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Stillwater County Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission Meeting Minutes
March 31, 2005

The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by chairman Walt Marten. Those in attendance were: Georgie Schifley, Robert Grosvenor, Marilyn Strange, Mary Schimmele, Aron Strange, Donnie Olesky, Rich Olesky, Shawn Schifley, Sharon Marten & Walt Marten. The minutes were read & approved.

Treasurer's report: Since we have no current treasurer, Walt reported on O&P money. We have received $1,000 from the state--these funds are to be used on educational meetings, travelling, meals at workshops. The people who attended the workshop in Billings need to turn in their mileage & meals to be reimbursed. Marilyn reported that we have $2430.02 in the banner account.

Dugouts: The second one hasn't been started yet. Walt reported that a professor from the U of Montana in Missoula had been here and looked at the dugouts that we've done. He took pictures and is putting the information on a website he's developing.

Raffles: Tickets will be available at the next meeting.

Pins & Merchandise: Marilyn will order some of the license plate pins which we can sell at the July event. The other items have been ordered and should start arriving about the first of May.

Post Office: Walt will check with Chester to determine if any of the post office items could be sold during our event.

Signature Rock: No report.

Site Preparation: The awning will go up the first part of May, weather permitting. Robert inquired if we needed to set up our camp according to military regulations, since that's how the Corps of Discovery did it. It was decided that we don't have enough area to do that but we should have a diagram or diarrama depicting the camp. There is also a new outdoor restroom at the site and the town has been working on the area.

Suggestions for new Stations: Foods of the trail was suggested. Possible contacts for doing this were the Corps of Engineers or the local school. Mary suggested having a station on the flora.

Publicity: We need to get signs around all of Stillwater County, on channel 3 and in the Billings Gazette.

Clark & Lewis: Aron has been talking with the school about bringing this program so it could be presented to the schools and also to the community. The time frame they are looking at is March of 2006. The community program could be in the evening and would be a dessert program. Hopefully we could get the desserts donated.

Banners: Russ hasn't had time to get the banners up. Hopefully they'll be hung soon. We discussed the possibility that some of us may need to help him do this.

Corps of Engineers Workshop: The workshop held in Billings was very good. Most of the presenters were national personalities.

New Business:

Robert reported that the U.S. Forest Service will be celebrating their 100th anniversary and they are centering it around Lewis & Clark. They are developing a program which they'll take to different areas. He'll try to get more information on this.

Someone asked about games which the corps played--Thwarts or Steal the Flag. Walt will try to get more information on these.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40.

Sharon Marten, Secretary  



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