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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Dwight Pond provided the invocation
Kevin Allen introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians.
Jason Jones and Lisa Bearg were visiting from the Centennial Club
Randy Erstad introduced his guest, Jill Fideruck
President Elect Kevin Allen conducted the meeting in the absence of Preidente el Guapo, who is travelling this week.
Todd Fischer thought that he and Kevin Allen should be Valentines!
Three Things
 1.  $20 Billion is spent on Valentines Day
Fred Reed expressed his thanks for everyone who volunteered and helped to make Firkin Frolic a success.  It is a SOLD OUT event!

Club Assembly
There are six major committees as set forth by Rotary International
James Slover asked for suggestions for community programs our club can get involved in.  He also let the members know that there have been two requests for assistance.  One is from One Stone which is a self directed school in the Treasure Valley.  The would like $2,800 to add to their $5,800 to create a summer business camp for seventh and eighth graders.  They have presented a solid business plan with measurable outcomes.  The second is for $3,000 from River of Life who needs help with medical needs and supplies.  Both are worthy causes.  James will be scheduling a meeting for sometime in March and there may be beer involved.
Our club has been involved in service in Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leon and Mexico.  There will be opportunities for Guatemala in 2019 and Ecuador in 2020.
Todd started his World Service work in 1983 with a trip to Haiti to build desks for school children.
John Davis reminded the club that our district is not very strong in Interact.  There are 159 countries with Interact Clubs.  Boise has only one.  Thank you to Beth Markley and John McGuire for their work with Interact and Century Scholars.  
Bea Black, Jill Federuck and Ryan Erstad spoke about the value of Century Scholars.  Bea has been involved for three years and Mary Monroe was involved for the first twelve.  
Former Red Badger talked about his experience with Century Scholars.  He was a Century Scholar in high school and he was very grateful for the recognition of all the hard work he did there.  He said that it is not often that you get recognized for going to high school and trying hard.  He gave credit to one of his teachers, Jill Federuck for being instrumental in his success.  
Teacher, Jill Federuck gave her educator perspective of Century Scholars.  She said that the only recognition she has received in her thirty years of teaching has been from Rotary Clubs.  The schools look forward to the announcements every year to see what their students have achieved.  Jill has been a sixth grade teacher and rarely sees her kids after they leave her class.  When invited to the top drawer banquet, she said it is fun to get dressed up and sit with her former students.  
Kevin Allen and David Riffe gave Ryan Erstad his official Blue Badge
Every member is part of the Membership Committee.  The club cannot do what it does without outstanding members.  
The club used to have an Executive Director, but now it has been brought in house.  
Join a committee that interests you.  It is amazing what twenty minutes a month can do.
Happy Dollars (supporting Century Scholars):
Bea Black was happy for Valentines Day and that her grandson's first birthday
Marcia Wing was happy to be back, but not so much for the wind and weather
was happy for a cameo of former member, Allen Derr in the movie, On the Basis of Sex about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Mr. Derr won a gender equality case in the case of Reed vs. Reed. 
Surprise Feature (Sorry to those who did not attend the club assembly)
 Dr. Derek Ganong holds a Doctorate of music in Jazz and Classical trumpet from the University of Miami, as well as a Master of music in studio music from NYU, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. His principal teachers have included Craig Morris, Laurie Frink, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, and Ken Larson. While at NYU, Derek served as adjunct trumpet faculty, and while at the University of Miami, Derek served as a teaching assistant in both the jazz and classical trumpet departments. 
Dr. Ganong played outstanding renditions of  "My Funny Valentine" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the trumpet accompanied by the piano.  He is bringing attention to the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in April at the Morrison Center.  Gene Harris was a member of our club and founded the Jazz Festival with another club member, John Frann (sp).    
Russell Hampton
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