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Central, Wheat State and Texoma Districts’ Summer Conference

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chateauThe Central, Wheat State and Texoma Districts would like to invite you to attend their joint summer conference July 28-30, at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO.  This is the third year we have held our conference in Branson.  We had great attendance last year and we are very excited to be back at this beautiful location overlooking the pristine Table Rock Lake.

Please join us Thursday evening for a relaxing picnic overlooking the lake.  The excellent technical program will begin Friday morning, and will include an opportunity to see new products and services from various vendors during the Table Top portion of the conference.   The conference will conclude with the banquet Friday evening.   The Allied Trades hospitality suite will be in The Lake Lugano room and will be open Thursday and Friday.

For planning purposes we would greatly appreciate your advance registration.  Please use the enclosed form to let us know which functions you and/or spouse/guests will be attending.   Advance conference registration should be made by June 30 to take advantage of the reduced prices.   Since we have to guarantee a certain number of attendees for the dinners and golf in advance, there will not be any refunds made after July 8.

We have reserved a block of rooms at The Chateau on the Lake.  The Chateau is located at 415 N. State Hwy 265, Branson, MO, 65616.  The room rate of $154.00, plus tax and resort fee, applies for single or double occupancy.  Please reserve your rooms before July 6, after that date availability and rates are not guaranteed.  These rooms do go fast, so book early and you won’t be disappointed!   You may call 1-888-333-5253 and mention the IAOM group to get the reduced rate, or you may use this link to reserve your rooms online.BuffaloRidge-Branson

There is a golf tournament scheduled for Saturday morning at the Buffalo Ridge Golf Course.  Play will begin at 7:30 a.m., and we have reserved tee times for 24 golfers.  Awards will be presented at the course once everyone has finished.  Matt Fanshier with Great Western Mfg. has agreed to handle the arrangements for the tournament.  If you would like to be in a special foursome, or make a donation for prizes or sponsorship please contact Matt.  His phone number is 913-682-2291, or you may e-mail him at  If you do want to golf the cost is $110/person (advance registration), includes green fees & golf cart.

After the conference feel free to take advantage of the many entertainment options available in and around Branson.  There are many live shows with tickets still available.  Of course there is also Silver Dollar City, the Titanic, and many shopping opportunities for those who need some retail therapy!   Speaking of therapy… the Chateau on the Lake has a wonderful spa you may want to take advantage of as well.  The Chateau also has its own marina if you would like to rent a boat, wave runner, canoe, etc.

Questions?  Please contact Carol Lashley at (913) 682-2291, or e-mail her at



Technical Conference
Friday, July 29 | Madrid/Barcelona Room

7 am
Officers’ Breakfast Meeting | Chateau Grill Restaurant

7:45 am
On-Site Registration – Madrid/Barcelona

8 am
Opening Remarks
Klajdi Kreka, Central Dist. Chairperson
General Mills, Kansas City

8:10 am
Welcome and Update on International IAOM Activities
Brad Allen, IAOM President
Ardent Mills, Denver, CO

Melinda Farris, IAOM Executive Vice President

8:30 am
Crop Update
Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat Commission

9 am
Tempering Process Updates
Sven Kunz, Buhler

cwst-meeting9:30 am
Beverage & Stretch Break         

9:45 am
Belt Preparation
Terry McMenamy, Accurate Industrial

10:15 am

10:45 am

11:30-1 pm
Table Top Expo | Innsbruck Room       

12 pm
Lunch | St. Moritz Room

1 pm
On-Time Award

1:05 pm

CWST-golfers1:35 pm
Steve Humphreys, Design Corrugating

2:05 pm
Corn Milling Industry
Raul Ayala

2:35 pm
Beverage & Stretch Break

2:45 pm
Mill Energy Reliability
TBA, Kansas City Mill

3:15 pm

3:45 pm
District Business Meetings
Reports, Awards and Officer Elections

Social Functions
An informal Hospitality Suite will be open Thursday and Friday in the Lake Lugano room.  Starting times and locations for other social events are listed below.

Thursday, July 28
6:30 pm
Come join us for a casual get reacquainted dinner in Heidelberg.

central-tteFriday, July 29
6 pm
Allied Trades Social Hour | St. Moritz

7 pm
Banquet | St. Moritz (Dress is lake casual)

Saturday, July 30
6:30 am
Grab-N-Go Breakfast for golfers in the Library Lounge (near hotel entrance).

7:30 am
IAOM Golf Tournament | Buffalo Ridge Golf Course

Table Top Exhibitors
The following companies are exhibiting at the conference.  Please take time to visit their tables in the Innsbruck Room to see new and innovative products.


Presentation Archive

Upcoming Events

December 9, Winter Gathering
“The Fabulous Lipitones,” starring George Wendt at the New Theatre Restaurant, Overland Park, Kansas


April 10-14 – 121st Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
New Orleans Marriott and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center


April 9-13, 122nd Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center

April 15-19, 123rd Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Marriott Denver City Center and the Colorado Convention Center

For more information contact Jim Schroeder, Secretary Treasurer, Central District
Ph 913-682-2291; Fax 913-682-1431.

*If you would like to be added to the distribution list for the monthly Superintendents Luncheon and Meeting, please contact Carol Lashley.

District Officers 

ED8_3588Steve Curran
General Mills, Inc.

Klajdi Kreka
General Mills, Inc.

Kojo Mensah
Vice Chairperson
Lifeline Foods, Inc.

Jim Schroeder
Great Western Mfg. Co.

Michael Emert
1st Exe. Committeeperson
Ardent Mills

Travis Hawkinson
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
ADM Milling Company

Ian Tillinghast
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
Grain Craft

Bob Klasek
Allied Trades Chairman
Nitta Corporation

Carol Lashley
District Director of Meetings
Great Western Mfg. Co.