november 2017 District Bulletin

From the Governor's Desk
december is family Month
Rotary International calendar says December is “Family Month”. I feel inclined to turn to a higher power and embrace the theme of this holiday season “Christmas”.  A theme that we in Rotary take to heart and daily watch and pray for is - that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus. And, with the 4-Way Test, we go forward making this world a better home for all. 
By now you all know my love for Paul Harvey, so please take a moment and enjoy his “Letter from God”.   
For those who want a homespun Christmas story from yours truly, scroll down to the bottom of the bulletin.
MOOOOOOOOOOrry Christmas . . . 2017
Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor
Our district is up 13 new members as of the end of November.  We started on July 1, 2017 with 1,771 and currently have 1,784 members. Great job!  We still have work to do. The cumulative goal set by the President Elects is 1,859.  75 new members by June 30, 2018 is possible with an effort by each club.
Twenty five clubs have designated membership chairs.  Eighteen clubs are still working on finding a membership champion for their club.  If you are in a club that does not have a membership chair, this is an incredible opportunity to serve your club and community.  The stronger our clubs are through active members, the more impact we can achieve in our communities.  Let’s get intentional about membership!  
Please feel free to contact Marie Baker, District Membership Chair for ideas and assistance at 208-949-0382.
Marie Baker, District 5400 Membership Chair

stumped on christmas gifts?

Looking for the perfect holiday, birthday, memorial or all occasion gift? Consider giving a living legacy. By donating trees someone’s honor both of you help:
  • Restore habitat for wildlife,
  • Stabilize land and improve water quality,
  • Clean the air by removing harmful pollutants,
  • Provide a seed source for future forest recovery, and
  • Provide space for all of us to hike, hunt, and play!
  • Help Rotary meet its challenge of planting one tree per member worldwide
Your donation purchases healthy seedlings that will be planted by Rotarians, their families, and friends throughout Idaho’s public places. Each seedling costs approximately $5 and includes a thoughtful way to make a loved one smile this holiday season.

boise metro assists agency for new americans 

The Women’s Program at Agency for New Americans includes women from Somalia, Congo, Sudan, Burma, Iraq, Syria, Columbia and Afghanistan. The program, which allows community members to interactively teach the Women's Program participants, runs through December 5th and Boise Metro is looking for more Rotarians to help out. Some of the topics covered include parenting skills, higher education, budgeting, mental health, employment, community resources, human rights and nutrition. There are also skills and activities focused on dealing with past trauma. No prior experience is necessary.
ANA provides many other programs focused on helping refugees resettle in their new community.  They provide mentors for new arrivals, groups and summer programs for teens and young adults still in high school, and assist with improving language and employment skills.  The agency is struggling to keep their programs running because of a decrease in funding and might be one to consider doing a larger project with, possibly working with some of the teens and young adults (both girls and boys). If you are interested in partnering with Metro on this, email Deb Every.
Deb Every, Boise Metro Rotary Club

Drake Heubach Third Scholarship Recipient

Drake Heubach was chosen by the District 5400 scholarship committee as the recipient of the 2017-2018 District 5400 Scholarship. He will receive $500 in the form of a reimbursement for tuition and books for both the Fall 2017 semester and the Spring 2018 semester and will continue to be eligible to receive this amount during his 4-year tenure as a college student as long as he maintains the requirements outlined in the scholarship. Drake is a freshman attending Boise State University with a Major in International Business with a minor in French.
Some application highlights that elevated Drake to the top for the scholarship selection committee (comprised of 7 Rotarians throughout the district) in this competition include:
  • Freshman at Boise State University majoring in International Business with a minor in French
  • Graduated from Boise High School in 2016 with 3.2 GPA
  • Participated in RYLA and founded Treasure Valley Rotary Interact Club
  • Participated in Rotary Youth Exchange in Belgium after high school graduation
  • Working hard to pay his own way to school
Drake has this to say about receiving this award: "I'm so happy to hear from you. It is an incredible honor to be receiving this award. Such an amazing treat right before the holidays! " --Drake Heubach
Shari Stroud, D5400 Scholarship Committee Chair

