december 2019 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
The year that I served as club president the RI theme was “Be a gift to the world.”  At that time I thought to myself, “How can an insignificant club in an obscure town in Idaho ever be a gift to the world?”
Then I thought about the exchange student that came to our club from Italy that year.  This boy had never heard of Idaho before he came here.  I recall he got up in one of our club meetings just before he left to go home.  With tears streaming down his face, he thanked us for giving him the gift of living for a year in our community!  When he returned home he told everyone in Italy all about his experiences here in his new second home.  He treasured his time in Idaho.  Collectively we continue to be an influence for good in his life.  That is when it occurred to me that through Rotary we can be A GIFT TO THE WORLD! 
The future of this young man was dramatically changed because of Rotary. He made connections here. He learned things here.  Our gift made his future so much brighter.  
I have always been fascinated by the idea of gazing into a crystal ball and seeing the future!  Rotary is that globe that allows us all to see that serving others does change the future of the world.  As our mission statement suggests; together we see a world where people unite, take action, and create lasting change.  
As we start the new 2020 year it is my hope that every member of every club will contribute at least one new idea how we as Rotarians can make our clubs, our communities, and our world a better place to live. 
Do not hide your idea under bushel.  Share it.  Let it shine for others to see.  You have so much to contribute.  Connect with others who have your same passion.  Then lets work together to make that future vision a reality! 
May the 2020 year be a year of perfect “20/20” vision for you, your club, your district and Rotary International as we strive, together, to “SEE” THE FUTURE!

Rich Kirkham, '19-'20 District 5400 Governor

district celebration online registration
january 6
Online registration for the 2020 Seeing the Future District Celebration  will be available January 6, available through a link on the Rotary 5400  website.


a chocolate lover's affair
january 24, 2020
Join your friends in the beautiful setting of Idaho State University’s Stephens Performing Arts Center for one of the most delightfully indulgent evenings of the new year: A Chocolate Lover’s Affair, presented by the Pocatello Rotary Club and Cole Chevrolet.
You’ll enjoy samples of chocolate masterpieces from 25 of the region’s finest restaurants, bakeries and confectioners, in all of the ways chocolate is at its best. Walk down lanes devoted to different chocolate marvels:
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Brownies
  • Pastries
  • Specialty Candies
When you’re done sampling all of the evening’s wonderful creations, you’ll get to vote on the best in each category, and Best Overall. The vendors will be showcasing their finest work – It’s an evening not to be missed!
And because everything is better with chocolate, expect an evening of perfect balance:
  • A selection of wines available for purchase. 
  • Hors d’oeuvres.
  • No-host bar.
  • Music by Rail City Jazz.
A Chocolate Lover’s Affair is sure to become one of Pocatello’s signature community events.
death by chocolate
january 30, 2020
"The Rotary Club of Twin Falls will have its 15th Annual Death By Chocolate Fundraiser on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Canyon Crest Event Center from 6:00 -9:00 p.m.
Attendees will vote on the Best Chocolate Item in each of the 5 Categories: Brownie, Cake, Candy, Cookie and Unique Dessert.  Live music will be provided by Crazy Love.
There will be a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Kurt's Pharmacy or on-line at or $25 at the door. 
First Federal is the Corporate Sponsor."
Firkin Frolic 
February 13, 2020
Boise Rotary will be doing our annual Firkin Frolic beer festival fundraiser Thursday evening, Feb 13th, at the Basque Center in downtown Boise.
Enjoy sampling unique, locally brewed firkin beers, as well as traditional beers from your favorite local brewers. Plus, food vendors, music, and more!!!
Martini tasting masquerade ball
February 21, 2020
Rotary Club of Twin Falls After Hours is excited to present the 8th Annual Martini Tasting/Masquerade Ball Fundraiser, Friday, February 21, 2020, at Canyon Crest Event Center, from 6:00-11:30 p.m. This annual event attracts large crowds and is one of the most entertaining fundraisers in Twin Falls.

We team up with the best Magic Valley Mixologists to raise money for local charities. This year’s theme will be Roaring 20’s! Guests dress in costumes (including masks), sample martinis to vote on their favorites. In addition to the fabulous martini tasting, Appetizers are provided with a chocolate fountain for a sweet finish. DJ Broc will keep the crowd rocking and dancing.

Twin Falls Rotary After Hours is focused on community involvement and works closely with local charities. This year’s funds will help SHP Sleep in Heavenly Peace & other local charities in our community.
Liberty Day Institute
Liberty Day Institute’s purpose is to educate young students on the meaning and importance of the U.S. Constitution.
Getting International Speakers to Your 7 am Meetings
Getting International Speakers to Your 7 am Meetings
RI 2017/18 Pres Ian Riseley LIVE Tele-Presentation to Rotary 5400
RI 2017/18 Pres Ian Riseley LIVE Tele-Presentation to Rotary 5400
Not a Pretty Week for Polio
Not a Pretty Week for Polio
Preston Rotary Club Activities
Activities Preston Rotary Club has been involved with. 
Boise Southwest’s MSTI Christmas Gift Program
Boise Southwest’s MSTI Christmas Gift Program
Boise SW Whittier School 5th Grade Christmas Party
Boise Southwest’s Annual Whittier School 5th Grade Christmas Party
More Than A Vacation
More than a VACATION!
PETS 2020
Easy Free Rotary Directory
Easy Free Rotary Directory
Polio Eradication Update
Polio Eradication Update   For The Week Ending 12/27/19
Upcoming Events
New Generations Monthly Zoom Call
Jan 13, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
2020 District Conference Planning Meeting
Jan 16, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fireside Chat - Finishing Strong Series
Jan 18, 2020
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
DLC Meeting
Jan 20, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
DLT Meeting
Jan 20, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Winter Retreat in McCall
Jan 23, 2020 12:00 PM –
Jan 26, 2020 8:00 AM
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