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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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President Dirk opened the meeting AND provided the invocation! It must have been the moustache!
Molly Guenther introduced Visitors and Guests
Laurie Zuckerman introduced her guests, Rod Gramer and Brady Moore
Dave Silva introduced his guest, Laura Mulkay who was last week's speaker from CWI and now is considering becoming a member!!
David Riffe introduced his guest, Hazen Armstrong.
Mike Smith introduced his guest, Bruce Mills
President Dirk tried to hide his Halloween Moustache while thanking the day's greeters.
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Karl Kurtz was happy for the BYU game and four tickets on the East Side, Upper Deck, that he would like to auction off for Polio Plus!!!
Vern Gentry was happy for the Centennial of Armistice Day at the Idaho State Museum on November 10th.
Gary Mahn was happy his daughter who is a new Rotarian and for Molly Guenther.
Jeff Leedy was happy for some art presentations that he has done and for going to Birds of Prey with his Little Brother (Big Brothers Big Sisters).  He is also planning to do art lessons for people who are incarcerated
Jerry Schroeder was happy to sing the harmony of the Idaho song and is willing to teach anyone who wants to learn it.  He was sad that he will not be at the meetings for two weeks because he is going to Argentina.  Mary Monroe will be covering.
Todd Fischer was happy for his home brew that he made before the Ecuador trip.  It is now finished and ready for the gathering at Donna Jacob's  house.
Bill von Tagen was happy because he was following Kevin Allen into the meeting and Kevin picked up trash and put it in the trash can. 
Randy Hoffman was wondering why Ron Gambassi had not donated to Polio Plus because of the Red Sox win.  Ron replied that it was because he had no money left! 
Our Speaker
Laurie Zickerman introduced today's speaker. Rod Gramer from Idaho Business for Education Association.
Idaho Business for Education (IBE) is a group of nearly 200 business leaders from across the state who are committed to transforming Idaho’s education system. IBE embraces the State Board of Education’s goal that 60 percent of our 25-34 year-olds will have a post-secondary credential by 2025.
IBE works with the legislature and key Idaho stakeholders to help set our students up for success in school, work and life, and build the workforce that will lead to a vibrant economy for years to come. Our 2018 initiatives include the School Readiness Act, College Completion, Career and Technical Education, and more.

Rod joined IBE as President and CEO in 2014. Prior to this he spent 38 years working as a reporter, newspaper editor and television news executive. He worked for The Idaho Statesman for 14 years, serving as Political Editor and Editorial Page Editor and columnist. He spent 10 years as Executive News Director at KTVB, including moderating the Viewpoint public affairs program. He was also Executive News Director at the NBC station in Portland, Oregon and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Bay News 9, a 24-hour news station in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Rod is the author of two books: “Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church,” which he wrote with Historian LeRoy Ashby, and a novel, “The Good Assassin.”

Rod is an Idaho native. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Journalism and History. He and his wife, Julie, have been married for 39 years. She is a marriage and family therapist in Boise. They have two adult children, Jennifer, who is working on her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, and Robert, who is an associate director of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.

We are in the Age of Agility and there is a shift in the education to employment pipeline.  There are three disruptive trends.
Idaho needs 60-70% of the 25-40 year olds to hold post secondary education.  Only about 40% do which makes Idaho the 5th lowest state.
According to an Oxford University study, 47% of jobs are at risk of automation by 2030.
Women make up 60% of college students.  They received 572,000 more degrees in 2010 and they will play a larger role in the workforce.  More women will lead business and government.  
Idaho must embrace Life Long Learning.  Idaho has the least doctoral degrees of any state and it is one of only six states that does not fund early education.  Kids are not reading proficiently by the 4th grade.  Prisons use 3rd grade reading skills to predict future prison populations.
Employers must support investments in education, understand the disruptive trends, adopt work policies to address trends, become partners in the next-gen education and back public policy to meet the new challenges.
President Dirk closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
Russell Hampton
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