Hana Meshesha of Ethiopia (l.) joined hosts Lynne and Otto Koester on May 11 in preparing a special Ethiopian dinner for ten to foster world peace and understanding and to benefit the Rotary International Foundation. The event proved to be an overwhelming success.
 
 
 
Montana’s 1st Choffee Con on June 1
Join coffee and chocolate lovers for Montana’s first Choffee Con from 10 am to 4 pm on June 1 at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Missoula - Edgewater, 100 Madison Avenue, Missoula, MT. General admission tickets are $14. VIP tickets are $19. Tickets on sale at www.choffeecon.com. 
 
First Montana Rotary Golf Championship to take place June 10
Join Rotary Club members and guests for a round of golf to help support Watson Children's Shelter and the Missoula Rotary Foundation. The first Montana Rotary Golf Championship tees off on Monday, June 10, 2019, at The Ranch Club in Missoula, MT. Foursomes are welcome to play. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes cart, lunch, prizes and fun! 
 
The golf tournament will support Watson's Children's Shelter in Missoula, where children may live temporarily to feel safe and secure. In addition, proceeds also support the many local and international projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Missoula.
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Missoula. For membership inquiries, contact Director of Membership Dan Buchta at MissoulaRotaryMembership@gmail.com  or any Board Member. Thank you for your interest in Rotary Club of Missoula.

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International Theme: Be the Inspiration

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Missoula Rotary Club member Kathy Schulte joined other Rotarians from around Montana at a clean-up effort at Benton Avenue Cemetery in Helena. The project was part of the Rotary District 5390 Conference held May 3-5, 2019.
 
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Rotary Youth Exchange student Antonio, left, from Italy studied in the Missoula area for the past year, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Missoula. Exchanges such as this one help promote world peace...one person at a time.
 
 
 
Speakers
No Speaker
Sep 25, 2019
Lunch at Missoula Country Club
Joyce Dombrouski, CEO
Oct 02, 2019 11:45 AM
Providence St. Patrick’s Hospital
Jim Strauss, Publisher
Oct 09, 2019 11:45 AM
Missoulian
Scott Appel
Oct 16, 2019 11:45 AM
CASA
Don Lewis and Ned Augustenborg
Nov 06, 2019 11:45 AM
The Making of “The Ballad of Don Lewis”
Sophie Lambros
Nov 13, 2019 11:45 AM
Bryan Douglass, Miss Montana pilot
Nov 20, 2019 11:45 AM
Miss Montana to Normandy
Paige Pavalone
Dec 04, 2019 11:45 AM
MissoulaWorks
Mike Steinberg, Executive Director
Dec 18, 2019 11:45 AM
The Roxy Theater
No Club Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Happy Holidays!
 
 
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OUR CLUB
RI President-elect Mark D. Maloney gives his "Grow Rotary" message at PETS training March 1-3 in Denver
I flew into Denver with great expectations. As president-elect nominee for the Rotary Club of Missoula, I was about to spend three days with colleagues from Districts 5390, 5440, 5450, 5470 and 5630 representing a good number of the western U.S. states. 
 
We started our training early on Friday morning, coffee in hand and schedules ready. Members of each District met in separate rooms to kick off PETS sessions. District 5390 met in the Aspen Room of the Denver Renaissance Hotel by Marriott on Quebec Street. The reunion of familiar faces from all around Montana gave way to conversation, sharing and fellowship. District Governor-Elect Sandy Wong lead our District get-togethers, with DG Rick Moore there for presentations and awards. 
 
Friday’s session began with a presentation on membership by Julie Aubrey, membership officer for Rotary International. Julie spoke about the urgent need for all Rotarians to “share Rotary” with others. Enhancing membership is the most important goal for all clubs this next year, she says. Julie acknowledged the aging out of some Rotary Clubs that have not kept up with needed growth. 
 
Each time a club member moves away or dies, the club has lost another valuable member. These resignations must be replenished with new members. And with the influx of new members, we must learn how to encourage them to participate and to retain them as members. “Members are most likely to leave within the first two years,” warns Julie.
 
She shared a variety of membership resources available on the RI website. She said that the publication “Connect for Good” has recently been revised.
 
Julie also brought up the need for clubs to be more creative and flexible in their membership. If a club has a corporate membership, for example., she says it is important to include a Corporate Committee in the governance structure as a way to discuss corporate connections that may help develop partnerships for fund raising, as well as attract new corporate partnerships.
 
