Doug Holloway, City of Boise Parks and Rec
Apr 27, 2017
City Parks Update
Bob Kustra, President
May 04, 2017
Boise State University
Odette Bolano, President
May 11, 2017
St. Alphonsus Hospital
Jenna Saldana, Executive Director
May 18, 2017
Project Amigo
Anna Birkholm
May 25, 2017
Exchange Student Experience in Idaho
Brad Wilson, General Manager
Jun 15, 2017
Bogus Basin Ski Resort
April 2017
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
New Generations
Membership Services
Rotary Foundation
Service to Communities Director
Club Life
Financial Support
Executive Director

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Welcome to Boise Rotary


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Historic Hoff Building, Crystal Ballroom
802 W Bannock St.
Boise, ID  83702
United States
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Phone:  208-344-7070  
Email:  nkchinn@msn.com  


Rotary Club of Boise will be celebrating its centennial June 22 through 24. For more information on events, visit IdahoRotary.org.

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This fall our club will be hosting a student from Argentina.  The student will arrive in August and return when school ends in 2018.  Having an exchange student live with you for three or four months is a great experience.  We need families, that live in the Boise High School District, to be host families.  Normally, the student stays with a family for three months and then moves to another family.  Rules, of the exchange, state that the student must attend school so they will be in school during normal hours.  If you are interested please contact Beth or Nancy and let them know that you want more information. 
     Currently, Beth’s son is in Denmark on an exchange and currently living with a family who live on a farm.  All the couple’s other children are grown and gone so Jack is getting really spoiled.  He doesn’t even have to do any chores on the farm.  What???
A group of members delivered Dictionaries to third grade students at Whitney Elementary School last week.  Bob handed each student his/her own dictionary and they were all thrilled.  After the books were given out, Tom Stitzel told them each to say thank you, to Bob, in their native language and ask Bob what language it was.  Bob knew many of the languages but could not get Russian.  Bob’s word for the day was Abdication.
            They did it!  They cleaned up the YMCA Camp, snow and all.  Good job Rotarians!
    Capital High - Sara Alis
This is Sara's first year at Capital High School but she easily stands out from our student body.  Hard work and service to others are the hallmark of Sara Alis.  Sara's positive outlook on life makes her a natural student leader.  Her high level of involvement and service to her community through the time she donates to local food and clothing banks is continually impressive.  Also, she is a valued member of the youth supporting the Special Olympics through her dedication to special needs children playing basketball.  Through the Summer of Hope program Sara gathered gift cards to help a young refugee family.  Sara recently decided to focus her senior project on helping raise funds for The Closet which is an organization that provides free clothing to teens in need.  Sara has been a competitive athlete in three sports while taking on rigorous classes.  It is in both school and extra-curricular activities that Sara impresses everyone with her gift to lead other students, solve problems and serve others in need. 
           Sara’s strong moral character has consistently led her in the right direction.  This is the result of her strong connection to her family and personal values. Sara exhibits outstanding time management skills and a tireless work ethic. She is actively planning to attend university next year.  She will be highly successful at whatever she chooses in life given her innate leadership qualities, boundless energy, high intellect and integrity.
            Sara continues to achieve success as a young woman by rising above life’s obstacles. Sara is passionate about the projects that she commits to.  She is generous with her time and skills.  She assists her peers with their challenges and is a true team builder.  Sarah has earned respect and admiration from Capital High's staff and we could not think of none more perfectly fit for this unique award than Sara Alis.

