Monthly President’s Report

August 2020

August is already here!  Summer is on the downward swing and, hopefully, kids will be going back to school.  I hope that you have been able to enjoy summertime fun with your family and friends while practicing social distancing.

On Sunday, August 30th, our annual major fundraiser, Gourmet Guys, will be held from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.  It was rescheduled from April due to the pandemic closure.  This is our 19th year and as always, it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy awesome food and entertainment.  So that we can safely serve the attendees, volunteers, and chefs, things will flow a bit differently this year.  Since the number of people in the building needs to be limited, there will be 3 one hour “seatings” with a set number of tickets sold.  We will still be able to sell the same amount of tickets, but the attendees must select which “seating” they would like.  In addition, the courtyard will be open for outdoor dining as well as the Day Break area.  Temperatures and COVID-19 questions will be done at the entrance and attendees, volunteers, and chefs are encouraged to wear masks and social distance.  The traffic flow, inside and outside, will be different as well.  ONE THING HASN’T CHANGED!  GREAT FOOD!  GOOD FUN!

I want to thank our Signature Sponsors, The First National Bank of Sioux Falls and First PREMIER Bank and Bankcard.  A complete list of all the financial and in-kind sponsors will be included in a later edition of the LifeTIMES newspaper.

Also, a huge thank you to our fantastic planning committee who had to plan two Gourmet Guys events in the last 4 months (April’s cancelled event and this month’s rescheduled event).

  • Newt Anderson (Avera Health)—Chair: PR/Media
  • Brad Coleman (Sanford Health)—Committee: Chef Recruitment
  • Veronica Houston (AG Board Member)—Committee: Sponsors
  • Sandy Johnson (Community Volunteer)—Committee: Volunteers
  • Stacia Klock (Touchmark at All Saints)—Chair: Chef Recruitment
  • Dee Lundeen (Community Volunteer)—Chair: Volunteers
  • Jessica Stienstra (Avera Heart Hospital)—Committee: PR/Media
  • Josh Novak (Keller Williams)—Videographer
  • Rod Carlson (AG Director of Public Relations and Marketing)—Chair: Sponsors
  • Valerie Lietz (AG Staff)—Staff Liaison

Hope to see you at this event that helps support all the programs and activities at Active Generations!