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Idaho Falls

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
The Westbank Convention Center
525 River Parkway
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
United States of America
The 1st Wed. of the month is our Club Meeting. The 2nd, 3rd & 4th Wed. of the month we have presentations from various speakers.
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Installation of New Officers Celebration!
 
July is Rotary International "New Year New Leadership Month".
July Program Chairman:  Brandi Newton
July Sergeant-At-Arms:  Lisa Schultz
July Greeter:  Steve Cannon
 
 
Greetings Rotary Family,
 
I am honored to fill the seat of Rotary President and will do my very best to serve you. I stand on the shoulders of all the great leaders that have served you before me and I strive to do my very best to support the club this year.  As the new President of our club, it is my pleasure to introduce our 2024/2025 Rotary Theme, "The Magic of Rotary"!  Webster's Dictionary defines Magic as "a noun, the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces." In Rotary's case, I would update that definition to a verb, the power of people, influencing the course of events through volunteerism and fundraising because of supernatural commitment to our community. I hope you can agree with me on this updated definition of "Magic", because you are powerful, and I look forward to tapping in to the energy and talent that each of you have to offer to support our Rotary goals and make magical change happen in our community. 
 
Farewell Program and Thank you to President Catherine Smith!
 
June is Rotary International "Rotary Fellowships Month" 
Program Chairman:  Greg Crockett
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Kevin Call
Greeter:  Bill O'Donnell
 
Dr. Ken Krell - "The Forever Pandemic” 
 
June is Rotary International "Rotary Fellowships Month" 
Program Chairman:  Greg Crockett
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Kevin Call
Greeter:  TBD
 
       
We kicked off the 33rd Annual Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race on May 22nd during our Club meeting.  It was a fun event with a parade including our Grand Prize a 2024 Kia Sportage sponsored by Stones KIA, First Prize a 2024 Can-Am Outlander XT 850 Platinum Silver 4 Wheeler sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union, Idaho Falls Police Department, and the Idaho Falls Fire Department and many excited Rotarians!  We couldn't do it with Rotarian Kevin Call, affectionally known as our "Head Duck"!  Kevin, thank you will never be enough!
 
You can adopt your duck today on our website: www.duckrace.com/idahofalls.
                
This year our RYLA Committee chaired by Lorin Dixon has done a great job working with and enrolling two students to participate in the District 5400 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program and attend the upcoming RYLA Conference.
 
What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy hosts incoming juniors through outgoing seniors in high school for a 4-day leadership camp at Camp Cascade in Donnelly, Idaho. 

We are looking for students of all backgrounds that want to experience personal growth and gain leadership experience.  Each student is matched with a sponsoring District 5400 Rotary  Club - there is no cost to the student.     When?  Friday July 12 - Monday July 15.

Dear Idaho Falls Rotary Club Members,

As June unfolds and we will begin to enjoy the summer's warmth and a break from the wind, I’m filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the journey we've embarked upon together over the past year. Serving as your President has been an honor and a privilege beyond measure.

Throughout this year, we've witnessed the power of community in action. Together, we've tackled challenges, celebrated triumphs, and forged lasting bonds that will continue to strengthen our Rotary family for years to come. We’ve accomplished our foundation giving goals to support the good work of Rotary locally and internationally from the Rotary Foundation. Thank you.

As my time as President draws to a close at the end of this month, I reflect on the countless moments of growth, collaboration, and service that have defined our collective experience. Each project, initiative, and meeting has been a testament to the dedication and passion of our members.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment to Rotary's mission of service above self. Your contributions, both big and small, have made a profound impact on the lives of those we serve and the communities we call home.

As we look ahead to the future, I am confident that the spirit of Rotary will continue to thrive in the capable hands of our incoming leadership. Together, let us remain steadfast in our pursuit of positive change and unwavering in our commitment to making a difference in the world.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your President. It has been a privilege I will forever cherish.

