Portable Sound system





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: McCall, Idaho

Total Budget: $2,200

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Portable Sound System, 8 rugged handheld radios and 2 chargers provided to the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge for their educational community events in McCall, Idaho and its surrounding communities.

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge (ISDC) is a World Class sled dog racing event. It is the only 300-mile Yukon Quest qualifier in the lower 48 and only one of three such events for the Iditarod. It was founded in 2018 in Valley County and will host the 6th annual race in 2024 bringing communities together in three Idaho counties. Each year the race has continued to grow and expand its events to include educational opportunities for local school children and the general public. The race involves over 800 kids in Valley county schools that are provided with educational opportunities.

The ISDC expanded in 2023 added a 52-mile race at Warm Lake. This drew 46 kids and their parents from a Boise school as a class field-trip. Over 200 children and parents attend the Meet the Musher event and over 1200 spectators, including 700+ school children lined up to cheer the teams on at the official start at Lake Cascade, Idaho. Each event provides the opportunity for of meeting the mushers and their dogs, learning about the physical training that it takes for the mushers and dogs to compete, decorating the mushers bags and Veterinarians giving seminars to the kids about the training and care of the dogs and opportunities for Q&A sessions.

The events are all held outside. The start of the race is over a quarter of a mile long and lined up with spectators. A portable sound system will allow the ISDC to use it at all of their events. It will allow the speaker to move around and be able to communicate with the audience/spectators, especially during the Q&A sessions. The 8 rugged handheld radios will provide an added layer of safety by allowing ISDC organizers to better communicate during the events, manage crowd control and make the behind the scenes run smoother for all - spectators, mushers and organizers.

The Idaho Sled Dog Challenge is dependent on volunteers to make it successful. In 2023 the ISDC had 238 volunteers to support the various events, including 6 checkpoints throughout the valley and Race Central. Several club members already volunteer and have been instrumental in helping make the race a success. Due to Rotarian involvement, the District 5400 RYE students and chaperones were given a VIP tour during the 2023 Ceremonial Start. Rotarians will assist in numerous ways including being official timers, helping organize educational opportunities, dog handling, crowd control, parking, assist with promotions, etc.

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: McCall (Payette Lakes)

Primary Contact: Eliza Barclay

Email: eliza.donnelly@mac.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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McCall (Payette Lakes) (5400)









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History Log Entries


by Marianne Barker

The financing piece of your application is incomplete. On the administration side of the description tab, click on "edit project page". Correct your financing to show $1381 of DDF from the district with the balance of your financing coming from the club. The deadline for applications is a few days away, so please do this right away! Call me (208) 308-5617 if you have questions or need help.


by Eliza Barclay

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Eliza Barclay

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Eliza Barclay

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Eliza Barclay

System Entry: Project signed by Eliza Barclay.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Allison Hatzenbuhler.


by Marianne Barker

Your 2023-24 district grant project will be included in D5400's block grant application to The Rotary Foundation in July. Do not place orders or spend money on the project until you hear from the district that TRF has approved our block grant, as you cannot be reimbursed for expenses incurred prior to TRF approval. Call Marianne Barker at 208 308-5617 if you have any questions. Thank you!


by Marianne Barker

The Rotary Foundation approved the District 5400 block grant on July 11, 2023. We’ll send your grant award as soon as the block grant is funded by TRF. You can safely incur costs now. If you have questions or need help, please contact Marianne at (208) 308-5617


by Marianne Barker

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Marianne Barker

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


by Marianne Barker

Please do not reply to this email. You should have received your grant by now, mailed to your club’s mailing address Aug. 11. We are using a bill payer service this year, and the envelope will look different than in the past. Please tell your treasurer to watch for it, and not to discard. Please call me if you don’t have your check (208) 308-5617. Ignore the physical address on the check – D5400 is still PO Box 9592, Boise, ID 83707.

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