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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 gave the invocation.
Dwight Pond introduced Jim Ignozzitto recently separated from the insurance industry and looking for a new career.
Mark Smith introduced Joanna Madden with the Idaho Stem Action Center. Her organization coordinates funding for STEM projects. Her office is on the 9th floor, so she wanted to see what all the commotion was about.
Shane Bartlome and Kevin Learned introduced Jeanine Smith, since Mark Smith forgot to do so.
Beth Markley introduced Andrea Fich, our club exchange student from Denmark.
Bill Wooley introduced Bruce Mills, a former Rotarian from Carlsbad, California.
Bill Agler introduced former member Jason Bilister.
Tom Rosenthal and Marianne Barker are also in attendance.
Three things:
Guy Fawkes was only one of 13 conspirators that tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. He was the first captured, and became especially famous because he fell from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck. The actual leader of the group was Robert Catesby, who fled London, only to be later shot, buried, exhumed, beheaded, and buried again.
The human common cold was probably caught originally from the camels.
At the 1914 Rotary Convention, delegates called for Rotary to “lend its influence to the maintenance of peace.” You can get all the old Rotarian magazines online.
Giving thanks:
Dirk showed a slide with the current board, to give thanks to current board members. He also thanked the heads of many committees and projects: Scott Gill, Todd Fischer, David Bishop, Fred Reed, James Slover, Dave Silva, Dwight Pond, Paul Schmidt, Kevin Allen, Scott Learned, Susan Mahoney, Tom Stitzel, Laurie Zuckerman, Bea Black, Karen Lansing, Phil Brubaker, Cheryl Godbout, Beth Markley, Bill Agler, Jerry Schroeder, Bill Wooley, and John Maguire.
Dirk was in Israel last week. He shared some photos of himself at the West Wall and the Holy City with his local guide, whose name was Nimrod. And his friend from NNU, Gideon, who lives in Tel Aviv. He had a great trip, but he is happy to be back!
Rotary Holiday Party, Thursday Dec. 6th. Santa will be there, and Bob Rice will play some holiday tunes. That night, we will serve meals at River of Life as usual.
Dirk was at the monthly meeting of club presidents. They decided to set up a group through called Treasure Valley Service Opportunities. We have 50 members already, with 116 people pending membership. Now we need to get some projects into the group. The whole plan is to get people to Rotary projects and then “suck them in.” Dirk needs ideas for projects to add to the group.
Goodwill/Club Life dinner was at Donna Jacobs house and about 20 people attended. Todd’s home brew got second place and he insists there were more than two beers there. The “Best of Show” badge was not given out last night, so Todd has awarded it to Donna for making it all possible.
Next event: Linda Sue Shelton will be hosting one in early December. Stay tuned for an exact date.
No meeting next week.
Happy Dollars go to World Service Committee:
More than $1,400 was raised or pledged through today's happy members!
Jim Steele’s wife has been suffering from chronic A-fib for a long time. The end of that is you get an A/B Node detachment. You disconnect the heart from the body and install a pacemaker. Jan had that yesterday and it was liked they turned a light switch back on in regard to her energy and ability to function.
Bill Wooley is happy because he made it one more year!
Jeff Leedy is happy because he and his wife are celebrating their 30th anniversary on the 19th. They met in church and in that church you were supposed to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. Jeff introduced himself to his future wife and she said “what do you do?” He said, “humorist.” She thought, “Oh, another loser.”
Mark Smith is happy in honor of Donna Jacobs. He had a great time at the party last night.
Gayle Knepper visiting from Alaska is happy to be at the club and is happy to listen to Kevin and Todd. She is helping start a club at the Dirty Dog in Star for Star/Meridian. All are invited at 6:00 tonight.
Matt McMurray’s wife’s charity, The Closet has been trying to get the Meridian Mayor and City Counsel in to see the charity, and they are doing that today. He is very proud of her and the work she does.
Dwight Pond thanked the team for setting up Rake Up Boise. It was a great day.
Marianne Barker is happy because we’ve been guaranteed an interesting program.
David Benion is happy because the Broncos have won five straight games.
Karl Kurtz is just back from Egypt where he was for two weeks. It is a great trip and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Plus, he was in Israel for a week. He was surprised at how clean the Nile River was.
Dirk is happy to see Jason Bilister.
Dirk gave two Paul Harris awards to Scott Learned (PH+1) and Chuck Clark (PH+2).
Bill Agler led the club in signing The Prayer of Thanksgiving and R-O-T-A-R-Y, accompanied by Mary Monroe.
Dirk asks the club to fill out a survey for the Lobsterfest.
Kevin Learned is happy for all the people who warmed up the crowd before the presentation.
Kevin Learned presented to celebrate what good giving to the Rotary Foundation does around the World.
