Bingo Boulevard - Play, Win, Socialize & Support Charities!
Bingo Boulevard offers high-quality games of bingo with cash pay-offs as well as pull tabs and a full snack bar. Established by the Columbia Center Rotary Club, proceeds that don't directly support operations are used for charitable purposes; tens of thousands of dollars each year.
 
 
"Random Acts of Kindness" (RAK) Grants
Know of a community cause that can use financial assistance? Active and honorary members of the Columbia Center Rotary club and members of Tri Cities Rotaract can apply for grants up to $3,000. For a RAK grant application, click on Documents at the top of the page.
 
Officers & Directors 
2017-2018
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Membership
Special Projects
Vocational Educational Services
Youth Services
Past President
Foundation Chair
Administrative Assistant
Charity Board President
Charity Board Secretary/Treasurer
Charity Board Vice President
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Allen Brecke
    May 11
  • Sonja Yearsley
    May 17
  • Deborah Culverhouse
    May 24
  • Karen Livas
    May 24
Join Date:
  • Janelle Harvey
    May 1, 2001
    17 years
  • Kathi Kersey
    May 15, 2008
    10 years
  • Nancy Thurston
    May 20, 2010
    8 years
  • Sam Swanberg
    May 28, 2015
    3 years
 
Be a Gift to the World

Since 1985, the  Columbia Center Rotary Club has Provided Service to Our Community and Our World

Columbia Center

"Service Above Self"

Club Meetings are Thursday's - Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Columbia Center Rotary Event Center
6222 W. John Day Ave.
Kennewick, WA  99336
United States
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What is Rotary?
Rotary International is an world-wide service organization of over 35,000 clubs in more than 200 countries with over 1.2 million professionals and leaders who share a commitment to improving lives and communities locally and globally. In addition to service, members value personal, professional, and business networking and development -- and having FUN.
 
 
What's Happening at CCR
Columbia Center Rotary
Board of Directors Meeting Summary
April 19, 2018
 
In Attendance:  Roger McDowell, Cathryn Tames, Bill Robertson, Kyle Edberg, Mark Showalter, Michael Dinius, Chad Baker, Harry Garrison, Peter Kalunian, Steve Palm, Jarrod Miller and Sondra Rader.  Jeff Groce, Jim Bauer, Charles Bickenheuser, Brett Bybee, and Traci Sunday attended as guests.
 
President Roger McDowell called the meeting to order at 7:00 am.
 
Mark Showalter gave the Secretary’s report. The minutes from the March 15, 2018 Board meeting were reviewed and approved as written.  A quorum question regarding a potential by-law change allowing the Foundation Committee a voting position on the Board of Directors was discussed. The Bylaw change will be published and presented to the club’s membership for a vote.
 
Treasurer Bill Robertson gave the financial reports, which were reviewed and approved.
 
Bingo Oversight Chairman Cathryn Tames reported the committee had not yet met this month. Bids are currently being gathered for painting of the building exterior.
 
Kyle Edberg gave the membership report. Currently, Columbia Center Rotary has 117 active members. There were no resignations and no requests for leaves of absence. Two new member applications are being processed. A request to move $200 from the membership committee’s budget to the April 19 multi-club event was approved.
 
There were no action items for Chad Baker’s Special Projects Committee. Some discussion was had regarding the date for the tree for every member planting project. The Benton Franklin County Fairgrounds will get another five trees. Another location is being considered for the rest of the plantings. The original artwork from the Tri-Cities Airport remodel may be used for a Foundation fundraiser. May 23, 2018 is the date for the unveiling of the Latino Heritage Mural at the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine Village. The matching grant for the Playground of Dreams equipment was turned in.
 
No Club Service report was given.
 
Harry Garrison gave the International Service Committee report. The classroom project at Mesa Del Nayar will be completed this summer. Classes are expected to begin in August. All projects for this fiscal year are just about complete. Total support for Dr. Jim Guzek’s mission to South Sudan was $1,298.80. Harry also let us know about a potential future project in the form of a Global Grant that would involve building three classrooms in Belize. $10,000 would be considered from our International Service Committee with another $24,000 needed for the project.
 
