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We meet Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Simkins Hallin Room above Rocks
33 Lone Peak Drive
Big Sky, MT  59716
United States of America
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The Big Sky Rotary Club is thrilled to announce that Alexine Liddle is the recipient of the 2019 George Macdonald Scholarship! She has lived in Big Sky for fourteen years and was a homeschooled student. She has been accepted into the Montana State University Honors College and plans to study pre-veterinary medicine this fall. She has been a ski instructor at Big Sky Resort for three seasons and also works part time as a head cashier at Ace Hardware. She has been a volunteer for the horsemanship program at Eagle Mount and also volunteered at the Choteau veterinary clinic during the summer of 2016. She attended RYLA camp through the Bozeman Rotary Club. Congratulations Alexine!

BIG SKY- On July 12, Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley and Big Sky School District, along with AmeriCorp volunteers, broke ground on the first-ever teacher housing project in Big Sky. The development will consist of two triplexes, providing six school-owned units on school district property.

“We’re excited to break ground on a groundbreaking accomplishment,” BSSD Superintendent Dustin Shipman said of the project; it’s the first time that Habitat has partnered with a school district to provide housing in Montana. 

The project will help address ongoing struggles the school district faces, from losing teachers that commute from Bozeman—which comprises half of the school district’s workforce—after an average of four or five years, or the crisis that teachers renting in Big Sky face when landlords suddenly give them a month to clear out so the house or apartment can enter the short-term rental market.

Coming in at approximately $130,000 per unit, the school district plans to rent the triplexes below market value.

Habitat for Humanity Gallatin Valley was awarded $400,000 in Big Sky resort tax funding by the Big Sky Resort Area District board of directors in June specifically for the project. The development, which was estimated in March to cost approximately $900,000, was also funded by a $600,000 levy voted in by the community in May.

According to David Magistrelli, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley, the first triplex should have exteriors finished by early October and be livable by late fall. Construction will begin on the second triplex as soon as possible spring 2020.

Magistrelli added that the project is about a month behind schedule at this point due to a combination of obtaining approval from the county and the respective homeowner association and the challenge of finding available contractors in Big Sky’s thriving building market.

“As soon as [the units are] done, we want teachers living in them,” Shipman told EBS. He said that teachers who choose to live alone would pay more than those that room with other school staff.

The school board is still determining many of the details concerning the units, Shipman said, such as reasonable occupancy per unit, rent costs and other factors. This dialogue will continue at their July 24 board meeting.

“I continue to be impressed with the power of partnerships in this incredible community,” said Ryan Hamilton of Town Center. “When we were designing the Plaza, we set what we thought was a realistic budget for a small playground, but when the bids came back, it was clear that our budget would need to be increased to get a fun and safe playground that the kids will use and that the community can be proud of. We reached out to Rotary of Big Sky and PRG Commercial (the Plaza contractor) with a partnership proposal and they were excited to support the project. Rotary then reached out to the YCCF for additional support in order to put the finishing touches on the project with the elastic safety surfacing. We are thrilled with the way that it turned out, and we thank them for their support.”

Witness this amazing documentary about Tsering's Fund on August 21st at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and enjoy a fundraising event for a worthy cause!  Rotary's own Pete Schmeiding, a Big Sky Dentist,  has produced this film during his visits to Nepal, and has adopted two Nepalese daughters.

Representatives from the Big Sky chapter of Rotary International, Big Sky Town Center and the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation gathered outside the newly-opened Wilson Hotel on July 17th, 2019 for a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of a new playground for the children of Big Sky. The three organizations partnered in bringing this new amenity to the community.
Welcome Laura Seyfang as our new leader of Big Sky Rotary!  In addition to Leadership Month, July Rotary themes include:
  • Tree Planting
  • Reduce, Re-Use, Re-Cycle Waste
 so our group is right on track for our focus on Sustainability!
- Also in July, Lee Griffiths and volunteers will start construction of a NEW CALL BOX in Taylor Fork! (To be installed by August)
- The Big Sky Rotary will celebrate the New Playscape outside the Wilson Hotel Towncenter with a Ribbon-cutting Ceremony on July 17th at 7:15PM!
Big Sky Rotary is a proud sponsor of Spring 2019 Girls Futbol Program in Big Sky!
For more info about the player's activities and schedule check out:
 Seth Nelson and Miriam Schmidt spawned the concept of a youth cultural exchange program between Ronan High School students and Lone Peak High School students: over several days they’d share experiences including sports, art, cooking, and “hanging out” in order to learn from each other and develop an appreciation for each others’ lives and cultures. 
Big Sky Rotary has recently donated $2500 to The La Vega Water Project and $2500 to the Maya Pedal Project in Guatemala.  Our Big Sky Club members, Laura and Lee, along with three Lone Peak High School Seniors, are currently volunteering in Guatemala to help facilitate both projects.

