Principal for a Day Invite

The Emmett School is hosting our third annual “Principal for a Day” event which will be held Wednesday, February 15th from 9am - 1pm. (click the heading for more content)
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Starting 2023 with a Bang

The first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 5, 2023, for the Emmett Rotary Club was non-stop from beginning to end, which is most likely an indication of how the club will proceed through the year. Hold on to your hats, folks!  (click on the title to keep reading)
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Emmett Rotary Youth Benefit Auction May 6, 2023

Happy New Year from the Emmett Rotary Club! We are so excited that this is the 50th year of the Emmett Rotary Youth Benefit Auction. This is just a reminder to be sure to include a line item for donations for the May 6, 2023, event at the Gem County Fairgrounds in your annual budget. It can be big or....(click the title for more)
Emmett Rotary Youth Benefit Auction May 6, 2023 Mary Knight 2023-01-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s Service Above Self Award Nov 22 Mary Knight 2023-01-03 07:00:00Z 0 emmett,rake,rotary,service,service above self


Tina Heffley, Feb 7
Maria Sanchez, Feb 13
Wendi Kern, Feb 23
Marilyn Knighton, 28 years, Feb 1, 1995
Staci Carr, 5 years, Feb 8, 2018
Jerod Hines, 5 years, Feb 8, 2018
Ben Mock, 5 years, Feb 8, 2018
Daniel Brice, 7 years, Feb 11, 2016
Donnie Wunder, 5 years, Feb 22, 2018
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Our annual Installation Banquet will be on June 23 at the NEW Idaho Pizza facility off Hwy 52, next to BiMart!   The evening will begin with a Social Hour from 5:30 - 6:30; dinner will be at 6:30 with the program to follow.     EVERYONE is invited to attend this special evening as we congratulate our outgoing and welcome our new club officers.  Spouses welcome!  The cost is only $10 a person for steak and everyone bringing a side dish.  If you haven't had a chance to sign-up to attend Email Kathy,, by MONDAY, JUNE 20 to reserve a seat or two!  Let's all support our incoming board by joining in on the fun on the 23rd!
Celebrating the 2021-22 Rotary Board of Directors!
Donnie Wunder, President
John Buck, President Elect
Stephanie Weldon, Vice President
Ben Mock, Immediate Past President
Nancy Kelly, Treasurer
Kathy Buck, Secretary
Steve Bork, Director
Bryan Stone, Director
Kent Adams, Director
Installation of the 2022-2023 Board of Directors
John Buck, President
Stephanie Weldon, President Elect
Donnie Wunder, Immediate Past President
Nancy Kelly, Treasurer
Mary Knight, Secretary
Steve Bork, Director
Bryan Stone, Director
Ben Mock, Director
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THANK YOU to David Little and Ben Mock for purchasing the last three trees!  The 4th one is to be planted at the Rotary Shelter in the very near future.  The city will be digging the hole as they know where all the power lines are, etc.  As soon as we get a date, we will let you know!  This one will be planted in memory of Ann Stone (Doc's wife) who was such a supporter of Rotary and helped us on many of our projects.
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Happy Veteran's Day!

A very special THANK YOU to all Veterans - and especially our Rotarian Veterans!!!   Thank YOU for your service!!
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President Hall Steps Down

“Due to some restructuring and redefining of my job group at Idaho Power, I’m not able to continue my term as President of the Emmett Rotary Club. I hope to remain a member of the Club, but it’s unlikely that you’ll see my smiling face at noon meetings (which may be a relief). The Board has asked Kathy Buck, as immediate past president, to finish out my term and she has graciously agreed. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a board member and officer of Emmett Rotary, and to participate as a member in the great works which this Club has, and continues to, carry out in the community. I have seen the resiliency of this Club firsthand and I have no doubt that despite the current crop of changes, the Club will carry on its work and continue to put service above self in helping the community both locally and globally. I hope to see you all from time to time and I’ll miss our noontime conversations, especially with my fellow codgers in the Codger Corner.  My best to all of you, and always be asking “is it fun?" 
Kurtis Hall
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Pins 4 Polio October 27!

EVERYONE who brings a silent auction item for Pins 4 Polio to this Thursday's meeting will be entered into a drawing for a prize!  If you bring more than one item, you will get more than one ticket.


WE NEED BOWLERS to make Saturday afternoon, October 27, a success!  Contact Daniel Brice ( and get signed up!  There will also be a sign up sheet at tomorrow's meeting. You don't need to have a team; you can sign up individually and we will put you on a team.  Come join the fun and raise money to help eradicate polio from our world.  Just think, one bowling ball going down one lane could save a child from being crippled the rest of his/her life.  It's really that simple.  For each dollar we raise, the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation will double it - let's see if we can beat our $2000.00 goal!!!  Bring your friends - this is NOT LIMITED to Rotarians!


We have 17 sponsors at $50 each for a total of $850 so far... we can ALWAYS USE MORE!


See you Saturday!  12:30 pm at KT's Lanes!  If you can't get registered before Saturday, WE WILL TAKE REGISTRATIONS AT THE DOOR.   Cost is only $25!


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Rose Sale - They're Almost Here!

The roses are coming! Delivery date is TODAY September 26 to Main Street Beverage, or delivery can be arranged in Emmett on September 27. Talk to David Little or Nancy Kelly at 208-365-4611 with questions.
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WICAP School Supply Distribution

Emmett Rotarians distributed school supplies to over 200 Gem County students in August.  The supplies were purchased by the local WICAP with funds received from the annual Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction as well as donations  from businesses around the valley.  In addition, Rotarians provided cotton candy for each child after they received their supplies. The Emmett Rotarians work closely with WICAP on the school supply project and our Bicycle Project which provides free bicycles and helmets for children in Gem County. It is a partnership entering it’s 3rd year and one that is yet another way to serve the youth in our community.
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2018 Youth Benefit Auction Moves to Fairgrounds!

The 2018 Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held at the Expo Building at the Gem/Boise County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 5.  A no-host social hour will run from 4:30 - 5:30 with dinner scheduled for 5:30 pm.  Silent auction items will be available for viewing from 4:30 pm and the live auction will begin at the conclusion of dinner.  Individual tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $50 each from John Buck, 208-369-1785 or Bryan Stone, 208-867-3438 or by email to  Individual Dinner Tickets are $50 and will be sold until May 1 or until the venue is full.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.
We want to thank our Corporate Sponsors who purchased a table for six at $500.  They are:
  1. 4T Construction
  2. Alliance Title & Escrow
  3. Amazing Idaho Real Estate Realtors
  4. Amazing Idaho Real Estate Owners
  5. Animal Medical Center/Banducci’s
  6. B&W Fuels
  7. Banducci Excavation/Innovative Concrete
  8. Bare Metal Standard
  9. Big Insurance
  10. Borks Body & Paint
  11. Chadwick Taylor
  12. Digi-Comm/Rim Fire Ranch
  13. Dominoes Pizza
  14. Dr. Jerod Hines
  15. Dr. William Vetter & Lisa/Shane & Corina Roe
  16. Edward Jones
  17. Emmett Automotive/Kim’s Paint Center
  18. Emmett Floral
  19. Emmett United Methodist Church
  20. Evans Realty
  21. Farm Bureau Insurance/Gem County Farm Bureau
  22. First Interstate Bank
  23. Forrest Tevebaugh/Possomtrot Traders
  24. G-Cat Towing
  25. Gem County Chamber of Commerce
  26. Gem Veterinary Clinic
  27. Hanigan Auto Sales
  28. Idaho Pizza Company
  29. Idaho Power
  30. Kenny and Megan Keene
  31. KT's Lanes
  32. Les Schwab Tires
  33. Little Enterprises
  34. Matt Heath & Kyle Stratton - Evans Realty
  35. Merritt Equine
  36. North American Dust Control/Lazy P Ranch
  37. Payette River Regional Technical Academy
  38. Pioneer Title
  39. Potter Funeral Chapel
  40. RM Herefords & Sharon Bullock/Evans Realty
  41. RW Painting/RN Welch Properties
  42. Sonbyrd
  43. Unimin Corporation
  44. Wallace Dentistry
  45. Valor Health
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District Governor visits FIN this Thursday, 6:00 PM

Our District 5400 Governor, Terry Jones, will be our speaker at the regularly scheduled meeting of the FIN group will be this Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 pm at Idaho Pizza.  He will provide information about Rotary at both the District and International Levels and host a Question & Answer period.  We will also get an  update on the WHEELS project and begin planning our service projects for the rest of winter and into the spring. 
As always, ALL Rotarians are invited to attend!
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Emmett Rotary Hosts District Conference in Sun Valley

We will all be "Ridin' for the Brand" at the District 5400 Conference, May 18-19 in Sun Valley, Idaho as Emmett dairyman, Terry Jones, presides over the gathering of Rotarians from across our state and into Baker, Oregon.  This is a huge undertaking and we are looking for sponsors to help us with the conference expense.  Listed below are the sponsor opportunities:
Sponsorship Opportunities
Rotary 2018 District Conference – “Ridin’ for the Brand”
Rotary Through the Ages
Sun Valley, Idaho • May 18 – 19
For this year’s annual convention of District 5400, Clubs from throughout Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, District Governor Terry Jones is “rounding up” all Rotarians and their families for a rodeo, which includes the Rotary Academy, the great Marble Shoot-Out and Line Dancing! 
Expected Attendance:
240 total Rotarians and guests anticipated, an additional 30 Rotary Youth Exchange students and committee members for Friday and Saturday lunch.
$2,500 – Title Sponsor (exclusive)
Back cover, color program ad
Logo on name badges
Name on collateral materials (tote bags and lanyards)
Video introduction (up to 3 minute) prior to Saturday Awards Dinner
Opportunity for flyer/handout/swag in Rotary tote bag
Logo on scrolling slides prior to Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner presentations
$1,500 – Presenting Sponsor
Time for (up to 3 minute) video introduction prior to Saturday Lunch Presentation
Opportunity for flyer/handout/swag in Rotary tote bag
Logo on scrolling slides prior to Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner presentations
$500 – Major Sponsor
Half page ad in program
Opportunity for flyer/handout/swag in Rotary tote bag
Logo on scrolling slides prior to Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner presentations
$250 – Program Sponsor
Quarter page ad in program
Opportunity for flyer/handout/swag in Rotary tote bag
Logo on scrolling slides prior to Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner presentations
Program ads and logos for all conference swag must submitted in JPEG or PDF format by Friday, April 20. Size and resolution specifications to be determined
For more information - Beth Markley,, 208-484-4424
Thank you from each of us on the conference committee and especially from Terry as this conference takes off in just a few months.
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Emmett Rotary Helps EHS Band

The Rotary Club of Emmett is proud to announce that, with the help of grants received from the Idaho Community Foundation, matching funds from the Emmett Rotary Foundation and funds raised at in a "paddle bid" during last year's Youth Benefit Auction we presented the EHS Band with a check for $16, 862 in December to purchase new band uniforms.  Our contribution was enhanced by $1600 from the Emmett Public School Foundation, a $10,000 grant from the TLC Foundation and the $5000 that the band students raised, as well as other contributions. The EHS Band has ordered their new uniforms and plan to wear them at the first football game in the fall.
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Amazon SMILES for Rotary Foundation

When ordering those holiday presents or just fun stuff for yourself, log into  A small percentage of your purchase price will be sent to our Foundation each quarter.  It's not a lot but it does add up!!!  Shop!  Shop!  Shop!!!  And, help Rotary too!!!  It doesn't cost you anything more!
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A small group of Rotarians gathered at the WICAP office on Main Street, Thursday, August 18, to distribute school supplies to anxious families as they prepare their children to go back to school.  These are families whose budget could be strained if they had to purchase all the supplies required.  WICAP received funds to purchase the supplies through the Rotary Foundation which came directly from the proceeds of the Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction held in May.  It was indeed a joy to witness first-hand the smiles of the children and parents as they went through the lines to get their supplies and know we had a hand in it.   The WICAP office staff had everything organized and, although the lines were long, the smiles never ceased. What a great service to our community by WICAP!!  

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April Service Project - April 21

Our monthly SERVICE PROJECT for April is to paint the multi-use room at the Butteview Complex!  Come ready to paint - brushes, rollers, whatever you have 
Questions?  Contact Dave Thompson!
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I had the opportunity to attend the Rotary District 5400 Mid-Winter Assembly with Terry Jones last Saturday in Boise.  It was an informative and very interesting day as members from clubs in our area came together to discuss items that were of concern, learn from each other and be reminded of things that needed to be done soon in order to qualify for the district awards which are presented at the conference in Sun Valley in May.  We learned about global grants and district grants as well as club vitality and relevancy.
One of the highlights for me was a U-tube presentation by John Maxwell on the 5 Levels of Leadership.  Starting at the bottom level of Position and moving through Permission to Production, People and Pinnacle.    He states that leadership in an on-going, growing process and you are on different levels with different people. 
District Governor Elect Jim Hogge is requesting that clubs do a Quality Control Measure next year by logging the dollars spent, the volunteer hours used and the specific  outcomes of our fundraisers and events.  A form will be made available for this.
All in all, a great day.   I encourage everyone who can to attend next year!
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Did You Know?

The Rotary Club of Emmett publishes a weekly bulletin which is distributed on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Information for the bulletin can be sent to Kathy Buck,
We have a website, - again, information for this can be sent to Kathy.
We have a club Facebook page.  Search Rotary Club of Emmett in Facebook and you should find us!
We also have a designated Facebook page for the Youth Benefit Dinner & Auction
All Rotarians are invited to submit ideas/requests/concerns to the club president for consideration of the board.
The Rotary Board of Directors meets the first Thursday of each mon at 7:00 AM
The Rotary Club of Emmett was one of two clubs in our district selected by Rotary International to pilot the Innovative and Flexible program.  Our submitted plan included meeting one evening a month, replacing the luncheon meeting that day, to have a brief meeting and community service project.  The second half of our plan was to allow co-workers/spouses/family members to attend a Rotary meeting in place of a Rotarian.  The Rotarian would get credit for attending and the co-worker/spouse/family member would get an introduction to Rotary, who we are and what we do.  
Our Innovative and Flexible Program is six months old at this time and we have gained one new Rotarian from those efforts.  Special thanks must go to the committee of David Thompson, Vicky Page, Ammon Anderson, Chad Taylor, Kent Adams, Terry Jones, John Buck and Kathy Buck for their work on the Pilot.  ALL ROTARIANS are invited to become part of the committee and all ideas are welcome!
The annual Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction, that undertook a huge facelift last year with our Flip Flops and Flamingos theme, is well on it's way to becoming another successful fundraiser for the youth of Gem County!  It is never too late to become involved.  Dinner tickets will be available this week at the Rotary meeting for those of you wanting to purchase some or sell some and VIP/Corporate Sponsorships are still available by contacting Bryan "Doc" Stone or Tim Fleming.  Our Flamingos are presenting Superheroes and Villians in the Emmett City Park on May 7 with the pre-function beginning at 3:00 pm.  The dinner and auction will begin at 5:00 pm.  Again we have the services of professional auctioneers who donate their time and talent to our cause.  This is truly an evening you will want to attend.  Bring your family and friends!  Tickets cost $50 each.
We are a member of Rotary District 5400 comprised of over 1800 members and 43 clubs.  If you want to attend a district training, the mid-winter assembly (March 26 in Boise), the annual conference (May 13-15 in Sun Valley), the Leadership Institute, etc. our club will pay your registration fees.  Lodging is on your own.  
We are honored to have one of our members, Terry Jones, being installed as District Governor elect at this year's conference in Sun Valley.  That means that next year, May 2017, the Emmett Club will be the organizers for the District annual conference.  Plans are already underway for this huge event and everyone's help will be needed.  Watch your weekly bulletin for more information once we return from this year's conference.
We are always open for more ideas for fundraising and just "fun" raising!  Be an active part of YOUR ROTARY!!!
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2016 VIP/CORPORATE SPONSORS for Youth Benefit Dinner & Auction

Get your tickets now for the Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the Emmett City Park. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BY MONDAY, MAY 2. The pre-function event will begin at 3:00 pm and is open to all ticket holders.  The dinner and auction will begin at 5:00 pm.  Auction items are being gathered and it promises to, once again, surpass all of our expectations.  This is truly a premier event as the proceeds benefit 26 youth groups in Gem County.
Dinner tickets are only $50.00 and are available from any Rotarian or by contacting Kathy Buck at, Marilyn Knighton at Alliance Title or John Buck, 208-369-1785.   REMEMBER, you must have a ticket to attend.enter the door of the event!  This is one way you can support the youth of Gem County.
This year's committee is proud to recognize our  2016 VIP/Corporate Sponsors!
4T Construction
Alliance Title
B&W Fuels, Inc
Banducci's/Beitia Educational Consultants
Bank of the Cascades
Carter Winters, Gem County Public Defender
Chadwick Taylor
Copy Plus/Rim Fire Ranch
Edward Jones
Emmett Floral Company
Emmett United Methodist Church
Evans Realty
Fleming Law Offices, PLLC
Forrest Tevebaugh/Possumtrot Traders
Gem County Farm Bureau/Farm Bureau Insurance
Huck-N-Finns/Gem Lounge
Idaho Pizza Company
Idaho Power
 Kim's Auto Body/Emmett Automotive
KT's Lanes
Les Schwab Tire
Little Land & Livestock
Matt Heath/Kyle Stratton - Evans Realty
Mayor Gordon Petrie
Meadow View Assisted Living and Memory Care
Megan Keene for Treasurer
Merrill Beyeler, Idaho State Representative 8B
Merritt Equine
Pioneer Title
Potter Funeral Chapel
RW Painting
Superior Rodeo
Taylor Brothers Fire & Safety, Inc. and Bare Metal Standard
Valley Family Medical
Valor Health
Wallace Family Dentistry
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Service Projects Needed

We are currently seeking SERVICE PROJECTS in and around Emmett for our highly successful (in that we are gaining new members) Innovative and Flexible Plan evening meetings.  These meetings currently take the place of our lunch meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Please contact David Thompson, Kent Adams or Kathy Buck if you know of a need in our County that Rotary can fill in a couple hours on a Thursday evening.   TOGETHER, we can continue to share "THIS IS ROTARY" around our commnity.
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2nd Annual PINS 4 POLIO a Success!

Our 2nd annual PINS 4 POLIO was a great success - lots of fun, laughter and even some good bowling!  Congratulations to Emily Fleming, Ted Fleming, Tim Fleming and John Buck for bowling a perfect 7 pin, No Tap, game!!!  We had over 50 bowlers and 19 lane sponsors.  KT's Lanes did an excellent job of hosting all of us and the silent auction went well.  We are waiting for the final dollars to be collected and will report the total as soon as we know.



    Doc Stone shows "championship" form!

And the 50/50 RAFFLE WINNER is.....Mark Wurtenburger!!!  He won $79.00!  The other $79 went to the Pins for Polio and other Rotary functions fund.


