Rotary Club of Bigfork Welcome!

Bigfork

Service Above Self

Wednesdays at Noon
United Methodist Church
750 Electric Avenue
Bigfork, MT  59911
United States
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Speakers
GIFT WRAPPING
Dec 19, 2018
(POST) HOLIDAY PARTY
Jan 04, 2019
Time & Details to follow
Rick Trembath
Jan 09, 2019
Part 1: Wildfire Risk in the Greater Bigfork Area
Rebecca Johns
Jan 16, 2019
Life Coaching & Leadership
Mary McGrath
Jan 23, 2019
Glacier Sounds Healing Center
Mary Byers
Jan 30, 2019
Rotary Club Committees
Chris Dowling, Swan Lake District Ranger
Feb 06, 2019
Local National Forest Service Projects & Opportunities
Vilma Chemers
Feb 13, 2019
A China Adventure
Kathy Hay
Feb 20, 2019
ACES Update
Mary Byers
Mar 13, 2019
Rotary Club Committees
John Ashley
Apr 17, 2019
Dark Skies Program
Mary Byers
Apr 24, 2019
Rotary Club Committees
Mary Byers
Jun 05, 2019
Rotary Club Committees
 
 
 
What's News ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Clubs of Bigfork and Evergreen are proud to bring you a fun-filled night with the famous Harlem Globetrotters!  With your assitance our event will be a Home Town Win in helping us continue with the project locally and internationally.

Tuesday - November 13 2018 at 7 pm
Glacier High School - Kalispell, MT
Our club just finished up a major project to purchase new band instruments to replace old, damaged and obsolete instruments at Bigfork Middle and High School.  The project incorporated a $4380 grant from Montana Rotary District 5390.  The club through fundraising and club member contributions raised over $12,000 more for a total of approximately $17,000.  This money was enough to purchase 21 new instruments plus some other supplies for the band program. 
 
http://www.dailyinterlake.com/local_news/20180226/grant_bolsters_bigfork_music_program
 
A big thank you to our two fantastic student leaders, Josie and Elizabeth, who were sponsored by our club to attend the 2017 RYLA camp! RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. and develop their skills as leaders.  This year camp was help July 11-15 at Luccock Park Camp near Livingston.  This week the girls shared stories of drills at camp and filled us in on their plans for taking over Interact Club at their school. Both hope to return to camp as junior counselors next year. Congratulations, ladies, on your accomplishments! We are proud of you and look forward to having you as members of Rotary in the future!

         
 
Our club sponsored one incoming student from the island of Sardinia in Italy (Adriano) and one outgoing student from Bigfork (Devinn) going to Ecuador this school year.  Pictured here are Adriano and Devinn getting ready to attend an orientation camp SE of Great Falls and enjoying a burger and fries along the way.
 
 
Thank you to Bigfork and all the visitors in town at the annual Festival of the Arts for stopping by our club's tent and purchasing tickets this year to support the Bigfork Rotary Foundation!
 
Two graduating seniors from Bigfork High School were each awarded  $500 scholarships this year. Gabriella Eaton (pictured) and Mariela Zavala!

Heather Howlett, charter member of our club was honored this past Saturday with the Rotarian of the Year award.  Heather has served as President of our club twice, been an Asst Governor and spent many years on the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) board.  Heather has volunteered and chaired many projects including the newer Food Backpack Program serving kids in school with food packages for over the weekend.  Montana has over 1,650 members and 40 clubs.
Over a period of two Saturdays in April, Rotarians dismantled tired, old landscaping at the Bigfork Playhouse Children's Theater Center and then planted and replaced landscaping rock and installed a drip system.  They received serious energy from theater families and from Swan River Gardens who supplied the plants, materials and equipment.  It was the finishing touch this building needed to complete a face-lift project that has taken place over the last several years.  The building is primarily for rehearsal space, 3 choirs, jazz band and the ACES After School and Summer Camp program.  Our club was very pleased to have been awarded this grant  from Rotary District 5390 and supplied the matching funds!  For more photos visit our Facebook Photo Album
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At this year's annual Chili event there was an added element of fun.  The club challenged members and the community with a "Best Of" contest.  3 non-Rotarian judges from the Bigfork community taste-tested 24 submissions to determine the most delicious chili.  Rotarian, Lisa Edwards, made the winning recipe!  The event took place at the Garden Bar and included cornbread, brownies and a cold beverage.  For more images visit our Facebook page Chili Cookoff photo album.
 