Sondra Rader gave the Foundation Committee report. $112,977 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation this fiscal year. Currently, there are six club members who have yet to give to the Foundation this fiscal year. The Foundations Committee’s goal is 100% club member participation. June 14 will be the date of the year-end appreciation social to be held at Goose Ridge Winery.
 
The Board approved one action item for Michael Dinius’ Community Service Committee. $3,000 was approved for the Children’s Developmental Center to purchase anti-microbial luxury plank flooring and paint. We are asked to visit the club’s website to note recent updates, including committee updates.
 
No action items were needed for the Vocation/Education Committee.
 
Jarrod Miller gave the Youth Services Committee report. A $5,000 District Community Grant has been applied for and would affect the 2018-2019 budget. A request for $150 was approved to hold the venue, ABC Mountain Retreat, as the location for the Mini RYLA.
 
Jarrod Miller also gave the Satellite Club’s report. They are working on recruitment. Currently, the Satellite Club averages six people attending each meeting.
 
Administrative Assistant Sondra Rader reported that year-end Committee reports and Committee Members of the Year are due for the Installation of Officers banquet program. The Installation Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at the Event Center.
 
The Past President report given by Peter Kalunian included information from the recent District Assembly. Once again, Columbia Center Rotary Club won the #1 club in the district in per capita annual fund giving as well as the Presidential Citation.
 
Old business included discussion regarding reviewing our visioning plan. $5,000 had been budgeted for and was approved for Rotaract. The monies will be used for Red Ten Bash, their May 19 event at John Dam Plaza. This 21 and over event will feature giant sized beer pong games and live music. The multi-club social event is tonight. Jeff Groce gave an update on the upcoming Tri-Citian of the Year event. Cathryn Tames is starting next year’s budget process. Let her know the 2018-2019 monetary needs of each of your committees. Discussion was had regarding the need for club members to be responsible for their cost to attend events when they sign-up and do not attend. We will be scheduling classification talks for eight new members in the near future.
 
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 8:36 am.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 am in the conference room.
In Attendance:  Cathryn Tames, Bill Robertson, Kyle Edberg, Mark Showalter, Michael Dinius, Chad Baker, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Harry Garrison, Peter Kalunian, and Sondra Rader.  David Haller, Jeff Groce, martin Valadez, Deborah Culverhouse and Kristin Norell attended as guests.
 
President Elect Cathryn Tames called the meeting to order at 7:00 am.
 
Mark Showalter gave the Secretary's report.  The minutes from the February 15, 2018 Board meeting were reviewed and approved as amended.  A potential by-law change allowing the Foundation Committee a voting position on the Board of Directors was discussed and approved.  The by-law change will be published and presented to the club's membership for a vote.
 
Treasurer Bill Robertson gave the financial reports, which were reviewed and approved.
 
Bingo Oversight Chairman Cathryn Tames' report included the announcement that the new Bingo Boulevard signs were installed.  A walk-through inspection took place with no major issues to report.
 
Kyle Edberg gave the membership report.  Currently, Columbia Center Rotary has 116 active members.  One new application for membership was reviewed and approved by the board.  An invitation for membership will be extended to Brett Bybee (sponsor Roger McDowell),  The board regretfully accepted a resignation from Tim Adams.  A four-month leave of absence was granted to Susan Inlow-Romine for medical reasons.
 
$10,368.42 was approved for Chad Baker's Special Projects Committee.  The funds will be used for the purchase of inclusive playground equipment at the Playground of Dreams.  The committee's intent is to finish the project in the next fiscal year.  The Special Projects Committee is currently applying for a district-matching grant to additionally fund the handicap-accessible equipment.  The board approved the grant application, which is due April 15, 2018.
 
The Club Service report was given by Liz McLaughlin.  An additional $500 was approved by the board for the Family of Rotary.  A Bingo Benefit night is scheduled for March 17, 2018.
 
Harry Garrison gave the International Service Committee report.  $5,600 was approved for the Tepic Paraiso Rotary Club as a direct grant for their Suicide Prevention Project in Tepic schools.  $1,338.80 was approved for medications and surgical supplies to be used on Dr. Jim Guzek's April mission to South Sudan. 
 
