Rotary Club of Boise Southwest, Idaho

On November 9th, 19 Rotary and family members raked up leaves at two homes on S. Harmony Way, Boise. This resulted in 40 bags of leaves. We were provided the bags by Rake Up Boise™ . All bags of leaves are recycled and used by the City of Boise for compost and mulch.
This program is in its 34rd year and our club has participated for 10 plus years. Recipients must be 65 years or older or disabled and live in Boise or Garden City. In 2018, 8,300 volunteers racked up 1,064 yards. For further information on this program go to
Boise Southwest Participates in Rake Up Boise 2019-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
On a sunny November Saturday at Lake Lowell Boise Southwest Rotary joined over 150 Rotarians, Rotaracters, Interacters, family, friends, and co-workers joined to restore habitat destroyed by wildfire and invasive species.  We planted over 1,900 Idaho native seedlings. 
In the center of the fields, our Rotary Earth Stewardship waved proudly, welcoming clubs from Ontario, Emmett, and East Boise-- all an hour drive to this spot. Russell Johnson, District Governor Nominee, from Idaho Falls and Anshu & TJ Verma from India joined us as well.
Around the fields, see youth wearly brightly colored caps with Rotary cogs; these are members from the four Interact clubs that led our planting.  Indeed, over 30% present were under 30 years old AND over 25-30% were family, friends, co-workers and guests of Rotarians.
Tree Planting at Deer Flat Refuge Ric Gale 2019-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
Janie Best transferred to Boise Southwest from  the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, where she served as President in 2014.  She’s also been a member of the Rotary Club of Orange, Fullerton and Simi Sunrise, with over 28 years of total service. Janie moved to the Boise area recently with her husband Rich and children Ben and Joey.
Janie serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Idaho, and previously worked with WHW, the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA.   She loves to sing and was recently a member of Sweet Adelines International champion Chorus, the Harborlites. As a new resident, she is busy looking for her next quartet! Be sure to say hello and introduce yourself to Janie at the next meeting!
Welcome Janie Best -- our newest member! 2019-11-21 07:00:00Z 0
Boise Southwest President Janet Worthington wound up an outstanding year with her 2018-2019 Rotary Year-End report to the club at the June 26 meeting. Highlighting the activities and accomplishments during the past year, she was pleased to report that the members have done a great job meeting club goals for the year.  Congratulations go to Janet for her leadership the past twelve months! Click on the link in the upper right hand corner (Downloadable Documents) entitled 2018-2019 Rotary Year-End Report to open up the PowerPoint presentation on your computer.
President Janet Worthington Completes Outstanding Rotary Year 2019-07-09 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Lynne Hood, Rotarian of the Month of March!
Lynne was recognized at our March 20 meeting as Rotarian of the Month. Lynne was the organizer and driving force behind the "Dixie Land Jazz and Crawfish Boil"  held March 7 at the Basque Center in Boise. This well attended fundraising event featured the Boise High School Marching Band and generated funds for the purchase of new uniforms for the band. A presentation to Boise High for $2000 is shown next to Lynne's award picture.
The public was invited and presented an opportunity to introduce people to Rotary and highlight the work Rotary does in the community. Thanks to Lynne for all her work in coordinating an exciting event for Boise Southwest Rotary!
Rotarian of the Month -- Lynne Hood 2019-03-24 06:00:00Z 0
We're pleased to recognize Dana Kauffman as Rotarian of the month for December! Dana coordinated our Annual MSTI Christmas Project again this year, with the organization of Rotary club volunteers, food and gift donations, and delivery of boxes to Treasure Valley families identified by Mountain States Tumor Institute during this holiday season. The project was very successful in brightening the lives of over 15 families just before Christmas and demonstrating the Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self". Thanks to Dana and his team for making it happen!
Rotarian of the Month--Dana Kauffman 2019-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
Each year, Boise Southwest Rotary provides Christmas packages to recipients in the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) project. Included are food and gifts for each family member which are packaged up by Rotarians at the Boise Centre and then personally delivered to the family on December 15. Pictured is Rotarian Wink Jones helping to pack gifts on that Saturday morning.
MSTI Project Provides Christmas Cheer to Families 2019-01-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary President Janet Worthington presented a check in December for $1000 from the Boise Southwest Rotary Foundation to representatives of the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage for their Visions programs designed to help girls in need of support. Accepting the check was Ali Escalante (left), Grant Management Specialist, Joanne Taylor (center) Chief Development Officer and a member of Boise Southwest Rotary, and Karla Watts (right), Visions Mentor.
