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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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Judge Bail gave the invocation
Last minute Flag adjustments.
Visitors and Guests

Beth Markley introduced her guests:

Richard Brien

Jack Markley

Mike Markley

Geianne Blick Choate

Trevor Kenna

Pat Barclay

Bob Markley

Sylvia Markley

J. Markley

Paul Schmidt introduced his wife, Marty Schmidt


President Ron introduced his son, Jack Gambassi


Past District Governor Rick Phillip was visiting



District Conference was a great success.  Tom Spasoff won a $300 gift card at the raffle. The club raised several thousand dollars from the raffle.
Dwight Pond sold the most tickets.   
After much calendar gymnastics, the final date for the changing of the guard will be:
June 7, 2018 at the Crystal Ballroom at the regular club meeting time.
President Ron will not be able to attend the changing of the guard, so he is giving out his thank-you's separately.
Thank you to Paul Schmidt for being President Ron's Wing Man for the Year and for getting the club financials in "World Class" condition!
Paul Schmidt's socks got honorable mention!
Thank you to Phil and Bobbi Brubaker for setting up the room every week for the meeting!
Bob Gibb Award to Bill Hagler, David Bennion, Chuck Clark, Todd Fischer, Ken Howell, Karl Kurtz, Mary Monroe, Jerry Schroeder, Mark Smith and Bill Wooley for their contributions of $1000 or more to the Greater Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris FellowsJack Cogswell, Paul Harris +2 and Todd Sawyer, Paul Harris +6
Bill Agler led the club in "Sing Rotarians."
Dave Silva was happy for 'Jersey Guy' Phil Brubaker
Dwight Pond was happy for Andy Erstad's help with his post removal project.
Don Reiman was happy to have summited Mt. Rainier!
Paul Schmidt was happy for the outstanding job that Beth Markley did at the District Conference and for Ken Howell with the Wine Tasting event.

Ken Howell was happy for Past District Governor, Rick Phillip, and the Monaco Grans Prix this weekend.

Kevin Learned was happy for Ken Howell and Lauri Zuckerman.
Laurie Zuckerman was kicking up her heels in her new End Polio Now Hi-Tops!  (They are available from the District for $50 with $38 of it going to Polio Plus!)
Past District Governor Rick Phillip was happy that he met someone that knows that a Ranchero is not an El Camino. 
President Ron was happy that his son, Jack, was graduating that evening!
Our Speaker   

Beth Markley got involved with Rotary when a co-worker asked her if she wanted to participate in a Group Study Exchange.  She did, and her Rotary story started from there.  She and her husband, Mike, have hosted seven Rotary Youth Exchange Students and will host their eighth exchange student in the fall, coming from France.  She brought some incoming, outgoing and former exchange students to tell their stories.

Jack Gambassi will be going to Italy in the fall.  Jack is very thankful for the opportunity that Rotary has provided for him.


Jack Markley was an exchange student to Sonderborg, Denmark in 2016-2017.  He stayed with three host families who taught him Dutch, Danish culture, food and geography.  He had the opportunity to go on a Euro Tour with fifty other exchange students to a number of European cities.  Jack feels that he has grown physically, emotionally and mentally because of his experience.  He has learned to value relationships over material things.  He will attend the Wiener Neustad College of Applied Sciences in Austria in the fall.

Marcos Nachimowicz is a 2018-2018 exchange student from Argentina.  Jack came to Boise not knowing the language or anyone here, but he was confident that if the exchange was sponsored by Rotary, everything would be fine.  He says that his city in Argentina is much like Boise, but Boise is cleaner and safer than back home.  He is very grateful for the host parents and the opportunities he has had.  He believes that if everyone had the opportunity to be an exchange student, there would be peace in the world.
Mike Markley is Beth Markley's husband and Rotarian.  He gave his Rotary Story in three steps. 
The Hook.  When Beth went on her GSE trip, it was a transformational experience for her and, by extension, for her whole family.  When Beth told Mike that she wanted them to be a Host Family, Mike thought it was a terrible idea, but....
Family - In November of 2008, Sara came to them from Finland.  She was absolutely wonderful.  She had the ability to connect with Mike and their two boys, but especially with Beth.  Mike said, "There is no greater gift you can give parents than to love their children." 
Inspiration - "Rotary inspires me to rethink the definition of family."  Mike has been an outbound coordinator for several years and finds it very rewarding.  "The people in Rotary inspire me to make positive change."
Past District Governor closed the meeting with the 4-Way Test
Upcoming Events    
 Serving Dinner at River of Life the first Thursday of every month.   6:45 to 7:30 


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