Monthly President’s Report

JULY 2021

Here we are midway through the summer already – where does the time go?  Many of you have asked about when we will start construction on our second location.  I am please to say that dirt is being moved as I type this.  Grading and infrastructure is happening for utilities and streets to get the project off and running.  We will have a groundbreaking session in the near future with donor support;  an architect and general contractor have been hired to begin work in the fall.  We will keep you posted as the process continues, as we will be seeking your input through focus groups to help determine what is desired for programming.

I am also happy to announce that Wendy McDonnel will be joining the AG Leadership Team as the Director of Development.  She will be joining our team in July and will help with internal and external program development, support special events, the construction project, funding, and planned giving.  We look forward to having her expertise and professional skills.

Lastly, here are some notable achievements with a couple of AG staff.  Jenny Centra celebrated her 30th anniversary in late June;  if you haven’t already don so, please stop by to wish her congratulations.  As many of you know, Terry, our maintenance guy, has announced his retirement.  What started as a six-month “trial” position turned into seven and a half years, including flooding, tornadoes, and a pandemic.  We wish you all the best in your retirement – happy fishing!

Sincerely,

Gerald Beninga