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Director's Report September 30, 2002

    Fundraising Program Update:Work continued throughout the month on the refinement of the campaign brochure, ensuring that the funding objectives and donor recognitions were 100% accurate and acceptable to all partners. The Steering Committee continued to grow and will be officially announced probably in December. Additionally, two nationally prominent people accepted our offer to be “Honorary Chairs” for the Legacy Campaign (these names and other campaign specifics will be shared in during the October Commission meeting and subsequent L&C conference in Bozeman). A campaign financial report will also be made at the Commission’s Fall meeting.

  • On September 5th I participated in a meeting to pursue the creation of a Bicentennial Public Safety Plan for Montana. The Board of the Montana Sheriff’s & Peace Officers Association participated in this meeting in an effort to hear first hand the perceived impacts the Bicentennial may have on their departments. It was agreed to pursue a Congressional Appropriations in the 2003 Congress, and to host a stakeholders meeting in January or February of 2003. Following this meeting the Montana Department of Disaster and Emergency Services offered to take more of the lead in statewide Bicentennial public safety planning.

  • In early September our office received a proposal from Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Marking Group, Inc. to enter into an exclusive product endorsement agreement. After forwarding the proposal to the Commission’s Fundraising & Promotions Committee for review and discussion, it was agreed to not accept the proposal and to stay with the earlier Commission decision to not create endorsement programs. Rather, a “product sponsorship” component of the Legacy Fundraising Campaign is being crafted to offer product vendors and manufactures ways to partner in Montana’s Commemoration thereby being able to potentially highlight many, not a limited number of products.

  • A planning meeting was held in my office on Friday the 13th to further the planning of Montana’s January 18, 2003 “kick-off” event. The state Commission will join the Lewis & Clark County Regional Commission and the Crimson Bluffs, Gates and Reaching the Rockies Chapters in this planning process. The Lewis & Clark regional commission has agreed to take the lead. Plans now include Lewis & Clark visiting both the House and Senate sessions, and displays and programs in the State Capitol Rotunda. Some special entertainment may be planned for Friday evening, January 17th.

  • From September 17th through the 20th I was on the road traveling primarily in Northeast Montana.

    • On the 17th I attended a meeting of the NE Plains Regional Commission in Wolf Point. This group has some very interesting projects in the making!

    • On the 18th I joined Betty Stone and numerous representatives from NE Montana and the Williston area for a meeting in Williston, ND to initiate plans for a “significant event” in the confluence area in late April 2005. This event would mark the arrival of the Lewis & Clark Expedition to the Missouri & Yellowstone confluence area and entrance into present day Montana. River re-enactments and living history will most certainly be a part of this event.

    • On the 19th I met with both the Glasgow Courier and local radio station to offer Bicentennial planning updates. That afternoon I met with Jeff Dietz and the Billings Gazette in Billings for a similar planning update interview.

    • On the 20th Jeff and I were interviewed on a new radio talk show hosted by the Northern Broadcasting Network.

  • The Montana Bicentennial license plate has continued to sell well (almost 10,000 sold through August), however we accepted two opportunities in September to place advertising. Montana Magazine will feature a full color ad of the license plate in their annual holiday insert to be in many Montana newspapers this Fall, as well as in their bi-monthly magazine. Additionally, the Montana Outfitters & Guides Association (MOGA) offered a complimentary back-cover ad in their upcoming magazine issue (not sure their magazine is named yet?). Plate for vehicles and collector plates were highlighted.

  • In late September I responded to a request by the Governor’s Office, via the Montana Historical Society, to identify the Commission’s main programs by priority. This request is obviously in preparation of the upcoming Montana Legislative session. A Legislative Update/Discussion is on the Commission’s October agenda.

  • On September 26th I was joined by Arnie Olsen with the Montana Historical Society, and Jane Weber with the Great Falls L&C Interpretive Center for a Lewis & Clark panel presentation to the annual conference of the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. It was very encouraging to see the interest and potential of including the visual arts, as well as the performing arts, in Montana’s Bicentennial activities.




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