SERVICE ABOVE SELF


Jan 27, 2015
Jerri Anderson
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Feb 03, 2015
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Feb 10, 2015
Tim Harlan
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Feb 17, 2015
Bill Justus


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Bonners Ferry

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Mugsy's Restaurant
7161 Main
Bonners Ferry, ID  83805
United States
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At the January 20, 2015 meeting of the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, the local Rotarians had another productive meeting. It was announced that the club had donated $250 to each of the junior high school robotics class and the Bonners Ferry High School robotics class.  In addition, Rotarians were reminded that there is an exchange program coning with Rotarians in Sweden.  Ron Sukenik presided over the meeting due to President Jim Paulus leaving early to take care of a business issue. Next week, Lisa Holmes will preside over the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club.
After the usual "happy bucks" and "fines," the rotary heard from local businessman Justin Gibbins, who is one of the owners of "Limitless Outdoors, Inc.," which is a Christ-centered company that promotes the union of the Gospel and hunting experiences in the limitless outdoors all over the planet. Their mission is to ethically follow the Gospel and combine that with hunting and love of the great outdoors.  They have hunted in exotic locations as far away as New Zealand.  They are into hunting, fishing, kayaking and even sky diving as they travel the globe in search of entertaining experiences.  They also act as booking agent for a select few guiding services.
Here we see Justin Gibbins with hunter Garrett Graupner on a hunt with a Wyoming antelope they harvested.

At the January 6, 2015, meeting of the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, the local Rotarians kicked off the new year with a festive meeting that included a talk from Mike Meier, Boundary County Information Officer, about "Living off the Grid."
At the meeting, guests included Doug Brown, Jane Kirby and Marsha Kirby (wife and daughter of Walt Kirby respectively).
Presiding was President Jim Paulus, who ran the meeting and announced that there is a board meeting tonight.  He also mentioned that next week, we have an off-site meeting at the junior high school about "Robotics."
Pam Moe from Boundary Abstract asked for volunteers to help with the "Fill The Bus" food bank project she heads.  This will be on MLK Day, which is January 19, 2015. Some are needed  to sit in a store and hand out food bank suggestions and others will be needed at 3:15 at the food bank office to help unload the bus.  Anyone who can help, should contact her at Boundary Abstract.
It was announced that Boundary County Treasurer Jenny Fessler is retiring and there will be "surprise" retirement party for her on Saturday, 10 January 2015 at 1 p.m. at Chic 'n Chop.  All are invited.  Unfortunately,  Jenny was present at the meeting at which the announcement was made.  Oops.
It was announced that Walt and Jane Kirby have been married for 64 years and so the Rotary purchased their meal for them.
After the Happy Bucks and Fines were taken care of, Mike Meier gave an informative and interesting talk about "Living Off The Grid." 
No one won the 50-50 draw.

The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club held its final meeting for 2014 at Mugsy's in downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho at noon on December 30, 2014.  Despite the chill in the weather, around twenty turned out.  This included Rotary visitors Brian and Cathy Greene of Carson City (Nevada) Sunset Rotary Club, and Cathy Trainer, who lives here, and her son Clay. The lucky ones who turned out were treated to the return of local student Sara
Owinyo, who has gone on to be a college student at The Masters College in Santa Clarita, California.  The Masters College is a Christian college,  Sara Owinyo is not only a past student in Bonners Ferry, but also one of the lucky recipients of the scholarship bounty that the local Rotarians raise every year.  To the delight of those in attendance, Sara sang two songs:
1)  "When I Fall In Love," and
2)  "The Light In The Piazza."
After her delightful songs, Sara spoke to the rotary and informed the club that she appreciated their previous scholarship that she had received for college, and to inform them of her current plan to be part of a Christian team from the college that will go in May, 2015, to Croatia, Koosovo and Albania on a mission lasting two weeks in these Balkans nations. This is for the church.  She said she desires and needs prayer, but also financial assistance. Sara is raising $3,000 for the trip, which lasts two weeks. It was agreed that she would send in a support request to President Jim Paulus of the Rotary and he would then in turn send out the request to the members in an effort to raise funding for her cause.
It was a fun, delightful way to end the year of 2013 for the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club.  In addition, the 50/50 drawing stood at $243.  There was no winner. Money was also raised through "Happy Bucks" and "Fines."  Craig Johnson was the "Fine Master."
Happy New Year !

