NEWSLETTER: MAY & JUNE 2014

 

o       SCHOLARSHIPS:  $14,000 was awarded to 14 students – a reception was held for them and their parents in May at the Kootenai River Inn. Pictures and speakers are presented as one of our stories in the center panel of the website.

 

o       ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Rotary Students of the Month for May were presented to the members – Camille Awbrey and Emma Kelly. ImageThe young women were also 2 of the 14 who were awarded $1,000 Rotary scholarships.  Camille has a career goal to work in the journalism field; Emma shared her goal to become a pediatric nurse, both initially attending the University of Idaho.

 

o       DISTRICT CONFERENCE:  The annual District 5080 Conference held this year at the Coeur d’Alene Resort was another quality event. Bill McClintock attended from Bonners Ferry Rotary and strongly encouraged every one to attend future conferences. Bob Carroll, District Governor at the time, presided at the celebration of the District’s achievements in Rotary service. He also presented information concerning the very successful Springdale Interact Club for youth ages 12-18. Rotaract (18-30 years of age), RYLA, and student exchanges were also shared during the conference.  Greg Johnson will be heading up our newest service for youth during the new Rotary year, 2014-15.


o     ANNUAL DINNER AND "CHANGING OF THE GUARD":  Outgoing and incoming members of the board of directors and their guests celebrated the "changing of the guard" with a delicious BBQ cooked to order by Ron Sukenik with a bouquet of salads and other waist expanding caloric offerings. As is customary with Rotary clubs world-wide, leadership changes each year on July 1. 

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o        SPEAKERS AND PROGRAMS: An array of speakers graced our meetings during the two months. A big thank you goes out to Linda Alt for arranging these excellent programs. 

 

  • Regis McNeil described the local Habitat for Humanity organization that has successfully constructed 9 habitat homes.          Image
  • Kevin Knauth, the BF District Ranger for the US Forest Service described his first full year as District Ranger (youth programs, timber sales, fires, insect and beetle problems, and forest road maintenance) Image
  • Christine Callison, Coordinator for the NIC Bonners Ferry Center, was also recently named coordinator for the Sandpoint Center. She described the 8 year history of the local center and the opportunities and benefits it has provided to individuals and organizations throughout Boundary County. ImageShe also reported that the Orientation, Advising and Registration Service program (OARS) would be coming soon. Information about the NIC Bonners Ferry Center, click here.
  • Dyno Wahl, Executive Director of the Festival at Sandpoint, and also “happy to be a Rotarian (in Sandpoint)”, described the 32nd season of the 8/7 – 8/17 event. The U of I conducted a study showing that the Festival has a direct economic impact on the community Imageeach year of about $2 million. Dyno also mentioned the Festival’s 5th grade music outreach and instrument assistance programs. Sean McCoy drew the two free tickets to one of the concerts that Dyno gave the club. Further information can be located at the Festival at Sandpoint website.
  • Cassandra Overman, RN and Jen O’Leary, Auburn Crest Hospice of Post Falls described their newest of 6 locations – centered across from the library in downtown Bonners Ferry. The organization provides care in the home as well in long-term care facilities. Additional information about Auburn Crest Hospice. Image

  • James Robinson, a geologist and civil engineer with Enviro Assess, together with 6 other geologists/engineers are officed in the former Corner Drug in downtown Bonners Ferry. Operating in 35 states and Canada, Enviro Assess is part of a network of family-owned engineering and geology companies conducting environmental assessments on facilities ranging from gas stations to oil refineries and from vineyards and wineries to auto repair facilities. ImageSee more information on their website.
  • Jeri Anderson, Assistant District Governor,Image addressed the membership on the subject of “Giving” to our own Rotary Foundation. She spoke about the ways that the Foundation uses your donations and those of others to help fund worldwide humanitarian projects. In addition, Jeri described the various levels of giving – Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, the Paul Harris Society, Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Bequests, the Bequest Society, and “Every Rotarian, Every Year” [EREY] – one who contributes $100 to the Foundation. More information about the Foundation and giving is provided here.
  • Magda Ciocazon received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the Netherlands in 1998-1999, leading to a Masters Degree in Public Health and a 3-year appointment with the CDC. Sponsored by the Tucson Sunset Club, Magda is a native of Arizona and currently, a licensed message therapist in our area. Image