Sondra Rader gave the Foundation Committee report $105,399 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation this fiscal year.  Currently, the Foundation committee is $1,601.11 over budget on the club match for contributions.  The board approved a continued match for the current Gourmet Dinner raffle fundraiser but will switch to matching future donations with points for the duration of this fiscal year.  Club members should know points will work toward receiving your next Paul Harris Award but will not count toward your status as a Major Donor.  Only dollars contributed count toward a major Donor acknowledgement.
 
The Board approved three action items for Michael Dinius' Community Service Committee.  $3,000 was approved by Columbia Industries for technology work stations and furnishings.  $3,000 was approved for Grace Clinic's a replacement of their HVAC.  $2,000 was approved by Domestic Violence Services to repair and replace damaged property.
 
No report was given for the Vocation/Education Committee.
 
Peter Kalunian gave the Satellite Club's a report.  The raffle for the Google Home Mini raised $60 for the Rotary Foundation.  Sondra Rader was the prize winner.
 
Peter Kalunian also gave the Youth Services Committee report, approving the recommendation to hold the Mini RYLA at the ABC Mountain Retreat in Weston, OR.  They are currently in discussion with the District 50 80 Mini RYLA committee for location approval.  The event dates are planned for late July to early August.
 
Administrative Assistant Sondra Rader reported that with three months left in the fiscal year, now is the time to start considering the Committee Member of the Year and reports for the banquet program.  The Installation Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at the event Center.
 
The Past President report given by Peter Kalunian included encouragement for all to attend the District Assembly.
 
There was no old business or new business discussed by the board.
 
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 8:34 am.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00 am in the conference room. 
Gourmet Dinner Raffle in March!
 
Five excellent CCR "chefs" will entice you with mouth watering offerings.  $20 will get you 5 raffle tickets to bid on your choices.  Raffle tickets will be on sale the first 3 meetings of March, with the drawing on the 4th Thursday.  Dinner for six is served at their home on a mutually agreed to date.
 
Linda & Jim Bauer - scotch tastings paired with Scottish favorites including scotch eggs, mushroom barley soup, kale salad, clapshot, haggis bon bons with a whiskey orange marmalade, and a delicious trifle and lemon tassies.  End the evening with a viewing of Braveheart - after all that scotch, it becomes a comedy.
 
Jeff Groce & Sondra Wilson - Jeff's world famous meatloaf to include homemade mushroom soup, Sondra's Caesar salad, whipped garlic potatoes, appetizers, smores on the firepit and a bit of lemoncello or cognac. OR summertime burger bar with more fixings than you can imagine, homemade potato salad, Sondra's Caesar salad, corn on the cob, Aunt Jeri's baked beans, scotch, wine, cigars, smores, and a cool summer breeze.
 
Janine & Stanley Hales - Six course Italian dinner with carefully selected wine pairings for each course, (1) antipasti plate with champagne; (2) Caesar salad with parmigiana Reggiano; (3) tomato and tortellini soup with warm Italian bread; (4) a palate-cleansing fresh fruit sorbet; (5) chicken marsala, Stanley's eggplant parmigiana, and pest green beans; (6) homemade tiramisu and or spumoni ice cream.
 
MaryAnn & Mark Showalter - "Party-Cue" features your choice of brisket, tri-tip, or baby back ribs barbecued to perfection and served with a plethora of side dishes, including appetizers, roasted potatoes, wood fired focassia bread, smokey baked beans, corn on the cob, and decadent desserts, all coupled with well aged, local wine pairings.
 
Julie & Steve Wiley - Six-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings carefully selected from the Wiley's 1000 bottle cellar.  Enjoy appetizers and champagne, bib lettuce tomato relish, butternut squash soup with avocado and crab, olive oil poached halibut with tomato vinaigrette and fried artichokes, rosemary rack of lamb with haricot verts and polenta, chocolate soufflé with raspberries and vanilla bean ice cream.
 
You won't be able to resist buying many tickets to these fantastic dinners.  Your donation goes toward your Foundation giving, with a match by the club.
 