Many people can't make it to meetings at lunch time.  Our Club recognizes that and are creating an evening club for those members who prefer an evening meeting.  This Thursday at 5:30 will be the first meeting of this group.  There will be snacks and drinks and an informal meeting.  This Satelite Club will focus on service projects .  The group will suggest and decide what service projects to tackle.  If you are interested, come to the Hoff Building, Crystal Ballroom, on Thursday and check us out. 
  YMCA Clean-up Scheduled for April 8th.
    Mark your calendars for April 8th and join other members for a good cause, some outdoor activity and fun.  The YMCA needs help cleaning up their camp site to get ready for the camping season for Y kids.  This is  good opportunity to get your kids or grandkids involved in an activity that will get them out in the forest and working by your side.  Bring your gloves, water, rakes, chain saws, shovels, and a good attitude.   You will not need to go the gym if you work at the camp that day.  Meet at Albertsons on 16th and State at 8:00AM.  
Several members were honored with a Paul Harris Fellow.  Each Paul Harris awarded is the result of at least $1,000 donated to the Rotary Foundation.  Our club has received two International Grants from RI and am participating in another global grant with the Twin Falls club.  Our money is helping farmers in Guatemala through Semilla Nueva, supplying clean water in Ecuador, and many other programs around the world. 
     Wendy Shoemaker invited her husband Fred (we know him as the REAL Santa Claus) to receive her Paul Harris plus one. 
     Pat Adams +1
     Andy Erstad +8
     Drew Forney +1
     Dwight Pond  +1
     Don Reiman  +4
     Bill Woolley  +5
Thank you all for your contributions. 
Todd Fisher is on the world service committee for the club. He presented about a few of the projects our club is working on:
  • Sierra Leone economic development project with Village Hope
  • Guatemala program Semilla Nueva
  • Ecuador micro-finance program with various clubs in that area
  • The fourth project is an Ecuador water project. Todd shared some photos of a tank and waterway under construction at 11,000 feet that will help three different communities.
Luke Lamey, Bishop Kelly High School
Luke is a member of the BK Debate Team.  That team has qualified for the national debate competition and they will be traveling to Las Vegas for that competition. 
Luke has received the ISHAA award for outstanding leadership and excellence in interscholastic activities; the Fr. James Rodenspiel Award in Cross Country for leadership, character and work ethic: and he is currently the school chapter vice president of the National Honor Society. 
Along with keeping his 4.0 GPA and ranking number one in his class of 194 he volunteers for On Stone where he is designing project to tackle the issue of stress in students, bike safety, and Health and fitness.  He is Club Treasurer for the Economics Club where they focus on raising money to make microloans to entrepreneurs in developing nations.  As a member of P.A.T.H.S. he tutors homeless students in the Treasure Valley.  In 2016 he traveled to Haiti to help build a medical clinic in Dan Dann.
Luke enjoys public Speaking and Political Science.  He has been accepted to several universities and will decide where he will attend soon. 
Grace Abel, Boise High School
Boise High recognized Grace because of her outstanding attention to service, both within Boise High and the greater community.  Grace has a true passion and sincere desire to help others and make her school and community better places.  The enthusiasm with which she approaches her academic and service life are contagious.  She is always seen about campus with a smile on her face, a friendly hello in her voice, and a kindness for her school mates and teachers.  She is often the first one to show up for an event of game and is continuously offering support and assistance, often picking up loose ends that others had not even noticed.  Grace Abel is the Heart of the Brave at Boise High School – a student who works hard in all aspects of her life. 
Grace is the current VP of Boise High Student Body; She participates in the National Honor Society; is president of the pep squad; has received the Heart of the Brave Award. 
Grace volunteers for many including the Marian Pritchett Booth Memorial Home, the Aquarium of Boise, Idaho Food Bank, Teens Against Tobacco Use, and the Anne Frank Memorial to name a few.

  Why Attend the International Convention?

1. Meet the most inspiring people in the world

Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention every year. This is your unique opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and share stories about your club’s current and future projects.

2. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary

The general sessions and breakout sessions offer countless ways to help you get the most from your Rotary membership and make your club stronger. In the House of Friendship, you’ll find new ideas, learn best practices, and share project successes — it’s where the Rotary world comes together!

3. Join The Rotary Foundation celebration

The culmination of a yearlong celebration of the Foundation’s centennial takes place in the city where it all began. Join the festivities at The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party. Attend a book signing and meet the author of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.” See all the activities we have planned.

