Dakotas Walk to Emmaus Board Minutes – Dec 14th, 2019

Due to bad weather conditions, the following Board Members were available on a Conference call: Val Rush, Hazel Behrens, Steve Eliason, Kevin Klare, Scott Nikont, Matt Richards, Andy Ryks and Tonya Whitmore. 

Pastor Val Rush opened with a prayer.

Steve Eliason presented the Treasurer Report. Hazel Behrens made a motion to accept the report and Val Rush seconded it. Susie has made contact with pilgrims and team members about getting their reimbursement back because the Women’s Walk had to be rescheduled due to winter storms. Steve has the list of people and will be sending out their reimbursement checks.

 The board discussed that the Women’s Spring Lay Director position needs to be determined. Tonya is going to review the list of past Lay Directors and make some calls to get the position filled. Kevin Klare has made another request for a contract for using the facility at Lake Poinsett.

 Andy is working on getting his Men’s Team together and will be sending out emails for his team members with details for practice weekends. The Dell Rapids Community will host the first practice weekend on February 21st-22nd. The Second practice weekend is tentatively planned for Huron Area at this point. He also suggested we send out a mass email to all of our community members with information about the Spring Walks in order to build participation. Scott Nikont will get DWTE signed up with Mail Chimp for group email distribution and Tonya will get her lists of community members to Scott to upload into his database for mailings.

Tonya is working on getting board members from West River to participate in planning the Fall Walks at Storm Mountain. Now that we have ways to communicate via phone conference or video conference, we need to include West River members as we continue to grow with East & West River Walks each year.

The next board meeting will be on January 25th, 2020.  Val Rush made a motion to adjourn the meeting with a second from Steve Eliason. Val Rush led us in a closing prayer. The meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by Tonya Whitmore, Board Vice Chair