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Welcome to Boise Rotary
Boise
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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Todd Fischer:  Photos  Cheryl Godbout:  Editor
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
President Ron called the meeting to order

Judge Bail gave the invocation

 

 
Visitors and Guests
 

Rob Onnen from Port Angeles, CA visiting Rotarian. Honored to be part of the group.

Les Hoskins from England hosted by Tom Wilford. Les is in the Rotary Club of Erith, a suburb of London. He hosted a GSE student from another club in Boise 35 years ago, and he’s always wanted to come visit. He got to go to the mountains yesterday which is incredible since he lives along the River Thames.

Paul Arrington, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Idaho Water Users Association. Prospective member as former president of the Twin Falls Club.

Katie Gaston, prospective member, 10 years creating Roteract in Southern California, (meeting tonight for Roteract – see John McGuire). Works with Laserfiche. Loves to hike and shoot photograpy. She has a labradoodle.

Meaghan Pryde submitting an application for membership. Dad is a long-time Rotarian. She is an emergency veterinarian at West Vet.

Natasha Bentz is in the ad business and is a prospective member and guest of Megan.

Kristen Bjorkman is an attorney with Boise Cascade.

 
 
 

 

Announcements
 

Tonight: James Slover is leading us to serve at River of Life (6:45).

RYLA: Todd announced we have received 3 applications for our 6 spots. Incoming juniors to outgoing seniors. July 26-29. No cost to students. Please encourage people to apply.

 

Paul Harris recipients: James Slover (Paul Harris +2), Kevin Allen (Paul Harris +2), Bill Wooley (Paul Harris +6), and Randy Hoffman (Paul Harris +1).

Bart Davis was fined $10 for a cell phone ring, but President Ron decided the U.S. Attorney could have a free pass – or else his host Randy Hoffman would cover it.

 

We hit our Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus goals for the year – still working on the GBRF goal.

 

 
SONG: 
 

Song: Bill Agler: Today is National Prayer Day, almost Cinco De Mayo, and Idaho Gives. So, the obvious song is Now Thank We All Our God, plus R-O-T-A-R-Y.

Ron observes that we have no cardiologist and we need to recruit one because Bill Agler might pop an artery doing one of his song.

 
 
 
HAPPY DOLLARS 
 

Bea Black: Today is Idaho Gives Day. There are two block parties, one at the Basque Block and one in the Linen District. Hundreds of non-profits. Go to Idahogives and find one to give money to. The first year we did this, a Rat Rescue program was the top recipient, so you can truly find something for any interest.

Chuck Clark: David Bourne, Senator from Oklahoma, governor for two terms. The past 24 years he is the President of U of Oklahoma. He’s the commencement speaker Friday, May 11, at Chuck’s son’s graduation. Chuck’s OU gymnastics girls: the UCLA’s last competitor was balance beam and she got a 10. After counting 20 scores, UCLA beat OU by 0.0375. The OU men crushed everyone and won for the fourth year in a row. Plus extra dollars for Rob Onnen who invited Chuck to the club.

Jerry Shroeder: extremely happy: He got a financial statement from Music Week and he saw a sizeable number of club members on the list of donors. It’s so nice to be in this club and get such a response. He wants his gifts multiplied by 10 or so.

Bob McQuade: his son and wife had a grandchild, their second, a boy.

Laurie Zuckerman: Not only does Todd Fisher do our RYLA stuff, and all our photographs, and all the technical stuff, but he’s putting a presentation for the club for district conference. So Laurie is happy for Todd and all he does for our club.

Ron adds that Todd is producing the content and Kevin Allen is putting it all to music.

Tom Wilford is happy to host Les Hoskins.

President Ron is happy that his son Jack is going to the northeast corner of Italy in the Venice area. Mom and dad are looking forward to going for a visit.

 
 
 
Our Speaker   
 
            
 
