September 2017 District Bulletin

From the Governor's Desk
October is Economic and Community Development Month
How does that relate to individual club activities?  PROJECTS! If you help a child improve their knowledge base and skill set, that will give them the tools to build a positive economic future.  This is also true for a Mother or Father whose health and education level is such that they can support family growth.  Family is the key to a growing community. 
That’s why in my official visits I'm championing projects relevant to your communities.  I encourage clubs to review projects periodically to assess their impact on local needs.  This not only improves your community, it adds value to the vibrancy of your club.  A pleasant side effect is growth and membership retention.
A note:  It is time to renew your club's insurance policy with Rotary International – please take time to have an informed person review the policy with your club members.
Ride for the Brand – Rotary: Making a difference.


Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor

Terry Tracker

Oct 3: Boise Sunrise
              Oct 17: Nampa
Oct 5: Canyon Sunrise
              Oct 25: Boise Southwest
Oct 10: Rigby
              Oct 30: Baker City
Oct 11: Soda Springs
We are off to a great start with many clubs growing in membership and others maintaining!  If you take a look at this chart you will see that as of September 10 we had an overall growth of seven members in D5400 since July 1st. The combined goal set by all the Club Presidents this year is 88 new members! We have ten months left to make this happen. These goals are achievable if we focus on membership and retention!
Several clubs have scheduled specific programs for their members to invite guests and the program is all about “Why Rotary”. We have developed a Power Point and program for your club to use.  Please contact Marie Baker for info on how to incorporate this in your club.  
Please take a look at the District 5400 membership page.  Thank you to Michela Swarthout for assisting in refreshing it. We will be adding more resources in the next few months. 
Marie Baker, District 5400 Membership Chair

Kind Kids Club

Eagle/Garden City  received a District Grant to assist Galileo STEM Academy first grade teacher JoLynn Aldinger with her Kind Kids Club.  This project promotes all of the standards of the Four Way Test, teaching kids at a young age to do what’s right.  Each child is tasked to perform 10 kind things, such as writing thank you notes, holding a door for someone, picking up litter or simply invoking a smile. After reporting their acts of kindness, the kids receive a t-shirt and certificate.
The program has expanded to other classes in the school and, hopefully, will be adopted by other teachers in the district. The club learned about Kind Kids when Aldinger presented at a meeting and generated quite a bit of excitement, so much that they nominated her for the KBOI Pay It Forward donation, which she received.
The kids will also assist with a club project during the year.
Cathy Sears, Eagle/Garden City Rotary

twin falls gets spooky

Twin Falls Rotary After Hours is hosting a Halloween Haunted Maze at Canyon Crest on October 31st 5:30-7:30pm to raise funds and school supplies for children in need. The mazes will be kid-friendly, with a few scarier than others to appeal to children ages 2-10 years of age. Treats provided by Canyon Crest will be given at the end of the maze for a fun, safe and warmer alternative to trick or treating outdoors. Admission: $3/person OR one item/person from the link below.

Twin Falls Rotary After Hours goal this year is to raise awareness of the challenges our school teachers and district face and contribute what we can to alleviate the stress faced by teachers and the students families.

For more information, click here

lobsters deliver hope

Over 550 Rotarians and guests from the Boise Sunrise, Southwest and Downtown clubs raised over $195,000 on September 8th during the annual Lobsterfest fundraiser at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise. $100,000 will be given to the Hope House in Marsing to support their work in providing a home and education to underprivileged children. $95,000 will be divided among the three clubs to support their club’s charitable programs.  
Lobsterfest has been an increasingly successful fundraising event for 10 years. Lobsters are flown across the country from Maine and guests enjoy a plated lobster dinner with all the trimmings.  Lobster bibs and claw crackers make it an authentic New England lobster meal.
The clubs thank all of the donors of live and silent auction items. Auctioneer Larry Flynn and Auctions Made Easy provided invaluable service to the clubs to ensure a successful event.
Patricia Nilsson, Boise Sunrise Rotary