 District 5400 Assistant Governor, Mike Sieler, joined us again this year and brought two teams from Eagle to help us raise funds to eradicate polio!  Thanks, Mike!
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Painting at the Fairgrounds

Somehow, that seems to need to be put to music!  Such fun was had as we painted a building at the Gem/Boise County Fairgrounds last Thursday!  A great group of Rotarians, a couple lovely little girls and two guests defied the darkness and painted with lights.  Chairman David Thompson didn't let us down - along with John Buck and Ammon Andelin - everything was organized and ready to go when we arrived.  Of course, everyone was offered some home-made cookies at the end.  
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Interact in Action


Interact members filling packets of hygiene items for Heart to Heart. Packets are given to victims of natural disasters.  Our group filled 12 packets!
Way to meet a need, Interact!
Interact members delivering collected items to PALS!
On October 9, Emmett Interacters  Passed the Pumpkin for Polio at the home Emmett High School football game.  Their efforts added over $210.00 to our donation for the eradication of polio worldwide!  Congratulations and many thanks to those who participated!!!
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Youth Benefit Auction and Dinner Committee Meeting

Plans are coming right along for the May 7th, 2016 Youth Benefit Auction and Dinner!  The Committee will meet on Thursday, November 19 at noon at LaCosta.  All Rotarians are invited to attend!  
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Posted on Sep 27, 2015
WHO Announcement:
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there.
With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there.
Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once three years have passed without a case in WHO’s entire African region, officials will certify polio eradicated there.
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2nd Annual Pins 4 Polio
The Rotary Club of Emmett is sponsoring its 2nd annual Pins 4 Polio event on October 17, 2015 at KT’s Lanes in Emmett.  This is a 7 pin, No Tap event – just knock down 7 pins and it counts as a strike!  You can sign up as a team and bowl as a team BUT awards are given by a blind draw.  At the conclusion of bowling, everyone will turn in their score sheets and a “blind” drawing will take place.  The two bowlers who end up in the blind draw with the highest score wins!
World Polio Day is October 24, 2015.  The timing of late October honors the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a polio vaccine.  Official World Polio Day activities will be streamed live on October 23 from the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City to viewers worldwide, highlighting the progress Rotary and its partners have made in efforts to eradicate the virus.  World-wide polio eradication is so close.  Now is our chance to change the world. To make sure no child is disabled by polio ever again.
Come join us for an afternoon of bowling fun at 12:30 pm on October 17.  The $25 per person fee covers your shoe rental, lane usage and lunch.  You can sign up through any Rotarian or at the bowling alley.  There will also be a silent auction!
Lane sponsors are another avenue to join the fun.  Several local businesses including Fleming Law offices, Potter Funeral Chapel and Little Enterprises have already agreed to be lane sponsors for a donation of $50.  Each will receive recognition in all our publications, official lane sponsor signs the day of the event and recognition at the event itself.  If you would like your company to be a lane sponsor, contact John Buck at Potter Funeral Chapel or Tim Fleming at Fleming Law Offices.
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Your Rose orders were delivered the afternoon of Monday, October 5 to Main Street Beverage.  Be sure to remember to pick up your roses and deliver them!  
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The Rotary Club of Emmett sponsored its first evening meeting which included a monthly service project on September 17.  This month we focused on sprucing up the Emmett Senior Center by pulling weeds, laying weed block and bark,washing windows and sanding the legs of their sign.  Wet weather prohibited the painting of the sign that was scheduled and that will be completed later.  We will be taking on a different service project the 3rd Thurday of each month.  If you have something you need done that a group of Rotarians could help you with contact David Thompson, Service Project Chairman at
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On October 24, Rotarians around the globe will observe World Polio Day established by Rotary International over a decade ago.  The timing in late October honors the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a polio vaccine,  Official World Polio Day activities will be streamed from the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City to viewers worldwide highlighting the remarkable progress Rotary and its partners have made in efforts to eradicate the virus.
See more about World Polio Day in the October edition of "the rotarian" or at
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Our Rotary Family Picnic is this Thursday night, September 24!  We hope to see you there! Bring your families and join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. The following are the particulars:
Where: Terry & DorisAnn Jones
             6030 Sandy Avenue
Time:  6:00pm visit time
            6:30pm dinner
Bring:  Yourselves, a side dish or dessert, chairs
Main dish of Hamburgers is being prepared by Candy and her husband - many thanks to them. Pop and water will be provided by the club.  If you wish to bring other beverages feel free to do so. 
Directions: North on Washington, Left (W) on Black Canyon, Right (N) on Hannah, follow natural curve of the road to the Left, Right (N) on Sandy, at the end of the road Right around the white farm house, stay right to cross the canal, stay left to go up the hill to the big house. 
Please call or email TJ with any other questions.
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THIS WEEK for Emmett Rotary will be Historical!
1st - There will NOT be a Rotary meeting at noon on Thursday, September 17.  Come out and enjoy the fun as we eat together at Idaho Pizza(6:30 pm) and then go to the Emmett Senior Center (approx 7:15) to paint, pull weeds and basically beautify the Senior Center.  This is our SERVICE PROJECT for the month and you won't want to miss it!!!  If  you can bring an electric sander, please let Dave Thompson know as he is spearheading this project (ph. 866-6821 or email:  Bring your paint clothes, your gloves and lots of laughter.  It's going to be a great project for Rotarians and a great help to our Seniors! We will end the evening with light refreshments at 8:30.  Come join the fun!!!
2nd - The Flip Flops and Flamingos PRESENTS Superhero's and Villains Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction will meet this Thursday at lunch at La Costa Restaurant.  This event happens on May 7, 2016 and plans are being finalized. Everyone is invited to join the fun of planning another successful fundraiser!
3rd - ROSE SALE orders are coming in!  Be sure to give yours to John Buck by Monday, September 21 to surprise someone with a beautiful dozen roses in October!!!  
Emmett Rotary - Making History and having fun doing it!

Inaguaral EVENING Rotary Meeting this week!

Rotary Club of Emmett’s Membership Opportunities Expanding
The Emmett Rotary Club is excited to announce that starting on September 17, 2015, and on the 3rd Thursday of each month thereafter, the lunch meeting will move to the evening. Those wanting dinner will gather together at 6:30 pm at Idaho Pizza; the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. 
The Club has been looking for ways to accommodate those in our community who work outside of Emmett, or are otherwise unable to attend the hourly noon meeting, yet want to be involved in service opportunities locally and further abroad.  The best part of this evening gathering will be the focus.  Rather than the usual meeting and program or projects discussion, the focus will be on weekly community service projects.  All attending will work together or in teams to complete a specific service project the same evening.  Imagine the impact we’ll make!
If you have ever thought about becoming a Rotarian but weren’t able to attend the weekly luncheon meetings, this is your chance to come see what we are all about.  We come from all walks of life and believe strongly in our motto, “Service Above Self”.  Emmett Rotary supports our community with events such as the Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction, the annual rose sale (which benefits the Senior Center), working at the Community Garden, cooking Friendship Coalition meals, serving at the Relay for Life Survivor’s Dinner, working the parking for Cherry Festival, sponsoring a booth for the EHS Cheer Team at the Gem/Boise County Fair, participating in Rake Up Emmett in the fall, roadside clean-up, and the list goes on. As for international efforts and participation, we are hosting an exchange student from Austria this year and, in conjunction with KT’s Lanes, hosting the annual Pins 4 Polio event in the fall with the majority of the funds raised going to efforts to eradicate polio.  Each calendar year brings new avenues to serve our community.
Consider this your invitation to come see what Rotary is all about!  Questions?  Contact Ammon Andelin at Key Bank or Kent Adams at Edward Jones’ office.  
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District Governor Visit

District Governor Ken Howell Visits Emmett Rotary

On Thursday, September 9, District 5400 Governor Ken Howell visited the Rotarians of Emmett.  
He held a meeting with the Emmett Rotary Board of Directors for two hours prior to attending the luncheon meeting.  
Many items were discussed relating to Emmett's progress and future plans.
 District Governor and Assistant Governor Mike Sieler gave those in attendance an official pin of International Rotary President K. R. Ravindran depicting the 2015-16 logo, "Be A Gift To The World".  
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Evening Meeting Next Week, Sept 17

REMINDER!  Next Thursday, September 17, the Rotary Club of Emmett will hold it's very first EVENING MEETING at 6:30 PM for all Rotarians and any guests.  Guests of a Rotarian will be the financial responsibility of the Rotarian - just like always.  Those that come at 7 will attend only the meeting which will include a brief introduction to Rotary by our President Kent Adams and then "hi ho - it's off to work we go" on the project outlined by Dave Thompson at the Emmett Senior Center.  It promises to be a fun, productive meeting so be sure to be there..SAME PLACE, SAME DAY.....DIFFERENT TIME!
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2016 Youth Benefit Auction Theme

DRUM ROLL, please....
SAVE THE DATE!  You won't want to miss the Rotary Club of Emmett's  2016 Youth Benefit Auction and Dinner!
Flip Flops and Flamingos presents
Superheroes vs. Villains, A Benefit Auction and Dinner for Youth
May 7, 2016
Emmett City Park
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2016 Youth Auction Date and Theme Set

SAVE THE DATE!  You won't want to miss the Rotary Club of Emmett's  2016 Youth Benefit Auction and Dinner!
Flip Flops and Flamingos presents
Superheroes vs. Villains, A Benefit Auction and Dinner for Youth
May 7, 2016
Emmett City Park
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Our 2015-16 Exchange Student, Michael Kaczmarek!!!

Michael was welcomed to Idaho by a group of Rotarians and has made his first home at the Vetter's.  He will be with us on Thursday at our regular Rotary luncheon meeting so come out and meet him!
Michael is only 14 but his 15th birthday is later this month.  He will be attending Emmett High School as a freshman in the fall.  
Welcome Michael!!!


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The next  innovative and Flexible plan meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 12 at 7 am at Cold Water Creek Restaurant.  EVERYONE is invited to attend as we discuss our first evening meeting on September 17 and make plans!  Come join us!!!  
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It's time to register for the Emmett Triathlon and join the fun.  If you don't plan to participate in the triathlon itself on August 8, ROTARIANS will be needed to help out!  Please contact Rick Walth to volunteer your time for this huge event!!!
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K.R. Ravindran
President, 2015-16
T +1.847.866.3235
F +1.847.866.3390

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

We’re delighted to report that [today] Nigeria has passed one year with no new cases of the wild poliovirus.  This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way since the bleak years when the virus reached its peak. It was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa- three quarters of all cases in the world.

We congratulate Rotarians who have donated $688.5 million to fight polio throughout Africa, including more than $200 million to Nigeria. We congratulate Rotarians from Africa and around the world who have also devoted countless hours to immunize the children who now have the opportunity for healthier, happier lives.  With the ambitious scope of Rotary’s PolioPlus program, our efforts are having a far-reaching, transformative impact beyond the eradication of polio.

With the infrastructure put in place by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Nigeria not only reduced its polio caseload by 90% in 2014, but it also successfully thwarted the world’s most lethal Ebola outbreak to date, in only 90 days, a response faster than even the U.S., and rightly praised by the World Health Organization as ‘world-class’.

In Nigeria and elsewhere, the Initiative provides a blueprint to reach all children with a package of lifesaving vaccines and health interventions. This is a vital step on the path to human development, as we know that with improved public health, more resources can be channeled towards education and economic growth.

If the stringent World Health Organization testing criteria are met, then Nigeria could be removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September of this year.

However, our work is not done. We know that polio can easily return, with devastating consequences, if we don’t stamp it out now.  We must act, as Rotarians do, to build on the progress made and stop polio once and for all. We have a narrow window of opportunity to achieve this, and if we fail, we could witness up to 200,000 cases a year in the near future.

So how can we finally make history and end polio now?

Today, we must protect the progress made in Nigeria, and support Pakistan and Afghanistan, the other two remaining polio-endemic countries.  Protecting progress means enhancing surveillance, routine immunization, and community engagement in Nigeria and other countries where transmission has been stopped.  Supporting Pakistan and Afghanistan means full political and financial commitment to eradicating polio; vaccination of all children in these countries; high quality surveillance, and the accomplishment of all the expert recommendations as part of the GPEI’s Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan.

Visit to download a toolkit of materials to help you share this progress – and the need for continued commitment in the coming years – with your Rotary club, your communities and your elected officials.

This all requires time, energy and investment. Pakistan’s budget requirements for polio eradication activities from 2016-2018 amounts to $305.7 million, and if we can raise this sum now, a polio-free world will reap financial savings of US$50 billion over the next 20 years and prove what’s possible when the global community comes together to improve children’s lives.

Your donation to PolioPlus will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your contribution.

Thirty years ago we told the world what Rotary believes: that we can achieve the eradication of only the second human disease in history. Our belief is becoming reality. For every child, let’s make sure that reality is a bright one.

Warm Regards,
Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran and Rotary Foundation Chair Ray Klinginsmith

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Highway Cleanup for spring will be on Saturday, June 13.  Meet at Tom's Cabin at 8:00 am for breakfast together OR be there at 9:00 am to start the clean-up of HWY 52 between Dewey Rd and Bowman Rd.  All hands are needed for this to go quickly so come on out and enjoy the fun!
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On Wednesday, May 27, the Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation President, Perry Jenkins, distributed checks to all 27 youth groups who applied and helped us make our Flip Flop & Flamingos Benefit Dinner and Auction a huge success  Due to that success, each group received all they requested!  Congratulations to all! 
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Rotary Club of Emmett Earns The Humanity in Motion Award

The Rotary Club of Emmett was awarded both the Distinguished Service Award and the Humanity in Motion Award at the recent District 5400 Conference in Sun Valley.  The Humanity in Motion Award is the highest honor given and comes with a check for $1000.00! 
Representing the Rotary Club of Emmett were (back row) Terry Jones, District Governor Rick Phillips, Kent Adams, John Buck, Tim Fleming and Brian Stone; (front row) Dottie Jones, Kathy Buck and Vicky Page.   You can only imagine the excitement when it was announced we had won!   Thank you, GEM COUNTY, for all your support of our efforts this year!  We are proud to represent you at conferences such as these.

Flip Flops & Flamingos Dinner and Auction on May 2

The flamingos are wearing flip-flops and headed to the 'tropical island" at Emmett High School on May 2 for the Flip- Flop & Flamingo Rotary Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction.  The evening is packed with a wonderful dinner at 5:00 pm with hula dancers, island music and a special live and silent auction.
At 7:00 pm the doors will open for all who want to attend the 43rd Annual Youth Benefit Auction!   It promises to be a fun evening with our professional auctioneers and lots of great items!  Many of our local merchants donated to make this a profitable evening for the kids in our county!  Come join the fun!  It's too late to get those dinner tickets but certainly not too late to attend the auction!  See you there!
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Join us on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 10:00am CDT/Chicago time (UTC-5) for the fifth and final installment of the Membership Matters! webinar series.  This webinar, How to Recruit New Members and Strengthen Your Club, will share some of the exciting ways clubs around the world are growing and strengthening their membership using creative strategies for attracting new members.

Space is limited so please register now and plan to attend the webinar.

About the panelists:

Rotary International Director-elect Jennifer Jones – Jennifer Jones is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Canada and has been a Rotarian since she was 27 years old.  A popular speaker and trainer at Rotary events, Jones has served as Club President, District Governor, a multiple-time District Conference Presidential Representative, and a leader for several Rotary Committees.  She will continue her commitment to strengthening Rotary’s membership during her term on the 2015-16 RI Board of Directors.

Rotary Coordinator & RIBI Membership Chairman Robin Brown – Robin Brown is a member of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District in England and has been a Rotarian for almost 25 years.  He has previously served Rotary as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator, Chairman of the RIBI Leadership, Development and Training Committee and as District Governor, where he successfully oversaw net membership growth during his term. Brown was selected by RI President Gary Huang as one of his District Conference Presidential Representatives. 




Dear Emmett Rotarians,
Sometimes it seems that even when you are trying to do the right thing, the world turns a cold shoulder and says "no".
Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, an educator from Duarte, CA., was invited to join the Duarte Rotary Club in 1976.  Little did she know the firestorm that would erupt in her quest to do the right thing and become a Rotarian. Dr. Whitlock is coming to the Sun Valley Conference next month to share her story to the family of Rotary in Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
Pocatello Rotarian Rich Kirkham, president-elect of the Pocatello club, and a member of our conference planning team, has developed a short youtube video of Dr. Whitlock's quest to become a Rotarian.
If you need a little inspiration today.....I invite you to take a look:
Reminder:  While the early registration fee discount has passed, a $35 discount is still available to all first-time district conference attendees.  More information at

Rick G Phillips
District Governor, 2014-2015
Rotary International District 5400
P.O. Box 912
Pocatello, ID  83204
(208) 235-5685   Office
(208) 241-8911   Mobile



By the time you receive this bulletin, May 2nd will be less than five days away!  We are excited BUT - there is still a lot of work to be done!  
Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM, (May 1), we are meeting at Emmett High School to start decorating. Even if you don't think you know anything about decorating, you can still help!!!  We are stringing wire and fishnet, hanging posters, setting up tables and chairs...all sorts of fun stuff!  Come join us as we turn the EHS Atrium into an island oasis!  Yes, the flamingos will be there too!
Thanks, in advance, for your help and your support.  We feel like we are on the down-hill slide and hopefully all goes well next Saturday night!!!
Kathy & John
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If you are available this afternoon...our Rotary Club is cooking chicken for the Friendship Coalition dinner today.  Extra hands are always welcome!  Meet up with Mark W. at the United Methodist Church, 1500 E Locust St, to  help out.


It's HERE!  YAD (Youth Appreciation Day) is this Saturday, April 25 at the Emmett Sports Complex from 11 am - 3 pm. Many of our Rotarians have been working on this fun day for the kids of Gem County. There have been weekly luncheon meetings, food items, bouncy houses and even porta-potties to secure.  None of this could be done without the work of many, including but not limited to Rotarians.   If you signed up to help on Saturday, please be sure to be at the site by 10 to help set up.  It promises to be a day of sunshine with temps predicted to be in the 70's!  Bring your kids and enjoy a full day just for them!  All the games and activitie are FREE - there is a nominal fee for the food items.  Don't forget the sunscreen! 


This week's club visit is to the Ontario, Oregon club.  Those wanting to go need to contact Terry Jones,, TODAY (4/21) He will be contacting the Oregon club president to let  him/her know we are coming.  Again, we will meet at the Walgreen's parking lot at 11:00.  Having only gone on one visit, I'm hooked!  It's a great time to meet new people, gain new ideas and share about our fantastic club!  Come, join us!
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FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS are reminded of their meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 am at the Pizza Factory to discuss the final push for the Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction.


