Rotary Club of Boise Southwest, Idaho

Whittier Elementary Sixth Graders enjoy a Day                                        at Wahooz Family Fun Zone!


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.
Whittier Elementary Sixth Graders enjoy a Day                                        at Wahooz Family Fun Zone! 2022-05-29 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member -  Dave Kearby

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!

Welcome New Member -  Dave Kearby 2022-05-24 06:00:00Z 0

Boise Southwest School Project 2021 Update

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.
Boise Southwest School Project 2021 Update Janie Best 2022-05-11 06:00:00Z 0


Please join Boise SW Rotary for a New Orleans Jazz Crawfish Boil!
When: Saturday, May 7th from 4:00-7:00
Where: Boise Basque Center  -- 601 W Grove St -- Boise ID 83702 
Enjoy a heaping plate of Boiled Crawfish and Shrimp with all the fixins along with music from Boise High while helping our Boise SW Rotary Foundation raise funds to support local causes! 
Your ticket gets you an authentic crawfish boil (w sausage, corn, and potatoes) and a side of mac and cheese. Drinks (beer, wine, cider, and non-alcohol) can be purchased at the Basque Center.
Crawfish will be served from 4:30-6:30 with Music from around 5:00-6:30. How to Eat Crawfish tip sheets will be available at your table!
Tickets are $40 so get yours today- prices go up after April 15th!


LobsterFest is an annual major dinner auction fund-raising event put on by four Boise area Rotary Clubs (Boise Southwest, Sunrise, Nampa, and the Eagle/Garden City Clubs). In light of the new economy we are now living in, we are taking LobsterFest online and inviting all other area Rotary clubs in our chapter to join us and raise funds for the organizations we support. Our goal is to combine our efforts and produce a successful auction to help the Clubs raise funds to provide services to the organizations we support locally and around the world. With a fun play on words, we introduce you to the LobsterGhost Online Auction.  Please visit our LobsterGhost Online Auction site and register today. Our online auction begins October 14th and ends October 25th.  Join us!

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President Janet Worthington Completes Outstanding Rotary Year

Boise Southwest President Janet Worthington wound up an outstanding year with her 2018-2019 Rotary Year-End report to the club at the June 26 meeting. Highlighting the activities and accomplishments during the past year, she was pleased to report that the members have done a great job meeting club goals for the year.  Congratulations go to Janet for her leadership the past twelve months! Click on the link in the upper right hand corner (Downloadable Documents) entitled 2018-2019 Rotary Year-End Report to open up the PowerPoint presentation on your computer.
President Janet Worthington Completes Outstanding Rotary Year 2019-07-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month--Dana Kauffman

We're pleased to recognize Dana Kauffman as Rotarian of the month for December! Dana coordinated our Annual MSTI Christmas Project again this year, with the organization of Rotary club volunteers, food and gift donations, and delivery of boxes to Treasure Valley families identified by Mountain States Tumor Institute during this holiday season. The project was very successful in brightening the lives of over 15 families just before Christmas and demonstrating the Rotary Motto of "Service Above Self". Thanks to Dana and his team for making it happen!
Rotarian of the Month--Dana Kauffman 2019-01-09 07:00:00Z 0

MSTI Project Provides Christmas Cheer to Families

Each year, Boise Southwest Rotary provides Christmas packages to recipients in the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) project. Included are food and gifts for each family member which are packaged up by Rotarians at the Boise Centre and then personally delivered to the family on December 15. Pictured is Rotarian Wink Jones helping to pack gifts on that Saturday morning.
MSTI Project Provides Christmas Cheer to Families 2019-01-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Supports Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Visions Program

Rotary President Janet Worthington presented a check in December for $1000 from the Boise Southwest Rotary Foundation to representatives of the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage for their Visions programs designed to help girls in need of support. Accepting the check was Ali Escalante (left), Grant Management Specialist, Joanne Taylor (center) Chief Development Officer and a member of Boise Southwest Rotary, and Karla Watts (right), Visions Mentor.
Rotary Supports Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Visions Program 2019-01-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Lunch with Whittier School 5th Graders

Boise Southwest treated some 80 5th grade students from Whittier School at our annual Christmas Lunch held December 7 at the Riverside Hotel. Included were children and grandchildren of Rotary members, and a visit by Santa and Mrs Claus was a highlight of the event, with gifts for every girl and boy. The 5th graders in turn entertained all with Christmas songs of the season.
Rotary Christmas Lunch with Whittier School 5th Graders 2018-12-31 07:00:00Z 0



Welcome to our newest member Cliff Naumann, who is the  Senior Vice President of Operations at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA.  Cliff started his career at the YMCA in Walla Walla in 1996 as a youth sports director after graduating from Whitman College. He has been with the "Y" for 17 years and in 2005 joined the Treasure Valley YMCA as the Executive Director of the Downtown YMCA location.  He took 2 years off in the early 2000’s to get his MBA but mostly to fly fish at the University of Montana.  Cliff is married to his wife Kim and together they have 3 young children, Bear who is 4 yrs old and 1 year old twins Addie and Blake.  The whole family is passionate about the outdoors and spend every hour not working going fishing and camping in our local rivers and mountains with their two 10 year old Labrador retrievers.

Extend a warm Boise Southwest welcome to Cliff when you see him at our next meeting!



Rotarian Frank Driscoll is coordinating this year's Dictionary Project which involves distribution of free Dictionaries to third graders at several elementary schools in the Boise area. Initial plans include Hunter Elementary on October 26 at 9:15am, with several more schools to follow. The kids love to receive their own Dictionaries and Rotarians enjoy the opportunity to practice "Service above Self".
Chirstmas Party with Whittier NANCY CHINN 0