 
 
After many years, our club is so very excited to have established our Bigfork Rotary Foundation.  Being a 501c3 entity, donors to the club are able to take a tax deduction!  All our fundraising efforts will now support the Foundation!  With the new foundation comes a new logo!
 
       
Rotarians heard about kids at our local school that might not have holiday gifts this year. So community members and Rotarians "passed the hat" and put together some goodies for them.
Bigfork Rotarians supplied 2 days of volunteers to host the Salvations Army's red bucket campaign this past week at Harvest Foods.  Pictured are Joni Isaman (our resident elf!), Jeanie Deetz and Beverly Ferguson.  Normally outside, this year's freezing temperatures drove the campaign inside the store.
 
 
 

The movie "Bottle Shock" will be presented at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts on Friday October 7, 2016.  Donation suggested is $20 (or 2 for $30).  Introduction prior to the showing by Laura Barrett, Author of "Memoir of Chateau Montelena Winery"  Wine & Fabulous Desserts available for purchase.

Doors open at 6:30pm - Movies starts at 7:00pm
Purchase tickets at The Jug Tree / Nancy O's / or at the door

Hope to see you all there!

Patti Smith from Kalispell was the lucky winner!  Patti is picture with the chair of the event, Rotarian Lizz Piper.

The Ladies 7 speed bike was donated by Wheatons in Kalispell.

Rotarian Karin Henion mans the booth at the Bigfork Festival of the Arts.

Rotarians, Steve and Billie Moksnes take a morning shift.

Three impressive Bigfork seniors were awarded Rotary Club of Bigfork scholarships to help them offset expenses their first year of higher education. They all exhibited excellent work ethic! Thank you to all the other students who applied for the community scholarships - the field was full of very accomplished seniors.

Pictured is Diana M Rahdert, Club President with recipients from L to R:
Damon Maitland is attending MMI Technical Institute
Grant Ozegovich is attending Montana State University
Ross Coleman is attending University of Montana


At the club's annual "end of year" party celebration, outgoing President, Heather Howlett honored three members of the club, recognizing them for their Service Above Self.  Diana Kautzman received the  "Community Spirit" award, Mark Armstrong the "Club Service" award and Nancy O'Kelly the "Carolyn Hummel Spirit Award".  
A few short of a dozen Bigfork Rotarians and helpers were lucky to have cool weather and dry conditions to tackle their Highway 35 cleanup day.  With good turnout the job was done happily within two hours. 
 
 
Heather Howlett, Club President of the Rotary Club of Bigfork, accepted the honor and plaque on behalf of the club as the Montana Rotary Club of the Year for 2015-2016!  The club also earned Governor Spath's citation.  The honors were presented at the April District Assembly.  Woo-Hoo!
 
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The Rotary Clubs of Bigfork and Evergreen combined forces to bring the Harlem Ambassadors to the Flathead Valley!  The clubs put together a FINE local team to challenge the professional team and they battled it out!  The Ambassadors also provided entertainment during the lively show and involved audience participation and fun with the kids.
 
