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Lewis & Clark Trail Bicentennial Commission of L&C County
Meeting Minutes
September 25, 2002

In attendance were commission members Clete Daily, Mike Griffith, Bob Henkel, Rich Aarstad, Ann Tedesco, and Rita Blouke and Forest Service liaison Amy Teegarden. There was not a quorum.

Vice President Tedesco called the meeting to order. There was a motion by Clete, seconded by Bob to accept the August minutes as presented. Vote was held pending a quorum.

Clete reported that we have a balance of $20,847.40 with a few bills still outstanding from the Encampment and the selling of prints. There was discussion of whether to contract for brochure distribution with no decision. Brochures have been sent to GF and to Pompey’s Pillar and the Chamber has about 4000. Bob said if we did the same program for print sales we would have expenses of about $1000 plus framing costs. Amy will take more prints to Lincoln. There was a motion by Clete, seconded by Bob, to have 10 prints framed. Vote was held pending a quorum.

Dick will attend the State Conference; Ann will attend the grant preconference; Rich will be there for the Historical Society. Please track all time and expenses for reimbursement or for a Commission donation.

The agenda was amended for Amy to report on her meeting with the X-Cel class. They want to work on the time capsule, and exhibit at the airport on L&C, and the opening event at the Capitol. Clete and Rich will check on what happened to the pictures and maps from Reprographics of the Missouri River Mapping Project. Amy also had copies of the interpretive signs from the Blackfoot Corridor.

There was discussion of the meeting last week with Jan Kennedy from the Murdock Trust. She is not willing to submit the project until we have secured about one-half of the funding through grants and community donations. She wants us to prioritize the project components. There was discussion of a presentation at the State Conference. Clete will ask Alan or Bob about materials for display and handout. There was discussion of roles and strategies. Ann asked Mike to be in charge of getting the committee of Mike, Clete, Gil, Dick and Amy together with Alan. Mike will contact the County about available fund sources. Ann asked about the status of the memorandum of agreement concerning public access. The committee needs to ask Alan to have it drafted.

The retreat will be Monday, October 7, from 10-4 here in the Forest Service Building.

The meeting with BLM about the Vista House at Devil’s Elbow will be October 17 at 10:00.

Rita reviewed the correspondence. Rita read Dick’s memo on correspondence concerning Corps II, the letter to Ed Tinsley, information about the speaker’s list and the Seeley Lake program, a brochure from the training academy at the Interpretive Center, and a call from Marilyn Alexander about Morey’s, 475-3102 (ask for Brent).

Ann reviewed Chapter programs until the end of the year: Sept 29- Tower Rock to Holter Lake hike; Oct 26-Dillon Fiddlers; Nov 15-Dr. Peck.

Ann explained the current planning for the Jan. 18 Bicentennial kickoff in the Capitol Rotunda. Ann and Dick are co-chairing the project. We need to get displays for all of the projects and invitations to the other Chapters and Commissions to participate. The National Guard and the Chamber of Commerce have also expressed willingness to participate. Clint will issue media information and press releases out of his office. Bob felt we should conduct our own publicity in Helena. Ann discussed the possibility of also having a musical presentation and a dance. She talked to Bob Gilbert of the Wool Growers who would be willing to help sponsor. The Civic Center is not available and many of the appropriate participants will be in Washington. The Commission felt there was not time to organize something of this magnitude and that it would be more appropriate to have such a grand celebration “to-do” in 2005. There was discussion of a handout of Commission activities and projects.

Because we did not have enough members for a quorum, the meeting adjourned. Ann called the Executive Committee to order to act on the motions. Clete moved the minutes. Seconded by Rita. Motion passed. Clete moved framing 10 prints. Seconded by Rita. Motion passed. The Executive Committee meeting adjourned.  



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