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January Letter from The President

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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.


Larry Anderson

December Letter from The President

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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
new members.

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
Holiday Event.

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.

Larry Anderson

We are currently accepting Donations!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

With the return of college students, we really need more donations at Donation Warehouse. This is our premier fundraising for Child Abuse Prevention!

Remember donations are tax deductible and Donation Warehouse offers free pickup for large donations!

Youth of the Year Announced

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The Missoula Exchange Club sponsored its annual “Youth of the Year” Awards Ceremony March 1, 2012 and four participants were honored. This years nominees were Rachel Knapp of Hellgate High School who could not attend because she was working on a service project in Panama. Alyssa Bashor of Big Sky High School read her essay on how much she learned from her experiences on the debate team. She said.” Sometimes you learn more by not winning a competition because you feel you have performed your best.” Megan Herring from Sentinel High School read her essay of her experience during a Caribbean sailing expedition combining her interest in ecology and environmental studies. She is the number one student out of 314 seniors at Sentinel High School this year. Tawnie Kerr, over-all winner of this years “Youth of the Year” Ceremony wrote her essay on her experience as Chair of the St. Patrick Youth Board of Directors. She now better understands what boards attempt to do and how they function. Tawnie has been selected as one of the top five indi- viduals for high academic standards while being involved in many other school activities state wide. All participants were awarded $250.00 toward their college goals. The winner Tawnie Kerr was awarded $500.00 and her name will be submitted to the Exchange Yellowstone District Selection Committee this week for further competition. The winner will be announced April 22 at the Ex- change District Convention in Idaho Falls. The Missoula Exchange Club is honored to recognize each of our 2012 candidates and wishes them a heartfelt “Thank you” for their individuals efforts and hard work.

Child Abuse Prevention Annual Garage Sale!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Past Best Sellers

Clean, folded and boxed (No plastic sacks/bags, please):

  • Children’s clothing, ages 0-12
  • Jeans–any size
  • Bedding items should be clean and labeled (queen, king, double, single)
  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • Collectibles
  • Furniture: Tables, Chairs

Items we can take:

• Shoes

• Books

• Music

• Exercise Equip Dishes

• Glassware

• Dressers

• Furniture

• Tables

• Chairs

• TV

• Hats

• Purses

• Jewelry

• Tools

• Yard Equip

• Any Holiday items

• Camping Equip

• Sporting Goods

• Office Supplies

• Collectible items

• Cameras

• Baby clothes

• Children’s Toys

• New Baby items

• Children’s clothes (under 12)

• Almost anything that is saleable and clean

We will not be accepting beds and suit cases. Along with adult clothes, except jeans.

A huge THANK YOU to Doug and the crew at Missoula Copy for your generous printing donation for the garage sale!