January & February 2018 Newsletter

09 Jan

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Please welcome our new members!

Glacier Adventure Guides Izaak Walton Inn Flathead Fish & Seafood Company RGL Construction Ron Terry Construction Masters Acupuncture Cedarwood West Dentistry 2017 Awards

First Buck Awards:

Berube PT, JIM, Yoga Hive, True Potential Chiropractic, Odd Fellows Coffee House, Over the Mountain, Vaqueros, Hellroaring CrossFit, Masters Acupuncture, Falls Creek Cabin, Great Northern Logworks, Hoffenbackers, The Shops at Station 8, Glacier Nutrition and Tanning, Three Rivers Dental, Dr. Stephen Seheult, Mountain View RV Park, Glaciers Mountain Resort, Cowboy Collectibles, RGL Construction, Last Best Storage, City Cleaners

Community Spirit Awards:

Honorable Judge Gordon, Columbia Falls Fire Department, Columbia Falls Police Department, School District 6, Berube PT, Great Northern Whitewater Raft & Resort, Glacier Raft Company

Upcoming Events —————————–

January 2nd: 7:00-8:00 Board Meeting

January 9th: 11:45-1:00 General Membership Luncheon

January 26th: 7:00-8:00 Economic Development Meeting

January 23rd: 5:00-7:00 Business After Hours Professional Therapy Associates

January 30th: 11:30-12:30 Eat and Educate with the Chamber Presented by Express

February 6th: 7:00-8:00 Board Meeting

February 13th: 11:45-1:00 General Membership Luncheon

February 20th: 7:00-8:00 Economic Development Meeting

February 27th: 5:00-7:00 Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Odd Fellows Coffee House

President’s Message

Winter is upon us and we are in the midst of the Holidays! I trust you all had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas and New Years!

For almost two years now I have been involved in the Chamber and for a full 2 years plus I have been a resident of Columbia Falls. What a great privilege it is to be a part of both! The community has welcomed my family and I with open arms. Thank you for being you!

I have learned much from my fellow board members and I especially want to thank Mark Johnson who has helped ready me for my upcoming term as Chamber President. There is still plenty of OJT in store I know!

I saw a video recently that revealed something very interesting. In launching the space shuttle, over half of the hundreds of thousands of pounds of fuel is expended just to get the shuttle off the ground. It may travel literally a million miles or more and land but, over half of the fuel is spent moving it just 10 feet!

It has been truly amazing to watch our community “clear the pad”. I truly believe we are just leaving the launch pad. There are many to thank for the energy they have expended to “attain lift off”. Many have invested time, energy and funds all in copious amounts to make things happen in our community.

I look forward to building on the foundation built by those before me but this is a team effort. We all must continue to invest our time & talents in the community, the Chamber, our schools and beyond so we can continue to see our area continue to grow and prosper. Thank you all for your efforts in advance.

Merry Christmas!

Phil Carl President, Board of Directors [email protected]


General Membership Luncheons

Lunch starts at 11:45, Presentation starts at 12:00 NVH Tea Kettle Room, 235 Nucleus Ave

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 “Columbia Falls Assistance Team”

The Columbia Falls Assistance Team and the Columbia Falls Endowment Group will lead our luncheon with a discussion about homeless youth in our area as well as information from the endowment group. Presented by Mike Nicosia, Cathy Dragonfly, Tamara Sundberg & Scott Gaiser

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 “I Joined the Chamber… Now What?”

The Chamber has been working hard on new benefits for all our members. Come to this exciting presentation to learn how to utilize the vast amount of benefits available to you and your business. Presented by Executive Director, Laura Gadwa.

Business After Hours

January 23rd, 5:00-7:00pm Location: Professional Therapy Associates Columbia Falls

February, 27th 5:00-7:00pm Location: Odd Fellows Coffee House Columbia Falls

Want to host a Business After Hours?

Open dates are March 27th and April 24th, 2018. Email or call right away as these spots fill up fast! We already scheduled MaySeptember 2018.

Eat and Educate with the Chamber Lunch Seminar Series

Tuesday, January 30th: 11:30-12:30 Location: NVH Tea Kettle Room, Columbia Falls

RETAINING TODAY’S WORKFORCE Presented by Express Employment Specialists

“How to hire and retain employees with the generational changes. Detailed presentation on how to recruit and retain the new generation coming into the workforce.”

Bring your lunch! Email [email protected] to RSVP

Please Welcome Our New President & Board Members!

President, Board of Directors: Phil Carl

I am a 10 year resident of the Flathead Valley. I first moved to Great Falls Montana in 1982. I have been married to my wife Kathy for 24.75 years! We have 6 children and 5 grandchildren I have worked almost my entire career in sales, sales management, and customer service. I have been involved in volunteer leadership in youth sports as a coach, BSA as a Scoutmaster, and church groups. I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with my family and two dogs. I work with NXGEN Payment Services and have for 2+ years. I started as the Montana State Sales Manager and I am now the PacMountain Regional Sales Director.

Board of Directors: Trevor Kjensrud

I grew up in Eureka, Montana and have resided in Columbia Falls for the last 20 years. I am currently the Plant Manager for F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company; I have worked for Stoltze for the past 20 years. I have coached and been involved with the Columbia Falls Baseball Association and Glacier Babe Ruth Association over the last 12 years. I am also a member of the Columbia Falls Fire Department and have been a member since 2010.

Board of Directors: Mireille Bierens

After moving to the Flathead Valley from Europe about 17 years ago I have seen this area develop into an amazing place to live, work and play. My first job was working for the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce recruiting new members. After that followed several sales and marketing jobs for The Wave, Glacier Stone Supply and The Flathead Beacon. Eventually I landed in the medical industry as the marketing director for a Physical Therapy company. Loving this industry so much; Dulcie Berube, Justin Lee and I decided to start our own businesses in Columbia Falls. This amazing community has welcomed us with open arms and we are blessed and honored to serve and give back to the wonderful people here.  

12 Days of Christmas

We had a wonderful time touring many of your businesses, drawing for prizes, and meeting all our lucky winners! Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. A special thank you to these businesses who graciously donated for our fundraiser:

Angie’s Greenhouse, Backslope Brewing, Bad Rock Betty Antiques & Collectibles, Berube Physical Therapy, Biggy’s Landscaping, Breck Law Office, Buffington Dental, Columbia Falls Toastmasters, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Mountain Massage, Columbia Nursery, F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber, Glacier Bank, Glacier Clean Car Wash, Glacier Clothing Company, Glacier Distillery, Glacier Guides Montana Raft, Glacier Institute, Glacier Wallflower & Gifts, Glaciers’ Mountain Resort, Going to the Sun Chalet, Great Northern Raft & Resort, Hungry Horse News, J2 Business Products, JCCS, KOFI Radio, Laurie’s Deli, Les Schwab, Masters Acupuncture, Montana Coffee Traders, Montana Outdoor Legacy, Mountain Mocha, Mountain View Hearth Products, Murdochs, Nite Owl/Back Room, North Fork Pizza, North Forty Resort, North Valley Ag Center, North Valley Eagles #4081, North Valley Hospital Foundation, NXGEN, Park Side Credit Union, PTA, Re/Max Mountain View, Schellinger Construction, Smiths, Sportsman & Ski Haus, Super 1 Foods, Swan Mountain Snowmobiling, The Daily Inter Lake, The Shops at Station 8, Three Forks Grille, Three Rivers Dental, Timber Wolf Resort, True North Chiropractic, True Potential Chiropractic, Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant, Western Building Center, Weyerhaeuser, Whitefish Credit Union, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Wild Jo’s