• Kirsten and Dave W. celebrated birthdays on February 20 & 27 respectively.  Clarence and Martha celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on February 16th. 
  • We are now 2 months into the new calendar year (2012) and there are still a considerable number of calendars outstanding. Mentioned were those held by Don, Bill G, Craig, Greg, Patti, Walt. If everyone would sell 3 more calendars besides their own group, most of the calendars should be gone. Please see Therese Osborne, Coordinator or Wilma for calendars.
  • Rotarians were reminded to begin saving household goods and services that they can bring to the Rotary table for the upcoming Yard Sale on 4/27-4/28 at the Fairgrounds.
  • Wendy Hawks, newly named Rotary Coordinator to the Distinguished Young Women of Bonners Ferry (Jr. Miss) program, reported that Jordan Ann Grapensteter will be Rotary’s representative. Jordan’s career goals are to pursue a medical degree in Dermatology and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.    
  • The President stated the desire to seek out a candidate for RYLA Camp held this year at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC from June 30 to July 7. Eligibility is for young adult from ages 18-25.  Please immediately refer any candidate to the board.
  • The 10th Anniversary celebration is progressing well. Part of this celebration is to bestow Rotary’s “Service Above Self” award on community members. Please give your nominations to Wilma for consideration by the board.
  • The 2012 SWISH and 2012 Kootenai River Ride websites are now operational with capability for registration and payment on line.  A link to these two sites are posted on the top right-hand side of the Rotary website as well.  
  • Local events were announced including the public hearing for the Ambulance District proposal on 2/28, the Social Security seminar at Edward Jones on 2/28, and access to registration to vote in the state caucus available at the high school next Tuesday (can still vote in primary even though didn’t register and vote in the caucus).
  • Rotarians involved in the wood delivery project, especially Ron Sukenik and Dave Sims were commended for their work. Ron described an effort to deliver wood up hill all the way during last Saturday’s snowstorm.


In lieu of the absence of our scheduled speakers for 2/21 and 2/28, four students and a former Bonners Ferry Rotarian filled in and performed admirably.

Future Farmers of America student representatives Gabby Munson and Ayla Neumayer and Students of the Month for February, Carly Haworth and Mattea Bertling. All four students spoke at the 2/21 meeting (see Story re: Haworth and Bertling - Students of the Month).

Gabby Munson & Ayla Neumayer

Dave Kramer was introduced as the former Rotarian who is moving in different directions since his “retirement” as Chief of Police and as a Rotarian.  He hopes to be able to rejoin Rotary when he is officially retired (see Featured Speaker for 2/28).



Marciavee Cossette – 3/12

Jennifer Jensen – 3/16

Darrell Kerby – 3/20

Becky Calderone – 3/26


Wedding Anniversary

JoJo Baker – 3/20 (41 Years)


Rotary Anniversary

Becky Calderone – 3/1 (2 Years)

David Sims – 3/3 (3 Years)

Lisa Holmes – 3/27 (5 Years)



Over the past 2 weeks, many of our Rotarians have encountered happy moments.  And all contributions go to fund scholarships.

ü    Jim welcomed Ron back from Cancun

ü    Walt was just happy

ü    Clarence was happy to serve as Lisa (Treasurer) again

ü    Mike was happy to donate $2 because he took his badge home last week and   remembered to bring it back this week

ü    Dave M was happy that Clemence (former exchange student) will be  coming this way on 5/17 from France

ü    Greg was happy that the roof for the Welcome Sign is now complete but not installed yet

ü    Ron is happy to be back home after a week in Mexico

ü    Dave G is happy to have celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary at the beach with his bride and the information from the World Health Organization that India has been polio free for one year

ü    Dave K (although a guest) was happy to see the publicity for all the good work of Rotary

ü    Lisa gave $1 for Clarence’s help, $1 for Ray being back, and $1 for seeing Dave K at the table again

ü    Dave W also gave $3 for seeing the other 3 Dave’s here (Gray, McIntosh, Kramer)

ü    Becky was happy for her 2-year Rotary anniversary coming up on 3/1

ü    Linda A was happy for her upcoming trip to Washington, DC

ü    Jenny was happy to be home after spending some time in Yuma, AZ

ü    Kevin was also happy to be home after a trip to Reno and St. Louis

ü    Ray was just glad to be back even though he is hearing out of only half an ear.




Jenny gave the Rotary Moment for 2/28 and in the process, contributed fines of $1.00 for forgetting her glasses and $1.00 for not being prepared for the presentation. 

She referenced the March issue of The Rotarian whereby research showed that 85 percent of families receiving books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program read to their children every day. Every month, Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book to each child in the program, until age five.          Image  However, Jenny felt that as wonderful and spirited as this program may be, the BF Rotary Club’s participation in obtaining and delivering wood to needy families in this community is just awesome.                 


Instead of the buffet, Mugsy's is now providing the Bonners Ferry Rotary with a new menu for our weekly luncheon meetings. The cost of any of the 6 choice entrees ordered from the special "Rotary Club Menu" is $9.92 including tax and gratuity.  Any of the 3 sandwich selections on the menu include your choice of soup, salad or homemade fries. You can also call ahead and your lunch plate will be ready when you arrive. Of course, you can also still order from the regular menu.

The new menu will be available at least through March.  Then stay tuned for perhaps another change!



"Just as Rotary itself can never keep its place unless it is constantly growing, so each individual Rotary Club cannot afford to stand still while the stream of life moves onward."

Armando de Arruda Pereira, 1940-41 R.I. President, in The Rotarian, February 1941

10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY - May 24, 2012

The 10th anniversary celebration of the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club (BFRC) will be held on Thursday, May 24th at the Kootenai River Brewing Company.  Approximately 100 invitations with an RSVP are being mailed to active and honorary Rotarians and their guest.  In addition, invitations will be available to previous members who live locally, District Rotary clubs, Rotary District Governors, and some special guests.  A brewery tour with beer tasting and hors d'oerves will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. An awards presentation will begin at about 8:00 p.m.  Wilma will transition her presidential duties to Greg and officers and committee chairs will be recognized. "Service Above Self" awards will be presented at that time.


We have established a March 30 deadline for submitting nominations for the "Service Above Self" awards.  At least one of the nominations should be for a current Rotarian and a second for an individual in the community. We have also set a deadline to RSVP for your choice of selective entrees and your payment of $20.00 per person.

We are working on a narrative related to the development and growth of the BFRC over the past 10 years capturing the essence of who we are and what we do.  Subsequent to our formation on June 7, 2002, we want to say something about what Rotary does for our community and around the world.  An email regarding your thoughts, ideas, etc. would be most welcome. (email address:

A copy of the invitation, so generously prepared by Linda Alt, is shown below.




Winning Ticket Holders:          David M (2/21) & Craig (2/28)

Amount in the Bank:                 $871.00

Winner of the Ace of Clubs:     None - About 15 cards left in the deck.