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Bitterroot Business News

406-363-2400 - fax 406-363-2402 105 East Main - Hamilton MT 59840 QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER -- October 2017

19th Annual Chamber BBQ

The 19th Annual Chamber BBQ was held on Friday, September 29th at Sapphire Lutheran Home in Hamilton. The weather was just perfect once again! There was a good crowd with lots of food and drink donated by local grocery stores and brewers. The Chamber BBQ was started 19 years ago by Cindy Beck, who was at the time the Chamber’s President and manager of the local Albertson’s store here in Hamilton. It continues today with the help of Cindy and all the local businesses who generously help make this a Free event for our Chamber members. It is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for your continued support throughout the year. Special thank you goes to: Albertsons, Bitter Root Brewing, Frito Lay, Franz, Hamilton’s Market Place, Higherground Brewing, Nabisco, Pepsi, Safeway, and Super One.

In This Issue Letter from Director ............. Page 2 Leadership BR ....................... Page 3 Ambassadors .......................... Page 3 Member News Corner .......... Page 4 Business Directory ................ Page 5 Gift Certificates .................. Page 5 Ribbon Cuttings ..................... Page 6 Letter from President ........... Page 7 New Members ...................... Page 7 Calendar of Events ................ Page 8

Letter from Director

Al Mitchell

2017 RC Fair Parade

Welcome to Autumn in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley! It is hard to believe that we are approaching the homestretch of another busy year. Greetings and welcome to Autumn! This has been an interesting year with a longer than normal Winter followed by a wet Spring. Summer brought us drought, fire and smoke. As Fall sets in, we have been able to enjoy a few nice days, but we all know what is coming. It’s true that we have had better years, but if you turn on the news you’ll hear about hurricanes, tornados and flooding down South. Wildfires are raging in California and south of Havre already has three feet of snow. Attacks, mass murder and civil unrest dominates the TV and newswires. Somehow it makes our everyday problems seem trivial, and upon reflection, there are not many better places to live and work than in this beautiful Bitterroot Valley! In Chamber news, our tourist numbers were down a bit from previous years, but our valley was filled with activity every single weekend. With the aid of our ever faithful Brewfest Committee and nearly seventy volunteers we held another highly successful Microbrew Festival at the end of July. August saw another Ravalli County Fair celebration and our Leadership Class was helping out by lining up the parade participants and judging all the wonderful floats and organizations. The parade seems to just get bigger and better every year! We rounded out September with our Annual Chamber Barbeque held at Sapphire Lutheran Homes. Many thanks go out to all the businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of that event by donating food, beverages and door prizes. We are currently in the midst of hosting political forums for mayor and city council races in Stevensville and Hamilton. Soon we will be busy with the holidays, electing new directors for our board, and our Winter retreat. Plans are already in the works for the Annual Chamber Banquet at Bitterroot River Inn on Saturday February 3rd. Be sure to save the date. Your Board of Directors and support staff here at the Chamber wish you all the best for a strong finish to 2017!

Ravalli Electric Co-op

–Al Mitchell, director

Corvallis, MT - (406) 961-3001 - A Touchstone Energy Partner

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Leadership Bitterroot

The 2018 Leadership Bitterroot Class has begun! This should be a fun and exciting year with some new changes being introduced by last year’s class, who facilitate this year’s sessions. Introducing Leadership 2018: Debbie Sesa Gantz - Hamilton School District #3 Melissa Greenwood - Ravalli Electric Co-op Carol Holman - Stockman Bank Beth Hoover - DSVS Nicole Jabaut - Self, Consulting Hannah Jessop - Cardinal Properties Ryan Jolley - Purity Cleaning & Restoration Kirsten Kearns - First American Title Claire Kemp - Hamilton Downtown Association Amber Lamb - A2Z Personnel Crystal Lear - Farmers State Bank Jeff Lewis - Bitterroot CrossFit Jon Moles - RC Sheriff’s Office Tim Moody - NorthWestern Energy Keith Mullan - Rocky Mountain Bank Lauren Parsons - Ravalli Republic Shelby Rogala - Darby Public School Laci Rose - Ravalli County FCI Andrea Shay - Trapper Creek Job Corps Welcome to this year’s class! As business and community leaders it is important for us to have our fingers on the economic pulse and health of the business models we are directly responsible for. In addition, as community leaders we need to know the issues that affect our business neighbors and the communities we live in. As Chamber members it is important for us to be proactive in regard to our business communities to insure the economic vitality not only of our communities but the State of Montana as well. Leadership Bitterroot will focus on giving each individual participant a personal insight into every business operation, special service provider and government organization we visit. You will learn about each business history, what they produce or the services they provide. You will learn what each business contributes to the community in terms of payroll and number of employee’s, what the tough issues are that the business now faces or envisions facing, why they are located in the Bitterroot, what local and state issues have an impact on their business, what their future plans are for growth or maintaining status quo, and finally, what they feel the Chamber of Commerce can do to better represent them. For each organization and or business we visit, we will follow this format. Each member of leadership will have a business overview provided to them prior to visiting the business for that day. The purpose is to have some insight into the business or organization so that you might ask intelligent questions and represent the Chamber and Leadership in a positive light. We are guests of the businesses we’re visiting….listen to them, learn and be informed! Many businesses are small two to three person operations while others may employ upwards to 100 people. Regardless of their size, they are all important to the economic vitality of the Bitterroot Valley.

