Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Feb 22, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

This week we had several guests. First, Dave brought seven members of the Butte Central High Key Club including Hannah, the new Vice President, Cherlyn, one of the two new Secretaries, Cathryn, the incoming Treasurer, Colin, the new Reporter, and Chelene the new President. Chelene let us know that they have worked on several projects this last year, including raising $3,700 in the MS Walk and $450 in Trick-or-Treat for UniCEF and helping the K-Family with the Thompson's Food Drive last December. They are working on other projects and are looking forward to helping the K-Family in butte again with this spring's Backpacks for SafeSpace.

Nicole, the Circle K International Vice President has been traveling for CKI, including trips to Virginia Beach and New York City. We presented Nicole with a check for $200 to support the construction with cans food drive the Circle K at Tech is participating in next week.

Keith talked a little about the SafeSpace Backpacks project that Tyler and Dan from the Circle K and Courtney from the Butte High Key Club are running up for April 2.

Remember, for those of us participating in the Lighten the Load program, there's exercise time at the Mall from 8:30-9:30 Saturday mornings. Darla would like to see some other members of our teams there...

Tim introduced Jim Smitham, director of the BLDC to talk about economic development in the area. Silver Bow County is the third best performing in the state currently. In the last year many projects that significantly impact our economy have been completed including: the Sears Building and Hennesy Market remodel/renovation, Timberline Fencing's expansion, preparation for the Southwest Montana Veterans' home, the Port of Montana expansion, Acadia of Montana, SeaCast, FedEx, the re-opening of the Copper King Inn, the Butte Army Reserve Center, the Space Propulsion Group (SPG), the Airport Runway Safety Zone, Columbia Gardens Estates, meadowland Senior Living Center, and the Big Hole Diversion Dam. Building permits for 2010 were over $31 million. That's about a 50% increase over 2009. CCCS and Northwestern both had significant projects in Anaconda bringing money into Deer Lodge County. In 2011 we can expect one, maybe two, new hotels in Butte, and several new office buildings in the Uptown area.

Also remember that tomorrow (February 23) there is a meeting at the Civic Center at 10:00am about the Harrison Avenue construction which starts March 1.

Jim Smitham, BLDC
Cheeseburger and Fries
Event Updated
10:24 Tuesday, February 22, 2011