On April 1, the club scheduled a Club Assembly and heard reports from the Board and Club Committees.


At their meeting of April 8, the President thanked Norm and Greg for sharing set-up and serving as greeter, Linda for leading us in the Pledge, Kevin for his booming baritone voice while leading us in the Patriotic Song, and to Marciavee who gave the Prayer. Attendance was lower than normal with 16 members present.


Three (3) Bonners Ferry Rotarians Graduate from Rotary Leadership Institute


Lisa announced that she, along with Marciavee and Pat attended all three parts of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) held in Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene over the past two years. Allan Davis, District Coordinator of RLI announced on April 8, 2014 the newest graduates of the program that has been offered for five consecutive years in District 5080. According to Allan, “there is one more class on April 26 and that's it for this year. We will have turned out 38 new graduates.” 

Comments were extended by the three graduates. "Being a Rotarian is knowing you are part of this community, part of being a whole person...."   "One of the very best training sessions I have ever attended...."   "Very impressed with what I have learned, as for example, Rotary's Mercy Ship"   "We didn't join Rotary because we wanted to but because someone asked us to...."   "Makes you feel proud of being a part of something much bigger than yourself...."


Back Row: Al Davis (District Coord.), Hank Martin, Ursula Brigl, Gary Teed, Katie Allen, Howard Colwell, Dave McDowell, Emery Krahn

Center Row: Terri Creeley, Linda Krahn (Faculty), Lisa Holmes, Mark Pinnell, Stephen Wik, Scott Veitch

Front Row: Mike Payson, Marciavee Cossette, Sheila Hart (Faculty), Marilyn Miller, Pat Carson, Pierce Smith

The Rotary Leadership Institute is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.  District 5080 is involved to the extent that individuals who have been identified as potential club leaders are provided with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills so important in voluntary organizations.

ROTARY MOMENT Jim provided the Rotary Moment at the meeting describing the process of "How To Propose A New Member". Suggested RI protocol is contained in several publications from RI. (Note: We will address the process on the BF Rotary website in a future posting).

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS FOR 2014-15President-elect Pat Carson provided information about the five committee chairs for 2014-15. Ken has agreed to assume Membership and Bill M will continue with PR, that includes the website.  Pat  indicated discussions are underway with Chairs for Club Administration, Foundation, and Service Projects. He also reported that Youth Services will be separated from Foundation next year. The PE also asked that members who want to become involved in committee activities to see him about the chair or the appropriate committee position. We need all members to participate if we want to continue to grow and thrive as a viable organization.   



GROW - Jerry Pavia & Dan Studer

(Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing)



Jerry Pavia, Dan Studer


“The purpose of the organization, Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing, referred to as GROW, according to the organizations’s website, “is to support a local and regional food security system and to advocate for agricultural practices that enhance the ecological independence and economic sustainability of Boundary County, Idaho. The goal is to create a self-sufficient, food independent community.”

The speakers thanked Rotary for their donation of $349 for a tiller that was put to good use over this past weekend. Rotary similarly donated funds to GROW in the past for hoses used throughout  the two garden locations behind Trinity Lutheran Church and just west of the hospital. The organization was created in 2009 and in 2013, GROW will work on both garden sites to provide the groundwork toward even further food security in the coming years.


GROW’s objectives are summarized on their website HERE.

  • Provide garden space for people who do not have them
  • Provide produce for the food bank
  • Provide gardening education and learning opportunities
  • Provide youth programs around gardening in conjunction with the extension office
  • Provide Community Service and volunteering opportunities for youth and adults
  • Provide a meeting place for small scale social, musical, and educational venues






Aaron Bohachek, Bonners Ferry Herald




One of newest corporate members, Pam Moe from Boundary Abstract was the lucky ticket holder but failed to draw the Ace of Hearts for the $168.00.