Definition of Leadership Leadership…..what is it really? At first glance, business and community leadership looks like a simple matter of one’s style. But when you get to the core of it, leadership isn’t about style at all. It’s about Substance, Vision, Action and Spirit…..these words comprise the essence of leadership. They have nothing to do with style and everything to do with substance. Leadership Bitterroot helps to provide the substance needed in all community and business leaders. Knowing what to do, knowing how to do it, moving with a defined picture of the past and a clear direction for the future in a spirit of building a strong economic business community is the focus of Leadership Bitterroot. Are leaders born or made? Some people say that leadership is something that is innate….you’re either born with it or you’re not. While it is true that some individuals are born with leadership traits, there is more to being a true leader than genetics. The truth is that leadership is a combination of skills that can be learned, practiced and perfected by anyone willing to put in the time and effort. Participants do not graduate from Leadership Bitterroot; they progress to a higher level of community involvement.

Ambassador Updates

Ambassadors committee Lucas Pernsteiner, chair Become a Chamber Ambassador and see the World! Ok, that might be overstating it a little but consider some of the things that the Bitterroot Chamber Ambassadors have been involved in over the past few months or even years. We currently are putting together our Chamber Awards Banquet that will be held in February once again this year. The banquet has always been a fantastic opportunity to meet the other chamber members and discover businesses in the valley that you may not have been aware of. The Chamber Barbecue that occurred just last month was another chance to meet your fellow members, the Ambassadors organized that event as well. If you were there it was a chance to meet and discover new friends and build the community of the Bitterroot Valley. Or perhaps you caught up with an old friend. There have also been community luncheons in Darby, Hamilton, Stevensville and Lolo this past year not to mention a slew of Business After Hours events and ribbon cuttings. A great thing occurs as we meet at fun events like these. We gain a sense of belonging to something and lose the impression of going it alone, which we can create when we isolate ourselves. That is what being a member of the chamber is about. As we interact with each other we strengthen our community, helping each other and sharing in our successes. Our Bitterroot Valley is a wonderful place to live and visit and it is just that much better when we act like a community that cares about each other and the people that visit us. So being an ambassador with the chamber will not mean that you now get to travel the globe, but it might just let you See your World here in the valley in a new way. That is well worth the trip. See you out there. P.S. If you would like to join the Ambassadors for one of our monthly meetings we can be found at the Lambros ERA building at 514 North 1st Street in Hamilton on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 noon.

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Member News Corner ~ Jade Beaty Sensual Wisdom Jade Beaty comes to us most recently from 20 years in Boulder, Colorado. She arrived in Hamilton in late September of 2015 to take a workshop about helping animals, using the products from Alaskan Essences, an international company located in Victor. Immediately, deeply in love with the natural beauty here, she started nesting and vows never to return to Colorado – well she might pass through. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Jade moved to Austin in her late teens. She lived in Washington, DC during Clinton’s first year, attending the inaugural balls in the fall of 1991 with her husband of that era. Twice married to fabulous Texan men, she is now happily single, with a daughter, son-in-law, and two adored grandchildren living near Austin. Jade brings an unusual form of coaching to the Bitterroot Valley. The best way to learn more is to visit her website: She’ll start popping into networking events soon and will plan an introductory talk just for the members of the Chamber, so you can meet this dynamic woman and ask questions.

Robin Duncan Massage by Robin, LLC Robin Duncan is the owner of Massage By Robin and is located at 350 Lorenz Spur in Hamilton. Melt away your tension and stress with a Massage by Robin and emerge back into the world calm and invigorated. Re-discover your sense of well-being with personalized therapies that nurture both body and mind. Enjoy an experience that will allow you to achieve calm, relaxation and peace inside and out. I encourage everyone to try massage therapy at least once, so they can decide if its a positive addition to their self-care to help them become healthier. So .... if you are looking for a rewarding and relaxing experience, you need to give Robin a call today! You can also book an appointment on her web site at or give her a call 369-8112, you won’t regret it!