Three years ago, a team went to Ecuador and saw the need for water. What most families have is a tank in front of their house and a private business drives a truck from the tank up to the houses for a fee. It is straight out of the river, so it comes with lots of problems. Bringing water changes lives for these people.
The project is now done and the team went back to see the results. The people are very poor, but they threw parties for the Rotarians everywhere the team went. In one village, they threw a party at the local village. Each villager stood up, walked over to a Rotarian, and told that Rotarian what this meant to them. Many were emotional.
Each villager gave a Rotarian a gift - a bracelet made from horsehair, hand plucked, died, and woven. Simple, but very meaningful.
How does the gifting work? Rotary has a program called a Global Grant. It is a partnership between two clubs to work in one of the areas of focus. Our Club has been working with a club there to address water.
Water is not simple – you have to find it, get rights, set up a water district, etc. We have developed relationships with clubs in Ecuador who know what they are doing. Last visit, they hiked to the spring 17 km away from the villagers. The villagers hand dug the trench. Our club gave the funds for the pipe and concrete. We thought it was going to cost $100,000 and it turned out to cost $60,000. The local club got the Ecuador military to provide the engineering.
Part of the purposes of these projects and trips is to make connections with other Rotarians all over the world. Mannie Lu, who speaks Chinese and a little English, bonded with her host family in Ecuador who spoke only Spanish, and they are best friends. Another part of the trip is to audit the projects, make sure our money was well spent, and to make plans for future work.
This club helped fund a fish market in Ecuador following the earthquake two years ago. These are subsistence fishermen. They fish all night, come to shore, and sell the fish to passers-by. They are about 20 to 30 kms from Manta, the main port. We helped fund a place where they can clean their fish, were there is an ice maker. This will change their lives, because they can chill their catch and take it to Manta to sell.
Todd Fischer spoke about global grants:
The World Service Committee just voted to help fund a new project (which gets multiplied by 3.5x) in Ecuador to do another water project.
There is a sustainability component to these projects. When you donate, the money is being well-spent.
When you get to visit these sites, you see lots of kids. These water projects are about those kids – making sure they stay healthy and have a chance to grow up. Water is a huge infrastructure problem – 40% of the population does not have access to water. A lot of the water systems that did exist were broken during the earthquake and need rebuilt.
Todd also heard a presentation by a club in Ecuador who is struggling to get wheelchairs for children with cerebral palsy. The club keeps getting requests for wheelchairs that they can’t provide. Todd and one of the local Rotarians met a 14 year old boy with cerebral palsy. Todd and one of the locals had the ability to put the boy in his first ever wheel chair, which had been bought by a Rotarian, Francisco, in Ecuador. Until then, the boy’s family carried him around in a plastic lawn chair.
In one aspect, these water projects are disappointing, because the pipes are buried and the tanks are bare concrete. (With a freshly-painted Rotary cog on the concrete!) But they are very meaningful.
As part of the trip, the Rotarians explained what their obligations were for running the water projects to make sure they are sustainable. In one case he said, “if your brother is not paying his bill, you have to turn the water off.” In other words, the water project will be run fairly and correctly, and your gifts are well spent for long term maintenance of the project.
The group attended a project fair for Rotarians, and we have chosen two new water projects to fund. So far, as of today’s meeting we have raised about $2,500 toward our goal, having raised about $350 at today’s meeting.
Kevin shared that the trip was a lot of fun – they stayed with Rotarians and had fun. But it is not being a tourist. You get to be out with native people and share a meal in a grass hut. The next trip is to Guadalajara, January 20 to 23. The goal is to restart a relationship with the Rotary club there. Monday we will see projects, Tuesday we will go to the club meeting (with tequila) and tour the city. We will come home Wednesday. If you want to come, let Kevin know.
Randy Hoffman is interested in updates on any other Rotary projects from years past. Kevin does not have updates, but can say that they have been changing people lives.
Shelly Eichman talked about a new machine that can condense water out of the air to create clean drinking water.
What is our responsibility? We provide the money. That’s really the only responsibility. The club down there doing these projects has 25 members or so. The team stayed in a four-star hotel. The bill was $225 for three nights. It is a poor economy, so even the Rotarians don’t have much for resources. We go to find Rotarians who will vet the projects and get the work done. We raise the money. We paid to go, but then they took care of us down there. We looked at 30 projects, and it is hard because you want to fund them all. You can help in many ways in the world, but the most important part is to have a local, trustworthy partner who will make sure the project will be successful.
Who set up the project fair? There are about 3000 Rotarians in Ecuador. They put together the fair for visiting Rotarians from all over. It was similar to a trade show. We’ve picked two projects that we know will do the projects if we raise the money. We need about $15-$18,000 of our own money to get the matching funds to make the project work. Rotary International helps with the contracting and it depends on the local club to make it work.
Thank you to Scott Learned for taking the notes this week!
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.