I would like to say thank you for allowing me to continue in this organization as the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) President.  It truly is an honor and I am excited for the years to come.  Our organization is important to the future of Montana, and as leaders in our state our voice is vital.  Over the last nine years as a county commissioner I have been listening, taking notes, and trying to help in ways that I could.  From the East to the West or from the West to the East, I will continue to listen and to be our voice.

I would like to let you know a little bit about myself.  While I serve as a county commissioner, I am also a rancher, an owner of Gorder Trenching, a wrestling coach, a 4-H leader, and more.  Many of you were able to be at the banquet during MACo’s Annual Conference and had the opportunity to meet some of my family.  My wife Lisa and I have been blessed with 6 children, some of them are now married. Brennan is 27 (his wife is Tessa), Jalyssa is 25 (her husband is Zach), Brady is 22, Brielle is 16, Greyson is 7, and Brodie would have been 15.  Sometimes it is hard to talk about and I feel the need to share some information.

We lost Brodie in a tragic 4-wheeler accident in 2013.  He was 8. He was an amazing young man, a talented wrestler, and a 4-H country kid.  I know the loss of our son has changed our lives tremendously.  We also run a non-profit organization, the “Brodie Gorder Memorial Project”–if you go to www.foreverwrestle.com, you can see our complete story.  We host a youth wrestling tournament and a fun run in his honor, and my wife works in our community providing concession stands to help fund our organization.  With this organization we give out scholarships, grants for 4-H animals, fund camp opportunities for youth, and so much more.  ATV safety is something we also take seriously.  We have put on presentations and have plans to bring an ATV simulator into Sidney and our area soon to help teach safety.  We never want another family to go through what our family has, although the statistics  show that a someone is lost daily to ATV accidents, and many are children.

I would like to follow up by saying again, thank you.  Thank you for your support, and I am truly honored to serve as your President.  I look forward to our upcoming meetings and our journey together over the coming years. If you should need to contact me, my email is sgorder@richland.org, or I’m just a phone call away at the Richland County Courthouse.

Shane Gorder
President, MACo
Richland County Commissioner

Shane Gorder  |  MACo President & Richland County Commissioner |  sgorder@richland.org |  (406) 406-433-6806