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 254 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 for more details. Click here for more information on RI tree planting efforts. 
“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

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?  For many, it will have something to do with personal health.  The focus may be on diet & exercise but often overlooked is the environment in which one lives.  If I may suggest another resolution, consider the care of trees on your property.

The benefits of trees are almost incalculable.  They increase property value, lower energy costs, & combat pollution.  They also affect your state of mind.  Many studies show that people who live & work among trees often feel less stressed, more focused, & are generally happier.  This has been true in my life having grown up in “The City of Trees.”  When I was a kid enjoying summer vacations, I’d often ride my bike along the Boise Greenbelt to Julia Davis Park & play in the shade.  Even as an adult, when I’m having a tough time or feeling down, I return to the park & enjoy those large trees.  There’s something about them that settles my mind & gives me perspective.

If I’ve convinced you to add “care for trees” to your list of resolutions, pruning is a great place to start…and winter is an ideal time for it.  Trees are dormant, as are pests & diseases.  Pruning in the winter limits their ability to spread & potentially infect your tree.  Since limbs are bare, it’s easier to identify which branches to remove & where to cut.  Cleanup is easier too, as you’re not dealing with leaves.  A well-pruned tree usually won’t need trimmed again for 1-3 seasons depending on the species.

For large trees, I recommend calling an experienced tree service company that employs Certified Arborists.  For small to medium trees, here is a resource from the International Society of Arboriculture. Be sure to bundle up & wear your protective gear!

- Kevin Allen


Gift That Gives Team

Member Spotlight

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, D5400 project co-coordinator

In September 1963, Terry wandered from Coquille, his birthplace, into the desert of Idaho where he worked his way through Northwest Nazarene College by setting choker, working in the sawmills, and serving as an orderly at the Nampa State School and Hospital in Nampa, Idaho.  He attained both a BA and MA.  With the exception of six years since that time, Terry has claimed Idaho as his adopted state, although he claims he pines for the storms and winter floods of his youth.   

A life-long public school educator, Terry started teaching English and history in 1967 in Marsing, a small agricultural village on the banks of the Snake River, 45 west of Boise.  (Some of his students from those early years are actually older than he is now, having caught up with and passed him in the intervening years.) In May 1969, he married the Marsing home economics teacher, Boisean Carolyn Houts, whom he had met at NNC (now Northwest Nazarene University).

Terry taught at Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen Washington, a very wet place that reminded him of the weather in his beloved hometown.  He then moved back to Idaho and taught English at South Junior High in Nampa where he also served for three years as president of the Nampa Education Association while he was teaching. His career from the early 1970s has been characterized as serving his profession through the Idaho and North Dakota Education Associations.  He is a proud member of Rotary International, the civic club that elevates “Service above Self” as its motto.

He served as the elected president of the Idaho Education Association in 1977-78, then as a regional staff member of the North Dakota Education Association in 1979, working out of Bismarck into all parts of the state.  He returned to Idaho in 1983 to serve as a regional director with the Idaho Education Association, first in Twin Falls and then in the Boise-Meridian area.  He retired as IEA’s Director of Organizational Development in October 2007.

Terry ascended to the office of Rotary International District 5400 Governor in 2010-11, culminating over twenty years of volunteer work and travel to Rotary International Conventions in places like Singapore, Barcelona, Chicago, Indianapolis and Montreal.

Tree Challenge Brochure - Share With Your Club!
Pledges to Date
Clubs: 13 of 44
Trees: 792 of 2,000
Coordinator Status
Clubs with Tree Project Coordinators: Baker City, Blue Lakes, Boise, Boise Centennial, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Buhl, Eagle/Garden City, Elmore County/Mountain Home, Emmett, Gooding, Hailey, Idaho Falls, McCall/Payette Lakes, Meridian, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Twin Falls After Hours.
Clubs Needing Tree Project Coordinators: Aberdeen, American Falls, Ashton, Blackfoot, Boise East, Burley, Caldwell, Canyon County Sunrise, East Idaho Falls, Jerome, Ketchum-Sun Valley, Montpelier, Nampa, Preston, Pocatello-Centennial, Pocatello-Gate City, Pocatello-Portneuf, Rexburg, Rigby, Rupert, Salmon, St. Anthony, Soda Springs, Western Treasure Valley
Planting Area Status
Clubs with Location to Plant: Blue Lakes Rotary, Boise, Boise-Centennial, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Elmore County/Mountain Home, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Twin Falls
Clubs Needing Locations to Plant: Aberdeen, American Falls, Ashton, Blackfoot, Boise East, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Canyon County Sunrise, East Idaho Falls, Eagle/Garden City, Hailey, Jerome, Ketchum-Sun Valley, McCall/Payette Lakes, Montpelier, Nampa, Preston, Pocatello, Pocatello-Centennial, Pocatello-Gate City, Pocatello-Portneuf, Rexburg, Rigby, Rupert, Salmon, St. Anthony, Soda Springs, Twin Falls-After Hours, Western Treasure Valley
Eastern Idaho Clubs: Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust needs 150 trees and shrubs to restore a spring where Cutthroat Trout used to spawn. They actually spotted the first fish spawning last spring! Could some of you partner with scouts, 4-H, and other groups to help them?
Southern Idaho Clubs: Bruneau Dunes State Park need 60 trees and shrubs and 3 Island Crossing State Park needs 90 trees and shrubs. If your clubs are in reasonable driving distance, could you help them? 
Fundraising Status
Clubs Who Completed Fundraising: Twin Falls, Boise Centennial, Boise Metro
Clubs Doing Their Own Thing: Blue Lakes Rotary, Elmore County/Mountain Home, 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, 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