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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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Lisa Evans, Assistant Director of the Idaho Falls School District 91 CTEC "Report on Career & Technical Education Center"
   
February is Rotary International "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution" month.
February Program Chair:    Mark Young
February Greeter:   Lori Priest
February Sergeant-At-Arms:  Josh Johnson
Dr. Colin Johnson, ISU Political Science Professor,  "Our Geopolitical Climate"
 
February is Rotary International "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution" month.
February Program Chair:    Mark Young
February Greeter:   Lori Priest
February Sergeant-At-Arms:  Josh Johnson
Cher Stone is our speaker and her topic is Building Better Relationships.  Valentines Day Program - members are encouraged to bring their spouse or sweetheart to today's luncheon.
 
February is Rotary International "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution" month.
February Program Chair:    Mark Young
February Greeter:   Lori Priest
February Sergeant-At-Arms:  Josh Johnson
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Here is an update on the two projects our Club is working on with the Pocatello Rotary Club’s World Service Committee.
 
“The joint World Service Committees of Pocatello and Idaho Falls are committed to fund two new projects, this time in Peru:
 
1.         Tree Planting Project. “Rotarians to Work Together to plant Polylepsis trees in Peru to Honor Sacred Apu Anccara Mountain (Machu Picchu Rotary Club: Polylepsis trees grow bets above 8,000 ft)  The Idaho Rotary team plans to work with the Machu Picchu Rotary Club to plant trees in the high Andes mountains near Machu Picchu, to combat deforestation and promote sustainable development.  In a joint effort to honor the natural beauty and spiritual significance of Apu Anccara Mountain, the local Rotary Club recently organized a tree-planting project in the high Andean mountains of Peru.  Apu Anccara is located in the Cusco region of Peru, not far from Machu Picchu.  It is considered sacred by the local people and is believed to be home to a variety of spirits and deities. The mountain is also a powerful spiritual site, often visited by pilgrims who come to pray and make offerings.”
 
2.         Lima Cancer Center Family Housing Project (Lima Rotary Club Pango): Peru has only one cancer treatment hospital. A compassionate Catholic priest has taken it upon himself to address the hardship faced by poor families traveling from distant villages for their loved ones’ treatment in Lima. He sponsors three homes that offer free accommodations to these families. There is a need to maintain and improve these facilities as well as supplying them with bedding supplies, hygiene products and food items.”
 
The following link shows videos of the projects:
Tree planting: https://sites.google.com/view/rotaryworldservice/peru
Lima Cancer Center Family Housing: a description of the project is available on the same website as above, plus at the following one: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=589628753351007&set=pcb.589629036684312.
 
For donations, please make your checks out to the “Rotary Club No. 380 Charitable Association, Inc.”
 
Thank you.
 
Arthur Kull
Chair - International Service 
Rotary Club of Idaho Falls
Mobile: +1 (208) 680-0680
 

Rotarians,

Peace and the prevention and resolution of conflicts hold significant importance in the Rotary calendar during the month of February. This is attributed to the commemoration of the inaugural Rotary meeting on February 23, 1905, now recognized as World Understanding and Peace Day.

This historic gathering laid the foundation for our organization's profound dedication to promoting World Understanding and Peace. In recognition of this commitment, February 23rd is now designated as World Understanding and Peace Day within the Rotary community.

In a world that often faces complex challenges, Rotary's emphasis on peace is more vital than ever. It serves as a beacon, guiding us to actively engage in conflict prevention and resolution, contributing to the betterment of our global community.

As members of the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls, let us use this month to renew our commitment to the ideals of peace and understanding. Through our collective efforts, we can continue to make a positive impact and work towards a more harmonious world.

Thank you for your dedication to Rotary's principles and for being ambassadors of peace within our community and beyond.

Yours in Rotary,

Catherine Smith

Jan Brown, Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Harriman State Park -  "Community Building - A True Story of Peacemaking"
 
February is Rotary International "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution" month.
February Program Chair:    Mark Young
February Greeter:   Lori Priest
February Sergeant-At-Arms:  Josh Johnson
 
Scott Long, Assistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 57
 
January is Rotary International "Vocational Service" month
January Program Chair:    Dave Facer
January Greeter:     Chris Aspinall
January Sergeant-At-Arms:  Michelle Mallard   
 

Happy New Year! Embracing 2024 with "Every Rotarian, Every Year" Commitment

Dear Rotary Club Members,

I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits as we embark on the promising journey that is 2024. As we collectively step into the new year, I am filled with enthusiasm and gratitude for the incredible work our Rotary Club has accomplished and the positive impact we continue to make in our community.

Our commitment to service and the Rotary ideals has been unwavering, and I am confident that with the same spirit, we will achieve even greater heights in the coming months. As we set our sights on the future, I am excited to introduce the theme for this year: "Every Rotarian, Every Year."

This theme underscores the collective strength that each one of us brings to the Rotary Club. It emphasizes the idea that our combined efforts, no matter how big or small, contribute significantly to our shared goals. To sustain and enhance our impact, I am inviting each Rotarian to make a commitment to contribute $120 annually or $10 monthly towards our cause.

Your generous support will enable us to fund crucial projects, support community initiatives, and continue our mission of making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve. Together, we can truly embody the spirit of Rotary and amplify our impact.

