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

Rich Demerest opened in prayer
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
President Dirk Introduced visitors and guests.
James Slover introduced his guest, Michael Hubbard
David Riffe introduced his guest, Jeaninie Barker
Carey McNeal introduced his guests, Rick Perez and Mark Mooring
Todd Fischer introduced his guest,  Jane Miceli
3 things:
This fun fact was a great segue to a new bar in downtown Boise called the Water Bear!
Kevin Learned and a small group of club members will be going to Mexico next week to visit our sister club in Guadalajara Mexico to visit a school that was first visited by our club in 2003.
Paul Harris
It was incorrectly reported last week that Wayne Reid received his Paul Harris plus 5.  It was actually Wayne Schneider.  I apologize for the error.  
Kevin Learned presented Dwight Pond with his Paul Harris plus 4 and Fred Reed with his Paul Harris plus 3.
Kevin Learned and Marianne from District gave President Dirk his first Paul Harris Fellow. 
Club Life
President Dirk will be doing a live ratio interview on Idaho Matters regarding Firkin Frolic at noon on February 8th.  Be sure to tune in!
January Rotary Social was a big success with 18 Rotarians and guests attending.  The group raised $170 for Polio Plus and a good time was had by all.  
Century Scholars April 16, 2019- Ron will be the MC
Students of the Month
Jenny Kimball, a counselor at Borah High School said, "It is my pleasure to introduce Haadiya Tariq and share some of her many amazing accomplishments."
In the spring of her Junior year, Haadiya and another student came to me with an idea to host an after-school STEM Fair at our high school. I was wary about agreeing to supervise the event because in my past experiences, student-led events often become big responsibilities for staff. Hesitantly, I agreed to help them plan the event and I could not be more glad that I did. I was blown away by Haadiya’s commitment to making the event a success. She reached out to all the participants completely on her own; communicating all the details in a professional manner. She organized all the marketing efforts by creating flyers, contacting Junior High staff, and presenting to students in classrooms. When the event came, Haadiya confidently interacted with participants from all over the community and successfully directed them to their designated table. Due to the timing of the event, it was not as well-attended as she would have liked. It did however, draw the attention of several science teachers here at Borah. They were so impressed by the quality of the event that they asked to plan a STEM Fair for the entire Science Department the following school year.
Haadiya began planning immediately. She organized our committee at the start of this school year and quickly began compiling contacts to make this year’s STEM event even better. Every week, I met with Haadiya and her partner to plan the fair and I was constantly impressed by her wisdom, insight, and forethought. I loved watching her think through every step of the event, anticipating potential challenges and problems. The event doubled in size by the time the date rolled around and it went off without a hitch because of Haadiya’s incredible attention to detail. The STEM Fair attracted the attention of our local news stations and Haadiya eloquently spoke about her vision and intention for the event. Our Science teachers were blown away by the event and could not have been more pleased about how it turned out. Over 1,000 students attended the Fair and benefited from the variety of STEM related organizations that came to share information about their fields. I truly do not know what we will do next year without Haadiya’s incredible leadership.
The most interesting fact about Haadiya’s creation of the Borah STEM Fair is that she is not even interested in pursuing a STEM related career. She simply saw a need for high school students to learn more about careers in STEM Her plans include majoring in Journalism, which she has prepared for by being an editor for our school newspaper, the Senator. I have witnessed Haadiya editing papers for her peers, and it is truly impressive. She gives constructive feedback and helps the writer identify his/her purpose and intention. She plans to continue her education at the University of Idaho next year and I have no doubt that she will continue to be successful and make an impact on her community. 
Karl Kurtz introduced Sofia Edgar
The student chosen to be honored from Timberline High School for the Rotary Club of Boise's Outstanding Student Award is Sofia Edgar.  Sofia is a Senior at Timberline and a top notch student, both academically and in her involvement in school and in the larger community.  In addition to being in the top 5% of her class, Sofia is a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist.  She has maintained a rigorous course load throughout high school, taking many accelerated and AP level classes.  Sofia has dedicated many hours to volunteering in the community and at school.