 
Earlier in the day, members of the team visited Bigfork Schools and Evergreen Schools and presented an hour long inspiring assembly along with showing the kids some fun stunts.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Bigfork -  Movie NightLast Saturday's Rotary movie night event at the BCPA was a huge success with local Bigforkian, David Ogden, introducing and enlightening attendees about "The Lincoln Lawyer". Some fabulous intermission desserts were made and sold by Rotarians and members of the Bigfork Interact Club. The Bigfork HS culinary class also contributed 3 desserts. The author, Michael Connelly donated signed DVDs and books for Rotary! Lets do it again soon!
The Bigfork Middle School coordinated a project to bring together care package items for men and women serving overseas.  Representative, Josie Howlett, from the student council presented our club with their project a couple weeks ago.  Yesterday, members brought in items like packaged snacks, batteries and sundries to bring to the Middle School.  They will be sent off in time to arrive for Valentines Day.  Pictured here is Matt Porrovecchio, Rotarian from the Bigfork School System loading his truck up with the club donations.
This November, a dozen or so local high schoolers answered the call to restart an Interact Club in Bigfork.  They quickly elected officers and decided on their first community project.  In December they partnered with our club to meet with Susie Carter, Rotarian at the local grocery store.  There they ordered food for 17 families in Bigfork for a holiday food basket and then met with the Captain of the Bigfork QRU and Fire Dept to use the firehall as space to put the baskets together.  Last Sunday at the crack of dawn the Interacters picked up loads of food and then coordinated the baskets.  Later in the morning Rotarians picked up the baskets and delivered them to all the recipients.  Photo Album link: 
Our club became aware last year that there were a number of high school students that were considered homeless... meaning they didn't have a stable, consistent home to live in.  Many change from a friends couch to a relatives spare room, or even sleep in their cars.  This can happen for many reasons.  These young people rarely have a meaningful holiday and certainly not loving gifts.  So, our club got together and worked with a trusted member of the high school staff to create seven big gift packages for these kids filled with gift cards and assorted fun stuff.  We hope they feel special and loved by the Bigfork community!
This is a personal story this website editor gets to write herself!  As we all have visitors come to our meetings, I also have invited my family members to come and see what Rotary is all about.  Late this past summer my Mom, Elizabeth Rahdert, came and had lunch with us.  During the meeting we honored one of our own members, Joanne Knudson for reaching a milestone donation contribution level to the Rotary Foundation.  My mom was impressed.  Coupled with that thought, she and I discussed the possibility that her Dad, my Grandfather, may have been a Rotarian sometime in the 1940s-1950s.  I did some research the following week and found out that indeed he was a Rotarian in a club still in existence in Indianapolis.  On a side note, my Father is also a Rotarian in Lafayette, IN making me a third generation Rotarian...how cool is that!
 
As I have conveyed to my Mom over the years how much Rotary International has been in the forefront of Polio eradication, I learned in that course of discussions that my Mom had suffered from Polio when she was a little girl.  She now has some post-Polio issues with lack of strength in her legs.  To make a long story just a little shorter, she has become very impressed with Rotary and the battle to eradicate Polio.  So, this month she made a $10,000 donation to the Polio Plus Foundation in honor of her late Dad and Mom - Carl and Josephine Quanz.  With donations like this one, the world is close to saying goodbye to this dreadful disease.
 
Home Page News
"Good, better, best.  Never let it rest.  Until you good is better and your better is best." 
 
 
 
What's News ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Clubs of Bigfork and Evergreen are proud to bring you a fun-filled night with the famous Harlem Globetrotters!  With your assitance our event will be a Home Town Win in helping us continue with the project locally and internationally.

Tuesday - November 13 2018 at 7 pm
Glacier High School - Kalispell, MT
Our club just finished up a major project to purchase new band instruments to replace old, damaged and obsolete instruments at Bigfork Middle and High School.  The project incorporated a $4380 grant from Montana Rotary District 5390.  The club through fundraising and club member contributions raised over $12,000 more for a total of approximately $17,000.  This money was enough to purchase 21 new instruments plus some other supplies for the band program. 
 
http://www.dailyinterlake.com/local_news/20180226/grant_bolsters_bigfork_music_program
 
A big thank you to our two fantastic student leaders, Josie and Elizabeth, who were sponsored by our club to attend the 2017 RYLA camp! RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. and develop their skills as leaders.  This year camp was help July 11-15 at Luccock Park Camp near Livingston.  This week the girls shared stories of drills at camp and filled us in on their plans for taking over Interact Club at their school. Both hope to return to camp as junior counselors next year. Congratulations, ladies, on your accomplishments! We are proud of you and look forward to having you as members of Rotary in the future!

         
 
Our club sponsored one incoming student from the island of Sardinia in Italy (Adriano) and one outgoing student from Bigfork (Devinn) going to Ecuador this school year.  Pictured here are Adriano and Devinn getting ready to attend an orientation camp SE of Great Falls and enjoying a burger and fries along the way.
 
