May 2018 District Bulletin

From the Governor's Desk
june is rotary fellowships month

As the sun sets on another Rotary Year, I take much pride in being a Rotarian; a group of global peoples who express the good in Freedom, the good in Compassion, the good in Caring, the good in Giving, the good in Helping, the good in Loving, and the good in beholding to the 4-Way Test. We are an organization to be proud of.

We’ve planted trees, we’ve stabilized membership, we’ve had many successful fundraisers, we’ve taken public relations to new heights with the stroke of a wand, we’ve had so many projects that have engaged members, communities and peoples around the world, and,we finished it off with a hot diggity dog hoedown of a District Conference.  

As we finish off and begin anew, let’s take this idea of Fellowship to new heights – take a moment in your day and say howdy to a total stranger. You never can tell how far that HOWDY will go, partner. . .


Terry Jones, '17-'18 D5400 Governor

The year of Terry From the Dairy


Mary Knight and the Emmett Rotary Club

behind the scenes at district conference

The Rotarians of the Emmett Club were honored to host the 2018 District Conference in support of one of their own, District Governor Terry Jones, aka “Terry from the Dairy”.  They did whatever was needed to make it an enjoyable experience for all. However, there were two other Rotarians, not from our club, who also worked diligently to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Let me introduce them to you.

Beth Markley is a wonder! She kept tabs on the club throughout the year as things came together, made sure rooms were available at the site for the Rotary Academy classes, watched the budget (like a hawk) and even organized the name tags and ribbons. She arranged everything with the Sun Valley Inn, helped recruit sponsors...all with a smile. Sometimes a tired smile, but she smiled all the same. Did she think I was crazy at times? I’m sure she did but she was quick to let me know her thoughts so we could come to a decision quickly. Our conference would not have run so smoothly if Beth hadn’t been a major part of it.

The second non-Emmett Rotarian is Kevin Bradshaw, our AV guru. Kevin hails from Twin Falls so most of our communication with him was via email/phone. He worked to put together the Club Showcase and even sent a schedule to Beth and I so we would know when each club’s video/power point would be shown. That was great, but what was even greater was how flexible he was during the conference and how quickly he memorialized moments on film, such as Terry’s family arriving at the beginning of the meal on Saturday night. If you haven’t seen that video, you should check it out. As always, things change and he was adaptive without a blink. He was easy to communicate with and very supportive.

As you can see, a district conference is a lot of work but when you are “working” with people like Beth and Kevin, it’s a lot of fun too! I personally can’t thank them enough for all they do to make each conference reflect the wishes of the current District Governor and his/her team. We are truly  blessed to have them in District 5400!

Kathy Buck, Emmett Rotary 2017-2018 President

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after hours provides first field trip in 5 years

Rotary Club of Twin Falls After Hours presented Bickel Elementary School with a check for the whole school to attend a field trip at the Herrett Center for the Arts & Science.

The club learned that Bickel School had not been on a field trip in over 5 years due to limited finances and legislation that restricts Idaho schools from requesting funds for extraneous activities like field trips and band instruments. 

Funds were raised at their 6th Annual Martini Tasting Masquerade Ball fundraiser. At the event they asked patrons to Fund-A-Bus or a portion of a bus, which included the cost of the bus rentals, admission for each student into Herrett Center for the Arts & Science and lunch for 6 classroom of students!

They also raised enough to purchase amplification systems for 2 classrooms with a matching donation from Bettencourt Dairy!

The school went on their field trip May 21st. They were all very excited and happy!

Sandy March, President, Twin Falls Rotary Club After Hours

rotary helps

One of the most impactful annual programs of the Pocatello Rotary Club is Rotary Helps.  This committee/organization is a partnership between Pocatello Rotary and their local school district counselors and advisors.

The committee and club members gather basic items like toiletries, toothbrushes, shoes, gently used clothing, etc. to place in school pantries around the district for children and families in need. Additionally, Saied Rezaii has graciously offered space at his business to store clothing for students and their families. 

Rotary Helps has been serving School District #25 for several years, and the gets bigger and more successful each year. Under the leadership of Past Presidents Dena Weaver and Saeid Rezaii (along with the help of a very active committee of Rotarians), this program provides much needed basic items for children who would otherwise go without.

Summer Jackman, Pocatello Rotary Club

Applied for a grant? Now what?

 The deadline for making application for a district grant from The Rotary Foundation is June 1st, after which the district grant committee reviews applications for compliance with TRF eligibility requirements and compatibility with district criteria.  

Throughout the month of June, we urge presidents-elect and grant managers to watch their email carefully, as we will contact you by email from if we have questions or need you to supplement your application.  The district’s application for its 2018-19 block grant can be submitted no sooner than July 1st, and we typically receive approval within a couple of weeks.  Clubs will be notified of their award as soon as can be done, hopefully by the end of July, with checks soon to follow. Your grant cannot reimburse the club for expenses incurred prior to the date The Rotary Foundation approves the block grant.  

