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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kindra McMullin @ 406-670-9753 by noon the Tuesday before the Wednesday meeting.
Upcoming MAFE Events
January 27, 202112:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $12.00 ($12.65 if using PayPal)During her time with Elation, Erika worked with companies and corporate leaders to help people manage better and build more cohesive and productive teams. She will be providing us information about being more self-aware of what we bring with us to every conversation we have and how each person's individual experiences impact their interactions with others.
February 10, 202112:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $12.00 ($12.65 if using PayPal)Sandi Karr is the Director of Behavioral Health at Riverstone Health. In this position, she oversees several programs and related staff working with the community to address mental health and substance addiction issues as part of Riverstone’s overall mission. Sandi will be presenting on the common mental health impacts (both short and long term) to individuals, families and the community as the result of Covid-19 and providing suggestions and resources for dealing with stress and depression during this difficult time.”
February 24, 202112:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $12.00 ($12.65 if using PayPal)Big things are happening at the Billings Community Foundation! Executive Director Lauren Wright will reveal what downtown landmark will be the new Home of Philanthropy and offer a sneak peek at how the new (old) building will be filled with community love and opportunities for nonprofit growth. Whether you’re involved with nonprofits, sit on a board of directors, or just love Billings, you won’t want to miss learning about this exciting local development!
March 11, 202112:00 PM McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Join us in welcoming Dr. Stefani Hicswa Chancellor, MSU Billings. She is the first woman to hold the position of Chancellor since the university’s founding in 1927. We will hear about her career as an education leader as well as an update on MSU Billings.
March 17, 20215:30 PM 2737 Montana Avenue
"Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!”
- Behling's famous corned beef and cabbage,
- Real Butte mini pasties,
- June's soda bread,
- Shamrock cookies for luck, appetizers and more!
All are welcome! So grab your spouse, significant other or a friend and join us for a fun evening celebrating the Irish!
Cost: $5 per person + BYOB
RSVP by Monday, March 15 at noon. A calendar invitation will follow shortly.
"May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you shall go!"
March 24, 202112:00 PM McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Our Member Spotlights this year will focus on the 4 Pillars of MAFE. Board President Melinda McInnis will kick these off by focusing on the Pillar Work Life Integration –Learn how to manage family, life and work by evaluating your circumstances as life changes, learning how to find your balance and how to set boundaries.
April 14, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
How does a woman, born and raised in Denmark, end up in Billings, MT running a dog training business?
Join us on April 14th when Camilla McCullough will tell us about her journey from being a city-girl, managing a busy cafe in the middle of beautiful Copenhagen, DK to her first experience, working and living on a guest ranch in Pryor, MT to now running her own successful dog training business in Billings, MT.
Camilla will focus on what discoveries and choices early on in her life, led her to her training ( and life!) philosophy, and why she feels communication skills and continuous education of dog owners are still much needed.
A need she hopes she will be able to better meet in the near future.
And lastly, why dogs/ animals will forever be our best mentors.
April 14, 20215:30 PMBin 119 - 119 N 28th St, Billings, MT
You’ve made it through three full days of the workweek, so it’s time to reward yourself! Enjoy happy hour prices all evening long. We have reserved the back room, so bring a friend and “Wine Down” with MAFE.
April 28, 202112:00 PM McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Learn basic information on the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages, risk factors, research and FDA-approved treatments. We will also briefly explore the impacts of dementia and caregiving on employees and employers. We would like to invite all to make a difference by joining us for the Walk to End Alzheimers, our tour de force event that fuels our mission and all we do.
May 04, 20215:30 PMBabcock Theatre - 2812 2nd Ave N, Billings
Join us for a very special evening celebrating a new generation of Jedi with a private showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Ticket price is $5/person. Beer, wine, soda, popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase. Grab your significant other, your kids and your friends. You won’t want to miss this one!
Doors Open at 5:30pm, Movie Starts at 6:00pm
May 12, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Having served in the Anchor seat for both Q2 and KULR 8, Becky became a trusted source of news in the Billings market. A year ago she was promoted to the position of Station Manager. Find out the impact of the national media's reputation on local stations and how she is navigating the world of a male dominate job.
May 26, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Diane Ridgway could be equated to something of a real-life, yet much younger version, of the cartoon character Maxine. She is the most special, amazing person you will ever meet. She is beautiful, talented, funny, intelligent, adventurous, and a little on the sassy side. She drives a 1954 Chevy Wagon named Ethyl, has a totally hip travel trailer which accompanies her when partaking in various Sisters On the Fly adventures, has a knack for decorating/repurposing/making kitsch come together beautifully, and for the last 17 years has operated a successful garden greenhouse, The Petal Pusher, in the Billings Heights.
