“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”
Theodore Roosevelt
February 21, 2021
Boise Metro Rotary
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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Temporarily via Zoom
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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Greenbelt Clean-up
Mar 06, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:22 PM
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Mar 02, 2021
RI's New Focus Area: the Environment!
Mar 16, 2021
Semilla Nueva! What's going on down there in Guatemala!?
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February 4
Scott Robertson
February 26
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Allan Bosch
February 1, 1988
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Lance Hendricks
February 3, 2009
12 years
Allison Dunn
February 14, 1999
22 years
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Some agenda items for discussion:
  • Club Survey
  • Zoom Meeting Coordinator
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Family Greenbelt Bike Ride in May
  • Rotary Wetlands Peace Preserve  
  • RI Zoom next week
We won't have our regular Zoom meeting on March 2nd. Instead, we're all invited to sit in on a special presentation called: Ian, Rotary and the Environment. YOU NEED TO REGISTER NOW! (See below)
2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley (chair of The Rotary Foundation Environmental Issues Task Force) will share the stories and reasoning that inspired the Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors to unanimously approve Rotary's New Area of Focus.
Ian, Rotary, and the Environment!
Tuesday, March 2, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm, MST
  • 12:15 Greeting & Intro: Fun info about Ian, RI’s new Area of Focus, RICON and the joint Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group & Rotary Action Group for Peace Conference, and more!
  • 12:30 Ian on RI's New Area of Focus/Cause: Protecting the Environment
  • 12:45 Q&A moderated by Karen Kendrick-Hands, ESRAG Projects Director, and our own Ken Howell, 2020-23 Zone 27 Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Check out this short Video: Ian, Rotary, and the Environment co-starring our own Ken Howell!
Virtual & hybrid clubs should have members register individually so that each member can join in the chat and Q&A. Clubs from Canada to New Mexico and Arizona are attending. Be sure to register early.
We are wanting to have your club earn an Earth Stewardship Banner. Please follow the instructions below to help us do that!
Announcing a REALLY EASY way for your club to earn an Earth Stewardship Credit for 2021/22.
Have at least 10% of your members complete this 3-minute survey.
(1) Members provide critical information to help us plan our 2021/22 activities to meet your needs.
(2) The questions help all of us reflect on how we can be better Rotarians and Earth Stewards. 
Thank you all so much for your participation!
Jeff Larsen, the Renaissance Man! He lived in lots of places growing up, the youngest of four kids. He earned an MBA from U of Chicago and he's a C.P.A. He worked for HP in Boise for 18 years, including a stint in Barcelona (I bet that was a tough assignment!). After enough of the corporate world he retired from HP and went to work for Terry Reilly Health systems as a not-a-doctor. He retired from there after ten years. Jeff got his first taste of humanitarian work on a church mission trip to Ethiopia in 2009, so when he discovered Rotary it was great fit. He joined Metro in 2012, left for Nampa Rotary for awhile and returned. Jeff's hobbies are cycling (particularly overseas), skiing, traveling and cooking. Of course, Jeff will be our club President in '22!
The committee for the Rotary Wetland Peace Preserve at Willow Lane has been meeting every two weeks and a picture is beginning to take shape. Eight Treasure Valley Rotary Clubs are involved. The project involves an 8/10 mile nature trail along the river and through wetlands. There will be features like benches, "peace poles", story boards and more. So far the cost is looking like $80,000ish. Still to be determined is the role our club will be asked to play.
From Lisa Vetter: Hello, it's me again...and I'm back with more fun and adventures for all of my fellow D5400 Rotarians! Your D5400 Membership Team has put together a brand new program to help us all get a little more "Rotary Love" into our lives. In addition to the monthly virtual social hours (more info on the district calendar and district FaceBook page), we are now promoting what we are calling The Building Goodwill and Better Friendships Tour. And seriously, who couldn't use more of that in their life, right?
The goal is to build and strengthen our Rotary connections across our entire district. The concept is simple. Build goodwill and better friendships by exploring our vast Rotary community. It's that easy! This opportunity is open to any D5400 Rotarian who wishes to play with us. 
This pandemic has knocked us all for a loop, and keeping Rotarians engaged has been more difficult than ever. Did you know that we have a few clubs in our district that haven't been meeting since the pandemic hit? We also have members who may not be comfortable with the current methods (virtual/in-person) being used to conduct their club meetings (not to mention that the rules for lock-down are constantly changing how we can meet!). Some of our members aren't getting their weekly doses of "Rotary Love" and that just isn't fair to all concerned. We not only want to see the clubs survive and thrive, we want to see every Rotarian survive and thrive, too. With this program, we aim to help get everyone get their needs met. 

Did you ever fumble around looking for the link to our Zoom meetings? We have a new way that's really easy: go to our club website. On the left hand side under "Meeting Information" click on the icon for "Join Us Online". You'll go right in! Easy Peasy!
Its true, a guest at last week's Zoom was a pig named Wade!.........thanks to Cahill for his rendition of "Humble and Kind"......I wonder what our guest speakers think about our weekly songs?..... Charlene has submitted her middle grade fiction story for competition.... Jeff was pleased to report that his daughter in Tokyo survived the recent earthquake unscathed.....Mary was one of many who enjoyed our "big" snow last week.......thanks to Zeb Moers and Brian Woodward for their talk last week about LEAP Charities Affordable Housing for news about the City Nature Challenge coming in Greenbelt Cleanup is March 6.....
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