Here is a summary of the speakers and other program presentations

during the month of November 2013:



  • LINDA HIATT, President of the Fry Healthcare Foundation, spoke to the members about the 18th annual 2013 Festival of Trees that would have been held on December 13-14.  She anticipated that approximately $30,000-$35,000 would be raised during the event with proceeds designated for purchase of a 15-passenger handicap accessible van for the patients and residents of the hospital and nursing home.  The “Fund-An-Item” in 2013, traditionally featured at the Gala night of the Festival each year, is a stat manikin used in training for acute life support (NOTE:  It was later reported that the Festival raised $41,000 and drew one of the largest crowds in the history of the event that began in 1995.)


Linda Hiatt

  • DOUG HUBBELL, an engineer with Smith Creek Hydro Power since April 2006, provided an overview of the components of the hydroelectric project located on Smith Creek, a tributary to the Kootenai River, approximately five miles from the Canadian border. 
    ImageThe project is located on Smith Creek, a tributary to the Kootenai River, approximately five miles from the Canadian border.
      He also described the diversion dam, power plant, generator, turbines, the substation, and the transmission lines that carry power to the Bonneville Power Administration’s Bonners Ferry substation.   






  • CRAIG WHEATLEY, owner of Tactical Innovation is a manufacturer located near Caribou Creek Homes at 3-mile.  His decision to locate there was a combination of location, the quality and quantity of machinists, and the availability of DSL to the site. The company has the ability to perform 3-D printing allowing production from a concept to a product in less than a week.  Although he stated the need to expand, he described the government’s denial for vertical expansion because of the nearby airport.    Craig stated that he is in possession of 6 patents.  (Tim Williams, District Coordinator for boy scouts in the Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Newport area was also at the meeting and earlier had mentioned the value of Rotary to scouting. He cited that 1 in 4 boys in America is in scouts as well as 3 of 4 of our leaders, including Ford and Gates.) 

 Tim WilliamsImage

  • BRENT HUDSON, a retired Alaskan wild life guide for 37 years who now lives in Bonners Ferry, offered an electrifying talk related to his experience as someone who survived a bear attack.  In the fall of 2001 while on the Kodiak Peninsula in Alaska, Brent sustained injuries to his head, neck and body from the apparent brown bear attack and spent 10 days in the hospital and a year in rehabilitation.  With graphic pictures of the claws and teeth marks, he described the encounter as it progressed.