ID Gold Star Family Memorial





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Pocatello, ID

Total Budget: $18,000

Area of Focus: Economic and community development

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: Granite Gold Star for Idaho Gold Star Family Memorial, Pocatello, ID

The Idaho Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Plaza will be constructed in the Northgate District in Pocatello, ID, on ground donated by Portneuf Development, LLC. The Memorial has been designed by a committee and community members to serve as a place of healing and peace for families in Idaho who have lost loved ones to military service. Groundbreaking on this monument recently occurred in April, 2019. It is the only monument of its kind in the state and surrounding region.

The monument, depicting service to the homeland, family, patriot, and sacrifice, will be surrounded by 44 gold stars, one for each of Idaho's counties. Spaced around the edge of the plaza will be five eagle feathers, representing each of the state's federally recognized Native American Tribes. The massive Gold Star in the center of the plaza will recognize the loss experienced by loved ones when a service member makes the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The monument will be a place of healing, reflection, appreciation, community, and peace. Members of the Pocatello Rotary Club, individually and through their businesses, will be providing funds for the center Gold Star in the monument.

The cost of the gold star is $18,000, and $13,000 of this amount has already been pledged by our members for its completion, which is scheduled for fall of 2019 (no later than spring, 2020). In recognition of the contribution toward this portion of the memorial, Pocatello Rotary Club/Rotary District 5400 would be listed on the project's granite Sponsors monument permanent website as a Gold Star Sponsor.

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Pocatello

Primary Contact: Greg Gunter

Email: greg@ravecommunications.com

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Pocatello (5400)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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History Log Entries


by Summer Jackman

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Marianne Barker

Rotary Foundation grants cannot be used to reimburse for costs already incurred. With the ground breaking having already occurred, have the other elements of the monument been ordered? Please provide more detail (e.g. vendor estimate) and breakdown for your spending plan. Other than donating money, what is the active Rotarian involvement in this project to be?


by Summer Jackman

The ground breaking was for the dedication of the site only. Other portions of the monument have been flagged for specific purchase as donations specifically made for flags, benches, feathers, etc. have required. The Gold Star has not yet been ordered, and the committee is still in the fundraising stage on this part of the project. We have three club members on the board working on the monument (Greg Gunter has done the renderings) and over a dozen Rotarians who have either donated for specific parts of the monument or contributed to the general fund.


by Marianne Barker

If you’re ready to turn in your application, send it for signatures NOW – on the administration side of the description tab. It must be signed by the primary contact person and the 2019-20 club president by midnight June 1. Before sending, be sure that you’ve addressed questions about your project if we asked any, making the necessary changes. Thank you!


by Summer Jackman

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Summer Jackman

System Entry: Project signed by Summer Jackman.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Greg Gunter.


by Marianne Barker

Your grant application is currently under review by D5400 grants committee. Questions were raised about the amount of Rotarian involvement in the project. The Rotary Foundation requires “active Rotarian involvement” in Foundation-funded projects. It appeared to the committee from your application that most of the club involvement is in the form of monetary contributions. Can you expand your involvement to include more Rotarians in “hands-on” activities? Please write an addendum to the application providing this information. On the administration side of the description tab, click edit project page & write an addendum to the project in the box provided before June 25, 2019.

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