By Bruce Sayler
Advantage Butte President Rody Holman set next month’s meeting for December 19 after a larger turnout discussed the organization business in the November meeting held Tuesday at the Butte Plaza Inn.
Holman is also the representative for PayneWest Insurance to Advantage Butte. The December 19 meeting will also be at the Butte Plaza Inn.
Holman opened the meeting with the treasurer’s report from Brad Spear of the Anderson Zurmuehlen and Co. firm. Spear said Advantage Butte has $32,420 in its checking account, has $10,850 to projects yet to be held this school year and has already spent $2,500 on events that have taken place since the first of August.
Maroon Activities Center (MAC) manager Lee LaBreche said that though not much has happened at the facility since the end of volleyball season, the coming basketball slate will cause a resurgence in activity. LaBreche added that the MAC will be a host of the Mining City Hoops kids’ basketball tournament, slated for five gyms on December 29. It was confirmed by Don Peoples Jr. of Butte Central that the district Class C boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments have been secured for the MAC, February 15-17.
Dorea Wilmoth, Advantage Butte secretary and representative for Town Pump Inc./Butte Comfort Inn, asked about funding and staffing hospitality rooms for coming tournaments and meets. Holman told her $1,500 had been budgeted for such, and Wilmoth noted, too, that several businesses in the community provide food and giveaways for such endeavors, also. She suggested a few Advantage Butte reps work together on a schedule for volunteering at the events, and Holman asked that Wilmoth, Spear and Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce directors Maria Pochervina and Stephanie Sorini participate. Spear said $250 budgeted for each hospitality room per event has been the policy. Wilmoth also brought forms she made for organizing pools of volunteers to help with coming events. Cooper Fisher of the Butte Local Development Corporation said his group, the Young Butte Professionals, is always available to provide volunteer.
Holman confirmed to the group that Advantage Butte is receiving a $17,000 grant from the BSB Council of Commissioners for economic development. The annual economic grants were decided last week and announced at the commissioners’ meeting.
“The commissioners recognize the importance of Advantage Butte to the city’s economy,” Holman said. “It was the biggest amount given any applicants, so they understand the economic development to Butte (as a result of Advantage Butte activities). Please extend your gratitude to your commissioners.”
Bill Melvin, Butte Civic Center manager, said the basketball floor is going down on November 28 with the first game in the arena this season set for December 5 when Butte High and Helena High are to play in a boys’ contest. Melvin said the floor will then be removed for the holding of a crossfit event on December 12. He said about 600 entrants are expected for the crossfit meet. The basketball floor will then go back down for hoops season.
Butte Central Activities Director Chad Petersen said the Western A Divisional volleyball tournament held at the MAC went well, but was poorly attended. He complimented Melvin and a Civic Center work crew for helping fix a light fixture hanging from the MAC ceiling.
“Also, everybody spoke highly of the hospitality room,” Petersen said. “And the Plaza Inn helped out with some rooms. However, attendance was not good. The closest school in the tournament was Frenchtown as neither Butte Central or Dillon advanced to it out of district, and we had a heavy snow that weekend, which kept people from traveling. So, our gate was not good.”
Ray Ueland, of the M&M, The Metals Sports Bar & Grill and Perkins Restaurant, said the Butte Family YMCA pool has been selected to be the venue for the Helena Lions Swim Team’s swim meet to be held later in the season. Carroll College has removed its pool, which is where the Helena Lions team had put on its meets in the past.