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Upper Missouri Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission Meeting Minutes
Agricultural Museum, Fort Benton, Montana
April 28, 2003

Meeting called to order by Chairman Kubick at 7:00 p.m.

Members present: England, Fisher, Goldhahn, Kubick, Doerk, Parchen and Stensland. Excused Absence: Roehm, Shield and Sepich. Others present: John England, Portage Route Chapter L&CTHF and Jane Weber, Executive Director, L&C Interpretive Center.

  1. Minutes. Motion made by Doerk, seconded by Goldhahn, carried to approve March 24, 2003 minutes without change.

  2. Treasurerís Report. Motion made by Stensland, seconded by Doerk, carried to approve the Treasurer's Report of April 28, 2003.

  3. Status Report
    1. National: Weber thanked the Commission for their tremendous support of the National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Council's "Retrospect of Success Convention." She stated it was the eighth such convention and from al the comments it was the best so far. It shows what this small community of Lewis & Clark enthusiasts can to in spite of the size of the handicap. Kubick expressed his deep appreciation on behalf of the C ommission to Weber and Bourne for all their hard work and long hours of providing a very successful convention, without all the resources, human and otherwise, that the previous conventions have enjoyed. Kubick also thanked Bob Doerk and Don Peterson for their highly professional and acclaimed Portage tour; to Ann Goldhahn and Pat Kercher for their Bus Attendant duties during the tour and to all the Commission members who volunteer so much of their time and efforts. Kubick asked the commission to authorize him to purchase a gift for Weber and Bourne for all their hard work and many hours of personal sacrifice on the Commission's behalf.

      Motion by Fischer, seconded by Parchen, carried unanimously to permit Kubick to purchase a nice gift for Weber and Bourne, reflecting all their hard work and personal sacrifice on behalf of the Commission, to be presented at a future appropriate meeting and to report the cost of the gifts.

    2. State: No State Representatives present. State information included in the packet.
    3. Regional: Kubick stated he hand't heard anything about the legislation that was introduced to preserve Tower Rock and to rename Half Breed Falls to the State Legislature. He felt it was on track or else Cheryl Hutchinson would have been requesting our support. No other regional reports were available.
    4. Explore! the Big Sky: Doerk stated that the Events Committee is meeting shortly to look at the total cost of the event to insure that it is attainable in light of the national economy.

  4. Old Business

    Fisher and Stensland submitted their conflict of interest forms completing the curretn Commission's requirement.

    The $2,000.00 grant from the Montana Bicentennial Commission has been received and deposited with the necessary paperwork at the City Clerk's Office.

    The amount of dollars to request from the Commissioni sponsors was deferred until we had a joint meeting with them to up date them on the Bicentennial progress. We will attempt to schedule it for our June 23, 2003 meeting.

    Shield reported he rescheduled a meeting with MDT Director, Dave Galt for tomorrow, April 29, 2003 to discuss possible Montana Department of Transportation involvement in our much needed corridor signage project. Motion by Fisher, seconded by Parchen, carried to pay Shield the travel expenses to Helena and return.

    Kubick expressed concern about the lack of corridor signage projects since all the NPS grants for this year have been allocated. Parchen stated he felt that at this point this will be our only legacy of the bicentennial and we must do something with or without the help of Federal and/or State contriburions. Motion by Parchen, seconded by England, carried to have our May 19th meeting dedicated to resolving corridor signage. Parchen will invite all corridor and adjacent corridor entities; all L&C organizations; and any federal/state agencies to formulate a signage strategy. All agreed that this was a most important project and more important than meeting with our sponsoring commissioners at this time. Kubick stated he would get with Seppich and see about getting the Missouri Room for our next meeting to insure adequate space for the participants. John England stated he would carry this message back to the Portage Route Chapter scheduled for this coming Thursday.

    Kubick asked of the status of people planning to attend the Confluence of Cultures Symposium in Missoula, MT. England, Fisher, Roehm, and Shield will not be able to attend because of previous commitments.

  5. New Business
    Kubick presented the recent Great Falls Tribune insert on Lewis and Clark and asked for comments about it. He stated he felt that our corridor and area was slighted in the insert. Others agreed but stated there is a more localized insert coming out in June that should take care of that issue.

    England and Goldhahn thanked Kubick for obtaining the nice name tags for the Commission.

    Motion by Parchen, seconded by England, carried to start our next meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Great Falls Civic Center, Missouri Room, May 19, 2003 to start with the Joint Signage meeting and then our regular meeting.

    Kubick noted that the Fall State Convention is October 2-3, 2003 in Lewistown.

    The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted by Stephen N. Kubick, Chairman.




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