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The Downtown Billings Rotary Club has been a part of the community for nearly 100 years, having measurable impact not just locally but internationally as well.  Rotary offers you the chance to make friends, make memories, and make a difference.
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE CLUB

On December 15th, we completed our holiday food basket drive for the 2017 season.  We packed 800 food baskets inclusive of both our Thanksgiving and Christmas  drives.  Approximately 15 -20 members of the club, with the support of some family members, Rotaract Club members, and volunteers Food Services of America packed 450 bags during each session approximately one week before each holiday.    The club successfully attained our pledge contribution goal of $24,000 with the cost of each basket at $30.  Food Services of America procured the food and forwarded only the raw cost of the products to the club.   Family Services then distributed the food baskets to needy families in the Billings community.   The holiday food basket drive is over a 30 year tradition of our club.

 
A beloved annual tradition now, Rotary Club assists as bell ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
Every December close to 20 Rotarians take a shift ringing the bell and greeting shoppers.  Family of Rotarians also help with many members bringing their children to take in the holiday spirit.
Also, the Interact Club of Senior H.S. joins on the day where they can.  It has become a custom for Rotary Club to be involved in the fundraising for the vulnerable in our community.

 

More than 10% of our Rotary Club members participated in the Educator for a Day event on Nov 17.  The event  included a breakfast meeting at the Northern Hotel featuring Rotarian Todd Vralsted, BEA Foundation Chair, convening the meeting, and  Darrell Ehrlick, Billings Gazette Editor, serving as moderator for a panel which included Rotarians Steve Arveschoug, Dr Terry Bouck and Dr Bob Wilmouth.

 

Participants then spent two hours on site at local grade schools, middle schools or high schools.  Participants included Rotarians  Eric Nord,  Bill Dutcher, Carl Jackson, Tom Hanel, Robyn Sargent, Darrin Rich, Andy Gott, Kyle Lantz, Kim Kaiser, Kristie Asay, Bob Carr, Sarah Brockel, Zach Dunn and Sandy Wong.   

 
We had a great turnout with 25 Rotary Club Members and 12 Interact Student from Senior High School.  We will be packing another 400 food baskets for Christmas at FSA on December 16th at 8 AM.  Warren Helmer will again be providing breakfast for volunteers following the food basket packing in December. 
 
Thank you to all who volunteered!
 
 
MEETING INFO
Map of Montana
Mondays at 12 PM
Northern Hotel
19 N Broadway
Second Floor
Billings, MT 59101
 
Any person may attend a luncheon meeting for the price of the meal.  Lunch is served buffet-style, and there are choices for those who are sensitive to lactose and gluten.
 
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