We've hit a sandtrap in planning our Golf Tournament - it will need to be rescheduled for early this fall or next spring.  Keep those golf clubs handy and watch the bulletin for details as they happen.
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E&J's Barber Shop Donates to Rotary

THANK YOU, E & J's Barber Shop for your generous $100 Donation to the Rotary Club of Emmett on the occasion of your FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

Be sure to visit E&J's Barber Shop THIS WEEK on WEDNESDAY to help them celebrate their 1st Anniversary and support the Rotary Club of Emmett!
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Mayor Petrie Signs YAD Declaration


On Tuesday, April 7, Emmett Mayor Petrie signed the official declaration for the 2015 Youth Appreciation Day on April 25, 2015 at the Gem County Sports Complex.  Shown with the Mayor are County Commissioners Mark Rekow, Bill Buttucci, Bryan Elliott and students from Shadow Butte Elementary. Youth Appreciation Day is a day of free activities for all the youth of Gem County. Food items are available for a nominal fee also. Bring your kids and grandkids!
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Flip Flops & Flamingos Sale Bill

The Sale Bill for the 2015 Youth Benefit Auction is published in the April 8 edition of the Messenger-Index - a full FOUR WEEKS before the event!  Thank you everyone, for doing your part and getting those donations and sponsors!  It's going to be a great evening of fun, entertainment and raising money for kids.  What a wonderful way to spend our efforts - collectively, we can do this!!! 
If you haven't had a chance to pick up the promised items from merchants, please do so as soon as you can.  They are being stored at Potter Funeral Chapel and Perry Jenkin's office.  
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We will be doing some club visits this month (but not to Hawaii) to promote Flip Flops and Flamingos!  If you want to join us, let Terry Jones know!  Terry is organizing "field trips" to the various club meetings in Caldwell, Ontario, Eagle, etc.  The first one is Wednesday, April 15 to Caldwell!
Watch for emails as the other club visits are lined up.  Of course, we want to be promoting the Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction AND YAD!
President Tim enjoyed his club visit in Kona, Hawaii last month.
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Twenty eight members of the Rotary Club of Emmett voted to pursue the 2015-2017 Pilot for Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club program.  The committee is finishing the paperwork today and will be submitting it to Rotary International by the deadline tomorrow. For those not attending the meeting it was discussed that we need to do something to encourage participation of potential members in our community who cannot make the weekly lunchtime meetings because they work "over the hill" or are bound to their offices during that time of day.  In response to that need, it was suggested that Rotary Club of Emmett hold one of their weekly meetings in the evening as a way to accommodate those people.  
The next suggestion was that we pursue "company/corporate" or "family" memberships.  This would allow a co-worker or family member of a Rotarian to attend a meeting in place of the Rotarian if he/she could not attend a meeting for one reason or another.  That would mean the Rotarian would not get charged for an absence and it could serve as encouragement to the co-member to join as they become more familiar with Rotary and the service we provide.
Either one of these could create major change in how we currently do business.  The word COULD is very important as there are some variables.  Once we submit our plan, it may or may not be accepted by Rotary International.  The timeline for that decision is the end of May.  Only sixty to seventy clubs will be chosen from the USA, Canada and Caribbean area.  If our submission is approved, we then have until June to finalize our plans and make appropriate changes to the club by-laws.  The Pilot program goes into effect July 1, 2015.  We need to be aware that a requirement of the plan is that we demonstrate a +2 membership growth by July 2016 and another +2 by July 2017.  If, at the end of the pilot, Rotary International does not change their constitutional documents, the club will revert to RI's current constitutional documents.
The Pilot Committee will keep you apprised of the progress and we thank you for your support as we move forward!

Tickets! Tickets! Who Sold Their Tickets?

Each Rotarian was given 2 tickets to sell for the Flip Flops and Flamingos dinner.  If you didn't receive yours, see Kathy on Thursday.Ticket stubs and money for the dinner tickets are due BY APRIL 15.  You can give them to Kathy or John Buck.  John will be giving the caterer our count that afternoon.
Thanks everyone!
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SALE BILL ITEMS DUE! sure to contact the businesses on your list and verify the donations.  The final needs to be given to Kathy by Thursday for inclusion on the Sale Bill which will be printed and distributed around town.  We want to be sure EVERY merchant is included who is participating.
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HOPEFULLY, you have had time to read and think about the 2015-17 Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club Pilot materials that were sent to you via email a couple weeks ago. We, as a club, need to vote on the plans for our club to participate in this pilot this week. The plan will be presented at Thursday's meeting with time being given for questions, ideas, and polishing the application.  The application is due March 31 so your input is not only need, it is vital.  If approved by the membership, this would be a two-year program starting in July, 2015.
For your convenience, another copy of the information on this pilot is being sent to you in another email today.


The decoration committee for the FLIP FLOPS & FLAMINGOS dinner and auction will be this SATURDAY, MARCH 21 at 10:00 at Potters Funeral Chapel in the garage!
Everyone is welcome....come join us as we unpack boxes of decorations and make decisions on what will go where; work on table centerpieces, determine what supplies we need and when we will meet to put them all together.   You don't need to commit to EVERYTHING but please come and share.  We want everyone's ideas!!!
Questions?  Call Kathy at 208-964-1528 (cell)


Shadow Butte Elementary is starting a project that will alleviate some of the effects of poverty with the kids they see every day: the HUSKY CLOSET. The HUSKY CLOSET will allow children to obtain clothing when they are in need. Sadly, there are many kids who do not have adequate clothing, even undergarments. They are hoping to spread the word that they are collecting gently used clothing in all kids' sizes as well as monetary donations. Money will be used to purchase new socks and undergarments. They are asking for our support.  Shannon Anderson is the organizer and she would be happy to talk with you personally or come to a Rotary meeting to share.  You can reach her by calling  Shannon Anderson 365-0877 (Shadow Butte)
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Rotary Club Members,
There is an immediate need for mentors in the Middleton area.  Please take a look at the information below and see if you might be interested in this great opportunity!
Surely you’ve had a time in your life when you’ve thought “Man, today’s kids just aren’t prepared for the workforce. I wish I could do something about it!”
Become a Junior Achievement of Idaho’s Classroom Mentor!  Junior Achievement of Idaho is a non-profit organization that uses community and business volunteers to educate students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.  This is a fantastic “turnkey” volunteer program that will quickly provide you with the knowledge and materials you need to make a huge difference in these kids’ lives.
As a classroom mentor, you will:
·        Teach fun, interactive lessons about business and free enterprise; Commit only a few hours – teach five, 30-minute lessons for elementary programs (grades K-1), five to six, 45-minute lessons for elementary and middle (grades 2-6), or seven to twelve, 45-minute-1 hour lessons for high school classes depending upon the program;
·        Schedule classroom visits to fit into your schedule (weekly, daily for a week, twice a week, etc.);
·        Be provided with classroom materials, step-by-step lesson plans and a 1 hour training session to ensure that you are comfortable entering the classroom;
·        Select a grade level and school location, then coordinate visits directly with a classroom teacher – all for your convenience;
·        Provide relevance to what students learn; show students the link between education and future opportunity.
To see an overview of programs and their descriptions, please visit:
Note:  You may have to copy and past the above address for it to work....


Welcome Rotary Clubs of Idaho!
You will receive a special price for the Steelheads hockey game on Friday, March 20th, 2015 v. the Colorado Eagles. Tickets will be $15.00 (normal full price is $19.00) & $5 from each ticket purchased via this link will go back to PolioPlus!
Game time is 7:10 p.m.
All tickets include a Lay's Meal Deal voucher for a RR Ranch hot dog, chips, and small Pepsi product.
Tickets will be located on the Upper Level of CenturyLink Arena. Ticket orders must be placed at least 8 hours prior to game date OR subject to availability.
To purchase tickets, simply click the link below and enter the username and password provided. Username: ROTARY Password: HOCKEY
note:  This info was just received by our President this week - the game is Friday night.  Sounds like fun!


HERE THEY COME!!!   The Pink Flamingos are coming to Emmett!!!  The first  "flock" arrived on Tuesday, March 17 in the front yard of TRI COUNTY SURVEYING, one of the many VIP/Corporate Sponsors of the May 2 Rotary Club's Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction.  Watch for more "flocks" as we celebrate our VIP/Corporate Sponsors during the rest of  this month and all of April.  Yes, the "flocks" will appear at the May 2 Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction.  You won't want to miss this event!  Need dinner tickets?  Contact Kathy Buck at or 208-963-1528 (cell).  Individual dinner tickets are only $50 each and include a roasted pig dinner with all the fixings, hula dancers, free raffle tickets and exclusive access to special live and silent auction items.  Dinner is at 5:00 p.m. at Emmett High School.  EVERYONE is invited!

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Youth Appreciation Day (YAD) coming soon...


  Saturday, April 25, 2015 
11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.  
Gem Island Sports Complex
Encourage your family, your neighbors, your friends - any one with kids to take them to the Youth Appreciation Day where everything except the food is FREE!  And, the food has a very minimal price tag! 
Let's hope for lots of sunshine, lots of kids and lots of FUN!

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Youth Appreciation Day Is COMING!

April 25, 2015       11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gem Island Sports Complex
 !! Free Events for Kids !!
Minimal cost for food items
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 A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the VIP/Corporate Sponsors for the 2015 Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction!  

Fleming Law Offices, PLLC

Potter Funeral Chapel

Valley Family Medical

Idaho Power

B&W Fuels, Inc.

Matt Heath/Kyle Stratton – Evans Realty

Taylor Brothers Fire & Safety, Inc. and Bare Metal Standard

Little Land & Livestock

Saber Mountain Publishers

Mayor Gordon Petrie

Rocky Mountain Granite & Tile, Inc.

Edward Jones

The Everest Group

4T Construction

Alliance Title

Evans Realty

Tri County Surveying

Wallace Family Dentistry

KT's Lanes

Walter Knox Memorial Hospital

Sonbyrd Industries, Inc

Black Canyon Family Medical

Alta Mesa Holdings, LP

Amazing Idaho Real Estate

Keene Bail Bonds/Rim Fire Ranch

Gem County Farm Bureau

Idaho Pizza


Emmett Automotive Repair & Muffler/Kim's Paint Center

Huck & Finn's/Gem Lounge

LaCosta Mexican Restaurant

Larry Sawyer

RW Painting

Gem County Towing (GCAT)



they are supporting all the youth of Gem County!


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THANK YOU for turning in your COMPLETED MERCHANT CONTACT SHEETS last week!!! The spreadsheet still has a few blanks so please get those back to Perry right away!
Thanks, Everyone!!
We are still looking for plastic (or whatever) flamingos and now PALM TREES for the decor....let Kathy OR John know if you have a lead on either one or both!!  
The DECORATION COMMITTEE will be meeting later this month at Potters (with a "field trip" to Emmett High School hopefully, to  lay out the decorations and see what we already have and what we need to have donated or purchase.  If you want to serve on that committee, send Kathy an email ( So far, we have Marilyn Knighton, Dian Streeby, Anita Taylor, Vicky Page and Lisa Vetter on the committee.  
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At the District 5400 Mid Winter Assembly on February 28, we were treated to a video presentation by Michael McQueen, author of "The New Rules of Engagement", a book centered on the reasons the Generation Y/Milleniels are or are not joining clubs like Rotary.  He spoke specifically about Rotary and what our clubs offer, how we advertise ourselves, how we welcome visitors to our club meetings, how and WHY we do certain things, etc.  It was a very enlightening session and it was interesting to note that the main strategy seemed to be questions we need to ask ourselves:
1 - Do we want to engage young people in our club?
2 - Are we even expecting to?
Another thought provoking statement was we need to FOCUS on the OUTCOME, not the process.   Rotary is the way to produce the OUTCOME, Rotary is the vehicle.  He challenged us to be OUTCOME and PURPOSE DRIVEN. 
There was so much more shared!  We are hoping to obtain the video to share at a couple of our club meetings.
Jim Hugge shared about the CADRE Membership Development program, Marianne Barker gave us information on the R.I. and District awards (most deadlines are March 31!) for our clubs and District 5400 President Elect Ken Howell shared his vision and the new logo for the 2015-2016 Rotary International year which is, "Be A Gift To The World".  In his presentation, Ken pointed out that the word "BE" was the most important word in the slogan.  We have to BE ourselves, BE relevant and BE enthusiastic.  
Those attending were President Tim Fleming, Terry Jones, Emily Fleming (representing Interact), and Kathy Buck.
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Next THURSDAY, MARCH 5 - remember to turn in your completed merchant contact sheet to Perry! Having these done this early will give us time to advertise and promote the auction!! Any donations received can be stored at Potter Chapel or at Perry's office.  Just let John or Perry know what you need.
If you have leads on possible table sponsors, or have one committed, be sure to let Tim know so we can have a complete master list...again, advertising is a promise we give them so we want to be fair to all who have committed!  We will be putting articles in the Messenger and the Gazette as often as possible to advertise.
The fun is just beginning!  
**Dian donated a lot of island type decorations that the Chamber has used in the past so we will be using those with the addition of some flamingos.  And, we even have a lead on where we MIGHT get some of those.  If you have any floating around that we can borrow for that night or know someone who does, let John or Kathy know.  
**Dinner tickets will be available this week for you to sell.
**Raffle tickets are selling well.  
SAVE THE DATE....May 2nd!!!  
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Posted by Rick Phillips on Feb 22, 2015
Our Rotary District neighbors to the south, Utah District 5420, has extended a special invitation to Idaho Rotary RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, Rotaract, friends, and adult Rotarians to join them this summer for their annual Mexico Youth Service and Adventure Project.  But we have to respond quickly to get in on this opportunity with Utah. 
Total cost for the week long service and adventure experience in Mexico is only $1300 per person, which includes transportation, lodging, food, and building materials.   Participants stay at a very comfortable beach-front condominium project in Puerto Penasco,  Mexico, and work with two local Foundations to spend the days building homes for poverty-stricken residents of nearby communities.   When they are not building homes, participants are learning about local culture, enjoying the food, and making new friends. Minimum age is 16, unless accompanied by an adult, and the maximum age is 30.   See attached fact sheets for more details.
We have been invited to fill 20 seats on this year's project, which includes one adult for each five students.  A non-refundable $250 deposit which is due ASAP will secure a spot in this adventure.  We have also been invited to share in Utah's citrus fundraising project to help students raise the funds they need to participate.
As district leaders, we appreciate the invitation from Utah District 5420 to participate in their project.   Our district's New Generation Committee members are asking all Rotarians to help identify youth in their sphere of influence who might participate.
George Chandler of the Pocatello Club (,  208 241-877) is our official liaison with the Utah District, and can help clubs and individuals get connected.  All the details, including registration for youth and adults can be found  
As they say on TV...this is a "limited time opportunity"  The Utah district needs to contract busses, arrange for food, lodging and all the logistics of making this project work.  For the past six years, this has been a life-changing experience for the youth of Rotary District 5420, and we are thrilled that they have invited us to participate.
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Posted by Rick Phillips on Feb 22, 2015
It was the first time in my life that I realized I couldn’t read.  And it was scary.
When I was president-elect of the Pocatello Club, they sponsored my costs to attend that year’s Rotary International convention in Copenhagen.  I’d traveled a bit internationally, so I was not too concerned about language, getting around, etc.   English is the official language of Rotary International, so I knew all I had to do was catch the shuttle busses to the convention center and everything would be fine
And it was….until that beautiful Copenhagen afternoon when I decided I would rent a bicycle from the hotel and join the seemingly millions of bicyclist moving around the city.  I couldn’t help but get caught up in the flow of the bike traffic, and totally enjoyed seeing parts of the city and watching the citizens of Copenhagen peddle their bikes around with such ease.
At one point, I was approaching a crossroads, and realized that I didn’t know where I was or how to get back to my hotel.   To my relief, on the corner I found a tall pole with dozens of signs and arrows providing direction to different parts of the city.  However, when I got close enough to read them, I discovered none of them were in English.
It was one of my Rotary moments:  Here I was at a Rotary International gathering, an organization that champions literacy around the world, and I was in a spot where I was absolutely illiterate.    Once the irony of the moment passed, I felt a sense of panic begin in my stomach and move its way up.
First, I tried to look brave and unaffected.  I rode a bit one way, and realized I had not been there.  I tried another way, then another, then another.  I was lost, and realized my stopping, going, and turning around was disrupting the normal flow of the heavy bike traffic.  I looked for friendly people who I might ask for directions…but when I finally found courage to ask, I discovered our language barrier.
I noticed two young Dutch girls coming my way on bicycles, obviously talking about and laughing at me.  I must have looked rather pitiful, for they stopped, and in very broken English asked if they could help me.  I spoke the name of the hotel, which only brought confused looks on their faces.  I suddenly realized I had a plastic hotel key in my pocket with the name and address of the hotel printed on the sleeve.  I pulled it out and gave it to the girls.  In unison, they both said “Ah”, and began to tell me, in Dutch, how to get there.  My confused face must have affected them, because they gave me back my key, and invited me to follow them.   Within 20 minutes I was back at the hotel, and the two girls were still laughing at me as they peddled away.
I didn’t mind them laughing at me, because I was safely back at my hotel.  But I wondered what it would be like to be illiterate, and helpless, and to be laughed at.  I wondered if illiterate people try to look brave and unaffected like I did, but live with a constant sense of embarrassment or panic in new or strange situations.  I wondered if they, like me, felt fear and frustration when they find themselves in a society of rules, directions, and regulations, with absolutely no sense of what they all mean.
Oh Lord, let us, as Rotarians, be instruments of your peace.   Where there is despair, let us, as Rotarians, deliver hope.  Where there is hatred; let us, as Rotarian, sow love.  And where there is darkness; in spirit, in literacy, or understanding, let us, as Rotarians, be the light.
Let us Light up Rotary through Literacy.
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Rotarians Raised $2802.67 For The Friendship Coalition Food Bank!

President Tim Fleming welcomes Janet Monti from the Emmett Friendship Coalition and explains the Souper Bowl event and Rotary's commitment to assist our community in any way that we can.
Souper Bowl Chairman David Thompson presents check to Janet Monti.
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Welcome Brian Gregory!

The Emmett Rotary Club welcomes Brian Gregory as its newest member.  Shown here with President Tim Fleming, Brian accepts the privilege of becoming a Rotarian. It was wonderful to see Brian's family join us for the induction as well as one of  his friends.
Congratulations, Brian!
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AmazonSmiles for Emmett Rotary Foundation

Don't forget to use AMAZON SMILES to profit our Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation!  Just go to, list Rotary Club of Emmett as your benefactor and .5% of all eligible shopping will go to the Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation!  It's easy!  It doesn't change how you shop, even if you have Amazon Prime....
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Youth Benefit Auction Recipients

The following Gem County youth groups have applied and will receive funding from the proceeds raised at the 2015 Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction.  The amount they receive will depend on how much is raised.  The requests total a little over $25,000.00.
4 H Leaders Council
4H Fishers
Big 4 Swine Club
Business Kids Academy
County Fair Model Craft
EHS Advanced Theater
EHS Cheer Team
EHS Dance Team
Emmett Com Playhouse
Emmett LaCrosse
Emmett Legion Baseball
Emmett Little League
Emmett Public Library
Emmett Youth Bowlers
Gem County Rec District
GEM SWCD/Squaw Creek SCD
Gem/Boise County Extension 4-H
Girl Scouts
Letha Easter Egg Hunt
Nazarene Youth Camp
Operation Teen Elf
Project Graduation
Scooters Hunting Camp
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Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction Kick Off Event

Gem County residents are invited to attend the Kick Off event for the Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction on February 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gem County Courthouse.  It is important that everyone who applied for funds from the Emmett Rotary Foundation attend!  If you can't be there, be sure you send someone to represent you or your group.  Your participation in this and other activities leading up to the Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction on May 2  at Emmett High School is necessary to raise the over $25,000 requested.  All funds raised will benefit the Youth of Gem County.
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Terry Jones on Australia

This Thursday is the day!  Come visit the Emmett Rotary Club as our guest speaker and member, Terry Jones shares about his recent trip to Australia! He has photo's to share and stories to tell!  That's this Thursday, January 29, at noon at the Pizza Factory!  See you there!
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April 25 - Youth Appreciation Day
May 2  - Youth Benefit Dinner and Auction, Emmett High School

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Posted on Oct 12, 2014

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Thanks to the amazing efforts of club members Sue Beitia and Dian Streeby, the Emmett Rotary INTERACT has qualified to become a chartered club!  Sue presented the information to the club board at its recent meeting on October 9.  This is an exciting time for our club and for the teenagers of Emmett!  

