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Bitterroot Business News

406-363-2400 - fax 406-363-2402 105 East Main - Hamilton MT 59840 QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER -- January 2018

Chamber Officers for 2018

The 2018 Bitterroot Valley Chamber President is Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner. Lucas is owner of Bitterroot Chiropractic in Hamilton. Chris Edwards is out-going President. Chris is Vice President/ Commercial Loan Officer of TrailWest Bank in Hamilton. President-elect is Susan Wetzsteon. Susan is employed Mikesell’s Jewelry and Wetzsteon Electric in Hamilton.Treasurer is Darci Parsons. Darci is the CEO at Ravalli County Federal Credit Union. Congratulations to our newly 2018 elected officers!

Board Members

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome our newest Board Members for 2018: Bill Capko - Bill has worked for First Security Bank for the past 20 years as a commercial loan officer. Bill and his wife, Leah, have 2 children, both of whom are in college. We’re sure Bill will provide an endless array of ideas. We look forward to having him with us for the next three (3) years. Jaime Williams - Jaime grew up and worked in the Bitterroot Valley most of her life. Jaime took over her mom’s business A2Z Personnel and works hard to provide employment opportunities to the general public. Jaime is passionate about giving back to the community and will be a great asset to the Chamber Board. Julie Winthers - Julie is a New England transplant and spent 35 years in Wyoming before moving to Darby. She owns Hidden Treasurers, a unique consignment shop, in Darby. She has been in the hospitality sector her entire working career, and we believe will provide a lot of value as a board member.

In This Issue Letter from President .............Page 2 Chamber Banquet ................. Page 3 Ribbon Cuttings .................... Page 4 Membership Benefits .............Page 5 Chamber Directory ................ Page 5 New Board ............................. Page 6 Calendar of Events ................. Page 7

Scott Watters - Scott has worked in the advertising and marketing field for 30 years. Scott is the owner of Watters Edge Design, an award winning graphic,web design and creative marketing company. We look forward to his enthusiasm and ideas.

The 112th Annual Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Banquet .... look for your invitation in the mail soon.

Make sure you make your reservations by returning your invitation. It will be a fun, relaxing event with great food, live and silent auction, raffle, awards and an enjoyable evening visiting with your fellow businesses.

Letter from our President ...

Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner

We all have the tendency to start each New Year off in eager anticipation of all the wonderful things we are going to accomplish with a fresh start. There is something invigorating, exciting, and hopeful about new beginnings, pressing the restart button and setting new goals. We set resolutions, saying to ourselves, “this year I will keep them”. We plan budgets and work our numbers to hopefully show greater profits this year . . . or at least less of a loss as we grow a fledgling business. I will confess to you that I am suffering from some of the optimism of this season. The newly elected Mayors of Hamilton, Darby and Stevensville both have a desire to build strong, working relationships with the Chamber and seem to have an eye on growth. The Chamber continues to build its positive reputation in the valley while working for growth and profitable business in tandem with the Ravalli County Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) and multiple Main Street Associations. It appears that we are poised for a prosperous year in the Bitterroot Valley. Now we must strive to pursue our ambitions for the New Year. Luckily, ambition feeds itself. Accomplish one thing today and it isn’t as hard to accomplish something more tomorrow. It is like the well known, “Make Your Bed Each Morning”, commencement address. (Yes, there is actually such a speech, you can find it on the web rather easily.) There are so many cliches regarding this concept you would be hardpressed to miss the message. “You get out what you put in.” “The journey of a thousand steps starts with a single one.” “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” So this year I invite you to start fresh with us and let’s move forward. I look forward expectantly to building, growing and promoting the Bitterroot Valley to make it the best place to live, work and play. Join the Chamber as we move forward. Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner President Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Updating Calendar

The Chamber is in the process of updating their 2018 Calendar for our in-house calendar and web site. If you have any upcoming events that you would like us to list, please give us a call and make sure we have your information. The Chamber receives numerous calls every day requesting information regarding the Valley’s events and we do our best to keep an updated listing of all events throughout the Valley. Help us help you promote your events by giving us a call 363-2400 or email us at

2018 Members Helping Members

Save The Date

SAVE The Date -

The 112th Annual Chamber Banquet has been set for Saturday, February 3rd at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. This year’s theme will be ‘A Black & White Affair, with a Touch of Gold’. Every indication looks like this year’s event will be outstanding! During our Annual Banquet we also recognize businesses that are making a difference in our valley. We recognize Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, New Business of the Year, Economic Development, Volunteer of the Year, Unsung Hero, Spark Plug Award and the Laurel Award, plus a few more.

