NEWS FROM BONNERS FERRY ROTARY -- November 1
 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS
 
Pat Carson was  involved in an auto accident just west of Troy, Montana. Although he totaled his vehicle, Pat and the other driver were not injured.
 
Wilma introduced her husband and father, Larry Devore and Ralph Johnson.  Glenda Poston was introduced by Jenny as her guest.
 
Ray Olson provided the "Rotary Moment".  What do you think about when you drink a glass of water?  An article in the recent issue of The Rotarian indicated that too much fluoridation in the water supply in a province in India has affected the bone structure of several individuals. He also indicated that India, one of the four countries remaining with polio outbreaks (the others -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria) has been polio free for 9 months.
 
Dave Sims stated that under the urban renewal program just launched by the City, a Super1 grocery store has agreed to build in Bonners Ferry.  BF Builders will be the general contractor.  
 
Ray Olson was formally presented his "Ambassador of Goodwill" award from the District Governor that was accepted by Jenny Fessler in his absence on October 25th.  Congratulations Ray!
 
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Jenny Fessler, Ray Olson
 
Ron Sukenik reported that 3 residents from Boundary County are visiting in Ecuador and hope to establish contact with  persons related to the clean water project partially funded by the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club in 2009-2010 (see the News item on the Bonners Ferry Rotary web site).  Ron also mentioned that he had 2 more loads of firewood to deliver this weekend.  David Sims, Greg Johnson and Jim Paulus have been helping Ron with their trucks and trailers.  
 
The Boy Scouts invited Rotary to be the speaker for their merit badge project in Civics. Ron  reported that Becky agreed to be the speaker on November 2.
 
Mark McInnes provided a recap of the 2011 WaCanId Bike Ride, September 20-September 24.  
 
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    Mark McInnes Serving Some Good Food                                                        Bicycles Resting in Place - WaCanId Ride                               
 
Approximately 50 bikers toured through two states and one province on the third annual 340-mile/550-kilometer ride,  Presented by the Rotary Clubs of the International Selkirk Loop, riders were encouraged to participate individually or in teams. Mark was the CEO of the event. The Rotary Clubs of the Selkirk Loop were the organizers.  The riders were checked in and attended to throughout the event by Rotarians.  Bonners Ferry Rotary provided a hot lunch on Tuesday and again on Friday. This year for the first time, route descriptions were provided describing each of the five ride segments:  Creston to Nelson; Nelson to Fruitdale/Salmo; Fruitvale/Salmo to Ione; Ione to Sandpoint; and Sandpoint to Creston.  Although the number of riders was down this year, the quality of the riders who participated was better.  Professional riders can cover the average 70 miles each day with ease.  Perhaps close to 10% of the riders had returned from last year, certainly a good sign that the ride was a good one.  
 
ON BEHALF OF THE 2011 WACANID BIKE RIDE, MARK PRESENTED A CHECK IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,000 TO THE BONNERS FERRY ROTARY CLUB AS THEIR SHARE IN THE EVENT. CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK FOR AN OUTSTANDING JOB!
 
 
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LAST WEEK'S SPEAKER -- SUE IRELAND

 Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
 
 
 
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Sue Ireland, Wilma Devore

Sue Ireland, who has worked for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho for over 20 years, made a brief presentation on what is a very complicated project, the Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program, a large-scale ecosystem-based river habitat restoration effort that will be implemented in 3 phases over a period of 10 to 15 years across a 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River in north Idaho.  The first phase is now underway at a cost of $2.1 million. Grants are now being written for the next 2 phases dated 2013 and 2017.

 

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White Sturgeon

The Kootenai River white sturgeon, a unique species that has been separated from other Columbia River sturgeon since the last glacial ice age, was listed as an Endangered Species in 1994. The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, working with other state and federal agencies as well as the Bonneville Power Administration, has been at the center of the efforts to recover this species. This program includes conservation aquaculture, as well as restoration of the Kootenai River ecosystem.

