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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Downstairs at the Brewhouse
939 Getchell St
Helena, MT 59601
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Date:                     January 23, 2020
Contact:               Brett Clark, President, Rotary Club of Helena
(406)457-2044
 
For Immediate Release
 
The Rotary Club of Helena invites new and existing members to join us for lunch every Wednesday at noon in our new meeting location at Downstairs at the Brewhouse, 939 Getchell St.  Our first meeting at the Brewhouse will be February 5th.
 
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our motto is “Service Above Self.”
 
For over one-hundred years, the Rotary Club of Helena has led service projects for our community. Some of their current projects include maintaining a cabin at the YMCA Camp Child, supporting the robotics and after-school programs at Exploration Works, providing resources to children and classrooms in Helena area public schools, and (new this spring) has proposed and working to build an ADA compliant trail on Mount Helena. We also offer an annual scholarship to college-bound high students from our community. At meetings, members share news about completed and upcoming service opportunities and each week features a new and interesting speaker.  
For more information, join us for lunch any Wednesday at noon at Downstairs at the Brew House or contact Brett Clark, Club President: (406) 457-2044 or Rex Walsh, Membership Chair:  (406)4 31-6484 rexwalsh2018@gmail.com.
Don't forget to register for Rotary's annual Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly will take place from September 13-15, 2019, at the Community Centre in Waterton, Alberta.  
 
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Our hosts from the Lethbridge Rotary and Rotaract Clubs have planned an action packed weekend including:
 • Friday Service Project in the Park
 • Friday Golf Tournament
 • Saturday Keynote Speaker Al Jubitz, Founder, Rotarian Action Group for Peace
 • Saturday Entertainment: The Wardens from Banff National Park
 • Sunday Hands Across the Border Ceremony
 
Let's have great participation from Montana Rotarians and make this the best Assembly ever!
 
Our very own Kelly Cresswell  and Helena College, Kirk Lacey won the "Volunteers of the Year" award for their work on the new WINS program. Congratulations Kelly!
 
The Rotary Club of Helena will be hosting the first annual Helena Rotary Hoops 3 on 3 basketball tournament Saturday October 20th 2018. Rules and team registration are in the downloadable documents here on the website.
On Wednesday, October 24th, the Rotary Club of Helena will be visiting Carroll College for lunch in the PE Center and then on to a tour of the Hunthausen Activity Center. We meet at noon at the PE Center on Benton Ave, 
 
We will return to the Green Meadow Country Club on Wednesday October 31st. 

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On Wednesday August 8th, we will be meeting at the Lions Lair at 314 N Last Chance Gulch rather than the Green Meadow Country Club.
 
Come celebrate the Rotary Club of Helena's 100th anniversary!  The celebration will take place on June 16, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena.  Tickets are $35.00 per plate.  Please register and buy your tickets online here.  
 
For the convenience of our out of town guests, a block of rooms has been set aside at the Great Northern Hotel.  Call for reservations at (406) 457-5500.
Danielle Godlevsky is the Program Coordinator of the Foster Grandparent Program run through the Rocky Mountain Development Council.  The program pairs seniors aged 55 and up with preschools, elementary schools, Head Start classrooms, and other educational settings for children.  Foster Grandparents in the program provide academic support and guidance to children in Helena and around the state.  Qualifying volunteers also receive a stipend for their time.  
 
Danielle can be reached at (406) 447-1680.
We had the privilege of hosting our District Governor Joe McBride on January 24.  Joe is a Butte native who returned to his hometown six years ago after living in the Midwest for about 25 years.  
 
Joe has a passion for Rotary.  He and his wife Libby have hosted three foreign exchange students in their home--Agnes from Indonesia, Priya from India, and Chris from South Africa.  He has previously served as International Chair, Club President and Assistant Governor.  
 
Joe explained his goals for his year as District Governor, including strengthening RYLA, Interact and Roteract, and a new program called STRIVE--a mentoring program for students who have faced academic challenges.  
 
After addressing the club, Joe joined Helena Rotary in their Fourth Wednesday event, packing "birthday bags" for Helena Food Share.  
 
Kirk Lacy, the Interim Dean of Helena College, spoke on Wednesday January 17 about the continued growth and changes at the school.  
Rotarian Greg Upham, the Assistant Superintendent of Helena Public Schools, gave the club a presentation on January 3 regarding the plans for rebuilding Central School and updating other elementary schools as a result of the recent levy.  
The Montana Volunteers are a group of supporters of the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers from across Montana.  While the group hosts watch parties for the Timbers and Thorns around the state, founder Kris Goss detailed for Helena Rotary the various community support projects that the Montana Volunteers have organized in the three years since the group's founding.  These soccer fans:
 
...in addition to other community support projects.  The Montana Volunteers are presently conducting their year end supply drive in support of Helena's Friendship Center.  
 
The Montana Volunteers can be found on Facebook or Twitter.  
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Big thanks to St. Peter's Hospital (soon to be St. Peter’s Health) CEO Wade Johnson for addressing the club about the wide-ranging changes coming and the state of healthcare in Helena.  Mr. Johnson explained St. Peter's new focus on integrated care and the improvements being made for the sake of community health.  

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For our Fourth Wednesday service project, Helena Rotary invited Liann Myers of Montana Supporting Soldiers, an organization that sends letters and care packages to armed service members not only from Montana, but from across the country. We spent our meeting writing Christmas cards for soldiers, sailors and airmen serving overseas.

To learn more about Montana Supporting Soldiers, please visit their web site at http://MTSUPPORTINGSOLDIERS.com.

At our August 9, 2017 meeting, World Montana brought several students from all over Iraq to speak before Helena Rotary.  They shared with the club their experience growing up in Iraq, as well as their impressions of the U.S. and Helena in particular.  
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