Youth Exchange Students are Coming and Going this Summer Mike Markley 2017-06-21 06:00:00Z 0
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RYLA 2017 August 3-6!! 2017-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Darl Bennett, District Executive on Apr 24, 2016
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The Grand Prize is a $4500 AAA “Cruise to Anywhere”. PLUS, the Rotarian who sells the winning ticket will also win a matching $4500 Cruise!
 
Do you ever wonder why you are given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets as part ot the district's annual conference?
 
Click on "Read More" to find out, as well as to see a list of this year's prizes.
IT'S RAFFLE TIME!!! Darl Bennett, District Executive 2016-04-24 06:00:00Z 0
Twin Falls Rotary Bites of Brilliances 2016 2016-02-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Aug 31, 2015
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September marks the onset of the district’s Rotary Foundation seminars for 2015-16, starting Sept. 26 in Pocatello and followed by Twin Falls on Oct. 3.  Treasure Valley seminar will be Nov. 21.  We have lots to cover: district grant reporting requirements & guidelines for improving grant applications, club qualification for global grants, the end game of PolioPlus, ideas for stimulating Annual Fund giving.  The training will be specific, and you will leave knowing more than when you arrived.  Who should attend? Foundation chairs, incoming leaders, grants managers, club treasurers.  Don’t let your club be left behind because no one attended one of our training sessions.  AGENDA TO BE PUBLISHED SOON.  Register and prepay now at www.rotary5400.org.
 
FOUNDATION NEWS - SIGN UP FOR SEMINARS Marianne Barker 2015-08-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2015
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Dave Shaw and Boise SW Rotary are leading an effort to have Rotary specialty license plates available to Idaho vehicle owners. A petition of no less than 250 signatures must be presented to the state legislature. If we convince DMV that they'd sell enough of these plates (with an added fee, of course) then it can happen. Did you know that these special plates were a fundraiser for the sponsor? The District will get a return of 50% of the added fee. So if you get a chance, be sure to sign the petition as it comes around. Then, if it happens, please buy a plate or two, or three!
LETS PROMOTE ROTARY LICENSE PLATES 2015-07-26 06:00:00Z 0
Exciting or Boring?

Does Your Club Have a Case of BMS?

We bet not.  We hope not.  But just in case, it’s best to be informed so as to ward off the possibility.  In today’s world, people are busy.  They have many options on how to spend their time, and you want to give them every reason to put Rotary at the top of their priority list.  In your efforts to increase relevance and member engagement in your club, spend considerable effort towards your club’s meeting structure and program content. 


Does your club have a case of BMS?  Watch this video to learn about BMS, and how you can avoid its devastating effects on your club.
 

 
DOES YOUR CLUB HAVE A CASE OF BMS? 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2015
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Do you ever wonder why you’re asked to sell cruise raffle tickets for the district?  The members of the district are the 43 clubs it represents, and the cruise raffle is something that benefits us all.  Proceeds are distributed thus:
  • 50% - The fund from which we match the first $100 of a person’s Paul Harris Fellow.
  • 25% - Rotary Youth Exchange Program
  • 25% - Rebated to clubs based on their ticket sales.
This year the District has already matched a bunch of Rotarians starting new Paul Harris Fellows with a $100 contribution to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  Creating a more peaceful world “one student exchange at a time” costs money, and our D5400 RYE program is a success in part because of your ticket sales.  All you have to do to get your rebate is have someone from your club attend the district conference.  Let’s see if we can’t make $55,000 in gross sales….that’s only about 3 tickets per Rotarian on average.  At the very least, we hope to see every Rotarian support this effort by buying at least one ticket.  Many of you will buy your entire book.  Thank you!
 
There are ten awesome prizes, including the $4500 travel package and the most popular selling electronic gizmos according to Best Buy! Don’t forget that the seller of the winning ticket also wins the top prize!  That prize doesn’t have to be a cruise either.  It can be any vacation trip you want to arrange through AAA valued at $4500. 
CRUISE RAFFLE - WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?! 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Sep 20, 2014
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Time has come again to seek nominations for governor to serve D5400 in Rotary year 2017-18.  Clubs should begin thinking of qualified candidates within their membership.  To be district governor, a Rotarian must have served one full term as club president (or partial term in the case of a charter president), be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district, and demonstrate the willingness, commitment and ability, to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor.  It is beneficial that candidates have served the district in a leadership capacity, as an officer on the District Leadership Council, as Assistant Governor, or as chair of a district committee or significant subcommittee.  As chair of the District Governor Nominating Committee, PDG Marianne Barker will notify clubs soon to send her the names of qualified candidates.  PDG Marianne can be reached at mb@mariannebarker.com or by calling (208) 308-5617, if you have questions.
SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR D.G. Marianne Barker 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Russell Johnson on Aug 16, 2014
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PDG Marianne Barker and Past President Jackie Flowers host House of Friendship for the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls, at the 24th Annual Duck Race.  The event was held at the Presidential Suite at the Hotel on the Falls, in Idaho Falls, ID on August 9, 2014. Below the House of Friendship was a six story tall rubber duck. 
 
How wonderful that the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls welcomes to Idaho the “World’s Largest Rubber Duck”. This humongous yellow ducky knows no frontiers. Surely it must be lost!  It doesn’t discriminate against any people and doesn’t have a religious or political connotation, all in keeping with Rotary ideals.  The cuddly, Rubber Duck is here to visit the gem of our city: The Idaho Falls Snake River Greenbelt.  The rubber duck is soft, friendly and appealing to all ages.
 
IDAHO FALLS WELCOMES BIG DUCK Russell Johnson 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2014
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Every three years, one Rotarian from every district worldwide meets at the Rotary Council on Legislation to review and vote on legislation.  The next Council meeting is scheduled for April 2016.
 
PDG Richard Sagness served as our representative in 2010 and PDG Rusty Broughton served  in 2013.  I am serving in 2016.  The most recent Council dealt with 200 enactments and resolutions.  Of this number, 52 items were withdrawn, 81 items failed, 8 items were referred to the Board and 59 items passed.
 
Here are five changes made by the Council of general interest. 
•      Failed attendance “shall” changed to “may” be subject to termination
•      The minimum age removed from Rule of 85’s (formerly age 65)
•      Excused Absence is not counted against attendance
•      “Homemakers” are now allowed to be members.
•      Dues will increase $1 per year – 2014-2015
 
All the changes are embodied in Rotary International’s Manual of Procedure which is available on-line. 
 
Here are two items currently being discussed. 
•      Malaria Eradication to replace Polio Eradication as major organizational goal, once latter achieved
•      District Governor candidate must have attended at least 2 district conferences.
 
Legislation must be received at RI headquarters by 31 December 2014. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Club legislation must be endorsed by the clubs in the district of origination. 
 
Do you or your club have proposals for the Council on Legislation?  Are there changes you would like to see proposed? 
If yes, please contact me at 208-695-9262 or glennsson@q.com no later than October 3. 
 
PDG Terry Gilbert (2010-11) with special thanks to PDG Marianne Barker for sharing COL information from a power point presentation from  D5030
 
Terry Gilbert
Rotary Past District Governor 2010-11
 
GILBERT TO REPRESENT D5400 AT LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 2014-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
TWIN FALLS RYLA ANOTHER SUCCESS! 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Jul 26, 2014
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Fiscal year-end contributions have been posted and we have our final results for donations to The Rotary Foundation last year.  District 5400 clubs hit it out of the park!
 
ANNUAL FUND:      Total amount = $221,733 ($28,971 more than 2008-09, our previous high)
  •          Per capita = $122.30 ($26/capita more than 2008-09, our previous high)
  •          Clubs who gave = 100%
  •          Clubs who met their goals = 35 of 43 (beating 29 of 42 in 2010-11, our previous high) 
  •          Clubs at > $100/capita = 23 of 43 (beating 18 of 42 in 2010-11, our previous high)
 
POLIOPLUS:      Total amount = $66,827 ($17,012 more than 2010-11, our previous high)
  •         Per capita = $36.86 ($11/capita more than in 2010-11, our previous high)
  •         Clubs who gave = 93% (40 of 43)
  •         Clubs who met their goals = 28 of 43
  •         Clubs at > $20/capita = 29 of 43
 
Go to www.rotary5400.org/District Docs and Downloads/Rotary Foundation to see how your club did compared to others in the district, both in percentage of goal achievement and per capita giving.  D5400 Rotarians rock!
FOUNDATION REPORTS ARE POSTED - HOW'D YA DO?? Marianne Barker 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Phillips on Jul 26, 2014
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Darl Bennett of the Pocatello Club has accepted the invitation from the District Leadership Council to serve as District Governor Executive Assistant for the coming Rotary Year.  In this part-time position, Darl will serve as the administrative professional for the District Governor and the District Leadership Council.  His duties include publishing the district directory, keeping current our data on both the Rotary International and district web sites, and to serve as the fiscal administrator for the district.  If you have questions about district policies, procedures, expense reimbursement, or any of the administrative functions of our district and clubs, contact Darl at darl.bennett@rotary5400org
 
Darl succeeds Richard Cook of the Twin Falls club who served for many years as the district’s first Executive Assistant.
DARL BENNETT TAKES OVER AS D5400 EXEC Rick Phillips 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Phillips on Jul 26, 2014
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The theme for the 2014-2015 Rotary year is “LIGHT UP ROTARY”.  A perfect theme and concept as we Rotarians in Idaho’s District 5400 look for ways to strengthen our clubs, contribute our part to eradicate polio, and serve humanity around the world.
    
How do we LIGHT UP ROTARY in the world?  I suggest we start right here in our clubs and take time to learn the “international” part of Rotary International.  Let’s take time in our club meetings this year to learn about the global impact of the Rotary Foundation, and how our clubs are part of that great movement.  Let’s talk about polio eradication, knowing that experts are predicting that this horrific disease will be eradicated from earth by 2018.  Make sure every Rotarian meets and talks to one of our Rotary Youth Exchange international guests.
 
How do we LIGHT UP ROTARY in our communities?  I have come to believe that every Rotary community in our district is stronger than those without Rotary influence.  Look at the parks, the monuments, the community assets built by earlier generations of Rotarians.  Now it’s our turn; we LIGHT UP ROTARY in our communities by sinking our Rotarian claws into meaningful, relevant projects in our communities so that all citizens from all walks of life want to become part of what we are.  I suggest the Rotary International global polio eradication project started in 1985 can serve as a model for any community based project…..audacious, huge, relevant, and one that other powerful individuals and organizations want to join.   Each club must ask whether their community projects are more like eradicating polio, or more like having a bake sale.
 
Finally, we must LIGHT UP ROTARY in the hearts of our Rotarians.   Sometimes we get so busy with the what of Rotary, we forget the why.  Let us never forget Rotary’s unique selling proposition; Service Above Self.  I use poetic license to slightly re-arrange the words of the beautiful prayer of St. Francis:
 
    Lord, make us, as Rotarians, instruments of your peace.
    Where there is hatred; let us, as Rotarians, sow love.
    Where there is injury; let us, as Rotarians, bring pardon.
    Where there is discord; let us, as Rotarians, teach harmony.
    Where there is error; let us, as Rotarians, defend truth.
    Where there is doubt; let us, as Rotarians, demonstrate faith
    Where there is despair; let us, as Rotarians, deliver hope.
    Where there is sadness: let us, as Rotarians, bring joy.
    Where there is darkness; let us as Rotarians, be a light
 
Let us LIGHT UP ROTARY in world, in our communities, and in our hearts.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE Rick Phillips 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
TWIN FALLS ROTARY AND "PAINT MAGIC" 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Simko on Jul 26, 2014
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As you know, our Rotary District and many clubs and individuals have embraced Semilla Nueva as not only a project, having now received two Rotary Global Grants, but also a passion.  The current Board of Directors is comprised primarily of Rotarians and I am honored to be serving as the Board Chair. 
 
Between District Conference presentations the past three years by Curt Bowen, the ED, and personal visits and presentations to clubs across the District by many, but primarily Curt and Rotarian Mike Sieler, awareness of Semilla Nueva has grown.  While many see the need and feel compelled to become involved, speaking from personal experience, it is really the opportunity to spend time in the communities, share food and smiles with the farmers and families that benefit and develop a human connection where the impact we can have is really made. 
 
Please consider joining your fellow Rotarians for another trip to Guatemala in November. Click here to see the itinerary and all the details.
 
P.S. Do you recall the piggy banks that Kathleen left with each club when she was DG? Her original goal was to collect funds for a microcredit project in Tanzania. Well, that didn't pan out, so, with the approval of the clubs who participated, those funds have been donated to Semilla Nueva, which enabled it to complete the requirements of the second Global Grant. - Ed.
ROTARY SEMILLA NUEVA TRIP IN NOVEMBER Kathleen Simko 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cari Kaster on Jul 26, 2014
For the 2014/2015 year District 5400 has $27,365 of funds to distribute for the block grant to our clubs.  This year’s deadline to apply is August 31st, 2014.  There are step by step instructions on the district web site, under the grants tab, on how to apply.  Also please visit the matchinggrants.org web site, under district grants, to see what projects are being completed all over the world and in our district.
 
Here are a few bullets on the District Block Grant:   
 
  • District Projects may be local or international
  • Maximum grant request $5,000
  • One Project per club
  • Clubs must have skin in the game (Clubs must have some money into the project)
  • The Greater the Rotarian involvement, the larger the community impact, the better the chances of approval
  • No club scholarships.
  • District Grant projects shall align with the mission of The Rotary Foundation
  • District Grant activities shall comply with the Terms and conditions for the Rotary Foundation
  • Grants may not be used to reimburse clubs for activities and expenses already completed or in progress. 
 
Please start thinking about powerful projects for your club and community and submit the grant application on line, no later than August 31st, 2014.
 
 
DISTRICT BLOCK GRANT APPS DUE AUGUST 31 Cari Kaster 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2014
Plans are underway for this year's edition of the Rotary Leadership Institute. The three session event will begin in September. For now, organizers are looking for graduates who be interested in serving as "facilitators". If you'd like to join the team, contact Rick Phillips. Start thinking about who from your club might be a good candidate for this year's class. Stay tuned.
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE IN PLANNING MODE 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
VISION
 
By July 1, 2015, District 5400 will be a vibrant Rotary Organization comprised of 43 community-based clubs with 1,945 members who reflect the diversity, geography, heritage, and promise of Idaho and Western Oregon Communities.  Each club has a unique vision of its future and its relevance in community and global humanitarian service, providing each Rotarian a personal sense of mission for belonging and contribution.
 
Our New Generations initiative integrates Rotary’s youth programs; RYLA, INTERACT, ROTARACT, and YOUTH EXCHANGE, to change the lives of our youth through leadership development, community and global humanitarian service, and adventure.    New Generations introduces the world of Rotary to students at various stages of their development, and provides opportunities for students to connect with established clubs to bring new energy, fresh ideas, and relevance to clubs and their communities.
 
Rotary International is the preferred non-partisan, non-religious humanitarian service movement in Idaho and Western Oregon for individuals who believe in Service Above Self.
 
 
OBJECTIVES
 
  1. Membership growth of 5%  through each club developing or refreshing their unique vision, finding and defining their relevance in community, refining their unique selling proposition for members, and building a membership plan to bring key target community leaders and professionals into their clubs.
  2. Establish a New Generations strategic plan to align RYLA, Rotaract, Interact, and Youth Exchange into an integrated youth leadership program which not only serves our youth, but also provides a seed-bed of future Rotarians.
  3. Improve understanding of and passion for The Rotary Foundation such that 90% of Rotarians in the District contribute to global humanitarian service through TRF.
 
 
 
 
GOVERNOR SETS VISION AND GOALS 2014-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rick Phillips joined the Pocatello, Idaho Rotary Club in 1990 when he began his career with the J.R. Simplot Company. Rick was persuaded to attend a regional Rotary conference hosted by then Rotary International President Richard King. He returned home convinced that Rotary International was “the most important non-religious, non-government, non-partisan” organization on the planet. Since then, he has served on his club’s Board of Directors for two separate terms, and was elected club president for 2006-2007. He has also served as a charter facilitator for the Rotary Leadership Institute in Zone 5400. He will serve as District Governor for District 5400 in 2014-2015.
 
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Dayton, Idaho, Rick attended Utah State University where he received degrees in Agriculture Economics and Journalism. His career includes working as an Ag Banker in Eastern Idaho, serving as Assistant to the Director with the Idaho Department of Agriculture, and since 1990, working for the J.R. Simplot Company as manager of public relations, both in the corporate office and in Pocatello.
 
Active in civic and community affairs, Rick has served on a number of local, state, and national organizational boards. He is past Chairman of the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross, serves on the boards of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Advisory board, the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, the Lewis/Clark Blood Services region of the American Red Cross, and currently chairs the Idaho Council on Economic Education.
 
Rick and his wife, Kerry, have six adult children and an increasing quiver of grandchildren.
MEET RICK PHILLIPS, 2014-2015 DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2014
 
The 2014 District 5400 Conference was held May 16-17 at the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho. Some 230 Rotarians from the District's 43 clubs enjoyed two days of great presentations, great food and fabulous fellowship. Friday afternoon's Rotary Cafe sessions on an number of topics were well attended. The Friday evening banquet featured the winner of the Paul Harris Look-alike contest (Gene Day) and an inspirational talk by award winning Journalist Penny LeGate. The Paul Harris contest raised $5500 for PolioPlus! Saturday featured the annual presentation of about 30 of our inbound, outbound and rebound exchange students, as well as presentations by RYLA and Interact youth. Our future ius on good hands!  Saturday's luncheon speaker was Gary Hollick, a Canadian newspaper publisher who told of his rise from teenage trouble-maker to Rotary District Governor. The Saturday evening banquet of prime rib featured club awards and raffle ticket and silent auction winners. Outgoing District Governor Marianne Barker gave her "farewell address" as she passed the gavel to incoming DG Rick Phillips, who presented his "inaugural address".  It was a great weekend! Many thanks to the Sun Valley Resort staff who treated us royally.
 
Raffle Ticket Winners:
Greg Bloomfield (Hailey Rotary Club) - cruise - sold himself the winning ticket
Joyce Hanney - TV - seller is Mary Reiman from Boise Metro
Jackie Fields - IPad Air - seller is Melinda Anderson from Twin Falls Rotary Club
Chet Kasper - Ipad Mini - seller is Chet Kasper from Idaho Falls Rotary club
Megan Williams - Kindle Fire HDX - seller is Brian Williams from Jerome Rotary Club
Brenda Stegelmeier - Ipod Classic - seller is Cliff Parker from St. Anthony (her dad) Rotary Club
Cody Stegelmeier - Ipod Nano - seller is Cliff Parker from St. Anthony Rotary Club
 
DISTRICT CONFERENCE WAS GREAT FUN! 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
ClubRunner has advised that they will be down for service updates on Thursday, May 15th, from 7:30AM to 10:00AM (MT). On-line registration will not be available during that time.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM CLUBRUNNER 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2014
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Rotary Districts all over the world are preparing for their annual District Conferences. Its a time for Rotarians to gather and share their successes for the year, congratulate the outgoing District Governor on a job well done and hear the goals and ambitions of the incoming District Governor.  District 5400 will hold its annual event at the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho, on May 16th and 17th. Featured speakers will include Kurt Bowen, Executive Director of Semilla Nueva, journalist Penny LeGate, super-Rotarian Rosemary Aragon and publisher Gary Hollick. The entertainment will include a Paul Harris look-alike contest, silent auction and several service projects in the community. Club awards will  be presented and presentations will be made by Rotarians representing Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, Interact and our Ambassadorial Scholar. One of the highlights of Annual Conference is the introduction of all inbound and outbound Exchange Students.  Click here to see the agenda.
ROTARIANS PREPARE FOR DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2014

The 2015 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available online. The application deadline is 1 July. Click here for complete information.

 

ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2014
 

Past District Governor Richard C. Fields passed away this morning at the age of 83.

Dick received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard University and his law degree, Order of St. Ives, from the University of Denver College of Law.

Dick was the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Idaho State Bar's Outstanding Service Award (1990), Professionalism Award (1992), and Distinguished Lawyer Award (2000), as well as an Exemplary Service Award from the Federal Bar Association (2008).

He has also received the Citation for Meritorious Service from the Rotary Foundation at Rotary International and the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army.

Dick served as District governor from 1999-2000.

ROTARIAN DICK FIELDS HAS PASSED AWAY 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
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District 5400's Conference will feature a fun contest where members, guests or spouses can try to look like one of three photos of Paul Harris.
 