Good luck and be patient!  

Marianne Barker, District Foundation Chair

Rotary foundation banner recognition

You’ve seen the acronym EREY. Initiated by The Rotary Foundation in 2004, it stands for Every Rotarian Every Year and encourages all Rotarians to support the Annual Fund to the extent of their financial ability. As of May 29, more than about 60% of our active members have answered the EREY call this Rotary Year. Wouldn’t it be something if District 5400 could say it was 100% EREY! The Rotary Foundation acknowledges clubs for their financial support, however the criteria for banner recognition is a little different. It’s not too late for your club to earn one of them:

- 100% Foundation Giving Club: Clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund. (5 clubs there already – American Falls, Boise Centennial, Emmett, Rigby and Western Treasure Valley)

- 100% Every Rotarian, Every Year Club: Clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year. (3 clubs there already - American Falls, Boise Centennial and Rigby)

Marianne Barker, District Foundation Chair

laurie zuckerman, tree warrior 

How many Rotarians were engaged by Laurie Zuckerman these past few months? I'm guessing almost all of us. And how many of you were inspired by her enthusiasm to take action and fulfill Ian Riseley's challenge for each Rotarian to plant one tree this year? Again, I'm guessing almost all of us considering we went above and beyond our goal. 

Laurie was the perfect champion of this project; she's passionate about the environment and meeting new people. She never wavered and could be counted on to follow through. She is a true Rotarian and fantastic human being. She thinks she bothered me constantly with requests, but it was always a pleasure working well into the night to support her in any way I could :D

She's a great role model for the rest of us Rotarians, too. We're over 1,750 members strong and collectively we can make a huge impact. Laurie saw this and took action. 

So what's next? Who is our next community warrior? Let's come together as a district and make things happen.

Michela Swarthout, D5400 Public Image Chair

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idaho falls students awarded scholarships

East Idaho Falls Rotary Club held a special ceremony on Monday, May 21 to award area seniors from Bonneville and Hillcrest High college scholarships. Each student gave a brief biography of themselves and their plans for entrance into college, which includes BYU Idaho, Idaho State and Utah State.
Club members and students shared happy moments at the conclusion of the meeting. Bill Hudson is the current club President of East Idaho Falls Rotary.
The club will host their annual Four Person Golf Scramble on June 1 to raise funds for their scholarship program and The Dictionary Project.
Phil Anderson, District Secretary

100% Paul Harris

On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Marianne Barker, District 5400 Foundation Chair, visited Idaho Falls Rotary Club. On that visit, she presented the club with a banner recognizing the club as a “100% Paul Harris Club.” The next day, she presented the honor to Buhl Rotary Club as well. Great work, everyone!

polio Eradication update

NO new Wild Polio cases this week. What is the Polio Eradication Picture? It's a picture of Death receiving it's "Walking Papers" when the Polio (Salk) Vaccine was found to be safe and effective in 1955...

The three year Countdown to History starts after the final Wild Polio case. Today, we count seven weeks since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case. Calling All Polio Immunizers in Texas - Jack Mayo, a Rotarian and Polio Survivor in the Austin, TX area, is compiling a list of Rotarians who have served as Polio Immunizers by giving the Oral Polio Vaccine in foreign countries any time since the start of the Global Polio Eradication effort to today. Please email Terry if you have served as an immunizer. 

Rotary is committed to raise $50 Million (including Rotarian, public, and DDF donations) to be matched by $100 mil from the Gates Foundation - for each of the next three years - for a total of $450 million for the Global Polio Eradication effort!

Kenya, SYRIA, SOMALIA, Nigeria & DRC - One Vaccine Derived Polio case was reported in Nigeria this week (Jigawa State). None have been reported in Kenya or Somalia but 4 Vaccine derived Polio Virus samples were confirmed in Somalia between 3/8/18 & 3/22/18. No new cases of circulating vaccine-derived Poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported this week in Syria (last case 9/20/17) leaving the total number of Syrian cases at 74 for 2017 and 0 for 2018. No new cases were reported in DRC leaving their 2018 total at 4 (22 in 2017).

Quote of the Day : "A pony was giving a speech in a lecture haIl.  A man in the back couldn't hear so he asked the pony to speak up.  The pony replied:  'You'll have to excuse me, I'm a little horse.'" — Anonymous

The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan:  Pakistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.One Polio case reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from the Balochistan Province with an onset of paralysis on 3/8/18. Eight cases reported in 2017. Three new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week (2- Sindh, 1 Balochistsan). A Sub-National immunization campaign reached 20 million children in May.

Afghanistan: No new Polio cases reported this week. Seven Polio cases reported in 2018 - the most recent case was from the Kunar province with the onset of paralysis on 03/03/18. Fourteen cases reported in 2017. A sub-national vaccination campaign reached 9.6 million children in May. No new Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Nigeria: No new Wild 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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