There’s a lot happening in the Greater Ruby Valley of Montana Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The communities of Twin Bridges, Sheridan, Alder, and Silver Star were well-represented at the 2016 annual membership meeting held at the Shack in Twin Bridges. About 60 members from local businesses and organizations turned out for the fast-paced meeting.
The list of ongoing activities was highlighted by the report of the Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation which is extremely close to meeting the $2.5 million goal to begin construction of a new hospital facility in Sheridan, Montana. The Chamber was pleased to present the Foundation a donation of $1500.
Buy Local Expo, an annual Chamber-sponsored event showcasing local businesses and entrepreneurs was presented by Chamber Director, Bob Reimard. The event, held in late May at the Madison County Fairgrounds, provides a limited number of tables free of charge to Chamber members, and $25 to non-members. Bob can be contacted through the Director’s page on our new website, rubyvalleychamber.com.
Julie Ward presented the Main Street Improvement Grant Program sponsored by the GRVCCA. Five $500 grants were awarded in November, 2015, to applicants who needed to be Main Street business members in Twin Bridges or Sheridan.
From Twin Bridges we received a report on the Main Street Improvement Team, and Verta Dorseth reported on the Twin Bridges Community Association. Ron Nye talked about the Senior Community Center, and Carol Delisi presented the Sheridan Public Library and Senior Center for the Sheridan community.
Ruby Valley Brew, Sheridan’s newest business, was introduced by owner Amanda Layacona and her husband. It’s great to see the old Jensen Market take on new life, and soon, new employment opportunities.
Our new Chamber of Commerce website has officially launched. Chamber IT Director, Sue Marxer encouraged members to log-in and take advantage of the opportunity to manage their own listings in the online Business Directory. Sue can be contacted directly via the website, and is happy to register you directly if needed. Members who log-in to update and renew their Chamber membership online by March 17, 2016, will be eligible to win a $50 cash prize.
President of the Chamber’s Board of Directorrs, Karen Town, led the meeting with a re-cap of 2015 activities, and introduction of Board Members. A vote from the floor confirmed 2016 Directors:
- President: Karen Walsh Town, Ruby Valley Bank
- Vice President: Ray Marxer, Ranch Services West
- Secretary / Treasurer: Julie Ward – Ward, Stender, & Associates
- Agriculture: Chris Noon – Community Volunteer
- Chamber Affiliates: Paul Marsh – Wisconsin Creek Cabin Creations
- Membership: Scott Payne – Kirk Environmental Engineering
- Web – IT: Susan Marxer – Saddlescenes Photography
- Advertising & Public Relations: We now have a couple volunteers who will be presented at the next board meeting, March 1, 2016.