august 2020 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
no fear!
As an individual who spent his entire teenage years in the 1990s, I was exposed to countless “NO FEAR” shirts.  To be honest, I always found them to be mildly amusing.  Take this one for example:
As a kid reading this at first blush, I thought it was everybody’s dream scenario to have the chance to step up to the plate and be the hero and win the game with a home run.  However, I then realized that the weight of the situation and the fear of failure could easily cause one to have fear.  I guess the key to accepting that opportunity was to first embrace the mentality of “NO FEAR.”
Recently, I enjoyed listening to an interview with Nik Wallenda, from the family known as the “Flying Wallendas.” Nik has made quite the name for himself performing many stunts that most are just scared to watch.  He has walked on a tightrope across the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, skyscrapers, and an active volcano.  Of him, it might be said that he truly has
During the interview, he shared that each human being is naturally born with two fears: the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling.  All other fears are then learned.  Any internet search of “phobias” proves that we are all really good at acquiring additional fears.
What was most interesting during this interview is that Nik Wallenda describes a paradigm shift that he has made in his own life.  He boldly stated that he doesn’t have any fear; instead of having fear, he had respect for situations and circumstances.  So rather than having a fear of heights or falling, he had respect for the law of gravity and worked hard to prepare for the successful completion of a stunt.
Since we are living in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, I think it is important that we not live in fear, but instead live our lives in such a way that we have respect for the reality of the situation at hand.  Now is not the time to quit or disengage from Rotary.  Instead, now is the time to explore new ways in which we can still be involved in Rotary and make a difference. 
The word “courage” appears to be a combination of two French words. “Cour” means “heart” and “age” comes from “agir,” which means “to act.”  So to have “courage” is truly to “act from the heart.”  As Rotarians, the world needs us to have respect for the situation at hand, but still find ways to provide Service Above Self.  That ideal takes courage because it requires us to act from the heart.
This year’s theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”  Thank you for showing “NO FEAR” and taking advantage of the opportunities we each have to show both our courage and respect for the situation at hand.  And that is the power of Rotary: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in our communities and in ourselves.”

Ben Nelson '20-'21 District 5400 Governor


Boise East rotary Rays for Rare Fundraiser
 Boise East Rotary has transitioned its typical Beer and Brat Fundraiser to be a Virtual "10 for 10" fundraiser this year to benefit a local non-profit organization. 
The fundraiser is active now and will last until Sept. 18. (Donations will continue to be accepted after this date).  Each member is challenged to recruit 10 donations of $10 each. The local non-profit that will benefit from the fundraiser, Rays for Rare, provides uplifting support to medically fragile children and their families.  They connect families to additional resources in the community and grow relationships through community partner collaborations. 
  • Rays for Rare advocates for children with many rare medical conditions, which consist of over 7000 rare diseases from all forms of pediatric cancer, tragic accidents to brain malformations, and health issues that go along with these diseases.
  • The support provided by Rays for Rare consists of many services from housekeeping, meal service, support groups, snow removal, and much more.
To donate, go to and under donations select "10 for 10." For more about Rays for Rare, view their website and also view KTVB Rays for Rare clip.
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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