She said clubs need to create an “Attraction Plan” and a “Retention Plan” for membership. Communicate the plan to members and get member buy-in to support and work the plan, she advised. 
 
“You need a strong Membership Chair,” she said. “Someone passionate about Rotary and membership. Membership. Membership. Membership. Think Membership.”
 
Julie was also assisted by Larry Dimmit, RI director, and DG Rick Moore in presenting membership awards. The Director’s Star Award is given for membership growth in the Zone and the District. Clubs must attain a gain of at least one net new member for 2017-2018. Fourteen clubs in District 5390 achieved that distinction, earning the prestigious Star Award.
 
”Very few districts in our Zone achieve that award, so you should be very proud,” said Larry of District 5390’s achievement.
 
Rick praised Sandy Wong for her leadership at the district level in membership. “Upcoming DG Sandy Wong was membership chair for two years and deserves recognition,” says Rick. 
 
District and PETS-wide training over the three-day period included a variety of interesting topics, such as harnessing social media to advantage, understanding club culture, fostering/managing change, managing community projects, dealing with controversy, inter-generational issues, giving strategies, strategic planning for clubs, and more.
 
A highlight of the weekend was a visit from RI President-Elect Mark D. Maloney. He gave a strong message about the need to increase Rotary membership and be creative about doing so.
 
“Grow Rotary,” Mark said. “Grow it in places where Rotary thrives. Start a new satellite club and help it survive and thrive. There is nothing in the Rotary Constitution that says Rotary has to meet in a certain place, or meet at all. A club can meet every one of the rules and the ‘Rotary police’ will not come swooping down.”
 
Mark unveiled his new theme and logo for the 2019-2020 year, a wheel of connected figures that represent people connecting around the world. His theme of “Rotary Connects the World” is depicted in the logo of different colors representing different nationalities and creeds all over the world. 
 
“But each figure also has blue,” Mark said, “representing that we are all Rotarians.”
 
Mark spoke not only to District 5390 members at its district gathering, but also addressed the entire conference of attendees at the Saturday night dinner and luau event, in honor of the president-elect’s 2020 RI Convention scheduled for Honolulu. His message to “Grow Rotary” was repeated loud and clear.
 
∞∞∞∞∞
 
As I mentioned at the outset of this article, I flew into Denver with great expectations. I left with my head loaded with ideas and enthusiasm for our upcoming next couple of years of Rotary. Martha Ripley and I learned all about being a club president, how to grow our club and to change with the times. We spent several hours planning together to benefit our club’s future. 
 
While I served as a Rotary Club president in the past, that was a long time ago. I was in my mid-30s then and Rotary had only been coed for a few short years. So much has changed since the mid-1990s. Yet, in some ways, little has changed. We are all still good people interested in serving our community, enjoying one another as friends, supporting fellowship, helping youth, promoting international understanding, and eradicating polio in the world. Today we do that with men and women from all walks of life, all different ages, and from various parts of the world. We share different ideas, goals and objectives. We connect. Rotary is still all about connecting our community and connecting the world.
 
PETS was a marvelous educational and fellowship experience. It was a chance to serve our club and the world. I thank the membership for giving me this opportunity to be your president-elect nominee. Consider when you might take that chance to serve in a Rotary leadership role. You’ll discover how rewarding it can be to connect.
 
—Victoria Emmons
 
District Assembly inspires club excellence

INSPIRE. CONNECT. END POLIO. The words on the posters hanging around the conference room at the Comfort Inn bore a similar theme — the message direct from Rotary Brand Central — that Rotary members are People of Action. That’s what the District’s Public Image Chair Patrick Plantenberg (Townsend Rotary) wants you to understand and he hopes that you will spread the message. Rotarians helping to spread the word is how a consistently positive image of Rotary gets formulated in the public’s mind, he explained.
 
Patrick’s presentation on ideas for implementing Rotary’s branding guidelines was just one of the many topics covered at the annual District 5390 Assembly held in Butte, MT, August 10-11. Rotary members from around the state gathered to learn more about Rotary Foundation grant making, secretary/treasurer officer duties, best practices in clubs, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, Rotaract Clubs, and education/training opportunities.
      
