Club Information
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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  Cheryl Godbout:  Editor
  Todd Fischer:  Photography

President Dirk, opened the meeting
Jason Billister gave the invocation
Visitors and Guests
President Dirk introduced Visitors and Guests
James Slover introduced his guests, Steve Popish from the Caspar Rotary Club and Brice Whetzell.
Dave Silva introduced his guests; son Ken Silva, grandson, Dave Silva and son, David Silva.
Three Things
Hell's Canyon is 1/3rd of a mile deeper than the Grand Canyon!
Upcoming Events
District Celebration 
Mark your calendars for the upcoming District Celebration (aka District Conference) which will be held from May 17-19 at the Convention Center in BOISE!!!!!
Tree Planting is coming.  70 volunteers are needed for March 30th.
New Member
Bill Agler introduced the club's newest member, Virginia Hilliard
Paul Harris
President Dirk awarded Paul Harris pins.
Rand Rhoton - Paul Harris +2
Jerry Schroeder - Paul Harris +4
Dwight Pond - Paul Harris +5
Don Lojek - Paul Harris +4
Jerry Schroeder was happy for Century Scholars and Music Week which will kick off on May 2nd.  Other states now have Music Week, but Boise was the original over 100 years ago.  This free collection of musical events will culminate with the musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Donations will get tickets to the musical.  See Jerry for details.  
Russell Strader was happy for Bogus Basin.
Cheryl Godbout was sad that she will be leaving the club at the end of March to move back to North Carolina to be closer to her granddaughter.  
President Dirk was happy for Cheryl Godbout's work on the bulletin.
Shelley Eichmann was happy for Music Week, Century Scholars and Bogus Basin.
Bruce Mills was happy for the Meridian Symphony which will play at 7:30 this Saturday at Centennial High.  Bruce plays in the brass section.  
Donna Jacobs was happy for Century Scholars and that her daughter just got a job at a PBS station in Boston.
Randy Rhoton was happy for his health as he had an incident while travelling which revealed that he had three blocked arteries.  All have been repaired and he is doing well.
Bill Agler led the club in America the Beautiful
Our Speaker
Dave Silva introduced Susan Saad from Bogus Basin.  Susan is the director of Community and Customer Relations for the non-profit Bogus Basin Recreation Area.  
Bogus Basin is the largest non-profit recreation area in the country and it is a good value.  When most ski areas are more than $200 for a single day, a college student can get a season pass for that amount.  Also, most ski areas close at 4:00 pm.  Bogus Basin closes at 10:00 pm.
The snow making equipment was a $6 million investment that was not included in the Master Plan.  In 2017, a fund raising campaign was launched and by December, $6.5 million had be raised by the community.  This paid for the 13 million gallon retention pond, miles of pipe and related equipment. The pond was completed in November with no water in it, but it collected three million gallons by December.
Bogus Basin has 600 season employees and 40 year round employees.  It is governed by a 13 member board of directors who are very involved.  It also has a 100 member association that elects the board members.  Kevin Learned, Jim Steele and Gary Brookover are all members of the Association.  In 1942, Bogus Basin was build for the community by the community.  
91 days into the 2018/2019 ski season, February started behind budget, but then came the snow.  By the end of February, there was 12 inches of new snow, which was more snow since 1940.  A 100 inch party was held last weekend.  The snow making equipment was retired for the season.  
Bogus Basin is like a city.  It has a hospital, ski patrol, vehicle maintenance and restaurants.  100,000 people visited in February.  
In the last four years, there has been an amazing transformation at Bogus Basin.  Originally having only one season and running deeply in the red, it now has a thriving summer season.  The 2018 summer season was firmly in the black. With the addition of the mountain coaster, snow making equipment and other enhancements, Bogus Basin has become a thriving non profit gem.  All of this was the result of a 10 year comprehensive plan to improve the performance of Bogus Basin and keep it relevant to the community.  There were 100,000 visitors last summer.
There are several hundred pass holders over the age of 70.  The majority of pass holders are 10 years old.  There is a deep drop in the 18-24 age group, so a young adult pass was created.  That has increased pass holders in that age group for 300 to 1200.  
Bogus Basin has several community partnerships with the local schools and a new one with the YMCA which provides reciprocal services between the two organizations.  
President Dirk closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.