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Southwest Montana Lewis & Clark
Bicentennial Committee Meeting Minutes
Dillon, Montana
April 24, 2003

The meeting was called to order at 10:05 by Vice-Chairperson, Judy Siring. Those in attendance were: Deb Bradley, Bill Kolar, Cameron Clark, Kit Mather, Jim Boetticher, Judy Siring, Katie Bump, Nick Novich, and Judie Tilman.

2003 Passports - Jim Boetticher reported that 10,000 copies of the Passport were printed. It ended up to be 76 pages instead of 66 pages. We had 90 advertisers this year. This is a 27% increase over last year. Total cost, with the holders, was $6,982. Jim passed out a budget sheet showing a breakdown of income from ad sales and expenses including commission and mileage. Jim put 3,500 miles on and asked for reimbursement @ $.31/mi. Nick Novich made motion to reimburse Jim $1,085 for mileage. Kit Mather seconded. Jim Boetticher abstained. Motion passed.

MTRI/NPS Signage Grant - The State has received $30,000 for the corridor signage proposal they submitted. This is less than was applied for. Ken Soderberg of FWP, has called Judie to see if we would be interested in a lesser amount. He felt around $6,400. She told him yes, but that would probably mean 3 signs instead of 5 and our match would decrease proportionately. He is to get back to her. He also felt they might have a signage workshop in the near future so that all the signage done under the grant would have some continuity.

Discussion ensured on where signs might go and what they would depict besides Lewis & Clark activities i.e. Native American history of the area, native plants, geology, etc. It was felt that each of the counties would get one sign. Bill Kolar urged Committee members to go back to local groups and discuss where they would want the sign, its general theme, and match both in-kind and hard that would be available.

Confluence of Cultures - This Conference will be held in Missoula the end of May. Cameron, Jim, & Kit expressed an interest in attending. Judy Siring made a motion to pay for their registration, lodging and mileage. This would be at federal gov. rates. Wally seconded. Motion passed.

County/Community Reports -
Madison County: Deb Bradley spoke to a commemorative event they have planned in conjunction with the Charles Kuralt Memorial Concert. Twin Bridges and the Concert organizers will jointly sponsor a celebration during the five days the Expedition spent at the confluence of the Ruby, Beaverhead, and Big Hole Rivers in August 1805. The major event will be the concert; the group is now in the process of working out all the details and putting together other events for the 5days. Judy Siring mentioned that this is the same time Beaverhead Co. holds the Reenactment at Clark Canyon and the Lewis & Clark Days. The two groups need to work closely so they coordinate and rather than detracting from one another make it a really great time to visit southwest Montana and the Whitehall

Dillon Corridor:
Nick said the Twin Bridges group put on a program for Virginia City and Ennis. They are trying to make their group more of a Madison Co. group.

The Twin Bridges Art Auction is scheduled for Sep. 27th.

Beaverhead County:
The Reenactment & Lewis & Clark Days set for Aug. 2-11 this year. It will include the Big Hole Valley this year. The Chamber relies heavily on the Mt. Speaker’s Bureau for its guest artists. Last year they served 300 at the barbeque. It seems to grow each year.

Jefferson County:
Wally reported that JVP is gearing up for another season. A local artist who played Charbonneau in the play did a wonderful Indian bronze that will be raffled and the proceeds will go to JVP.

Camp Fortunate Trail Heritage Chapter - Bill Kolar, Chairman, stated that they are trying to reinvigorate the Chapter. On May 19, @ 7:30 PM at the Search & Rescue Bldg. Curly Bear Wagoner will relate the story of Lewis & Clark’s Encounter with the Blackfoot Indians. On June 27th they will hold a barbeque at Barrett’s south of Dillon.

The next meeting will be in Whitehall on June 6th. @ 10 AM. The Jefferson Co. group will determine the place. There being no other business the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 P.M.  

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