Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Feb 15, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Doreena reminded everyone of Steve's Caring Bridge site where you can hear from Steve and Karen as Steve is undergoing his cancer treatment.
Doreena also announced that Sgt. Jeff Williams has joined our club. Brad says, "Hi," from Denver, and Ed has a piano that needs to be moved. he'd rather see someone take it who will get use out of it than have it hauled to the dump.
BUG happened at Ramsey last week, and 23 students were eligible to participate.

Megan from the Circle K announced that the clubs on campus at Tech are doing a "Construction with Cans" competition the first week in March. The Circle K would like a donation from the Kiwanis clubs to help buy canned goods for the construction of their sculpture. the event is being sponsored by the student association on campus, who have donated a $500, $300, and $100 prize for the three best sculptures. All food from the sculptures will be donated to the food bank for distribution in the community. If you want to help, contact the Circle K.

Marco talked to us about the construction planned for Harrison this summer from Amherst to Utah. An informational meeting will be held at the Civic Center on the 23rd, and all members of the community are welcome to attend, any people with businesses on Harrison are strongly encouraged to attend.

The construction is happening one year early and will address the street, gutters, curbs, landscaping and irrigation along that stretch of Harrison. There are several places where the project will improve traffic flow. Daily progress announcements will be made on local television, radio, in print, and on an informational web site about the project. The project is scheduled to start March 1 and to take about 8 months.

To address the needs of businesses along Harrison, access will be kept open to businesses as much as possible whenever and wherever possible despite traffic being cut down to just one lane. The project will be addressed in 2-3 block sections starting at the south end of the project and proceeding north in order to minimize the impact to businesses.

Marco went on to tell us about the great tourism events going on in Butte. Last week we had the all class state swim meet, the 4th-8th grade basketball tournament, the mushers for the Race to the Sky dogsled race, and the sate class A wrestling meet. This is the first year since 1989 that this wrestling meet was not held in billings. Coming up in the next few weeks, we have class C divisional an state basketball tournaments, class B basketball and class A basketball tournaments and another swim meet and wrestling meet. This summer we have the Independence Day celebration, the Montana Folk Festival, Evel Knievel days, An-Ri-Ra, the Legion Baseball tournament, and the Shriner's Convention. So there's a lot going on to bring people into Butte.

Marko also spoke about the tourist district tax being discussed. This is a tax imposed by hotel owners on hotels that puts money into a budget that can only be used to attract people and events to the area. The budget is controlled by the hotel owners (through an elected commission of hotel owners), and the hotel owners can vote stop the tax (and stop using the money) at any time. Other communities in the state use this kind of fund to draw sporting events, tourists, and destination events in their areas.

Marko Lucich, Butte Chamber
Chicken Strips and Fries
Event Updated
2:58 Tuesday, February 15, 2011