4. Explore the American South

Bask in the sun on the Atlantic and Gulf shores. Test your game at some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. Experience the magic of Florida’s Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
Explore the natural wonders of the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg. Sample the sophisticated charms of New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. Learn more

5. Enjoy special tours and events offered by the Host Organization Committee

Watch for more information about special activities like Restaurant Night, Host Hospitality Night, and a screening of "Gone With the Wind" at the historic Fox Theatre. Visit the Host Organization Committee site to find more activities.
Boise Rotary Satellite Evening Club Being ConsideredOur club has found that many members and potential members of our club, find it difficult to attend lunch meetings.  These are good Rotarians that want to serve the community.  The Board has listened and is working to create an evening satellite club.  February has been identifies as the launch date.  The satellite club will meet two Thursdays each month in the Crystal Ballroom with drinks and snacks provided.  The members of this club, and the meetings, will focus on local service projects.  The members, of the evening club, will be members of the Boise Rotary Club but will meet at a different time and have a different dues structure of $100 per quarter.  The board will bring this to the entire club for a vote within the next few weeks.  If you have comments or concerns with this proposal, please contact a board members. 
Outstanding Students Timberline High School
Aneesh Bahadur
            Aneesh is a well-rounded student with a 4.0 GPA.  He has been playing piano for 12 years, participating in the National Federation of Music Clubs all 12 years.  He achieved 11 “Superiors” and three trophies. 
            He is a member of HOSA (Future Health Professional) and qualified for the State Competition for Medical Terminology in Spring 2016.  He volunteers at St. Luke’s Medical Center accumulating over 320 volunteer hours.  He helps out at the front desk and in the Gift Shop. 
            Aneesh loves Tennis and was the 8th grade district champion.  He now plays for Timberline and for fun.  He was also on the YMCA swim team, competing in several meets around the Idaho.  Just for fun, he hits the slopes and skis whenever he can. 
            Aneesh’s future plans involve studying Pre-Med in College majoring in Neuroscience or Health Sciences. 
Kassidi Petersen
          Kassidi is a senior at Timberline High School enrolled in 8 AP classes including AP Biology and AP Calculous.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Science Bowl Team.
          Kassidi is a member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America for 2 years and is currently the State President.  She plans and runs leadership trainings throughout the State as well as attends Leadership Workshops for self improvement. 
Kassidi is very interested in politics and started a political efficacy club, at Timberline, known as Currently Political.  She envisioned a place for all students to openly discuss political beliefs and that is what Currently Political offers. 
            In addition to all her work and volunteer hours at school, she is a nanny every day after school for twin special-needs boys who are now in the second grade.  She loves science and research, politics, childcare and ultimate Frisbee.  She is hardworking, organized, determinded, innovative and cooperative.  She would like to attend Whitman College after High School
        Outstanding Students December 2016
Frank Church High School: 
     Maggie Parks is an 11th grade student at Frank Church High School.  While living in Colorado, Maggie had only completed half of the required courses at her high school.  Since enrolling at Frank Church last year, she has blossomed as a student.  She has earned 20 credits in 5 terms with a 3.6 GPA and is on her way to graduating early. 
     Maggie participated in Rake-Up Boise and Stuff the Bus with other students from Frank Church.  Outside of school she volunteers at the Humane Society. 
