Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Oct 9, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

This week we had Matt and Michaela with us from the Circle K. Matt had more information for us on the Kick It program. It's $20 to sponsor a Circle K member for the year, and the Circle K member is supposed to attend one of our Kiwanis meetings and put in two hours of service work at a Kiwanis project for their sponsor.

Treat Street is coming up again. This year it is on Halloween (that's Wednesday, October 31) from 2-5 at the Mining Museum. With the interest from the membership today we plan on participating if we have assistance from the Circle K.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is coming up as well, with all funds raised by Kiwanis affiliated organizations going to the EliMiNaTe project. This year the Butte Central Key Club, the Butte High Key Club, the Butte Central Builder's Club, and the Montana Tech Circle K are teaming up to go out on October 28. In addition, the Butte Public Library is working with elementary aged children to decorate the UNICEF collection boxes and take them when they are out trick or treating on Halloween.

Our installation dinner is coming up on Friday, October 26. The signup sheet went around today for the first time, and we have several individuals and couples signed up. Be thinking about your salad, side, or desert to bring for the pot luck. The Club provides steaks and beverages.

Betsy also announced that she is working with Kiwanis clubs and K-Family organizations across Montana to sell stuffed bears. Each bear costs $20, $10 of which can be kept by the club selling the bear.The bears themselves will be donated to the Montana District Kids in Crisis Backpack program to put in backpacks for kids who have to be pulled out of homes in emergency situations.

Lee then turned the meeting over to Jackie who introduced our speaker, Corri Evans with the Paul Clark Home. Corri has been the director of the Paul Clark Home since July, and one of the first changes she put in place was getting grants to have the house staffed 24 hours a day. Previously the house was only staffed during business hours on weekdays, which made it inaccessible for some people in need. Another goal she wants to achieve is the installation of an elevator to make the house handicap accessible. She also wants to finish restoring the third floor once it is accessible.

The house, which is on Excelsior between Platinum and Park, was build in 1930 as an orphanage and operated in that capacity until 1973. The house has about 10,000 feet of interior space. In 1989 the house became a McDonald's Family Place, which is different from a Ronald McDonald House. Being a family place lets the house serve a broader base of people in need. Since Corri started in July, the house has had 8 of their 10 bedrooms occupied most nights.

The Festival of Trees every holiday season is a major fundraiser for the Paul Clark Home. Corri is trying to make this more accessible by getting more tickets to the reception out into the community and by having special activities targeted toward children such as a mini-tree decorating contest and ginger bread houses. Another ongoing fund raiser is the Tree of Life where people can have cash memorials or donations sent to the Paul Clark Home.

The Paul Clark Home also has tours available as well as meeting space, and plenty of volunteer opportunities.

Corri Evans from the Paul Clark Home
Steak and Mashed Potato
Event Updated
5:33 Tuesday, October 9, 2012