July 14, 2014  |  POSTED BY Wes Thomas

By:  Nan McKenzie May 17, 2014   Motto:        “WE SERVE”      Kari Klehm of the Evergreen Lions Club is an enthusiastic new member of this fine group of people.    The clubs in Evergreen, Kalispell and Columbia Falls, along with Flathead Electric Coop’s “Round Up for Safety”, recently bought a PlusOptix Vision Screener that is being used locally to screen school children.  The Screener can magically ‘read’ eight different vision problems and transfer the information to a computer.  Once the info is on the computer, a flash drive with this information is given to the school so that each child’s vision is permanently recorded, and if there are problems, they can be addressed right away.  As of today, over 5000 local children have been scanned in a fraction of the time it would have taken the school nurses.  If a person can’t afford glasses, the Lions find ways to help.  They partner with LensCrafters to supply folks with affordable vision correction. The Lions Clubs collect your old glasses and sends them on to be reconditioned, and they are sent off again to where they can do some good.  People in other countries where they may not have access to glasses must be very grateful to receive these. When the Flathead County Fair is running, you’ll find the Evergreen Lions near the grandstands, selling water, ice cream bars, pop and other things to raise funds for their club. Last year, the Evergreen Lions gave $10,000 to Sabina Wisher for her special needs daughter, Mikayla, for the Mikayla’s Miracles and Blessings Foundation. This year the recipient of the Evergreen Lions Spaghetti Dinner and Auction was the ABS sports field in Kalispell for a sprinkler system, equipment, and a concession stand.  They have also given generously to a cancer survivor to help with… read more

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When You Listen to a Child

November 27, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Rachel Macy Stafford, syndicated from,   My dad doing what he does best … listening and loving My younger daughter and I were the first ones to arrive home from an evening swim meet. Although I knew my husband would be arriving shortly with my mom and older daughter, my heart was heavy that I had to come home first.

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Magic of Music

November 12, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by Maria Popova   Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis on the Magic of Music   “That’s the soulful thing about playing: you offer something to somebody. You don’t know if they’ll like it, but you offer it.”       “Without music I should wish to die,” young Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in a letter. Music, indeed, has shaped our evolution as a species, can profoundly affect our emotions, and even has a way of enthralling the brain on a neurological level. Learning to listen to music is itself a skill to be mastered, but learning to play it — and to play it stirringly, enchantingly, with equal parts conviction and imaginative freedom — is a rare kind of art.

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Saving Education—And the Planet

November 4, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

    Students travel to Kentucky to experience the impact of mining the coal to provide their energy. With mounting pressures on schools today, the suggestion that teachers should also be preparing students to address our growing ecological crises might seem ridiculous at best. But what if doing so could boost student achievement?

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Voluntary Simplicity

October 22, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

 by:  Duane Elgin,    A Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich     Choose to live simply so that others may simply live. –Gandhi What kind of “stewardship” fits our emerging world? When we consider the powerful forces transforming our world — climate change, peak oil, water and food shortages, species extinction, and more — we require far more than either crude or cosmetic changes in our manner of living. If we are to maintain the integ­rity of the Earth as a living system, we require deep and creative changes in our overall levels and patterns of living and consum­ing. 

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Neighborhoods for Happiness

October 15, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Jay Walljasper, How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness    Biology is destiny, declared Sigmund Freud. But if Freud were around today, he might say “design is destiny”—especially after taking a stroll through most modern cities. The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives. Neighborhoods built without sidewalks, for instance, mean that people walk less and therefore enjoy fewer spontaneous encounters, which is what instills a spirit of community to a place. A neighborly sense of the commons is missing.

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A Visit From Uncle Don

October 11, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by  Heather O’Shea “May you live all the days of your life.” –Jonathan Swift   One Wednesday evening last fall, I found myself sautéing sage leaves. I can’t claim to do this with any regularity; my October Bon Appetit just happened to show up as I was trying to decide what to cook for my relatives, who would be getting off a plane at ten-thirty that night. I was looking for food that would satisfy them if they hadn’t had a decent meal since Pittsburgh, that would say “I’m so glad you’re here!” and that wouldn’t reproach them if all they really wanted to do was say goodnight and go to bed. Who wouldn’t fry sage leaves in that situation? By the time I left for the airport I had chilled the champagne and done everything but drizzle the butternut squash tart with the Serrano pepper honey simmering on the stove.

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October 8, 2013  |  POSTED BY Dave Dutro

from Nan McKenzie  The Kalispell Kiwanis Club needs Help Helping People    The small organization (it used to be huge) gives and gives and then gives some more. Some of the projects they help with locally are:    

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10 Team-Building Games

September 27, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

TeachThought Staff 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

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Talking Good With Maggie Doyne

September 24, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Rich Polt,  The Teenager Who Started an Orphanage One morning at the age of 18, fresh out of high school, Maggie Doyne awoke with the feeling that she was not yet ready to move into her freshman dorm. Instead, she wanted to defer college for a year to travel and discover her “inner-self.” It was a decision that would change her life in ways she could never imagine. Four countries in and thousands of miles later, Maggie found herself in the midst of a remote, war-torn village in Nepal. She watched in despair as the Nepalese children would break down rocks into gravel and then sell them for one dollar a day just to buy food. Maggie was compelled to take action. One young girl in particular had touched her heart, so Maggie paid seven dollars to enroll her in school. That was the beginning.

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