Rotary Club of Great Falls, Montana                

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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
 
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”  
 
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
 
Every town with community pride has its generational stars, those individuals whose mark on the community is so profound that it passes, like a torch, from that person’s generation to the next, something that over time we think we were born with, rather than given. Our town - and this club -- lost such a star last week.
 
Bob Oakland was not a Great Falls native. He chose us back in the ‘40s, met his future wife here, started his own business here, raised his children here. And what a wife and business and children they were and are. City Motors has prospered for 60 years and more because Bob knew the value of quality – quality in the product, quality in the service, and quality in community engagement.
Last week fellow Rotarian Sherrie Arey and her colleague Chelsey Hutmacher at NeighborWorks Great Falls gave us a retrospective on that organization's remarkable accomplishments over the past 40 years in Great Falls. 
 
Right from the start,  NeighborWorks has been "committed to building strong neighborhoods, creating successful homeowners, and promoting quality, affordable housing throughout Great Falls."
 
Since 1980, the organization has helped over 2,200  community members own their first home. It has removed or renovated roughly 500 distressed properties and  added  over 350 trees, adding $50 million to the community's tax base. Programs in homebuyer education, including counseling on planning and budgeting for a purchase and preventing foreclosure, have given first-time homeowners a solid foundation to build on. Owner-built homes have given 135 families "sweat equity" in their homes since 2005.  The high school house program has resulted in providing 42 homes for the local market, with the ancillary benefit of providing career training for high school students since 1997.
 
NeighborWorks reaches out beyond its mission to be a true community team player. Programs like Neighborhood and Business Watch, the Annual MApril Clean-up, and the Downtown Safety Alliance are examples of their efforts to "stretch" the organization to realize our community's potential. We are fortunate to have such a ground-breaking program - literally and figuratively - in our community!
 
To keep the numbers down, a small crew of Rotarians visited Camp Rotary last weekend for the annual camp clean-up. They fixed benches at the upper and main camps, split wood, put the garden cart together, and took out the bridge upstream in Rafferty Creek. They also got a start on the trash. Since it will be a while till we can schedule campers, a more complete clean-up will take place closer to our opening date.

It was a beautiful day at Camp Rotary, Sheila Rice reported. She was also thrilled to learn, after all her years at Camp Rotary, that there is an upper camp! We'll all have to take a look when we do the super-duper cleanup ... hopefully soon!
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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
President
President Elect
President-elect Nominee
Secretary
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Club Historian
Club Risk Manager
Web Site Administrator
Public Relations
Bulletin Editor
Community Service Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Membership
Great Falls Rotary Foundation Liaison
Camp Operations Director
Camp Rotary Director
Speaker Committee Chair
Great Falls Rotary Foundation Liaison
Speakers
Janet Duffy
Oct 20, 2020
Peace Place
NO MEETING
Oct 27, 2020
Polio Shred Day at the Club. 11-2 PM. Contact Lacey for information
Dave Gantt
Nov 03, 2020
Argos Sports
John Faulkner
Nov 10, 2020
Airport Operations
Kristi Scott
Nov 17, 2020
History Museum
Annual Meeting
Dec 08, 2020
Christmas Program
Dec 15, 2020
 

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