march 2017 District Bulletin

From the Governor's Desk
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Spring is HERE! Robins are in the air, cows are on the range and tractors are working in the fields. For Rotarians, District Conference in beautiful Sun Valley is upon us. Are you going? Well of course you are! At conference we will meet new leaders, exchange ideas and TAKE action. There are so many ways to enjoy conference. New this year is the interactive academy with a number of subjects i.e. fund raising, public relations, and my Rotary designed for hands-on learning. There will be entertainment, including a cowboy poet and line dancing. For me, the best is the Saturday morning presentation of the Rotary Youth Exchange young adults – those who are going home and sharing their experiences of life in America from host families to schools with a different twist. To those who are leaving for a life changing adventure in a different country and a different culture. Come cheer on the youth – come cheer on ROTARY. There are no qualifications to be eligible for attending; every Rotarian should experience this great event.  

Please take a moment out of your life and experience “ROTARY” at its best. The best of Idaho – Sun Valley. The best of Rotary – District Conference. Register today and bring your Rotary experience to conference and “Ride for the Brand”.

Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor
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riding for the brand in sun valley

We’re RIDING FOR THE BRAND at the Rotary District 5400 Conference in Sun Valley, May 18-19!  Several new things are being offered this year as we focus on Rotary training as we “join leaders, exchange ideas and take action” with our first ever Rotary Academy. Facilitators are excited to share their thoughts and your ideas on membership, public relations, fundraising and Rotary basics.
Joining us this year from Rotary International is Philip Lustig who hails from Florida and is a past District Governor of District 6930. He is a member of the Paul Harris Society and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are all Paul Harris Fellows. Last year, Phil served President Risely as his Special Sergeant at Arms at the Atlanta Conference and will serve President Ian Risely in the same position this year in Toronto.  Help us give Phil a warm Idaho welcome!!!
Rounding out the conference activities will be our stirring Club Showcase presentations and a special taped welcome from Jennifer Jones, a Great Marble Shoot Out, several optional Saturday afternoon activities and of course, our Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Rotary Exchange Students!   And, more…..
Saturday evening will conclude the conference with a awards, a cowboy poet from Idaho Falls, the installation of our 2018-2019 District Governor Jennifer Deroin and line dancing! 
Make those hotel reservations, register for the conference and come ready for some fun, some training and then, even more fun! See you in Sun Valley!
**Registration rates will increase on Monday, April 16, so sign up now!**

Kathy Buck, Emmett Rotary 2017-2018 President

Meet President Riseley

The Idaho Falls Rotary Club has been preparing for our Centennial Celebration and the arrival of Rotary International President Ian Riseley.

Everyone is invited to celebrate with us on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Idaho Falls.
12:10pm  Idaho Falls Rotary Club Meeting
The Waterfront at Snake River Landing
1220 Event Center Drive
Idaho Falls, ID  83402
RI President Ian Riseley will NOT be at this meeting
4:00pm  Heritage Park Ground Breaking
Snake River Landing near Sunnyside Road
RI President Ian Riseley will be attending
7:00pm  Centennial Celebration Reception
Colonial Theater/Willard Art Center
450 A Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
7:30pm  Centennial Celebration  with                               President Ian Riseley
Colonial Theater at the Willard Art Center
450 A Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Anniversary reception to follow with cake, ice cream, and champagne.

We look forward to seeing you in Idaho Falls. The public is welcome at all these events.

Please email us with any questions

District grant updates

It’s April – nine months of the Rotary year are now behind us. April is a good time for club leaders to assess the state of their goals, not just for service and membership, but for The Rotary Foundation. How is your club progressing toward its Annual Fund and PolioPlus goals?  I can tell you that 15 of our 43 clubs are more than 70% of the way to their AF goals and PP goals. Will this be the first year that 100% of our clubs meet their Annual goals and 100% of our clubs contribute to PolioPlus? Check your club’s progress on Rotary Club Central.

If you have an open Rotary Foundation district grant, and your project is finished, you need to upload the final report form and pdf copies of your receipts here.  Final reports or progress reports for continuing projects are due May 15, 2018.
It’s also time to be thinking about applying for a Rotary Foundation District Grant for 2018-19.  The deadline for completed and signed applications is June 1, 2018.  Click here for instructions on completing your application and the terms of funding.
Marianne Barker, District Foundation Chair

Did You Know? 

Do donations to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Fund count toward Paul Harris, next level Paul Harris, and Major Donor recognition status?  The Answer is - Yes, Yes, and Yes!

Donations to PolioPlus, given on line or by check with a completed contribution form, count toward all giving levels.  But don't forget that we must also give to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund each year!  See the fact sheet here.

The Giving Guru, Marianne Barker

If you haven’t met Past District Governor and current District Rotary Foundation Chair Marianne Barker, then you must not be going to Rotary meetings.  Marianne is the voice of the Rotary Foundation in our District, and has been teaching clubs for years about how to increase club giving, and as importantly, how to maximize those dollars when they are returned to us by applying for grants.

