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

chateauThe Central and Wheat State Districts would like to invite you to attend their joint summer conference July 24-26, at The Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO.  This is the first year we have moved the conference to Branson and we are very excited to be 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 Louise room and will be open Thursday and Friday.

For planning purposes we would greatly appreciate your advance registration.  To pay by check, click here to let us know which functions you and/or spouse/guests will be attending.pool

To register with a credit card, please go to the IAOM login page.  Your username is your e-mail address.  If you’ve forgotten your password, click on “Forgot Password?” and the system will help you reset the information.

Advance conference registration should be made by June 30th 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 11th.

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 $149.00, plus tax and resort fee, applies for single or double occupancy.  Please reserve your rooms before June 30th, 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 the following link to reserve your rooms online: http://Chateau on the Lake reservations.

There is a golf tournament scheduled for SaturdaPayne-Stewart-3y morning at the Payne Stewart Golf Course.  Play will begin at 7:30 a.m., and we have reserved tee times for 20 golfers.  Awards will be presented at the course once everyone has finished.  Brent Adams of Corbion/Caravan has once again 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 Brent.  His phone number is 816-668-3327, or you may e-mail him at  If you do want to golf the cost is $110/person, and 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.  One we would highly recommend is called Six.  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

Upcoming Events

July 24-26 – Central & Wheat State Districts’ Joint Meeting
Chateau on the Lake, Branson, Missouri USA

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

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

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
ConAgra Mills

Gary LeGore
Italigrani/U.S. Durum Milling

Justin Grantham
Vice Chairperson
General Mills, Inc.

James Schroeder
Great Western Mfg. Co.

Paul Mueller
1st Exe. Committeeperson
General Mills, Inc.

Logan McKinney
2nd Exe. Committeeperson
Cereal Food Processors, Inc.

3rd Exe. Committeeperson

Brent Adams
Allied Trades Chairman
Caravan Ingredients

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