Rotary Supports Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Visions Program 2019-01-02 07:00:00Z 0
Boise Southwest treated some 80 5th grade students from Whittier School at our annual Christmas Lunch held December 7 at the Riverside Hotel. Included were children and grandchildren of Rotary members, and a visit by Santa and Mrs Claus was a highlight of the event, with gifts for every girl and boy. The 5th graders in turn entertained all with Christmas songs of the season.
Rotary Christmas Lunch with Whittier School 5th Graders 2018-12-31 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to October's Rotarian of the Month! John was recognized for his endless energy and support of the refugee community in Boise as well as taking over as our club chairman for this year's Lobsterfest. John has been an active member of Boise Southwest since 2014 and a Rotarian for over 28 years. Thanks for all your good work John!
Rotarian of the Month--October--John Verity 2018-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Julie Taylor, recognized here by club President Janet Worthington at our October 10 meeting, as Rotarian of the Month. Julie recently started up our new In Touch Committee, which reaches out to members to encourage their attendance and participation. She originally joined Rotary in 1992 and has been club President (2004-2005), club board member and Secretary, and District committee chair in 2005-2006. Julie is also a Bob Gibb Fellow and has her Paul Harris +2 designation. We're so fortunate to have someone like Julie in our club with her many contributions to both our club and Rotary!
Rotarian of the Month - Julie Taylor 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Dick Cummings was awarded a Paul Harris +3 last month by District Rotary Foundation Chair Marianne Barker and Boise SW President Janet Worthington. Each additional Paul Harris Award signifies a new contribution of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. A big thank you to Dick for his generosity and support of Rotary programs.
Additional Paul Harris Awarded to Richard Cummings 2018-10-06 06:00:00Z 0
Earlier this month, Treasure Valley Rotary Clubs worked to water seedlings planted this year at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, an old gravel pit, that through the efforts of local and national organizations, is being transformed into a wildlife preserve. Our guest speaker on August 22nd, Laurie Zuckerman, Rotary District 5400 Stewardship Chair, talked about Rotary's tree projects and environmental work and expectations for next year. Pictured above are several Rotarians involved in the project, including our own Janet Worthington on the far right.
Rotary Clubs Supporting Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve 2018-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
Cinco de Mayo 2018--Hope to see you there! 2018-04-23 06:00:00Z 0
We're pleased to have Bonnie Helms join Boise Southwest in August. She's a former Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Downtown Las Vegas which she originally joined in 2013, and served on the Board and as Youth Services Chair for her club. Bonnie's husband and best friend, Alan, is also a  former Rotarian and they have two grown children, Kyle and Barbara.
Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Arizona and after working 19 years in the natural gas industry, she has spent 9 years in the title and escrow business. She's now the Business Development Officer for Stewart Title located on Eagle Road in Meridian.
Her free time is spent creating great memories with family and friends as well as hiking, fishing, cooking, reading and Service above Self! Be sure to introduce yourself to Bonnie at our next meeting!
Welcome New Member Bonnie Helms! 2017-09-11 06:00:00Z 0
A big Rotary welcome to our newest member--Lynne Hood!
Lynne joined our club this month and was sponsored by Rotarian Sarah Wolverton. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where she attended the University of Louisville and later the University of Seattle to further her interest in the environment. She began working for the EPA in Seattle where she was involved with proposal reviews for environmental impacts and educating the public about the public process, and eventually met her husband Chad who worked for the US Forest Service. In 2013, they married and moved to Boise where they could enjoy Idaho's recreational opportunities and the smaller city of Boise!
Lynne is looking forward to volunteer opportunities as a way to give back and create a sense of community, and we're fortunate to have her become Boise Southwest's newest member--be sure to say hello and introduce yourself to Lynne at the next meeting!
Welcome our newest member Lynne Hood! 2017-09-11 06:00:00Z 0
Looking back on the 2016-17 Rotary year, members of Boise Southwest has once again demonstrated great generosity of time, talent, and treasure. The impact that we have had on our community this year is truly inspiring.  Through various giving efforts (detailed below), our members gave $66,388 in the 2016-17 Rotary year and volunteered many hours to our projects.
Boise Southwest 2016-17 Giving 2017-06-26 06:00:00Z 0