At the December 9, 2014, Bonners Ferry Rotary Club weekly meeting held at Mugsy's in Bonners Ferry, twenty-one (21) members and guests attended.  President Jim Paulus opened the meeting and after the opening ceremonies, Dave Walter introduced Jake Wilson and Kendra Urbanek, two local school students. The students spoke briefly to the Rotarians and in turn were informed that last year, the local Bonners Ferry Rotary Club donated $14,000 toward scholarships and $13,000 the year before that.  This money is raised through a lot of effort and some functions and through the thrift and good will of people in the community who care enough to donate time, effort and also money.
David Sims was the main speaker. Sims is the son of former Bonners Ferry Mayor Harold Sims and his wife, Eula. He is also a Rotarian and very active in the community.  Currently, David Sims is employed as the Boundary County leader for "Economic Development.".  Sims gave an interesting talk on traffic problems in  Bonners Ferry and what plans are being developed to alleviate it. Among the many points that Sims made were:
1)  The state of Idaho is trying to address the traffic needs, issues and problems in Boundary County, and especially the pressing issues within the city limits of Bonners Ferry.
2)  That traffic on the South Hill area is continuing to grow.  The ITD (Idaho Transportation Department) and local authorities are discussing ways to try to fix these problems and to anticipate them.
3)  By this coming Summer, they hope to have some concrete proposals.
4)  Money is tight.  Originally, the plan was to use $2.4 million to address it. That figure has been raised to $5.2 million and even that may not be enough.
5)  Money is tight for the ITD.
6)  The roads will be designed and hopefully built to accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and bikes, and hopefully without causing the closure of any local businesses.
7)  The fifty-foot right-of-way is simply not wide enough.
8)  That there is a real need for more and better sidewalks so that pedestrians will be safer from traffic.
9)  Drainage and run-off problems need to be fixed.
10)  There is a need for more and safer crossings across the highway.
Sims said that the group making this study meets at Bonners Ferry City Hall at 4:30 p.m. twice monthly, on the first and third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held on December 17, 2014.
Next week's Rotary meeting will be our Christmas meeting. The club will purchase lunch (buffet) for each member and a guest.  Rotarians are asked to bring a toy for needy kids to the meeting.

At the November 25, 2014 Bonners Ferry Rotary Club meeting held at Mugsy's in downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho, seventeen Rotarians attended to hear from Boundary County (Idaho) County Commission Chairman Dan Dinning, about the state of the county.  Ron Sukenik stood in for President Jim Paulus and chaired the meeting.
Housekeeping matters included:
1)  Sign up for the Pledge of Allegiance, the prayer and the patriotic song.
2)  Mention that the Festival of Trees has been in contact and needs more trees for their Fry Foundation fundraiser.
3)  At least ninety (90) more Rotary calendars still need to be sold as one of our primary fundraisers.  Members stepped up and said they would volunteer to get that done.
4)  Happy Bucks raised $20.
5)  Fine master Kevin Callos imposed "fines," which are used to raise money for the scholarships we fund.
Rotarian Linda Alt then introduced Commissioner Dinning, who is a lifelong Boundary County resident and who has been a county commissioner for many years.
Dan Dinning discussed the general state of the county, including:
1)  We have a lot to be thankful for.  We live in a giving community where people regularly and freely give of their time, effort and money to needy people and causes.
2)  The county is generally in good shape and we believe the tax dollars are being wisely invested in the county's infrastructure, including roads and bridges.
3)  Recycling is helping to save the landfill.  Because of recycling, we are able to stave off the day when we might have to ship out trash and garbage at considerably more cost than today.
4)  The Restorium funding was discussed.  Currently, the Restorium is running at 85-90% capacity.
5)  The "septage" sewage issue in Naples was discussed.  The state, not the county, regulates that situation and is responsible for the permits they operate under.  The state of Idaho, through DEQ, has taken the position that the permit holder is complying faithfully with all terms and conditions of the permit he operates under.  The county now has an ordinance for all future such situations, but this one is controlled by the state and not the county. We cannot regulate it locally in derogation of the permit the state issued.
In short, Boundary County cannot impact or change the existing permit issued by the state of Idaho. This process is done through DEQ and not the county.
The state of the Boundary County Airport was also mentioned. The airport is in great shape and being well managed.
Commissioner Chairman Dinning also said that the county is desirous of getting more business into the county and is not chasing away any reputable businesses.
The issue of having the county and the city (Bonners Ferry) jointly fund and operate a community swimming pool, and Dinning said the Commissioners are open to discussing that possible idea.
The 50/50 draw was at $128 and there was no winner.

