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Volume 60 | No. 1 | Spring 2017

Billings, Montana

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troubled boy, Jackson,* found his way to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR) after he was arrested. At a young age, pressure and influence from older friends pushed him to use drugs. He said that other than his mother, his immediate family isn’t who he considers family... He chooses family by who is in his heart.

“I was the trouble maker. That’s how people would describe me, I guess,” he said. “I just chose the wrong crowds. Peer pressure was a big part of it, and I just got hooked.” Jackson said that he has never met his father and struggles with emotional issues from feeling abandoned. He has flashbacks from violence in the past and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Jackson said that before treatment at YBGR, he didn’t believe there was a God, but with guidance from the Spiritual Life program and encouragement from staff, that’s all changed. “I actually read the bible every night,” he said. “There’s this one staff that I come to with all my problems, and he prays with me. He’s always right there to hold me up and give me words of encouragement.”

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*Name changed to protect client’s confidentiality.

Inside:

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A Chat With The Foundation President A Message From YBGR’s CEO

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The Spirit Of Christmas Yellowstone Provides Lifelong Skills For Youth

7 Memorial Listings 8 Education Is One Key To Success


A CHAT WITH FOUNDATION PRESIDENT KURT ALME

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yron and Debb Yeik have lived outside Veteran, Wyoming, most of their lives. The town is called “Veteran” because WWI veterans were allowed to homestead the area. Debb’s grandfather was one of those veterans. Byron is a veterinarian and Debb is an accountant making them a pretty capable ranching team through the years. The last couple of years, they’ve been working on downsizing their operation as they head toward retirement. But selling down their herd and some of the land, in addition to their regular sales of calves and hay, was going to cause some high taxes. So, instead of selling everything outright, they created two charitable remainder trusts (CRTs). From time to time, they contribute hay and grain to one of the CRTs. The CRT sells the hay/grain, bypassing the income tax. The CRT then makes payments to the Yeiks for the rest of their lives, deferring the high income taxes that would have had to be paid to later years when their rates are lower.

for the rest of their lives, deferring the capital gains tax that would otherwise have to be paid. When Byron and Debb finally pass away, the remaining funds in the CRTs will leave a legacy at Debb and Byron Yeik Yellowstone to help care for troubled kids and to other charities that are important to them. You don’t have to be an accountant to see that the numbers all add up! So, if you are thinking about selling land, machinery, crops, cattle, a business, a rental or appreciated stock, please give us a call (406-656-8772) to see if we can help.

They contributed farm land to the other CRT. The CRT sold the land, bypassing the capital gains tax and generating a charitable income tax deduction they can use to reduce their tax from sale of their cattle. This CRT will also make payments to the Yeiks

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A MESSAGE FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MIKE CHAVERS

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Spiritual Life Staff Enrich YBGR Youth Experience

uring my time settling in to the Ranch, I have been blessed to see how YBGR staff and partners truly make a difference for kids and their families in so many unique and wonderful ways. The stories I have come away with in only my short time have inspired me, astounded me, and overcome me with a deep care for this organization. One of the special ways we impact youth is through our Spiritual Life program and our talented chaplain, John Dailey. A recent story comes to mind when I think of him and of Spiritual Life. Susie,* one of our residential youth, came to YBGR with not only serious emotional issues, but also a dangerous, seizure disorder. Recently while in her lodge on campus, Susie suffered a seizure that required emergency transportation to a nearby hospital. It is not hard to imagine the fear that both Susie and her parents felt for her condition. Fortunately that night, John was at the scene. As the ambulance arrived to transport Susie to the hospital, John rode along in hopes of comforting her until her parents arrived. While at the hospital awaiting Susie’s recovery, John sat with the family until the early hours of the morning, praying for her health, and engaging in deep conversation about Christ and Susie’s spiritual journey. Stories like these are what make me humbled to lead YBGR. John’s work with Susie and her family is just one story of YBGR staff making a difference in the lives of our youth and their families. I cannot express how thankful I am to each individual and partner of YBGR and the Yellowstone Foundation who help make our mission of “caring staff preparing youth for life” a reality.