Phase I: Water Global Grant 18-72020 in La Vega, Guatemala

Our Rotary project will impact over 1,300 lives in the community of La Vega, Guatemala by providing a safe and reliable drinking water source (Phase I) and sanitation services (Phase II). Phase I will involve drilling a well, constructing a water storage tank, and installing water distribution lines to homes. Phase I to provide potable water will cost $290,000. The second phase to improve sanitation will be constructed after Phase I is complete and operational.

Currently, residents of La Vega rely on individual shallow wells that are generally 30 feet (9.1 m) deep. Homes in the community use individual pit toilets. Therefore, most wells are contaminated by fecal coliform necessitating the need to boil water before drinking. In addition, the community is surrounded by sugar cane and rubber tree plantations and is located at the end of a large watershed. The proximity to production agricultural and location within the watershed introduces other pollutants to their drinking water. Water borne diseases are a constant presence in the community resulting in lost wages and poor health outcomes.

Phase I will solve the issue of contaminated water. To implement a successful project, our Rotary coalition has built strong partnerships with local and international organizations: Fundazucar, Rotary Club of Mazatenango, Engineers Without Borders, and a Guatemalan engineer. This project will be assisted through in-kind contributions from the communities in the form of local labor, local funding, and local leadership.

By providing clean and accessible water, this grant will give much-needed support to the existing community. With your support we can assist this community sustain and growth in a healthy environment.

We need you, your club, and district to help raise these funds to change lives. This project is led by Mitch McKinley with the Rotary Club of Kalispell, Montana in Rotary District 5390. We plan to submit this Global grant in June 2019. Help us transform the lives of people in Guatemala with this project, please! For more information please contact Mitch McKinley at (406) 314-8321 or via email at The Rotary Club of Mazatenango is the host club in Guatemala.


Rotary International's new monthly theme for April is Maternal and Child Health!

Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.


March is Water and Sanitation Month!
The Rotary Club of Big Sky is funding Water Projects in both Haiti and Guatemala in 2019.

Unsafe sanitation is a massive problem that is becoming more urgent as our global population increases and trends like water scarcity and urbanization intensify. About 4.5 billion people—more than half the world’s population—either practice open defecation or use unsafe sanitation facilities and services. To be effective, sanitation must be carefully managed at all stages, from the point that waste is collected and contained to how it is transported and treated. If there are gaps or breaks at any stage, then harmful human waste flows into surface waters and fields where children play and people of all ages live, eat, drink and bathe.

Poor sanitation, which is widely accepted as a chief contributor to waterborne diseases, is the cause of more than 1,200 deaths of children under five-years-old per day, more than AIDS, measles, and tuberculosis combined. Inadequate sanitation and hygiene were the cause of more than half a million deaths from diarrhea alone, in 2016.
Are you a Big Sky resident attending college or a vocational post-high school program in need of a $2300 scholarship?
Contact a Big Sky Rotarian for an application or send an email to for more information. Your school transcript and a detailed description of your community service must be included.
The deadline is April 30th.

February is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

Millions of people all over the world are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution. In fact, 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, half of which are children. Through service projects and Rotary programs, the Rotary family is committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.....
February is "World Understanding Month". It is the anniversary of the first meeting Rotary held on February 23, 1905. The Rotary International Clubs are asked to plan programs for their weekly meeting and undertake special activities to emphasize "understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace."
The Big Sky Rotary is sponsoring the 15th Annual Gold Raffle, Silent Auction and Dinner on Friday, January 25th, 6PM at Buck's T-4 Ballroom, Big Sky, MT!
The Big Sky Rotary Club welcomes the Big Sky Community Residents and Businesses to support the 15th Annual Gold Auction on January 25th at Buck's T-4 Ballroom!
By supporting the Gold Auction, Residents and Business Owners are providing the primary source of funding for the Rotary's  local, regional and global humanitarian aid programs throughout the year.
The "Gold Auction" includes a silent auction, dinner and a raffle for 3 ticket holders to win $2000 in solid Gold, $500 in Gold or $500 in Silver!
 Funds raised during The Gold Auction are used for community development, public safety, maternal and child health, safe drinking water and sanitation, parks and trails, etc.
Please support your community! Cash sponsorships, merchandise and gift certificates would help immensely! 

