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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Photos:  Dwight Pond, Todd Fischer
Editor:  Kevin Allen
Lunch Program
September 19th
Jerry Schroeder tickled the ivories.  Invocation was given by our guest Jennifer Palagi, VP of Community, Health and Well Being, St. Alphonsus.  Bryce Whetzell managed the floor mic.  September 19th is International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, so President Kevin, aka Captain Red Boots, did his best pirate impersonation.  Fortunately this holiday won't occur again during a Rotary meeting until 2024.  
St. Alphonsus was well represented.  Guests included Jennifer Krajnik, Brett Lalico, Linda Payne Smith, Leticia Ramirez, Jennifer Palagi, & a gentleman whose handwriting I could not decipher.  
Connie Pond was also in attendance, pictured below between Jennifer Palagi & Bea Black.
We also welcomed Blake Bower (pictured below), son of Tim Bower & grandson of Dan Johnson....three generations in the room!
Happy Dollars
Laurie Zuckerman, Ken Howell, Fred Reed, Andy Erstad, & Tim Bower did their part to stomp out polio.  Todd Fischer announced that the first Better Friendships dinner of this fiscal year will be a sushi class at his house in October (more details soon).  David Bennion donated two Boise State football tickets, which President Kevin purchased.  Thank you all for your happiness & generosity!  
For a second week we weren't able to squeeze in a song.  Our voices will be well rested for next week.
Our Speaker - Odette Bolano, CEO & President of St. Alphonsus Health System
Odette returned to St. Alphonsus in August 2018.  She spoke about the challenges in healthcare today & more importantly, solutions being put in place at St. Al's.  
St. Alphonsus Health System in the Treasure Valley:

5 hospitals

76 SAMG clinics

572 licensed beds

2 Affiliations


99,661 emergency visits

26,295  inpatient discharges

732,386 hospital outpatient visits

790,929  physician visits


6,000 + colleagues

478 employed providers

1,358 medical staff

The majority of healthcare spending is on "sick care" rather than "preventative care."  With the number of Americans with chronic health conditions rapidly rising, providers are working hard to serve the growing demands of healthcare.  
Odette went into great detail about the solutions being provided by St. Al's.  You can view her slideshow by clicking the photo album link at the top of this newsletter.
Club Announcements
Paul Harris Fellows
Today was a special day as we recognized FIVE Paul Harris Fellows, all of whom achieved multiple levels.  
From left to right:
Kiel VanInwegen +3
Karl Kurtz +4
Ray Ryden +2
President Kevin filling in for Joe Corlett +1
Beth Markley +1
What a tremendously generous group of people!  Their ongoing support boosts The Rotary Foundation & its many projects around the world.  Thank you!
President Kevin also praised Club Foundation Director, Katie Marconi, who has done a stellar job keeping members informed of their Paul Harris status.  District Foundation Chair Todd Fischer noted that one of the easiest ways to give is through Rotary Direct.  If you'd like information on setting up a recurring gift to the foundation, please contact Todd.  
In October, we're planning to give dictionaries to 288 kids at 6 or 7 schools.  More info coming soon!
This Week's Funday Sunnies!
Photo Albums
Week of 09/19/2019
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting - September 2019
Buffington Mohr McNeal
Sep 19, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Firkin Frolic Committee Meeting - September 2019
Western Collective
Sep 23, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Rotaract Cocktail Hour
Capital Cellars
Sep 23, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 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
Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Seedling Planting
Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge
Nov 02, 2019
Rake Up Boise
Nov 09, 2019
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Sep 19, 2019 12:35 PM
St. Alphonsus Heath System
St. Alphonsus Heath System
Sep 26, 2019
Vision for Boise
Oct 03, 2019 12:35 PM
Rotary Updates
Oct 10, 2019 12:35 PM
PTSI in First Responders
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