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Changing of the Guard

Rick Donaldson Named Gallatin River Task Force Board Chair

Rick Donaldson (above) is a financial whiz and avid angler.

Ron Bowlin retired from the Gallatin River Task Force Board of Directors at a board meeting on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. Ron, a career Navy-man, served on the Task Force Board of Directors for almost four years. He and his wife Sheryl are moving to northwest Florida in search of warmer climes and trophy tarpon.

At the same meeting, Rick Donaldson was named Gallatin River Task Force Board Chair. A native of Michigan, Rick and his wife Michelle have owned a home in Big Sky since 2004.

Former board chair, Ron Bowlin, is a retired career navy-man and hunting enthusiast.

Rick brings both financial acumen and passion for free-flowing rivers to the Task Force. In 1985 Rick co-founded an underwriting operation specializing in the insurance needs of governmental entities, which grew to serve over 2,000 governmental agencies throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Rick has spent many days and nights fishing the streams of Northern Michigan over the past 40 years. He has a special fondness for the Ausable River where he still owns a fish camp, just around the bend from where Trout Unlimited was conceived in 1959.

Rick and his wife Michelle now reside on the banks of the Gallatin River. For Michelle, rivers are the heart of a community…rivers connect people. For Rick, rivers are part of the special beauty of a place.

Rick looks forward to keeping the Gallatin especially beautiful during his tenure as Chair of the Gallatin River Task Force Board of Directors.

Photos by Rich Addicks


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