2014 September / October Bulletin
Welcome to the new format for our monthly Bulletin! Using the capabilities of our new website, we are trying to find more efficient ways to bring you club news in a more timely way. Please read the last article in this Bulletin for more information on using the website. Warning! if you navigate away from this Bulletin while you are reading it you will lose the link and have to access the Bulletin again from the email.
Wanted! We are looking for a new editor for this Bulletin. This new simpler format makes the publication process much easier and training will be provided.
National Day of Service – October 11
Join us for a fun “National Day of Service” Project!
The Civic Improvement Committee is organizing a “Day of Service” for our Club to help maintain Thompson Park along Route 2. Workers are needed to remove graffiti in the tunnels along the Milwaukee Road trail at the park on Saturday October 11. Work will start at 10:00 AM. Meet at Thompson Park at the Sagebrush Flats parking area. If you have them bring a paint roller and head lamp. Toms’ famous brats will be served afterwards! Contact Tom Daniel for more information.
The National Day of Service is a program of the National Exchange Club where Clubs around the nation improve their communities. Please join us for just a few hours and make a big difference. Our Club has worked at Thompson Park before and we had great fun while working hard.
Mark your calendars! The annual “FunRaiser” is set for November 14!
Look for more details in weekly emails and on the website, www.ButteExchangeClub.org . The FunRaiser dinner is the source of all the funds that our Club uses for our projects and for donations to local organizations doing good works in our community.
It’s My Flag!
The “It’s My Flag!” project continues!
It’s My Flag! is a program designed and sponsored by our Club to increase the understanding and appreciation of the American Flag among the elementary school children of Butte. The program has been introduced at various Butte elementary schools with an assembly organized by the Butte Exchange Club. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1448 and its Ladies Auxiliary join us and explain the symbolism of the American Flag and demonstrate appropriate flag etiquette such as how to properly fold an American Flag. Throughout the year sixth graders are selected by school administrators to raise and lower the school flag and those students are awarded a backpack tag from the Butte Exchange Club. These selected students are also eligible to join the Club in handing out American flags at the Fourth of July parade. The first It’s My Flag! assembly was held April 23rd, 2012 at West Elementary School, and since then similar assemblies have been held at Whittier Elementary, Hillcrest and Kennedy schools.
Under the leadership of the GiveAKidAFlag and Freedom Shrine committees, this project is continuing with plans to hold assemblies again at these schools and hopefully spread the program to other schools. Contact Lauren Kippen or Brad Newman if you would like to help with this project.
Philipsburg Bus Trip – August 21, 2014
Steve Daniel says that there was “Lots of fun for all!” on the Philipsburg Bus Trip to the Opera House Theater. Here is his report:
52 members and guests enjoyed Quiznos sandwiches and Quarry Brewing Beer- both of which were gone by Silver Lake. The “adult” play “Wife Begins at 40” provided many laughs and maybe even a few pointers about how to liven up your marriage. One particular blond spouse who always makes the trip fun from the back of the bus seemed to relate particularly well with the main character- probably because she is not too far from celebrating the beginning of her 5th decade.
The stop for ice cream at Doe Brother’s was made extra special with treats from our very own “cookie lady”, Janet Ralph. “Joke-a-minute” Cooney made the ride home extra fun while announcing the raffle items consisting of everything from bottles of wine, tickets to the theatre and The Silver Mill Saloon and Growlers from the Philipsburg Brewery. Holly “Vanna” McCamant delivered the gifts.
Field of Honor Proceeds Distributed – September 23, 2014
The 2014 Field of Honor produced $50,000 for local charities.
On September 23rd a lunch was held at the Country Club to distribute the $50,000 in net proceeds from the 2014 Field of Honor. The lunch was well attended with club members, Event Sponsors, members of the Shriners and the United Veteran’s Council and representatives of non-profit organizations who were accepting their donations.
Prior to the event, the Club had selected several local non-profit organizations to receive the net proceeds from this year’s Field of Honor. This year over nine hundred of the flags were sponsored. Those who sponsored flags could designate that their donation go to a specific organization, otherwise the proceeds were divided evenly. The check amounts were as follows. As each group accepted their check they explained what the funds would be used for.
Butte United Veterans Council & Big Sky Honor Flight– $6,787 | Repairs to the Korean Memorial & Honor Flights for Korean War vets
Butte Family YMCA– $5,603 | Youth in Government Program & membership subsidies for disadvantaged kids
Butte Rescue Mission– $6,638 | General operations to cover growing demand
Butte Child Evaluation Center– $5,681 | Parenting Program
Butte Family Drug Court/Butte Cares– $6,013 | Special projects that are not eligible for other grants like transporting kids to athletics & after school programs
Intermountain Children’s Home– $2,500 | General operations
Shriner’s Hospital for Children– $6,255 | Transportation for local kids to anyone of their 22 hospitals
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Butte– $5,350 | In-school programs
Safe Space of Butte– $5,173 | Programs for kids who have been displaced from their homes
This Bulletin has been prepared by Elyse Lewis; firstname.lastname@example.org . Your comments and suggestions are always appreciated. We are trying to find ways to communicate more efficiently but we also want to be sure you are getting the information you need. Here is where you can find additional information:
Club Website: ButteExchangeClub.org
Password for Member Resource section of the website: Exchange59701
Speakers List and Upcoming Meetings and Events: On the Homepage of the website
List of Club Officers and Committee Chairmen: On the About Us page of the website
Minutes of Board of Directors Meetings: in the Member Resource section of the website
Club Roster: in the Member Resource section of the website
CHANGES TO COMMUNICATION RESPONSIBILITIES
Some communication responsibilities have been changed to better align with our roles and skills. Please make note of these changes and send your news stories and upcoming events to the correct people. Thanks!
Weekly email: Club Secretary, Brad Cederberg. Please send Brad info on upcoming speakers, meetings, events and new members.
Website Updates: Dan Robles. Please copy Dan on all upcoming events, meetings and speakers.
Monthly Bulletin: Elyse Lewis. Please send Elyse photos and stories about completed Club events as well as information on upcoming events to be included in the monthly Bulletin.
External Communications: Elyse Lewis. Please contact Elyse if you need a Press Release, to make arrangements for media interviews, posters, etc.