Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Mar 5, '13

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today we had several guests. In addition to Adriana, Matt, and Michaela from the Circle K, Alan Zetler from the Dillon club came to visit. Alan is a 40 year Kiwanian.

Paul announced that at the Circle K District Convention Adriana was elected District Governor, Michaela was elected District Secretary, and Matt was elected Lieutenant Governor. congratulations to our Circle K for this noteworthy accomplishment.

Lee then introduced our guest speaker, Gerta Mular, Montana District Division 3 Lieutenant Governor. Gerta is a member of the Dillon club, but a graduate of Butte High class of 1950.

Gerta told us about some of the key information from the Midwinter Convention held February 22-24 of this year.

First, past Montana District Governor Ron Schafer gave what Gerta could only describe as an exhortation to get people to the Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver, British Colombia this summer. It isn't often that an international convention is within driving distance (even when it is in another country). The convention is June 27-30, and April 1 is the last day to register for the full discount.

Gerta then reminded us of District Governor Chuck Amdahl's passion for helping at-risk children. Heather Denny of the Montana Office of Public Instruction spoke on this. At risk children include those from low socioeconomic status, single parent homes, homes where the child lives with alcohol abuse or alcoholism in the family, children that have to change schools often (especially mid-year), children with below-average grades, homes where an older sibling dropped out of school, or those with learning disabilities. These children are at greater risk to drop out of school or have run-ins with the law. However, with strong community support these children can succeed as well. It costs the state of Montana about $11,000 per year to put a child through public school, but about $88,000 per year for each child in youth incarceration. All Kiwanis clubs in the state are encouraged to contact the Montana OPI and request Heather as a speaker.

Gerta then told us about Dave Curry's talk on the EliMiNaTe project. Nearly 40% of the target countries have eliminated MNT or are very close. It looks like the project can be completed in about 7 years - as compared to about 14 years for the IDD project.

Gerta worked with John Menyhart, the District Rick Manager, who let her know that we may need to start doing background checks on all members who will be working with children.

She also let us know about the Key Leader project and the camps this summer at Hungry Horse.

And, of course, she let us know that the Dillon Key Club advisor was recognized as an "Outstanding Young Woman" for her work with the Key Club and their many projects.

After Gerta spoke, Alan gave us a brief update on the Montana Kiwanis Foundation. The foundation supports our various Service Leadership Programs (Terrific Kids, K-Kids, Builder's Club, Key Club, Circle K, and Aktion Club). They offer annual scholarships, focused on Key Club and Circle K members, and they donated $5,000 to the Key Leader program for this summer.

After Gerta spoke, Cathy let us know that the band Solas will be performing songs from their album Shamrock City (which was inspired by Butte) this Friday night at the Front Street Station. Cathy also let us know that there is now a program committee consisting of her, Jeremy, and Kristi (advised by Tim). If you have a program request or idea, please contact one of them. Lee then let us know about the upcoming Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser this Thursday at the Front Street Station, and reminded us that we have a board meeting Thursday evening at Metals as well.

Gerta Mular, Division 3 Lt. Governor
chicken strips and fries
Event Updated
6:04 Tuesday, March 5, 2013