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.


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.

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