Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise and the weather should be little regarded. If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.
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April 11, 2021
Boise Metro Rotary
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Boise, ID 83701
United States of America
We are meeting by Zoom temporarily. Watch for a Service Project on the second Tuesday.
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Our speaker this week will be Amanda Stone, Executive Director of Camp River Run.
Inspired by nature and flowing with optimism, we offer children who are battling life-threatening
or disabling medical conditions an outdoor camp experience to rejuvenate their youth and strengthen their spirits.
You will recall that about a month ago we discovered that our Little Library's door had been vandalized and actually removed. It seemed odd. We found pieces of the plexiglass window on the ground and the door appeared to have been intentionally removed, i.e. there was no evidence of  breaking and entering. So, Gene de Laveaga of our committee set about to build a new door, which was nearly completed. Yesterday, John and Linda were doing the monthly cleanup and discovered that the library door had been replaced. Wait a minute, didn't Gene just us that he still had to paint the replacement he built? Turns out a mysterious Good Samaritan had replaced the door! So Gene has a replacement at his house if we ever need it! We suspect the same guy/kid who broke the window also repaired it. Whoever you are, Thank You!!
Now Gene has put on a final coat of paint, added a Rotary decal and filled it with books!!
From Kristin Gnojewski at Parks and Rec:

We are so excited for the spring weather, singing birds, spring blooms, and most of all to be able to finally reengage with wonderful volunteers like you.  Please find the April 2021 edition of the Adopt the Greenbelt newsletter attached.

We would like to invite you to participate in the City Nature Challenge (CNC).  The CNC is an international effort to document biodiversity using the free iNaturalist app.  The event takes place between April 30th and May 3rd, during which time participants take and upload photos of wild organisms to iNaturalist.  This is a great way to document and learn about the wild plants and animals that utilize your adopted Greenbelt section. 

Finally, as the snow disappears from the foothills, water levels in the river can rise rapidly.  Please be aware of the potential for high water and flooding as you work along the Greenbelt.  Construction will also impact a few Greenbelt sections this spring and summer. 

Thank you for all you do to keep the Greenbelt safe, clean, and healthy for all.  Please reach out if you have any questions.



Everyday Leadership includes students participating in Community Service. Service Projects took on a new dimension this year due to COVID. Some of the traditional service projects were cancelled. So the students came up with new ideas. See the attached video clip showing the Everyday Leadership Students from Garfield Elementary. This clip is from their chalk expressions of thanks to the medical workers in our community. 
Rotarians, we received the following thank you letter from Viyora, the young Mom-to-be, to whom we gifted a diaper bag chock full of diapers, baby clothes, gift cards, books and other baby essentials. She used the gift cards to purchase a crib. The baby is due any day and I’m told Viyora  is both excited and a little scared.
Dear Boise Metro Rotary Club, I would like to say thank you so much for the bed for my daughter. Thank you for the books for my baby girl. I cannot wait to read to her & teach her how to read. I know she is going to love the books--they are so cute!
My daughter should arrive sometime next week and I am so excited to be a mother. I appreciate all the love & prayers you have done for me and for her. I will definitely remember your kindness.
Let Shiloh know and she'll send you a book of tickets. The stubs have to be back to her by May 10th. This is an annual tradition of our District 5400; its the major fundraiser for the District; some of the money comes back to the clubs. It is the expectation that every Rotarian will sell ten tickets, either to friends and family members or to themselves!
It is district raffle time! Your chance to win!
We are having our annual triple grand prize raffle. Your club's President Elect (or another officer) has been mailed the tickets. Make sure your club is actively promoting the raffle. If your club isn't promoting the raffle, please email
If you are inactive Rotarian; hopefully you still have enough Rotary in your heart to support our raffle. 
It is the only major fundraiser of the District. Every club and every Rotarian is obligated to participate. The purchase of least one $10  ticket (or a book 10), isn't too much to ask from every Rotarian. 

Our Goodwill and Better Friendships tour has resulted in some interesting experiences. Jeff and Charlene have visited Stockholm twice. We had guests last week from Twin Falls, Sunrise and Brazil. Cornelia visited Muskegon, Michigan. Its a large, 120 year old club that was 100% Zoom and very, very busy! Shiloh was preparing to visit an e-club and help with mock student job interviews. If you hook up with another club, let Cornelia know - she's keeping track.
As you know, Hank has visited Brazil many time since his wife is from there. This week he invited members of the Rotary Club of Uberlandia - Cidade Jardim ("Garden City"). We were joined by club President Fernanda Machada, Club Secretary Vivi Nomura and Past President and Ass't Governor of D4770 Solange Acevedo. Their club has 25 members, mostly women! Their current major project deals with recycling. District 4770 includes 83 clubs in three states. They meet at 7:00AM (which is 4:00AM here, so forget about visiting!)
On Saturday, April 10th, join a Rotary work party to weed, clear, water, mulch and more at the new Rotary Wetland Park and Preserve at Willow Lane. Last fall there were lots of seedlings planted that need to be nurtured.  And we will be preparing the area for more work to come as we plan for the walking path and associated amenities. There are two time slots 10-12 and 1-3. Please sign up in advance here:
So far our club’s “tour” has already spanned a whopping 14,000 miles and we’re just getting started! We have visited Rotary clubs right here in Boise, further out in the Treasure Valley, in Walla Walla and as far away as Stockholm, Sweden, Oneonta, NY and Pocatello. . (Jeff and Charlene couldn’t contribute Happy Bucks in Swedish Kronor! LOL!) With virtual meetings, you can now “visit” parts of the world you’d normally never get to! Let’s keep it up. Visiting other clubs is a lot of fun and gives us good ideas to steal.  😉 
I also have a better idea about some of the prize categories. Here’s where we should focus:
*Club with the most outgoing visits
*Club with the most incoming visits
*Clubs who collaborate with their meetings (example: all Tuesday noon clubs hold a joint meeting)
*Any club or individual who does service with another club
*Anyone who visits a club outside of D5400 (training purposes doesn't count)
So let’s get out there!
Bret and Jeff had lunch downtown the other day...they both got parking tickets......Portugese is an odd sounding language.....Thaks to Dave G. for his Rotary minute about a sanitation project inn the for a District survey from Marie Baker....please respond with your anonymous answers.....the Little Library door should be reinstalled soon...thanks to the carpentry shop at JUMP.........Will still hasn't mastered the order of business.....the daffodils are up at the Park!!....Members of the Pollinator Garden team will be given a tour at the Idaho Botanical Gardens on Wednesday............
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