Our Club Stories
It's time to raise our glasses to raise a community...the Great Bear Festival is coming to Depot Park on Saturday, August 10, from 3 - 8 pm. Last year we welcomed 1600 people who enjoyed great music, food, beer from many different breweries, and lovely wine on a beautiful afternoon and evening in downtown Kalispell. All proceeds are shared with participating Rotary Clubs in the Flathead and used 100% for projects benefitting the community

Thank you to our Title Sponsor, TOYOTA, and Grizzly Bear Sponsor, Watkins Distributing. It's not too late to join the sponsorship team!

Fellowship “Cycling to Serve”. The Rotary Club of Tucson, in District 5500, founded the Rotary Ride to End Polio in 2009. That year, Tucson Rotarian Michael Harris (pictured), also a member of the Fellowship, was able to enroll Rotary PolioPlus as one of the nonprofit beneficiaries to participate in El Tour de Tucson. When sadly Mike died in 2021, District 5500 added his name to Rotary’s event title in his honor. This year alone, the Ride to End Polio raised a total $5 million! Lucy rode and donated in honor of her dad who was passionate about Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio worldwide, and her mom made Polio Plus one of their primary charities during their lifetimes.
To date the event has raised $23 million, and thanks to 2x matching support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the total amount contributed to Rotary’s Polio Plus Fund tops $68 million!
The Rotary Club of Kalispell and Partners formed the Sustainable Global Coalition which is currently working on the La Vega Water Project. We built strong partnerships with the community of La Vega, Guatemala, the Rotary Club of Mazatenango, Fundazucar and Engineers without Borders. The goal is to secure a safe and reliable water source for 1,340 adults and children. This project was funded through Rotary Global Grants, donors, and in-kind contributions from the communities in the form of local labor, local funding, and local leadership. Most of the shallow wells currently in use are contaminated. By providing clean and accessible water, this project will assist this community to grow and sustain a healthy environment. Together, we can change lives for the better.
Here is the latest update from Rotary Club of Kalispell member, engineer, and a project leader:
Great news to pass along. The well driller has passed 220 ft with little to no issues. The target aquifer is approximately 450 feet below the surface based on the hydraulic/hydrology report completed for this project. The Rotary Foundation (TRF)is set to transfer the first payment for the project. With the first payment and the funds previously sent by the Rotary Club of Kalispell, there should be enough money available to install the pump house, pump, and construct the water storage tank.
Thank you for your support,
Mark Rohweder, PE, PMP
WHAT IS A Tippy Tap?  A light-hearted name for simple devices that significantly reduce the spread of deadly diseases. It’s a simple hands-free device for handwashing in areas without running water. A container up to 5 liters fitted with a plastic syringe to “tap” a small flow of water. Soap is hung from the water container, and dirty water is captured for disposal in a basin below. A group of concerned Guatemalan citizens “Los Buenos Vecinos” (The Good Neighbors) are improving the health of their communities by making and installing Tippy Taps - practical, affordable, sustainable handwash stations - and teaching WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) protocols.
Studies show that daily use of Tippy Taps combined with WASH training reduces influenza and diarrhea by 47%. Diarrhea is the cause of most malnutrition and the highest cause of death in children under 10 yrs. 74% of Mayan children have chronic malnutrition. COVID-19 makes handwashing more urgent than ever.
Please join Rotary Clubs in Flathead Valley and across Montana to help Los Buenos Vecinos supply lifesaving Tippy Taps, towels, soap, and WASH training for 750 school children in the coastal highlands of Guatemala. BONUS MATCH!! An enthusiastic Rotarian has pledged to add $2,500 when our tally hits $3,000. Let’s do this!!
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Payable to Los Buenos Vecinos / 1150 Nucleus Ave. Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Los Buenos Vecinos is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, EIN 85-3478722.
Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by current tax law.
Thank You Very Much!
The Club took time to honor its own at our regular meeting. Custom made caricatures were given to Mark Rohweder and Scott Williams for their "above and beyond Service Above Self."
Scott has led the highly visible and impactful Youth Rotary Basketball program for our club for Twenty-Two Years. This program serves up to 1000 annually and is the principal entry-level basketball program in the Flathead Valley. Mark Rohweder is the visionary and Chair for the Great Bear Festival. Well done, Rotarians!

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