DECEMBER 2018 District Bulletin    

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From the Governor's Desk
not a surgeon? me neither - but you are still needed!


When I was President of my club, I remember asking our Vocational Service Chair to think about how we could fulfill a vocational service project. It just wasn’t something we talked about in our club, and the vision in my mind was that of surgeons traveling abroad to provide needed medical treatment. I didn’t truly understand what vocational service looked like in Rotary, and how someone like me – with no surgical skills - could participate.

A few years later, and a little Rotary wiser, I’d like to share my thoughts about how every Rotarian can perform vocational service. First though, let’s take a moment to reflect on the purpose of Rotary. You know the 4-way test, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves about the Object of Rotary. For the purpose of this conversation, let’s focus on the second objective:

High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

That certainly sounds like a worthwhile objective, but let’s examine how that might translate for most Rotarians.  Here are a few ideas:

  1. The 4-way test is your filter. I encourage all members to keep a 4-way test card hanging up in their office or home. Still today, I use the 4-way test as a filter for making decisions that are of high ethical standards. Some issues are black and white. Other issues may seem gray until you apply that test, and then suddenly, the answer becomes clear. 

  2. Use your skills and expertise to benefit your community. In our club, we decided to do vocational mentoring.  Monthly, one of our members would give a presentation at the Boys and Girls Club Teen group, to discuss what we did for our vocation and our career path. 

  3. Help young people achieve their goals. Could your club instigate a young professionals mentoring program? Young professionals seek out Rotary to meet other experienced professionals. Why not formalize a program pairing Rotarians together, and see what you can teach each other?

  4. Act as a strategic consultant.  You have skills that benefit the nonprofit world. How can you, or your club be an advisor to another organization?

  5. Get Involved in a Vocational Training Team. This is a new concept within Rotary and one our District is exploring. We hope you’ll hear more about this in the future! 

These are just a few ideas of how you can take action today in vocational service to others. You have gifts that others can benefit from - share them.

Jennifer Deroin, '18-'19 District 5400 Governor

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Announcing Rotary Club Leadership Summit & PETS 2019

Ready for some fellowship, fun & great leadership training?  District 5400 will be holding its annual Rotary Club Leadership Summit / President Elects Training 2019 on March 8 & 9, 2019 at the Burley Best Western Convention Center, from 1pm Friday to 5pm Saturday. This training is open to all club leaders and future leaders in the district. Rotaract club leaders are also welcome to attend.

The Shoe Saga

It started with the unfashionable and ill-fitting Rotary merchandise. I’m a proud Rotarian, but I’m also a young Rotarian. I want to bring brand awareness and recognition to my peers, but it’s hard to feel confident doing so when my only offerings are oversized polo shirts, $80.00 marshmallow suits windbreakers or atypical-to-my-personality rhinestones.


Why Dictionaries?

An annual project of the Rotary Club of Emmett (and many other Rotary clubs) is to purchase dictionaries for all the 3rd graders in Gem County with the financial assistance from a Rotary District Grant.  This has been a practice for many years and some people question, in this age of computers, why dictionaries?

Pasachoa Water Project Update

The clubs of District 5400 have a long history of partnering with the clubs of District 4400 in Ecuador to identify, fund and complete humanitarian projects. Four members of the Boise Rotary Club (PDG Kevin Learned, Todd Fischer, Mannie Liu and James Slover, and James' wife Pam Becker) traveled to Ecuador in October to continue to foster warm relationships with Rotary Clubs there, visit former exchange students, view completed projects, and identify new projects where we can collaborate.


Are You a Paul Harris Fellow?

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) honors its donors when they reach $1,000 in giving by naming them Paul Harris Fellows.  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary, and this recognition is named for him.  Are you supporting The Rotary Foundation, working toward becoming a Paul Harris Fellow?  A PHF is a milestone, not a destination, and many of our members are known as multiple PHFs, having achieved the milestone many times. 


Creating World Citizens
Have you noticed the dual nature of Rotary? You're thinking about a community project and find out if you raise a bit of funds, the district is there to support with additional money. You can team up with a club in another country and get an international project accomplished. Service Above Self doesn’t mean by yourself – there is so much support when Rotary and Rotarians are involved.
Mark Your Calendars!

Mark your calendars for the annual Rotary Club of Twin Falls After Hours event on February 22! Guests will dress according to this year's theme (a Red Carpet Masquerade Ball...including masks!) and 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. Live music provided by Bret Welty will keep the crowd rocking and dancing. 

Pocatello's Online Auction Fundraiser
The Pocatello Rotary Club’s 2018-2019 online auction fundraiser has begun!  As always, proceeds are used to help fund Rotary’s many worthwhile projects. Click here to browse over 80 items up for bid and snag some great loot while helping the cause.
Council on Resolutions Update

Did you ever wonder how Rotary gets its rules for operation of clubs, the district and Rotary International?  Did you ever wonder how you could get some of those rules changed, or suggest a better idea for how Rotary operates around the world? Well then, you’re in luck!  This article is about the 2018 Rotary Council on Resolutions.  Next month we’ll discuss the Council on Legislation. These two councils are the mechanism for adopting resolutions suggesting ideas to the Rotary International Board of Directors, and for adopting legislation which changes the constitutional documents of Rotary International.


What is International Assembly?

INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY.  Every year in January, Rotary International calls a special assembly in San Diego.  The event is called International Assembly. All District Governor Elects in the World are required to attend.  The purpose of the Assembly is to train DGEs in their duties and to meet with RI leaders. One of the exciting opportunities that International Assembly provides is the chance to meet and partner with other districts from around the world to accomplish good internationally.

Polio Eradication Update

No new Wild Polio cases reported this week. What is that Polio Eradication Picture? The battle toward Global Polio Eradication Marches On - Today's picture is of a child being vaccinated in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Upcoming Events
Rotary Days: People of Action Hulls Gulch Planting
Camel's Back Park
Mar 30, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:10 PM
Rotary Days: People of Action Deer Flat Planting
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 06, 2019
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Apr 12, 2019
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Rotary Days:People of Action Eagle Island Planting
Eagle Island State Park
Apr 13, 2019
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District Celebration Committee Mtg
Apr 18, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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