Rotary Club of Boise Southwest, Idaho

Idaho City Satellite Club

Exciting news, if you haven’t heard:  we have formed a satellite club in Idaho City and we have Mowbray Brown to thank.  Mowb has a long family history with Idaho City and thought…why not a Rotary Club there?  His first step was to leave Rotary information around town, including at the Boise Basin Library.  In an amazing stroke of luck, the head of the library, Marci Moore, knows about Rotary.  Her father was district governor so she values the organization and what it offers both its members and its communities.  A partnership was born.
Marci gladly volunteered to lead the satellite club and proceeded to reach out to her Idaho City friends and colleagues.  In a very short time she recruited 12 people to join:  Rora Canody, Ed Didinger, Bobby Mathews, Barbara McClain, Matthew Nesbitt, Jennifer Olvera, Theresa Pledge, Sydney Porter, Beth Wilson, Brian Hunicke and Staci Baumhoff.  This is an amazing accomplishment.  To our new members in Idaho City we say WELCOME.  You have a rewarding future with Rotary.  
Additionally, Boise Southwest Rotary has donated $2,500 to the Idaho City School District PTA to procure badly needed football helmets for the school team.  Receiving the contribution below are members of the PTA, the Rotary satellite club, and some of the football players.
Idaho City Satellite Club 2020-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

Boise Southwest Participates in Rake Up Boise

On November 9th, 19 Rotary and family members raked up leaves at two homes on S. Harmony Way, Boise. This resulted in 40 bags of leaves. We were provided the bags by Rake Up Boise™ . All bags of leaves are recycled and used by the City of Boise for compost and mulch.
This program is in its 34rd year and our club has participated for 10 plus years. Recipients must be 65 years or older or disabled and live in Boise or Garden City. In 2018, 8,300 volunteers racked up 1,064 yards. For further information on this program go to
Boise Southwest Participates in Rake Up Boise 2019-12-02 07:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting at Deer Flat Refuge

On a sunny November Saturday at Lake Lowell Boise Southwest Rotary joined over 150 Rotarians, Rotaracters, Interacters, family, friends, and co-workers joined to restore habitat destroyed by wildfire and invasive species.  We planted over 1,900 Idaho native seedlings. 
In the center of the fields, our Rotary Earth Stewardship waved proudly, welcoming clubs from Ontario, Emmett, and East Boise-- all an hour drive to this spot. Russell Johnson, District Governor Nominee, from Idaho Falls and Anshu & TJ Verma from India joined us as well.
Around the fields, see youth wearly brightly colored caps with Rotary cogs; these are members from the four Interact clubs that led our planting.  Indeed, over 30% present were under 30 years old AND over 25-30% were family, friends, co-workers and guests of Rotarians.
Tree Planting at Deer Flat Refuge Ric Gale 2019-11-28 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Janie Best -- our newest member!

Janie Best transferred to Boise Southwest from  the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach, where she served as President in 2014.  She’s also been a member of the Rotary Club of Orange, Fullerton and Simi Sunrise, with over 28 years of total service. Janie moved to the Boise area recently with her husband Rich and children Ben and Joey.
Janie serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Idaho, and previously worked with WHW, the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA.   She loves to sing and was recently a member of Sweet Adelines International champion Chorus, the Harborlites. As a new resident, she is busy looking for her next quartet! Be sure to say hello and introduce yourself to Janie at the next meeting!
Welcome Janie Best -- our newest member! 2019-11-21 07:00:00Z 0

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".
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