On November 18, 2014, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club held its weekly meeting.  President Jim Paulus called the meeting to order and reported on the board meeting held last week. Among other things reported:
1)  A report on micro business credit.
2)  The request from Valley View school.
3)  Proposals for raising money for the local hospital at the 2014 Festival of Trees.
4)  Early planning to try to have a circus here next summer.
The local Rotarians were urged to have their calendars all sold by Christmas. 
A report was made on the board decision to have a banquet to honor the local officers of the year. We would provide a plaque for each department and dinner for the officer and immediate family. No-host bar.
Talks were given by Jack Douglas, Marciavee Cossette and Greg Johnson.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club honored the local military veterans who have served and defended our nation so well.  Seveb veterans attended from outside the club and many of the local rotarians also stated they were veterans.  The guest speaker was a veteran from the Vietnam War and its era, Mike Ashby, who is a local product of the community having been born and raised here.  Mike served several tours of duty in the Vietnam War, and stated his feelings about that service, the service of others and the current direction of our nation. 
Among the veterans present were Lynn LeShack and Ken Tolene, who are both highly decorated veterans. It was reported that there is a book called "Project Cold Feet," which details a top secret Cold War mission of Commander LeShack that rivals anything James Bond ever did.   Mike Ashby gave a rousing address, laying it all on the line.
As usual, the club had prayer, a patriotic song to open the meeting, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members were asked to volunteer to do calendar sales at the local stores. 
It was announced that there would be a board meeting tonight at the Kootenai River Inn.
Here we see Mike Ashby and Club President Jim Paulus, after Mike addressed the club.

At the weekly Bonners Ferry Rotary Club meeting held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Mugsy's in downtown Bonners Ferry, a total of eighteen (18) people attended, including one visiting Rotarian, the local school superintendent (Dick Connally) and David Brinkman, chairman of the local school board.  The visiting Rotarian was Brian Board, a new banker in town, from Federal Way, Washington.  Brian Board works for the new Columbia Bank, which used to be the Panhandle State Bank.
The usual opening was made, and there were plenty of "Happy Bucks" and "Fines" to go around - all used to help fund the school scholarships for local children bound for college.  Last year, we gave away around $14,000 in school scholarships, raised by the hard work and personal sacrifices of the club members.
David Brinkman, Chairman of the Board for the local school district, addressed the club about our local schools and especially sought input about the state of the schools and where they are headed.  A lively and interesting discussion followed. The number of students in our public schools has declined and there is more economic pressure to consider closing costly outlying schools if the funds are not there with which to  keep them open. There is enough room in the Bonners Ferry schools to teach all the county students here if need be.
Superintendent Connally spoke on the subject of the condition of the schools.  He stated that the schools are old, but in fairly good condition because, though costly, repairs have been kept up on them.  He described how the schools get a lot of use and the wear and tear needs to be repaired and broken items replaced, but that the school district has been doing a good job of that through the years and for a good long time. But, at some point not far into the future, schools will have to be replaced with new schools.  It simply costs too much to repair them at some point.
Chairman Brinkman was asked about bomb threats.  He said that we are making progress and lauded the hard work the schools and law enforcement have done together to curtail these. Two years ago we had eleven of them and last year we had only three. This year, just one so far.
It was a good and very informative meeting.
More members are needed to sell calendars in the stores, so members are urged to volunteer.  The calendar sales raise thousands of dollars for the various causes that Rotary supports.

