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Welcome to Boise Rotary
Boise
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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Jason Billister gave the invocation
 
Visitors and Guests
 
Mason Fuller introduced Visitors and Guests
 
 
 
Linda Sue Shelton introduced her guest, Bill Schramer
 
James Slover introduced his guest, Brice Whetzell
 
 
Bob McQuade introduced his guest, Kenra Kenyon
 
Todd Fischer introduced his exchange student from Denmark.
 
Welcome back Bill Woolley!!!!
 
 
Three Things
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Puns used by permission.  President Dirk e-mailed Mike Pesca and he received a reply!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
District Celebration 
 
 
Mark your calendars for the upcoming District Celebration (aka District Conference) which will be held from May 17-19 at the Convention Center in BOISE!!!!!
 
Tree Planting is coming.  70 volunteers are needed for March 30th.
 
 
Our club is not doing well volunteering for the tree planting.  We can't be outdone by the other clubs so volunteer now!
 
Outstanding Students
 
Cindy Olsen introduced Hanarose Gironda
 
Hanarose Gironda, currently a senior at Capital High School, is committed and Loyal.  Born in China, she was adopted and brought to the United States when she was five.  Her leadership qualities draw her towards opportunities on our school campus and in out community as she hopes to make a difference for the better.  Hanarose is completing her third year in our Video Technology Program.  This year she is a Video Tech Intern and assists new students use equipment, learn video software, as well as takes on extra projects assisting teachers in the building and helping the community and non-profit organizations in Boise.  This last summer, Hanarose volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  She not only participated in the camp as part of the program team and role model for younger kids, but she also documented the camp and assisted with creating a video for MDA Idaho.  She also volunteered to help create videos for the Northwest Alcohol Conference and a video documentary of Capital High's District 3 marching band competition.
 
Hanarose consistently goes above and beyond in the classroom, holding a GPA of 4.0 while holding a job and attending courses at the local community college.  Hanarose exudes positivity which often inspires others.  Hannarose hopes to become a Nurse.   All of the attributes combined to make Hanarose Gironda the perfect recipient of the Outstanding Student Award.
 
 
 
 
Gino Sandoval has been a student at Frank Church High School since January of 2016.  He has grown so much over the last few years and has become a leader and role model in our school community.  Gino is a member of our AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program and a student leader in our Sources of Strength program.  He is always the first to volunteer whether it be in the classroom, helping with new student orientation, speaking at community engagements in our community center or volunteering for the Boise School District Health Expo at the Dennis Technical Education Center,  Gino is incredibly motivated and driven and has clear goals for his future.  Gino is enrolled in dual credit classes through CWI and is currently working towards an EMT certification through the Dennis Technical Education Center.  He hopes to attend Northwest Lineman College immediately after graduation this spring with a long term goal of attending a four year university to become a Civil Engineer.  When not at school, working out and boxing are very important to Gino.
 
While all of Gino's achievements are impressive, it is his personal growth that has been so inspiring to those around him.  When Gino first attended Frank Church, he was unmotivated and often detached from those around him.  Now, Gino helps tutor his peers and is a powerful advocate for any student needing encouragement and support.  Not only is he a hard-working, passionate and respectful student, but he listens to and cares about everyone around him.  Gino shows strength, resiliency and dignity on a daily basis.  Frank Church is incredibly lucky to have his as part of our community and we could not ask for a better person to represent our school and an Outstanding Student.
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Member
 
 
Bruce Mills is officially no longer a new member and he sort of got his blue badge (is was lost in the mail).  He will be travelling to various clubs in California to spread the news of his new home and exchange some flags.
 
 
Paul Harris
 
 
President Dirk awarded Gary Mahn with his Paul +2 pin.
 
 
GOOD NEWS!!
 
 
Our Cub has reached its Foundation Goals!!!!!!  Thank you to Katie Marconi for working so hard on the Matching Funds.
 
 
Tim Bower was happy to be back and happy to be part of the leadership for the campaign for the YMCA.
 
 
Bill von Tagen was happy that Idaho did not have a school in the Hollywood College Scandal.
 
Jim Steele was happy that, because of this year's pass sales, a new high-speed quad will be installed on Lift 2 at Bogus Basin.
 
Roark O'Brien was happy to have moved from a Friday club to a Thursday club so he could eat meat at the meetings without guilt!
 
Ron Gambassi updated the club that his exchange student son, Jack is doing well and will be a RYLA counselor again this year.
 
