary International is a greatly appreciated gift to the sustainable projects Rotary sponsors throughout the world. Thank you Curtis!

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Memorial for Jack

A memorial service for John "Jack" Fredrickson will be held at Walla Walla Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. There will be a reception following the service at the Walla Walla Country Club from 1–4 p.m.

Please read Jack's obituary in the U-B:

Our thoughts are with fellow Rotarian, Mike Frederickson, as he and his family grieve the loss of our dear friend, Jack.

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Happiest Paul Harris Fellow!

Rotarian Larry Hoof, (right) presented Paul Harris recognition at our March 2, noon meeting:
"In the past, I have talked about the connection that exists between personal happiness and the contributions a person makes. Today, I get to reinforce that connection with a Paul Harris Fellow award to one of our members.

Sometimes it takes a while to summon the money for the first $1,000 donation to the Rotary Foundation, which as you know is currently celebrating 100 Years of Doing Good in the World. But, it can be done in smaller increments over time and with some commitment to the important work done here and by extension around the world.

Here is a statement of her guiding philosophy about life and happiness. I quote: I truly believe that I can never GIVE more than I RECEIVE. And even though it's taken me several years to achieve a Paul Harris, I can't tell you how good it feels!!

Today’s recipient was sponsored by Jan Corn and has been an active member of our club since the fall of 2008 when joining the Banner Committee. Perhaps you have encountered her scanning your badge before greeting you at the door or when taking your money as a cashier.
She is happily married to her husband John and they oversee a homestead along the Walla Walla River with 4 Chinese Pugs, 2 cats and 4 hens.

You might also know her as the Executive Director of the Sweet Onion Festival and that she has declared the upcoming event in June as her final one after managing 16 previous street fairs that celebrate the Official Washington State Vegetable.
Please acknowledge one of the happiest people you will ever know: Kathy Fry-Trommald!"

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Newest Member

President John Cress (right) introduced our newest member, Greg Kettner (left) at our March 2, noon meeting.

Greg recently moved back to Walla Walla after 20 years of living and working in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

He moved back for a very good reason: to marry Becky who he met at Walla Walla University where they both graduated in 1997.

Greg is a sales consultant with Express Pros and enjoys helping businesses with their staffing needs. Any free time is filled with skiing, cross fit or performing standup comedy.

Welcome to our Rotary family, Greg!

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4-H Youth Award

Rotarian Bill Erickson (left) presented a $750 check to the 4-H Youth Program at our February 16, noon meeting. Accepting the check for 4-H was Miriam Bennett (center), senior at Touchet High School.

Each April and May, Walla Walla County 4-H holds a Demonstration and Public Speaking Contest for 90-100 local 4-H youth, teaching life skills.

Miriam started her 4-H journey in the second grade with a rabbit project. Her projects now include poultry, waterfowl, pocket pets, goats, photography, and leadership. She has gained confidence in her acquired abilities through 4-H over the years and is demonstrating leadership skills as she matures into a young woman.

Best wishes from all of us at Walla Walla Noon Rotary!

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Rotary projects recognized

Maryann Cole was quick to point out to all of us the fact that our Noon Rotary Club was recognized in the Union Bulletin recently. Please read about our most recent projects and share with colleagues and friends. The UB link:
Please also take a look at our Facebook page:
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New Member!

A hearty welcome to Jim Gilmore (left), the newest member of our Rotary family sponsored by President John Cress (right) at our February 2, noon meeting. An army veteran, Jim has spent most of his career at Boeing in manufacturing, contracts, and sales. He has his own business, NewBid, here in Walla Walla where he enjoys helping small businesses win government contracts.

Fishing, golfing, and tending garden are all high on Jim’s personal happiness list.
Welcome to our family Jim!


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Larry Frank Honored

Larry Hoof (right) presented Paul Harris Recognition Plus One at our January 12, noon meeting, by saying:

“Today, we get to applaud a native son who credits his grandfather’s migration in 1904 from Russia. Back then, Russia was at war with Japan and young men were being forced to join the battle. By making his way to New York City with a note from his cousins that said Walla Walla, he pinned the words to his coat and the railroad conductors did the rest. Once here, he settled in, worked in construction and sent for his wife who arrived the following year.