 
Thank you to Bigfork and all the visitors in town at the annual Festival of the Arts for stopping by our club's tent and purchasing tickets this year to support the Bigfork Rotary Foundation!
 
Two graduating seniors from Bigfork High School were each awarded  $500 scholarships this year. Gabriella Eaton (pictured) and Mariela Zavala!

Heather Howlett, charter member of our club was honored this past Saturday with the Rotarian of the Year award.  Heather has served as President of our club twice, been an Asst Governor and spent many years on the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) board.  Heather has volunteered and chaired many projects including the newer Food Backpack Program serving kids in school with food packages for over the weekend.  Montana has over 1,650 members and 40 clubs.
Over a period of two Saturdays in April, Rotarians dismantled tired, old landscaping at the Bigfork Playhouse Children's Theater Center and then planted and replaced landscaping rock and installed a drip system.  They received serious energy from theater families and from Swan River Gardens who supplied the plants, materials and equipment.  It was the finishing touch this building needed to complete a face-lift project that has taken place over the last several years.  The building is primarily for rehearsal space, 3 choirs, jazz band and the ACES After School and Summer Camp program.  Our club was very pleased to have been awarded this grant  from Rotary District 5390 and supplied the matching funds!  For more photos visit our Facebook Photo Album
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At this year's annual Chili event there was an added element of fun.  The club challenged members and the community with a "Best Of" contest.  3 non-Rotarian judges from the Bigfork community taste-tested 24 submissions to determine the most delicious chili.  Rotarian, Lisa Edwards, made the winning recipe!  The event took place at the Garden Bar and included cornbread, brownies and a cold beverage.  For more images visit our Facebook page Chili Cookoff photo album.
 
 
 
After many years, our club is so very excited to have established our Bigfork Rotary Foundation.  Being a 501c3 entity, donors to the club are able to take a tax deduction!  All our fundraising efforts will now support the Foundation!  With the new foundation comes a new logo!
 
       
Rotarians heard about kids at our local school that might not have holiday gifts this year. So community members and Rotarians "passed the hat" and put together some goodies for them.
Bigfork Rotarians supplied 2 days of volunteers to host the Salvations Army's red bucket campaign this past week at Harvest Foods.  Pictured are Joni Isaman (our resident elf!), Jeanie Deetz and Beverly Ferguson.  Normally outside, this year's freezing temperatures drove the campaign inside the store.
 
 
 

The movie "Bottle Shock" will be presented at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts on Friday October 7, 2016.  Donation suggested is $20 (or 2 for $30).  Introduction prior to the showing by Laura Barrett, Author of "Memoir of Chateau Montelena Winery"  Wine & Fabulous Desserts available for purchase.

Doors open at 6:30pm - Movies starts at 7:00pm
Purchase tickets at The Jug Tree / Nancy O's / or at the door

Hope to see you all there!

Patti Smith from Kalispell was the lucky winner!  Patti is picture with the chair of the event, Rotarian Lizz Piper.

The Ladies 7 speed bike was donated by Wheatons in Kalispell.

Rotarian Karin Henion mans the booth at the Bigfork Festival of the Arts.

Rotarians, Steve and Billie Moksnes take a morning shift.

Three impressive Bigfork seniors were awarded Rotary Club of Bigfork scholarships to help them offset expenses their first year of higher education. They all exhibited excellent work ethic! Thank you to all the other students who applied for the community scholarships - the field was full of very accomplished seniors.

Pictured is Diana M Rahdert, Club President with recipients from L to R:
Damon Maitland is attending MMI Technical Institute
Grant Ozegovich is attending Montana State University
Ross Coleman is attending University of Montana


At the club's annual "end of year" party celebration, outgoing President, Heather Howlett honored three members of the club, recognizing them for their Service Above Self.  Diana Kautzman received the  "Community Spirit" award, Mark Armstrong the "Club Service" award and Nancy O'Kelly the "Carolyn Hummel Spirit Award".  
A few short of a dozen Bigfork Rotarians and helpers were lucky to have cool weather and dry conditions to tackle their Highway 35 cleanup day.  With good turnout the job was done happily within two hours. 
 
