Give a Lasting Gift

Need birthday, memorial or other special-occasion gift? Give trees in your friends', co-workers' and family members' names! These funds purchase extra trees for clubs planting on public lands. Each seedling is tax-deductible and costs only $5. So far 274 trees and native shrubs have been donated.
District 5400 Tree Project Video - Share With Your Clubs

Club Tree Coordinators Needed

Imagine yourself leading Rotary International’s efforts to plant more than 1.2 million trees and District 5400 planting 2,000 trees.

What is involved?
 
If your club has chosen to work with District 5400:
  • Collect the equivalent of $5 per club member and send to Rotary District 5400 Charitable Programs, Inc.
  • Coordinate planting spot, date and volunteers. See Planting Status  to the right for some easy options.
If your club has chosen to plant your own trees:
You will be responsible for reporting on your club’s tree planting location, purchase, and event details. These results are to be given to Rotary International.
 

RI Global Tree Efforts

Consider attending or following Rotary International’s Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018: Environmental Sustainability, and Peace, 9-11 February 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. It’s so close to Idaho! Contact Larry Hands at lmhands@ameritech.net for more details. Click here for more information on RI tree planting efforts. 
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“I want to rise up to President Ian Riseley’s challenge, where he has asked every Rotarian to plant a tree to reduce our carbon footprint.”
— Jennifer Deroin, Rotary District 5400 Governor-Elect
 

By Robert Pitman, Horticultural Assistant for the Bannock county Extension Office for the last 11 years. He also has 12 years experience working in retail nurseries and on a tree farm. Robert also taught Horticulture for 5 years at Eastern Idaho Technical College.
 
Many people make the mistake of falling in love with a tree they see online or at a nursery and assuming it will grow in their location. There are several steps one should go through before actually shelling out money for a tree.
 
The first step is to figure out if the tree is cold hardy enough to survive the coldest winters in your area and also to figure out whether it will grow in your soil or not. Many are aware of the need to figure out cold hardiness but most often forgotten is the need to match your soil type with a tree’s needs. Much of southern Idaho has alkaline soils to one degree or another and if a tree needs acidic soil to grow well it will grow very poorly or not at all in alkaline soil. What this means is that there may be many tree species which are cold hardy enough for your area but which will not thrive nor even survive in your soil. So find out your soil type, if you have neutral or acidic soil that’s great because most any tree that is cold hardy in your area will grow well. But if you have alkaline soil be careful because a tree not adapted to your soil will look good the first year or two then slowly decline and may be dead within 8 to 10 years.
 
The safest bet is to look around and see which trees are already doing well in your area. If they have been growing well for 20 to 30 years or more in your area that is good evidence that they are well adapted. It is not always reliable to assume that if a tree is sold by a local nursery or garden center that it is well adapted. Sometimes trees are for sale in nurseries and garden centers that are not well adapted to local conditions.  Many of the larger communities and also some of the smaller communities have published tree guides within the last 20 years. Try and find out if there is a tree guide for your area or a location nearby and also see if your town has a tree commission. These resources can guide you and help you avoid mistakes in purchasing trees.
 
Rotary International’s Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018: Environmental Sustainability, and Peace, was held 9-11 February 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. Over 800 Rotarians participated from all over the world. We will  publish links to conference presentations when they are available.
 
 
Member Spotlight
Charlie Creason, Rupert's Tree Coordinator and Assistant Governor for District E2
Charlie Creason, a life-long resident of Rupert, Idaho, played with a group of youth in “Bum’s Jungle,” a copse of trees providing an alluring and mysterious name to a campground used by Depression-era “train-hoppers,” as Charlie describes them.  Creason has a history with trees.  When RI president Ian Riseley challenged Rotarians to plant 1.25 million trees worldwide – one per member --  he and the City of Rupert were ready.
 
The City of Rupert contains an iconic site in town where trees grace the area. The City of Rupert is rehabilitating the Square, and the Rotary Club of Rupert will help to raise the $25,000 price tag for this worthy project.  Charlie has agreed to match up to $100 per member.  If each of the 35 members participate, the club will raise $7,000 by that effort alone.  Fundraisers will make up the difference.
 
Why is Charlie enthusiastic about this Rotary International project?  “It’s a good way for us to do something locally and internationally,” Creason explains. 

 


 

Kevin Allen, Boise

Kevin Allen was co-owner of Pro Care Landscape Services for over 20 years.  He has been an ISA Certified Arborist for two decades & an ISDA Professional Applicator.  Kevin has served on the Idaho Nursery & Florist Advisory Committee, City of Boise Community Forestry Strategic Management Planning Committee, Idaho State Department of Agriculture Japanese Beetle Project, & many others.  He has been responsible for thousands of trees, from selection to installation to care & maintenance.  He loves returning to trees he planted early in his career to see how big they’ve grown.  His favorite trees are crabapples in the spring, tulip trees in the summer, & sweetgums, sugar maples, & autumn purple ash in the fall.

