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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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20-45-60-75:  A Perfect Combination for Every Rotarian
Our weekly lunch programs can be tailored for nearly any schedule.  
20 minutes:  you're very busy but need to eat.  Pop in at noon, enjoy a meal with friends, & leave at 12:20 when the bell rings.  Or show up around 12:15, listen to the opening announcements, & leave before the guest speaker takes the podium at 12:35.  Either way you get a good dose of Rotary & can be back to the office before anyone noticed you were gone.
45 minutes:  you're busy but still want a solid Rotary experience.  Show up around 12:15, grab a plate, & enjoy happy dollars, song, & our guest speaker, who will conclude at 1 pm. 
60 minutes:  you can't stay for the whole program but want the "greatest hits."  Arrive at noon, enjoy lunch with friends, hear our guest speaker, & excuse yourself when the speaker ends at 1 pm.  You can read about club business & announcements in this newsletter.
75+ minutes:  your schedule is flexible & you want the complete Rotary package:  fellowship, food, & program.  You'll get it from noon to 1:15.  Feel free to arrive early or stay later to spend more time catching up with fellow Rotarians.  
There's something for everyone.  If it's been a while since you've attended, please visit soon & check out our new format!
Lunch Program - August 15th
Todd Fischer got a new telephoto lens.  Enjoy the pictures!
Mary Monroe played the piano. 
Rich Demarest gave the invocation. 
Phil Brubaker walked with the mic to introduce guests.
Visiting Rotarians
Connie Maguire, Santa Monica
Tim Thaler, Kansas City
Mike Markley, AG, Boise Southwest
Linda Stevens (soon-to-be new member)
Rourke O'Brien introduced his son, Tim, who has moved to Boise.  Rourke also introduced friend Nikki Wallace (pictured).
Marty Cullen brought daughter Maddie, who has been very active in Rotary & RYLA over the years.  
Happy Dollars
Andy Erstad was happy to be promoted from "parent" to "grandparent."  Ryan Erstad & wife Taylor welcomed James Erstad to the world on Saturday.
Karen Lansing recognized Laurie Zuckerman & an article written about her in the Idaho Press Tribune.
Rourke O'Brien was happy to have son in Boise.  
Dave Silva was happy about a book he wrote.
Kevin Allen was happy for Ryan Erstad for two reasons:  1) Ryan hosted a Community Development Meeting & treated attendees to beer & appetizers.  When we tried to give him money, he asked that we put it into Happy Dollars.  2) Kevin is happy to have a new cousin in the family, with hopes that Baby James Erstad will become a 5th generation Rotarian one day.
Our Speaker - Dr. Jason Hansen, INL
Dr. Jason Hansen has worked with Idaho National Laboratory for five years.  It belongs to the Department of Energy, which has 22 facilities in the US.  The size of INL in Idaho is half the size of Rhode Island.  It's the 6th largest employer in Idaho with an economic impact of over $2 billion annually.
His focus is renewable energy.  "Making Money from Waste" is his research project on dairy farming & how we might capture energy while reducing waste.
Idaho is the 3rd largest milk-producing state in the nation, only behind Wisconsin & California.  Dairy is our leading agricultural sector.  #2 is beef, #3 potatoes.  (Editor note:  is it time to change our license plates to "Famous Cows"?)  
Dr. Hansen's research is in anaerobic digestion, which is "bugs working on manure to create electricity."  Insects feeding on manure creates bio-methane, which can be used on the farm or sold back to the grid.  There are economies of scale, requiring about 3,000 cows.  The upfront investment is expensive but the benefits are many.  It could create $93m in economic benefits per year, which could take 4-8 years to return to farmers.  Also, the spacial density of dairy farms is much different than 30 years ago.  We have to find effective ways to manage waste & reduce pollution.  Dr. Hansen's department at INL focus on this & other sources of renewable energy.
Bonus Speaker:  Dave Addor, ShelterBox
Dave briefly shared ShelterBox's story, which distributes emergency living kits to people displaced by disasters.  Their purpose is to help people quickly return to their standard of living.  ShelterBox is seeking support in Idaho.  If you'd like more information, please contact Dave Addor at
Club Announcements
Rotarians in the News
President Kevin recognized Laurie Zuckerman's story in the Idaho Press Tribune.  Kevin pointed out that Laurie isn't so much battling MS as much as "kicking the crap out of MS."  President Kevin almost felt bad about having to levy a small fine to Laurie....almost.

Dan Johnson - 37 years
Bob Rice - 35 years
Shane Bartlome - 20 years
Joe Corlett - 10 years
Gary Gunther - 10 years
Paul Schmidt - 7 years
Jason Billester - 6 years
Chris Ellis - 3 years
NOTE:  Dan Johnson corrected President Kevin's announcement of his anniversary.  Dan joined Rotary in 1982.  Kevin has since corrected the information in ClubRunner!
Please congratulate & thank these members on their years-long commitments to Rotary.
Easy Ways to Pay Your Invoice
First, go to  The most secure & convenient option is autopay.  Download the "Autopay Authorization Form" near the top of the page.  Fill it out & return it to Kevin Allen.  For your convenience, you'll still receive a regular invoice to review & ask questions if needed.  Your account will be debited about 30 days after the invoice date.  Of if you prefer to pay by credit card, you can do so on the right side of our homepage.  A transaction fee will apply but it's still a convenient way to pay.
Badge Boxes & Checking In
Phil Brubaker & Kevin Allen updated & organized the badge boxes.  President Kevin also asked that members please check in when attending meetings.  Our board is using attendance numbers to continue improving our weekly program.  
Committee Meeting
The Firkin Frolic committee is meeting Monday, August 26th at 5:30 pm at White Dog Brewing.  Firkin Frolic is our club's major fundraiser, a craft beer festival held each February.  Proceeds support many service efforts including local & international projects, as well as youth programs.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Fred Reed.
This Week's Funday Sunnies!
Photo Albums
Week of 8/15/19
Week of 8/8/19
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Hoff Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Aug 15, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Seedling Watering at Hulls Gulch
Hulls Gulch
Aug 24, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Firkin Frolic Committee Meeting
White Dog Brewing
Aug 26, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Meal Service at River of Life Men's Shelter
River of Life Men's Shelter
Sep 05, 2019
6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Discover Rotary - September 2019
Sep 26, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Crystal Ballroom
Oct 03, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Crystal Ballroom
Oct 03, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Aug 15, 2019
Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory
Aug 22, 2019 12:35 PM
Aug 29, 2019
Helping Homeless Citizens in the Treasure Valley
Sep 05, 2019 12:35 PM
Stories From the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Sep 12, 2019 12:35 PM
Downtown Boise Association Updates
Sep 19, 2019 12:35 PM
St. Al's Heath System
Sep 26, 2019
Vision for Boise
Oct 03, 2019 12:35 PM
Rotary Updates
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