Our Emmett Interact Club is open to all youth, ages 12-18. The club is service oriented, but also explores various career options. In cooperation with the town, members are also members of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce and, working together, they do several projects to help the town and the community at large.  
For more information contact Sue Beitia - 365-5988


Please don't forget to gather your aluminum can for our Interact group. They're community project is assisting PALS to raise money with aluminum can drive. The next can pick up is:________________________.

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Pins 4 Polio SUCCESS
The recent Pins 4 Polio event was a huge success.  We set a goal of raising $1000.00 and that amount was actually doubled, and then some!  Fifty (50) bowlers participated in our 7 Pin No Tap Strike Out Polio on October 25 at KT's Lanes in Emmett.  In addition, 15 lane sponsors and a wealth of donations for our Silent Auction added to the profits.  THANK  YOU, EMMETT for your support!   A check in the amount of $2000.11 will be presented to a representative from our district Rotary in the near future.  All of the profit goes toward the Rotary Foundation's efforts to eradicate polio in the world.  We are so very close as only 3 countries remain in the world where polio even exists.  The importance of eradicating this dreadful disease lies in the fact that if we don't it could return  - yes, even in the United States.  
It's not to late to donate!  Donations can be sent to Pins 4 Polio, 1248 Morehouse Road, Emmett, Idaho; checks made payable to Emmett Rotary.  You are also welcome to drop off your donation at Potter Funeral Chapel or Fleming Law Offices or give it to any Emmett Rotary member,
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Rotary Foundation

Sue Beitia attended the Rotary Foundation meeting in Boise on Saturday representing our club.  Come to the meeting this Thursday to hear all the new things happening with both the district and the national Rotary Foundations!
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District Governor Nominations Due

Your District 5400 Leadership Council is in search of nominations for District Governor to serve in Rotary Year 2017-18.  To be district governor, a Rotarian must have served one full term as club president (or partial term in the case of a charter president), be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district, and demonstrate the willingness, commitment and ability, to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor.  It is beneficial, though not required, that candidates have served the district in a leadership capacity, as a member of the District Leadership Council, as Assistant Governor, or as chair of a district committee or significant subcommittee.  Please send your recommendations to me before Oct. 1, 2014.  While nomination by a club will ultimately be needed, anyone can send me the name of a potential candidate at this stage of the process. Feel free to call or email me if you have questions. 
Yours in Rotary,
Marianne Barker, Blue Lakes Rotary Club
2013-14 District Governor, Rotary District 5400
20282 Hwy 30, Buhl, ID 83316   H: 208-543-5617; C: 208-308-5617
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DARCY MERRITT - December 12 
JAMES BUCK - December 28
DAVE LITTLE - December 28
WENDI & SCOTT KERN -12/12/98, 19 yrs.
DARREN & ANDREA WALLACE - 12/29/91, 26 yrs. 
KENT ADAMS - 12/3/09    8 YRS

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Annual Rose Sale

All Rose Sale orders are due this THURSDAY - September 18. 

Remember all proceeds go to help the Senior Citizens Center run their bus.

Our goal is to sell 100 dozen roses!!  

Did we make our goal? 

Turn in your orders on Thursday and find out!   

Roses will be delivered October 2 

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District Governor Visits Emmett

District Governor Rick Phillips visited the Rotary Club of Emmett on September 4 and stated, ROTARY CURES POLIO - that's what Rotary is and does.  We are "this close - barely an inch" away from curing polio around the world.    By 2018, our goal is that the world will be Polio Free!!!  Together we can reach this goal.   Let's "Light Up Rotary" this year as we continue our giving to the Rotary Foundation and become even more involved in the programs of the Emmett Club as well as attending our District Conference, May 15-16 in Sun Valley, the Rotary Foundation Summit highlighted below and the International Conference in Brazil, June 7-10.  All members of Rotary are invited to attend any or all of these events.
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1st Annual Treasure Valley Rotary Day

Join Rotarians from across the Treasure Valley at the 1st Annual Treasure Valley Rotary Day, September 10, 2014 at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, Id.  Special guest speakers will share their personal experiences of SERVICE ABOVE SELF.  This is a great opportunity to share Rotary with a prospective member!
Of the $20.00 fee (which includes dinner and a no host bar), $10.00 goes back to the local club!  Come join the fun at The Riverside Hotel in Boise for this inaugural event!
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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Apr 29, 2012
ImageOur guests last week were Nina Gammons (former Assistant District Governor) Matt Heath, Eddie Heath, Stacey Vogel, Miranda Petrie and Di Cluff............We had a chance to meet TJ's new puppy at Y.A.D.......on his way to 200 pounds of pure terror.... ......thanks to TJ for fixing up our room at LaCosta with new banners......we had 39 people packed in there last week!.......
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Y.A.D. a Blast!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012
ImageThe day dawned a little damp and cloudy but by early afternoon the sun was shining and all was well! The Island was crawling with kids of all ages! Our hamburgers and hot dogs were a big hit, not just because of the "deal" but because they tasted good! Not sure of the numbers, but we sold out of everything we had. Looked like about 17 Rotarians helped out during the event. Wurty was the best dressed, of course!
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Youth Auction a Success!!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012
ImageOur 40th Annual Youth Auction was another huge success! We had about 85 bidding numbers in on the action. The final figures aren't in yet, but it looks like we grossed around $15,000!!  Doc Stone wasn't bashful with his checkbook and John Buck made sure Mr. Beitia spent more than he meant to. Lots of fruit, lots of honey and lots of gas cans (aren't they gone yet?)
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Meet Our Newest Member - Clark Elkins

Posted on Apr 15, 2012
ImageDR. Clark Elkins joined our Rotary family last week. Clark grew up around Reno, did his mission in the Basque Region of Spain, went to Dental School at Temple University in Philadelphia. He then joined the US Navy where he got his dental training aboard a ship chasing Somali pirates off the coast of Africa. Clark has a lot of family in the Treasure Valley so he jumped on the opportunity to come back and open his dental practice. He purchased the former Dr. Rooks practice last December.

Clark's Dad was a Rotarian so its in his blood! He and wife Beth and five kids (ages 2-11) live in Meridian. In his spare time he and his brother make music - watch for them to appear at the Winery!
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Meet Brenda St. Pierre

Posted on Feb 27, 2012
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We welcomed Brenda St. Pierre to our membership last week. Originally from Northern California, Brenda and her husband Steve moved to Emmett 9 years ago. They have three teenage sons who are ALL into snowboarding big time, even at the pro level. While Steve is busy with railroad construction projects here and there, Brenda is the owner of Emmett's STP Concrete. She is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and Women Business Owners. Her hobbies are anything outdoors. Brenda's sponsor is Terry Jones. Welcome to Emmett Rotary!
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Community Service Award to EVFC

Posted on Feb 12, 2012
The Emmett Rotary Club has presented its 2012 Community Service Award to the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition.  In his remarks, John Biggs, Rotary Club President, noted the accomplishments of the Coalition since it was formed four years ago. Not only does the Coalition coordinate the Tuesday evening community dinners at the Methodist Church and the Emmett Food Pantry and garden, but they have created partnerships with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Franz Bakery in Nampa,  Albertsons,  Idaho Fish and Game and countless families throughout Gem County. During 2011, the Coalition, through its various programs, distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food to Gem County families. In addition, the Coalition organized the distribution of more than 500 food boxes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Rotary award included a contribution of $200 which will be matched by a challenge grant from Idaho Power.Image
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Tennessee Interact Club Wins Video Award

Posted on Feb 12, 2012
Mechanical failure prevented us from viewing this video at last week's meeting. Anyway, here's the video that won the first place national award for the Interact Club from Knoxville, Tennessee.
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This Week - Club Assembly

Posted on Feb 06, 2012
 Lots to talk about this week! Youth Appreciation Day, District Conference, Youth Auction, Dictionaries, Rotary foundation, New Member Induction, Community Service Award, and much more!!
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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Jan 30, 2012
ImageOur guests last week were Jefferson Jenkins, James Page and Curt Hall.........we are starting to pass out the assignments for Youth Auction donations -lets get them done ASAP!........Biggs and Page attended last Saturday's District 5400 Mid-Winter Assembly - other clubs are gunning for us!!.........We learned a lot about community health care from Bill Moore last week.......Youth Appreciation Auction and Day is April 27-28, put it on your calendar NOW.........
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Bowling for City Life

Posted on Jan 23, 2012
Last Sunday's bowling tournament to benefit City Life was a lot of fun! 8 Rotarians participated. So, who's the best Rotary Bowler? It's certainly not Wurty, but it's probably Kent, for sure. We were impressed that John Buck's ball matched his uniform, but it didn't help. Organizers considered the day a great success and Wurty went home to an ice pack.Image
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011

The entire staff of the Emmett Rotary News wishes everyone a most joyous holiday with family and friends! Our staff will be taking next week off.....see you next year!!



Unless there is breaking news, we won't publish next week. Please note: Dec  29 speaker will be Carol Briggs from City Life...and Board Members, remember Board Meeting on Jan 5th.

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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Oct 09, 2011
Our guests last week were Dean Roos, Jan Sherman, Kermit Jones and Tim Adams..........we voted to support Ida Church in the amount of $50 for her kids' pumklin/hay ride project during Harvest Festival............don't know how that Festival went, I was at the Ren Faire all day!..........The majority, although not all, of our rose recipients thought they were great! Some reported that they lasted only a short time......the ones I gave to my special gal lasted nearly all week.........ENDPOLIONOW_4pRemember, October is Polio Month - every member is asked to contribute $20.00 to Polio Plus by the end of the month............If technology cooperates, we'll have a slide show of Ren Faire photos for Thursday.........(Vicky, email me your good ones for inclusion) sure to see The Mousetrap at the Emmett Playhouse, coming up next week...Vicky is a star.........  Ron Bjorkman will represent us at this week's District Rotary Foundation Summit in Twin Falls......
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Chorizos and Hot Dogs for Sale!!

Posted on Oct 09, 2011

 ROTARY SPECIAL - THIS WEEK ONLY! We have left over meat from the Ren Faire which we can sell to ourselves at our cost, before they go into deep freeze for or next event.

  • Chorizos from Gem Pack (not too spicey!) $3.00 per pound ( five to a pound) 
  • Hot Dogs ( all beef, the good stuff)  $2.50 per pound.
If you would like to purchase some, please call or text TJ before Thursday (859-5579) - she'll bring them to the meeting.

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Ren Faire Was A Blast!

Posted on Oct 09, 2011
By all accounts, Emmett's first Renaissance Faire was a huge success! It was fun that we could be a part of it! Our turkey legs were a big hit (althought there remains some dispute about the recipe) In any event, we sold out our entire supply of about 120 pieces ion Saturday! We had ample supplies of chorizos and hot dogs for Sunday, which was quite a bit slower. Lots of Rotarians made cookies using authentic medievil recipes - all were delicious. (In fact, we have some left to pass out on Thursday as samples). And we all did such a great job on our costumes! Personally, I would have to award the Best Dressed title to Doc StoneImage. Our booth was decorated just right, too! To see pictures of everyone's get-up, go to our homepage and click on Ren Faire 2011 under Photo Journals. Thanks to everyone who helped out!!  We learned a lot and we'll document our conclusions and thoughts for next year on the AAR.
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Ren Faire is This Weekend!

Posted on Oct 03, 2011
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 The excitement is building to a fever pitch! Idaho's first annual Rennaissance Faire is set to open on Saturday at 11:00 AM. We are finalizing plans for our special menu of Turkey Legs, Corizo, hot dogs, cider and cookies. For those of who are working, you should have a good sense of your "personas" and costume by now. If you still need help, please yell! (editor note: I found a pair of green knee socks at Big 5 for $5.99...for a soccer uniform). Those of you who signed up for the first shift on Saturday should appear by 10:00 for set-up. Cookies should be delivered by 11:00.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2011

 This week will be your chance to turn in your rose order. Proceeds from the sale will go the Senior Center to help support their bus. $20 per dozen. They'll be ready for pickup and delivery on Sept 29th.


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Dictionary Project Soon

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
 Very soon we will kick off this year's Dictionary Project. We'll be presenting a dictionary to all 3rd graders inthe Emmett and Garden Valley schools. Perry has ordered about 200 books. When they arrive, we'll get together to affix Rotary stickers. Perry will schedule times for us to make the presentations at the schools. This is part of the nationwide Dictionary Project which aims to put the books in the hands of every third grader. See  Dictionary Project for more.
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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
 Last week we heard from Wyatt Watts and Colton Burkes who told about their RYLA experience.......Christine from the Triathlon Committee presented us with a "thank you" plaque and a contribution of $200....... We celebrated Terry Jones' granddaughter Amanda's birthday with a delicious chocolate cake ...she'll be starting at OSU soon........Sue B. told us about a new group at school called "AAABoosters".....they'll be having a dance, dinner and silent auction on October 1st.......Krista was particularly happy last week......Kent is going back to K.C. for yet another wedding......we've all been invited to hear School Super Tom Luna at Cold Mountain Creek on Sept 30......mark your calendar - Oct 15th for Highway Cleanup......Rod and Jake have signed up to participate in the Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute...........We've sent $50 to put a few roses on the RI float in the Rose Parade.......
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NY Communities Get Our Help

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
 While it seems we are always talking about supporting a variety of worthwhile projects around the world, sometimes it's nice to help our fellow Rotarians in need right here in the USA. Our Club supported President John's request to send $250 to District 7170 in the Catskills region of upstate NY. A number of small rural communities, each with a Rotary Club, suffered unimaginable flood damage form the rains of Hurricane Irene. Our contribution was made to the Rotary Catskills Flood Relief Fund based in Hobart, NY. To see some pictures of the destruction, go to our home page and look at the bottom of the list of Photo Journals.
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This Week- DG Visit

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
This week we'll be welcoming Kathleen Simko, District Governor for D5400, for the annual official DG visit. She is tasked with visiting all 44 clubs in the district by the end of November. That's a lot of miles and chicken dinners! Kathleen will bring us up to date on the all the goings on at the District Level. Our Board of Directors will meet with her on Wednesday evening for a "working" session. She's looking forward to meeting with us!
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Read the DG Newsletter

Posted on Sep 12, 2011

 You should have received the September newsletter from DG Kathleen Simko.  Read about:

  • GSE Argentina
  • West Boise Rotary Club for Adventurous Types
  • New Generations - the Fifth Ave of Service
  • Bangkok RI International Convention May 2012
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Ren Faire Attire Ideas

Posted by John Biggs on Sep 11, 2011
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The Emmett Rennaissance Faire is October 8-9. As you know, the vendor contract requires that ALL people who are "working" at the Faire must be dressed in period attire. This will require some preparation on our part and advance planning. The Idea is to dress as your "persona" would dictate. For example, you might want to be Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, a jester, a sorcerer, a crusader, peasant, king, tavern keeper, knight, wizard, princess, queen, get the idea. Not only is costume required, but there are accoutrements as well, such as swords, knives, hats, wigs, scepter and the always necessary pewter mug. Did you know that belts are not to keep your pants up but to hang things from? And no self respecting person would ever leave home without a head covering.

I have spoken to Joe Scofield of the Society for Creative Anachronistic Performance. He says organizers are interested in "the attempt" to play the game and dress appropriately, recognizing this is the first year of the event and a challenge to folks like us! It might be nothing more than a sheet with a rope around your waist. See what you can find at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

To help you in this process, I have found the following websites that might give you some ideas. I also plan to visit The Costume Shop on Chinden Blvd to see what they have. Good Luck!

Read this first! Describes Medieval attire!



The Costume Shop Boise

Faire Photo

Medieval Outfits

Ren Faire Photos Richard Lowery


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Golf Tournament a Success!

Posted on Sep 11, 2011
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 Last Friday evening at the Emmett Country Club we held our annual Doc Olson Golf Tournament. We were pleased to host Doc's son Jeff from Portland and his son from Boise as players! For those of us who are newer members, "Doc" Olson was long time member of our club and was Treasurer for 20 some years. As an avid golfer, we named this tournament in his honor. This year we had 13 teams (2 more than last year) which means 52 players. The winning team, with a score of 26, was Par-de Par Par...they had to win via a putt-off at the end! We had great raffle prizes and the cookout dinner was great! Many thanks to our Committee - Wendi, Judy and Stacy....they did a great job! We'll look forward to their financial report.

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Meet Our Newest Member - Jake Sweeten

Posted on Aug 29, 2011

We welcomed Jake Sweeten to our club last week.  Jake has been an attorney with Capital Law Group in Boise for three years and has recently joined with Ron Bjorkman in Emmett. Jake grew up in Utah, attended University of Utah and University of Dayton, Ohio, Law School. Jake and his wife, Emily, live in Meridian with their two children Laim, 5, and Jax, 2. Jake's hobbies are family, lifting weights, pro football, hiking and biking. In his spare time he likes to write fiction. He's a big guy and wears size 7 3/8 hat. Welcome Jake, we're glad to have you in our club!!Image

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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Aug 14, 2011
Where does the summer go? We'll soon set a date for our annual October highway clean-up.......Still waiting for the first completed should have received the monthly newsletter directly from D.G. Kathleen the end of summer something we should be celebrating?........
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Ren Faire Committee Meets Thursday

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

The first Annual Rennaissance Faire will be Sat/Sun October 8 and 9 at The Island.....from 11:00AM to 7:00PM. Last Week, Al Schneider came and updated us on their progress. Sounds exciting! There will be Falconers, Scottish Athletic games, Celtic bands, Dancing, improv plays, human chess, belly dancers (I think that's what he said), and much more. We have exclusive rights to sell turkey legs and cider. We still don't know of any other food vendors at this point, so we don't know what else we might sell. One of the requirements of the Faire is that all workers and volunteers must wear "period dress" ( think green tights). This has the potential to be a very big deal for our community!

We will have our first Ren Faire Committee meeting right after our regular meeting on Thursday. If you would like to work on the project, please plan to stay for a few minutes. We'll need everyone to participate!

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County Fair was Best Ever!

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

 The Wednesday night concert seemed to be well attended, and we made about $300 on our soda and popcorn. For the other three nights, the 15 or so girls on the High School Dance Team did all the work and they made about $500. Chairman John Buck reports that it was the best we'd ever done at this event!

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End of Summer Picnic Sept 1

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

 We'll celebrate the end of summer with our annual family picnic on Thursday, Sept 1. We'll meet at 6:00 PM at the Rotary pavilion at The Island. The club will supply the meats, soda and corn. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share. The whole family is invited! We'll have a sign up sheet next week. There will be no regular meeting that day.

