Wise River Community Foundation (WRCF) Board of Directors
Board of Director meetings held monthly
- Marv Johnson, Interim-President
- Jenetta Miller, Vice President
- Alta Miller, Treasurer
- Linda Piercy, Secretary
- Sunny Ralston, Board Member
- Tom Davis, Board Member
- Alexis Reid, Youth Board Member
- Charlie Miller, Community Building Manager
The Wise River Community Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization that gathers for the benefit of Wise River, Montana and nearby communities and was established in 2009. The mission of the Wise River Community Foundation is to enrich and improve the quality of community life in the Wise River area through, programs, services, and operation and maintenance of the Wise River Community Building.
Membership fees help support the newsletter costs and costs to operate the organization.
2014 Membership Fee Schedule:
- Individual: $15
- Couple: $25
- Family (One Household): $40
- Corporate: $100
Member Benefits: Members receive WRCF newsletter. Members receive 50% off Community Building rental fees and free Community Building rent for memorial services. All memberships renew April of each year. WRCF is working on large remodel projects and your contribution is really important this year. You can contribute more than your membership fee. Not only can you help us improve our community, but your donation is also tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to “WRCF” or “Wise River Community Foundation”
Programs & Annual Events
- Monthly Community Senior Dinners – Third Tuesday of each month at 5pm
- Monthly Newsletter – “The Codswallop”
- Wise River Days – Fine Art Show & Sale, Community Yard Sale, many special events and sales throughout Wise River. First weekend of August.
- Local History – compilation, photos and artifacts of local history.
- Pumpkin Festival
Wise River is a small, rural community in southwest Montana’s Big Hole Valley with a lifestyle of longstanding traditions in ranching, natural resource utilization and outdoor recreation. With a population near 360 year-round individuals (including the 12 mile stretch of Wise River, Dewey, and Divide), residents rely on each other to provide services and a way of life that rivals larger towns. Students attend one of two two-room schools. Commerce is provided by bar/restaurants, a mercantile/gas station, post offices, outfitter/guide services, fire department and ambulance, a forest service ranger station, church, and other entrepreneurs who make this valley home for their businesses. People here work together to provide entertainment and opportunities. The county lines intersect here sectioning residents into Beaverhead, Deer Lodge or Silver Bow counties.
The Wise River Community Building is at the heart this community. The large open room, stage, kitchen and extra rooms are used by the entire community for school events, an annual play, fundraisers, seminars, public meetings and special events. The Wise River Community Foundation provides a monthly senior dinner at the Community Building free of charge. This dinner is put on by members of WRCF with donations from businesses and individuals.
The WRCF’s active membership provides critical services to the community in addition to the monthly community dinners. Wise River is 40 and 50 miles to the nearest cities with medical services. WRCF puts on a bazaar each November where locals showcase and sell their products and is a very popular event with raffles, auctions, pumpkin painting, apple cider making, and food galore!
The focus of the Wise River Community Foundation today is maintenance of the Wise River Community Building. The original structure was built in 1950 on land sold for $1 to what was then the Wise River Women’s Club. The community gathered to build the original structure which, although a bare bones one room with no plumbing, provided a needed meeting place for the community. An addition to the building in 2000 added plumbing, heat, kitchen and an extension to the current room. Today WRCF is responsible for insurance, utilities and general maintenance. Since 2009 WRCF sponsored renovations to the building including new heating system, electrical, entry way, handicap bathroom, landscaping, siding & paint and more.
The WRCF consists of a board of directors and membership. An annual meeting invites members to participate in Foundation elections and plan the upcoming year. The WRCF Board of Directors meets monthly.