Missoula Rotary Club President George Stern and Board Member Victoria Emmons (Missoula Rotary) attended the two-day Assembly, which featured a session led by President George on managing club secretary and treasurer duties. 
 
District Governor Rick Moore (Helena Sunrise Rotary) greeted attendees to the event, offering his encouragement and gratitude to those in attendance. Governor Rick’s wife Sylvia Moore presented a training session on sexual harassment and advised that clubs consider similar training for members. 
 
Saturday’s seminars were held at the Montana Tech campus in uptown Butte. Nathan Dudden, freshly arrived from Taiwan, co-presented with Steve Kice, Megan Bittinger and Jill Bedessem (Bozeman Sunrise Rotary) on how to sponsor Interact and Rotaract Clubs. Lori Cummings (Hamilton Rotary) led a rousing two-hour session sharing club best practices for everything from membership recruitment, to running an exciting weekly meeting, to discovering how to know if leadership is meeting member expectations. Ann Dooling and Rex Walsh presented goal setting and reported. Darryl Hansen (Livingston Rotary) facilitated a large group interested in Rotary Youth Exchange.
 
Several sessions were presented on how to apply for district grants through the Foundation. Brian Furey (Missoula Sunrise Rotary), this year’s District Foundation Chair for Grant Selection, gave a detailed look at how to apply for a grant. The Foundation matches grants up to $2500 for a variety of community and international service projects. March 31 is the grant application deadline each year for submitting proposals to fund projects the following year.
 
Governor Rick indicated his objectives for the year are: (1) to increase Interact and Rotaract Clubs and their membership engagement; (2) enhanced marketing/public image to support increased member recruitment, noting the overall decline in membership throughout the District; (3) each club to earn a Rotary Presidential Citation for achievement attaining at least three items in each category with the addition of new silver, gold and platinum distinction levels added by RI President Barry Rassin (East Nassau Rotary, Bahamas); and (4) holding a successful Peace Park event in September. 
 
Governor Rick also announced important upcoming dates for Rotary events, including: 
•    May 3-5, 2019, District 5390 Conference in Helena, MT.
•    2019 RI Convention, Hamburg, Germany, June 1-5, 2019; $395 registration fee if reserved by Dec. 15. 
•    2020 RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
•    Zone Institute in Boise, ID. Any Rotarian is welcome to attend.
 
New Member Proposed
Nonprofits Join Up to Support Homelessness in Missoula
 
In the absence of President George Stern who was off playing golf in a Senior Golf Tournament in Helena (George tied for 4th in his age category, by the way), President-Elect Martha Ripley called the meeting to order at 12:06 pm. 
 
Club Secretary Nicole Michelotti served as pinch-hitter for greeters. Thank you, Nicole! Paul Eichwald played “Stand by Me” on piano as club members attempted once again to sing all the verses of the famous song.
 
Nicole announced one guest visiting the meeting, turning the microphone over to Fran Albrecht for introductions. Fran introduced her guest as Kim McGoldrick, newly relocated to Missoula from San Diego. Welcome to Missoula, Kim!
 
Announcements
President-elect Martha announced that the next Rotary Fellowship will take place on August 22 at the baseball game. Email Andrew George if you plan to attend. Cost is $20 per person and includes ticket and dinner. 
 
Betty Wilkins announced that $19 was available in the 50/50 drawing (nearly enough to buy a ticket to the basketball game). The winner was Holli Ranten.
 
President-elect Martha indicated that a new member has been proposed. Ryan Boyd has applied for membership. Martha said this meeting was the first reading for Ryan. Club rules require two readings for a new member. Any questions, contact Dan Buchta, Membership Chair.
 
Program: A Collaboration to Benefit the Community
Program Chair Royce Engstrom introduced co-speakers Cindy Weese and Casey Dunning on a project collaboration between the Missoula YWCA and Missoula Interfaith Council (MIC). The project’s goal is to further the needs of homeless families in the community by combining two programs into one, thereby avoiding duplication of effort. 
 
According to Cindy, the YWCA operates a domestic violence shelter, emergency housing motel rooms, transitional housing apartments, and rapid re-housing rent assistance programs. 
 
Casey explained that MIC offers a variety of programs, as well, including: Building Bridges-Building Leaders; Partners for reintegration in the congregation; the Family Promise Shelter; housing advocate network; and Missoula Works, a staffing agency for people with barriers to employment.
 
