Bigfork Rotary Roundup

It is always a very special day when we induct a new member into our Bigfork Club. It means we have more service power, more ideas, more caring, more friendship, more of everything positive.

We welcome Ruth Knight seen here in the middle with her sponsors Amy Grout and Monarae Tuhy along with our membership chair Karin M. Henion.

Some new innovation arrived on the east shore of Flathead Lake when Table Tree located its juice making business there.

CEO Linda Howard retold the story of its inception in Canada and owners ties to the Flathead.

The company buys thousands of pounds of culled sweet cherries from the orchards. Each bottle of their cherry juice uses a full pound of cherries to make.

They plan on producing upwards of 200,000 bottles of cherry and other fruit juices this coming year along with increasing employment.

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Three members of the Bigfork H.S Speech and Debate Team showed off their skills last week at Rotary with memorized speeches (nearly 10 minutes each!)

They are gearing up to perform well in upcoming matches with schools throughout NW Montana...then hopefully on to the state competition. Featured above are Riley Hoveland, Grace Olechowski and KC Isaman.

A HUGE thank you to Bigfork Harvest Foods for helping get together the food items for our annual Holiday Food Baskets to help out families in the area and to the Bigfork Fire Dept. for their facility and extra hands.

The Bigfork Interact Club youth are so amazing to come out on a rather chilly Sunday morning to pick up, sort and pack up the boxes. Rotarian Mary Byers did a bang-up job in organizing!

Bigfork Rotarians Joni Vandiver Isaman, Jeanie Harbin Deetz and Beverley Ferguson were manning the Salvation Army’s red bucket at Harvest Foods. The bitter cold brought them inside. The club was pleased to be introduced to MTCC AmeriCorp Leader Carter Ollervidez. Carter is working with Bigfork ACES this year.

This Jan. 13 he put together a “Read for Peace”program at Bigfork Elementary on Jan. 13 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

He is also working with elementary and middle school kids on a NASA outreach project, and entrepreneurial projects at ACES.

Our own Rotarian, Ashley Guy Wenz and her husband Tim Wenz performed in an old-time radio play of “A Christmas Carol” at the Conrad Mansion Dec. 9 & 11!

Bigfork Rotarians Vilma Chemers and Diana Rahdert along with Interactor Wilson Vogt had a wonderful time being servers at the annual Pocketstone Cafe Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Donations went to the Bigfork Food Bank.

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