rye update

This year’s District 5400 Rotary Youth Exchange inbound students are nearly halfway through their adventure in southern Idaho!
In late August, they gathered at Camp Sawtooth north of Ketchum to kick off their year abroad. Most of our 18 inbounds had arrived only a week before and were still somewhat shell-shocked by Idaho’s heat and 24/7 English, but Camp Sawtooth brought them all together. They received training on various topics required by the Department of State as well as those that are vital for integration to Idaho lifestyle. They also had plenty of opportunities to become friends, have fun, and experience s’mores!
In early November, they gathered in Buhl to help with outbound selection. Given their unique expertise, they shared perspectives with students applying to RYE next year.
This year’s inbounds are an exceptional bunch, haling from Japan, Taiwan, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Brazil. Most of the students are proficient in English, and all of them are excited about bucket list activities like going to Yellowstone, riding a horse, skiing, attending a football game, and bungee-jumping off the Perrine bridge. We think we’ll discourage that last one!
Each student is hosted by a D5400 Rotary club, which provides a youth exchange officer, counselor, allowance, and other support. Inbounds attend periodic club meetings and events to talk about their experiences and share in service projects. We encourage you to check out the RYE program.  See if your club is hosting a student. If so, take on one of the bucket list adventures. If not, talk with your club about hosting a student next year; it’s such a rewarding experience!
Natalie Chavez, D5400 RYE Inbound Coordinator

East Idaho Falls Celebrates 10 years of The Dictionary Project

The Rotary Club of East Idaho Falls is celebrating 10 years of distributing dictionaries to
third grade students in Bonneville School District 93 located in the eastern part of Idaho Falls.  The club’s dedication to this important literacy project has grown along with the increasing number of students in one of the fastest growing school districts in Idaho.  Teams of two members (sometimes family members are helpers too), deliver the books in person to each classroom.  Features about Rotary, including the 4-way test, are explained to each class.
This year East Idaho Falls Rotary delivered 1100 dictionaries to students and their teachers at 14 elementary schools in the district.  The project is so popular with teachers and students that we receive calls prior to school openings,  asking when deliveries will be made.  We often receive thank you notes and high-fives as we complete the project.  This year one teacher and her class prepared a spiral- bound thank you notebook with personal hand-written thank you notes from members of the class.
Literacy is a great part of Rotary’s way to help others.  Service above self is alive and well in the East Idaho Falls Rotary Club!
Phil Anderson, Project Chair, East Idaho Falls Rotary District Secretary, Rotary District 5400

2017 council on resolutions

In 2016, Rotary International changed the mechanism by which clubs and districts could seek specific Rotary Board of Directors actions.  Prior to this change, clubs and districts could seek to amend the RI Constitution and bylaws, or the standard Rotary Club Constitution, only by enactment of a resolution.  The Council on Legislation meets only once every three years.  The process to propose and enact legislation is arduous and complex.
During the Council on Resolutions, 38 specific resolutions were presented for consideration.  Each representative read and considered each resolution and voted to adopt or reject the resolution.
Ken Howell, PDG '15-16, Zone 27 End Polio Now Coordinator

Rotary Park on the Greenbelt Advances

John Biggs of Boise Metro and chair of the Rotary Park on the Greenbelt project has announced that the fundraising goal has been reached! Working jointly with Centennial and Eagle/Garden City Rotary, the committee has raised $55,000 through the sale of commemorative bricks, naming rights and generous grants and contributions.
The project took an interesting twist this fall when it was determined that the "Lugenbeel Monument", which was to be the centerpiece, was in such poor condition that it couldn't be restored. The problem was solved when the clubs connected with the local Pioneer Chapter of the D.A.R. who agreed to move one of their monuments to the site. This is one of the original five monuments that had been discovered in researching this project. The historical elements to be displayed at the park will include the 50 year history of the Greenbelt, 1923 Trestle Bridge which carried the Oregon Short Line Railroad into Boise, and the area previously known as Government Island, where Major Pinkney Lugenbeel's US Army troop camped in 1863.  Look for construction to begin next spring. In the meantime, people can still purchase commemorative bricks at

Does your club have focus and vision?

