Speaker Date Topic
Chuck Lewis Jul 24, 2024 11:45 AM
Montana Honor Guard PGA Hope Ambassador
Montana Honor Guard PGA Hope Ambassador
US Marine Corps Veteran Chuck Lewis is our speaker on July 24. Chuck was named a PGA HOPE Ambassador following a completion of a specialized training program during the PGA HOPE National Golf and Wellness Week at the famed Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland in 2023. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a rehabilitative golf program that positively impacts more than 12,000 veterans each year. These veterans live with physical and cognitive challenges such as PTSD, TBI, and amputees.
Chuck is also known as the "Montana Honor Guard" heard through the Veteran Service Network of Missoula, an opportunity for military veterans to learn how to play golf through the PGA HOPE program. He signed up at the information session that was held at the Missoula Country Club for the August 2022 class, and has taken on the challenge that golf is therapy for the mind and body.
Chuck has also started a program called "Plan Bee" using beekeeping as therapy for disabled military veterans living in Northwestern Montana.
Chuck currently lives in Ronan.

Hosted by Chris Nowlen

Linda Carlson, PhD Jul 31, 2024
Reaching the People & Places Left Behind:Water & Sanitation among Rural Indigenous Poor in Guatemala
About the Event:
Learn about low-cost approaches to improving health, education, and income in rural Guatemala, while also reducing illegal migration.
Featured Speakers:
Linda Carlson, PhD - Rotary International Board of Directors
From Canyon, Colorado, has extensive experience empowering women to create menstrual products locally, enabling girls to attend school as equitably as boys. She has worked in Nepal, Senegal, Iceland, India, and is now assisting Los Buenos Vecinos, The Good Neighbors, in their work in the coastal highlands of Guatemala.
Serena Keller -image Bigfork, Montana Rotarian
Serena will share her recent service project experience to Guatemala. And discuss the upcoming Pad Party, where women from the USA will teach educators and mothers in Guatemala about creating menstrual products locally.
Pamela Arriaga and Virginia Alvarez - Education Directors, Los Buenos Vecinos
     Pamela Arriaga and Virginia Alvarez have delivered over 230 WASH (Water,
Sanitation, and Hygiene) teaching sessions. Their efforts have positively impacted the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.
Guatemalans Paola Morente, Ariceli Marroquin, Claudia Perez and  Katie Ramirez will demonstrate backstrap weaving. This traditional craft is an integral part of the cultural heritage and a source of income for many indigenous women.
Steve Kiggins, Executive Editor, The Missoulian Aug 07, 2024 11:45 AM
The Missoulian and the News Gathering Business
The Missoulian and the News Gathering Business


Missoulian Executive Editor Steve Kiggins, a former national news editor at USA TODAY who moved to Montana in December to lead the state's largest news organization, has won national, regional and state reporting awards over three decades in journalism. In his role as a local news director for Lee Enterprises, Kiggins also serves as Montana state editor, which includes oversight of the Billings Gazette, Ravalli Republic, Helena Independent Record and Montana Standard, and works with eight other newsrooms in the western U.S.

Hosted by Victoria Emmons

Geoff Cochran Aug 14, 2024 11:45 AM
Creating a strong philanthropic pipeline of support for The Rotary Foundation
Creating a strong philanthropic pipeline of support for The Rotary Foundation

Geoff Cochran is Annual Giving Officer with The Rotary Foundation, with a special focus on Zones 26 and 27. He is part of a team within The Foundation’s staff who apply giving trends, data analysis and connections to empower Rotary leaders to acquire, retain and upgrade donors, fund more grants, and create a strong pipeline of philanthropic support for The Rotary Foundation.

Geoff has been with Rotary International for four years filling various roles; but he comes to the Foundation from a decades long career in nonprofit administration and management. He earned a Master of Science in Public Service Management, has volunteered on various boards and committees, and is a firm believer in Rotary’s motto “Service above Self.”

Hosted by Victoria Emmons

Shannon Sproull Aug 21, 2024 11:45 AM
Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Club Fellowship Meeting Aug 28, 2024 11:45 AM
Conversation and Fellowship with Friends

The last Wednesday of each month, our Rotary Club hosts a "Fellowship Luncheon" in place of a regular meeting. No speaker. No formalities. Just fellowship and good conversation. Members must reserve in advance to attend the Fellowship luncheon and order from the menu in advance of the meeting via our online ordering service sent to your email address on file. Be sure to do the same for any and all guests you plan to bring to the meeting. Guests are always welcome. Ordering in advance helps the country club kitchen stafff have our orders ready in a timely manner since there is no buffet as offered during regular meetings. We all order from the advance menu and pay individually to the server at the time of service rather than using our meal card, or paying the club treasurer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

Jack Callahan Sep 04, 2024 11:45 AM

Hosted by Victoria Emmons

Peter Young, author Sep 18, 2024 11:45 AM
A story of escape from a tiny cult
A story of escape from a tiny cult

Peter Young 

A storyteller first and foremost, Peter Young is the author of the Amazon best-selling memoir Stop The Tall Man, Save The Tiger, which tells the story of his escape from a tiny cult. 

Peter’s first book, The Blue Teamis a novel about faith and basketball. He is currently working on the sequel and plans to release it this year. Prior to his writing career, Peter was a sports broadcaster for over 20 years telling the stories of great athletes all over the world, while working for CBS, ESPN, OLN, and other networks.

Hosted by Victoria Emmons


Lyndsay Story Oct 09, 2024 11:45 AM
Friends of the Children

Hosted by Royce Engstrom