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 $11.50 ($12.05 if paying by PayPal). If you would like to explore our organization and attend one of our meetings please email: email@example.com or call Sandy Vancleeve @ 671-5055 by noon the Tuesday before the Wednesday meeting.
Upcoming MAFE Events
May 14, 201412:00 PMMcCormick’s at 2419 Montana AvenueLUNCH PROGRAM: Stacey Loucks, Compliance Officer, EBMS, “Changes in the Nation’s Health Care System
May 15, 20145:30 PMVig Restaurant, 501 Hilltop Road,Billings Heights
May 15, 2014, Thursday, 5:30 PM, Networking Event: Vig Restaurant, 501 Hilltop Road,Billings Heights
May 28, 201412:00 PMMcCormick’s at 2419 Montana Avenue
May 28, 2014, Lunch Program: Patrick Hoy, Emergency Management Specialist, Billings Clinic, “Active Shooter Defense: Developing An Individual Plan of Action To Survive An Active Shooter Incident”
June 11, 201412:00 PMMcCormick’s at 2419 Montana Avenue
June 11, 2014, Lunch Program: Dr. Cheryl and Chris Cook, St. Vincent Healthcare & Foundation, Involvement Opportunities with Local Youth and Mentorship & Aging Gracefully Tips”
June 18, 20142 p.m. to 5 p.m.
JUNE 7, 2014, Saturday, 2 PM TO 5 PM, NETWORKING EVENT: Wine Making, Sampling & Appetizers, 4904 Middle Valley Drive (Kindra McMullin's house)
June 25, 201412:00 PM
June 25, 2014, Lunch Program: Member Panel on Financial Planning, Wealth Management and Retirement Planning. McCormick’s at 2419 Montana Avenue
August 17, 2014
AUGUST 17,NETWORKING EVENT: Wine Bottling.
September 12, 2014
SEPTEMBER 12-14, 2014, RETREAT - Rock Creek Resort, Red LodgeSEPTEMBER 12-14, 2014, RETREAT - Rock Creek Resort, Red Lodge
January 22, 20156:00 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 21, so we can be sure to have enough food and drinks for everyone!
January 28, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 20156:00 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 email@example.com by Feb. 18, to insure that we save enough space for everyone.
February 25, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 20156:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 25, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 20156:00PM - 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 email@example.com. Or just show up if you're not sure of your schedule ahead of time. We have seats reserved in the loft!
April 22, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 20155:30 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, 201512:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)
Leslie Scharfe & Marilynn Miller, Elation: Elation (elation.com) 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, 201512:00 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
September 09, 201512:00 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, 2015September 13, 2015Bill 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, 201512:00 noon - ZooMontana - 2100 S. Shiloh Rd
Cost and specific program yet to be determined, but there is lots to see at ZooMontana!
October 14, 201512:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. ($11.50)
Candi will speak to us about "Growth in Billings".
October 22, 20156:00PM - 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, 201512:00 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, 201512:00 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, 20156:30PM - 417 Lordswith Drive - June Luptak hosting
Come join us for an evening of Bunco. Always a great time; all are welcome.
November 25, 2015Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday
December 09, 20156:00PM - Prescott Hall at Rocky Mountain College
December 09, 201512:00 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, 2015Enjoy your Holiday!
January 27, 201611:30 AM - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Unflappable You; Influence, Character and Character
Wendy’s presentation style is often humorous and always engaging. Participants in Wendy’s sessions leave ready to grow personally and professionally. They confidently know that they will succeed if they follow the lessons presented and do the “thought work” after.
February 10, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Let’s Talk About the EPA Clean Power Plan.
You can’t pick up a paper today without seeing at least one article about the Clean Power Plan. This important regulation is set to be implemented by 2030, and will impact you. Learn more about it so you can be informed.
