Welcome New Members Richard Davey & Tom Long Kevin Allen 2019-08-20 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Interested in Study Abroad? Rotary Youth Exchange Applications Open 2019-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Tom Stitzle organizes the club every year to ring the bell for the Red Kettle Campaign benefitting the Salvation Army.
Thanks to Channel 6 News for the coverage!
Boise Rotary Rings Bells for Salvation Army Beth Markley 2019-01-07 07:00:00Z 0
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.
“It 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. “I 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!
Tree Planting
Boise Rotary says "Thanks" with a Tree Beth Markley 2018-12-14 07:00:00Z 0 Tree Planting
Posted by Beth Markley on Nov 29, 2018
Fellow Rotary Club of Boise members: Are you wondering why no one has asked you to do the thing you've always loved to do? Maybe it's because the right people don't know you love to do it!
If you have a minute to fill out a short skills survey (click on the link), that will help us help you make the most of your time serving the community.
Read more
Rotary Members: What are your skills and interests? Beth Markley 2018-11-29 07:00:00Z 0 Skills
  Bob Gibb Fellows
John McGuire, as President of the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation
We have three foundations to contribute to, including the Rotary Foundation, our Boise club foundation, and the GBRF which was created to have funds, readily available, for local projects, and provide us a way to interact with other Rotary Clubs.
The grants the GBRF gives are consistent with Rotary Foundation guidelines, sustainable projects, not just a one-shot deal, and fulfill the principals of the 4 way test.
  Those awarded the Bob Gibb Fellow were:  Keil Van Inwegen, Jerry Schroeder, Donna Jacobs, Diane Minnich, Mark smith Shane Bartlome, Charles Clark, Bob Rice, Todd Sawyer, Todd Fischer, Andy Erstad, Russell Strader, Marcia Wing. 
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Dictionary Delivery to Jefferson Elementary 2017-05-23 06:00:00Z 0
ButterFly Exhibit at Zoo Boise 2017-05-16 06:00:00Z 0
Every summer, 100 teenagers from around Idaho share a long weekend at the College of Southern Idaho for an intensive four day leadership camp.  High school students who are incoming juniors to outgoing seniors are sponsored by Rotary clubs to attend the camp, with the Rotary club paying the $375 cost.  The Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp, RYLA, is "For Youth, By Youth", meaning the camp is planned and lead by students who have previously attended.  The camp is experiential; activities are hands-on and interactive, we avoid classroom style lectures.
The leadership training focuses on everyday leadership.  To lead, you must believe in your own abilities. Being a leader means you work with others; seeing the world through their eyes.  In the process, many life long friendships have been made. The RYLA experience is focused on guiding the students to discover a strong sense of confidence in oneself and expressing empathy for others, which is driven through the strong supportive environment created during the long weekend.  RYLA allows these one hundred teenagers to identify and celebrate their abilities.  In the process, many life long friendships have been made.
- See more at: RYLA
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    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.

Outstanding Student March 2017 2017-03-20 06:00:00Z 0
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. 
Satelite Evening Club March 16th at 5:00 2017-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
  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.  
YMCA Clean Up Scheduled for April 8 2017-03-06 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Outstanding Students February 2017 2017-02-14 07:00:00Z 0

  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.
Rotary International Conference June 10 - 14 2017-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
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
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        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. 
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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.
Outstanding Students Boise High School and Bishop Kelly High School 2016-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
   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]
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  RYLA Applications for August 3 -6 at College of Southern Idaho.   The program is open to students entering  their Junior year in High school to those who have just graduated.  Read some of the comments from students who attended last year.  If you know of someone who would like to attend this year have them search "RYLA Idaho" and sign up today.  Our club has 5 spots left....
RYLA was awesome!!!  Students sponsored by our Club, in 2016, wrote letters to Todd telling him of their experience.    Watch the VIDEO HERE. 
Sara Dixon:  Thank you so very much for sponsoring and giving me the opportunity to come to this absolutely amazing and life changing camp! Because of you, I gained 73 loving family members who accept me and support me no matter what. At RYLA this summer, my perspective of others completely changed, I learned how to accept not only others, but myself. I learned that everyone has struggles they are going through and we can't be strong leader all the time, we need to lean on other to make it through.
     Jack Gambassi:  What I didn't know was that I would be meeting over 70 new friends, climbing the tallest rock wall in the Northwest, or be sharing my hardships with everyone here.  This experience really allowed me to open up. Despite only meeting these people on Thursday, I was able to share deep feelings, while also feeling safe with them knowing this stuff about me.
     Carley Mings:  I met some friends who I am sure I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I loved every activity we did, but I think my favorite was the breaking of the board. It was so inspiring to hear everyone's stories then to see them break through it.
     Maddy Hollenbeck:  There has been so much that we've done in the last three days but something that moved me the most was the ability to speak about things that I've suppressed my entire life. I never like to talk about my experience as a bi-racial Asian child, because I've never thought it was much of importance to talk about it because honestly I thought no one would relate or listen. But by being able to share my story to my “family” I felt emotionally free and accepted to say what was going on in my head and while I cried I knew everything was alright because everyone around me supported me and hugged me and it was an experience that I've never had before.
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     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!!!
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8th Annual Rotary LobsterFest Fundraiser is Sept. 9