Yours in Rotary,

Catherine

Lee Radford, Chair of IF Redevelopment Agency, "Building Better Communities"
 
June is Rotary International "Rotary Fellowships Month" 
Program Chairman:  Greg Crockett
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Kevin Call
Greeter:  TBD

 
ALL DUCKS ON DECK FOR THE DUCK RACE KICK-OFF EVENT!!!
 
When:  Wednesday May 22, 2024
Time:    Directly after Club Meeting at 12:40 p.m.
 
We are kicking off the 33rd Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race this year with a fun filled event!
 
Special guests joining us at this event:
  • WWII Military "Warbirds" Flyover
  • Stones KIA with the Grand Prize - “2024 KIA Sportage" - photo below.
  • Idaho Central Credit Union with the 1st Prize - "2024 Can-Am Outlander XT 4 Wheeler"
  • Idaho Falls Fire Department
  • Idaho Falls Police Department

 

 
 
INL presents “INL at 75” with Liza Raley, Tour Ambassador at the Idaho National Laboratory.
 
May is Rotary International "Youth Service" Month.
May Program Chairman:  Liza Leonard
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Arthur Kull
Greeter:  Karen Lansing
INL presents “Our Future Workforce” with Sunshine Shepherd, K-12 STEM Coordinator, and Heather Nunamaker, Workforce Development Specialist at the Idaho National Laboratory.
 
May is Rotary International "Youth Service" Month.
May Program Chairman:  Liza Leonard
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Arthur Kull
Greeter:  Karen Lansing
Ron Crone, Associate Laboratory Director for Materials and Fuels Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory, will present "Advanced Nuclear Reactors".

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As we embrace the vibrant spirit of May, I find myself reflecting on the immense impact our Rotary Club continues to have on our community and beyond. It's a time of renewal, growth, and unwavering dedication to our shared values of service and fellowship. Sunshine is on its way to Idaho Falls and our glorious Idaho summer will soon be here. Nothing beats an Idaho summer.

This month, let us celebrate the incredible strides we've made together, whether it's through our ongoing service projects, fundraising efforts, or the meaningful connections we've fostered. Each action, no matter how small, contributes to the greater good and reinforces the core principles that define us as Rotarians. The Great Snake River Duck Race will once again kick off on May 22nd during our lunch. Stay tuned as the grand prize from Stone’s Kia is announced, along with more incredible packages and prizes that will be awarded.

Liza Leonard has pulled together a wonderful slate of presenters for this month including the heartwarming program of scholarships the Club will award and rounding out the month with programs from INL highlighting the innovative and collaborative work of energy research and workforce development. All the programs will enrich and inform us as we continue our work in our day-to-day lives and community.

As we navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead, let us remain steadfast in our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those around us. I encourage each of you to seize the opportunities this month brings to connect, collaborate, and create lasting change. Together, there's no limit to what we can achieve.

Thank you for your continued dedication and service to our Rotary Club. Wishing you all a May filled with joy, purpose, and endless possibilities.

Yours in Rotary,

Catherine

Rotary Scholarship Program will be presented by Abigail French, our Club Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
 
May is Rotary International "Youth Service" Month.
May Program Chairman:  Liza Leonard
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Arthur Kull
Greeter:  Karen Lansing
 
"Voices of Democracy" Law Day and the Liberty Bell Award.  Lee Radford, Parsons Behle and Latimer, is our speaker.
 
May is Rotary International "Youth Service" Month.
May Program Chairman:  Liza Leonard
Sergeant-At-Arms:  Arthur Kull
Greeter: Karen Lansing
 
 
 
ROTARIANS - We have a new service project at The Community Food Basket!
 
When:  Friday April 26th from 6-8 pm 
Where:  The Community Food Basket Warehouse located at 1895 N. Boulevard, Idaho Falls, ID
Who:  Rotarians, Spouse or Partner, Adult Children, Friends - all help is appreciated!  Bring a stapler if you have one!
 
