President Dean Fiedler is standing before the 62 bikes that were assembled by Rotarians for the Essential Eats Project.   There were a handful of Rotarians there including the staff from the Comfort Inn helping out.    See more photos in the article below.  

The Rotary Club of Missoula meets Wednesdays at the Missoula Country Club, 3850 Old US 93, Missoula, MT 59804
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Club Information

Welcome to Rotary Club of Missoula. Join us for lunch! For membership inquiries, contact Royce Engstrom, Royce.Engstrom@mso.umt.edu.   Thank you!

Missoula

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We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Missoula Country Club
3850 Old U.S. Highway 93 S.
Missoula, MT 59804
United States of America
Our club offers meetings in person and also via Zoom. We meet weekly at Missoula Country Club, usually with live music and a guest speaker The last Wednesday each month is a fellowship gathering. Parking is free and easily accessible.
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Fun Gifts to start the Year. 

Lon Dale asked us to begin a new tradition with our new Rotary year. He presented Royce with a customized Rotary - Montana License plate to be passed on to each president beginning with Royce. 

Dean Fiedler passed the Rotary Club Gavel to Royce, Royce thanked him for his service as president with a gift of fine Irish Whiskey, as Royce was recently in Ireland. 

 

Ron Bender is happy that summer is here! The great weather is also a gift. 

 

Rotary Minute  - The Four Way Test

 

 
Allen gave us a history of the Rotary Four Way test which was created in 1932 the brainchild of Herbert J. Taylor, who became RI President in 1954-55.  Allen read a letter from Herbert Taylor, about how he was assigned the task of saving the Club Aluminum Company which made cookware.  The competitors of this company were more financially sound, but Herbert decided that the Character and Dependability and service of their personnel would help them be better and more competitive. Herbert Taylor felt that they needed to a short code of ethics to find out whether or not their proposed actions were right or wrong.  Four short questions were developed.  1. Is it the truth, 2. is it fair to all concerned, 3 Will it build good will and better friendships, 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned.  Mr. Taylor almost threw it out after the first week of it being on his desk, when he realized how many untruthful statements appeared in the company literature.  He asked four men of different religious backgrounds to review the four-way test, they found that these 4 questions not only coincided with their beliefs, but they felt that if they were used in business, they would be beneficial.  The company went on to use the test to apply to advertising statements that could not be proven.  The use of the test allowed them to improve their company & regain the confidence in their product and were rewarded with good dividends and earnings. Thank you, Allen, for this bit of Rotary history on the origin & use of the four-way test. 
 

Lisa Tate's 5 Minute Talk 

Lisa shared her interest in hang-gliding with us and said was so interested in it at one time, that she once moved to Boise at one point to pursue better hang-gliding opportunities.  Lisa went on to UC Davis and later Indiana University, receiving a MA in Non-profit management. She is currently the Executive Director of the National Museum of Forest Service History; they've raised about 14 million in capital for this museum. Lisa 's father Dennis Tate was also a member of our club many years ago.  She also told us about her interest in glass blowing, her website is www.lisatateglass.com, she invited us to check us out her website, her style of glass is called cameo glass, which is an ancient technique used during the Roman Empire, to plow glass & then cut through the layers of colored glass to reveal designs. 
 
The Rotary Club of Missoula did a great service project by building bikes for Essential Eats.  I personally had never heard of this organization until President Dean brought it up and they presented to our Rotary Club.  There are hundreds of organizations that could use a helping hand and this one was special in that Rotarians were able to put together bikes for kids.  We even made the news on KECI.  Here's the link to that news story.  
 
Many thanks to those who came to build bikes that day:   62 bikes were built and helping with this project were Mike Schauf, Patti Schulte, Royce Engstrom, Mary Moe, Cindy Fulks, Dan Lee, Dean & Angela (Dean's wife) worked in the rain putting together these bikes.   From Sunrise/Rotary & Essential Eats Sarah Wecker came to help out.  Dean also recruited his staff to help out as well.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Dean started the meeting on Wednesday June 15th with a little regret.  This will be his last meeting as our club President for the year.  He has done a wonderful job with the help of the board of directors and committee work this last year.  Here are a few highlights of what we did as a club:
 
Membership - When we moved from the Florence downtown to the country club we had a drop in membership.  Dean set the highest goal of bringing in 10 new members.  He was able to bring on 8 new members and 1 returning member this year.  Not bad for a goal.  We currently have 56 active members and 10 honorary members.   Dean emphasized that new members is what builds a lasting legacy of service in our clubs and community.  So ask a friend to lunch on a Wednesday.   
 
