One of Rotary’s major fundraisers is the annual Community Breakfast and Silent Auction.  In 2003, the Better Boundary County Coalition was formed by some individuals in the community who were interested in creating a more positive dialogue on community issues, basically focused on doing positive things for the people who lived in Boundary County. One of the things they started was the free breakfast as a community event, putting unity in the name, CommUNITY. In 2009, the Coalition asked Rotary to assume operation of the event, and the rest is history.  We have now just celebrated the 12th consecutive breakfast and silent auction. Preliminary reports indicate that in terms of profitability and community participation, it was the most successful one yet! 


Linda Alt, one of the coordinators for the event, stated, “in addition to the support we received from the community, I would like to thank all the members of BF Rotary who worked the event. Thank you is extended to everyone who picked up donations and helped at the end cleaning up, collecting bid sheets, taking money, making phone calls and putting tables and chairs away, and yes even cleaning the bathrooms,” she said. “It looked like organized chaos at the end, but it worked out well. Thanks again.”


The following article written by Linda was sent to the news media for publication:

The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club sends a big “thank you” to everyone who helped make our 12th Annual Free CommUNITY Breakfast a roaring success!!  First, our thanks to Akins Harvest Foods, Safeway and Super 1 for their donations of food and other breakfast supplies. Thank you to the Badger Booster Club, their coaches, parents and students for putting on the breakfast. Last, but not least, we offer our humble thanks to the following businesses and individuals who donated items for the Silent Auction:

  • Moose Valley Farms. Under the Sun, Cenex Zip Trip, Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic, JB’s Tire and Automotive, Greg and Alicia Johnson, Oxford Inc, Boardwalk Boutique, Bonners Ferry Log Inn, Apple Creek Propagators, Sugar Plum Floral, BF Quik Lube, Bill and Cynthia Goodanetz, Selkirk Mtn Honey, Liberty Gas & Moyie Store, Moore Chiropractic, T & L Trees, Mario’s Mexican Restaurant, Northern Air, and Performance Offroad.
  • In addition, thanks to Photofix LLC, Beck’s Furniture, General Feed & Grain Inc, Linda’s Hair Salon, Main Street Hair Design, Larson’s, Rusty Moose, Cold Hardy Plant Materials, Alley Fabric Nook, Mountain Horse Adventures, Soul Shine, Laresa Cossairt, Boundary Tractor, Dr Marty and Teresa Becker, Huckleberry Variety, Far North Deli, Riverside Auto Center Inc, Chic n Chop Restaurant, 3 Heart Outfitters, and Mark Beazer (Bonners Ferry Family Dentistry).
  • We further offer thanks to Doug Beazer DMD, Bonners Ferry Herald, Janie’s Hair Cuts, Mugsy’s Tavern & Grill, Northside School Bed & Breakfast, The Olive Tree, The Hair Connection, Teresa’s Family Salon, Idaho Granite Works, Timothy Braatz, Jack Yount, David McIntosh, Pizza Factory, Dr. Pam Svec, Jerry Pavia, and South Hill Lockers.

The Badger Boosters organization received a donation of $500 from Bonners Ferry Rotary for their efforts and the remaining surplus will be used to fund Rotary scholarships awarded to local high school graduating seniors and college students. This spring $14,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Linda Alt

Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry



Photos Courtesy of Jim Paulus












Rotarian Norm Braatz presenting $500 Donation to Badger Booster, Pam Moe