On June 9th, the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked" featured four (4) civic organizations including Rotary, Ron Sukenik spoke for the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club.  Quoting the June 13th edition of the FlatLander, "The event, 'Local Civic Organizations' didn't draw as many visitors as hoped, which was unfortunate, because the speakers were exceptionally informative and very knowledgeable about their groups." 

Because our newsletter software program has a limit on the number of characters in a story (no pun intended), only a portion of Ron's presentation is provided below.  Ron's presentation concerning the background about the Rotary organization has not been provided.


A very persistent driven man, a Rotarian to all Rotarians, Dr. John Gale came to Bonners Ferry from the Sandpoint Rotary club and he and Judge James Michaud began the hard work of putting the club together. There were those who would not believe that it could not be done. The Lions were here, Kiwanis was here, the Jaycees. Many hands were shaken when it came time to have a meeting at Mugsy's to see if they had enound members.  It all came together. .

This brings me to March of 2002.....

It was June of 2002 when our local club was chartered. We just celebrated our 10-year anniversary.

While preparing for the dinner party, I took the opportunity to look back to see what we have accomplished in the past 10 years.  I was very pleased and invigorated to see that we have been a busy productive group and a valuable member of this community.  Here is a small visual look at what we have done!

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No, I am not going to read all of this. However, here are some examples, many of which you will recognize and some are international projects that you might not be familiar with. 

If you do the math on these projects, it comes out as follows:





  = 25%










 = 50%




ABOUT $80,000.00


Besides this list, there are many more things that we have not kept track of. Many olther things we have done show up on the photos that have been playing through out this evening. However, some of the best things we have ever done, we may never see the results of. Every dime we have sent to PolioPlus. Every dollar we have spent on clean water, the college education of our local students, assistance for medical facilities and operations in foreign countries. We do these things because we know deep in our hearts, it is the right thing to do. We do this because we believe in service above self.


We are able to do these things with funds raised through several key fundraisers. 

As many of your know, we have the Kootenai River Ride, a local family fun ride held in September each year.  This year will be our 10th year for the ride. In April, we have our "Father of all Yard Sales" at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.  We have our Roary calendar drawing. For $20.00, you can buy a calendar and you are in the raffle drawing for potentially 365 chances to win for each day of the year. We have also hd the circus, a childrens's fair booth, and the WACANID Ride.

Two of our other fundraisers come from recent mergers with two previously independent organizations. 

The CommUNITY Breakfast & Silent Auction is held in September and the SWISH 3-on-3-basketball tournament in July.  Both of these entities entrusted our Rotary Club to carry on the tradition of a quality event, and to use the funds to make our community a better place to live. It is this kind of trust in us that keeps us moving forward.

Our fundraisers have raised over $37,000 in the last 10 years.  We have also received private donations in the amount of $20,000. The balance of our funds come out of our member's pockets in the form of "happy bucks", a weekly 50/50 drawing, and fines at meetings that are all done in "fun and love."

We currently have 40 members and we meet every Tuesday at noon at Mugsy's.  We pay quarterly dues to cover club expenses, District and Rotary International dues and each member's Rotary magazine subscription. No monies raised from fundraisers are used for club expenses.  All of that money is given back to the community or provided for international projects.

Every meeting has a guest speaker where we learn something new about a person, a business, or other organization. This helps us as members of oru community network and build our contact base.

I invite you to a meeting to see what goes on.

At this time, I would like to thank you for coming and will answer any questions that you may have.