september 2020 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
the power of more
The Power of More
I have always enjoyed the Olympic Motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius.”  These three Latin words translate to “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” To me, these words inspire to the ideal of doing and being “more.”

In an athlete’s quest to qualify for an Olympics or even win a Gold Medal, they are constantly preparing and training themselves so that they can be more fast, go more high, and get more strong.  They are not necessarily trying to set an all-time world record.  In fact, to win an Olympic Gold Medal, they only have to be more than their opponents at that specific Olympic game.  So the idea of being and doing more is relative to just them and their circumstance.
With the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, I really missed seeing athletes from all around the world attempt to be more and do more.  Seeing “more” in action is so powerful and very inspiring.  I am, however, grateful that I have been able to visit so many of the wonderful Rotary Clubs in our great District.  As I have conversed with each of you, I am inspired by the “more” each of you are doing.
Our world and our communities need “more” Rotary.  They need us to keep accepting the challenge to do a little more.  When each of us gives a little more and does a little more, we increase the power and ability of Rotary to make more of a difference for good throughout the world.  We Grow Rotary.  And Rotary Opens Opportunities for each of us to do more.
One such opportunity we have to do a little more this month is to recognize World Polio Day on Saturday, October 24th.  World Polio Day exists to remind us that there is still more that we can do to make sure that someday, no child will be born in to a world with the fear of contracting paralysis from the Polio virus.  There is still more that can be done in order to make sure this dream becomes a reality.  Can we all ask if there is a little more we can each do as we strive to champion this most noble cause?
Please refer to the article in this Month’s District Newsletter regarding the Polio Plus Society and how to join. 
The Polio Plus Society is something that our Zone and District is sponsoring to encourage giving $100 a year to Polio Plus until Polio has been eradicated.  I am proud to have signed up to give a little more by pledging an extra $100 per year to Polio Plus.  I know that giving more will allow us to do more and thus help moreIn fact, our District has been challenged to get 50 people to sign up for the Polio Plus Society by October 24th.  Giving more will allow Rotary to go faster, higher, and stronger in making a Polio-free world.  I invite every Rotarian to keep doing more as we recognize World Polio Day this month.
Thank you for doing and being more.  That is the Power of Rotary.  We are People of Action!

Ben Nelson '20-'21 District 5400 Governor


The '20/20 CHALLENGE' is a community-wide event sponsored by the Rotary Club of McCall / Payette Lakes and supported by a wide variety of local businesses, schools, medical professionals and community leaders.
It's a fun way to finally get fit, reconnect, share some random acts of kindness and celebrate!    
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.
Wash away polio ~ Oct 19th-24th
October 19-24 - Visit Magic Car Wash in Twin Falls to have your car washed and $2 from every wash will be donated to Polio Plus. 
With the Gates Foundation 2 to 1 match, that means every car wash will generate $6 for Polio.
Pints for polio ~ october 24th 5-7pm
October 24  5:00-7:00pm - Enjoy some Rotary fellowship and celebrate World Polio day at Koto Brewing in downtown Twin Falls.
$1 from every pint of Koto beer will be donated to Polio Plus.  With the Gates Foundation 2 to 1 match, that means every pint of beer will generate $3 for Polio!  
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Blue Lakes Rotary Hosting Two Events in October for Polio
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Upcoming Events
DG club visit McCall
Elk Creek Babtist Church
Oct 06, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
DG club visit Twin Falls
Oct 07, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Earth Stewardship Board Meeting
Oct 12, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG club visit Rigby
School District 251
Oct 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Oct 13, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Oct 14, 2020 - Oct 27, 2020
Quarterly AG Meeting
Oct 14, 2020 4:00 PM
Announce DG Nominations to Clubs
Oct 15, 2020
DG club visit Hailey
Liberty Theatre
Oct 15, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Quarterly DLC Meeting
Oct 19, 2020 4:00 PM
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