jULY 2020 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
And no, I am not talking about the TV Show, but please keep reading anyway!
A few years back, I was reading the book The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood.  While reading it, my wife commented on her initial perception of the book being too morbid, since it recounts the stories of several people that almost died. I clarified that it isn’t a book about people almost dying, but instead it is an inspiring book about people that somehow overcame incredible adversity to live!
The beginning of the book points out the etymology of the word “survivor” and how it comes from the Latin word “supervivere” where “super” means “over, beyond” and “vivere” means “to live.”  In essence, “survivor” literally means “to live super” or, that a person that overcomes adversity to remain alive is able to do so because they are a “super liver.” 
Understanding the derivation of this word helps explain that the reason an individual “survived” isn’t because they just barely made it.  Instead, they had victory despite the odds because of their personal traits and attributes.  And that is important because life really is all about survival.
Every day, we each struggle to overcome all sorts of challenges and obstacles in varying form and degree of difficulty.  Throughout life, we all take turns struggling with essential items such as the economy, finances, jobs, relationships, health, etc.  And to survive the myriad of problems that are associated with these items, we really have to make the choice to live our lives in a superior way.  And we live life in a superior way by being our very best selves. 
I love that Rotary invites us to be our very best selves with the simple motto and challenge: “Service Above Self.”  As we adopt this phrase to each facet of our complicated lives, I know that we will find ourselves being and doing our very best.  In fact, we each will be super!  We will be better equipped to not just barely make it through our difficulties and challenges, but actually thrive in life despite them.  That is the power of Rotary and living “Service Above Self.”  And now more than ever, “Rotary Opens Opportunities” that will allow us to become even more super when we live “Service Above Self”!
Right now, we are facing unprecedented challenges in so many different facets of life.  Now more than ever, the world needs Rotary.  Our communities need Rotary.  And also, we need Rotary. 
Please accept my invitation during these difficult times to “Grow Rotary” in your life. This will enable us all to be able to better survive and thrive, as well as help others do the same.  That is the power of Rotary and the power that we will feel as we live life in such a super way. Rotarians are literally SURVIVORS!

Ben Nelson '20-'21 District 5400 Governor


emmett youth benefit dinner & auction
has been rescheduled to Sept 19,2020
Due to the current health concerns for our community, and recommendations of the CDC, the 2020 Emmett Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction has been POSTPONED.  It will now be held on September 19, 2020 at the Gem County Fairgrounds.
We are excited to announce that the flamingos will continue to flock our Sponsor businesses throughout the next few months as we continue to let others know YOU support our youth!
Meanwhile, youth groups will continue to sell Raffle tickets until right before the auction.  This is a great opportunity for each to earn money for their group.  The youth groups get 50 cents for each raffle ticket they sell.  That profit is over and above what the group has requested from the actual auction funds.
Thank you for your support of this event that funds activities for the youth of Gem County.  We still have room for Sponsors at $500 which includes dinner for six, free raffle tickets, free bucket draw tickets and entry into a drawing for $600. Individual tickets are available at $60 each by contacting Kathy at klrainbow49@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you on September 19. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Buck, 208-369-1785 or klrainbow49@gmail.com.
online auction
october 13-23, 2020
The Boise Sunrise club  has operated a successful fundraiser called the Lobsterfest for ten years with the Nampa, Boise Southwest and Eagle Garden City clubs. Traditionally it has been a dinner auction event, recently with 450 guests and revenues of $240,000. Due to current events; it has been converted to an online event, we opened it up to all clubs in the District 5400 and we tentatively renamed it the “The District 5400 LobsterGhost”.
The LobsterGhost will be an online auction; with opportunities to donate to your club, the District, Rotary International, the paddle-up charity (the Hope House) and up to ten guest charities. Participating clubs can nominate guest charities. The Expenses (approximately 5% of revenue for a professional auction management  company) will be shared based or revenue.
There will be no charge for a club to register or for one to visit the website. Participating clubs will have no financial risk and will not be asked to have a minimum level of participation. One or one hundred members from a club can participate. Each participant will be asked to identify his or her club.
The net profits of auction items will be shared 50/50 between the donating club and the club associated with the buyer of the auction item.
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Upcoming Events
DG club visit Pocatello
Clarion Inn
May 06, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Earth Stewardship Board Meeting
May 10, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Membership Meeting (for DISTRICT TEAM MEMBERS)
May 12, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
DLT Meeting
May 17, 2021 4:00 PM
District 5400 Conference -Virtual
Zoom presentations
May 21, 2021
2021 District Conference
May 21, 2021 11:00 AM –
May 23, 2021 11:00 AM
Virtual District Conference 2021
May 21, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
R&R: Recline with Rotary (District-wide Social Hour)
May 28, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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