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From the Governor's Desk
Moved to Tears
I’m not a crier.  I never cry, except in Rotary, and today was one of those days.  Anselme Sadiki, the Executive Director from the Children’s Home was the speaker at Boise Sunrise, and I just happened to be a visiting Rotarian. 
The Children’s Home started in 1908 as an orphanage, and in the 70s, it converted to a home that provides mental health services for children.   He shared the startling statistics about the lack of providers in Idaho and Eastern Oregon, the lack of awareness of the services available, how accessibility to the service in rural markets is a barrier, and how Idaho is 5th in the nation for youth suicides.  Anselme’s stories made me cry.
Later that same day, I stopped at Advocates Against Family Violence to drop off a check.  They’re a domestic violence women’s shelter for women and their children.  They provide health services too in the form of rehabilitation services.  That check, while large to me, will only cover the electricity for the shelter for one month….one month.
Both of these events made me think about building blocks.
I think a lot about peace.  I wonder what Rotarians can do to cultivate kindness, compassion, civility and conflict resolution.  I wonder how Rotarians can begin to identify a starting point for that cultivation.  I know that peace is the final puzzle on top of the pyramid, and I realize that kids that hurt so deeply on their inside, feel hopeless.   We have to address the fundamental building blocks to make peace possible.
So what do we do?   
Good question - Anselme wasn’t sure either.  He knew he didn’t have the answers, but he knew that a caring group of community leaders would have the answers.  He was clear - we need to join together leaders, exchange ideas, and take action.  
How do we create these conversations in our clubs? 
Rotarian, more than anything, I want you to know that you are empowered to ask the first question.  You don’t have to be the President.  You don’t have to be on the board.  You just need to care.  You are empowered to say, “this makes me (fill in with your emotion), and I am wondering what role we could play?” 
I think we can get stuck in fear, worrying that we must have the complete answer.  The truth is, the answer is several puzzle pieces and we’ll be one just one piece of the solution puzzle….and that’s ok.   I encourage you to have a conversation in your club.   Ask others, is this something that a small group of passionate people could add value to, and perhaps create a positive impact?  I believe the answer is yes. 
I hope that Rotary instills a spark within you, and maybe even moves you to tears.  Those tears may lead to something truly special.

Jennifer Deroin, '18-'19 District 5400 Governor


April 27th

Gem Island Sports Complex, Emmett


A day devoted to Gem County youth!
With the exception of $1 hotdogs and hamburgers, everything is free. YAD began about 30 years ago by Rotarians who wanted to promote the Youth Benefit Auction, held the following Saturday to benefit Gem County youth, in a fun way. As it grew the club needed help, so community groups joined the effort. Two Rotarians still serve on the planning committee of representatives from the Gem County Commissioners, the Recreation Department, 4-H, Wicap/Head Start and various community volunteers. 
April 27th, 1:00pm

Starts at Elks in Salmon

Putt Putt around town for Polio!
Start at the Elks, then move downtown to
The Lantern, The Owl Club, Whiskey Willies, The Salmon River Inn, Bertrams and Last Chance Pizza. Finish up at the Salmon Valley Golf course for the last 2 holes AND a BBQ with prizes and fun. Prizes for Best Costume, Low Score, High Score  and more! 
Contact Tammy for More Information at 208-940-9033
April 27th, 5:30pm
Crane Creek Country Club

Boise Southwest Rotary presents the 2019  Spring Fiesta Fundraiser

Come and enjoy a Mexican fajita buffet dinner and drinks*, a silent auction and fun festivities all to support Whittier Elementary and youth in the Boise area.

May 4th, 5:30pm
Gem County Fairgrounds

Flip Flops & Flamingos: VIVA LAS VEGAS

The 2019 Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction is on it's way to more success for Gem County youth! Emmett Rotary is excited to announce the theme "VIVA LAS VEGAS!" Save the date and join in the fun!
Martini Masquerade Ball a HUGE Success
Twin Falls Rotary After Hours Annual Martini Tasting Masquerade Ball was a huge success this year! 
Polio Update Year to Date
Global Surveillance Indicators: Year to Date Comparison
We are this close!
Apply for Your Rotary Foundation Grant
It’s time to be thinking about applying for a Rotary Foundation district grant for 2019-20.  The deadline for completed and signed applications is June 1, 2019. 
Assess Your Club Goals
It’s April – nine months of the Rotary year are now behind us.  This is a very good time for club leaders to assess the state of their goals, not just for service and membership, but for The Rotary Foundation.
Flip Flop and Flamingos
Viva Las Vegas!
Saturday, May 4
5:3o PM
Gem County Fairgrounds
2199 S Johns Ave. Emmett
Portneuf Rotaract Club Up and Running
Some 35 young adults in the Pocatello area have come together to create a Rotaract Club.  Most of the members so far are students at Idaho State University but the club is open to all young adults between the ages of 18-30. 
Dixie Jazz Crawfish Boil Event
Boise Southwest Rotary Club hosted our first Dixie Jazz Crawfish Boil at the Basque Center on March 7th.  The club partnered with the Boise High School Band and Sunrise Rotary to host a fun, public event celebrating southern food and music while educating the community about the value of Rotary.  
Albertsons Reaches the Hearts and Minds of McCall-Donnelly Youth
The McCall Payette Lake Rotary Club teamed up with the McCall Donnelly School District to create a new Rotary Youth Mentoring Program.  
Emmett Exchange Student Advances to National Science Competition
Eduardo Homrich Garcia, a Rotary Exchange student from Brazil, and currently living in Emmett, competed at the local and state levels of the Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair at Boise State University March 15 and was awarded in several categories.  
Peace Fellowship Applications
Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Do you know someone who may contribute to peace-keeping efforts in your community? Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. 
Selling District Raffle Tickets
Last Year as the Pocatello Club handed out the raffle tickets for each of us to sell I decided again to do as I had done for the previous 2 years….I would simply write a check for $ 100 and purchase all ten of my own tickets. 
Rotary D5400 Youth Exchange Committee Wins National Recognition
Rotary District 5400 is a member of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) which facilitates collaboration among and provides support to Rotary Districts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico to promote Rotary youth exchange around the world.
Submit Rotarians for DC Memorial
One of the traditional events at our District Conference is the Sunday morning Memorial Service. This year we'll meet in the beautiful Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. Rev. Linda Biggs will conduct the service. To properly recognize those fellow Rotarians who have passed away this year, please send their names and club to John Biggs at
Join the Ride to End Polio May 18th
District 5400 is hosting our first Ride to End Polio to take place on Saturday afternoon of the District Celebration. There are many options for you to choose from that afternoon, one of which includes the bike ride.
District Grant Reports Due May 15

Reports on all open Rotary Foundation District Grants are due on May 15, 2019.  If your project is completed please fill out the final report form (located on the administration side of the description tab of your grant at and upload it as a pdf along with your receipts to the documents area of the grant. 

Upcoming Events
Rotary Days: People of Action Deer Flat Planting
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 06, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District Membership Zoom Call-April
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Apr 09, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
President Elect Sack Lunch Zoom Meeting
Apr 12, 2019
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Rotary Days:People of Action Eagle Island Planting
Eagle Island State Park
Apr 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District Celebration Committee Mtg
Apr 18, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Rotary Days: People of Action Cascade Planting
Lake Cascade State Park
Apr 27, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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