February 24, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
10 Ways to Improve Your Recruiting Efforts
In an environment with an unemployment rate of 2.9%, how can employers find workers for their open positions? Traditional recruiting techniques rely on a large number of individuals looking for work, so new techniques are needed to deal with this new challenge. Brittney Souza is the Director of BillingsWorks, a local workforce development organization, and she will also discuss information on workforce trends and data for our local area.
March 09, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Come hear about life in the newsroom! Kristi will share the pressures faced ensuring a daily paper gets published on-time, the decisions about what needs to be covered, and the future of the industry.
March 17, 20166:00PM - June Luptak hosting - 417 Lordswith Drive ($5.00)
Come join us for some corned beef and cabbage and other Irish edibles! Bring whatever you choose to drink, and food will be provided.
March 23, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Fighting For Women’s Rights: Hazel Hunkins Hallinan of Billings
Hazel Hunkins Hallinan, a 1908 graduate of Billings High School, was one of the most influential feminist leaders of the 20th century. As a young women, she was arrested several times for protesting in front of the White House in the cause of gaining national suffrage (the right to vote) for women. She was described, at age 87, as a “tiny greyed-haired woman with a feminist vocabulary, a notorious arrest record, and a surprisingly sharp tongue.” Learn her amazing story through personal photographs, letters and memoirs, and national headlines. Using original unpublished research and historic photographs, this 40 minute program is presented by Kevin Kooistra, community historian of the Western Heritage Center, Billings.
program will introduce several diverse and dynamic women connected to Billings, Montana.
--Kevin Kooistra is community historian of the Western Heritage Center.
April 13, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Jen Euell, the program director of the Women’s Foundation of Montana, and Kelsey Mahoney, AmeriCorps VISTA, will speak about the economic status of women in Montana and their initiatives to help Montana women to economic independence. Jen and Kelsey will speak about what you can do in your own workplaces, as well as their initiatives PowerHouse Montana and #MentorMondayMT.
April 24, 20163:00PM - Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark ($9.50)
Come join us for a fun time rooting for our local Wolves Indoor Arena football team. More info to come about RSVP and where to meet to get tickets.
April 27, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
The Montana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently completed an assessment of infrastructure in Montana. They have created a Report Card that grades the roads, water, wastewater, dams, irrigation canals, schools, and solid waste systems. MT ASCE is committed to improving Montana’s public infrastructure and to achieve that goal, the Report Card depicts the condition and performance of Montana’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades that are based on physical condition and needed fiscal investments for improvement. MT ASCE will bring to light the condition of Montana’s infrastructure and where the need lies for upgrades, replacement, and improvements. It is intended to reveal to local and state government agencies, state legislators, infrastructure owners, and the public in general the need for infrastructure improvements and therefore the need for the necessary funding. This session will summarize the process undertaken to develop Montana’s Report Card.
Shoots Veis is a native Montanan, an engineer and actor by accident, passionate about football and politics, blessed with a fabulous family, and a world traveler. He is a Senior Project Engineer at Interstate Engineering. He works in, for, around, and cooperatively with governments, with a particular affinity for Montana, local government and international affairs, including a 5-year term on the Billings City Council. On Friday nights he finds stress relief officiating high school football and acting at Billings Studio Theatre. He has traveled to Pakistan, Indonesia, South Africa, and Europe on international fellowships to explore culture and government. He was named a top 20 Under 40 construction professional by ENR Mountain States Magazine, a Rising Star in Civil Engineering by CE News Magazine, the Outstanding Young Engineer by the Billings Engineers Club, and a Leadership Montana alumni. He served on the committee that developed the report card.
May 11, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Do you feel safe and or secure?
Brandon Vancleeve, Vice-President, Matt Hall, Sr. Consultant, and Sandy Vancleeve, Purchasing Director for Pine Cove Consulting will talk about technology security.
Do you think about locking your car? Your home? For most people it is automatic. What about your smart phones, tablets, computers, servers, and wifi networks?
Our presentation is designed to educate every size business whether sole proprietor or corporation and give real life solutions for handling the attacks on technology.
