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 CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON 

DECEMBER 11

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The club celebrated its annual Christmas luncheon on December 11th hosting a buffet luncheon for the nearly 40 Rotarians and their guests in attendance.  Jerri Anderson, Assistant District Governor (ADG) was present along with two other members from the Sandpoint Rotary Club, Mel Dick and Gail Swan.

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ROTARY MOMENT:

Greg Johnson cited the touch football game fundraiser last June for a young boy with Cerebral Palsy coordinated by the BF Rotary Club. Not only did the game raise enough money to fund a special needs tricycle for Aiden Breneman, but a 12-year old fan, Pacen Pluid, returned his 50/50 winnings to the Breneman family that Pacen had earlier won at the game.

 

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More information on the football game can be found on our website at: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/story/StoryDetail.aspx?accountid=1799&sid=280398&stid=ClubPacen Pluid was invited to speak at the Rotary Club last summer. His presentation can be found at this site:  http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/story/StoryDetail.aspx?accountid=1799&sid=282817&stid=Club

 

 

Marc Gray provided the Rotary Moment for December 18th. He referenced the International Fellowship of Rotarian Scuba Divers founded in New Zealand in the early 1990s.  They held the concept of making a gift to the country where the fellowship of scuba divers visits, contributing over $100,000 in donations since 1991. More information is found at this website.


FINES & HAPPY BUCKS:  All fines were suspended because of the special luncheon, however, happy bucks were allowed.  In the spirit of the season and as a reminder, one of our newest members, Hank Willis (dentist), was warned by the Sergeant-At-Arms (Dave Walter) Imagethat even though Kevin Callos invited members and their guests to an afternoon of cake and cookies at his office (investments), a common approach from Kevin, commercialization was forbidden.  On December 18th, happiness abounded while fines were generously assessed all around.

Fines and happy bucks are always reserved for scholarships.  

 

CARE-N-SHARE:  On 12/11, Greg referred to the back table that contained toys and other gifts, thanking those who donated. At the conclusion of the luncheon, the gifts were transported to the courthouse by Walt Kirby where they were placed under the tree for the Care-N-Share donation program.  

 

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 Glenda, Bill, Kirsten, Greg, Jenny at the Care-'N-Share Tree



NEW MEMBERSThe President formally inducted Kay Burdick (Automotive Repair), Merle Ansley (Banking), and Hank Willis, DDS (Dentistry) as new Rotary members.  Merle has already given a presentation to the Club on institutional lending, Kay has donated financially and in-kind for the "Welcome" sign on the North Hill as well as other projects, and Hank is now involved as a committee member on the Playground project.  Member bios should be available in future website updates.


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New Members: Kay Burdick, Merle Ansley, Hank Willis



MATCHING GRANT FOR BANGALORE, INDIA Jerri Anderson, ADG reported that funding for a Rotary literacy project for Bangalore, India should be in place shortly. Dictionaries will be provided to elementary children in Banglalore at a cost of less than 40 cents each.  A commitment of $500 from clubs throughout the District including Bonners Ferry could turn $4,000 into $18,000 with matching funds from The Rotary Foundation. The Board will review the request at its January meeting scheduled for Januaary 3.

 


2013 WACANID BIKE RIDE:    Mel Dick,  WaCanId Ride committee member from Sandpoint, Imagereviewed the Bike Ride scheduled for September 16-September 21, 2013 noting the two routes starting from Sandpoint on 9/16, one going north through Bonners Ferry and Nelson and the other group traveling clockwise through Salmo and Nelson. Mel lauded Mark McInnes who was instrumental in getting the ride started and his commitment to the event.  He is asking that each participating Rotary Club designate at least 2 members to serve on one or more of the 7 Subcommittees. 

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Here, Mel Dick is presenting President Greg Johnson and the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club with a check for $1,000 for its participation in the 2012 Ride.  Additional information about the 2013 Ride is available at the WaCanId website….2013 WaCanId Ride.

 

 

 


GIFT FOR BRENDAAt the luncheon, Mugsy's cheerful waitperson was given a Christmas gift from the Rotary Club for her tireless service to Rotarians and their guests every Tuesday even though she does return to Seattle a couple of times a year to visit her daughter.

Later, Norm Braatz led the group in a Christmas sing-a-long.



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RAFFLE CALENDARSA rousing ovation was given to Kirsten Madden's report that as of December 18th, there are only 24 calendars left to be sold for 2013.  This should be the best year yet! Congratulations to Kirsten and Pat Carson for this achievement.

 


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SARA OWINYO was home for the holidays from her college pursuits at The Masters College in Southern California.  Sara won Rotary's Amy Farrell $1,000 Scholarship in 2011 and was the recipient of a second scholarship in 2012.  Her brother, Josiah, also was awarded a Rotary scholarship in 2012.  Sara was honored to have her mother here as well.

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In her beautiful solo voice, Sara sang a Christmas favorite, 'O Holy Night, a beautiful close to the Rotary season. 

 

 

50/50 DRAWING:

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Although Mike Miller and Linda Alt drew lucky tickets, they were not able to draw the 9 of Clubs and the more than $1,000 bank continues to grow. Nineteen cards remain in the deck.

 

NOTE:  THE CLUB WILL BE DARK OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS.

 


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