     Maggie is a member of the National Honor Society and was in AVID.  She will strat working toward her CNA certificate in January.  Her future plans include college and working in either culinary arts or the medical field.  Maggie says of Frank Church:  "I was a face in the ocean, just a number and felt like I was drowning.  Here, I am getting the help I need."
     Tailor Kamph has been a student at Frank Church High School since August of 2014.  He enrolled without any high school credits and will be completing four years of high school in three years and  will graduating on time.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in volunteer work such as Rake-Up Boise and Stuff the Bus.  Tailor takes pride in his school work which has earned him a spot on the honor roll six times, while attending Frank Church. 
     Tailor shows incredible responsibility by keeping up with all of his scholastic duties while also maintaining an after school job working 20 hours per week.  He is a talented musician and loves playing his guitar whenever he can.
     Tailor is currently in the health occupations course where he recently received his CPR certification.  He plans on attending BSU and would like to pursue a career in the medical field. 
Capital High School:
     Madison Link is currently a senior at Capital High School.  Her leadership qualities draw her towards opportunities on campus and in the community.  She is an officer of DECA (a marketing and entrepreneurship association), Participated in Capital's Make-A-Wish campaign, the Toy Drive, and the Coat Drive.  As an active Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) member she is currently organizing a drive to provide socks to those who are homeless. 
     Madison's interactions with students, peers and teachers communicate a respect for everyone and she truly cares about the people she comes in contact with.  During two class periods a day, Madison works as an Elementary Teacher Intern in a 1st grad classroom.  She is incredibly supportive and friendly to students while she helps them improve their reading skills. 
Outstanding Students from Boise High School and Bishop Kelly High School
Jacob Russell, Bishop Kelly High School
Along with a 4.0 GPA through six semesters at BK, Jacob also volunteers for many school and community causes;  Volunteers extensively at the Bill Wassmuth Center for Human Rights (Ann Frank Memorial); Campus minister at BK and planning of spiritual life events; Active in the BK Program Assisting the Homeless Scholar (PATHS) program by tutoring and serving those at City Light Shelter, Interfaith Shelter, and Hays Shelter; Hosts new or visiting students at BK.
Jacob is a member of National Honor Society and has been selected by several Bishop Kelly teachers for outstanding academic achievement awards.  Not only do the instructors and staff at BK select him for awards but the Idaho High School Activities Association recognized him for his academic success.  He was recently selected to receive the Knights in Armour Award from Lyle Pearson.  These students are chosen by their coaches and teachers of their High School for Academics, Sports, and Citizenship. 
Academics are one thing for Jacob but he also participates in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track.  He hopes to attend a college in the Pacific Northwest or in France. 
Isabella Archibald, Boise High School
Isabella has a 4.0 GPA at Boise High and is a member or board member of several organizations.  She is Treasurer and Board Member of Onestone.  As a board members she is helping with the new alternative High School sponsored by Onestone. She is Vice President of the Writing Assistant Center, and Founder and member of the Green Team at Boise High. 
Almost every day you can find Isabella running or mountain biking in the Boise Foothills.  She is an alpine skier; a swimmer, and loves Basque dancing.  When she wants to relax she plays the violin.
Isabella is definitely an Outstanding student.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP scholar with distinction Award recipient  Boise High principal says that she is an unique young person who is very civic minded and service oriented.  She naturally cares about others and is very genuine.  She hope to go to college in Colorado or California and focus on the Sciences, Mathematics or Pre-med.