Marianne is a member of the Blue Lakes-Twin Falls Rotary Club and she comes from a Rotary family.  Her passion for the organization runs deep:  She is a third-generation Rotarian, and both her siblings and a nephew are Rotarians.   You will often find her at various club fundraisers, events, and meetings, or at an International Convention or Peace Conference.  In other words, anywhere she can plug into Rotary.

The District Rotary Foundation Chair role carries with it many responsibilities, but the primary role is to train and support clubs in regards to giving and grant opportunities.  She spends many hours assisting others - our District is very fortunate to have Marianne.

If you have questions about Foundation programs, including grants, please contact Marianne.
Jennifer Deroin, District Governor Elect

RLS: "You get a car, and you get a car!"

Ok, so no cars actually, but the presidents-elect in attendance that entered their goals for 2018-2019 did receive a Rotary theme banner before leaving the weekend session.  Approximately 60 leaders from across District 5400 came together to discuss best practices and solidify plans to lead their clubs in the upcoming Rotary year. 

The Rotary Leadership Summit is an expansion of our Presidents Elect Training (PETs). The concept was to invite the entire leadership team to attend the session for the purposes of collaboration and planning, and to develop a Vibrant Club Plan for the following year. We were pleased with the first year results and plan to continue with the model of making continuous improvements.

Past RI Vice President and Director Greg Podd was the keynote speaker for the Friday dinner event. He spoke about his time as a Club President and the recipe he recommends for a successful club. Several District leaders were in attendance to support and facilitate training.
The 2018-2019 Presidential theme, “Be the Inspiration” was the focus of the event. We were reminded that club leaders have the opportunity to inspire the members, but members have the opportunity to inspire the world to do good.
Jennifer Deroin, District Governor Elect

We have three months to share the benefits of Rotary to potential members.  Creating impact in our communities and the world is important to many people.  It takes intentional effort of telling our story to grow our membership.

Several things that your club can do in the next few months to increase membership are:

  1. Have a meeting program called “Discover Rotary” and encourage your members to invite guests that day.  Contact Marie Baker for a template of what to present or schedule her for a program.

  2. Schedule an “after-hours” event for fellowship and invite potential members to meet other members.  People will join your club when they feel like they can build a relationship with your members.

  3. If you have a fun service project coming up invite guests to help you with the project.  This is a great way to show how your club impacts the community as well as build relationships!

Remember, we are asking our potential members to “Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, and Take Action”!   Please feel free to contact Marie Baker with any assistance you may need.  Let’s finish this Rotary year strong so we can continue to Impact our communities!

Marie Baker, District Membership Chair         



Why should I go to Toronto in 2018? After all Rotary International conventions are just for club leaders, district governors and other high and mighty Rotarians. Right? The answer is “CERTAINLY NOT!”  Conventions are for EVERYONE! International Conventions are celebratory, educational, entertaining AND inspiring! 

At convention you are free to come and go to a variety of sessions and meetings as you see fit.  You set your own schedule. You pick and choose what interests you. At convention you will rub shoulders with both ordinary and extraordinary Rotarians from all over the world. You get a vision of what Rotary is like outside your club, outside Idaho. Think of convention as a huge international exchange of ideas, energy, and association.

But won’t non-Rotarian spouses feel out of place? Not at all!  Nearly half of the people in attendance are spouses or guests of Rotarians. Yes, but doesn’t it cost a fortune? NO! It probably costs less than a low-budget ski vacation weekend and there is very little chance you will break your leg at a Rotary Convention! 

We have 31 people from District 5400 signed up to have a blast together in Toronto. Why don’t you join us?

Register / learn more

Judges needed for national history day 

National History Day in Idaho is seeking volunteers to judge student projects. Judging is an interesting way to connect with students, support your community, and learn about history! Come and be inspired by Idaho students!
Judges review entries, interview students, provide constructive feedback, and determine which students advance to the next competition. The time commitment is 4-5 hours and breakfast, lunch and a gift of thanks will be provided! We are currently in need of 112 judges (as of March 20).

Register here to judge at the state contest in Caldwell at the College of Idaho, April 14, 2018.

Mike Sieler, Eagle/Garden City Rotary



Rotary license Plates approved

Governor Otter will be signing the first custom license plate bill to make it through the legislature in many years.  Availability date not yet certain. 

Thanks to Barbara Dorsey of the Boise SW ROTARY Club for a three year effort!

Erik Lund, Boise Southwest

canyon sunrise donates $1,250 to vern caprenter scholarship fund

The Canyon County Sunrise Rotary Club has donated $1,250 to the Nampa Schools Foundation for a scholarship in memory of the late Vern Carpenter. The funds are dedicated to a scholarship for Nampa School District students who attend Northwest Nazarene University.
Vern Carpenter passed away in October 2017. A man of the community who gave his service eagerly and willingly, Carpenter was a beloved member of Canyon County Sunrise Rotary Club. He was a graduate of Northwest Nazarene College and was an advocate for the benefits of education.
The donation was announced Jan. 25 at a meeting of the Canyon County Sunrise Rotary Club at St. Luke’s Nampa. Vern’s wife, Judy, sons Brent and Brad Carpenter, daughter Breanna Chud, and several members of the Nampa Schools Foundation attended the ceremony.
During the presentation, club member Brett Tolmie extolled Vern’s contributions to the community. “Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary. For Vern, it was a way of life,” he said.
The Nampa Schools Foundation seeks to increase patron support and raise funds to enrich the quality of education, expand learning opportunities for students and teachers, and bring the community together in support of the Nampa School District. To learn more see
The Canyon County Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays in the Sunnyslope Room at St. Luke’s Nampa, 9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive. Click here o learn more about the club or contact President JR Richardson.
Amy Stahl, Nampa Rotary Club

