At the April 14, 2015, meeting of the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club - held on the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln - discussed several interesting projects and a local business, known as "Filtration Plus, Inc." That company is an air quality firm proudly representing manufacturers in Idaho, Montana, Northern Wyoming and Eastern Washington.
On April 25, 2015, from 7-10 a.m., at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club will hold our annual "Community Breakfast." The official title is: "Free CommUNITY Breakfast." The breakfast will be held at the Valley Event Center at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. Though the breakfast is free, it is hoped that people will donate. It is vital to remember that through various fund-raising events and efforts, the local Rotary club donates heavily to local kids attending college. In 2014, $14,000 was so donated and $13,000 the year before. President Jim Paulus told the members present that in 2015, we are going to again donate $14,000 to the local kids wanting to attend college. With the high cost of college, it all helps and it reflects the fact that Rotarians invest heavily in their communities and the future. The youth wanting to attend college are much of our future, and we generously contribute to helping them pay for that necessary education.
Of course, an event like the "Free CommUNITY Breakfast" cannot exist without help, so Rotarians are urged to show up at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, to help set up for the breakfast. At 10:00 a.m., after the event, help will be needed to do the take down. Remembering the Rotary motto "Service Above Self," we hope that members will rally to help put on this event.
April Douglas, wife of local Rotarian Jack Douglas, attended the meeting today. Patrick Carson and Brad Holifield, both in the process of rejoining the local Rotary, attended the meeting as well.
President Jim Paulus announced again that the District 5080 (our district) "District Meeting" will be held May 8-10, 2015 in Nelson, B.C., Canada. It is an opportunity to learn more about Rotary, network with other Rotarians and visit the lovely city of Nelson, set on the Kootenai River. Local Rotarians are urged to attend.
President Paulus also announced that on May 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., the Rotary will host a "Scholarship Ice Cream Social" event.
President Paulus also announced that the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club board voted:
1) $250.00 to Ian Quiznel.
2) $100.00 to the Rod Benders, to help them stage their car show in Bonners Ferry the first week in June.
3) $450.00 was donated to pay for the insurance for the lacrosse team.
4) $500.00 was given to the Bonners Ferry High School robotics team, who took first place in regional competition recently in Calgary, Canada. That team is going to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the international competiton, making us all proud. The cost of the trip is substantial, so donations to the robotics club at the high school would be appreciated ... once again, investing in our youth. Service above self.
Lillian Lonborg announced that she will operate a tasting room at the Bonnerport Mall in Bonners Ferry ... Hard Rock Wineries. It will showcase northwest wines, which she believes are under-appeciated currently. She said that we sit at the same latitude as the wine growing regions of France, a nation well known for its excellent wines. This business will open in May. Watch for the grand opening event.
Maggie McCoy, one of the nine contestants to be the 2015 Bonners Ferry winner of the Distinguished Young Womans pageant. Maggie is the daughter of Sean McCoy, a well-known local man and former businessman.
But the main speakers were Trey and Lynn Haworth, who moved here from Arizona with their business, called "Filtration Plus, Inc. That business began in 2007 in Arizona. But, they saw Boundary County and fell in love with our place, so they moved the business here. It is called "Filtration Plus, Inc." Their business represents HVAC manufacturers that provide air treatment solutions, such as air control devices and fighting air pollution. On their ranch, they also raise horses. The business involves a lot of travel.
The next meeting of the Rotary is Tuesday, April 21, 2015,. at Mugsy's. The speaker will be Jim McKiernan, Publisher of the Bonners Ferry Herald and the Bonner County Daily Bee newspapers. .