 
Heather Howlett, Club President of the Rotary Club of Bigfork, accepted the honor and plaque on behalf of the club as the Montana Rotary Club of the Year for 2015-2016!  The club also earned Governor Spath's citation.  The honors were presented at the April District Assembly.  Woo-Hoo!
 
______________________________________________________
The Rotary Clubs of Bigfork and Evergreen combined forces to bring the Harlem Ambassadors to the Flathead Valley!  The clubs put together a FINE local team to challenge the professional team and they battled it out!  The Ambassadors also provided entertainment during the lively show and involved audience participation and fun with the kids.
 
 
Earlier in the day, members of the team visited Bigfork Schools and Evergreen Schools and presented an hour long inspiring assembly along with showing the kids some fun stunts.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Bigfork -  Movie NightLast Saturday's Rotary movie night event at the BCPA was a huge success with local Bigforkian, David Ogden, introducing and enlightening attendees about "The Lincoln Lawyer". Some fabulous intermission desserts were made and sold by Rotarians and members of the Bigfork Interact Club. The Bigfork HS culinary class also contributed 3 desserts. The author, Michael Connelly donated signed DVDs and books for Rotary! Lets do it again soon!
The Bigfork Middle School coordinated a project to bring together care package items for men and women serving overseas.  Representative, Josie Howlett, from the student council presented our club with their project a couple weeks ago.  Yesterday, members brought in items like packaged snacks, batteries and sundries to bring to the Middle School.  They will be sent off in time to arrive for Valentines Day.  Pictured here is Matt Porrovecchio, Rotarian from the Bigfork School System loading his truck up with the club donations.
This November, a dozen or so local high schoolers answered the call to restart an Interact Club in Bigfork.  They quickly elected officers and decided on their first community project.  In December they partnered with our club to meet with Susie Carter, Rotarian at the local grocery store.  There they ordered food for 17 families in Bigfork for a holiday food basket and then met with the Captain of the Bigfork QRU and Fire Dept to use the firehall as space to put the baskets together.  Last Sunday at the crack of dawn the Interacters picked up loads of food and then coordinated the baskets.  Later in the morning Rotarians picked up the baskets and delivered them to all the recipients.  Photo Album link: 
Our club became aware last year that there were a number of high school students that were considered homeless... meaning they didn't have a stable, consistent home to live in.  Many change from a friends couch to a relatives spare room, or even sleep in their cars.  This can happen for many reasons.  These young people rarely have a meaningful holiday and certainly not loving gifts.  So, our club got together and worked with a trusted member of the high school staff to create seven big gift packages for these kids filled with gift cards and assorted fun stuff.  We hope they feel special and loved by the Bigfork community!
This is a personal story this website editor gets to write herself!  As we all have visitors come to our meetings, I also have invited my family members to come and see what Rotary is all about.  Late this past summer my Mom, Elizabeth Rahdert, came and had lunch with us.  During the meeting we honored one of our own members, Joanne Knudson for reaching a milestone donation contribution level to the Rotary Foundation.  My mom was impressed.  Coupled with that thought, she and I discussed the possibility that her Dad, my Grandfather, may have been a Rotarian sometime in the 1940s-1950s.  I did some research the following week and found out that indeed he was a Rotarian in a club still in existence in Indianapolis.  On a side note, my Father is also a Rotarian in Lafayette, IN making me a third generation Rotarian...how cool is that!
 
As I have conveyed to my Mom over the years how much Rotary International has been in the forefront of Polio eradication, I learned in that course of discussions that my Mom had suffered from Polio when she was a little girl.  She now has some post-Polio issues with lack of strength in her legs.  To make a long story just a little shorter, she has become very impressed with Rotary and the battle to eradicate Polio.  So, this month she made a $10,000 donation to the Polio Plus Foundation in honor of her late Dad and Mom - Carl and Josephine Quanz.  With donations like this one, the world is close to saying goodbye to this dreadful disease.
 
 
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