There is a difference between clubs that have high energy (vibrancy) and those that don't. There are many contributing factors. Two factors we'll focus on this month are vision and focusVision is a sense of direction. Club members know where the club is headed, what the goals are, and why their working toward those goals. Focus is the process of attaining the goals. Every member of the club should know these two things: What we're trying to accomplish. And, how we're going to do it.
You have to be careful. As a club leader, you don't want to dictate to club members. Don't just get up in front of the club and tell them what their goals are. Talk to them first, individually and collectively. Do a listening tour. Listen before you present the goals to the club. Make sure that your board agrees with the goals before presenting them to the club. Talk to your president-elect and vice-president. Make sure they agree with the goals, as well. Every club meeting should have some mention of the goals. Every club meeting should contain some reference to where the club stands in relation to its goals. 
If the club members don't know what the goals are -- you don't have club goals, no matter what you might think. 
Engage the engine of your club membership! Get everyone moving in the same direction! It takes time to get it right. So, being now!
Robert Lee, District 5400 Trainer

barker awards 100% Paul Harris

Marianne Barker presented the Twin Falls Rotary After Hours Club with the Rotary Foundation 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club award!
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
All members in the club have contributed, making it a 100% club. 

There are only 7 clubs in our District who received this honor this year and Twin Falls After Hours are so honored to be one of them. Way to go members! Your generosity is used to help many locally and worldwide.
Source: Twin Falls Rotary After Hours Facebook

elmore county welcomes fall

The Elmore County Club spent an October weekend participating in the Fall Harvest Festival, which included a zombie walk, and was located at Mountain Home's Railroad Park. They shared space with another small business owner who requested to assist with the club's food bank project. Yeah! It is always refreshing to find shared passions in the community and partnering up to make a bigger impact. 
The club has decided to participate in the Pledge to Plant project by buying and planting roses in Legacy Park, also located in Mountain Home. Legacy Park is one of the local stars and used by hundreds of folks every weekend. The rose garden has suffered from winter kill and Elmore County Rotary going to bring it back to its former glory!
Has your club stepped up to plant yet? 
Nancy Thompson, Elmore County Rotary Club

rotarians edge walk 1815 ft above toronto

Watch this 48 second video of Rotary International President Ian Riseley EDGE WALKING on top of the tallest structure in North America!  
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End of Year Giving Deadlines

Though the Rotary fiscal year doesn’t end till June, you may want to make your tax-deductible charitable gift to The Rotary Foundation in this calendar year.
If you’re planning a calendar year end giving to The Rotary Foundation, here are the deadlines: 
  • Online contributions need to be authorized by midnight December 29, 2017 CST
  • Credit card contributions made via fax (847-328-5260), phone (866-976-8279), and mail must be received prior to the close of business (5pm CST) on Friday December 29, 2017
  • Check contributions must be postmarked by December 30th and must be received by 5 January 2018.
Murphy’s Law says “don’t wait until the last day to make your contribution.”
Marianne Barker, D5400 Rotary Foundation Chair

Kudos to Boise Metro  

Five months into the Rotary year, Metro is the first in the district to fly by the benchmark of $100 per capita in Annual Fund giving – as of the most current posting, Metro has fulfilled 49% of its goal, leading the district in Annual Fund giving at $129 per capita. Metro is one of just two clubs in the district with goals in excess of $200 per capita for the year. Boise Southwest is the other. There’s not a doubt in my mind that these two clubs will meet or exceed their goals this year!  
Do you know your club’s goal and it’s progress to date?  Ask your club president or Foundation chair for an update!
Hats off to Blue Lakes-Twin Falls who leads the district in PolioPlus giving.  After a successful Pints for Polio event sponsored by Anchor Bistro in Twin Falls, the club’s per capita giving to the polio eradication effort is $64, 156% of goal. 
The benchmark for District 5400 to PolioPlus is $20 per capita.  Three other clubs have beat the benchmark but have a ways to go to achieve their goals: Rigby, Canyon County Sunrise and Boise Downtown.
Marianne Barker, D5400 Rotary Foundation Chair

Idaho Falls Walks the River

In 2011, the Division of Parks and Recreation began working on the River Gardens at Taylor’s Crossing project. This project consisted of revitalizing about five acres of riverside property that was once home to a dumpsite along the banks of the Snake River. 
The unique landscaping within the park project reused lava rocks that were left onsite from a development project to create newly-created bank stabilization. 
The end result was the conversion of a limited access undeveloped river bank into a beautiful river park with ADA access to the river, and Idaho Falls Rotary Club has been actively involved in its cleanup, fundraising and expansion every since! In October they performed their annual fall cleanup project to keep this award-winning park beautiful and enjoyed by the Idaho Falls community.
Kerry Harmon, Idaho Falls Rotary Club