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This Week - Gem County Vets

Posted on Aug 14, 2011
This week Terry Jones will introduce Janie Shout. She's been working in the Gem County Museum to compile histories of all Gem County residents who have served in the US military. Quite a job! She'll tell us some amazing stories, I'm sure!
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Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

From Kathleen Simko's newsletter:

The success or failure of your club depends in large part on the quality of your leaders. If your club cares about its future, it will want the best leadership possible. For the second year, District 5400 is offering an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its upcoming leadership! What does Rocky Mountain Rotary Leadership Institute (RMRLI) Offer? Three sessions will be presented for the 2011-12 year. In Boise and Pocatello on Saturdays: Oct. 1, Nov. 5 andS Feb 25; Twin Falls  Sept. 24, Nov. 12 and March 3. Classes run 8 am—4 pm. Registration is available at
Completion of all three parts is required to graduate from the Institute. The total cost is only $50 per participant per session. (The Club will pay) which covers breakfast, breaks, lunch and materials. Graduates, facilitators and coordinators will be honored at the May Sun Valley Conference. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations. Sessionsinclude such highlights as

 Characteristics of Good Leaders
 Rotary Beyond the Club Level
The Rotary Foundation
Creating Service Pro-jects
Membership Development
Motivating Rotarians
Analyzing a Rotary Club
The Institute recommends that clubs nominate those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for club leadership.

The District 5400 facilitators emphasize discussion & participation, not lecture. Course methods include discussion groups, role-playing, problem solving work-shops, creating projects and audiovisual presentations. A course workbook containing an Institute Manual, session program agendas, faculty listings and course outlines and materials, will be provided to each attendee.

For more information, contact John Biggs or Vicky Page.

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District to Announce PR Opportunity

Posted on Aug 08, 2011
 The District 5400 PR Committee has submitted an application to the Rotary Foundation for a Public Relations Grant to fund a unique PR project. You'll be hearing more about it, but basically its a project to produce some 7,000 magazine style books called "Rotary For the Curious" which will feature photos and information about each of the District's 43 clubs. The books will be distributed around town to waiting rooms.  Think about the last time you sat around the doctor's office, or even waited to have your tires fixed! Instead of looking at old hunting magazines, you'll be able to learn about Rotary.
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New Member Proposed

Posted on Aug 08, 2011
The following person has been recommended for membership to our club by the Membership Committee and your Board of Directors:

Jake Sweeten

Any concerns must be directed to the Club President within 7 days of this notice.

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This Week - Club Assembly

Posted on Aug 07, 2011

Strictly business this week. Al Schneider will stop by to bring us up to date on Ren Faire plans. Other items we'll discuss will include:

  • County Fair recap
  • Golf Tournament
  • Renaissance Faire
  • End of Summer Picnic
  • Financial Report
  • Triathlon
  • Final Report on Cruise Night>
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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Aug 05, 2011

 Our guest last week was Juan Magano, a med student spending some time tis summer at Valley Family Clinic........The County Fair was fun and seemed to be well attended!.....noted by a city kid: you'll never see a cowboy wearing shorts!...there was Tex Buck trying to keep his wild stallion under control.........We'll have a complete report on the Fair at our meeting...but what in the world is in that cooler......a body? See more photos of this year's event in Photo Journals.........

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Board Meeting Thursday 7:00AM

Posted on Aug 01, 2011
Any member is welcome to attend the monthly Board meeting. In fact, it's a good way to "make up" and keep your 100% attendance record in  tact!
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This Week - Madsen Alternative Center

Posted on Jul 31, 2011

 This week Wendi Kern will introduce Clark Fear from  Madsen Alternative Therapeutic Resource, also known as the "Patriot Center".  Madsen Alternative Therapeutic Resouce is a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center with a primary focus on mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Fairgrounds booth repaint

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
With luck, by the time your read this, we'll have completed the job of repainting the Rotary booth at the Fairgrounds. Thanks to Mark W. who really seems to know how to work that sprayer! And Bryan is a good nozzle cleaner! John ,TJ and Dave O. are good at supervising! We understand that the Fair Board is in the process of renovating all the booths at the Fairgrounds - ours will be done at some point.DSCF0476
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Nigeria International Project

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
 As our first International Project of the Rotary year, we have committed to contribute $500 to the Sanitation Project in Edo State, Benin City, Nigeria. We have joined many other Rotary clubs throughout our District and others to finance a project which will further protect the 28 water wells which have been completed as phase 1 of the effort. Ultimately, 52,000 people in 28 villages will be provided with clean water and sanitation. This project has been spearheaded by Rusty Broughton of Idaho Falls, a former District Governor of our District , and Dr. Princewill Oyakhilome of the Benin City Rotary club. Funds provided by local clubs are matched at both the District and Rotary Foundation levels.....a perfect example of leverage!
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Relay for Life - Servers only

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
Relay for Life will be upon us on August 19th. We have agreed to serve the evening meal to the survivor participants. The R for L committee will take care of preparing the food. So we'll need servers, waiters and bus people. More details to follow.
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Gem County Fair and Rodeo Next Week

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
Our busy summer continues with the Rodeo and Fair next week. This year, there's new event - a concert by Mickey and the Motor Cars on Wednesday night. We have exclusive right s to sell soda and popcorn from our newly-painted booth and in the stands. Lots of manpower will be needed! Funds raised will be used toward our commitment to the Nigeria Sanitation Project. More details at this week's meeting.
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New After Action Report

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
The Board is considering formats for our new After Action Report "AAR". The idea is for committee chairs to write up a report upon completion of a project or program. The report will include all the details of making the event happen as well as notes about what to remember for next time. This will prevent the necessity of "re-inventing the wheel" every time and also provide some guidance for new members who want to be involved in the planning process. Once the report is completed, it can be stored on our website so anyone will have access to won't get lost! Once we've finalized the format for the report, a blank form will be posted as well.
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New President John Outlines Goals

Posted on Jul 25, 2011

 At last week's Club Assembly, new Pres John laid out his goals for our club for the year:

  • Membership - net plus 2
  • Rotary foundation Support: Every Rotarians Every Year; Polio Plus $20 per member; per capita giving $100 plus
  • Win the Humanity in Motion Award - again!
  • Have great weekly programs
  • More Committee structure
  • Use of "After Action Reports"
  • Become a "singing club"  (what?!)

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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
Our guests this week were Scott Fry, James Page and Jake sure to read the article in this week's Messenger-Index about the October Ren Faire Oct 8-9....keep your eye out for green tights.......the Committee list will be passed around again this week, for anyone who wasn't able to sign up.........
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Cruise Night a Success!

Posted on Jul 18, 2011
Did anyone count the cars?? Anyway, our cooking project was great success, as usual. We'll have a full report on Thursday.
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Fairgrounds Painting Project Update

Posted on Jul 18, 2011
 The building has been washed, but we need to scrape some more to get it ready for paint on Thursday. If you can help scrape (one of the world's lousiest jobs) please show up Wednesday night at 6:00 PM. On Thursday, we'll be spraying! More details at Thursday's noon meeting.

The last time we painted that building was way back in 2004. I have a photo to prove it! (However, I can't seem to get it to upload to this article)
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This Week - Club Assembly

Posted on Jul 17, 2011

 This week we'll hear from our new Pres. for the first time - officially! We will discuss such things as:

  • Goals for the year
  • After Action reports
  • Committees
  • Upcoming events
And, we'll have a surprise!

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This Week - Therapy Dogs

Posted on Jul 03, 2011
Tonja Hyder will introduce our speaker this week. Joanne Harrison from XL Hospice will tell us about THERAPY DOGS, INC.
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Congratulations, Rick and Mary!

Posted on Jul 03, 2011
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 Last Saturday Rick and Mary tied the knot at a fun family gathering at the Stonehouse in Boise. We wish them the very best for a happy and prosperous life together!! (And, no, the bride did not wear orange and blue, although did!!)
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Its A New Rotary Year!

Posted on Jul 03, 2011

The Rotary year starts July 1st. In case you had not been paying attention, here are your club officers for the 2011-2012 Rotary year:

  • President - John Biggs
  • President-elect - Rod DeArmond
  • Vice President - Wisti Rosenthal
  • Treasurer - Rick Walth
  • Secretary - Vicky Page
  • Director to 2012 - Stacy Gulley
  • Director to 2012 - Greg Kershul
  • Director to 2013 - Sue Beitia
  • Director to 2013 - Kent Adams
  • Past President - TJ Adams
  • President of Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation - Perry Jenkins
Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 AM at Cold Mountain Creek. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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Coming Soon..........

Posted on Jul 03, 2011
Programs for the next few weeks:

August 11 - Club Assembly

August 18 - Terry Jones - Janie Shout

August 25 - Marilyn Knighton

Sept 1 - Dave Little

Please try to let Vicky Page know 2 or 3 weeks in advance so your program can be properly publicized.

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Circus Was Fun!

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
 The Carson and Barnes Circus was here last Sunday for the whole family! The show was complete with jugglers, acrobats, high flyers, trained dogs, clowns and elephants...all under the Big Top!! Great techno music, too! By sponsoring the event, we earned a percentage of the ticket sales. Looks like we made about $700. The logistics of moving a circus everyday is mind boggling!
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Cruise Night and Show and Shine

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
 Emmett Lion's annual car show will take place on July 16th. Last week Harry Granger and Mike Kreiter from the Lions club came to fill us in....its a Lions project. We'll do our part by setting up our cook stand in the park during the lunch hours....from about 11:00 to about 3:00. We'll sell burgers and dogs and other miscellaneous stuff.  Steve Bork and TJ are in charge. Lots of manpower required! We'll start setting up about 9:00.  We also need a couple of Rotarians to come at 8:00AM on Sunday morning to help with cleanup. We'll pass around a sign up sheet this week.
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RI's New President

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
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 If you've read the latest issue of The Rotarian, you'd have been introduced to Kalyan Banerjee, the new President of Rotary International. His Rotary theme for the year is "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity". Here's the new logo for the year.
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Best Wishes to These Members in July

Posted on Jun 27, 2011

 Birthday greetings go to :

  • Krista Cole      July 2
  • Bryan Stone    July 18
  • Steve Bork      July 24
And Anniversary congrats to:

  • John and Linda Biggs  July 12
  • James and Heather Buck   July 26

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This Week - City Assessor

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
This week Stacy Gulley will introduce Dale Reynolds, Emmett's property assessor. Come hear how declining property values affect the city's tax revenues.
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Cherry Festival Recap

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
 As it turns out, the actual "profit" from the parking adventure was $2,512.58. That's a bit less than last year, but we can attribute that to a rainy Saturday. During the Festival, our club was honored to receive the "Excellence in Community" award from the Mayor. The Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition won one, too. A portion of the money we raised will be contributed to the Chamber of Commerce for their on-going project of upgrading the downtown Christmas decorations.
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Odds 'n Ends

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
Our guests last week were Kermit Jones and Jan Sherman.......they aren't really "guests", but we don't want to take them for granted! .......did I hear right? 859 cars at last years Show 'n Shine? CAN'T BE. I will wager with anyone that the most cars you can squeeze in the park is 150.........We were pleased to present Terry with his Rotarian of the Year Award last week....Congratulations!......Mooooo ......We agreed to contribute $200 to this year's July 4th Fireworks ........ Researching turkey legs...maybe we should do chicken?........ Terry rescues owls....... Rick is getting hitched this weekend.......Rev Biggs presiding ...... TJ is camping as we speak, with her exploding shotgun shells.......what? ........Greg K found out why its important for a Rotary Club to keep its website up to date....he was referred to a parking lot in Bethlehem, Pa......nice try, Greg, we appreciate your attempt to "make up".........don't worry about PETA, they follow the circus everywhere........while we were shaking people down for christmas dec funds, Mark was asking for fireworks money!
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This Week - Letters from Home - Kevin Miller in Iraq

Posted on May 02, 2011
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This week we'll hear from KIDO personality Kevin Miller who will be returning to Iraq in May to be embedded with our 116th.

580 KIDO's Kevin Miller takes a piece of home across the globe as he travels to Iraq to broadcast live with our troops of the 116th Combat Calvary Brigade currently serving from the Victory Base Complex. Join Kevin every morning May 16th through May 21st for daily interviews and discussion from Victory Base Complex. In addition, Kevin will be sharing videos, photos and additional audio from his time with the troops right here on this page of As you tune in every morning, you'll learn what life is like for the deployed soldiers of the 116th Combat Calvary Brigade as Kevin Miller will be living with the troops and sharing their stories, their ups and their downs with everyone back home in Idaho.

Kevin asks that we participate in his visit by writing a "Letter from Home". So lets have everyone write a letter to an Idaho Guardsman, thanking them for their service, dedication and sacrifice. Kevin will then take these with him when he goes.
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Youth Auction and Y.A.D.

Posted on May 02, 2011
Our biggest project is almost upon us! On Friday the 29th we need to gather at the high school to set up chairs, tables risers, etc.The auction starts at 6:30.

Be sure to collect the contributions and get them to Perry. Be sure that the contributor is identified on the item.

Perry says to tell yours friends: "Your coming to spend money, not to get a bargain"!

Then, on Saturday morning we'll set up our cook kit and prepare hot dogs and hamburgers for all those hungry kids. We'll start at about 9:00 and we should be done by 2:00. If past years can be our guide, the weather will be prefect!
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District Conference Soon!

Posted on May 02, 2011
Sun Valley Conference is just two weeks away! click here to see promotional video prepared by Kevin Bradshaw from Twin Falls Rotary.
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GSE Team from India arrives in Boise

Posted on May 02, 2011
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The Group Study Exchange Team from India arrived in Boise last week. They were greeted by a contingent of Boise Rotarians who presented them with cowboy hats to represent Idaho! Take a look at the D5400 website to see the report of their activities.
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Scholarship Committee Meets

Posted by John Biggs on May 01, 2011
The Committee representing the Emmett Rotary Foundation met this week to review 24 applications from our EHS seniors. Six scholarships were awarded ranging from $750 to $250. They will be presented at the High School's award assembly on May 12th. Funds for this Memorial Scholarship come from our own Foundation which was established about five years ago from the proceeds of the sale of the Gem Youth Services Girls Home which was given to our Rotary Club.  For more information on the history of the program, look in Club Documents at "Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation". It was exciting to review the applications of these very sharp young people who represent our future!
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Youth Appreciation a Huge Success!!

Posted by John Biggs on May 01, 2011
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After a cold and stormy week, the weather dawned beautifully last Saturday for our event The Island. For you new to Rotary, this event was originally planned by us as a way to promote our Youth Auction. But it got so big that we just couldnt handle it anymore so we turned it over to a new committee, connected to the City Rec Dept. Our responsibilty now is to set up our cook tent and deliver quality hamburgers, hot dogs and soda for just a buck; in keeping with idea that this is "free" family entertainment!

Seventeen Rotarians showed up to work - and all hands were needed! It was the best turnout we'd ever seen, with the line snaking around the field until well after 2:00. We served nearly 600 meals. We did run out of nearly everything, but not until right at the end. Prefect planning, as usual. Thanks to all who helped!

Organizers are asked to hang around for few minutes after Thursday's meeting for a "de-brief".

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Youth Auction Raises Over $12,000!

Posted by John Biggs on May 01, 2011
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Our annual Rotary Youth Auction last Friday at the High School raised over $12,000!!  That's a really good number!  At one point that night, we counted about 100 people in the room. There were just over 80 people who registered for numbers.  The 4H folks were very happy with their sales of pulled pork sandwiches (they were very good!)  There were some interesting bids: a certain Doc paid $300 for an $80 motel room; and two pigs; Rotary charter member JIm Garland paid $115 for Carol's cinnamon buns. There 17 Rotarians either working or bidding. Its a long event - we didn't get out of there until nearly 11 o'clock.

 Organizers of that event are asked to hang around for a few minutes after Thurday's meeting for a "de-brief".

Youth Auction Raises Over $12,000! John Biggs 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

This Week - Vicky Page Visits James in Sweden

Posted by John Biggs on Apr 29, 2011
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This week our own Vicky Page will take us on a tour of Sweden. She had the opportunity to go there last molnth to visit her son James, our Foreign Exchange Student. We understand thast he's had a such a great time, he may not want to come home! Vicky has some beautiful photos to share!
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Stacy Visits ND Rotary

Posted by John Biggs on Apr 27, 2011

Stacy Gulley reports that when she was In North Dakota last month visiting her husband, she visited the Rotary Club of Watford City. The club is a bit smaller than ours, and was well represented by the city's leaders - Mayor, Banker, etc. She was very impressed that they are a "singing club" - they have a song leader and piano player. They also sang the  Star Spangled Banner and the Prayer at the beginning of the meeting. Their current project seemed to be a high school track meet that they support.  We should all make an effort to visit other Rotary Clubs when we travel - its an eye opener...just ask Stacy!

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Odds 'n Ends

Posted by John Biggs on Apr 27, 2011
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Our guest last week was Jake Sweeter, who is joining Ron Bjorkman's office (I think so he can retire someday)......... Terry, I wanted to make sure you saw this picture hanging on the wall in the High School......Dave Little is off to Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in Omaha - he is going to say "hi" to Warren from us...............We send our condolences to Perry Jenkins on the recernt loss of his dad.............Kevin Miller suggests we all watch "Restrapo" to see what Afghanistan is really like................
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KIDO's Kevin Miller to Iraq

Posted by John Biggs on Apr 27, 2011
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Last week we heard from radio personality Kevin Miller who will leaving for Iraq on May 12. He'll spend a week or embedded with the 116th Idaho Army National Guard. He'll be delivering our "Letters from Home". We'll be able to follow his adventures on KIDO in the 5-9AM time slot and on their website. You'll also see some reports on Channel 7.  Kevin has promised to return to our club upon his return  for a full report. See this video on YouTube that Kevin produced about his trip there in 2005.   Look for some information in the Messenger-Index about dropping letters off there.
KIDO's Kevin Miller to Iraq John Biggs 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Board Meeting Thursday! 7:00AM Sharp! John Biggs 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Banquet Needs Committee

Posted by John Biggs on Apr 25, 2011
Our annual year-end "Pass the Gavel" banquet will be held on Friday, June 10th at Cold Mountain Creek. We need to form  a committee which would be responsible for the menu, pricing, entertainment and agenda. Its guaranteed to be a fun time! If you'd like to serve on this committee, please let John Biggs know.
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Odds 'n ends

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
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Our guests last week were Diana Baird, Tom Myers and Steve Thayne.....Dan, I really didn't like your pink shirt but I didn't want to say anything........turns out TJ is a McCoy......travelling mercies for TJ and Tim as they head  into tornados and floods......... don't forget to write a "letter from home".......there's still time to sell more raffle tickets......many thanks to Brad Little for taking time from his busy schedule to speak to us last week......we're getting into our busy season - make sure you have all Rotary events on your calendar! ......
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Odds and Ends

Posted by Rod DeArmond
Rotary Youth Auction - April 26th - 6:00 PM Emmett High SchoolDistrict 5400 Conference Sun Valley - May 17, 2013 12:00 PM - May 18, 2013 10:00 PM- Please plan on attending the District 5400 Conference in Sun Valley. It's a wonderful time and a great opportunity to see what Rotary is all about. 

It's Time to start thinking about Cherry Festival - Rod will be the parking Chair and will be putting a committee together to discuss this event. 

Credit Cards - Please be aware that we will be able to accept credit/debit card at all our events this year using a Smartphone. Rick has set up out account and we are ready to go.