Prevention is ideal, but detection is a must. It’s time for a security revolution.
May 19, 20165:00 - 6:30 - Gainan's Garden Center - Heights
Tour of the gardens will begin at 5:15PM. Our Gainan's host will speak to us about what is new in annuals and perennials, deer-resistant plantings, pots and color spots, and anything else you may ask about! Bring your lawn and garden questions to ask the experts! The tour will be about an hour long. For those who are so inclined, we will proceed to the VIG Alehouse (501 Hilltop Road) for a la carte drinks and eats. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can give Gainan's a head count. There is no cost for the Gainan's event. (each person is responsible for their own food and drink, if they choose to go to the VIG)
May 25, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Molly will be discussing the future of Coal in Montana and what obstacles the industry faces in the energy market, the challenging Domestic Environment and from Federal Regulatory Pressures. She will give a more detailed look in to the Cloud Peak Energy company and the Spring Creek Mine, the largest coal producer in Montana. She will provide statistics on amount of taxes, royalties and community contributions that the state benefits from the Spring Creek Mine and what effects the lower tonnage produced has on Montana.
June 08, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
HealthCARE (Creating Access to Rural Education) Montana is a partnership among the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Montana’s two-year and Tribal colleges, and healthcare employers. This innovative partnership builds a pathway to training programs that will meet the current and future needs of organizations in one of Montana’s key economic sectors—healthcare.
June 14, 20165:00PM - Commons 882 (patio) - 404 N 30th St
Join us for some summer refreshments and socializing!
June 22, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
The Billings Family YMCA: How the Y is making a difference in our community. Highlights of programs, current project and future plans.
July 13, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
The aging population and options within our community.
July 22, 20166:00PM - Pioneer Park (MSUB Petro Hall if raining)
Come enjoy Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" at the park, while visiting with all your MAFE friends! Bring a picnic dinner and join us for the performance. More info to come about meeting time/place prior to the play. Stay tuned!
July 27, 201611:30 am - DanWalt Gardens - 720 Washington St. - $25.00 ($25.85 if using PayPal)
This is always a tremendous event! Meet at 11:30am sharp for tour and then lunch. Dan has several new additions to his garden this year including a “Zen Garden’’ that we will tour. Menu is same as previous year’s with the marinated chicken salad and cheesecake for dessert (YUM!!). Please note that the cost for tour and lunch is $25.00 per person
August 10, 201612:00 noon - MetraPark - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Meet at the main entrance to MetraPark Arena for a behind the scenes tour of the facility. Wear your comfortable shoes, because we will be covering some ground! We will enjoy lunch from Jimmy John's.
August 14, 201612:00 noon - Rose Park Pavillion - $5.00 per person
Join us for the annual summer picnic, this year at Rose Park. Enjoy all that the park has to offer while visiting with friends and enjoying some good food. More details to come....bring everyone, there will be fun for the whole family!!
August 24, 201611:30 am - Yellowstone Art Museum - Raven Cafe - $18.00 ($18.69 if using PayPal)
Enjoy soup and then a salad (details to come) with an array of dessert “bites”. Tour afterwards. Please note cost of tour + lunch is $18.00. They charge us per person for the tour so we can’t discount anything for members who may also have a YAM membership.
September 14, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
This presentation is based on the work of Ruby Payne and her book “Bridges Out of Poverty.” It will aid attendees in understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic level. It will provide a quick overview of the rules of economic class (poverty, middle-class and wealth) and provide a few concrete strategies for individuals, businesses and communities to prevent and reduce poverty.
September 28, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Shelly Gams, Financial Advisor, Retirement Solutions, will share insights into planning for your financial future. The need for long-term care planning is increasing as we continue to enjoy longer lives. Come listen and learn how planning today may help protect what matters most to you.
October 12, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Evey Lamont M.S. NCSP, owner of Primetime Transition & Retirement Coaching, will discuss "Creative Retirement for Women".
Evey will help you ask yourself the “right questions” to design a retirement that has meaning, purpose, is challenging and in which you are fully engaged.