Member Retention

To effectively retain club members, these three elements must be present in his/her club experience: 
1. The member must have a friend in the club. This could be the member’s sponsor
2. The member must have a responsibility. This shouldn't be overwhelming, but something that gives the member a vested interest in the club’s success
3. The member must have regular exposure to the good things being done by Rotary both locally and internationally. Without this understanding, enthusiasm will diminish
Do not assume these elements are in place. Each club member is a vital part of the Rotary mission. Unless the member is very unusual, their enthusiasm for the club experience will evaporate if any one of these component parts is missing. 
For ways to apply these essential concepts, click here.
Robert Lee, District 5400 Trainer

No Wild Polio Cases Reported This Week

What is that Polio Eradication Picture? It's another beautiful Purple Pinkie photo. At many vaccination campaigns, the vaccinated children's little finger is marked with a purple ink to indicate which children have been immunized. That's great to identify those who have been reached, but now, with more children than ever being vaccinated, what we really need is better data on how many are being missed. In Afghanistan, NGO - Care of Afghan Families is collecting blood samples from children under 4 at the Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar province for testing. These "serosurveys" show the level of immunity and also identify areas where further vaccination campaigns are needed - based on the home areas of the children.
Today, we count one week since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.
November is Rotary Foundation Month - As a primary source of funds necessary for the final push toward Global polio Eradication, please consider making a donation to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Fund this month!  Your donation (Up to $50 Million) will be matched $2 to your $1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Seven new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 were reported in the past week in Syria bringing the total number of cases for Syria to 70.  No new cases were reported in DRC, leaving their total at 10.

Do You Know?  #5 of  The Ten Interventions bringing Afghanistan closer To Ending Polio is "Reaching Children In Inaccessible Areas".  Afghanistan has 387 Permanent Transit Teams which work at major market places, health facilities, and entry/exits of inaccessible areas - where they vaccinated 10 million children in 2016.   

Quote of the Day - From Marcelo Haick, Physician & Brazil's National Polio Advocacy Advisor when asked how he encouraged Brazil's health minister to support Polio eradication at the first ever G-20 health minster's meeting:
"Polio advocacy needs proactive behavior and to have influence.  To be lucky always helps - that's the fun part."   

The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan: No new Polio cases reported this week.  Five cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtoon province with an onset of paralysis on 8/21/17.  Twenty Polio cases were reported in 2016.  One new Environmental Sample reported this week from the Sindh province, bringing the total number WPV1 of positive samples in 2017 to 100.  Sub-national immunization days are planned for later this month in Pakistan, aiming to protect over 21 million children from polio using bivalent oral polio vaccine
Afghanistan: No new Polio cases reported this week.  Ten cases reported in 2017 - the most recent from the Kandahar Province with the onset of paralysis on 10/16/17.  This week, a large scale mop-up campaign is under way. The campaign covers Kandahar province alongside 33 other provinces using bivalent OPV, protecting over 9 million children from polio.  Thirteen Polio cases were reported in 2016.  Four new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected this week in Afghanistan - 3 in the Kandahar province & 1 in Kabul.
Nigeria: No new Polio cases reported this week. Four Polio cases reported in 2016 - with no cases reported in 2015 or 2017.  The most recent case was reported on 8/2016 in Borno State. Nigeria has once again gone over one year without a Wild Polio case after previously going two years before an undetected outbreak of four cases was reported on 8/20/16.

