Rotary Club of Great Falls, Montana

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Great Falls

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Meadow Lark Country Club
300 Country Club Blvd
Great Falls, MT  59405
United States
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The regular club meeting this week was a work party to fill 190 military gift packages.  Rotarians filled gift packages for the Montana Air Guard members deployed and for Malmstrom Personnel stationed at missal sites during the holidays.                  
Last Saturday's shifts at Big Lots and JC Penny were filled by Rotarians.  As can be expected, everyone had fun raising funds for a worthy cause.  
Today four students told us what they intend to apply to return as camp counselors at next year's camp.  Madison Bennyhoff, Connor McNeese, Coryn Cooley and Sydney Klippenes told Rotarians that they learned about Rotary’s commitment to RYLA (stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. 
With overwhelming enthusiasm from the 3rd Graders receiving dictionaries, Rotarians receive the affirmation that this is a worthwhile project. "Many students within 100 miles of Great Falls have already received their new dictionary thanks to Rotarians making these deliveries a priority", says Denise Gray, Dictionary Project Chairperson.   
Ken Munski gave us an update on the construction at Camp Rotary at last week's meeting.  
To celebrate World Polio Day the Great Falls Rotary is hosting a Raise a Pint night on November 7th at the Might Mo Brewing Company located in Downtown Great Falls.  
This weekend was another opportunity to experience Rotarians as ambassadors.  Great Falls Rotarians Todd Neighbor and Cari Yturri along with Jim Yturri and Joann Gogo from The Great Falls Chamber were honored to be present at this year’s Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly held at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier and the Hands Across the Border Ceremony at Chief Mountain Border Crossing.   
This year's Howl was memorable because in addition to being honored by Don Felder's band playing all our favorite Eagles songs ,we had The Clintons, we had more food offerings, we had great buys at our silent and dessert auctions and we had free Boy Scout popcorn! Harvest Howl Chairman, Mike Wier thanked and praised all Rotarians who pitched in to ensure this years "Howl" brought in profits to meet our Camp Rotary donation goal.  
Great Falls Rotarians are anxious  to hear about the camp experience from this year's RYLA attendees.  Students from Great Falls High School and CM Russell High School were transported to camp by Rotarian's Bill Harp, Cari Yturri and Sydney Blair.  
Recently, volunteers from American Red Cross of Montana, Black Eagle Fire Department, Great Falls Rotary Club, Malmstrom AFB, Boy Scouts and Masons of Great Falls-Euclid Lodge installed free smoke alarms and shared important fire safety information with homeowners in the Black Eagle community. This event was part of an ongoing nationwide Red Cross campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent in five years. 
“The Home Fire Campaign is a great way to make families aware of the importance of having working smoke alarms and practicing escape plans,” says Diane Wright, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Montana. “we visited 25 homes, provided fire safety information, installed 40 smoke alarms and assisted these households with developing home fire evacuation plans.”
This event was sponsored by Walmart and Smiths. 
Attached photo of Rotarian Volunteers: Diane Wright in front, in back left to right Kurt Baltrusch, Tyler Hentzen, John Koppelman, Dean Boyle, Aaron Weissman
Great Falls Rotarians, with the help of several local groups, recently spruced up Camp Rotary in preparation for summer campers.


Our Rotary Club was founded in 1916.  At that time, the Rotary Club of Great Falls adopted Camp Rotary as their ServiceProject.  At Camp Rotary, the US Forest Service and the Rotary Club of Great Falls have maintained what has become the country's longest-standing lease of forest service land.

Five Year Improvement Plan printed in separate story.

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.
Dr. Michael Duchemin
Dec 13, 2016
The New Deal Cowboy; Gene Autry and Public Diplomacy
Dave Crum and School Group
Dec 20, 2016
Christmas Program
Great Falls Clinic
Dec 27, 2016
Great Falls Clinic
Dr. Jonathon Bingham
Jan 10, 2017
History of Aeromedical Evacuation Part 2
Tim Peterson
Jan 17, 2017
Rotary Foundation
Scott Schandelson
Jan 24, 2017
Benefis Emergency Department
Carol Clayton Bye
Jan 31, 2017
Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
Sarah Robbin
Feb 06, 2017
Western Association of Food and Drug Officials
Bob Kelly and William Chafin
Feb 14, 2017
Grace Home and Ending Veteran Homelessness

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