 

Robert Pitman

Robert Pitman has worked as a Horticultural Assistant for the Bannock county Extension Office for the last 11 years.  He also has 12 years experience working in retail nurseries and on a tree farm.  Robert also taught Horticulture for 5 years at Eastern Idaho Technical College.

 

Laurie Zuckerman, Boise

Laurie has an eclectic background. She’s studied civil engineering, ministry, and education; home-schooled and taught in the public schools; built and run a small farm; and organized several offices. She currently works for Idaho Public Television and volunteers for Rotary and Citizens Climate Education

Terry Gilbert, Boise

Terry served as District 5400 Governor in 2010-11, culminating over twenty years of volunteer work and travel for Rotary in Singapore, Barcelona, Chicago, Indianapolis and Montreal. Terry is a long-time public school educator, starting in 1967 teaching English and History in Marsing. He served as the elected president of the Idaho Education Association in 1977-78 followed by various director roles from 1983-2007

 

Michela Swarthout, Boise Metro

Michela is the ’18-’19 Secretary for Boise Metro Rotary club, the current Public Image Chair for District 5400 and will be teaching interactive workshops on Clubrunner, social media, club collaboration tools and content creation in our upcoming district conferences. Her primary expertise and passion is digital user experience, proper brand messaging and graphic design. In her civilian life, she's a Product Manager and Business Analyst for a suite of software products who offers free graphic design services for nonprofits when time allows, which unfortunately isn’t much lately as she's started a few businesses in 2018.

 
 
Tree Challenge Brochure - Share With Your Club!
 
Pledges to Date
Clubs: 21 of 44
Trees: 952 of 2,000
 
Coordinator Status
Clubs with Tree Project Coordinators: Baker City, Blue Lakes, Boise, Boise Centennial, Boise East, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Buhl, Canyon County Sunrise, Elmore County/Mountain Home, Emmett, Gooding, Hailey, Idaho Falls, McCall/Payette Lakes, Meridian, Montpelier, Nampa, Pocatello, Preston, Rupert, Twin Falls, Twin Falls After Hours
 
Clubs Needing Tree Project Coordinators: Aberdeen, American Falls, Ashton, Blackfoot, Burley, Caldwell, East Idaho Falls, Eagle/Garden City, Jerome, Ketchum-Sun Valley, Pocatello-Centennial, Pocatello-Gate City, Pocatello-Portneuf, Rexburg, Rigby, Salmon, St. Anthony, Soda Springs, Western Treasure Valley
 
Planting Area Status
Clubs with Locations to Plant: Blue Lakes Rotary, Boise, Boise-Centennial, Boise East, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Buhl, Canyon County Sunrise, Elmore County/Mountain Home, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, McCall/Payette Lakes, Meridian, Montpelier, Nampa, Preston, Rupert, Twin Falls, Twin Falls-After Hours
 
Clubs Needing Locations to Plant: Aberdeen, American Falls, Ashton, Baker City, Blackfoot, Burley, Caldwell, East Idaho Falls, Eagle/Garden City, Hailey, Jerome, Ketchum-Sun Valley, Pocatello, Pocatello-Centennial, Pocatello-Gate City, Pocatello-Portneuf, Rexburg, Rigby, Salmon, St. Anthony, Soda Springs, Twin Falls-After Hours, Western Treasure Valley
 
Southern Idaho Clubs: Bruneau Dunes State Park needs 60 trees and shrubs and 3 Island Crossing State Park needs 90 trees and shrubs. Could you help them?
 
Fundraising Status
Clubs Who Completed Fundraising: Twin Falls, Boise Centennial, Boise Metro
 
Clubs Doing Their Own Thing: Blue Lakes Rotary, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls
 
Clubs Working on Raising Funds: Aberdeen, American Falls, Ashton, Baker City, Blackfoot, Boise East, Boise, Boise Sunrise, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Canyon County Sunrise, Eagle-Garden City, East Idaho Falls, Elmore County-Mountain Home, Emmett, Hailey, Jerome, Ketchum-Sun Valley, McCall-Payette Lakes, Meridian, Montpelier, Nampa, Pocatello, Pocatello-Centennial, Pocatello-Gate City, Pocatello-Portneuf, Preston, Rupert, Salmon, Soda Springs, St Anthony, Rexburg, Rigby, Twin Falls-After Hours