Welcome Steve Willis YBGR’s Spiritual Life program is gaining a new member, but he is not a new face to the organization. Steve Willis, a relief mental health worker in the lodges, and a former YBGR Youth Mentor, will become a part-time Spiritual Life chaplain, along with Chaplain John Dailey. “I’m very excited to have Steve come join the team,” said Dailey. “After working in the lodges as a relief staff, he’s gotten to know some of these kids and know our program, and wants to make a difference.” Willis came to YBGR after working with criminal offenders as both a juvenile probation officer in the state system and Steve Willis 21 years as federal probation officer, with the last seven as a Supervising United State Probation Officer. “He retired and came out here because he wants to try and help kids before they get to that point,” said Dailey. “His main focus is going to be discipleship, and he’s very excited to help kids walk through their faith. He loves God and loves these kids, and wants to make an impact in their lives.”

*Name changed to protect client’s confidentiality.

Blessing In Disguise

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That staff is Steve Willis. Willis, relief staff in Jackson’s lodge and newly appointed chaplain, said that he has been a mentor to Jackson during his time at the Ranch. “He really wants to know; to get it right,” said Willis. “What I’ve seen with him is that he now understands that there’s more in life than himself.” And, with the recent, tragic and unexpected loss of his best friend, Jackson turned to teachings of Christ for help. His favorite saying, derived from the Bible, is: “This, too, shall pass”, and he remembers it in times of despair. “I’ve been praying really hard and I think that’s really helped me out a lot,” he said. “I know that I struggle and I’ve had a lot of sin on my life… Jesus came down here and got put on the cross to take that away from us.” Jackson also encourages other boys at the Ranch to heal and find hope in Jesus, just as he has. “He has just become a leader by example,” Willis said. Jackson said treatment has helped him learn how to cope with anger and depression instead of turning drugs. “This place has helped me learn to live life,” he said. “It’s my blessing in disguise.”

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This spirit of the Christmas season was alive and well through the love and generosity of Yellowstone’s Secret Santa donors. Funds from the Secret Santas have made it possible, for the past eight years, for Yellowstone’s residential youth to shop for cherished new clothes and shoes with staff at Kohl’s department store in Billings. Caring staff at YBGR work diligently to provide positive Christmas memories for the kids while at Yellowstone.

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Santa’s a hit with Yellowstone Academy’s K-3 grade boys. The Downtown Exchange Club, along with Santa, vowed to make the day magical with a special Christmas delivery. After feverishly unwrapping their presents, the boys were able to have a heart-to-heart conversation with Santa and enjoy his warm hugs.

Christmas touches all of YBGR’s kids throughout the state… not just at the Ranch! The Livingston staff hosted a magical Christmas celebration for therapeutic foster care families and all of their children. The highlight of the evening was meeting Santa and indulging in the yummy brownies and ice cream.

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Yellowstone couldn’t make Christmas special without the heartfelt efforts of dozens of volunteers from the community. For the fourth year, employees from CTA Architects & Engineers spent an evening wrapping Christmas gifts for Yellowstone’s youth. With two years under their belts, Phillips66 employees and their families also wrapped Christmas presents. These volunteers spent many hours meticulously wrapping hundreds of gifts for youth to open on Christmas morning.

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Yellowstone Provides Lifelong Skills For Youth Y

BGR’s Vocational Education program is in full swing creating one of a kind items for Yellowstone friends. Jim Klempel, YBGR’s Vocational Teacher, is busy teaching youth welding, woodworking and other carpentry skills. Throughout the school week, students spend time in the vocational shop learning how to make handcrafted cedar stools, Adirondack chairs, iron coat racks, as well as horse and calf sheds, all of which are available for purchase. This past fall the youth put the products of their green thumbs to good use by making delicious jars of homemade preserves! The berries were grown on the Ranch’s property, tended and picked by small hands, before being preserved by the children participating in the VoAg program at the Ranch. The jam was added to a beautifully crafted crate made by hand and branded by the children. To purchase any of these items, please call 406-655-2100 or email info@ybgr.org

Remember Us in Your Will and Leave a Lasting Legacy By naming Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation in your will, you can guarantee that your legacy of caring for troubled and abused children will continue for generations to come. FIXED AMOUNT: I give the sum of $ ____________ to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. SPECIFIC PROPERTY: I give my __________________ to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. PERCENTAGE OF REMAINDER: I give ________% of the remainder of my estate to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. CONTINGENCY: In the event __________ does not survive me, I give _________________ to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. These samples are suggestions only. Legal documents should always be prepared by your attorney.

