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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 Demarest provided the invocation
Bruce Mills introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians.
Bill von Tagen introduced his guests:  his wife Linda, Connie Seymour, Jim and Georgia Girven, Ernie Hoida and Dave Leroy.
Phil Brubaker introduced David Riffe's guest, Leann Arcema
Lew Manglos introduced his guest, Wes Flacker
James Slover introduced his guest, Michael Delatorre
Kevin Allen remembered two former members who left us recently:
Rich Jordan
Boise just lost one of its most active benefactors and loyal citizens. Rich Jordan was a leader in Boise's business community, the evolution of Boise State Sports, and the placement and construction of Boise commercial buildings and the Boise State campus. 
Pauline and J. Cecil Jordan were his parents and was born at St. Luke's. His sister is Patricia Jordan Wilcomb, currently living in Meridian. Growing up in Boise, he attended Boise public schools including North Jr. High, which was built by his father. Born with a ball in his hands, he was an accomplished sportsman playing all sports from Boise High School through many years as a Boise businessman. The last year of high school he was on teams that won state championships in football, basketball and baseball.
McCall was a big part of his life: fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, and entertaining Wagon Wheel folks with a spectacular fourth of July fireworks display.
Desiring to follow his dad's footsteps at Jordan Wilcomb Construction Co., he studied architecture at the University of Idaho for four years, pledging the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He married while a student but was drafted into the Army and spent 2 years serving in post-war Germany; honorably discharged in 1954. Returning to Boise, his family grew to 4 children Nancy, Randy, Dan, and Polly. In 1968, he married Betty Thomas, increasing his family by three children James, Gary, and Sally. And now, Rich has 7 grandkids and 3 great-grandchildren.
His father and grandfather were residential and commercial builders in Boise. J.O. Jordan and Son Construction was started in Boise during the 1920s. At the young age of 8, Rich grew up helping workers, such as carrying water for men when the old Ada County Courthouse was built. Returning from military service, he and brother-in-law Richard Wilcomb joined the company. The numerous buildings during Rich's tenure include quite a few Boise State University buildings, the Downtowner hotel, and several additions to St. Luke's including the tunnel joining MSTI to the hospital proper. A nice touch for BSU, he had the little white church moved to the East end of BSU's campus.
As a long-time Board member and part owner of Intermountain Gas Co, he helped steer the company to be among the best natural gas companies in the country with especially low gas prices today.
An active member of Boise Jaycees, led to his involvement in the Cross on Table Rock and initiating a Cross-benefiting fund with Idaho Community Foundation. Knowing the importance of YMCA to Boise kids, he annually solicited funding from friends and associates, served on its board during years of the Y's expansion and brought FUNDSY/Auction to Boise.
Rich was an avid, active promoter and sponsor of the Boise State University Broncos. As one of the boosters who started the Bronco Athletic Association with Coach Lyle Smith, they built the first baseball diamond on campus. When he was President of Boise Athletic Association, Taco Bell Pavilion was built, he recruited financial supporters for its construction and operation. With baseball as his favorite sport, although he played them ALL, Rich recently donated their winter home in southern California for a new baseball scholarship program.
Events: All are invited to a viewing, Alden Waggoner funeral home, 4 to 6pm, Wednesday, February 20th. Family-only burial service, Veteran's Cemetery, Thursday. All friends are invited on Thursday, February 21st, 1 to 4pm, Celebration of happy life, Hillcrest Country Club. Thank you for the thought of flowers; he would appreciate instead a memorial donation to BSU's baseball scholarship fund or Idaho Humane Society.
Cathy Rosera
Cathleen Dawn Rosera, age 62, passed away peacefully at her residence on February 8, 2019 due to natural causes. She was born in 1956 at Hamilton Air Force Base, California to Donald & Merrie Perrine. She grew up in various locations across the US and in the Philippines given her father's military service, and the experience gave Cathy a love for multi-cultural influences. 
She was educated in the public-school system and obtained her PhD in the school of life. She was successful in business with a sharp mind and acumen for making great investments in people and property. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to start a property management company, Hammack Management, in 1979 which she operated for the next 28 years serving property owners, investors, and residents of the Boise Community. She was an active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management having been a founding member of the Snake River Chapter and served on the local Board of Directors in various roles throughout the years. Following the sale of her company, Cathy took a tiny break and then started a 'retirement job' focusing on asset management, due diligence, consulting, and project management. This led to the start of Perrine Investments, which she was still operating at the time of her passing.