October 25, 20165:30-8:30 Art House Cinema & Pub, 109 N. 30th Street
Join the Montana Association of Female Executives for our first annual Membership Inquiry Event. A night of Food, Fun, & Conversation. Please RSVP by October 17 to Jan Pursell at email@example.com Cost is $5 (includes appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages and the movie). Beer and wine available for purchase.
October 26, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Nancy Boyer , of Boyer & Dimich Associates, a long-time MAFE member, will help us to find balance and satisfaction in our lives.
What is important to you? Who am I? Symptoms of Imbalance. Taking Charge of your Gifts. Come joins us for a fascinating discussion about yourself!
November 09, 201612:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.05 if using PayPal)
Come have a conversation with two Billings based members of the Montana House of Representatives. Representative Don Jones [R] and Representative Kelly McCarthy [D] will be joining us and sharing their opinions regarding the upcoming 2017 Legislature.
December 13, 2016Rocky Prescott Hall - $25/person
January 11, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)
Join us to review the past year, and ring in the new one. We will vote for new Officers and Board Members, and review the budget for the coming year. Can't get much more exciting than that!
January 17, 20175:30PM - Spiked Olive - 1313 Grand Ave. ($5.00/person)Join us for a cooking demonstration including meat, salad and dessert. Cost is $5.00/person
January 25, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)
The prison paws program was started in 2004. It is a canine training program which allows inmates an opportunity to learn new skills and improve self-esteem while socializing canines, and teaching them basic manners so the canines are better community members.
Jen started with Prison Paws in December of 2015. She has been training dogs professionally since 2003 and has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) since 2009. She has worked primarily in animal rescue settings, such as shelters and at a large animal sanctuary. In these settings, she has worked with a variety of at-risk groups, including teen mothers, middle school kids with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and teens in chemical dependency recovery. "Working with dogs and people is my passion and I love learning from all of them!"
February 08, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)
The mission of Young Families Early Head Start, Inc. is to assist and support low-income, primarily teen, parents and prenatal parents in pursuit of their educational goals and the development of their parenting skills, while providing comprehensive quality child care for their infants and toddlers, birth to age three.
February 09, 20175:30PM - Grand Escape - 801 14th St. WestTHE GRAND ESCAPE ROOM is a real-life escape game created for small groups of people. Your common goal is to escape from the locked room in under 60 minutes by finding hidden objects, solving riddles, unraveling clues and working together as a team to plan your escape. This is great fun and loads of laughter, with just a little chaos thrown in to keep it interesting!
February 22, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)
Evelyn grew up in the Gallatin Valley, on a farm. She started the Big Sky Business Journal 34 years ago, publishing twice a month, focusing on a broad range of news of interest to business people. It was the first business publication in Montana. She also produces the Monday Morning "Hot Sheet" sent out via email to thousands weekly. The business is a partnership with her husband, Dennis.
March 08, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)
"How Public Health Affects You" - Come hear this fun yet important message from the Director of Environmental Health Services at RiverStone Health.
March 17, 20176:00PM - Erin's House - 233 Annandale Rd. ($8.00/person)
March 22, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Montana Beef Council was created in 1954 by cattlemen as a marketing organization for beef. MBC is organized to protect and increase demand for beef and beef products through state, national and international beef promotion, research and education, thereby enhancing profit opportunities for Montana beef producers.
National legislation in 1985 made the "beef checkoff" into a nation-wide self-help program for cattle ranchers and includes the iconic, "Beef. It's What's For Dinner." campaign.
Chaley Harney joined the Montana Beef Council in 2012 where she serves as the executive director and administers the program in Montana with a staff and board of directors.
