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GPCF Awards 2017 Grants to Local Non-Profits

POLSON — Because of the generosity of Greater Polson Community Foundation (GPCF) donors, a total of $468,600 has been awarded to worthy needs and projects in our community from 2009 through mid 2017.
The Greater Polson Community Foundation recently distributed $26,100.00 among sixteen local non-profit organizations as part of its 2017 grant cycle. The amount distributed represents the annual earnings from the GPCF’s permanent endowment fund. Gifts and contributions from donors have added significantly to the permanent endowment, which now totals over $500,000. Only the earnings can be used from the permanent endowment. The more this fund grows, the more earnings are available for GPCF’s annual grants.
The 2017 award recipients are: Flathead Lake Biological Station, North Lake County Public Library, Sunburst Community Service Foundation, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC), Ninepipes Museum, Polson Flathead Historical Museum, Lake County Fairgrounds- Lights Under the Big Sky, Helping Hands, Polson Fairgrounds, Inc., Boys & Girls Club, Mission Valley Ice Arena, Lake County Community Development Corp, P.E.A.C.E., Mission Valley Live, Polson School District Gifted & Talented Program and Miracle of America Museum.
The grants support a wide variety of youth and community-oriented projects including: Leadership Development programs, Winterfest Activities, Outdoor Summer programs, Baby Box Project, Preservation and showcasing of historical data and artifacts, a beautiful film festival as well as a series of musical showcases.
You can find out more information about the Greater Polson Community Foundation by visiting our website at www.greaterpolsoncommunityfoundation.org or contact us at (406) 883-4723 to ask us about directed gifts, donor advised funds, legacy gifts and memorial donations.
“Being able to support our community non-profits and their projects is definitely the highlight of our year. GPCF is able to fund these grants because our donors truly love making a difference,” GPCF president, Toni Young said.


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Polson’s Fifth Annual FLIC Film Festival

The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (or FLIC for short) is unspooling its fifth annual winter film festival during the weekend of January 20-22, 2017 at the Showboat Cinema on Main Street in Polson, Montana.

FLIC has been recognized as one of the top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the United States by the Audience Awards. David W. King, FLIC Co-Chair and producer said, “We’re excited to bring a diverse slate of 61 independent films to Polson and the Mission Valley for the fifth year in a row. Each year brings with it new cinematic treasures.”

FLIC 2017 will be screening full-length features, shorts, animated films, and documentaries. True to its name, FLIC is once again offering a broad selection of international films from countries that include Australia, Canada, Spain, Taiwan, Croatia, France, and the USA. In addition, there are 14 films produced in Montana, which is more than in any previous year.

FLIC kicks off on Friday, January 20th with an informal gathering from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lake Bar on Highway 93 in downtown Polson. Film showings on two screens begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, January 21st, there will be a break in film showings from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a second informal gathering at the Vine & Tap on Main Street. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served each evening.

As in years past, the FLIC judges have enjoyed unearthing FLIC 2017’s gems. This year’s standout films include North of Known, a stunning feature documentary in which professional paragliders and adventurers Gavin McClurg and Dave Turner attempt a full, unsupported traverse of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider. Another rich documentary, The Walk, produced by Polson’s Jim Ereaux, profiles the Coast to Coast walk across Northern England with images and poetry. Narrative stories are also bountiful this year, including Life Now, Life Then, another Montana feature in which an introvert recounts the summer of ’94, when he and his brother plotted revenge against their abusive father. The weekend is packed with a broad array of short films, too.

Saturday morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with a FLIC’s popular free family movie screening. This year’s film is Home, featuring an alien on the run from his own people who makes friends with a girl and tries to help her on her quest.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive in their pajamas and enjoy a free breakfast sponsored by Polson’s Rotary Club, which also prepares the breakfast. This non-ticketed screening is free so seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

As with previous years, many of FLIC’s screenings will include question and answer sessions with filmmakers. Stay tuned for more details as FLIC’s grand weekend in January gets closer!

The festival closes on Sunday, January 22nd with a “Best Of” awards show, which will be held at Showboat Cinema. Approximately 20 awards will be handed out in various categories.

All films, times and events are subject to change. Additional information on the festival is being updated online at www.flicpolson.com and/or Facebook or email info@flicpolson.com.


On June 18, 2014, officials from the Tribes, City of Polson and various interested civic organizations met to plan for the creation of interpretive sign panels for the waterfront trail from Riverside Park to Salish Point. The meeting resulted in an implementation plan for the drafting and installation of 15 beautiful signs that would educate our local youth, general public and the many summer visitors while enjoying the Polson waterfront. These panels are to depict the unique physical and natural landscape of the Lake, Tribal history and languages, general development history as well as the CSKT and Polson cooperation.

Polson Redevelopment Agency (PRA) through the leadership of Jules Clavadetscher, jump started the project and funding was identified from the PRA, the Greater Polson Community Foundation, CSKT Natural Resource Department, CSKT/Polson Salish Point joint Committee Fund and the Lower Flathead Community Foundation. Joanne Yardley, a professional sign designer was contracted to assist with the project and many local experts such as noted Tribal Historian Thompson Smith, provided input alongside the use of Paul Fugelberg’s publications and historical photos.

The signs to be placed on the hand railings under the Pier walkway under the Highway bridge and on the Salish Point Westside pier are still awaiting placement but the panels that are placed are currently providing a unique experience for walker’s & strollers. signsalish1


The GPCF was happy to present the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation financial support to provide local scholarships to educate and mentor the next generation of artists.  This project provides important exposure and music education for Polson area musicians and provides world-class music to Festival attendees at an affordable price. Diane Kautzman, Director of Development for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation recently told the GPCF:  “What an amazing 2016 Crown Workshop and Festival!  The tents were overflowing watching the performances by participants, faculty, and Artists.  We are so blessed to have such great support from donors and sponsors, which allowed us to fund 19 scholarship recipients from Polson, Missoula, Whitefish, Kalispell, Bigfork, Lakeside, and Eureka.  The immersive experience is enriching and life changing for everyone involved.  Watching a young scholarship recipient working with Liz Longley on their original song, and then play it for Jim Messina, wow, you have changed their life and made a difference.  We couldn’t do this without the support of our local communities, so thank you for helping us fulfill our mission to educate and mentor the next generation of artists.”crownof-continent-scholor-recipients