 
Any creative Rotarian can compete, and he (or she!) who receives the most votes at district conference will be the winner of a Paul Harris Fellow.  $1 for PolioPlus = 1 vote.   Arrive at the Friday evening conference social hour dressed and coifed like your favorite of the three visions of Paul Harris, and spend the evening convincing conference participants that you are the best look-alike!  That will be the fun part.  The success part is that you will be raising money for PolioPlus.  The best part is that you can accept votes from clubs and Rotarians who aren’t even at the conference!  You may start collecting pledges and contributions beginning Saturday, April 19 (Paul Harris' birthday), until noon on Saturday, May 17.  You’re only asked to dress as your favorite Paul Harris on Friday evening.  To continue the pledge gathering into Saturday at conference, we will post your costumed photograph next to the version of the Paul you aspire to be, allowing Rotarians to continue to “vote” until noon. 

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LOOK LIKE HIM! 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2014
 
District 5400 2013-14 Conference
 
May 16-17, 2014 – Sun Valley, ID
Hosted by the Blue Lakes Rotary Club & District Governor Marianne Barker
 
Conference begins with lunch at noon on Friday at the Sun Valley Inn
 
ROOM RESERVATIONS - SUN VALLEY RESORT
Please contact Sun Valley Resort for reservations (800)786-8259.
Tell them you’re with Rotary!
 
To find the Conference Agenda and a map of the Sun Valley Resort, go to "District Docs and Downloads/District Conference"
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN! 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2014
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Our incoming Rotary International President is Gary C.K. Huang from Taiwan. Mr. Huang has been a Rotarian since 1976 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan. In his business career, he has been involved in banking, insurance and industrial development.
 
Mr. Huang has announced that his theme for the Rotary year, beginning July1, is "Light up Rotary"...because we have not done enough to show Rotary to the public. His goal is to increase membership world-wide by 50,000. He's confident we can make that happen if we can expand into China. We can also make that happen by tapping into the large body of Rotary Alumni - people who have been involved in Youth Exchange, RYLA, Ambassadorial Scholars, Groups Study Exchange, Rotaractors and Interactors. and here's an idea - get our spouses to join - they certainly know the good that Rotary does! "Some people still think that Rotary is a man's club. I ask them, 'Are you sure your wife is not qualified?'"! Korea, Taiwan and India have made great strides in admitting women; now we have to succeed in too-conservative Japan.  (Read the full story in this month's Rotarian magazine).
R.I. PRES-ELECT HUANG ANNOUNCES HIS THEME "Light Up Rotary" 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2014
As of Saturday 1 March 2014, the first 105 Rotary clubs had reached 100 years! 
 
That was what started RGHF founder Jack M. B. Selway on a nearly fourteen year quest: "Who were the first 100 clubs?" The beginning of RGHF was www.rotaryfirst100.org. Tomorrow, that job will be done? But no, what about the other 34,000 clubs. Don't they count? 
1st 16 Rotary Clubs
The First Sixteen Rotary Clubs
The first 100 Rotary Clubs are listed at www.historyfirst100.org but the "Rest of the Stories" must now be posted at www.historylibrary.org Anyone can open a free account and do that. 
 
When will your club's centennial be? Please post your history now and be ready. Here's what we do know: 100 years from tomorrow, every one of today's surviving clubs will have reached the 100 year mark. 
 
It's remarkable that the first 100+5 are all still in business. You can't say that for hardly any 100 year old organizations. 
RGHFAnd, after nearly 14 years, what about RGHF? 

www.rghf.orgwww.historyfellowship.org, and

www.whatpaulharriswrote.org. We have grown to over 4,000 pages, 50,000 articles, social media and much more. 

We have only just begun, and as Rotarians learn about Rotary's Global History, we'll see a renewed interest in the people with "pins that look like wheels."

 

ROTARY 105 YEARS AND COUNTING 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2014
About 75 club Presidents-elect and Vice Presidents, along with District leaders and trainers, gathered in Twin Falls March 7-8 for the annual PETS conference. The mission of the conference is to prepare these Rotarians for their year in club leadership. Featured speaker at the Friday night dinner was 1968 Olympian Dick "the Flop" Fosbury, a member of the Ketchum/Sun Valley Rotary Club. Attendees, under the enthusiastic leadership of District Trainer Terry Gilbert, DG Marianne Barker and and DGE Rick Phillips, were enlightened about a bunch of subjects:
  • Membership and Retention must be a high priority
  • The "Happy Clap"
  • Clubs Big, Medium and Small are VERY different
  • Revisit visioning
  • "Expect the unexpected"
  • If everyone sold all their raffle tickets, we'd make $190,000
  • 22 of us work for Idaho Power!
  • What does Paul Harris look like, anyway?
  • 39 Youth involved in Youth exchange this year!
  • Gate City Poky sings a song to their meeting guests!
PETS WAS A "FLOP".....NOT! 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Mar 15, 2014
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JOIN BLUE LAKES-TWIN FALLS ROTARY CLUB AND DISTRICT GOVERNOR MARIANNE BARKER IN BEAUTIFUL SUN VALLEY, MAY 16-17, 2014.
 
IDEAS - We want your help and your input!  As R/C Blue Lakes-Twin Falls pulls together the final details of this year’s fun and exciting district conference, we have a few slots to fill.  What would you like to see offered at Friday afternoon roundtables?  What would you like to lead/organize for Saturday afternoon activities? So far on Saturday we have a beer tasting and a wine tasting lined up in the afternoon.  Will one of you lead a hike or a bike ride? There will be a 5K fun run early Saturday morning.  Contact Michelle@westerra.cc , (208) 410-1836, to share with us your thoughts.
 
SPONSORSHIPS - Would you like to sponsor our Friday night banquet with Emmy Award-winner Penny LeGate?  Our theme is “White-Out Polio”.  Wear something white to dinner that night.  Would you like to sponsor our Saturday luncheon with speaker PDG Gary Hollick?  Rotary changed his future!  Would you like to promote your event or business by sponsoring a table during meals?  Contact Michelle@westerra.cc , (208) 410-1836 for sponsorship details.
 
WILL THE REAL PAUL HARRIS PLEASE STAND! - Would you like to enter our Paul Harris look-alike contest?  A Paul Harris Fellow will be awarded to the winner!  Details to come…. 
 
RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION – It’s a tradition at district conference for clubs to provide one silent auction item and two raffle items to help defray conference expenses.  Will you assist again this year?  Blue Lakes-Twin Falls is donating a beer festival package that includes two admission fees to the Magic Valley Beer Festival on Aug. 2 and an overnight stay at Red Lion with breakfast.  Burley has donated an entry fee and shirt for the Spudman Triathlon on July 26. Promote your club event, pack a basket that shows off your community, share your vacation home, donate something you’ve created.  We hope to have silent auction items that are around $100 in value; raffle items up to $25. 
 
SHOP ROTARY –  Does your club have a product you sell for fundraising?  Would you like to have a table at the district conference to sell that item? Contact Michelle@westerra.cc , (208) 410-1836. 
 
 
REGISTRATION FOR DISTRICT CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXPIRES ON APRIL 20TH. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE.
LOOKING FORWARD TO DISTRICT CONFERENCE Marianne Barker 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Flowers on Mar 15, 2014
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Following the Typhoon in the Philippines, Rotarian Vanetta Wilson challenged the members of the Idaho Fall Rotary Club to "give the gift of shelter" and contributed to a fund raiser to ShelterBox for the area that suffered extreme damage.  Within a couple weeks of her pitch to fellow club members, Vanetta suffered heart failure and was lost at the young age of 50.  Her family named Rotary as a memorial with a request to Rotarians to see Vanetta's last fund raising effort through to completion. 
 
The Idaho Falls Rotary Club recently sent $7000 to ShelterBox USA to help families still struggling following the Typhoon.  Idaho Falls Rotary Club President Jackie Flowers says "Vanetta's charitable spirit was an inspiration to fellow Rotarians during her life.  That commitment to Service Above Self continues on in spirit as we complete the project she so passionately put before us.  Vanetta was committed to helping those who had suffered life changing circumstances.  She was an amazing woman and is sorely missed by her fellow Rotarians".  The club hopes to be able to learn more about the families served by this last charitable act.
IDAHO FALLS, HONORS VANETTA, SUPPORTS SHELTERBOX Jackie Flowers 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Deroin on Mar 15, 2014
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The Nampa Rotary Club continues to do very cool things! We recently did a Polio Plus campaign “Spare the Change” (referencing the Gandhi quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world), we did “Spare the change you want to see in the world”.  Our goal was to raise $800 during this campaign and we raised $1,118 over a four week change drive period.   We broke our club into teams and they were challenged to bring in coin.  The team winners with the most weight, and dollars would each receive 100 Paul Harris Points from the club.  This campaign, plus an earlier dessert auction has surpassed our annual club goal for a total of $1,458.00!
 
It was a fun project for everyone! Matt Johnson's Team #4 had the most weight - 880 ounces, and Denny Ellis's Team #10 had the most dollars - $431!!
 
To see the details of this project, and how your club might do it, look on the District homepage under "Best Practices". If we all did it during this next Rotary year, just imagine the results for Polio Plus!
NAMPA'S SPARE THE CHANGE FOR POLIO Jennifer Deroin 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Flowers on Mar 15, 2014
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The Idaho Falls Rotary Club launched a new fund raising effort for local literacy programs. With the help of area artists who turned lampshades into works of art that were auctioned off, $3,225 were raised in the first Lighting the Way to Literacy lampshade auction. 
 
The City of Idaho Falls provided a $1500 grant to cover event costs including lampshade and material purchases, marketing and advertising.  And the local Rotary Club contributed $500 to food and beverages for the auction event.  Lampshade art was auctioned off in both a silent auction and live auction venues.  Funds raised exceed expectations of the host club for the first year.  Plans are already under way to grow the event and continue with it on an annual basis with hopes of building sustainable funding into the program that provides annually a book for every family with an elementary school student enrolled in K-6.  The program encourages reading a chapter a night from the book at home with the family, participating in daily quizzes and discussions at school, and the potential to earn prizes to make reading fun and promote literacy.
 
In addition to the club's fund raising effort, a District Block Grant of $4,320 was used to purchase books for the Education Foundation literacy program.  Program partners include the District 91 Education Foundation, City of Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls Arts Council, Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and area artists.
IDAHO FALLS LAMPSHADE AUCTION SUPPORTS LITERACY Jackie Flowers 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Mar 15, 2014
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March is Literacy Month.  I know that many clubs in District 5400 participate in the Dictionary Project, but just how many clubs and how many third graders are uncertain.  At the mid-winter conferences in January, I distributed a sheet to gather names of dictionary contact persons in each club so that we can begin to gather and assess that level of participation.  Rotarian Minnie Benton (Eagle-Garden City) is chairperson of the district’s Literacy Committee.  Minnie’s email is mminnieb@cableone.net.  Let Minnie know who in your club she should talk to about dictionaries, if you did not provide a name to me in January.
 
March is also Madness Month – and I’m not talking college basketball!  It’s Rotary awards season.  I’ve only received two applications for the Presidential Citation so far.  Deadline is March 31.  Clubs are also accumulating data for use in application for the district’s Distinguished Rotary Club awards for integrity, membership, club service, public image, leadership development, and Rotary Foundation.  The premier award is the Humanity in Motion Award.  A club who qualifies for the Rotary Foundation award, who has positive membership growth since July 1, and who applies in all other categories, will be a contender for this award, which comes with $1000 to the winning club. Deadline for district awards is April 15.  Applications for both are available at www.rotary5400.org under District Docs & Downloads/Awards.
 
Qualifying for the Rotary Foundation award and increased membership might be considered the high hurdles on the track to Humanity in Motion.  Clubs do not apply for the Foundation award: it is determined from Rotary Foundation reports and records.  Clubs cannot apply for the membership award unless they have shown positive growth in membership.  In both cases this can come down to getting money sent in to The Rotary Foundation that is currently sitting in the club account and getting new members entered into the Rotary International data base.  The four hurdles are Rotary Foundation Annual Fund giving, Rotary Foundation PolioPlus giving, Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund commitments and membership growth.  As of March 13, only 1 club in the district has cleared all four hurdles:  Rigby.  Clubs who have cleared three hurdles so far are:  Ashton, Blue Lakes-Twin Falls, Boise Centennial, Eagle-Garden City, Gooding, and Hailey.  Nine more clubs are halfway there!  The commitment form for Endowment Fund commitments is titled “Your Rotary Legacy” and it is located on the district website under District Docs and Downloads/Rotary Foundation.
 
As a district, we are well on our way to Rotary Foundation success in 2013-14.  Total contributions to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation exceed $121,000 ($69 per capita), at 72% of goal.  Forty-one of 43 clubs have contributed and 8 of those have achieved 100% of goal.  We are at 102% of our PolioPlus goal, at $41,648 ($23 per capita). Thirty clubs has supported the eradication effort with 10 of those having met goal.
 
Membership continues to be a hard-fought battle for us.  While we are up 30 net new members since July 1, to 1843, we have lost 35 Rotarians.  Some things can’t be avoided -- death, relocation, job change -- but I personally feel the weariness of two steps forward, one step back.  Let’s all have a conversation in our clubs – with all our members – about retention.  And let’s be sure to forward the names of relocating Rotarians to Rotary International so it can notify the new district or community of a former Rotarian’s arrival there.
   
Be safe and be caring, Rotarians, and don’t forget to “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” every day.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE Marianne Barker 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McGuire on Mar 15, 2014
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Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Do you know someone who may contribute to peace-keeping efforts in your community? Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.
 
WHAT ARE ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS?
Each year, Rotary selects individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship/field study expenses. 
 
Two types of peace fellowships are available.
 
MASTER'S DEGREE
We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention. Programs last 15¬–24 months and require a practical internship of 2–3 months during the academic break. Each year we award up to 50 master’s fellowships from these institutions:
•    Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
•    International Christian University, Japan
•    University of Bradford, UK
•    University of Queensland, Australia
•    Uppsala University, Sweden
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE
For those with more extensive experience in peace-related fields, we offer a 3-month program in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program incorporates 2–3 weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.
 
HOW TO PROMOTE PEACE FELLOWSHIPS
Rotarians are vital to recruiting qualified candidates. You can help advance peace around the world by supporting the peace fellows.
Some of the best applicants for Rotary Peace Fellowships are in your community. Here are some ways you can promote fellowships in your area:
•    Make sure your club members are familiar with the Rotary Peace Centers program. The more people keeping an eye out for good candidates, the more likely you are to find one.       Give a presentation about the program to your club or better yet, invite a peace fellow to speak to your club. Find one by contacting us at alumni@rotary.org.
•    Send a press release about Rotary Peace Fellowships to your local media.
•    Meet with community partners. Think about organizations your club already works with, or reach out to like-minded groups or universities with related programs.
•    Use social media. Announce fellowship opportunities to your friends and professional network on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You can also follow Rotary Peace Centers on         Facebook and repost interesting photos and stories.
 
HOW TO APPLY?
Applicants may apply for a peace fellowship by, downloading the application, completing the applicant portion, and submitting it to John McGuire, District 5400 Scholarship Chair, by Friday, May 16th. Candidates will be contacted shortly after that and notified of next steps. The deadline for District 5400 submitting applications to Rotary International is July 1st.
Find ideas for recruiting candidates and promoting the program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
•    Contact Rotary Peace Centers staff
•    Visit the Facebook page
•    Contact John McGuire at: johnjmcg@q.com
 
There is an informative PowerPoint presentation on the District website. Click here to download it.
ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE John McGuire 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Markley, Boise Southwest on Mar 15, 2014
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Our work in Guatemala
Several clubs in District 5400 are working together for Global Grant that will continue a sustainable-farming project in Guatemala through our partner non-profit Semilla Nueva(“New Seed” in Spanish).  In 2013, Semilla Nueva began creating Sustainable Agricultural groups and Food Security groups in 5 communities in Guatemala thanks to Rotary.  The overall goal of this project is to create a locally-led, self-sustaining source of agricultural and food security expertise that can function far into the future.
 
Why Guatemala?
By the numbers, here are some compelling reasons for investing in Guatemala.
    Development: Guatemala has a population of 14.7 million and ranks 131 out of 187 nations in the 2011 United Nations Human Development Index. HDI ranks nations in terms of education, life expectancy and income. 40% of the labor force is employed in the agricultural sector, yet agriculture only accounts for 1/5 of GDP.
    Malnutrition: According to the World Food Program, the chronic under nutrition rate for children under 5 is 49.8 percent, the highest in the region and the fourth highest in the world. Guatemala is one of the 36 countries which account for 90 percent of growth stunting in the world.
   Poverty: The World Bank paints the following picture: 53.7% of the population lives below the poverty line, 13% in extreme poverty, with the second highest measure of income inequality in the world.
    Education: 70% of Guatemalan children attend school, resulting in a mean 4.1 years of formal education per adult, according to the United Nations.
    Environmental Issues: One of the ten countries globally most vulnerable to climate change, according to the World Bank. Guatemala is being rapidly deforested as farmers and ranchers strive to increase their incomes.
 
SEMILLA NUEVA OPPORTUINITIES Mike Markley, Boise Southwest 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2014
The Times-News of Twin Falls featured the Twin Falls After Hours Rotary as the headline on its Entertainment Section last weekend. 
The event was the club's second annual Martini Tasting Contest and Masquerade Ball to be held march 8th att he Canyon Crest Event Center. The theme this year was Mardi Gras. Proceeds from the event are used to support  the Magic Valley Crisis Center, School Supplies fcor Success and the "blessing Bags" project. It was a great article all about the club's activities throughout the year. A great example of good "PR"! 
TWIN FALLS AFTER HOURS MARDI GRAS REVELRY 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2014
 
Amber Clontz, our newest D5400 Ambassadorial Scholar, has reported in from her new home in South Africa. You can read her fascinating blog here. She arrived in January to begin her Ph. D. program in Linguistics at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She reports that most of the members of her Rotary Club are professors at the University so she's fitting right in. Amber is from Twin Falls and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Boise.
 
You'll find a link to her blog, and to our two previous Scholars, Giaco Yanez and Tiara Lusk, on our homepage.
 
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Posted on Mar 15, 2014
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Incoming RI President Huang is urging all Rotarians to Light Up Rotary by participating in Rotary Days. The concept is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community for the non-Rotary public and use it as an opportunity to introduce them to Rotary. Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event. Some possibilities might include: picnic or barbecue, sporting event, family fun run, sponsor an event at a museum, community service project, to name just a few.
 
And follow these tips:
  • Keep it simple
  • Keep it inexpensive
  • Gear toward families
  • Highlight Rotary
  • Seek coverage by local media
  • Gather contact information for Rotary prospects
Once the new Rotary year starts July 1st, watch for some National Rotary Day events.
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Posted on Mar 15, 2014
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Aileen Hale of Boise Metro Rotary is working to establish partnerships with Rotary Clubs in Belize. She hopes to establish a project focusing on literature or water quality. Aileen has extensive experience in Belize through her job at BSU. She invites all Rotarians to join her in two fact-finding trips this summer to meet with local Rotarians and continue to assess needs in the country. Click here to see the brochure.
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Posted on Mar 15, 2014
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Rotarians and friends who have made contributions to the Foundation will have received their annual report. Its fascinating reading! Last years Every Rotarian Every Year campaign saw total contributions of $115 million - a new record. Total assets for the Foundation have surpassed the ONE BILLION DOLLAR mark for the first time!
 
Polio Plus received $23.6 million from Rotarians and friends and $69.6 million in matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
Here's your answer to an oft-asked question: In fiscal year 2012-2013, only 2% of Foundation expenditures went to administrative expenses and 9% to fundraising. The Foundation directed 89% of its spending to programs, far exceeding the benchmarks that independent charity-rating services view as a measure of high efficiency. The Foundation has top ratings from the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator and the Wise Giving Alliance.
 
 
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Posted by Rusty Broughton on Mar 15, 2014

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who personally contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus or an approved Foundation grant each year.  
 
The Paul Harris Society was originally created in 1999 by Past District Governor Wayne Cusick from District 5340.  PDG Cusick realized that giving US$1,000 annually to the Foundation was not possible for every Rotarian, but many could be encouraged to contribute at this level or above.  PDG Wayne introduced the Paul Harris Society program to encourage and recognize these individuals. This idea gained momentum and quickly spread to other districts throughout the world.  While this recognition was originally designed as a district administered program, the Trustees adopted the Paul Harris Society as an official recognition program of The Rotary Foundation effective 1 July 2013.
 
Our D5400 PHS Committee has set a goal for 2013-14 which is to increase the number of PHS members by 50.  That would put add and astounding $50,000 additional funds into our hands to provide services at home and throughout the world!   Membership is simple and easy, requiring a commitment to give $85 per month or $1000 per year gift to APF, preferably through Rotary Direct. Donations can also be made to PolioPlus, and Direct Grant funding.  Contributions count toward sustaining membership, Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor recognition. 
 
Please help us make this a reality.
 
