GRADS Meeting Minutes for June

GRADS Meeting                                                                     June 13, 2024

Middlebrook Community Room                                              6:30 p.m.

There were four members at the Grant Roberts Area Disability Supports meeting.To begin the meeting Rachael Johnson read the Boost for Teachers/Mentors summaries submitted by the recipients. Congratulations on the completion of your projects to Michelle Greseth, Michele Benike, Laura Maag, Harlyn Perlado, and May Amodia.

NDEAM/Sisseton

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month event will be on Thursday, October 17, 2024,  at the Family Life Center, 404 West Hickory Street, Sisseton. A catered meal will be served at 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker, Emily Shuman, will speak at 6:45 p.m. The evening will conclude with the recognition of honored employers and employees from the Project Skills program,

Sean Athey will be asked to make posters and invitations.

The 2024 NDEAM theme is “Access to Good Jobs for All”.

Official Paperwork

Charlotte Athey contacted George Boos regarding a requested information update. She will call him to check the status of this.

ADA Celebration/Milbank

The Americans with Disabilities Act celebration will be held on Monday, July 29, 2024, at the Milbank Visitor Center. Subway sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages will be served starting at 6:00 p.m. followed by a short program. The evening will end with a bingo game with prizes. We thank First Interstate Bank for sponsoring this event.

Planning details are: Venue: Rachael will confirm the venue and speakers. Food: Rachael will order 4 trays/platters from Subway. She will arrange for people to bring bars/cookies (Rachael, MaryLou, Char, Laura and 1 more). She will bring Country Time lemonade, coffee, ice and paper supplies. Char will purchase chips and bring a large beverage container. Bingo: Char will make arrangements for the bingo game. MaryLou and Char will bring prizes. Advertising: Char will make and print posters for distribution. Rachael will place ads in The Valley Shopper, The Grant County Review, Tidbits and the Sisseton Courier. She will send emails and send the information to the website. MaryLou will invite Mayor Pat Raffety, First Interstate personnel, and perhaps the city council and county commissioners. Katrina Koeppe will send out invitations to arrive two weeks prior to the event. Contact Charlotte by calling or texting 605-949-1424 by July 24. Photos will be taken by Brian or MaryLou Bullert. Rachael and Char will also take pictures.

 Knights of Columbus

We are grateful for the generous donation to GRADS from the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive. THANK YOU.

Financial Report

The current checking account balance in First Bank & Trust in Milbank is $5,163.12.

The next GRADS meeting will be on Thursday, September 12, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at the Middlebrook Community Room, 902 East Milbank Avenue, Milbank.

GRADS Meeting Minutes November 9, 2023

Middlebrook Community Room 6:30 p.m.

Six people were present at the Grant Roberts Area Disability Supports meeting.

Boost for Teachers and Mentors

MaryLou Bullert presented the proposal for 2024. It is included with these minutes. The timeline includes: January 2, 2024-Announcements are sent out.

February 16, 2024-Applications are due.

February 29, 2024- Winners are announced.

Pick-a-Prize Raffle

MaryLou Bullert has organized a pick-a-prize fundraiser. She demonstrated how this fun raffle works. This local project will be started after Thanksgiving with the prize boxes and tickets at The Bank Coffee Shop in Milbank.

LifeQuest

Laura Maag from LifeQuest has requested funding from GRADS to pay for gas for out-of-town recreational events. The group plans to attend “The Birthday Club”, a play in Watertown, as well as to make a visit to the Redlin Art Center. Laura will submit a bill for reimbursement.

Laura Maag expressed concern that transportation costs to and from work will no longer be covered by the Department of Social Services. This greatly impacts individuals with disabilities who travel to their jobs.

NDEAM Review

Rachael Johnson shared the evaluation of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month event in Sisseton held on October 5, 2023. She requested input from the group for the upcoming debriefing meeting in December. Suggestions included expanding the event by inviting other schools to attend. Perhaps Milbank could host an event, too.

Newsletter

Diane Stewart requested information to add to the upcoming Grant County Arc News. We want to include a big THANK YOU to Arc for helping to sponsor the NDEAM event. We also thank Diane for including GRADS information in the newsletter.

Special Olympics

A request was made for for funding for motel costs for adult participants attending the next bowling tournament. We will discuss this again at the January 2024 meeting.

Financial Report

The checking account balance in First Savings and Trust in Milbank was $3,810.13 on September 29, 2023.

Next Meeting

The January 11, 2024 GRADS meeting will be via ZOOM at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rachael Johnson

GRADS Secretary/Treasurer

GRADS Board Meeting Minutes

GRADS Meeting September 14, 2023

Middlebrook Community Room 6:30 p.m.

Four members attended the Grant Roberts Area Disability Supports meeting.