The 112th Annual Chamber Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 You will be receiving your invitation in the mail shortly. Please mark your calendar for this fun evening of Awards, Auction Items, Raffles, Dinner along with great networking with your fellow businesses. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the Annual Chamber Awards Banquet held at the Bitterroot River Inn Newsletter - Page 3

Ribbon Cuttings/Luncheons

Ribbon Cuttings and Business After Hours are some of the things that the Chamber Ambassadors are in charge of. It helps expose your business to other businesses throughout the Valley. The Ambassadors help you host these events and encourages other businesses in the Valley to attend. The photos are some of the Ribbon Cuttings held recently. If you are interested in joining the Chamber and having a Ribbon Cutting or Business After Hours, please give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Connecting Businesses Valley Wide

Literacy Bitterroot

Coffee Cup Cafe

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Little Blue Joint

Membership Benefits

The one thing most people ask is ‘What Does The Chamber Do For Me?” Since working at the Chamber - this being my 22nd year - I have had to answer that question more times that I care to count. So for all of you who are new as well as those who have been with us for several years, here are some of the many benefits that you receive by being a Chamber Member. 1) Display of brochures and business cards in our lobby. 2) Rotating business to business referrals. Chamber members like to shop with Chamber members. 3) Listing in the Chamber Membership Directory. Many of our members look in the Membership Directory before the standard phone issue telephone directory. This is an excellent way of networking and shopping local. 4) Chamber sponsored business seminars. The Chamber hosts seminars designed specifically for our Chamber members to better help you operate, manage and expand your business. 5) Ribbon Cuttings. As a new member, you re entitled to have a ribbon cutting at your place of business when you join the Chamber. You can also have a Ribbon Cutting for a new location or remodel. 6) Attendance to the annual Membership Barbeque. Every year the Chamber hosts a free picnic for our members and their families. 7) Chamber Monthly Luncheons. Every month the Chamber hosts a Community Luncheon up and down the valley. Businesses are invited to attend and bring along a guest. This is an opportunity for you to let us know what is going on with your business as well as your community. 8) Business Referrals to visitors and phone traffic. Our office staff and volunteers greet thousands of visitors every year and not all of them are tourists. In addition, they field thousands of telephone calls inquiring about businesses in the valley. Chamber members are always referred first. 9) Business After Hours. This is a great way for you to network with other businesses, meet people and hand out business cards. Our Business After Hours are hosted by our Ambassadors. 10) Free event driven membership emails. If your business is hosting an event for the community or having a grand opening

2018 Membership Directory

The new 2018 Membership Directory should be arriving at your business in the next few weeks. Please make sure you keep them handy - they list all of our current Chamber Members in alphabetical order as well as categorically. The Directory will mirror our Web Site Categories, which will help you find the business you are looking for quickly and easily. The Chamber Directory will also include your new 2018 Membership Plaque for you to display at your business. We hope you will use your Directory as your main source when looking for information and help us keep our local businesses strong! If you do not receive yours in the mail by the end of January, please give us a call here at the Chamber office 363-2400.

etc. you will receive a free email blast to our entire membership, listed in our calendar of events and posted on our Facebook Page. 11)Free Chamber website listing. Our website gets a tremendous amount of traffic every month. As a member you are listed on our website in the membership directory. 12) Committee participation. As a member you are welcome to attend and be a part of our committees in action. We have a listing of various committees that you can belong to. 13) Leads Group Participation. This group is made up of different types of businesses that meet every second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. 14) Listing in the “Chamber Recommends” brochure. Since we have so many different types of businesses inquiries, we have published a few ‘categorized’ brochures of our larger categories. Real Estate, Contractors/Builders, Restaurants and Lodging are the four we have in our office. 15) Hospitality bags. These are a favorite among people who are visiting our valley and are here for a convention, tournament or other events. The Chamber helps promote our valley by helping organizations with an assortment of various coupons, brochures or novelty items that welcome visitors to our valley and encourage their business. 16) If you are reading this article then you are receiving one of the benefits of being a Chamber member. Our Newsletter comes out quarterly and is emailed to our entire membership and posted online. These are some of the benefits of being a Chamber Member. Think about them and realize the many opportunities you could be taking advantage of. There are also effective advertising opportunities that you can purchase to help your business. If you know of a business that would benefit from being a Chamber, please have them give us a call 363-2400. We will be more than happy to help their business become a part of our Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce. Or if you are already a member and need more information regarding any of the benefits listed, please let us know. We are here to help you in any way we can. Thank you ... Pat Easley Office Manager

