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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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President Ron called the meeting to order


Rich Demarest gave the invocation


Visitors and Guests
Brianne McCoy introduced Visitors and Guests
Andrea Thornton was visiting from the Southwest Club
David Riffe introduced his guests. Joe Runtz, Corbin Harp and Rob Parson
Mason Fuller introduced his guest, Gordon Jones


Kevin Allen reported on the Tree (Bush) Project.  90 volunteers gave their time to dig, hoe, plant, and work to add trees to the Tree City.  He also reminded the group that the Butterfly Exhibit at Zoo Boise will be coming up and there will be a few volunteers needed for that.
Dick Smith noted that we have 600 volunteer hours so far!!!
President Ron stated that we are close to reaching our Polio Plus Goal.  The Rotary Foundation and the Boise Foundation still have a way to go, but there are still checks coming in.  
President Ron reminded the group that the accounting system is still getting the kinks worked out and there may be some invoices for dues that are yet to arrive.
President Ron announced that the Garden City Library will be having their book sale on May 3rd and may need some help.  See Ron for details.
District Conference is May 18th and 19th in Sun Valley.  The early bird registration has already passed, but get your rooms before the block sells out!  Don't forget the raffle.  The winner will receive $4500 in travel from AAA travel and the seller of the ticket will also get $4500.  25% of the ticket sale will go to the club.
RYLA will be July 26 to 29th.  Our club is sponsoring six kids and two applications are in.  If you know of an incoming Junior or outgoing Senior, you can find the application at
Todd Fisher talked about the water project in Ecuador.  There is $17000 going to the project which is more than half of what is needed.  
Bill Agler wanted to find something relating to Fire for today's song in honor of our speaker.  On Top of Old Smokey came in close!
Andrea Thornton was happy for the Cinco de Mayo event for the Southwest Club at Crane Creek Country Club on May 5th from 5:30 to 9:00.  Free adult libations for the first hour!
Bill Agler was happy that Phil stood in for him while he spent three weeks in Australia and New Zealand.
Chuck Clark was happy that his beloved Oklahoma will be going for the gymnastic championship.  
Ken Howell was happy for his mother's 85th birthday.
Fred Reed was happy for the District Conference and the great experience he and his family have had with Rotary Exchange Students.
Dirk Manley was happy for Randy's Rotary tie.  He was also happy for Christopher Ellis being nominate for Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Chris was happy for that as well.
40 kids will not get polio because our club was so happy!
Our Speaker                
Dick Smith introduced the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs from the  National Interagency Fire Center.  
The National Interagency Fire Center, located at the Boise airport, is the only Federal agency that is located outside of Washington DC.  It brings together all the agencies that deal with wildland fires in one place.  It was started in Boise as the Boise Interagency Fire Center in 1967. 
Fire supression started in the late 1800's in Yellowstone National Park.  It was ramped up after the great fire of 1910.  During that fire, three million acres burned, eighty people died and the logging industry was dealt a heavy blow.  In the 1940's, fire supression was brought back into the public eye through the Smokey the Bear campaign.  At that time, there was an active fire supression theory that meant that all fires were to be put out as quickly as possible.  It was not until later that is was discovered that many forests can only thrive and remain healthy with the natural fires that occur. 
NIFC does not only work with fire.  They also help with floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and domestic attacks.  They use the same Incident Command System as the military which helps the agency's come together under a common command platform.  NIFC also works internationally with Australia, New Zealand and Canada who have similar fire issues.  Using a three tier approach, fires and other disasters are handled locally first, then by geographic area and finally on a national level.  The National Multiagency Coordination Group determines the national priorities and allocates fire fighting resources.  They also resolve fire fighting policy issues.  On average, more than 60,000 fires break out across the U.S.  20,000 people can be mobilized quickly.  These include 500 hand crews with 20 people each, 400 smoke jumpers, 16 Type 1 IMC Team Members and thousands of support personnel.  Several Great Basin Support Caches are located around the area to house supplies.  There are 140 Great Basin smoke jumpers located in Boise.   
Upcoming Events    
 Serving Dinner at River of Life the first Thursday of every month.   6:45 to 7:30 


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