Cathy's language of love was giving gifts. One could literally respell love as C-A-T-H-Y. She always knew the perfect gift for every person. She would pick out items all year for people she loved and present them on birthdays, Christmas, or randomly. She even kept a gift closet in her home where she stored the surprises she had for everyone. Her generosity was felt by many as she truly believed in "paying it forward."
Her gift giving carried forward in philanthropic endeavors. She gave from her heart and was adamant about remaining anonymous about all her endeavors to avoid any recognition. Her participation in the Boise community included volunteering as an advocate through CASA as an advocate for minors, operating an Adopt-a-Senior program at Christmas, delivering roses to elderly ladies in nursing homes for Mother's Day, volunteering time to help cook for and feed the homeless, constant clothing and sundries donator to the local CATCH program regularly supporting City Lights Women's Shelter. She was also an active member of the Rotary Club of Boise serving as Events Coordinator helping to raise funds for their wonderful efforts and honored as the 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year. She was most joyful when giving, especially covertly.
Outside of work, Cathy had many hobbies and ways she relished life. She was the queen of estate sales and enjoyed the hunt for antiques and special treasures. She expressed her creativity through various artistic mediums including making brooches from reclaimed costume jewelry and buttons, oil painting, abstract glass blowing, sculpture, and sewing. She worked with other reclaimed items making sun catchers and candle holders. Her love of nature was expressed through her painting and her diligent bird feeding thus she had the fattest squirrels in Boise living in her trees. She further expressed her creativity through her unique style of dress and home decorating. To know her was to know creativity itself. She loved a good game of scrabble claiming fame for nailing 2-letter words for "a bajillion" points and knocking out crossword puzzles.
She loved travel, mountains, and beaches – climbed the mountains of Machu Picchu, swam with the dolphins in Mexico and Manatees in Florida, and did spelunking in Hawaii.
Cathy loved people and taking care of them. She hosted many social dinners and gatherings to celebrate anything and everything. She was an amazing cook. When you were invited to dinner you knew you would eat well and most likely help with dishes. Her home was always inviting and a favorite in the neighborhood during the holiday seasons with the giant blow up figures on her roof at Halloween and Christmas. And she didn't stop there. She loved a good costume and dressing up when given the chance all in the spirit of fun.
She was genuine to a fault, a kitty cat at heart and yet she sugar coated nothing. Everyone knew where they stood with her. When life presented opportunities and challenges she loved to say, "Time to put your big girl panties on and deal with it!" or "Oh Well…"
She loved all her family – blood, in-laws, steps, and friends - without regard for titles regularly reaching out to help time and time again truly following the Lord's Prayer "…and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…", but didn't forget. All whom loved her dearly will never forget her integrity, tenacity, wit, charm, grace, kindness, and undying love for them.
Cathy is survived by her brother Anthony Smith and sister-in-law-Carol; grandson CJ Hammack; former but caring daughter-in-law Davina Hammack and son David; many very close friends present and helpful at the end; many other caring friends; and others of family including, son Chris Hammack, Maria, and Kayla. 
In lieu of flowers - in memory of Cathy - please give big-heartedly to Women's and Children's Alliance, Muscular Dystrophy Association, or The Rotary Foundation in her and your name as she would have appreciated this more for the service and help to others this provides. A private "Celebration of Life" will be held (TBD), in lieu of a service.
Happy Birthday, Rotary!
February 23rd marks Rotary's 114th Birthday.  Paul Harris founded the club that initially met at the Unity Building.  How appropriate.  
Fred Reed expressed his thanks for everyone who volunteered and helped to make Firkin Frolic a success, including Todd, Katie, James and Scott.  
Molly Guenther signed up sponsors and arranged the music.
James Slover Handled the Publicity.
Katie Marconi and Todd Fischer tackled the online presence.
Katie Marconi also coordinated the volunteers.
Scott Learned recruited the brewers  
There were more tickets sold and more brewers than ever before.  The tally has not been completed, but it looks like the event raised more than $6,000.
The first planning meeting for next year will be on March 15th at Boise Brewing.

