May 15, 2014 – Det. Dean Chrestenson, HIDTA Task Force, Prescription Drug Abuse
May 22, 2014 – Winton & Larry – Float Trip
May 29, 2014 – Member recognition
June 5, 2014 – Loraine – Parenting Place
June 12, 2014 – Tessa Johnson, Director of Veteran Services, Poverello Center
June 19, 2014 – Steve – Missoula Art Museum
June 26, 2014 – Steven Levine, UM, – ‘Tiananmen Massacre’
July 3, 2014 – open
July 10, 2014 – Megan McNamer – Missoula Writing Collaborative
Here is the list of our current Missoula Exchange Club board members:
Immediate Past President: Larry Anderson
President: Teresa Nygaard
Secretary: Doug Lawrence
Treasurer: Russell Hicks
Attention Exchange Club member!
Are you on a committee? Are you longing to be on a committee? Did someone tell you you were on a committee and you didn’t know it?
Well here’s the final word. This list shows all the committees and who is on each one. Get in touch with your fellow members and let’s get things done!
Click here to download: 2013 Exchange Club Committees
Happy New Year to all and welcome to an exciting 2013. I hope you all had a joyous
and rewarding Holiday season.
We have been busy as a Board dealing with issues of fundraising, member
involvement and moving our club into the future. We have rearranged our committee-
make up to provide an umbrella committee that will have smaller subcommittees. All
board members have agreed to become ad hoc members of a new committee. While
they will not necessarily act as chairs, they will report back to the board on committee
activities, review planning and fundraising progress and keep the Board aware of
major club programs. We feel this will provide continuity for the committees and help
the club leaders in carrying out important club activities that we all support and further
the pillars of Exchange. We are also asking members to sign up for a committee as
part of the membership obligation of the club. We all joined the club because we felt
that the activities of Exchange were important and this is a way of insuring that we
all support those activities through our members’ participation. This approach has
worked well in other clubs and we think it will work well here too. Many of our long
term members have served on many committees and held many club offices and
that experience will help many newer members as they take on more responsibility in
carrying out club activities.
We are also instituting a mentoring program where club members volunteer to help
newer members feel at home and become acquainted with all the facets of this club.
Many folks have said that they felt it took them several years to fully understand all
the Missoula Exchange Club does in the community. We hope this and a formal new
member orientation will keep new members active and involved.
We will explain this in more detail at an informational meeting to be held during our first
club meeting in February, but I want you to have a heads up and I would appreciate
your feedback on this new effort. We will also discuss new fundraising ideas and
strategies at our February meeting on the 7th. I am excited about the work the Board
has done on these important issues and I hope you will be pleased as well.
A Message from the President
December is here and it is hard to imagine that 2012 is drawing to a close. This has been
a year with many challenges and successes. I appreciate all the support and assistance
club members have shown as we deal with these issues. Speaking of successes we have
three new prospective members expressing interest in joining the club. Two attended the
Speed Dating Event. So that was a success for us. We will have a follow-up meeting with
the other service clubs to see where we go from here. Thanks to all of you who helped
with that function.
We need to have mentors to help new members feel a part of the fellowship of
Exchange and find out about all we do and become active members. If you are
interested in becoming a mentor please let me know. There are three new female
members and two male members so the opportunities are there to make a difference for
December is becoming a busy month. We have the Christmas Party and Charles and
Cynthia Bryan’s home on December 13th. There will be no meeting that date. We will
send a sign-up sheet around to indicate if you are attending and what dishes you will
bring. Please plan to attend. These events are always a fun time. We are trying to line
up a choral group to sing for us at our December 20th meeting. When we get a group
lined up we will let you know. This is a great time to bring a spouse or friend to enjoy this
Bob Deaton and Marylin Hoblitt are co chairing the respite meals program at the
Parenting Place. We are doing Mondays and Wednesdays during the month of
December so please sign up. Teresa says there are 15 new families signing up for respite
meals. This is an initial contact for the Parenting Place and prospective clients so
anything we can do to help them make that long term connection with the Parenting
Place will be appreciated. Respite meals can be a big step in this first contact. A big
thank you to Bob and Marylin.
National is promoting a membership sign up incentive that will allow three months of
deferred dues for new members that sign up after January 1st. If you know of any one
that is interested please let me know and I will get you the details of the program. We
have had two folks sign up for this program at our November 29 meeting.
We are collecting food and $ for Franklin School to help the homeless families with much
needed assistance. Bring food to the meetings or the Christmas Party and I will see that it
gets to Jaime.
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.