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Community Notes: Polson Chamber Seeks Nominations For Community Awards

Polson Chamber Seeks Nominations For Community Awards

The Polson Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations from Chamber members to recognize companies and individuals who have dedicated their time, energy and resources to making a significant impact on the Polson community over the past year.

Nominations should be made on the basis of the criteria listed below in each category. The Polson House Board of Directors will select the winners after reviewing each entry. Only complete application forms will be accepted. All recognized companies must be members of the Chamber in good standing and not have received the award for which they were nominated within the past three years. Self-nominations are accepted. Applications must be submitted by January 28.

Non-profit organization of the year: This award is given to a non-profit organization serving the Polson area, demonstrating effective fundraising and resource development and showing exemplary support to the community while adhering to the non-profit mission lucrative.

Polson Leadership Award: The Randy Ingram Leadership Award is intended to recognize a citizen who demonstrates exceptional community leadership and who generously gives of their time to improve our community.

Citizen of the year: The John Tiskus Memorial Citizen of the Year Award represents a citizen of the Polson area involved in the growth of the community through their vision and leadership. This person demonstrates a commitment to voluntary service and demonstrates high ethical and personal integrity.

Volunteer of the year: The Andy Anderson Volunteer of the Year Memorial Award recognizes an individual who volunteers or has given of their time to improve the community through various community contributions and services.

Company of the year: The company receiving the Company of the Year award shows growth through revenue and job creation, offers innovative products and services, encourages employees to volunteer and demonstrates economic support to the business community from the Polson region.

To submit an application, complete the online application form at; or send a completed PDF submission form to [email protected]; or print and deliver a completed application form to our office at 402 1st St E. # 102.

Winter activity planning event at the museum

A new winter event is coming to the Miracle of America Museum.

A special day of winter activities is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 15 at the museum, located at 36094 Memory Lane, Polson.

For the day, rides will be available on several vintage snowmobiles, including a 1926 Model T snowmobile, a Polaris Snowplane, a Tucker Snowcat and two snow tracks formerly used in Glacier National Park.

Hot drinks will be available for purchase.

Standard admission rates of $ 5 for children 2-12 and $ 10 for those 13 or older will apply. However, the event is intended to be a fundraiser for the museum, and additional donations would be appreciated.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to operate the machines is asked to call the museum’s founder and CEO, Gil Mangels, at 406-883-6804. Members of local snow related groups who wish to participate are also encouraged to call Gil.

Visit for more information.

Winter hike at Owen Sowerwine

The Flathead Audubon Society is offering a free guided winter hike in Owen Sowerwine Nature Area just east of Kalispell along the Flathead River from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 15.

Longtime conservation educator and naturalist Denny Olson will lead the hike (weather permitting) and discuss winter birds, bird songs, tracking, botany, and interpretation of the saddlebags. It is one of the best places in the region to see great woodpeckers and other woodpeckers, many kinds of chickadee, Bohemian waxwings and cedars in groups of thousands, pine grosbeaks and solitaries. from Townsend.

Dress warmly, bring binoculars and snow boots, and check with us for the need for snowshoes, if the snow is deep. Contact Denny at 406-249-3987 or [email protected] to register and get directions. Class sizes are limited and social distancing will be required.

Take the plunge for Special Olympics

The Flathead Rez Shiver in the Polar River Plunge is scheduled for Saturday, January 29 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Park in Polson. Registered participants can create fundraising pages by visiting All proceeds will go to Special Olympics Montana.