Kevin Learned was happy about two older mentors who took him under his wing years ago.  He and mentor,  Tom Wilford went to Phoenix to visit the other mentor recently.  
 
Tom Wilford was happy to have survived the trip with Kevin Learned to Phoenix.
 
 
 
Song
 
 
 
Bill Agler led the club in My Wild Irish Rose and R.O.T.A.R.Y
 
 
Our Speaker
 
 
James Slover introduced Michael Hubbard from the Idaho Veterans Treatment Courts.  Michael is a 34 year veteran who retired as 1st Sgt.  He was the number one Army recruiter in the state of Colorado.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Workforce Education and Development.
 
 
Veteran Treatment Courts (VTC) use the successful framework of problem-solving courts where local teams hold regular meeting and hearings to ensure offenders in the community are held accountable.  These courts match judicial oversight, intensive treatment and probation supervision; however, the focus of VTC is on ensuring that offenders that have served their country and have substance abuse and/or mental health problems receive treatment and support in the community rather than in a correctional facility.
 
Participants in VTC are enrolled in a comprehensive outpatient treatment program designed specifically for persons with felony drug/alcohol charges or other criminal charges which are closely related to substance abuse or mental illness.  Entry into the program is voluntary.  Participants regularly appear before a judge and have regular home visits by Probation and Parole officers.  Treatments include drug testing and individual and group counseling.  Participants receive treatment through the Fourth District Adult Treatment Services, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vet Center in a cooperative treatment agreement.  Treatment counselors may also assist with obtaining education, skills assessments and referrals top training and job placement services.  Participants are enrolled in the program for at least 14 months and proceed through four phases of treatment with increased permissions and responsibilities based on progress towards treatment goals.  
 
These courts face the challenge of engaging offenders with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as the military culture that typically does not address mental health needs.  In Idaho, local court teams work  with the Veterans Administration to coordinate resources and services to take advantage of the distinct commonalities of military experience to ensure that veterans are able to access all of the services available.
 
The ADA County VTC has graduated 166 veterans since its inception in March, 2011.  
There are 50 current Veteran Court participants and 40 Mentors.  12 of the 50 participants entered the program with felony DUI and 38 non-DUI.  5 of the 50 have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and 8 participants have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of their combat service.  At the time of entry, 21% of veterans were employed.  At graduation, 82% of the graduates are employed.  The 13 graduates not employed at graduation were enrolled in school full-time or doing volunteer work due to disability or retirement.  14 combat and 36 non-combat veterans are currently participating in the program.  The next VTC graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5:30 in the Commissioner's Hearing room on the 1st floor of the Ada County Courthouse.,  
 
Alternative sentencing courts place participants in intensive treatment and frequent drug and alcohol screening and employment verification.  Participants are subject to immediate rewards and consequences based on their compliance and treatment.  This allows the court to encourage appropriate behavior and motivate participants to succeed.  Treatment Court participants have lower rates of repeat offenses (recidivism) compared to similar probationers.  
 
Veteran Treatment Court pools available resources, including treatment services through the county and Veterans Administration to facilitate client growth and successful reintegration into the community.  Between reduced recidivism and a most cost-prison effective approach to criminal justice, treatment courts present a lower cost to tax payers while reducing prison populations and helping participants resume productive, healthy roles in the community.
 
www.JusticeforVets.org
 
If you are a veteran, you can be a mentor.  If you are not, you can help by advocating for the program.  contact Mike Hubbard atmhubbard@adacounty.id.gov to help.   
 
A Personal Story
 
 
Paul Alexander began his journey with drugs and alcohol before he was born.  His mother was a drinker and heroine user.  She did not know who his father was.  He came to VTC with nine drug possession convictions and has spent a total of 15 1/2 years in state prisons.  He was diagnosed with PTSD, ADHD and an alphabet soup of disorders.  Growing up, he was surrounded by drug dealers and alcoholics.  He thought that was the way to be.  When he entered the military, he dealt with military life with alcohol and drugs.  At his last conviction, the judge was a veteran who understood his situation.  The judge realized that prison was not being effective in changing his ways.  Paul has now been clean since March 7, 2017 and graduated the program in October of 2018.  He says that the classes are perfect for veterans and after graduation, they still attend six step programs and other programs that help in their ever lasting recovery.  He was the first Parolee to graduate from the program and he is now a mentor.  His biggest concern is for the kids that are sent to prison for drug or alcohol offenses and then join prison gangs to become real criminals that they weren't when they went into prison.  They are then being released to our communities.  This is a better way.  
 
 
President Dirk closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
 
 
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