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Your Flathead Valley Rotary Clubs are excited to announce that the 4th Rotary Great Bear Festival will be back in 2021 after hibernating during the covid-19 outbreak of 2020. Join us at Kalispell Depot Park on August 72021, from 4-9:30.  Get details and sponsor info here:   GREAT BEAR 2021
The Board met and recommended to the Contributions Committee that the Rotary Club of Kalispell provide a Memorial Day lunch to the Flathead COVID-19 Emergency Shelter, which provides space for families and individuals to shelter in place in accordance with public health recommendations. With help from Women Who Wine, 50 meals from Rotary Corporate Member Shawna and Willie Steele and their DeSoto Grille were delivered to the Shelter for a memorable day of honoring those who gave their all for our freedom.   
Hello…it occurred to me that a word from the president was probably in order. Pam and I are healthy and well fed. We have heard of no health issues among membership. If same come up, please let Pat Hulla know as appropriate. We’ll review our meeting situation as the virus infection spreads…and remember, the virus has no, feet, no wings, no brain. It spreads because we humans spread it.

Just saying…social distancing is not fun… but it makes sense.

I think that it also makes sense that we protect the institutional knowledge represented by those of us “of age”.  Continuity counts. In the decision as to when to “go out”, to congregate, to work towards making a living, please give a thought not just to ”Self”, but also to “Others”.

Above all, in a time of uncertainty and disarray, look more closely for the Truth. Rationality requires it.  Service to self disguises it. This is a time to turn choose wisely from whom we take guidance.

That leads me to give a special thanks to Lucy Smith, Frank Garner, Cherilyn DeVries, Pat Hulla, Kelly Bilau, Pam Carbonari and any others who were responsible for the Flathead Food Bank video and the extraordinarily generous challenge from Lucy Smith to match her $10,000 gift offer. In our community’s time of need, we Rotarians can set an example. It is our mission to encourage the generosity of others.

May the Spirit be with you.
Joe Carbonari 
President-Rotary Club of Kalispell
Have you ever wanted to ride a big Dozer?  Well here's your chance!
The Kalispell Rotary Noon and Daybreak Clubs are excited to announce the 2nd annual “Dig Rotary Day” - a fun-filled event the whole community will “dig.” The original June date is being postponed because of COVID-19 and is now scheduled for September 12. So watch here for updates, plan to pack up the family, and get ready for a great day at the junction of Hwy 93 and Rose Crossing! Participants will have the thrill of exploring and getting hands on with heavy construction equipment such as excavators, graders, and bulldozers. Sponsorship details here .

Many thanks to our Rotary Basketball Sponsors. For $125, you and your company are giving a team a chance to develop teamwork, physical, and social skills, AND have a lot of fun. Our teams wear their sponsors' names proudly on their shirts and are grateful for the opportunity you provide.

What is Rotary Basketball?

Rotary Basketball is the principal entry-level basketball program in the Flathead Valley. We anticipate between 800 and 1,000 youngsters will participate in the program this year. Please visit the Kalispell Rotary Basketball Website to register or to get additional information.

3rd and 4th graders have one practice per week, arranged by Coaches as conveniently as possible, and one game per week. The officiating is user friendly, the coaching is fundamental, and the goal is to create an enjoyment for the game. 5th graders get a little more basketball, alternating between one game and one practice one week, and two games and one practice the alternating week.

6th graders get still more basketball, playing two games per week, and one practice per week.

The cost is shown below. Every child receives a shirt, coaches, gyms, good instruction, good company, good sportsmanship, and lots of basketball.

Regular Registration: $40.00 per child


Several members from the Rotary Club of Kalispell attended the District Conference in Helena in early May.
Our President Janice Lake and Past President Lucy Smith jumped right into the annual District service project.
The Club took time to honor its own at our regular meeting. Custom made caricatures were given to Mark Rohweder and Scott Williams for their "above and beyond Service Above Self."
Scott has led the highly visible and impactful Youth Rotary Basketball program for our club for Twenty-Two Years. This program serves up to 1000 annually and is the principal entry-level basketball program in the Flathead Valley. Mark Rohweder is the visionary and Chair for the Great Bear Festival. 2019 was the 3rd Annual festival and netted local clubs $50,000 for Rotary projects. Well done, Rotarians!

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1840 US Hwy 93 South
Kalispell, MT 59901
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