Boise Sunrise Rotary and Boise Southwest Rotary are pleased to present the 8th Annual LobsterFest Fundraiser on Friday, September 9. All proceeds from this evening of great food and fun directly benefit charitable organizations in the Treasure Valley, including Hope House, as well as Rotary youth programs.

What:         8th Annual Rotary LobsterFest
Where:     CenturyLink Arena
                   233 S. Capitol Blvd.
When:     Friday, Sept. 9
                 Doors open at 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this great evening of fresh Maine lobster (or steak), silent and live auctions, drinks and entertainment. The event also includes a delicious dessert auction!

We anticipate welcoming 600 guests to LobsterFest this year. Non-Rotarians are encouraged to attend!

Individual LobsterFest tickets are $75, and corporate tables of 8 are available for $550. All money raised goes to support youth programs in the Treasure Valley.

Buy individual tickets or a table today at: https://rotarylobsterfest.maxcheckout.com/.

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  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.
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  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. 
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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. 
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Fun at Zoo Boise 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Help For Earthquake Victims 2016-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
  Delivering Flowers for Mother's Day.  Some women get no visitors on Mother's Day.  They spend the day as any other day.  You can make their day better by delivering flowers to those at the Veterans Hospital, The Good Samaritan Society, Boise Village and other nursing homes.  It takes only an hour or two out of your day but the feeling you get from the women you visit will last all day.  If you would like to participate in the delivery, meet at The Good Samaritan Society, Boise Village 3115 Sycamore Drive (just off State Street) at 10:00, pick up your flowers and your assigned locations and make the day for several women.
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Thursday is our day to serve dinner at River Of Life.  Meet at 6:45 and you should be done at 7:30.  If you don't have an apron, get one from Nancy at lunch and wear it with pride while serving those in need. 
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  Lenore Smith Was Honored  for service above self by her son and friends at the meeting last week.  Lenore and her husband had a son with special needs and because of Lenore's faith in herself and her son, he is now living on his own and working.  Although he has cerebral palsy  and is deaf he has flourished in society.  The world is different today because of Lenore's love and Service Above Self.  Lenore was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow by James Bedal. 
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  New Member Jon Davis was introduced last week.  Jon received his Masters from U of I, is a Vietnam Veteran, was the CEO of hospitals and retired from Washington State Department of Health.  He has two sons and everywhere he goes he makes sure that he joins a Rotary Club.  Welcome Jon to the club.
New Member Jon Davis 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at Zoo Boise, May 4, 5:30-8:30pm

Enjoy a special private evening for Rotarians, family and friends to experience Zoo Boise.  In addition to viewing the animals on a beautiful spring evening without the crowds, you will have a chance to feed the giraffes, walk with the wallabies, learn about Rotary's global grant for mobile clinics in Mozambique and plans for Zoo Boise's innovative Gorongosa National Park Exhibit.  Food and drinks will be available. Tickcts are $20 per person and $10 for childern 16 and under.  All proceeds go towards the Rotary Gorongosa Global Grant and Zoo Boise's Gorongosa National Park Partnership.
The focus of this year' s Rotary global grant is on tranport for and training of health workers to reach thousands of people living in poor remote villages around Gorongosa so they can receive basic mdical services. The new exhibit at Zoo Boise will support the conservation of animals in Gorongosa National Park. See Idaho Public Television's documentary The Idaho Gorongosa Connection at www.idahoptv.org.
Please RSVP to Nancy.  We will need a head count by April 29.
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Rotary Night at Zoo Boise, May 4, 5:30-8:30pm

