In the absence of President Lisa Holmes, President-Elect, Pat Carson extended a special thanks to the Duty Roster team for March 18th – Jim was the greeter and also gave the prayer, Dave W provided the pledge of allegiance, and Dave M provided the patriotic song.

Ron reported that about 250 attended the pancake breakfast held last Sunday at the Fairgrounds to benefit Kelsey Shutes who was injured in a car accident returning from cheerleading competition in Boise. The fundraiser co-sponsored by Rotary and the Eagles has banked $3,706 to date. 




Ken Baker Being Inducted As New Member With Sponsor Jim Paulus (R) & PE Pat Carson

Ken Baker was formally inducted as a new member of the club. Ken is currently Chief of Boundary Volunteer Ambulance. He is a life-long resident of Bonners Ferry having served with the Bonners Ferry Fire Department before joining BVA over 8 years ago. Among his many “service above self” activities, Ken will be traveling to Mexico at the end of this month with members of his church to serve individuals in need.




The Bonners Ferry Rotary calendar for 2014 is gearing up for the start of another active season. A list of these events is presented on the home page of the

Bonners Ferry Rotary website.

The 12th annual Community Breakfast and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Boundary County Fairgrounds “Valley Event Center” from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The community-wide breakfast is free to the community. Funds raised from donations and auction items help support college scholarships for students from our local area. From a master list of silent auction donors from last year, members were asked to identify 4-5 businesses that they would contact for 2014.














Collin Cossairt & Gabrielle Munson with PP Dave Walter


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?



No one can say that Gabrielle Munson lacks for things to do when she is not pursuing her academic objectives. During her 4 years of high school, she has been or is a member of the National Honor Society, 4-H, the FFA organizations, youth groups for her church, Boundary County Fair, cheerleading and track, and multiple community service activities. She is especially proud of her achievement obtaining her State FFA degree. Gabby is now or has been an officer of the local chapter of the FFA, North Idaho District FFA, Busy Beavers 4-H Club, fair queen and lettering in both cheerleading and track and field. Her goal is to attend the University of Idaho or Kansas State University to become an agricultural education teacher and plant scientist.

Collin Cossairt has been a commercial fisherman during high school. This experience has led to his career goals of attending the University of Idaho to become a fish and game officer. During Collin’s high school career, he has been or currently is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in basketball, cross country and track. He is especially proud of his achievement of being part of the team qualifying for state track and cross country in each of the years he has participated. According to Collin, he is also "proud of his achievement of being inducted into the National Honor Society and to now be a part of the top ten in my graduating class.”   



Kootenai River Restoration & Twin Rivers Hatchery


The Kootenai River Restoration Program is a large-scale ecosystem-based river habitat restoration effort that is being implemented in phases over a period of 10 to 15 years across a 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River.

Sue spoke about her current role as the Fish & Wildlife Program Director for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho. Because the entire ecosystem of the Kootenai River 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.

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.

A current update and program overview is available at this LINK


Sue also spoke about the white sturgeon and burbot hatchery project at Twin Rivers Canyon Resort owned by the Tribe scheduled for completion this year. Sue mentioned that this will be the first burbot hatchery in existence. The Twin Rivers area will have a grand re-opening on May 22, 2014, with a dedication of the hatchery in October 2014. Bonneville Power Administration is the major funding source for the construction of the $15 million hatchery. 

For further information about the hatcheries project, see the Kootenai River White Sturgeon & Burbot Hatcheries Program.