January marks the half-way point in the Rotary year and there is a lot planned in the next 6 months! First, I hope you save the date and plan to attend the District Celebration. The event will be hosted in Boise, ID, in and around the Riverside Hotel on April 21-22, 2023. The Celebration this year will include indoor and outdoor activities, some very fun service opportunities, fellowship, will be family friendly, and fun for all! Look for more information in February.  
Much of the activity in the coming months includes training events available to all Rotarians interested in learning more about Rotary, about leadership, and connecting with other to serve in their community. I’d like to introduce you to Lorrie Apel from the Boise Centennial Club. Lorrie has a heart of service, a welcoming smile, and in her role as District 5400 Trainer, she generously shares encouragement, resources, and time to make learning opportunities fun and engaging. 
I hope your 2023 goals and plans include attending the District Celebration in April, joining a learning event hosted by Lorrie, and continuing to engage deeply in your club’s service activities locally and globally. 
Peace, Janice ~
22-'23 District 5400 Governor
District 5400 Announcement
Greetings, Fellow Rotarians,
It is my great honor and privilege to announce Kathy Buck as our District Governor Nominee Designate.   Applause! Cheering! Whistling!  This means that Kathy will serve as our District Governor from July 1, 2025 until June 30, 2026.
Kathy brings an abundance of experience from both her professional and Rotary career to this important position.  
In her professional life, Kathy is retired after working 30+ years in the educational setting. Kathy's experience includes working in K-12 management at Joplin Elementary (ID), Pioneer Middle School (WA), and at North Franklin School District in the Superintendent's office (WA).  She has been a member of the National Association of Education Professionals, as well as a member of the State Association of Educational Professionals in both Washington and Idaho where she held many officer positions, including President of each statewide organization. 
As a Rotarian, Kathy is a member of the Emmett Club where she has served her club in many different roles, including President, Vice President, Membership Chair, and Grant Chair.   Kathy is currently serving as District 5400 Membership Chair, she sits on the Peace Builders Committee, as well as the Learning & Development team. And if that wasn't enough, Kathy served as Assistant Governor from 2018-2021 and currently leads the team of Assistant Governors, too.  Kathy is a Paul Harris +2, Rotary Bequest Society Member, Polio Plus Society Member, and much more!  
Kathy has a welcoming smile, a kind word for everyone she meets, and a heart of service.  She is married to John Buck, who is currently the President of Emmett Rotary Club, the Gem County Coroner, and a Funeral Director.  Together they have six children, seven grandchildren, and live on a small ranch outside Emmett where they raise cattle, horses, ducks, and have a donkey named Lucky.  Kathy and John are leaders in their community, they enjoy camping, fishing, time with family & friends, and spending time across our great state of Idaho and the pacific northwest.  
The future of our Rotary District is in great hands with our line-up of future leaders; because of our past leaders who built a great foundation and continue to support the District; and moreover, because of ALL the Rotary members who work and play and serve across District 5400.  Together, we have positive impact where we live and beyond!    
Please join me in congratulating Kathy Buck on her new position.
Janice Fulkerson
District Governor 2022-2023
Rotary District 540
Positive Peace
 Peace is more than the lack of conflict or the absence of violence. Positive Peace creates and sustains societies that allow all people to flourish.  And this is what Rotarians are doing daily across District      5400 – working to support flourishing communities’ where we live and work.    
Rotary International is collaborating with the Institute for Economics and Peace to offer all Rotary members – and their community partners - the resources and tools they need to promote positive peace locally.  Want to learn more?  Check this out:  Institute for Economics and Peace | Rotary International
In District 5400 we have a Peace Force, that includes members from several clubs and it’s growing.  They are hosting annual Learning Peace Camps for kids, hosting peace walks, building peace parks and much more.   Here are some ideas you may want to build into your club’s programs:
  • Celebrate the International Day of Peace in September 21st with a fellowship or service event
  • Become a Rotary Peacebuilder Club
  • Plant a Peace Pole in your community
  • Include peace building messages in any service event
  • Plant pollinator trees, bushes, or a Chicago Peace Rose and add a peace pole or interpretive sign about peace and the planting
  • Join a local school or city program that promotes peace building
  • Use a peace pledge in their club or individual activities (sample pledges below)
  • Use a digital banner on social media with a peace builders’ message
  • Join and support existing local/regional peace building activities
  • Recognize a ‘Peace Hero’ in your community at a club meeting, or in conjunction with a peace walk in your community.  
  • Join the D5400 Peace Committee
  • Designate a Peace Ambassador in your club
For more information or ideas, reach out to District Governor Janice Fulkerson for her support.
Earth Stewardship
Rotary brings together diverse individuals, locally and globally, to have fun, connect people, transform communities and make a difference in the world! Imagine a world of peace, kindness, hope and joy, where people unite and take action to create lasting change.  That is Rotary!  
District Info
January 2023
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