By Bruce Sayler
Advantage Butte passed a funding request for one tournament and delayed action on two others at the group’s March meeting held Tuesday in the Butte Plaza Inn.
A small turnout of members conducted the business and discussed other topics related to the Butte sports community.
The request granted was one for up to $4,000 to guarantee met expenses of the Advantage Butte Volleyball Classic to be held in the Butte Civic Center and other local venues April 2-3. Velocity Volleyball will be the host club for the girls’ traveling team tourneys covering age divisions in grade school through high school brackets.
Club officer Jeni Hope submitted the request, which was reviewed by the Advantage Butte executive committee and forwarded to the general body with a recommendation to approve, said Rody Holman, Advantage Butte president and PayneWest Insurance representative to the group.
Holman said it was an Advantage Butte policy to “backfill” the financial obligations for holding events so that the organizers do not lose money on the ventures Advantage Butte agrees to help fund. He cautioned against groups approaching Advantage Butte for profit gain on such activities or using the event for fund-raising.
“We don’t want huge money-makers for sponsors,” Holman said, “but for the events to break even so that we are able to fund other events, as well.”
Advantage Butte past president Ron Davis, of Butte Broadcasting and buttesports.com, said such is described in the organization bylaws.
“Before any payouts, we have to see the expenditures,” he said.
Ed Heard Jr., of Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation, moved for the group to approve the funding of up to $4,000 for the volleyball tournament. Bill Melvin, director of the Butte Civic Center, seconded and the motion passed unanimously on a voice vote.
Melvin interjected that the tournament had also booked for April 16, but Holman noted the request did not make mention of it.
Action was postponed on funding requests for basketball and softball tournaments. Holman said the request entered by Mining City Basketball for is financial support of a competition billed as the State Middle School Championships to be held March 25-27 in the Civic Center. Organizer Paul McCarthy was not present to talk for the request and members said they believed they needed more information before agreeing to a sum thought to be about $4,000. Holman said he would set up a meeting with McCarthy and Advantage Butte committee members to discuss the request.
Holman said the Advantage Butte climate was favorable toward a request from USA Softball for aid in playing host to a regional girls’ softball tournament in July at Stodden Park. Ron “Sarge” Rowling said he was to ask for umpire lodging for the tournament from Advantage Butte. Discussion in the group indicated numbers needed to be firmed and formal paperwork submitted before agreement on an allocation can be reached. The matter was tabled.
Heard said he had been contacted by Dan Sturdevant of Jefferson High School about the availability of Stodden Park courts, or other Butte tennis courts, and Advantage Butte money help to hold a Class B-C divisional high school tennis tournament May 12-14. The group encouraged further consideration on the project.
Heard also said the city parks and rec staff is conducting a survey regarding a 10-year plan for the department regarding trails and parks. Public meetings on the subject are slated for March 22 and 24 in the Highland View Golf Course clubhouse. The online survey is available at https://co.silverbow.mt.us/2236/master-plan-survey Heard noted was printed on a flier calling attention to the survey.
Heard said parks and rec matters going before Wednesday night’s meeting of the county commissioners for action pertain to a Montessori school 5K run, a Montana Tech Society of Women Engineers 5K run and the return of the Montana Folk Festival.
The state Class AA-A high school track meet is set for May 27-28 at Bulldog Memorial Stadium and Advantage Butte officials said planning talks about the huge undertaking have started between the Montana High School Association and activities directors Chuck Merrifield of Butte High, Chad Petersen of Butte Central and veteran meet director Bill Osborne, a retired Butte High activities director.
The Advantage Butte financial report from treasurer Brad Spear of Anderson ZurMuehlen and Co., said $17,985.60 rest in the checking account and the group faces $19,600 in commitments. Holman said grant money from county development allocations is likely to add to Advantage Butte’s account, but the amount and arrival remain unknown.
Holman set the next Advantage Butte meeting for April 19 at noon in the Butte Plaza Inn.