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River of Life Mission - March 5, 2020
This is our monthly opportunity to serve those less fortunate than us at the River of Life Men's Shelter located at 575 S 13th St., Boise, ID 83701 starting at 6:20 pm until 7:30 pm.
Rotary Century Scholars
President Kevin Allen reminded everyone about the upcoming Rotary Century Scholars program.
This event is where we recognize 100 selected senior high school students from the Boise Schoo l District, who in turn will recognize one of their most influential teachers.  Their family will also be invited to attend.   It will be held at the Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University on Apr 14, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The committee is being headed up by Bea Black.  
For more information about the event click on the following link:
A subcommittee for calling all of the recipients will be needed starting March 9.  We will also need volunteers at the event on April 14.  To volunteer, please reach out to Karen Lansing at
Last Week's Program
Happy Dollars
  • Past President Kevin Learned donated in gratitude for having a great weekend with his granddaughter, and was able to experience the process of getting his fingernails painted!
  • Fred Reed gave in appreciation for Dwight and Connie Pond's  contributions and dedication to the Firkin Frolic event.
  • Steve Popish announced that his daughter, Lauren Popish, as started a new company called “The Wave Podcasting”.
  • Jerry Schroeder was excited to note that Todd Fischer, who is usually behind the camera taking pictures, was actually in a photo from the Firkin Frolic event.
  • Bea Black came back from some recent traveling which included some unusual events.  She's happy to be back home!
  • Jenny Hemly contributed even before being officially announced as a new member.  She is thankful for being nominated for the 2020 Man and Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Congratulations Jenny!
  • Linda Stevens was thankful for her meeting with Paris Cole of TruckStop, who subsequently increased doing business with Linda.  Well done, and thanks for the contribution!
  • Molly Guenther made a donation and announced the Idaho Honor Students program.
  • Tom Wilford contributed in honor of his 49th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated "camping" at the Ruth/Sheldon Glacier Denali National Park with spectacular views  in our 49th state, Alaska.  Congratulations Tom!
  • Gary Gunther announced that his son Ben is a competitive swimmer at Texas A&M, and that he recently had the opportunity to go to Auburn Alabama and watch him compete.
Mystery Rotarian
President Kevin invited the those in the meeting to guess who the Mystery Rotarian was based on the following clues:
  • They were once an Elf
  • They rode a horse on stage in a musical
  • They learned to ski in Switzerland.
The mystery remained unresolved until Bruce Mills stood up and solved the riddle.  Kevin later asked about some of these experiences.  Bruce said that he grew up in Crestline, California, and worked for several years while in high school and college at Santa's Village in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  
While living in the mountains, he was invited to sing "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" while riding a horse up a ramp and onto the stage during a musical production.  Bruce is not an equestrian rider by any stretch of the imagination, but successfully pulled it off without harm to the horse or the rider.
At the age of 25 during his final semester at the University of Redlands he studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria.  With his fellow students he traveled to Switzerland to ski.  However, being this was his first time on skis, it was an extreme challenge, especially not knowing the language all that well.  He survived without breaking anything, but recommends learning to ski before traveling to Switzerland.
New Member Inductions
Rotarian Bob McQuade was invited to the podium to introduce Jenny Hemly as our newest Rotarian.  
Jenny works for the State of Idaho Department of Commerce as a Business Retention and Expansion Specialist since 2017.  In this role she visits target businesses, service partners and communities throughout the region, with over 600 visits to date.  Through this role she fosters long term relationships with businesses and communities to ensure awareness of programs and partners that would assist their continued growth and success.  She is involved with funding for rural economic development and professional grant applications for the State of Idaho's annual award of $500,000 towards these projects.  While working for the Idaho Department of Labor Jenny managed a $12mm State grant and a $3mm Federal Trade Act grant.  She enjoys working with Social Media and Trade Shows as part of her position there.  Jenny has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho, and has continued her education taking credit towards a Masters Degree.  
As mentioned earlier, Jenny was recently nominated for 2020 Man and Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  See the following link to contribute:
Welcome to the Club!
President Kevin Allen invited Bill Agler, who recently completed a 3 week adventure in South America, to lead the meeting in a song.  Bill led the club to an outstanding rendition of This Land is Your Land.  Well done Bill, and welcome back!
President Kevin also announced that the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation (GBRF) will be accepting applications for small grants between now and the deadline of March 15.  Be sure to get the word out!  Applications will be accepted online at
Rotarian Tim Bower announced that we have our first Corporate Membership sign up, the YMCA, who also has an important campaign coming for Assistance funds, which kicks off in April. 
Guest Speaker
Last week we heard from Mark Hofflund from the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.  
The acting company works year round, rotating between Boise, Lake Tahoe, California and Cleveland, Ohio. Celebrating its 44th year in existence, the company produces all of its plays, costumes and staging.  The organization tours 150 schools throughout the state of Idaho each year promoting theatre and the arts.
Their mission covers several areas of interest, including to produce great theatre, entertain and educate.  The Festival seeks to:
  • Develop an artistic home for theater artists that supports emerging actors, encourages new regional and national playwrights, promotes sustained employment opportunities for artists and attracts the very best artistic staff;
  • Educate through a range of programs, including programs and tours for K – 12 children and teachers, ongoing adult education, interpretive programming, affiliations with universities and cultural organizations, as well as residencies and training opportunities for actors;
  • Illuminate human nature and our rich cultural heritage through a repertory that includes the plays of William Shakespeare, the richest and most complex in the English language, together with other works from a variety of dramatic periods and genres; and
  • Promote cultural understanding through highlighting diverse traditions and supporting artists and audiences of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
This year's production will include Much Ado About Nothing, Ain't Misbehavin', Henry V, Emma, and Sleuth.
The organization is a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (, Theatre Communications Group (, and the Institute of Outdoor Theatre (; and partners with public agencies at the municipal, state and federal levels (, (, (
In addition to its year-round programs, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is assisting with community partners to protect habitat in its picturesque location, quietly working on a project with the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands to secure 34 acres adjacent to the Shakespeare Festival location, in the Barber Pool Conservation Area.  See this web site for more information:
To learn more about the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and to attend, become involved or donate, please go to their web site for further information:
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