Rusty Broughton, Past District Governor
East Idaho Falls Rotary
JOINT THE PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY Rusty Broughton 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2014
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The district cruise raffle fundraiser is up and running with tickets now distributed to all clubs.  Please do your part to help sell your club’s allotment! 
 
Winners are drawn at district conference on May 17th, but none of the proceeds supports the conference.  The money is used to fund the “district match” of $100 to The Rotary Foundation for those persons reaching the first $100 in giving toward a Paul Harris Fellow (total giving of $100, $1100, $2100, etc.).  We have matched more than 250 Rotarians so far this fiscal year, in three installments to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  Twenty-five percent of the raffle proceeds helps to fund D5400 Rotary Youth Exchange and 25% is rebated to clubs based on their ticket sales (provided someone from the club attends district conference).
 
In the packet you received is a list of the prizes.  Raffle chairs in the clubs should copy this list for the  members, so they can share with the buyers what good prizes we offer.  Remember, there are two winners of the grand prize -- $4500 cruise from AAA -- he whose ticket is drawn ­and the Rotarian who sold him the ticket.  Now you can’t beat that!  Other prizes are  a 55” flat screen HDTV, 32 gb iPad Air, 16gb iPad Mini, 16gb Kindle Fire, 16gb iPod classic and 16gb iPod Nano
There will be a prize from the governor for the club with the highest per capita sales, and she’ll tell you what that prize is next month!  In the meantime, go crazy selling raffle tickets.
RAFFLE TICKETS FOR SALE, NOW! 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Feb 15, 2014
The District Conference committee is finalizing plans for this year's event in Sun Valley, May 16-17. We have many promotional opportunities we'd like clubs and Rotarians to consider such as table sponsorships, speaker or meal sponsorships, silent auction and raffles, shop rotary and Saturday afternoon activities. You'll be hearing a lot more in the weeks to come. In the meantime, click here to see more details about the opportunities.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES Marianne Barker 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Feb 15, 2014
2013-14 CLUB AWARDS 
The application for the 2013-14 district awards is now available online.  The awards recognize distinguished Rotary performance and service in six categories: integrity, membership, club service, public image, leadership development and Rotary Foundation giving.  A premier award, known as the Humanity in Motion Award comes with a check for $1000 to the winning club.  Deadline for applications is April 15, 2014.  Rotary Foundation eligibility is determined from March 31st Rotary Foundation reports.  Don’t wait till the end of March to send in Annual Fund or PolioPlus money nor to mail in your commitments to the Endowment Fund.  You checks and pledges may not get recorded in time.  Strive for net increases in club membership between now and April 15th!  Good luck, Rotarians!  Apply in as many categories as you have succeeded.  
APPLY FOR DISTRICT AWARDS Marianne Barker 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2014
"PETS" stands for President-elect Training Seminar. Rotary International requires every District to train and prepare club presidents who will be taking office as of July 1st.  Our District will hold its PETS event at the Red Lion in Twin Falls on March 7th and 8th. Festivities begin at 1:00 PM on Friday.  All incoming club presidents are required to attend. Vice Presidents are encouraged to attend as well. Terry Gilbert, our District Trainer, will put together a comprehensive training program with the assistance of members of the District Leadersip Team and Committee Chairs.
 
Attendees please be sure to register o the District website and pay by credit card (or bring a check).
 
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Posted on Feb 15, 2014
Several Boise Rotary Clubs are sponsoring the Boise Young Professionals "B on Board" training program, a five week training program beginning February 5th. (Participating clubs are Boise Metro, Boise Downtown, Boise Sunrise, Boise Southwest and Eagle/Garden City)
 
B|On Board will teaches the secrets to getting on non-profit, corporate and public boards and commissions. Boards are where real work and community issues are solved. Its a perfect opportunity to make a difference in your community?
 
 
BOISE CLUBS SPONSOR BOISE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TRAINING 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Pill on Feb 15, 2014
The Boise Centennial Rotary Club will be hosting its 4th annual Winter Wine’d Up on Friday, March 14th. The popular wine tasting event runs from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden in Boise/Garden City.
 
The Winter Wine’d Up features samplings from four local wineries including Fujishin Cellars, Telaya Wine Co., Split Rail Winery, and Williamson Orchard and Vineyard. Delectable hors d’oeuvres will be provided for attendees, along with a no-host bar for those who prefer varietals beyond the grape. Through raffles, networking, and silent and live auctions, the evening will present opportunities to take home some excellent gifts and prizes while contributing to a great cause and getting to know your community on a unique level.
 
Proceeds from the Winter Wine’d Up will benefit CATCH Inc. (Charitable Assistance to the Communities Homeless).  CATCH Inc is a local program that assists area homeless families with children to become self-sustaining members of the community by helping them with housing, education and jobs. Proceeds will also benefit scholarships to BSU, ISU and the U of I.
 
Tickets are $25 each and available from Boise Centennial Rotary members or on their website at www.BoiseCentennialRotary.org/winedup . A special room rate has been offered by the Riverside Hotel for only $79 per double occupancy and includes brunch for two, which features the only proper way to follow a night of wine tasting: Succulent prime rib and bottomless mimosas.
 
If you cannot attend but wish to support this event, donations in the form of monetary contributions or silent auction items would be greatly appreciated; gift baskets, gift certificates, etc.. Contact dougooley@boisecentennialrotary.org for more information.
 
Please join us for this enjoyable evening of wine, music, friends and fun. We are incredibly grateful for the ability to serve our community amongst such an exceptional group of people.
 
 
BOISE CENTENNIAL HOSTS WINTER WINE'D UP MAR 14TH Doug Pill 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
YOUTH EXCHANGE ENJOY MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2014
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Quiz: When were women first admitted to Rotary?? Speaking of women in Rotary, check out this cool website created by the Rotary Club of Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia. Maybe some of you gals can make it there for breakfast! "Rotary From Down Under".
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Posted on Feb 15, 2014
Earlier this year, Eagle/Garden City Rotary and Boise Centennial Rotary teamed up with Idaho Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (IPCV) to donate books to the Boyd and Girls Club of Ada County. Combining thier own fundraisers with a District Grant from the Rotary Foundation the clubs donated 150 books to the club.
Photo: Ashley Yenso (B&G club, Mike Sieler, Marianne Barker, Joye Jones.
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Posted on Feb 15, 2014
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The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers is a volunteer group of Rotarians of with a wide spectrum of professional expertise. Cadre members provide technical expertise and help ensure proper stewardship through the review, monitoring, and evaluation of The Rotary Foundation grant projects around the world.
 
Click here to view the current newletter of the Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors "Tech Talk".  The Cadre's mission addresses the Foundation's need to ensure that global grants achieve sustainable results in the areas of focus.  "The Foundation will increase grant evaluation in coming years, and the cadre will play a critical role in that effort. Future issues of Tech Talk will provide information about training sessions related to project planning, sustainability, and monitoring and evaluation."
 
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Posted on Feb 15, 2014
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The Idaho Falls Interact Club had a visit from District 5400 Ambassadorial Scholar Stephanie Meyer on February 3.  She gave a presentation on her time in Thailand and Pakistan and presented information on her school project in Pakistan for Interactors to consider participating in. Here's a photo of her with some of the girls after the presentation.
 
The Rotary Club of Idaho Falls is co-sponsor of an auction of beautiful handcrafted lamps. For more details about these gorgeous lamps, click here.
IDAHO FALLS WELCOMES SCHOLAR AND PROMOTES LITERACY FUNDRAISER 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2014
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Its always instructive to learn more about the way Rotary International operates. You can imagine the challenge of 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries! Every three years Rotary International’s Council on Legislation meets to debate and vote on legislation submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI.  The Council has the authority to amend RI’s constitutional documents, as well as adopt resolutions.  Every district sends one representative to the Council, and every club and district may propose legislation. The next council will meet in Chicago in April 2016. We bring this up now because proposals for legistative changes or ammendments are due no later than Dec 31, 2014. 
 
 
COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION IN 2016 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2014
The Rotary in Russia Conference, sponsored by the U.S.-Russia Intercountry Committee will be held in Houston, Texas at the Hilton Houston North on March 1, 2014
The focus of the conference will be the following: (1) an update of the progress of the Rotary movement in Russia; (2) opportunities available to Rotary Districts in the United States and Canada to forge a working relationship between one or more clubs in their district with one or more of the 80 Rotary clubs in Russia; (3) to strengthen and expand the membership of the U.S.-Russia Intercountry Committee, designed to assist Rotary clubs in Russia through Youth, Friendship, and Professional Exchanges between our countries; (4) to learn about current relationships and current projects between Rotary clubs in both countries; (5) to elect officers for the U.S. Section of the U.S. Russia ICC for Rotary Year 2014-15.
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Katie Miller, Semilla Nueva's Director of Development, has sent us informationn about several trips to Guatemala this summer.
 
"Basically, the idea behind the work trips is to get you down to Guatemala and into the fields of the family farmers who you supported through your donation with the Global Grant. It's an opportunity not available to many travelers and allows a wonderful intimacy with the families. Along with spending time with the family farmers in their fields and homes, we'll also have time to check out some cool areas of Guatemala like the beach, Antigua (Guate's best colonial city) and Lake Atitlan (just picture a big blue lake with volcanos surrounding it). It's a great experience and I hope some of your club members will take advantage of it!"
 
 
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Posted on Feb 03, 2014
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Rotary International's Annual Convention is coming up soon - June 1-4 in Sydney, Australia!! You can join the District 5400 contigent. Click here to view the current Convention newsletter "Corroboree" which has lots of details. Or, you can visit the convention website here.
 
 
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Posted on Jan 26, 2014
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"WASRAG" stands for Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group. "PEP" stands for Project Enhancement Process. 
 

Find this expanation on their website here:

"The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action group was formed in 2007 as a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, focused on water & sanitation work.

Rotarians are uniquely qualified to deliver sustainable solutions. They understand the culture and values of the local communities to which they belong. They are attuned to political considerations and can pinpoint problems before they become hurdles.

The world is discovering that effective programs take 3 to 5 years to be sustainable – local community engagement and appropriate technologies are keys to success. Solutions need to consider complex realities: geography, geology, climate, local culture for example. Ensuring a project is based on best practices isn’t easy, requiring skills often not readily available to Rotary Clubs.

Wasrag was created to provide the know-how, consistency and credibility essential to success over the long term. This has come together in a program called “Start with Water”."

 

The Project Enhancement Process (PEP) is an initiative by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) to strategically utilize its volunteer and staff resources to sharpen Rotary’s focus, enhance the technical quality of projects, support sound project design, make effective grants, and measure our impact in the areas of focus. The pilot will concentrate on achieving these objectives in the water and sanitation area of focus.

Just before the International Convention in Sydney, Wasrag will hold its annual WORLD WATER SUMMIT on May 30, 2014. 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT "WASRAG" and "PEP" ARE? 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2014
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The District Leadership Committee has announced that it has selected Jim Hogge, of Boise Sunrise, to become our District Governor for the Rotary year 2016-2017. As of July 1, 2014, he will become our "Distict Governor Nominee (DGN)". He will follow Rick Phillips and Ken Howell.
 
Jim has been a member of Boise Sunrise since 1995. He has served Rotary as Club President and Assistant Governor, as well as serving on the district Training and Awards Committees. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Foundation Bequest Society member.
 
Jim has recently retired from Boise State University's Small Business Development Center. Continue on the next page to read more about Jim Hogge.
HOGGE SELECTED TO HEAD DISTRICT 2016-2017 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2014
Incomming D.G. Rick Philips reports from the annual International Assembly in San Diego about a special challenge made last year by current RI President Ron Burton. He challenged all 530 District Governors around the world to be the "First Class" in which all DGs made a contribution to the Foundation (Apparently it had never been done) . Well, they did it! It was announced that the DGs had contributed $750,000. Congratulations!
 
More amazingly, incomming RI Presdident Gary Huang challenged the next class of DGs (Rick's class) to be "Best Class". Right there at the Assembly, they ALL contributed for a grand total of $1,085,000. Way to go DGs!
DISTRICT GOVERNORS ARE GENEROUS! 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Jan 18, 2014
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January is Rotary Awareness month.  The rollout of our PR campaign comes at an appropriate time. Our TV ads are running as we speak! I urge you to wear your Rotary pin all the time and to share your Rotary story with your friends, your neighbors and your community. Our total membership is 1844, up from 1813 on July 1st.  Hats off to our leaders in membership growth:  Boise Centennial, up 23% (3 new members); Nampa, up 14% (8 new members); and Idaho Falls, up 10% (16 new members)!  The goal of the $15,000 PR grant we received from Rotary International is to increase our numbers 3.5% by June 2015.  That’s 64 net new members. 
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE Marianne Barker 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Shaw on Jan 18, 2014
Join the Rotary Youth Exchange students and committee as they gather in McCall January 23rd through 26th for the McCall Winter Carnival. 
There will be 16 inbound students, 17 newly accepted outbound students and some rebound students to help with training. The students will enjoy skiing at Brundage Resort on Friday followed by swimming at Zimms Hot Springs.  On Saturday the students will be featured in the Winter Carnival Parade followed by training for the outbound students.  This annual trip is a high point for the exchange students.  It is the first gathering of the youth exchange group since the acceptance of the outbound students who were interviewed in Buhl in November.  
 
(Just got this from Ruth Loza in Croatia!  "Oh my Lord Jim, it's amazing! I never believed it would be anything like this. Everyday is an adventure, whether it's big or small. I can't thank you guys enough for helping me get here.")
 
Join the fun! Come to McCall and support the McCall Rotary Club as they sell their famous chorizos and beads! This is their major fundraiser of the year. Typcially, they'll make about $30,000 which all goes back into community programs!
 
YOUTH EXCHANGE AND MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL Dave Shaw 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
R.I. PRESENTS "LIFECYCLE OF A SERVICE PROJECT" 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 01, 2014
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"You will never be the same after you have looked into the appreciative eyes of someone whose life you have changed." 
 
This journey will be a landmark event in your Rotary experience.  It also may be your last chance to give the two drops of a polio vaccine to a child that will change their life.    
This experience will combine participation in India’s National Polio Immunization activities, interaction with local Rotarians and their projects while visiting some of India’s most extraordinary sights. 
 
 
 
INDIA IMMUNIZATION DAYS TRIP FEB 14-25, 2014 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 22, 2013
The Weyerhaeuser Corporation has announced that Rotary District 5400 Charitable Programs Inc has been awarded a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund – U.S. in the amount of $1,000 in recognition of the contributions of Cornelia Sprung, a Weyerhaeuser employee who contributed to the organization on a volunteer basis this year. Cornelia is a member of Boise Metro and was instrumental in organizing last year's District Conference.
 
A company spokesperson said, "We created our team-based Making WAVES and individual iWAVE programs to foster volunteerism and support employees' good works in the community. These programs provide a framework in which employees — working with community nonprofit and civic organizations — pledge their time, energy and skills to volunteer projects.  This employee engagement enables our contributions to have a greater impact." CONGRATULATIONS!
WEYERHAEUSER DONATES $1,000 TO D5400 FOUNDATION 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Dec 21, 2013
Jan 4
Mid-winter Conference – Boise
9:00 – 3:00
Jan 7
Nampa Club Visit
12:00
Jan 7
Boise East Club Visit
5:15 p.m.                           
Jan 11
Mid-winter Conference – Boise
9:00 – 3:00
Jan 23
Boise Centennial Club Visit
7:00 a.m.
Jan 23-26
Youth Exchange at Winter Carnival
McCall
Jan 28
Elmore County Club Visit
12:00
Jan 31
District Leadership Council – TF
1:00 – 4:00
Feb 1
Mid-winter Conference – TF
9:00-3:00
March 6-7
AG training
Twin Falls
March 7- 8                                  
PETS – Presidents-Elect Training
Twin Falls
May 16-17
District Conference
Sun Valley
GOVERNOR'S REMAINING CLUB VISITS AND D5400 EVENTS Marianne Barker 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Dec 21, 2013
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December is Family Month.  As we spend the holidays with our families, let’s not forget the Family of Rotary.  Is there someone in your club who needs some extra TLC this month?  What about the family of a deceased Rotarian?  What about a Rotarian who has lost someone dear this year?  Let’s take a minute or two to reach out to those in our Rotary family who may need us.
 
I have visited all but four of the 43 clubs in District 5400, and I have enjoyed all of you!  I’m particularly pleased to note that as a district we have increased our membership by 34, up from 1813 Rotarians on July 1.  Continue to share your Rotary story, Rotarians, spreading our goodwill and understanding through service throughout your communities. 
 
We’re nearly halfway through our Rotary year.  Now is end-of-year charitable contribution time for 2013 tax deductions.  I’m proud to report that 37 of our clubs are on the board for Annual Fund giving and 12 of those are at 50% or better of achieving their goals for the year!   I’d love to see another 10 clubs hit the 50% mark by Dec. 31st, and this can be done as easily as mailing in the contributions you’ve been collecting from your club members since July.  I enjoy updating my spreadsheet and seeing a club jump from page 2 to page 1 with a single check made up of the contributions of many donors, as I saw this month with Hailey, Ketchum-Sun Valley, Pocatello and Pocatello-Portneuf. 
 
Rotarians in our district continue to support the polio eradication effort as well.  Remember that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching 2:1 the first $35 million of Rotary money to PolioPlus this year.  District 5400 is about 2/3 of the way toward meeting its goal with close to $30,000 contributed by our Rotarians thus far.
 
Happy holidays, Rotarians! Enjoy this time with your loved ones, taking the opportunity to count your blessings and share your love of Rotary everyday.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE Marianne Barker 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Flowers on Dec 21, 2013
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The 75 members of the Idaho Falls Interact Club, which was just chartered last September, successfully completed their first community service project this holiday season.  The Interactors made small Christmas trees, tied fleece blankets, and collected gently used winter clothing to support families at the Haven Shelter.  They also collected household items for families preparing to move out of the Haven Shelter into their own home.  The Haven Shelter provides emergency shelter, short term transitional housing and supportive services to homeless families and single women.  Additionally, the students sent holiday greetings to service men and women.  This group of youth has proven to be inspirational in their desire to serve the community.
IDAHO FALLS INTERACT SUPPORTS HAVEN SHELTER Jackie Flowers 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Flowers on Dec 20, 2013
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On November 20, Idaho Falls Rotarian Vanetta Wilson requested club help to give the "gift of shelter" this holiday season to those in the Philippines impacted by the typhoon, presenting information on the disaster and the Shelter Box program.  Regrettably, on November 28, Vanetta passed away peacefully in her sleep while vacationing with her family.  Her family has encouraged the Idaho Falls Rotary Club to continue with the shelter box project as Vanetta was very passionate about the project; her family named the Idaho Falls Rotary Club for memorial donations in her obituary.  Memorial donations received by the Club are going to the shelter box project.  Within a few weeks, the club has received more than $2000 in donations, with plans to finalize the project in early January.  Vanetta exemplified Rotary's Service Above Self mission, she was a true humanitarian in every sense of the word.  She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, fellow Rotarians - and the entire community.
 
IDAHO FALLS ROTARY SUPPORTS SHELTER BOX Jackie Flowers 2013-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
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10 Million Charity Miles from United Airlines started 6 December and goes until 31 December. Help Rotary get airline miles that can be used for humanitarian projects and other types of service opportunities.  Last year, Rotary came in second. Let’s go for first this year! As a Rotary member, you make a difference in your community and internationally. Last year, because of the efforts of Rotarians and their friends and family voting daily from their computers, smartphones, and tablets, we received 2.5 million airline miles through United's 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway. The miles were used to change lives by helping with humanitarian projects, such as transporting children with birth defects to hospitals for treatments they can't receive at home. 

Go to :http://www.10millioncharitymiles.com/

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Posted by Rotary District 5400 on Nov 16, 2013
11/19/13 Soda Springs 12:00
11/21/13 Pocatello 12:00
12/03/13 Boise Sunrise 7:00 a.m.
12/04/13 Western Treasure Valley 12:00
12/05/13 Boise 12:00
12/09/13 Meridian 12:00
12/18/13 Boise Southwest 12:00
01/07/13 Nampa 12:00
01/07/13 Boise East 5:15 p.m.
01/21/13 Elmore County 12:00
01/23/13 Boise Centennial 7:00 a.m.
D.G. REMAINING CLUB VISITS - ALMOST DONE! Rotary District 5400 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
YEAR TO DATE FOUNDATION/POLIO PLUS PROGRESS Rotary District 5400 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary District 5400 on Nov 16, 2013

Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages,

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 killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more. Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims.

ROTARY SENDS HELP TO PHILIPPINES Rotary District 5400 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary District 5400 on Nov 16, 2013

 

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So far, through mid-November we have added 14 new members to our ranks, while losing just 7. That +7 is a great number! However, for the year to date, since last July 1, we are down a net 18 - that's not good  news. Congratulations to Mountain Home (+4) and Boise Metro (+3). Remember, our TV ad campaign (funded by our Public Image Grant from RI), will begin in January. Have you invited a prospect this month?