Outstanding Students
Cindy Olsen introduced our first outstanding student, Allison Gee.
Robb Thompson, principal at Boise High School wrote, "Thank you very much for this opportunity to tell you a little bit about this wonderful and tremendously talented student, Allison Gee, who is being recognized as Boise High's Rotary Student of the Month.  Allison is loyal, kind, genuine, smart, and incredibly caring.  It is her qualities of enthusiasm, integrity, compassion and determination that have created this wonderful young leader before you today.  Allison Gee is an excellent student, having pushed herself academically to very high levels of scholarship, currently ranked at the very top of the class of 2019.  She is also a natural leader among her peers, as her calm, quiet and thoughtful approach to relationships serves as an example to all of us as to how to truly take time, listen, learn and understand how to respect and value others.  Allison is an exceptional model of Boise High's core values of Respect, Compassion, Honesty, Responsibility and Courage.  She is one of the students I can always count on to make our environment brighter with her contagious smile.  Her quiet humility and pride in being part of he positive student culture, her genuine desire to help others through service, and her ability to help others find common ground are the things that I admire about her most.  Allison is so well thought of by school mates, faculty and administration, that she makes every day a great day to be a Brave.  When thinking about how to best describe her in a few words, I am drawn to a quotation by author Maya Angelou - "My wish for you is that you continue.  Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.  Continue to allow humor to lighted the burden of your tender heart."  I would also point out that Allison is an exceptional baker.  She makes the best cookies!"
Karl Kurtz introduced our second Outstanding Student, Kelsey Oliver-Connelly.
Counselor at Bishop Kelly High School wrote, "Kelsey Oliver-Connelly is one of the top-ranked seniors at Bishop Kelly and she is working to make a difference in her school and the community.  As an academic standout and National Honor Society member, she regularly gives her time to tutor others.  She also places great value on learning and individual pursuits.  As a Girl's State delegate her junior year, Kelsey particularly enjoyed learning about government and the importance of having a voice in our democracy.  
Service continues to be ab important part of Kelsey's high school experience.  As an AP art student, she is as creative as she is smart and has used her artistic talents to teach ceramic techniques to 1st and 2nd graders at Washington Elementary.  She has also spent time working with the Budding Artists Program in the Meridian Library District.  Kelsey has given countless hours through the years to St. Mark's Catholic Church, her home parish, and she was a consistent volunteer for several years at St. Vincent De Paul where sh helped serve evening meals.  
Kelsey plans to double major in International Business and Marketing and will no doubt make a positive impact on her college and community.  
Happy Dollars (supporting Century Scholars):
Molly Guenther was happy for Giraffe Laugh (Early Learning) and their upcoming event.    
Robert McQuade was happy for a quote in the Rotarian Foundation Magazine that said, "Look at me with your heart, not with your eyes."
Todd Fischer was grateful for the opportunity to have known Cathy Rosera and will be making a donation to the Rotary Foundation in her honor.
Karl Kurtz was happy for the outstanding students and Century Scholars.  He also thanked Todd Fischer and Cheryl Godbout for their work on the Boisetarian  (You are welcome, Karl)
Bill Agler led the group in an very appropriate "This Land is Your Land."
Dave Silva introduced today's speaker,  our very on Bill von Tagen
Ford on the Lincoln
It all began in 1913 when a group of American industrialists envisioned a "continuous improved highway from the Atlantic to the Pacific open to lawful traffic of all description, without toll charges, and also to be a lasting memorial to Abraham Lincoln."
Existing roadbeds were chosen along with new sections to be built by local supporters and governments in order to complete the path.  By September that year, the announcement was made that the route was to be 3,389 miles long.  One year later, a 'seedling' concrete mile was made in Malta, Illinois, demonstrated the future of the road.  Several realignments later, to eliminate dangerous railroad crossings, the highway was considered complete.  In 1928, the Lincoln Highway was marked with concrete posts set by the Boy Scouts across America.  Then the association dissolved, having completed its work.  In 1992, in Ogden, Iowa, a meeting was held to reactivate the Lincoln Highway Association for historic preservation and tourism.  A national headquarters was established in Franklin Grove, Illinois in 1996.
For more details on Bill's amazing trip, go to his blog at
For more information on the Lincoln Highway Association, go to
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.