Invite a Dialogue Inspire a Community

Libraries provide access to information as well as offer the opportunity to IMAGINE the possibilities and inspire a change. 

       Royal Johnson - the man who inspired us! Royal Johnson (5/2/1925 - 11/19/2018) was a community force in Billings since he moved here

from Butte over 50 years ago. He dedicated his life to making our city and our state a better place to live - raising a family, starting a business

and enjoying our Rocky Mountain culture.


"The Library Foundation has been fortunate to have early and consistent financial guidance from one of the

Deans of Montana Finance - Royal Johnson"    - Gary Buchanan  


 "We commend Royal Johnson's community spirit and generous contributions of time, energy and money  to our city, county and state ...

a longtime champion of good government, higher education and community betterment."  - Billings Gazette Editorial Board


Join us for the 2019 Royal Johnson Forum on Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Russia: Beyond the Riddle Inside the Enigma

          12:00-1:30P Lunch with Mr. Nicholas Daniloff - "Russia Today: Deja vu All Over Again"
          Royal Johnson Community Room
          $50.00 tickets and limited seating

          6:00-7:00PM "Meet the Speakers" reception
          Glacier Room in the MSU-Billings Student Union Building
          Guests will have the opportunity to meet the Forum speakers who will offer brief remarks and
              answer questions. Wine and light buffet included.
          $100.00 tickets and limited seating

          7:00-8:00PM Keynote Address by Dr. Matthew Rojansky - 
               "U.S. - Russian Relations: Risks, Reality and Opportunity"
          Petro Theatre - MSU-Billings
          Keynote address followed by a panel discussion with Mr Daniloff and moderated by Mr Brian Kahn.
               Audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel.
          Admission is FREE and Open to the Public

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation Office at 406-237-6149






Would you like to offer your support by donating or sponsoring future Forums?

Please consider joining us and the Royal Johnson Forum to provide the underwriting necessary to bring nationally known leaders to discuss critical and timely issues. With your support, we will provide the cornerstone needed to gather our community, share information, offer a broad spectrum  of opinions, discuss questions and ultimately provide a spark to inspire, engage and create positive change. The Forum will offer the opportunity to learn more fully about complicated issues and to promote understanding. We learn why there isn't always an easy answer.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your gift will provide the leverage necessary to continue this vital forum. Help us carry on the legacy that Royal Johnson believed was critical for a community to thrive, to access information and the occasion to question. We invite you to inspire a community! Help us engage national leaders to expand thoughtful dialogue within our community.

Make Your Gift Today! To make on online gift, click on the Donate button. Or mail  your donation to Billings Public Library Foundation at 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT  59101. For questions or further information, call 406-237-6149. With your help, we will continue this legacy.


                                               Previous Royal Johnson Forum Speakers - 
                                 Retired WY Senator Alan Simpson and PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff