Storytelling

March 28, 2013

Kudos to Flathead Industries for telling a great story on their Facebook page:

“They met innocently enough at the annual art auction fundraiser for the Conrad Mansion. She was spellbinding in a $300 long sleeved sequined gown from Saks. He was in tan Dockers and a Black North Face pullover. Both were attired perfectly for the event and their life roles; she, the owner/proprietor of a trendy downtown Kalispell Boutique, and he, an architect from Bigfork.
They were bidding against one another for a large colorful original completed at the banquet just a few hours before by an upcoming local artist.
He bid only twice and basically let her have the painting for a song, but used the mutual admiration for the art and artist for an introduction. After several months of dinners and cozy times, Ed proposed and Edith replied “Sure, why not”.

The couple decided to live in her old colonial on the east side and Ed would rent his small Bigfork home. Things were smooth as silk. On most Thursdays Edith drove to Whitefish to meet her cronies for an after work weekly social debriefing. She would often return home these nights with a bag of goodies from the Village Shop or some other high end clothier. “Ed”, she would say, “Come look at this beautiful new blouse I bought for our get together next week.” “It was on sale and only cost $112.”

Ed would smile and ‘ooh and ahh’ appropriately and congratulate her on finding such a bargain. Ed also shopped but would rarely, in fact never, show Edith his new purchases. He would suddenly appear one morning wearing a shirt she hadn’t seen before. “I like that shirt Ed. Is it new?” Edith would ask. Ed would reply vaguely, ” Yeah, sort of; I picked it up a few weeks back. I’m glad you like it.”

Edith got curious; real curious. She looked in the big paper sack where they kept plastic bags for re-use at some point. She didn’t find any bags from Herbergers, or JCP, or any of the downtown shops, or even any of the big box stores. They were always quality clothes. She just couldn’t figure it out. Nothing ever came UPS, so he wasn’t shopping on line. The receipts she found in the used grocery bags made no sense. $.50, $1.25, $2.00; nothing ever over $4.00.

One Friday evening Ed, having returned from a tough day at the office where he had been designing the layout for the new playground at the recently constructed sub-division [should the monkey bars be close to the swing set? etc.], was in no mood for a financial discussion. But Edith could take it no longer. “Ed”, she began, “I know you feel about discussing finances, and this may be difficult, but you know I ‘ll love you no matter what. Are you like………..a ‘thrifter’?”

Where was he going to go with this? Of course he was a thrifter, and was very proud of the fact, but was married to someone who bought the finest clothes off the finest racks in stores where the sales people ‘received commissions’. Think…think….think…..Shame or Pride? ………….Pride!

“Yes Dear, I’m a thrifter; and I have something to show you.” He went to his closet and drug out a grocery bag from Super 1. He pulled from it a Columbia fleece sweater vest and said ” I thought this would look nice at the wine festival tomorrow night; and it was on sale. Red tag items were half off at the Kalispell Thrift Store, and I got it for $2. Like it?”

Speechless, but only for a moment, Edith replied, “Doesn’t it bother you that someone has worn that before?”

Cautiously Ed replied that it didn’t bother him at all, and if Edith were to think about it, the blouse she bought a few weeks ago may have been tried on by several women before her.

They both wisely decided to let it go – for the moment. But two weeks later old Ed showed up with a pair of “silver” jeans exactly Edith’s size with the tag still on! They were donated to the Whitefish store brand new. Scored ’em for ten bucks. She wore them proudly to the “Event at Rececca Farm”, along, of course, with a pair of Tony Lamas, hand sewn in El Paso.

True comittment and conversion to “thrifting”, just like love, can happen in an instant or take a while to get used to. Last I heard Ed and Edith were living happily ever after, loving and thrifting their little hearts out. Our sales and specials for the up coming weeks are listed below along with some exciting news about our Whitefish and Columbia Falls stores.

Monday and Tuesday: Winter clothing and Jackets are 1/2 price
Wednesday: The entire store is half price[new blakets excluded].
Thursday and Friday: Shoes and Boots1/2 price and yellow tag shoes $1
Saturday: All clothing is 50% off!!”

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Glacier Institute on the Today Show

August 12, 2011

Not often is a local nonprofit featured on national television, let alone the Today Show. Congratulations to the Glacier Institute, and the youth experiencing Glacier National Park for the first time! If you missed the segment this summer, be sure to watch it here.


Annual Reports that Rock!

May 5, 2011

Recently, we’ve received in the mail a couple of annual reports from local nonprofits. We thought these looked great and want to commend our friends for their use of pictures, graphs, digestible numbers and most importantly, stories about people affected by their good works! While many nonprofits don’t do a formal annual report, these organizations used this time-honored approach to highlight their accomplishments and connect with the “heart and soul” of their missions. Check out these examples of well-done reports:

The Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana
See their PDF version here.

The Flathead Land Trust
See their PDF report here.


Harmonious Collaboration

March 30, 2011

In 2008, the Glacier Symphony and Chorale (GSC) was planning the first ever full-week classical music festival called “Festival Amadeus” to be held in Whitefish during the first week of August 2008. The GSC developed a collaborative effort with the North Valley Music School (NVMS), which already had significant youth music education programs in Whitefish, including a summer string camp for youth. After a years worth of planning, Festival Amadeus 2008, along with Camp Festival Amadeus 2008 were held simultaneously with great success for both organizations. The two events have now been held for three years in a row, and plans are underway for Festival Amadeus and Camp Festival Amadeus from July 31 – Aug. 6, 2011. Some of the benefits are:

Shared resources

o Many orchestra and chamber music players and performers for Festival Amadeus are also teachers and coaches at Camp Festival Amadeus. By both organizations being able to pay them for their services, it makes it feasible for them to be in Whitefish for the week.

o NVMS performs their final camp concert in space that is already rented by the GSC for Festival Amadeus.

o The GSC utilizes space rented by NVMS for orchestra rehearsals.

Increased Marketing for both organizations

o Families of students at Camp Festival Amadeus come to Whitefish for the week, or to pick up their kids and attend concerts at Festival Amadeus.

o Many players in the Festival Amadeus orchestra and guest artists are music teachers and as time goes on will send students to participate in Camp Festival Amadeus.

The collaboration between the GSC and NVMS has been very beneficial to both organizations as Festival Amadeus and Camp Festival Amadeus get established. One never knows what things will grow into, or when they need to be shifted to another direction, but certainly this collaboration has helped create a unique and beneficial event to both organizations.


Nonprofit Love

March 2, 2011

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Blue Avocado – a national e-newsletter on nonprofit issues – featured our own Ned and Cathy Cooney. Ned is the Program Director of NpDP, while Cathy works with the Montana Community Foundation. Check out their story here.


Eight Layers of Giving

February 4, 2011

Through the Eight Layers of Giving contest across all of the Cold Stone Creamery stores nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County was announced as one of the winners of this video contest.

Ice cream and charity. What a sweet mix! Congratulations to Tim Sievers, Executive Director; the Board; volunteers; and staff for a strong showing!


Flathead High School IB

January 4, 2011

Flathead High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program recently received an anonymous donation of $300,000. Awesome!

Share your organization’s exciting news. Let’s celebrate it together. Please e-mail your news to include it in our monthly e-News or post it on our Wall.

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