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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, Cody Stone
Great Falls | Bill Beecher, Katie Kotynski, Jessica Crist

Havre | Krystal Steinmetz
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

Friends of MontanaPBS Governance Calendar (2021-2022)


July 1, 2021 | Fiscal Year Begins

July 16-17| 2021-2022 Quarterly Corporate Board Meeting 

  • 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
  • Selection and election of committee members
  • Signing of confidentiality and Conflict of Interest agreements
  • Committees plan year — meeting times, goals and action plans
  • Schedule board and committee meetings for the year — times, locations and topics


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

September 7 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

October 12 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

November 17 (5:30-7pm) | Electronic Board Meeting 

  • Financials Reviewed
  • Reports using consent agenda process
  • Discussion of national meetings/participants in 2022 (APTS, PBS)

No Executive Committee Meeting in November

December 14 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

January 11, 2022 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

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

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

March 25-26 (Fri PM-Sat)|Corporate Board Meeting, Billings

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


April 12 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting 

May 10 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting                                                 

May 18 (5:30-7:00pm) | Electronic Board Meeting

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


June 14 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting

July 12 (3:30-5pm) | Exec. Committee Meeting (if needed)

July 15-16 (Fri PM- Sat) | Annual Meetings – (Location TBD) Missoula?

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