Rotary Club of Great Falls, Montana                

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The board of Rotary Club of Great Falls accepted a lovely gift from Kris Sapp.
Kris bought this quilt in the silent auction at this year's Harvest Howl. It's an amazing work of love, depicting the rotary seal, Camp Rotary, and the logos of several Harvest Howls of the past. Given its Rotary emphasis, Kris thought the quilt should go back to the club. The board decided the most appropriate place for it would be Camp Rotary. There, campers can get another glimpse into the people behind Camp Rotary, the club that brings those people together, and the remarkable annual event that provides essential funding for the upkeep and operation of the camp.

Our closing of the 2019 year was a festive one last week as we ushered in the holidays. Not only did we have a festive holiday luncheon, but under the leadership of Social Committee Chair Rebecca Bogden-Richards, we had a lovely evening social as well, where Rotarians and guests enjoyed the ambience of the country club on a wintry evening with the beautiful piano-playing of Jim Humprey in the background.
A particular joy on this occasion was seeing Ryan Miller (in background, greeting Dean Boyle) and his wife Gail after such a long absence. So good to have you in our crowd, Ryan!

In anticipation of yesterday’s Cat-Griz game, Art Taft decided to use the annual rivalry to raise some funds for Camp Rotary. He brought two pies to the noon meeting and auctioned them off by the slide, with the pie bringing in the most money for Camp Rotary indicating the true winner of the Brawl of the Wild. Griz dominated, 50.

At its November meeting, the board of Rotary Club of Great Falls bestowed an honorary membership to Ken Munski. It is a distinction well-deserved.
Ken joined Rotary in 1988 and to say he has been an active member ever since is an understatement. Highway clean-up? He's there. Centennial celebration? "How can I help?"  From Harvest Howl to Rotary socials, you could count on Ken to show up with his sleeves rolled up.
Ken was particularly active on all things Camp Rotary, from the camp clean-ups to cabin construction to equipment installation. Even after his relocation meant he had to leave the club, he has been instrumental in providing a pair of Rotary eyes on the camp and in helping us work through the bridge challenge. It is a sign of great leadership to leave your work in good hands. In selecting and preparing John Juras to take over the oversight of Camp Rotary, Ken has done just that.
For those of us who aren't engineers and consider "heavy lifting"  to be raising a 16-ounce stein instead of our usual 8-ouncer, the qualities of Ken's we'll most miss are his eternal pleasantness and his humor, especially when it came to "Rotary math." He should have been a teacher. He made learning new things fun.
But life moves on and so did Ken. Our thanks to the board for giving him the recognition he is due ... and to Ken for year after year of service beyond the call of duty.
What do you do when life throws you lemons?  You make cocktails!
We’ve got bad news and good news, folks. Harvest Howl booked two bands for the 2019 show but, with three weeks to go, we were notified that both bands had to cancel. That’s the bad news.
The good news? Event planners immediately got to work and lined up an evening we think is even more exciting. Opening the night will be World Classic Rockers, a group comprised of past members of some of the greatest bands in rock-n-roll history – Steppenwolf, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, and Santana. The Great Falls Rotary Club sponsors Harvest Howl and all proceeds go to the improvement, maintenance and operation of Camp Rotary.
Tickets are available at
September's social with the noon and evening members at Boston's. 

Rotarian Bob Holter has been retired from the bench for many years now, but he always welcomes a service-above-self opportunity to return and naturalize new citizens. Today he oversaw the ceremony making 25 people of varied ages, ethnicities, and histories citizens of this land of the free and home of the brave.

"This courtroom usually deals with a lot of unhappy people," Judge Holter told the new Americans. "But not today. Today every single person here is happy."

And nobody was happier than the Judge himself. Thanks for offering such a warm welcome to our newest fellows citizens, Judge.


At this week's meeting, Deb Kottel once again pulled at our heartstrings with stories from Camp Sky Child, which provides an opportunity for children of an incarcerated parents to experience solitude, nature, relationships with caring adults, camping, hiking, fishing ...

... And this year, gold mining. Two campers were sure that the digging they did at Camp Rotary paid off: They struck gold! They had Deb bring Rotary President Cari Yturri a couple of sizable chunks because Rotary opens up its camp for Camp Sky Children.

Camp Rotary ... worth its weight in gold.

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Great Falls

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM, and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays 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 Elect
President-elect Nominee
Immediate Past President
Bulletin Editor
Club Risk Manager
Web Site Administrator
Club Historian
Community Service Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Public Relations
Camp Operations Director
Camp Rotary Director
Speaker Committee Chair
Great Falls Rotary Foundation Liaison
Kelley Aline
Jan 21, 2020
Young Woman and Fire
Jill Hunt
Jan 28, 2020
Meadowlark School PTA
Susie McIntyre
Feb 04, 2020
Great Falls Public Library
Owen Robinson - Noon Meeting
Feb 11, 2020
The United States Census
Troy Hallsell - Night Meeting
Feb 11, 2020
History of the parks in Great Falls
Bill Bronson/Mike Winters
Feb 18, 2020
Montana VeteransMemorial - History and Purpose
Bill Harp
Feb 25, 2020
Eagle Scout Recognition
Trisha Gardner
Mar 03, 2020
City-County Health
John Godwin
Mar 10, 2020
Old West Art Show
Caitlin Walter
Mar 17, 2020
Jami Wald
Mar 24, 2020
Benefis Women's and Childrens' Center
Nancy Schlepp
Mar 31, 2020
Black Butte Copper Project
Doug Haberman/John Juris
Apr 07, 2020
Making Bicylcling and Walking Safe Everyday Activities Across Montana
Tom Moore
Apr 14, 2020

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