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Bonners Ferry

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Mugsy's Restaurant
7161 Main
Bonners Ferry, ID  83805
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Much to the delight of two packed audiences, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus came to Bonners Ferry on June 16, 2015.  Sponsored by the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, a grand spectacle was seen under the big top by many,  From big cats like lions and tigers, to a trapeze act, and even a daredevil double spinning act high in the air, the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the circus.  The children were entertained by various circus performers, including a very cute dog act, and especially by Leo the Clown. Kirsten Madden organized the event for Rotary, and she was assisted by emcees Jim Paulus and Ron Sukenik.  She also was assisted by various helpers, including Marciavee Cossette, Linda Alt, and April and Jack Douglas.
This quality circus, which comes to Bonners Ferry every other year, is a part of the continuous effort the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club makes to raise money for various causes, including the $14,000.00 given each of the last two years to scholarship students wishing to further their higher education after high school.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus was begun in 1985 and is now celebrating its 30th successful year in existence. The circus operates shows nightly for 32 continuous weeks, visiting more than 200 towns and cities in a year. They operate in 17 states.  True to their word, the entertainment and cost is family friendly and affordable.  Every day they spend three hours putting up the big tent for the one right circus, and then at the end of the second show, they spend one hour and 45 minutes taking it all back down again, only to repeat the same process daily and nightly for 32 weeks, seven days a week.
All in all, a very good evening was had by all children of all ages, and by the young at heart.

Play ball!  Yes, it is baseball time again. 
At the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club meeting held on April 28, 2015, Tom Turpin and Cal Bateman gave an interesting talk about the upcoming baseball season for the local teams.  After a long hiatus from the late 1990's, American Legion Baseball will once again be played in Bonners Ferry, bringing back the smell of leather and fresh, green grass. Cal and Tom discussed the ambitious plans for baseball in our community.
Teenage boys play baseball, often called "The National Pastime," in all 50 states.  More than 5,000 teams play each year.  Even that seems like a conservative figure. In 1925, American Legion baseball began with a program in the small town of Milbank, South Dakota. There are two age divisions, Junior Division (ages 13-17) and Senior Division (ages 19 and older). There are Also "A" and "AA" programs, depending on the size of the program.  Being a smaller town, Bonners Ferry hosts a "A" team along with other towns such as St. Maries, Orofino and Grangeville.  Larger towns with more players are AA, and that includes places like Lewiston, Moscow, Coeur d' Alene and Post Falls. 
This year, Bonners Ferry is having a 40-game schedule. There are 11 teams in our Idaho league, and in the schedule are 10 double-headers. This is the first time we will have American Legion baseball here in nearly 20 years. After league play, there will be a District Tournament in Post Falls, Idaho. If we win "State," in the state tournament in Orofino, we would advance to a regional tournament.
This year, the estimated cost of our American Legion program will be about $6000 to $7000, and none of that goes for salaries.  To help defray the cost, the boys each are required to spend $250 to play. Considering that other towns in north Idaho require their boys to contribute amounts varying from $600 to $1100 each, this is indeed more than reasonable.  

On April 29, 2015 at the local soccer field used by the lacrosse team, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club presented its $450 check, which the board authorized to support the program.


With the arrival of spring, the always-busy Bonners Ferry Rotary Club is kicking into high gear once again.  Upcoming events include the Free Community Breakfast and Silent Auction.
Community Breakfast
This Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Free Community Breakfast and Silent Auction will be held at the Boundary County Fairgrounds form 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  As always, there is a need for good Rotarians to put service above self and show up to help work the event. The funds from the silent auction will be used for college and vocational school scholarships.  Last year, our club awarded over $14,000 in scholarships and has been in the business of helping our local students since our local inception in 2002.  Look at it this way, we are helping to invest in the future of our nation.
Location of this event is the Valley Event Center at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.  The menu includes Sausage breakfast burritos, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, tea and coffee.
On Friday, April 24, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., set up will occur at the fairgrounds for the event, and all Rotarians are requested to show up and assist. Lots of willing hands make the burden much lighter for all.

