NEWS FROM BONNERS FERRY ROTARY -- OCTOBER 4 & OCTOBER 11
 ANNOUNCEMENTS & REPORTS

 1.  Glenda Poston, Boundary County Clerk was a guest of Jenny Fessler on 10/4 and again on 10/11.  On 10/4, Ellie Mills was introduced as a Visiting Rotarian from Miami, Florida. Ellie is the granddaughter of Mary Ellen Hicks, the ‘hat lady’.

2.  Wilma thanked Kirsten for her work in getting information out concerning the duty roster and speakers.

3.  A big welcome was extended to Wendy Hawks, Riverside Auto as our newest member.  Wendy will be formally inducted within the next few weeks.

4. “Pawsitive” Works, a program supporting delinquent youth and dogs, will hold a mystery theater dinner and performance on November 12 at Mugsy’s.

5. October 24th has been designated “World Day of Polio” by Rotary International. It will be an opportunity to reintroduce the coin jars for polio.

6.  Stay tuned for a suggestion to convert the weekly calendar raffle drawing to a monthly drawing with duty roster assignments.

7.  Norm described the Boundary County Backpack program launched by Trinity Lutheran Church from a $5,000 grant they received from a Spokane foundation. The Rotary board approved a contribution of $250 to the program and bags have been purchased and stamped with “BoCo Backpack” and the Rotary logo. Backpacks are filled with food when children leave school on Thursday to ensure that they do not go hungry during the weekend. Naples School is the pilot for the program and 31 students have been identified as participants in the project. Qualification is based on eligibility for the school’s reduced or free lunch program.  It is projected that other schools in the District will participate in the program. To help celebrate the beginning of the project, a Kick Off Party is being held at the Trinity Lutheran Church on October 19th at 6:00 PM.

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CELEBRATONS FOR OCTOBER

Birthdays

Patti Branson – October 10

Pat Carson – October 3
Walt Kirby – October 16
Bill McClintock – October 23

 

Wedding Anniversary

Lisa Holmes – October 14 (16 years)

Greg Johnson – October 26 (30 years)

 

Rotary Anniversary

Dave McIntosh – October 7 (8 years)

 

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SPEAKER – October 4, 2011

“Much Ado About Bears”

Greg Johnson & Wayne Wakkinen, Wildlife Biologists,

Idaho Department of Fish & Game

 
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Wayne Wakkinen, Wilma DeVore, Greg Johnson
 
A perspective on grizzly bears….Greg introduced the discussion citing two recent high profile cases involving grizzly bears in and around Boundary CountyMost bear encounters occur on the west side of the Kootenai River in the Selkirk Mountain Recovery Zone where it is estimated that the ecosystem contains approximately 80 grizzly bears. The east side of the river has approximately 50 grizzly bears.   

 In May 2011, a mother grizzly and her two 2-year old cubs wandered onto a Porthill resident’s property east of the river. In an effort to protect his family and property, the resident reacted quickly before assessing the facts, and shot and killed one of the bears. As a consequence, the Federal government charged the resident in U.S. District Court with killing a grizzly, protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  If convicted, he faced up to a year in jail and a $50,000 fine for the crime. The charge was later dismissed in favor of the citation that he violated one of the regulations of the ESA and paid a fine of $1,000.

 The second case involved two hunters on the Idaho/Montana border who mistook a grizzly for a black bear. The 20-year old hunter shot and severely wounded the bear. In an effort to find the wounded bear in the underbrush, the bear attacked the 30-year old hunter. In an effort to protect his hunting-mate from the charging bear, the 20-year old hit the other hunter in the chest with one of the shots. 

According to Wayne Wakkinen, Senior Wild Biologist with the IDF&G, there is a perception by many residents that there are grizzly bears everywhere.  Density studies have shown that there are between 50 and 72 grizzly bears inhabiting the entire Selkirk Mountain ecosystem including Idaho and British Columbia. This trend represents about a 3% population growth. There are less bears in the Cabinet - Yaak ecosystem, east of the Kootenai River. 