pocatello's kitchen

Pocatello Rotary was able to help their local Salvation Army through a Rotary matching grant this month.
The Salvation Army provides a daily soup kitchen to help people who are food insecure. With Pocatello's help, they purchased a new five-burner, double-oven range and prep table. The range has flexible sizing burners to accommodate the different-sized pots used in meal preparation and the prep table improves both efficiency and safety for the staff while preparing daily meals.
The previous prep table was too low, requiring the staff to stoop for extended periods of time while prepping food, which created unsafe conditions that could have led to injury. The new range and adjustable prep table provide a safer and more efficient work environment to prepare meals for people who might not otherwise have anything to eat.
Shelley Allen, Centennial Rotary Club of Pocatello

ryla: letting students have their say

Here are what students had to say about RYLA 2017.
"RYLA was the best think that has happened in my life.  There isn’t one day that goes by where I don’t use what I learned and did in RYLA in my every day activities.  RYLA, my camp leader, and all the friends that I had made at the camp helped me get over and accomplish things that I never thought that I would.  I made friendships that will last me a life time and memories that I will never forget.  All thanks. to RYLA.  Thank you Rotary for the amazing opportunity; an opportunity of a life time.” - Carly
"I laughed, sobbed, cheered, and laughed some more.” - Emily
"RYLA not only taught me about leadership, but teamwork and friendshp and the power of encouragement.” - Carli
“No matter how well people can put on a good face, everyone person is always working on something, and being compassionate and loving can solve many problems that are crippling otherwise.” - Luke
"At RYLA, meeting immigrants who are where my family was 3 generations ago was incredible.” - Jacob
I am beyond words to describe how much of a life-changing experinece RYLA as for me.” - Traynor
“I cannot thank you enough for sponsoring me to attend this life changing camp.” - Ellie
RYLA 2018 camp will be a week early - July 26 - 29, 2018.  Mark your calendars.
Todd Fischer, RYLA Chair

pins 4 polio

PINS 4 POLIO is returning for its 4th year at KT's Lanes in Emmett on October 21 at 12:30 pm. 
This is a 7 pin no-tap bowling venture - knock down 7 pins on your first throw and it counts as a strike! Cost is only $25 per person. Lane Sponsors are also needed: For only $50, you'll have your name posted on our website, Facebook page and at the bowling alley. 
Don't forget the Silent Auction! A blind draw at the conclusion of the bowling will determine the winners.
This is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends and know that ALL PROCEEDS GO TO POLIO+!! Contact Daniel Brice for a registration form:

got bikes?

Emmett Rotary's FIN evening group, in partnership with WICAP and the Valley Food Coalition, is collecting used bicycles to  refurbish them for children in Gem County. Their first work night is scheduled for October 19.

For more info, contact John Buck: 208-369-1785

World Polio Day: Oct 24

What is your club planning for World Polio Day?  Creating awareness in your community of Rotary’s 32-year effort to eradicate polio from the planet can help us reach our goal. Ask your city or county to pass a resolution declaring October 24 World Polio Day in your area. Submit a press release to your local news outlets for a story that day. Invite a polio survivor to share his/her story with your club.  There’s so much you can do, and everything you do will help you to raise the money your club pledged to PolioPlus this year. 
How do I learn more?
Contact D5400 PolioPlus Chair Jennifer Moss,, for resources.  Contact Mary Reiman,, to participate in the Indoor Ride to End Polio. 
Most of all, remember this: in 1985 when Rotary launched its initiative, more than 1000 children contracted polio every day, and in all of 2017, only 11 kids worldwide have suffered the ravages of the wild polio virus, reducing the incidence of the disease by 99%. Help us knock out the remaining 1%. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match donations 2:1. Your PolioPlus contributions count toward your Paul Harris Fellow.
Marianne Barker, D5400 Rotary Foundation Chair