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.     .

The 2015 Kootenai River Ride is set for Saturday 12, 2015 at the usual location in Boundary County, Idaho.  The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club will once again host this wonderful and scenic event.  There will be rides of 100 kilometers, 60 kilometers and even a 16 kilometer distance, so there is an event for everyone to enjoy.  People who wish to enter can view details and register online at: At that site, people can also print a registration form and fill it out, then mail it to the Rotary Club, if they wish. Details are on the website.  If you have ever been a part of this event or ridden in it, you know what a good time it is.  It also must be one of the most scenic bike rides you will ever experience.

As a reminder of upcoming events, at the March 24, 2015 meeting, the Bonners Ferry Rotarians were reminded that:
1.  The March 31, 2015, meeting (next week) will be held at the local Restorium. Dress is casual, and be early as lunch starts at noon sharp.
2.  The first ever annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $18 a plate and the meal will be catered by Chic 'n Chop Restaurant, who are well known in the community.  Tickets for this dinner, which will be held to honor the men and women who serve as peace officers for our safety and protection, may be purchased by contacting Ron Sukenik or at Bonners Ferry City Hall.
3.  The District 5080 Conference will be held at Nelson, B.C. (Canada), starting on May 8, 2015.

At the weekly meeting held on March 24, 2015, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club received an interesting talk from Whitney Jones about the "Relay for Life.". Jones is the Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, which puts on the Relay for Life event.  In that role, Whitney is responsible for the Relay for Life held in Spokane, Newport, Sandpoint, Coeur d' Alene, and Bonners Ferry. 
Ms. Whitney discussed how Relay for Life got its start in Tacoma, Washington in 1985.  Because cancer never sleeps, the event is an overnight thing from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., lasting a full twelve
hours as teams or even individuals walk around the track for the twelve hours. This is done to raise awareness of the ongoing battle against cancer and of course to raise funds for the war on cancer.
This year's event will be held in Bonners Ferry, Idaho on August 14-15, 2015, probably at the BFHS track if it is available.
In the Relay for Life, a person or team of persons walk for 12 hours, maintaining at least one person on the track at all times. In 2014, $400 million was raised through these events for the American Cancer Society's battle to fight against and ultimately cure cancer. In 2014, Bonners Ferry alone raised over $30,000. The money goes to fund cancer research, prevention and education, programs and services and advocacy. Currently, there are more than 5,000 of these events in the United States and more than 6,000 world-wide.
How can someone get involved?  You can:
1.  Sponsor someone or a team.
2.  Participate.
3.  Be an event leader,
4.  Help set up the event.
If anyone has further questions, they may contact Whitney Jones, Community Manager, at: through e-mail, or telephone her at:  1 (509) 242-8291 (office) or at 1 (360) 789-2928 (cell).

On St. Patrick's Day, 2015, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club received a double treat when the speakers at the weekly meeting were Ryan and Maureen Mai, owners of local ranch and farm:  "Rymo Cattle Company." In 1999, the Mai family moved back to Boundary County, Idaho and began their operation. They center the farm and ranch around:
1.  Crops
2.  Livestock
3.  Custom hire work.
Located throughout Boundary County, Idaho, the ranchers raise close to 200 pure bred cattle and farm and ranch about 2,000 acres. As they explained, there is a real technique and science to it. They use special Simmental and Sim-Angus beef. These are animals that produce great meat, are large cattle, and a good working herd.  They normally run about 180 animals.
As a part of their operation, the Mai family also grows lots of  crops, which they rotate every several years, for better production and the good of the land. Those crops include:  winter and spring wheat, malt barley, feed barley and food barley, alfalfa and hay, canola, peas, and garbanzo beans.
It was an interesting presentation.
At the meeting, it was again announced that the District Conference is being held in Nelson, B.C. this year May 8-10. 2015.  Nelson is a city renowned for its beauty, being on the Kootenai (Kootenay) River, fine skiing, and close proximity to Ainsworth Hot Springs.  Local Rotarians were encouraged to register and attend. It was also again announced that on Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Rotarians will have the spring assembly in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.  All were urged to attend.