February 9 2017, at the Basque Center

601 W Grove Street

4:30 PM to 9:00PM (last pour 8:30PM)

Hosted by Rotary Club of Boise

Breweries include: 
   Barbarian Brewing
   Sockeye Grill and Brewery
   Mother Earth Brew Company
   Woodland Empire Ale Craft
   Sawtooth Brewing Co
   Boise Brewing
   Boise Beer Buddies
Buy your tickets on-line now at the Boise Firkin Frolic Website On-line “early bird” tickets sales are through this website for only $12, plus Eventbrite fee. Price increases to $15 after January 26th and $20 at the door. Includes your Firkin Frolic glass and 6 tokens for 4 oz. pours. Must be 21, ID required. Please drink responsibly. Keep our festival safe and fun for everyone.

  Cassie Maxwell, a student at Borah High School, is an excellent example of an Outstanding Student, who works very hard for success as a student, a positive peer influence, and a contributing member to both her local community and global community.  Her mother says that she is the peacemaker in the home and the first to step in and help with dinner or help her younger sister with homework.  She is a really good teenager and actually acts like she likes her mom. 
     Cassie was fortunate to be a part of the Osso Orphanage Volunteer trip int  he summer of 2016. She traveled to Ecuador to volunteer at the Orphanage, helping to build relationships with many of the special needs children and the experience left her with a yearning to continue helping special needs students. 
      At Borah, Cassie is a Peer Mentor in the Special Education Resource Room Program.  Mrs. Whal, the Special Ed teacher, explains "Having Cassie in my classroom has been fantastic.  She is truly a natural at helping others and making them feel a part of her team.  She treats the students in my program with respect, making sure they know she cares about them through her actions and her words." 
     Cassie is in the top 25% of her class with a 3.98 GPA.  She is active in extracurricular activities at Borah, participating in Tennis, French Club, and Photography Club.  She is planning on going to College to study education and is looking forward to a career as a Secondary Special Education Teacher.
Thank you to the generous individuals from the Boise Club who contributed financially.  These included Laurie Zuckerman, Don Reiman, Kevin Allen and John Davis and all others who helped mak this grant possible. 
   Between the end of July and the 26th of August, seventeen students from around the world came to Idaho.  They will be staying with host families until the school year ends next June.  While in Idaho they attend school, participate in sports, become a member of their host family and share will us their culture.  When they go home, they will have a much better understanding of the United States and Idaho. 
    This past weekend the students attended Orientation at Camp Sawtooth.  Here are a few goals and concerns about their stay. 

