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Rotary Club of Teton Valley

PO Box 1158
Driggs, ID 83422

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We had a great evening at the Rotary Picnic last week.  Good food, good company and good entertainment.
Rotary welcomes our new exchange student Luiza from Sao Paulo Brazil. Thank you to the Woolstenhulme family for inviting her into their


And they're off!

Saturday, August 8th, marked Teton Valley Rotary’s 2nd annual Ducks in the Ditch event designed to raise money for civic projects.  This year’s funding will be directed toward Rotary’s partnership with the City of Driggs to improve the local City Park with playground equipment that fits ADA guidelines to accommodate access for all children.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Teton County Fair the event started at the fairgrounds in the ditch north of the pavilion and ended in front of the Valley Shopping Center.  Over 1200 ducks competed in the swirling waters, passing under Highway 33, brushing with disaster in the weeds, and getting caught in the eddies as they made their way down the ditch.  Final winners toughed it out to cross the finish line ahead of the pack.
Ten prizes were awarded in all.  Winners included Dan Taylor, Carrie Mowrey, Cara Barnes, Mike Morey, Sarah Smith, Steve Beres, Jenny Bitner, Lane Steel, and  Brent Robson. One little duck, destined to finish 2nd, got caught in a tiny swirl at the finish line and finished 8th as bystanders were urging her on.  Rotary thanks Grand Targhee, Teton Valley Lodge, Stillwaters Spa, Sands Whitewater, Izzy’s Oils, the Detail Shop, Fall River Electric, the Links, Action Excavation and MD Nursery for donating prizes.  Rotary also extends a major thank you to our 2015-16 sponsors Broulims, Cooke & Kearsley, Headwaters Construction, Teton Valley Health Care, and Teton Valley Lodge.  Without the support of local businesses, Rotary could not provide service projects to our community.  Thank you sponsors! And a big thank you to Sheriff Tony for providing safe passage for spectators as the ducks crossed under highway 33.
Teton Valley Rotary meets Wednesdays at The Senior Center in the City Building at noon.  Visitors are welcome.    You can learn more about Teton Valley Rotary at www.tetonvalleyrotary.com.  Come join us and serve our valley.

Christi and Patti manning the Rotary booth at the TIn Cup 2015.  It was a bit chilly but there was a great turnout in racers and spectators.  I would say it was a big success.  Well done Dawn Banks and Carrie Mowrey.  A big thanks to all the Rotarians who volunteered in this event.

Thank you for your support

Rotary Club of Teton Valley thanks all of those who donated to our club through the TIn Cup Challenge in 2014.  With those funds, our club was able to award $11,500 worth of scholarships to our high school graduates, provide books to every first grader in the district and send 5 high school students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Please remember us as you consider where to commit your donations this year.
Look for Rotarians at the Farmer's Market in Driggs, Friday Night Rodeos,
4th of July events and at the Fair or Contact us through our website or
on Facebook.  See you at the races!


The Community of Lougouana in the Region of Koutiala - Sikasso (Republic of Mali) has 10,000 inhabitants scattered across its compound of7 villages and distant hamlets.
The community faces strong access issues to its health care facilities located in the Capital Village of Léléni as well as specialized health care services outside the community because of distance, bad road conditions and lack of medical vehicle.
The Rotary Clubs of Teton Valley (USA) and Bamako Koulouba (Mali) have joined their effort in a District Grant donation of a Motoambulance which will facilitate:
- affordable medical transport;
- better emergency transport handling like difficult pregnancies and birth deliveries;
- Patient transport from distant hamlets and villages to the community health care facilities;
- Patient transport from the community health care facilities to specialized ones: the clinic of Karangasso and the regional hospital of Koutiala.

ImageWith the motoambulance in the background, a photo showing from left to right: the community representatives team leader, the President of the Rotaract club Cheick CISSE, President Hélène Assa CAMARA, Assistant Governor Nafanga DEMBELE and future Interactor Matteo DEMBELE.

ImageInterior of the motoambulance allowing for caregiver, patient, and supplies.


Our team had a great time creating this piece for the Great Snow Fest snow sculpturing contest. Thanks to Bob & So La Mee Heneage, Dan & Patti Burr, Todd Place and our sponsor Isabel Waddell.


