From the Editor
Wow! It has been a busy spring here in the Montana Woman offices. The magazine continues unprecedented growth. We are grateful for the wonderful letters we receive from our readers sharing how much they enjoy our publication and from our advertisers who encourage us with reports of the positive responses they receive from their ads. Thank you for all your kind words and support.
The Montana Woman Foundation continues to grow as well. We are happy to welcome new board members: Shirley Burns, Suzie McAllister, Chris Noel, Elena Pendall, and Veronica Sunsdahl. And other exciting things are happening! The Spring Tea and Train fundraiser was a great success with everyone enjoying a fun-filled day spent in Essex (for more details, see p. 56).
The Golf Tournament, also an annual event, was held at the Crossroads Golf Course and hosted a record 12 teams. Proceeds from this popular event will benefit the Montana Woman Scholarship Fund and WINGS Regional Cancer Support. The August issue of the magazine will have some great images and special “thanks” for everyone who helped to make this one of our most successful fundraisers to date.
We are also excited to be hosting a raft trip on July 17, 2010. It has been a few years since our last raft trip, but due to popular demand we are bringing it back. Our journey will begin at Montana Raft Company in West Glacier at 9 a. m. From there we will be transported to Bear Creek (up past Essex) where we will board the rafts. We will float the “upper” part of the Middlefork, which doesn’t get the attention it so richly deserves; the scenery is spectacular and the raft “traffic” minimal. We will float down past the Walton Goat Lick providing a perfect opportunity to spot the nimble-footed goats (and, hopefully, a few baby “kids”) feeding off the natural minerals that “seep” through the rocks. (Make sure to bring your waterproof camera.) The journey will continue down the Middlefork until we reach the Walton Ranger Station where we will stop to stretch our legs and enjoy a wonderful lunch. After about an hour of eating and relaxing, we will board the rafts and continue on to our destination, Paola Creek. This is a full day adventure and the cost is only $65 for foundation members and $70 for non-members. We hope you will be able to join us. If you would like to reserve a spot for you and your friends, please fill out the attached card and return with your check made payable to The Montana Woman Foundation. This is a truly fun event for the entire family.
The deadline for scholarship applications was June 1st. Now begins the painstaking process of selecting the most worthy recipients. Once again, we are impressed with the caliber of the women of our grand state. And we always smile when we read applications from small communities such as Ekalaka, Two Dot, Oilmont, Hardin, and the list goes on and on. This year’s scholarship recipients will be announced in the September issue of the magazine.
As spring turns to summer and the sun encourages new growth, we feel doubly blessed to be enjoying continued growth for the magazine and the foundation. None of this would be possible without support from the many fine communities throughout the Treasure State. Thank you for your part in helping us realize our dreams.