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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  Katie Marconi:  Notes
  Todd Fischer:  Photography
  Kevin Allen:  Editor (temporary)
QUESTION:  Why am I not receiving the Boisetarian weekly?
ANSWER:  We have yet to find a Rotarian to serve as editor.  Until the role is filled, the Boisetarian will be delivered when schedules allow.  If you're interested in serving as editor, please see Phil Brubaker or Kevin Allen.  The board is discussing changes to format & frequency of the Boisetarian to better align with the busy schedules of club members.
Visitors and Guests
Jason Billester gave the invocation
Lauren Olsen introduced her guest, Brian Allen, new to Idaho from Lake Havasu City, Arizona and campaign manager at  the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society
Kevin Allen filled in for President Dirk.  
Three Memorable Moments from The Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany
1.  Thunderous applause as two women were introduced as incoming board members.
2.  Rotary & Dictatorships: What We Can Learn From History
3.  The challenge of honoring tradition AND stepping into the future.
Discover Rotary
David Riffe organized a terrific social event for prospective members on June 12th.  It was well attended & a lot of fun.  Great job David!  More events to come.
Boise Kind Day - Saturday June 22nd
Honorary Rotarian Mayor Dave Bieter called us asking for help with the inaugural Boise Kind Day, with a goal of being the the biggest day of volunteering Boise has ever experienced!  Email Kevin Allen ( if you want to participate.
Changing of the Guard
Will be held during our usual lunch meeting on June 27th.  Please join us as we thank President Dirk Manley for his terrific year of service & pass the pin to Kevin Allen.
Flag Exchange with Jerry Schroeder
Jerry visited a Rotary club in Nairobi.  It was a more formal event at 6pm but no dinner.  Clubs in other countries have a different project priority.  They had just completed a project for neonatal services to be placed around the country.
Happy Dollars
Happy Dollars will go towards Greater Boise Rotary Foundation
  • Kevin Allen: $15 for his wedding anniversary
  • Todd Fischer: happy that doctors identified the blood clot in his lung last week
  • Jerry Schroeder: $19 which it the amount of time he spent traveling to and from Kenya
  • Dave Silva: $ for his grandson who finished his bachelors and pilot license in Boca Raton
  • Wayne Schneider: $ for his wedding anniversary
  • Virginia Hillyer: $ for her sister had a successful bypass surgery
  • Lauren Olsen: $ for trip to DC where she will be meeting her husband’s college friends
Our Speaker
Scott Learned introduced Nick Garcia, Community Engagement Manager at Family Advocates, and guest Tori Thomas
Speaker Background
  • As a professional actor, Nick has worked with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Theater for Youth, and is a founding company member of Boise Contemporary Theater.
  • He also co-founded and served as Artistic Director for The Empty Boat Theatre Company (which developed and produced original works) and served as Artistic Director for Alley Repertory Theater’s Alley Underground production pillar.
  • On-camera work (SAG-eligible) includes short and feature length independent films (Smoke (based on the short story, "Smoke" by Alan Heathcock), Magic Valley (written and directed by Jaffe Zinn)) multiple Idaho Lottery and other regional commercial spots, and multiple industrial films.
  • While working with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, applied for a position with Family Advocates and has been with the organization as the Community Engagement Manager
Organization History
  • Family Advocates is a private, independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1978 and serving Southwest Idaho. Our founders, two foster homes (Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hogin and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murphy), saw the need to keep children out of the foster system and they established a long-term vision of seeing the end of child abuse in Idaho. Family Advocates was incorporated in Boise on September 28, 1978.
  • The CASA program began late in 1980, when the Junior League, the Boise Bar Association, and Family Advocates received permission from the Honorable Richard Grant, Juvenile Magistrate, to initiate a pilot Guardian ad Litem program in Ada County. In 1982, the CASA program officially accepted its first child protection referral and, in 1986, Family Advocates, including attorney Eric Haff, took an active role in working with legislators to revise the Child Protection Act to clearly define the role of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). The CASA program at Family Advocates serves children in the Fourth Judicial District (Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties).
