FEBRUARY 18, 2014


President-Elect Patrick Carson called today’s meeting to order.  He thanked Greg for serving as Set-Up and Greeter, Ray for the Pledge of Allegiance, Jim for the Patriotic Song, and Norm for the Prayer.


The PE welcomed the BF Rotary Students of the Month, Kylie Byars and Dalin Hubbard; Emma and Collin, BC High School representatives of FFA; and Lynn Haworth, Justin and Hailey, the program speakers for the day.




Patrick announced that he had just returned from the Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) held over the past weekend in SeaTac, WA, sans teeth but with dog. He expressed his impressions of being privileged to be among over 600 Rotarians and what he learned about Rotary from his visit.

For new members of Rotary, the Pacific Northwest PETS is the largest and one of the oldest multi-district PETS in existence. It is a joint effort of the nine Rotary districts in the Northwest area of North America (and eastern Russia). This large area includes the states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington, parts of Idaho and California, the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Its purpose is to prepare incoming club presidents for their year as president and give district governors-elect and incoming assistant governors the opportunity to motivate incoming presidents and build their working relationship.

Here is a link to the agenda, speakers, and downloads for the 2014 PETS  




In celebration of National FFA Week, February 15-22, local chapter representatives, Emma and Collin from Bonners Ferry High School gave a brief overview of the local FFA organization. FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s also a time to share with Rotary what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Locally, there are 25 members in the chapter.


Each month, we honor two students from Bonners Ferry High School as Rotary Students of the Month. They are selected on the basis of the their academic achievement and their commitment and contributions to their community, school and family. Students must also have good school attendance and demonstrate a good attitude. Finally, the winning students must have demonstrated the characteristics of Rotary’s “4-Way Test” – Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


Kylie Byars, daughter of William and Sarah Byars, has spent her 4 years of high school contributing to her community and participating in several fundraisers to assist the food bank and youth in need.  Kylie is especially proud of her work ethic during four years of high school. Her employment has allowed her to buy her own car and open a college savings account. She plans to attend NIC and the University of Idaho with hopes of becoming a high school biology teacher.

Dalin Hubbard, son of Wesley and Jolene Hubbard, has served or is serving his community in a variety of ways. This year, he volunteered for the BoCo Backpack program for kids (filling a backpack with food for an lunch program-eligible child intended to last the child over a weekend), splitting wood for families in need, and as a farm hand.  Dalin is especially proud of his achievements as a licensed private pilot and a certified nursing assistant (CNA).  Subsequent to completing a mission for his church, he plans to attend college to become a nurse anesthetist or gain employment in agricultural research.  



Lynn Haworth, Pearl Theater - Missoula Children’s Theater


Lynn described the demise of the “Friends of the Arts” program in Bonners Ferry because of the opening of the Pearl Theater, now undergoing qualification as a 501 (c) 3 organization.

This week, you may have seen a maroon van around town with “Missoula Children’s Theater” stenciled on the door.  That’s because the MCT’s production of the musical, “Beauty Is A Beast” will be held on Friday evening with a matinee on Saturday, February 21 and 22 at the Becker Auditorium in Bonners Ferry. Justin Braun and Hali Free, both college educated theater majors provided a brief overview of their work as MCT District Coordinators throughout the Pacific Northwest. They auditioned and cast about 50 local school-age kids for the full-length musical production this weekend.  


Rotary Donation to Lynn Haworth (R) & Missoula Children's Theater Representatives

The Missoula Children's Theatre has been in existence for over 40 years and has opened both hearts and minds of children to the possibility of achievement through creativity and teamwork that they learn during the theatrical process. 

Bonners Ferry Rotary is pleased to provide funds for their organization.



Sandy Ashworth, BC Librarian & David Sims, Boundary County Economic Development Council - Boundary County Library Expansion



What is the probability that two (2) cards would be left in a deck of 52 cards, one of which is the winning card, the “9 of Diamonds”?     

When we started this game about a year ago, the “9 of Diamonds” was chosen as the winning card.  This week, only 2 cards remain in the deck. One is the “9 of Diamonds”.

Glenda Poston’s ticket was drawn for her draw for the 9 of Diamonds.  The pool stood at $3,662.  Both cards were shuffled, Glenda was rotated 2 times (at least), and….OH NO!

The “9 of Diamonds” in the only card left in the deck. The winning ticket next week, February 25th, will automatically be the winner of the 50/50 pool.  The pool should contain about $4,300.00.



The Illusive Card