No Wild Polio Cases Reported This Week

Today we count 1 week after the most recent case.
New Zealand Has announced new Polio funding of the equivalent of over US$3.6 million for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help the global fight to end Polio. They will provide a further NZ $5 million to contribute to ending Polio transmission in the last remaining countries of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. New Zealand funding to GPEI will purchase and distribute polio vaccines; support Polio surveillance and monitoring; fund immunization campaigns and strengthen routine immunization systems.
SYRIA - No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were officially reported in the past week, leaving the total number of cases in this outbreak to 39. Polio Eradication Fundraising - A continuing column featuring a weekly Polio Eradication Fundraising Idea.  Do something Special and ask for others to support the cause -  Peter Anderson of Morgan Hill, CA gives an excellent example - "I carried banners from about 40 Rotary Clubs in my backpack on a 2-week trek up to the base of Mt. Everest and shot photos of the banners in front of the highest peak in the world - in exchange for a donation to PolioPlus. Altogether the clubs and I contributed about $14,000. I was very surprised how readily members signed up for the opportunity to have their club represented in a photo at the rooftop of the world."     
"A few cobras in your home will soon clear it of rats and mice. Of course you will still have the cobras."   
         - Will Cuppy, Journalist (1884-1949)

The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan:  No new Polio cases reported this week.  Four cases reported in 2017 - the most recent from the Karachi on 7/10/17. Twenty Polio cases were reported in 2016. September brings a new challenge with the low transmission season, which commences this month and will continue until the end of May 2018. During this period, there will be 5 NIDs and 4 SNIDs. This will be the ONLY opportunity to take advantage of the low transmission season and ensure all the samples where ever they are, turn to negative. The first round of the NIDs will start from September 18th – 21st 2017 where nearly 38 million children under the age of five years will be immunized in Pakistan. Minor adjustments in dates may take place due to the requirements of some districts. At the Prime Minister’s Task Force meeting on August 25th, the Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Dr. Jean-Marc Olive emphasized strongly ‘What we gained, we cannot lose. The next six months are crucial for us, and we cannot afford to be complacent.” Per Aziz Memon, Pakistan's National PolioPlus Chair. Two new Wild Polio Type 1-positive environmental samples have been reported this week in Karachi and Rawalpindi districts, bringing the total WPV1 positive samples in 2017 to 75.

Afghanistan: No new Polio cases reported this week.  Six cases reported in 2017 - the most recent from the Zabal Province with the onset of paralysis on 07/10/17. Thirteen Polio cases were reported in 2016.  No new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected this week in Afghanistan.  National immunization days at the end of September will aim to vaccinate about 10 million children aged less than five years.     

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 one year without a Wild Polio case.  

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

elmore county honors Air Force

Elmore County Rotary club was present and accounted for at the 57th Air Force Appreciation Day in Mountain Home. They sold completely out of corndogs and made a big dent in the fried pickle market.

All the money raised goes towards scholarships and the club's service project, which will be underway as they start reaching out to the schools to identify needs.  The club is also working with the Bennett Mountain High School to establish a food bank within the school, as the teachers have requested fresh fruit for each classroom to supplement the food stamps that the kids get.

For Elmore County, it is all about the kids!  


Nancy Thomson, Elmore County Rotary Club


Preston Hits the Highway

On September 26th, Preston Rotary took to the streets in their semi-annual roadside cleanup, organized by Steven Clark.

About a dozen Rotarians participated in cleaning 2.5 miles of highway that will be revisited again in Spring 2018. Thanks to this effort, the Preston community and its roads look a lot better.

Preston Rotarians often bring their kids as part of the volunteer events to teach the purpose of Rotary and the impact they can have on the community.


Isarama Jeffers, Preston Rotary Club

Now is the time to make your plans to attend The Toronto 2018 Rotary International Conference. For those who love Rotary, nothing inspires quite like a Rotary International Conference.  Dozens of Rotarians from our District 5400 have already registered to attend so you won't be all alone. Won't you consider attending the 2018 conference and changing your life forever? 

To learn more, visit or call District Governor Nominee Rich Kirkham at Cancel208–251–6570 with your questions. It will change your life! 

Sip2Give for greenbelt project: Oct 20

Upcoming Events
Field Trip: ACHD Sign Shop/Traffic Control
Behind Garden City Library
Oct 03, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Bryan Madden
Stone House (Ram)
Oct 10, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Debbie Cook
Stone House (Ram)
Oct 17, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Lana Grover
Stone House (Ram)
Oct 24, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Bob Kustra
Stevens-Henager College
Oct 31, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Speaker: Darell Bolz
Stevens-Henager College
Nov 14, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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