D5400's first peace fellow reports home

Each year The Rotary Foundation selects up to 50 master’s degree candidates to study at one of five peace centers around the world.
Zach Tilton is Rotary District 5400’s first Rotary Peace Fellow. A program of The Rotary Foundation, the fellowship covers tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation and all internship and field studies. Zach Tilton is D5400’s first Rotary Peace Fellow.

Hailey Helps keep music alive

Join Hailey Rotary on Friday, April 13th for the Fiddler's of Idaho, a competition that endeavors to provide the State of Idaho with lively, fun fiddle competition and send top notch certified fiddlers to the National Old Time Fiddle Competition in Weiser, Idaho.  Fiddler's of Idaho is a nonprofit that, in addition to helping artists move forward with their craft, also brings music to senior centers, and retirement and nursing homes, 

RYLA 2018 applications available

RYLA fans - get your students to fill out an application!

We have a fun filled, life changing, friend making leadership camp at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls from July 26 - 29. There is no cost to the students; the clubs will cover the $375 to attend. You can find brochures online to give to prospective students, along with everything they need to know.  RYLA’s focus on leadership is to first believe in and develop your own talents and then understand and see the world through other’s eyes.  RYLA is open to high school students that are incoming juniors to outgoing seniors.

As said by a student after attending RYLA - “I came to be a better leader. I am leaving a better person.”

Todd Fischer, District RYLA Chair

tree project update

Pledges to Date
Clubs: 27 of 44
Trees: 1,208 of 2,000

The following clubs have tree projects:

Baker City, Blue Lakes, Boise, Boise Centennial, Boise East, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Buhl, Canyon County Sunrise, Elmore County/Mountain Home, Emmett, Gooding, Hailey, Idaho Falls, McCall/Payette Lakes, Meridian, Montpelier, Nampa, Pocatello, Preston, Rupert, Twin Falls, Twin Falls After Hours

If your club is not listed, please email Laurie Zuckerman.

Click below to view D5400's project newsletter

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts polio eradication award


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One new wild polio case Reported This Week

What is that Polio Eradication Picture?  It's a picture of Shireen Gul Azizi, a vaccination supervisor who manages three vaccination teams, packing her blue, cold pack, boxes for Afghanistan's March Immunization Campaign. In March, the Afghanistan Polio eradication initiative conducted its first nation-wide immunization campaign for 2018. In just under a week, around 70,000 workers knocked on doors and stopped families in health centers, city streets and at border crossings to vaccinate almost ten million children. What an incredible achievement!  Soon, we hope to celebrate a Polio-Free Afghanistan!             

Today, we restart the count since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case. Rotary is committed to raise $50M (including Rotarian, public, and DDF donations) to be matched by $100M from the Gates Foundation - for each of the next three years - for a total of $450M for the Global Polio Eradication effort!

SYRIA, SOMALIA & DRC - No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week in Syria (last case reported on 9/20/17) leaving the total number of Syrian cases at 74 for 2017 and 0 for 2018.  One new case was reported in DRC (1/31/18 in the Haut Lomani Province), bringing their 2018 total to 3 (22 in 2017).  Somalia detected the circulation of Vaccine-derived Poliovirus Type 2 (from an environmental sample in the Banadir Province this week) but no Polio cases have been reported. 

Do You Know? The role each of Rotary's Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Partners play?  UNICEF buys Polio vaccine and manages its distribution. They spread the word about the benefits of vaccination to gain community acceptance - a process known as social mobilization. On the ground, field workers immunize children with the help of local health workers and volunteers, including Rotarians.  

Quote of the Day - "If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before."   WC Fields - Author/Actor

The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan:  No new Polio cases reported this week. No Polio cases reported in 2018. Eight cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Balochistan province with an onset of paralysis on 11/14/17. One new Polio-Positive Environmental Sample was reported this week (from the Sindh Province). Another Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine campaign, synchronized with Afghanistan, started on 3/12/18 is complete with additional campaigns ongoing.

Afghanistan: One new Polio case reported this week. Six Polio cases reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from the Kandahar province with the onset of paralysis on 02/25/18.  14 cases reported in 2017. Another Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine campaign, synchronized with one in Pakistan, started on 3/12/18 is complete. One new Polio-Positive Environmental Sample was reported this week in the Kabul Province.

Nigeria: No new Polio cases have been reported in 2017 or 2018. The most recent Polio case was reported on 8/20/16. Nigeria has once again gone 1-3/4 years without a Wild Polio case.   

Terry Ziegler, Rotary District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21B/27 PHS Coordinator
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