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Envision Polson! is neighbors working with neighbors to positively impact their community. It is civic-minded, action-oriented volunteers who give their time and talents to work on a wide variety of large and small projects to do good things in the Polson community. Envision Polson is a major connection between the GPCF and the dedicated volunteers who work hard for our community.

Envision Polson! is made up of eight “action committees” which are the feet-on-the-ground for the community values identified by the Heart & Soul project. The committees meet regularly and spearhead an amazing number of projects carried out by hard-working volunteers. Here’s a sample of what they have been doing lately:


  • Beautification Committee: Watch for information on the “Celebrate the Season of Light”contest file:///C:/Users/GPCF/Desktop/Celebrate_The_Season_Form_2016.pdf
  • Year-Round Recreation Committee: The Year-Round Recreation Committee reported on new events coming to our community over the next year. In February 2017, Mission Valley Aquatics will host the Montana State Swim Meet, which is expected to attract 800 visitors. The Montana Senior Olympics will be held in Polson in June of both 2017 and 2018. There are fourteen events that will take place in Polson, Ronan and at the SKC gymnasium.
  • Vibrant Downtown Committee: The Parade of Lights is set for Friday, December 2. “Buy Local” will be emphasized now through Christmas, and the Polson Chamber of Commerce is once again promoting “Chamber Bucks.” The Vibrant Downtown Committee is also looking for a new chairperson if anyone is interested they can contact Penny Jarecki, 883-2248.
  • Youth & Education Committee: Superintendent Rex Weltz is looking for people interested in teaching evening Adult Education classes. This is an opportunity to provide a service to the community and use the school facilities. He would like to offer Adult Education in both the fall and spring. Please contact Rex at 883-6355 if you are interested.
  • Health & Wellness Committee: There were a couple local run/walk events in the valley this Fall including Your Life Matters 5K, which emphasizes suicide prevention and the Monster Mash, focusing on healthy activities during Red Ribbon Week.
  • Economic Development Committee: Lake County Community Developing is scheduling a series of computer classes specifically geared towards business people. It was also reported that there are many new businesses springing up all over the valley, but the two major challenges for new companies include lack of housing for middle class newcomers to the community, and lack of skilled workers. The Montana Economic Development Association recently held their conference at Kwataqnuk, which brought in 100 attendees. Leadership Flathead Reservation Project is underway with 20 community leaders (business owners, department heads, teachers) attending the first organizational meeting. This is a nine-month program with monthly workshops from September 2017 through May 2018, and is patterned after Leadership Montana, Leadership Missoula and Leadership Kalispell. LLCDC is sponsoring the organization with Billie Lee developing the first year’s program. After this, the graduating class plans the following year’s curriculum. The cost is $1,000 per person.Results of the Event Center at Polson Fairgrounds feasibility study and community survey will be available soon. A public hearing at the County Commissioners’ office will be held in November.  

At any given time, each Action Committee is discussing, planning, or implementing a number of projects related to their specific area of concern. Additional volunteers are always welcome and can serve in any capacity that interests them. For more information or to volunteer, contact Greater Polson Community Foundation President, Penny Jarecki at


Heart & Soul Project

Polson Heart & Soul was a two-year program for the purpose of reaching out to all members of the Polson community to engage in conversations about our future and how to ensure that Polson is economically vibrant and a great place for all of us to continue to live.

The project began with discussing what community members love about Polson and why they choose to live here. These conversations lead to development of central themes that represent the “heart & soul” of Polson, i.e., our commonly held concerns, values and aspirations.

By identifying shared community values and recommended actions to inform local community-driven and government efforts, we will be able to maintain what we love about Polson while providing for growth and change in positive directions.

The outcomes of the Heart & Soul project will be:

  • A more unified community and more unified work/projects
  • Growth in the community’s ability to work together, have meaningful relationships and improved mutual understanding
  • A vision for the future based on our community’s values
  • Programs for growing leadership skills among our youth
  • Cooperation with and support of existing community organizations and groups
  • There is a clear vision forward, grounded in our community values, that informs: Community efforts and organizations like Envision Polson! and others; community development goals for economic development and enhancement of quality of life; city planning decisions that respect property rights and are fair, easier, and efficient

Download the Heart & Soul FAQ


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Ben Kadie wins at FLIC