Rotary Club of Great Falls, Montana                

 
 
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The Elks Club was packed with Rotarians and a whole lot of other Great Falls citizens last Wednesday to celebrate Sheila Rice's amazing career. You can see many of the Rotarians in the photograph at left, but it was impossible to herd the whole crew into the same area for any length of time!     
 
Mayor Bob Kelly hosted the event in his inimitable fashion. Sheila's siblings, niece, and grandchildren presented a hilarious style show of Sheila's go-to outfits. Mary Moe, assisted by Daryl Stevens, gave a multi-media performance, consisting of slide show and a blend of poetry, song, and twirling. Art Taft also did the club proud with his usual wry humor and a dance with Sheila that brought back lots of memories. Cari Yturri, who chairs the NeighborWorks Endowment, made a pitch for donations as a retirement gift.
 
The events was as remarkable as the woman it honored. In the housing arena alone, Sheila's vision, energy, and just plain hard work have put hundreds and hundreds of Great Falls families in homes. There was love in the air at the Elks Club, our old Rotary stomping ground, and it couldn't have been heaped on a more deserving recipient. Sheila, you're the nonpareil.
The largest proceeds check in the history of Harvest Howl was presented to Camp Rotary Committee Chairman, Ken Munski by Harvest Howl Chairman Mike Weir and Committee Member Tom Nelson.
 
The $71,000 check surpassed the previous record of $65,000 and was a result of record ticket sales.
 
Mike Weir stated that everyone on the committee contributed.  "The Silent Auction, the Dessert Auction, the record 50/50 sales and the top notch dining experience for our premier tables all contributed to our success."  
All the planning and hard work paid off!  Thank you Mike Wier and team for organizing another memorable Harvest Howl.
 
 

Our annual dictionary project is underway!

 
Denise Gray was thrilled with the enthusiasm for getting this community project started. 
 
Rotarians, if you were not able to pick up dictionaries at this week's meeting, plan on attending next week. 
 
Wouldn't it be great to have all the dictionaries delivered before the end of October?
Over 100 volunteers and their children gathered at West Bank Park Saturday to put together the KaBoom Playground that will be a major feature of the now-impressive landmark. In the opening ceremony to the work session, Rotary was on every speaker's lips.
 
"Rotary was instrumental in helping us get the funding match we needed to make this project a go," said Patty Reardon, interim manager of City Parks and Recreation.
 
Rotarians were also much in evidence on the program. Rob Rezek explained to the volunteers the specific role Rotary played in the project. Amy Beames spoke on behalf of Benefis, another major donor to the project. Lacey Gallagher was on hand to provide safe and entertaining games for the kids while their parents worked on the construction.
 
A great day for a great project for Great Falls. Once again, Rotary makes things happen!  

 

                                                 
Lacey Gallagher and Amy Beams                                                    
 
Dean Boyle, Susan Wolff, Todd Neighbor and Nicole Michelotti were on hand to help the Philipsburg Rotary Club this weekend at their annual Philipsburg Summer Concert.
 
Not to be overlooked, pretty in pink in the background is Susan's 92-year-old mother. She stayed all 9 hours at the event. Stamina and commitment must run in that family!
 
Our community service project for August was Stuff the Bus.
 
Rotary partners with United Way and other community businesses and organizations to help needy students get supplies for the new school year. With over 340 homeless students and a significant percentage of students living in poverty in Great Falls, this initiative meets a well-identified community need. 
 
Last Thursday, these twelve Rotarians helped staff the crew at the original Walmart as part of the club's drive: Ken Munski, Keith Duncan, Kim Hawn, Rachel Pahut, Mary Moe, Dean Boyle, Bill Salina, Jim Humphrey, Heidi Hockett, Lew Card, Chelle Freid, Sheila Rice, and Cari Yturri. They handed suggested shopping lists to shoppers and sorted and distributed supplies in the boxes.  
 
Other Rotarians, like Shannon Hoiland, helped out at other locations. Shannon shared the experience with her child - an excellent idea, since the lesson of example is the best teacher.
  
Rotary Club of Great Falls is a member of Rotary International, an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  PolioPlus, The Rotary Foundation's work in conjunction with the United Health Organization, UNICEF and most recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have worked diligently toward the worldwide goal of eradicating polio.
 
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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Meadow Lark Country Club
300 Country Club Blvd
Great Falls, MT  59405
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Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
President-elect Nominee
Secretary
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Community Service Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Speaker Committee Chair
Camp Rotary Director
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Great Falls Rotary Foundation Liaison
 
 
 
Speakers
Kurt Baltrusch
Feb 27, 2018
Henry Ford - Special 100th Birthday
Ms.Leslie Dawson
Mar 06, 2018
University of Providence
Ciara Ryan Vammitt
Mar 13, 2018
The Irish in America
Susan McCord
Mar 20, 2018
Habitat for Humanity
John Juras
Mar 27, 2018
Montana Judicial Campaign Finance Reform
Bill Harp
Apr 03, 2018
Scout Recognition
Keith Horton
Apr 10, 2018
Cargill
David Cantley
Apr 17, 2018
Giant Springs Elementary School
Jake Bash
Apr 24, 2018
"Bring it to the Basecamp" Great Falls Tourism
Deb Huestis
May 01, 2018
Family Connections
Jessica Briggs
May 08, 2018
United Way - Volunteer Opportunities and Current Needs
Emily Wilson - Curator CMR Museum
May 15, 2018
Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art
 

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