April 12, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
MSUB can help you grow your own workforce. There is a high population of people in Billings with some college but no degree. MSUB has degree programs that can help them finish. Two-year, four year and graduate degrees can all be earned using traditional classes and/or on-line classes. This can be a way for those good employees to take the next step in their career
April 26, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
National Volunteer Week is April 23-28. Come learn about why volunteering in your community is so important. It can help cultivate hope and inspiration both in daily life and during a crisis or disaster. Volunteering enables us the opportunity to help improve the lives of others as well as yourself. Scientific studies have shown that individuals who volunteer enjoy psychological and physical benefits. Come learn about how you can help make this world a better place!
May 10, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)Melanie will discuss the BillingsWorks 2017 workforce survey results regarding employer perceptions of challenges in this region around workforce.
May 22, 20175:30PM - Gainan's - 810 Bench Blvd.
Gainan's Heights Garden Center and Nursery Tour
810 Bench Blvd.
Monday, May 22 5:30-6:30pm
Following the tour we will meet at the Stadium Club (1029 Main St.) for networking with food and beverages available. We will have tables reserved on the patio if weather permits.
You are encouraged to bring guests! Come to one or both parts of the event.
Please RSVP to Mafe.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 19 if possible. (You are still welcome to come if you don't make the RSVP deadline.)
May 24, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a training program designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health ans human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge, or is in a crisis.
June 14, 201712:00 noon - Billings Public Library (meet in lobby) - 510 N. Broadway - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)Lunch and Learn at the Billings Public Library. Come meet with Director Gavin Woltjer and Foundation Development Director Leslie Modrow and learn more about the library and how you can use it.
June 25, 20172:00 PM
Annual MAFE Picnic: Sunday, June 25 at 2pm
3222 Parkhill Drive, Robyn Sargent's house
$5 per person. Please bring whatever you would like to drink and a side dish or dessert to share, MAFE will provide fried chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, water, and lemonade.
Guests and families are welcome!
Please RSVP to Mafe.email@example.com by Friday, June 23.
June 28, 201712:00 noon - Western Heritage Center - 2822 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)
Come listen to story teller Kevin Kooistra, of the Western Heritage Center, as he guides us on a walking tour of downtown Billings and answers questions about how "The Railroad Shapes Our Town". Why is the railroad in the center of Billings? Why were we built away from the River? Why Division Street? This tour should be both entertaining and enlightening! Please note: Tour will leave the Western Heritage Center promptly at noon.
July 12, 201712:00 noon - Location to be determined - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)Come join the conversation! Let's talk about what MAFE looks like in the near future. What do you like about MAFE? What would you like to see us do differently? What do we have to do to remain as a relevant organization moving forward? Come brainstorm and share any and all ideas!
July 26, 201712:00 noon - Mountview Cemetery - 1704 Central Ave. - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)Join us for a walking tour of Mountview Cemetery, and learn about the "History of Billings' Early Cemeteries" Meet in the Veterans area on Central. 12n departure. A History of Billings’ Early Cemeteries.
August 23, 201712:00 noon - Swords Park - Yellowstone Kelly gravesite - $11.50 ($12.13 if using PayPal)Come join us as we do a walk-about on the Rims and learn about Yellowstone Kelly and the efforts to refurbish his grave site. Meet at the Yellowstone Kelly grave site. Carpooling encouraged.
September 14, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Ms. Petroff is a certified ONE Trainer, Speaker, Author and Coach. She is a transformational leader focused on employee empowerment and challenging the traditional leadership hypotheses. She coaches both personal and professional relationships while helping leaders find their ONE thing, implement rapid change and improve relationship engagement. Please attend and benefit from Emily’s presentation on personal and professional development.
September 20, 20175:30PM - City Vineyard - 1335 Golden Valley Circle (near 32nd and Grand Ave.) - $25 includes wine tasting and foodEnjoy a special wine tasting exclusively for MAFE at City Vineyard! Wednesday, September 20th starting at 5:30pm. $25 includes wine tasting and food. Additional beverages may be purchased separately.Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.Guests are welcome! RSVP deadline is Friday, September 15. (We do need to reserve the number ahead, so any no-shows will be charged.)
