Monthly President’s Report

August 2017

August is already here!  Summer is on the downward swing and school will be starting up soon.  I hope that you have been able to enjoy summertime fun with your family and friends.  

As many of you know, I serve as a Minnehaha County Commissioner.  The Commission has issued a proclamation declaring Minnehaha as a “Purple Heart County.”  The Purple Heart was established by our founding father, General George Washington, in 1782 to honor those who were wounded or lost their lives serving our country in combat.  South Dakota is one of five states that does not have a State Veteran’s cemetery so the State Veteran’s Council is also having ongoing conversations with Governor Daugaard and the federal government regarding establishing a Veteran’s cemetery.  We thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice to this great nation. 

See the list below of Minnehaha County residents who have received the Military Order of the Purple Heart:

Michael Fitzmaurice, George Ambrosius, Alvin Veldkamp, Dennis Brady, Christopher J. Brereton, Jeremy Collins, Christopher Bailey, Caleb Cohrs, Gene Murphy, Dustin Rhodes, Gary D. Murra, Lloyd J. Gill, Douglas K. Koch, Stephen Chaffins, Joseph Leasure, John E. Roers, Vern Anderson, Thomas Vig, Patrick D. Keultjes, Kyle Franke, Larry G. Tentinger, Gaylen Smith, Matthew Drayer, Matthew Vierkant, Nolan G. Ruby, Owen Richards, Ritchie E. Wilson, Robert L. Dickerson, Jake B. Aning, James Sanden, Clayton L. Mennis, Steve Starnes, Todd P. Irvin, Kenneth L. Teunissen, Jake T. Bodewitz, Anthony Bucciarelli, Karlyle Gaertner, Authur Gealow, Eugene Hoekman, Daniel J. Klecker, Terry Munson, Dennis Soldatke, James L. Webb, Edward A. Zenobi, John L. Weiland, Ordell A. Winterton, Mark Williamson, Larry M. Young, Ken Bodewitz, Ron Gerdes – Spouses: Lisa Folkerts, Mara Klecker, and Roxann Zenobi.

You may have noticed some of the Active Generations staff wearing jeans on Mondays this summer.  This is in support of “Causal for a Cause”, which is a fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Association.  In addition, Active Generations is a sponsor for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  The Sioux Falls event happens on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  This inspiring world event brings together families, friends, co-workers, and members of the community to raise awareness and funds to provide and enhance programs focusing on education and support, money for critical research studies into methods of treatment, prevention, ultimately a cure, and advocate for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s through public policy initiatives.

One final thought…the late, great Vince Lombardi said “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”  So, thank you to each and every member of Active Generations for their support of our mission and goals.