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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President Ron called the meeting to order

Judge Bail gave the invocation


Visitors and Guests
President Ron introduced Visitors and Guests
Pedro Ormaza was visiting from the Elko Nevada Club
John Davis introduced Rotary Exchange student, Marcos and his father, Mauricio Nachimounoz from the Tandil Argentina Club.
Anchu Verma was visiting from the all women club in Mumnai, India.


Betty Munis brought tree seedlings for the club members to plant on Arbor Day, April 27th. 
Dick Smith noted that the district asked that every Rotarian plant a tree.  Because of our tree project, we have fulfilled that request.
President Ron showed the insert that was in the Idaho Statesman for Century Scholars.
Jerry Schroeder auctioned off two tickets for the Friday or Sunday concert of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra.  Kevin Allen made the winning bid with the money going to Polio Plus.  Thank you Jerry!
President Ron presided over the flag exchange between our club and the club in Mumbai, India, Elko, Nevada and Tandil, Argentina.
District Conference is May 18th and 19th in Sun Valley.  The early bird registration has already passed, but get your rooms before the block sells out!  Don't forget the raffle.  The winner will receive $4500 in travel from AAA travel and the seller of the ticket will also get $4500.  25% of the ticket sale will go to the club.
RYLA will be July 26 to 29th.  Our club is sponsoring six kids and two applications are in.  If you know of an incoming Junior or outgoing Senior, you can find the application at
Todd Fisher talked about the water project in Ecuador.  There is $17000 going to the project which is more than half of what is needed.  
Bill Agler saw the beautiful day and paid tribute to it with "Oh what a Beautiful Morning."
President Ron offered five happy dollars to anyone who could recite the Arbor Day Poem.
Jim Steele was first up to provide a beautiful rendition of Trees, by Joyce Kilmer.
I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 
A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 
A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 
Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.
Lauri Zuckermen was happy to tell the club that she and Betty Munis put together a package for the Rotary International President, H.S. Riseley.  The found out that it was policy that RI presidents not accept gifts personally, but have them sent to the Evanston, IL headquarter.  Nonetheless, when Laurie and Betty approached him with the gift and told him about the T-shirts inside, he accepted it.  Lauri was happy for RI presidents who go rogue from time to time!
Paul Schmidt was happy for Lauri's organizational skills and efforts for the tree project.  He had the chance to work with Lauri's mom and dad and, boy, does he have stories for the right price!
Tim Bower was happy for the Steelheads!
Beth Markley was happy for the Youth Exchange.  Her son was a Youth Exchange Student in Denmark and had the opportunity to go on a Eurotour.  He fell in love with Vienna and will soon be starting at a university just 40 miles south.
Todd Fischer was happy for RYLA.  He just got a present.  When he was in New Zealand, he was so fascinated by the fact that their light switches are upside down that he bought one and installed it in his house.  Inside his gift from Mauricio was a light switch that he took from his 40 year old house in Argentina.
Susan Mahoney was happy for a new grandbaby!
James Slover was happy for a celebration of the 4-way test and commented that we need to apply it to the politicians.
Jim Steele was happy for his first tennis game with a new shoulders.
Jeff Leedy is happy that things are wrapping up for his wife who is in charge of the Girl Scout Conference. He is also happy for two new people for his I painted Italy workshop.
19 kids will not get polio because our club was so happy!
Our Speaker                
Sam Murray came to Big Brothers, Big Sisters through AmeriCorps Volunteers.  He has been to a number of Rotary Clubs and believes that our club is the best he has seen. (I bet he says that to all the clubs!)  He first asked who had been a Big (brother or sister)?  Jeff Leedy and Tim Bower both had mentorship experiences with kids they had met. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs kids between the ages of six and fourteen with compatible adult volunteers.  BBBS supports the relationship up to age eighteen.  There are 250 matches in the Treasure Valley.  Sam likes to compare it with the book, Give a Mouse a Cookie. BBBS is a catalyst for making the kids want more.  They end up wanting better relationships, wanting to do better in school, and more for their lives.  It comes from having a valued and trusted adult who wants to be there.  BBBS volunteers are asked to make a thirty six month commitment.  They are background checked and tested for compatibility with the child. 
There are two types of programs.  The first is the outside relationship where the Big and Little go out and do things together.  The second is a program that happens solely at the child's school where the Big has lunch with the Little once a week.  This program helps kids who generally eat alone have that one day a week where they have a reliable lunch companion. 
There is no cost to the Little for any of the activities.  All the kids are self-referred, most commonly by a parent.  The majority of the kids are young boys who need a male role model in their lives.  The key is that the Big and the Little both want to be there.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Boise received the 2017 Gold Standard Award for fund raising and match support.  Volunteers are needed to be sure that every potential Little has a matching Big!
Upcoming Events    
 Serving Dinner at River of Life the first Thursday of every month.   6:45 to 7:30 


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