August 2017 District Bulletin

From the Governor's Desk
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
Do you know that more than 775 million people around the world over the age of 15 are illiterate, and over 60% of the world’s hungry are women and girls?
Rotary: making a difference through local and global grants to feed the hungry and teach others, particularly women, to read. This helps heal the hearts of many a community around the world.
Your generous donations to the Rotary Foundation provide the funds that are empowering Rotary around the world to “Get’er done”.  So, go to Rotary Direct now and sign up to give a monthly gift of learning.
Mark Wilson, a Rotary Club member, said:
“When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one. “
Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor
Attracting new members and focusing on engaging them in our vibrant clubs is the key to membership growth. Thank you to all the Club Presidents that set goals for membership and are committed to strengthening Rotary in our District. 
Congratulations to Montpelier, Rigby, Blue Lakes-Twin Falls, Nampa, Caldwell, Twin Falls, Boise Metro, McCall (Payette Lakes) and Idaho Falls for showing positive membership growth so far this year!  Click here to see how your club is doing.
One strategy for sharing Rotary is to have a specific Club Program or Fellowship quarterly or monthly that focuses on the benefits of joining Rotary.  Invite guests to find out more about Rotary and the club’s exciting projects! 
Marie Baker, District 5400 Membership Chair

Own a Piece of 100-Year Rotary History

Don't miss the opportunity to own a limited-edition piece commemorating Idaho's Rotary history! The banners were hung throughout downtown Boise this summer to celebrate 100 Years of Rotary in Idaho.
They are suitable for framing and sold at-cost, the proceeds of which will be used to help alleviate the print and display fees. Get one today for only $70 plus the cost of shipping. Boise-area deliveries will not incur a shipping charge.
Email ​ for more information. As there are a limited amount for purchase, sales will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

In Loving Memory of Phil Sansotta

Philip Nicholas Sansotta, 95, of Boise, Idaho graduated from this life on August 18, 2017, and has gone to his eternal glory. He is much loved by so many. He was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania on August 2nd, 1922, the fourth of seven children to the late Nicola and Catherine Sansotta.
Philip lived a rich and selfless life. He served during World War II as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. He continued as a public servant in various branches of the federal government, finishing his career as the Idaho District Director for the Internal Revenue Service.
He continued his service in retirement through various pursuits including his church and Rotary International where he served as District Governor. Philip was a member of the Italian American Club, and served as Corrispondente Consolare for the Italian Consulate. In all aspects, he truly lived a life above self and demonstrated the values and beliefs of Catholicism.
He was a wonderful person who inspired so many. Philip had an unending sense of humor and was an insightful, wise man who was always willing to take a moment to advise without judgement. In recent days Phil spoke of his love for his friends and family and stated, "it was such a privilege to serve you." 
Philip was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Jane Sansotta, who passed away in 2003. They had a wonderful life together that included bringing eight children into the world. He later married Maura Holly-Sansotta and together they enjoyed several years of global travel.
Funeral services were held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church and Cloverdale Cemetery on August 21st. A memorial service will be held at noon, Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, at St Mary's Catholic Church, 2612 West State Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.
Many have very distinct memories of Philip and his understanding of grace. His outlook of life amidst all he had been through is beyond admirable. We can only strive to be a fraction of the man he was. We love and miss him and are better people because of him.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 22, 2017

Calling All D5400 Scholarship Applicants

The District 5400 Scholarship application for the 2017-2018 academic year is now taking applications. View instructions here and the application here.
This scholarship will award $1,000 to a college freshman during the 2017-2018 academic year who meets the scholarship criteria established by the District Scholarship Committee and maintains full time status. The recipient must reside in Rotary District 5400 and plan to attend a community college or university located within the state of Idaho. The recipient cannot be a child or grandchild of a Rotarian. The scholarship deadline is October 1.
This is the third year of this scholarship with the previous recipients being MaKia Perez of Rigby attending Idaho State University and Addie White of Boise (Boise High) attending the University of Idaho.
If applicants have questions, they may contact Shari Stroud, District 5400 Scholarship Chair at 208-539-5188 or
Shari Stroud, District 5400 Scholarship Chair