District Grants - This year we had 4 people qualify our club to receive district grants.  We also utilized every dollar given to us through our Avenues of Service giving for scholarships and other projects throughout the year.
 
Happy Bucks - It's wonderful to have Happy Bucks as a way to raise money for a variety of good causes and also share how happy you were to be a Rotarian. 
  • Our club raised $1000 in funds for a shelter box and got a grant from the Missoula Foundation for $1000 match.  We were able to purchase 2 shelter boxes for those in need. 
  • Our club raise $1000 for Wreaths for American Veterans and a matching grant of $1000 from the Missoula Foundation.  
  • Our club raised $1000 for the Veterans Center to help with suicide prevention 
  • Our club was able to give $2000 in scholarships to students this year
  • Our club raised money for the Salvation Army $1000 plus and received a grant for putting together homeless kits and over $3700 for Ukraine relief.
  • Our club raised $500 for Polio Plus through our Mystery Dinner Fellowship activity
  • Our Club gave $658 in Happy Bucks for Soft Landing and also gave $810 in providing supplies to refugees
Service Projects.  We love to serve others and the world around us.   We did our best to volunteer our time and money towards several causes.
  • We did a Red Cross Blood drive
  • Placed Wreaths on Veterans graves
  • Rang bells for the Salvation Army
  • Created 200 Neighbor Bags for the Salvation Army
  • Built 62 bikes for Essential Eats
  • Bought household supplies for Refugees
  • We are sending 3 kids to RYLA Camp
  • Handed out monthly awards to Middle School Students
  • Gave books to middle schools in name of each speaker for the year
Fellowship - getting together at the last Wednesday of each month was both fun and enlightening.  We believe that building better friendships among each other we can continue to do good work for Rotary.  We also visited a lot of local breweries for those who enjoy evening socials.  We had a mystery dinner party and are doing a demotion dinner for our outgoing president.  Fun!
 
Rotaract - We were able to revised our Rotaract Club for those 18-30 year old members who want to serve our community and continue to support their efforts around town.
 
Many thanks for everyone's help to make this year a success.
 
Dressed in togas and gold leaf, Rotarians roasted President Dean Fiedler at the June 22nd evening dinner in his honor.   Dean is an avid History buff so they roasted him in song, poems and play.  At one point Dean sat on a throne overseeing his subjects and they praised his work in Rotary.   A cake was donated by Diane Dawson and the meal provided by the Missoula Country Club was delicious.   Members came up and shared stories and gave Dean a night he won't soon forget.  Below are pictures of their merry evening.  Many thanks to Victoria, Ryan and Mike for organizing this fun evening.  Dean also had his parents join in on zoom so they could watch the festivities from Washington.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our July 1st giving will be going towards Mothers Milk Bank of Montana.   We were given a presentation from their Executive Director Jessica Welborn about what they do for babies.    Their Mission is to collect, screen, pasteurize and distribute human donor milk to infants and children with medical needs.   They proudly serve hospitals and families in the five state region that includes: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Seventy Five percent of their milk goes to NICU hospitals and outpatients can get a prescription from their doctors for milk.  They don't turn away anyone away unless they don't have milk.  There is so much more need since the baby formula shortage this year.   
 
How can Rotarians help?   We can give to their organization directly by going to their website www.mothersmilkbankofmt.org or through Missoula Gives.  We can get the word out to new mothers who can help other mothers in need.     
At our June 15th meeting we celebrated two Rotarians that truly gave their time and energy this year.   Mike Schauf was surprised with a Paul Harris Award from Andrew George.   And then Andrew George received another Paul Harris Award for his contributions this year.   
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to Elaine Gagliardi for becoming the interim Dean of the Law School at the University of Montana.
 
Elaine Gagliardi has been named interim law school dean at UM. Gagliardi has served on the UM faculty since 2001. She is a respected teacher and scholar in the area of estate and business planning. Gagliardi has served in a range of administrative capacities, including associate dean of academic affairs from 2007 to 2010, interim clinic director from 2010 to 2011, and associate dean of students from 2015 to 2017. Gagliardi is the 2017 recipient of the George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award. Elected by her peers practicing in the respective fields of law, she is an Academic Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel. 
Speakers
No Host Fellowship Lunch
Sep 28, 2022 11:45 AM
Fellowship Lunch at the Country Club
Chris Nowlen, Golf Pro
Oct 05, 2022 11:45 AM
What's new at the Country Club
Steve Dybdal
Oct 12, 2022 11:45 AM
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
COL Vanessa Berry
Oct 19, 2022 11:45 AM
USA JAG Corps
No Host Fellowship Lunch
Oct 26, 2022 11:45 AM
Fellowship Lunch at the Country Club
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