VISITING ROTARIANSWe welcomed Marilyn Grahn, a member of the Creston, BC club and Judge Steve Verby, Sandpoint. 

GUESTS:  Rotary welcomed Linda A’s granddaughter, Savannah. Also, Brad T,, from the BF High School Student Council. Brad expressed his excitement about attending the national event in Oklahoma City this summer and offered the \Council’s services for whatever Rotary needed..........does this mean a potential Interact Club??

ANNOUNCEMENTS(1) President Wilma announced that Linda & John Alt recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary; (2) Rotary  District 5080 Group Study Exchange Comittee is seeking a Team Leader for the GSE Team to Brazil.  Check your email for this announcement; (3) District Assembly on April 21 was represented by Greg, Lisa, Jenny, Bill M and Pat who had planned to be there but was stranded on the side of the road because Greg forgot to pick him up. 

HAPPY BUCKSPlenty of happy bucks were offered, all in fun and goodwill because 100% of ‘happy bucks’ like fines support high school scholarships.

A considerable number of members were happy to see Brad Holifield back from leave. Also several members were happy about what appears to be sunshine and springtime. Becky was happy for the new colt born a bit late with bent ears, Ron for his visit with his granddaughters, Jenny was happy that Savannah was able to join her grandmother for lunch, and Wilma for the start of the softball and baseball seasons.

On April 17, 15 members donated $$$ because they were either happy for the robotics team and Ed Katz, seeing Brad back with us, the two students of the month for April, Greg for his visit with his grandkids in Ohio and Brad for actually expressing happiness to be back.     

On April 24th, Clarence was happy for Bill G. who has recovered from pneumonia and the fact that his wife is now officlally a senior; Wendy for her son moving back; Ron for all the items that will be brought to the Yard Sale on Thursday; Dave G. for Marc and the weather; Linda A. for the Alaska grandson who was named Airman of the Month for March; Walt for being able to move to the other side of the room; Pat because he's building a coffin now that he is retired; Marilyn Grahn for the BF Rotary club and its support of 'Pawsitive Works'; Dave M. for Marilyn's support of BF; Greg for being sorry that he failed to pick up Pat who was waiting at the end of his driveway on Saturday to attend the District Assembly; Jenny for the District Assembly and her ride home; and finally Norm for what he said were applications for review for Rotary scholarships.  

THANK YOUA note was read from Dottie Gray, board member of the Boundary County Museum, “Thank you for your donation to the Boundary County Historical Society and Museum. Your donation will be used to sponsor the Smithsonian’s MOMS exhibit “The Way We Worked”.  Only through your help could this be possible. Again, thank you so very much for your assistance.” 

The donation will provide transportation to the Museum for 4th grade classes to see the Smithsonian Exhibit in June.

ROTARY MOMENTOn April 17, Jim Paulus gave a brief overview of Rotary’s Polio-Plus program, citing Rotary’s initial thrust in the mid-80s to eradicate polio, the influence of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their $600 million donation to The Rotary Foundation to fight polio, and the fact that India has now been polio free for over a year, leaving only 3 countries where polio is endemic – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.  Jim commented on our club’s goal that every Rotarian contribute $100 every year -- EREY ($12.50 each quarter or $50 each year is then matched by the club). 

On April 24, Jennifer Jensen spoke about an article in the recent edition of The Rotarian concerning drought that has led to starvation in East Africa. 70 percent of the herd animals died in 2011 because of drought. 12 milliion people face increased risks of armed conflict, human trafficking, and outbreaks of diseases such as cholera, in addition to famine. Rotary made an immediate response to this situation and the focus is now on long-term solutions. Jennifer reminded Bonners Ferry Rotarians that we were also involved in a similar international project by funding a water project in Ecuador. 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES (click on each of the highlighted events for their website)

  • The DISTRICT CONFERENCE will be held in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick) on June 6th through June 9th.  The District Governor sent a note to President Wilma regarding the conference. He mentioned that this will be the first time that a sitting President of Rotary International will be attending the District Conference (Kalyan Banerjee) and the first time that a sitting Chairman of The Rotary Foundation will be attending the District Conference (Bill Boyd). Norm, Jim and Bill M. have tentative plans to attend. 
  • The YARD SALE is scheduled for April 27-28 and all tables have been sold and all fees collected.  Becky thanked those for setting up beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Remember to bring your items to the Rotary table on Thursday at about 5:30 p.m. or on Friday morning.  We need lots of items for this fund raiser.  Rotary's table has been overlooked in the past, so it will be set up in the main room with the other tables.
  • The 10th annual KOOTENAI RIVER RIDE scheduled for September 15th is progressing well. Riders have already registered on-line.
  • SWISH organizers are planning for the 5th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament scheduled for July 14-15th. Sponsorship letters are being distributed. Glenda asked that Rotarians complete the “SWISH 3-on-3- Basketball Event Volunteer Request” form with their availability to volunteer for any of a variety of times, dates, and positions that the organization is trying to fill.  Please return the form to Glenda or bring it into Rotary next week or give it to Linda McFaddan, Ron Smith or Brion Poston, more appropriately known  as the "SWISH TEAM'.
  • Planning for the 2012 WACANID BIKE RIDE on the International Selkirk Loop is well underway and being handled by Mark McInnis.  Click on the link above to see and register on their website.



Valley View Students Accepting Hoops From Megan Brown and Ron Sukenik. Gary Mohler is Taking the Picture


"On April 18th, Ron Sukenik from the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club and Gary Mohler, a devoted SWISH volunteer delivered 2 new basketball hoops to the students at the Valley View School.  Megan Brown, a School and SWISH volunteer was also on hand.

"This now completes our hoop project there. Through funds raised at SWISH we have replaced a total of 6 old hoops that were in poor shape. In addition to Valley View, SWISH has also redone 3 hoops on the slab at the Boundary County Fair grounds.

"SWISH is a win win win for Boundary County. The SWISH event brings visitors and guests to our beautiful community, it provides a forum for fantastic sportsmanships and fun for all ages, and it helps Rotary raise funds that are then put back into our community. It can not happen without all of the fantastic sponors, volunteers, players, and their family and friends who come to cheer them on.

"This year's SWISH will be held July 14th and 15th. Teams can register by mail or on line at

"For more information about sponsoring, playing, and volunteering, go to or email Ron at"








Wedding Anniversary

Linda Alt – April 20 -- 41 Years

Rotary Anniversary

Jenny Fessler – April 1 – 1 Year

Therese Osborne – April 1 – 1 Year







 (A Continuing Series For The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club)


The January 2011 issue of The Rotarian celebrated the magazine’s 100th anniversary. The editor of The Rotarian spent much of the summer of 2010 culling through articles by notable authors and thinkers such as Isaac Asimov, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, and many, many others, to choose selections to run in the 2011 commemorative issue.  Here is another example of one of these contributions….



“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.  It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics, and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.” 

                                                                                                                                November 2008

                                                                                                                                Kofi Annan, Former UN secretary-general




April 17:

Winning Ticket:                         Dave Walter

Amount in the Account:           $87.00

 ‘9 of Clubs’ Draw:                     Not Today!



Winning Ticket:                          Clarence Jones            

Amount in the Account:           About $110.00

‘9 of Clubs’ Draw:                      Not Today!