2016 March Bulletin

 April is Child Abuse Prevention Month



4.5.16                    Jolie Pate-Terry and Molly Molloy            SWMRCHC Child Evaluation Center

4.12.16                  Heather Stenson                                              Butte 4 C’s – Circle of Parents

4.19.16                  Dave Anderson                                                 Montana Association of Christians

4.26.16                  Lauren Kippen                                                   Awards Butte Exchange Club


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.


This year’s Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run has been moved to May. Stay tuned for more details. 

Please review the Club Roster. If your information is incorrect please correct it by accessing your Profile on the National Website. To access the National Exchange Club website go to http://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/ and click the “Member Login” tab. To update your information click on the “My Profile” tab.  This March 2016 Roster is also available on the Butte Exchange Website  www.ButteExchangeClub.org  in the Member Resources Section. The Password for that section is “ Exchange59701 “ (case sensitive).

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.


Brad Newman presenting Its My Flag Program


It’s My Flag Program

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the Butte Exchange Club and the United Veterans Council Local 1448 provided a “crash course in patriotism” for the students at West Elementary School.   The idea to bring a short course on respect for our flag came about when Chief Executive Matt Vincent participated in a veteran’s event at Stodden Park. He commented that there were no children at the event.   Judge Newman (Exchange Club Member) and the Butte Exchange Club put together a program and brought it to the grade schools in the area. They enlisted the help of the United Veterans Council and the program has developed into a wonderful and educational 45 minute presentation. Students learn how to properly display the flag. They also learn how to fold the flag and what each fold represents and proper etiquette as a flag passes by. (Taken from a Montana Standard Article written by Standard Reporter Mike Smith on March 30, 2016).

“Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of Americans’ freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange’s Americanism programs. The tumultuous struggles of world powers in the twentieth century have done little to guarantee a peaceful future for the majority of the world’s people. However, there’s one country in modern times that people flock to for safety, freedom and opportunity — the United States of America. It is hard for Americans to imagine the horrors of modern struggles over religious and ethnic differences, the very differences we embrace.

Exchange’s Americanism programs were born in the aftermath of World War II. At that time, patriotism was unquenchable, and Exchangites joined veterans and other civic groups in heralding the rich blessings of democracy.” (Taken from the National Exchange Club Website)

Part of the Exchange Club Mission is to “make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service and Youth Activities.” The Its My Flag Program fits nicely with our Exchange Club Mission.

Student of the Year and ACE Award Banquet

“If you were unable to attend the Annual Youth of the Year and ACE Award Banquet held Tuesday March 29th at the Butte Country Club, you missed an inspiring evening.   Gunther Clark, a senior at Butte High School, and President of our local Excel Club, was selected as the Butte Exchange Club Youth of the Year from a group of 12 local contestants. Gunther was selected based on grades, extra-curricular activities, community volunteer participation, and a competitively judged essay on community service. Gunther received a $1,000 scholarship. Gunther is still exploring his many options for college.

Maddy St. Aubin received a Butte Exchange Club Special Merit Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. This special scholarship recognized Maddy’s struggle with the effects of a series of concussions she received while playing competitive soccer and snowboarding. Maddy puts a local face on an area of growing national concern – head injuries in youth sports activities. Maddy will enroll at Montana State University in Bozeman next fall.

Angelika McEneny received the prestigious ACE Award Scholarship and the Rosemary Rawls, Susan Welsch, and James Dorr Johnson Memorial Scholarships for a total of $4,000 in awards. Angelika lives with her grandparents and works full time while attending high school. She is an honor student and will attend the University of Montana – Western next fall. She is recovering from PTSD, severe anxiety and depression resulting from a dysfunctional parental situation involving drug use, crime and abuse.

The program concluded with Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, a Butte native, well known to many Exchange Club members, providing the Keynote Address. Mike offered words of encouragement to the students as they embark on their college careers and shared thoughts on where their future will lead them. “ (Special thank you to John McBride for the above article)

John McBride 2016

John McBride speaking at the Student of the Year and ACE Award Banquet

 Youth of the Year Award

“ Each year the Butte Exchange Club selects twelve outstanding high school seniors to compete for the $1,000 Youth of the Year Award. The theme this year is “Responsible Citizenship for a Strong America!” Winners are eligible to compete for district Exchange Club awards and then district winners compete for national awards from the National Exchange Club Foundation which are scholarships of $10,000.

This year’s candidates were: From Butte High School: Kimberly Biere, Gunther Clark, Maggie Gammons, Samantha Johnston, Jessica Rosa, and Rebecca Schnabel. From Butte Central High School: Sarah Drew, Ali Guldseth, Kyle Harrington, Bailey Kasperick, Whitney McGree, and Molly Russell. All twelve students previously received $50 gift cards.

A.C.E Award

A.C.E. stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence and is awarded to students who have overcome great challenges to graduate from high school. It recognizes high school students who have faced and overcome daunting circumstances in their lives. Through their efforts they serve as role models not only for their fellow students, but for all who see what they have accomplished. The ACE Award is a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Butte Exchange Club with support from New Horizon Technologies. Winners are eligible to compete for district Exchange Club awards and then district winners compete for National Exchange Club Foundation scholarship of $10,000. This year marks the 19th year that the Butte Exchange Club and New Horizon Technologies have supported this award.

Furthermore, the Butte A.C.E. Award candidates also compete for the Rosemary Rawls Memorial Scholarship sponsored by her husband Roger Rawls, the Susan Welsch Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Resodyn Corporation, and the James Dorr Johnson Memorial Scholarship sponsored by his wife Dianne Kimball.

This year’s A.C.E. Award candidates were Angelika McEneny, Cheyanne Magoon, and Maddy St. Aubin from Butte High School and Shawnee Hjelt from Butte Central High School. All had had previously received $50 gift cards.” (Special thank you to Elyse Lewis for the above press release.)

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Gunther Clark; Maddy St. Aubin; Lt. Governor Mike Cooney; and Angelika McEneny

Special Thank you to Elyse for the photos of the banquet.


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