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


Tis Christmas, tis Christmas, Oh thank the Lord it’s here.  We have worked long and hard shop’n an wrapp’n an cook’n and decorate’n, and now it’s time to enjoy. Yes dear, I’ll plug in the lights. YEOWOOOO—as the whole house goes dark. No problem dear, just a fuse #!##~~>><<!!!  Dogs bark’n - - nope not the kids, more darn hunters. Don’t they know this is Christmas? Hey, give the birds a day off!  Now let’s see, fuses.  Knock, knock, knock—must be the kids—I’ll get it. The milker, the water heater is out.  How does that water heater know it is Christmas—dear I’ll, ah I’ll get the lights in a minute, got to go to the barn. Yes, I know it is dark, ah light a candle.  Let’s see, water heater, matches – matches, oh yes, paper, light paper, turn valve, stick fire in, WOOFFFF.  Milker – see ya got it lit.  Hey, are your eyebrows smoke’n? 
Dogs bark’n, kids must be here! As I walk out’ of the barn in great anticipation – two dry cows charge by with ALL dogs in hot pursuit. Now Spur (three-legged dog due to a drunk buckaroo) knows they go in that corral over there, but, this is Christmas, and we haven’t had this much fun since the drunk came thru.  Down by the sewee pit, up past the silage pit, back’n forth thru bag alley, and of course, we got to go thru the straw stack, by now the cows are pray’n for any gate in a storm.  Shut the gate.  Now, now the lights.  Lets see, Spur-Midge-Buck- ah, ah where is Spur (8 week old pup in training), Ma hollers, the lights before the kids come please!  But, Spud got to find Spud. No, no not the sewee pit.  In panic, off I go. Sewee pit a large area 12 feet deep full of MOO GOO which form a crust on top that birds can walk on but you best not. SPUUUUD, I holler’s and holler’s.  A yelp I hear.  Oh, no, he’s chased a duck onto the sewee pit. Quick, like a flash I run – now Spud come to daddy.  Pitter patter he come’s, and just as I grab – splat in we go!  I need not talk about what we now look or even smell~~like.
Meanwhile, back at the house, the dogs are bark’n must be the kids. As I hurry up the hill to the house, it’s the neighbor (the one that’s the local gossip), come to wish a Merry Chri==^^<<~, hey what you been do’n, whew swim’n with the dog, ha ha and how come yer house isn’t lit up? With a howdy and a happy holiday, I bid ya bye, and off to the shower, at the barn of course. With much haste, I strip and Spud and I jump into the shower. YEOWOOOOOOO, no, no hot water, durn, durn.  Here I am, bare beam and buck naked, and colder than a new born calf on New Year’s. Only one solution, make fer the house.  With a quick look—the coast is clear, off I go at a run. Just as I make it out of the barn and half way to the house, the dogs start bark’n.  Now the kids are here. Dad, you want to explain that streaker thing?? I can explain I says, not really know’n how, but I’ve got to try. Spud and I are presentable now and the lights are on (thanks to #1 Son). Table set and to the good Lord we are saying thanks when grandson says, “what’s that foul smell grandpa?”  as they all look at me (I for once am glad I cannot smell).  Ah, Amen and dig in.
As the noise of dinner quiets down and de’zert is gett’n close, MA turns from the sink and in much disbelief says, I hear a moan.  What more can happ’n I say’s to myself, and out the door I go with grand kids in tow.  Now, to the dry lot, corral where mothers to be are located next to house.  It’s Dolly Grandpa, it’s Dolly!  Save her, save her.  She just hav’n a cow, a little cow, I says.  Upon a closer look things aren’t quite right.  Quick, get my barn cloths on, and of course, by now the audience is well assembled.  As I insert my arm up to my shoulder, to examine the situation, pop goes the water.  Or, should I say, a sound bit from Niagara Falls.  Now, yucks and ooos are coming from the audience.  With a push and a few pulls the legs are in  place and we now can pull.  Pull, we do – nothing, nothing’s happing.  Grandpa you got’a save Dolly!  Need a longer rope, we all got’a help.   With that order, we all began to organize, the tallest in back and the littlest in front.  Now, when I say pull, we all pull, OK?  One—two—three pull.  The groans were many, pull - - push Dolly, push.  Pop—out it comes.  Grandpa is it alive?  Is it a girl?  How can you tell? How come it is all wet?  What’s its name?  Grandpa what’s a streaker?
As the sun begans to set, I thought of the miracle of LIFE that started so long ago in much the same way as this little gal did, in a stable.  We may have trouble with our lights now and then, and on some days, hot water maybe in short supply, but when it comes to life, well, we and the Good LORD, we be mates. 
To all of you, we hope your CHRISTMAS is a Merry and normal as ours, Oh, and you might keep the flash lite handy and the matches close. 
Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor
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