Rotary Club of Boise Southwest, Idaho

September 2022
Club Officers and Directors
Past President
President Elect
Vice President
Director Club Administration
Director Rotary Foundation
Director - Club Administration
Director Community Service
Director Youth Service
Director Membership
Director International Service & Giving
Director Fun & Fellowship
Director- Programs


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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
Lynda Puccinelli joined Boise Southwest in July and was honored this month with a Paul Harris award by her Rotarian husband, Ron. We welcome her to the club and congratulate her on this recognition!
Lynda was born in Santa Rosa California and continued to live in Santa Rosa until moving to Boise in 2020. She received a degree in fine arts from California State University-Sacramento and later certification as a Medical Secretary from American River College. Other experience included Systems Operations Manager for Computer Associates, Wells Fargo Realty Finance, and Data 3 Systems. Most recently, she retired from Kendall-Jackson Wines where she was Computer Operations Manager. 
Lynda married Ron Puccinelli in 1971 and is happy to enjoy retirement in Idaho since their move to Boise. Be sure to say hello to our newest member, Lynda, at the next meeting!
Russ Stromberg, a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and Viet Nam veteran, is also a graduate of the Naval Air Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland. In addition to combat service in the A4 jets, Russ served as test pilot and  operational test director for the AV-8B Harrier while in the Marine Corps. He also had two USMC Harrier squadron commands. Following his 1990 Marine Corps retirement, Russ and his wife settled in Kirkland, Washington. Russ founded  a small business for aviation support services that has grown to include work on the Joint Strike Fighter, the Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle, pilot and other military aviation related training and logistics support. Russ supported the founding of the Boots to Shoes Foundation, a veteran support service for military veterans’ transition to civilian careers. He served as the Board Treasurer for 10 years. Russ also set up a memorial scholarship fund for his oldest son, Capt. Matthew  Stromberg. Among other non-profit support, Russ has sponsored and volunteered with Idaho Disabled Veterans River Raft trips. 
Russ belonged to Kirkland, WA Rotary for 5 years before transferring to Boise SW Rotary. He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Russ is married to Tricia Moore Stromberg and grew up in Havre, Montana. 
Tricia Stromberg is a retired Boeing Engineer and Associate Technical Fellow. Her engineering career centered on military aircraft systems and spanned all services: from the Army Cobra Helicopter to the Air Force F-22, including avionics  weapon system design, mission software and flight testing. She also has 20 years serving on non-profit Boards, including 7 years as President of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater and 10 years as the Boots to Shoes (BTS) Foundation  Founder/President (2009 to 2019). She was awarded the Seattle Magazine 2014 Yellow Ribbon Community Impact Winner for her BTS innovative military veterans mentoring program.
Tricia was a member of the Kirkland WA Evening Rotary for 5 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She and her husband sponsored a Kirkland Rotary educational scholarship each year. Tricia is a long-time supporter of BlinkNow and Everyone for Veterans non-profit organizations. Tricia is married to Russ Stromberg. They have two sons, three grandchildren, and one Airedale named Cassi. Be sure to introduce yourself to Tricia at our next meeting!
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.