NEWS FROM BONNERS FERRY ROTARY - APRIL 5

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS APRIL 5

(See Summary of Board Meeting in Posted Stories)

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SPEAKERS FOR LAST WEEK - APRIL 5

Dan Studer & Jerry Pavia - GROW

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Dan Studer (pictured above) and Jerry Pavia presented an interesting program about the "Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing," better known as GROW!  It was established in 2009 as a non-profit 501 (C) 3  organization to meet the needs of community members who recognized the value of gardening, not only as a source of food but also as a health and social connection tool for the benefit of those in the community. The purpose of GROW as defined (no doubt) by an academician is to "support a local and regular food security system and to advocate for agricultural practices that enhance the ecological independence and economic sustainability of Boundary County, Idaho."

GROW maintains three plots of land, one past the hospital, one at the Kootenai Indian reservation and the more commonly known location behind the Trinity Lutheran Church. The organization has 36 gardening plots available to the community each measuring 4' X 20' at a cost of $20 per plot. GROW provides fruits and vegetables to the Food Bank and sells some of its produce to buy commodities such as flour, rice, sugar, etc. that they donate to the Food Bank. They seek to connect with the School District, Senior Center, churches and other groups who provide a place for food distribution, consumption, and education. 

The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club made a financial contribution to the organization to support their need to purchase gardening materials. Smiling faces from this action are pictured below.

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SPEAKER FOR LAST WEEK - 4/5

COLET ALLEN

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Colet Allen gave the members a short version of Earth Day and the 2nd annual Earth Day Fair scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at the BC Fairgrounds. Because the 2010 Fair was so successful, the organizers are building on that success this year. Their plans at this event are to "educate and inspire our community toward a better, brighter and greener future by showing how families and businesses can benefit by adopting sustainable living practices." In addition to fair booths and guest speakers, there will be entertainment at the Fair, even a local Marimba band. 

You should enjoy this event. Rotary was impressed with the organization and has made a financial contributioin to support the Earth Day Fair.

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SPEAKER FOR NEXT MEETING - APRIL 12

Mary Jacobsen
Area Agency on Aging - Adult Protection

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PRESIDENT HONORED AS PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

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Bill & Wendy McClintock, Norm Braatz

Bill McClintock, President of the BF Rotary Club was honored by Rotary International as the Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow. This recognition program is named after Paul P. Harris, the founder of Rotary International in 1905, and is designed for Rotarians who wish to support the Rotary Foundation with a contribution of $1,000 or more.  Today, Paul Harris contributions to the Rotary Foundation support a wide range of humanitarian grants and educational programs that enable Rotarians to bring hope and promote international understanding throughout the world.

The presentation was made by Norm Braatz, Foundation Committee Chair, and a Paul Harris Fellow himself.  Bonners Ferry Rotary now has 11 active members who are Paul Harris Fellows. Bill and his wife Wendy together with Norm are pictured above.
 
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TWO NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO ROTARY

Jenny Fessler & Tom Bushnell


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Tom Bushnell, Bill M, Jenny Fessler, Wilma Devore
 
Jenny Fessler and Tom Bushnell were inducted into membership in the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry. Jenny is the Boundary County Treasurer and Tom is a local businessman and law student. Both were approved for membership because the club believed both to be worthy representatives of their vocation, interested in the ideals of Rotary, and willing to do their share in translating these ideals into tangible realities.

Jenny was proposed for membership by Wilma Devore; Jim Paulus proposed Tom for membership.

Pictured above are Tom Busnell, Bill M, Jenny Fessler and Wilma Devore.

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THE 4 OF HEARTS

Four of Hearts
 

The 50/50 card draw for the 4 of Hearts was valued at over $930.00. Jenny Fessler drew the lucky ticket that was held by Bill Goodanetz for the second week in a row. Did anyone notice Pat Carson's grin after he spent $20.00 expecting to hold the winning ticket?

With only 15 cards remaining in the deck, Bill failed to pull out the 4 of Hearts. Come back next week when the pot should be approaching $1,000.00.