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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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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,
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
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.

Classification Talks with Brad Cramer and Brock Pence.
Learn about Rotarians Brad Cramer and Brock Pence in this fun Classifications Talk.
October is Rotary International "Economic and Community Development" month.
October Program Chair:  Amanda Logan
October Greeter:  Cheryl O'Brien
October Sergeant-At-Arms:  Ken Taylor
Our meeting location:  Blue Cross of Idaho Conference Center (entry door No. 4) at the Mountain America Center.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


A fresh new season to deliciously relish is here with crunchy leaves under our feet and cool mornings of fresh Idaho air fills our lungs. Over the next few weeks our beautiful city is sure to delight as trees lining our parks and neighborhoods turn a bright marigold and honey bronze.

Our Idaho Falls community is a host to a diverse economy that is the focus of October programs chaired by Amanda Logan based in Economic and Community Development. This topic is a designated Area of Focus from Rotary International. Much of Rotary’s work begins in communities and continues globally. We work together to improve the communities and economic conditions of people around the world. We will start locally this month will kicking off with a Classification Talk from Brad Cramer and Brock Pence. Two very familiar faces in our Club who have each contributed uniquely to our Club’s benefit and directly to our local community through their professional roles. Many of our Rotarians have expressed the Classification Talks are their favorite program each month. As a Club of People of Action, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. What a treat it is to enjoy a lunch program with a glimpse into the personal lives of our fellow Rotarians.

Rotary International developed the Areas of Focus to guide the conversations and funding opportunities to meet the Club’s locally where they can actively engage. I see this as an opportunity for our Club to move the dial for progress and wellbeing without having to do it all. Knowing we are part of a larger network of 1.4 million Rotarians around the globe working to fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water, save mothers & children, support education and protect the environment connects us all through service.

This month, October, we focus on community and will learn each week how Rotary is being woven into the community through our Meals on Wheels deliveries and soon to come concession service at the Mountain America Center to raise funding for scholarships. Soon, we will be packing backpacks with the United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County and providing $2500 in grant dollars from our District Grant to support their mission of supporting education, health, and financial stability as the building blocks of a good life.

I can’t wait to see you each Wednesday at lunch and thank you as I know we each continue to Create Hope in the World every day in our actions and services.

Yours in Rotary,


Rotarians From Ecuador - Presentation on their club and international projects in Ecuador

We are fortunate to have Rotarians from Ecuador join us and share with us about their work to make the world a better place, primarily by bringing clean water to remote villages in Ecuador.                 


September is here as we return to our desks from a long and (hopefully) relaxing three-day Labor Day weekend. I trust you are as excited as I to jump into our Rotary programs and activities for the month.

The Hope Squad, a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program on September 6th will open our month of programming Chaired by Margaret Wimborne. The month focuses on Basic Education and Literacy and the weeks of programs lined up for our Club will inspire and remind us all that we are People of Action. There are many good things, good people, and good kids acting in our community focused on hope and peace. When we nurture peace, opportunities, and one another, we help heal the world and create lasting change.

In the latest issue of The Rotary Magazine, please take a few extra minutes to read pages 16 – 17. If there’s any question of how peace is being spread around the world, the handful of stories on the pages will provide you details of the hopeful work around the global.

What’s more is 333 million dollars were awarded in global service grants and initiatives in 2020 – 2021. Connecting 1.4 million Rotarians worldwide. Serving our communities with 47 million hours last year.

Here in Idaho Falls, we hope to connect people, support the transformation of our greenspaces and fund sustainable projects.

This month as we align our actions with our focus on Basic Education and Literacy, we will launch our partnership with the United Way Idaho Falls & Bonneville County and District 91’s Backpack Project. Our Club’s District 5400 Grant application was successful for a total funded project of approximately $2500. Members will be invited to participate by helping pack backpacks and make deliveries to the schools. The backpacks will be full of necessities for school aged children who need help the most. Focusing and learning in school has been proven to be difficult for children who are hungry. This project will help support the efforts currently underway by the United Way Idaho Falls & Bonneville County. We are grateful to help.

The beauty of Rotary is you, the Rotarian, can decide what projects and service you want to be part of. In The Rotary Magazine, the global perspective of opportunities are at your fingertips. In Idaho Falls, our Community Service committee co-chaired by Jeremy Crook and Emily Fitzpatrick Harris, sit with you each week and are accessible for ideas and collaboration. Just ask and engage!

We will round out a full month of inspiring programs, service and fun with an ice-cream social and french fry gathering at Kevin & Kelly Call’s car barn just off Sunnyside Road on September 21st at 6 pm. I can’t wait to see you and your families there.

Yours in Rotary,


President Catherine Smith and Past President Liza Leonard will provide a "Melbourne Recap Presentation" of the recent Rotary International Convention they attended.
This week our meeting will be all about the 32nd Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race that took place last Saturday. We will be joined by the winner of the Grand Prize, First and Second Prizes for presentation of the prizes.  MEETING LOCATION:  Silverstar Skydeck (Entry Door 1, 2nd Floor) at the Mountain America Center.
This week's Club meeting is all about the upcoming 32ND ANNUAL GREAT SNAKE RIVER GREENBELT DUCK RACE!  We are excited to have Gloria Miller Allen attend as our guest.  Gloria has donated one of her original paintings every year since the Duck Race began and she will bring this year's painting with her to the meeting.
December 2023
Dec 27, 2023
No meeting this week due to the Christmas holiday.
Jan 03, 2024
No meeting this week due to the New Year's Holiday
Dr. Rick Aman, President of CEI
Jan 10, 2024 12:00 PM
His Vision For The College of Eastern Idaho
Paul Baker, CEO, Greater IF Chamber of Commerce
Jan 17, 2024 12:00 PM
How The Trades Factor Into Our Region’s Economy
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Director - Membership
Director - The Rotary Foundation
Director - Public Relations
Director - Service
Chair International Service
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