About the Foundation


The Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 2002 for the purpose of preserving the Mountain Brook Campus after classes were ended on the historic site and moved to Cayuse Prairie in 1995.

Upon submitting an application for tax exempt status from the IRS, we were determined to be a Public Charity under section(s) 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) and ruled exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, effective June, 2002.  Contributions to us are deductible under section 170 of the Code.  We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation is to maintain and develop the Mountain Brook Campus as a historic site and community educational center in a manner that is complementary to the operations of the Cayuse Prairie School District

Objectives:


1. To preserve the Mountain Brook campus as an educational and historic site.

Throughout its history, the Mountain Brook Campus has always been a place that encouraged learning inside the classroom and out.  We want to continue in the path others have set before us.  That is why we have established the Mountain Brook Community Library on site in the former gym building.  Besides making books, videos, and internet access available
free of charge to those in our community, we have worked hard to build the library a reputation as a place that also hosts a number of craft events, reading programs, and other educational events per year.

Our thrust forward into the renovation of the original 1920's schoolhouse has brought the history of the school up close and personal.  Our hope is to renovate the building into a handicapped accessible and functional building that will be able to be used once again for a variety of educational events known and loved by the community.  We also hope to display a brief pictorial history of the school as well as a few historical items throughout the building to let others know about the campus's unique lifetime.
 
    
2. To create and promote an environment which will culturally enrich and enhance the lives of all residents and visitors within the Mountain Brook area.

All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.  We believe this old saying.  That is why we have taken steps to make the Mountain Brook Campus a place that is also known for events like our bi-annual pie and ice cream social and spring music jams.  But these are only the beginnings of what we hope to encourage in the community. 

With the addition of the original schoolhouse, we hope to be able to host more community events such as dances, more musical gatherings, art shows, bazaars, and perhaps movie showings. 


3. To serve as a coordinating organization for the development of educational and cultural programs within the Mountain Brook area.

The Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation's desire is to work as closely as possible with schools such as Cayuse Prairie, Creston, Fairmont Egan, and Flathead High School to promote education in our community.  Our dream is to eventually see the Mountain Brook Campus used by the schools for field trips and also as an exterior learning facility available to children of all ages.
 

4. To address the history of Mountain Brook and to promote interest in this history and that of Northwest Montana.


We believe that the history here should be remembered and retold so it does not fade away with the passing of time.  We have taken baby steps in this direction with the fledgling formation of an oral history program as well as collecting school scrapbooks, personal memoirs, and
photographs of the school and the people who taught and learned within its walls.  Our goal is to be able to offer to the public a comprehensive and complete history section within the library that accurately tells the history of the Mountain Brook community and the people who have made it what it is today.

On a broader scale, our intention is to offer lectures and educational events free to the public that we hope will cultivate an interest in the history of Mountain Brook, the Flathead Valley, and the State of Montana.



Membership:


Who can become a member?
Any individual, family, organization, institution, or business desirous of supporting the goals of the foundation
and who pays a minimum of the annual standard membership fee of $5.00 may become a member. 

How long is a membership good for?

The membership year for the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation is from May of one year to May of the next year following application for membership.

What are the benefits and rights that accompany membership?
Members of the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation receive the following:
  • One vote in the annual elections for the Board of Directors
  • Notification of, and the right to attend, monthly Board of Director meetings
  • A 10% discount on one rental of the facility each year of membership
  • A quarterly e-newsletter and e-notifications of events
What are the different levels of membership?
Currently the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation offers six different levels of membership.  Membership at any level receives the benefits and rights stated above. 

                Standard Membership     $5.00
                Explorer                           $25.00
                Trailblazer                       $50.00
                Pioneer                           $100.00
                Homesteader                $250.00
                Settler                            $500.00
   

What are the duties of a member?  
There are no assigned duties or requirements placed on our members.  We do, however, encourage our members to become involved in staffing the Mountain Brook Community Library, or in some other way, help move the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation towards its immediate and long term goals.  We also greatly encourage our members to take advantage of their right to attend our monthly board meetings.

What about renewing my membership?
Members who have not renewed their membership by the end of May will receive a renewal card by mail and email (if provided).  Those members who choose not to renew will be removed from all foundation mailing (except those done in bulk mailings) and email subscriptions within 3 months.

If you would like to join the foundation, please visit the Membership page for a sign up form and instructions.

Board of Directors:


All the affairs of both the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation and Community Library are under direction of the currently serving Board of Directors.  This board consists of a group of no more than eleven and no fewer than three persons voted into their positions by the current membership body.
  All persons serving on the Board of Directors are volunteers and receive no compensation by way of salary.

Directors elected are as follows:
    
    Officers:
       
President
        Vice-President
        Secretary
        Treasurer

    Directors:
        A maximum of 7 voting board members

Elections for the Board of Directors take place during the months of April & May each year.

To meet the currently serving Board of Directors, visit our Meet the Board page.


Meetings:


The Board of Directors meet once a month (unless otherwise stipulated at a previous meeting).  All current members are invited to attend.  Business involving both the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation and the Mountain Brook Community Library is discussed. 

Current members are notified of upcoming meetings via email notification and the website.


 
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