His grandson was born here and attended Pioneer Middle School where he learned about science. There is a vivid memory about a classroom project involving e – coli, but I will spare you the details. He did not become a doctor; rather he chose the great outdoors to be his laboratory and office. He studied wildlife biology at WSU and got hired on with the U.S. Forest Service.

While working for 36 years in the open country he has wonderful memories of encounters with cowboys with loaded guns, dogs who hated green pickup trucks, and learned first-hand that fire retardant can knock you out when it drops from the sky and misses the fire. Here’s an interesting detail that shows up in his dossier: he was documented to be in the company of topless female planting crews (it must get hot out there) but escaped to ultimately retire from the Walla Walla Ranger District. What we don’t know is if this is connected to his proudest achievement of writing and administering the first and only, performance-based tree planting contract on the Umatilla National Forest, giving us the lowest cost per surviving seedling in the forest. My guess is that those crews were highly motivated.

He joined our Rotary club in 2008 upon retirement. Today he is a full time volunteer at Helpline Emergency Social Services where he writes the database software used to manage client services and reporting, maintain serviceability of thirteen computers, and interviews clients for assistance. Although working indoors, it's not dull. His boss pays him in cupcakes, while the clients repay him with hugs and tears.

Additionally, he serves as our club photographer and chronicles our many activities.

Today he receives the Paul Harris plus 1 pin for his continuing contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Thank you Larry Frank!”


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New Rotarian, Rick!

Meet new member Rick Bockmann (left), sponsored and introduced by President John Cress (right) at our January 12, noon meeting. Rick was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up in Seattle. While he was a student at Walla Walla College in 1977 he got a job cleaning up the construction site and preparing the newly finished Walla Walla General Hospital building on South Second Avenue for its grand opening. He did not imagine that he would become the President and CEO of that hospital some 40 years later. Rick, who has served as CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, California since 2011, began at WWGH in December. He moved back to this community with his wife Sue, who he met while in college here. They have two daughters and two granddaughters. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Loma Linda University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
 Rick was a member of the Rotary Club of Willits, California, during his tenure there and looks forward to the fellowship and service opportunities in our club. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, photography, and spending time with his family.
Welcome to our Rotary family Rick. We look forward to serving the community with you.
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Dr. James Opara...Paul Harris Fellow

Rotarian Larry Hoof, introduced Paul Harris Plus 4 recognition at our January 5, noon meeting:

“It’s a new year and we have our first Paul Harris Fellow award recognition for a very deserving member. Today, he is here to receive the Paul Harris plus 4 pin. It probably won’t take long to figure out who gets it.

He began his career about as far away from Walla Walla as I can imagine and he has a remarkable history of service and giving. He moved here in 1996 and has been providing primary care to those who are medically under-served members of our Valley community at the Family Medical Center. He joined this Rotary Club in 2004.

He has already been recently recognized for his local and world-wide activities. Notably, in 2013, the Walla Walla Valley Medical Society granted him the ‘Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award.’ He finds time to also teach and mentor medical students as a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima.

While he is member of several philanthropic organizations outside of this club, he currently is the President and CEO of ACHI Association USA, which is an international relief organization. Every year he travels to his home country of Nigeria on a mission trip to provide medical care to rural communities that have no access to affordable health care.

He is here today - freshly back from his most recent travels to Nigeria - to receive our thanks for his good works and his many ongoing contributions in support of the mission of the Rotary Foundation: Dr. James Opara.”

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Phase II Scholarship Presented

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is proud to award Alison Zander a $3,500 scholarship to continue her biology studies at Gonzaga University. This is our fourth award to Alison in what is called Phase II scholarship, those scholarship awards which are continued following the initial High School senior scholarships. Scholarship awardees are encouraged to reapply during their post-high school education and Rotary will consider the merits of investing further. Alison is maintaining superior grades and plans to attend medical school starting the fall of 2018.

Congratulations Alison and best wishes from The Walla Walla Noon Rotary family!

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We have a new Board Member!

