January 2017


Dakotas Walk to Emmaus Board Minutes, January 20, 2018 

Present:   Susan Ehrk, Betty Janke, Dean & Barb Johnson, Tonya Whitmore, Karl Watkins, & Holly Siefert.     (Delmar & Howard Pearl were available but in talk previews).Meeting was called to order by Secretary, Betty Janke.  Karl Watkins led devotions and opening prayer. Secretary’s report was approved as sent via email and the Treasurer’s report was approved as reported by Tonya Whitmore.

There is scholarship money available again this year. Certificates to attend DWTE will be offered to the two UMC churches who supply meeting facilities for DWTE practice weekends this year (Riverview and Mitchell).  Motion was made by Karl & was seconded by Tonya to give certificates to the appropriate churches.   Motion approved.

Howard Pearl, Men’s Lay Director for March 8-11, 2018, shared that the Men’s team formation is complete. Howard has asked Delmar Janke to be board representative for the Men’s Walk. Holly Siefert, Women’s Lay Director for March 15-18, 2018, reported on team formation & received input from board members with prayer.   Holly has asked Betty Janke to be the board representative for the Women’s Walk.   Motion by Tonya and seconded by Susan to approve the board representative nominees for both walks.   Motion was approved.

Martha Brandt has created an excellent newsletter to be sent to community through the Prayer Chain.   Thank you, Martha!

The resignation from Deb Mills was accepted with regrets.   Deb has filled the Community Lay Director position well and will be greatly missed. Susan Ehrk, Vice President, has agreed to fill the position of CLD until the new Board Members and new Officers are selected on April 1st.

Betty has been in contact with the Upper Room and explained to the group some changes that are happening at that level. She also brought Upper Room Covenant forms to be completed and submitted so we will be in compliance for the year of 2017 and then we will get our 2018 information updated with them after April 1st, 2018 appointments.

Team practice took place today at Riverview Church or both Men’s and Women’s teams. The next board meeting date is set for February 10th in conjunction with the practice weekend at the First UMC Church in Mitchell.

Meeting was adjourned and communion was shared with those attending the practice session.    

Walk Dates for 2018:   Men’s Walk: March 8-11, 2018; Women Walk: March 15-18, 2018 at Inspiration Hills Retreat Center.

Respectfully Submitted,

Betty Janke,    Board Secretary