Rotary District 5400 Idaho, USA
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Uniting Leaders to exchange ideas and take action
to improve communities everywhere
May 27, 2017
This will be my last correspondence as District Governor. 
I would like to thank all of you for an outstanding experience.  In the last three years, I have had the privilege to be immersed in Rotary.  The best and most enduring memory from this time will be all the Rotarians that have touched me in our District.  Your dedication and passion for helping others is inspiring.  Most importantly, you are all wonderful people.  Thank you!
We just completed the District Conference in Sun Valley.  Our conference theme, “Celebrating the Next 100 Years of Service,” was seen throughout the event.  We shared our service projects and were inspired hearing our RIM Talks (Rotary Inspires Me).   The Youth Exchange and RYLA students were fabulous.  Saturday morning is the time that we see how important and impactful our youth programs are.  I hope you enjoyed our speakers:  Steve Burns & Steve Merrill, Bob Lupton, and Greg Podd.  They each had a different, but important message for all of us.
For everyone who attended District Conference, the bumper sticker “Proud to Be a Rotarian” is a gift from me to you.  I hope you will put it on your car.  This is first bumper sticker I have ever used.  It adheres without glue and mine has made it through many car washes.  The goal is to make Rotary more visible in our towns.
I hope that all of you that attended the Conference will tell others in your club about your experience at District Conference.  It would be great for have more Rotarians there to share the experience.  I know Terry Jones will have an outstanding conference next year, so plan now to attend.  I was talking with a very new member in my club about the Conference.  He is in his early 30’s.  He told me that he was planning on attending next year based on his experience at this year’s Conference.  He learned much about Rotary and was inspired to do more.
Again, thanks for a wonderful experience and I will see all of you in the future,
Deadlines for gifts to be credited to The Foundation for the Rotary year ending June 30th are as follows:
  • Must be postmarked on or before Friday June 30, 2017.
  • Must be received at The Foundation by Friday July 7, 2017.
  • Contributions postmarked after or received after, will be considered July 2017 gifts.
  • If you or others in your club or district are planning on contributing early in the 2016-17 year, please do not mail checks until July 1st.
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The 45th annual Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction was held on May 7, 2017 in the Emmett City Park and raised $66,000 for Gem county Youth! The committee, under the leadership of Rotarian John Buck, worked diligently for 10 months to bring this sold-out venture to Gem County.  Corporate sponsors bought tables for 6 at $500 and individual tickets sold for $50.  Dinner was catered and featured steak or chicken with all the fixings. 
It was an honor for us to have District Governor Jim Hogge and his wife Carla, Assistant Governor Mike Sieler and his wife Cory and Assistant Governor Jim Waters attend.  Governor Hogge spoke to the audience about the many facets of Rotary and what we do in our communities and in the world.  Many local and state dignitaries also attended including Lt. Governor Brad Little and his wife Theresa.
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~Offer is not open to prior recipients of a same or similar promotion~
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District Governor Hogge honored some of our special clubs for their outstanding work this year:Humanity in Motion Award: Boise Sunrise  Honorable Mention: Boise and EmmettMembership Star: Boise MetroPublic Image Star: Boise & Idaho FallsYouth Exchange Star: Boise SunriseRYLA: Idaho FallsSpecial Award: Kevin Bradshaw, Twin Falls (for all his support for District 5400)
Prize List                                      Winner     
Vacation Winner                 Julie Dunn         Nampa 
Vacation Selling Rotarian     Corey Dupont     Nampa Club
TV                                   Stephy Smith      Hailey 
Canon Camera                  Robin Watkins     Salmon 
Xbox 1                             Sylvia Haase       Boise SW 
Amazon Echo                    Nancy Chin         Boise 
Fire HD Tablet                   Stephy Smith       Hailey 
Roku Box                         Sean McCallister   McCall    
$100 Gift Card                 Hector  Miramontes     Buhl 
$100 Gift Card                 Lari Vander Beck  East Idaho Falls 
Sunday morning of the District Conference weekend found Rotarians gathered at the Rotary Park in Ketchum to remember their Rotary friends who had passed away this year. Rev. Linda Biggs led the service and invited those gathered to reflect and recount their favorite stories. Special recognition went to former District Governor Rusty Broughton.  A Maple tree was planted in her honor. Those remembered were:
  • Leo Miller - Elmore County
  • Earl Chandler - Boise Downtown
  • Charles Hummell - Boise Downtown
  • Charles Fischer - Twin Falls
  • Dan Obenchain - Twin Falls
  • Bud Williams - Twin Falls
  • Kent Just - Twin Falls
  • Robert Hamblen - Burley
  • Fred Christiansen - Canyon County Sunrise
  • Jennifer King - Boise Sunrise
  • Gary Abercrombe - Aberdeen
  • Rusty Broughton - Eagle/Garden City
  • Ed Gammons - Western Treasure Valley
Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,
We have now gone Eight Weeks with no new Polio cases reported worldwide!  But work remains to close the $1.5 Billion funding gap.  Polio Virus positive environmental samples continue.  
It's Not All About Polio!   In early May 2017, Polio program staff from across Nigeria joined efforts to combat a meningitis outbreak in Sokoto, providing support and expertise in outbreak response to help Sokoto State in controlling the outbreak. Almost 200 WHO polio officers worked with state and national government agencies and other partners to plan and implement a state-wide vaccination campaign aimed at reaching almost 800 000 young people at risk of contracting the disease.
The Final Three Endemic Countries:
Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Two cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Diamir district, Gilgit Baltistan province with an onset on 2/13/17.  Twenty Polio cases were reported in 2016.  Two new WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported in the past week, from Sindh (Khi Gadap and Khi Landhi, in greater Karachi), collected on 10 and 12 April, respectively.
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Three cases reported in 2017 - the most recent in the Kunduz province with the onset of paralysis on 2/21/17,  Thirteen Polio cases were reported in 2016. Seven new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected this week in Afghanistan. 
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. 
The Eagle Garden City Rotary Club presented its first $500 Persistence Award Scholarship on May 5th to Eagle Academy student Falicia Tarpley who will be pursuing higher education in the Fall.  Eagle Academy is an alternative high school for students whose life circumstances or other factors prevented them from being successful in traditional high schools.  Some of the Academy's students are homeless, foster children, or even parents themselves.  For years, the club has offered the Persistence Awards to recognize the Academy's most improved students.  This year the club brought along 15 dozen Krispy Kremes and 4 gallons of orange juice to turn the scholarship award into a celebration of Falicia's achievements and the school itself.  The brief ceremony ended with a challenge to the students present to become the next Falicia Tarpley.  We treasure our associate with the Academy and hope to deepen our ties next year with joint service projects.
After two years of groundwork, three Boise clubs kicked off the "Rotary Park on the Greenbelt" on April 1st. This is a collaborative effort the Boise Metro, Boise Centennial and Eagle/Garden City clubs. The park will be built on the new section of Boise River Greenbelt, which is the last section within the city limits for this Greenbelt project that has been underway for 50 years. The main feature of the Park will be the "Lugenbeel Monument", one of the few surviving historic monuments placed around Idaho in the 1930s by the Sons and Daughters of the Idaho Pioneers. In addition to funds provided by foundations and sponsors, the clubs will be selling commemorative bricks. A special Rotary brick is available! For more information, and the brick order form, visit the Metro website here.  Click here to go directly to the brick order form.
Watch the video! Order your brick now, while supplies last!
Two former D5400 RYLArians just competed at The D2 Summit at the ESPN center in Orlando, Florida. Mary Flowers, competing for Idaho Falls Elite Allstars (Idaho Falls, left) and Ellie Erickson ( she was a Counselor from Boise last year), competing for Idaho Cheer. Both teams were competing against each other in the same division but both cheered for "Idaho" at the competition joining the competing team fans to cheer their Idaho-based competitors on, including these girls. Only 2% of the competitive cheer teams nationally qualify to attend Summit.
On Monday, May 22, 2017 the Rotary Club of Canyon County Sunrise President, Clovis Johnson, presented cash scholarships to three finalists of the club sponsored 4-Way Test Essay Middleton High School.  (L-R) 3rd place winner of $100.00 Madison Blue, 2nd place winner of $200.00 Chase Downs, and 1st place winner with $300.00 Aleah Mendiola.  We were honored to have Rotary District 5400 Governor-Elect Terry Jones participate in the ceremony. Terry shared the 10 Rules of Cowboy Ethics with the students and school counselor Mrs. Mary Packard. Congratulations to everyone who participated and a special "thank you" to Mrs. Mary Packard and English teacher Mrs. Garcia for all your support.   
RYLArian quote: "RYLA was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life!! I am a totally different, happy, loving and WAY WAY more energetic person! "
We have 74 RYLA applications received with a goal of 80 campers at RYLA 2017.  This is 8 more students that last year.  If your club can afford to sponsor another student, please let the RYLA committee know.  In the next week each club’s RYLA chair and president will receive an email listing the students to be sponsored.  Your club needs to decide which of the student to sponsor.  Once we have 80 sponsored students, the camp registration will be closed. There are several club participating in RYLA for the first time this year - welcome to the RYLA family.  If your club can sponsor an extra student, there are several clubs who don’t have the funds to send a student, but have I a student in mind.  Let us know.
Todd Fischer
RYLA Chair