Learn how two soccer moms, that barely knew one another, decided to open up a business together selling flowers…and one of them had never worked retail before! From inspiration to perspiration to abdication, Diane will tell you her story as one of “The Petal Pushers”. In addition, she will share with you a little bit about The Sisters On The Fly and just how much fun it is to be a female traveler, meeting up with other women from all walks of life.
June 09, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
As we begin the 5th Montana Season - Construction Season, Lisa Gray (HDR), Lisa Olmsted (DOWL) and Becky Bey (KLJ) will be presenting on the various Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) construction projects taking place this summer and over the next few years in and around Billings. This will include updated information on the Billings Bypass, I-90 Expansion, and Main Street Reconstruction as well as additional smaller projects that will ultimately improve traffic flow and travel in the area but in the short term might require you to plan a little extra time in your travel schedule. Come with questions and comments!”
June 09, 20215:30 PMYellowstone Cellars - 1335 Holiday Circle, Billings MT 59101
June 23, 202112:00 PM1735 Monad
Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is committed to the humane treatment of animals. Over the last decade, YVAS has grown to become the largest shelter in Montana, in-taking over 5,000 every year. Our current shelter programs include reuniting lost pets with their owners, adoption, foster care, volunteer, outreach & education, low-cost spay & neuter clinics, and our life-saving Working Cat Program.
July 14, 202112:00 PM1932 US Highway 87 East
Join us as we tour the new Lockwood High School.
Head south on 87, go past all the older elementary buildings and you will see some major construction (St. Vs building a clinic on campus).
The turnoff is right AFTER that. Drive right up to the front door –ample parking – and Don will meet us in the main foyer. We can lunch in the Community Room and tour from there.
August 11, 202112:00 PM700 Exxonmobil Rd, Billings, MT 59101
Billings is heavily supported and influenced by the area refineries. Exxon-Mobil, Conoco-Phillips, and Cenex all have facilities here, employing hundreds of area residents and paying substantial taxes that support the Billings community and surrounding area. Have you ever wondered what actually goes on in one of those refineries? Now’s your chance to find out. Dan Carter, Public and Government Affairs Officer for Exxon Mobil will lead us on a tour of the Exxon Mobil refinery. You’ll get to see the inner workings of the facility, hear what goes on in a refinery, and get information about how Exxon Mobil contributes to the community
August 25, 202112:00 PM 725 US-87, Billings, MT 59101
Two years ago we toured the Water Plant and learned about where Billings gets its water and what processes it goes through before it gets to our tap. Now come learn what happens to our water after we pour it down the drain.
The Public Works Department staffs a State Certified Laboratory responsible for testing and monitoring water quality. Testing is performed throughout the entire reclamation processes to ensure that the reclaimed water causes no harm to our environment.
September 23, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
“Let’s talk about recreational Weed!” In 2021, Montanans voted to legalize recreational marijuana. HB701 addressed basic regulations and parameters, but the bill provided significant latitude to cities and counties regarding how sales might be taxed, where dispensaries might be located, the number of dispensaries allowed, testing policies, and product labeling criteria. Yellowstone County has decided against an immediate ballot resolution, however, the City of Billings is putting forward a ballot initiative asking voters to consider whether recreational marijuana dispensaries should be allowed within the city limits of Billings. Becky Bey (with significant assistance via video from her friend Ben Cort in Colorado) will be providing information and lessons learned in Colorado (as this was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana), that will help MAFE members become more informed about the positives and negatives of recreational marijuana and prepare them for the upcoming decisions the City and County will be making on this important public health issue.
October 13, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Learn about the upcoming Public Safety Mill Levy. Why do we need additional resources? What will be the outcomes if it passes? What will the money be used for and how much will it cost each of us as homeowners? Ballots will be mailed Oct 13 – the same day as this presentation – and are due back by Nov 2nd
October 27, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Join us as we hear from fellow MAFE Member Polly Taggart on our 4th MAFE Pillar, Professional Growth
November 10, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Leslie Modrow will join us to discuss the Billings Library Foundation, what services they offer and how the organization benefits the Public Library
November 24, 2021
December 08, 202112:00 PMMcCormicks Cafe, 2419 Montana Avenue
Hear from Julie Koerber, Publisher of YVW.
Yellowstone Valley Woman magazine was started in 2001 as a 40-page free publication in Yellowstone County. Over the years, thanks to your readership and an amazing list of advertisers, our magazine now boasts close to 100 pages each issue with a distribution of 20,000 copies at roughly 180 locations in the greater Billings and Red Lodge areas!
Yellowstone Valley Woman magazine
December 08, 20216:00 PMRocky Mountain College - Prescott Hall
Join us in celebrating the Holidays in the beautiful setting of Prescott Hall on the Rocky Mountain Campus