September 27, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)Ever since Ancient Greece, people have recognized that individuals within a culture operate differently, with different personality styles. Almost since that time, there have been tests to try to help people figure out their own styles as well as how to work well with the styles of other people. The True Colors Personality Test is one such test where we will use four colors to represent four personality styles. Each of us has some of all the colors in our personality, but most of us have more of one than the others; our dominant personality style. Come join us and find out what color you are!
October 09, 20175:00-8:00pm Art House Cinema & Pub 109 N 30th St, Billings, MT 59101
A ladies night out to learn about MAFE, Chance to win door prizes, Opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for amazing baskets, Get to know MAFE members... ALL that and a fun movie to watch too.
Register and pay thru PayPal (below) using one of the following options:
$5 for non-member
$5 for member with a guest
$10 for member without a guest
Deadline to register is October 2nd.
October 11, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)r, Rowe says, "I help clients identify and become curious about their limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns. Once we identify the core issues that are keeping them from their goals, we begin to create strategies to help them move toward a fuller, more joyful life!"
October 25, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)Jill Hirschi, Director of Development & Underwriting at Yellowstone Public Radio will speak about the importance of public radio today especially in Montana and Wyoming. She will also discuss the many challenges that YPR faces in everything from funding to the geographic area that it covers and how they are working to face and overcome these challenges.
November 08, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)Officer Keightley will speak to us about personal safety. Tasers, guns, walking at night, and many other issues we should all consider as we travel about in daily life. Questions encouraged!
November 10, 20176:00PM - June Luptak's house - 603 Beverly Hills Blvd.Game night with MAFE is always a great time! Bring an appetizer to share, and something to drink.November 22, 2017December 07, 20176:00PM - Billings Petroleum Club - 27 N 27th St., 22nd FloorSAVE THE DATE!!! This year's party will be at the Petroleum Club! More info coming soon.December 13, 201712:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)Come have some fun and learn a little about your fellow members!December 27, 2017January 11, 20185:30PM - Hooligan's Sports Bar (downtown)
The first networking event of 2018 will be a casual gathering at Hooligan's Sports Bar. Come share the fun with no-host drinks and food off the menu. Guests are welcome!January 24, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Julie Seedhouse is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Hometown Brokers and a very active member in the community. She has a background in education and is currently a Chamber board member. She will be providing information on the real estate market in Billings, as well as her most recent venture – the launch of 100 Strong.February 06, 20186:15PM - Grand Escape - 801 14th St. W. (cost $17/person)
Come join the fun escaping from a room at the Grand Escape. Cost is $17 per person, and you must be at the Grand Escape location by 6:15PM, to enter the room at 6:30PM. Try to escape through the use of clues in the room, within 60 minutes! Lots of fun!! We will be meeting beforehand for snacks and drinks (on your dollar!) at Guadalajara (1223 Grand Avenue) from 4:30-6:00, if you are interested, or can go directly to Grand Escape by 6:15. RSVP by Monday February 5 to email@example.com.February 14, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Connection with others is essential for a happy, fulfilling life whether it be through parenting, dating, marriage, friendships, or business. However, relationships can often be filled with significant challenges—from daily communication issues to coping with stress, illness, loss, transitions, and family dynamics. Holly is passionate about helping individuals navigate these challenges in order to strengthen communication, connection, and closeness.February 28, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Lisa will be giving us an overview of her 12 years with the DBA as well as discussing their involvement in the growth and development of downtown Billings. She will also talk about her new position as the Minister of Healing and Community Transformation at First Congregational Church, the oldest church in downtown Billings, where she will be working with the transient population, people with addiction problems, and coming up with ways for the congregation to play a role in engaging in the community around the church.March 14, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
