february 2019 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
AT THE ROOT OF IT ALL, LIES WATER
Rotary’s mission statement ultimately focuses on peace. But what must you have, before you can have peace?  You must have fundamental basics. People can only dare hope for peace, when those fundamentals are in place; fundamentals like water, disease prevention, health care, and literacy.
 
Rotary’s areas of focus are building blocks for peace, and the building block base, begins with water.  Ask any farmer, and they will tell you the lifeblood of their community is water. For girls in communities without water, their days are spent gathering the precious resource, rather than going to school.  For communities without proper sanitation systems (wash stations), disease runs rampant, and often girls can’t attend school.  

In March, we celebrate and focus on this area of our work as Rotarians.  As you likely know, the days of short-lived well systems are behind us.  Today, they are replaced with thoughtfully managed sustainable clean water and sanitation projects that yield health, education, and community economic benefits.

World Water Day is March 22nd.  What can you and your club do in the area of water and sanitation?  Here are a few ideas:
  • Get Curious.
    • Young Entrepreneurship in Water. Young Water Solutions is an NGO based in Brussels that has as a mission to empower young people to contribute to the achievement of sustainable goals created through a UN partnership. They are offered support to implement water and sanitation projects and become water entrepreneurs.  Learn more here.
    • Wash in Schools Target Challenge.  A pilot program created to motivate Rotary clubs to develop sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene (collectively referred to as WASH), and education projects using the expertise and resources available through two of Rotary’s areas of focus: basic education and literacy and water and sanitation.  Learn more about becoming an International Sponsor.
  • Support a Water Project. Currently, clubs in our District are supporting three water projects Ecuador.  The projects are funding the development of sustainable, community water systems in poor, rural communities with no safe water supply.  If you’d like to contribute, contact Marianne Barker
  • Share a Video at a Meeting to Increase Awareness.
 
“There is no other single issue that can impact the health, education, economy, equality and progress of all people than the need for clean water and sanitation.”  

~ Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group
 

Jennifer Deroin, '18-'19 District 5400 Governor

 

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS
March 1st, 6:00pm
Boise Train Depot
Break out your best Mardi Gras beads for the 9th annual Boise Centennial Rotary Winter Wined Up! Enjoy delicious food, local beverages and amazing company at the new and improved Wined Up as we raise funds for Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Center.
 
March 7th, 5:30pm
Basque Center in Boise
Join Boise Southwest, North Junior High and Boise High School bands for an evening of live Dixie Land Jazz and all you can eat crawfish. Crawfish will be served until it's gone with coaches available to help show how it's done! 
 
 
April 27th, 5:30pm
Crane Creek Country Club

Boise Southwest Rotary presents the 2019  Spring Fiesta Fundraiser

Come and enjoy a Mexican fajita buffet dinner and drinks*, a silent auction and fun festivities all to support Whittier Elementary and youth in the Boise area.

 
 
 
Stories
Submit Rotarians for DC Memorial
One of the traditional events at our District Conference is the Sunday morning Memorial Service. This year we'll meet in the beautiful Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. Rev. Linda Biggs will conduct the service. To properly recognize those fellow Rotarians who have passed away this year, please send their names and club to John Biggs at biggs81@gmail.com.
Firkin Frolics
There was love in the air this Valentine’s Day in Boise:  the love of Firkin beer.  The Boise Downtown Rotary Club hosted its 4th annual Firkin Frolic Beer Festival, paying homage to the ‘old-style’ beer brewed in a cask or keg and tapped in a special way.  Drinking a Firkin beer is like going back in a time machine — back to the first days of beer drinking.  
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What's Your Rotary Moment?

I recently had a conversation over lunch this past week with a fellow Rotarian, QB Khalid. During our conversation I point blank asked him if he had his Rotary moment, not when he became a Rotarian, but if he had had a Rotary moment. He said, "Yes!" So I asked him if he wouldn't mind sharing it with me.

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Join the Ride to End Polio May 18th
District 5400 is hosting our first Ride to End Polio to take place on Saturday afternoon of the District Celebration. There are many options for you to choose from that afternoon, one of which includes the bike ride.
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Southwest's MSTI Christmas Gift Program
This Boise Southwest Rotary program was established through Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) in 1978. The institute provides names of families and their Christmas gift wishes for each family member. These families have a member going through cancer treatment and have very limited resources. Rotarians signup and purchase the Christmas gifts.
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Greetings from the Rotary 5400 e-Club

Brand new, freshly minted, we are so excited to be able to contribute to Rotary efforts in our District. Our club was formed using a charter from the former Portneuf Pocatello Club. We are grateful to them for their stewardship in extending their charter and enabling Rotary to innovate in this way. 

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District Grant Reports Due May 15

Reports on all open Rotary Foundation District Grants are due on May 15, 2019.  If your project is completed please fill out the final report form (located on the administration side of the description tab of your grant at www.matchinggrants.org and upload it as a pdf along with your receipts to the documents area of the grant. 

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Do You Know of a Potential Peace Fellow Candidate?

Each year, Rotary funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest leaders to study at Rotary Peace Centers.  Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become catalysts for peace and development. Many go on to careers with governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

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The Many Uniforms of a Rotarian
While we know that our Rotarians serve in all sorts of ways while wearing the "uniform", we also know that many of our Rotary members find other ways to serve through a number of causes, board positions, and charity work. That is also the case with Jim Boley, President of the McCall Payette Lakes Rotary Club, who recently embraced the opportunity, along with "Mrs. Claus" aka Madeline Cahill-Boley, to create magic at the Trek to the North Pole at Ponderosa Park.
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Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend RLS + PETS

Once a year, District 5400 holds a gigantic, stupendous, and incomparably inspiring two-day leadership summit.  This event is open to all Rotary leaders and those who want to be Rotary leaders. Leadership is another form of SERVICE in Rotary: Service to your club.  RLS + PETS give you the opportunity to really learn, plan and set goals so you can do more good in the world.  Here are the top 10 reasons why you should attend this year.
 

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Eagle/Garden City Delivers a Reindeer
The Eagle/Garden City Rotary Club was honored to host 20 students from Pierce Park Elementary School in Boise for our annual Christmas Party on December 6, 2018.  Pierce Park Elementary is a Title 1 school that boasts students from a number of countries, many of whom are not native English speakers, who all come together to grow and learn.  Under the careful hand of Principal Chris Ryan, students learn to read, write, and forge friendships that will last them throughout their school years.  The annual Christmas Party allows the Club to share the joy of the holiday season with Pierce Park students, some of whose families are facing significant struggles.  With gifts from Santa and a visit from a real reindeer, the annual event is a fun and memorable experience for everyone involved and one of the highlights of the EGC Rotary year.
Upcoming Events
District Membership Zoom Call-June
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/664968210
Jun 11, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 
DLT Meeting
Jun 17, 2019
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
District Celebration Committee Mtg
Jun 20, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 
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