President Lisa opened the meeting by thanking Greg for being the greeter, Ray for the Pledge, Norm for the Song and Marciavee for the Prayer. In her prayer, Marciavee encapsulated 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? Beautiful work Marciavee!



We welcomed the following guests and friends at the meeting today:

ü      Jeannie Robinson - “Friends of the Restorium” Board Chair (and program speaker)

ü      Luke Omodt, Samantha Branson, and Bradley Thompson - BFHS Student Council

ü      Stephen Snedden - Republican Candidate for State Representative-District 1

ü      Sharlene Delancey (owner), Pam Moe; Kelly Jelinek – New Corporate Member,    Boundary Abstract Title



v     The monthly board meeting will be held on April 1 at the Kootenai River Inn beginning at 6:00 PM to allow time to complete action on some projects. A summary will be available on our website after the meeting.

v     Jenny reported on the District Spring Assembly held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Saturday, March 22.  Glenda, Jenny, Lisa and Pat attended from our club and spoke highly of the luncheon speaker, Dick Elixman, Past District Governor. “His talk, ‘Serving as a Community Leader’ was so inspirational that it reaffirmed why I joined and why I’m so committed to Rotary,” said Jenny. Attendees also spoke highly of DG Bob Carroll.

v     According to Ron, the Rotary sponsored fundraiser for Kelsey Shutes on March 16th held in conjunction with the Eagles, continues to gather funds for expenses related to Kelsey's car accident returning from Boise after the cheerleading competition.



The 'free' 12th Annual CommUNITY Breakfast and Silent Auction to be held from 7AM - 10AM on April 26 at the Fairgrounds is just that…a free breakfast for anyone who wants to stop by for a chance to socialize with family, friends and neighbors with the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items.  The organizers of this event decided 12 years ago to put UNITY back into the community sensing the need for families, friends and neighbors to come together with food as a

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The committee (Linda, Norm, Greg, Kevin, Ken) outlined the details necessary with any event like this one. Information including merchants, donations, storage, and pick-up of auction items are critical to its success. Members were asked to make contact with 4-5 merchants requesting donations from those who provided items in 2013. Those who have not had a chance to sign up should see any of the committee members.

The Badger Boosters cook and serve the food. Rotary makes a donation to them from for their time, expertise, and hard work.

Rotarians may be needed for set up, clean-up, crowd control, large auction item loading, or as monitors for the auction tables with additional duties as determined. Please see a member of the committee. 

Last year, a decision was made to earmark 100% of the funds collected at the event for college and vocational school scholarships for local students. Rotary was able to provide over $13,000 in scholarships in 2013.



Bradley Thompson & Samantha Branson, Student Council Members



Bonners Ferry High School students and student council members Samantha Branson and Bradley Thompson accompanied by faculty member Luke Omodt, summarized their student council trip to Boise. They provided information about their background and future goals and thanked Rotary for its financial grant to the student council to help underwrite the cost of the trip. Bradley and Samantha also expressed their excitement about the trip visiting the State Capitol, their legislators, art museums, but in particular, their one-hour airline flight to Boise opposed to the 10-12 hours by car.


APRIL TRIVIA QUIZ           Image

Answer To Question in "Stories":

The third meeting of the new group was held at the coal-yard office of Silvester Schiele on March 23, 1905. There were 15 men present and it was the first business meeting at which important decisions as to their future were taken, some of them still in force today.

The first question addressed was what they should call themselves. Some members felt the club should reflect their community. Windy City Roundup, Chicago Fellowship, Chicago Circle, The Lake Club and The Chicago Civic Club were amongst the names proposed. Others argued the name should have a business ring to it, such as The Booster Club, Friends in Business, Men with Friends, The FFF (Food-Fun-Fellowship) Club & The Trade and Talk Club.

None of these names generated much enthusiasm, but Paul Harris quietly made a new suggestion. They had already agreed to rotate meetings between members’ places of business, with the leadership of each meeting also rotating to the man hosting that meeting. Why not call themselves ‘The Rotation Club’? They knew they were onto something, but the name sounded a bit clumsy. “How about Rotary Club then?” suggested Paul. The name was unanimously approved.

In case you missed the question, it was -- How did Rotary get its name?




Jeannie Robinson Receiving Speaker Pen from Rotarian Linda Alt

Jeannie Robinson has recently been named President of the Friends of the Restorium (Friends), a 501(c) 3 organization that was formed in 2004. The purpose is to provide resources to enhance the quality of life for the residents of this 52-bed assisted living facility across the street from Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry.   Image

There are currently nearly 500 members with a goal for 2014 of 500 new members.  Dues are a mere $5.00 per year. Monthly meetings of the Friends are held at noon on the third Thursday at the Chic ‘N Chop Restaurant in Bonners Ferry.

The Friends have raised funds through special event basket raffles, the annual BBQ & Silent Auction, and cash donations. The “Adopt A Room” program initiated by the Friends, whereby an individual or business contributes $1,500 to honor a special person or loved one, has allowed the Restorium to refurbish all the rooms at the facility. In addition, funds for a new generator, elevator, double entry/exit doors to the building, gifts for the residents, new kitchen range, carpeting and furniture for the lobby, greenhouse, and many more items too numerous to list. Jeannie also emphasized the outstanding work of the administrator and her staff and noted the “We Care Award” program.

Ray Olsen, a Community Restorium resident and horticultural extraordinaire (and also an active Rotarian) manages the greenhouse and landscape around the Restorium. Folks say, “The flora and fauna have never looked so beautiful.”


50/50 CARD DRAW:


Norm was the winner of the ticket draw, but failed to draw the winning 'Ace of Hearts' from the deck. The winning pot contains $106.00