Enjoy a special private evening for Rotarians, family and friends to experience Zoo Boise.  In addition to viewing the animals on a beautiful spring evening without the crowds, you will have a chance to feed the giraffes, walk with the wallabies, learn about Rotary's global grant for mobile clinics in Mozambique and plans for Zoo Boise's innovative Gorongosa National Park Exhibit.  Food and drinks will be available. Tickcts are $20 per person and $10 for childern 16 and under.  All proceeds go towards the Rotary Gorongosa Global Grant and Zoo Boise's Gorongosa National Park Partnership.
The focus of this year' s Rotary global grant is on tranport for and training of health workers to reach thousands of people living in poor remote villages around Gorongosa so they can receive basic mdical services. The new exhibit at Zoo Boise will support the conservation of animals in Gorongosa National Park. See Idaho Public Television's documentary The Idaho Gorongosa Connection at www.idahoptv.org.
Please RSVP to Nancy.  We will need a head count by April 29.
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The Ethics in Business Program honored three of our own members.  Meg Carlson, Marty Cullen (accepted by his daughter, Maddie) and Shelley Smith Eichmann.  All eleven honorees are winners in their ethical practices.  Congratulations, Meg, Marty and Shelley. 
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  Marianne Barker presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Diana Fields on April 14th, 2016.  Diana will wear it with pride in honor of her dad, Dick Fields.  Diana's mother, Shirley was with her to accept the award.  We all still miss Dick Fields but know that his legacy lives on through Shirley and Diana. 
Diana Fields Receives Paul Harris Fellow 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
History Moment
Bob McQuade interviewed Angie Purcell about Bob Purcell, a very special past member of our Club.  Angie would come with Bob to every Rotary meeting, wheeling him into the room in his wheelchair. 
            Bob (Purcell) was born in Payette but was raised in New Plymouth.  Angie says he was a home-body but a very busy guy.  He was a political animal lobbying for many things.  He even lobbied for the implementation of the sales tax in Idaho.  A lot of his friends wouldn’t talk to him and customers went elsewhere.  But, as we know, the sales tax was implemented. 
            While Bob was working at J.C. Penney, he initiated a day to give blood.  That is what we know today as a “Blood Drive.”  He convinced the store owners to become part of the political system and lobby on behalf of retail stores. 
            Wherever Bob lived, he belonged to a Rotary Club.  He loved being part of something that made a difference in the community and the world. 
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April 11th is the 12th anniversary of Century Scholars.  If you want to join us in celebrating Boise students and teachers, please let Nancy Know and she will sign you up.  The event begins at 5:00 PM at the Jordon Ballroom and costs $30.00 for dinner.  As one teacher said “Century Scholars is the academy awards to teacher.”  Come and see how this event affects so many students, families and teachers. 
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Since 2000, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has been providing help for homeless women and children in Boise, ID through the ministry of City Light.

This shelter for women and children offers a safe haven of hope and love, providing emergency services such as meals, shelter and clothing, as well as education, work-search assistance, mental health counseling, addiction recovery through the New Life Program, and children’s programs.

Funding has reduced for mental health services, which many of these families need badly.  Boise Rotary has donated $2,300.00 to the shelter to be used for mental health services.  This equates to 50 individuals able to access this health care. 
Annually, during the Holiday Season, Boise Rotary hosts a Christmas Party for the women and Children at City Light.  This party may be the only place where the mothers and the children receive a present and make it know that they matter. 
Whether homeless, escaping a domestic violence situation, addicted or struggling, all women and their families are welcome to the City Light Home for Women & Children. We will never turn anyone away for food or a clean bed due to lack of space.
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International Grant for Sierra Leone
From The Rotary Foundation:  Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding for the grant entitled "Commercializing cassava as a poverty-reduction strategy in Sierra Leone" submitted by the Rotary Clubs of Boise and Freetown, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$221,428.
The Rotary Foundation approved the club's Global Grant to reduce poverty in Massory Sierra Leone using an approach that can be duplicated widely throughout Western Africa.  The Global Grant is funded by individual contributions, club contributions, and matching funds from three districts and The World Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  The grant total is $221,428, which is the largest amount ever granted to Rotarians and clubs in District 5400 that anyone can recall.  The project’s focus is generating sustained jobs and profit for the community by commercializing cassava production.  Our project partner, Village Hope, has the factory building constructed and is awaiting the equipment that will be funded by this grant.  Sierra Leone, and other Western Africa countries, were hard hit by the ebola crisis, with the economy coming to a halt as nearly all travel was banned.  The ebola crisis also delayed this grant as our partner Rotary club in Freetown Sierra Leone was completely focused on combating the deisease.  The Global Grant will be a big step for the Massory community allowing them to generate the needed funds for schools, health care, water, sanitation, and other community driven improvements.  A big thank you to all those in our club that helped make this Global Grant possible.

