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Lewis & Clark Trail Bicentennial Commission of L&C County
Meeting Minutes
August 27, 2003

Members present: Jack Taylor, Mike Griffith, Gil Alexander, Clete Daily, Marvin Holtz, Mark & Terry Peck, Ann Tedesco, Sharon Haugen, Dick Alberts and Rita Blouke. Guest: Tom Daubert, Undaunted Stewardship.

Special thanks to Kathy, Ann, and Phil for the hospitality and the delicious dinner.

Tom Daubert presented a short introduction to the Undaunted Stewardship program. There are two showcase ranches in our area – Sieben and Hilger. There will be a pull-off and interpretive display focusing on ranching stewardship at the GOTM turnoff. Tom will send a rough draft of the panels to Dick for distribution to the commission. Please return comments in about two weeks. Tom suggested we might work together on an unveiling next year. He also is interested in Corps II.

Dick called the meeting to order. On a motion by Ann, seconded by Mike, the minutes of the July meeting were approved as printed.

The in-kind document was passed around.

Sharon said we have money. We have paid Certified Folder. We need to expend the Park Service $10,000 by Aug. 31.

Correspondence: A completed copy of the L&C County L&C Preparedness Plan; various communications about signage; (We will meet with people from the Upper Missouri Chapter and the Reaching the Rockies Chapter Sunday, September 14, Osterman’s Missouri Inn, 4:30. There will be two tours before the meeting. Cheryl needs preliminary numbers for dinner.); conference information about the fifth L&C Conference in Lewistown October 2 & 3. (Mark and Dick thought they would attend.); contact information for Mark for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; a letter from the NPS awarding $25,000 for the GN project; a letter from HNF awarding $6,000 for the GN project; information on the 2004 L&C Training Academy sponsored by the Corps of Engineers; information about the response to the city’s RFP for an architect for the GN project; request for input on the drafts of the weed placemats for Rainbow Falls and Missouri Headwaters. (Clete and Dick spent time with the artist Don Greytak at DE getting ideas for his next placemat projects, Two Camps and Camp Fortunate.); a brochure from Montana Magazine; material from the Falls of the Ohio about their Signature Event October 14-26; a copy of the TIIP grant that we submitted to Travel Montana for $40,000; a request from St. Regis for more brochures.

POE – Rita distributed notes from the Open House, July 15. If you have additional ideas, comments, or suggestions that need to be in the record for follow-up, get them to Rita to add to the notes.

Gil reported they had filled 5 elder hostels and had waiting lists. He thinks we are seeing the leading edge of the crowds. Visitors are saying Montana is ill prepared for the tourists.

Brochures - Dick has quotes from the Print Center for brochures. Quotes do not include changes, which would be about $60 per hour. Ann called Travel Montana and talked with BCBS. She will follow up. Sharon suggested we might include Lillian in the efforts. Dick asked Ann to put together a plan for the brochures.

Corps II – Mark will meet with Ron Alles and the Fairgrounds operations manager. He is still looking at the Fairgrounds as the best option. He is pursuing the Elk Foundation, Rob Quist, salute to the military, a symphony, and a Native American tribute. There was discussion of capacity and narrowing events relating to L&C and other events that would bring people to area. Ann suggested money be a topic in all discussions.

GN – We submitted another TIIP grant for $40,000. The architect RFP only received one response. The committee will meet around the first week of Sept. Dick and Gil will look into resubmitting for Murdock.

DE – John Hanna will be in town Sept. 3. Mike has a geologist who will work with them. He also got in touch with Northwestern Energy to see if they would sponsor osprey nests for the area. Mike looked into banners for the downtown area. Dan Pocha gave him Janet Robinson’s name from BCBS. He will get back with her. There was discussion of marking native plants at the construction area. Sharon discussed the need for expending the NPS money.

Morgan Print – Rita and Clete worked on a print inventory and trying to make decisions about holiday sales and advertising. Rita has 87 prints. There are some blanks where we don’t know where they are. If any of you have or know of prints, let Rita know what the ####s are. Sharon will get the 2003 information. They also tallied cost of prints, framing, and advertising over the years. Clete suggested we check with High Country Jerky to see if they still have prints – they have been good sellers.

Grant Closeouts – Dick thinks we have an extension for the state DE grant. The state has the letter. Clete is working on the Encampment closeout. Dick will type and submit.

Rita passed out charts on commissioner attendance. We have several members who have exceeded the article III, section 2, language of our bylaws. Ann will check with Brad and the Chamber. Dick will check with Louise and Gene.

Ann reported that she had talked with Dave Shores of the IR about columns. He said they are working on a 4-year plan for articles. He wants 400-500 words. Jack, Amy, and Dick will write samples. Get to Ann and she will meet with Dave. They are going to start a Rediscover Montana section and selected excerpts from the journals in March 2004. Jack is going to work on a “On This Date” piece.

The October Chapter meeting will be Oct. 20, at Jorgenson’s. Dinner will be $12.50.

The next meeting will be September 24. Ann, Mike, Jack and Mark will be out of town.




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