NDEAM/Sisseton

Rachael Johnson handed out invitations and posters to be distributed in the Milbank/Big Stone City area. Other invites have been sent and posters have been placed in Sisseton, Agency Village and Peever. Ads have been placed in The Grant County Review, the Sisseton Courier, the Arc Newsletter, GRADS website, Facebook, and community calendars in Milbank and Sisseton. The catered meal will be provided by Bobby Jo’s, and the venue will be Family Life Center in Sisseton. The speaker will be Daniel Card from Think 3D Solutions in Sioux Falls, SD. The date is set for Thursday, October 5 and dinner will be served at 6:00 with the program to follow.

ADA Celebration Review

Rachael read the ADA review. One suggestion was to have more fun Bingo prizes. We send a special thanks to Char’s brother and grandson for providing and leading the Bingo game. Thrivent provided funds for the food and Bingo prizes.

Financial Report

Rachael Johnson reported that we received $267.95 from the benefit rummage sale in July.

Next Meeting

The next GRADS meeting will be on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at the Middlebrook Community Room, 902 E. Milbank Avenue, Milbank at 6:30 p.m. We will discuss Boost for Teachers for January of 2024.

Respectfully submitted,

Rachael Johnson

GRADS Secretary/Treasurer

GRADS Meeting Minutes July 15, 2023

Middlebrook Community Room 11:30 a.m.

Three people were present for the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) celebration planning session. Rachael has received a Thrivent Action Team grant to pay for Subway sandwiches and some supplies. She will check with Subway on prices and will order the sandwiches before our event. Rachael, Char, MaryLou, & Diane S. will bring bars. Char will make coffee and lemonade. She has already purchased chips. We will all bring Bingo prizes and Char will get the Bingo game.We will use tablecloths on dessert and regestration tables. Vases with flowers will be on guest tables.Tentatively our speakers will be Char Athey (GRADS), Laura Maag (LifeQuest), Diane Stewart (Grant County Arc), Rachael Johnson (Voc Rehab), Amanda Peterson or Lana Smith (ILC) and Mayor Rafety (city of Milbank). MaryLou Bullert will be our MC. Rachael will put news stories in the Sisseton Courier, The Grant County Review and The Valley Shopper. She will ask Cheryl P. to place information prominenly on the GRADS website. Char will make and distribute posters. Rachael will send an email to GRADS as a reminder of this event. Katrina has sent letters out and has RSVPs from 11. We will need to be at the Milbank Visitor Center before 5:00 p.m. on July 31 to set up. We will serve food from 6-6:30, have speakers, and play Bin

GRADS Annual Meeting April 11, 2023

Middlebrook Community Room 6:30 p.m.

 

The annual meeting of Grant Roberts Area Disability Supports was called to order by President Charlotte Athey.

 

An election of officers was held. Laura Maag made a motion to elect the same slate of officers. Matthew Athey seconded the motion. All voted in favor via voice vote with none opposed. The officers are: Charlotte Athey-president, Matthew Athey-vice president, Rachael Johnson-secretary/treasurer.

 

The election for Board of Directors was held. Rachael Johnson nominated Katrina Koeppe for the 3 year term. Laura Maag seconded the motion. All were in favor via voice vote with none opposed. The directors are: Brenda Teske (1 yr.), MaryLou Bullert (2 yr.), Katrina Koeppe (3 yr.).

 

Rachael Johnson will file the annual report with the South Dakota Secretary of State. She will pay the $10. fee which will be reimbursed by GRADS.

 

The treasurer’s report was given by Rachael Johnson. The GRADS checking account balance in First Bank and Trust in Milbank was $3,716.52 as of March 31, 2023.

 

Rachael Johnson made a motion to adjourn the annual meeting. Charlotte Athey seconded the motion. All voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Rachael Johnson

Attendance: Charlotte Athey, Matthew Athey, Laura Maag, Katrina Koeppe, Rachael Johnson

GRADS Meeting April 11, 2023

Middlebrook Community Room 6:30 p.m.

Five people attended the Grant Roberts Area Disability Supports meeting. Please note that our meeting minutes, scheduled events and much more will be on the website www.gradisabilitysupports.org.

NDEAM/Sisseton

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month event will be on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at the Family Life Center, 404 West Hickory Street, Sisseton. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by a guest speaker and the recognition of local employers/employees. GRADS will contribute $125. toward expenses

ADA Celebration

The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration will tentatively be held on Monday, July 31, 2023 at the Milbank Community Room/Visitors Center. Subs, chips, bars and beverage will be served starting at 6:00 p.m. Several short presentations will be given followed by BINGO. Katrina Koeppe will send out invitations (mid June?) and will follow up closer to the event. Charlotte Athey will reserve the room, get the BINGO game, purchase paper products, chips and bottled water. Laura Maag may have a modified BINGO game to use. Rachael Johnson will get the subs from Subway and arrange for members to bring bars/cookies. Katrina wil find out the names of the new Independent Living Choices staff and invite them to speak at the event. We will all gather BINGO prizes. We will discuss advertising at our next meeting.

