Chamber Appreciation Banquet
We can’t recognize Karen and Brandy without also mentioning their businesses, Access Montana and First Interstate Bank.
These two companies were one of our first Gold Members and they continue to give and support the Ronan Chamber at every
function. The Lifetime Achievement Award was once again given to two recipients because to ask us to choose between them
was too difficult. It was given to Don & Annette Olsson and Billie Lee. This is a tough year on the City of Ronan, Billie Lee
has retired from LCCD and after more than a decade the Olsson Family will no longer be at the helm of the Community Banks.
Both of these families have been a great supporter of the Community and our Chamber. Thank you Billie Lee and Don & Annette
for all that you have done for the Chamber and Community. Brad Eldredge with the Flathead Valley Community College,
was the speaker for the event. We were told that if we could get him as a speaker we would not be sorry, and we weren’t. He
did his research and set his talk to the Mission Valley Economy. We did learn that Potatoes are a big part of the local economy.
Ha Ha !! He did present a very informative and enjoyable talk. I also want to mention that Allentown Restaurant prepared the
meal and it was wonderful. Prime Rib and Salmon was plentiful and the service was great. As I mentioned you missed out on a
great meal but it was also lots of fun. Roland Godan from LCCD took pictures.
One of the big projects for the Chamber last year was the new welcome signs on each end of town. There were some
structurally issues that slowed up the process, but between Brandy and Rocky Mountain Signs, they got it worked out and I
believe came up with ones we can all be proud of. A big thanks go to Dan Roullier at Rocky Mountain Signs, Treasure State
Concrete that donated the concrete, and Bill Webster who finished the concrete for us. Please pass on your thanks to them.
Please enjoy the pictures courtesy of Roland Godan with LCCD.