DECEMBER 2013 SPEAKERS AND OTHER PROGRAMS
 

The club was dark on Christmas eve and New Years eve.  The remaining 3 regular meetings in December 2013 were well attended. 

 

  • DEBBIE PAULS is the Coordinator of ‘Idaho Reads, VISTA’ (Volunteers in Service to America) at Valley View Elementary School. Image She defined this 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 as a VISTA site because of the poverty level.  The Idaho Department of Education sponsors Idaho Reads! VISTA at Valley View for grades K-3.  Debbie will return on January 28th to receive a donation of $1,000 from Rotary.
  • PAUL KRAMES provided a summary of the VA’s little-known benefit, the Aid and Attendance benefit, a tax-free, non-service connected pension awarded to qualifying veterans, their spouses, and their widows for unreimbursable ongoing medical expenses. Mr. Krames described the qualifications for the benefit that pays $2,054 per month for a veteran with dependent spouse.  Please click here for more information.

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Paul Krames

 

  • HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR:  Rotary did not meet on December 24 or December 31st.  However one week earlier, the high school choir on December 17th, under the direction of David Carpenter, provided a holiday seasonal treat with a selection of Christmas music. 

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         David Carpenter and Rotarian Linda Alt

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                                                                 HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR


FRY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS TREE SPONSOR:  At the Rotary meeting on the 17th, Linda Alt, Jenny Fessler and Glenda Poston were recognized for their work on Rotary’s project for the Festival of Trees.  The tree they decorated was later auctioned for $1,150.00, one of the two trees receiving the highest bid at the Festival.

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Rotarian Christmas Tree Decorators -- Glenda Poston, Linda Alt, Jenny Fessler

 

BOY SCOUTS: To complete this time together, Mike Miller, dressed in his Boy Scout regalia, introduced 10 boy scouts from Troop 188.  They performed the Rotary greeting, the flag salute, and prayer and each of them provided a brief biography and the meaning of scouting. 

 

VOCATIONAL TALKS FROM MEMBERS:  Dave Walter and Ken Baker provided vocational talks to members in assembly.  Dave was born and raised in Bonners Ferry, graduating from the University of Idaho in business/finance.  He also graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in ROTC and was an instructor pilot with the Air Force before returning to the community.  Ken was born and has lived all of his life in Bonners Ferry.  He has been an eagle scout and served with the BF Fire Department.  For the last 8 years, Ken has served with the Boundary Volunteer Ambulance; the last half he has been its chief. He joined Rotary because of the mission of Rotary parallels his own,....service above self.