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation legal address is 2050 Overland Avenue, P.O. Box 80807, Billings, Montana 59108. Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Gifts are tax deductible.

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Memorial gifts can also be made online at www.yellowstonefoundation.org.

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Memorial Listings September 16, 2016 - January 15, 2017

A special word of thanks to all donors listed below who support Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation through their memorial gifts. DOROTHY AASHEIM Mary Ellen Olmstead VIOLA ANN (HOUT) ABRAMS Charles A. Abrams Charles & Donna Abrams Vera M. Abrams Laura Bruha Alice J. Gogo Margo Holmgren Charles Hout Otto & Barbara Kobler Roberta J. Morgan Evelyn K. Neary Karen Odonnell Davis Linda Shelhamer & Stephen Haraden Janet E. Singer STEVE ADOLPH Frank & Dodie Zweifel ALAN ANDERSON Dick & Alice Humble ARNIE ANDERSON Mike & Trish Valler IVAN ANDRICK John & Patricia Eastman LORETTA BAKKEN Wayne & Carolyn Deubner MARDEAN BARTLESON Mary Ellen Olmstead BYRON LEE BERG John & Leslie Smith VERNON BERGER Dick & Alice Humble STANLEY BIESEMEIER Joe & Betty Schultz HAROLD E BLUMER Col Lee C Harris, USA Retired JERRY BOHN Florence Eike & Family MICHELLE MARIE BRETHORST Jani McCall AGNES BROWN Joanne Beery JO BROWN Joan Nelson EVELYN CARTER Mertis Vogl JEANNE CHURCH Steven & Kathy Clinger ARLENE CLINGER Steven & Kathy Clinger BABY BOY CLINGER Steven & Kathy Clinger BABY GIRL CLINGER Steven & Kathy Clinger JOHN CLINGER Steven & Kathy Clinger STEVEN & KENNETH CRAMER Carole Moore

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PAUL R. CRELLIN MD John & Patricia Eastman Delores Kautzmann Paul & Trish Kolterman Samuel & Diane Rankin Loren & Janice Soft Don, Dollie, Sue, Skip & Scott Stanaway AUSTIN DARKENWALD Scott Darkenwald Bill & Julie James LLOYD G. DARKO Joseph & Judy Gusick OLIVER M. DAWSON Beverly Dawson GARY A. DILLREE Russell & Lois James LOREN ‘ERNIE’ DOWNS Friends of Ernie Downs Donna Bermes Bret & Denise Conover Gabriel & Renee Dodge Lynnette Downs William & Shirley Downs Tony & Gail Erickson Carol Charlene McFarland Steven & Susan Vold DUANE & PEGGY DOYLE Steven & Kathy Clinger MINNIE DUNCAN Khristine Barber TIM DWYER Timothy S. Dwyer TOBY EGELAND Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream EARL ELLIOTT Randolph Elliott DWAYNE & FRED EVENSON Joanne Beery WILLIAM FARNHAM Donna Farnham FERN FILLMORE Betsy Douglas LEO FOWLER Monte & Kathy, Janelle & Levi Cook Tom & Ruth Drummond Boyce Fowler Bruce Fowler Friends of Leo Fowler Michael & Katherine Manders DON GARRITY Toby & Carlene Armstrong MARJORIE GERARD Dick & Alice Humbel ROBERT GERRINGA Randy & Helena Gerringa CAROLYN GIBSON R.E. Miller & Sons TOM GLEASON Toby & Carlene Armstrong SYLVIA GREEN Wilma Santoyo