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Upcoming Programs

Posted by Rod DeArmond


  • Apr 25 - Krista Cole


Please let Vicky Page know about your program 2-3 weeks in advance so we can promote it!

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This Weeks Program

Posted by Rod DeArmond

John Buck  - The Gem County Coroners office will have a program on Distracted Driving, a video that will take about 15 minutes and have a discussion about it. This program should be very interesting, please plan on being there and bring someone with you.

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Larry Droppers

Posted by Rod DeArmond

As most of you know,  Larry Droppers passed on 11/12/12 of a lengthy illness.  Larry joined our Emmett Rotary Family August 28 1997. Larry served as club president and several trips to our board. He also served as Treasure for Youth Inc. and worked with our foundation board, He was also 2010 Rotarian of the Year and very involved with the Emmett Youth Auction. Larry's laugh and words will be sorely missed but his spirit will continue to touch each of his Rotarian Family members.  

Please keep Larry's family in your prayers 

Funeral arrangements are in the process of being made and will become available as soon as possible. 

I would like to recommend that all who attend his funeral, PLEASE wear your Rotary Shirt.  

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Renaissance Faire Completed

Posted by Rod DeArmond

Special Thanks to the following for their support to make the Ren Faire a success -

Friday:  Wendy Kern - going to get turkey legs at Smoky Davis
            TJ - preparing trailer, ordering legs and getting them to Smokey Davis
            Perry - ordering hot dogs and chorizos and getting them
Saturday: - Mark W.  
                 Bryan Stone
                 Cheryl and Ryan
Sunday: Mark W.
             Joe Bleymeier
             Dave Obermeyer
             Rick W. and his wife Mary
             John Buck
             Stacy Gulley
Special Thanks to Rod's mother-in-law Virginia Ellefsen for teaching Rod how to sew flags - Virgina



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Posted by Rod DeArmond

Members, It has been brought to my attention from others that we need to be more aware of our "side conversations" during our Thursday meetings, especially during the time our guest speaker is presentiung. As you already know, it can be disruptive to others but most of all, it is disrespectful to our guests.  

I will thank you in advance for your attention and support on this concern.


Paul Harris Fellow - Who and What is This?

Posted by Rod DeArmond
We had a very good Foundation Summit this last weekend at the Owyhee Plaza - Representing  our Emmett was Ron Bjorkman, Perry Jenkins, Terri Jones and myself.
We spoke a lot about Paul Harris which is near and dear to me (even though I'm not a Paul Harris  - Yet).... We will be talking in the next few weeks about this program.
I would like to challenge anyone to work with me to become a Paul Harris Fellow during this year 2012-2013, can I invite at least one of you to come along with me?? 
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Posted by Rod DeArmond




Member Birthdays

 Jefferson Jenkins Apr 16

Perry Jenkins Apr 27



John and Stacy Gulley 12 years - Apr 14, 2001

Vicky and Dennis Page 22 years - Apr 20, 1991

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Rotary Leadership Institute Starts in August

Posted by John Biggs

The third year of the Rotary Leadership Institute begins in August so the time to sign up is NOW! This three session program is designed to help Rotarians become more effective leaders in a volunteer environment. The program will include such topics as Leadership, Rotary Beyond Your Club, The Rotary

Foundation, Membership Development, Service Projects and much more. Your fellow Rotarians have been trained in facilitating lively discussions.  The dates are as follows:

                Boise and Pocatello - August 18, October 13 and November 17

               Twin Falls - August 25, October 6 and November 10.

The cost is $50.00 per session; clubs are encouraged to pay the fee on behalf of their attending members. 

For more details, see the brochure which was mailed to you a few days ago.  John Biggs is one of the facilitators., please see him for more information.


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Larry Droppers House Wasp Update - The WASPS ARE GONE....Revenge is Sweet.......!  

Rotarians - Don't forget about the Cowboy Luau October 6th.
Cost:Payment required - $35 / Couple $20/ Adult $10/ Youth 12 & up $5 / Youth 11 & Under Food, Silent Auction, and Music for the entire family! Dust off your boots and put on your grass skirt for a great family fun night to benefit Academics, Activities and Athletics within the Emmett School District! We have free of charge games for the kids and a great pulled pork dinner with the price of admission!

How about a MOVIE night out?
  - Let's all plan on visting the local theather and do a movie together. I will check and see about the schedule of upcoming movies... and report back -  Would be FUN!!

A new program is headed our way from the District 5400 Public Relations Committee, by way of the Boise Metro club. You are requested to bring your Rotarian Magazines to club meetings (after you have read them cover to cover, of course). We will then affix a label over your mailing label which will include a QR code, directing smartphone users to the District website. Then, probably on a monthly basis, we'll redistribute the magazines to waiting rooms around town - doctors, dentists, etc. This will be an easy way to promote Rotary in our community and around the District and provide easy access to additional information for anyone interested. The labels are still in production, but we can start collecting magazines anytime.




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ROSE SALE - Due this Week

Posted by Rod DeArmond

Don't forget - ROSE SALE - ORDERS MUST BE IN BY Sept 12th.
Please contact John Buck with your ROSE order. Our Goal is for each Rotarian to sale 5 dozen Roses each. The money will be going to the Senior Center for Fuel for their bus.


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Thought of the Week

Posted by Rod DeArmond

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James

           In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life, It goes on. 

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. —-Oprah Winfrey

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. —-Marie Curie

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. —-James Dean

Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. —–Robert Louis Stevenson

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Posted by Rod DeArmond
Perry Jenkins Program this week is - Aileen is with the Boise Metro Club and will be speaking about the Global Village Network organization. She’ll also bring Mary Rutherford who’s the Development Director for the College of Engineering at BSU.

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Odds 'n Ends

Jefferson Jenkins program last week was Cole Siebler Pro-Motorcycle racer. Thank You Jefferson for introducing us to Cole, I thought it was a very interesting program.

Ryan DeArmond lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance - Thank You Ryan

Sue and Steve are heading to the Basque country and spending about a week in Italy.
They will also be spending one week in Italy.  We want to wish them well and a safe trip. 
Do I hear a program for someone in a couple months?

John and Linda have moved into their new home in Boise, we trust they have all their boxes unpacked. :-)
We wish them well on making their new house and warm home.


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This Week - No Meeting- We Party!

No regular meeting this week. Instead, we'll have our annual Installation Banquet on Friday night at Cold Mountain Creek. From 6 to 7PM we'll have social hour and hear the sweet sounds of the "Invisible Swordsmen", headed up by our own Maestro Clark Elkins. After a fine meal of roast beef or chicken we'll suffer through some bad jokes by our MC, hear President John recap our year's activities, honor some people, make some awards, and finally, if you're still awake, John will accept the Past President Pin and present the President Pin to Rod who will then us about his plans for the next Rotary year. Whew!
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HAPPY 4th of JULY Everyone
Rod here - This is my first attempt at this bulletin, I have a few ideas I need help with.
I'd like to put in the bulletin a joke or story of the week. So if you have a good joke or a funny story that would be appropriate to all and feel you'd like to share with us, please send it to me and I will post it.

This week's program is brought to us by Jefferson Jenkins. His program will be -  Cole Siebler Pro-Motorcycle racer.
I hope for a good turnout with attendance, but with it being the day after the 4th of July.....We will see.


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There will be no meeting next week, the 28th, since our Banquet is on Friday.....Rod is learning the ropes of our e-bulletin, look forward to his first issue on about July 3rd........
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Our guests last week were Dottie Jones, Andy Page, Mike Peters from Meridian Rotary, Emily Fleming........interesting to hear about Kurt Hall's adventure in St. Johns........We've been searching YouTube for the video about Tim Adams and his dog in the shower......thanks to Rhonda McManis and Joyce Coulter for telling about their Equine Sanctuary project.......the Board approved the purchase of two new canopies for CF and some folding tables for our cook tent......Stacy and John Gulley will be our representatives on the Guatemala trip next October.....We are sponsoring four students to RYLA this year: Callie Webb, Rasche Elliott, Matthew Carlson and Randi Sturtz.......we are contributing an additional $500 to our District to support two more Youth Exchange students.......
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Youth Auction Funds Awards

Last week Perry J. reported that 28 local youth organizations have been awarded funds from this year's Youth Auction.  The total was about $14,000, about the same as previous years. To see the list of recipients, refer to our Home Page.
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Meet Arvi Pugmire

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We welcome Arvi Pugmire to our club last week. Arvi is the manager of the Emmett Walgreen's. Born and raised in the Philippines. Her dad was in the US Navy so she ended up in Key West, Florida. She and her husband Shane relocated to Boise, via Boston, 2 years ago. The Pugmires are expecting their first child on July 11th.
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This Week - Fair Food Picnic

This is Cherry Festival Week! Instead of meeting at LaCosta, we'll join for lunch in the park at the Hospitality Table. We'll enjoy fair food and conversation!
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Installation Banquet June 29th

Our annual installation banquet will be at Cold Mountain Creek on Friday, June 29th. We'll have our social hour from 6 to 7 PM, during which time we'll be entertained by the "Invisible Swordsmen", aka Clark Elkins and his brother. Our menu options will be Roast Beef or Mushroom Chicken. Please RSVP ASAP to John Biggs. Master of Ceremony will be the Honorable John Buck.

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Our guests last week were John Gully and grandson and Lindsey.....Perry reported that grant and scholarship checks for the Youth Auction have been distributed.......last week was really dead, everybody seemed to be dreaming of other ......We enjoyed Curt Bowen's update on Semilla Nueva...he's on his way back to Guatemala now....nice to see he got his glasses fixed.......we hope Kurt is having fun on St. Johns......
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Relay For Life Team?

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Relay for Life is coming up in August. Might be fun for our Rotary Club to have a team in honor of Joan Buck. We'd need members willing to raise pledges and walk the track over night. It's a fun overnighter!! See Rod for more details.
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RYLA Kids Found!

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Dave O. reports that he has found two well qualified EHS students to be our RYLA representatives this summer. Terry Jones is going to sponsor another  - a student from Portland who is moving to Emmett. So we'll have three!
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This Week - Equine Sanctuary

This week Tonja will introduce us to the Idaho Equine Sanctuary. Ever wonder what happens to all those horses?
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Cherry Festival Parking

Cherry Festival is coming right up! This is Emmett's biggest event of the year! We'll be managing the two parking areas and convincing event goers that they should contribute to the City's Christmas Decoration Fund. If you haven't already signed up for a shift, please contact Kent or Mark. We're to be there from Wed thru Sat, pick up Sunday morning.
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This Week- Curt Bowen - Semilla Nueva

ImageCurt will be making a return visit to our club to bring us up to date on progress in Guatemala. His sustainable agriculture program, known as Semilla Nueva ("New Seed") is applying for a grant through Rotary International. Our club has committed $1,000 and, we believe, Curt was successful in obtaining the final piece of his fund raising at District Conference to qualify for the Global Grant from RI. Look forward to his update!  Click here for more about  Semilla Nueva
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New Member Orientation Postponed

Our group training session was held last Wednesday in Marilyn's conference room at Alliance title. The following Rotarians attended: Ian Netherton, Jefferson Jenkins, Arvi Pugmire, Jake Sweeten, Kurtis Hall and Clark Elkins.  Presentations were made by John Biggs, Rod DeArmond and Vicky Page. We talked about how Rotary International is organized world wide, we toured the various Rotary websites, went over our club's programs and those of RI. We'll do this again in a few months.
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Our guest last week was Jan Sherman.......I hope Leah McKinnies was an inspiration to you all!......get off you duffs and get moving!!..............
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This Week - Fitness

This week Connie Goins will introduce Leah McKinnies from Fit Impact of Emmett. She'll inspire us with information on Fitness and Nutrition.
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Seven Attend District Conference

Seven Emmett Rotarians, and some spouses, attended the District 5400 Annual Conference in Sun Valley last weekend. As usual, it was a fun weekend! the Sun Valley Resort does a great job - the meals were delicious! We heard about AfricAid, Semilla Nueva, Cowboy Ethics and much more. Larry Roberts, from KBOI, did a great job as M.C. He sure has a lot of jokes up his sleeve! Our free time on Saturday afternoon was spent wine tasting, cooking, bike riding and swimming. We did not win the Humanity in Motion Award this year - lost by 1/2 point! But we did take first place in some categories and came home with a $300 check from the District.

We didn't win any of the raffle prizes. The cruise was won by someone from Twin Falls. Raffle ticket sales came in at $48,400, net of expenses the District made a profit of $36,400! In the 8 years since the raffle program has been in place, the District has profited $357,000!! Of that amount, 25% goes to the clubs to subsidize their cost of attendance, 25% goes to District youth programs and 50% is used to match Paul Harris contributions.

Attending were John and Linda Biggs, Bryan and Ann Stone, Tonja Hyder, Vicky and Dennis Page, Rod DeArmond, Rick and Mary Walth, Terry and Dottie Jones.
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Rotary Quiz

1. USA has the most clubs (7,869). What country is #2? India 3,066 clubs
2. Where is the largest Rotary Club and how many members does it have?  Seattle, USA 950 members
3. In the past 5 years, what ZONE has shown the largest membership growth? Where is it?  Zone 5 - Southern India & Sri Lanka (1,172 clubs, 40,000 members)

Answers next week
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Our guests last week were Paul and Colleen Fear, Rotarians from Ohio, Clark Fear, Matt Johnson, and Arvi Pugmier.......Mark your calendar - our annual Rotary Golf Tournament will be Friday, September 7th.......FINAL RAFFLE TICKET SALES ARE DUE THIS WEEK......The Messenger Index will have a "Drive By Food Drop" on May 23.......six Rotarians and their spouses are off to Sun Valley for District Conference on Thursday........
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RYLA Needs Kids!

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a program of Rotary International which our District 5400 has participated in for many years. Typically our Club sends up to four Juniors or Seniors from Emmett High School. Its a four day leadership camp which takes place at the College Of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls from August 2-5. See the link for more details. If you know a student who would be interested, please contact Dave Obermeyer.  (
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This Week - Kayaking

This week Aaron Gardner will introduce Troy Wilson, a 17 year old professional kayaker from Horseshoe Bend. (Go figure!)
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New Member Orientation

New members are strongly encouraged to attend a New Member Orientation session on Wednesday, May 23, at 2:00 PM in the conference room at Alliance Title on Washington St. Your club's leadership team will spend about an hour going into more detail about our club's programs, Rotary International programs, our website and lots more. Everyone who wants to know more about Rotary is invited to attend.
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Scholarships Awarded

Each year our Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation awards college scholarships to Emmett High Seniors totaling about $3,000. The funds come from the earnings from the Foundation's assets, and this year, was supplemened by funds from the club itself. (For more about the history of the Foundation, look for the story under Club Documents on our home page). this years' scholarships were awarded to:
  • Allie Gertsch
  • Sierra Crisp
  • Macaela Skinner
  • Colton Thiel
  • Wyatt Watts
  • Caden Bannister

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Highway Cleaned Up!

It was a cold start and the grass was wet, but we got our section of highway cleaned up last Saturday. We had ten Rotarians in the field and it only took about 1 1/2 hours. Now, if the rest of you would just stop throwing stuff out the window! Chief Cleaner Steve also reports that the Highway Dept is going to be making new signs for our section (and removing the ones up on the hill)..
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Our guests last week were Nina Gammons and Karen Kosowan from Western Treasure Valley Rotary.........Dave Little has lunch with Warren Buffet this week......Rick is counting the days to his annual fishing trip in Mexico......Congrats to Terry-  he got a new truck.....thanks to John Wallace, my swing has improved a lot.........
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Tennis Nets Wednesday

We'll meet with representatives from the High School Tennis Team, the Lions Club and the City Parks Dept on Wednesday (tomorrow!) at 3:00 PM to install six new tennis nets. We were awarded a District Simplified Grant for $500 for the prject and the Lions Club split the rest with us, so our total cost was only about $290. Thanks to Vicky P. for spearheading this project!
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This week - Club Assembly

This is Club Assembly Week - among our topics will be:
  • Final report on Youth Auction and YAD
  • Tennis Nets report
  • Cherry Festival coming up
  • then Cruise Night
  • Annual Banquet
  • Golf tournament
  • New Member Orientation
  • Funding requests approved by the Board
  • and much more!
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Meet Our Newest Member - Matt Heath

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Tim Fleming sponsored Matt Heath into membership in our club last week.  A native of Emmett, Matt currently sells real estate for Evans Realty. He didn't follow his Dad and Brother into to the auctioneering business; rather, he is a very busy RODEO CLOWN,working almost every weekend all summer and fall.  Matt has a 3 1/2 year old daughter and his hobbies are outdoor activities, particularly bird hunting in the fall. Matt has been active in the community and currently serves on the Fair Board.
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This Week - Golf Pro

This week Tim Fleming will introduce John Wallace, a golf pro on the PGA Tour. Maybe we can improve our swing?!
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Our guests last week were Ralph Kellogg (A charter Member of Emmett Rotary), Steve Weston, Jason Fuegelburg and Arvi Pugmier........Yikes! We had 34 people jammed into our room last week!.... ...We heard from Deidre White of the Emmett Safe Kids Coalition and her plans for a bike safety Rodeo on June 2 at Carberry school. $100 will buy 20 kids' helmets......thanks to Marianne Barker from Twin Fall Blue Lakes Rotary who told us about her NID trip to Nigeria......  We have rec'd the $500 check for our DSG grant for the tennis nets.......
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Joe Bleymaier Re-Activated

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We're pleased to welcome Joe Bleymaier back to Emmett Rotary! Joe was an active member from July 2007 to May of 2009 while he was Administrator of Emmett Rehab. Then he did a stint as an interim Administrator for a bunch of facilities in the Valley. Now he has returned to Emmett with a full time post as Administrator of River's Edge Care and Rehab.

Joe grew up an Air Force "brat" and spent 30 years himself in the service of our country, retiring in 1995 as a full Colonel. He served in Vietnam, flying 310 missions as a forward air controller in a little Cessna over the jungle looiking for bad guys (he calls it "trolling").

Joe and his wife Marcia live in Boise. They have sons ( all in the air Force) and 12 grandchildren. Welcome back, Joe!

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This Week- Carlos Bilbao

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Our guest this week will be Carlos Bilboa, our Republican representative in the Idaho House for District 11B. He has served in this capacity since 2004 and his term expires this year. He lives here in Emmett.
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This Week -- Marianne Barker

This week Rod will introduce Marianne Baker from Twin Falls Rotary, and our District Governor elect-elect (2 years out). She recently went on a National Immunization Day to Africa. Thats' the same program Rebecca Bjorkman told us about in India.
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Youth Auction Update

Final details are being completed for the youth Auction on the 27th. You will see the flyer showing all the item to be auctioned in this week's paper. If you have stuff to pick up, bring it to Perry before hand or take it to the auction Friday. The show starts at 6:00, but we need some folks there at 4:00 to set up the stage and tables. Also some help will be needed at the conclusion (probably around 11:00) to put things away. The 4H kids will be handling food concessions.
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And Then- Youth Appreciation Day!

