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Upper Missouri Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission Meeting Minutes
November 11, 2004

Meeting called to order by Chairman Kubick. Members present were Kubick, Doerk, Stensland, Roehm, and Goldhahn. Absent Fisher, England, Parchen, Shield. Others present Weber, Sepich.
  1. First order of business was a birthday party for Pomp. Doerk informed the Commission that prior to Pomp’s birth date of February 11th; plans are to have 200 birthday parties around the world. Doerk provided two cupcakes, with candles in honor of the event and members sang happy birthday to Pomp.

  2. Motion made by Doerk, seconded by Stensland to approve minutes from October meeting. Approved 5-0.

  3. Treasurer report. Kubick reported, in the absence of England, that the only bills paid since last meeting would have been Kubick’s expenses for Pablo trip. He stated he would get updated report by next meeting.

  4. Status report.
    1. National. Stensland asked about notation in the minutes regarding Bismarck event being unorganized. He said that they must have done a lot the last week. Road signs provided excellent directions to the event. National Guard handled parking- very well organized. He shared various brochures from signature event and University of Mary. BLM had one of the best exhibits. There were eight ticketed events ($10.00) and rest was free. He was impressed with the venue. They had 20+ major sponsors. Kubick reported that their US Senator was a speaker at Opening Ceremony and stated they had received Federal Dollars for their event. Stensland reported the Opening Ceremony was well done – Significant speakers were Sister Thomas Wellder, President of University of Mary; Tex Hall, Head of National Congress of American Indians. There were protesters present; they were given a place to conduct their business and given the microphone for one hour each morning. Weber reported that for EBS, she was meeting with MTTA and KODA to decide where protesters would be allowed. Stensland reported Bismarck expected 30-40,000 people; it was reported in the paper that they estimated participation at 50,000, which included over 9,700 registered students. There were four concessionaires (not enough) along with food service at University of Mary. Weber recommended that Stensland and Bourne compare notes since she attended the second half of the event, Stensland said “Corp II was more than he had expected”. Tent was about half full when he was there. They also had a souvenir booth, where vendors consigned items for sale. There were four Mandan lodges built for a cost of $750,000.
    2. State. Weber reported that State is planning a National History Day in conjunction with Arbor Day on April 29th. Plan is to plant species identified by Lewis and Clark.

      State Commission wants involvement in the University of Great Falls symposium during EBS. Symposium will focus on current and future Native American issues. Weber feels it will attract a whole different audience. Funding may come from Challenge Cost Share Grant, KODA, and possibility from Smithsonian if they provide speakers.

      Weber and Doerk reported that there were 17 people who attended “step-on” guide training. There were 32 hours of training, including visits to each site and video taping of each guide. There will be a refresher course on May 17th & 18th.

      Weber stated the Forest Service will give another $10,000 to EBS bringing the total to $30,000. She also said that they have contracted for signage on the Sulpher Springs trail. She is pleased with the work done to date. There will be a three panel Kiosk at the trailhead and four additional signs on walking trail. The Interpretive Center will host Ken Wilk, Army Corp of Engineers on May 3rd & 4th for a two day “Content” training on the expedition.

      Doerk said EBS will be responsible for two hours of local programming for Corp II. This should be no problem. He also reported that Choteau County is preparing a brochure regarding different events in the area, some of which are not EBS events.

  5. Old Business
    1. Signage. Doerk reported Choteau signage will be done by end of the year. Kubick said PPL is doing signs at Ryan Dam. He will begin work on airport signage.

  6. New Business:
    1. Weber reported there were 22 people that attended the grant writing work shop. Kubick emphasized the need for this commission to offer our endorsement to EBS grants.
    2. Motion made by Doreck, seconded by Stensland, to accept the 2005 meeting schedule proposed by Kubick. Approved 5-0.
    3. Kubick reported the Montana Committee for the Humanities had received the Helen and Marten Schwartz Prize of Excellence Award, given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils for the “Confluence of Cultures” conference.

  7. Communication.
    Communication received and emailed to members as listed on agenda.

  8. Comments.
    1. Kubick wanted the record to reflect the commission’s appreciation for Sepich’s involvement with the Commission. Sepich thanked all the members for the experience and wish them luck with EBS.
    2. Kubick reported there would be a legislative gathering the first part of February. He asked if anyone knew Jon Tester and could ask for his support. Doerk reported that Fort Benton native Bruce Nelson was well connected with the Democratic party. He said he would ask Lepley to make the contact.
    3. Weber reported that on February 12th the Interpretive Center would have a birthday party for Pomp.

Next meeting will be December 20, 2004.

Respectfully submitted by Jerry Sepich.  

 

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