We would like to thank the following for their support in advertising in our 2018 Chamber Membership Directory: A2Z Personnel, Angler’s Lodge, Big Sky Eye Care, Bitter Root Humane Association, Bitterroot River Inn, City Center Motel, Cybernet1, Farmers State Bank, First American Title, First Security Bank, JCCS, Jerry Wessels Tire, Legacy Phone Directory, Murdoch’s, Opportunity Bank, Parts Unlimited, Quality Inn, RC Federal Credit Union, Schrock Construction, Stockman Bank, The Paper Clip, TrailWest Bank, and Valley Mini Storage. Thank you for all for your continued support of this publication.

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Welcome Your 2018 Board of Directors

Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner President Bitterroot Chiropractic

Chris Edwards Past President TrailWest Bank

Susan Wetzsteon President-Elect Wetzsteon Electric

DeDe Adams Montana Basket Bistro

Jaime Williams A2Z Personnel

Julie Winthers Hidden Treasures

Eric Elander SP2M Marketing

Scott Watters Watters Edge Design

Ryan Jolley Purity Cleaning & Restoration

Darci Parsons Treasurer CEO of Ravalli County FCU

Levi Dunn Ravalli Electric Co-op

Bill Capko First Security Bank


Al Mitchell Director

Pat Easley Office Manager Bitterroot Valley Chamber Volunteers

Marvin Edstedt - Bert Bove - John Trangmoe Ruth Hazelton - Myrna Wolf - Ida Mann Mary Kay Browning

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Committee Chairs: u

Ambassadors: Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner, Bitterroot Chriopractic


Tourism & Marketing: Marie Christopher, TBID


Government Affairs: Fred Thomas, Payne West Insurance

& Teri Polumsky, By Owner Real Estate


Membership Outreach: Chamber Board


Natural Resources: Pat Connell, Timberland Forestry

& Wayne Hedman, Retired.


Leadership Bitterroot: Pat Easley


Leads Group: Darren Bayer, Clear Water Systems


Tournaments: Al Mitchell, The Paper Clip


Calendar of Events 2018 to date

DECEMBER 31 Semi Formal Prime Rib Dinner Benefit for Jake Sanders at Darby Clubhouse. Live and Silent Auction, music, great food. Beginning at 5:30 for more information go to https://www.facebook. com/events/882091768628306 JANUARY 6 Hamilton Players Season Preview & Volunteer Appreciation Event at the City Hall. Call 3759050 JANUARY 9-FEBRUARY 1 MDMH at MD Rehabilitation Center is having: Balance Program For You! Exercise Class. Call 375-4570 for more information. Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 1 pm for four weeks. $64 (no refund). JANUARY 11 MDMH presents Debunking Diet Myths at MDMH at 5:30 in Blodgett Conference Room. Call 363-2211 for more information. www.mdmh. org/hes JANUARY 12 BR Stockgrowers Ag Expo & Banquet at 1st Interstate Cntr. 9 am to 3 pms JANUARY 12 Performing Arts Center presents The Dustbowl Revival at PAC in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 3637946 or JANUARY 16-FEBRUARY 20 MDMH Bereavement Support Services will focus on grief support in a group setting. Sessions will run for approximately 6 weeks and are free. Session will be Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the Hospice Center, at 1200 Westwood Drive. Refreshments provided. Call 363-6503 for more information and to register. JANUARY 27 Stevenville Playhouse presents a music performance – ONE NIGHT ONLY featuring The Acousticals. Three of Montanas premier musicians playing original material in the Bluegrass/Americana style. Call 777-2722 JANUARY 27 Bitterroot Celtic Society in partner with Daly Mansion is holding a traditional Robert Burns Night Dinner at the Daly Mansion. Entertainment includes pipers, dancers, Robert Burn’s poetry, singing and many toasts with Scotch, door prizes and raffle. Dinner catered by The Crave, with no-host wine bar. Begins at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Seating limited. for more information. FEBRUARY 2-3 BBIA Home & Ranch Expo held at the First Interstate Center from 4 to 7 pm on Feb. 2 and from 9 am to 4 pm on Feb. 3. Cost is $2 or 2 cans of food. 375-9411 for more information.