 
Columbia Center Rotary
Board of Directors Meeting Summary
February 15, 2018
 
In Attendance:  Roger McDowell, Kyle Edberg, Mark Showalter, Cathryn Tames, Steve Palm, Michael Dinius, Jarrod Miller, Chad Baker, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Harry Garrison, Peter Kalunian, Sondra Rader.  Shirley Simmons, Jeff Groce, Traci Sunday, and Jobey Smith attended as guests.
 
President Roger McDowell called the meeting to order at 7:00 am.
 
Mark Showalter gave the Secretary’s report. The minutes from the January 18, 2018 Board meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The minutes of the January 25, 2018 special board meeting were reviewed and approved. An update on a potential by-law change allowing the Foundation Committee a voting position on the board was discussed.
 
The financial reports were reviewed and approved. Currently, 10 members are over one quarter behind in their dues. Late fees will be added to their invoices.
 
Bingo Oversight Chairman Cathryn Tames’ report included a list of “set-asides” for the Bingo financials. These include $100,000 for roof repair or replacement, $75,000 for a new HVAC system, $25,000 for building paint, and $35,000 for signage. The Rotary office will be closed today as the new Bingo Boulevard signs are being installed on the building.
 
Kyle Edberg gave the membership report. Currently, Columbia Center Rotary has 111 active members. Four new applications for membership were reviewed and approved by the board. Invitations for membership will be extended to Jim Bauer (Linda Bauer), Kristin Norell (Randy Way), LoAnn Ayers (Bruce Schwan), and Deborah Culverhouse (Jeff Groce). The board regretfully accepted resignations from Allyn Griffin and Patti Jansen-Key. A three-month leave of absence was given to Pat Garrison for medical reasons.
 
$7,099 was approved for Chad Baker’s Special Projects Committee. The funds will be used for the musical instrument for the City of Richland’s Freenotes Harmony Park in Howard Amon Park. The Special Projects Committee is currently applying for a district-matching grant to additionally fund the handicap-accessible equipment for the Playground of Dreams.
 
Some discussion was made regarding the Rotary Community Award. The board approved an amendment to the nomination criteria that allows for anyone outside the club’s membership to be eligible for the award.
 
The Club Service report was given by Liz McLaughlin. A Mortgage Burning party is scheduled for March 17, 2018. Judges will work on allowing more time for brags and confessions.
 
Harry Garrison gave the International Service Committee report. $3,500 was approved for the Golden Interact Club’s future Rotarians from Canada trip to Ecuador.
 
Sondra Rader gave the Foundation Committee report. Foundation giving totals are $29,232 for Polio Plus and $66,231 for the Annual fund. In all, $95,463 has been raised for the Rotary Foundation this fiscal year. The club is 14 members short of another 100% participation of Foundation giving. A presentation at our membership meeting will be made on March 1, 2018 to encourage our members to become Benefactors. A Benefactor is a member who has dedicated at least $1,000 in their will for the Rotary Foundation.
 
The Board approved $3,000 for Michael Dinius’s Community Service Committee. The funds will be used for the B-F Master Gardeners Foundation’s efforts to update their Demonstration and Teaching Garden. Ten raised garden beds will be replaced. Our Duck Race proceeds from last year, totaling over $14,000, will be available soon for Rebuilding Mid-Columbia.
 
Steve Palm’s report on the Vocation/Education Committee included two action items. $2,500 was approved for the Tri-Tech App Challenge to help support three students as they travel to Washington D.C. to present their winning app to members of Congress and technology companies. Another $450 was approved for SCORE, a mentoring organization of retired business executives who help small business owners and entrepreneurs. The monies will be used for a new computer.
 
Jarrod Miller’s Youth Services report included a request and subsequent approval to move $100 from the Satellite Club budget to Youth Services to offset the costs for the certificate frames for the Student of the Month awards. Also, the Mini RYLA committee is looking for a location before they can secure a date.
 
The Satellite Club report, also from Jarrod Miller, included some discussion regarding a Rotary banner for their meetings. Roger McDowell had a banner in mind for their use.  Columbia Center Rotary Club members are encouraged to attend the Satellite Club meetings. Meetings are held at 6:00 pm the first and third Wednesday evenings at Applebees on Columbia Center Blvd. Those who attend may still purchase a Foundation fundraising raffle ticket for $10. The prize is a Google Home Mini.
 
