• President Wilma DeVore announced that the composition of the five committees was now on the website (see "Club Information" in center panel).  All members can expect to be meeting with their respective committee in the ner future.
  •  Linda Alt was recognized as having served for 19 years in the Motor Vehicle Department at the court house and is 'retiring' effective August 31.
  • Greg gave an update on the commUNITY breakfast and silent auction. It will take place on September 17 from 7am to 10 am at the middle school cafeteria.  Auction items are needed to supplement what has been donated. Tools, car washes, or any donated item is welcome. Rotary will be donating $500 to the Booster Club for what they provide at the breakfast. The auction is a good fund raiser for Rotary. The school marque sign and event banners around town will be addressed in early September.
  • An update to the "Welcome to Bonners Ferry" sign was provided by Dave W. He identified the additional businesses and individuals who will donate their time and skills towards this project.
  • Ron gave an update on the Kootenai River Ride on September 10. Sign up sheets are being circulated and next week's membership meeting will be devoted to preparing for the event.
  • The board of directors will be meeting next Tuesday, 9/6. The President asked that the committee reports be available including a budget for each committee.



Dr. Beazer

Dr. Beazer provided a short presentation on a proposal regarding the "firewood project" for the Church. Dr. Beazer explained that the Church has about 10 cords of cut, seasoned firewood remaining from last year. They proposed that Rotary assist the Church in deciding who in the community has the greatest need for this wood. It was the feeling of the members that this proposal is analogous to Rotary's mission of "Service Above Self" and Rotary's posture as an impartial organization devoted to service in the community. The feasibility of donating a cord or two to the sllent auction on 9/17 was suggested as part of Rotary's fund raising efforts. Members also commented on their capability to deliver this wood.

There did not seem to be any negativity toward the concept from the members.  The matter was referred to the Board for action at their September 6th meeting. 




Brad Holifileld - September 8

Ray Olson - September 13

Jim Paulus - September 15

Craig Johnson - September 23

Kathryn Star-Heart - September 30

Wedding Anniversary

Ron Sukenik - September 19 (30 years) 

Craig Johnson - September 20 (36 years)

Jim Paulus - September 20 (3 years)

Rotary Anniversary

Kevin Callos - September 2 (8 years)

Linda McFadden – September 7 (4 years)







"Harry Ruggles jumped on a chair and urged everyone to join him in a song."  Who was Harry Ruggles?

(Answer Below)




Last Week's Speaker - August 30

Mike Weland, Zoning Administrator



Mike Weland


Mike addressed the proposed county zoning and subdivision ordinance that was discussed in a "packed house" special meeting before the county commissioners on August 29. Following public comment, the commissioners continued the public hearing until October 24 to work on some fine tuning and other minor changes in the ordinance. The new ordinance must agree with the existing comprehensive plan. The commissioners will discuss the ordinance further on September 6 and may, if minor changes are indicated, publish the ordinance and zoning map in the local newspaper by September 15. He deferred to the fact that the whole process will start over again in about two years.

Mike indicated he would be pleased to return for a future presentation to inform Rotary of the FINAL ordinance and map. He stated that he would also consider making a presentation regarding his website (www.newsbf.com) at that time.




Preparation for the Kootenai River Bike Ride





 (A Continuing Series For The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club)




The January 2011 issue of The Rotarian  celebrated the magazine’s 100th anniversary. The editor of The Rotarian spent much of last summer culling through articles by notable authors and thinkers such as Isaac Asimov, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, and many, many others, to choose selections to run in the 2011 commemorative issue.  Another example of these contributions is noted below.


"For 23 years, the Rotarians have dedicated their time and efforts to eradicating polio. They have done so in the face of extraordinary challenges. They have overcome financial shortfalls, conflict, and lack of security. They have conquered cultural barriers and lack of political will. Rotarians have shown the world what can be achieved when civil society and the United Nations partner together.

"When the last chapter on polio eradication is finally written, it will tell one of the most spectacular success stories in public health. It will describe one of the world's most remarkable partnerships. And it will highlight the Rotarians' personal service to humanity. I know Rotarians will go the distance. And I will be with you every step of the way."

                                                                                      June 2008

                                                                                      Ban Ki-Moon, UN secretary general




Trivia Answer:

Harry Ruggles was the fifth man to join Paul Harris in the conversations that led to the formation of the first Rotary Club in Chicago.  Harry was a fellow who enjoyed singing, and this was a popular activity at the turn of the century.  At an early meeting of the fledgling group, Harry jumped on a chair and urged everyone to join him in a song.


Group singing soon became a traditional part of each Rotary meeting.  The custom spread to many of the clubs in the United States and is still a popular fellowship activity in the Rotary meetings of such diverse countries as Australia, Japan, Nigeria, New Zealand and Canada.  Some clubs, like the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, sing a national song as the formal opening of the meeting.  Social singing, however, is seldom found in the Rotary clubs in Europe,South America and Asia.