The Kootenai Tribe envisions a healthy ecosystem with clean, connected terrestrial and aquatic habits, which fully support traditional Tribal uses and other important societal uses. Conservation efforts do not end with the sturgeon. The Tribe believes that all resources are joined in the web of life, and that preservation of the Tribe depends on protecting these resources.

Because the entire ecosystem has been altered for decades, much has been lost. But the Tribe looks to the future with the hope that native fish and wildlife may once again inhabit the Kootenai drainage in abundance.

A current update and program overview is available at the following link:

http://restoringthekootenai.org


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CELEBRATONS FOR NOVEMBER

Birthdays

Kevin Callos  11/13

Dave Gray  11/10

Wedding Anniversary

None

Rotary Anniversary

Brad Holifield  11/4 (3 years)

Ray Olson  11/4 (3 years)

Tim Wilson  11/7 (5 years)

 

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NEXT WEEK'S SPEAKERS-- November 8

Rhonda Hamerslough & Karen Schumacher

"Pawsitive Works"

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

November 1, 2011
 
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The Board met on the first Tuesday in November to review and consider these items:
  • Kirsten is doing a great job obtaining speakers and scheduling room duties far in advance.  Bill will review the status of revisions to our bylaws that were started last year and distribute them to the Club Administration Committee for final wording.
  • Orientation for new members was held last week with Becky and Dave G hosting.  Jenny and Marc still need orientation.
  • Full page color ad in the Bonners Ferry Herald with November 15 deadline was approved primarily to thank the businesses and individuals who supported Rotary in its fund raisers this year -- SWISH, Kootenai River Ride and the Community Breakfast & Silent Auction.  Bill to follow-up regarding possible funding for PR from the District.
  • Dual credit scholarship application for second semester available on BF Rotary web site with deadline of December 15. $100 was added to the dual scholarship account to fund a total of $500. 
  • Rotary will not do food baskets or boxes this year because of potential duplication and proliferation in the community. However, meat products for the food bank will be considered by the Service projects Committee. The wood project will continue as proposed and approved last month.
  • OLD BUSINESS -- (1) discussed fire wood delivery program -- still a need to continue; (2) the dues reduction analysis is a work in process and should be completed before the next board meeting -- Ron to follow with an email; (3) Club Administration Committee and selective board members to finalize the bylaws revisions started last year -- Bill to follow-up with the current email edition; (4) Wilma, Lisa, Greg and Bill agreed to staff a budget committee to finalize the 2011-2012 operating budget -- Wilma to follow-up with meeting; and (5) Greg reported that the North Hill Boy Scout project is being finalized -- $1,000 to $1,500 has been committed to the project in exchange for Rotary assuming the  CommUNITY Breakfast & Silent Auction in 2010.
  • NEW BUSINESS -- (1) Bill reported that he will arrange a meeting of the nominating committee to consider officers for the 2012-2013 Rotary year; (2) Requests for Rotary grants have been received from (a) BoCo for their expansion (Action: tabled pending BoCo speaker on December 6); (b) Fry Healthcare Foundation participation (Action: Kirsten to pursue sponsoring a wreath or stocking); (c) Jr. Miss sponsorship (Action: approve $100 sponsorship); (d) Badger Boosters for membership (Action: approve $250 membership);  (e) Boundary County Little League Baseball for equipment (Action: approve $500 to purchase pitching equipment); (f) Bonners Ferry High School, at request of high school principal, to purchase candy for the harvest day event at the school (Action: approve $75 to purchase candy. Note: this approval was retroactively provided at the noon meeting on October 25th); (3) The Board decided to cancel the December 27 membership meeting  in honor of the Christmas holidays; (4) The Rotary District Run/Walk was referred to the Service Projects Committee for review; and (5) Corporate Memberships were discussed and approved for use by our club. The issue was referred to the Membership Committee for consideration and action.   
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