2 Programs, 4 Speakers - November 22 & 29

SPEAKER – November 22, 2011

 

NORTH IDAHO MOUNTAIN SPORTS EDUCATION FUND, INC. (NIMSEF)

Jeff Rouleau, President

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Jeff Rouleau was invited by JoJo Baker to make a brief presentation about “Sharing the Schweitzer Experience with Less Fortunate Children” in Bonner and Boundary County through a nonprofit organization called North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund, Inc.

Many local kids in our community that cannot afford a day, let alone the entire season on Schweitzer, can now avail themselves of both through the services of NIMSEF.  They are able not only to participate in skiing and/or snowboarding at Schweitzer, a healthy and life-long activity in and of itself, but through the program, are given a sense of belonging, accomplishment and pride.  The program teaches the child the skills of skiing/snowboarding and also engages them to work for a portion of their tuition and participate in fund raising.                                        

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Schweitzer provides greatly reduced tuition allowing the child enrollment in an 8-week, all-day lessons program.  All children aged 7-14 who qualify based on economic need and live in Bonner and Boundary counties can receive a season pass, bus pass, and equipment rental through Schweitzer and NIMSEF.  The children are grouped by similar age and ability and stay with the same certified instructor for the entire program.  Currently there are 42 kids from both counties who are enrolled.   

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In addition to the child raising the first $50 of the cost of the program, funds are provided through donation and fundraisers (raffles for skis, gift packages, Christmas wreaths, etc.)

You can find additional information about NIMSEF at their website: http://www.nimsef.com/

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FEATURED SPEAKERS – November 22, 2011


ROD BENDERS CAR CLUB

Ken Yount, Gene Andrews, Don James

 

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Ken Yount, Gene Andrews, Don James

 

Three gentlemen from the Rod Benders Car Club addressed the members concerning the car club formed in 1999 and chartered in 2000.  Ken provided the historical perspective, Gene provided more of the specifics and Don described his role as cruise director of the club.

 

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Sixteen members chartered the club in 2000 and 18 days later, the members cruised to Priest River.  What had been called the Bonners Ferry Car Club was changed to Rod Benders. The car show, always the first Saturday in June, was named the ‘Borders 3 Jamboree’ by Rick Alonzo because Bonners Ferry and Boundary County borders Montana, Washington, and Canada.  The club’s goal is to fill the streets of Bonners Ferry with lots of business so that the club can continue its efforts to contribute funds to community organizations in need like the Friends of the Arts, Jr. Miss, and others.  100% of the businesses in the downtown area support the show and at least 15 awards are given for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even tractors.

The cruise director cited at least 22 events this year covering over 2100 miles. In the process of their cruises, the club has not only witnessed some spectacular scenes but they have brought back 3 trophies, 2 “Best in Show”.  They take turns hosting the Libby club in April called the “Ice Breaker Cruise.”  Image

Pictures and links to some great classics from the 50’s and beyond can be found at the club’s website:   http://www.idahorodbenders.com/