Posted by John Lodal on Aug 03, 2018
Semilla Nueva has applied for a Rotary International grant for the purpose of expanding their effort in expand the production and distribution of their hybrid corn. In this article John Lodal give a brief of this effort.
Semilla Nueva grant John Lodal 2018-08-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Lodal
In June 2018 five members of Boise Sunrise attended the Rotary International conference in Toronto, Canada. Along with 26,200 other Rotarian's from around the world, the Sunrise members were inspired to continue to work to improve our communities: both locally and around the world. Click on Read More to read about John's experience.
John Lodal's Rotary International Conference Experience John Lodal 2018-08-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Lodal on Aug 03, 2018
Rotary District 5400 is sponsoring 15 foreign youth exchange teenagers from 12 different countries in the 2018-2019 school year. These students will engage in numerous activities that will allow them to experience American culture. Read Committee Chair John Lodal’s story.
2018-2019 Youth Exchange John Lodal 2018-08-03 06:00:00Z 0
On July 4th Boise Sunrise Rotary in partnership with the Nampa Rotary Club and the non-profit Because International delivered 294 pairs of "The Shoe That Grows" to a Girls' Education Club outside of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.  Each Club seeks to keep girls in school to complete a primary level education and provides the opportunity for a select few to obtain a secondary education, an all too rare occurrence in much of Mozambique.  Gorongosa National Park supports approximately 35 Girls' Clubs with a goal of expanding to 50 clubs by the end of the year.  For several of the girls, this is the first pair of shoes they have owned.  For the rest of the club these expandable shoes replace poorly made 'flip flops', providing not only a shoe that provides better protection but one which will last for up to five years as the owner’s foot continues to grow.  This successful event is another example of a lengthy list of Idaho-Gorongosa cooperative efforts … the Girls’ Education Program is managed by Larissa Sousa (red coat), big sister of Boise State sophomore Michel Sousa.
Copy of Shoes for Gorongosa Stephen Merrill 2018-08-02 06:00:00Z 0
The board and staff of Project AMIGO wish to extend their appreciation for all of the support they received during their fundraiser held at Yanke Motor Museum. This support allows them to continue the great work they are doing to ensure that children in Mexico receive an education. To date, they have had 62 young adults graduate from the University in Colima; and have 50 scheduled to enroll in the 2018 Fall semester.
Through the generosity of those in attendance, $75,000 dollars was raised: all of which will go to scholarships for children. To learn more, visit the Project AMIGO web-page:, or you can contact Gary Multanen at 208-921-4725.
Project AMIGO Yanke Motor Museum Tour a Success 2018-02-02 07:00:00Z 0
Boise Sunrise is providing to dictionaries to 3rd graders at six local elementary schools.  If you would like to help with the distribution later this fall, please contact Michael Faison.  The mission of the Dictionary Project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
Dictionary Project Tricia Nilsson 2017-10-09 06:00:00Z 0
The 2017 Lobsterfest Program is available.  The program contains the evening's program and descriptions of the incredible live auction items. 
Lobsterfest 2017 Program Available 2017-09-06 06:00:00Z 0
Lobsterfest is fast approaching.  This year's event will be held on Friday, September 8th, at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.  You can download the order form by clicking on the link to the left or order on-line at  (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser).
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Lobsterfest is fast approaching.  This year's event will be held on Friday, September 8th, at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.  You can download the order form by clicking on the link to the left or order on-line at  (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser).
- See more at:
