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December 12 – Central District Winter Social, New Theatre Restaurant, Overland Park, KS

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This year the Central District’s Annual Winter Social will be at the New Theatre Restaurant on Friday, December 12th. 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.SHMadness

The Allied Trades have once again agreed to sponsor a social hour which will begin at 5:30 in the Regency Room. 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/murder mystery called, “Shear Madness” by Paul Portner. It stars Richard Karn who is best known as his role of Al Borland in the sitcom Home Improvement. In this Broadway hit, a renowned classical pianist is murdered in her apartment above the Shear Madness beauty salon and you, the audience, interrogate the suspects, evaluate the clues and solve the mystery. This wacky, spontaneous play never has the same ending twice. Shear Madness is America’s most popular and long running play. Now in its 25th year at Washington D.C.’s prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. More than 10.6 million people worldwide have seen this hilarious whodunit.

We have purchased 58 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 12th.

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 Carol Lashley at (913) 682-2291, or email her at

July 24-26 ˗ Central and Wheat State Joint Meeting in Branson, Missouri

chateauIn July of this year, the Central and Wheat State Districts met for their annual district conference in Branson at Chateau on the Lake for the first time.

Thursday evening started off the event with a relaxing picnic-style dinner along with time spent in the hospitality suite.

On Friday, attendees enjoyed a robust schedule of technical sessions covering topics from the wheat crop outlook to how to fix hydraulic hoses quickly and many topics in between.

Friday evening attendees enjoyed a more formal dinner buffet where the new officers of each district were introduced to attendees for the first time.

The service and facilities at this new location were wonderful.  We hope you will plan to join these two districts next year in Branson, Missouri!

Upcoming Events

December 12 – Central Districts’ Winter Meeting
New Theatre Restaurant, Overland Park, Kansas USA

May 4-8– 119th Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, USA

July 30-August 1 – Central & Wheat State Districts Joint Annual Conference
Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri USA

April 4-8 – 120th Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA


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

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 


Brad Beckwith
Ardent Mills

Paul Mueller
General Mills, Inc.

Logan McKinney
Vice Chairperson
Grain Craft

James Schroeder
Great Western Mfg. Co.

Klajdi Kreka
1st Exe. Committeeperson
General Mills, Inc.

Kojo Mensah
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
Lifeline Foods, Inc.

Michael Emert
3rd Exe. Committeeperson
Ardent Mills

Brent Adams
Allied Trades Chairman
Corbion Caravan

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