We will be spotlighting 3 of our very own MAFE members in order to get to know their journeys, passions, and lives a bit better. (details on which members will be highlighted to come).March 16, 20185:30PM - Penny's house - 1045 Beringer Way (cost $5/person)
Wear your green and come have some Irish fun! Dinner will be provided, including corned beef and cabbage, Dubliner cheese and crackers, shamrock cookies, and other surprises! A non-alcoholic punch will be provided, but if you want alcohol, bring what you want to drink. Cost is $5/person, and all are welcome!March 28, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Chris Mackey and Amity Malberg will be coming to provide an overview of the Attendance Mentoring Program through United Way. With a goal of 95% graduation rate in Yellowstone County in 2025, Chris and Amity are charged with raising awareness of the program and finding volunteers to support this mentoring initiative.April 11, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Briana Rickman, the Director of Dress for Success, will be sharing Dress for Success’ mission and purpose and the plan the organization has to reach it’s goals. Sweet Success, the non-profit's largest fundraiser was held in March and Briana will be sharing it’s results as well.April 23, 20185:30PM - Bitterroot Sip and Paint - 1911 King Ave W Suite 11 - $20.00 ($20.91 PayPal)We are painting Mountain Night ( you can check it out at their web-site bitterrootsipandpaint.com )Please R.S.V.P. by Friday the 20th so we know how much food we will need.Chareese is giving us the Groupon rate which is a really good deal! We will provide snacks and you can purchase beverages there, wine beer and soft drinks. If you don't want to paint, but still want to come and network you are more than welcome to join us, but we still need an R.S.V.P and the cost is $2 for the snacks.See you on the 23rd!April 25, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Women of the Wild West – This 30 minute power point program briefly introduces the stories of six amazing women from our region, including the suffragist Hazel Hunkins Hallinan, the bucking horse riding Greenough Sisters of Red Lodge, Crow medicine woman Pretty Shield, nationally syndicated cartoonist Ethel Hays, writer and rancher Caroline Lockhart, and the homesteader poet Gwendolen Haste.May 09, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
The Networking Committee will lead us in an activity designed to help us learn more about our fellow members.May 23, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Marcie Smith will be speaking on behalf of the Landon’s Legacy Foundation. The mission of the organization is to leave a tangible footprint in the Billings community by creating the first special needs baseball field in the area, and it will serve children and adults who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities which causes them to be excluded from other baseball leaguesJune 06, 20185:30PM - Zoo Montana - 2100 Shiloh Road - $10.00 (cash or check only please)
Join us for an exciting adventure at Zoo Montana!!! - Wednesday June 6, @ 5:30 (you can show up any time after 5:00). Cost is $10 check to MAFE or cash, and BYOB. We will be going on a self guided tour of the Zoo. The animals will be out for us to view (the big ones are usually put away by 5:00, so we got lucky tonight!!). Then we will meet back at the pavilion for cocktails, snacks and networking.June 13, 201812:00 noon - The Northern Hotel - 19 N. Broadway - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)June 27, 201812:00 noon - The Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill - 2203 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)July 15, 20181:00PM - June Luptak's House, 603 Beverly Hill Blvd.
Golf at 10:00AM, followed by picnic at 1:00PM - more info coming soon!July 25, 201812:00 noon - OFF SITE - Montana Audubon Center - 7026 S Billings Blvd. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)August 08, 201812:00 noon - OFF SITE - Songbird Community Garden - South of Sacagawea Dr. / off Songbird Dr. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)August 10, 20185:30PM - Susan Rose's house - 646 O'Malley Dr.