Todd Fischer
World Service Committee Chair 
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Outstanding Students March 2016 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Special Guest Speaker:  March 3  Dr. Mark Conversino
Topic:  "Russia and the Final Collapse of the Post-Cold War Order in Europe"
     Dr. Mark Conversino, Strategic Advisor and Professor, School of Advanced Air and Apace Studies, Air University, is scheduled to speak at a Special Rotary Lunch on Thursday, March 31st.  Dr. Conversino will visit from the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and talk about “Russia and the Final Collapse of the Post-Cold War in Europe.”
            Dr. Conversino previously served as Dean of the Air War College, earning the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, after retiring from active duty with the Air Force.  He has also written a book – “Fighting with the Soviets:  The Failure of Operation FRANTIC.”
            Fighting with the Soviets provides the first comprehensive look at Operation FRANTIC--an ambitious but doomed Allied enterprise that produced the war's only significant Soviet-American military venture and demonstrated just how complex and demanding coalition warfare could be.
       Using Ukrainian air bases, FRANTIC was designed to help deliver the knockout blow to the Nazi war machine, while minimizing the severe losses experienced by Allied air forces in daylight bombing campaigns over Germany. In theory, it allowed American bombers to reach targets deeper in Germany, divert Luftwaffe air support away from Normandy, and provide additional cover for battles on the Soviet's western front. American strategists also hoped that the operation would forge closer ties with the USSR and encourage the ever wary Stalin to provide access to Siberian air bases for use against Japan.
        Conversino, however, shows that things did not quite go as planned. After an early period of comradely euphoria, relations between Russians and Americans chilled amidst cultural differences and grew even icier in the wake of the Luftwaffe's decimation of Poltava airbase and Stalin's indifference to the Polish resistance in Warsaw. And, as the Red juggernaut pushed ever deeper toward Berlin, Stalin's support for FRANTIC faded altogether.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is an intensive leadership training program for young adults. District 5400 hosts incoming juniors through outgoing seniors in high school for a 4-day leadership camp at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. Talented young people will attend seminars, workshops and participate in experiential exercises in the form of a ropes course throughout the camp.

