By Bruce Sayler
The financials for Advantage Butte include $17, 369.20 in its checking account, $19,600 in 2019-20 commitments and $1,400 in 2018-19 commitments, it was told Tuesday in the group’s October meeting.
The gathering was held at the Butte Plaza Inn. Rody Holman, Advantage Butte president and PayneWest Insurance representative, told the figures, reporting for absent treasurer Brad Spear of the Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. firm.
A number of general topics were discussed at the meeting.
Advantage Butte approved a request from Butte Central Schools for $3,000 per tournament toward potential bidding for the 2021 Western C Divisional basketball boys’ and girls’ tournaments. Holman said the request was received by the Advantage Butte executive committee, which favored approval of the request. Bill Melvin, director of the Butte Civic Center, backed the motion for presentation and Ron Davis of Butte Broadcasting Inc., seconded. It carried on a voice vote.
Dorea Wilmoth, secretary for Advantage Butte and representative for Butte Comfort Inn/Town Pump Food Stores, brought up budgeting money for hospitality rooms at tournaments being held in the Butte this school year. It was agreed $250 per tournament will be budgeted, but that the amount could be discussed again at a later date after more events are firmed.
Holman said one of the tournaments that may request a hospitality room is The Mining City Duals Jim Street Classic wrestling meet to be held in the Civic Center in December. Holman said the tourney will likely remain a 24-team meet this year, but that hopes are to expand the field in coming years. The tourney is going back to the Civic Center this year after being held at Butte High School since the earlier part of the 1990s.
Melvin said the Civic Center will be the site of three basketball tournaments in a row on consecutive weekends in the winter of 2021 with the Western A, Western AA and State A all slated for the facility.
“We might be a little light on tournaments this year, but they’re coming next year,” he said.
Chad Petersen, Butte Central activities director, said the fall sports seasons are winding down and noted the Western A Divisional cross country meet will be held Saturday in Corvallis. Golf season has finished. He added Friday will be Senior Parents Night for the Maroons’ football team when they play host to Polson to finish the home part of their schedule. The volleyball team will hold its Blocktober Classic tourney with 10 teams on Saturday. Volleyball Senior Parents Night is set for October 29th when the Maroons play Stevensville.
Don Peoples Jr. said the Maroon Activities Center, besides being host to the Maroons’ volleyball matches this fall, is going to be busy with The Rock Basketball League for youth teams, as a venue for the Montana Special Olympics state basketball tournament and the annual Elks Hoops Shoot coming next month.
Rhonda McCarty, a spokesperson for the Montana Special Olympics, said volunteers are still be recruited for the November 7-9 state basketball tourney to be held in several Butte facilities.
“The welcome in Butte has been warm,” she said, in appreciation.
“We’re excited to have it in Butte,” Holman responded.
J.P. Gallagher, director of the Butte-Silver Bow Parks & Recreation department, said weather preparations and gearing for winter events are keeping the workers busy.
“We were plowing snow and blowing out sprinklers on the same day recently, which was interesting,” he said, with a laugh.
Gallagher added that his department is looking forward to working with the Montana Special Olympics basketball tournament and is planning for SNoFLINGA, the annual Butte winter festival. He said it will be held January 17-19, but that many of the events will be held at Stodden Park instead of all being in the Uptown Butte vicinity.
“SNoFLINGA is transitioning down the hill and we will use Stodden Park a lot more,” he said. “The ski-joring is a big event we’ll have. We’ll still have the sledding at the Mountain Con (mineyard), but the polar plunge and other events will be at Stodden. We’re also doing more advertising around the state and hope to get more people in from around the state to attend it.”
Holman said the next Advantage Butte meeting is scheduled for November 19 at the Butte Plaza Inn.