Of all the paths you take in life,
Make sure a few of them are dirt
- John Muir 
July 21, 2019
Boise Metro Rotary
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Stone House at The Ram
709 E. Park Blvd
Boise, ID  83701
United States
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This Quarter's Cause is  Everyday Leadership. We'd like to collect school and classroom supplies.
Jul 23, 2019
John's intro; Role of Assistant Governor and club relationship with Boise Metro Rotary
Jul 30, 2019
Commercial Real Estate; what's happening in Boise??
Aug 06, 2019
What IS Make Idaho Better, and how does it affect our community?
Aug 13, 2019
What is the Free2Succeed program, and how does it impact our community?
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Bret Vaterlaus
July 15
Barb Myhre
July 21
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Dave Wilson
July 1, 2016
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Rick Holscher
July 1, 2015
4 years
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Greenbelt Project
Idaho State Historical Society visit
River Pointe Park, Garden City Greenbelt
Open World Russians October 2016
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This coming Tuesday, June 25th we have another field trip!
Our own members, Michela Swarthout and James Hepworth (and Ed?) have had major involvement in getting BSU's E-Sports Program and Stadium off the ground.  We'll be touring the facility they helped build downtown.  Jeff Benton will be our host that day, as Michela and James may be out of town. This is one not to miss! Bring any 'Gamers' you may have in the household!
Boise State hosts competitive videogame teams, as known as eSports, as an officially sanctioned varsity activity for undergraduate and graduate students. Teams are recruited and selected from current students who have part or full-time status at Boise State University. They compete in intercollegiate play as part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).
The arena is on the corner of Front and Capitol, across the street south of The Grove Hotel. There are parking garages with the first hour free on the corner of 9th and Front or Myrtle and Capitol. Once parked, walk to the corner of Front and Capitol, then enter the building with the Boise State University sign over the entrance. Jeff will be waiting in the lobby to take everyone through the facility.
I'll need you to email me your lunch selection by Monday, June 24th, noon
Remember that July 16 is our bone marrow donor recruitment drive, in support of former member Michael Barker and others suffering from blood cancer. After a presentation by Gift of Life Marrow Registry, we’ll have on-site testing and registration—making it another excellent week to invite a young guest!
Participating in the registry is fast and painless. If you are between the ages of 18 and 45 and in general good health, you are eligible to be screened and join the worldwide registry for patients in need, at no cost. (Donors between 45 and 60 are simply asked to consider the cost to process their sample.) A simple swab from the inside of your cheek is all it takes to determine if you are a match.
We will be set up to perform cheek swabs right there at Rotary! Please pre-register here so we have enough kits. Thanks!
Saturday was the day we escorted our African friends to WinCo for food shopping! What fun!  There is a group of about 25 professionals from all over Africa spending a month in Boise as part of the Washington Mandela Fellowship program. The program was started by Barack O'Bama in 2010. They represent all different countries from the Dark Continent. Interestingly, they communicated with each other in English since they don't know each other's home language! I had "charge" of three people - Aziza Lendino, a medical doctor from Ehtiopia; Benedicte Bama, a communications consultant from Burkina Faso; and Hamza Wasim from Nigeria. Hazim was a polio survivor, bound to a wheel chair. He's an entrepreneur (owns a car wash) and works as an advocate for people with disabilities.
They're all living in suites on campus. Since they'll be here for several weeks, a run to the grocery store was essential.  We opted for the downtown WinCo for its most reasonable prices. ( I figured a trip to the fancy new Albertsons would give them the wrong idea!).  I didn't sense that they were overwhelmed by the store, but they were "confused" as to why you need so many choices! After shopping we drove around downtown for a bit although traffic was all tied up due to Saturday market and the Africa festival (they were going to work over there in the afternoon). At some point while sitting in traffic, Hasim said," Hm, no horns. You're all so calm!)
My group of 4 men specifically asked to shop together since they were roommates for the next few weeks. That way they could decide on meal planning. Or so it started out… Yet all they bought together was rice and beans! Instead they all had separate corners of the shopping cart for personal food: pepperoni sticks, chips and salsa, and other snack foods that they were eager to try.
The group that I took shopping included Arik from South Sudan, James from Liberia, Chris from Uganda, and Wilfred from the Central African Republic. Every one of those young men is smart, funny, charming, and easy to talk to. What a delightful morning we spent. I hope I get another chance to take them out—like when they realize they need a few vegetables.  8-)
With the goal of creating a new songbook for our club, your song leaders have exhausted their libraries. We have "tested" 32 songs since we started. We have removed two from the list as "morbid". We need your suggestions to add to the list. Keep in mind that your songleaders are men of a certain age and are not really "musicians". We have to know what a song sounds like in order to perform it. We are not likely to know anything recorded by Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead or Foo Fighters. Neither are we good with genres like Trash Metal, Grunge or Gothic Rock. Songs have to be simple and singable, with no famous guitar riffs. Please let Cahill or John know of any suggestions.
We'll celebrate the end of Jeff's tenure as club President (finally!) on June 29th......mark your calendar. Details still forthcoming.
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