Missoula Rotary Club Members gathered at the Salvation Army to put together neighbor bags.   The supplies are being donated through a generous $1,500 grant from The Rotary Foundation, a result of donations made by our club members and Rotarians around the world. The Rotary Foundation has been instrumental in the near eradication of polio worldwide and is using its network to support efforts to diminish cases of COVID-19.

“We’re pleased to partner with The Salvation Army in Missoula to help our neighbors in need,” says Victoria Emmons, president of the Rotary Club of Missoula. “It’s our way of giving back to a community we love.”

The Rotary Club of Missoula meets Wednesdays at the Florence Building
Register for Lunch in the Events section below 
Club Information

Welcome to Rotary Club of Missoula. Join us for lunch! For membership inquiries, contact Dean Fiedler at MissoulaRotaryMembership@gmail.com.   Thank you!

Missoula

Rotary Connects the World 

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Governor's Room, Florence Building
111 N. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802
United States of America
Our club currently meets in person and also via Zoom. We meet weekly, except for the last Wednesday which is a member fellowship gathering in a different location.
OUR CLUB
Following the recommendations of the Grants Committee, the Rotary Club of Missoula Board of Directors voted to support six local nonprofits with grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. Thanks to the generosity of our members through Avenues of Service donations, our club had $7,000 available to grant awards, not including the $1,500 in scholarships that will be awarded later this spring. Grant projects had to fit into one of Rotary International’s seven areas of focus.
 
”We were very impressed with the number and quality of grant applications that our members submitted on behalf of nonprofits,” said President Victoria Emmons. “It was a difficult choice as we had requests totaling $15,250 and we were only able to fund less than half of the need.”
 
Grant recipients will be invited to a future club meeting to accept their awards. Organizations that will be awarded grants include: Lowell Elementary & Lowell Westside Park — $1,500 (economic & community development) and Missoula Aging Services, Meals on Wheels — $1,500 (disease prevention & treatment), both submitted by Kathy Schulte; Missoula Education Foundation, math literacy for kindergarteners — $1,000 (basic education & literacy), submitted by Chris Nowlen; Missoula Symphony, Montana Suzuki Institute — $1,000 (Basic education & literacy), submitted by Dolores Bandow; Montana Justice Foundation, civil dispute resolution — $1,500 (Maternal & child health), submitted by Bob Minto; Partnership Health Center, “Reach Out & Read” — $500 (Maternal & child health + basic education & literacy), submitted by Victoria Emmons. The grant to Partnership Health Center will be joined by the Happy Bucks donations our members made in memory of former Missoula Rotarian Dr. John Browne.
 
Special thanks to the Grants Committee, including: Mike Schauf, Dolores Bandow, Ryan Boyd, Jim Hutcheson, Royce Engstrom, Kathy Schulte, and Victoria Emmons, chair. 
RI reveals new Area of Focus
What one thing is necessary for all life on Earth -- including all of Rotary's work? 
 
Join Rotarians and Rotary clubs from Edmonton and Alberta, Canada, to Arizona and New Mexico, USA, for a special online presentation March 2 on Rotary International's new Area of Focus.
 
Ian Riseley, Rotary International President in 2017-18 and chair of The Rotary Foundation Environmental Issues Task Force, will share the stories and reasoning that inspired The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors to unanimously approve Rotary's new Area of Focus.
 
When?
 
Ian, Rotary, and the Environment!
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm MST; 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm UTC
  • 12:15 pm:  Greeting & Intro: Fun info about Ian, RI’s new Area of Focus, RICON and the joint Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group & Rotary Action Group for Peace Conference, and more!
  • 12:30 pm:  Ian on RI's New Area of Focus/Cause: Protecting the Environment
  • 12:45 pm:  Q&A moderated by Karen Kendrick-Hands, ESRAG Projects Director, and Ken Howell, 2020-23 Zone 27 Rotary Foundation Coordinator
 
Register by Saturday, February 27 at Ian, Rotary, and the Environment!
 
 
Contact Laurie.Zuckerman@ESRAG.org for more information.
  

PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARDED

 
 
President Victoria Emmons awarded a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) to her future stepson Yucef Bouzina, 16, at the December 23 Rotary club meeting. A PHF honors someone who has demonstrated the Rotary mission of Service Above Self. Yucef is a junior at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, CA. He is past VP and current outreach director of his Interact Club and serves as digital media executive for the Interact District 5170 Assembly. Yucef has been a competitive swimmer since he was a little tyke and switched to water polo when he was 13. He is captain of his water polo team and plays club water polo, as well as for his school team. Yucef is a creative young man with a newly-released composition to his credit. He is also an illustrator and designed the cover of his piece. He was valedictorian of his 8th grade class. Taking numerous AP classes this year, Yucef plans to attend college when he graduates from high school in spring 2022, but has not decided which colleges as yet to apply. He hopes to study computer science/data analysis in health care, as well as his creative endeavors in the arts world.
Update on Global Coalition Projects
Mark Rohweder shares an update (see letter below) on our club’s involvement with the Global Coalition. Rotary Club of Missoula is one of a dozen Rotary clubs in Montana that have joined together to develop sustainable water projects in communities in Guatemala. Your annual dues help support these worthwhile endeavors, made even more vital to these poor communities with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without clean water, it is difficult for people to sanitize hands. Our club is proud to be in our third year of supporting this international community development and education project under the guidance of our International Director Jim Hutcheson.
 
 
 
Dear La Vega Supporters,

We have started to receive individual club donations commitment to the La Vega Water Project. We had our project kick-off meeting with our partners in Guatemala earlier this month. We'll continue to have regular Zoom meetings with our partners. Our team is currently working with the District 5390 treasurer and the treasurer of the RC of Mazatenango to transfer money to get the project started. The first task will be to finalize the environmental assessment and obtain the final two permits.
 
The Project:
The Rotary Club of Kalispell and Partners have formed the Sustainable Global Coalition which is currently working on three projects, including the La Vega water project. We have assembled a highly capable and comprehensive team to design and implement sustainable projects in Guatemala.To implement a successful project, our Sustainable Global Coalition of Rotary Clubs has built strong partnerships with the community of La Vega, the Rotary Club of Mazatenango, Fundazucar (https://www.azucar.com.gt/fundazucar/) and Engineers without Borders to secure a safe and reliable source of drinking water for over 1,300 people. This project will be assisted through Rotary Global Grants, donors and in-kind contributions from the communities in the form of local labor, local funding, and local leadership.  
 
The Benefit:
This project will secure a safe and reliable water source for 1,340 adults and children. Currently, residents of La Vega rely on individual shallow wells that are generally 30 feet (9.1 m) deep. Homes in the community use individual pit toilets. Therefore, most wells are contaminated. By providing clean and accessible water, this project will assist this community to grow and sustain a healthy environment. Together, we can change lives for the better.

If you have any question, please call or email me. I'll provide another update in January. Thank you for your support.

Happy Holidays,

Mark Rohweder, PE, PMP
406-300-7099 Direct
406-890-1193 Cell
1830 3rd Avenue East Suite 202
Kalispell, MT 59901-5578
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Jun 16, 2021 11:45 AM
When Russia Took Crimea
Melanie Brock
Jun 23, 2021 11:45 AM
Summit Independent Living
Club Leadership Changeover/New President Welcome
Jul 07, 2021 11:45 AM
Induction of Dean Fiedler as Club President
Emily Brock
Jul 14, 2021 11:45 AM
Midtown Master Plan
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