Congratulations to Charlie for winning, by a narrow margin, the board member election last week! We look forward to having you on the Board, Charlie!
Charlie formally owned two small business and has over 20 years in corporate management and sales. Currently he is an account manager for Divco HVAC, managing commercial customer needs from Clarkston to Ellensburg. Rotary has been a great way for Charlie to make new relationships and help Rotary serve the  community. Charlie has enjoyed working gates and being a shift captain at the fair, and states " it’s hardly work, and is so much fun to interact with the people. Its especially great that such an easy task can turn into local scholarships". Charlie has also helped with other events, usually interfacing with others as he enjoys working with people.
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Meet Lonna - newest Member!

Meet Lonna Leno (left) our newest member sponsored by President John Cress (right) at our December 8, noon meeting. Lonna applied her Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Communications from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon to become a licensed Nursing Home administrator and consultant before moving to Walla Walla eleven years ago and working at Walla Walla General Hospital.

She currently works for the Washington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs on the new Veterans Skilled Nursing Home campus.

Lonna has so many hobbies that virtually everyone will find some shared interests with her. Welcome to our Rotary family Lonna. We look forward to serving with you.

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Kari is a Paul Harris Fellow

Kari Isaacson (center), Executive Director of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, oversees thirty-nine million dollars in assets and gives away over one and a half million dollars of other people’s money in grants and scholarships each year. Kari was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow at our December 1, noon meeting for giving one thousand dollars of her own to Rotary International. Kari was introduced by Larry Hoof, (left), and heartily congratulated by club president John Cress, (right).

Kari graduated from PLU in Tacoma, and she earned her law degree in Eugene at the University of Oregon.

She came to Walla Walla just three years ago with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit service sector with a wealth of experience in fundraising at the University of Arizona in Tucson and making grants for the Skillman Foundation in Detroit and the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, MN.

Thank you and congratulations Kari!

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DaShari is a Blue Badge Member!

DaShari Cinnamon (left) was presented with a Blue Badge by President John Cress at our November 17, noon meeting upon successfully demonstrating her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you DaShari.

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Honorary Rotarian

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla is among a few clubs who bestow the special distinction of Honorary Rotarian to longtime members who have been exemplary in every respect. That honor was bestowed upon Rotarian Leslie L. “Les” Clark by President John Cress at our November 10, noon meeting. Les received a well-deserved standing ovation. Congratulations Les!

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CUBS Win the World Series!

Rotarian, the Reverend Ernie Campbell stood before a flabbergasted audience of fellow Rotarians at our November 3, noon meeting confessing to having a hateful heart…”because the New York Yankees always won.”


Game 7, bottom of the tenth inning of the World Series ended a 108 year drought for Ernie’s beloved Chicago Cubs, and washed away an angry heart. How sweet the sound!

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2016 Crayon Award

Representative Maureen Walsh (left) accepted the 2016 Crayon Award from the Washington State Early Learning Action Alliance at our November 3, noon meeting.

Every other year, the Action Alliance recognizes Washington State legislators who have shown exceptional leadership in advancing the causes of young children and families. Maureen is being recognized this year for both her career-long commitment to early learning (as a member and leader of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee), and her specific work in the 2014-2015 legislative session, championing the passage of the historic, Early Start Act which is helping to provide critically needed, high-quality early care and education opportunities to thousands of Washington families.

Congratulations Maureen!

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Tree planting, this weekend!


Posted by Sam Wells

Join us as we plant 40 more trees as a community service project. Meet at 3rd & Chestnut, 9:00 am on Saturday, November 5th. Bring your spouse, your kids, or your friends! There are plenty of trees and work to go around. We are usually done within two hours.

Contact Sam for more information. Or find his phone number and email address here.

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FINE Rotarian

Tom asked for a raise of hands for those who helped at the BMAC Food Distribution evening on the 13th. Those who helped were thanked and those who did not help were asked to donate $1 to their club. 
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Bianca Shares Club Flag

Bianca Mizobe (left) our exchange student from Brazil presented us with a Rotary Club banner from her home town. Banners are exchanged with visiting club members which serve as an enduring memento of fellowship Rotarians share with each other throughout the world.

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Jim Has A Blue Badge!