  • Keeping families healthy, stable, and preventing child abuse from ever happening, was the foundation of the Family Advocates’ vision. This vision has evolved from a volunteer-based Home Visiting Program to our current Family Strengthening Program. This program includes best practices and theories of modern day and has expanded out from Boise to Caldwell and Mountain Home.
Organization: “What we do”
  • Family Advocates focuses on building a better community by training and supporting volunteers that provide services to our kids and parents. Our programs include:
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
    • Family Strentghening
  • CASA volunteers show us their bravery by investigating child abuse, neglect, and abandonment and then advocating for those children in court to make sure the child’s voice is heard.
  • The organization recruits, trains, and supports volunteer child advocates, called Guardians ad Litem, as well as pro-bono attorneys to represent the volunteer in the Fourth Judicial District (Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties).
  • For more information contact us
  • Original call for Guardians ad Litem came from a judge in Seattle
    • In Seattle, a judge started serving in juvenile court. One of his first cases involved a three year old girl that came to a hospital with bruises. The judge had to decide if he was going to send the girl back to her mom where she might continue to be abused or take her from the only family she has ever known. This judge realized that there was something missing in the courtroom which was to have someone that would speak on the child. Because of that judge there are now advocates that represent children in the courts all of the country
  • A CASA volunteer is trained to research and report on the status of children that are deemed to be in imminent danger
  • They are the eyes and ears of the judge to determine what is happening in the child’s life
  • May include interviewing social workers, teachers, family members, significant others, counselors, etc.
  • Goal is to determine the child’s well being and provide recommendations to a judge to assist in making best
  • CASA volunteer commitments can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 5 years
Family Strengthening
  • The family strengthening volunteers show us bravery by working with families to create strong networks and healthy habits through classes, activities, and more.
  • This is a free 20 week program that engages children and parents in building their Five Protective Factors and solidifying strong and healthy families.
  • Five Protective Factors
    • Parental resilience
    • Social connections
    • Concrete support in time of need
    • Knowledge of parent and child development
    • Social and emotional child development
  • Each meeting ends with a nutritious meal for family to model family dinner time
  • This is also an incentive based program where families can earn points by attending educational classes like financial literacy, nutrition, and childhood developmental milestones. The points earned can be exchanged for needed items such as diapers, wipes, food, and clothing.
  • If you are a parent or caregiver seeking support please contact our team at to find out more information.
  1. How are you funded
    1. 1/3 from state and local government
    2. 1/3 from individuals and annual fundraising events
    3. 1/3 from corporate and foundation donations
  2. What happens when a child turns 12 and can no longer be represented by Family Advocates
    1. Goal is to increase outreach so that Family Advocates help with 12+
  3. How many cases are there and related volunteers?
    1. 1989 there were 15 cases in Boise that required assistance
    2. 2018 there were 355 children served and 117 advocates (estimate)
  4. If you volunteer, how many times do you visit the child?
    1. Required to volunteer 10 hours per month. Most of the time is spent on the phone and e-mail communications. Must see the child at least one time per month.
  5. How did you make the transition from acting to Family Advocates?
    1. The Artistic Director with the Shakespeare Festival hires actors for longer term contracts
    2. Nick saw the job and applied as he thought it was a good organization with a positive mission and would allow him to settle down so his children would have stability
  6. How does Family Advocates assist with the transition that children experience in moving between locations and families?
    1. Most of the kids want to return to their parents
    2. When kids meet with an advocate, the child begins to build a trusting relationship with the advocate as they are one of the primary consistencies in the child’s life. This allows the advocate to better understand what it is that the child wants and also communicate that their primary responsibility is to help make decisions that will benefit the child’s best interest.
Upcoming - June 20th
Are you ready for your worst day? 
Our guest speaker will be Steven Bay.  Steven is the Director of Threat Intelligence at Security On-Demand, where he leads a team providing threat intelligence and hunting services. For a majority of his career, he served as an Analyst supporting the NSA via the US Air Force and Booz Allen Hamilton.  While at Booz Allen, he served as Edward Snowden’s boss just prior to Snowden’s flight from the United States.  Join us & bring a guest to hear Steven's fascinating story & lessons learned in crisis management.
Russell Hampton
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