“I am a 5th generation Montanan,” said Casey. “My 5th generation family at one point lost our ranch. When we did, it was devastating for our family; but we had a fabric, a community around us and so someone helped my dad get a job.”
 
Casey explained, “Today our institutions, families and organizations are disconnected. We have deep divisiveness in our community. We are divided by age, politics, race, gender, religion. It is crippling our communities. The people impacted the most are our most vulnerable families.” 
 
Cindy demonstrated statistics revealing Missoula as having the most homeless families in the state — 31 — during the last statewide count.  She said that 75% of those families are headed by single mothers. Current capacity can handle up to 50 families. 
 
“We have waiting lists. There are currently eight families waiting 3-4 weeks to find housing. Without a central facility, local churches have provided help in the interim.” She said with easy access to locating facilities online, there have also been some security issues. 
 
She said the primary reasons for homelessness include: lack of income, disabling condition, domestic violence, and/or lack of same-day access. Single women are at greater risk for homelessness. There are many barriers to permanent housing, she explained, including poor/limited rental history, lack of income, and affordable housing.
 
Both Cindy and Casey agreed that homelessness is very traumatic for all involved, especially children. Domestic violence and homelessness leave lifelong effects. Both nonprofit organizations find that generational poverty creates a financial burden on society, families, police, fire, and medical services.
 
The shared vision for YWCA and MIC, which has been in the planning stage for three years, includes:

—A partnership: in both depth & breadth, to share resources & expand capacity
—Same-day access
—Rapidly rehousing (reduce or terminate a wait list)
 
“We are in a time of social and political divisiveness that is impacting families in need,” said Casey.
 
Currently, the Family Promise program invites homeless families to stay overnight in congregation building with volunteers who stay overnight with those in need. 
 
“There have been some very deep and rich experiences for people who are making those connections [with volunteers and homeless families],” said Casey, who indicated they have never experienced any safety issues. 
 
Cindy reiterated, “Our goal is to have one single facility to house families.”
 
During the Q and A time, one member asked if motel costs could be renegotiated to be more competitive. Cindy said that summer is tourist season and hotels can get full rates. Hotels are already providing very low rates. 
 
“We just leased two studio apartments,” she said, “as it is about same price. All options are on the table for funding. There is always a need for shelters, emergency housing, short-term housing. We are trying to compile diverse resources to make this happen.”
 
President-Elect Martha thanked the speakers and the meeting was adjourned.
 
August 22 - Missoula Osprey vs Grand Junction Rockies
On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, Rotary members and guests will gather for an evening of local baseball to watch the Missoula Osprey take on the Grand Junction Rockies. The game begans at 7:05 pm and dinner will be served an hour ahead of the game.
 
The cost is $20 per person ($8 for the ticket, $11 for the authentic baseball dinner and $1 just to round it up). Please RSVP to Andrew George at andrew@georgelaw.us or call (406) 531-6653 if you would like to attend with number of guests you will bring. 
Be the Inspiration 
Grandma is exhausted!
 
I am exhausted. After two weeks of my two grandchildren under foot, quiet has finally returned to my Missoula home. But I don’t really like it. 
 
After agreeing to care for Alex, 4-1/2, and Zoe, 23 months, at my home while my daughter Kate and her husband relocate their household to Arizona, I wondered at times if I was crazy. Up early, make lunches, pack backpack, get the kids dressed and fed breakfast. Add morning playtime into those early hours along with a few disagreements about the benefits of drinking milk. Pick up (starving) kids at daycare before 5 pm. Quiet time (TV’s Paw Patrol to the rescue!) as Grandma heads for the kitchen. Make dinner and serve by 6:30 p.m. at the latest, followed by baths, fresh diaper, pajamas, sleep sack, and story selection (no more than three each, please). There is nothing better than a tiny hand resting on your arm as you turn the page and read the next lines in a storybook that your grandkid can already recite by heart.
 
Add a little lullaby music, a night light that creates blue stars on the ceiling, one Binky and one stuffed pink “baby” (has to be the pink one tonight and not the blue), and a “night night” kiss. Curly-haired blond, blue-eyed Zoe is off to sleep. Now turn to Alex.
 