Wakkinen described the use of several techniques including a multiple-mark capture analysis where recaptured bears are extrapolated to the entire ecosystem. This technique provides good results, although there are limitations including whether the bear is of reproductive age. Breeding females have offspring every third year and the mothers aren’t reproductive until age 6 or 7. Cubs stay with the mother for two years.  Wayne indicated that there are more bears in the lower elevations and people need to recognize this trend. However, there are no laws or ordinances in Idaho to prevent the feeding of grizzly bears. Consequently, there have been some cases in which grizzlies have had to be destroyed because of encroachment onto and into populated areas. “But”, according to Wakkinen, “we’ve got more bears living, and reproduction is ahead of mortality.” 

 

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SPEAKER – OCTOBER 11, 2011

Carolyn Testa, The Pearl Theater

Tour of the Pearl Theater

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Carolyn Testa & The Pearl Theater

 

Licking the corners of the mouth following a pizza luncheon at Mugsy’s, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club (BFRC) adjourned to the little theater on Ash Street, the Pearl Theater.

As you may recall, Carolyn visited with us at the noon meeting on Tuesday November 23, 2010, nearly one year ago to present her concept for the “little theater that could” on Ash Street.  These were the notes from that presentation:

 

“Carolyn Testa spoke to the membership on November 23rd about a proposal for a new community theater in Bonners Ferry. Carolyn is under contract with the Community Fellowship Church on Ash Street to purchase the property contingent upon obtaining a zoning change from Residential to Commercial status.

”Her proposal is to convert the church into a community theater that will provide a smaller scale venue for local performances within the art community. The current building seats between 100 and 150. She cited some of the economic benefits for the community for providing a community theater -- bringing people into the community, a positive draw for business considering relocation, programs for primary and secondary school activities, catering opportunities, and more.

”Carolyn responded to questions regarding parking, train whistles during performances, and any concerns of adjacent property owners.  It is her belief that a change to commercial zoning on this portion of Ash Street will unify and standardize the usage already associated with this area.” 

 
UPDATE:  THE COMMUNITY THEATER PROPOSAL WAS APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 1, 2011 AND IS NOW A REALITY!  CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLYN TESTA AND THE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR GETTING THIS DONE.

            “THE NEW NAME OF THE THEATER IS "THE PEARL"

 

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Looking Toward Rear of Theater

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Wall Lighting Fixtures - Pearl Theater

Upon entering the new theater, it was obvious from those who had been there for church services that many changes had occurred and alot of manual labor had been accomplished. Carolyn described the three seating components throughout the building --- the main floor which will be the primary seating area, the balcony and the space directly under the balcony that is likened to a cabaret with tables for wine and beer and other refreshments. She described the use of creative techniques in the lighting fixtures, walls, windows, ceilings, floors and stage. The finishing touches include the mini-kitchen area, office, storage and restrooms.  She estimates a seating capacity of about 150 to 170 people.

Congratulations on the small theater concept and the creative involvement of its founder. The grand opening of The Pearl will occur on October 21st with an original play written and directed by Paul Rawlins. Come an hour early and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne for the five evening performances.                                                                         

 

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Theater Entry
 

 
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GALLERY OF PAST PRESIDENTS OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

 
In an effort to capture the diversity and thinking of Rotary International (RI), periodically we will be providing quotes from the presidents of RI beginning with the first president, Paul Harris who held office for two terms, 1910-1911 & 1911-1912.
 
 

1910-1911 & 1911-1912

Paul P. Harris 

Rotary Club of Chicago

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 “Rotarians are very much more favorably disposed toward action than they are toward words.” 

The Rotarian , November 1912

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1912-13

Glenn C. Mead

Rotary Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 
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“If in time to come, greed, luxury, and selfishness bring to ruin the communities of which we are today a happy part, there will be found amid the social wreck one, typical of his brethren, who kept the faith of toil, honor, and brotherly love — a Rotarian.”
 
The Rotarian , June 1915

 

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TRIVIA CORNER

 

Rotary International designates a theme each month. As an example, November has been designated Foundation month. What is the theme for October? 

(Answer Below)

 

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Answer to Trivia Question:

October is Vocational Service Month. See the center panel of the website (www.bonnersferryrotary.com) for more information.