Livingston Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Livingston

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Livingston Rotary was established January 9, 1916 and became chartered into Rotary International on February 1, 1917.  We Celebrated 100 years in February 2017! Rotary International is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  Livingston Rotary's Club 1014 Foundation Fund (501c3) was established July 14, 1995.

 

Livingston Rotary has a long history of helping the Livingston and Park County communities while remembering our brothers and sisters around the world.  Every month, Rotarians complete service projects that focus on improving lives in our community.  We have volunteered at the Food Pantry, ASPEN and Senior Assisted living centers, and have also volunteered time to clean up parks, host fundraisers and purchase school supplies for children. 

 

Rotarians apply the following 4-Way Test to everything they say and do:

 

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? 

Rotarians also sponsor a high school student to either spend a year abroad or host a foreign exchange student to attend Park High School.   We operate a Children in Need fund to help low-income families with medical, food, or clothing needs.  We also have a general charitable fund where we sponsor and work with other local organizations-such as LINKs for Learning and Livingston public schools.

 

Livingston Rotary has had a lasting impact in our community.  The following is a brief synopsis of some of the projects we've completed over the years:

 

  • Rotary installed the first lights at Park High Football Field!  The project was accomplished solely by the work of Rotary members.
  • The Depot/Rotary Park: Livingston, being a railroad town, was blessed with the business and jobs, but it came with an unsightly and unsafe area near the tracks in the center of town.  The project began with planting trees and grass.  A fence, sidewalks and electricity followed.  Today, Depot/Rotary Park is home to many Livingston fairs, a tribute to Park County residents in the armed forces, the Hospice Tree of Life, and the Holiday Lights train and fully decorated trees.  The Livingston Rotary Club continues to maintain the grounds of the park, tables and benches.
  • The Dictionary Project is one that has grown immensely.  Livingston Rotary has donated dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Park and Sweet Grass Counties for several years.  Rotary members go to every 3rd grade classroom in the county and explain the many uses of the dictionary, help students put their names in the books, and explain Rotary to the students.  This project has recently been adopted at the District level, so that all 3rd grade students in the state of Montana receive a free dictionary.
  • Our club built the dock at the Lagoon in Sacajawea Park.  The project involved draining an area lagoon, surveying and installing underwater pillars, designing and building the actual dock, as well as obtaining all permits necessary to make the project happen.  One Rotarian offered services for surveying, while another provided a backhoe to place the poles, and another donated services for designing the unique structure.  Today the dock is in constant use throughout the year.
  • Park High School student Rotarian Program - at our regular meetings, students from the high school join us at Rotary. They attend for 3 consecutive weeks, and on the third week, tell us about themselves, their future plans, and what Rotary means to them.
  • Host annual fundraiser "Art on the Fly", an exciting live art auction and silent auction event held on July 1st every year.
  • Host 5 night Trivia series at the Office Lounge every fall.
  • Built the Water Spray Park and bathrooms at G St. Park over the course of a few years.  The completed park, which is fully ADA and DDA compliant, was donated to the City of Livingston in 2015, with the agreement that the City maintain it as a free, public park throughout the summer months.
  • Internationally, Livingston Rotary has purchased an ambulance for a city in India; assists Group Study Exchange (GSE) teams to complete projects abroad; hosts GSE teams from other countries when they travel to Montana; supports PolioPlus-Rotary's massive effort to eradicate poliomyelitis.

Our current local project is the Picnic Shelter project at Mike Webb-G St. Park.  As part of our 100 year anniversary, Livingston Rotary raised funds to erect a 24x20 foot shelter adjacent to the Water Spray Park.  Once the shelter is completed, it will fit up to 8 picnic tables and provide ample shade to anyone visiting the park.

 

Our current international project is underway in rural Bolivia.  We partnered with local non-profit, Global Midwife Education Foundation (GMEF) to raise funds to build bathrooms in Bolivian towns with no access to clean, public facilities.  Our annual masquerade ball raises money specifically for this important project, so please be on the lookout for event information in 2018.