Speaker Date Topic
Mark Hofflund, Idaho Shakespeare Festival Feb 27, 2020 12:35 PM
Idaho Shakespeare Festival 2020
Idaho Shakespeare Festival 2020

In his 28th year with the Festival, Mark continues to appreciate Idaho’s proud, neighborly and generous way of life.  Mark’s career began at The Old Globe under Jack O’Brien, Tom Hall and Craig Noel, where he was fortunate to act, direct, and produce new plays, as well as edit his mentor Alan Schneider’s memoir Entrances (published by Viking).  Joining colleague Charles Fee to plan and build the ISF Amphitheater and Reserve, Mark’s collaboration with Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation continues to make possible the Festival’s home at Barber Pool.  Mark’s broader service includes 50,000 students K-12 in 150 schools statewide; a resident Apprentice Company, Access Program, and School of Theater coming from a merger with Idaho Theater for Youth; and campaigns for institutional capitalization and open space conservation.  Mark has addressed the Shakespeare Theatre Association, Institute of Outdoor Theatre (receiving the Mark R. Sumner Award), and committees of the Idaho Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives.  He served a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Arts (receiving the Chairman’s Medal from Dana Gioia), filled board positions for the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and chaired the Idaho Commission on the Arts under Governors Kempthorne, Risch and Otter.  He guest teaches at Boise State University, has received the President’s Medallion from the University of Idaho, and is a graduate of Princeton (AB) and University of California, San Diego (MFA).

Doug Holloway, Boise Parks & Rec Mar 05, 2020 12:35 PM
Homeless Park Program
Homeless Park Program

Boise Parks & Rec Director Doug Holloway will update us on his department & their Homeless Park Program.

Tate Mason, Director Mar 19, 2020 12:35 PM
World Center for Birds of Prey
World Center for Birds of Prey

Tate Mason will tell us about the important work of the World Center for Birds of Prey.

Peggy Purdy & Derek Ganong, Live Music! Mar 26, 2020 12:35 PM
Gene Harris Jazz Festival
Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Peggy & Derek return to our club to play music & talk about the Gene Harris Jazz Festival.  You will not want to miss this!

Dr. Del Parkinson, Piano Professor, Boise State Apr 02, 2020 12:35 PM
Professor: Piano, Boise State University
Professor: Piano, Boise State University

Del Parkinson began studying piano at age five in his hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho.  He now holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School.  He was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London.  He was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught for eight years, and is now professor of piano at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985.

His London debut recital was on the American Bicentennial Series, and his New York debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall was sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts.  He has performed with the Guadalajara Symphony, the Indiana University Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Utah Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic.  He is featured on four compact disc recordings:  The American Piano Quartet and The American Piano Duo’s Mendelssohn Two-Piano ConcertoRachmaninoff Duo Piano Works, and Celebrating Gershwin.  He is the recipient of the Boise State University foundation scholar award for creative activity, the Boise mayor’s award for artistic excellence, the Morrison Center honor medallion, the Idaho Commission on the Arts career fellowship award, and the Idaho governor’s award for excellence in the arts.  Dr. Parkinson is a Steinway Artist.

Matt Davison, President, Idaho Press Tribune Apr 09, 2020 12:35 PM
Current State of Print News
Current State of Print News
Laura Kendall, Executive Director, Morrison Center Apr 16, 2020 12:35 PM
Performing Arts at the Morrison Center
Performing Arts at the Morrison Center

Laura was selected as the Executive Director of the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts last fall.  She is an arts administration professional with more than 18 years of experience.  Laura most recently worked for Omaha Performing Arts, where she was vice president for programming and education. There, she was responsible for performance and community engagement events in the 2,600-seat Orpheum Theater, the 2,000-seat Kiewit Concert Hall and 350-seat Scott Recital Hall in the Holland Center in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.  Prior to joining the Omaha Performing Arts, Kendall was the director of visual and performing arts at Millersville University, overseeing the Ware Center and Winter Center venues. She has expertise in venue management, season planning, artist bookings, scheduling performances, contracts, marketing, ticketing, education, outreach and grant writing. She also creates programs and projects that integrate artists and performances into campus and K-12 curriculum, as well as extended artist residencies.

 

Kendall received her master’s degree in marketing, communication and advertising and a bachelor’s degree in theatre and film from the University of Nebraska, as well as a certificate in curatorial practice in performance from Wesleyan University. She is a graduate of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellows Program and routinely speaks at national conferences about arts presenting issues.

Jessica Rolph, Founder & CEO of Lovevery Apr 23, 2020 12:35 PM
Start-up Story of Lovevery
Start-up Story of Lovevery

Jessica is co-founder of Happy Family, an organic baby food company that experienced rapid growth in its first few years in business.  While she still serves on the board of directors, Jessica launched another new startup - Lovevery, a company that believes in "playtime with purpose" with a focus to create developlmental products for babies in their first year.  This includes the launch of their first product, The PlayGym, an early learning platform that's designed to guide babies through all of the learning stages that happen during their first year.  

Laurie Zuckerman, District 5400 Stewardship Chair Apr 30, 2020 12:35 PM
Rotary Earth Stewardship Certification
Rotary Earth Stewardship Certification

Just before Earth Day, our own Laurie Zuckerman will update us on our club's efforts to improve the enviroment & progress toward earning an Environmental Steward Club Certification award.

Luke Mayville, Co-Founder, Reclaim Idaho May 07, 2020 12:35 PM
Reclaim Idaho's Story
Reclaim Idaho's Story

Reclaim Idaho is a grassroots movement designed to protect and improve the quality of life of working Idahoans.  They organize to pass citizens' initiatives and also to elect candidates who believe in strengthening public schools, protecting public lands, and extending healthcare to working families.

Mary Biddle, Director YMCA Healthy Living Center May 14, 2020 12:35 PM
YMCA Healthy Living Program
YMCA Healthy Living Program

Mary Biddle-Newberry serves as the Director of the YMCA Healthy Living Center (Y-HLC) for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA in Boise, ID.  Mary oversees Disease Prevention and Management programs.  These programs focus on promoting wellbeing, reducing the risk of disease, and reclaiming health by helping individuals adopt healthier lifestyles and make a significant and positive impact on quality of life, reducing incidence of chronic disease and the cost of healthcare.  Working alongside community partners, Mary focuses on delivering accessible, evidence based programs that demonstrate both an improvement in Treasure Valley residents health and a savings in health care costs.

Mary has created and implemented a variety of programs, supporting and addressing the many diverse needs of chronic disease in the pursuit of an individual’s better health and well-being.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Science and holds multiple nationally recognized certifications in numerous modalities of exercise.

 

                               

Ken Howell, PolioPlus May 21, 2020 12:35 PM
Rotary's Progress in Fighting Polio
Rotary's Progress in Fighting Polio

Past President & Past District Governor Ken Howell will update us on Rotary's fight against polio.

Beth Markley & Kevin Allen Jun 25, 2020 12:35 PM
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard

Goodbye President Kevin, hello President Beth!  Changing of the Guard is a long honored tradition in Rotary & we want a full house to welcome Beth Markley in her new role.  We'll also look back at our accomplishments in 2019-2020 & recognize the many people who played important roles in the club's ongoing success.