Rotary Club of Boise Southwest, Idaho

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Club Officers and Directors
Past President
President
President Elect
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Director Club Administration
Director Public Image
Director Rotary Foundation
Sergeant-at-Arms
Director Community Service
Director Youth Service
Director Membership
Director International Service & Giving
Director Fun & Fellowship
 

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Welcome to Boise Southwest Rotary!
Boise Southwest

Call Membership Director Marshall Baker (208-577-8869) for info

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
We meet weekly at THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL
2900 Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID 83714
United States of America
News of Boise Southwest Rotary

                                    

The Rotary Club of Boise Southwest has partnered with Whittier Elementary School for many years.  Each year, members provide an experience for each grade at the school. The sixth graders are treated to a graduation party at Wahooz Family Fun Zone at the end of each school year, and the students look forward to it from the time they enter kindergarten!
Earlier this month, all of the sixth grade students and teachers enjoyed a full day at Wahooz.  They rode rides, played games, ate pizza and had an amazing day!
Whittier is a Title I school in Boise, and has been a favorite project of the club since its inception.  Special thanks go to Rotarian Kyle Woods for his leadership and support of this project.
                                                 
 
Welcome our newest member this month--Dave Kearby! Dave is the executive director of TRIP, a national transportation research non-profit headquartered in Washington DC. Besides managing the day-to-day operations of TRIP, Dave serves as a spokesperson to the news media.  Prior to joining TRIP, Dave served with the Associated General Contractors of Washington state for more than a decade in central Washington where he was also a Rotarian with the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club.  In his free time Dave served as a school board director as well as being elected to city council, however he would much rather be skiing in the winter or golfing in the summer. Dave has a graduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, is a graduate of Central Washington University and is a Certified Association Executive. 

Dave and his wife Sharon came to Boise during the pandemic so their daughter, Alexis, could finish high school in person as she was returning from her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador in Germany.  Alexis now attends Boise State University and Dave and Sharon are happy to call Boise their home. Be sure to say hello to Dave at the next meeting and give him a big Boise Southwest Rotary Welcome!

Whittier Elementary School has long been a favorite project of the Rotary Club of Boise Southwest. Projects have been made a little more difficult with COVID, but where there's a will, there's a way! In June 2021, the club sponsored the 6th grade Fiesta. The students were treated to tie-dye shirt making, a taco truck luncheon and a yearbook for every single 6th grader! Whittier projects throughout the year include swim lessons, Halloween pumpkin patch visits, a holiday luncheon and more.
We are thrilled that in addition to Whittier School, we were able to help Whitney Elementary School as well this year. We prepared backpacks with school supplies for every 6th grader to start off 7th grade on a great foot. Many of the students are unable to afford uniforms, which are required in 7th grade. So the club provided every incoming 7th grader student with a voucher to be used to redeem school uniforms. The smiles on their faces said it all!
 
Whittier Christmas Celebration--On Friday December 10, Boise Southwest Rotary hosted a Christmas celebration for the 5th grade students of Whittier Elementary School. Held at the Riverside Hotel, 75 students enjoyed a feast including turkey, ham and as many deserts as they desired!
Santa and Mrs. Claus attended the luncheon and each child had an opportunity to sit in Santa's lap and share their holiday wishes. Each child received a bag of gifts to take home and enjoy. One student said "this is the most beautiful place I have ever seen!" Each year, Boise Southwest delivers a special program for each grade in the school:
  • First grade: Farmstead Pumpkin Patch
  • Second grade: Boise Art Museum visit with lunch
  • Third grade: YMCA swimming lessons
  • Fourth grade: Tour of BSU and the blue turf
  • Fifth grade: Christmas luncheon with club members followed by a visit from Santa who brings gifts
  • Sixth grade: Graduation party at Wahooz
Whittier Elementary School is located in Boise, and is a Title 1 school. Club members volunteer for other projects throughout the year.