Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana

We get the government we deserve, not the one we wish for.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Election of Officers for 2017

At the December 16 regular meeting the members of Five Valleys Pachyderm elected the following officers for next year:

Susan Muralt, President
Will Deschamps, First Vice President
Thelma Baker, Second Vice President
Carol Minjares, Treasurer
Ramona Holt and David "Doc" Moore, Board Members

Congratulations and thanks for stepping up!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Upcoming Speakers

Sept. 16 - NO MEETING.  See you at the Lincoln-Reagan dinner!
Sept. 23 - Adam Hertz, candidate for House District 96
Sept. 30 - Dan Salomon, candidate for Senate District 47
Oct. 7 - Landee Holloway and other Justice of the Peace candidates

Noon at Jaker's. Arrive early if you want to order lunch.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 22 Speaker

This Friday our speaker will be Bill Murray, candidate for House District 90, which covers the Rattesnake and other parts of north Missoula County.

Friday 11:30 to 1 pm, Jaker's in Missoula.

Local Member in the News!

Longtime Pachyderm member Susan Reneau is attending the GOP convention in Cleveland and has already made the headlines.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Susan Cundifff to Speak July 15

This Friday July 15 our guest speaker will be Susan Cundiff, candidate for House District 99.   This district encompasses southeast Missoula including the South Hills area.   Susan is also our new First Vice President for Pachyderm. 

Susan earned her BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Native American Studies at the University of Montana, and served with the Montana Army National Guard 3669th Maintenance Company.  She currently works at UM in administration.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 8 Speaker - Americans for Prosperity

THIS FRIDAY July 8 at Jaker's, the speaker will be Chris Pulyer, Western Montana Regional Director of Americans for Prosperity. He will discuss what AFP Montana is doing for Americans who want to make an impact for economic freedom at the federal. state, and local level. 

He will talk about issues for this election cycle, such as the governor's veto in the last legislative session of the bill to provide education tax credits for parents of special needs children. 

Friday 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Back to Jaker's!

Great news  - Jaker's has re-opened after extensive remodeling since the kitchen fire last February.  We plan to begin meeting there again JULY 8.    Speaker to be announced.   Please arrive around 11:30 if you plan to order lunch.  See you there!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Schedule

June 17 - Meeting at Stone of Accord, 4951 North Reserve. Speaker:  Nancy Schlepp, spokesperson for the controversial Black Butte Copper Mine proposed for the Smith River Basin.   Noon, order off menu.

June 24 - No lunch meeting. Pachyderm members are encouraged to attend the June 24 the State GOP Platform Convention at the Hilton Garden Inn, sponsored by State Pachyderm.   Lunch will be paid by the local club.  Please sit at one of our sponsored tables.  8 am, 3720 North Reserve.

July 1 - no meeting due to July 4 weekend.

July 8 - TBD

July 15 - Our speaker will be member Susan Cundiff, candidate for House District 99.    Stone of Accord, noon.

New meeting place to be determined.   We are trying to get back into Jaker's as soon as their remodeling is done.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


We will be holding our regular meetings at the Westside Lanes and Fun Center for May, June and July.    The room is large and is located off to the right as you come in the main door. You may order typical lunch fare off the menu.   (Please stay tuned for any last-minute changes if our hosts have a banquet planned for that night and we need to meet somewhere else.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Programs & Meeting Locations

Meeting Location: Paradise Falls, upstairs
April 15 -- Missoula County Public Schools Board Trustee Candidate Forum.

Meeting Location: To Be Announced
April 22 -- Fran Albrecht -- University of Montana Board of Regents
April 29 -- Mike Hopkins -- HD92 Candidate

Meeting Location: May and June
Westside Lanes
May 6 -- Michael Ellsworth -- HD 98 Candidate
May 27 -- No Meeting, Memorial Weekend

Monday, March 28, 2016

HD 92 Candidate to Speak

Friday, April 1, our guest speaker will be Larry Dunham, candidate for House District 92 which is a contested primary election. HD 92 includes parts of East Missoula, the Potomac, and the Seeley-Swan region. 

Friday at noon, China Garden.  First-time guests of current members eat free!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Republican Candidates

The following candidates have filed for state office for the Missoula County area.  The primary election will be held June 7.
County Commissioner
Todd Geery

State Senate
45 Sashin Hume
46 Adam Pummill
47 Dan Solomon

State House
89 Alex Krigsvold
90 Bill Murray
91 Tony Ostheimer
92 Mike Hopkins, Larry Dunham, Randy C. Vannoy
94 Lance Cox
95 Cyndi Kenck
96 Adam Hertz
97 Rep. Brad Tschida
98 Michael Ellsworth
99 Susan Cundiff
100 Rep. David ‘Doc’ Moore

Anchor Heidi Meili to speak at FVP

This Friday March 18 our speaker will be Heidi Meili, morning news anchor with KECI-TV news.  The meeting will be held at China Garden in Stephens Center.  Open for lunch at 11.

There will be no meeting on Good Friday, March 25.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Due to the fire at Jaker's , we are now meeting at China Garden starting March 4.

China Garden is in Stephens Center, near the corner of Brooks and Stephens, behind CVS and Walgreen's. 

Our speakers will be two candidates vying for the state legislature for HD 92.

Noon at China Garden.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Upcoming Speakers

Feb 12 – Eric Siegfried, Founder of GPS Maps of Missoula - “Finding Your Way Electronically in Montana” – unique maps identifies land ownership around the state. 
Feb 19 – Patrick Barkey, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, UM – “The Economic Outlook for Montana and Missoula in 2016”  

Feb 26 – Fran Albrecht – University of Montana Foundation and a Trustee for the University System.  

Mar 4 – Larry Dunham and Mike Hopkins, both running for Montana House District 92.  Primary June 7. 

Mar 11 -  Mark Holyoak, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Director of Communications.  He will be talking about public land importance and RMEF's efforts to enhance it.  

Mar 18 -  Heidi Meili, She is the long-time news anchor for NBC Television who now hosts the morning news.  For many years she did the evening news.     

Mar    25    -    Good    Friday,    NO    MEETING

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Upcoming Programs

Jan. 15 - Jill Valley, KPAX news anchor
Jan. 22 - Tom Acevedo, S & K Technologies
Jan. 29 - Darcie Dvarishkis, Foundation for Community Health
Feb. 5 - Officer Rob Scheben: "How to Protect Yourself from Workplace Violence"
Feb. 12 - Eric Siegfried from GPS Maps: "Finding Your Way Electronically in Montana"
Feb. 19 - Patrick Barkey (UM), Montana Economic Outlook

Feb. 26 - Fran Albrecht, Montana Board of Regents

All regular meetings are held at Jaker's in Missoula unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jill Valley to Speak Jan. 15

The next regular meeting will feature anchorwoman Jill Valley of KPAX, who will share her experiences and observations from her many years in local news media.

Friday at noon, Jaker's.  Please arrive early if you want to order lunch.