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Rotary Club of Boise
Celebrating 103 Years in Idaho


We meet Thursdays at Noon
in the Hoff Building, 2nd floor Crystal Ballroom
802 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702

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Recent events surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic are often described as "unprecedented."  And of course in many ways, they are.  However, this isn't the first time the Rotary Club of Boise has experienced a pandemic.  
With free time on my hands, I've been perusing our book "Rotary Club of Boise, The First 100 Years."  Upon our club's founding in 1917, it was lead by C.A. Barton.  President Barton's term was marked by two major events:  World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic.  In January 1919, the club resolved to pledge its support to help those suffering from influenza and to prevent the spread of disease.  Over 100 years later, we're still working to those ends.  We continue to push polio toward extinction & in the midst of the current pandemic, we look for creative ways to be of service.  Several members have contacted me to say "keep billing my dues & use the money to help however it can."  Many others have asked how they can help.  Glad you asked:
  • Although we're not having our usual Thursday lunch meetings, your meal charges are being put to good use.  Our caterers will continue to prepare meals which I'll deliver to our most vulnerable citizens at Interfaith Sanctuary.  
  • Check in with us from time-to-time.  Let us know how you're doing & how you're passing the time.  Volunteer to lead small group Zoom meetings to stay connected.
  • If you're a senior citizen who needs help with grocery shopping or other tasks, several club members have volunteered to help.  Email me at
As I wrap this up, thank you all for your positivity & generosity.  You continue to prove that Rotarians are the most amazing people in the world.  Stay well!
Rotarians have been giving dictionaries to 3rd graders for many years.  This week we visited one of our favorite schools, Whitney Elementary.  
A small army of Rotarians, Boy Scouts, & citizens enjoyed a beautiful sunny morning installing hundreds of native shrubs in the Hulls Gulch Reserve.  The event was covered by KIVI Channel 6.  The plants will control erosion & provide habitat for birds, insects, & critters within one of Boise's most popular recreation areas.  Upon completion, several club members continued the fun over drinks, snacks, & lunch at a nearby restaurant, rounding out three tenets of Rotary:  service, fellowship, & fun!  
Are you interested in studying high school abroad?
Students going on exchange for the 2020-21 school year now have access to our club applications! Apply directly via this link. We'll select our Rotary District outbound team in November 2019. 
Are you interested in hosting a foreign exchange student?
We are looking for host families (they don't have to be Rotarians) willing to host a foreign exchange student for 3-4 months out of the school year. Host families are responsible for making these students a part of their families and sharing our values and culture. Rotary provides training and resources.
For more information, keep reading, or visit our District Rotary Youth Exchange website.
Rotary Club of Boise recognizes its program speakers by planting a tree in their honor. This gesture is in keeping with RI Past President Ian H.S. Riseley's 2017-2018 Rotary year challenge to plant a tree for every Rotarian in recognition of the impacts of climate change on the world's most vulnerable populations.
β€œIt is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. β€œI believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
The challenge was concluded on Earth Day 2018, but our club has elected to continue this effort in honor of our weekly program speakers. 
You can participate by contributing to the Gift That Grows program. Every $5 contribution purchases another seedling!
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