Western Montana Club Decorates National Christmas Tree…and Others

Sunday Sept. 21st, members of the Western Montana Appaloosa Club met at President Jan Phillips’ home to create Appaloosa ornaments for the National Christmas Tree. The Bitterroot National Forest was honored with selection for the National Tree and the smaller trees for the Senator offices.

While ornaments have come in from all over Montana, club member Janet Sager suggested we try to get some Appaloosas on the trees. After a lunch of elk burgers & fixin’s, folks settled down to make ornaments. We got a great variety of ornaments and had a wonderful time visiting and creating the 22 ornaments. Other members unable to make it are making ornaments at home and sending them in for inclusion with our Club effort. Shown in the photo l-r are John Wilson, Janet Sager, Caitlin Sager and Linda Burkett.

Jan Phillips
Forest Edge Appaloosas

Thanks to Jan for the note and photos. A really good example of club members working to enhance the value and image of their organization — and having some fun together, too.


  1. Penny Whitehead Said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 7:34 am

    A very super idea, long overdue. Congratulations to all in the Montana club for thinking that up and for doing the job.

  2. Carol Johnson Said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 11:14 am

    I would regard it as man-made, although definitely a result of all the rain we’ve had in this area this year and through the middle section of the country. As I understand it, they’ve closed the flood gates at Lake Oolagah to minimize downstream flooding, which lead to the trails being flooded. Unfortunate for all of us, but nature has a talent for getting her way .

    Hope everyone is able to make it to the new location. I’m sure it will be a great ride, even though further for some of us to go to get there.


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