Stay tuned - more info to come!August 22, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Doug and Kelli, creators of the Thought Leaders Project, will be speaking to us about their mission and how they help business owners prosper. They spent the last several weeks interviewing local Billings ‘Thought Leaders’ and asked them to describe their personal brand in only one word. This is what community is about... learning about each other, supporting each other, and celebrating together!September 12, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Lee Humphrey, the brains behind RotarAction, will be speaking to us about this nonprofit group comprised of young professionals and their mission and goals for the community – including making a difference and inciting change in a fun way!September 14, 2018September 16, 2018Chico Hot SpringsSeptember 26, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Billings Cultural Partners (BCP), founded in 1997, is a future-focused consortium of cultural organizations in the greater Billings area. It’s comprised of the leaders of 24 art, history, natural science, and education organizations. BCP annually engages in collaborative marketing and special community projects that are at the core of the high quality of life in Billings. Corby, with The Billings Cultural Partners, will be telling us more!October 10, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Erika Willis, the executive director of Tumbleweed, will be joining us October 10th. Tumbleweed meets at-risk youth and young adults where they are, and strives to create a continuum of care, making space for hope and opportunity. Erika will be telling us more about their goals and mission.October 24, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Come join in the fun and learn more about your fellow MAFE members. Everyone really enjoyed the previous networking lunch, so don't miss out this time! This lunch activity is led by the MAFE Networking Chair, Jan Pursell.November 14, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Leif Welhaven- Exchangite of the Year - will be presenting and informing us on the mission and goals of the several different Exchange Clubs in the Billings area.November 28, 2018December 06, 20186:00PM - Billings Petroleum Club - 27 N 27th St., 22nd Floor - $30 per person ($31.25 if paying with PayPal)
Come join us for a wonderful evening of friends, food and drink to celebrate the Holiday Season! Guests are welcome. The view is splendid from the 22nd floor, and you can get your parking ticket validated at the front desk.December 12, 201812:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Anne Harrigan, the music director for the Billings Symphony, will be providing us with insight and details on the Billings Symphony and upcoming events.December 26, 2018January 09, 201912:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Join us for the Annual Business Meeting where we will review and approve the budget for 2019 and elect new Officers and Board.January 23, 201912:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
The Montana Rescue Mission relies on compassionate support from donors to provide food, clothing, shelter, and life-changing services for homeless and struggling people in our corner of Big Sky Country.February 13, 201912:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
The United Way of Yellowstone County is the primary community-building organization. They provide leadership to effectively mobilize people, financial and strategic resources to improve people's lives, and they identify and address priority needs and provide solutions that achieve measurable results and sustained community change.February 22, 20195:30PM - Valley Credit Union Bldg (207 N. Broadway, lower level) - $10.00 per person - Guests Welcome!
This isn't your ordinary Bingo! Dave Austin with Magic City Productions will provide a very entertaining and fun evening with his unique style of bingo, using music. Come Join us!!! Park in the adjacent parking garage for free. Cost is $10.00/person (guests are welcome). We will provide food but bring whatever you want to drink (alcohol is OK). LET THE FUN BEGIN!February 27, 201912:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Public Works allocates available resources to protect the health and safety of Billings residents. We provide design, construction, operation and maintenance of water, wastewater, storm water, streets and alleys, solid waste, traffic control, and they provide engineering and other services. Dave Mumford, the director of Billings Public Works, will be informing us on water usage in Billings and upcoming projects.March 13, 201912:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
Eagle Mount’s goal is to enhance people’s lives with Montana recreational activities. They make it possible for children and adults with disabilities to immerse themselves with year-around recreation and build friendships. We’ll be hearing more about the history of Eagle Mount and upcoming events.March 15, 20196:00PM - Sandy Vancleeve's House - 4011 Wildridge Meadows Dr. (just south of Rimrock, west off Shiloh) - $5.00 per person - Guests Welcome!
Enjoy the traditions of the Holiday!...corned beef and cabbage, pasties, Dubliner cheese, soda bread, sugar cookies! Bring whatever you want to drink, non-alcoholic punch will be provided. Cost is $5.00 per person, and guests are welcome. Come join in the fun!March 27, 201912:00 noon - McCormick's Cafe Conference Center - 2419 Montana Ave. - $11.50 ($12.15 if using PayPal)
The Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and preserving the western way of life. NILE is a week long stock show and rodeo held in October every year. MCall, the Equine and Communications Director, handles the horse sales and futurities, the ranch rodeo, and raffle filly among other tasks. She is the lead on Stetsons and Stilettos and works on various other graphic design and website projects.