FEBRUARY 3 Bitterroot Valley Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet at the Bitterroot River Inn. Call 3632400 for more information.

FEBRUARY 2, 3, 24, MARCH 2, 3 Stevensville Playhouse presents James and the Giant Peach. Performance at 7:30 pm Feb. 23, 24 and March 2 and 3. Performance at 2:00 pm Feb. 25 and March 4. Call 777-2722 for more information. FEBRUARY 8 MDMH presents Emotions, Stress and Hearth Disease at 5:30 at MDMH Blodgett Conference room. Call 363-2211 for more information. www. FEBRUARY 10 Performing Arts Center in Hamilton presents Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers at the PAC at 8 am. Call 363-7946 for more information. FEBRUARY 18 Bitter Root Water Forum is hosting two community fundraisers. International Fly Fishing Film Festival:Join the Bitter Root Water Forum for the 2018 International Fly Fishing Film Festival on February 18th. The festival will showcase films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, highlighting the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing. Bring your fishiest friends to this must see experience at the Pharaohplex Cinema at 11am, doors open at 10:30. Tickets will be available at the Bitter Root Water Forum office and Freestone Fly Shop. They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Enjoy door prizes and enter a raffle to win a float trip for two with Eddie Olwell of Fishs Eddy O Outfitters. Reels N’ Brews Event: Join the Bitter Root Water Forum for a beer at Bitter Root Brewing on Sunday February 18th from 1pm-7pm where a portion of every brew sold benefits their work to bring the community together for clean abundant water. Bid at the silent auction from 2-6pm, enjoy door prizes, and enter a raffle to win a float trip for two with Eddie Olwell of Fishs Eddy O Outfitters. Call 375-2272 for more information. FEBRUARY 16-18, 23-25 & March 2-4 Hamilton Players present CHICAGO. Call 3759050 for more information. MARCH 8 Hamilton Players present International Women’s Day Reader’s Theatre & Bake Sale at 7 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information.

APRIL 20-22 & 27-29 Hamilton Players present CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Call 375-9050 for more information. MAY 11, 12, 18, 19 Stevensville Playhouse presents Mousetrap. Performances at 7:30 on May 11, 12, 18 and 19. Performanes at 2:00 on May 13, 20. Call 7772722 for more information. Tickets: Box office open Mon., Wed., Friday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. On line www. MAY 28 Corvallis Memorial Day Parade. Biggest, little parade in Bitterroot Valley. Call Doug Mason 546-4244 JUNE 9 Relay For Life at RC Fairgrounds from 4 to Midnight. For more information call Robin Holbcomb at Opportunity Bank. JUNE 15-17 22-24, 29-30 & JULY 1 Hamilton Players present HELLO, DOLLY. Call 375-9050 for more information. JULY 9-13 Hamilton Players present Summer Theatre School Session 1. Production dates July 13&14. Call 375-9050 JULY 16-20 Hamilton Players present Summer Theatre School Session 2. Grades K-12. Call 375-9050 for more information. JULY 28 Annual Chamber Microbrew Festival at 2nd and Bedford Street in Hamilton. 3:00 to 10:00 pm. Lots of brews to choose from, wine, cider, great food and music. Voted Best Annual Event .... Call 363-2400 for more information regarding this event. AUGUST 17-19, 24-26, 31 & SEPT. 1-2 Hamilton Players present 12 ANGRY MEN. Call 375-9050 for more information. OCTOBER 20 Hamilton Players present Halloween Spooktacular at City Hall. Call 375-9050 for more informaiton OCTOBER 25, 26 & 27 Hamilton Players present Haunted Playhouse. Call 375-9050 for more information.

MARCH 23 Performing Arts Center in Hamilton presents Du Temps Antan at PAC at 8 pm. Call 363-7946 for more information.

OCTOBER 30 Hamilton Players present Halloween Reader’s Theater Grave Readings & Bake Sale at 7 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information.

MARCH 24 Hamilton Soroptomist Chocolate Event

DECEMBER 22 Hamilton Players present Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL READER’S THEATER & BAKE SALE at 7 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information

MARCH 28 AND APRIL 8 Stevensville High School Performance at 7:30 pm March 28 and April 8. Call 777-2722

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