Administrative Assistant Sondra Rader reported that three rooms are still available for the Rotary International Convention being held in June in Toronto. Deadline is February 27, 2018. Some discussion was had regarding our lunch catering. Many comments have been received and board members agreed CG Public House Catering is doing a great job.  Sondra Rader will be having knee replacement surgery on March 12, 2018. She will be out of the office a minimum of two weeks.
 
The Past President report, given by Peter Kalunian, included the Large Club Initiative. Chairing a group of representatives from the four clubs in our district with more than 100 members: Walla Walla Noon, Spokane 21, Coeur d’Alene Noon, and Columbia Center Rotary. On April 7, 2018, a Panel Session will be held at the District Leadership Assembly at Spokane Valley. Peter would like a representative from the Membership and Foundation committees to be part of the panel. Some discussion was also had regarding the establishment of an Interact Club. Jarred Miller, Youth Services, will take the lead to establish the club with their connection to Kamiakin High School.
 
Old Business
Each committee chair should prepare a mission update for our club’s website. The website has many new updates. Members are encouraged to discover what’s new on our club’s website.
 
New Business
Some discussion was had regarding reimbursing our club’s speakers for travel to our club. No motion was made. No action was taken.
 
Chairs for committees will need to prepare for a Club Assembly that will be scheduled between now and the end of June.
 
The Tri-Cities Multi-Club is interested in a Multi-Club social. The date of April 19 was chosen for the event to take place in our Event Center.
 
The Tri-Citian of the Year award banquet is May 3, 2018. More space has been made available at the Convention Center.  It will soon be sold out.
 
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 am.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:00 am in the conference room.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Satellite Club
Problems meeting Thursdays at noon? Our Satellite Club consists of full-fledged members who meet the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month.  http://www.ColumbiaCenterRotarySatellite.com
 
Meeting Speakers
Rotary scholarship winners
May 24, 2018
The winners plans
Linda Estes, Chair of the End of Life Options W
May 31, 2018
End of Life Options Working Group c/o Linda Estes, 2209 S. Highlands Blvd., West Richland, WA 99353
Dr. Andrew Sund, President of Heritage University
Jun 07, 2018
Heritage University Making a Difference
Dr. Geoff Jones Assistant Clinical Dean, Eastern
Jun 14, 2018
what UW Med School is doing in Eastern Washington?
Sherry Emery, Executive Administrative
Jun 21, 2018
The Arc of Tri-Cities, a community member since 1950
Dylan and Randy Way
Jun 28, 2018
Pompy’s Lessons rotation program
Alysia Johnson,
Jul 05, 2018
women helping women fund
Club Members
Jul 12, 2018
Rotary international conference report
Ruben Peralta and Philippa Sonnichs
Jul 19, 2018
Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition
 
 
Committee Meetings Calendar
Community Service Committee
1st Thursday of the month - 1:00 pm - Conference Room
Dinius, Michael
 
Membership Committee
1st Thursday of the month - 10:30 am - Conference Room
Edberg, Kyle
 
Bingo Oversight Committee
2nd Thursday of the month - 11:00 am - Conference Room
Tames, Cathryn
 
Charity Board of Directors Meeting
2nd Thursday of the month - 4:00 pm - Conference Room
Hart, Don
 
Special Projects Committee
2nd Thursday of the month - 1:00 pm - Event Center
Baker, Chad
 
Treasurer's Committee
2nd Thursday of the month - 1:00 pm - Event Center
Robertson, Bill
 
Vocational/Educational Committee
2nd Thursday of the month - 1:00 pm - Conference Room
Palm, Steve
 
Board of Directors Meeting
3rd Thursday of the month - 7:00 am - Conference Room
McDowell, Roger
 
International Service Committee
4th Thursday of the month - 1:00 pm - Conference Room
Garrison, Harry
 
Youth Services Committee
3rd Thursday of the month - 1:00 pm - Conference Room
Miller, Jarrod
 
Foundation Committee
3rd Monday of the month - 4:30 PM - Conference Room
Rader, Sondra