A GOOD MONTH FOR MEMBERSHIP Rotary District 5400 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary Foundation Chair Gene Hoge on Nov 16, 2013

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November is Foundation Month.  Recently we had 3 Foundation Seminars in our District.  Many thanks to those who participated! The purpose was to inform Rotarians about the Foundation as we enter into Future Vision which began 1 July, 2013.  With the help of Kevin Bradshaw, we hope to get the presentations on our website.  Our Foundation went from 7 committees to 13 in this past year.  We have a very strong team that was created to help the clubs.  Just ask yourself "what can the District Foundation do for me"?  Please go to our website:rotarydistrict5400.org and click on the Foundation link.  The District 5400 Foundation Leadership Team is a download on the left.  The contact information is found by scrolling on page 2.

All Rotarians need to know there is a supply side to the Foundation where we give, i.e. Annual Program Fund, PolioPlus and Endowment.  There is a spend side where we feature District Grants, Global Grants, Scholarships, PolioPlus and Vocational Training Teams.  The best way to be informed about the Rotary Foundation is to watch videos from the Rotary International website.  Just go to:rotaryinternationalvideos.  My favorites are vimeo.com/51087896 (We are"This Close"), 49343906 (Good-Bye Polio). There are lots of Rotary videos on YouTube - you'll find the link to them on the District homepage. These videos can be shown at club meetings.  They will motivate members to realize they are part of a larger body that involves 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.  Would you be willing to show a video once a month to promote Rotary and the Foundation?

There is great enthusiasm this year in our District.  Our District 5400 had only been asked for $18,000 from the clubs for District Grants in any year in the past.  This year 2013-2104, our clubs asked for over $102,000 in District Grants.  The amount awarded to the clubs was $46,589.  This increased amount was the highest ever and will bless many communities.  Again go to the rotarydistrict5400.org website and go to Forms.  The District Block Grants Approved 2013-2014 list will show the 22 grants approved.  

 

The biggest challenge we had with FutureVision was to have a digital website for our District and Global Grant process.  We now have it.  Please go to matchinggrants.org and you will be very impressed!  There is a step by step process for you to get involved.  You can follow any District or Global Grant.  We currently have 31 clubs that are qualified to apply for a Global Grant. Anyone interested can contact Pam McKinley, Russell Johnson or Gene Hoge.

FOUNDATION SEMINARS COMPLETED Rotary Foundation Chair Gene Hoge 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Stano on Nov 16, 2013

Boise East Rotary Club held its Beer and Brat fundraiser on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013 at Smokey Mountain Pizza on Parkcenter Blvd. during our normal meeting time from 5:30-7:30pm.  The event was held to help raise funds for Global Gardens.  It was a nice success, in the amount of people we were able to bring together, while having a great time meeting new people from outside the Rotary clubs of Boise.Image

BOISE EAST CLUB FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS Robert Stano 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Flowers on Nov 16, 2013
On November 4, the Idaho Falls Rotary Club received notice from Rotary International that Interact Club of Idaho Falls has been chartered (September 9, 2013)! 
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 Efforts have been under way to form the club since last spring.  The club is made up of students from all District 91 high schools.  The club includes 19 board members, 9 of which attended RYLA in 2013, and 75 members.  The club meets twice a month and has consistently seen 50-60 attendees at each meeting.  So far the club has learned about Interact and Rotary, Polio, community needs, and is preparing to do a number of small projects in time for the holidays.  The photo shows the students opening up one of their meetings with an ice breaker.  
 
IDAHO FALLS INTERACT CLUB CHARTERED Jackie Flowers 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Our friends at Semilla Nueva have launched a campaign to raise $20,000 to expand production of pigeonpea in Guatemala. The program will run through Dec 12th. Proceeds will be used as follows:

  • Provide seed to 2000 farmers in 2014
  • build a seed bank
  • experiment with different varieties
  • host education programs
  • promote new recipes
  • connect with international markets

Pigeonpea has incredible promise to bring our farmers out of poverty.

To learn more, click here.

SEMILLA NUEVA LAUNCHES PIGEONPEA CAMPAIGN Rotary District 5400 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary District 5400 on Nov 16, 2013

UPDATED!! In response to the challenge issued by our Public Relations grant, several District Rotary Clubs have stepped up and opened new websites to promote their clubs. The Grant, which will pay for some 1600 TV spots in January of 2014, challenges all our clubs to have an "internet presence" in order to promote membership in Rotary. Although they are still "under construction", the clubs that have opened new websites since our grant was approved are:

Preston

Salmon

Burley

Western Treasure Valley

Pocatello Portneuf

Gooding

Jerome

Buhl

Meridian

St. Anthony

Pocatello Centennial

Aberdeen

Congratulations! There are still  7 clubs that need to "get on board" and create a website!

MORE CLUBS OPEN WEBSITES Rotary District 5400 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary District 5400 on Nov 02, 2013
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The government of Guatemala awarded the Order of the Quetzal, the country's highest honor, to The Rotary Foundation last month, in recognition of Rotary's humanitarian work in Guatemala and its contributions to the campaign to eradicate polio.

During a ceremony on 2 September held in Guatemala, Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Fernando Carrera Castro presented the award to Rotary International President-elect Gary C.K. Huang.

The Order of the Quetzal, established in 1936, recognizes officials and organizations from Guatemala and elsewhere for their work in the arts, sciences, politics, and humanitarian service. The Rotary Foundation received a badge on a sash necklace designating its rank of Grand Officer, one of six ranks. The badge, a ten-pointed cross with five branches and a medallion, represents the coat of arms of Guatemala.

"On behalf of all Rotarians and Rotary, we are honored by this award from the Guatemalan government," Huang says. "We want to share this with all Rotarians."

See the complete story and photos here

(Editor's note: Our District has also been working in Guatemala through a Global Grant which has helped fund Semilla Nueva)

ROTARY FOUNDATION HONORED IN GUATEMALA Rotary District 5400 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
BOISE EAST TO SPONSOR BEER AND BRAT Jeffery Hatch 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 19, 2013
I'm pleased to share news that Senate Resolution 270, Supporting the goals and ideals of World Polio Day and commending the international community and others for their efforts to prevent and eradicate polio, has been introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). This is a revived version of a resolution that was introduced in 2012 - and has been introduced just in time for World Polio Day.  The official text has not yet been posted online, but I'm sharing the content of the draft text which I received.

 

Whereas, the eradication of polio is the highest priority of Rotary International, a global association founded in 1905, in Chicago, Illinois, that is now headquartered in Evanston,

Illinois, and has more than 1,200,000 members in more than 170 countries;

Whereas Rotary International and its members (commonly known as ‘‘Rotarians’’) have contributed more than

$1,000,000,000 to, and volunteered countless hours in the global fight against polio;

Whereas

Rotary International, the World Health Organization, the United States Government, the United Nations Children’s Fund (commonly known as ‘‘UNICEF’’), the

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations Foundation have joined together with national governments  to successfully reduce cases of polio by more

than 99 percent since 1988, from more than 350,000 reported 

cases in 1988 to 223 reported cases in 2012;
Whereas polio was recently eliminated in India and is now endemic
only in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
CONGRESS PASSES POLIO RESOLUTION Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
GOVERNOR'S REMAINING VISITATION SCHEDULE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 12, 2013

Greetings District 5400 Rotarians!

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October is Vocational Service Month.  This second avenue of Rotary service calls on us to work with integrity and to apply our expertise to the problems and needs of society.  What are you and your club doing to fulfill this purpose?  A large part of our strength in Rotary is the diversity of occupations amongst our members and hence our ability to pool our talents to take on the challenges of life.  Is your club diversified enough?  Do you have the tools you need to make a difference in the world?  Take a moment this month to review your club and think of whom in your community you might ask to join with you in making a difference in the world.


GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam McKinley on Oct 12, 2013
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Rotarians from all 4 Pocatello clubs as well as high school Interact members joined together on Saturday October 5th for the annual Idaho State University Homecoming parade.
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This parade is the largest and most fun in Pocatello and all the Rotarians had a great time passing out information flyers and candy along the parade route!

Afterward a joint tailgating party was held in the Holt arena parking lot to prepare for the big game. Lots of great food was consumed and most importantly friendships were made and renewed among members of the 4 clubs. 

The weather fully cooperated and it was a great experience to join as one Rotary cooperating together once again in an event to make a bigger impact in the community. 


POCATELLO CLUBS JOIN IN ISU PARADE Pam McKinley 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 12, 2013

The Rotary Club of Boise is sponsoring our newest Ambassadorial Scholar, Amber Clontz from Twin Falls. This is a major project of R.I. which funds a one year graduate study course - its worth about $25,000!  Here's a message from Amber:

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Dear Rotary District 5400,   

Not only is the next step in my academic career due to your generous donations, but it is my first adventure since graduating Twin Falls High School in 2007, when you helped with my original leap of the mind was as well. District 5400 sent me to Germany as a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador. Learning German answered as many questions about my native English language as it raised. Hooked on Phonics, Semantics, Syntax, and the question as to how humans acquire language-- I wanted to learn as much as possible with the intent to share it with everyone I met. 

AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLAR GOES TO SOUTH AFRICA Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 12, 2013

ImageThe annual Rotary Foundation Training Seminars will be starting on October 19 in Pocatello, October 26 in Boise and November 2 in Twin Falls. These are day long seminars designed to bring the latest Foundation news to all Rotarians in the district. Learn about Future Vision Grant Management, Global Grants, Grant Stewardship, Club Qualifications and hear an update on Polio Plus. You'll learn how to access the District matching funds for Paul Harris Fellowships. The cost is $25.00, a gourmet lunch is included. Please register on-line through the District website.

ROTARY FOUNDATION TRAINING SEMINARS COMING SOON Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary District 5400 on Oct 12, 2013
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It all started with a chance encounter back in 2005 when Rusty Broughton of the East Idaho Falls Rotary Club met Dr. Princewill Oyakhilome at a Polio National Immunization event in Ghana. Now, nearly ten years later, the Magic of Friendships in Rotary is clear! Six Rotary Districts

(Kansas, Colorado, California, Minnesota, Idaho, and Nigeria) and 22 Rotary clubs (11 in District 5400) joined together to create a project in Benin City, Nigeria, under the banner of WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group). With matching funds from The Rotary Foundation($27,350) work on the project is now about half complete. So far, 14 water wells and 14 bathrooms have been completed in what will ultimately be 28 remote villages serving some 36,000 people. Rusty and Princewill continue to monitor the projects' progress. 
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NIGERIA WATER PROJECT HALFWAY HOME Rotary District 5400 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 12, 2013
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As part of Rotary International's new Public Image and re-branding campaign, a series of new logos have been unveiled. 

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Find them here. All clubs are encouraged to download the new images and use them in any websites, bulletins or other materials.  Tip: if you're using ClubRunner, download the images into your image library for easy access any time!

RI UNVEILS NEW LOGOS - BE SURE TO USE THEM Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY LAUNCHES ITS “STRENGTHENING ROTARY” GLOBAL PUBLIC IMAGE INITIATIVE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 12, 2013

At the recent Rotary Leadership Institute we were exploring "Our Rotary World" and the topic of e-clubs came up. You can join e-clubs all over the world. They meet just like any other Rotary Club, but they're on-line 24/7. You can make up at an e-club to maintain your own perfect attendance! They are designed to accommodate people who have the desire to be a part of the Rotary world but can't make regular meetings due to busy schedules, extreme distance, physical limitations, etc. Here's the link to Rotary's description.

There are about 50 e-clubs around the Rotary world. Here are a few in the USA to take a look at:

Rotary e-club of New York #1

Rotary e-club Florida/Georgia, Puerto Rico)

Rotary e-club US Southwest

Rotary e-club Arizona

 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT E-CLUBS? Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Oct 12, 2013

You can make sure your club's website is attractive and effective by following some simple suggestions:

1. Keep it simple, without clutter

2. Don't have too much information on the "home page". You can always add additional pages for more information.

3. Be sure to use the new Rotary graphics from R.I.

4. Have contact information: where and when you meet, contact person phone number or e-mail

5. Don't show a person's email address - use a program that will open the email function invisibly. Otherwise, you're asking for spam!

6. Make sure is up to date; delete events that have already happened

7. Remember that the purpose of your home page is to inform visitors and potential members. Use additional pages or an e-bulletin to inform your membership.

8. Your homepage should include links to other Rotary sites - Rotary International, District 5400, Zone 27, Rotary Foundation, etc

TIPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE CLUB WEBSITE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 14, 2013

District 5400 has announced the approval of 20 Block Grants totaling some $32,000. Selections were made from 41 grant applications submitted by 23 of our Rotary clubs. Of approximately $46,000 in grant funds available, $13,500 had been reserved for our next Ambassadorial Scholar, Amber Clontz from Twin Falls who will be studying in South Africa. Here is a general description of approved grants (for a more detailed listing, go to the home page and look under Forms/Document Downloads):

  • Lift for Ride for Joy equestrian program
  • YMCA Swimming lessons
  • Hope House solar panels
  • School supplies for Advocates Against Family Violence
  • Books for Garden City Boys and Girls Club
  • Gooding Library Lego building system
  • Books for Idaho Falls Schools
  • Computer for McCall Shepard's Home
  • Computer for Nampa Library
  • Twin Falls fitness trail
  • Supplies for Twin Falls Women's Crisis Center
  • 6 Clubs' Dictionary Projects
DISTRICT APPROVES $32,000 IN BLOCK GRANTS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Sep 14, 2013

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE FUN DISTRICT EVENTS

Sept 28  RLI Pocatello

Oct 19   RLI #2 Boise

Oct 19   RI Foundation Training Pocatello

Oct 26   RI Foundation training Boise

Oct 26   RLI #2 Pocatello

UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS Marianne Barker 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Sep 14, 2013

The year is early yet, but you can check on your club's progress toward meeting its Annual Fund goal on the next page. (..."read more")

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You'll find statistics through 9/13/2013. Remember the goal is EYER (Every Rotarian Every Year) is 100% participation and $100 per capita. Treasurers please remit your foundation contributions as soon as you can.

CHECK YOUR CLUB'S FOUNDATION YTD GIVING Marianne Barker 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Gilbert on Sep 14, 2013

Twenty-four Rotarians, future or current club and district leaders, from the Rotary clubs in the Boise area and Twin Falls- After Hours gathered at the Empire Building

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 in Boise on Saturday, Sept.24 for the kickoff of the fourth annual Rotary Leadership Institute of Rotary District 5400.  The next RLI sessions in the Boise area will be held on Oct. 19 and Dec. 7 from 8-4 at the same location.  Pocatello area Rotarians will gather on Sept. 28 at Development Options, 415 S. Arthur Street from 8-4. Its not too late to register!

Photo: Bryan Wewers of Boise Centennial & Teri Campbell of Boise Metro joined 24 Rotarians from a total of 10 different clubs for the fourth year of Rotary Leadership Institute.

RLI is a grassroots leadership development program whose mission is to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership training.

Seven facilitators led group discussion in six separate sessions ranging from Insights into Leadership to Rotary’s vital Foundation program.  While the heart of the discussion in RLI is not fact based, Ken Howell, district governor nominee (2015-16) and John Biggs, revealed intriguing information about The Rotary Foundation.

Can you answer this question?  Of the three major international civic organizations - Lions, Rotary or Kiwanis -- which has the biggest dollar reserve to implement international programs?   While there are more Lions members and Lions clubs worldwide, Rotary’s total foundation assets stand at $733,000,000, compared to Lions $264,000,000 and Kiwanis $20,000,000. WOW!

See who was there...............

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE KICKS OFF IN BOISE Terry Gilbert 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 14, 2013

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Congratulations to Western Treasure Valley Rotary (Ontario/Fruitland area) for launching their brand new website www.wtvrotary.com. They are the first of 19 of our website-less clubs who answered the challenge to build a website. Your District 5400 PR Committee urges all these clubs to create a "web presence" so we'll all be in a position to gain from our TV ad campaign in January, with the goal of increasing membership.

By the way, if you haven't already, you should check out the all new Rotary International website.

NEW CLUB WEBSITES APPEARING Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 14, 2013

If you smartphone users haven't found it already, there's an app you can download to locate Rotary clubs around the world and find out when and where they meet. 

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Don't let that be an excuse for not finding a make up! Download it here.

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 14, 2013

On October 18, 2013, seven Boise area Rotary Clubs gather to benefit the Rotary Grand Plaza at Julia Davis Park with a 2013 gala event featuring great jazz, dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions (including last year's popular Hawaii vacation package). This will be the final fundraiser as the goal will have been reached!!

The social and silent auction begin at the Riverside Hotel, at 5:30 pm.  Dinner, live auction, and dancing to great music starting at 6:00 pm. The event is open to the public........and all Rotarians!!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Photo: Diane Myklegard (Chair of the Celebration Committee)

 and PDG Bret Vaterlaus gave an update presentation at Boise Metro's meeting last week.


BOISE'S JULIA DAVIS PARK PROJECT GALA SOON Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 14, 2013

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Sunday, September 29th is Semilla Nueva's Annual Celebration at the Boise Downtown Red Lion! Please mark your calendar for this festive evening. Join Curt, Kristin, Katie and the rest of the crew for local food, beer and wine. Put your bid in for a package in the blind auction, and try your luck at the drawing. Get ahead on holiday shopping at our shop of Guatemalan artisan products like hand-woven scarves, table runners and colorful aprons. Hear about the successes of the year and the plans for the future. Chat with staff, board members, and volunteers. Join us as we share the bounty with our Boise friends and supporters. 

Tickets can be purchased on our website: http://semillanueva.org/get-involved/events/ or by contacting Katie Miller. katiemiller@semillanueva.org or (208) 994-1209

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Click here to see Semilla Nueva's current newsletter!

SEMILLA NUEVA ANNUAL PARTY! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 14, 2013
DATE CLUB TIME
9/10/2013 Rigby 12:00
9/12/2013 Rexburg 12:00
9/17/2013 Preston 12:10
9/18/2013 Montpelier 12:05
9/23/2013 Pocatello Centennial 7:00 a.m.
9/24/2013 Pocatello Gate City 12:00
9/24/2013 Pocatello Portneuf 5:15
10/1/2013 St Anthony 12:10
10/2/2013 Idaho Falls 12:10
10/8/2013 Boise Metro 12:00
10/10/2013 Emmett 12:00
10/15/2013 Ketchum-Sun Valley 12:00
10/23/2013 Caldwell 12:00
10/24/2013 Canyon County Sunrise 7:00 a.m.
10/29/2013 Burley 12:00
10/30/2013 Rupert 12:00
11/5/2013 Elmore County 12:00
11/7/2013 Boise Centennial 7:00 a.m.
11/12/2013 Jerome 12:00
11/13/2013 Twin Falls 12:00
11/19/2013 Soda Springs 12:00
11/21/2013 Pocatello 12:00
12/3/2013 Boise Sunrise 7:00 a.m.
12/4/2013 Western Treasure Valley 12:00
12/5/2013 Boise 12:00
12/9/2013 Meridian 12:00
12/11/2013 Boise Southwest 12:00
1/7/2013 Nampa 12:00
1/7/2013 Boise East 5:15 p.m.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR ON THE ROAD Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Sep 08, 2013
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On the heels of a successful Boise Hawks event, the Idaho Falls Rotary Club sponsored a Rotary at the Ballpark day on August 29th to raise money for Polio Plus. The IF Chukars played the Grand Junction Rockies in a spirited game at Melaleuca Field. Thanks to a $1,000 gift from Melaleuca Corp, the total raised for the cause was $2,247.00! Clubs participating in the event were Idaho Falls, East Idaho Falls, Salmon, Blackfoot and Twin Falls Blue Lakes.  Dani Bybee, the daughter of East Idaho Falls Rotarian Lynn Bybee, threw out the first pitch.  DG Marianne got a hug from Charlie the Chukar! See photos in the photo album.

So our two District events raised $3,110 for Polio!! Yeah for us!! Thanks to all who helped!

CHUKARS BASEBALL RAISES MONEY FOR POLIO Rotarian John Biggs 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Aug 24, 2013
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The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35Mil/Yr.)

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!                   

Polio Plus:  Rotary’s obligation to the children of the world

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!

