Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Dec 3, '13

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today we were joined by Matt from the Circle K who reminded us of their Holiday Cares program and the raffle tickets they are selling - $1 each or 6 for $5. Their drawings are next Tuesday, December 10. This will be a pot-luck with a $5 white elephant gift exchange. Bring a dish to share and a wrapped gift under $5 for the white elephant exchange.

The food drive is this Saturday, December 7. We are helping with the food sorting from 11-4 at the food bank.

Clair has asked us to help with ringing the bell for Salvation Army next Saturday, December 14 at Wal-Mart. He needs ringers from 9am to 9pm. We sent a signup sheet around and several people signed up. We'll send the list around again next week.

Cathy and Sunvee reminded us about the speech tournament coming up December 13 & 14. Judges are needed (several members concur this is a lot of fun). Sunvee has signup sheets, so contact her if you are interested.

Circle K meets December 3 at 6:30pm in the Pintler Room in the SUB, Builder's Club meets December 4 at 12:30 at the middle school, Key Club December 5 at 12:00 in the Butte Central High Library.

Bill reported that we have 82 tickets sold, we need to sell the rest of the 175. Think of people you haven't asked who may be interested - and ask in person.

Shawn then introduced Phillip Borup, the new director of the YMCA here in Butte. One of Phillip's claims to fame is that he sang with Barry Manilow and Tanya Tucker in a Jazz group.

Phillip has been in Butte for about a year and a half, and there has been a lot going on at the Y.

One of the major issues Phillip worked on was the leaking roof - it turns out it wasn't a leaking roof! Between improperly installed ventilation and incorrect settings with heaters, air conditioning, and dehumidifiers, the pool was heating - and humidifying the building. Working with a few good engineers they were able to avoid replacing the roof on the relatively new building (which had even gone to bid) and have gotten the systems properly configured and eliminated the buckets all over the building.

The Butte YMCA was established in 1907, and has done a lot in the last 105 years. The Y is not just a swimming and fitness facility, but does a lot to help families and to build community. One of the goals of the Y is to help families and youth know that they are important, valued, and blessed in the community.

They have been working on a water safety program with kids to help with safety not just in and around pools, but on rivers and lakes as well. Drowning is the #1 cause of death for children in Montana, and these courses help to change that.

The Y is also working on an Active 6 program, to help keep 6th graders active and fit. Research shows that by 6th grade children are already converting to a more sedentary lifestyle, and breaking some of those habits with fun activities that get kids active can lead to more interest in being active and possibly participating in athletics through their teens. Once an active lifestyle is established, it is easier for individuals to maintain it.

The Butte YMCA also has medical exercise programs to help seniors and individuals with injuries or disabilities stay active and recover.

Coming up in January the Y will again have their Lighten Your Load challenge, and we are encouraged to put together a team.

In December the Y has a community night, a healthy kids day, and a holiday swim event.

Phillip Borup, Butte YMCA Director
Steak and Mashed Potato
Event Updated
5:26 Wednesday, December 4, 2013