RYE Taking Applicants

District 5400 is also taking applications from high school students for the Rotary Youth Exchange program, where they will have the opportunity to complete their senior year of high school in a foreign country.
Students can apply between now and mid-September and should currently be between 15 and 17 years old. They will depart with the next exchange group in August of 2018.
View more information on the RYE program here
Beth Markley, Rotary Club of Boise

Invite RYLA Students To Speak To At Your Club

The students your club sponsored are looking forward to sharing their RYLA experiences with you. Invite your RYLArians to come to a club meeting before the middle of September – it will be the highlight of your meeting.
RYLA 2017 was a great success with 80 students and 16 leaders all developing their leadership skills, facing their fears and valuing what makes us all unique. We heard stories that made us cry, courage that had us cheering, and compassion where we shared our RYLove. Thank you generous Rotarians for making this live changing leadership camp possible. Here are some quotes from the students:
“My experience at RYLA 2017 was absolutely amazing! It was definitely the opportunity of a lifetime.”
“I learned how to leave all the things that don't let me be happy behind.”
“In these short few days I honestly believe my life is permentatly changed. I can not thank you enough for this experience.”
Todd Fischer, RYLA Chair

Idaho Falls Rotary Adopts Out 21,784 Ducks

Since 1991, the Great Snake River Idaho Falls Duck Race has been raising money to help grow the River Walk, where the beautiful Snake River makes it's way through the heart of Idaho Falls. Typical of Rotary projects, the money raised has been leveraged through grants both public and private. In the first 12 years, the race raised over $750,000 and was leveraged to over $2,000,000 in Greenbelt development. There are now nearly 7 miles of paved trail, a replica of the Taylor Toll Bridge, beautiful park amenities, and the three time award-winning River Gardens just north of the Pancheri Bridge.
Over the years, the Duck Race has become one of the largest festivals (2nd only to July 4) in Idaho Falls! Proceeds for the next three years will go toward Rotary's Centennial project and the city's newest park - Heritage Park.
To see this year's winners and videos, click here.
For more information on Heritage Park, go to

Nampa Rotary Provides Backpacks for Kids

Because of the generosity of Nampa Rotarians, the Salvation Army received 46 backpacks this month.
While the backpacks were filled with much-needed school supplies, several kids will also use them for the weekend food program, where their packs will be stuffed with food on Friday for weekend meals throughout the school year. The Salvation Army's need for packs this year was three times the amount of year’s past.
Thank you for making these packs possible and supporting the kids in our community!
Rhea Allen and Jennifer Deroin, Rotary Club of Nampa

Lobsterfest: Friday, Sept 8

Note: Ticket price will increase by $20 per person after 8/31
Boise Sunrise, Boise Southwest and Boise Downtown Rotary clubs are pleased to present the 9th Annual LobsterFest Fundraiser on Friday, September 8. All proceeds from this evening of great food and fun directly benefit charitable organizations in the Treasure Valley, including Hope House, as well as Rotary youth programs.
Hope House helps young people who may have “fallen through the cracks” of other governmental and/or private agencies, providing a home for children who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and/or come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families. Hope House helps these young people reach their fullest potential by providing love, structured activities, appropriate discipline, educational and vocational opportunities and people who listen.
What: 9th Annual Rotary LobsterFest
Where:  CenturyLink Arena | 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
When: Friday, Sept. 8, Doors Open at 5 PM
Hosted (free) Wine and Beer Bar until 6:00 PM
Cash Bar
Everyone is invited to enjoy this great evening of fresh Maine lobster (or steak), silent and live auctions, drinks and live entertainment.
We anticipate welcoming 600 guests to LobsterFest this year. Non-Rotarians are encouraged to attend! Rotarians are encouraged to invite family, friends, associates, clients or prospective members!
Individual LobsterFest tickets are $75, Standard Table (8) tickets are $600 and Sponsor Table (8) tickets are $780. All money raised will support youth programs in the Treasure Valley.
Buy individual tickets or a table today at:
Questions? contact Tricia Stingley, Auctions Made Easy at or 208-703-9477