With the auction just barely over, we have to go down to The Island around 9:30 on Saturday to set up our cook wagon. Thousand of kids will start streaming into the park around 11:00 to enjoy lots of games, food and music. We'll be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks for a buck. What a deal! We'll also need some help looking after the golf games and bouncey bins.
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Foundation Scholarships

Each year the Emmett Rotary Club Foundation awards about $3,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors. The committee has received 16 applications and will be meeting soon to make the awards. (if you want to know more about the Foundation look in Club Documents on our home page - you'll find the history)
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District Conference Basket

Each year at District Conference clubs are asked to bring something of value to be put into the Silent Auction. The proceeds go to support District activities. Our idea is to create a nice looking basket full of things which are unique to Emmett or Gem County. These might  include: Cherry Festival t-shirts, gourmet popcorn, honey, wine, fudge, scarves, apple butter, etc. If you come across something, bring it to the meeting so we have it ready to go!
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were James Page and Richard Hyder.........Congratulations to Kent and Amy on the birth of their child #2, daughter Brooke..... Terry, so how do you milk a cow two and half times?.......and who walked in about halfway through last week but our old friend and former member Joe Bleymaier....... he's back in Emmett and will apply for re-instatement......we passed the changes to our club by-laws with only limited nets should be here soon........We did get our $500 District Simplified Grant to support that effort! .........Hooray! the city is going to provide spaces for handicapped parking at Cherry Festival.......
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New Member Orientation

Our Membership Committee likes to meet with new members within a month or two after they join to provide further orientation in the ways of Rotary. As it happens, we've had bunch of new folks lately. We have tentatively scheduled an Orientation session for Wednesday April 25th at 2:00PM in the conference room at Alliance Title. We have six members who we classify as "new" but all Rotarians are welcome to join us. We'll be discussing Rotary International programs, touring websites and lots more! Please let John or Marilyn know if you plan to attend.
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Highway Clean-Up Again

Seems like we just did that! Every six months or so its our turn to pick up highway trash along the road from Boman Road to Letha. We'll do it  Saturday, May 5th. We need at least 8 people to be efficient -four coming and four going. We'll meet at Tom's Cabin for breakfast at 8:00,be on the road by 9. It only takes about two hours. Contact Steve Bork if you can help.
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Our guests last week were Arvi Pugmier, Matt Heath and Cheryl Wurtenberger..............we should have details on Kent's baby this week........congratulations to Ian on his new dog...I can't spell it, but its really small.......Marilyn visited the Willow Brook, Texas Rotary Club......
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This week - Club Assembly

Topics to be discussed will include, but not be limited to:
  • By-Laws changes
  • Tennis Nets
  • District Conference
  • New Member Orientation
  • Kents' baby
  • Youth Auction and Youth Appreciation Day
  • Foundation Scholarships
  • Cherry Festival
  • and much more!!
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Meet Our Newest Member - Kurtis Hall

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Last week we were pleased to induct Kurtis Hall into our club. Kurtis is a native of Idaho - he currently lives in Meridian with his wife Christina and their three sons, ages 21,20 and 18. Kurt is a Customer Service Rep for Idaho Power - his territory covers Gem County so he spends a lot of time in Emmett. (He took over Dan Smith's area) In his former life, Kurt was a police officer for a sheriff's department in north Idaho, working a lot with kids as a school resource officer.  Kurt's hobbies are working with young people, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking, martial arts, tactical  (BTW, Kurt's two oldest sons have just enlisted in the Army!! A proud dad?)
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4H Continues to Impress

Our Community is so fortunate to have such a vibrant, well organized and comprehensive 4H program for our youngsters. Last week we heard from Allie Gertsch who told us about her trip to D.C. to compete in the VFW speech contest. She came in 18th and won a $2,000 scholarship. Then, Allie and her friends Rachel Drake and Flora Gertsch told us about the 4H Citizenship Washington Focus trip to D.C. in June. Our 4H leaders are doing a great job in preparing our young people for an appreciation for public service. (And just so you all know, a large percentage of our Youth Auction scholarships goes to 4H groups)
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Meet Our Newest Member - Ian Netherton

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Ian Netherton our newest member, was sponsored by President John. Ian grew up in Livermore, California. He served 27 years in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, both land based and on aircraft carriers around the world. After retiring from the Navy, Ian spent the next 18 years as a test engineer for HP in Boise. He moved to Emmett six years ago and recently retired from HP. Since retirement has left him with some spare time, he's found Rotary as a way to become involved in the community. Ian's hobbies are the usual outdoor activities and computers. He has two children and three grandchildren. Welcome, Ian!
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Kenny Keene , Steve's friend Kathy and Terry's granddaughter.......Terry, your email arrived on Wednesday, March 28th....did you find it in your borrow pit?..............Tennis nets are on the way - should arrive any day!......Steve will soon be a grandfather! .....Nice job, Perry, on getting that Youth Auction story on the front page, above the fold.............everyone should have received the proposed by-laws changes that we'll vote on April 12th........
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New Member Proposed

The following person has been recommended for membership to our club by the Membership Committee and your Board of Directors:

  • Arvi Pugmier
Any concerns must be directed to the Club President within 7 days of this notice.
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This Week - High School Speakers

This week Allie Gertsch will tell us about her recent trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the 4H speaking contest. You will recall that we helped with expenses. We'll also hesr from some of her friends who will be part of the Idaho delegation going to DC for more competition.
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Odds 'n Ends

Thanks to everyone who helped with food for last weekend's funeral for Joan was a fine celebration of Joan's life!........our guests last week were Kurt Hall, Ian Netherton and Clark Elkins..........the Club has donated $200 to the Emmett Rotary Foundation in the name of Kermit Jones and Joan Buck....these funds go to scholarship awards.........Mark, your mustache is coming along nicely........Rod and Tonja were not very forthcoming about their experience at PETS...........still looking for a copy of Thidwick, the Big Hearted Moose.........
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New Tennis Court Nets

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The Board has approved a project to provide six new nets for the City's tennis courts. We're still working out the details and we may be partnering with the Lion's Club to get this done. The project should be eligible for a District Simplified Grant as well.
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This week - The Library

This week we'll welcome Alyce Kelley from the Emmett City Library. She'll bring us up to date on all the happenings over there.
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Two New Members Proposed

The following people have been recommended for membership to our club by the Membership Committee and your Board of Directors:

  • Ian Netherton

  • Kurtis Hall

Any concerns must be directed to the Club President within 7 days of this notice.
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This Week - New Power Plant

James Buck will introduce this week's speaker - Roberts Adams from the Bureau of Reclamation. He'll tell us about plans to install an addition power generator at the Black Canyon Dam. It represents the first new hydro power generation in the Snake River system in over 50 years!
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Tuba Player Goes to Europe

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Last week we were serenaded by Cherish Armstrong, a Junior at Emmett High who is one of only 5 tuba players in the nation to go on tour in Europe this summer with the Sound of America Concert band.  What a wonderful opportunity! The Club has agreed to contribute $100 toward her expenses. If anyone wants to help her individually, bring your contribution to next week's meeting and we'll see that she gets it.
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Ian Netherton, Richard Hyder and Mary Overstreet (Walth)........look forward to a full report from Rod and Tonja about their experience at PETS last weekend......We are contributing $100 toward the Hospital's annual Health Fair......all those summer dates are now listed on the left hand side of your bulletin - mark your calendar now......
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Push Those Raffle Tickets!

Once again, District 5400 is holding the annual Raffle event with the grand prize being a "Cruise to Anywhere". The winning ticket holder—as well as the Rotarian who sells the winning ticket—will receive a $4500 cruise credit with AAA of Idaho. Other prizes include a 55" Flat Screen HDTV, I Pad, I Pod MP3 players and Kindle Fire . The winning tickets will be drawn at District Conference. Proceeds from the raffle help support Paul Harris Matching funds, District youth programs and 25% of sales will be rebated to clubs to assist with attendance of members to conference. Each Rotarian is asked to sell one book of 10 tickets. (See Rod if you need more tickets!)
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Marilyn and Becky Bjorkman.......Becky's presentation about trip to India for the RI National Immunization Day was fascinating.....Becky is a member of new West Boise Rotary Club...... wishes for a speedy recovery for Tonja's son who was in a car accident last Thursday......
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This Week - Club Assembly

Our business meeting this week will include topics such as:
  • Changes to club by-laws
  • New tennis court nets
  • District Conference; gifts; raffle tickets; prizes
  • Youth Auction and Youth Appreciation Day
  • Dictionary Project and DSG
  • Annual Installation Banquet
  • and lots more!
  • And, oh yes, we'll have a tuba player!

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Idaho Powers Kicks Off Youth Auction

We were pleased to have Bryan Wewers from Idaho Power with us last week. He presented us a check for $250.00 to go toward our Youth Auction funds. Bryan is a member of the Boise Centennial Rotary Club.
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Emmett Rotary has a Facebook page! Please be sure to visit our page and "like" us so we can increase our coverage.  facebook/emmettrotary
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Ian Netherton, Ann Stone, Linda Biggs, Anne Trout.......any thanks to Tiana Glenn for her program about American Humane.....seems we have lots of connections to Cal Poly Ag Engineering......Congrats to Tonja who was the first one to turn in her Y.A. list..........congrats to Jake Sweeten who has completed the Rotary Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute........
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Youth Auction Lists due

Our 46th annual Youth Auction will be April 27. All members are expected to help by soliciting items for the auction. You have been given a list based on our database of previous donors. If you want to add a new one, or solicit somebody that might be on someone else's list, please contact Perry or Larry to be sure there's no duplication. We really need items of real value  (cars, antiques, artwork, personal services, etc)

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District Conference Agenda

District Governor Kathleen Simko has released the draft agenda for the District Conference at Sun Valley May 18-19. Dinner keynote speakers will be Curt Bowen (Semilla Nueva), Elizabeth Abshire, CEO of Africaid and Ann Moore on Cowboy Ethics. More details to follow, but mark your calendar! The registration form is now available on the District website.

Each club is asked to provide items for the Silent Auction and the ongoing raffle. If anyone has an idea for something that's unique to Gem County or Emmett, let John know.
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This Week - India RID

Assuming her safe return and having enough energy and a re-set body clock, Rebecca Bjorkman will tell us about her trip to India working as a volunteer on Rotary Immunization Day (RID). She and her team were immunizing babies against Polio. What an adventure!!
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Clark Elkins and James Page..........Chuck is recovering from ticker surgery, he should be back soon.......congrats to Vicky Page who won "Best Actress" award at this year's Gemmys.......We think Rod is in Arizona where its warm......Rebecca Bjorkman is in India vaccinating babies...she'll be our program on March 1st.......Connie spent the night in a Yurt...............Sell those raffle tickets!
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Welcome Back Tim!

Tim Fleming has been reinstated to our club membership. He took a sabbatical to explore the political arena and setting up his new law practice in Emmett. He had been an active member from 2001 through 2008. Marilyn K. has been after him to re-join and she finally succeeded! Tim and his wife Lori live in Emmett. Welcome back, Tim!
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This Week - American Humane

Our program this week will be Tiana Glenn who is a volunteer for American Humane's Emergency Services Division.. She has just returned from a deployment with the Red Star Team to Memphis where her team rescued a large number of dogs found in a UHaul truck. She'll tell us about the team's responsibilities when they are called by authorities to deal with large numbers of abused or neglected animal, or animals endangered by natural disasters.
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guest last week was Kurtis Hall....Dan, his host, was off to Palm Springs for warmth.....Vicky went to Twin last Saturday for District Committee Meetings.......barely made it home in dying vehicle.......pitchers and catchers report this week.....still plugging for EREY and Polio know who you are......
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New member Proposed

The following person has been recommended for membership to our club by the Membership Committee and your Board of Directors:

Brenda St. Pierre

Any concerns must be directed to the Club President within 7 days of this notice.
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This Week - Vocational Service

One of Rotary's Avenues of Service is "Vocational Service". This week, Sue Beitia will introduce Rudy Hernandez from the Idaho Department of Labor and Linda Decker from Emmett High School. Perhaps there are ways Rotarians can assist people learning new skills or seeking new opportunities.
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Dictionarys and Coloring Books

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This fall we'll be enhancing our Dictionary Project for the third graders by adding a new "Four Way Test Coloring Book". We'll be applying for a District Simplified Grant to fund the project.
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District Conference and Raffle Tickets

Mark your calendar! District 5400 annual Conference will be May 18-19 at the Sun Valley Resort. This is always a fun time to meet with other Rotarians from around Idaho and enjoy some great meals, great speakers, club awards, Youth Exchange Students, GSE team presentations and more! Last year, you recall, our club won the Hummanity in Motion Award - we're in the running to win it again! We know that the featured speaker on Friday eveing will be Kurt Bowen from Semilla Nueva.

The registration form is available on the District website. The club will pay for the Rotarian's registration fee and should be in a position to assist with other expenses as well.

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Meet Jefferson - Our Newest Member

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Last week we welcomed Jefferson Jenkins to our membership. Jefferson (no relation to Perry) is an Emmett native. After high school he went off to U of I and earned a degree in marketing. He plied his marketing skills at ski resorts on Colorado and recently returned to Emmett and purchased Huck 'n Finns Sports Bar. He was sponsored for membership by Rick Walth. Jefferson's hobbies include skiing, biking, ATV, camping, family and friends. He wears a size 10 1/2 shoe. Welcome Jefferson!
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Justine Spencer, James Page, Diana Baird, John Olson, Bobbie Lightle, Brenda St. Pierre and Judy Droppers....quite a crowd! was great to see Wisti at Kermit's service last Saturday........It was reported that City Life made around $1200 at last week's bowling tournament (we contributed $200). ......Wendi reported that Project Graduation netted about $6200 for the senior party. WOW!.......So, who were the Charter Members of our club?? We know of Kermit Jones, Dan Siebler, Clay Scofield and Ron Bjorkman....who else? would be fun to find the original charter paperwork............thanks to Carol Gardner for bringing us up to date on the Arts in Emmett.......
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Read Your Rotarian!

Posted by John Biggs
You should have received your Rotarian magazine his week.Great article about Rotary Peace Fellowships. Of more interest to me, however, was the article about "Tech Savants" which supports my proposition that Social Networking is going to ruin our society as we have known it! I am no longer going to look at Facebook (except when my wife forces me to so I can see photos of my New York grandchildren!)

For you fitness buffs, there's also an entertaining article about "The case Against Exercise".
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Odds 'n Ends

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Our guests last week were Tim Adams, Colleen Hicks, Richard Hyder, Brenda St. Pierre and Jed Myers (from Western Treasure Valley Rotary)......Ally Gertsch won her state speaking competition! Congratulations!......our fast pitch booth at the fairgrounds got blown over in question.......Won't be long before we start working on the Youth Auction - 40th year!!.....we donated $100 to Project Graduation.....District Mid-Winter Assembly is this Saturday - not too late to sign up........
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This Week- Community Health

This week Bryan Stone will introduce Bill Moore, CEO of Valley Family Health Clinics. He'll explain how community health clinics are funded by the federal government and that the system really works!
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We'll Appreciate the Friendship Coalition

The Board of the Emmett Rotary Club is happy to announce that we'll present the EmmettValley Friendship Coalition with our 2012 Community Service Award. As you know, the EVFC organizes Tuesday community dinners, the Emmett Food Pantry, community garden, Christmas and holiday boxes, toys for tots and a bunch of other initiatives in our community. We've invited the members of their Board to join us for lunch at Club Assembly on February 9th.
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Brenda St. Pierre, Clarke Elkins, Ally and Corrina Gertsch.......the Board will be considering Paul Feickert's request for funding for the Marine Mounted Color Guard......Steve B. got a new dog.........Happy Birthday Jan Sherman!!......John Buck got his mouth fixed??........Good luck to Ally Gertsch who will be competing in the VFW' Voices of Democracy" speech for raffle tickets for the Project Graduation cake............McCall's mid-winter carnival will be soon - their Rotary does a lot!..........since the beginning of the Rotary year, our fund raisers have netted $5300.......
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International Projects

Last week we approved support for Curt Bowen's Semilla Nueva efforts in Guatemala for $1,000. We also confirmed our pledge to the Nigeria sanitation project for $500. We'll be receiving periodic update reports. Congratulations to us for making a difference in the world!
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Polio news

It was recently reported that for the first time in its recorded history, India had no cases of Polio in 2011!  So, we can't use the acronym "PAIN" anymore! By the way, Rebecca Bjorkman has been selected to join the Rotary International team going to India in February for World Immunization Day! We'll  look forward to hearing about that!  (just because India had no new cases, we must remain diligent. All those new babies have to be inoculated).

There are still seven of you who have not made your $20.00 contribution to Polio Plus.
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Bowling for City Life

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Looks like at least 4 teams from our club will participate in the City Life Bowling Tournament at KT Lanes on Jan 22. Each bowler will pay the $10 fee but our club will pay the $50 sponsor fee - so we don't have to go out soliciting!! (yeah!)
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Colleen Hicks, Jefferson Jenkins and Jan Sherman......great to see Teena last week, and congrats on becoming a grandmother!.......check out this website:   ...............Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute - Course Two- is this Saturday in Boise......consider District Mid-Winter Assembly on the 28th.......
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Semilla Nueva

If you haven't done it already, take a look at  to get an idea of the work that Curt Bowen and his folks are doing in Guatemala. Curt will be attending our Board meeting on Thursday to give us more detail about the project and our possible involvement. Anyone is welcome to attend our Board meetings - Cold Mountain 7:00 AM.

(Did you see Curt's picture in the Statesman this week? The writer said "talking to Curt is in exercise on a wholistic scale - from mind-blowingly philosophical to intensely pragmatic".)
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This Week - Club Assembly

Lots to talk about this week:
  • International Projects
  • Community Service Award
  • District Simplified Grant
  • Treasurer's Report
  • and much, much more!

We even have a surprise guest speaker!

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Lights Come Down Sat

Now that the holiday season is behind us, its time to take down those Christmas lights we put up after Thanksgiving. Meet at JD's cafe at 9:00 AM. Many hands make light work!
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Bowling for City Life

Carol Briggs, a Board member of City Life, last week told us about their Jan 22 bowling tournament at KT Lanes. Funds raised will be used to support their ongoing operations. So far, looks like we may field 4 teams. Way to go Rotary! For more details contact Kent Adams.
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This Week - Friendship Coalition

This week we'll hear from Janet Monti who will update us on the activities of the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition during the recent holiday season.
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Bill Boyd's Elevator Speech

This month's Rotarian magazine included this message from Bill Boyd, Chair of the Foundation Trustees. Its worth a repeat:

"Today's generation supports causes rather than organizations, and so we in Rotary should be able to clearly identify the causes that drive us. When somebody asks what Rotary is, you do not have to fumble for words. Tell the person that we are an organization of service-minded individuals around the world who are working to make the world a better place with our efforts in water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, economic and community development, and peace and conflict resolution. You can say that in 20 seconds!"
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Hmmmmm - looks like last week's bulletin never went out. And nobody noticed??
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This Week - Historic Signs

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Rick Walth will introduce Debbie Roenhurst from the Gem County Revitalization Committee. She'll tell us about the signs for the county's historic bridges that we helped finance.
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Jefferson Jenkins, James Page and Jan Sherman.......many thanks to Debbie Rounhurst for an interesting insight into community projects.......Rick donated "Bronco Chips" to the Food pantry.....they were an ugly blue and orange taco chip - unappetizing....but I'm sure some Pantry clients will enjoy them during the game on Thursday...... is it ever going to snow?.......Rick, are you going to LV?......beware of emails from Stacy.......
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Let's Help Our Food Pantry

So far, we Rotarians have contributed 90 pounds of non-perishables to the Emmett Food Pantry. There's still time for more! If you haven't made a donation yet, you can bring it to this week's meeting. The need is great and we can help!
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Congrats to New Officers

After hardfought campaigns, the following members have won their place in the history of Emmett Rotary as next years' Club Officers:
  • President - Rod DeArmond
  • Pres-Elect - Tonja Hyder
  • Vice Pres - Connie Goings
  • Secretary - Vicky Page
  • Treasurer - Rick Walth
  • Director to 6/30/14 - TJ Adams
  • Director to 6/30/14 - Mark Wurtenberger
  • Director to 6/30/13 - Sue Beitia
  • Director to 6/30/13 - Kent Adams
  • Past President - John Biggs
  • Foundation President - Perry Jenkins
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This Week - Guatemala

TJ brings us this week's  program about sustainable agriculture in Guatemala.  Sarah Machacek represents a nonprofit called Semilla Nueva ("New Seed" in Spanish), dedicated to working with small farmers in Guatemala "to establish sustainable agriculture techniques in their fields." 
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Odds 'n Ends - from last week!!

