Exchange Club FunRaiser a Great Success

The Exchange Club FunRaiser held on April 1, 2022 was a great success. About 100 people attended the dinner and live and silent auction held at the Butte Country Club. John Emeigh, a local TV reporter, provided entertainment and laughter as our master of ceremonies. Father Tom Haffey, Chair of the FunRaiser, Committee picked April Fools Day for this event with the theme of “April Fools Fun on the First”. He kept the audience laughing with his April Fools Day jokes. Bidding was enthusiastic for the 15 live auction items and more than 40 items in the silent auction and the Club raised more money than in the years prior to the pandemic!

Butte Wings and Wheels

On Saturday June 11th the Butte Exchange Club will be helping out the Butte Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol hold a fundraiser pancake breakfast during the Butte Wings and Wheels fly-in and car show at the Bert Mooney Airport. The Butte Exchange Club has agreed to help cook and serve the breakfast. The Civil Air Patrol will provide all supplies. We have agreed to staff two shifts, from 6:00 to 8:30 am and 8:15 am to 10:45 am. Sign-up by contacting club member John Chioutsis.

Garbage Gang

This winter, the Garbage Gang continued its work at the World Museum of Mining. The hardworking group, including Jim Stilwell, Pat Cooney, Ernie Richards, Dave Daugherty and volunteer Jay Cornish, painted the floor of the Museum Headquarters building.

In late March, the Garbage Gang completed its work on the Mining Museum’s Knights of Pythias Building and the Richards Funeral Home which Club members painted last summer. Jim Stilwell, Dave Daugherty and Ernie Richards installed a newly painted period sign on the Richards Funeral Home.

Spring is here and the Garbage Gang is starting to pick up litter, now that the snow is mostly melted. On Thursday March 31 the group held its first litter pickup of the season. Jim Stilwell, Ernie Richards, Dave Daugherty, Lee Walsh, John McBride and volunteer Jay Cornish removed a pickup truck full of litter from only a block or so along Howard Street.

Youth of the Year and ACE Award

This year’s Youth of the Year and ACE Award Luncheon was held on March 22nd in the lobby of the Burt Mooney Airport in Butte. The Butte Exchange Club has had a long-standing association with the airport including installing the first landing lights at the airport in the 1920’s. Keith Miller, Principal of East Middle School and a former Butte Exchange Club Youth of the Month was the Keynote Speaker for the luncheon attended by approximately 50 Club members and guests.

The theme for this year’s National Exchange Club Youth of the Year Program is:
“The COVID-19 Pandemic drastically changed every aspect of our lives, in every imaginable way. Reflecting on what you learned during this time about yourself, your community and the world, explain how your perspectives on success, empathy, prioritizing, social inequities, and leadership have been reshaped.”

Seven Butte students submitted essays in response to this theme and filled out detailed applications which documented their student activities and community service. Sydnie Byrnes, a senior at Butte High School and a 4.0 student, was selected as the Butte Exchange Club Youth of the Year and the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship.

The other scholarship award presented was the ACE Award which stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence and is awarded to Butte’s turn-around student of the year. Our three candidates made their presentations to the Club on February 22nd. Evan Pentacost described the impact of losing both of his parents in an automobile crash with a drunk driver when he was 6 years old. McKinsie Mason talked about the unexpected loss of her father from a fall when she was a young teenager. The final candidate, Max Demaris, talked about losing an eye due to a tumor.

Evan Pentacost was selected as the ACE Award winner. He received a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Butte Exchange Club and New Horizon Technologies. Evan also received the Rosa Family Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 and the Susan Welsch Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Resodyn Corporation in the amount of $1,000 for an overall scholarship totaling $4,000.

McKensie Mason and Max DeMaris each received General Exchange Club scholarships in the amount of $1,250 sponsored through the generosity of Exchange Club members Andy Durkin, Lee Walsh, Todd Johnson, Tom Daniel and Doug Rotundi.

Evan Pentacost, ACE Award winner(far right). McKinsie Mason and Max Demaris, General Exchange Club Scholarship winners with Chris Rosa, Chair of ACE Award Committee
President Chris Rosa, Youth of the Year Sydnie Byrnes, and Committee Chair Julie Crnich

Butte Exchange Club FunRaiser

Please Join Us!

Butte Country Club

Friday, April 1, 2022

6:00 pm – No Host Cocktails

7:00 pm – Buffet Dinner

8:00 pm – Silent and Live Auction


$650 Table for 8; $800 Table for 10

Reservations: Call Tom at 406-498-4472

or email

Please make reservations by March 22nd

Youth of the Year and ACE Award Luncheon

The Butte Exchange Club will honor its Youth of the Year and the ACE Award winner at a Noon Luncheon on March 22nd at the Bert Mooney Airport. Five students from Butte High and Butte Central entered their applications and essays for the Youth of the Year Scholarship to be awarded by the Club to one of the students. This year’s essay theme for the National Exchange Club Youth of the Year Program is:

“The COVID-19 Pandemic drastically changed every aspect of our lives, in every imaginable way. Reflecting on what you learned during this time about yourself, your community and the world, explain how your perspectives on success, empathy, prioritizing, social inequities, and leadership have been reshaped.”

Also at the luncheon on March 22nd the ACE Award winner will be announced. “ACE” stands for Achieving the Challenge oi Excellence and the students applying for this Scholarship describe how they have overcome a major obstacle in their lives to be able to complete their high school education. These students and their stories are truly remarkable.

2022 Butte Exchange Club FunRaiser

The Butte Exchange Club’s annual FunRaiser fun run will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 1st at the Butte Country Club.

Bruce’s Big Butte Challenge Race



In Memory of Bruce Robinson Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Montana Tech SUB Original Big Butte Challenge Course

DISTANCES: 1 Mile, 5k and 11k Awards and after run celebration commencing at noon at the Quarry Brewery. Don’t forget your cape, best costume will be awarded!

Pre-registration and Packet Pick up Thursday, March 28th from 4:00 pm–7:00 pm at Metals Bank

Race Day Registration 8:30-9:30 am, Montana Tech SUB 1300 W. Park St, Butte

MT Forms & Race Information below:

Register Online 


2019 Big Butte – Paper Registration

Denim & Diamonds | Annual Fundraiser

Wear your denim and bling and join us in an evening of fancy, down-home, Western-style dining, auction bidding, and FUN!

Reservations required by March 15th.

$75 per person.
$600/sponsor table for 8

$800/sponsor table for 10

March 29th, 2019
Butte Country Club
6pm No-Host Cocktails
7pm Buffet Dinner
8pm Silent and Live Auction

Call or text Linda at 360-631-0947 or email


Spirit of Christmas 2018

The Spirit of Christmas has arrived! You can feel it at the Butte Exchange Club! Several Club Members, Members of the Excel Club and Employees of Glacier Bank arrived early Sunday morning, November 25th, at Walmart and fulfilled the Christmas wish lists for 22 local children. Then all gathered at the Springs to wrap the gifts. Thanks to all who attended and to those who donated additional funds to this project.