Join us Saturday, February 9 for our annual "Hearts in Service" Gala event, Casino Royale Stylewhich will be held this year at Hillcrest Country Club. The evening begins with a social hour at 6pm with no-host bar, then dinner, and Member Awards, including Rotarian of the Year (Paul Harris Fellow Award) and Special Member Recognition (Bob Gibb Fellowship Award) and more. All this is followed by a fun and exciting evening, Casino Royale Style. Attire is business casual to formal, so here's your chance to dress up and have a great time!

Be sure to RSVP ASAP, but no later than February 4th, to confirm your attendance and meal selections---meal choices include Prime Rib, Salmon, or Vegetarian. And best of all---there is no cost for this event to our club members and one guest!

RSVP to Lisa Vincent and include your both your name and guest's name and meal preference by returning the Announcement Reply Card directly to her at a meeting, by emailing her at , or returning the card to her by mail. We look forward to seeing you there!

Annual "Hearts in Service" Gala---February 9 2017-02-10 07:00:00Z 0
We're pleased to welcome our newest member, Erin Yturri, to Boise Southwest!

She is currently a collection development librarian with the Meridian District Library, and has spent the last 13 years working in public library youth services with children, teens, and families throughout the Treasure Valley.

Erin completed her undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University earning a major in French Studies and a minor in Fine Arts. Upon returning from Togo, West Africa after two and a half years with the Peace Corps, she began her experience in public libraries and earned a Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Washington.

Born in Texas but raised in Canada, Erin enjoys spending time with her family on the coast of British Columbia as well as traveling extensively to far corners of the world with her husband Nick. She spends half her time in Boise and the other half in Stanley, Idaho where her husband works full time with the Forest Service.

Be sure to introduce yourself to Erin at our next meeting and give her a warm Boise Southwest Welcome!


Welcome our Newest Member Erin Yturri! 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0

Julie Taylor, who has lived in Idaho since 1970, joined our Boise Southwest Rotary club in 1992.  This was just after she started her 23 year career as Director of Governmental Affairs with Blue Cross of Idaho. In that capacity she oversaw health policy for the company and lobbied at both the state and federal levels during one of the most tumultuous times in the health care industry.  She had to leave the club for a few short years when her work became all consuming.  She recently retired, is happy to be out of the political rat race, and has returned to our Rotary club.  

During her years in Rotary, Julie held several positions in the club, including club president.  She is a both a Bob Gibb and Paul Harris fellow.  

Now that she is retired, Julie will continue to travel to more remote places in the world; spend time with her three sons, two of whom live away (California & Taiwan); golf with her circle of friends; work in her beautiful garden; cook dinners for her friends; take lecture classes at the Osher Institute; and (finally) get back to reading.  Most of all, she's happy to be back to Boise Southwest.  

Please welcome Julie as our newest (returning) member! And if you weren't acquainted with her previously, be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her back!

Welcome Returning Member Julie Taylor to Boise Southwest 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our newest member, Max Schreiber!  He is the Sales and Marketing Manager for A-1 Plumbing and Perfect Air, where he has been employed for nearly three years. Over those years, Max has experienced several different roles in the company---roles which have helped him learn the ins and outs of the company as a whole. Over the past ten years, he has developed skill sets ranging from retail management and call center management, to his current position.
Max has an eight year old son, Cooper, who just started the third grade this year. Cooper has acquired an interest in running lately, so both he and Max frequent the high school track near their house for a run together. Max's hobbies include anything outdoors, especially road biking and working out.  When you see Max at the sign-in table at the next meeting, be sure to introduce yourself and give him a big Boise Southwest welcome!
Posted by FRANK GREENE on Jun 30, 2015

July 1 marks the start of a new Rotary year, and Incoming President Dave Shaw thanked outgoing President Steve Cox for a great year at the meeting this week. In appreciation for his year of leadership and service to Boise Southwest, Dave presented a plaque with gavel honoring Steve's outstanding year. In addition to increasing membership during Steve's year, our club made several grants to non-profit organizations, led the District in giving to Rotary International, and joined with the Boise Sunrise Club to co-host the Lobster Festival fund raiser in September. Congratulations to Steve on his past successful year and welcome to Dave as he embarks as president in the new year!




"Save the Date" for Lobsterfest on September 12, 2015. Boise Southwest has joined together with Boise Sunrise Rotary to sponsor Lobsterfest 2015! This is the 7th year for this fundraising event which includes Fresh Maine Lobster or Steak Dinner and more!

Doors open at 5:00pm and features a Silent Auction, Dinner, and Live Auction at Century Link Arena in Boise. Everyone is invited and the cost is $70 per person and includes Big Band Music by Boise Straight Ahead. A link to ticket purchase details will be added soon.


Welcome to our newest member Cliff Naumann, who is the  Senior Vice President of Operations at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA.  Cliff started his career at the YMCA in Walla Walla in 1996 as a youth sports director after graduating from Whitman College. He has been with the "Y" for 17 years and in 2005 joined the Treasure Valley YMCA as the Executive Director of the Downtown YMCA location.  He took 2 years off in the early 2000’s to get his MBA but mostly to fly fish at the University of Montana.  Cliff is married to his wife Kim and together they have 3 young children, Bear who is 4 yrs old and 1 year old twins Addie and Blake.  The whole family is passionate about the outdoors and spend every hour not working going fishing and camping in our local rivers and mountains with their two 10 year old Labrador retrievers.

Extend a warm Boise Southwest welcome to Cliff when you see him at our next meeting!

Rotarian Frank Driscoll is coordinating this year's Dictionary Project which involves distribution of free Dictionaries to third graders at several elementary schools in the Boise area. Initial plans include Hunter Elementary on October 26 at 9:15am, with several more schools to follow. The kids love to receive their own Dictionaries and Rotarians enjoy the opportunity to practice "Service above Self".
Chirstmas Party with Whittier NANCY CHINN 0
Six Rotary clubs with a combined total of 500 members pool their resources together to get the biggest bang for their charitable buck, and communities in Ada County benefit. This year, the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation has been honored with the Outstanding Foundation Award from the Idaho Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. For further details, click on the more button below...