In addition to sponsorships and donations, there are 3 levels of Corporate Sponsorship:
Each ticket includes dinner and one entry into the Gold Raffle. Corporate Sponsors with be recognized at the event and all sponsors will be included in the event program.
Tickets are limited to the first 200 purchasers and can be purchased from a Rotary Member or by calling Kyle at 406-570-5733.
You can make a child's Christmas dream come true!
Would you like to help families in Big Sky who would be grateful for presents for their children and a Christmas Dinner Basket?
Families wishing for support make their request on a "Santa Letter" which they pick up from First Security Bank, American Bank, Big Sky Food Bank or The Country Market.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided for the families to send the requests to Big Sky Rotary no later than December 7th, and are completely confidential.
Rotary Club of Big Sky will collect the letters and hang the confidential requests on the Christmas Giving Tree, located in the Big Sky Post Office lobby, with each child’s wish for a gift. Please help our children and families in need of support by choosing a "Santa List" from the tree!  Donors may take the gifts to American Bank and First Security Bank. In lieu of gifts, money donations can be
mailed to Rotary Club of Big Sky, P.O. Box 160473, Big Sky, MT  59716.
Wrapped gifts, along with a Christmas dinner baskets will be delivered by members of the Rotary Club on December 21st.
Please make a child's Christmas merrier by providing the gift of their dreams! 
Or, to donate money to be used to buy a gift for the child: 
After raising $90,000 with the help of the Simkins family and the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, the Big Sky Rotary Club has built a playground outside the Wilson Hotel in the new Town Center plaza.
In the spring, they will install rubberized safety surfacing.

“This is a wonderful thing for our community because it’s not only for tourists and visitors, but local children will use it,” Rotary Club president Sam Lightbody said, adding that it will be a relief for parents browsing stands at the summer farmers market or enjoying outdoor concerts.

One of the club’s heartwarming initiatives, Rotary Giving Tree, furnishes Christmas gifts to children whose parents who can’t afford them; and provides a Christmas meal. The yearly funds for many of the organization’s local projects come from the annual Gold Raffle and Auction, where they raffle off $2,500 in pure gold. This year’s event will be held on Jan. 25th at Buck's T-4 Restaurant.

Big Sky Rotary Club's 2017/2018 accomplishments include installing solar-powered 911 emergency call boxes in the Gallatin Canyon; funding a new kayak launch at Moose Creek Campground; providing 18 LeapPads, three bulletin boards and two projectors to Morningstar Learning Center; funding recycle bins for the Music in the Mountains concerts; leading local high school students to Nepal on a mission trip; and funding new digital library books for Ophir Elementary.

Rotary of Big Sky Funds Community Information Signs

The Town Center and Meadow Village Information Signs provide a lot of useful information for visitors on the Big Sky area. Both signs are located adjacent to the bus stops.  These informational signs contain maps of Big Sky area trails, the layout of town center, meadow village, west fork meadows and mountain village.  It also has maps of the Biggest Skiing in America as well as a list of upcoming events.  

Climbing Boulders in Big Sky Community Park

The Big Sky Community Park has been under development for several years under the direction of the Big Sky Community Corporation.  One of the goals was to create a Climbing Boulder area for the children of this mountain community.

With money earned from two Gold Raffle and Auctions, as well as a hot tub raffle, we were able to raise $25,000 to pay for the first boulder in the summer of 2012.  This was so well received, and with the great success of the 2013 Auction and private donations, we were able to come up with another $45,000 to build two more boulders and complete the project that summer.

The Community Park now has three large concrete boulders.  One is small enough for little children, one intermediate in height, and a 12’ one for serious climbing.  Each boulder has specifically designed holds and routes from easier to more difficult.

The Rotary Club of Big Sky is proud to be able to fulfill our goal of community improvement and service to children with this project.Image

Crail Ranch Support Building

The Historic Crail Ranch sits in the middle of Big Sky’s Meadow Village.  Originally the home of the Augustus Crail family that homestead this area from 1905 to 1950, long neglect had allowed the buildings to start to fall to ruin.  The Gallatin Valley Women’s Club started the preservation efforts in the 1990s, and these have been continued by the Historic Crail Ranch Committee, a part of the Big Sky Community Corporation.  These dedicated volunteers have done a wonderful job of restoring the cabins, gathering photographs and artifacts and preserving the history of Big Sky.  However, the little one room cabin that served as a home for the first several years of the homestead had to be used for storage of equipment, gardening, and material awaiting restoration.  In order to return this cabin to the ranch exhibit, it was necessary to erect a storage facility near the entrance to the property.

The building, designed and built by Frontier Rustic Designs of Norris, MT, was made to compliment the existing historic buildings on the site.  However, finding the $12,000 to purchase the structure was a problem for this volunteer committee.

The Rotary Club of Big Sky had worked with the B.S.C.C. on the Community Park Climbing Boulders and improvements to Kircher Park.  This extension was a natural fit, and the Homestead Museum project fit with our goal of community improvement.   We were able to pay for the building out of the 2014 Gold Raffle and Auction proceeds and donate it to the preservation committee.


Welcome to our Club!

We meet Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Simkins Hallin Room above Rocks
33 Lone Peak Drive
Big Sky, MT  59716
United States of America