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Missoula Federal Credit Union expands to 20 counties in western, central Montana

The new geographic expansion opens membership to individuals, businesses and organizations in Beaverhead, Broadwater, Cascade, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Madison, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Park, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders, and Silver Bow counties.

It is not without challenges, Lawson said, but the credit union’s leadership intends to move forward “thoughtfully and transparently,” and in consultation with its member-owners. That includes a membership survey asking for feedback on the expansion, concerns the move creates for existing members and the possibility of a name change to better reflect the larger geographic area.

“While we are incredibly excited to reach more people with our approach to values-based banking, we also recognize that some important questions lie ahead,” Lawson said in a letter to MFCU members. “In answering them, we want to make sure we’re living out our principles of cooperative ownership, inclusion and empowerment. That starts with hearing from you.

Chamber of Commerce to honor members at banquet

Not many organizations can claim over a century of service in the Bitterroot. One that can is the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce, which will hold its 112th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 3 at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. The annual dinner and awards celebration, with its raffles and auction, is always a look back and a look forward as the past year’s members are honored and new officers and new board members are introduced.

Dr. Lucas Pernsteiner, owner of Bitterroot Chiropractic with offices in Hamilton and Florence, is the 2018 President. He is replacing outgoing president Chris Edwards, who serves as Vice-President/Commercial Loan Officer of TrailWest Bank in Hamilton. Susan Wetzsteon, employed at Mikesell’s Jewelry and Wetzsteon Electric in Hamilton, is President-elect. Darci Parsons, CEO at Ravalli County Federal Credit Union, is Treasurer.

New board members include Bill Capko of First Security Bank, Jaime Williams, owner of A2Z Personnel in Hamilton and Stevensville, Julie Winthers, owner of Hidden Treasures in Darby, and Scott Watters, owner of Watters Edge Design in Stevensville.