ROBERT JOHN JOOS Michael Joos & Family

MARY KAY MURPHY Dick & Alice Humble

LLOYD & AUDREY KAERCHER Jerry & Laura Kinsella

CHASE NORDQUIST Bev Johnston

FAYE KING Jim & Darleen Powers

PHIL OLMSTEAD Mary Ellen Olmstead

SHIRLEY KING Dorothy Fraker

JENNIFER OLMSTEAD WILLIAMS Mary Ellen Olmstead

BARBARA KIRCHNER Joanne Beery & Family

PAM OWENS Mike & Trish Valler

JEANNETTE KLEIN Donald & Phyllis Dye

PHILIP PARMELEE Morton & Kathryn Davis

EDWARD HALE Wilma Santoyo

AILENE KUZARA Steven & Kathy Clinger

DELBERT PAWLOWSKI Joanne Beery

JO ANNETTE HAMMOND Gary & Holly Adams Stacey & Mario Alvarado Bobbi Blain Barbara Boehs Ashley Burleson & Crowley Fleck PLLP Larry & Jennifer Downey Janet Fox Dottie Genatone Dolores Jacobs Lee & Perri Jacobs Ileene Kern Marjorie Macclean Tracy & Eric Mundt James & Renee Reilly James & Lora Rodenberg Gary & Donna Smith Dorothy Stenerson Kirby & Karmae Greg & Linda Westbrook Your Teva Friends

LEROY LARSEN John & Linda Sorensen

LAURA PESCI Bob & Carol Anderson

KATHRYN ‘BILLIE’ MEADE LEAR Mark & Sara TaliaFerro

PAUL PLYMALE Paula Plymale

ROLLIE GRUNSTEAD Christine Klepps & Family Linda Sutey

BOB HANCHETT Mary A. Mahugh LLOYD HANSON Dick & Alice Humbel TIMOTHY BLAIR HARDMAN Scott Hardman Marsha & Randy Wiley

LEE LEMKE Janice Larson RON LINDSETH John & Sandi Vanni HAZEL LOCKMAN Donald Dahlberg IRV LOZIER Gary & Veronica Johnson Tom Mitchell TOM MARVEL Wilma Santoyo MIKE MATZ Sherry & Frank Richardson CHARLES MAXWELL Sharon Macek NATHAN & ANNA MAY Carol May Smith

RUSTY HILD Ray & Arlone Hild

CHARLES F. MCCREA – PVT US ARMY WWII, KIA1945, PHILIPPINES Laurie Perrodin

DON L. HILLIUS Dick & Alice Humble

FRANCIS MEAD Tim & Anita Petterson

SHIRLEY HINZ Dorothy E. Fraker

DOROTHY REBICH MEINE R.E. Miller & Sons

RAY HONEY Tom & Becky Miller VERLEEN HOPPE Larry & Joan Sundheim JIM HOYT Dick & Alice Humble CLYDE R. HURLBERT Mary Hurlbert JAMES LOGAN ‘JIM’ HURST II Leland & Faye Driggs John F. Hammett Ron Paul – fellow navigator Charlene Westergaard Terry Payne MICHEAL JACKSON Gloria Jackson DONNIE JACOBSON Steven & Kathy Clinger GREY & JANETTE JAMES Nida Ryan CARL T. JOHNSTON JR. Randy & Helena Gerringa DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS Ella Johnsen

MAGGIE MERRIMAN R.E. Miller & Sons BABY GIRL MERTINEAU Steven & Kathy Clinger

BILL RAYMER Wilma Jean Engebretson UNCLE JACK RICHMOND Lanell & Kelly Ashley JABEZ & EUNICE ROGERS Jayne & Dan Rogers SAM SANDOVAL Wilma Santoyo CLOEY SCHEER Donna Quick Loren & Janice Soft SHIRLEY SCHILLINGER Joanne Beery & Family Donna Quick MABEL SCHULTZ Evelyn Aiken

