Of all the paths you take in life,
Make sure a few of them are dirt
- John Muir 
November 1, 2020
Boise Metro Rotary
Be the Inspiration
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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This Quarter's Cause is  Everyday Leadership. We'd like to collect school and classroom supplies.
Upcoming Events
Greenbelt Clean Up
Nov 07, 2020 11:00 AM
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Nov 10, 2020
Women's and Children's Alliance: RAKING!!
Nov 17, 2020
Vanishing Boise: what does this group stand for and who would embrace YIMBY?
Nov 24, 2020
What's going on with our club?
Dec 01, 2020
Free2Succeed Mentoring program: how to help former inmates navigate life after prison
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Cornelia Sprung
November 16
Tyson Wise
November 27
Join Date
Nate Pierce
November 1, 2006
14 years
Photo Albums
Greenbelt Project
Idaho State Historical Society visit
River Pointe Park, Garden City Greenbelt
Open World Russians October 2016
Greenbelt Table & Shelter
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Our speaker this week will be Mike Williamson, representing the Boise office of the Bureau of Land Management. As you well aware, the BLM has a huge influence in Idaho as it manages hundreds of thousand of acres of public lands. Mike will tell us about current BLM project in Idaho.
No details yet but in November we'll be raking leaves for the Women's & Childrens Alliance. Tyson reports that we are also looking into Christmas trees and decorations for JEMFriends and the Boise Gardens Aglow. Any suggestions for future projects are always welcome!
P.S. Don't forget our next Greenbelt cleanup is Saturday Nov 7th.
We surpassed our goal of $10k, but we're not done yet! We are still taking orders through Tuesday. Thanks to all club members who have supported the clause. 
Ever since we've been meeting via Zoom, our Board has been discussing what to do about our dues. A portion of our dues goes to Rotary International and District 5400, including the subscription to Rotary magazine. We also have ongoing commitments to Everyday Leadership, Youth Exchange program, and various administrative expenses. But you know that a substantial portion of our dues had been going to pay for lunches at the Stonehouse. 
After much discussion, the Board decided that rather than reduce our dues we would accumulate that extra lunch money and periodically make substantial contributions to our favorite causes. So far we've sent $500 each to the Boise Bicycle Project and JEMFriends.
So for now, our club dues will continue to be $375 every six months.
2020 Rotary Virtual Institute Zones 26 & 27 Big West
Come experience the best virtual Rotary event of the year!
You and your Club members are invited to join us for a two- and one-half-day virtual event with a spectacular line up of speakers, entertainment, education, special events, fellowship, and a virtual House of Friendship!
In addition to General Sessions and Plenary Sessions, choose from the selection of Special Sessions, Rotary Fellowships, Special Events, and meet friends during Happy Hour, Friendship Lounge and the Top Gov Gala! Special appearances from Rotary International President Holger Knaack, President Elect Shekhar Mehta, Rotary Foundation Trustee Geeta Manek and on Saturday afternoon, Coffee with RIPN Jennifer Jones. Do not miss travel legend Rick Steves and leadership guru Steve Farber.
All attendees will receive links to all the sessions, events and activities. Join those that work with your schedule! The full Schedule is on the Zone 26.27website here. (
Read the Parks and Rec Greenbelt News for November. Read about Golden Eagle Audubon Society, Louisiana Sage and Dark Eyed Juncos. Click here: documents/en-ca/2eead4da-fcfb-408a-9c4f-df46ad1806a7/1
The experimental Lobster Ghost on-line  auction has ended! While it didn't reach the goal, it sill grossed about $130,000, which ain't peanuts! The items that our club submitted, on which we invested $530, grossed about $4,830. After a 50/50 split and a 7% commission, we'll net about $2,300! There will be a little more to come in for the stuff our members bought that our club didn't provide.
There is work to be done: Rick has knives to sharpen and bread to bake, we have to clean up Terry Reynold's yard, John and Jeff have to set up a Greenbelt bike ride (for OUR club!)
Our club is bringing back a Member Spotlight at the beginning of our weekly meetings by highlighting the member with the most recent or closest birthday.  The first one kicked off this week with Dave Thornton.  We will continue these highlights through the year. 
Dave grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, which if you haven’t made it up to Northern Idaho you should add it to your list.  His Mom owns a women’s clothing shop downtown called Eve’s Leaves and has been a member of Rotary since Dave was in high school. His mother, Marilyn, is still very active in the Sandpoint Rotary club and is a college friend of Roger Brazier. 
Dave went to college at the University of Idaho (Go Vandals!) and then was fortunate to move to Boise, Idaho!  He has two great kids, Eleanor and Johnny and a wonderful wife, Stephanie.  They also recently adopted two male kittens, Gus and Finn. Dave is all about family and did some Dad Camping this summer despite COVID.  While camping, they saw two rattlesnakes and the kids caught some fish during their trip to Black Rock campground up by Idaho City. 
Dave works for Idaho Power and is the Customer and Community Relations Consultant. He works on strategy, customer experience initiatives and program development for residential and small business customers. He is still working from home along with approximately 1,000 of the 2,000 Idaho Power employees.  It looks like they will continue working from home through February 2021 at the earliest.
Dave loves Rotary and our Boise Metro club.  He thoroughly enjoys seeing everyone and the comradery of our group. He also loved being a host family for a Youth Exchange student too (even though it wasn’t through Rotary) and highly recommends everyone consider being a host family in the future – a very special experience for you and your family!
Our goal was 50 Polio Plus members. We have 95!!
Yesterday, Bob Rogers, Zone 27 End Polio Now Coordinator (2020/21), said D5400 was in second place to a large district in our zone.
“Wow Todd and Mary…Great going 😀  At 90 signups, based on the info I have right now, I think you’re the 2nd highest district with PPS signups…5150 currently has 100, so you’re not far behind.”
Boise Metro has 35% of our members signed up...we're in the lead!  We need more members!!
Fun to hear about Dave Thornton in our new "Spotlight" series......impressive that he could prepare a ppt so quickly......people with November birthdays heads up - we'll expect a ppt........Roger bought the sweets at the auction, just in time for Bret's newest grandkids (Paul Harris Fellows, of course)!
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