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A new season is upon us as well as a new year for the Chamber. As we move into the last month of our fiscal year, we wrapped up our 108th Chamber Annual Meeting in September at The Butte Civic Center. We were thrilled with a record turnout of over 600 people at this year’s event.

The night included paying tribute to several deserving businesses and individuals. This year’s Herald McGrath Award was given to Montana Resources and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation which recognizes an individual, business or nonprofit that has “enhanced or contributed significantly” to the community’s quality of life. The award was given based on the monetary contributions of Three Legends Stadium and Miners Field, as well as the transformation of Stodden Park.

Larry Hoffman was granted the Mike Venner Spirit of Butte Award, intended to honor an individual who “exemplifies the resiliency, love of life, family and community” that Mike Venner had. Larry was recognized on his volunteer efforts around the building of the Spirit of the Columbia Gardens Carousel as well as many other projects around town, including (but not limited to) the trail at the Steward Mine, flags at the mine yards and underground mine tours.

Colt and Keelie Anderson and Dream Big Montana were the recipients of the Marko Lucich Spirit of Service Award for their devotion and commitment to serving others, and putting Butte first. Their commitment to creating positive change for our youth by providing resources and experiences that will empower them to dream big and succeed highlights why they were chosen for the award.

The Chamber Board of Directors voted in eight new board members: Arielle Allen of Montana Precision Products, Bill Daily of Edward Jones, Steve Thompson of NCAT, Dana Bunney with Pioneer Technical Services, Michele Steele, Dave Gurchiek of Highlands College, Toni Marquez of Lydia’s Supper Club, and Dr. Les Cook, Chancellor at Montana Tech.

The Chamber also honored the following board members whose terms of service end this year: Karen Corbin of Butte GM Auto, Paul Babb of Northwestern Energy, Linda Granger of Highlands College, Becky Sprunger of Action Inc. and the Human Resources Council, District XII, and Colin Higgins of Mackenzie River Pizza

We are grateful to take this time of year to reflect on the over 435 members that are a part of the Butte Chamber of Commerce that make our mission and contributions to the community all possible.

We welcome our new members, Over The Top Roofing, Russell Cellular/Verizon, and The Handyman-Beaver Dam Construction.

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51 below enjoyed its ribbon cutting Oct. 10. 

In the month ahead we are looking forward to ribbon cuttings for:

Montana Tech’s Student Success Center — Oct. 12 at 2:00 p.m.

Southwest Montana Federal Community Credit Union — Oct 17 at 3:00 p.m. 

FCR — Oct. 29 at 11:00 a.m.

We invite you to join us at these events. In addition, please save the date for our World of Wine event at The Finlen Hotel in historic uptown Butte on Nov. 2 from 6-10 p.m. Take a tour around the world as we sample wines from many different countries. For more information and to purchase tickets please contact the Chamber at 723-3177.

We would also like to thank Butte-Silver Bow for all their hard work in beautifying Butte this past few months. We consistently heard from tourists at our Visitor Center how beautiful Butte looked and how impressed they were with the transformation from their previous visits.

For more information on how you can become a Butte Chamber member contact me at marketing@buttechamber.org.

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Stephanie Sorini is the executive director of the Butte Chamber of Commerce.

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