Twenty-one people, including one visitor, attended the weekly meeting held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The visitor was Marla Bohne of Post Falls, Idaho, who is the sister of Jenny Fessler, a local Rotarian. The meeting was called to order by President Jim Paulus.
The speaker was Bill Justus, who spoke about, which the Rotarians were informed is a nationwide website that, based on zip codes, seeks to match up worthy projects with local volunteers. This is a community resource.  A club like Rotary would list its volunteer needs and seek volunteers through It also is an opportunity for those wishing to serve in the community to scan the site, select one project, and then easily volunteer. A person or organization goes to the website, scans what is there, registers and then can propose projects or volunteer. Projects are subject to approval, with most able to qualify.  Obviously, political campaigns are not a good project, nor are mere fundraisers. The site costs nothing to the volunteer or the person, club or organization requesting volunteer assistance.
After the event, if desired, a person or entity can post how it turned out.
It was interesting and thought-provoking. Anyone desiring more information, may contact Bill Justus at (435) 249-1220 or Mike Miller at (208) 255-9166.

The fifth annual "Penguin Plunge" is fast approaching.  This year, the popular event will be held at the at the boat dock area of the Search and Rescue at the Waterways Building. The date of the plunge will be noon on Saturday, March 21,  2015. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m.
David Kramer and Sue Wilson, both longtime supporters of Special Olympics and the "Penguin Plunge," spoke to Rotary about the event, which is designed to raise money to support Special Olympics.  Rotarians learned that about $6,000 is raised per pear by this event, money which goes to helping fund Special Olympics in Boundary County, Idaho. As part of the presentation, Sue and Dave showed an interesting slide show of past Penguin Plunges.
In past years, it has been the custom that participants will often wear an interesting costume and really get into the festive spirit of the event. The water is often in the 30's and thus quite cold.  Participants can either quickly dunk in all the way, or wade in slowly.  There is a place to warm up after the event.  Even those who may not be wanting to participate can always come to watch or can make a donation to Special Olympics at the event or through any of the many people who are participating and who are asking people to sponsor them.
Their slogan:  "Freezin' for a Reason."

The annual "Free CommUNITY Breakfast" is going to be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Valley Event Center at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.

On February 10, 2015, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club had a very busy and entertaining meeting. At noon, President Jim Paulus called the meeting to order.  Two students - Kimberly Kramer and Caleb Beazer - attended and addressed the Rotarians. Former Rotary member David Kramer visited.
It was brought up that this Friday, 13 February 2015, there will be a cancer benefit charity basketball game held at the Valley View Elementary School gymnasium, with the game tipping off at 7:00 p.m.  The game is between the "U.S. Border Officials" and the "Canadian Border Officials." Entry is by donation and the proceeds will benefit Reed Greenwood, who has cancer. Helpers are needed for the event and people are encouraged to attend if they cannot help.
The Rotary Board has voted at their meeting to donate $500 to the Missoula Children's Theater.
Happy Bucks and Fines were received and handed out, all for the cause of raising funds for the scholarship fund.
The District Governor, for District 5080, is from Nelson. B.C., Canada.  HIs name is Norman McCarvell. He attended the meeting, and discussed upcoming events.  He travels the district attending various Rotary clubs.
Tim Harlan gave a talk about his internet-based local business called "Answering Specialists, Inc."  It used to be based in Seattle, Washington, but a few years back he moved it to here.  It answer calls all over the country, using the internet.  He said the work force here is more loyal and stable and that his business is growing at about 20% a year.
Becca Harlan then spoke about "Harlan Mountain Farms." which at present sells goat milk.  The business is going to expand into other products such as goat cheese. She spoke on the health benefits of goat products.
The Rotary then had its 50/50, and the winning ticket was David Kramer's, but he failed to draw the winning card.  With that, the meeting was adjourned.

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.


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