TRF Update

Rotarians and friends in District 5400 contributed a total of $342,906 to The Rotary Foundation during our historic 2016-17 year, a celebration of the Foundation’s 100 years of doing good. This amount surpassed the goal of $300,000 set by district governor Jim Hogge.
Led by Boise Metro at $389/capita, we donated $219,308 to the Annual Fund.  The SHARE designation of the Annual Fund supports district grants and global grants to Rotarians and Rotary clubs to advance our mission.  The other clubs whose giving exceeded $200/capita were Boise Sunrise at $279 followed by Boise Southwest at $276 and Blue Lakes-Twin Falls at $231. Twenty clubs in all exceeded the district benchmark of $100/capita (district average $122) and 81% of our clubs achieved or exceeded the goal they set.
Again led by Boise Metro at $123/capita, we donated $66,493 to PolioPlus.  Our contributions were matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2:1. The only other club to exceed $100/capita for PolioPlus was Hailey at $102.  The district average for polio support was $37/capita.  Of the all but four clubs making contributions to PolioPlus, 30 of them met their goals, and 25 of those exceeded the $20/capita district benchmark for polio giving.
$6,720 went to the Endowment Fund and $50,385 were contributions to humanitarian grants.
Your generous donations to The Rotary Foundation, our charity, are empowering Rotary members to continue fighting disease, reducing poverty, providing clean water, promoting peace, and advancing economic development in communities all over the world and right here at home.
To see how your club did in 2017-18 in Foundation support, review the Monthly Contribution Report and PolioPlus Report for June 2017 available to club officers at
Marianne Barker, D5400 Rotary Foundation Chair

Boise East Presents: Beer & Brats


No Wild Polio Cases Reported This Week

Today we Celebrate the Impact of Frontline Polio Eradication Workers. People like Khalida, a supervisor of one of the female vaccination teams in Karachi, Pakistan, are game changers in the Polio Eradication effort. Khalida's influence has been critical in overcoming myths about vaccination and in building trust among communities there. World Polio Day is October 24, 2017 - See this link for ideas about How to Host Your Own World Polio Day Event.
On August 11th, the United Kingdom pledged $130 million toward the fight to eradicate polio, further reducing the $1.5 Billion funding shortfall to reach our 2019 Polio Eradication funding goals.
Three new cases of cVDPV2 were reported in Syria. The total number of cVDPV2 cases is 30. The first mOPV2 round was carried out successfully in Deir Ez-Zor governorate between 22-26 July. A total of 259,958 children under 5 years of age were vaccinated, representing overall administrative coverage of 79%. Among the children vaccinated, 24% were under 12 months of age.  Mayadeen district—the epicenter of the outbreak—achieved a 94% vaccination rate.  
Today’s Polio Eradication Fundraising Idea: Recognition. Club leadership should have access to your Club Recognition Summary report. From it, you can tell which of your members are near the Paul Harris Fellow levels. Ask those who are close to the $1,000 or $2,000 level to make a PolioPlus donation of the required amount, then celebrate their support of Global Polio Eradication when they receive their Paul Harris Certificate and pin.

The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan: No new Polio cases reported this week. Three cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Killa Abdullah Balochistan province with an onset on 6/10/17. Twenty Polio cases were reported in 2016. A special vaccination round is being implemented during August 2017 targeting areas with recent polio cases and positive environmental samples. These include Rawalpindi/Islamabad and demographically connected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Quetta Block and parts of Karachi. Two new WPV1-positive environmental samples were reported in the past week, collected on July 7, from Karachi.
Afghanistan: No new Polio cases reported this week. Five cases reported in 2017 - the most recent from Kandahar with the onset of paralysis on 6/19/17.  Thirteen Polio cases were reported in 2016. A new NID Campaign starts today 8/14/17 concentrating on Southern Afghanistan. One new Polio-positive environmental sample was collected this week in Afghanistan, collected on 7/7/17 from Lashkargah in Hilmand Province.
Nigeria: No new Polio cases reported this week.Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015. The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 on Borno State.

Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator

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