Last weekend's Christmas gathering at Marilyn's was lots of fun! Thanks to Marilyn and Kirk for hosting. The game "Apples to Apples" was a big hit.......where's the flag?......don't worry, Kiwanis didn't move, they just moved all their stuff into the other room for a big event.....congratulations to Steve B. for finally getting his knee fixed......Congrats to Marilyn who is now President of the Board of CityLife.......
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Rotarians Paul and Colleen Fear from Ohio, Dottie and Kermit Jones and Richard Hyder.......Kent may be out recruiting for a bowling team....any of us any good at it (not me)......Thanks to Bruce Evans and Clint Seamons for an interesting talk about City construction projects last week......the Dictionaries have been dsitrubuted to Emmett third graders - only Garden Valley is left......
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Downtown Ready For Holidays!

Posted by Dian Streeby
Downtown decorations project went very smooth.  Thanks to Mark and Dave who worked on the ladder and hung banners.  Marilyn and Sue helped with the large over the street banners and Stacy, Dian and Jeremiah Vickery (Mass Mutual)  worked with the City Bucket Truck to hang banners as well.  Stacy's husband John and John Shoemaker worked with the 4T Construction (Stacy and John's business) bucket truck to hang the large over the street banners.  We had a 4-H group (parents and teenagers that worked with ladders on Main to hang the banners and lights on the light posts.  Fire Chief Shannon Crays and his crew worked on Hwy 16 to hang banners and lights on posts.    Sheriff Chuck provided coverage for the bucket truck at the intersections for safety.  Overall it was a great day.  We have 5 poles that are not lighting up.  I will be trouble shooting those in the next few days.  Thanks to everyone for making our community beautiful during this holiday season.   I hope I did not miss anyone
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This Week - Clint Seamons

This week Dian Streeby will introduce Clint Seamons, Emmett City Construction Manager. (Maybe I'll finally find out what that project on 12th Street is all about).
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Tommy's Do-Gooders

Even though Tommy Stone had passed away last week at the age of 89, the spirit of "Tommy's Do-Gooders" lives on. This week the group will be working on a Christmas holiday for a family with 5 kids - ages 3 to 12. Mark W. has joined their board. contact Steve Bork if you need more info.
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Perry Jenkins Receives Award

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Our own Perry Jenkins was one of the award recipients! Congratulations Perry!

More than 100 outstanding volunteers from throughout the state were honored Thursday by Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter at the 10th annual Governor's Brightest Star awards ceremony at Boise State University.

The 106 volunteers were nominated for their contributions in six categories — corporation, small business, organization, school, student and individual. All were nominated by fellow Idahoans for their extraordinary volunteer efforts.

"Volunteers are ever more important and valued as part of the foundation of recovery in our state and the nation," Otter said. "The first lady and I are honored to be here recognizing so many selfless Idahoans."

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Chili for 500 success!

Our chili dinner for the family and friends of the 116th was a great success!! We figure we served about 300 people. Of course there were leftovers! This went the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition for the weekly dinner on the following Tuesday! So we served two functions! Many thanks to Mark, Perry and TJ and a bunch of other Rotarians who made this happen. And heaps of praise on Linda Savage who let us loose in her kitchen at the school. (We've awarded her a gift card to Chili's as an expression of our appreciation!) Any many thanks to the many folks who contributed ingredients to our dish  - and it was magnificent chili!!
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Christmas Party Dec 10th

Our annual Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 6:00 PM. Marylin and Kirk Knighton have graciously offered their home as the venu.  The Address is 835 Celeste. Marilyn will prepare a smoked turkey; everyone is asked to bring a dish - salad, sides, deserts, etc. Kids are welcome.

Our Christmas giving this year will be for the benefit of the Emmett Food Pantry. So bring some non-perishables food items to the party - if you won't be able to make the party, you can bring stuff to a December meeting.
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Time for Christmas Decorations

Its time for us to help the City put up the Christmas banners along our main streets! Dian reports that the hardware has been installed. We will meet on Saturday Nov 26th at 9:00Am at JDs to hang the banners.
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Nominating Committee Reports Out

The Nominating Committee has made it report and is nominating the following Rotarians to be club officers effective July 1, 2012:
  • President - Rod DeArmond
  • Pres-Elect - Tonja Hyder
  • Vice Pres - Connie Goings
  • Secretary - Vicky Page
  • Treasurer - Rick Walth
  • Director to 6/30/14 - TJ Adams
  • Director to 6/30/14 - Mark Wurtenberger

Directors with one year left on their term: Sue Beitia and Kent Adams. Also serving on the Board will be John Biggs as Past President and Perry Jenkins as President of the Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation.

Nominations are now closed. The election will take place at the December Club Assembly on the 8th.

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Foundation Recognition

District Governor Kathleen Simko has passed along an award our club received from Rotary International. We were recognized for our support of the RI Annual Programs Fund. In fact, out of more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, we were:
  • One of only 880 clubs to attain a status of 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining member Club
  • One of only 1550 clubs to become a Every Rotarian,Every Year Club.

Congratulations to us!!

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Odds 'n Ends

Our guest last week was Don Stevens....Congratulations to Kent and Lindsey Adams who are expecting their second child......our By-Laws Review Committee is hard at work.......anybody in our club REALLY know Facebook?.......We have distributed dictionaries to Carberry School and the Emmett Christian School....Shadow Butte will be next........
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Polio Plus

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October is over but there's still time to make your contribution to Polio Plus! Remember, our club committed to $700, which is $20 per member. We want 100% participation!!
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This Week - Club Assembly

Items for discussion this week will include, but not be limited to:
  • Chili for 500
  • Nominating Committee report
  • Dictionary project
  • Polio Plus
Be there for all the fun!

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I'd Rather Be Tasered

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Thanks to Sheriff Chuck for bring his guys to our meeting last week. Sgt Rick Perecz and Officer Kirk Weber showed us the tools in their arsenal for peacefully subduing a miscreant. Emmett is fortunate to have guys like them on the force. (Did you know that the belt that Officer Weber was wearing, including his hard shell vest, weighs 35 pounds??)
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guest last week was former Assistant Governor Nina Gammons from Western Treasure Valley Rotary...she was doing a makeup in advance so she could go to Greece.....hmmm, didn't Connie G. just get back from there?.......the Rotary stickers have been placed in the Dictionaries - now we make appointments with the schools for distribution......Rod and Jake will be attending the District Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute this Saturday.....
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Dictionaries Are Here!

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Our supply of dictionaries has arrived. We'll be gathering at Potter Funeral Home on Tuesday (today) at 6:30PM to affix Rotary stickers to 200 books.....shouldn't take long! Perry will set up appointments with the schools so we can make the official presentation to the third graders. Since we started participating in this nation-wide program, we have distributed 1400 dictionaries to our kids in Gem and Boise County!
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This Week - Idaho Power

This week our own Dan Smith will present a program from Idaho Power. He'll tell us how Idaho will become energy self sufficient using the energy of the ocean tides. (what?)
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This Week - Lethal Action

This week our own Sheriff Rolland will show us how to take a guy down without using lethal force.
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Odds 'n Ends

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Our guest last week was Christine Seitz from the City Rec District........look for our new sign above the cash register at LaCosta.........we now have six new aprons, too........Our resident Thespian Vicky did a wonderful job at last week-end's play, The Mousetrap........State of the City Address is Wednesday at Noon at LaCosta.........John B. and John B. presented the Senior Citizen Center with our check for $500 to support the a good chicken lunch, too........
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Chili for 500 update

The Chili For 500 Committee is working out the details for our culinary adventure on November 5th. We will start cooking our "Heroes Chili" at 10:00 AM at Carberry School. We understand that the Lions will be supplying the cheese and onions, the High School kids will be cooking corn bread; Stacy is donating at least some of the beef. The actual dinner will be at Carberry at 5:00PM.(The only question remains: how do you deep fry chili??) Mark W. will give us more details as they become available. We need servers from 5:00.
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October is Polio Month

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Rotary Greetings! 

With your help, Rotary International has made tremendous progress in the fight to eradicate polio. We are at an historic moment -- less than 1% away from the end of polio forever. In honor of World Polio Day on October 24th, 2011, RI is offering a special promotion for contributions.

2-for-1 Recognition
During the week of 24-28 October 2011, donors will receive 2- for-1 recognition for every online contribution of US$100 or more made to PolioPlus on .  You must be registered with Rotary's Member Access prior to making an online contribution.  Member access provides Rotarians with online services and other important features. If you haven't yet set up your Member Access, please visit .  It is easy to do and all you will need is your Rotary member number, which can be found on the mailing label of the Rotarian magazine.

The promotion will begin on 6 a.m., Central Standard Time (CST), on Monday, 24 October, and end at 12 noon sharp (CST), on Friday, 28 October. Online contributions cannot be made on behalf of another individual, club, or district.  A high volume of online traffic associated with this promotion so your patience in advance is appreciated.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for the promotional recognition to appear on your account and to request recognition materials. Click here for more information on the 2-for-1 recognition promotion
Kathleen Simko DG 2011/12
Rotary District 5400

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Christmas Decorations already?

Dian Streeby reports that the Chamber's Decoration fund has about $3,100 in it (thanks in large part us). The committee has investigated lots of options for upgrading the City's decorations - what they find is that this stuff is expensive! For this year, we'll be adding banners and lights to the new power poles that were installed this summer along Highway 52, near the intersection with Washington. We'll help the city crew put banners up in town on Saturday morning, November 26th.
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Nominating Committee

It will soon be time to elect next year's club officers. The Nominating Committee is Rod DeArmond, John Buck, TJ Adams and Perry Jenkins. They will give their report at our November Club Assembly on the 10th; the election will be at the December Club Assembly on the 8th. We need to elect two Directors, a President Elect and a Vice President. If you are interesting in serving our club in a leadership position, please see a member of the committee. (The pay isn't great, but its an honor to serve!)
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Odds 'n Ends

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Our guests last week were Tom and Lisle Kershul and Steve Burke from Home Federal.......The Chamber is moving their offices on November st. They might need some help moving furniture on Saturday Nov 29th.......Sue B. reported that the AAA event raised $11k.......Best wishes to our old friend Bob fry who feels that other commitments force him to resign from our club. We'll miss you, Bob, and we thank you for your dedication to the ideals of Rotary.......Hopefully, everyone has paid for their roses by now........check out the matching deal that RI has for Polio Month.......We cleaned up the highway last Saturday after a hearty breakfast......we'll do it again in April........Congrats to Greg K. on the birth of his first grand daughter..........
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This Week - Visioning revisited

This week Vicky P. will lead us in a discussion to revisit the Visioning project we completed in the spring of 2009. What goals did we set and where are we now? Many of our members were not around at that time, so an update will be worthwhile.
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Once again, Emmett Rotary steps up to save the day! The Welcome Home Committee for the Idaho Guard 116th was apparently not successful in getting individuals to whip up come chili for a Chili Feed on Saturday, November 5th. We were asked if we could cook up some Chili for FIVE HUNDRED soldiers and their families. Sure we can!! Mark Wurtenberger is in charge - he'll have more details at Thursday's meeting. In the meantime, mark your calendar.
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Highway Cleanup Saturday

One more project to end our busy season......we'll clean up our two mile stretch of Highway 52 this Saturday. We'll meet at Tom's Cabin for breakfast at 8:00 AM, then out the door by 9::00 AM. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves...its a mess out there! A prize for the weirdest thing collected.
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Our International Project Moves Ahead!

We received this message from Bob Rainville, our International project Coordinator: Dear Cooperators in the New Hope Orphanage Bakery Project in Arequipa Peru, I am very pleased to inform you that we have completed all the Rotary Foundation's requirements implement our project to install a commercial bakery at the New Hope Orphanage in Arequipa Peru. (See the trailing letter from the Rotary Foundation). At this time, our partnering Rotary Club in Arequipa has received our contributions and matching funds from our District and the Foundations. Yesterday John Verity, our District's Primary Contact for the project, recieved a message indicating that items for the project are already being purchased. I will ask John to keep us informed on the project's progress and send us photos. I anticipate that our project will be implemented shortly because of the need for the bakery and the commitment of our partners in Peru. Thank you for making this project possible. It would not have been possible without our cooperation. -- Bob Rainville (208) 830-1444
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This Week - Its Rotary's Polio Month!

Dave Obermeyer will bring us up to date on Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio. Remember, our club has made a commitment to Polio Plus for each member to contribute $20, over and above your regular contribution to the Foundation. Lets see if we can get those done by the end of October!
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Diana Baird, Stephanie Arbula, Jan Sherman and Kent's friend Steve.....we sold 66 dozen roses to benefit the Senior's citizen's bus gas girls say the roses are beautiful! (much better than last year!).......Sue B. has enjoyed being retired this fall!......Bryan S. enjoyed the Broncos game with his brother from Reno (he had tickets for the Nevada section) sure to pick up a copy of the new book "Historic Moments" at the Messenger-Index..$9.99......Ron is enjoying his disease-free cantelopes......
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Our guests last week were Fleda Wright and and Richard Hyder......Don't forget to pick up and pay for your roses this Friday.....your editor is enjoying the Fall foliage around Rochester, New York...oh, and another new grandson!.....thanks to Rod for taking the helm last week......Have you figured out your Ren Faire attire??
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This Week- Ben Ysursa

This week Dave Little will introduce Ben Ysursa, Idaho Secretary of State.

Ben Ysursa was elected Idaho's 26th Secretary of State on November 5, 2002. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. He is currently serving his third term. He was born in Boise, Idaho in 1949. He is a 1971 graduate of Gonzaga University and earned his law degree at St. Louis University Law School in 1974 and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in October 1974. Ben started his professional career serving first as Deputy Secretary of State from 1974 to 1976 and then as Chief Deputy Secretary of State from 1976-2002.
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DG Simko Visits

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District Governor Kathleen Simko visited our club last week. She met with the Board for dinner at JD's on Wednesday. This was her 36th club visit since her term began July 1st. ...only 8 to go! She let us know that there are other clubs in the District who are gunning for us- they intend to win the District award we won last year.(We'll see about that!)Kathleen told us the story of her blue blazer...her introduction to Rotary was as a GSE member to Sweden some 20 years ago. She challenged us to pursue the theme of RI - "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity". She also passed her lunchbox to encourage us to support community hunger programs. We collected $65.00 which will be passed on the Friendship Coalition.
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President Capitulates on Songs

It was a short experiment, but last week our President announced that he was abandoning his attempt to make Emmett Rotary a singing club. In a prepared statement, a tearful President said , "I am very disappointed. I was sure we could have some fun with this. But I was not prepared for the incredible divisiveness this effort has created". The announcement was made in the presence of District Governor Simko, who said, " I could have told you". Assistant Governor Jones was not in attendance but when advised by TJ via text, he immediately replied "See, there is a God".
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Richard Hyder and Roka Adams......Sue Beitia reminds us of the AAA event on October 1st......
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Odds 'n Ends

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Our picnic last week was a fun time. It was fun to see all those little kids around! ....future Rotarians?......Mark your calendar - October 15th Highway Clean-up......
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This Week- Club Assembly

Before we get to our business, we'll hear from our RYLA students, Wyatt Watts and Colton Burkes. Other items we need to talk about will include, but not be limited to:

Golf Tournament, Highway Cleanup, District Governor Visit, Ren Faire, RMLI, Dictionary Project, Rose Sale, Flood Disaster help - District 7170 New York Catskills
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Odds 'n Ends

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Our guest last week was Roka Adams......Light Up Main Street was a fine time! Lots of Rotarians showed up to cook burgers and dogs and shoot the bull...looked like a pretty good turnout of Emmettonians or is it Emmettites?).....your editor wasn't there last week, but he heard there was some resistance to a song....what was that about?...thanks to Rod for taking the helm......
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This Week - Family Picnic!

There will be no noon meeting this week. Rather, we'll join for a picnic in the City Park at 6:00 PM. Bring the whole family! We'll provide burgers, dogs and drinks, you bring a dish to pass. See you there!
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Its Time for Roses!

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Our annual Rose Sale fund raiser is upon us! We work with the Ontario (Western Treasure Valley)Rotary Club. Our goal is to sell 100 dozen. We have a new supplier this year so the roses should be of much better quality. The cost is $20 per dozen. We'll have some order forms available but you can download one on our website - look under "My Club Documents". The deadline for orders is Sept 15th. They will be available for pickup on Sept 29. For those of you who might be leaving your spouse for a hunting trip, these are a great gesture!
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Odds 'n Ends

Our guests last week were Kermit Jones.....Lane Dodson and Bryan Wewers from Boise Sunrise Rotary were here to promote their annual Lobsterfest which will take place Sept 17.....(see to Ren Faire, to get some early ideas, check out wants to be Friar Tuck?........went to the State Fair on Monday..SUN people really pay $8.50 for a turkey leg??.......many thanks to Janie Schaut for telling us about her project of documenting Gem County vets. What an effort!.......
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Light Up Main Street this Saturday

Emmett's second annual Light Up Main Street party will be this Saturday. As a last minute addition for suitable food, we've been tapped to set up our cookwagon right on the corner - primo location! TJ will have details at Thursday's meeting.
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Ren Faire Committee Starts Planning

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The Renaissance Faire Committee met last week to begin getting organized. The Committee is Sue, Perry, TJ, Tonja and John....but anyone is welcome to join! We've decided to sell Turkey legs, chorizo, hot dogs and hot/cold cider. As required by the event organizers, we'll all dress in 16th century period costume. Our canopy and cooking rig will be decorated accordingly. Since this is a two day event, we'll need lots of folks to help out. So put Oct 8-9 on your calendar now!
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This week - James Page on Sweden

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This week Vicky will introduce her son James who will tell us about his experience as our Exchange Student in Sweden this last school year. We understand he's eager to return!
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Committees Filling Up

Thanks to everyone for showing your interest in serving on one of our many committees. There are two Committee that need some people: First, is the Fellowship Committee - that Committee organizes club social functions like Christmas Party, summer picnic, etc. The other is the Rennaissance Faire, coming in early October. This has the potential of becoming a Big Deal - so we want to do it rig