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PEACE received the Greater Polson Community Foundation Grant to hold this special retreat! We have partnered with Statement, a non-profit organization out of Spokane, WA which has developed this amazing material!

Participants will come away with a better understanding of:
• How to recognize red flags in dating abuse
• How to identify the different forms of dating abuse
• How to recognize their true potential
• How to set clear boundaries and define true values
• How to have effective goal setting
• How to increase leadership skills
• How to apply respect in their everyday life
• How to increase self-esteem
• How to make a positive impact in their community through volunteering
• How to nurture healthy relationships with parents and friends

Enroll your daughter today! She is sure to “Make A Statement!”
Cost is $35 for the entire weekend! Please Register by March 10th!

Register online at

John S. Cowan of Kalispell and Polson passed on March 11, 2019. John was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, on March 7, 1937, to John D. Cowan and Elizabeth Fowler Cowan. The family soon moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and subsequently in 1949 to Stamford, Connecticut. He attended the Hotchkiss School where he met lifelong friend and Polson resident Chuck Jarecki. A graduate of Middlebury College, John received an Master of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Wyoming.

John owned and served as CEO and Chief Fiscal Officer of two post-secondary and proprietary schools: Wyoming Technical Institute (1970-1977) and Bryman School (1977-1996). For 20 years, John consulted as a certified public accountant auditor for Title IV student financial aid programs at post-secondary educational institutions. Of particular note, he consulted to the U.S. Department of Justice and was admitted as an expert witness for the prosecution of educational institutions for misuse of student assistance funds.

Upon moving to Polson, John continued his consulting practice in the areas of education, new business development, accounting and the administration of nonprofit organization. He advised the work of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology by designing an accounting system to comply with standards and updating student assistance Title IV regulations.

John derived enormous satisfaction from his contributions as a founder and board member of the Greater Polson Community Foundation. In his capacity as treasurer, John worked to implement procedures that ensured the safe and prudent investment of Foundation funds.

His family and beloved friend Suzanne Booker will miss John’s steady, caring and protective presence. His quiet, self-effacing generosity defined his life. Many experienced him as a man of few words. But those fortunate enough to be the recipients of those words considered them pearls and remain forever grateful. He passed in peace, confident in God’s grace.

John Cowan is survived by three children, John G. Cowan, Wayne Cowan and Wendy Windham; sister, Kay Cowan; grandchildren, Cameron, Chante, Allison, Stephanie and Michael Cowan; and great-grandchild, Nolan Lloyd.

His wife Elaine Cuklanz Cowan predeceased him in 2009.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Buffalo Terrace Chapel, 40 Claremont St., Kalispell, MT 59901.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Greater Polson Community Foundation, P.O. Box 314, Polson, Montana 59860.

Messages of condolence may be shared with the family at The Lake Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Ice is Nice! Mark your calendars, everyone! Saturday, February 23 is our 3rd Annual WinterFest!

When: 10am-2pm, Saturday February 23, 2019
Where: Polson’s Riverside Park
What: Celebrate the winter weather with games of Broom Ball, some hot beverages, and snacks, all free of charge! We will have some small fire-pits to keep everyone toasty, and an assortment of other small games to try!

What is Broom Ball, you ask? Simple!  Broom Ball is played just like
hockey, only no special equipment is needed.  You play on a flat surface
in your boots or shoes, and we provide the rest! Keep your sticks down and your heads up to receive passes and score a few goals. Come out and
try your hand at Broom Ball with the whole family!

Due to this year’s weather, access to Riverside Park will be restricted to the stairway on 1st Street West in Polson. 
The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association wishes to thank all those who continually support us and ask about our progress.  We are
always able to host our successful WinterFests thanks to you: our
supporters, our wonderful volunteers, and our amazing local business

It’s so wonderful to see our community coming together to ensure healthand happiness for our kids.  We would like to thank the following for
making this year’s WinterFest possible!  

Business Sponsors:
*S&S Sports
*White’s Meats
*Greater Polson Community Foundation
*Jason Brown,
*Polson ACE Hardware
*The Cove Deli, and the Avison and Family
*Parks and Rec., the City of Polson, Pat Nowlen

*Bret Richardson
*David McDaniel
*Steve and Mike Lozar
*Chuck Wall
*Katie Walter

As always, we thank you for your support. If you’re interested in helping out with events in the future, please feel free to contact us by
replying to this email, checking out our Volunteer tab on our website,
or messaging us on Facebook.  Thank you so much!

Hilary Lozar

Chair, Mission Valley Ice Arena Association

Jayme Stone Folklife

February 15th, 2019

7:00 PM – Ronan Performing Arts Center

This versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners.

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest – January 25-27th, 2019

To jumpstart the opening of the 2019 cycle, GPCF is planning two Grant Application Workshops at the GPCF offices – Lower Level of Salish Building – 110 Main Street, Polson, MT  on Thursday, February 21st or Tuesday, February 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Either of these workshop sessions are available for the first ten participants to register for either session and pay $5.00 (light lunch included) This workshop will walk an applicant through the basic grant application process which is beneficial to non-profits writing grants or foundation requests for funding and more specifically the GPCF application process. GPCF will accept applications for pre-screen (we will preview and advise on completeness) until April 12th, 2019 and complete applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 26th 2019. The complete 2019 Grant Application is available to download online at where you will also find a list of previous GPCF grant recipients. If you have questions or would like to register for a grant workshop, please contact Jennifer at the GPCF office at (406) 883-4723.

The 2019 grant application deadline is Friday, April 26, 2019. Grant applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations with a 501c(3) status in the Greater Polson area. Grants from the Greater Polson Community Foundation make a significant difference. Over $500,000.00 has been contributed to meet needs in our community since grants were first awarded in 2009. Grants are funded annually by the earning’s from the foundation’s growing permanent endowment and other available GPCF funds. Past grant awards have supported a variety of youth and community projects. GPCF President Toni Young says “our grant funding support to our community non-profits and their projects is a highlight of our year”.
The Committee is looking for how well the prospective project matches the mission and values of the GPCF as well as addressing critical needs that strengthen our community. As you prepare your application, think about how your project can enhance and improve the lives of the people who live here.

Friday, January 18th @ Polson High School – 7 p.m.

Wylie & the Wild West – Mission Valley Live presents:

Working together is a BIG DILL for Polson Pickleball
It was a cold chilly day but it was a big dill for the Greater Polson Community Foundation, board members of the Friends of Regional Parks and Trails (FORPAT) and local Pickleball enthusiasts to gather and celebrate recent project milestones. With matching grant funding from GPCF and FORPAT and a donation from Providence St. Joe’s, the City of Polson Parks and Recreation Department completed the 3 courts which included fencing, surfacing and painting.
It was reported in 2017 that there are 2.8 million Pickleball players in the United States – an increase of 12.3% over the previous year. Based on the growing popularity of pickleball in the greater Polson area, there was a clearly a need for public courts dedicated strictly for that use. The past two years, the Mission Valley hosted the Montana Senior Olympics which included Pickleball in Polson as the main draw.
The Greater Polson Community Foundation facilitates and invests the development of a robust and welcoming community and is the mission of the Friends of the Regional Parks and Trails group (FORPAT) to protect, preserve and develop Flathead reservation area parks and trails systems while conserving green space. This is another example of necessary collaborations for the good of our communities.
You can visit to find out about making a difference in your community or making an online directed gift to one of the many worthwhile projects in our area. If you would like more information about the Pickleball courts project please call Polson City Hall at 883-8200.