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Fly our Bengal colors

August 2, 2018

The Gate City Rotary puts up Bengal flags around Pocatello on Idaho State University gamedays. If you would like a flag displayed at your house, visit gatecityrotarypocatello.com.

It’s August and we’re just weeks away from Idaho State University’s first home football game. It’s also time for ISU fans to fly those Bengal colors on gamedays, and our Gate City Rotary Club is prepared to fly more flags than ever during the coming football season.

We started this flag-posting project in 2012 with two goals in mind: to create a great fundraising tool for the Gate City Rotary and to be able to bring our community and ISU closer together. Thanks to many of you, we’re absolutely convinced that we’ve been able to do both. Our club has been able to participate in more service and charitable projects in our community than ever before, and nothing beats the look of our community on a home football gameday when hundreds of our GO BENGALS flags are visible wherever you go. Thank you so much! As a matter of fact, putting out flags on gamedays became such a chore that we’ve recruited athletes from ISU to help us out, with weekly help from the ISU women’s softball and men’s and women’s basketball programs.

Over the past six years, our club has been able to post around 500 ISU flags on home gameday weekends, with funds raised used by Rotary to perform service locally.

The project also has totally changed the look and feel of our community on gamedays and gives our athletes a sense of pride and acceptance knowing there’s that much support out there. However, we know that there are still many of you that would like to be part of the project. In order to make it easier for you, we’ve created a website at gatecityrotarypocatello.com. At this site, if you live in the Pocatello-Chubbuck area, you can order our club’s flag-posting service for either your home or business, or you can lease a flag no matter where you live so you can have a flag year-round at your home or business. By the way, reach out through our web page and ask us how you can become a “block leader” and get your flag service for the season for free. When you go online and order the flag service you have the option to pay online using a credit card, or you can be billed. If you have any questions, there’s also a “Contact” option on the site that allows you to submit questions or comments.

There’s one other option to mention. Sometimes we get requests from businesses or other groups that would like to “borrow” some flags for an event. We don’t “lend” flags out, but if you contact us at gatecityrotarypocatello.com and let us know what you’d like, we can probably work something out for a donation, which could vary depending on the nature of the request.

We hope that this year even more of you will enjoy how our community transforms on home game days, and hope that this year you will join us in making those days even more special. Remember, our flag project is about making a difference, as the funds we raise don’t go to ISU, they are used by Rotary to better serve our community. Let’s make sure that during this season of much hope, the Gate City Rotary Club is busier than ever painting our community orange and black.

Go Bengals!

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