10,000,000 Children Saved from Polio Paralysis since 1985

 Polio Eradication Update

For The Week Ending 08/24/13

Total paralysis cases

Year-to-date 2013

Y to D 2012

Total 2012

Total 2011

Globally

192

123

223

642

- in endemic countries:

71

118

217

335

- in non-endemic countries:

121

5

6

307

New Polio cases reported this week:

Pakistan 0, Afghanistan 0, Nigeria 0, Somalia 8, Kenya 2,

Ethiopia 1

2013 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2012 Totals)

Endemic Countries24 Pakistan (2012-58), 4 Afghanistan (2012-37),

43 Nigeria (2012-122)

 Importation Countries (2012 & 2013) – 0 Chad (2012-5), 0 Niger (2012-1),

108 Somalia (2012-0), 12 Kenya (2012 – 0), 1 Ethiopia (2012-0)

 

POLIO UPDATE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Aug 24, 2013

This year's Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) kicks off in September with opening dates of 9/14 in Boise and 9/28 in Pocatello. Effective leadership is critical in a volunteer organization like Rotary!  Through the Rotary Leadership Institute, our district has provided an outstanding opportunity for the past three years to develop leadership skills of our club members.  Club Presidents have all the information if anyone is interested in learning more.

 

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE IN SEPTEMBER Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Aug 24, 2013

Terry Bowman (Boise Southwest) conducted D5400’s first ever on-line membership workshop on Aug. 15.  In attendance were representatives of Blue Lakes-Twin Falls, Boise downtown, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Idaho Falls, Jerome, and Pocatello.  The purpose of the Go-to-Meeting was to help clubs get started on writing a membership plan.  Those unable to log in to Thursday’s meeting or who would like to attend a future meeting, can register at www.rotary5400.org for one more sessions: Aug. 28.  Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m.   

CLUBS PARTICIPATE IN GO-TO-MEETING MEMBERSHIP SESSIONS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT GOVERNOR ON THE ROAD! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Aug 19, 2013

RYLA-k Natalie Lemas Hernandez, a member of Boise Downtown, and RYLA Coordinator, spoke to Boise Metro last week. Joining her was Edie Anderson, her Youth Leader. As you may know, Natalie's mom, Nancy, ran RYLA for nearly 15 years before turning the reigns over Natalie last year.  This year there 82 RYLERians, more than ever at the Twin Falls event. And this year, there was a marked increase in participation from Eastern Idaho. We also understand that DG Marianne was camper for the whole week! (She claims it lowered her blood pressure!)  On a side note, Natalie mentioned briefly that she'd be going to the International Convention in Sydney next year to promote RYLA to Rotarians worldwide! We'll look forward to hearing more about that.


RYLA GOES DOWN UNDER! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Aug 19, 2013

The District Public Relations Committee is continuing to work on the PR grant we have been awarded from Rotary International. As you will recall., this $20,000 effort will provide for about 1600 TV spots in January/February of 2014, with the objective of promoting Rotary membership. These "Public Image" ads, which have already been produced by RI, will also include an opportunity for us to promote our clubs by suggesting a visit to a central website with, among interesting Rotary information, links to all our clubs.

Accordingly, it is essential that ALL District clubs have a "web presence" through a unique domain which is linked to the District effort. Many of our clubs have not yet joined the 21st century by creating and maintaining their own website. The PR Committee is here and eager to help those clubs get on board.  They will soon be contacting club Presidents with a plan which should make it easy for them to proceed and "get connected". More later..................

John Biggs, Boise Metro, PR chairman

ALL CLUBS NEED TO HAVE WEB PRESENCE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Aug 07, 2013

First, RI has announced that The Gates Foundation is currently matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 for each $1 Contributed (Up to $35Mil/Yr.)

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Second, a 2013 India Polio Immunization Trip is planned - Rotarians PDG Sheri & Al Muniz from San Antonio, TX report - "We are getting ready for our fifth Polio ImmunizationTrip to India in the last four years.  We plan to go to India over the Christmas holidays.  Please ask anyone interested in going with us to contact me.  This would be a first class trip with one or two immunization opportunities depending on the immunization schedule in December".  Best regards, Al Muniz, District 5840, San Antonio, TX, 210-347-9991 email ermodels@msn.com 

Finally, have you heard that there's been a new outbreak of Polio in Somalia? Chick here to read about it.

POLIO PLUS UPDATES! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Thomson on Jul 30, 2013

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LOBSTERFEST! Jeff Thomson 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Jul 29, 2013

DG Marianne Barker has announced the following schedule for club visits through the end of August:

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Aberdeen - July 30
American Falls - July 31
Twin Falls After Hours - Aug. 6
Gooding - Aug. 9
Boise Metro - Aug. 13
Hailey - Aug. 15
Salmon - Aug. 20
East Idaho Falls - Aug. 26
Blackfoot - Aug. 27
 

 

DISTRICT GOVERNOR ON THE ROAD Rotarian John Biggs 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Jul 28, 2013
  • August 29th - Pitching for Polio, Idaho Falls Chukars - Aug. 29 - Idaho Falls (Kym Mowery, Eastern Idaho Falls Rotary Club, Chair). 
  • On-line membership workshops: Clubs >50 - Aug. 15; clubs 20-50 - Aug. 22; clubs < 20 - Aug. 28.  Format is Go-to-meeting and Terry Bowman will preside.  
  • Ketchum-Sun Valley Duck Race - Aug. 31 - Ketchum
 

UPCOMING EVENTS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Jul 27, 2013

District 5400 has won a Public Relations Grant from Rotary International in the amount of $15,000. The grant will support a TV pubic image campaign next January and February to promote membership in community Rotary clubs. The District PR Committee will be working to finalize the details of the program's implementation. One of the key elements will be to ensure that ALL district clubs have a web presence. You'll be hearing a lot more in the coming months.

BIG NEWS: WE WIN A PR GRANT FROM R.I.!! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Jul 27, 2013

Last week Treasure Valley Rotary Clubs met for an evening of baseball as the Boise Hawks took on the Everett Aquasox. The event, spearheaded by Gene De Laveaga from Eagle/Garden City

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 Rotary Club was a fund raiser for Polio Plus. A total of 165 tickets were sold and 456 raffle tickets for a total of $863.00 for the Polio Plus fund. The Clubs in Eastern Idaho will hold a similar event with the Idaho Chukars on August 29th. Let's see if they can outdo the Treasure Valley effort! Be sure to check out the pictures in the photo album on our homepage. Thanks to Gene, Mike Fease and Beth Markley for making this happen!

BASEBALL FOR POLIO RAISES FUNDS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
BLUE LAKES CLUB HOLDS BEER FEST Charles Agar 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 16, 2013

Jim Everett is a household name not only in the Treasure Valley but in the entire state of Idaho.   He is a most humble, unassuming person, who leads the Treasure Valley YMCA’s operation of 90 different locations,  four facilities, 17 child care centers (the largest provider of child care and youth services in the state), and the Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir. The development and growth of the YMCA in the valley was done through his vision and under his careful supervision.

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Jim Everett has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Boise since 1987.  Jim served as President of the Club during the 1997-98 Rotary year.  He is a Robert S. Gibb Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow indicating outstanding support of both local and international Rotary foundations.  His participation is ongoing and very helpful at the committee and foundation level.  In addition to being an overall great guy, Jim is one of those treasured members that may always be counted upon.

Sponsored by the JRM Foundation for Humanity and established in 2011, Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal pays tribute to individuals that comprise Idaho's unique characteristics and achievements. The honorees are remarkable Idahoans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve and promote the richness of Idaho and create a better world for all of us in the future by the work they do today. Idaho is a place, but it is the people of Idaho that make it a great state.

BOISE ROTARIAN NAMED HOMETOWN HERO John Biggs 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 14, 2013

 

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All Rotarians in the Treasurer Valley (or, all Rotarians in general) are invited to a special celebration picnic in Julia Davis Park in Boise on July 30th at 6:00PM. The occasion is to celebrate the progress the Boise clubs are making toward reaching their goal to support the new Rotary Grand Plaza to be built in the park.

TREASURE VALLEY ROTARIANS TO HOLD PICNIC JULY 30 John Biggs 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 13, 2013

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ImageAmong other changes, July 1st of each year features a change of leadership at R.I. The new RI President is Ron D. Burton, from the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma. Mr. Burton, the 103rd RI President, had been President of the University of Oklahoma Foundation for the past 30 years. The theme for his year is "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".  The new Vice President of RI is Anne L. Matthews of Columbia, South Caroline. She's the first woman to hold that position. Ms. Matthews is the former Director of the South Carolina Department of Education.

Some important changes for this year include:

1. Future Vision is fully implemented

2. Clubs can form satellite clubs

3. Now an unlimited number of e-clubs

4. the name of the fifth Avenue of Service is changed to "Youth Service"

5. RI dues are increased y $1.00

JULY 1ST SEES MANY CHANGES AT RI John Biggs 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 11, 2013

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Past District Governor Bret sends this report of his experience at the Rotary International convention in Lisbon,Portugal in June:

We had a great time in Lisbon. Marianne Barker, Rick Phillips, and several other Rotarians from our District were there. It was a big place and difficult to find everyone from district 5400. The opening and closing sessions were really inspiring. It was very nice to hear about many of the wonderful things that happened in creating Peace Through Service directly from President Tanaka. It was also assuring to feel the leadership of now President Burton from our very own Zone. There were people from all over the world and it did not take long to know if you were talking to someone that came from another country and I even had a hard time with a few of the folks from the South of our United States. The breakout sessions were really helpful for the future leaders of Rotary. The idea exchange in this type of gathering is really hard to imagine if you are not there. The think tank feeling is truly amazing.

DISTRICT ROTARIANS GO TO LISBON John Biggs 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 11, 2013
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Minor League baseball is well under way and here's our chance to enjoy some Rotary fellowship at a game and raise money for Polio Plus. We have two games on tap. First, the Boise Hawks will play on July 22nd in Boise at 7:15. The second game will feature the Idaho Falls Chukars on August 29th. A

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 portion of the tickets we purchase will be donated to Polio Plus. Both baseball organizations are looking forward to our visit and promise us a great game, many hot dogs and a wonderful experience for a good cause.

BASEBALL FOR POLIO John Biggs 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 06, 2013
 Ighodalo Oyakhilome Princewill, from Benin City, Nigeria enjoyed a float ride in the July 4th celebration and parade in Rexburg last week. He wanted to come and say "thank you" to the Rexburg Rotary Club, and all the clubs in District 5400, for all they've done to provide clean water in Nigeria.

"I'm glad to be part of this celebration. This is actually my first float ride since I was born and I'm glad I'm here, and like I said to my fellow Rotarians here, I will go back home and make a copy of what I've seen, right over there on our Independence Day, which is October 1st".

Princewill says the Rotary Clubs have helped 28 villages in Nigeria gain access to clean water. There's an average of about 2,000 people in each village. Princewill said, "It makes me feel great because we have been able to cut down the incidences of water-borne diseases in my community by about 75%, so our children no longer die of diarrhea and vomiting".

Darla Wilson, President of the Rexburg Rotary Club said , "Rotary was first started here in America by people who wanted to serve others. Rotary has provided us a means to serve people all over the world."

Rusty Broughton of Idaho Falls was the Chair of our Districts' efforts to finance these water projects. This was not Princewill's first visit to our District. He was a featured speaker at District Conference a few years ago.

This article is excerpted from Sasha Zimmerman's story on KPVI News 6.


PRINCEWILL ENJOYS 4TH PARADE IN REXBURG John Biggs 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jun 29, 2013
Howdy Everyone, 
First I want to send you all a huge thank you for making our Global Grant a reality. Like I mentioned at the District Conference, Rotary has been the biggest thing behind our organization in 2013. With five new communities, and the funding to build powerful partnerships, including a recent one that brought high protein corn seed to over 2,500 families, we wouldn't be where we are without Rotary. We've been spreading the story everywhere we can, and we hope to make sure that when people see and hear about Semilla Nueva, they hear about Rotary as well. And now its more time for sharing! 

We are looking for participants for our upcoming two trips to Guatemala. We will be working, planting pigeonpea in several of the communities currently being sponsored by Rotary in the second and third week of August. The trips were loved by the Rotarians who came in October of 2012! You can read about them from Beth Markley's (from Boise Downtown) blog: http://markley.com/manic/tag/guatemala/


SEMILLA NUEVA PLANS FOR AUGUST TRIPS TO GUATEMALA John Biggs 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jun 15, 2013

District 7630, Delaware/Maryland published its June Foundation Newsletter, featuring an article about a project in Burangi, Kenya, which has been supported by the Boise Downtown, Sunrise, Southwest and Centennial clubs.  Our clubs raised about $13,000 for the project, which was matched by district 5400 DDF and by TRF at 1.5 to 1, meaning a total of over $45,000 to the overall project.  The project is awaiting final TRF approval, which is expected any day. 

Tracy Ritter, mentioned in the article, was a member of the Boise downtown Rotary club when she lived in Boise. She is the International Director of Genesis World Mission, based in Garden City, Idaho.

This story is a perfect example of how clubs from all over the world can collaborate on international projects and collectively make a huge difference.

Read their newsletter, and the story, here.

 

TRACY RITTER'S GENESIS WORLD MISSION FEATURED IN DIST 7630 NEWSLETTER John Biggs 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jun 15, 2013

We received this note from Semilla Nueva this week:

Our very own Executive Director Curt Bowen will be going out live to the world at 12:45 MST on Huffington Post Live!  We have been spending an incredible week here in New York City with IGNITEgood, the Huff Post and the Heartfelt Foundation.  Curt has emerged as such a leader of the group, delivering incredible speeches about what it means to be a Millennial Changemaker, what it means to live a life of service, and what it means to be ignited by a spirit to make the world a better place.  Arianna Huffington invited him to the office to speak live this afternoon with some of the other winners from the IGNITEgood competition.  

Follow the link and watch Curt live!  While you're at it, share the link with some friends and spread the word about the good work Semilla Nueva is doing!
 
Thank you for all the continued support!
Saludos, 
The Semilla Nueva Team

 

WATCH KURT BOWEN'S INTERVIEW ON HUFFPOST LIVE John Biggs 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Jun 02, 2013

Kurt Bowen and Semilla Nueva, the sustainable agriculture project in Guatemala that many of our clubs have been involved with, has posted that they're looking to hire a Development Director....more proof that their efforts are expanding! See the details here on the current blog.  Semilla Nueva update

SEMILLA NUEVA SEEKING DEV DIRECTOR Rotarian John Biggs 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 31, 2013
John Brainerd, Past District Governor from California and the Rotary International President's Representative, was a guest at this year's Sun Valley Conference and sends this message to DG Bret V.:

Dear Bret,

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Thank you and Kristi so much for a great experience at the District 5400 Conference.  Pat and I had a great time getting to know both of you, other committed and talented Rotarians, and enjoying your generous hospitality.

 

Sun Valley is a beautiful setting to highlight the many accomplishments of your district.  We were especially impressed with the Youth Exchange Program, the Semilla Nueva program in Guatemala, your Ambassadorial Scholar Stephanie Meyer, and your Foundation Chair Gene Hoge and his committee’s grasp of and roll out of the new grants program. 

 

Your speakers were excellent and very apt in highlighting the peace theme. The fellowship and love of a good time among the Rotarians was very tangible – we really enjoyed our hippie experience on Friday night and the wonderful hospitality at the House of Friendship each evening.

 

Idaho is a beautiful state and all of you take justified pride in that reality.  We drove through the Sawtooths on the way back to Boise and confirmed our desire to come back in the next year for a week of summer biking, hiking and fishing.

 

Thank you for the gifts you gave us, most especially for the memories of a well done district conference with wonderful Rotarians. 

 

John

 

 

BRAINERD LOVED SUN VALLEY! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 29, 2013

Boise Metro Rotary Club, which, by the way, did a great job putting together this year's District Conference, has some hats and earrings left over from the Shop Rotary Store. Click here to see a description. Contact Boise Metro if you're interested.

ROTARY HATS AND EARRINGS FOR SALE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 25, 2013

Rotary District 5400
Conference Raffle Winners
Winner Sold By Club
1 st Wanda Kinghorn Kendall Kinghorn Cruise Hailey
2 nd Don Eastman 55 inch Flat Screen TV Idaho Falls
3 rd Ric Gale I-Pad ?
4 th David Hawk I-Pad mini Boise Southwest
5 th Justine Buffaloe Apple I-Pod Touch 16GB Chubbuck
6 th Karen Reynolds Apple I-Pod Nano 16GB Boise
7 th Terry Brower Kindle Fire HD Pocatello-Centennial
LATE ADDITION! - CONFERENCE RAFFLE WINNERS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 25, 2013

District Conference was enjoyed by about 250 people.........we sold about $46,000 in cruise raffle tickets!......(that program has raised about $360,000 since it started!)........35 items went in the Silent Auction for a total of $2,760........the vintage Idaho map went for $500..........Be sure to check out the District Homepage for stories about Oklahoma help opportunities, the World Affairs Seminar, new Interact Clubs in Twin Falls and Duck Valley..................

ODDS 'N ENDS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 24, 2013
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During the Friday afternoon Round Table sessions, Will Duke (Ketchum/Sun Valley) and John Biggs (Boise Metro) held informal presentations with Rotarians interested in Websites, bulletins and social media. Clubs that don't have websites were encouraged to "get on board", as it is becoming increasingly important for all clubs to have an internet presence. Will and John are available to help clubs set up their website and financial assistance is available from the district for those clubs who are constrained by ClubRunner's cost. Note: Clubs are NOT required to use ClubRunner, but that's what we know!

Here's a new free service for you: We''ll CRITIQUE YOUR WEBSITE! We'll look for broken links, out of date information, etc. Remember, your website may be the first impression of a visitor or potential member!

WEB EXPERTS OFFER HELP AT CONFERENCE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 22, 2013

We have heard from Rotarians in Districts 5750 and 5770, representing Oklahoma City and surroundings, that they have set up a Bi-District Foundation to accept donations for tornado relief efforts. They report that 12-13,000 homes have been destroyed in the area. To learn how to send a contribution, click here. There does not appear to be a Rotary Club in Moore, but they are within the District area. 

OKLAHOMA NEEDS OUR HELP Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 20, 2013

You can see photos (some incriminating) in the Photo Album to be found on the District Homepage, over on the right column. You'll also find a link to District 5400 on You Tube, over on the left side of the Home Page - no tellin' what you might see there!

CHECK OUT THE PHOTO ALBUM Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 19, 2013

From Bret Vaterlaus...............

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The District Conference for 2013 held in Sun Valley is officially over.  Attendance was really good with many first time attendees.  There were many things to do

and the Rotarians took advantage of the exciting opportunities.  Even the weather cooperated with the exception of a hail storm during our group picture.

The conference started off with a meeting of the past district governors , major donors, bequest society members, and benefactors attending an evening social.  Everyone was encouraged to continue their support through foundation giving and we heard from John Brainerd our Rotary International President’s Representative to our conference.  Friday morning our district leaders met in the District Leadership Council.  During this meeting the updated Rotary International District 5400 Policy and Procedure Manual was approved and adopted along with the other business of the council.

D.G. BRET V. RECALLS A GREAT CONFERENCE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 19, 2013

So there was Kevin Bradshaw, from Twin Falls Rotary, our intrepid photographer and videographer, recording our every move, atop the biggest stepladder you ever saw! (Andy Wood was there, too, to provide emotional support). A large contingent of Conference attendees had gathered on the lawn outside the hotel at the appointed hour to spell out the word "PEACE". All was falling into place until the sky opened, much to everyone's surprise, and pelted the gathering with large hail! Everyone scattered to the nearest shelter, but not without pelt marks on their bare arms and bold spots! Thanks, Kevin for your bravery!Image

GROUP PHOTO NEARLY A DISASTER Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 19, 2013

The following awards were presented:

Per Capita Foundation Giving for 2011-12

1.      Blue Lakes Twin Falls $179.46

2.      Boise Centennial $160.00

3.      McCall(Payette lakes) $150.98

EREY(equal awards) 2011-12

1.      Boise Southwest

2.      Pocatello

End Polio Now Recognition Awards 2011-12

1.      Boise

2.      Boise Metro

3.      Boise Southwest

4.      Idaho Falls

5.      Pocatello

6.      Twin Falls

Presidential Citation 2013

1.      Boise

Club Birthdays

1.      American Falls 75 years

2.      Hailey 75 years

District Awards

More than 80 members

Leadership  Boise Southwest

Public Image Twin Falls

Membership Pocatello

Club Service Boise

Foundation Giving Boise

Integrity Boise--$300 Award

 

31-80 members

Membership Ketchum/Sun Valley

Public Image Emmett

Leadership Emmett

Club Service Emmett

 

Less than 30 members

Public image Twin Falls After Hours

Leadership Boise East and Blue Lakes Twin Falls (tied)

Membership Boise East

Humanity in Motion award(overall winner)

Boise $1000 award

Mystery Link $100 - Tyson Berg, Caldwell Rotary

Terry Gilbert was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the RLI

 

 

 

LOTS OF AWARDS WERE GIVEN!! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 19, 2013

The 2013 District 5400 Annual Conference was held at the Sun Valley Resort May 17-19. Over 250 Rotarians, spouses and friends participated in the event. Featured speakers included John Brainerd, Past District Governor from California and the Rotary International President's Representative, Nourha Restrepo from Uruguay representing the United Nations, Dr. Lisa Brady from Boise State University on the subject of the DMZ in Korea, and Kurt Bowen with an update on the Semilla Nueva project in Guatemala.

