David Sims, Director

Boundary Economic Development Council


David Sims was named Director of the BEDC following the retirement of Mike Sloan, David is a fellow Rotarian and a life-long resident of Bonners Ferry.  BEDC is a partnership of local governments covering the interests of Boundary County in North Idaho. It’s mission is to promote public infrastructure improvements to the community that will lend themselves to future growth and development of the community.   


  A partnership guided by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Boundary County, City of Bonners Ferry, City of Moyie Springs and Boundary County School District 101     


David discussed the alliance that led to the formation of the Council in 2001, their funding and the composition of their board. He briefly reviewed the favorable economic development ‘climate’ in Idaho, the local Urban Renewal District that led to the Super 1 store and described representative new businesses that have shown interest in Boundary County. 

Information about economic development in Boundary County is available at the BEDC website.




Debbie Pauls, Coordinator

Idaho Reads! VISTA



Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a national service program that seeks to eliminate poverty by setting up and expanding sustainable projects that impact the lives of those being served.  Boundary County qualifies because of the poverty level.

The Idaho State Department of Education sponsors Idaho Reads! VISTA at Valley View Elementary School for grades K-3.  Debbie staffs one of the seventeen (17) VISTA sites in Idaho and reports to the principal of Valley View.  Image

Debbie also discussed family literacy events as successful tools in improving students interest in reading. These have included guest speakers, reading strategies. The Valley View principal often reads to the kids. A recent book fair raised $5,400 with $2,000 earmarked for books. The VISTA volunteer also mentioned that a family literacy event should incorporate meaningful activities for parents and children both, often quite a difficult task.

Further information is available on the VISTA website.




Judith Scarborough, Unit Coordinator

Medical Reserve Corps of North Idaho


As defined in their brochure, “The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a nationwide program comprised of private citizens, medical and public health professionals who sign up to serve as community volunteers during natural disasters, emergencies, and public health incidents.”

As the Unit Coordinator for the five North Idaho counties, Judith discussed several issues related to the MRC including why the MRC was created, who is eligible to join, and what the volunteers do.  ImageTwo new Boundary County Coordinators were named this year, Donna Kent and Winona Anderson.  Both organized an MRC booth at the BC Fair, using the Panhandle Health District Emergency Response Vehicle as their stage.  

You can learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps and at the same time, register to “become an everyday hero” at the MRC website.




Lynn Haworth, Chairman Board of Directors

Friends of the Arts


The Friends of the Arts (FOA) was a recent recipient of grant funds from the BF Rotary Club.  The BF Rotary Club has supported FOA for several years. This presentation was in keeping with the policy that awardees are invited to present information to the members about the organization and how the funds will be used.

Lynn summarized the last two performance seasons. She cited the financial distress associated with the play, “Titanic” where they needed to sell 400 tickets but filled only 255 seats. Image She is hopeful that the December 17th performance of the Moscow Boys Choir’s “Christmas Around The World” tour at the BFHS Becker Auditorium will meet and exceed the cost of bringing this renowned group to Bonners Ferry. Costs will run approximately $6,000 plus piano tuning and technical charges. Lynn also strongly encouraged everyone to consider the very popular and celebrated March 15th performance of ‘Snow White’ from the Missoula Children’s Theater, well attended in the past.  Two of the six board members will be retiring this year and the FOA will be searching for their replacements.

Further information is available at the organization new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonners-Ferry-Friends-of-the-Arts/143323352392313