For the month of November, here is the "Birthday And Anniversary Report."
Birthdays:  Dave Gray (November 10) & Kevin Callos (November 13).
There are no reported spousal birthdays.
No reported anniversaries.

At the October 28, 2014 Bonners Ferry Rotary Club at Mugsy's,long-time  Bonners Ferry City Administrator Steven Boorman discussed the current state of the city and probable directions for the fairly immediate future.
Fifteen intrepid souls attended on behalf of the local rotary club to listen to what City Administrator Boorman had to say, braving the rainy autumn weather and a local outbreak of influenza.
At the meeting Norm Braatz led the Rotarians in prayer, Ron Sukenik led the song and the members saluted the flag of our country with the Pledge of Allegiance.
The next board meeting will be at 5:30 o'clock, p.m., at the Kootenai River Inn in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Kirsten Madden is chairing a committee to bring the circus to town. Assisting her on that committee will be the following volunteers: Marciavee Cossette, Diane Blakely and Jack Douglas.
Happy Bucks, Fines and the fifty/fifty draw all raised valuable money for scholarships.
City Administrator Boorman discussed how the city works, explaining the governmental and proprietary functions. The annual budget of the City of Bonners Ferry is $1.8 million.  He also pointed out that the Moyie River Dam operated by Bonners Ferry provides roughly 30% of the local electrical needs, depending on the rate of flow of the river in the spring and summer.
City Administrator Boorman also discussed two subjects near and dear to the hearts of many: the city swimming pool and the gold course. Built in the 1930's as a WPA Project, the pool needs to be replaced soon. Every year cracks must be repaired as it is.  The golf course, built in the 1970s, needs either a new clubhouse or serious renovations to the existing building.  The clubhouse is near the end of its life.  And although the city needs a new swimming pool, Boorman said he doesn't see a path to build a new one. It also appears from existing studies that there currently is not enough population to support a new swimming pool. Boorman said it costs about $50,000 to $60,000 to operate the swimming pool.  He noted that only about 11,000 people live in the county at present.  He also discussed the existing city sewer system and the water system. 

Today is October 24, 2014, which is "World Polio Day 2014." Many of us can recall that not so very long ago, polio was a scourge throughout the world.  It hardly needs mentioning, but in the fairly recent past, polio crippled thousands every year right here in the U.S., and many more worldwide.  In 1921, Franklin Roosevelt, who later went on to become the only 4-term president in U.S. history, was diagnosed as having polio, which left him with paralysis that lasted throughout his life.
Polio struck anyone and anywhere, and without any warning. Even the privileged and the affluent, such as the Roosevelts, were not immune.  A parent's worst fears were all-too-often realized when a beloved child would suddenly, without warning, come down with neck or back stiffness, abnormal reflexes and other problems, which were diagnosed as polio, which had no cure and often led to paralysis or deformed limbs.  It still has no cure, but through the work of the March of Dimes (begun by FDR in 1938), great strides have been made in the important work of eradicating polio forever. The first of the two polio vaccines used to prevent polio was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.  This was tested in 1952 when there was a large outbreak in the United States and announced to the world in 1955.  Give thanks for the fact that these efforts probably saved at least some of us from contracting that horrible disease.
The goal of Rotarians and the world at large, is to make polio the second human disease ever eliminated from the face of the Earth. For the record, dreaded smallpox was the first. To date, Rotary has helped 193 countries stop the spread of polio (a highly contagious disease), through the mass immunization of children. World Polio Day targets countries where children and others still remain at risk. Our goal is a polio-free world. Once again, Rotary helps to lead the way to a better future.
Of Rotary's contribution, $18.5 million is slated to go to the three remaining polio-endemic countries, which are: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. The rest will go to the the nations most at risk of re-infection, including: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Niger, South Sudan and Sudan.


On October 7, 2014, Rotary member David Gray of Bonners Ferry, win the 50/50 draw, which had reached the amount of $1145.00.  Thus, Dave was able to receive $572.50.  Using that money. each of the grand children of David and Dottie Gray received $82.00 (rounded off).  That made seven children and the Gray household very happy.