Randy Hoffman introduced the U.S. Attorney for Idaho, Bart Davis. Bart spoke to our club about 20 years ago. He and his wife have six children and fourteen grandchildren. He got his undergrad degree, B.A. English, at BYU. He graduated from U of I law school in 1980. He won election to the Idaho Senate in 1998. He was senate majority leader from 2002 to 2017, when he was appointed by President Trump to his current job.
This Saturday is World Nude Gardening Day, which was left off the song selection list.
Bart loves Rotary and has been a Rotarian for 30 or 35 years. Four generations of the family. While working as Senate majority leader, he was invited to participate in a global affairs policy panel in Washington. One presentation was from CDC and addressed polio, referencing “non-governmental partners.” One of the other leaders asked for an example, and the CDC person said “Rotary. It’s been a partner unlike any they had ever worked with.” The CDC person told Bart to tell us all thank you, and she held her fingers up and said, “we’re this close.”
My worst Christmas: I was 16. Santa had brought a new pair of skis, boots, and poles. It took 10 minutes for the two parents and nine kids to open their presents, and Bart was determined to demonstrate the gear that day! The family had recently gotten a new station wagon and Bart asked mom if he could take the car skiing at Taylor Mountain. The family piled into the car, Bart driving. He mis-navigated a bend and slid off the road. The car “floated” across the snow drifts until they hit rocks and boulders. The car was totaled.
When they got home, having totaled the car and missed out on skiing, dad said, “Bart go downstairs.” The family had gotten a hot potato game, but the tossing got a bit more than tossing. Bart threw it at his younger brother Craig, who caught it with his two front teeth. Blood was everywhere. Bart told Craig, “don’t tell dad” but dad found out. He said, “Bart, go to bed. I can’t afford to keep you awake anymore today.” Bart went to bed at 10:00 in the morning on Christmas day.
Bart has failed at times since then, but as he ages he thinks he does so less frequently. He thinks public officials should recommit to following a daily application of the four-way test.
In 2017, the AG and Deputy AG interviewed Bart in D.C., with Bart seated in the AG’s usual seat. Rosenstein emphasized the importance of the seat and the building and the location. As a country lawyer from Idaho, it was hard to imagine.
Bart is a “color in the lines” sort of fellow, and process matters. It appears that today’s commitment to the rule of law is more fabled than ever. This year, a well-meaning Idaho house member introduced H.B. 461, declaring that the State of Idaho is the “final arbiter” of whether an act of Congress, a federal regulation, or a court decision is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. That bill failed. Kansas attempted to nullify federal gun laws. Several states have attempted nullification of Obamacare. Arkansas even tried to reverse Brown v. Board of Education.
The Court overturned that and pointed out that all state officials are obligated to support the U.S. Constitution and that these actions violate that obligation.
Jerry Brown, governor of California, signed a bill that federal land conveyances are void unless California gets a right of first refusal.
Then there are cases of federal district judges imposing their rulings on the entire country through injunction – per AG Sessions, this is one of the most dangerous happenings recently. Depending on who is in the white house, lawsuits get filed in California or in Texas.
The rule of law is not about obtaining the right political outcome – it is about finding the legal truth regardless of where it leads. The judicial branch is not superior to the other branches – it is coequal.
Bart believes the priorities in his office (and under his predecessors) is firmly committed to protecting the rule of law. The U.S. Attorney is the litigator for the federal government. 70% is criminal, the balance mostly civil. Priority #1 is public safety: terrorism, violent crime, drugs (mostly meth and recently heroin and prescription drugs). They also have an active illegal alien and child pornography unit.
The cooperation between federal, state, and local prosecutors is very strong and Bart wants to deepen those relationships. He wants to add value where federal prosecution is most beneficial. Federal prosecution is designed to augment local prosecution.
Felony filings are up significantly. Crime rates have all jumped in Idaho at higher rates than nationally. Filings are up 8-9% this year and 21% the year before. Since 2010, Ada, Canyon, and Twin Falls Counties have seen a significant increase in aggravated assaults, many with firearms. Bart will continue to emphasize public safety, drug trafficking, and violent crime.
Bart’s colleagues and predecessors have demonstrated that the public interest is best served when all prosecutors work together to address crime (federal, state, and local). If you walk down the halls of Bart’s office, he believes you would be happy with the level of productivity his staff are achieving. One prosecutor returned to the office in the afternoon after getting a jury verdict in the morning following a multi-day jury trial, rather than play a round of golf or lose focus on the mission.
James Slover: What percentage of crime has drug and alcohol abuse at its root? Illicit drug use is a violent crime, based on personal experience. We aren’t social scientists. You don’t want to get to know our office very well – if you know us in an intimate way, that’s not good for you or your family. Almost all heroin cases go to the state because the consequence is higher. I gave a weak answer to a thoughtful question.
Karl Kurtz: Do you have the same challenge at the federal level with provision of public defenders as we have locally? The federal public defender’s office (Dick Rubin) does an excellent job. We are fortunate to have he and his office as our worthy adversaries. Additionally, there is a list of lawyers that handle conflict cases. There is no doubt, since the federal government can deficit spend, the federal level does not have the same issue on public defenders.
Jerry Schroeder: I’m on the board of the federal public defenders, and I’ve never been associated with a better group of people. I know Dick Rubin has great respect for Bart. He and Bart get together quarterly at Bacon for a vegetarian plate to figure out how to do their jobs better.
Tim Bower: What is the cause of the rise in violent crime? I don’t know. The rates from 2010 are not acceptable. I’m not allowed to share with you investigations, but my saying “I can’t comment” defames someone when there’s no investigation going on. I can’t share specifics. But I daily see what is going on and I’m aware of matters about to be indicted and it is quite troubling to see the challenges that every state faces including Idaho. You can get prescription opioids off the internet with “sort of” a prescription. The flow of fentanyl is out of control. We brought enough in to kill everyone in the valley several times over. There are two cities that are the primary pipeline. We have criminal investigators imbedded in almost every agency. But we can’t just give up the fight. There may be a relationship between rise in crime and population growth.
 
Bart led us in the four-way test to close the meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events    
 
 
 Serving Dinner at River of Life the first Thursday of every month.   6:45 to 7:30 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  Thank you to Scott Learned for taking the meeting notes.
 
 
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