In the absence of our President, Lisa Holmes, Pat Carson, President-Elect  opened the meeting and thanked the members who volunteered for the traditional duties at meetings – Ken Baker for room Set-Up and Greeter and also for the Prayer, Ray Olsen for the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jim Paulus for the Patriotic Song.  As a club with about 40 members, our attendance for this meeting was 15.

Pat introduced the speaker, and former Rotarian, Jennifer Jensen from the University of Idaho Extension.



o       Community Breakfast & Silent Auction:  Linda Alt gave a brief report on the 12th annual Community Breakfast & Silent Auction held last Saturday, April 26th at the Fairgrounds’ Valley Event Center. “I don't have numbers yet on how many breakfasts were served, but the people kept coming in right up to 10 am”, she said. “The Silent Auction grossed approximately $3,550 and the “donation cans held about $470 with another $35 added as someone bought some of the leftover food.”   

She also thanked Bonners Ferry Rotary volunteers who worked the event. “Thanks to everyone who worked, picked up donations and helped at the end cleaning up, collecting bid sheets, taking money, making phone calls and putting tables and chairs away” she said. “It looked like organized chaos at the end, but it worked out OK. Thanks again.”


o       30 applications have been received for 2014 Rotary Scholarships that will be awarded at the Scholarship Recognition Social beginning at 6:00 PM on May 15th at the Kootenai River Inn. Norm will be the master of ceremonies at the event to which all Rotarians are asked to attend and particpate.


o       Bill M will represent Bonners Ferry Rotary at the 2014 District 5080 Conference Imageto be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on May 9-11, 2014. 


o       The Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, May 6th at the Chic ‘N Chop. Alternate meeting arrangements where the Board has more time to consider deliberations will be discussed at that time. 


o       In addition to Regis McNeil with Habitat for Humanity at next week’s program, Magda Ciocazon will also be speaking to brief Rotarians on how Rotary put her through graduate school.  Magda will return on June 24th as the featured speaker.



Jennifer Jensen

University of Idaho Extension


Jennifer Jensen, Rotarian Linda Alt

Jennifer Jensen is an University of Idaho Extension Educator in Agriculture. She has been an active member of Rotary over the course of the last few years. She served as a member of the Foundation Committee with their scholarship program and she often provided the weekly  “Rotary Moment” at

Jennifer Jensen's 11 month year old son

membership meetings. However, a combination of an impending birth of their first child (now 11 months old) and the demands of her travel commitments, Jennifer became an inactive member of Rotary earlier this year. She also reported that she will be transferring to a position with the Bonner County Extension office in Sandpoint on June 1st

The University of Idaho Extension office for Boundary County, like all counties in Idaho as well as in other parts of the country, was formed under the Smith–Lever Act of 1914, a United States federal law that established a system of cooperative extension services, connected to the land-grant universities, in order to inform people about current developments in agriculture, home economics, public policy/government, leadership, 4-H, economic development, and many other related subjects. It helped farmers learn new agricultural techniques by the introduction of home instruction.

The Extension office currently located behind the courthouse is committed to addressing local agricultural, natural resource, youth, family, community and environmental issues with researched-based education. They serve as a bridge between the needs of the community and the knowledge and resources available throughout the university, working to solve problems at the local level. In addition to Jennifer’s position as an extension educator for agriculture, Carol Hampton who just retired held responsibility for family and consumer sciences currently serviced by office staff.

Jennifer gave a brief synopsis of several activities including food safety & preservation programs, consumer activities, 4-H, health and wellness (“strong women” program), master gardeners, horticulture, forestry extension, “Eat Smart” Idaho, etc.

For more about the U of I extension services in Boundary County, please go to their website:




The Ace of Hearts still remains in the deck. Approximately $225 is available in the card fund. There is always next week, and hopefully with better attendance, the fund should improve!