Program and Events

MAFE meets at Noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at McCormick’s at 2419 Montana Avenue and lunch is $12.00 ($12.65 if paying by PayPal). If you would like to explore our organization and attend one of our meetings please email: or call Kindra McMullin @ 406-670-9753 by noon the Tuesday before the Wednesday meeting.

Upcoming MAFE Events

  • January 22, 2015
    6:00 PM - Kim Bar's house, 34 South Santa Fe Dr.

    COME HAVE SOME TRADING FUN!!!! Bring up to 5 items of jewelry, scarves, belts, etc. that you would like to trade for other items. We will serve soup, salad, bread, chips with salsa, cookies, and hot drinks. Cost is $5. Please RSVP to Kim ( by January 21, so we can be sure to have enough food and drinks for everyone!
  • January 28, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Melanie Schwarz will present the recent work of the BillingsWorks Workforce Council.  This is a collaborative effort of many community partners working together to address the current and future workforce needs.  The components of this plan include education, skills training, workforce gaps, and talent attraction.

  • February 11, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    MAFE members, Susan Rose and Kathleen Stratton, will share some pictures and stories from their recent "Safari of a Lifetime" in Kenya and Tanzania.  Come learn a little bit about life in Africa...for animals and humans alike.  Progress is affecting the whole environment in these third world countries.

  • February 19, 2015
    6:00 PM - Fancy Sushi Asian Fusion Restaurant, 1313 Grand Ave.

    We will meet for dinner and order off the menu. Share some prime networking time with others over some delicious food!
    Please RSVP to Kim Bar at by Feb. 18, to insure that we save enough space for everyone.

  • February 25, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    The NextGen network exists to foster relationships among young professionals, develop business opportunities, support civic involvement, and promote an overall investment in the future of our community. Come hear about this opportunity in Billings.

  • March 11, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Angela Campbell, Executive Director of Yellowstone County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). We all know child abuse exists in our community but do we really know what we can do to lift children out of reoccurring cycles of abuse? Angela Campbell will talk about abused children in our community and what local volunteers are doing to provide a voice to children who are lost in an over-burdened foster care system.

  • March 17, 2015
    6:00 PM - Home of Lynda and Ken Behling - 2729 Hoover Ave. ($5.00)

    Charge of $5 will get you some delicious corned beef & cabbage and soda bread.  Rumor is there will be green beer and leprechauns (cute ones!!), so put on your green duds and come join in the fun!  Please RSVP by March 15, to Lynda Behling at


  • March 25, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Dr. Eaton, Alzheimer’s Association. Members of this organization will talk to us about the disease that attacks the brain and how it is not a normal part of aging. Come learn about the disease, its diagnosis, stages of the disease, and treatments.

  • April 08, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Dianne Parker, Avitus Group Public Relations Manager, highlights three key ways you can promote your business or organization for $200.00 or less per month. Her presentation features DIY PR efforts involving three powerful and inspiring women; Billboard Charting Singer & songwriter Jaren Voight-Cerf, Founder of the Ramsey Keller Memorial (which pays for infant funerals in Montana), Kori Keller and Co-Owner of Parker's Hangover Tonic, (A Made in Montana Bloody Mary/Caesar Drink Mix product) Amy Eisenzimer. Parker will also briefly highlight her PR efforts on a more substantial budget for Avitus Group.

  • April 21, 2015
    6:00PM - 116 N. Broadway downtown

    Please join us for fun and networking at Doc Harper's Martini Bar at 116 North Broadway downtown.  Order your own drinks and appetizers off the menu. RSVP if you can to Debbie Sundberg at  Or just show up if you're not sure of your schedule ahead of time. We have seats reserved in the loft!

  • April 22, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Evelyn Noennig, The Billings Gazette:  The Transition Network is a national non-profit organization, and Evelyn is working with a group of women to get a chapter established in Billings. TTN is an inclusive community of professional women, 50 and forward, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities. It is a great resource for connecting with women in transition – working to retirement, active parent to empty nester, family member to caregiver, employee to entrepreneur, etc. wanting to continue to live active and meaningful lives.

  • May 13, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Dan Carter, Exxon Mobile:  Dan joined ExxonMobil as Public and Government Affairs Manager at the Billings refinery in 2013. As part of his job, Dan does media relations for the refinery, advises the local management team on community events and outreach and does STEM outreach with schools in Billings and Lockwood.

    Dan will spend some time talking about suggestions and possible actions to take when a crisis develops with your company. The key lies in two areas: preparation and panic. One you should do the other you should not.

  • May 27, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Susan Shald, Director of Talent Sourcing, Gallup:  Susan will talk about how Gallup’s microeconomic model was designed for optimizing your organization. The Gallup Microeconomic Path is a framework for harnessing human potential to accelerate your company's performance. Gallup’s consultants leverage their knowledge of this path to help you address the right steps in the right order, improving the way your organization operates. With proven links to productivity, customer engagement, quality, retention, safety, and profit, Gallup's unique employee engagement approach blends strategic analysis with practical steps and advice to change how leaders view their work, their employees, and their customers. The best-led organizations know that the most direct path to individual, team, and organizational improvement begins with a primary investment in their employees' greatest talents. The key is to discover what's naturally right with people, then build on it.