Jim Duncan (left) traded his red badge for a blue one at our October 13, noon meeting, presented by Rotary President Elect Pam Cress (right). Blue badges are awarded upon completion of a number of optional duties and participation in events which demonstrates a willingness to commit to “service above self.” Thank you Jim!

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Bianca, A Jewel from Brazil!

Rotarian David Lindstrom (left), Youth Exchange Committee Chair introduced our Rotary Exchange Student Bianca Mizobe (center) from Brazil at our October 6, 2016 noon meeting at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. Speaking entirely without notes in English, for her a second of at least three or four languages, Bianca showed us slides of her family and home in Brazil. She is currently living with Rotarian Bill Erickson and his wife Diana, but will stay with at least three families during her year in Walla Walla. Rotarian Sara Archer (right) has previously hosted an exchange student and serves as a counselor on the Youth Exchange Committee.

Bianca has set a goal of becoming a lawyer and judge early in life, being only a junior in high school. She certainly has a remarkable maturity and presence before a crowd. Best wishes Bianca from all of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla. John was happy to present her with an official banner from our Club that she can share with her family when she returns.

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Phase II Scholarship Awarded!

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla proudly awarded Sergio Pena a Phase II scholarship of $2,000 at our September 29, noon meeting. Sergio is majoring in criminal justice at Washington State University. Congratulations and best wishes from all of us at the Rotary Club of Walla Walla!

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Wade Smith...Newest Member

The Rotary Club of Walla Walla was delighted to welcome new member Wade Smith (right), sponsored by Sam Wells (left) and inducted by President John Cress (center) at our September 29, noon meeting.

Wade joined Walla Walla Public Schools in July 2016, serving as its 16th superintendent over its 133-year history as a school district. Prior to coming to Walla Walla, Wade served as Deputy Superintendent for the Hermiston School District in Hermiston, OR. During his educational tenure, he has worked as a classroom teacher, elementary and secondary principal, assistant superintendent, and interim superintendent.
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Bill has his Blue Badge!

An exuberant Bill Allen (left) received his blue badge September 29, joyfully presented by President John Cress (right). Bill has demonstrated his commitment to serving Rotary and our community by completing a number of duties asked of each new member. Thank you for your service Bill!

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Larry Krivoshein Honored

“Today, we’d like to welcome a new Paul Harris Fellow for contributions made to the Rotary Foundation. As I hope you know, we honor the founder of Rotary every time we add a new Fellow as we continue to support the Good Work of the Rotary Foundation, the worldwide network of clubs and the individuals who envision the projects and who deliver life-changing benefits to all involved.

Each Paul Harris Fellow demonstrates a commitment and shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

Larry Krivoshein attended Walla Walla University from 1956-58, then moved back to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, worked on the family farm and then began a career as a funeral director (and embalmer).

He married Jannette Thackeray in 1961 and then moved back to Walla Walla in 1963 to raise the family and work for Groseclose Funeral Home.

He and Jan had two sons and a daughter, (Trevor, Scott and Lori) one of which grew up to be President of this very club. 

He bought Bob Groseclose out in 1965 and owned the Funeral Home until 1993. During those years, he had been active in the Shriners and served a term as President of the Exchange Club back in 1975. 

Larry first joined Rotary in 1993, then life got busy with other things: he started Russell Creek Winery in 1998. And, for ten years, his wife Jan battled cancer prior to her passing in 2005. 

He sold the Winery to Henry Earl Estates in 2013, freeing up the time to again join Rotary and this club and to enjoy the company of his seven grandchildren.

Larry Krivoshein, thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation, you are a worthy Paul Harris Fellow!”

President John Cress (left) presented the certificate and pin to Larry Krivoshein (right).


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WWII Memorial

Rotary President John Cress (right) proudly presented a check in the amount of $5,820 from the Noon Rotary Club to the World War II Memorial Committee at our September 22nd meeting. Accepting is Rotarian Doug Saturno (left), chair of the committee.

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Exploring Post 311

At a recent Noon Rotary Board Meeting, Rotarian Bill Erickson (left) presented a certificate of appreciation to Columbia REA for their support of Exploring Post 311’s summer camp experience at Camp Baker, Oregon. Accepting the certificate is Rotarian Scott Peters (right), Manager of Marketing and Member Services for Columbia REA.

