Upcoming Speakers
Nov 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Idaho Business for Education
Nov 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Co-CEO, Zamzows
Nov 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Idaho Lives
Nov 26, 2020 12:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Upcoming Events
Boise River Peace Planting
Willow Lane Athletic Complex, Boise
Nov 07, 2020 10:00 AM -
Nov 08, 2020 3:00 PM
Rake Up Boise
Nov 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Russell Hampton
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Club News
Notes From the October 29th Club Meeting
Happy Dollars:
  • Jim Steele was happy to go to his first grandchild's (a granddaughter) wedding.
  • New member Patricia Burnham was happy her parents have recovered from COVID, and happy that Rourke brought her into our Rotary club.  
  • Paul Schmidt was happy to see his son in eastern Idaho recently, and glad to see the great turnout at our Zoom Rotary meetings.
  • Diane Minnich was happy to be attending Rotary for the first time in a while, and grateful to Dr. Tromp for all she is doing to help students have a relatively normal and safe year.  Diane's daughter is a freshman at BSU.
  • Molly Guenther was happy to have her son visit from south Florida.
  • Jerry Schroeder  pledged $42 (not a typo!) to celebrate his 42 years of being involved with and/or observing BSU.  Go Broncos and Go Jerry!
  • Randy Hoffman was $8 happy that BYU beat BSU (by 8 points), and received a $2 fine from President Markley for making her read that message to the group.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Visitors included Mark Houston, President and CEO of BrightBank and a BSU graduate, who had just submitted his paperwork for membership, Brett Wharton, BSU grad and former student of Kevin Learned; and Virginia Pellegrini, senior fundraising professional at BSU.

Presentation of the James Slover Pay it Forward Fund
Jeff Leedy shared a video of a check presentation to an art student William Giltz who was a participant in a class he taught at the Idaho Department of Corrections.

Jeff shared some of William's artwork and says William plans to use the fund to pay for painting supplies.


Rotary service projects
Planting Peace
There are a few more open slots for Rotarians who would like an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with our Rotary friends and family and PLANT PEACE on Sunday, November 8 from 10 am to noon, while helping the City of Boise restore critical wildlife habitat by transplanting native shrubs from our canceled spring planting to their permanent home between the Boise River and Willow Lane Athletic Complex. 
Please click this link for details and to sign-up: Boise River Peace Planting
Rake Up Boise
Our club is adopting a few small- to medium-sized yards in Boise's north end to rake up on the morning of Saturday, November 14.
Email Ryan Erstad to sign up or for more information.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For prospective members who sign up while we're meeting remotely, the club will waive the one-time membership fee and the community benefit charge (which, while we're meeting remotely, supports meals for Interfaith Sanctuary), email Membership Chair Richard Davey for more details!
Polio Plus
Todd Fischer's efforts to drum up support for the Polio Plus society have been met with success! 30 members of the Rotary Club of Boise are now members, having pledged to contribution at least $100 a year to Polio Plus until the world is certified polio free by the World Health Organization.
Members of the Polio Plus Society from the Rotary Club of Boise will receive a special pin and an "End Polio Now" bracelet, and have generated a 2 to 1 matching gift from the Gates Foundation.
While our club didn't win for best per capita membership (with about 25% of our members joining, while Boise Metro came in at 32% and Boise Sunrise at 29%), we did have the most members join, including ....
Bill Agler • Shane Bartlome • David Bennion • David Bishop • Phil Brubaker • Patricia Burnham • John Davis • Andy Erstad • Todd Fischer • Mason Fuller • Ron Gambassi • Vern Gentry • Molly Guenther • Ken Howell • Karen Lansing • Kevin Learned • Scott Learned • Manni Liu • Katie Marconi • Beth Markley • Bob McQuade • Bruce Mills • Rourke O'Brien • Don Reiman • Paul Schmidt • Wayne Schneider • Gerald Schroeder • Wendy Shoemaker • Jim Steele • Laurie Zuckerman
Last Week's Program
Our speaker last week was Dr. Marlene Tromp, President of Boise State University.
Dr. Tromp noted that total degree-seeking enrollment at the university is up, while overall enrollment is down due to a steep decline in high school students taking dual credit courses.
The school has spent $2 million in classroom upgrades and opened up the Morrison Center and the Extra Mile Arena as high capacity classroom spaces to conform to pandemic protocols, and has nearly 400 teachers enrolled in the Introduction to Online Teaching course, which could in turn impact 57,000 k-12 students.
Information About Your Membership
While we are meeting remotely, we will continue to include the standard meal charge of $77.34 in our bi-monthly invoices, only now it will be called "community benefit," to reflect where the money is really going. When we cannot meet over meals, your payment helps us keep our lease on the meeting room and storage space, and also benefits our community (most of our meals are donated to Interfaith Sanctuary). This all enables a seamless return to our in-person meetings once it is safe.
For those who continue to pay for this community benefit thank you.
If you are not able to catch a live zoom meeting, email for a link to a recording of the meeting later.
Funday Sunnies by Jeff Leedy