The Rotary Club of

Ponderay Centennial

Ponderay Centennial Rotary Club

PO Box 813

Ponderay ID 83852


January 2019

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Current Club President - Barbara Carver

Ponderay Centennial

Service Above Self

1st TUES of month 5:30PM, location TBA. All other TUES meet @ 7AM.
Tango Cafe'
414 Church St
Columbia Bank Building
Sandpoint, ID  83852
United States
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Ponderay Rotary Club's 13th Annual
DUCK DERBY 2019!!!
Ponderay Rotary Club's 12th Annual
DUCK DERBY 2018!!!

10th Annual Night to Remember

Ponderay Centennial Rotary is honored to partner with Community Cancer Services

to present you with the 2017 Night to Remember event

Remembering Their Legacy is a black tie fundraising event that will be held on Saturday, Octiber 1, 2016 at the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center. Check-in begins at 5:30pm followed by cocktail hour & mingling at 6pm and plated dinner service will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $125 per person, $250 per couple or a sponsorship table of 8 is $1,500. For additional information, including purchasing tickets and directions, please call Kathy Gavin at 208-265-7967, call Rachel Schwam at 208-255-4321 x3, or buy your tickets here.¬if_id=1469562897989153
Ponderay Rotary's First Tuesday Meeting 8/2 Click the above link for details.

Duck Derby 2016

It took a team of Rotarians to pull off the successful 2016 Duck Derby event today. Thank you to everyone for participating


The 2016 event started with Nancy P agreeing to chair the event with Nanci J

The first meeting was just the Nancy’s ☹ but we made some plans and got the ball rolling. Of course on event day, Nancy P was there with the cash box, change and other misc items that we would forget without her reminding us to stay on task! 

Ryan W quickly let it be known that he would help but he needed our help and others to step forward to make this event an ongoing success. Of course he went over the top and organized the event and is responsible for the fact that it was such a success! His business was a sponsor, he talked with me multiple times to make sure we were on track, he talked with Schweitzer and made those arrangements,. He shopped at Schweitzer. He met with me to go through what we had in storage. He and his family arrived early and set up and he was the spokesperson and go to person for the entire event. In other words…. The Duck Derby is a success year after year because of Ryan W, and his hard work and his leadership!! Thank you Ryan! 

Next Ryan R and Jim K came forward to keep the momentum. Jim’s business was a financial and an in kind sponsor. Ryan R. moved forward with sponsors and collected $6,000 worth of pledges before the event even began earning a Rotarian of the month recognition. 

Barb & JP C made sponsor donations and then both appeared at the pre-event planning/organizing session and also the day of event. JP took our Interact Duck suit wearer out to lunch ☺  They also made sure we had name tags available for event day! 

In addition to wearing the duck suit… another high school Interact Member helped to post flyers and spread ducks on the Mountain throughout the day. 

Tom G and Marcella N arrived in matching neon outfits ready to work. Tom’s business was a sponsor of the event and my husband reported to me how impressed he was with what a hard worker Marcella is! She started as soon as we arrived and keep on going until we finished! 

Anita P and Sarah  were sponsors through their work and both were there at the pre-event organizing activities staying at their office until we finished on Friday night! 

Whitney H was also a sponsor and provided an awesome prize in her Maui Jim sunglasses. She stayed the entire time selling licenses, checking in ducks and keeping everyone smiling! 

Gary B was there right on time for our pre-event planning and just a few minutes late ( ;0 ) for the early am event on Schweitzer Mountain. He came with mylar ducks in tow and stayed the entire time and I believe was the very last to leave the event after running into some friends and co-workers from his past. 

Dan L from Sears was a sponsor and donated a percentage of the 2 kayaks that we were able to give away on event day. These were a huge draw and helped us generate more interest in our event. 

President-elect, Kevin K, although not able to be present on event day responded to my requests for help with getting a square set up to collect credit cards on the mountain. 

Larry E was a sponsor through his business and he also was there bright and early Saturday morning and in addition worked all day helping participants exchange their ducks for prizes. 

Tiffany G along with her husband and son arrived early and stayed late working the event tent. Tiffany also attended the pre-event activities and then took home 40 volleyballs to have her family help inflate for event day. 

Diane B as a Mountain Host was there and knowledgeable about the Schweitzer system. She helped some Interact Volunteers post flyers regarding the event. At the last Rotary Meeting Tom mentioned that we could use candy to give to the kids at the event and Diane immediately went out to scoop up the on sale Easter Candy for the event. This was so helpful so that all kids who brought in ducks that were no winners at least got candy for their participation. 

At the pre-event planning, Megan J could see that we were short on prizes. So she left and purchased or asked for donations for additional prizes to add to our collection. Megan and her Mom were there the next morning and Megan keep the energy high and her Mom made several duck license purchases in an attempt to win the kayak and support the cause.

