The Portage Route Chapter wrapped up the calendar year with some late business to get the year going. We had a special board meeting on the 19th of December to finally pass a comprehensive budget.
The good news is that we are fortunate to have some money to expand the projects we will be working on during the coming year.
The bad news is that we have some money to expand the projects we will be working on. More and bigger projects means more work.
Here is a quick list of our projects. Check out the Portage Chapter "Activities" page for details as these projects get underway.
We are just finishing a project we actually started two years ago called Next Exit History which is a mobile app for tourists to see what history related locations are available to visit in any given area. We are concentrating on the Lewis and Clark Trail and had listed 5 locations in the Great Falls area. We are adding 5 more to that list.
The next project just now getting under way is actually a re-activation of a project we did for several years but put on hold as the bicentennial got into full swing. We will be working with the National Foundation's library with our Scholar in Residence program.
We are continuing with interpretive signage updating in the Helena Canyon and will have several speakers presenting lectures in our Sherman Lecture Series. Funding was also approved for expanding our presence and involvement in our annual Lewis and Clark Festival. The Chapter will be sponsoring two speakers during that time.
Planning is just getting started for holding a regional/state meeting here in Great Falls in mid June during the Lewis and Clark Festival.
These are the major projects we will concentrate on, but there always seem to be a few other new one come along as the year progresses.