Rummage Sale

We will have a rummage sale on Saturday, July 15 with set up on Friday, July 14 after 5:00 p.m. Charlotte Athey has reserved the Middlebrook Community Room via text. We will discuss advertising and other details at our meeting on June 8.

Projects

Laura Maag, Life Quest, requests funding for field trip mileage. Some ideas she mentioned were trips to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in DeSmet, Ft. Sisseton events, or a trip to Brookings. She will contact us regarding specific needs. Another idea she presented was for GRADS to purchase state park year passes for 2 vehicles at a cost of $54.

Katrina Koeppe suggested that the 18-21 program may need some funds. We will refer this issue to MaryLou Bullert.

Financial Report

The checking account balance as of March 31, 2023 was $3,716.52. in the First Bank and Trust in Milbank. This includes $1,475.from the Lucky Leprechaun Secret Treasure Box raffle.

Change in Meeting Day

Laura Maag made a motion to move the GRADS meeting day to the second Thursday of the month. Katrina Koeppe seconded it. All voted in favor of the change via voice vote with none opposed. The location and time will remain the same.

Next Meeting

The next GRADS meeting will be on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middlebrook Community Room, 902 East Milbank Avenue, Milbank. We will finalize plans for the rummage sale and the ADA Celebration.

Respectfully submitted,

Rachael Johnson

GRADS Meeting Feb. 7, 2023

Middlebrook Community Room 5:30 p.m.

 

This brief meeting focused on the Lucky Leprechaun raffle and the Boost for Teachers grants.

Lucky Leprechaun Raffle

MaryLou Bullert shared pictures of donated items. Rachael Johnson brought additional items from Doubletree Gallery, 3 Bean Coffee, Teal’s Market and garden/bird stuff. MaryLou had a printout which listed all the gift basket contents. The three baskets have a total value of over $1,000. Rachael and MaryLou will send thank you notes to the contributors. Raffle tickets were distributed. The raffle officially starts today. If anyone wishes to help sell raffle tickets please reply to this message and we will mail some to you.

 

Boost for Teachers

We reviewed applications. It was decided to award four $100. grants for Boost for Teachers to be presented by February 17. The recipients are May Amodia from Sisseton (coffee shop project), Karen Siriban from Sisseton (Cricut project), Michele Benike from Milbank (transition program/ job readiness), and Abbey Trapp from Milbank (support for Special Olympics Track and Field event hosted by Milbank). Congratulations to these teachers and their students. Rachael Johnson, GRADS Secretary/Treasurer, issued the checks.

 

Website

A check for $100. will be sent to Cheryl Pocklington for her work with the GRADS website.

 

Meeting Schedule

We will meet at the end of the raffle for the drawing and distribution of baskets on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the Bullert home at tentatively 5:30p.m.

The GRADS annual meeting and election will be on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middlebrook Community Room, 902 East Milbank Avenue, Milbank.

GRADS Meeting January 11, 2022

Via ZOOM 5:30 p.m.

Five people joined the Grant Roberts Area Disability Supports meeting via ZOOM.

Meeting Times

We will post meeting times on the website and calendar. Rachael will, as always, send the information to our email distribution list. She will send a separate email to Cheryl Pocklington with specific information to be posted.

NDEAM/Sisseton

GRADS will help sponsor this event by donating $100 toward printing, postage, and purchase of certificate covers. The SPED director’s office in Sisseton will design the invitation and poster. Cindy Kirschnan will design and print the certificates. Rachael Johnson will submit the funding application.

Farm Show Booth

We won’t have one this year. We aren’t aware of any transition fairs to attend.

Fundraisers

MaryLou Bullert will do the Lucky Leprechaun fundraiser this year. She will do it through the schools She will not put an ad in the Grant County Review. Rachael Johnson will check with Sisseton’s SPED director to see if tickets can be sold at our schools.

We’re planning a rummage sale on June 11 (or June 18). Char Athey will check with Middlebrook Community Room for availability on June 10 at 5:00 for set up & for June 11.

Website Usage

Cheryl Pocklington sent a chart that shows website usage. The most used months were Feb./Mar. 32

& 37 and Oct./Nov. 30 & 31 respectively. It was proposed that having feature stories could increase usage. Charlotte Athey will contact Cheryl Pocklington to set up a text box for us to use in posting future stories. Ideas for stories include having Katrina Koeppe from Voc Rehab and Janet Guest from Independent Living Choices write about their programs.

We could also include timely topics such as tax information.

Projects

Banner: Laura Maag will get a high resolution logo to Sean Athey who will then make a banner.

Business Cards: Rachael Johnson suggested having GRADS business cards. She will bring a sample to the March meeting.

Financial Report

The balance in the First Bank & Trust/Milbank checking account was $1,962.60 as of 11/30/2021. Char has some money from jar sales to deposit.

Upcoming Meeting

The next GRADS meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12 at the Middlebrook Community Room, 902 E. Milbank Ave, Milbank.at the usual time of 6:30 p.m.