RYLA 2016 will be held August 4-7.  Students sign up for RYLA by filling out the application form here: http://ryla5400.weebly.com/application.html by May 1st.
- See more at: http://rotary5400.org/SitePage/u-ryla-u#sthash.yB6fyEj9.dpuf
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Marcia Wing took us down nostalgia lane to meet one of Boise Rotary’s Founding Fathers, Joel Lambert Priest.  Joel was involved in Boise Rotary before it became a club.  He was Secretary of the group of men which conceived the idea of Boise Club and applied for our charter.  Once the club was chartered he became of member of the board of directors.
            Joel was born in Henderson, Kentucky in 1870 and started his career in the newspaper industry in that city.  He then moved to Chicago where he worked for both the Chicago City Press and the Chicago Record, covering events such as the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.  He continued his career in Salt Lake City where he reported on events as diverse as the return of Utah troops from the Philippines after the Spanish-American war, the Democratic National Convention in Kansas City in 1900, and the San Francisco disaster of 1906.
            Joel left newspaper work at the age of 38 to move his family to Boise where he became the industrial agent for the Oregon Short Line Railroad which later because part of Union Pacific.  His job involved a lot of travel to such places as the Chicago Exposition in 1909, the Pacific Coast in 1911, San Francisco, and San Diego.  In 1916 he met with the Governors of Oregon and Washington and even attended two games of the World Series in 1917. 
            Joel’s sense of humor was widely noted.  In 1947 the Statesman included an article called “A Pig Tale” which read: They say Idaho’s premier tale-teller, Joel Priest, Sr. was stopped cold only once.  Speaking at a Kiwanis luncheon, Joel told of visiting in Blackfoot and admiring a litter of suckling pigs.  “MMMM”, he said, “roast a suckling pig with an apple in its mouth…nothing better.”  Naturally the pig owner offered to send a suckling to Boise for Joel.  Six or eight months later, Joel received a call from the freight office – “Say, Mr. Priest, you’d better come right down.  Somebody’s sent you a pig.”
            Joel was mightily pleased, hurried right down to the office, his mind full of visions of a delectable suckling pig.  But when he arrived, there was no suckling pig…there was a huge 5---pound porker!
            At this point in the story, Ike Wescott spoke up with the punch line that stopped Joel right in his tracks:  “Shucks, Joel, it probably was a suckling pig when it started out.  But your freight line is so blamed slow, the pig grew en route.” 
            In spite of the plethora of travel and other activities, Joel remained active in Rotary until 1940 when he resigned so that he and his wife could travel extensively during their retirement. 
            It is always a pleasure learning about our founding fathers interesting history. 
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Ethics In Business:  Business ethics is the behavior that a business adheres to in its daily dealings with the world. The ethics of a particular business can be diverse. They apply not only to how the business interacts with the world at large, but also to their one-on-one dealings with a single customer.
       Consider nominating business people you know who have Integrity, a Sense of Responsibility, an Emphasis on Quality, Discipline, and a Sense of Teamwork.  For nomination forms go to Our Club Page and download the form from the site, or contact Nancy Chinn for a nomination form. 
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 Outstanding Students Johanna Di Lulo, Boise High School and Aisea Odencrantz, Bishop Kelly High School.
            Johanna’s Dad had Lou Gehrig’s disease and died when she was 7 years old.  After his death, Johanna became the home office manager and her mother says that she is the best home office manager ever!  She has used her organization skills to become an athlete, student, dancer, and volunteer.  She is an accomplished Soccer and Basketball player and is the Soccer Team captain at Boise High School this year. 
            Johanna has been awarded an Athletic Scholarship to play D1 Soccer at Eastern Washington University. And was chosen the All Conference Player in 2015-16.  In addition to her studies and sports, she volunteers at the Id. Botanical Gardens, the YMCA, and for clubs and teams at Boise High.  Her teachers at Boise High say that she is Hard Working, Reliable, Strong, and Mature. 
            Aisea is a member of Oinkari Basque Dancers and is a volunteer instructor for the Boise’ko Gazteak (age 8-10 Basque Dancers).  She also volunteers and is a Board member of One Stone, Inc. helping with Echo-Suicide Awareness and Prevention Project, Break through 2015, and Realize-healthy relationship awareness project among others. 
            Aisea is the co-captain of the B.K. debate team winning several awards including 3rd place 2015 Debate State Championships and Public Forum Debate.  She has been named as a State qualifier in radio Broadcasting and semi-finalist in Oratorical Analysis.  Her teachers say that she is a wonderful young woman who volunteers extensively in the community.  She plans to study either International Business or Finance as an undergraduate, and then hopes to attend Law School. 
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   Rotary Club of Boise Sweetheart Ball
February 27, 2016       Hillcrest Country Club   
Mark your calendar for the SweetHeart Ball Feb 27th. Appetizers and No Host bar from 5:00 - 6:00 Dinner from 6:00 to 7:00 and the band starts at 7:00.  The cost is $50 per person. Your choice for dinner is Grilled Salmon with Meyer Lemon vin blanc served with  rice pilaf. OR Prime Rib with herb potatoes. Both Entrees come with fresh rolls and seasonal vegetables.  It also comes with your choice of a mixed green or spinach salad. Topped off with Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee.   Bring your SweetHeart and join your Rotary family at our SweetHeart Ball. 

Mark your calendar for the Sweet Heart Ball Feb 27th. Appetizers and No Host bar from 5:00 - 6:00 Dinner from 6:00 to 7:00 and the band stars at 7:00.  The cost is $50 per person. Your choice for dinner is Grilled Salmon with Meyer Lemon vin blanc served with  rice pilaf. OR Prime Rib with herb potatoes. Both Entrees come with fresh rolls and seasonal vegetables.  It also comes with your choice of a mixed green or spinach salad. Topped off with Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee.  When you make your reservations Please put P for Prime Rib, G for Grilled Salmon, M for Mixed Green Salad and S for Spinach Salad. Also make sure you put the number of people coming.  See all you Sweet Hearts at the Sweet Hearts Ball.

