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Callie Moss of 3 Rivers Communications, center, was in Valier last week to present Robert Widhalm, left, and Richard Widhalm, right, of the Valier Trap and Rifle Club a $1,000 grant to help fund the replacement of the club’s old and inefficient furnace. The Widhalms are instructors for youth marksmanship at the Valier Trap and Rifle Club. The 3 Rivers Community Enhancement Grant program was implemented in 2005 to offer financial assistance to local organizations working on projects that make lasting improvements within their community. 

The Valier Trap and Rifle Club needs just $500 more to purchase a new furnace. Last week, officials from 3 Rivers Communications were in Valier to present the Valier Trap and Rifle Club with a generous donation of $1,000 from its 3 Rivers Community Enhancement Grant program. This week, The Valierian donated $100 to their cause.

3 Rivers Communications’ Community Enhancement Grant program was implemented in 2005 to offer financial assistance to local organizations working on projects that make lasting improvements within their community. Thanks to these latest donations, the club is close to having the needed $2,750 to purchase the new furnace, which will be purchased from and installed by Heartland Mechanical.

Donations of any amount are appreciated and should be made out to the Valier Junior Rifle Club and mailed to:

Valier Junior Rifle Club

c/o Robert Widhalm

15900 Bullhead Road

Valier, MT 59486

Dianna and Robert Widhalm are confident the community sees the value in the Valier Junior Rifle Club program and the need to continue to provide its free hunter safety program as well as the competitive shooting programs for area youth. 

The clubhouse is used to teach Hunter Safety and there is no cost to the public to use the facility, which is why fundraising for the furnace is so important. 

Robert said during last week’s award presentation, “The Valier Trap and Rifle Club provides a place for shooters of all ages to practice safely, improve accuracy, and show respect for other shooters.  Our current programs are Valier Senior, and Junior Rifle Clubs.”

He continued, “We teach the youth in the community how to safely and accurately handle a gun. If we can prevent one accident, all our efforts are worthwhile. Currently there are 30 adults and 20 youth shooters using the rifle club building.”

Membership in the Valier Junior Rifle Club is open to students 10 years old to 19 years old.  The students learn gun safety, marksmanship, and respect for each other, explained Dianna.  As each shooter continues to improve, they are rewarded with medals and certificates as they finish each step. The club provides targets, rifles, shooting coats, and safety equipment. 

According to Dianna, the Valier Trap and Rifle Club building was built in 1945 and was heated by a woodstove. In the 1950s, the current furnace was installed. 

Please support the Valier Junior Rifle Club and its final push to raise funds for a new furnace.

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