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Posted on Dec 17, 2014
Will Duke and Amy Federko recently volunteered and participated in an exciting program offered in Blaine County School District called CHOICES. It first involved intense training both at home and in the school. Then, for two days, Will and Amy, along with other community members, offered an interactive decision making workshop that empowers teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations. While in life, there are some things we do not have choices about - our eye color, our birth order in our family, our height, our race, our born gender - most other things we do have an opportunity to make a choice about.
In two hour long sessions, Will and Amy and other volunteer adults took students through real world exercises on academic self-discipline, time and money management, and goal setting.
The teens learn quickly, that despite their current status in school, with work, with friendships, home life and so on - they do have many opportunities to make decisions and choices that will help their future.
A testimonial from the program. "Many students at high school feel that they cannot succeed in life. CHOICES shows them that their achievement in school has a direct relationship with their jobs after school and their future in general."
Thanks to our many prize donors for making this year's Duck Race prize packages AWESOME!!!! Following are our 2014 winners:
David Knutson - Sun Valley Ski Pass
Russell Kirk - Gone Fishing
Scott Chamberlain - Lunch for Two
Nancy Rothgeb - Vino, Vino, Vino
Buddy Wilton - Wet N' Wild
Lloyd - Active Family
Espinoza's - Pamper Yourself
James McElveen - A Romantic Evening
Scott Chamberlain - Bow Wow
Nancy Mendolson - Culinary Adventure
Gary Vinagve - Hot Wheels
Don Ciccone - Couch Potato
Janine Bear and Maggie Howard led the Rotarian "quackers" by chairing this year's event. Amy Federko was TOP DUCK sales person landing her the opportunity to support an organization of her choice with a donation from the Rotary Club - Two Hearts North 4-H Horse Program. Blaine County Search and Rescue made fantastic partners once again. The Club will be thrilled to support that group again with proceeds from the race. THANKS to our sponosors and the entire community!
Posted by Teresa Beahen Lipman on Sep 09, 2014
The Ketchum Sun Valley Rotary Club has been busy this summer with "Service Above Self" events that have entertained local residents and visitors to the Sun Valley Area. Saturday June 21st, the Club put on it's first Annual BrewFest led by Rotarians, Holden Morgan and David Patrie. Ketchum Town Square had nearly 500 folks enjoying the hops and food! On Saturday, July 26th, the Club helped long time member, Bob Stone, with the 6th Annual Sun Valley Road Rally. Everyone put the pedal to the metal to help raise awareness and funds for the Drug Coalition. And of course, everyone knows about the Duck Race. August 31st marked the 18th Anniversary with 10,000 ducks dumped into the Wood River off the Warm Springs bridge. Watch for an upcoming news story for my details on the Duck Race and the lucky winners!
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...