Members Meeting March 2017

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Malta Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting and Annual Meeting

Westside Restaurant



  1. Call to Order
  2. Member Round Robin
  • Blades – still looking for volunteers for Donkey basketball
  • 1st Security Bank – Chayana Stolem is the Business in Focus
  • FSB – Ag day is coming up
  • Kiwanis – presented 38 BUG (Bring up grades) awards and working on supporting swishfest and easter egg hunt. Need new members
  • Triangle – check their website for business grants and micro grants. Bring your gadget training is on Apr 6 at the Library
  • Art Spot – working with Dodson and Whitewater schools for their workshops. Easter art projects with the PC Ministerial Association and showcase on Good Friday.
  • Ezzies – continuing to support the area
  • Art’s – getting ready for Ag day and Spring Clean Out sale on Apr 6
  • Patty’s – 2 greenhouses are planted
  • Veseth – come in early, don’t wait till it hurts
  • Swim Team – fundraiser raffle tickets are still available
  • Radio Shack – Getting ready for Ag day and now have Google Home’s available
  • PCN – papers will be available on Wednesday morning, they are closed Tuesday afternoon to get the deliveries together. Have Ag day features coming out
  • PCI – continuing business
  • Lesley Robinson – looking forward to next adventure
  • KMMR – getting ready for Ag Day
  • Library – gadgets class Apr 6, knitting class Apr 10, Imagination Library hoping to move forward (provides a book a month for any child from birth to age 5) will look for support in future months. Classics reading challenge going on, read portion of list and name entered into drawing.

III. Committee and Administrative Reports

  • Merchants
  • Selfie-spot at CHS and Equity
  • Sports
  • Arts
    • Arts Trail Mural update – pending final reviews of projects then will see funds distributed
    • Arts Council Meeting April 4 6pm
  • Membership
    • $680.00 to date in dues
    • $0.00 to date in Scrip
      • Welcome Back: Triangle Communications and MDU
      • Welcome: Phillips County Library and Dodson Schools
  • Tourism and Marketing
    • Hwy 191S Billboard – will give folks opportunity at Ag day to provide their opinions on which to choose.
    • Spring Tourism Flyer
  • Member Education and Investment
    • High School Student Mentoring/Job Shadowing Program – 13 Dodson and 2 Malta students participating
  • Technology
    • Technology Community Education
      • Understanding Your Gadget – April 6
      • Dark Side of the Internet– April 18
      • Quickbooks – April 4th, Thursday April 6th and Tuesday, April 11th
      • Excel – May 4, High School Computer Lab


  1. Old Business
  • Donkey Basketball April 8!
  • AgDay Booth March 24
  • 501 Application
  • Phillips County Community Foundation Grant Deadline March 31


  1. New Business
  • Congratulations to Art Lundstrom, Person of Influence!
  • Speaker: Tom Depuydt, Phillips County Farm Bureau
    • First established in 1919 as part of the Extension Office, that provided education, labor needs at war time and memorandums of agreement across counties and resources.
    • Now the largest and strongest farm and ranch lobbying organizations. Focus on landownership and responsibility.
    • They can work on any issue that effects Phillips County, as long as it doesn’t contradict the state, they normally have backing of the state.
    • They propose resolutions that hopefully are brought forward to legislation.
    • Three resolutions have passed and become MT state policy in first year. One is now national policy. 2 are now policy from last year.
    • Highway 191S billboard, Where’s the Food/Without the Farmer sponsored by Farm Bureau
    • New Projects: Great Falls High School presentations in March to over 300 9th graders about ranching and stewardship, ½ day ranch tours for school children in May
    • Working with PhillCo and others to try to bring a railroad load/grain facility to Phillips County.

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