April 22, 2018
Boise Metro Rotary Club
Rotary Serving Humanity
We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Stone House at The Ram
709 E. Park Blvd
Boise, ID  83701
United States
(208) 995-7971
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This Quarter's Cause is  Agency for New Americans. We'd like to get supplies to make up "hygiene kts".
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New Path Integrated Housing: developing solutions for Boise's homeless
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Everyday Leadership: creating leaders out of 5th / 6th graders in Boise!
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Our program this week will be Kurt Zwofler, Executive Director of The Cabin.  "Creating Human Connections Through Words".
Emily Johnson was officially inducted into membership last week. Emily was born and raised in Phoenix. She went to Mesa High, Arizona State and Northern Arizona State. In 2010 she and her husband picked up stakes and moved, sight unseen, to Boise, to get out of the heat of the desert. Emily's first job here was for Americorps/Vista working with the Corpus Christi House. (she sits on their Board today). She is now the Executive Director of Big Brother and Big Sisters. Her husband Jason works for the city over at Bown Crossing library. Oh yes, they have two dogs, Chelsea and Louie. And don't forget Little Jason the cat.
Emily's hobbies are "all things Idaho", anything outdoors. She's become and avid gardener and is learning to can her own vegetables. And she does lots of volunteer work, like joining a Rotary club! welcome, Emily!
Meet Charlene Ellen who was officially inducted into membership last week. She was referred to us by Jeff Larsen who has moved over to the Nampa club.  Even though Charlene was born at the US  Navy hospital in San Diego, she doesn't call herself a military "brat". She grew up in SoCal but has also lived in Anchorage, Kansas City, and more. She has a degree in TV and Cinema from USC. Retired now, most of her career involved Sound Effects and Dialogue editing in TV  in Burbank. She "works" now in writing children's books. Welcome to Rotary, Charlene!
The Rotary Club of Boise Metro was able to donate $500 to the horticulture program at Borah High this week. These students and their teacher, Jeremy Thompson, helped put together 468 dozen roses for Boise Metro’s largest fundraiser of the year and Metro is glad to give back to their education. Moneys will be used for other plant sale projects and could be seed money for a much needed update to their greenhouses. 
This year’s rose sale generated over $9,000 net for our club. We had record breaking sales, record breaking income, and record breaking fun! Thank you, Metro, for being such great givers and putting service above self. 
The online RYLA 2018 application is available.  Have student search for Idaho RYLA or go to  The dates for RYLA camp are July 26 - 29. 

We have a RYLA student handout available that you, or a school counselor, can use to recruit students.  If you need any other information or would like someone to speak to your club about RYLA, please let us know.

RYLA is open to incoming juniors to outgoing seniors in high school.  Each student's fee is sponsored by a District 5400 Rotary club with the RYLA camp being held in Idaho.  We will accept applications until May 20th or when the camp is full.  Please have your interested students include your club name (Boise Metro Rotary) when they apply.  As we get applications, we will forward them to the matching club.  Ultimately, it is the club that decides which students are sponsored.

District 5400 RYLA has a long tradition transforming teenagers lives.  Start recruiting students in your area so they can experience the Rotary magic in service above self.

Todd Fischer
District 5400 RYLA chair
Boise Metro Rotary will be having our Changing of the Guard ceremony at River Pointe Park (behind GC Library) on June 9th.  More details to follow, but please mark your calendars for a fun fellowship.  Our Club was instrumental in creating the park, and we recently completed a refurbishment of the park's signage and installed a few new benches.  Between our work and the Bee Pollinator group, its a beautiful setting alongside the river.  We'll recognize the outgoing leadership team, and welcome the start of Jeff Dinwiddie's Presidency and his leadership team. 
More details to follow, but fun is guaranteed. 
Applications are due by June 1st, 2018 to receive a grant for projects to be implemented in the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  Grants can be up to $5,000 and align with the mission of the Rotary Foundation.  More details are attached. 
Last year, Deb helped us apply and get a grant to support the Agency for New Americans (ANA) Women's program.  Because the grant was $500, there was no Club match required.  Any grant request above $500 will require the Club to contribute 25% of the total funding.  The year before, we used a District Grant to refurbish the signs at River Pointe Park, the site of our upcoming Changing of the Guard event on Saturday, June 9th. 
If you have an idea and want to lead a team, then please let me know.  Because we are only allowed to submit one application per Club per year, I'd like to present your ideas to the Board for approval, especially if you envision a match requirement. 
The grants are GREAT way to do some good in our community!  We have lots of proactive members with many ideas.  Let's rally behind a grant, get some $$'s, and do some good. More details can be found on the District website.
We managed to plant 88 trees along the new entrance to the park before we ran out of supplies.  
We're making plans to reach our District 5400 goal of planting 1800-2000 trees.  Right now, we know of 1533 trees or seedlings that our district has planted to meet our goal of 1800 to 2000. We need at least 267 more. I'm going to work with Laurie Z. from Rotary Downtown to reach out to clubs who have not yet contributed the $4-$5 per member to participate.  
Next planting date is April 14th at Hyatt Hidden Lakes. Contact Scott to volunteer!

This year’s  Zone institute will be held in Boise from September 4-9.  The schedule has been released  and can be found here.

You will be learning a lot more about Rotary Zones. Since its happening in our District ( a rare occurrence) we will be asked to volunteer in lots of ways to make it a success. Stay tuned............

The annual District Conference will take place May 17-20 in beautiful Sun Valley! This is our once a year opportunity to rub shoulders with hundreds of Rotarians from all over the District. We'll have great speakers, awesome entertainment and great meals! We'll meet all the District Youth Exchange Kids and have opportunities for training in areas such as ClubRunner, Membership and more! We'll have auctions, line dancing and the impressive Club Showcase. Sign up now by clicking here. You can also reserve your room at the Sun Valley Lodge. (There are less expensive alternatives in Ketchum, but nowhere near as cool!) 
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