NEWSLETTER - MARCH 4 & 11, 2014

 

The President called the meeting to order and thanked the following Rotarians for these duties on March 4th: Norm (Set-up and Greeter), Marc (Pledge), Linda (Song) and Ken (Prayer). Bill M, Greg, Jim and Norm shared the same duties on March 11th. With 15 members present last week, there was a noticeable reduction in attendance from previous weeks, an obvious reflection of the new deck of cards and the 50/50 draw for the Ace of Hearts. 

WELCOME

We welcomed several speakers and presenters: Former Rotarian Dave Kramer (Special Olympics); Sandy Daniel and Renee Riddle (Farm Bureau); Christie Edwards (50/50 card draw winner), Christine Villanueva (Community Action Partnership), and Matt Kramer & Matt Gray (BCHS Baseball).

ANNOUNCEMENTS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • District Spring Assembly will be held on Saturday, March 22 at the Couer d’Alene Resort. Lisa, Pat and Glenda will be attending. Other officers (President-Nominee and Treasurer) and Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend. Registration and agenda are available on line at the District 5080 website.  Registration fees are paid by Rotary. 
  • The Board of Directors Imagemet on March 11 at 7:00 AM and took the following actions:

ü     Agreed to be a "sponsor", not a member, of the Chamber of Commerce

ü     The president-elect was encouraged to identify a chairperson for each of the 5 standing committees to have the committees in place by July 1.

ü     Identified eligibility for free meal during regular meetings – limited to prospective member who is a first time guest, featured speaker(s), and students of the month. 

ü     Funds available for 2014 scholarships approved by board

ü     Approval of full-page Rotary color ad in 4 local papers (Herald, Priest River, Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene) with cost borne equally by 4 clubs

ü     Bylaws Committee appointed: Bill M (Chair), Norm, Jim, Pat, Greg to update 9/09 bylaws.

ü     Community Breakfast/Silent Auction 4/26: Linda (Breakfast); Ken, Kevin (Auction). Proceeds restricted to funding college scholarships.

ü     Requests for Funds approved for (1) GROW (tiller-$349) and (2) BCHS Baseball (renewal of outfield rotary banner-$300). Funding requests were tabled pending clarification from (1) BCMS (student travel to conference) and (2) BCHS (PE cardio-fitness emergency classes). Funding requests were earlier approved at a special Board meeting on March 4: (1) Special Olympics as a challenge grant from the president-elect (who was expected to take the plunge) and (2) the Kelsey Shutes pancake breakfast fundraiser on 3/16 (Kelsey is the cheerleader who was injured in a car accident returning from cheerleading competition).

  • Marciavee and Pat are expected to take the plunge into the cool Kootenai River on March 8 to benefit Special Olympics. (NOTE: It has been learned that Marciavee may have only waded in and Pat may have begged off because of doctor’s orders).
  • Generous ‘Happy Bucks’ and ‘Fines’ were accepted, 100% restricted to funding college scholarships.

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

DAVE KRAMER – SPECIAL OLYMPICS - MARCH 4

 

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Dave Kramer and his partner described the Penguin Plunge scheduled for March 8 to  benefit Special Olympics. Rotary approved a donation for the event to be held at the Search & Rescue Building along the Kootenai River.

MATT KRAMER & MATT GRAY - BF HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL - MARCH 11

With similar goals for their athletic pursuits, Matt Kramer and Matt Gray (son of Rotarian Marc, grandson of Dave), were present to receive a donation from Rotary that will be used in part to obtain a new Rotary banner for the outfield wall. Each of them reviewed their background and future goals.

Matt Kramer and Matt Gray are shown with Jenny Fessler and Dave Gray, left to right in the photo below.

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CHRISTINE EDWARDS – WINNER OF THE 50/50 FUNDRAISER – MARCH 11

Christie Edwards requested time to thank Rotary for the opportunity to win Rotary’s 50/50 card game held each week. Holding one of her three young children, Christie expressed her happiness over the fact that she won approximately $2,300. “Everything happens for a reason,” she stated, mentioning that her recent move to Bonners Ferry from California with her husband and three children was not without difficulty. Her winnings were most welcome.  


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ANSWER TO MARCH TRIVIA QUESTION:

A: In 1978, Rotary was a male only organization.  In 1978, the Rotary Club of Duarte, California invited 3 women to become members of their club.  Rotary International removed the club’s charter for violating Rotary International by-laws of that time.

Court cases resulting from this move were heard by the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow woman to be able to join Rotary in jurisdictions that have similar public accommodation statutes. 


Here is the question in case someone missed it...What significant move did the Rotary Club of Duarte, CA do that affected Rotary in the United States?


SPEAKERS OF THE WEEK

CHRISTINE VILLANUEVA – COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP – March 4

 

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The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is a catalyst for building relationships that inspire and equip people to end poverty in our community. Quite simply, CAP’s vision is our community working together to end poverty. There are several programs in place to do that:

  • Food Bank
  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Housing
  • Weatherization
  • Energy Assistance
  • Telephone Assistance
  • Community Services

Christine who has been with CAP for 16 years emphasized three programs in Boundary County: the food bank, telephone assistance (land line) and energy assistance, including weatherization. She identified food bank needs and processes including a shortage of meat, Safeway’s elimination of dairy products to the food bank, and the value that volunteers bring to the programs.  Christine also addressed the availability of the Community Coalition for Families, to maximize access of physical, mental and social resources to individuals and families in Boundary County. Although a bit dated, there is more about the Community Action Partnership on their website. 

SANDY DANIEL & RENEE RIDDLE – AG IN CLASSROOM – MARCH 11

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In Boundary County, the Farm Bureau commenced operations in 1939 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year. All board members are farmers and/or ranchers with each deriving a majority of their income from production agriculture. The county board is the governing body of the county Farm Bureau and is accountable to the membership within that county. Sandy Daniel is a member of the Board of Directors. She addressed the availability of scholarships to ag and non-ag students, the women’s group, and the Bureau’s forestry program. Locally, the first baby born on March 19th, National Agriculture Day, will receive a basket of local delights.

Renee Riddle described the role of the Farm Bureau’s educational component. With pictures and dialogue, she described the many tours offered to the public usually in May, to educate individuals on the use of land, different from the concrete that they may have come from. Three businesses were featured during the annual Farm Tour hosted by the Boundary Soil Conservation District and the Farm Bureau in May 2013. More than 30 people toured Welco of Idaho, Moose Valley Farms and Green Gallon Solutions of Bonners Ferry to learn what entrepreneurial efforts are occurring in the county.

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Further information about the local Farm Bureau is available at this website.