Lobsterfest is fast approaching.  This year's event will be held on Friday, September 8th, at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.  You can download the order form by clicking on the link to the left or order on-line at  (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser). - See more at:
Lobsterfest is fast approaching.  This year's event will be held on Friday, September 8th, at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.  You can download the order form by clicking on the link to the left or order on-line at  (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser). - See more at:
Lobsterfest is only a few months away!  This year's event will be held on Friday, September 8th, at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise.  We anticipate this year will be sellout, so order early!  
Order your tickets to Lobsterfest 2017 2017-05-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Paterson on May 12, 2017
Boise Sunrise Rotary has awarded $25,000 in grants to 22 community organizations to support various programs that provide support to youth and low-income residents in the Treasure Valley. Individual grants ranged in size from $2,500 to $500.  In addition to the $25,000 in community awards, we granted $45,000 to support Hope House children, $6000 for 5th and 6th Grade Everyday Leadership Program, and matched $14,000 for a mobile health clinic in Gorongosa.   Funds granted were raised from our annual Lobsterfest (this year’s festival is Friday, September 8, 2017 at Centurylink Arena)
The following community organizations received grants:
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, Support of summer reading program, $500
  • Create Common Good, Support of job training and placement, $1500
  • Family Advocate Program, work with families and children of clients, $750
  • Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, Inc., Support of "Visions Program" for underprivileged girls, $1,500
  • The Jesse Tree of Idaho, Support of rental assistance program, $1,000
  • Learning Lab, Support adult literacy program, $1,000
  • One Stone, Inc., Support of Open Book Adventures tutoring and mentoring program, $1,500
  • United Way of Treasure Valley, Pantry Project for basic needs for Homeless Students, $500
  • Giraffe Laugh Child Care, scholarship for low-income family, $1,250
  • Genesis Community Health, dental exams and procedures, $1,550
  • Women and Children’s Alliance, support for counseling, $500
  • Boise Greenbelt Historical Mirco-Park, $2,500
  • St. Vincent’s, Prison Re-Entry Program, $500
  • Diaper Bank, $1,000
  • Catch, Work Support Program bus passes, etc. $1,000
  • FACES, Comprehensive Victim Support, $1,500
  • HIVES, equipment for Musician’s Resource Room (support for addiction recovery), $2,000
  • Project Amigo, Scholarships for two students for a year, $1,200
  • Camp River Run, camper scholarships, $1,500
  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation, outreach support, $500
  • Boise at Home, support for handyman volunteers, $1,000
  • American Red Cross, Smoke Detector Program, $500
2016-2017 Grants Awarded! Sharon Paterson 2017-05-12 06:00:00Z 0
Boise Sunrise Rotary is pleased to announce that our annual grant program is now accepting applications through March 31, 2017.  You can download the application form at the link in the "Download Files" section on the home page. If you have any questions, please contact club president Sharon Paterson at 
2017 Grant Application Window is Open! Patricia Nilsson 2017-02-16 07:00:00Z 0
Charles Lauterbach's Website Tricia Nilsson 2016-06-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Nilsson
The month of June is considered as Rotary Fellowship Month in the
Rotary calendar. There is a misconception among Rotarians on what aspect
of the RI programs is being celebrated for this month of June. Let us clarify
the issue. When we talk about "Rotary Fellowships", we actually refer to the
groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to:
  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.);
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession;
  • Make new friends around the world;
  • Explore new opportunities for service; and
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.