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LuLaRoe Jen Toelke & Amy Crider Hello! We are Jen and Amy from Lolo LuLaRoe Jen Toelke & Amy Crider! We are independent retailers with LuLaRoe. We carry several styles of women’s clothing including tops, dresses, skirts, and our famous “buttery soft” leggings ranging in sizes from XXS to 3XL. We offer hostess incentives for anyone wishing to earn FREE LuLa by hosting an Online PopUp, In (your) Home PopUp, or a Boutique PopUp (invite all your friends to our boutique and you don’t have clean your house!) Jen and I are very excited to share our journey with LuLaRoe with you and the Bitterroot Valley. Call us for your LuLa needs at 406-531-9457 or find us on Facebook at iew=permalink&id=883957518437325

Rosalee Shorter RS Aesthetics Rosalee Shorter, owner of RS Aesthetics, moved her business to a new location at 293 Rodeo Drive in Florence. What an amazing facility she has! She hosted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, October 12 and the turn-out was nothing less than spectacular! If you have not yet seen or taken advantage of her services, make sure you give her a call or stop in and see her outstanding facility. It will make you feel beautiful the minute you walk in the door. or give her a call (406) 880-0804.

Chamber Directory & Ballot Information The Bitterroot Valley Chamber will be sending, via mail, your verification form as well as your ballots for the upcoming Chamber Board Elections. The verification form will list all of your current business information, which will be used in our Chamber Business Directory as well as our web site. The Chamber Directory will be printed in January of 2018, so please make sure you check ALL of the information listed on the form. If you have any questions, give Pat a call at the Chamber 363-2400 or email Also please remember to vote and send back your ballots to the Chamber as these people will be the ones making decisions regarding Chamber issues that affect you and your business. It will have their photos as well as a brief description regarding themselves. These forms are very important in order for us here at the Chamber to help better serve you and your buisness. Please help us by taking the time to check your information and vote for the ones you would like to see on our Chamber Board. Thank you

Gift Certificates

If you are looking for the perfect gift to give for birthdays, weddings, holidays, thank you’s or any occasion, the Bitterroot Valley Chamber Gift Certificates are your solution. We have over 50 different stores where they can be redeemed and what better gift than to give local to keep our businesses strong and healthy. Stop in at the Chamber office to purchase your certificates or call ahead and we will have them ready for you. Remember to buy local and one of the best ways to help do that is to purchase Bitterroot Valley Chamber Gift Certificates!

The Bitterroot Valley Board of Directors and Staff, would like to thank you for your support during this past year.

Chamber Meetings AMBASSADORS meet 1st Wednesday of every month at 12noon. Call for location.

CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5 pm. LEADS meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday's of every month at 12-noon - Call for meeting place. TOURISM/MARKETING meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m., except July and August. Call Chamber for meeting place. Civic Club Schedules CORVALLIS CIVIC CLUB meets 3rd Monday of every month at 7:30 pm at the Corvallis High School lunchroom. Tonia Bloom 363-3485. SOUTH VALLEY CIVIC GROUP meets the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:00 at the Darby Library. Call Annie Edwards 381-8302 FLORENCE CIVIC CLUB meets 1st Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the Fire Hall in Florence. Call Ann Bethea 403-6491 STEVENSVILLE CIVIC CLUB meets 2nd Thursday of every month at 12-noon at St. Mary's Mission Visitor Center. Robin Holcomb 777-7804. Regular Luncheon Meetings KIWANIS - Wednesdays at 12-noon at BJ’S Restaurant LIONS - Tuesdays at 12-noon at BJ’s Restaurant ROTARY - Mondays at 12-noon at BJ’s Restaurant SOROPTIMISTS - Thursdays at 12-noon at BJ’s Restaurant

Remember all that we have to be thankful for during the upcoming holidays. Most of all our family, friends and acquaintances who bring us peace of mind and love.