Teton Valley Rotarians introduced Armando Ortiz-Padilla, son of Blanca Gpe. Padilla Tovar and Armando Ortiz-Savcedo, as January Student of the Month at their January 21 meeting.  Armando was selected for his strong character, his willingness to serve others and his ability to keep his eye to the future.

Armando returned to Teton High School this year from Mexico where he had been living with his parents.  Having been born in the United States, Armando wanted to complete his secondary and post secondary education here.  He plans to major in engineering and/or architecture.  At Teton High School he is active in the Latino Club, enjoys playing football. His favorite class is math.

Rotary congratulates Armando, January Student of the Month.


ImageThe morning of July 5th featured the first “annual” Rotary Ducks in the Ditch race in the irrigation ditch ending in front of Kings.  Five hundred eager rubber duckys entered the ditch above the Broken Spur and crossed the finish line a little over 6 minutes later in front of King’s.  The race was fast and furious with spectators getting as excited as if it were the Kentucky Derby!  Separating from the pack to finish in first and second place were ducks sponsored by Jim Schulz (1st across) and Jenny Child (2nd across).  Closer to the pack were third and fourth place finishers sponsored by Taylor Watson and Debbie Hunt.  Prizes will be awarded at Wednesday’s Rotary meeting with first place receiving $500, 2nd place a rubber raft donated by King’s, and 3rd and 4th taking home Silverstar back packs.  The race was streamed live with energized narrative provided by John Erbou and can be viewed on the Rotary website:  www.tetonvalleyrotary.com.  Proceeds from the race will go toward building a fund for a community stage in front of the City Center. The spectators and Rotarians are already looking forward to a bigger, faster, and more exciting event next year.

Teton Valley Rotary focuses on service to the community and the world.  The Ducks in the Ditch project will be held annually to raise funds for civic projects while Tin Cup donations to Teton Valley Rotary Foundation will be directed to valley youth for scholarships, literacy and leadership.  Over $13,500 in scholarships were awarded to this year’s graduating seniors and college scholars. 

Rotary meets Wednesdays at noon at the Senior Center.  Interested community members and visiting Rotarians are invited to join a Wednesday meeting for a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Sue Cicero.

Your contribution to Teton Valley Rotary Foundation during the Tin Cup funding drive makes an impact on many students’ lives.  Please join us again this year in making a difference! ​ Click here to donate now!

Educational Opportunities Through Scholarships.  In May, 2014, Teton Valley Rotary was able to award 13 scholarships to students heading for their first year of college or continuing their education at an advanced institution.  Here’s what some had to say:

ImageMy freshman year of college was incredibly enlightening, exploratory, and fun. . I participated in the Honors Program at Westminster, applied for and was accepted as RA (resident advisor) on campus for 2014-15 school year, and participated with the slam poetry club as musical support, even being featured at one slam.  The Rotary scholarship made a huge impact on my freshman year of college! …Riley Hodgson

ImageDaniela Olivas returned to speak to Rotarians about her research studies in Biochemistry at Boise State University where she was accepted as an intern to INBRE (IdeA Network Research of Biomedical Research Excellence).  Her Rotary Phyllis Morey scholarship allowed her to purchase expensive text books to accompany her science major and her leadership experience with Rotary’s Interact while at Teton High School prepared her for further on-campus organizations focused on helping others.

ImageUtah State is a great school, and between exceptional professors, school pride in all athletic events, and meeting people from all over the place, I had a great freshman year!  Scholarships allow Teton students the financial advantage of attending school without taking out large loans which is an incredible blessing.  I’m looking forward to continuing meeting new people, learning more, and growing as a person. 

Funding Focused on Literacy.  

Teton Valley Rotary joined with other valley nonprofits, including the Education Association, in kicking off the school year with the annual “back pack” program supplying school supplies to underserved students. (Did you know that over 50% of our students qualify for the reduced lunch program offered by the federal government?)

AND…We initiated a new program to give every first grader a CHOICE in what they read by supplying vouchers to each student allowing them to attend their school’s book fair and select their own books.  This program was received enthusiastically by both students and teachers.

Leadership.   In 2013 we sent four THS freshmen to RYLA, Rotary’s Youth Leadership Development Program.  This year we’re sending five!  These students return to school in the fall energized and ready to lead their peers in service and accomplishment.

Spring Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at middle and high school – if only you had been there to see the smiles on their faces, you’d know how valuable this simple luncheon was.  Our teachers work so hard!