The field is so varied, which includes marathon running, scuba diving, flying, bird watching, chess, doll lovers, environment, Esperanto, go, gourmets, lawyers, magic, nurses, police and law enforcement professionals, recreational vehicles, singles, stockbrokers, venture capitalists, wine and yoga.

Each Rotary Fellowship operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure. Membership is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. It must be international in nature with active members in at least three (3) countries. Each fellowship elects at least three (3) officers to oversee the group's administration. The Rotary Fellowships are expected to facilitate communication among their members and maintain regular communication with RI.

What are the benefits for Rotarians in joining the Rotary Fellowships? Fellowship provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining our existing members. Indeed, Rotary Fellowship, together with the Rotarian Action Groups, serve as an effective tool in promoting membership development and should be actively promoted in our Districts.

Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by clicking  or even start a prospective Rotary Fellowship if their recreational or vocational interest is not in the list of approved Rotary Fellowships.

President's Message June 2015 Patricia Nilsson 2015-06-04 06:00:00Z 0
March is Literacy Month in the annual Rotary calendar.

Rotary knows that literacy is an essential ingredient for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Since 2002, Rotarians have provided resources and skills to advance literacy in communities worldwide by

  • Providing books and educational materials
  • Building and supporting schools
  • Mentoring students
  • Training teachers
  • Establishing literacy programs for children and adults

Literacy projects by Boise Sunrise include participation in the Dictionary Project which provides free dictionaries to 3rd grade students. Boise Sunrise has participated for the past 4 years and distributed hundreds of dictionaries at five local elementary schools.  We also ask the speaker at our weekly meeting to inscribe a book for donation to a child in need. 

Whether through volunteering your time and expertise, providing financial support, or building awareness, you can empower people and communities through literacy.

President's Message March 2015 Patricia Nilsson 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year!  January is Rotary Awareness Month, so thanks for visiting our website to learn more about Rotary.  Here are some fun facts about the Rotary International:
  • here are more than 1.2 Million Rotarians all over the world in more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries in all geographic areas.
  • The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships is the world's largest, privately funded scholarship program.
  • Providing vitamin A supplements during polio National Immunization Days has averted an estimated 1.5 million childhood deaths since 1998 – testimony to the "plus" in PolioPlus.
  • The first project of the first Rotary club of Chicago was installation of public toilets in the city.
  • The first Rotaract Club was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
  • The first women joined Rotary in 1987. Today, more than 196,000 woman are members of Rotary International.
  • Since 1978 under the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Program, 340 projects in 78 countries have been funded from Rotary International totalling US-$ 87 million.
  • Today, polio is found in only three countries - Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.  We are this close to eradicating polio!
President's Message, January 2015 Patricia Nilsson 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Nilsson on Sep 07, 2014

September is New Generations Service month.  New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.


Boise Sunrise Rotary is committed to involving youth and young adults in our vocational, community, and international service projects, and to providing programs and resources that support them.  We sponsor students for the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and support the Treasure Valley Youth Leadership Collaborative.  We also participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange and provide substantial support to the Hope House in Marsing, Idaho.


Why does Rotary support our youth?  The famous celllist Pablo Casals says it best:

"Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children."


President's Message, September 2014 Patricia Nilsson 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patricia Nilsson on Aug 11, 2014
Have you considered joining Rotary?  August is Rotary membership month, and it's a perfect time to visit our club and learn about the many ways you can contribute to our activities.  Contact me if you'd like to attend a club meeting.  We meet every Tuesday morning at 7am at the Riverside Hotel on Chinden Boulevard.  
We are busy with preparations for Lobsterfest.  Lobsterfest is our major annual fundraising event and will be held on Saturday, September 13th, at Qwest Arena in downtown Boise.  Click on the link on this page to buy tickets!  The proceeds are given back to the community with our annual grant program.  We have helped dozens of organizations throughout the Treasure Valley with financial support of programs benefiting youth, refugees, and literacy.
President's Message, August 2014 Patricia Nilsson 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
District 5400 Marketing 2014-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
I updated the website with a new design.  Current information has also been added.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.  My email is
New Website Jim Hogge 2013-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Boise Sunrise Anniversary Jim Hogge 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
June 2011 duty roster David Compton 0
March President's Message for March Layne Dodson 0
Press Release - 2011 Grants Gregory Newberry 0
President's Message for February Layne Dodson 0
President's Message for December Layne Dodson 0
President Message for October Layne Dodson 0
Posted by David Compton
Boise area Rotary Clubs are hosting a fund raising event for the Julia Davis Park Rotary Grand Plaza on September 11 at the Arid Club.  For more information, contact Nancy Chinn of the Boise Downtown Club at 272-0007 or
Rotary Grand Plaza event David Compton 0
President's message for August Layne Dodson 0
President's Message for June Thomas Rosenthal 0
Posted by Thomas Rosenthal
Tom discusses the upcoming District Conference in Sun Valley, the 2010 Grant Cycle and the club's granting of $40,000 to various causes, and Founders Day at Hope House and the Youth Exchange.
President's Message - May 2010 Thomas Rosenthal 0
Posted by Thomas Rosenthal
Every April RI designates as "Magazine Month".  It is a time we focus on our publications…but I think this should be expended to include all of our communications.  The month should be renamed "Communications Month".
President's Message: April Magazine Month Thomas Rosenthal 0