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HUGE NEWS! We won't be having our usual Rotary Christmas party this year, so we're throwing a different party - here's a note from our grant writer Lucy Smith with details and ways to join the celebration:

WHAT WE DIDWhen District 5390 offered a special $1500 COVID response grant a couple of weeks ago, Rotary Clubs of Kalispell (Noon), Kalispell Daybreak and Evergreen acted quickly - proposing a joint project called Rotary’s Twelve Days of Giving
 
We pooled our grant awards, added $400 from each Club and an anonymous $300 donation, and searched through our CARE grants for possibilities. The results: together, our three Rotary Clubs will award $500 grants to each of twelve local nonprofit organizations at the front lines of community needs and care. Our way to recognize, appreciate, and support their year-round Service Above Self.
 
WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPENPublic health precautions means no big awards party. Instead, check presentations will be held outside at Buffalo Hill Golf Course near the Clubhouse and parking lot from 10am-12pm on December 5.  Skyvault’s Clint Ekern (think Great Bear Festival videographer) will record each nonprofit representative as they receive their checks and talk about the important work our funds will support. Our Rotary Clubs will post one nonprofit video per day from December 12-24, on our websites and social media platforms.  We will also provide individual videos for each nonprofit to share as they wish, and all of us will be encouraged to share these posts with our friends and families.
 
Saturday Logistics
Daybreak Rotary - hot chocolate, greeters. traffic control
Evergreen Rotary - donuts, hot tea, cups, decorations, and help with setup/cleanup
Kalispell Noon Rotary – event PR, hot cider, napkins, refreshments table and cloth, decorations, and help with setup/cleanup
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO...
Share the good spirits and good fun!
ROTARY CLUB of KALISPELL PARTICIPATION (please tell Lucy Smith you’re coming)
  1. 9:30-10:00am - Volunteer to help decorate our Winter Holiday outdoor stage setting. Wear your Rotary vests, jackets, etc. and your Santa hats!  We will wear masks and keep our distance. Young helpers welcome!
  2. 10:00am-12:00pm - Do a “drive up and stay” or a “drive by honk and wave.”   We’d love to see you!
  3. Volunteer to bring a big thermos of hot cider for the refreshments table

 

Our cherished Club tradition of working the red kettle and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army is on hold this year. Instead, the Salvation Army has set up "virtual kettles."
 
You can help by visiting their kettle page and sharing it with others. Donations can be made directly to Salvation Army on that page, or you can go through one of the sponsors of your choice to donate. 
 
I think I'll just save up all that pocket change I normally throw in the bucket and then round it up to donate. Click on the bucket below to get to the virtual kettle site.
 
WHAT IS A Tippy Tap?  A light-hearted name for simple devices that significantly reduce the spread of deadly diseases. It’s a simple hands-free device for handwashing in areas without running water. A container up to 5 liters fitted with a plastic syringe to “tap” a small flow of water. Soap is hung from the water container, and dirty water is captured for disposal in a basin below. A group of concerned Guatemalan citizens “Los Buenos Vecinos” (The Good Neighbors) are improving the health of their communities by making and installing Tippy Taps - practical, affordable, sustainable handwash stations - and teaching WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) protocols.
 
Studies show that daily use of Tippy Taps combined with WASH training reduces influenza and diarrhea by 47%. Diarrhea is the cause of most malnutrition and the highest cause of death in children under 10 yrs. 74% of Mayan children have chronic malnutrition. COVID-19 makes handwashing more urgent than ever.
 
Please join Rotary Clubs in Flathead Valley and across Montana to help Los Buenos Vecinos supply lifesaving Tippy Taps, towels, soap, and WASH training for 750 school children in the coastal highlands of Guatemala. BONUS MATCH!! An enthusiastic Rotarian has pledged to add $2,500 when our tally hits $3,000. Let’s do this!!
 
Donate Online via PayPal
 
Donate by Check
Payable to Los Buenos Vecinos / 1150 Nucleus Ave. Columbia Falls, MT 59912
 
Los Buenos Vecinos is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, EIN 85-3478722.
Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by current tax law.
 
Thank You Very Much!
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.   
 
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
Have you ever wanted to ride a big Dozer?  Well here's your chance!
The Kalispell Rotary Noon and Daybreak Clubs are excited to continue planning for the 2nd annual “Dig Rotary Day” - a fun-filled event the whole community will “dig.” The fall 2020 date was postponed because of COVID-19 and is now scheduled for June 2021. 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 .
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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Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Gateway Community Center Suite 26
The Gathering Place
1203 Hwy 2 W
Kalispell, MT 59901
United States of America
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