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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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Lunch Program - August 22nd
Deborah Bail gave the invocation. 
David Riffe brought Amy Anns (spelling?).
RYLA guests included Jason Byrd & Kayla Moody.
Rotaract guests were Lauren Smyser & Katie Pegan
Happy Dollars
About $500 was raised to fight polio!  David Riffe warmed up the audience with happy dollars for his son & RYLA.  Ken Howell gave $333 in recognition of positive news from Nigeria regarding polio.  Richard Davey, David Bennion, Beth Markley, Laura Stevens, Tim Bower, Kevin Learned, Shelley Eichmann, Rourke O'Brien, & Wayne Schneider also gave generously. 
Our Speakers - Victoria Byrd & RYLA Campers Mia, Max, & Carter
Victoria Byrd is taking over as RYLA Chair from Todd Fischer.  This month's RYLA camp was Victoria's 4th & perhaps her favorite.
They changed the program by adding a service project building bunk beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  83 campers plus nearly two dozen other volunteers participated.  The project exposed RYLA-ians to the needs in their community.  When they finished & boarded the bus, Victoria expected a group of tired, cranky kids.  Instead, they were completely energized & proud of what they'd accomplished together. 
A key focus at RYLA is teaching campers about empathy.  Victoria invited participants to speak at the podium.
Mia told us that her two older brothers attended RYLA but she still wasn't sure to expect.  However, she loved the experience!
Max also wasn't sure what to expect but he said it completely shifted his world view.  RYLA helped him get in tune with himself.
Carter (son of our own David Riffe) attended RYLA last year & was invited back as a photographer.  He thanked Todd Fischer for the opportunity.
Victoria closed her presentation by sharing a video of the activities & accomplishments of RYLA 2019.  They are a fun group & RYLA's future is very bright!
RYLA Letter from Trent Brown, who was invited by Bill von Tagen
RYLA never ceases to amaze me with its ability to find the next generation of young leaders, help them discover their voices, and show them the means to make an immediate impact on their communities. Through three years of camp I have learned the values of vulnerability, strength, and commitment, but a single moment defined the RYLA experience for me this year.
While the campers tested their physical and mental boundaries on the College of Southern Idaho ropes course, a camper by the name of Hope, who is restricted to a wheelchair, was crying tears of joy. She had just finished flying over the grounds on the zipline, after racing up the rock wall, and after being lifted in a full-body harness to the top of CSI’s trademark obstacle - the pamper pole. Every time Hope left the ground, Rylarians were asked to assist in hoisting her safely. I would estimate over 40 campers throughout the day sacrificed a small portion of their fun time, so Hope could share in the experiences that they mostly took for granted. Seeing the group face a challenge, and overcome it without hesitation or lack of enthusiasm reminded me why RYLA is such a remarkable place.
The young leaders who graduate from RYLA experience selfless acts, like the one just described, constantly throughout the camp and have the ability to use them as inspiration for service back home. I know Rylarians who have booked over 200 hours of community service in the eight months following RYLA, others who helped their schools’ Interact clubs grow to over 50 members, and multiple who went on to become Student Body President for their senior year. The culture and energy created at RYLA is undeniably a breeding ground for success and a classroom for those willing to put service above self.
I need to thank so many people for making the camp possible through generous donations and commitment to Rotary. Though I am unable to attend the meeting, I would still like to thank Todd Fischer and Victoria Byrd for their passion and time given to protect the campers experience, and lastly, Bill von Tagen for believing in me when giving me the pamphlet for RYLA 2017.
Trent Brown
Class of RYLA 2017
RYLA Junior Leader 2018, 2019
Club Announcements
Rotaract President Lauren Smyser
Rotaract Club of Treasure Valley President Lauren Smyser paid us a visit.  She quizzed us on Rotaract (we did OK).  Lauren would like to strengthen bonds between Rotaract & their local Rotary club sponsors.  They're holding a membership event on September 23rd.  If you know someone between the ages of 18 & 30 who'd love Rotaract, please invite them!  See John McGuire or Kevin Allen for more information.
New Members
We continue to add amazing people to our Rotary family.  Today we inducted Scott Tagg & Linda Stevens.
Scott Tagg grew up in Mountain Home and is second generation Air Force.  He recently retired as a Colonel after 39 years of enlisted and commissioned service on active duty, with the Idaho Air National Guard, and the Air Force Reserve.  He served in 22 states and 9 foreign countries.  He mainly served in Security Forces, Personnel and Emergency Management roles. He is a graduate of Boise State University.  In his civilian career he has worked for Sears, Hewlett Packard, and a local nonprofit supporting veterans.  He and his wife Kelley have been married for 21 years, and their daughter Vivian is a junior at Boise High School.
Linda Stevens was born in California and belonged to the Napa Valley Rotary club for a short while.  She loves horses and has been an avid rider most of her life.  Linda has made presentations to the Arabian horse show.  She's also a singer, having sang professionally for 20 years.  Linda currently does branded promotional items for corporations.  She loves volunteering and is looking forward to getting to know our club members.  
Extra Thanks to Bill Agler
President Kevin thanked Bill Agler for the extra work he's done in updating our new member packets & organizational chart.  Visitors often comment about our club's energy & Bill is a huge part of that.  Bill casts a big shadow (proof in this picture).  President Kevin said that if he's going to work from anyone's shadow, he's glad it's Bill Agler's.
Member Update - James Slover
President Kevin updated the club on James Slover's recent cancer surgery.  The procedure went extremely well!  James is in great spirits & plans to be back very soon.  
Hulls Gulch Service Project - Saturday, August 24th at 8 am
The seedlings we planted in April are thriving!  We need a strong finish to set them up for winter.  Please contact Laurie Zuckerman if you can help water this Saturday.
Committee Meeting
The Firkin Frolic committee is meeting Monday, August 26th at 5:30 pm at White Dog Brewing.  Firkin Frolic is our club's major fundraiser, a craft beer festival held each February.  Proceeds support many service efforts including local & international projects, as well as youth programs.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Fred Reed.
This Week's Funday Sunnies!
Photo Albums
Week of 8/22/19
Upcoming Events
Seedling Watering at Hulls Gulch
Hulls Gulch
Aug 24, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Firkin Frolic Committee Meeting
White Dog Brewing
Aug 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Meal Service at River of Life Men's Shelter
River of Life Men's Shelter
Sep 05, 2019
6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Discover Rotary - September 2019
Sep 26, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Crystal Ballroom
Oct 03, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Crystal Ballroom
Oct 03, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Aug 22, 2019 12:35 PM
Aug 29, 2019
Helping Homeless Citizens in the Treasure Valley
Sep 05, 2019 12:35 PM
Stories From the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Sep 12, 2019 12:35 PM
Downtown Boise Association Updates
Sep 19, 2019 12:35 PM
St. Al's Heath System
Sep 26, 2019
Vision for Boise
Oct 03, 2019 12:35 PM
Rotary Updates
Oct 10, 2019 12:35 PM
PTSI in First Responders
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