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Central District Winter Social – New Theatre Restaurant

This year the Central District’s Annual Winter Social will be at the New Theatre Restaurant on Friday, December 2nd.  The New Theatre Restaurant is located at 9229 Foster Street (just off of Metcalf at 95th) in Overland Park, KS.   You may access their website at for a map or further directions.  They can be reached by phone, toll free at 866-333-7469.


The Allied Trades have once again agreed to sponsor a social hour which will begin at 5:30 in the Lounge.  At 6:30 we will be seated in the Theatre for a delicious dinner, and the opening curtain for the play will be at 7:40.  Don’t miss this opportunity to network with Milling Industry colleagues and catch up with old friends, it’s sure to be an enjoyable evening.

The play we are going to see is a comedy called, “The Fabulous Lipitones”.  It stars George Wendt who is best known as his role of Norm Peterson in the television sitcom “Cheers”. What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high B-flat?  The 3 surviving members are scrambling to find a tenor before a national competition.  When they hear golden tones being sung over the phone at an auto body shop, the three Lipitones are sure they have their 4th… but when they meet him in person, he’s not quite what  they expected.  An uproarious comedy with pitch perfect harmonies.

We have purchased 54 tickets for this event and would greatly appreciate your advance registration.  We may be able to get additional tickets once they are gone, but seating is not guaranteed.  Please use the enclosed form to let us know if you and a spouse/guest will be attending.  Don’t miss this fun evening register today!  Registration should be made no later than November 2nd.

If you need a hotel room there are several in the area:  Embassy Suites, Marriott Overland Park and Sheraton Overland Park just to name a few.  We have not blocked any rooms at these hotels, and you will need to contact them directly to make reservations.  Please make plans to join us at the New Theatre Restaurant.  Questions?  Please contact Mike Branson at (913) 522-6996, or email him at

Central, Wheat State and Texoma Districts’ Summer Conference

chateauThe Central, Wheat State and Texoma Districts met on July 28-30 at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO.  Approximately 75 milling professionals participated in the technical session on Friday, while another 20 family members joined for the social activities on Thursday and Friday nights.

There was a table top exhibition with around 15 exhibitors, where attendees had the opportunity to meet with suppliers and learn more about the latest trends and technology.

District officers were elected and confirmed during the afternoon business meetings. A full listing of the officers is listed on this page.

On Saturday, more than 30 golfers participated in the scramble at the Buffalo Ridge Golf Course. Prizes were awarded upon conclusion of the full round of golf.

Technical Conference Presentations

Friday, July 29
Crop Update
Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat Commission

Wheat Conditioning
Sven Kunz, Buhler

Belt Preparation
Terry McMenamy, Accurate Industrial

Fundamentals of Chain Conveyor Maintenance
Craig Jones, Bulk Conveyors

Rodents, Step 1: Admit you have a Problem
Chelle Hartzer, IFC

Flour Treatments
Tom Reed, REPCO

Roll Corrugation
Steve Humphreys, Design Corrugating

MASA Process, Corn Milling Industry
Raul Ayala

Mill Energy Reliability
Alex Unruh, General Mills

Mill Centro-Vac Design and Use
Lonnie Glen, Kice Industries

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.

Michael Emert
Ardent Mills

Kojo Mensah
Vice Chairperson
Lifeline Foods, Inc.

Mike Branson
Sefar, Inc.

Travis Hawkinson
1st Exe. Committeeperson
ADM Milling Company

Ian Tillinghast
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
Grain Craft

Mary Gleason
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
General Mills

Bob Klasek
Allied Trades Chairman
Nitta Corporation