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Hoveland, Thomson named Chamber Student Ambassadors The Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Student Ambassadors: Riley Hoveland and Jenica Thomson. The Student Ambassador program was introduced last year as an opportunity for high school youths who are interested in commerce and public relations. Board member Patricia Landon collaborated with Bigfork High School to recruit and interview students. The program is designed to prepare and build leadership skills, allowing The Ambassadors to receive a view of the Chamber’s civic and community leadership through direct contact with a broad spectrum of institutions and leaders that keep the Village of Bigfork moving forward. The Chamber’s Ambassador Program requires students to introduce a community project. Riley and Jenica have been fine-tuning their project, which we will announce soon. Riley was recently accepted to attend Harvard this fall.

Hansen earns prestigious award

RE/MAX International awarded Bigfork’s Cherie T. Hansen the prestigious Chairman award for being in the top 6 percent in sales worldwide. RE/MAX only honored 748 highly successful agents with this award around the world. “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award,“ Hansen said. “I am fully committed to help my clients find the property that is right for them. It’s very personal for me.” Hansen, a fifth-generation Montanan with 38 years of experience, previously earned the Montana Association of Realtors Salesperson of the Year, RE/MAX Hall of Fame Inductee, and RE/MAX Top 1% of all agents in Pacific Northwest Region.

Church hosting weekly free community dinners

The Bigfork Community United Methodist Church hosts free community suppers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday. While the dinners are open to everyone, Pastor Kelly Addy is reaching out intentionally to Bigfork Public Schools students. “We are having our 4th supper this Thursday,” Addy said. “We had five students the first night, 10 the second, 12 last week and hope it will grow into a dinner for 30 or more as we become part of the rhythm of the community.” The Bigfork VFW is one of the Charter sponsors. Addy said the church might provide partial or full scholarships for: • Any Bigfork area youth who want to go to one of the youth camps at Flathead Lake United Methodist Camps; • Any Bigfork area youth who want to take voice or piano lessons at the church. To attract more kids, the church has a foosball table in the basement and soon might have a pool table. “We have smart TV, crazy hot wifi and a good study area for anyone who wants it,” Addy said. Call (406) 837-4547 or visit

Keller wins Toastmaster’s Award

Ry Keller, 7-year member of Toastmasters International, Bigfork, advanced to the third round of TM’s annual International speech and evaluation contest in Helena this April. (See his picture on Page 1.) Keller competed in the “Evaluation” contest at local and district levels to earn his way to the Helena round. Rather than speaking, club evaluators excel at critical thinking skills after listening to another member’s speech. Evaluators mentor fellow Toastmasters’ strengths and weaknesses when giving a public talk.

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