Your contribution to Teton Valley Rotary Foundation during the Tin Cup funding drive makes an impact on many students’ lives.  Please join us again this year in making a difference! Click here to donate now!


Rotary is currently recruiting annual sponsors who will be recognized at our events as supporters of all of our great service projects. The sponsorships span from July 2014 to June 2015 and may be billed in 2 installments. Download the sponsorship form from the left bar or contact Aaron Jenkins at 208-399-6711. 





This "fun-raiser" will take place July 5th in the canal that runs between Broken Spur and Kings on Hwy 33. All ducks sold will be released into the canal to swim their way to an exciting finish where the owner of the first duck across the line will win $500! We're hoping to have a live stream for those who can't make it to the event. You do not need to be present to win and must buy ducks in advance. To purchase a duck, see any local Rotarian, stop by to see Isabel at Allstate Insurance or email us. Proceeds will help us build part of the stage in the new plaza in front of the City of Driggs community center. 


ImageThe Rotary Club of Teton Valley recently provided each first grade student at Driggs, Tetonia and Victor Elementary schools a new book as part of a local literacy project, one of the many important areas of focus for Rotarians worldwide.

Rotary International designated March as Literacy Month, encouraging clubs around the world to engage in projects promoting literacy. Teton Valley’s Rotary Club chose to put books into the hands of local children, inspiring them to read at home, to promote a love of reading for years to come. By allowing students to choose their own book, something they were personally interested in, the club hoped to help motivate them to read over the summer and continue building their reading skills. “The 1st graders were absolutely delighted to know someone had bought them a book. Choosing the best book was an exciting adventure for them,” shared Jannifer Cooke, principal at Tetonia and Victor Elementary Schools.


Dues for Teton Valley's Rotary Club are billed quarterly and include District 5440 dues and Rotary International dues. Members are also encouraged to make a voluntary contribution of $100 annually to the Rotary International Annual Programs Fund, making them a Sustaining Member. We have two different dues options, including a discounted option for non-profit organization leaders, retired individuals and spouses of Rotarians.

  • Membership Dues Including All Lunches: $150/Quarter
  • Discounted Membership Dues Including All Lunches: $125/Quarter
  • Membership Dues with Pay As You Go Lunches: $100/Quarter
  • Discounted Membership Dues with Pay As You Go Lunches: $50/Quarter

* Discounted memberships are available for non-profit organization leaders, retired individuals, and spouses of Rotarians. Weekly lunches are prepared by the Senior Center and are available for $10.

For more information on membership, click here

Our club recently donated thirty backpacks valued at $540 to local elementary students through a joint effort with the Teton Valley Education Foundation, Subs for Santa and a grant from Silver Star Communications. The Teton Valley Education Foundation spearheads the program, providing school supplies and backpacks for underprivileged youngsters headed back to school. Diane Temple, Executive Director for TVEF, recently joined Rotarians to celebrate the effort. Image

ImageFormer Teton High student, Daniela Olivas, spoke at Rotary Club of Teton Valley’s luncheon this week about her studies and a research project she worked on the past year. Olivas was a Rotary scholarship recipient and active member in the high school’s Interact club.

Each year Teton Valley’s local Rotary club hosts between 8-10 students throughout the school year, each presenting on their experience in high school, their successes, challenges, involvement in school as well as contribution to their community. Daniela was one of these students who was chosen as a final scholarship recipient. Olivas was a recipient of a $4000 Rotary Phyllis Morey scholarship, available to students of at least fifty percent Hispanic heritage. Rotary has donated over $40,000 in scholarships to Teton Valley senior students since the program began. Olivas is just one of these students, and based on her presentation - she shows a bright and promising future.

Rotarians participated in the Victor Independence Day Parade, showing Rotary pride and "Fishing for New Members." Thanks to Patti Burr for organizing the float and to all who rode along!

Local Rotarians, Bob Heneage and Jim Schulz are raising money for the Rotary Club of Teton Valley. Bob and Jim are asking for donations of $0.01 per vertical foot climbed on their upcoming ascent of Mt Rainier in Washington State. From the parking lot to the summit is 9000 vertical feet, so we're asking for donations of $90 in our goal to reach the summit.

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Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Three Peaks Dinner Table
15 S Main Street
Driggs, ID 83422
United States of America
Rotary Club of Teton Valley, Idaho meets at 12 noon every Wednesday at Three Peaks Dinner Table for lunch and a program. Bring a friend!
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