Happy New Year From DG Marie Baker
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Those words evoke the spirit of renewal and hope for the upcoming year. It is an incredible time of year to look forward and determine how we, as Rotarians, can make a difference in our communities, in our world, and in ourselves.
January is Vocational Service month. Many of you may wonder what that means? Rotarians have many talents and this is the month to think of what you do professionally and perhaps discover ways that can be impactful. Vocational Service—"Promoting the 'ideal of service' throughout our business or professional world." Sharing our service in club meetings and by allowing job shadowing or interning at our business are examples. I know each of us can get creative with how we can serve with our chosen profession. 
One exciting way to ring in the New Year is to take a plunge into Lucky Peak Reservoir with other Rotarians and Youth Exchange Students on behalf of Make A Wish Foundation. Thank you to Grant Loveridge (Boise Southwest) for setting up the team and Laura Spencer (Eagle-Garden City) for encouraging us to participate! The exchange students will have a memory that will last a lifetime and we Rotarians had a blast. 
Save the Date for our District 5400 conference. The conference will be at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, April 26th-28th. We look forward to connecting with you there! 
More District Updates
Youth Eco Film Contest on Climate Solutions Sponsored by Rotary District 5400
Calling all southern Idaho filmmakers! Students between the ages of 14 to19 are encouraged to create and submit a three to four-minute video highlighting a climate solution in Idaho. The contest winners will be recognized at a screening event and will receive cash prizes.
The Shoe That Fits is Finding New Homes in Mozambique
Recently, a trip to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique by a team from Zoo Boise afforded the Rotary Club of Boise Sunrise an opportunity to deliver over 250 pairs of The Shoe That Grows made by Because International based in Nampa, Idaho. Because International has partnered with Boise Sunrise to serve a number of schools in central Mozambique with these shoes.
Community Health and Fitness Week Proclamation
As the representative of Ketchum Rotary, I sponsored a proclamation by all local governmental agencies to declare the first week of January “Community Health and Fitness Week". Perfect timing for such an announcement since New Year’s resolutions will be uppermost in residents’ minds.
International Service Project Fair Ecuador April 11 - 13 2024
Interested in learning about international service opportunities? A Rotary Project Fair is a great way to travel, learn about interesting projects, and get to know the Rotarians you can partner with to make these life-changing projects a reality. Over the years, Rotarians from District 5400 have attended the Project Fair in Ecuador.  
Do I Really Need to Listen to Others?
The world is in a very conflicted state. Some say the cause is greed, ego, evilness, bigotry, or a variety of terms to describe “bad people.” While those may be legitimate factors, my thirty years of resolving disputes among individuals has shown me that each side always attributes those traits to the other side. There must be more to it. Misunderstandings caused by our failure to listen, our propensity to make assumptions, and a failure to apply critical thinking skills are the real culprits.
Polio Update 2023

Calendar Year or “Rotary Year” - it can be confusing, especially when reporting statistics related to polio. GPEI, the CDC, and WHO report Polio case numbers using the calendar year; yet in Rotary we report dollars raised to End Polio using the Rotary year (July 1 through June 30). It is useful to periodically assess where we are with both.

Polio Stats as of Jan 5th
Quote of the Day - "Remember to celebrate the milestones as you prepare for the road ahead."  Nelson Mandela
The Pocatello Rotary club is pleased to announce that our signature event, A Chocolate Lover’s Affair, is back in 2024!
Turnkey Marketing Campaign Workshop
February 8, 2024 5:30 - 6:30 pm Pacific (Zoom)
Creating a Turnkey Marketing Campaign can significantly help clubs and districts achieve more successful outcomes in membership, fundraising, and outreach. You are invited to a free virtual workshop facilitated by Dan Ouweleen, District 5320 IPDG, and Shawn Wehan, CEO of Givsum and Marketing Director for D5320, who successfully created and implemented such a campaign last year. They will describe their efforts and how you can replicate their success. Register here.
Announcing the launch of the Youth Climate Film Contest. Now open for registration: Youths 16-19 can register to win up to $500 in cash prizes.
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Jun. 13, 2024 5:00 p.m.
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