Over the past three months, our Tuesday noon meetings have been graced with some outstanding speakers and informative programs.  Here is a summary of those held during the month of October:

  • ABBIE DAVIS came to us from Spokane to talk about the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life”.  In 2013, nearly 600 Relays around the country raised about $31 million. She is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Relay for Life for Bonners Ferry that will be held on August 22-23 at the BF High School Track.  See Bonners Ferry Relay for Life.   Abbie can be reached at Abbie.davis@cancer.org


Abbie Davis, Rotarian Linda Alt

  • DEBBIE BAKER, Mammographer with Boundary Community Hospital, spoke to us about Breast Cancer Awareness month. Debbie discussed the 25% off mammography campaign; the importance of saving lives; the equipment used locally; the radiologists who do the readings at BCH and KMC; insurance coverage for the procedure; and many other facts and figures regarding the subject.  She stated that 1 in 8 would be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.



Debbie Baker, Rotarian Pat Carson

  • KEN YOUNT provided us with interesting and little-known information concerning the Wyman Wildlife Habitat located in the McArthur Lake/Highland Flats area of the county.  Established in 1993, the Habitat was left in trust by Les and Violet Wyman to promote the education and study of advanced practices in the management, conservation and ecology of this forest and its wildlife. The approximately 420 acres of land has about 10 miles of trail system, a tree farm and the 5-member board has approved the construction of a viewing hut near some of the trails. 


Image                  Ken Yount                                         

                             Becky James

  • BECKY (LANGS) JAMES presented an informative summary to Rotarians about the broad range of services available to anyone in Boundary County who experiences youth crisis and domestic violence.  Defined by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, “domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner.”  For further information, go HERE.

  • BILL LOVE, a retired forester with the Idaho Department of Lands for 33 years, provided an historical overview of the timber industry in Bonner and Boundary County over the last 100 years.  He discussed this period from a myriad of perspectives, including losses from fire and disease and extensive land acquisition by the Humbird Lumber Company and its subsequent liquidation in 1948. Image BIll also reviewed the operation of the Bonners Ferry Lumber Company over the period 1909-1937 that was never profitable.




                                                                   Bill Love