My goals for exchange

My concerns or worries right now

·      Make a lot of friends. (8 mentions)
·      Learn English / improve English (8 mentions)
·      Be more independent (4 mentions)
·      Go to a rodeo (all)
·      Play futbol / soccer (2 mentions)
·      Travel through the USA (2 mentions)
·      Discover new culture, way of life (3 mentions)
·      Teach people about my country
·      Go to a football game
·      Go to Boise
·      Go on a hike
·      Go skiing
·      Go to a concert with my friends
·      Eat different food
·      Become a sports/outdoor person
·      volunteer at an equestrian club
·      volunteer for children who need help
·      Be more outgoing.
·      Open up as a person
·      My goal for my year as and exchange student is to have that feeling, when I [must return] home to Demark, that I have had the best year of my life and that I actually don’t want to leave the people and the city around me.
·      Challenge myself to do my best during and after exchange
·      Be more free, be more “me”
·      I hope to find my life goal and discover who I wanna be
·      Find a second home on the other side of the world.
·      I’m afraid of not having friends (4 mentions)
·      I’m worried about my English learning (2 mentions)
·      Worried about becoming friends with my host brother
·      Worried that I don’t understand everything at school.
·      I’m afraid of not having “enough” fun
·      I’m afraid of feeling that I’m lost
·      Scared I will not be able to fit in at school.
·      Worried about being alone in school
·      Worried that I will not find myself in high school – outsider exchange student.
·      Worried that I cannot run the 7 miles for Cross Country
·      Cheerleading
·      Worried about being tired
·      I am concerned about if I don’t become really close to one of my families.
·      Worried about getting homesick.
·      Worried about my flight back [worried about leaving next year]
     Angie Smith gave an update on Stronger Shines the Light Inside, a photographic exhibition of Boise area refugees. On September 1st, it will install in Boise, in front of City Hall, on 10th and Bannock, and in the Grove Plaza. The project has been featured on the White House Blog (with Boise highlighted as one of the most welcoming cities for refugees), and in Wired magazine and National Geographic. She is having an opening reception on 9/1/16 7 – 10 pm at the Linen Building. She could also use some help on her installation crew. For more information visit www.strongershinesthelightinside.com
On September 11, in the New York Times magazine, she will publish a photo essay with Syrian graduating seniors from Boise high schools, and then later in The New Republic Magazine.    Mark Smith is bursting with pride!!!
  Kevin Learned introduced the Vivid Roots team and announced that they were donating $5,000 to a water project grant, sponsored by the Blue Lakes/Twin Falls Club.  Vivid roots is a for profit company but donates a portion of their sales of hats and t-shirts and water bottles and other merchandise to clean water projects around the globe.    These are young men with a start-up company but know the value of giving back.
The Greater Boise Rotary Foundation grants the Salvation Army $1,000 for their school backpack program.   Nancy Chinn presented the check to Major Robert Lloyd.  Each year the salvation army fills backpacks for low income students to take to school.  Imagine going to school the first day of the semester and not having any supplies to do your work?  The students are more than thrilled to have the same things that other kids at school have.  The Greater Boise Rotary Foundation is pleased to donate to such a worthwhile organization. 
GBRF is a foundation supported by Rotarians from Ada County Clubs investing their time, money and expertise doing good for Ada County.  GBRF grants approximately $40,000 to non-profit organizations in Ada County every year.
            GBRF is FOCUSED on Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Health, Caring & Social Services, Recreation & Outdoors.
            GBRF BELIEVES that by giving to existing organizations, more people can be served.
            GBRF KNOWS that by working together, Rotarians can make a substantial contribution to the community.
            GBRF has been in existence since 1984 and is now approaching a corpus of $900,000 with the goal being $1,000,000.  The organization is funded by Rotarians, families and friends of Rotary members in Ada County
  Bob McQuade attended the Rotary International Conference in Seoul recently.  He said that he wasn't sure that he would go because of the cost but he is now so glad he did.  He came home even more excited about Rotary and all that we do.  He learned that Rotary begins right here at club meetings.  This is where fellowship comes in and friendships are made.  But each club is part of something much, much bigger.  41,000 people signed up for the conference and Bob said that it was exhilarating to be in a room with 40,000+ people who he had something in common with.  There are 1.2 million Rotarians in the world and we all share the international programs and world wide understanding. 
     Bob made new friends from Belgium, Scotland, Germany, Korea, Africa, Bangladesh and many from the US.  He can know keep up with all of them and it started right in Boise in the Crystal Ballroom at a Rotary meeting. 
Ken Howell had a surprise for President James and the club.  As a club, we have been working toward the goals needed to obtain the Presidential Citation.  The goals were lofty and Rotary International discovered that the goals may have been a little too strict.  So, RI decided to give Presidential citations in Gold, Silver and Bronze.  He presented President James with a Silver Presidential Citation for reaching 7 out of 8 goals. 
  This award is for all the members as a club.  Together we met the goals and we should all be proud.  To see all the goals for the Presidential citation go to  Presidential Citation  We accomplished all the Goals except Membership. 
Our club has sponsored several exchange students from Ecuador and has sent several students to that country.  Many of our club members have friends that have been affected by the devastating earthquake that occurred recently.  Following is a letter that Kevin received.  If you would like to donate write your check to the Rotary Club of Boise Foundation, or give your cash or credit card to Nancy at the meeting on Thursday.
Thank you for your concern about this severe 7.8 earthquake that has hit our country. The situation is very, very bad, mainly in one of the Provinces of the Coast called Manabi, where we have 8 clubs. Cities and villages are almost completely devastated. There is a dead Rotarian from the RC of Portoviejo as well as the mother of the President of the same club due to that the buildings where they lived went down.
The present count is more than 700 people dead, figure that will certainly go up since there are thousands of missing and injured persons.  There are also thousands of homeless people that have lost everything. 

As a District, we initially set up an emergency plan carried out through the 8 clubs of Manabi assisting the victims, concentrating mainly on the supply of bottled water, canned tuna, and insect repellents. Supply of small water purification plants has been started to lower the costs of provision and transportation of potable water.
We have been monitoring how the situation has been developing, and have decided, besides keeping the initial plan but with a lower emphasis, to undertake a new phase, emphasizing the supply of water purification plants for small communities and starting assistance for the reconstruction of homes through the supply of building materials.
We will now concentrate on these actions.

I must state that fortunately, all the country and of course the Government, as well as foreign countries, have responded with donations of all kinds, like food, clothing, medicines and others, but  in a certain way these articles are not needed, at least for now.  This is the reason why we are changing our approach to help people in reconstructing their homes.