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2014 MACo Annual Conference

  • Hilton Garden Inn 1840 U.S. Highway 93 S Kalispell, Mt, 59901 United States (map)

Montana Association of Counties Annual Conference

MACo's 105th Annual Conference will be held from September 21, 2014 through September 25, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell, MT. 

Rooms have been blocked at the following hotels:

  • Hilton Garden Inn (conference facility), 1840 Highway 93 South, Kalispell, telephone no. (406) 756-4500, rooms blocked through September 5th
  • Hampton Inn, 1140 Highway 2 West, Kalispell, telephone no. (406) 755-7900, rooms block through
    • September  21st  - a shuttle will be available from the Hampton Inn to the Hilton Garden Inn
  • Red Lion Hotel, 20 No. Main Street, Kalispell, telephone no. (406) 751-5050, rooms blocked through
    • September 1st - be sure to ask for in-house reservations

The room rate at all three hotels is $89 plus tax.  All rooms are blocked under the MACo room block, and you must refer to this to get the room rates.  Each hotel offers a hot complimentary breakfast.

It is important when you are registering online that you mark the box for those meals you will be attending, so that we will have a close meal count.  If you are arriving late or leaving early, please do not mark the meals that you will not be able to attend.

There will not be an actual golf tournament;  however, tee times will set up for those who wish to golf on Sunday.  Please contact Cal Scott, Flathead County Commissioner,  at or (406) 758-5506 if you wish to play golf.


Quilt Project at the MACo Annual Conference

Please pass this information on to your spouse/guest. 

The American Hero Quilt Project is on again during our Annual Conference this year.  Please bring your sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat and ruler, and any other basic sewing supplies.  We will spend our time making red, white, and blue quilts that will be given to injured soldiers at the Madigan Army Hospital in Washington State. 

Last year we got 7 quilt tops made.  The Forsyth Piece Makers Quilt Guild will furnish the backing and batting, finish quilting them, and ship them to the hospital.  If you don't sew, that's okay; we will teach you how to cut, you can press, or you can design.  There is a place for everyone!  You can come for an hour, a day, or for the whole process.  Don't feel obligated to stay the whole time.  We welcome everyone for as much time as they would like to spend.

We would like to ask each county to bring at least 1 yard of red, white, or blue fabric--we also use cream, beige, and/or gold.  The fabric cannot have any sparkle or metallic thread in it.

If you have any questions, please email Marlys Lee at

Spouses/guests are invited to participate in any of the meals, and tickets may be purchased at the door.  If a spouse/guest plans on attending, please register for a “name tag only.”


Contact Information

Main ContactSecondary Contact

Karen Houston
Phone: 406-449-4360

Sara McGowan
Phone: 406-449-4360

Later Event: October 9
GNDC Full Board Meeting
You think you’re just a drop in the ocean...but look at the ripple effect one drop can make!
— Anonymous