I want to express my gratitude in advance to each Rotarian who chooses to participate in the "Every Rotarian, Every Year" initiative. Your dedication to our shared vision is what makes our Rotary Club a force for good in our community.

Let us step into 2024 with renewed energy, commitment, and a shared determination to create lasting change. Thank you for your continued dedication to the ideals of Rotary.

Yours in Rotary service,

Catherine Smith

Dave Facer, Executive Director of the College of Eastern Idaho Foundation - "Update on CEI"
 
January is Rotary International "Vocational Service" month
January Program Chair:    Dave Facer
January Greeter:     Chris Aspinall
January Sergeant-At-Arms:  Michelle Mallard   
 
Dr. Richard Nathan, Idaho Falls Infectious Diseases, is our speaker.  His topic is Infectious Diseases.
 
December is Rotary International "Disease Prevention & Treatment" month.
 
December Program Chair:    John Radford
December Greeter:     Abigail French
December Sergeant-At-Arms:     Jerry Scheid
 
 
 
 

Dear Rotary Club Members,

As we approach the end of the year, I find myself reflecting on the importance of the holiday season and the joy it brings to our lives. This is a time when we come together with our loved ones, cherishing the moments that truly matter.

This December, let us celebrate the spirit of togetherness and the warmth of family bonds. The holiday season is a time to pause, appreciate, and create lasting memories with those who matter most. Whether it's sharing a meal, exchanging heartfelt gifts, or simply enjoying the company of our families, let us embrace the true meaning of this festive season.

As a Rotary Club, we are not just a community of professionals, but a family connected by shared values and a commitment to service. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, let's also remember the importance of giving back. As Rotarians, our commitment to service extends beyond our professional lives, and the holidays provide a unique opportunity to spread joy to those in need. Whether through charitable initiatives, community events, or acts of kindness, let us find ways to make a positive impact during this special time.

I wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday season filled with love, laughter, and meaningful connections. May this time with family and friends rejuvenate our spirits and prepare us for the opportunities and challenges that the new year may bring.

Thank you for your continued dedication to our Rotary Club, and I look forward to seeing you all in the coming year.

Yours in Rotary,

Catherine Smith

Festival of Trees at The Elks Lodge  
On November 15th the Rotary Club meeting will be at the Idaho Falls Festival of Trees. The event will take place at the Elks Lodge across the street from the Pinecrest Golf Course. When you arrive (any time after 10am) proceed to the pay station and let them know you are there for Rotary. They will check you off on the roster, stamp your hand and you will have full access to the Festival of Trees. You are also welcome to eat lunch at the Festival Cafe. At the register, let them know you are with Rotary and give them your name. Rotary will cover your lunch. For this special meeting Rotary is not covering the cost for guests. They are welcome to attend but will need to pay a $5.00 entry fee and pay for their own lunch. 
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope this message finds you all in good health and filled with the spirit of service. It is with great enthusiasm that I draw your attention to one of the fundamental pillars of our organization, The Rotary Foundation. Mike O’Bleness kicked off our month of programming focusing on Rotary Foundation Month with a wonderful presentation last week. Mike asked all Rotarians to take action at a variety of stations and the results were the following:  
  • 16 club members acted and signed up to be either a Greeter, Sergeant-at-Arms, or Coordinate programs for a month
     
  •  5 club members took action and signed up for my Rotary accounts
     
  • 15 club members took action and signed up for Meals on Wheels and/or serving concessions at the Mountain America Center in the new year
     
  • Rotarians made 17 contributions for a total of $2,305 to help purchase bed linens for the Quido Children’s Hospital in Ecuador
     
  • 2 club members took action and opened a rotary direct account making monthly contributions
     
  • Many club members donated to end Polio Now
The Rotary Foundation has been at the heart of our service journey, driving positive changed and making a significant impact in our communities around the world. Through its support, we have been able to transform lives, provide clean water, promote peace and eradicate diseases.
 
Through the Foundation’s support, we have been able to transform lives, provide clean water, promote peace, and eradicate disease. It is a testament to the power of our collective action and commitment to Rotary’s mission: “Service Above Self.”
 
In the words of Rotary’s Founder, Paul Harris, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” The Rotary Foundation embodies our collective efforts of what can be achieve when like-minded individuals come together for a common cause.
 
Together, we will Create Hope in the World.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Catherine
Classification Talks with Stephen Boorman and Steve Cannon.
 
Tomorrow's CLUB MEETING LOCATION is:  Silverstar Skydeck (Entry Door 1, 2nd Floor) at the Mountain America Center.
 
Mike O'Bleness - Rotary Foundation Presentation
CHANGE OF LOCATION TODAY - WE WILL MEET AT THE WESTBANK!
 
Rotary is made up of people of action. We focus our action on eight areas:
Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene 
Saving mothers and children
Protecting the environment
Fighting disease
Supporting education
Growing local economies
Ending polio forever
Peace and conflict resolution

For Rotary, or any successful organization, to have an impact on the community and world you need to have a solid foundation. Our Club has two foundations to help us take action and create a positive impact in our community and the World. I will describe these foundations and how we as people of action can support and use these foundations to build a better community and world. Come prepared to learn and to take action!
   
Micah Austin, City of Ammon Administrator -  Update on the City of Ammon

Presentation on new, current, and ongoing developments in the City of Ammon, new strategic planning and long-range planning efforts, and updates on the fiber optic system.

 
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