JANUARY 28, 2014


The President welcomed guests Dottie Gray and Don Alt.  Dottie presented a brief summary of the Regional Spelling Bee and thanked Rotary for their financial donation and those who volunteered for the event. 



  • Dottie Gray commented on the Regional Spelling Bee held on January 25th at the Free Methodist Church. Eighty-five (85) elementary and middle school students from grades 3-8 participated. Rotarians Linda Alt, Wilma DeVore, Dave Gray and Dave Walter served as judges and coordinators. The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club, Boundary County School District 101, and Naples Helping Hands sponsor the spelling bees throughout the County.  Rotary provided a $25 gift certificate from Bonners Books to each first-place winner and a $15 gift certificate to each second-place winner. Winners are invited to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee at NIC in Coeur d'Alene March 23rd.
  • The Board, at their meeting in February, will consider the Nominating Committee candidates for 2014-2015 officers and directors.
  • Rotarians were especially exuberant today as witnessed by the number of “Happy Bucks”. ImageMost were centered on the upcoming Super Bowl and the Seahawks and the amount of money available to the lucky winner for the 50/50 card draw. Some were just happy!  Pat Carson was happy because he served as a 5th grade substitute teacher.  Like fines, happy bucks are restricted for college scholarships.
  • Debbie Pauls, AmeriCorps VISTA leader at Valley View Elementary, was presented with a check for $1,000 from the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club as an attempt to fight illiteracy in Boundary County. (SEE STORY ON OUR WEBSITE).  Image







Pastor Kimmy Meinecke




“Many Americans are confused by what is happening in Palestine/Israel and by the history. Some don’t know where they are, or that Palestine is a separate entity.  As an ecumenical advocate, I give background to help people make sense of the situation that started when the United Nations created the state of Israel in 1948,” Reverend Meinecke said.

In the spring of 2010, Rev. Kimmy Meinecke, currently interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bonners Ferry, joined a three-month ecumenical team sponsored by the World Council of Churches to accompany Palestinians and Israelis and witness their relationships.  Since that trip, she has searched ways to build nonviolent communication in an area where violence seems to be the way of life. 

One of 26 participants from Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, she lived in Bethlehem, a city in the occupied Palestinian Territories. While there, she monitored one of the military checkpoints (as Palestinians passed through a 27-foot high concrete separation wall in order to go to work), monitored the safety of school children as they walked to school, and listened to the stories of Palestinian families living with the reality of a military occupation. She also joined in nonviolent demonstrations and educational events, such as teaching women about nonviolent communication. The team monitored human rights violations, such as building permanent civilian housing in occupied-zone areas, the expropriation of land and the demolition of Palestinian homes and businesses. 

Kimmy has encountered Rotary in many ways. She recently visited a school in India sponsored by Rotary International for kids living in poverty and has had experience with peace fellowships from Rotary.  She is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota and the divinity school at the University of Chicago.