As you can see 19 of our 23 members helped to make this event a success. The remaining members were out of town and/or previously committed. I may even have forgotten about a contribution that someone made prior to the last days of the event. (And if so I apologize!) In other words… I am so happy about our club and how everyone pitches in to offer what they can to our collective success. I know I do not say it enough so please hear me when I say sincerely….. THANK YOU!!! 



Join Rotarians of Ponderay Centennial for an evening of sipping, shopping, and friendship.  Feb 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Pend O'reille Winery.  Proceeds from food, wine, and merchandise will be donated to the club, and will be used to offer scholarships to Sandpoint Students.
A Night to Remember. It is an annual event that is appropriately named for several reasons. While the wine tasting and dinner is always a fabulous time for everyone, it is also a night to remember those who have fought and are currently battling cancer.  It honors those who are no longer able to join us at the table and toast a glass of wine at this special occasion, and it celebrates those who have fought the battle and were victorious.
Ponderay Rotary and Cancer Services again will host this annual event, which will be held on Friday, November 6th at the Bonner County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $75 per person or a table of eight can be sponsored for $1200.  A highlight of this event is the fabulous silent and live auction items that are up for bid.  To take part in this memorable event contact Stefanie Nostdahl at 208.255.8616 for reservations.
(Thanks to Sandpoint Living Local Magazine for this text.)
The "Night to Remember" theme is, "Show Your Colors." 
There is a color that represents each type of cancer. 
We want our guests to be able to honor their loved one by showing "their" color.
The Rotary Club of Ponderay proudly awarded scholarships to 9 outstanding students of Sandpoint High School on May 19, 2015.
Pictured above are Miranda Aus, Katherine Lewis, Brenden McCoy, Sadie Nitcy, Madelyn Slaton-Sanford, Madison Sleyster, Abbey Thompson, and Adriana Winget.  Not pictured is Alicia Hanford
The Sandpoint High School Rotary Interact President,Kristina Atteberry, was honored at the Scholarship Awards Assembly on May 19 with scholarships presented by the Sandpoint and Ponderay Rotary Clubs.  Shown above is Rotary President Nanci Jenkins, Kristina, and Sandpoint President Jerri Anderson.  Interact is the high school arm of Rotary.
Rotary Club of Ponderay Centennial announces an important change in its weekly meeting schedule:
Ponderay Rotary will now meet at 5PM on the first Tuesday of each month, instead of in the morning, at La Rosa Club, 105 S 1st Ave, Sandpoint.  This begins with the June 2 meeting.
The remaining meetings of each month will be unchanged; we meet every Tuesday at 7AM at the Tango Café in Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St, Sandpoint, Idaho.
We believe this change will accommodate potential new members who cannot attend the morning meetings.  You can now become a member of Ponderay Rotary by coming to the evening meeting, and by participating in our events and functions.
As always, visitors are welcome to join us at these evening meetings as well as the morning meetings.
If you have any questions of comments, please contact Gary Berg at or at 208-265-8152.

The Ponderay Rotary would like to extend Heart-Felt appreciation to this year's Sponsors of the annual Duck Hunt held at Schweitzer Mountain. Unfortunately this year, the event had to be canceled because of the early close of Schweitzer for lack of snow. The sponsors of the annual event asked us to keep their sponsorship funds and use them as intended for scholarships at our local high schools.

The Sponsors are as follows: Curves and J.P. and Barbara Carver, Avista, Litehouse Dressing, Trinity at City Beach, Percussionaire, Les Schwab tire, Tom Gibson of D.A. Davidson, Kevin Kluender of ASAP accounting, Whitney Henker Sandpoint Optometry, Gary and Kathy Berg, General Feed and Grain of Bonners Ferry, Jenkins Medical Services, Wells Fargo Bank, Marcella Nelson. In addition there were in-kind sponsorships from Staples, Avista, Trinity at City Beach, Sweet Lou's, Barb and JP Carver, and the Jenkins Family!

Special Thanks to Ryan Robinson for the work he put in to the sponsorship fund raising.

Once again on the evening of November 8th the annual Wine Tasting and Dinner organized by the Ponderay Centennial Rotary Club raised $50,000 in support of CCS and those dealing with cancer in Bonner and Boundary Counties! There are so many people and businesses to thank for this unbelievable evening of giving and sharing, but special mention goes to the restaurants of the Tango, Sweet Lous, Eichardts, and Ivanos. The Ponderay Club once again is humbled and thankful for the support the community has shown in support of this evening of giving and sharing. A sincere and heartfelt Thank you!

For tickets, please message any Rotarian on this page.  Or call Stefanie Nostdahl @ 263-2169

Tickets $75 each and include Wine tasting and appetizers from 4 great cellars, then dinner and wine parings from each label.  Trinity will be preparing dinner.

This is a sell out event each year that has become a great fall event for the Sandpoint community.

Community Cancer Services support those dealing with cancer in Bonner and Boundary Counties.


Ponderay Rotarians are proud to recognize some of our dedicated local students, we wish you all the best going forward!

Thank you to our amazing scholarship comittee, and to those who support our Rotary projects & fundraisers!  We added an additional $5000 in scholarship funds in 2014.