Chamber Board of Directors

President - Chris Edwards, TrailWest Bank Past President - Fenn Nelson, Higherground Brewing Co President Elect - Lucas Pernsteiner, Bitterroot Chiropractic Treasurer - Darci Parsons, RC Federal Credit Union Victoria Howell, Bitterroot Star Susan Wetzsteon, Wetzsteon Electric Eric Elander, SP2M Marketing DeDe Adams, Montana Basket Bistro Levi Dunn, Ravalli Electric Co-op Cal Ruark, Elite Bull Connection Ryan Jolley, Purity Cleaning & Restoration Director: Al Mitchell Office Manager: Pat Easley

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Ribbon Cuttings & BAH . . . Community Luncheons Ribbon Cutting for Ravalli County Fairgrounds

Ribbon Cutting for RE/MAX All Stars

Ribbon Cutting for MDMH Clinic in Victor

Save The Date

Chamber No Host Luncheon

Ribbon Cutting for The Little Blue Joint in Darby

at The Coffee Cup

500 South First Street - Hamilton at NOON

Thursday, October 26, 2017 MUST RSVP 363-2400 by Wed., Oct. 25 at noon Limited Seating so the First 24 People to call will be seated You must give us 24 hour notice if unable to attend or you will be billed $10 We will be ordering off the menu

Join us & let us know what is going on in your business

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Chamber Luncheon Caffe’ Firenze in Florence Chamber’s No Host Luncheons are held every 4th Thursday of the month. You do not need to be a Chamber Member to attend Great way to net work and let everyone know what is going on in your business

Newest Members DOUBLE H HAT COMPANY 121 South Main Street Darby, MT 59829 (406) 821-3300 Jimmy Harrison elevate THIS Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 600-6944 Nicole Jabaut LITTLE BLUE JOINT/SAWMILL SALOON 119 North Main Darby, MT 59829 (406) 821-0023 Michael Campbell LULAROE JEN AND AMY 212 Cap de VIlla Lolo, MT 59847 (406) 396-5070 Amy Crider

Letter from our President ...

Chris Edwards

Greetings and Happy Fall! The Chamber continues to be stable and healthy. In July, we had our signature event; Brew Fest. The event was well attended and the weather was perfect. We continue to have Business After Hours events on the last Thursday of the month. These events are great opportunities to network and build community. Ryan Jolly from Purity Cleaning and Restoration Services has joined the Chamber Board to fill a vacancy left by a resigning board member. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Ryan on his board position. In closing, I encourage all people living in the Bitterroot Valley to shop local, to attend a community function, to help out a neighbor, to volunteer for a worthy cause and to actively participate in making the Bitterroot Valley a wonderful place to live.

Chris Edwards - President

MERRILL LYNCH 330 North Higgins Drive Missoula, MT 59801 (406) 829-2454 Ryne Mading RC TOURISM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT PO Box 1743 Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 360-7409 Marie Christopher RE/MAX ALL STARS 1659 North First Street Ste #8 Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-5750 Julie Fillingham SENSUAL WISDOM PO Box 456 Stevensville, MT 59870 (406) 369-2202 Jade Delena Beaty

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Calendar of Events 2017


OCTOBER 4 TO DECEMBER 6 Stevensville Playhouse presents After School Program, ages 8- 18, every Wednesday … Cost is $75. Call Susan McCawley 777-2722 OCTOBER 12-NOVEMBER 2 MDMH presents their Healthcare Education Series. Series is beginning and classes are held at 5:30 at MDMH in Blodgett and Canyon View conference rooms. Part 1 and 2 begins at 5:30, doors open at 4:30. Visit booths prior to the sessions. Part 2 begins at 5:30 and doors open at 4:30. Call 375-4570 for more information. October 10 to November 16 is their ‘Fit & Well Exercise Program’. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1 pm at MDMH Rehabilitation Center. Call 3754570 for more information. November 22 MDMH Blood Drive from 9 am to 4 pm. Call 375-4722. December 14 MDMH presents ‘Journaling Makes a Difference’ OCTOBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 27 Stevensville Playhouse presents “Annabelle Broom the Unhappy Witch” at 7:30 pm Oct, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Performance at 2:00pm Oct. 15, 22, 29. For more information call 777-2722. OCTOBER 13-29 Stevensville Playhouse presents ‘Annabel Broom the Unhappy Witch’. Call 777-2722 for more information. OCTOBER 21, 28 Hamilton Farmers Mini Market in Legion Park. Call 961-0004 for more information. OCTOBER 21, 28 & 31 10pm-3am | Ghost Tours: Paranormal Investigations. This event is done in the dark, with flashlights, and special ghost hunting equipment. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no one under the age of 14. This can be a frightening experience that is not suitable for children. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 OCTOBER 27 Ravalli Electric is having a Membership Appreciation Day from 11 am to 1 pm. Call Melissa 961-3001 for more information. OCTOBER 27 Hamilton Tonight presents Moonlight Madness Downtown Sales Event & Late Night Shopping. Call 360-9124 or

OCTOBER 28 “Proud to be an American” Republican Dinner/ Rally at 1st Interstate Building. Beginning at 4:00 pm .. speakers and dinner. Call Judy 363-5208 or 370-4727.

