The Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are a group of dedicated business professionals who volunteer for the Chamber as liaisons between the Chamber of Commerce and member businesses to foster meaningful participation from the membership to increase member retention and engagement.
Mission: Connecting the Chamber and the Community
Goals: The Ambassador Team is a pivotal link between the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and its members.
Benefits of Being a Chamber Ambassador:
Meet our Current Ambassadors:
Josephine Jolly, 2023 Ambassador Chair
What do you love about our community? Growing up in Columbia Falls I have witnessed first hand our community pull together in the tough times and celebrate each other’s successes in the good times. There is tremendous power in that support and knowing we are not alone. So much has changed in recent years and Columbia Falls has grown a lot, but we have still stayed true to who we are and what it means to be a part of this community. At it’s core, Columbia Falls is made up of good people who are proud to call this our home.
Why did you join the ambassador team? I have always had a deep appreciation of the community here and recognize that that what we have is unique. Because we have something special it is all the more important that we get involved in order to protect that and share it with others. I joined the ambassador program to share my passion for community development and growth with people who feel the same way I do about the place and people I care about.
What do you love about our community? I love our community because it is my hometown – most of my family is still here and we all work to do our part in our community. Being able to experience so many great pieces of our town while growing up – the public parks and library, the schools, our community support of sports, etc has led me to want to be involved as an adult. There is magic in participating and showing up for your community and I want to demonstrate that through my job and being an active member in the Chamber of Commerce.
Why did you join the ambassador program? I joined the ambassador program to lend my voice, experience, and skills and to be part of a group of people who care about this area.
Andrea RobinsonHungry Horse News
Why do you love our I love our community? because you are never left alone! There is always someone standing by to give a helping hand if you need it.
Why did you join the ambassador team? I joined the ambassador program in hopes of meeting new people and doing my part in helping in the community.
What do you love about our community? What I love about the community of Columbia Falls is the actual community itself. It is the people and feeling you get when you are there. Growing up in Columbia Falls, I knew it was a special place and I knew that I was lucky to have deep roots in the town. However, as an adult I have also realized what an honor it was and how badly I want my children to also be raised there. While the town and the community has grown over the last decade since I was a high school cheerleader for the Wildcats it is in many ways the exact same. Columbia Falls is home and at the end of the day it is one big family that supports and rallies with one another. To say that is special is an understatement.
Why did you join the ambassador team? The reason I joined the ambassador program for The Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce, is because I love being involved in the amazing community that is not only Columbia Falls but the Flathead Valley. I think it is so important not only professionally but as well as personally. I also really want to continue to give back to the community that has not only given myself but my family so much and help it to continue to grow and prosper for many generations to come. There are also so many unbelievable people involved in the chamber, and I am so excited to make stronger connections and learn from everyone.
What do you love about our community? I was born and raised in Columbia Falls, and it never ceases to amaze me how kind and generous the community is. Although it has grown a lot over the years, it still has the same small-town feel that I love.
Why did you join the ambassador team? I have attended the monthly chamber meetings for the past few years off and on, and have wanted to become more involved with the Columbia Falls Chamber after seeing all it has accomplished. The Ambassador program gives me the opportunity to meet and learn about other businesses in our area, and be a part of helping them grow alongside our community.
What do you love about our community? Columbia Falls community is easy to fall in love with from the people to the mountains, both are wonderful and beautiful. Finding a place to call home that is as warm and inviting as Columbia Falls is hard to do, we are lucky to live in such an amazing place. Our community is like a large extended family where everyone helps each other whether it be supporting local businesses or helping a neighbor in need.
Why did you join the ambassador team? I joined the Columbia Falls Chamber and the Ambassador program to be more involved in the community and to give back to help our local businesses succeed. I know from past experiences that the best way to be part of the community is to be involved. I enjoy helping people, whether it is helping a business succeed or helping people with the mortgage on a home to buy their dream home, giving back to the community is something that makes me happy.
What do you love about our community? The thing I love most about Columbia Falls is the sense of community I feel as I go about my day to day activities. Running into a teacher while out at a local restaurant or seeing your favorite barista at the grocery store and being able to create that friendship and familiarity…it’s a good community feel.
Why did you join the Ambassador Committee? I’ve had so much fun volunteering at past Chamber events that I thought it was time to join in a more committed fashion. I look forward to growing both personally and professionally throughout my time as an ambassador.
What do you love about our community? I grew up in the Flathead valley, but it wasn't until 2012 that I became a Columbia Falls resident. Every event that I go to, be it for kids, fun, or professionally, I can count on seeing a familiar friendly face. The families in this community really know how to rally behind any child, family, or individual in need of extra support. I love that! The fellowship here in Columbia Falls is a true blessing and by being a part of this community my family has grown outside the walls of my home.
Why did you join the Ambassador Committee? Engaging with your local community can give one a sense of belonging, I want to help others find that. By getting plugged-in and supporting growth in others, I hope to do just that. Our community is growing rapidly and I want to be part of and have a voice in all the changes to come.
What do you love about our community? I love that Columbia Falls is home. Columbia Falls is home to various people of various different careers, backgrounds, ideals and ways of life. As a community we are stubborn and headstrong, a community that has had to bend and grow and re-emerge several times stronger due to job loss, economic change and influx of work. We are a solid community that steps up. If I look at Columbia Falls through the eyes of the School District #6 we are not only a community that represents a single nuclear area, but we are a community that has the ongoing opportunity to join in tandem with Coram, Hungry Horse, West Glacier and Martin City. They are very much part of our community and a large part of what makes C. Falls strong and unique. We are lucky to have such an array of resources, people and opportunities in this vibrant place. Columbia Falls is a wealth of outdoor recreation, employment and beauty that is unmatched anywhere else in the State. The proximity of resources allows us as a community to have year round employment opportunities and areas for growth. We have backbone and we have struggles. We are a community with strong values of hard work, grit and neighborliness. I love Columbia Falls because it is home.
Why did you join the Ambassador team? I joined the Ambassador Program for selfish reasons: Firstly, I would like to grow professionally and personally by helping to grow business relationships within the community. I would also like to introduce the large workforce resources we have at the Columbia Falls High School. There are hundreds of educated, talented, and hard working students that are a great resource to the businesses of our community. I also joined the Ambassador program because on a daily basis I watch families and students struggle due to housing issues. Columbia Falls is faced with a housing crisis and I believe our local businesses have the opportunity to become stewards in growth in this area. I would like to work closely to foster strong relationships with businesses in order to ensure C.Falls students graduate with the skills and education local businesses desire. I would like to become more involved overall in the local business environment. I believe that the Chamber and local businesses offer the public and incredible service.