THE CHAMBER

The Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture’s brings businesses, agriculturists, and industry professionals together to benefit the entire community. Once a group of small area chambers, the valley merged in 2005 with the hope that by bringing them together into one Chamber, we’d have more impact. Since then, we’ve been able to provide funding for a variety of community events, provide thousands to local improvement grants for individual businesses, and create a much need platform for online visibility of our local communities and businesses, sharing with travellers, newcomers, and locals alike the great community our valley holds.

Our chamber currently has 155 Businesses

Invests over $2,000 towards community events annually

Boasts a website that gets over 15,000 visitors each year looking for information about our area, our history, things to do, and businesses.

500+ Followers on Facebook

In 2019, fundraised $5,500 for our valley volunteer Fire Departments

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Chamber is a non-profit organization and is run by our volunteer board of local business owners. Currently, we have 10 board members, ranging from Twin Bridges to Alder representing agriculturists, seasonal tourism industry, main street business owners, community organizers, and industry professionals.

Michelle VanDyke, Board President

Michelle VanDyke

Board President
Montana Ranch Properties
Twin Bridges

I was born right here in the Ruby Valley in Sheridan, Montana. After graduating from Twin Bridges High School, I attended Montana State University-Bozeman on a welding scholarship and graduated with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. My husband, Jim, and I ranched in the Gallatin Valley for 10 years before moving back to the Ruby Valley to continue the family ranching tradition of raising registered Angus cattle. We also raised one beautiful daughter who now resides in Bozeman, Montana.

I joined the real estate profession in 1997 bringing a vast knowledge of the local area and a background of land stewardship which I try to pass on to my contacts. My specialty is ranch and recreational properties but I pride myself on a broad base of knowledge to represent all buyers. If I am not in the office I am on a horse pursuing my passion of riding cutting horses. No better place to reside than the Ruby Valley.

Contact

Ray Marxer, Ruby Valley Chamber Director

Ray Marxer

Vice-President
Ranch Services West
(406) 925-9320

Matador Cattle Co, Dillon, MT 1974-2011, 20 years as General Manager. Numerous years of various State and local concensus council work. 2 terms Montana Stock Grower Director, 20 yrs. Beaverhead County Fair Board, still Arena Director, active 30-yr. church member. Moved to own place near Sheridan in 2011 and started “Ranch Services West” along with wife Sue. We offer ranch management consulting, A.I. services, and herdwork as well as range monitoring and photography-related services and presentations.

We love the friendly atmosphere and individual personalities of the different towns in Ruby Valley and do what we can to help promote the economies of our important main-street businesses, ranches, and small independent or home-based businesses. Our 3 children are grown and gone, but we’re fortunate to spend a lot of time with our 2 grandkids. It is our sincere desire that the agricultural roots of this country remain sustainable economically as well as environmentally, so those two little kids will someday have the same or better opportunities as we have enjoyed.

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