Alex knows how to dress himself, but some supervision is helpful so that shirts do not end up backwards. His tall height and his extensive vocabulary belie his age. The storybooks he chooses are more complex, so take longer to read. The one about machinations of city life is particularly lengthy. I begin to misspeak words as I attempt to read the book. I find myself periodically dozing off while cuddled next to Alex in bed. It has been a long day. Alex nudges me to wake up. “Could we read just two stories?” I ask. 
 
The night-light is on, as is a lamp next to Alex’s bed. Pillows are strategically placed so that he does not fall off my antique bed, a little higher than most, like he did two nights ago. “Grandma, would you sit with me until I fall asleep?” Gladly, Alex.
 
An hour later, long after Alex has drifted into dreamland, I pass by Zoe’s room and she is still singing to herself a song of her own composition entitled, “Il pleut” (French for “It’s raining”, a sentence I just taught her the previous week). 
 
The final morning of their stay, I know I must awaken extra early to drive Kate and the kids to the Missoula Airport. But this time, it will be my last crazy morning with them. Zoe climbs into her car seat by herself, as she always insists. It takes longer, but encourages her independence, already an emerging part of her personality. Alex, his forehead and chin covered with scabs from a fall off the playground rings, does the same and buckles himself in. He is so proud that he can buckle the car seat on his own. Few vehicles are on the road at this early hour. As we pass by important landmarks, Alex bids farewell to everything. “Goodbye, Missoula County Fair. Goodbye, Zoe’s old school. Goodbye, Splash Montana.” The family’s departure is finally real.
 
I hang around the airport as long as I can, being “helpful.” United has delayed passengers dropping off baggage due to a computer problem. Waiting in line with two toddlers is not ideal. After an hour wait at check-in, Kate finally deposits their three pieces of luggage and Alex's car seat and passes through security with Zoe in her stroller, a second car seat attached, and Alex tagging behind. They head up the stairs to the gate, sprinting to make the flight. 
 
I cannot stop the tears flowing down my cheeks as I drive back to my now very quiet home. When Kate’s text arrives early afternoon, I am relieved. “All well, and we landed in Phoenix on time! Now, to see if our bags made it, too. Thanks for all your help today and over the last two weeks. We’ll miss you tremendously! XOXO”  
 
When I think of the Rotary theme “Be the Inspiration”, all I can think about is my beautiful, talented, red-headed daughter — dedicated mother of two, successful career woman, loving wife — juggling it all. Being (sort of) in her shoes for two weeks made me appreciate all that she does every day to raise her family. 
 
It is Kate who inspires me.
 
-- by Victoria Emmons
 
 
 
Bonjour to Mademoiselle Paisley
Inspire Good Health: Live Long and Prosper 
 
Following opening ceremonies from President George Stern, Rotary Club of Missoula members said the Pledge of Allegiance and were then treated to a performance by local female guitarist Britt Arneson at the club’s August 1 meeting. Britt sang and played guitar, even offering to volunteer for the Chocolate and Coffee fundraiser being considered as a joint project with the Missoula Sunrise Club. 
 
Announcements
    Fellowship Chair Andrew George announced that he has arranged for members to attend baseball games on four different Wednesdays, beginning with August 22. Cost of $20 per person will include meal and game ticket.  
 
    The Youth Exchange Committee will meet at 5:30 pm August 1 at the offices of Scott Johnson, 1701 South Avenue West In the conference room. Required youth training will be conducted.
 
    President George announced that the Missoula Rotary Club will host the young professionals group at the Chamber of Commerce on October 18, 5-7 pm. He said members are encouraged to attend the event as it will offer an opportunity to educate young professionals about the benefits of Rotary membership. 
 
    The Club’s Rotary Youth Exchange inbound student will arrive at Missoula International Airport on August 7 at 9:54 pm. Antonio from Italy will be spending a year in the greater Missoula area. Members are invited to join the welcoming party at the airport.
 
    Mike Schauf announced that the popular five-minute talks from members are “still alive.” He says that President George asked that the talks be presented twice a month instead of three times per month as was the case last year. Members who have yet to introduce themselves in this manner should contact Mike about getting on the calendar.
 
    Mike also announced that a meeting is planned for September 22 at Missoula Country Club regarding the new submarine USS Missoula. Members are encouraged to attend and to invite friends and neighbors. The meeting is open to the public.
 