To have fun with the Conference theme of "Peace", the Friday night dinner was a 60's costume affair. Some very creative looks were very entertaining! Saturday afternoon recreation events included hiking, biking, learning to make pizza, wine tasting and more. A series of round table discussions were arranged on subjects such as internet and social media, membership, grants and the Rotary Leadership Institute.

Awards were given to outstanding Rotary Clubs and many people were the lucky winners of raffles and silent auctions. The Sui Valley Resort always treats District 5400 Rotarians as Royalty!Image

SUN VALLEY DISTRICT CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 19, 2013

Wheel - GoldThe Registration Deadline for the 2013 World Affairs Seminar is just weeks away.  WAS is a program of Rotary District 6270.  Each year since 1977 the World Affairs Seminar has conducted a six day Seminar to provide international relations and negotiation skills training for high school students from around the world.  In 2013 we expect students and counselors from over 25 countries including Egypt, Nepal, India, the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and several South American countries.    The Seminar is held at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin.  

 
 
WORLD AFFAIRS SEMINAR - YET ANOTHER ROTARY PROGRAM Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 19, 2013

Terry Gilbert has reported the exciting news that Boise Sunrise Rotary Club has sponsored an Interact Club at the high school in Duck Valley. As you know, the Duck Valley Reservation is part of the Shoshone Paiute tribal system. Two years of hard work developing relationships has paid off! One of the key incentives to make this happen was sending one of the young people to RYLA last year. Gilbert and the new Club's advisors want to send 4 students to RYLA this summer. Of course, they'll need some financial help to make that happen. Contact Terry Gilbert if your club can help.Image

DUCK VALLEY WELCOMES A NEW INTERACT CLUB Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 11, 2013
May 8, 2013 - The Twin Falls Rotary has sponsored a new Twin Falls Interact Club at Canyon Ridge High School, the new club's sponsor, said "The most difficult part was getting our very first Interact Club off of the ground. Interact made their very first official presentation to our Weekly Club Meeting earlier today and it went very well. From what was presented, their future is very bright!"

"We presented lapel pins to each Interact member and 'Advisor' lapel pins to their School Advisor, Principal as well as to our Rotary Club's Wiley Dobbs, Patti O'Dell, and John Miller, Committee Members who were instrumental in making this all happen".


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TWIN FALLS SPONSORS NEW INTERACT CLUB Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
PLEASE BRING DOOR PRIZES AND SILENT AUCTION ITEMS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on May 04, 2013

Submitted by Pam McKinley

An April 23rd feature article in the Idaho State Journal newspaper entitled "Rotary Clubs help each other to benefit community" told the story of how the 4 Rotary clubs of Pocatello have been working together more closely the past two years and the benefits coming from this collaboration.

All four Rotary Presidents and the Asst. Governor were interviewed for the article.  Everyone stressed how they had worked together on projects in the past, but have never worked together on the scale of their current cooperative effort. The article listed the many projects the clubs are working on to a greater degree of success than ever before. 

It was also stated that with this collaborative effort has come an attitude that has also helped with recruitment. Instead of primarily recruiting for their respective club, the goal now is to get a prospective member to become a Rotarian because there are so many opportunities. If a mystery link particular club doesn't work with a person's schedule, etc., then the presidents of other clubs are contacted letting them know the person is interested in Rotary and perhaps another club will be the right fit. Pocatello has a morning club, an evening club and 2 lunch clubs, each with their own unique character, to choose from. 

One president stated that working together has meant the four clubs are no longer duplicating efforts.  Instead they are leveraging all that the four clubs have to offer when it comes to projects of substance.

Beyond combining efforts on various projects and showing a unified front, the monthly meetings of club presidents has simply given them a sense that they are doing the best job possible of living up to Rotary ideals. Another president said, "It makes it a lot easier when we work together.  There are things we can do really well as individual clubs, but there are some things we can do better when we work together."

 

POCATELLO CLUBS FEATURED IN ARTICLE ON WORKING TOGETHER Rotarian John Biggs 2013-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 29, 2013

The splendor of Sun Valley awaits you! Registration for our District Conference at the Sun Valley Resort May 17-19 is now ready for you! 

EARLY BIRD PRICES WILL END ON FRIDAY!

For hotel reservations, contact the hotel directly, they have reserved a block of rooms for us with a special rate. Click here for the Sun Valley website with their contact information. Call 800-786-8259 for reservations.

NOW THAT YOU'RE READY TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE TO START

District 5400 Rotary Conference from Twin Falls Rotary on Vimeo.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW! Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 29, 2013

The District Conference Committee has finalized the schedule for the Conference weekend. Click "more" to see the details!

DISTRICT CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 29, 2013

1. Norha Restrepo, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.

Ms. Restrepo will bring an interesting perspective the conference them of ‗Peace through Service‘ with experience in media outreach, public relations and partnership development at this special political mission of the United Nations.

2. Lisa Brady, PhD, professor from Boise State University who will bring together an amaz-ing story that involves peace, the environment, and politics –a story that you will not want to miss. The title of her presentation is ‗Korea's DMZ: Negotiating Hope in Dangerous Times.‘

3. Bill Krumm, Tom Hadzor and Jennifer Isenhart, Wide Eye Productions, will host a showing of Idaho, the Movie, a one-hour television documentary featuring the well known and the hidden treasures of Idaho. They will also talk about the production of the movie.
https://www.box.com/s/s9f86nvcxxhsvlskfz5t
Bill Krumm, Photographer/Editor, Bill serves as Director, Photographer and Editor for high-end, HD projects at Wide Eye Productions. His specialty includes long-form production and his enthusiasm is contagious. Some kids sleep with Christmas toys, Bill once slept with a new camera. No kidding.
Jennifer Isenhart, Writer/Producer, has ushered dozens of projects from concept, through production, to completion—from Emmy award winning documentaries, to educational chil-dren's programs, to brand marketing pieces, to commercial productions. She knows how to weave images, sound and message into memorable stories.
Tom Hadzor, Director/Photographer, Wide-Eye‘s lead photographer has an eye for great images and the skill to bring them to your production. His outstanding work as a director and cameraman and is recognized by his peers in a regional Emmy, a National Press Photogra-pher's award for Outstanding Documentary photography, CINE Golden Eagle, Telly and Ac-colade awards.

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2013 DISTRICT CONFERENCE SPEAKERS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 29, 2013
District Conference brings many opportunities for Rotarians to represent their club and the district. Here are just a few examples:

Shop Rotary! Does your club have something it's selling as a fundraiser to support service projects? Contact Roger Brazier at rmbrazier@integraecm.com to make arrangements to offer Rotarians at District Conference a chance to purchase at the Shop Rotary store!

Silent Auction and Raffle Items: Each club is to bring one silent auction item (minimum $50 value) and 2-3 door prizes ($15-25 value) for the district conference. These are going to be terrific prizes to win through raffle and to bid on during the silent auction. Make sure you carry a pen with you at all times!

Club Cards: All Rotarians who register in advance for the conference will have Rotary club cards waiting for them at registration. These cards may be used to invite guests to your Club Meeting. The cards will be club specific - so make sure you register in advance.

Networking Board: Bring your business cards to join the Network Board that will be in the registration area. This is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians across the District!

ODDS AND ENDS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 29, 2013

There are an array of activities to take part in on Saturday afternoon during the Conference! 

You can sign up for one or more of the following when you register for the District Conference on Friday:

1. Fire it up – learn to make wood fired pizza at the all new Enoteca restaurant on Main Street in Ketchum. 2:30 p.m. Limited to 10 people; cost is $25/person

2. Art Gallery Stroll – start at Gail Severn Gallery at 400 1st Avenue and a guide will take you to the local art galleries. 3 p.m. Limited to 25 people; Free of charge; wear comfortable shoes

3. Brew-Ha-Ha – beer tasting hosted by incoming DG, Marianne Baker, with master brewers from Sawtooth Brewery; 2:30-4:30 at the ―Friendship House‖ (Harriman House on lodge property); Limited to 20 people; $20/person

4. Refresh yourself with Yoga – led by Sun Valley renowned instructor of 30 years, Richard Odum. Beginners are welcome. Location TBD. Limited to 40 people; $15/person

5. Irish Rebel Trek – hosted by Sun Valley-Ketchum Rotarians, Tom Keenan and Jack McNamara, you will hike Proctor. Meet at Hemingway monument at 3 p.m. Unlimited; Free of charge

6. Bikes, Wine and Cheese – hosted by Sun Valley Lodge, you will meet at Pete Lane‘s Bike Rental for a full tour of the Sun Valley property and surrounding area; $35/person with a wine tasting at the end. Note: this experience requires sign-up first thing at your arrival at registration so SV can ensure they have enough bikes

7. Slip Sliding Away – ice skating at the outdoor rink built by Union Pacific in the 1930‘s. $8/person should we get 15 to sign up or otherwise cost will be $17/person. Meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Ice Skating Hut

8. Mini-spa – chair massages in a designated room at Sun Valley Lodge. Cost is $1/minute. Come as you are. Sessions start at 2:30. Limit is approximately 12 people.

EXPERIENCE SUN VALLEY SATURDAY AFTERNOON Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 27, 2013

Some of you may have seen it, but have have you seen it on the big screen? Tim Woodward's Idaho, The Movie will be shown in the Sun River Resort's theater a couple of times during our Conference. But of special interest is that we will have as our guests the producer, editor and photographer of the project to tell us all about making it!

Tom Hadzor, Jennifer Isenhart and Bill Krumm, of Wide Eye PrImageImageImageoductions, have an array of production experience that is fascinating!

DISTRICT CONFERENCE WILL FEATURE "IDAHO, THE MOVIE" Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
WATCH THE LATEST VIDEO PROMOTING DISTRICT CONFERENCE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 27, 2013

$75,000,000 

Committed to Help Close the

$945 Million Polio Funding Gap!

    

Polio Plus:  Rotary’s obligation to the children of the world

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!

8,000,000 Children Saved from Polio Paralysis Since 1985

 Polio Eradication Update

For The Week Ending 04/27/13

Total paralysis cases

Year-to-date 2013

Y to D 2012

Total 2012

Total 2011

Globally

22

48

223

642

- in endemic countries:

22

45

217

335

- in non-endemic countries:

0

3

6

307

New Polio cases reported this week:

Pakistan 0, Afghanistan 1, Nigeria 2

 

2013 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2012 Totals)

Endemic Countries6 Pakistan (2012-58), 2 Afghanistan (2012-37),

14 Nigeria (2012-122)

 Importation Countries (2012 & 2013) – 0 Chad (2012-5), 0 Niger (2012-1)

 

Terry Ziegler, bigzlumber@aol.com District 5890 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

POLIO ERADICATION UPDATE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 27, 2013

Are you in Idaho? Help us out May 2nd!

Idaho Gives
 Idaho Gives is a 24-hour statewide online fundraising drive for Idaho's nonprofits, big and small. We are lucky enough to be part of this great community fundraiser on May 2nd!

How you can help: Donate directly to
 our Idaho Gives page on May 2nd, or schedule your donation for May 2nd. On May 2nd from Midnight -11:59 pm, a share of every dollar raised will be matched. With enough support, we even have a shot at some bonus grants!


Thanks for your support, Idaho! 

For Curt's current newsletter, click here.

 

 

SEMILLA NUEVA EVENT MAY 2ND Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CONFERENCE FEATURES IDAHO MOVIE Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 27, 2013

DG Bret Vaterlaus has requested this letter be sent to all!

Rotarians and Friends:              

District 5870 Keyway, Inc (501(c)3)  the charitable financial arm of Rotary District 5870 is now accepting Donations to assist the community of West, TX recover from the devastating explosion of a Fertilizer Plant on April 17, 2013. The first responders have done a wonderful job taking care of the immediate need and several gave their lives in a noble effort to protect others in the community.  Our hearts grieve, and we offer our deepest condolences to their families, friends and communities.  The death toll is now 14, with more than 200 injured.  The community of West has been dealt a tremendous blow, but the spirit of the community is strong and the community will recover, and Rotarians from around the world are asking how they can help. 

 

 

WEST, TEXAS ROTARY REQUESTS OUR HELP Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 27, 2013

ImageImageMarianne Barker, District Governor Elect from Twin Falls Blue Lakes, is promoting the idea of a Night at the Ballpark to raise funds and awareness of Rotary's efforts to erase Polio. Look for news about Boise Hawks and Idaho Falls Chukars games this summer. We'll have to sell some tickets in advance to get a good deal. we'll get super deals on snacks, too! This will be a great fellowship opportunity for all Rotarians and promote our Polio eradication efforts. We may even have an East vs. West competition! So stay tuned for more...............

Update: The Treasure Valley committee has confirmed the Boise Hawks date as July 22 at 7:15PM. Goal is to raise $500 for Polio Plus. Stay tuned for further updates

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR "PITCHING FOR POLIO" Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 20, 2013

On April 16th, Marianne Barker had the honor of awarding Paul Harris Fellowship to five members of the Rupert Rotary Club. The special dinner was held at the Drift Inn. New honorees were Rand Fagg, Ron Clawsen, Rick Bollar and Doug Reinke. In addition, Kerry Saurey was honored for being a PHF +1.

Anyone who gives $1,000 or more, during a Rotary career, to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, PolioPlus Partners, or a specified Matching Grant can be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. This amount can come from a lump sum or cumulative gifts over time. People also can be honored if someone else makes a contribution in their name. 

When it became clear last year that the million mark had been reached, the Foundation set out to identify exactly who the millionth Paul Harris Fellow was. The task proved to be challenging. With donations coming in from every part of the world, there were simply too many time zones and international banks, each with their own methods for recording deposits, to say who should receive the honor So instead, the Foundation recognized 34 individuals – one donor from every Rotary zone.

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RUPERT HONORS NEW PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 14, 2013

See Tech Talk document

 

Cadre of Technical Advisers

The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers is a group of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians planning and implementing projects around the world. Cadre members support Foundation programs by reviewing, monitoring, and evaluating projects and ensuring the proper stewardship of grant funds. 


EVER WONDER HOW RI MONITORS GRANTS? Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 14, 2013

The four Rotary Clubs of Pocatello completed the first collection drive for ROTARY HELPS on April 10 when they brought recently collected donations together at

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the New Horizons Center to sort for distribution. 

ROTARY HELPS is a project that helps School District 25, Bannock Youth Foundation and Aid For Friends with critical needs of children and adults in the local area.  ROTARY HELPS is a joint project of the Pocatello, Gate City, Centennial and Portneuf Rotary Clubs of Poctatello.  

ROTARY HELPS was initiated by Saeid Rezaii, President-Elect of the Pocatello Rotary Club, who had performed a similar project during the holidays for children in the school district.  Unlike that project, ROTARY HELPS will be on-going, with continuous collections and three or four distributions each year.

 

FOUR POCATELLO CLUBS START "ROTARY HELPS" Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotarian John Biggs on Apr 13, 2013

Outside of the Treasure Valley, most Rotarians don't know about the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation.  It was founded in 1984 to create a tax-exempt charitable entity that would allow contributions to be tax deductible, all 100% of distributions to be used locally and be supplementary to the Rotary International Foundation.  It is supported primarily by the Ada County Rotary Clubs:  Boise (Downtown); Boise Metro; Boise Southwest; Boise Sunrise; Meridian, Eagle/Garden City; Boise Centennial; Boise East; Boise West. 

ImageBy pooling gifts from all Boise Clubs the Foundation is able to support more local community projects with larger amounts in grants to each organization.  


For each $1,000 given by a single Rotarian they are named as a Bob Gibb Fellow.  Robert S. Gibb was president of the Boise Club from 1966 to 1967 and Rotary District 5400 Governor from 1976 to 1977.  Robert MYSTERY LINK passed away in 1977 and in 1978 the Robert S. Gibb Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Boise Rotary Club.  When the GBRF was established the scholarship administration was moved to the Foundation.

Robert Gibb was a longtime educator with the Idaho State Department of Education.  He was involved in virtually every community activity he could find:  March of Dimes, Chamber of Commerce, 4-H, Easter Seals, Masons, Neighborhood Youth Corps and more.  The bridge that connects Julia Davis Park with BSU is named after him "The Robert S. Gibb Memorial Bridge."  He lived and breathed the Rotary 4-Way Test.

The Foundations's capital stood at about $730,000 as of June 30, 2012. Last year the Foundation awarded grants totaling $34,000 to 23 different organizations. The Board of Directors includes representatives from the 8 valley Rotary Clubs. For more information, including grant applications, visit their website.

GREATER BOISE ROTARY FOUNDATION Rotarian John Biggs 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Apr 07, 2013

ImageImageA significant event happened in our District last Wednesday evening at the Sockeye Grill in Boise. The Boise West  Rotary Club for Adventurous Types was officially chartered as our newest club, the 43rd in District 5400. Originally a Rotaract Club, leaders have been working hard to recruit the required 20 members since late 2010. The three originals were Melissa Weymouth, Dawn Hickman and Andy Wood. Its a tribute to their hard work and enthusiasm to bring this new club to fruition. During the past two years, they have been active in the community working with refugee programs and other events. The President of the new club is Melissa Weymouth; Dawn Hickman is the President-elect. (By the way, Melissa's Dad, Charles, is a charter member of Boise Metro!) The Club meets at 6:00PM on Wednesdays at the Sockeye Grill. Everyone is invited to stop by.

The Charter Night event was attended by District big-wigs Bret Vaterlaus, Marianne Barker, Terry Gilbert and Kathleen Simko. Representatives from many other clubs were also in attendance. The official Charter Certificate, delivered by RI President Sakuji Tanaka, was presented to President Weymouth by DG Bret.

Visit the club's website here.

WELCOME TO OUR 43rd CLUB!! John Biggs 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Apr 06, 2013

Aileen Hale from Boise Metro Rotary Invites You On a Belize Site Visit This Summer

Hello Fellow Rotarians!

As a member of the Boise Metro Club leading a Sister Club initiative with a Rotary club in Belize, I am extending an invitation to all club members in Idaho to join

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us on our 1st Inaugural Site Visit to Belize.

As a Fulbright Scholar partnering with the University of Belize, in support of educational methods for teacher training , I have had the opportunity to lay the groundwork for international Rotary partnerships, through meeting with 5 Rotary Club Presidents in Belize. The Boise Metro Club is planning to partner with a club in Punta Gorda.

This intent for the initial site visit is to invite others to build relationships for future partnerships/potential projects.  It will provide the opportunity for Idaho Rotarians to take leadership initiative for his/her club; current projects; and learn about possibilities for future collaborations. The current focus is on literacy , water, and health related projects.  All five Belizean Clubs have expressed great interest in partnering with clubs in Idaho to build long-term, sustainable partnerships and projects. 

If interested in joining us, please contact:

aileenhale@gmail.com

208-860-5894

BOISE METRO INVITES YOU TO BELIZE John Biggs 2013-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 31, 2013

District Conference brings about so many opportunities for Rotarians to represent their club and the district.  Here are just a few examples: 

Shop Rotary!  Does your club have something it's selling as a fundraiser to support service projects? Contact Roger Brazier to make arrangements to offer Rotarians at District Conference a chance to purchase at the Shop Rotary store!  Contact Roger Brazier at rmbrazier@integraecm.com 

Silent Auction and Raffle Items!  Each club donates both raffle items and silent auctions for the district conference.  There will be terrific prizes to win through raffle and to bid on during the silent auction. 

Saturday events!  The Ketchum club has made arrangements for a full range of activities.  Yoga, pizza making, wine tasting, hiking, biking, beer making and tasting, and much, much more.   Look for activity sign-ups at the District Conference registration table. 

Club Cards:  All Rotarians who register in advance for District Conference will have Rotary club cards ready at the Registration Table.  These are cards that you may use to invite guests to your Club Meeting.  The cards will be club specific - so make sure you register in advance to ensure you receive your club cards. 

Networking Board:   Bring your business cards to join the Network Board that will be in the registration area.  This is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians across the District! 

Submitted by Janice Fulkerson, Betro Metro

DISTRICT CONFERENCE ODDS 'N ENDS John Biggs 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 30, 2013
Semilla Nueva hasImage
 put together a series of trip opportunities for our supporters. Our goal is to provide supporters an opportunity visit the sites where our projects take place, work together with Semilla Nueva's staff, and obtain a more intimate understanding of the work they are supporting. These trips are available to Rotary members, Semilla Nueva Board of Director members, SN Associate Board members, and potential new supporters. Thus, you can expect to share your experience with a variety of people sure to enrich your experience. Our hope is to grow our support base as well as enhance our existing base by giving a more personal perspective and engagement with the work of Semilla Nueva. We consider all of our supporters a part of the Semilla Nueva family, and for that reason we want you feel deeply connected to the real work that goes on here.

