january 2021 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
rotary = love
February is always a neat month, and not just because it is the only month of the year that has less than 30 days.  February is the third and last meteorological month of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the third and last meteorological month of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
The name comes from the Latin term februum, which means purification, due to a Roman ritual that used to be performed during this grouping of days on the calendar.  But my favorite thing about February is that it contains a ritual that is celebrated every February 14th: Valentine’s Day.
 
 
Some of my single friends actually call February 14th Singles Awareness Day (SAD). And even though their current relationship status feels somewhat amplified on this day, I enjoy Valentine’s Day because it is an opportunity for all of us to appreciate and celebrate love.
 
 
I think it is interesting that in the English language, we only have one word for love.  In Greek, they have eight different words for love and it helps explain the many different dynamics of love that exist.  They are eros (the root word of erotic, from the Greek God of Fertility, meaning romantic, passionate love), philia (the root word found in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, meaning love without physical attraction, like friendship), agape (Agape, the name of Aphrodite’s sister, meaning a divine, selfless and unconventional love), storge (meaning the natural form of affection experienced between family members), mania (the root word of maniac, meaning obsession), ludus (the root word of ludicrous, meaning play or game, referring to the playful love meant to describe the affection between young lovers), pragma (the root word of pragmatic, meaning love built on commitment, understanding, and long term best interest that usually results in compromising), and philautia (meaning love for ourselves, because you cannot fully care for others without having the ability to care for yourself).
 
 
All of these different words for love in Greek can be confusing when trying to determine which specific love you are feeling towards another person at any given time.  Thankfully, I think they can all be simplified and combined into just one word and the ideal it represents: Rotary.  The motto of Rotary is Service Above Self, and to me, that motto, put in action, is love in its purest form.
 
One of the things I love most about Rotarians is that we are People of Action.  The Power of Rotary is truly that “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”  Rotary provides us an almost unlimited number of opportunities to show our love towards the World, through the giving of our time, talents, and treasures. 
 
 
One of the best things ever is being able to tell somebody that you love them and then hearing somebody tell you that they love you in return.  During this month where we become more aware of SAD people (i.e. “Single Awareness Day”), I invite each Rotarian to be aware of all the other sad people all over the world that are without and that need some of our “Rotary Love.”
 
 
When you give to Rotary, you are literally able to say “I love you” to millions of people in need.  And after we do this, in my heart and mind, I can feel them say back to each one of us: “I love you too.”
 
That is the power of Rotary and the true love we exhibit and enjoy when we live Service Above Self.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
GOVERNOR BEN

Ben Nelson '20-'21 District 5400 Governor

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UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS
9th Annual Martini tasting masquerade ball
February 19, 2021 
Twin Falls Rotary After Hours is saddling up for their 9th Annual Wild West Showdown Martini Tasting Masquerade Ball on February 19, 2021, doors open at 6:30pm. 
 
By thinking outside the box; we can make our event safe, fun and profitable.  We are accomplishing this by acquiring a much larger sanctioned venue to accommodate social distancing.  Our theme is “Wild West Showdown” which will allow all our deputies, outlaws and Scarlet ladies to mask their face instead of their eyes.  Along with tasting martinis, music and dancing we have also added a NEW activity to go with our Old West theme, gambling.  
 
We will have multiple tables and activities set up for you to try your hand at the cards or roll of the dice for a fun filled evening.
 
This year’s main beneficiary is Camp Rainbow Gold; their goal is to provide emotionally empowering experience to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer and their families.  
 
News
Public Information Pamphlet 
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Membership Team Program
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D5400 New Year’s Eve Happy Hour A Success
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 Virtual Culinary Experience
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Video dedicated to Healthcare Community
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Ian, Rotary, and the Environment! Tue, March 2, 12:15- 1pm (lunch break)
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Club Awards Grants to Two Nonprofits
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Protecting the Environment 
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Keeping a Pulse on Polio
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District 5400 Learning & Development Committee
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District 5400 Training
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Polio Eradication Update For The Week Ending 2/27/2021
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Upcoming Events
Earth Stewardship Board Meeting
Mar 08, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
District Membership Meeting (for DISTRICT TEAM MEMBERS)
Mar 09, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
DG club visit Downtown Boise - virtual
Virtual Meeting
Mar 11, 2021
11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
 
District 5400 PETS - Virtual
Zoom presentations
Mar 13, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
DLT Meeting
Mar 15, 2021 4:00 PM
 
Rotary Peace Committee - District 5400
Mar 17, 2021
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
 
District Membership Meeting (for ALL CLUBS)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86929936909?pwd=QnFVWStKUjY0Nk15UDhkeFlLeVVGZz09
Mar 23, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
R&R: Recline with Rotary (District-wide Social Hour)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81872246785
Mar 26, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
DG club Idaho Falls - Virtual
Mar 30, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
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