Yes, it is time for the 2015 calendar drive.  As you know, this time of the year, as a fundraiser for the many good works of Rotary within the community, we have a calendar drive.  The calendars cost only $20 each and only 500 are printed and sold.  There are 84 chances to win $50 in the raffles, plus one shot at $500.  As we all know, they go fast and almost sell themselves with any effort at all. The proceeds go to the many good works of Rotary.  For instance, last year Rotary gave out $14,000 in scholarships, $10,000 to the Boundary County Fairgrounds Park Project, and many other things.  Make sure you have yours and get them sold. 



The October 21, 2014 Bonners Ferry Rotary Club meeting was a very busy one.

Presidsent Jim Paulus called the meeting to order. During the meeting, the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce received a $500 check from rotary to assist them in promoting and putting on the upcoming Harlem Ambassadors comedy basketball game, which is going to be held on Novmmber 14, 2014 at the Bonners Ferry Middle School.  The $500 is to help the Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce stage the "Drug Free Assembly" in the local schools. Here is the presentation of the check by Rotary President Jim Paulus to Chamber President Tamra Hiatt:


In addition, the Naples Food Bank received a $500 check from the rotary (pictured below).


And the Rotary Speaker's Pen was also presented:


The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club had visitors, including:

1.  Gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff;

2.  Bert Marley, candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

3.  Dean Hagerman, who is donating his time and efforts to drive Messrs. Balukoff and Marley around this great state of Idaho.

It was noted that our club received a card from Bill McClintock's daughter.  Bill McClintock served previously as head of "Public Relations."

The members were informed that at the recent board meeting, it was decided that henceforth, the 50/50 draw will be kept in-house.

Laura Maguire, from the local Hispice program, spoke to the local rotarians. She spoke about the "Annual Rose Fundraiser Drive."  Hospice has been active in Bonners Ferry for 27 years and for a $20 donation, you receive a dozen roses.

The Bonners Ferry Walkers sent a written thank you for helping them with a donation for the fight against Alzeimer's Disease.

The 50/50 draw was pulled out by A.J Balukoff and Dave Walter won the right to select a card form the deck. His choice pf the "Seven of Hearts" failed to win this week's drawing. The money from the 50/50 goes to help fund scholarships for the local kids from the community







Jack Douglas has assumed the position of chair of "Public Relations" for the Bonners Ferry Club.  Born and raised in Boundary County, Idaho, Jack is the elected, current Boundary County Prosecuting Attorney.  Jack will be assisted by his lovely wife, April Douglas.  April is an avid amateur photographer and was a nurse until physical injuries and disabilities forced her to retire from the profession she loved.  Jack and April plan to share these duties for the club and the community, and as much as her physical condition and limitations will allow, April will assist with some events.  Attached is am image of Jack Douglas and one of April Douglas as well.  Onward and upward, dear friends and comrades. Image



The calendar raffle winners for the months of August and September, 2014, were drawn and processed on October 16, 2014, at Mugsy's in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where the club usually meets. Participating for the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club were:  Jennifer Fessler, Glenda Poston, Linda Alt and Jack Douglas.  Most of the winners were $10 winners, but there were also some $50 winners.  Club members are reminded that the calendars for 2015 are being passed around and that now is the time to begin selling them.  The proceeds will as always go to scholarships and worthy causes in our community and this is a fun way to raise some of the money needed.







Becky James wins the $50.00 drawing in Rotary's Raffle Calendars for June 2014!


Carolyn Testa wins the $50.00 drawing in Rotary's Raffle Calendars for July, 2014!



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L-R:  Kylie Byars, Lacey Evans, McKenzie MacDonald, Camille Awbrey, Brianna Reasoner, Joshua Pluid, Matthew Kramer, Jake Perez, Eamonn McCoy, and Cody Luckey.  (Not Pictured -- Morgan Fox, Aramie Hoisington, Gabrielle Munson, and Emma Kelly). 



"Doing Good In Seattle" is a companion video to "Doing Good In The World" that we posted in the next story below on 2/8/14. Anyone care to share information or ideas from 'Seattle First Harvest' that we might be able to use here at home?


Please watch this short video from The Rotary Foundation. It's all about doing good things for others.




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