SEMILLA NUEVA PLANNING TRIPS IN MAY AND AUGUST John Biggs 2013-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
CONFERENCE SERVICE PROJECT - LINUS NEEDS YOU! John Biggs 2013-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 27, 2013

ImageFor nearly 40 years the Emmett Rotary Club has held its Youth Auction in April. The community works with Rotary Club members to donate a wide assortment of items to be auctioned off during a fun evening. The event takes place in the atrium of Emmett High School on Friday, April 26th at 6:00PM. The auction typically yields around $15,000. All of these funds are administered by the Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation and are distributed back to the community. The majority of grants are to youth groups, particularly 4-H groups. Since the inception of the program, over $350,000 has been raised and redistributed to Emmett youth organizations. For more information, contact Emmett Rotary.

EMMETT CLUB'S YOUTH AUCTION April 26 NEARLY 40 YEARS AND $350,000 John Biggs 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 27, 2013

The Boise Rotary Century Scholars Program honors Boise’s top 100 graduating seniors in a high-profile community event on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union at Boise State University.

One hundred seniors, from Boise’s public and non-public high schools, who achieve the highest grade point average (minimum 3.75/4.0 scale) for their respective graduating classes, will be recognized.  In addition, each student receiving recognition will be asked to identify an educator who played a significant/inspirational role in the student’s K-12 academic success.  The selected educator will be honored along with the student.  

 

BOISE ROTARY CENTURY SCHOLARS April 16th John Biggs 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 24, 2013

We've asked you to save the date - May 17-18, 2013 - now it's time to tell you about the terrific speakers.  Here is a sample of the speakers confirmed for the weekend in Sun Valley:

Norha Restrepo from the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.  Ms. Restrpo will bring an interesting perspective the conference them of ‘Peace through Service’ with her experience in media outreach, public relations and partnership development at this special political mission of the UN.   

Lisa Brady, PhD, professor from Boise State University who will speak about the Green Ribbon of Hope, the DMZ between North and South Korea.  This is an amazing environmental and political story.

Tom Hadzor and Jennifer Isenhart, Wide Eye Productions, will host a showing of Idaho, the Movie, a one-hour television documentary featuring the well known and the hidden treasures of Idaho. They will also talk about the production of the movie. 



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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS WILL BE AWESOME! John Biggs 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 24, 2013

The Registration Portal isn't quite ready yet, but here are the fees for your planning purposes. we'll let you know as soon as you can register on line.

  1. Rotarian Ticket, includes Friday/Saturday sessions, lunches and dinners: $230 (early bird rate)
  2. Rotarian Ticket, Saturday sessions, lunch and dinner: $175  
  3. Guest Ticket, Friday/Saturday sessions, lunches and dinners: $135
  4. Guest lunch only $30 each lunch
  5. Guest dinner only $45 each dinner

 

CONFERENCE FEES ARE REASONABLE! John Biggs 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CONFERENCE MAY 17-18 John Biggs 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 19, 2013

ImageWe received this from Kurt Bowen: March has been an amazing month for Semilla Neuva. Thanks to a generous donor we now have land for our Experimentation and Training Center! This is an amazing step in expanding our research capabilities and our ability to impact the region. We had an unbelievable month of conferences and witnessed the farmer to farmer model in action. It's been a busy and inspirational month! Are you ready to check out our programs in Guatemala? Check out our Immersion and Work trips offered this May and August!  Visit their website here for more information .

As you may recall, last November a group of Rotarians from our District trekked down to Guatemala to visit Kurt and his friends at the Semilla Nueva project in Guatemala. You can read Beth Markley's blog post here.

SEMILLA NUEVA UPDATE John Biggs 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 19, 2013

District Conference is successful because Rotary volunteers from across District 5400 support the event through donating time, talent and treasure.   Sponsorships are a key part of covering the costs and keeping the registration costs low.  Please consider becoming a Conference sponsor through one of the following options: 

A.  Conference Program

  1. Inside of the front cover; inside of the back cover; or outside of the back Cover. These positions are first come first serve basis) $1,500
  2. Full page, black and white, inside the program: $750
  3. Half page, black and white, inside the program: $550
  4. Quarter page, black and white, inside the program: $250 

B.  Event Sponsorship

  1. Welcome Lunch, includes your logo plus promotion by the MC: $1,000 
  2. Keynote speaker from the United Nations, includes your logo plus promotion by the MC: $1,000
  3. Banquet dessert, includes display your logo on every table: $750
  4. Cocktail reception, includes display of banner you provide: $750
  5. Awards presentation, includes your logo in the presentation: $500
  6. Networking board, includes your logo on the board $300

Important to know: Advertising and event sponsorships need to be completed by April 15

For questions and to choose a sponsorship option, please contact Steve Simmons at ssimmons1@carch.com


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND! John Biggs 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 19, 2013

ImageKevin Learned of the Boise Rotary Club has been named Director of the new Venture College at Boise State. Kevin was District 5400 Governor for the 2009-2010 year. Kevin is past President of the Boise Angel Alliance. Venture College is a unique university-wide initiative independent of any academic college focused on preparing students to launch enterprises of social and economic value. Additional information is available at news.boisestate.edu

PAST D.G. LEARNED TO HEAD UP BSU VENTURE COLLEGE John Biggs 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marianne Barker on Mar 14, 2013

Please mark your calendar for April 6th, Red Lion Canyon Springs in Twin Falls, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This annual meeting of all District Committees will include a review of the district's strategic plan as well as goal setting for next year.  This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow committee members "face to face" - instead of over the phone or some anonymous e-mail! Incoming District Governor Marianne will be interested to hear of each committee's progress and plans for her year 2013-2014. Please be sure to register for the event on the District website no later than April 1st. Every Rotarian is welcome, even if you just want to see what committees are up to! Lunch will be provided! Hope to see you there!!



ANNUAL SPRING COMMITTEE GATHERING APRIL 6TH IN T.F. Marianne Barker 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 14, 2013
Boise Downtown Rotary Club has partnered with Payette Brewery for a Kegs4Kause event on Monday, April 8th from 3-10PM. 50% of beer sales that day will be donated to the Rotary Club to help support its community activities. The Brewery has been doing this since last fall and so far has worked with some 50 non-profits! Check it out here:
BOISE DOWNTOWN INVITES EVERYONE TO PAYETTE BREWERY APRIL 8 John Biggs 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 14, 2013

ImageTHIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO ENTER THE "MYSTERY LINK" CONTEST! ENTRIES WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, MAY 11TH. Starting April 1st, and running for six weeks through about May 15th, we'll have a fun new contest for you and a chance to win a $100 gift card at District Conference! Here's the deal: go to the District Website's homepage and read through the articles looking for the "Mystery Link". Click on that and you'll be taken to your default email window. Just enter your name, city or club,  and phone number and "send". Please put "mystery link" in the subject line. That's it!! You can do this once each week if you want, for up to six entries. At District Conference, we'll draw the winner from all those who found the link and entered. You don't have to be present to win. Good Luck!  

LAST CHANCE - FIND THE MYSTERY LINK AND WIN 100 BUCKS! John Biggs 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Mar 09, 2013

https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifHere is a brief summary of international grant projects that are currently in progress and others that are being developed for hopeful future implementation.  

If you are a club taking on the lead of a project(s), THANK YOU.  If you are a club who wants to become involved with a project but cannot take the lead, you are VERY much needed for your financial support and involvement.  The lead club can NOT do it alone and needs your assistance.  Please look over the many worthy options below and contact the name or myself for further information. If your club is developing a project, please contact me so it can be added to the list. 

The goal of our district through this project is to get every club involved at some level with an international grant.  We can make it happen!!              ________________________________________________________

  • Currently about 10-12 clubs have contributed to or done something in conjunction with the Semilla Nueva Guatemalan farming project which is ongoing and other clubs can contribute. 
  • Many clubs have participated in the ongoing Nigerian Water & Sanitation Project.
  • Several clubs Boise area & Twin Falls clubs are pursuing the Duck Valley Indian Reservation project--forming Boys & Girls clubs. 
  • Several clubs are continuing support of Peruvian and Ecuador Projects: a couple are McCall (Suzanne Rainville); Eagle Garden City (Mike Sieler) 
  • Boise Sunrise involved with Genesis One in Kenya, Semilla Nueva farming project in Guatemala, orphanage and Peer Learning project in Peru and Duck Valley Indian reservation. (Rich Burleigh)
  • Boise Metro is pursuing projects in Belize thru a member fulfilling a Fulbright Scholarship there. (Aileen Hale) 
  • Nampa noon is developing a prototype shoe that grows as a child does to distribute in 3rd world countries to prevent/reduce soil disease transmission. (Jennifer Devoin) 
  • Twin Fall involved with Duck Valley Reservation, Semilla Nueva. (Dave Foster) 
  • Boise Downtown is involved with a scouting trip to Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador for possible assistance with a school; Burangi Kenya for medical clinic and community health;  Esteli Nicaragua for replacement housing due to hurricane devastation. (Todd Fischer)
  • East Idaho Falls (Lynn Bybee) is involved with a Thai Dental Clinic as well as Nigerian Water. 
  • Hailey club is involved with an orphanage in Tanzania.
  • Pocatello Centennial has a desire to support an orphanage in India.
  • Boise Downtown, Boise Metro, and Boise SW took an exploratory trip to Ecuador in February to scout projects to collaborate with their Ecuadorian colleagues.

CONTACT:

Pam McKinley

World Community Services District Chair (International Global Grants)

pmckinley@cableone.net

(208) 406-3245

Pocatello Portneuf evening club - home club

 

MANY CLUBS WORKING ON GLOBAL GRANTS John Biggs 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Feb 15, 2013

Rotarians who contribute to the Rotary Foundation will have received RI's 2012 annual report in the mail this week. It's a fascinating read! Here are some interesting factoids:

  • There are now 532 Districts, 34,533 Rotary clubs, and 1,227,189 Rotarians
  • There are 9,388 Rotaract clubs, 14,734 Interact clubs
  • 8,000 Youth Exchange students from 80 countries
  • 25,000 students participated in RYLA
  • The Rotary Foundation administrative and sales expenses were only 10% of revenues. This earned the Foundation a rating of A+ from Charity Navigator, the highest grade given.
  • Taiwan was the country with the highest per capita giving ($179)
  • There were 47,218 new Paul Harris Fellows
  • The Annual Programs Fund received $110 million in contributions; the Permanent Fund received $18 million; Polio Plus received $45 million.
  • Total Foundation assets as of 12/31/12 were $813 million.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT John Biggs 2013-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Feb 04, 2013
Members of the Boise Metro Rotary Club are among fifteen people in a group biking through Vietnam and Cambodia. The trip is organized by "Asia Adventures Community Bicycle Rides". You can follow the adventure by reading the Reiman's blog at  www.donreimancfp.com. You'll read about these "white-skinned tall Westerners" and their many adventures. ImageBoise Rotarians are Don and Mary Reiman, Sky Logan and Jeff Larsen.
BOISE METRO ROTARIANS BIKE THROUGH ASIA John Biggs 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Feb 04, 2013

Boise Metro Rotary is busy finalizing plans for the Sun Valley District Conference which will be May 17-18. Watch for details about:

  • Flash mobs
  • film screenings
  • UN speakers
  • business card swap
  • raffles
  • MOO cards
  • 60's night hilarities
  • much more!

The Ketchum Rotary club is working on Saturday afternoon fun activities. Registration will be available soon and you'll see reduced costs for guests. Be sure to mark your calendar now!!


DISTRICT CONFERENCE DETAILS EMERGING John Biggs 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Feb 01, 2013

Saturday Feb 2 was a glorious day in McCall (even tho many of us were socked in with yet another foggy inversion). The sun was blazing and the village was packed with folks enjoying the last day of Winter Carnival. The McCall Rotary Club, as it has for many, many years, set up its two Beads and Chorizo stands along Main Street. They expect to clear about $8,000 which goes back into community youth programs.

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Here's Scott Pressman with an unknown tourist. (His necktie is made of beads!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

L to R: Ann Rush, Bryan WImageilliams and Pat Zak.

McCALL ROTARY WINTER CARNIVAL FINALE John Biggs 2013-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 31, 2013

Our District funded TWO Ambassadorial Scholarships this year, Giacobazzi Yanez and Tiara Lusk. Now you can read their fascinating blog posts here. Go to the list of Rotary Links on the left side of this page and you'll find the links to their blogs.

 Tiara LImageusk is from Sugar City and was sponsored by the Rexburg Rotary Club. A graduate of BYU, she is studying toward a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University.

 

 

 

Giacobazzi Yanzez graduated from Idaho State with a degree in Anthropology. He is now in London at the Univerisyt of Arts working toward an M.A. in Filmmaking. He calls himself a "visual anthropologist".Image

READ OUR SCHOLARS' BLOGS John Biggs 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 28, 2013

Dear Rotarians,

Happy New Year! the last several weeks have been exciting for Rotary and polio eradication, and we've seen significant Rotary recognition in new media around the globe -- including a cover story on the international edition of TIME Magazine.ENDPOLIONOW_4p

As we kick-off a new calendar year, here are some the important feature stories you can share. Also included are some key social media statistics and news about a new contribution to PolioPlus from PhRMA, the pharmaceutical trade organization, enabling Rotary to receive a donation for every photo uploaded to the World's Biggest Commercial. If you haven't already, please join today at www.endpolionow.org. We have received thousands of photos from over 110 countries.

POLIO PROGRESS IS IN THE NEWS John Biggs 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Fulkerson on Jan 28, 2013

Consistent with the current Rotary International theme of "Peace Through Service", the Conference theme will be "Peace". The speakers will present topics related to peace - including a speaker from the United Nations. Image

Peace is a serious topic - yet there will be plenty of fun, to include 60's themed costume party on Friday evening.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR AT THE DISTRICT CONFERENCE Janice Fulkerson 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janice Fulkerson on Jan 28, 2013

Mark your calendar now for May 17-18 for the 2013 District Conference at the Sun Valley Resort. This year's event is organized by Boise Metro, under the command of Cornelia Sprung. the Planning committee meets regularly to cover each detail of the conference - from the registration and welcome to the fantastic raffle items.Image

The DC Committee L to R: Cornelia Sprung, Charles Weymouth, Mary Reiman, Nate Pierce, John Biggs, Bret Vaterlaus and Kristi Vaterlaus. (Members not pictured are Mary Castle, Janice Fulkerson, Dave Thornton and Jack Cafferty).

SAVE THE DATE FOR DISTRICT CONFERENCE Janice Fulkerson 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 25, 2013
2012ThemeLogoThe Rotary Foundation Chair, Gene Hoge of Pocatello (PDG) is urging club presidents, presidents-elect and foundation chairs to attend sessions to qualify their clubs to participate the new RI Global Grant Management program.  Sessions will be held in 2013 from 10-2 p.m. on Feb. 2 (Pocatello), 9 (Twin Falls) or 23 (Boise).  Clubs are asked to pay a $20 per person fee.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Exact locations are to be determined. 

“We’re holding these sessions to meet RI’s requirement that clubs become qualified to participate in RI’s global grant programs which will be launched on July 31, 2013,” said Hoge. “Please mark these dates and register at www.rotary5400.org. Each club must have TWO representatives present to sign and follow the Club Memorandum of Understanding.”  

 Click here for a helpful FAQ Document.

NEW GRANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM SEMINARS ARE MANDATORY! John Biggs 2013-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 25, 2013

At last Saturday's Mid-Winter Assembly at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise, Jerry Timm made a surprise appearance to hand out packages of District Conference Raffle tickets for each club. We hope your calendar is already marked for May 17-18 in Sun Valley for D.C.

 Pictured looking for tickets, L to R, Alan Bosch, Jerry Timm, DG Bret Vaterlaus. Image

D.C. RAFFLE TICKETS ARE HERE!!! John Biggs 2013-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 22, 2013

The Rotary Club of Boise West (The Club Of Adventurous Types) is one of the most involved clubs in our district. They meet 6-7 p.m. each Wednesday at the Sockeye Grill at the corner of Ustick and Cole in West Boise.  Led in their provisional years by presidents Andy Wood and  Melissa Weymouth, the club has been involved in hands-on projects galore, enough to make me tired (but I am a senior citizen now).Image

MEET OUR NEWEST ROTARY CLUB, BOISE WEST OF ADVENTUROUS TYPES John Biggs 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 16, 2013
This comes from our friends at Semilla Nueva"  "Last year we were extremely lucky to have received a vehicle donation from one of our favorite friends in Idaho - a beautiful Toyota Tundra!  The onlyImage catch?  We had to get it down to Guatemala.  So two of Semilla Nueva's biggest supporters and great friends decided to take a walk on the wild side and drive the truck all the way from Boise, Idaho to Xela Guatemala - 3,610.2 miles to be exact. 

ROTARIANS DELIVER TRUCK TO SEMILLA NUEVA John Biggs 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 15, 2013
Ricardo and Lilia Becker

District Governor-Elect Marianne Barker (Twin Fall Blue Lakes Rotary) writes from the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego. She has been looking up Rotarians from Districts around the world with whom Imagewe have had a Youth Exchange relationship. So far, she had met Ricardo and Lilia Becker from D4550 (Brazil) and DGE Dato' Amko of D3520 (Taiwan).  Marianne says, " This is really fun here.  I dined and danced (boogied is a better word) with Bahia Brazilians tonight." (Photos: Left Amko; right Becker)

DGE BARKER IN SAN DIEGO FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY John Biggs 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 05, 2013

The first of three Mid-Winter Assemblies was held in Twin Falls on Jan 5th. Seven clubs participated in the meeting. One group met on membership ideas while another group of Rotary Presidents and Presidents-elect. Twin Falls, Blue Lakes Rotary, Twin Falls After Hours, Burley, Hailey, Ketchum, & Buhl. DG Bret Vaterlaus, DG Elect Marianne Barker and Terry Bowman were the key facilitators. Pictured here are District Membership Chair Terry Bowman and DG Bret Vaterlaus.

The other two Assemblies will be held January 19th in Pocatello and January 26th in Boise.

Submitted by Kevin Bradshaw

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FIRST DISTRICT MID-WINTER ASSEMBLY IN TWIN FALLS John Biggs 2013-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jan 02, 2013

Our Annual Sun Valley District Conference will be held the weekend of May 17-18. Organizing this year's event is Boise Metro, under the command of Cornelia Sprung. The Planning Committee held its first official meeting on Thursday, January 3rd, at Smoky Mountain Pizza. Items on the agenda included ideas for a Keynote Speaker, marketing and publicity for the event and registration issues. The theme is "Peace" and the 60's. Lots more information will follow, so stay tuned! (Pictures, L to R, Cornelia Sprung, Charles Weymouth, Mary Reiman, Nate Pierce, John Biggs, Bret Vaterlaus, Kristi Vaterlaus.Conspicuously missing is Janice Fulkerson) The group also enjoyed a surprise visit from Nampa President Police Chief Craig Kingsbury who was there on official business.Image

DISTRICT CONFERENCE PLANNING BEGINS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR! John Biggs 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 17, 2012

ImageA mother of a third grader in our district sent us this note:

Who knew a child could be that thrilled with a dictionary.  She read it all the time we were driving, took it into both Michael's and Albertsons.  She told the clerks about the longest word.  This morning she sat on the floor signing her name and looking up words before she took it to school with her.

You really hit the jackpot!

Submitted by Phil Anderson

DICTIONARIES A BIG HIT John Biggs 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 12, 2012

Last year, we introduced you to the Idaho non-profit group Semilla Neuva, or “New Seed” in Spanish.  For almost five years, it’s been teaching sustainable agricImageulture practices to farmers in Guatemala.  Over the past year, the group helped more farmers than ever before, and won a prestigious award from the Huffington Post.This year Semilla Neuva was a winner of the Huffington Post’s Millennial Impact Challenge.  The Post searched for the ten best public service projects launched by people under 30.  Each winner received $10,000.  Bowen says that’s a big boost to the group’s $50,000 a year budget.

Listen to the story on Boise State Public Radio here http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/more-200-guatemalan-farmers-have-learned-about-sustainable-ag-idaho-non-profit

Also check this out - Curt's Alma Mater, Whitman College - senior men's annual fund raiser produces $36,000 for the Semilla Nueva Foundation.

http://www.whitman.edu/newsroom/news/2012/mr-whitman-event-raises-36000-for-semilla-nueva-foundation 

SEMILLA NUEVA WINS HUFFPOST and WHITMAN AWARDS! John Biggs 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 12, 2012

The January Mid-Winter Assemblies (one wag named it the Vaterlaus Add Vantage – let’s see if the name sticks) present two morning sessions running concurrently, one featuring club leaders sharing the “agony and ecstasies” of serving in this august role, and the other designed for membership chairs.  After a sumptuous lunch, the two groups will join into one and share their ideas for strengthening clubs and ways to increase membership recruitment and retention.

