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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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Dr. Dustin Shipman
Apr 08, 2020 6:00 PM
The school district has a significant bond request on the ballot this election cycle.
Jennifer Mohler-Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance
Apr 22, 2020 6:00 PM
What pollinators to plant to help the environment in Big Sky
Home Page Stories

Big Sky Rotary is now offering a 2020 Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. The deadline is April 30th. Please share the information with any Big Sky resident attending college or a vocational post-high school program.

 

The Christmas Giving Tree was a huge success this year thanks to our generous Big Sky Community Donors. A record number of 63 children received "The Gift of their Dreams" thanks to you!
 
The Rotary Club of Big Sky has donated to design and construct an Education Center in the new Community Center called BASE. The Education Center will feature descriptions and displays of environmentally beneficial design, technology and building operating practices utilized at BASE and encourage visitors to incorporate the same where they live, work and play.

Pictured are club President Laura Seyfang handing a check to Ciara Wolf, CEO of BSCO, with Big Sky Rotarians.
We currently have over 65 requests from Children for gifts and the requests keep coming in!  Please help a Child's Dream come true this Christmas and select a few 'Angels' from the Christmas Giving Tree located in the Post Office.
Santa is Getting Ready for the Annual Christmas Giving Tree!

 

 

Big Sky Rotary has sponsored four high school age Campers to go to Rotary Youth Leadership Camp in 2019. The Camper's told stories of their leadership training and the social growth they experienced...we are honored to know such fine young community members!
Big Sky Rotarians are helping preserve our lovely Big Sky Community Park by staining/preserving the Maintenance Building, staining picnic tables, and the decks around the Quanset Huts!
At The Big Sky Farmers Market on Wednesdays, vendors are using compostable food and beverage containers and composting! Please keep our community beautiful by using the Big Sky Rotary blue recycling bins (which are also used at the Music in the Mountains events)!
This project results from Big Sky Rotary partnering with the Town Center, Roxy’s, the Arts Council and YesComposting.
Big Sky Rotary and Gallatin River Task Force are a team to keep single use plastics from polluting our beautiful community and rivers, by offering free water and reusable bottles at the PBR.
"It was one of those beautiful spring mornings when you can almost see ice crystals on what appears to be a clear road. I had already experienced some instability on corners and driving over the first bridge while heading north towards Bozeman on 191 to my son’s track meet; but the driver coming from Bozeman was hitting his first the river crossing at the Lava Lake pull out. Both he and the car behind him were completely out of control on the bridge as I approached. The southbound truck collided with me head-on, completely crushing the entire driver’s side of my Suburban and setting off airbags in both vehicles. I remember climbing out of the car on the passenger side in a confused state. There was airbag dust everywhere that looked like smoke and a man yelling at me from the other side of the highway. His concern was whether we were all okay, and it appeared we were. His next concern was that we were in an extremely dangerous place, out of view of oncoming traffic and just across an icy bridge. I was unable to find my phone through the smoke and dust and was worried about my dog who was also missing. The people in the truck that hit me had yet to get out of their vehicle (they said they were okay, but seemed confused). I yelled to the man across the highway to please call 911. His reply threw me: ‘There’s no cell service here, ma’am!’  As a Big Sky resident, of course I knew there wasn’t service, but I had never thought about actually being in this situation in the canyon. It was then that I saw the Emergency Call Box literally across the highway. I can’t tell you my relief when I picked it up and immediately was speaking to an actual person who explained that help was on the way." 
 
"You never think you will be the one feeling helpless and stranded without cell service or help in the middle of the canyon. But it can happen. I am so very grateful for the Call Box near Lava Lake - I can’t tell you! I had told a local who passed by to please call my husband when they got to cell service, but the delay was excruciating. The emergency crew and sheriff were there so quickly due to the Call Box.  I feel like this definitely helped eliminate further accidents that icy morning. Thank you so much, Rotary Club, for proactively taking on this project and making a dangerous drive a little less stressful for us all!"
 
Jill Bough

 
Big Sky Rotary has installed a New Call Box at Taylor Fork! Our Number One Priority is the Safety and Wellness of our fellow community members! (Especially when your cell phone doesn't work!)
"I did the four day Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu; look what I found when I arrived!"

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.


 

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
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Mail: PO Box 160473, Big Sky, MT 59716-0473