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Director's Report June, 2002
- Fundraising Program Update: The new Montana Lewis & Clark Legacy (fundraising) Campaign continued to take shape during June. On the 14th the six partners met again in Helena to refine campaign details and to meet the proposed Resident Director. Throughout the month the partner’s contract was drafted, refined and signed. A sub-committee met with Banik Creative and initiated the process of designing campaign promotional materials. Also this month the campaign office was set up, and recruitment continued in the formation of a statewide leadership team. The official “launch” of the campaign is anticipated in early Fall.
- On June 14th I traveled to Hamilton to attend a meeting of the Tourism Advisory Council to support Travel Montana’s continued support for their investment in the Commission’s annual grants program. Travel Montana will once again contribute $50,000 in 2003. (Thank you!)
- Early in June I met with representatives from Western Montana College to discuss their plans to erect geological signage with a Lewis & Clark focus. This group from Dillon is very interested in working with agencies or communities in the development of interpretive signage that may include a geological component.
- I was interviewed by numerous media during the month, including TIME Magazine, the Missoulian, and the Great Falls Tribune. I also had calls from the Salt Lake City Tribune and the Billings Gazette. The most often asked questions were: “what is being planned?” and “how many visitors can Montana expect?”. Due to this increased media contact, in the coming year I will work in partnership with Travel Montana’s publicity program to create a Publicity/Public Relations program.
- On June 14th I participated in a planning meeting of the Confluence of Cultures Symposium planning committee (symposium to be held at the UofM campus in Missoula from May 28-31, 2003). The invitations to present and/or to perform have been printed, mailed and posted. Attendance is anticipated to reach 1,000 (participants, guests and general public).
- The Regional Bicentennial Commission, Indian Bicentennial contacts and the state Commission met at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow on June 17th & 18th. Carol MacBryant, with the Corps of Discovery II addressed both meetings and updated everyone on the status of selecting host sites in Montana, as well as the overall status of the Corps II program. The state Commission met and approved a work plan and proposed budget for the coming year. Included in the coming year’s work plan is the implementation of the Legacy (fundraising) Program, and detailing the state’s participation in the Bicentennial kick-off in Monticello and in Montana. An added feature of the June Commission meeting was being invited to participate in the dedication of the Milk River/Missouri confluence interpretive sign complex. Congrats, they look great!
- Rita traveled to Butte on Friday, June 21 to attend the annual 2002 Woman’s Conference sponsored by Senator Conrad Burns. She displayed a Montana Bicentennial booth in the vendor area.
- The July 2002 ‘journal notes’ newsletter was drafted and readied for printing. Time permitting, ‘journal notes’ will become a quarterly publication this coming year.
- It’s time for another state audit. On June 25th I attended a meeting with representatives from the state auditor’s office to discuss this regularly scheduled (every two-year) audit process. Plans call for the audit to be completed prior to the start of the 2003 legislature.
- The effort of having directional signs placed on roadways in advance of new Lewis & Clark interpretive signs is moving forward. I recently wrote a memo to the Montana Department of Transportation stressing the necessity of adequately notifying motorists of approaching interpretive areas. Hopefully these new directional signs will become a new addition in Montana.
- On Saturday, June 29th I was an invited presenter at the Missouri Headwaters State Park’s weekly “fireside presentations.” After numerous speaking engagements in various meeting rooms and convention centers, it was great to be on-site on the actual trail!
- And, on Sunday, June 30th I traveled to Lolo to participate in the 196th birthday of Lewis & Clark encampment at the Travelers’ Rest site. Activities of the day included a surprise visit by a somewhat tired and “lost” Captain Lewis as he wondered out of the trees along Lolo Creek. This newest state park is about to more than double in size in mid-July of this year, pending state Land Board approval of a plan to accept an additional 24 acres into public ownership. Plans are now being made to enhance this newly acquired land with appropriate interpretive trails and signage with a new access road and parking area.
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