DG Bret urges club presidents, presidents-elect, vice presidents and membership chairs and their committee members to attend.  “The Mid-Winter Assemblies give us a chance to sh2012ThemeLogoare the good work we are doing, inspire each other to make the second half of our work even better, and learn ways to improve our clubs.”

Terry Bowman, D5400 Membership Chair, envisions three major issues for conversation by membership leaders at the assemblies:  1) How can we increase the number of new members? 2) How can we effectively integrate new members into our clubs? and 3) How can we effectively retain members? 

Where and when? 

Twin Falls on Jan. 5 from 9:00–4:00 pm at the Turf Club

Pocatello on Jan. 19 from 9:00-4:00 pm at Idaho State University Student Union Bldg

Boise on Jan. 29 from 9:00-4:00 pm at location to be determined, probably Owyhee Plaza

Come to the Mid-Winter Assembly or the “Vaterlaus Add Vantage.”

 Submitted by Terry Gilbert

MID-WINTER ASSEMBLIES = THE VATERLAUS ADD VANTAGE John Biggs 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 09, 2012

Terry Bowman, past president of the Rotary Club of Boise Southwest, has accepted an invitation from DG Bret Vaterlaus to serve as the D5400 membership chair, a three-year commitment. ImageHis first objective is to form a membership team, one member each from the eastern, central and western areas of our district.  If you would like to help, please contact Terry at tlbowman@cableone.net or call him at 208-939-8158.

Terry urges the membership chairs of each club to attend the mid-winter assemblies in Pocatello on Jan. 19 and Boise on Jan. 26.  If you are a membership chair, your presence is crucial to the creation of a membership action plan. 

Bowman sees three major issues for conversation by membership leaders at the assemblies:  1) How can we increase the number of new members, 2) how can we effectively integrate new members into our clubs, and 3) how can we effectively retain members? 

Come, bring your ideas about the role of your club and the support you need from the district.

(Dick Hart, past assistant governor, congratulates Terry Bowman on his new post at the meeting of Boise Southwest on Dec. 5, 2012.)

Submitted by Terry Gilbert

TERRY BOWMAN, NEW D5400 MEMBERSHP CHAIR, ASKS FOR HELP John Biggs 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 06, 2012
ImageOne of the responsibilities of the District Governor is to visit every club in the District during the year. Our DG, Bret Vaterlaus, has achieved that goal and its only December! On December 5th, Bret visited the Twin Falls Rotary Club. Watch this video to see his presentation. DG Vaterlaus at Twin Falls Rotary
DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS LAST CLUB John Biggs 2012-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 05, 2012

Rotarians in the Eastern Idaho regions will have the opportunity to learn more about Rotary at three sessions of RLI beginning in January. The three sessions of the Pocatello  RLI are planned for Jan. 12, Feb. 16 and March 16.  One may register at the district website at www.rotary5400.org.

The RLI has proven popular and influential in that many graduates have assumed leadership positions in their clubs and on the district level.  Be sure to sign up for the RLI either in Pocatello this year or when the sessions are announced for the 2013-14 year. Image

You may know NANCY JASZKOWIAK-CHINN. She's executive director of the Boise Downtown Club and chair of the D5400 Awards Committee. She was recently awarded her graduation certificate from the Boise RLI program which completed last month. Here she is with club President Marshall Baker.

 Nancy’s name and that of other graduates will be included in the District 5400 Rotary Conference directory in Sun Valley May 17 and 18, 2013.  

Submitted by Terry Gilbert

 

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE CONTINUES IN POCATELLO John Biggs 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 05, 2012

ImageCraig Kingsbury, president of the Rotary Club of Nampa, has been appointed Chief of the Nampa Police Department.

Craig joined the Nampa Rotary Club in 2003 after he was promoted to lieutenant at the police dept.  He was elected to the club’s board of directors in 2008.  He recently successfully completed the Rotary Leadership Institute.

He plans to have his dad pin his Chief’s badge on him.  His dad retired as the Nez Perce County Sheriff in 2004 where he served 8 years as the county sheriff.  Prior to that he retired from the Lewiston Police Dept after 19 years there.  He worked 8 years before that at the Bellevue, WA PD.  His dad was also a member of the Lewiston Rotary Club. 
NAMPA ROTARIAN CRAIG KINGSBURY NAMED POLICE CHIEF John Biggs 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Dec 03, 2012

Yogi Berra said it, “If you don’t know where you are going, chances are you will end up someplace else.”

That’s the premise of District 5400’s Visioning Adventure where clubs are guided into a vision of their future.

The Blue Lakes-Twin Falls Club is one up on the seventeen other clubs in the district that have participated in visioning.  TImagehey gathered on Nov. 29 and revisioned their strategic plan first created three years ago. In the two hour meeting, the members discarded some of the original plans, refined others and resurrected some original ideas that were not considered viable three years ago.

Don Acheson, club president, said, "The first visioning session opened our minds and has enabled us to perform incredible things.  Watch out, because with the revisioning session, we’re ready to take another great leap.  If you haven’t considered doing this, I would encourage every club to start this process.”

For more information about VISIONING, contact Terry Gilbert, District Trainer.

Submitted by Terry Gilbert

BLUE LAKES - TWIN FALLS ROTARY LATEST TO EXPLORE "VISIONING" John Biggs 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 30, 2012

It appears that Marianne Barker, DGE, and Terry Gilbert, PDG, attempted to  revise the District Leadership Policies with a caulk gun, as this photo taken on Nov. 30 shows.  “How do we revise the wording in this section?” GiImagelbert asked her .  “Let me grab my caulk gun, and let’s just glue these pages together, “ Barker replied as the camera flashed.

 Actually, the Fearsome Twosome have been revising district policies for many months, a word-by-word scouting of the document to introduce brevity where possible and clarity where necessary.   Their final revisions will be presented to the District Leadership Council as soon as possible, or as Gilbert has said, “Probably the year 2050, the rate we’re going.”

You can find  the current District Leadership Plan by clicking here: District Leadership Plan .  If you have suggestions or questions, submit them to Marianne at marianne5617@msn.com.

 Submitted by Terry Gilbert

Taking a Caulk Gun to District 5400 Policies? John Biggs 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 28, 2012

Yes, some of these graduates and facilitators -– in fact, if you look closely, ALL –are jokesters, too.  The picture shows the uninhibited relief these graduates and facilitators displayed after finishing the third of three sessions of the leadership institute, a facilitated discussion of key concepts in Rotary from The Rotary Foundation to serving as a leader.

Note that Jennifer Deroin and Shannon Morgan are holding their certificates.

The third  RLI session will be held in Twin Falls on Jan.12.  RLI will begin for the eastern portion of our district on Jan. 12 at Idaho State University.  Watch for additional information coming your way.

(FromImage left to right, first row:  Sue Bietia, Stacy Gulley, Linda Sue Shelton, John Biggs. Laurie Zuckerman poses on the laps.   Back row:  Dick Halsey, Jennifer Deroin, Marianne Barker, Andy Erstad, Shannon Morgan, Kevin Allen, David Lewis and Clovis Johnson.  Not pictured are Nancy Chinn and four facilitators, Dawn Hickman,  Missy Dreffin, Ken Howell and Terry Gilbert.)

Wrote Kevin Allen about RLI:  “I felt the information was quite relevant for Rotarians hoping to be more active in their clubs.  I also learned a great deal about how other clubs function and how they differ from my club.  All in all, it was a great experience.  Thank you and the other facilitators for your effort.”

Submitted by Terry Gilbert

 

Meet the Rotary Leadership Institute Graduates From the Boise Area John Biggs 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 27, 2012

Four Boise Taft Elementary 4th graders helped distribute Rotary dictionaries to third graders on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at their school.  The students are mentees of four members of the Rotary Club of Boise Sunrise who meet with them each week to help with homework and, at times, play kickball and tag on the playground.  (Note:  Fourth graders are faster than any Rotarians pictured here.) 

The RC of Boise Sunrise proudly joins the other clubs in District 5400 to provide dictionaries to third graders and teach them the Four Way Test.  Thanks to Past District Governor Gene Day for introducing the Dictionary Project several years ago. There are a number of Rotary Clubs throughout the District who participate in the Dictionary Program.http://www.dictionaryproject.orgImage

 (The adults from left to right:  Patti Richey, Bill Cran, Terry Gilbert, Counselor Dave Sica, Dick Van Den Akker and Mike Peck.  Mentees are holding the dictionaries.)

 

Submitted by Terry Gilbert

Taft Elementary Mentees Help Distribute Dictionaries to Third Graders John Biggs 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 26, 2012
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The December issue of the Rotarian has an article about RI's new website dedicated to Polio Plus. Check it out at http://www.endpolionow.org. Read the latest news, download graphics for your bulletin or make a contribution. You can even sign up to appear in a TV commercial!

Rotary International Launches Polio Website John Biggs 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 18, 2012
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SHARING THE BOUNTY


Where
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Red Lion Downtown Boise, Idaho

When: Thursday, December 13th @6PM  Tickets:$20 in advance here ; $25 at the door.

Help Semilla Nueva celebrate a successful 2012 and look to the future of 2013 with a night of local food and drinks, Guatemalan handicrafts, silent auction and live music. All proceeds will support Semilla Nueva's sustainable agriculture projects in Guatemala. For more information contact info@semillanueva.org or call 208-991-0881. Buy your ticket now! Visit us at http://semillanueva.org/ - Events

SEMILLA NUEVA CELEBRATION DECEMBER 13TH IN BOISE!! John Biggs 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 08, 2012
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Our team has returned from Guatemala after a successful trip to see what was actually happening with Kurt Bowen's sustainable agriculture project. While more reports and photos will be forthcoming, you can start by checking out excerpts from Beth Markley's blog here:  http://grownewseed.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-rotarians-reflection-from-field.html

You can see some of the favorite photos from the trip on the Facebook page here:   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.539990579348478.135142.269070563107149&type=1

You can also help Semilla Nueva earn a $10,000 prize by voting for the project here:  http://grownewseed.blogspot.com/2012/11/help-semilla-nueva-win-10000.html


SEMILLA NUEVA TEAM RETURNS FROM GUATEMALA John Biggs 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Nov 07, 2012

Nancy Chinn says, "I hope to be hearing from each of you this spring when you turn in your application for the Rotary District 5400 Awards!" 

This is the third year that the District has implemented the awards program.  The criteria in each award is meant to make a club better by implementing those programs/projects. 

 Please consider assigning a committee and applying for the awards.  There are winners in each category plus winners for different size of clubs.  Emmett won the Humanity in Motion Awards in 2011 and Boise Rotary won that award in 2012.  Your club may be the winner of that award AND the $1,000 that goes with it in 2013.  But you need to apply to win.   Contact Nancy Chinn from the Boise Southwest Club for your Application Packet.
District 5400 Awards Will Make Your Club Shine John Biggs 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Oct 24, 2012

Our D5400 team has left for Guatemala to get a first hand look at the work being done by Semilla Nueva. Many of our clubs have committed support to this exciting effort to promote sustainable agriculture.  Stay tuned for reports!

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District Adventurers off to Guatemala! John Biggs 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Oct 13, 2012
Payette Brewing Rotary Party!
21 Rotarians are heading to Guatemala. Time to send them off in style!

Hear-ye Hear-ye!
In recognition of the brave or less-than-intelligent souls willing to venture through the perils of international travel to Guatemala this October, Semilla Nueva and Payette Brewing are hosting a sending off party. Come give these brave souls your travel advice, sun screen, and bug spray. It's becoming winter, and you won't need them anyway—but they will! This is no small ordeal, so come and get a beer after work and bid farewell. And remember, the biggest danger is that your friends and fellow Rotarians may decide they like the tropical weather a bit too much—never to return! So come give them a hard time before they come back a bit too tan.
A portion of all the night's proceeds will go to partner non-profit Semilla Nueva, whose staff don't know what they've gotten themselves into by hosting 21 Rotarians!

When: October 22nd, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Payette Brewing Company
111 West 33rd Street, 83714 (208) 344-0011

Why: You probably owe a drink to at least one of the Rotarians coming.
Contact person: Mike Sieler, Eagle-Garden City Club, mjsieler@yahoo.com, 841-7233
Semilla Nueva Send-Off Party October 22!! John Biggs 2012-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Gilbert on Oct 08, 2012
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District Governor Bret Vaterlaus has rescheduled the membership seminars initially scheduled for Pocatello on Oct. 13 and for Boise on Oct. 27.

The seminars will be folded into the mid-winter assembly in Twin Falls on Jan. 5, Pocatllo on Jan. 19 and Boise on Jan. 26.

More information will be forthcoming.  Stay tuned.

MEMBERSHIP SEMINARS RESCHEDULED TO MID-WINTER ASSEMBLIES Terry Gilbert 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Oct 02, 2012
Here's a nifty new project to help your club promote membership. Have your members bring their recent Rotarian Magazines (after having read them cover to cover, of course) to your club meeting and have someone collect them in a box. Then, about once a month, affix a District 5400 Rotary label over the address label (to obscure your identity). The label has some Rotary info on it and includes a QR code which can be read by smartphones and will direct a person directly to the District website. Then, have your members distribute these "slightly used" magazines to waiting rooms around your community. For example, the hospital or clinic waiting room, any doctor's office, Les Schwab, someplace where there's lots of traffic and lots of waiting! Imagine the stuff you were forced to read the last time you were in the doctor's office! Who knows, maybe some prospective member will pick up and be inspired!! If your club would like to participate, contact Mike Sieler at Eagle/Garden City - he has the labels.  
RE-PURPOSE YOUR ROTARIAN MAGAZINES John Biggs 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Oct 02, 2012
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On October 12th the Boise Area clubs will host their annual Gala to support the Julia Davis "Rotary Grand Plaza" project. Construction should begin in 2014. The festivities will begin with a social hour at 5:30 at Boise on the Grove. Tickets are $65.00 per person. Please RSVP to Jack Cafferty at jcafferty@collegeofidaho.edu.
Join Boise Area Clubs to Support Julia Davis Park Project John Biggs 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 31, 2012
The Blue Lakes Rotary Club will hold its first ever MAGIC VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL on August 18th from noon to 5PM at Twin Falls city park. There will be live music, cold beer and great food! The Rotary Club is providing funds to help complete the park at South Estates. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. For more information, visit  http://www.magicvalleybeerfestival.com/.Image
Blue Lakes Rotary to host 1st Annual Beer Fest John Biggs 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 31, 2012
Does your club have a project coming up that requires some noise? Triathlon, bike race? The Rotary Club of Boise Metro has a bunch of Rotary cowbells which are available for loan. Contact Mary Reiman if interested!Image
Boise Metro Has Cowbells to Lend! John Biggs 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 31, 2012
Stephanie Meyers, our 2011-2012 District 5400 Ambassadorial Scholar, will soon be returning to Idaho after her year in Thailand. She extended her stay by doing a summer internship in Pakistan. She sends along this message:

Dear Rotary Friends, 

I have a few free moments in between Rotary events in which I would like to send along this picture.  I send it in order to tantalize your palate regarding my experience in Pakistan which has truly been life changing.  I feel more honored than ever to be a part of the Rotary network, for which I have all of you to thank.  I look forward to meeting with you all to share these experiences and to discuss what we can do to build upon them in order to raise humanity, if even just a little.  

I hope this finds you well and happy.

Warmest regards from the fertile fields of Jhang, Pakistan.  

Stephanie 


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Ambassadorial Scholar Meyers Reports from Pakistan John Biggs 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 30, 2012

Share your passion for Rotary with your family, friends, and community during Membership and Extension Month in August. This year you’re invited to take part in two activities designed to help you remember why you joined Rotary, what keeps you coming back, and why others should join.

First, take the Rotary Membership Challenge. Commit to sponsor a new member, tell a friend or colleague about your club’s projects, or volunteer as a mentor to prospective or new members. After you complete the form we’ll email you links to resources to help you meet the challenge!

Second, participate in the first-ever Rotary Moment Tweet Day on 14 August. Tweet about your favorite Rotary memory or event, talk about your club’s activities, or share your community service project. Use hashtag #RotaryMoment.

Not on Twitter? Listen to Rotary’s popular webinar Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District to learn how to create a Twitter account, post your first tweet, use hashtags, and lots more.

Join the August Membership Challenge - Tweet Day August 14th John Biggs 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 26, 2012
The Rotary Club of Boise - Sunrise will hold its 4th annual Lobsterfest on Saturday, Sept 8th from 4 to 8 PM at the Western Building at the Idaho Fairgrounds. The menu will include fresh whole Maine lobster (a pound or more),  or steak, potatoes, corn on the cob, cole slaw, beverages and desert. Be entertained by a twenty piece dance band, raffles, auctions and a cash wine/beer bar! All proceeds of the event will support local non-profit organizations. Tickets are $50 per person.  For more information, visit http://boisesunriserotary.org/lobsterfest-claws-for-a-cause/
Boise - Sunrise 4th Annual Lobsterfest Sept 8 "Claws For a Cause" John Biggs 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eugene de Laveaga on Jul 26, 2012
The Rotary Club of Eagle-Garden City invites everyone to join us for the "Autumn Leaves Art Auction" on Saturday, Sept 8th at the St. Lukes Eagle Medical Plaza. Proceeds will help the club continue their work with at-risk youth.

Our auctioneer will conduct an informative and entertaining event! Come early and set your sights on a variety of artwork including lithographs, engravings, watercolors, oils and much more! Preview starts at 6:00PM, the auction begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is $10.00, seating is limited. for more information, contact Eagle-Garden City at www.eaglegardencityrotary.org.
Eagle-Garden City Rotary sponsors art auction Eugene de Laveaga 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 22, 2012

The third year of the Rotary Leadership Institute begins in August so the time to sign up is NOW! This three session program is designed to help Rotarians become more effective leaders in a volunteer environment. The program will include such topics as Leadership, Rotary Beyond Your Club, The Rotary Foundation, Membership Development, Service Projects and much more. Your fellow Rotarians have been trained in facilitating lively discussions. Go to "District Events" to register on-line. The program's brochure is attached.

 

District 5400 Rotary Leadership Institute Starts in August John Biggs 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Biggs on Jul 22, 2012

For 18-year-old Desiree Midby, this summer is a flurry of activity as she prepares to study abroad next year. Midby, who graduated this spring from Wood River High School in Hailey, will spend a school year in the Czech Republic through Rotary Youth Exchange. 

Through information sessions this year, Rotary Club volunteers helped her prepare for scenarios such as being homesick or getting lost. “They make sure to go through every situation,” she said. 

But Midby still has a lot of work left to do this summer. She’s saving money, will apply for a visa and has a long list of vaccinations. One of the larger tasks is learning how to speak Czech; Midby spends about one hour each day studying the language. All of her classes during the coming school year will be taught in Czech and her host parents only speak that language.

District Teenagers Prepare For Year Abroad John Biggs 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Duke on Jun 01, 2012
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The Rotary Youth Exchange presentation is the highlight of the Rotary District 5400 Conference held in Sun Valley. These young adults/leaders are outstanding individuals. Take a look at this brief look at one of the key events of the conference.
Rotary Youth Exchange Presentation William Duke 2012-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Nancy Lemas (Rotary Club of Boise) has been the wonderful leader of RYLA for years, making all Rotarians proud of our work with youth. In anticipation of the upcoming August 2011 camp, read Nancy's comments about the 2010 RYLA experience, view a video of RYLA 2010 on YouTube and see pictures from the last year's camp.
RYLA CAMP DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN 2010-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
MEMBERSHIP SEMINARS RESCHEDULED Terry Gilbert 0
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Applications for the 2012 District awards must be submitted by April 15, 2012.
Click HERE for more information.  
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Clubs need to recruit their outbound applicants for next year’s cycle now and get them approved for district interviews. District interviews are in Buhl at 9 a.m. on Saturday November 5, 2011, at Buhl High School.
Click here for more information.
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PRESIDENTS, & PRESIDENTS-ELECT… REGISTER NOW FOR THE JANUARY MID-WINTER ASSEMBLY "Sharing and Caring"

The annual Mid-Winter Assemblies are designed to have fun celebrating (Sharing) the work of our Rotary clubs at mid-point and to provide inspiration (Daring) for finishing the next six months with energy and vigor.

January 8 in Twin Falls (9-4 at College of Southern Idaho Student Union Building) - Register Here

January 15 in Boise (9-4 at Idaho Education Association Building at 620 N. 6th St, Boise)
- Register Here

January 29 in Pocatello (9-4 at ISU Student Union Building)
- Register Here
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