OCTOBER 31 Halloween Parade downtown Hamilton at 4:00 … line up at the Post Office. NOVEMBER 3-12 ARTrageous in the Bitterroot. All Arts Festival. Call Olive Parker 381-0284 for more information. NOVEMBER 3-5 Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours and Sales from 10:30 am to 6 pm. The tours are an opportunity for the public to view and purchase art work directly from the artists. 381-7898 NOVEMBER 3-5 Daly Mansion presents Holly Jolly Artisan Show & Sale at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. NOVEMBER 4 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Christmas Party for Kidsplace Kids and Generation.4.12. 11 am to 1 pm ages 4 to 17 at City Hall (Bedford Room). Free pizza, jewelry making, games, prizes, candy and cookie decorating. Call 350-2360 for more information

NOVEMBER 24 Hamilton Tonight presents Christmas Stroll and Tree Lighting. Call 360-9124 DECEMBER 1, 2, 3 Stevensville’s Country Christmas begins with a ‘Parade of Lights’, caroling, open houses. Decorations and beautiful lights throughout the town. Horse and wagon rides and Santa. 777-3773 for more information. DECEMBER 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 Stevensville Playhouse presents “Annie”. Performance at 7:30 pm Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. Performance at 2:00 pm Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Call 7772722 for more information. DECEMBER 1 Hamilton Tonight presents Merry Grinch-mas! Call 360-9124 or DECEMBER 1 Stevensville Playhouse presents ‘Annie’. Call 7772722 for more information. DECEMBER 2 Daly Mansion presents Christmas Tea & Tour at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information.

NOVEMBER 9 AND 10 Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Boutique. Nov. 9 from 4 to 8 pm. Nov. 10 from 9 to 3 pm at MDMH Blodgett/Canyon View Conference Rooms.

DECEMBER 2 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Clothing and Housewares Giveaway from 9 am to noon at City Hall (Bedford Room). All items are free. Call 350-2360 for more information

NOVEMBER 10 Hamilton Tonight presents Thank You Hamilton. Call 360-9124 or

DECEMBER 4 Victor Museum Chocolate Tasting Event from 3 to 9 pm at the Victor Heritage Museum. 642-3997 or 363-3165.

NOVEMBER 10-11 Bitterroot Art Guild Christmas Show at 1st Interstate Center. Fri., Nov. 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. Sat., Nov.. 11 from 9 am to 4 pm. Unique, beautiful one of a kind gifts. Free admission with a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Darby Bread Box Food Bank. NOVEMBER 11 November 11th 2pm | A Red, White & Blue Christmas In Honor of our Veterans, Ravalli County Museum hosts an annual observance. | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840

OCTOBER 27-28 Daly Mansion presents Haunted Mansion Hayrides at the Daly Mansion, 7 pm to 10 pm $5 per person, not recommended for 6 and under. Located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information.

NOVEMBER 18 BRHA Festival of Wreaths at BR River Inn. Fundraising event will begin at 5:30 to 8:00. Advance reservations, on sale now, call 363-5311 or at the BRHA Animal Shelter, 262 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. For information call Sue at 642-9840 or Mary at 642-3785.

OCTOBER 28 Riverstone School Halloween Party on Sat., Oct. 28 from 3 – 6pm $5/child. for more information.

NOVEMBER 18 St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar at 333 Charlos Street in Stevensville. Hours from 9 am to 2 pm. Call 7775734 for more information.

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NOVEMBER 25 Corvallis Christmas Bazaar from 9 am to 3 pm at Corvallis High School, both old and new gyms. Call 961-3961 or 369-2131.

DECEMBER 8 Hamilton Tonight presents Hamilton Tonight – Sheep Trial! Call 360-9124 or www. DECEMBER 9 Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding will hold its Annual Winter Picnic on Dec. 9 at First Interstate Center in Hamilton at 6 pm. Call (406) 880-6599 DECEMBER 15 Hamilton Tonight presents Celebration of Light! Call 360-9124 or DECEMBER 16 Daly Mansion presents Community Christmas Party at the Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. 11 am to 3 pm. Call 363-6004 #2 for more info/ DECEMBER 22 Hamilton Tonight presents Countdown to Christmas! Call 360-9124 or www.


Chamber Newsletter for October 2017