- See more at: http://rotaryclubofboise.org/event/rotary-ball/#sthash.sAwbV5tl.dpuf
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  Business ethics is the behavior that a business adheres to in its daily dealings with the world. The ethics of a particular business can be diverse. They apply not only to how the business interacts with the world at large, but also to their one-on-one dealings with a single customer.
       Consider nominating business people you know who have Integrity, a Sense of Responsibility, an Emphasis on Quality, Discipline, and a Sense of Teamwork.  
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Last Week’s Speaker:   

Last Week’s Speaker:    
Susan Mahoney introduced Cherie and while telling of all her accomplishments Cherie had to stand up and ask her to stop.  Cherie said “I love you, But stop.”  And that is Cherie.  She would rather “do” then be honored for what she has done.   
            Cherie loves Rotarians for the good they do – and not just at Christmas time.  She has also been a presenter at RYLA for 15+ years, talking about Cultural Competence. 
            Cherie talked about the upcoming legislative season and what we might expect:
                        Justice Reinvestment – They need to look at the best way to spend the allocated money and what changes to make.
                                    Public Defense:  Idaho has a limited number of Public Defender.  The wait is long for those who need a public defender and while they wait they are often incarcerated.  Many more public defender are needed.
                                    Incarceration:  Minimum sentences are often harsh and not necessary for those with minor infractions.  With the safety of the community in mind, the legislature must take a look at changing the mandatory sentences, look at support for those returning to society and provide resources to those who are set free.  In her opinion, this include tech training while incarcerated. 
Education:  Idaho has turned funding to 2009 levels but needs to do more for our educators.  She wants every high school graduate, in Idaho, to receive a letter from a public university or college inviting the student to come to their institution after graduating.  Of course, higher education needs to be more affordable for everyone. 
The Legislature will also be looking at Voting Rights, Water Rights, Sage Grouse and the law suits that Idaho has brought in the recent past. 
            As always, an exciting agenda for the legislature
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Outstanding Students:  Lilly Boggan, Captial High School and Skyla Oare, Frank Church High School
     Lilly is an exceptional young lady and a positive role model for the students and staff at Capital High School.  Servant leadership is not just a theory for Lilly but is a pattern of leadership that she practices.  She is kind to those around her and looks out for the needs of others.  Due to these strengths, her peers and teachers seek her out for her opinion and leadership.  Lilly is currently student Body Vice President and has played varsity volleyball, varsity rugby, and golf during her three years at Captial High School.  Lilly is also an active member with All Saints Presbyterian Church and frequently volunteers to provide child care during services.  She is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and plans to continue her military career by attending the Air Force Academy after graduation. 
     Skyla Oare has been a student at Frank Church High School since October of 2013.  She enrolled having earned only 1 high school credit.  She is now graduating a full year early with 56 credits – 8 more than is required.  To achieve that goal she has done online courses and received elective credit for working full time on top of a full day of school.  Skyla has become one of the most respected students at Frank Church by peers and staff alike.  Skyla is a member of the National Honor Society, Green Dot, Idaho Lives, Coordinated a school-wide fundraiser for The WCA, participated in stuff the bus and the Frank Church blood drive.  She has been accepted to Idaho State in the Nursing program and will be receiving her nursing assistant certification through the Darryl Dennis Technical Center soon. 
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  Members and families raked up leaves at three houses on November 14th.  The homes were those of citizens that could not rake leaves themselves.  Just another good deed project by Rotary Club of Boise members. 
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   .      .  August is the shoe drive for City Light. City Light gives us the shoe size of each child, we purchases the shoes, and give them t o the kids.  They get to go to school wearing get new shoes.  We would like to raise $1,500 for shoes this month.  Bring your cash, checks or credit cards and GIVE NOW.
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Outstanding Students Matt Wiggins, Timberline High School and Sara Christianson, Borah High School were honored by Boise Rotary.  Outstanding students are involved in their school, involved in the community and leaders among their peers.  Matt and Sara are no exception. 
     Matt is a go-getter with strong leadership skills and a passion for the student’s voice.  He has dedicted over 1500 hours of volunteer time to the student-run organization “One Stone.”  Serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Matt has helped to create and complete over 15 different service projects.  Among these is “The 24 Hour Think Challenge,” a design-thinking event that brought together 150 high school juniors to reinvent education in Idaho.  Matt is involved in local politics, working on the Open space and Clean Water Levy, and is a captain on the Timberline Debate Team. 
     Sara’s teachers agree that Sara sees high school education as a pathway to her future and she takes it very seriously.  She has taken many AP classes and maintained an excellent GPA.  She also participates in Cross Country, Track and Field, and Student Council as Treasurer.  Her service through the Student Council includes organizing a food drive for the Boise Rescue Mission and Adopt a Family program.  She volunteers helping handicapped and young children as they learn horse care and riding skills and works part time in a Real Estate Office.  Her greatest adventure, to date, was traveling to Costa Rica where she participated in a three-week program that focused on projects to help the local schools in Nosara. 
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