Five Baker City Rotary members had the opportunity to attend the annual Rotary District Conference for district 5400. Our club has been in district 5100 (mainly Oregon) since 1956 when it was chartered. We made the decision for geographical reasons to move to the "Idaho" district and we decided to attend the conference to get more familiar with what we will be involved in beginning in July!

We learned a lot and had a great time! We might each choose different things as the highlight but for me it was hearing Robert Lupton speak! Robert Lupton is the author of a book called "Toxic Charity" and has been involved with helping the needy people for more than 45 years!

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Pictured: Janice Nelson, Dotty Miles, Lloyd Nelson, Tom Hudson, Ken Krohn, and Mari Krohn (taking picture was Peggy Hudson)

 1.  Established in June 1956
 2.  Sponsor was LaGrande Rotary Club
 3.  Current club membership is 43
 4.  40% of our club are women, highest % in District 5100
 5.  1st woman member 1989, Dotty Miles, current Foundation Chair 
 6.  $100 every member every year  100% club
 7.  Current Baker City population is approximately 10,000
 8.  US flag decoration of Baker City is #1 service  & fund raiser
 9.  Mazatlan Hospice is our International project
 10. Library/Literacy is our biggest service project budgeted
 11. Bicycle helmets project serves nearly 1500 kids annually
 12. College & textbook scholarship project has helped nearly 1000
 13. Most fun project is A-1 State Basketball Tournament finals
 14. Most intensive project is the 4  day "Miners  Jubilee" Buffalo Burger booth.

Our club meets Monday noon at the Sun Ridge Best Western Hotel & we would like to invite District 5400 Rotarians to visit us.  Baker City is a great vacation town with spectacular snow caped mountains, world class museums and golf course, and award winning downtown historic restoration so y'all come see us ok??
McCall Ball is a family-friendly, easy-to-learn, 3-person 'softball' game for all ages.  McCall Rotary will introduce this event to the public July 14-16, 2017. Proceeds from the event will go to local charities and scholarships for youth in our area.  This year McCall Rotary will introduce McCall Ball as a way to support local charities and increase academic and vocational scholarships for area youth. McCall Ball is a three-person, co-ed, family friendly ‘softball’ game.  The object of the game is to hit a 'mush' ball' with a plastic bat into a small designated field without the opposition catching it in the air.  The batter does not run bases! There are no bases! 

You pitch to your own teammates with a 'lob' from the side.  Teams will play a minimum of three games in a round robin format within a four-team bracket.  The winner of each bracket will move on to single-elimination games.  We hope to have a full field of 64 teams, so sign up and come play for team prizes!

Each 4-inning game should take about 20-25 minutes to play.  Round-robin matches will begin Friday, July 14th and continue through Saturday until the top 16 teams are identified.  The 'sweet sixteen' teams will playoff on Sunday afternoon, July 16th.  

McCall Rotary will partner with McCall Parks and Recreation and pre-registration for McCall Ball on the Parks and Recreation page.  Pre-registration will begin around June 1st.  Please stay tuned for more information! 

The Rotary Club of Boise Sunrise provides modest funding for the Mentor Artist Playwrights Project. One Wed., 5.3.17, a group of us gathered in Duck Valley, an Indian reservation straddling Idaho and Nevada, to work with students about creating their story. Worthwhile? Yes!
Sign up now for the Rotary100 events and merchandise celebrating the founding of our club and the Rotary Movement in Idaho! Follow the "order now" button to purchase tickets for the Picnic on June 22 and the Centennial Gala event on June 24. You can also purchase commemorative banners to be hung downtown during that month and a Rotary Club of Boise 100 History book.
Rotary Club of Western Treasure Valley 
PO Box 734 
Ontario, OR 97914 
14th Annual Chuck Smith Rotary Golf Tournament 
Come and join us for a great day on the Country View Golf Course 
Any day on the golf course is better than a great day at work… 
June 9, 2017 
Country View Golf Course 

Tee time 9:00 a.m. (check in starting at 8:15 a.m.) 
Proceeds benefit the Laxson Rotary Park in Ontario. 

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