February 2016 Bulletin


From National Exchange…

Save the Date! This year’s National Convention will be held in Houston, TX, July 13-16, 2016. See more at: http://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/convention/#sthash.WWRRNkA1.dpuf

From Yellowstone District…

The 2016 Exchange Club Yellowstone District conference will be held April 29th – 30th in Idaho Falls. Please consider representing the Butte Exchange Club.



March 1, 2016    –              Dan Dennehy Tour of the Emergency Dispatch Center

March 8, 2016    –              ACE Students

March 15, 2016  –              Darla Newman – Empty Bowls

March 22, 2016  –              Brad Belke – I -90 Search and Rescue

Committee Meetings

Board Meeting – Thursday, March 17th at noon. Metals Bank Building


Student of the Month and ACE Award Banquet

The Student of the Month/ACE Award banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Butte Country Club.  Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will be the keynote speaker.  More than $5,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded to local high school students through these two scholarship programs.  Student of the Year recognizes one student who excels academically, participates in extra-curricular activities, volunteers in the community, and intends to pursue a degree at an institution of higher education.  ACE Award recognizes students who, despite difficult circumstances in their lives, overcome adversity and improve their lives by pursuing education at an institution of higher learning. (Thank you to Lynn Sullivan for this report)


FunRaiser 2016

The Butte Country Club was transformed into a beautiful Rose Garden setting for our annual Exchange Club dinner and auction held on February 12th. Club members and guests enjoyed wonderful food, drinks and music along with spending time visiting and connecting with friends.

Live and Silent auctions provided entertainment and friendly, sometimes spirited, competition helped the club raise nearly $17,000. Lauren Kippen, Club President, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Lauren Kippen, Butte Exchange Club President

Music this year was provided by Diamond Rock n Soul from Bozeman. They provided a wide range of listening and dancing music. Some of our own club members surprised us by participating with the band. Music was great and the band engaged the audience. Everyone enjoyed the music and laughs provided by the band and special club member entertainers.

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Marie Kagie-Shutey singing with the band

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Doug Rotondi treating us to a few songs with the band.

 An event like this requires lots of help. A sincere thank you goes to all who helped with the planning, gathering of auction items, decorating, accounting and clean up for this event. A very special thank you goes to Linda Corr-MaHugh and the FunRaiser Committee. You did an outstanding job organizing a fun, successful event. Thank you to the Butte Country Club and Cathy Ouelette for the venue, food, cocktails and decorations. Thank you to those club members who sold tickets, provided items for the auctions, helped with liquor and wine baskets, and who helped decorate for the auctions. Thank you also to those members and guests who supported this event in any way. We could not make a difference in our community without your very generous support. A sincere, heart felt thank you to all.

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Linda Corr-Mahugh this year’s FunRaiser Chairman along with her husband Dale.

Kathleen McBride, Dale Mahugh and Barry Kippen helping with tickets.

 Andy Durkin, Club Treasurer said the final income for this event was about $16,530.36.  Total revenue was $28, 496.00 and expenses were $11,965,64.  Special thank you to Andy for all he does for the club.


In recognition of our Field of Honor event, the Bagdad Temple has inducted the Butte Exchange Club in the Bagdad Century Club.

Your executive and PR teams are working on updating our records and issuing an updated club roster along with new online roster features. Stay tuned for a special email update. 

Pat Cooney and the highway cleanup crew are organizing a group to help shovel snow for Butte residents who can’t. Please contact Pat (patrick0049@charter.net) if you are interested in helping out.

The program Committee is looking for speakers. If you have an idea or topic you would like to hear about, please contact Holly McCamant at hollymccamant@yahoo.com or Doug Rotondi@djrotondi@gmail.com or any of the members of the Program Committee.


Update and Reminder

The Communications Committee would like to remind you that we rely on committee chairmen and all club members to send us meeting announcements, stories and photos since we cannot be present at Club events. Please use your cell phones and capture some fun photos to send us.

Please send all details on upcoming events & speakers to:     info@butteexchangeclub.org

If you have taken photos at Club events that you want to share, please send them to:info@butteexchangeclub.org (cell phone shots are OK)

Need help? Call: Elyse Lewis –Public Relations Chairman – 565-0801

Bulletin Editor – Penny McElroy

Mobile: (406) 490-1946 Home: (406) 494-2731

E-mail: pamcelroy7@gmail.com