Happy Bucks
Visiting Rotarian Margaret Parson from the Missoula Sunrise Club was the first to offer Happy Bucks. She invited Missoula Rotary to participate in a new event being organized as a fundraiser for February 2019 — a Chocolate-Coffee Convention. “You eat chocolate and drink coffee as you wander from table to table,” Margaret explained when asked about the event. She has attended similar events held in other cities and found them to be a great success. The Rotary Club of Missoula Board members are considering her invitation to co-sponsor the event.
 
Members gladly spent some money to share a lot of happy news, including Dan Buchta, who introduced a visitor and prospective member who is a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Victoria Emmons reminded members to wear their Rotary pins as a way to market Rotary membership.  “I have met many other Rotary members by wearing my pin,” she said, while noting that not many members in the club were wearing their pins. “People who are not Rotarians always ask me what my pin is and it offers a gateway to tell them more about Rotary and invite them to a meeting.” 

Bonjour
The Missoula Rotary Club’s outbound youth exchange student Paisley Ivanovitch was a guest at our club August 1. Paisley, 17, introduced herself with a very poised “Bonjour” to her audience. The Big Sky High School senior will depart later this month for France where she will spend a year with two different families, initially on the coast in Saint-Malo for six months and a second French town yet to be determined. The Missoula resident said she was excited to be living at the beach. With only one year of formal French language study under her belt, Paisley looks forward to learning about a new culture, language and people. Although she will spend her senior year in France, Paisley plans to return to Big Sky High School for yet another year to complete her senior studies. She is interested in pursuing culinary programs at Missoula College and her experiences living in France will surely help her develop a love of “la cuisine française.” France remains at the top of the list for cultivating some of the world’s best chefs. Bon voyage, Paisley! 
 
Live Younger, Longer
Program Chair Royce Engstrom introduced our guest speaker Roger Bejcek, a certified health coach, who shared his advice for how to “Live Younger, Longer.”
 
Roger began by asking everyone to “Take a deep breath and relax.” Once relaxed, the audience listed intently to the speaker’s own personal experiences and his recommendations for changes in life. He added, “A doctor friend of mine once told me, ‘I want to die young as late as possible.’ Who wants to live old?”
 
“I have 16 whys to live young,” Roger explained, with six of those reasons the various members of his family, including his children and grandkids, four of whom reside in Missoula and the reason for his visit to Montana. “We have a disease care system in this country, not a health care system.”
 
During a ski trip in Colorado years ago, Roger fell ill and it was later confirmed he had experienced a heart attack. He said it changed his life. He had two stents implanted and the nurse told him the only reason he had survived was because he exercised. The brush with death transformed him. 
 
He said he learned more about the value of fruits and vegetables to a healthy life. He had always considered himself healthy before the heart attack occurred. Wellness was all about living LEAN, he confirmed. His enthusiasm for wellness lead him to become a LEAN-certified wellness coach so that he could help others develop a healthy lifestyle. LEAN is an acronym for lifestyle, exercise, attitude, nutrition. 
 
Roger pointed out not only the value in healthy food choices, but some of the stark facts about heart disease which kills more women than men. He noted that waist size — where the waist is really calculated, guys — remains an indicator of health. Watch the waist, he advises.
 
The wellness coach presented two startling trends in the world: environmental toxins are increasing and food quality is decreasing. The abundance and ready availability of processed foods today means that more and more people are choosing those convenient options over healthier ones like fresh fruits and vegetables. 
 
Roger asked, “Are you managing stress? Exercising? Eating right?” He suggested that his audience “do something adventurous.” Climb a mountain. Raft a stream. Run a marathon. Exercise doing whatever is most comfortable for you. But choose to exercise.
 
Roger also reminded listeners that our attitude changes everything. Attitude is a decision. “You turn into what you tune into,” he said, leaving the audience with his closing advice. “Take care. Take charge. Practice simple changes in nutrition, attitude, exercise, lifestyle. Live younger, longer.”
 
President George thanked the speaker and announced that a book will be given to a local middle school in the speaker’s name. He thanked Youth Exchange student Paisley for attending with best wishes for a successful year in France. George said he would not be able to attend next week’s meeting and that President-Elect Martha Ripley will lead the meeting on August 8. With that, the meeting was adjourned. 
 
Story and photos by Victoria Emmons. 
 

"When you talk, use words that inspire you and others." Debasish Mridha
 

Be the Inspiration.

