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A Message from Our Board Chair | Peggy Kuhr

Hello and welcome from the Friends of MontanaPBS. Our organization is here to support and extend the mission of MontanaPBS, and to help connect Montanans across our vast and varied state.

At a time when challenges seem to come at all of us faster and faster, MontanaPBS is more essential than ever. Thanks to MontanaPBS, families can tap into:

  • A luscious buffet of arts and entertainment choices
  • Education offerings – from early childhood programming to accessible online tools for parents and teachers
  • Trusted and relevant news programming


We, the Friends of MontanaPBS, invite you to share in our support of this essential, compelling and high-quality public service.


Peggy Kuhr

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support MontanaPBS through advocacy, community engagement and fundraising.


From the Latin word "advocare" meaning to summon, call to one’s aid. Advocacy is the public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.

Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to the process by which community benefit organizations and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community.


Fundraising or fund raising (also known as "development") is the process of soliciting and gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies.

Directors & Board Members

Big Sky | Charlie Callander
Billings| Margaret MacDonald, Michael Sanderson
Bozeman | Aaron Pruitt, Alice Meister, Peg Wherry, Terry Leist
Great Falls | Bill Beecher, Katie Kotynski
Helena | Kirk Miller, Bruce Whittenberg, Pat Doyle
Missoula | Ray Ekness, Peggy Kuhr, Sue Malek, Adrea Lawrence
Poplar | Rich Peterson
Red Lodge| Kent Young, Diane Young
Whitefish| Joaquenia Heinrich

Friends of MontanaPBS
Governance Calendar (2020-2021)

July 1, 2020 Fiscal Year Begins

July 18 | 2019-2020 Quarterly Corporate Board Meeting (Digitally via Zoom)

  • Review minutes and financials
  • Vote on any bylaws and policy changes
  • Annual Membership Meeting
    • Election of new board directors
    • Year-end reports from committees and stations
  • Annual Corporate Board Meeting
    • Election of officers
    • Election of committee chairs
    • Committee members; committee action plans, review as necessary
    • Signing of Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest agreements
    • Orientation and programs
    • Schedule board and committee meetings for the year — times, locations and topics

Aug. 11 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

Sept. 8 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

Oct. 13 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

Nov. 4 (5:30-7pm) | Electronic Board Meeting

  • Financials Reviewed
  • Reports using consent agenda process
  • Ex Comm presents strategic plans for the year for acceptance or modification by board
  • Government Relations extend report and education on national and lobbying issues
  • Announce national meeting participants (APTS, PBS)

No Executive Committee Meeting in November

Dec. 8 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

Jan. 12, 2021 (3:30-5pm)| Exec. Committee Meeting

Feb. 9 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

March 9 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

March 26-27 (Fri PM-Sat) | Corporate Board Meeting, Location TBD

  • Financials reviewed
  • Long range planning
  • Educational sessions
  • Committee updates on progress and action plans
  • Preliminary budget planning for next fiscal year

April 13 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

May 11 (3:30-5pm)| Exec. Committee Meeting

May 19 (5:30-7:00pm) | Electronic Board meeting

  • Finance and Audit present budget for next fiscal year for discussion and passage
  • Governance committee report with recommendations for 2021-2022 board directors and officers
  • Pending Policy and Bylaws changes presented if necessary

June 8 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

July 13 (3:30-5pm)| Exec. Committee Meeting

July 16-17 (Fri PM- Sat) | Annual Meetings, Bozeman, MT

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Governance Documents