• Welcome to our newest Rotary members: Jenny Fessler, Boundary County Treasurer; Therese Osborne, Manager at Wells Fargo Bank; and Tom Bushnell, Businessman, Law Student (i.e., Jack of All Trades)
  • Welcome back Bill Goodanetz. We missed you!
  • The BF High School Robotics team has provided the Rotary Club with a DVD for our viewing pleasure.
  • Members who have asked about contribution opportunities for the relief efforts in Japan can access the Rotary International website ( Donation options are noted there. Also, click on the "Media & News" tab at the top of the RI page. 
  • Ron Sukenik reported on the 9th Annual Kootenai River Bike Ride scheduled for September 10th. Coordinators are now in place headed up by Clarence Jones. With 8 years of prior experience, the event should fall into place. 
  • Ron also reported that the BF SWISH organization has requested BF Rotary to assume the entire operation of the annual basketball 3 on 3 tournament held each summer in downtown Bonners Ferry. SWISH was formed 3 years ago, is well organized, and has netted about $3,000 per year.  Rotary would realize an immediate financial boost of about $6,200 in cash assets and $8.500 in physical assets from SWISH and after the 2012 event, the sponsorship of the 20 hoop backboards would be up for renewal, a significant economic potential for Rotary. This singular summer event in Bonners Ferry would be a major community event and give us significant name recognition.  Members were asked for their commitment to this proposal with an overwhelming show of hands in favor. Tentative dates for this year were set for July 16-17, 2011. The Board will consider the proposal at their meeting on April 5. 
  • Becky Calderone, second time coordinator of the "Father of All Yard Sales" reported that the 2011 event will be held at the BC Fairgrounds from 8 am to 5 pm on April 8 and 9. Some slots for volunteers still exist, especially cleanup on Saturday. A few tables remain to be sold, but it looks like the tables will be gone before the event starts. 
  • Lisa Holmes discussed the upcoming Exchange Student Friendship Tour scheduled for June 1-2. Tweney three students plus 2 chaperones will arrive in BF at 2 pm on June 1, be escorted to the bowling alley for games and dinner, then transported to the BF Middle School for overnight. Awakened at 6 am, they will be transported to the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge for breakfast and discussions, and later reconvene at the Community Events Center of the BC Museum at noon for lunch with all Rotarians. (NOTE: Rotary will meet on Thursday instead of Tuesday this week only). The students will depart at about 2 pm for Cranbrook, BC. 

    Wilma Devore reported on the District Spring Assembly scheduled for Saturday, April16 in Spokane at the Red Lion Inn at the Park from 10 am - 4 pm. Although information is germaine for all Rotarians, club officers and directors are strongly encouraged to attend. Registration should be made online at the District website.

    The five standing committees of the BF Rotary Club reported to the membership at the March 29th Club Assembly.  The Rotary Foundation, Membership, Service Projects, Public Relations and Club Administration shared information regarding activities during the year and what they hoped to complete over the next 3 months. Apparently, the presentations were inspirational!  




    Jerry Pavia & Dan Studer - "GROW"

    Colet Allen - Earth Day Project




    Mary Jacobsen

    Area Agency on Aging - Adult Protection



    BF Rotary Club TRIVIA

    Rotary's first official Humanitarian Relief project was responding to:

    1. The San Francisco Earthquake

    2. The Great Flood of 1913

    3. Taking Care of War Workers in WW I

    (Answer Below)


     The 4 of Hearts

    The 50/50 Card Draw for the 4 of Hearts was worth $855.00.  Diana C, an exchange student from Paris, France and a guest of Dave McIntosh, drew the lucky ticket that was held by Bill Goodanetz. With 16 cards remaining in the deck, Bill failed to pull the 4 of Hearts. There now are 15 cards left. 


     Trivia Answer:

    The Great Flood of 1913 (read about it in the March issue of The Rotarian).