2017 August, September Bulletin


September 19th – Andy Durkin – Exchange Club Financial Report

The Garbage Guys will pick-up every Thursday. Interested volunteers should meet at 8:30 AM at Perkins and bring gloves. Call Jim Stilwell (406-490-5741) or Pat Cooney (patrick0049@charter.net) for details.


The Kippen Cup:

The annual Kippen Cup Golf Scramble was held Wednesday September 6th at the Highlands Municipal Golf Course. Golf started at 5:30 followed by a barbecue at 6:30.

The following summary was provided by Brad Newman, chairman of the event. Thanks to you and your committee for all of your hard work. (Photos provided by Doug Rotondi).

“While the shot making likely fell short of the quality of play seen at the Masters or U.S. Open, the 2nd annual Kippen Cup Classic saw its fair share of birdies, pars, bogies and even whiffs!

The Butte Exchange Club conducted its 9-hole, par-3 golf scramble and social event on Wednesday, September 6th, at the Highland View Golf Course. Eight 3 – person teams competed for the coveted Kippen Cup, a gold-colored traveling trophy that will adorn the winners’ offices, rec rooms or basements for the next year. In addition to the 24 players, 12 to 15 other club members and guests strapped on the feed bags at the subsequent BBQ and mixer.

Butte Exchange Club Members at the 2nd Annual Kippen Cup

Mike and Karen O’Neill celebrated their anniversary by teaming with Joel Broudy to capture the Kippen Cup with and even par 27 score. ‘We wanted to cross the Kippen Cup off our bucket list,’ Mike told reporters as he hoisted the trophy above his head. Last year’s winner, Brad Rixford, counted all his strokes this year, likely costing him a chance to repeat as champion. Rix did enlist the services of Noah Thatcher as a closet golf stud and Noah’s partner Kara to finish 2 shots behind the leaders.

Mike and Karen O’Neill at the 2nd Annual Kippen Cup along with other Exchange Club Members and guests.

Marie Kagie-Shutey and Josh took 8th place honors with a 37 total. They soldiered on after their playing partner Angie Hasquet cut out early for a birthing class. Angie, who knows the meaning of Exchange Club fellowship, gave her teammates as many holes as she could before class. That’s more than can be said for Angie’s lesser half, Quinn who ghosted the event.

Club president Doug Rotundi feigned a foot injury to avoid becoming the object of certain ridicule. However, Doug jumped right in to assist Highland View host pro Mark Fisher on the grill.

Club stalwart Kathleen McBride took time off from her recent retirement to bring a bevy of salads and treats for everyone to enjoy.

The event concluded with a putting contest on the practice green. 50% of the contest proceeds were designated for the Butte Carousel project and winner Mike O’Neill donated his share as well.

While not set in stone, it appears the Kippen Cup will return for a third year in 2018. No doubt we all need to laugh a little and relax a little as we continue to work toward our club’s important goals. If you haven’t made a Kippen Cup yet, you should plan to attend the 2018 Classic. (Article provided by Brad Newman)

Philipsburg Trip:

“Our trip to The Opera House Theatre in P-burg was enjoyed by 43 members and guests. The show The Tin Woman was extremely well performed and added to a fun night of sandwiches from Quiznos, beverages from Quarry Brewing, ice cream from Doe Brothers served with cookies baked by Janet ‘Cookie Lady’ Ralph and extra entertainment from Pat Cooney and Holly ‘Vanna’ McCamant as they handed out very substantial raffle prizes. Kim Cooney squealed for joy when announced as the winner of the $205 from the Five Dollar Pot. It was great to see the new stage lights, made possible in part by our club, in action. The owners and performers twice mentioned on stage how grateful they are for Exchange Club’s support of their efforts. Even without some of our regular extra thirsty attendees, we ran out of refreshments.” (Article provided by Steve Daniel).

File photo from the 2015 P-burg bus trip

Thank you to Steve and his great committee for a fun event. As usual, a fantastic time was had by all.


• Thank you to Club members for the great speaker ideas. Please, if you have any ideas for speakers let us know. We appreciate your help with this committee.

• A Big Exchange Club Congratulations to Dusty Rhoads on his retirement from NorthWestern Energy Company after 50 years of outstanding service. Best of all good things to you and your family from all of the Butte Exchange Club members.


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 all 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