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Always, Always Service above Self

Last February a windstorm took half the roof off a trailer that Eaglemount had been using. Eaglemount tried to find some way to get rid of it, offering it “free for the hauling” or even to the fire department for training. There were no takers. Some volunteers "demo-ed" parts of the inside, but the project was just too big. So it sat. And sat. 
 
Kurt Baltrusch drove by it several times and, knowing that our club has been looking for projects, contacted Gaines McFadden to see if it could be repaired. Gaines said the best option would be to tear it down.  After getting the go-ahead from the Rotary Board and Deb at Eaglemount, Kurt got to work.
 
Kurt was hoping parts of the structure could be salvaged, but the consensus was that it was too far gone – especially after being exposed to the weather since February.  Because the insulation is still good, Klinefelter's Insulation is allowing Rotary to use its equipment in exchange for the insulation. Kurt got the machine last week and Sheila Rice, Art Taft, Gaines and a friend of Kurt's, Bob Scalese from East Glacier, got about half of the roof insulation out. The next day Art and Kurt came back to finish that part of the job.  

For the third consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Great Falls has made a donation to help cover the cost of trees for the families completing the Owner Built Homes program. Set to finish in just a few months, these new neighbors are turning houses into homes as they round the corner and start the final stretch of completing 10 homes together this year.

 

This week, nine Rotarians including Megan Connors, President of the Rotary Club of Great Falls, visited the Owner Built Homes site to plant the final tree in honor of their donation and dedication to these families and individuals. Megan expressed her interest in continuing this partnership, stating “The Rotary Club of Great Falls is thrilled with the continued success of something that might seem small but has a lasting impact for the hardworking owners of the Owner Built Homes program and NeighborWorks. This win-win provides our Club a way to beautify the community and help NeighborWorks make affordable homeownership possible for so many well-deserving citizens of Great Falls.”

Yes...we begged and....
everyone in Great Falls cleaned out their closets and brought their shredding!
 
We raised over $700 for Polio in just a few hours!  
 
Thank you Great Falls!
 
It was with much gratitude and good cheer that we celebrated the opening of the new US Forest Service bridge across Belt Creek!
 
A lot of hard work and donations went into making the new bridge a reality within 18 months of our original collaboration meetings.  
 
Thank you to John Juras and Ken Munski for donating many, many engineering consulting hours.  And thank you to David Peters from the US Forest Service for making this bridge a priority.  Also thank you to our generous donors:
 
Treacy Foundation
NorthWestern Energy
Owen and Gayle Robinson
Steel Etc.
3 Rivers Communication
Steve and Carla Schnider
Charlie and Christa Mears
Gary Moler
Jim and Dee Strauss
Today we brought our meeting outside and what a beautiful day to be on the Missouri River!  
Art Taft organized our river clean up that spanned from
Oddfellows Park to Elks Riverside Park with lunch in between.  
 
 

Can you believe it? We got it done! Our bridge is ready to ROLL - or more precisely, be rolled on.

 
More can and will be said. But for now, just think of where we were just a short time ago: our signature project threatened; the fix more than daunting. Yet we got it done.
 
 
There is a can-do spirit about our club that is not just contagious. It's empowering. We saw what needed to be done, we set our minds to it, and that meant it was gonna get done. This is a moment of celebration for all of us. But two Rotarians and one government agency in particular really got this done.
 
Our fantastic partnership with the United States Forest Service got it done, a relationship whose foundation was laid by Ken Munski's expertise, patience and charisma. Ken's contribution was matched by that of John Juras, who simply dogged this project day in and day out like it was cycling. And in a sense it is.
 
Congratulations, Rotarians. And thank you, thank you, Ken and John. This is one bridge that was not too far.
Check out the latest Service Above Self Project from our team who participated in the CommUNITY Cleanup at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2LsmkMILUU
Just another of the many ways our club members have reached out to help Great Falls this month!
 
 
Last week outgoing President Cari Yturri treated us to her swan song. While some might regard her leadership year as a year of challenges, Cari described it as a year of plenty. In every aspect of her presidency, wherever she looked she found talent, generosity, and a can-do spirit. Cari recognized various Rotarians individually and then presented certificates of appreciation to  the members of her board. She has made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in each of their names.
 
Cari emphasized that leadership doesn't come from a single person. It takes teamwork, partnerships, and friendships. Rotary is blessed to have plenty of all three. "We have shown that we are able to adapt, pivot, and sustain," Cari said as she turned the gavel over to Megan Connors.
 
President Connors closed the meeting expressing what everyone felt - deep gratitude to her predecessor and the promise to carry on the traditions that make our club so strong
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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM, and the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 PM.

Meadow Lark Country Club
300 Country Club Blvd
Great Falls, MT  59405
United States of America
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
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Community Service Chair
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Speakers
Ike Kaufman
Dec 07, 2021
December 7, 1941
Christmas Program with Lisa Shull, Director
Dec 14, 2021
East Middle School Orchestra
Mark Juras
Dec 21, 2021
Three Forks to the Gulf on the Missouri in a Kayak.
NO MEETING
Dec 28, 2021
Diane Scalese - tentative
Jan 04, 2022
Western Artist in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame - Ft. Worth
Superintendent Tom Moore
Jan 11, 2022
GFPS
Kristen Juris
Jan 18, 2022
Montana
Cari Yturri
Jan 25, 2022
Family Promise
Wayne Thares
Feb 01, 2022
Boy Scout Exposition
Sheila Rice
Mar 08, 2022
Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Gerald Gray
Mar 15, 2022
Chief, Little Shell

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