Sofia's resume is remarkable.  She has participated in the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program, Hispanic Youth Leadership in Chicago, the 2016 WISCI Girls STEM camp and is a member of FIRST Robotics where she is the co-captain of the Chickadees, an all girl robotics team at Boise State.  Additionally, Sofia has been a two year member of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is a private violin instructor.  Beyond all of these activities, in December, Sofia was one of a four member team chosen to participate in the 2018 Antarctic Science Institute.  This institute was funded by the National Science Foundation through Dartmouth College.  Sofia and her team members traveled to Antarctica to participate in hands on and inquiry based science activities.  In addition to participating on this team, on her own accord, she also built a weather station to take to Antarctica to measure humidity, wind speed and light.  
Sofia has volunteered at both The Discovery Center of Idaho and the Boise Philharmonic since 2015.  She has worked preparing and coordinating activities and supervising children at The Discovery Center and stuffing and distributing programs and ushering attendees at the Boise Philharmonic.  As a member of the Boise State University's FIRST Robotics, she worked as the Community Relations Lead coordinating and planning outreach events, obtaining sponsorships and grants, and creating awards submissions.  At school, Sofia is a member of the National Honor Society and Timberline Quiz Bowl team where she has given many hours volunteering both in and out of school and time preparing to represent Timberline in the Quiz Bowl competitions.  
TO say that Sofia is incredibly busy is an understatement.  She is an amazing and talented student.  Her future plan is to attend Northwestern University and major in Materials Science Engineering.  
Today's Happy Dollars will benefit Century Scholars
Correction, Tom Stitzel did not have hip surgery and he demonstrated that his hips are just fine..
James Slover was happy for the opportunity to serve and the club is looking for partners to serve with Rotary in the community.
Ryan Erstad was happy for 10 years of camp at the Boise Reservoir.
Dwight Pond was happy for Dick and Sandy and the January Social.
Carey McNeal was happy for his daughter who just graduated from college in Spain and now has a job in Seattle.
Vern Gentry was happy for Dirk's feet which were sore this week
Dick Smith was happy for the January Social and the dollars raised for Polio Plus.
Laurie Zuckerman was happy to be in Idaho Falls to present the Tree project.  She was also happy for Timberline High School's participation in the Tree project.  
Bea Black was happy that we are using this weeks Happy Dollors to benefit Century Scholars.
Bob Price led the club in a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to honor Todd Fischer's birthday!
Our Speaker
Besides being an outstanding member of our club, Molly Guenter is a whiz at finances.  She received her B.S. from Georgia Tech and holds certifications in Financial Planning.  She is the former president of the Atlanta Society of Financial Professionals.
Humanitarian Economics
The gap between Rich and Poor is the widest it has been in over a century.  40% of Americans have slipped behind.
Technology and the shifting of jobs overseas have impacted American workers.  There has been a significant increase in single parent households and performance pay has ballooned pay at the top tier.
There is only one segment of the population that is dying earlier.  Middle aged men without college educations were once the bread winners with reliable long term jobs.  Now they are finding themselves out of work with little prospect of reentry into the workplace.
Young people are getting educations, but are finding themselves strapped with student debt and unable to find jobs that can support their debt.
One in four families are now headed by single mothers who live in poverty.
The value of minimum waged peaked in 1968.  The recent increases in minimum wage does not measure up to the increased cost of living.  
84% of the nation's wealth is in the hands of the top 20% 
Ideally, only 36% of the nations wealth should lie in the top 20%.
Minimum wages do not mean the same thing in all areas.  A single adult in Ada County would have to earn 28.02 per hour to meet their basic needs.
One adult in San Francisco would have to earn $44.19 to meet their basic needs.
Even if wages kept up with inflation and jobs were plentiful, working adults would find themselves behind.  Many basic expenses have risen many times the rate of inflation.
The US ranks worst in Income Equality and health and social problems.
The news is not all bad.  There is some progress being made?
Without any fanfare, the Child Tax Credit was doubled this year.  There have been many advances in innovative and more cost effective healthcare such as clinics and telehealth.  Also, virtual classrooms delivering education to those who cannot attend traditional classes.
Raise the minimum wage???
Right now, there are more job seekers than available jobs.  Since 1973, production has increased while compensation has remained relatively flat.  
BSU reconnect reaches out to Boise state students who did not graduate and tries to find ways to get them to be able to complete their education.
Interfaith Sanctuary Work Program is a homeless shelter that partners with Parks and Recreation to provide jobs to the homeless and provide dignity and a path to move forward.
Giraffe Laugh provides scholarships to low income families so their children can attend early learning.
Expanding Medicaid in Idaho will help the people who are stuck in the health insurance gap.
and, of course, Rotary!
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.