JUDY MOTICHKA June Seelye

NANCY WEINERT R.E. Miller & Sons DONALD A. WEISGERBER Robert & Edna Dunker LANGDON G. WILLIAMS Kurt & Sandra Alma Louise Christianson John & Patricia Eastman First Interstate Bank Don & Marilyn Floberg Kathleen Leskela Kathy Morgan Dennis & Ann Rehrig Tony & Marlene Schmidt Jim & Linda Soft Jean H. Stephens Joe & Anna Stephens Rick & Catherine StephensRogers Dean & Zina Swanson Allie Thomas J.C. & Phyllis Thompson Walborn, Fagan & Cook PC John & Cindy Woods Bonnie Yurko AUDRA B. WILSON Patti Oltman Susan Skrove Gregory Wilson

DON SHAY Jack Prather

BUCK & BROWNIE – THE 2 HORSES WHO HELPED ME THRU CHILDHOOD Wilma Santoyo

TERRY SHOOK Dick & Alice Humble

THE CHRISTIANSEN FAMILY Larry & Meg Christiansen

JESS F. SMEE Frances Ford

CLIFF & LYNDA COLLINS ClaraEllen Anderson

TINA SMICHE Dick & Alice Humbel

RICK & WENDI CROSS COLBY, CASEY, COOPER, CAMMI, NEBEU, JASON Wilma Santoyo

PAPA FIDDLER SMITH Lexi, Sami, JayLee & Charlee Kherington MARCIA STAIGMILLER Tim and Billiette Coolidge

BEN STEELE William & Shirley Downs

BETTY MORRIS Hugh & Connie Meyer

GARY WARRANT Mike & Trish Valler

BETTY LOU SEIFERT Dick & Alice Humble

LLOYD GARY MILLS Darlene Dennis Walt & Marilyn Harrison Bradley E. Hemauer Warren & Vi Pederson

DWIGHT MONTGOMERY Ronald Mammen

DAVE WALSH Wilma Santoyo

IN HONOR OF:

LIZ STANG Lynnette Downs

JOHN MONROE Dick & Alice Humble

MARIAN VAN DYKE Joan Van Dyke

CYNTHIA SCHWAB Hilde Lambrecht

JIM MIKKELSEN Linda Konesky

DELFORD MILNE Joanne Beery Johnnie & Beverly Johnston Cheryl Whiteman

JAMES ‘JIM’ VAN ARSDALE Anderson Hedge Wagner & Associates Jason Utterback Agency

ALF STEYEE Tim & Billiette Coolidge ROBERT STORLIE Doris Storlie ETHEL V. STORM James & Dora Dickinson MARVIN SUNDHEIM Donald Dahlberg Wayne & Carolyn Deubner John & Linda Sorensen JAMES SUTTON Jim & Candace Soligan RUSSELL TRUDELL Betty Trudell

WILLY & ANGELICA CROSS BRADY & JENNIFER TAYLYNN, CIENNA, KOLTON, PAITLE, WILLIAM Wilma Santoyo BONNIE & CHARLIE HAAS’ 60TH ANNIVERSARY The Haas Family ERIC & BECCA LANE AIDEN, JAXSON Wilma Santoyo AMY & KRIS LANEEIMS HUNTER Wilma Santoyo LIVINGSTON YBGR STAFF Charise Lemelin YUKON PAUL O’NEIL Lanell & Kelly Ashley PEGGY ROYSTON’S 80TH BIRTHDAY Howard & Sue Schildwachter THOSE SERVING IN THE US MILITARY Steven & Kathy Clinger

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To update your mailing address, please call Justin at 406-656-8772 or email us at updates@yellowstonefoundation.org.

Official publication of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation | Editor: Heather Ohs | Managing Editor/Author: Morgan Tuss | Photography: Morgan Tuss; Spotlight Productions

Education Is One Key To Success Due to the generosity of Yellowstone Foundation donors, the Foundation is able to help the Ranch purchase new elementary reading materials and math workbooks for students attending Yellowstone Academy. Your gifts have helped Yellowstone‘s children receive the education they need to reach their full potential.

Nothing like the excitement of the first day back to school!


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