  • June 10, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Tasha Mills, Allegra:  Each generation presents its own marketing challenges and opportunities. Marketers seeking to promote products and services have to understand and adapt their strategies to each generation. Tasha will talk about devising strategies specific to each major generation of the US population.

  • June 16, 2015
    5:30 PM - 1500 Poly Drive

    Let's enjoy summer with networking on the patio at Bistecca at the Granary 1500 Poly Drive.  Food and beverages will be available to order off the menu.

  • June 24, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Leslie Scharfe & Marilynn Miller, Elation:  Elation ( works with businesses and individuals to transform their thinking and adopt a performance- enhancing approach to work and life. Using methods grounded in current neuroscience, Elation helps its clients learn how to think, not what to think or do. Positive change in thinking is the result of where an individual consistently places his or her focus. Through the merger of neuroscience, psychology, and personal development, Elation has created the most effective tools and exercises for mindset growth available to organizations and individuals alike.

  • July 22, 2015
    12:00 noon - DanWalt Gardens - 720 Washington St. ($22.50)

    Come join us for a beautiful garden tour and gourmet 3 course lunch that features a "secret" recipe given to Dan from the Bair family (it was Charlie Bair's favorite!).  DanWalt Gardens is a gorgeous outdoor wedding location and hosts a large selection of perennials zoned for the Billings climate that burst with beautiful blooms and colors!  it is rumored that this will be DanWalt's final year of running the garden, so don't miss this chance to see it one final time!

    Please be sure to arrive a little early so we can have the tour and lunch done in time for everyone's schedule.  Cost of $22.50 is more than usual, since this is a special luncheon event.  See you there!

  • August 07, 2015
    5:30 PM - Sunrise Studios, 2923 Montana Ave.

    Join us for a Networking Artwalk!  Meet at Sunrise Studios (2923 Montana Ave) at 5:30PM.  We will stroll down Montana Ave. taking in the art and stopping along the way for appetizers/food.  RSVP to


  • September 09, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, which was released in April, has generated a significant amount of interest in important and related topics:  the government’s response to sexual assaults, treatment of victims and the rights of victims in these cases and in general, and the state and federal law applicable to these subjects, including federal statutes specific to processes to be undertaken by colleges and universities if a victim or perpetrator of a sexual assault is an enrolled student.   

    Bill Mercer served in Montana as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for fifteen years.  The Office of the U.S. Attorney in Montana is responsible for the prosecution of violent crimes perpetrated on six of the seven Indian reservations in the state.  As a result of his experience in the office, he will discuss the observations made by the author and public policy issues likely to arise with respect to the identified topics.

    He encourages you to read the book in advance of the presentation.

  • September 11, 2015
    September 13, 2015
    Bill Cody Ranch - Cody, WY

    You are cordially invited to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Bill Cody Ranch, just 30 minutes from Cody, WY. Please plan to attend September 11-13, 2015! Full details are attached; your spot is reserved with the completed registration form & a check. NEW MEMBERS: please enjoy a one-time discount on the registration fee. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask Melissa Thompson or Kathleen Stratton.  Registration form

  • September 23, 2015
    12:00 noon - ZooMontana - 2100 S. Shiloh Rd

    Cost and specific program yet to be determined, but there is lots to see at ZooMontana!

  • October 14, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Candi will speak to us about "Growth in Billings".

  • October 22, 2015
    6:00PM - Valley Federal Credit Building - 207 N. Broadway ($35.00 per person, guests welcome)

    Join us as we toast MAFE's 35 years! 

    *Food * Drinks * Friendship * Entertainment

    Featuring the comedy of Auggie Smith (National comedian who was raised in Billings,  and nephew of Pat Jaffray).

    We are planning a BIG night, please join us as we raise our glasses to 35 years of Women Supporting Women.

  • October 28, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    Come learn more about this new Billings business.  Better to Gather Events is a boutique event design company that also offers intimate and creative gatherings and classes.  Designed to make events more experiential and personal.  Attend and get a personal lesson on how to take better pictures with your iPhone!

  • November 11, 2015
    12:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)

    JoMarie Bliss, General Electric, will speak about Lean Six Sigma.  She has achieved the highest level of black belt certification in Lean Six Sigma and uses it on projects for GE around the country. 

    Lean Six Sigma is a management approach to business performance improvement that has blended the two individual specialisms of Lean and Six Sigma.  The focus of Lean in speed, efficiency, and taking waste out of the process.  When combined and implemented properly it can be a powerful management tool that can greatly improve an organizations performance, by providing a structured approach to resolving problems.  Lean Six Sigma can help bring about rapid improvements, whether in a manufacturing or service-based context.

  • November 13, 2015
    6:30PM - 417 Lordswith Drive - June Luptak hosting

    Come join us for an evening of Bunco.  Always a great time; all are welcome.

  • November 25, 2015
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 09, 2015
    6:00PM - Prescott Hall at Rocky Mountain College
  • December 09, 2015
    12:00 noon - MRM Women and Children’s Shelter, 2520 1st Ave North ($11.50)

    Denise Smith will speak about "The Reality at the Montana Rescue Mission".

  • December 23, 2015