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Paul Rasmussen Honored!

Rotarian Paul Rasmussen (left) was honored by the Sherwood Trust at our September 22, noon meeting. Presenting the award were Rotary President John Cress (left) and Danielle Garbe (right), Chief Executive Officer of the Sherwood Trust. A very well deserved recognition for outstanding contributions to "changing lives in communities." Congratulations Paul!

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Meet Bianca!!

Rotary President John Cress (right) presented an honorary Blue Badge to our Rotary Exchange Student, Bianca Mizobe (left) at our September 1, noon meeting. Bianca appeared somewhat bemused when the entire Rotary club greeted her in Portuguese, but she did give us thumbs up. We look forward to hearing from you later this fall. Welcome to Walla Walla, Bianca

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Rotary Global Awards

Since the launch of Rotary Global Rewards on 1 July 2015, over 100,000 members have visited the site! We would like to thank you for supporting the program by spreading awareness of it among your district and clubs.  

If you have not visited Rotary Global Rewards recently, we now have over 1,500 offers worldwide. We recommend using the member benefits program both locally and when you travel.

If you’d like to give discounts to other Rotarians, add your own company’s special offers to the growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards. To date, over 350 offers have been posted by Rotarians.

We have also added two new and exciting global travel offers, a hotel discount center and an airline discount center, which provide great discounts and give up to 10 percent of your purchase back to Rotary. See for details. Spend less, give more.

Best regards,

Rotary Global Rewards program team

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FINE Rotarian of the week!

Tom Osborn, as Sergeant-at-Arms for this Rotary year, has chosen to point out FINE Rotarians rather than fining Rotarians, In that spirit, we would like to publicize our FINE Rotarians each week!

Last week, Andrew Rodriguez was recognized for his fine work. Thank you, Andrew!

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Meet our Exchange Student!

Hello.  My name is Bianca Mizobe and I am from Brazil. In my free time I do a lot of things like read books, watch movies and TV series, listen to music, take pictures of my family, friends, things that I like or I consider beautiful, roller skating  (I'm not so good but I like) and hanging out with my friends or family.
I study in a school that is in a city really near mine.  My classes start at 7:10 a.m. and go to 12:30 p.m.   Each class is 50 minutes.  I go by car with my sister, and it only takes 10 minutes.  I come back home with my sister or I catch a ride or take the bus.  I have 12 subjects: Portuguese, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, English, history, geography, arts, entrepreneurship, philosophy, and sociology.

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Memorial Paul Harris Fellow recognition 

Foundation recognition points are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Fund or PolioPlus, or who contribute to sponsorship of a Foundation grant. Donors receive one recognition point for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds. Paul Harris recognition is granted to donors who contribute $1,000 to Rotary International.

At our August 25, noon meeting, Rotarian Bob McCoy (center) used his accumulated points to present a Memorial Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Sgt. Gregory King Moore of the Coeur d’ Alene Police Department who lost his life in the line of duty last year. Accepting the award is Greg’s father, Rotarian Fred Moore (left).

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Service above Self - Moore family

Bob used the circumstance to also pay tribute to Fred Moore (right); friend, mentor, and role model. Fred is Past President of Walla Walla Noon Rotary 1999-2000, and is a Paul Harris Fellow, Don Sherwood Fellow, and Rotarian of Merit 2001. President John Cress (left) had the honor of presenting the certificate and pin to Fred. The entire Moore family exemplifies “service above self.”

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FOUR Paul Harris Fellows!

Four Rotarians received Paul Harris recognition at our August 18, noon meeting. From left to right: Duane Depping (Paul Harris +6),

Randy Pearson (Paul Harris +1), Mike Gillespie (Paul Harris +2), and Bill Allen (Paul Harris). Their generous contributions help Rotary change lives in communities around the world. Thank you!

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New Blue Badge Member

At our August 18, noon meeting, Leah Wilson-Velasco received a Blue Badge in recognition of demonstrating her commitment to serving Rotary and our community. Thank you Leah.