Madden’s on Gull Lake served as the venue for the Flour City District’s annual meeting in August. Approximately 40 milling professionals and their families met at the historic resort in Brainerd, Minnesota.
The award-winning resort, located on over 1,000 acres, provided attendees with opportunities before and after the meeting for fantastic golf, upscale dining, lakeside spa, tennis, activity programs for children, biking, shopping, and art gallery with painting classes and almost every kind of on-the-water recreation possible in Minnesota, including fishing.
The opening night saw several groups of attendees trying out the dining options at the resort. On Thursday morning, the technical session got under way. IAOM Vice President Jeff Hole, Miller Milling Company, opened with an overview of how IAOM is working to help the milling community address current challenges. IAOM Office Coordinator Annette Peterson introduced the IAOM 365 membership app, and provided an update on activities at the IAOM headquarters office.
The technical session included a presentation on allergens by IAOM Food Protection Committee Chairman Ron Galle, ADM Milling Company. Keith Bos from Bratney introduced the Omas Leonardo rollstand. SAATI’s Debbie Copelan presented on screen bolting, while Ag Security System’s John McGuire talked about optimal security infrastructure in today’s mill environment.
After lunch, MPI’s Kyle Rhodes shared an update on magnetic separation. The technical session was closed out by DEKRA Insight’s Joe Melton and Carey Bennett’s back-to-back presentations on creating a safety climate and high-reliability principles.
Following the technical session, the District held its annual business meeting. Darin Elliott reminded the group that his second term as director will expire in 2018. The District decided to make a $5,000 donation to IMEF.
The evening ended with a banquet for all attendees.
On Friday morning, around 20 golfers played in a scramble to officially close out the meeting. The District plans to hold its 2018 meeting at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The District will also plan a golf tournament for June 15, 2018, at the Jewel Golf in Lake City, Minnesota.
The District elected a new slate of officers. They are:
Director Darin Elliott, Manildra Milling Hamburg
Chairman Ian Smith, Ardent Mills
Secretary/Treasurer Todd Spinner, The Lakeland Companies|
1st Executive Committeeperson Cole Schroeder, Miller Milling Co.
2nd Executive Committeeperson Jimmy Lesko, ADM Milling Co.