Madden’s on Gull Lake served as the venue for the Flour City District’s annual meeting in August. Approximately 50 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 President Jeff Hole, Miller Milling, opened with an overview of how IAOM is working to help the milling community address current challenges. IAOM Executive Vice President Melinda Farris reviewed the features of the recently redesigned IAOM website and the IAOM 365 membership app, and provided an update on activities at the IAOM headquarters office.
The technical session included a presentation on sanitary best practices by IAOM Food Protection Committee Chairman Ron Galle, ADM Milling Company. Dillon Phillips from Bratney reviewed OMAS equipment offerings. Randy Springer, Pepper Maintenance, introduced the motion amplification technology and how it will help to prevent failures. Brent McIntosh, Kice, provided an overview of dust control design and maintenance. Paul Mosher, Gardner Denver, discussed the evolution of the blower. Juan Martinez, Buhler, introduced the TUBO – revolution in conveying systems. The technical session was closed out by Jason Grahek, CMC Industrial Electronics, who reviewed the importance of continuous hazardous monitoring. .
Following the technical session, the District held its annual business meeting.
The evening ended with a banquet for all attendees and private bonfire.
On Friday morning, around 20 golfers played in a scramble to officially close out the meeting. The District plans to hold its 2019 meeting at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The District will also plan a golf tournament for June 2019.
The District elected a new slate of officers. They are:
Director Steve Matson, Bay State Milling
Chairman Cole Schroeder, Miller Milling
Vice Chairman Jimmy Lesko, ADM Milling Co.
Secretary/Treasurer Todd Spinner, The Lakeland Companies
1st Executive Committeeperson Ian Smith, Ardent Mills
2nd Executive Committeeperson TBD