Upcoming Speakers
Jan 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Consulate General of Canada
Feb 04, 2021 12:00 PM
ED, Idaho Black History Museum
Feb 11, 2021 12:00 PM
CEO, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council
Feb 18, 2021 12:00 PM
2020 Truman Scholar, 2019 Martin Honors Scholar, University of Washington Poli Sci Major
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Upcoming Events
Club Board Meeting
Feb 18, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Club Board Meeting
Mar 18, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Russell Hampton
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Club News
Notes From the January 21st Club Meeting
Happy Dollars

Kevin Learned was happy to honor Jerry Schroeder for his beautiful and inspiring music today (we had a special concert at the top of the meeting).

Paul Schmidt was happy to have found space in their garage to live in during COVID quarantine so Martha won't kick him out of the house entirely.  

Laurie Zuckerman was happy for Stan's good luck.  Stan parked his car along the road and opened his door, only to have a passing car take the door clean off!  But not only was Stan unhurt, he managed to get a newer model of his totaled car for the same amount insurance paid out.

Todd Fischer ​was happy that Jeff Leedy got him involved in a "boondoggle" project recording Jerry Schroeder playing piano; by helping out, Todd was treated to a private concert by our Maestro.  

Visiting Rotarians and Guests

  • Rourke O'Brien introduced his guests, his wife Sayoko Kuwahara, and Sidney Stull, a junior at Boise State who was interested in our presentation for the day.
  • Kevin Learned introduced Steve Moya who recently moved to Boise with his wife.
Last Week's Program
Mia Russell, Executive Director of the Friends of Minidoka joined us to talk about her organization which engages in and supports education, research and historic preservation of the WWII incarceration experience. She also spoke about the Minidoka National Historic site and the experience of those incarcerated, as well as projects the organization is working on, including the making of a documentary (a trailer for which can be seen here).
A number of Rotarians expressed an interest in gathering a group to make a day trip to visit the refurbished site with its new baseball fields and visitor's center!
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President Beth shared some club statistics as we're just over halfway through the Rotary year:
  • Attendance - We've averaged a 34% attendance this year, which is down from last year's attendance of 41%, but very near the average for the four years before that
  • Membership - We've gained six new members so far this year for a total of 112 members, thanks to the efforts of our excellent Membership Chair Richard Davey. Overall the pandemic has been hard on membership groups like Rotary, and District 5400 is down about 50 members total (including the net loss of 5 from our club). Some smaller clubs have actually elected to not meet at all if they can't do it in person (Note from president Beth: Thank you for adapting to the changes necessary to keep this club vibrant! It would be a serious blow to my mental health to have to give up my weekly Rotary infusion!)
  • Giving - We're more than 70% of the way to our Foundation goal of $20k and a little under half way to our Polio Plus goal of $5,200. In addition, our club members have paid for more than $16,000 in meals to Interfaith Sanctuary!
Have you missed a meeting because you can't find the zoom link? It's the same from week to week. Put it in your recurring calendar listing so it's handy!
As always, if possible, please name your profile and consider turning on your video while in the meeting. It helps us ensure security (no Zoom bombers), and helps you engage with your fellow Rotarians.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For prospective members who sign up while we're meeting remotely, the club will waive the one-time membership fee and the community benefit charge (which, while we're meeting remotely, supports meals for Interfaith Sanctuary), email Membership Chair Richard Davey for more details.
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While we are meeting remotely, we will continue to include the standard meal charge of $77.34 in our bi-monthly invoices, only now it will be called "community benefit," to reflect where the money is really going. When we cannot meet over meals, your payment helps us keep our lease on the meeting room and storage space, and also benefits our community (most of our meals are donated to Interfaith Sanctuary). This all enables a seamless return to our in-person meetings once it is safe.
For those who continue to pay for this community benefit thank you.
If you are not able to catch a live zoom meeting, email for a link to a recording of the meeting later.