President George shared his story about what inspires him. Will you share yours? In keeping with this year's Rotary International theme, The Weekly Bulletin would like to include your story about what inspires you in an upcoming issue. Please send your inspiring story to the Weekly Bulletin Editor at victoriaemmons@mac.com.

 Don't miss the International Peace Park Assembly this year September 21-13 at East Glacier Lodge.   There are only a few rooms left so make you reservation now.

To make a room reservation, use the following number for the Call Center and ask for the "Hands Across the Border Group" to receive the Rotary rate.  Reservations must be made by July 22nd for the best availability.  They are open 7 days a week, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mountain Daylight Time.  1-844-868-7474
The Missoula Rotary Foundation has been raising funds for the Ty Robinson scholarship program. Our goal is to raise $20,000 in scholarship funding. Garlington, Lohn and Robinson donated a $5000 check towards that scholarship program. So far we have raised $11,050 towards our goal. If you wish to donate to this scholarship fund in memory of Ty Robinson a long time Missoula Rotary member, please contact Bob Minto at rminto@bigsky.net.  
 
 
Pictured L-R:   Scott Fargo, Steve Brown and Cyan Sportsman
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Lisa Corrigan, Jim Hutcheson and Martha Ripley Sing Missoula Rotary song to celebrate 101 years of Rotary.   
Lyrics written by Victoria Emmons and pianist was Mike Evock. A fun time was had by all. 
 
 
 
 
Polio Eradication Update
For The Week Ending 03/17/18
The Gates Foundation is matching all Rotarian Raised Polio Donations $2 to each $1 Contributed (Up to $50 Mil/Yr.)
Our Rotary-wide 2017-18 Rotary Year Polio Fundraising Goal is
 $50 Million + the $2 for $1 Gates Foundation Match
 
Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!
               
PolioPlus:  Zero Is The Magic Number!
 
Advocate, Donate & Educate to END POLIO NOW & FOREVER!
17,400,000 Children Saved from the Paralysis of Polio Since 1988                                                                                       
 Total paralysis cases
Year-to-date 2018
 
LY to D 2017
Total
2017
 
Total
2016
Total
 2015
Globally
3
3
22
37
74
- in endemic countries:
3
3
22
37
74
- in post-endemic countries:
0
0
0
0
0
 Wild Polio cases reported this week:
Pakistan 0, Afghanistan 0, Nigeria 0   
 
2018 Polio Case Breakdown by Country (Green Numbers are 2017 Totals)
Endemic Countries –0 Pakistan (2017-8), 3 Afghanistan (2017-14),
0 Nigeria (2017-0)
 
Terry Ziegler, bigzlumber@aol.com District 5890 Polio Eradication Chair & Zone 21/B/27 PHS Coordinator
 

You are invited to visit us at an upcoming meeting.

The members of the Rotary Club of Missoula meet Wednesdays at 11:45 am in the Governors Room, 2nd floor, at the Florence Building downtown Missoula, 111 N Higgins Avenue. The meeting starts promptly at 12 noon. Guests are always welcome. Buffet lunch is served.
A Partnership: YWCA and Missoula Interfaith Collaborative 
 
Co-presenters Cindy Weese and Casey Dunning headline our speakers’ podium this week to share a powerful partnership of their two organizations.
 
Cindy is the executive director at YWCA Missoula. In 1992, after finishing her degree in business administration she began as a shelter and crisis line volunteer for the YWCA. She spent the next seven years working at the YWCA as a direct services provider responsible for case management and program development in the domestic violence and vocational services programs. In 1999, Cindy left the YWCA for a two-year stint as the executive director of the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a statewide advocacy, public policy, and public education organization. In 2001, she returned to the YWCA to lead the organization as Executive Director using a combination of her academic background in business and her on-the-ground experience in the direct service arena.
 
Casey is fortunate to be raising his four children with his wife Dayel in the city he grew up in and loves. Casey is the executive director and founder of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC). Casey received his degree in Industrial Technology and Engineering and for many years worked as a Smoke Jumper, in parachute design, and as a mental health program director. In 2013, Casey graduated from the University of Montana with a Master's Degree in Social Work. While at the University of Montana, MIC was formed and continues to grow. Casey gets excited when he sees others who passionately live out their faith and values, and when faith organizations and nonprofits come together to address very complex social challenges.

 
 
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