The Community Food Basket needs to Fold and Staple 44,000 grocery bags generously donated by local businesses, to postcards for the National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive that will be held Saturday May 11th!!
 
Rotarians, along with The Exchange Club of Idaho Falls and the Civitans Club of Idaho Falls, have been invited to be a part of this effort by going to their warehouse located at 1895 N Boulevard for a Stapling Party-Palooza!!!    Bring Staplers if you got em'. They have the staples, bags and cards. Volun-tell your friends and loved ones to join in!
 
With the need being way up, the cost of food being way up, and donations being way down, they are counting on this drive to help them help others.
 
 
 
Lara Herway, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Civic Center - Topic: "Frontier Center For The Performing Arts Project"
 
April is Rotary International "Environment" month.
April Program Chair:    Jerry Schield & Carrie Scheid
April Greeter:   Miranda Marquit  
April Sergeant-At-Arms:  Todd Mary
Dave Lent, Idaho Senator, District 33 - Topic:  "Idaho Legislative Update"
 
April is Rotary International "Environment" month.
April Program Chair:    Jerry Schield & Carrie Scheid
April Greeter:   Miranda Marquit  
April Sergeant-At-Arms:  Todd Mary

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As we step into the month of April, I am filled with gratitude for the dedication and enthusiasm each of you brings to our Rotary community. It is through our collective efforts that we continue to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those around us.

This month, let us renew our commitment to Rotary's core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. These values guide us as we tackle the challenges facing our communities and work towards building a better world for all.

I encourage each of you to take advantage of the opportunities for service and engagement that our club provides. Whether it's participating in the upcoming blood drive, the Ronald McDonald Family Room service project, attending our weekly Rotary meetings, or connecting with fellow members, let us seize the chance to make a difference together.

As we reflect on the Club’s incredible achievements and look ahead to the opportunities in the future, let us remain steadfast in our dedication to Rotary's mission. Together, we can continue to be a force for positive change in our communities and beyond.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Rotary, and I look forward to another month of service, fellowship, and making a difference together.

Yours in Rotary,

Catherine

Justin Hayes, Executive Director Conservation League - "Idaho Salmon and Dams; What Does the Future Hold?"
 
April is Rotary International "Environment" month.
 
April Program Chair:    Jerry Schield & Carrie Scheid
April Greeter:   Miranda Marquit  
April Sergeant-At-Arms:  Todd Mary
Chris Fredericksen, Idaho Falls Public Works Director - "Water, Wastewater & Sanitation"
 
March is Rotary International "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" month.
March Program Chair:    Karen Lansing
March Greeter:     Kim Lee
March Sergeant-At-Arms:  Jan Karinen
Rotary Club of Idaho Falls Blood Drive
 
When:   April 3, 2024 - 11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m
Where:  Idaho Falls Red Cross Donation Center, 1165 E. 17th Street, Idaho Falls, ID
 
For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org.
Sponsor code - ROTARYIF   
Or contact Jeremy Crook
 
 
Austin Black, Planning & Zoning Administrator, Bonneville County Planning & Zoning
 
March is Rotary International "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" month.
March Program Chair:    Karen Lansing
March Greeter:     Kim Lee
March Sergeant-At-Arms:  Jan Karinen

 

 
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Speakers
Trevor Elordi, VP Workforce Training & Education
Jul 17, 2024 12:00 PM
CEI - Workforce Training
Brandi Newton
Jul 24, 2024 12:00 PM
Idaho Falls Arts Council - 2024/2025 Season Preview
Rotary Summer Picnic at The Zoo at Tautphaus Park
Jul 30, 2024 6:00 PM
Rotary Summer Picnic at The Zoo at Tautphaus Park
Jeff Tucker, GM Idaho Public Television
Jul 31, 2024 12:00 PM
Idaho Public Television in our Community
Club Executives & Directors
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Director - Membership
Director - The Rotary Foundation
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Scholarships
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Website & Newsletter Administrator
 

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