The annual meeting of the Flandreau Development Corporation (FDC) was held at Mad Mary’s on Monday, April 22, 2013. Secretary, Sandra Elenkiwich verified there was a quorum present to conduct business and President Chad Weber and welcomed everyone. Pastor Stan Gruneich gave the invocation.
President Weber introduced the FDC Board of Directors: Vice President Joe Firman, Secretary Sandra Elenkiwich, Treasurer Ardene Boysen, Directors Tony Firman, Karen Hageman-Snow, Shawn Jaacks, Justin Krull, Lindsay Flannery, Paul Lewis, Bill Nibbelink, Ron Smith and Dan Sutton.
Business and individual membership representatives were introduced and recognized. The minutes of the 2012 annual meeting were reviewed and approved. Nathan Kinner of Kinner & Company Ltd. presented the financial report and it was approved unanimously.
President Weber presented the four incumbent board members: Paul Lewis, Bill Nibbelink, Ron Smith and Chad Weber. There were no nominations made from the floor so the four candidates were voted in unanimously.
A summary was given of the past year’s accomplishments and events. The FDC gave two $500 scholarships to FHS seniors, purchased new city Christmas decorations, updated the Flandreau brochures, planted the planters downtown with flowers in the spring and small Christmas trees at Christmas, promoted the Flandreau businesses by giving out “Flandreau Bucks”, continue to back the $10,000 loans for businesses in Flandreau, promoted the “Backyard BBQ” by KBRK, advertise and promote Flandreau in the South East and North East South Dakota Tourism Magazines, ordered replacement “Welcome to Flandreau” banners to replace the ones after the storm of July 2011 and purchase of property to house a new home development.
FDC special guest and speaker, Vanessa Merhib, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club spoke to us regarding the Boys and Girls Club. She spoke of the Boys and Girls club mission, organization facts, and the three key impact areas. She also reviewed the building project that they are starting in the near future to house the Boys and Girls Club of Flandreau.