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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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  Cheryl Godbout:  Editor
  Todd Fischer:  Photography
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rich Demerest gave the invocation
 
Visitors and Guests
 
 
Deborah Bail gave the invocation
 
Scott Gill introduced Visitors and Guests
 
Dwight Pond introduced his guest, Scott Schuldenfrei
 
David Riffe introduced his guest, Whitney Stoolman
 
James Slover introduced his guest, Brice Whetzel
 
James Slover also introduced Neva Geisler and student, Arianna Carlson from the One Stone Alternative High School.  One Stone is student led and directed.  It has a board of directors that is 2/3 students and 1/3 adults.  Instead of traditional teachers, One Stone has Coaches that guide students along their self-directed learning path.  Arianna is a member of the first graduating class.  The One Stone School is applying for a grant from the Rotary Foundation.  A documentary about the school will be presented at the Egyptian Theater on April 2nd.
 
Kevin Learned introduced his guest,  Alison Formac.
 
 
 
Three Things
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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.  Bring gloves, a shovel and appropriate clothing. 
 
 
The Boy Scouts will be heading up the teams, each with a different color hat.
 
 
Morley Nelson was a long-time member of the club.
 
Ribfest will be held at John and Michelle Davis' house on April 12th from 6-8 pm.
 
 
 
 
Kevin Learned was happy for Hannah.  She was an Asian boat person who settled in Boise and opened up Hannah's Nails and Spa.  Kevin is especially happy for Hannah because his glasses do not allow him to see his toes clearly enough to clip his nails and not his toes and Hannah does the job with a foot massage to boot.  Hannah is holding a fundraiser for the Women's and Children's Alliance on April 9th and Kevin would like the men to join him for some tootsie pampering.  Polish optional.  
 
Nancy Chin is happy to finally have two sons living in the same city in Southern California.  Nancy and her husband have rented an apartment there and split their time between California and Idaho.  This year, Idaho has requested her presence on April 1st to serve on Jury Duty.  It is always good to see Nancy in the house!
 
Bruce Mills was happy to have visited his old Rotary club in Downtown LA and bring back a flag.  He was also happy to get his official blue badge that had been delayed in shipping.
 
Mark Smith was happy for his daughter's Open Air Archive which posts historical images  on buildings across Boise.  Look for them as you venture through town.
 
 
Song
 
 
Bill Agler led the club in the one song that he was sure would make us look like April Fools, Stodola Pumpa!!
 
 
Kevin Howell introduced our speakers from Idaho Public Television.  Ken has been a long-time supporter of IPT and served on the board for a time.  He has also been friends with 
Ron Pisaneschi who is the station's General Manager.
 
Our Speaker
 
Ron Pisaneschi has been with Idaho Public Television for thirty-four years.  He has been the General Manager for the past six years.  He showed a video highlighting PBS stations across the country.  He believes that IPT has a unique ability to tell the Idaho story.  The station has a $9.2 Million dollar budget.  32-23% of that is state funding and the rest comes from private companies and donors.  Public Television is the most watched with Nature being the number one show and Victoria/Masterpiece Theater coming in second.  Outdoor Idaho and the Idaho Experience are in the top ten.  
 
 

 
 
 
Three years ago, and Education Department was added to IPT.  
 
Cindy Lunte is the Education Director.  Her focus is children and families through libraries and schools.  Her goal is to introduce families to the resources available.  They have added a full time teacher to the staff as well as a part time videographer and curriculum writers. They intend to reach out to all schools in Idaho to be sure that teachers are aware of the teaching materials that are available to them, particularly Idaho history.
 
Idaho Public Television is one of five stations nationwide to receive the grant.
 
 
Carrie is the full time teacher who is part of the team.  Her goal is to train teachers in the use of technology and digital media.  Research has provided demonstrable proof of the impact.  PBS learning media has more than 40,000 resources.  Sadly, only about 30% of the state's teachers are aware of its existence and how to use it.  
 
There is now a 24/7 Kid's Channel that delivers results.  Increases have been shown in standardized tests in reading and math and have been shown to be as effective as high quality Pre K.  
 
 
By focusing on low-income families and utilizing libraries, these resources can help parents learn how to teach their kids.  
 
 
The American Graduate program makes students become aware of the men career options outside of the four-year degree.
 
 
Idaho Public Television's goals are education and doubling down on local programming.  It produces more local programming than any other station of its size.  It can reach 100% of Idaho.  Idahoptv.com brings the programming online as well.  Later this year it will be live streamed on outlets like Hulu.  Donors to the station are given access to the Passport online catalog of thousands of titles.  
 
 
 
 
President Dirk closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
 
 
 
Thank you for allowing me to be the editor of the Boisetarian.  It has been my honor. - Cheryl
 
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