The annual veterans and family potluck supper, sponsored by the Wayland American Legion and Auxiliary Unit 401, will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wayland Community Center. Meat and drink will be furnished. Bring a covered dish to share and your own table service. District officers will be present. Entertainment will follow the meal.
Bea Haberman spent the previous weekend in Sugar Grove, Ill., with her family for an early holiday reunion. Those attending along with Bea were Bobbie and Jim Sringborn, Stacy and Don Flynn of Sugar Grove, Ill.; Pattie and John Stoner, Jordan and Allison and family of Aurora, Ill.; Adriane Stoner of Chicago, Ill., and Andrea and Damon Costillo of San Luis, Obispo, Calif.
In April, WACO senior Colin Brose won a $500 scholarship to Iowa State for the research paper he wrote, “Managing Food and Water Scarcity in Ethiopia.” After paper revisions, Colin earned a spot at the 2012 World Food Prize Global Institute. He and Mrs. Reichenbach attended the three-day institute, held in Des Moines. According to Colin, highlights included listening to a princess, a U.S. senator, a former U.S. ambassador, and U.N. Secretary-General in one day. Other highlights included attending a Hunger Banquet, and meeting students from across the country and world. On the final day of the institute, Colin presented his research to a panel of students and food-security experts, which included the man who invented Tang and instant pudding. All-in-all, it was a first-rate learning experience.
The Wayland Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors held the annual meeting and appreciation dinner Thursday, Nov. 1. President Russ Yoder welcomed approximately 50 attendees.
Following dinner, Russ introduced WACO board president Tim Graber. Graber noted the search for a new superintendent necessitated by the end of superintendent-sharing with Winfield-Mount Union and a special board meeting on Nov. 12 for emphasis on the search. He spoke of the budget cuts last year and steps taken by a dedicated staff to remedy the financial situation. He also noted the official enrollment count on Oct. 1 showed WACO down 16 students. It is hoped that the innovative 4+1 Program will increase interest in WACO and bring in more students.
Wayland Mayor Brad Roth gave an overview of the last 25 years of economic development in Wayland: the building of the restaurant building; the option and then purchase of the 10 acres of land which is the present industrial site; RISE grant award; pouring of streets; the building of the spec building; the industrial park now being full and businesses there expanding; and the purchase (which they hope to close this month) of 59.99 acres in partnership with the city for more industrial expansion. He also noted the building in the housing development at the north edge of the city.
Robert Meyer introduced Kiley Miller, executive vice president of the Mount Pleasant Area Development Group, and John Swartzendruber who has served on the WEDC board for 25 years. John spoke of LeRoy Meyer who “had a dream.”
Jeff Hanan, assistant director, SEIRPC Revolving Loan Fund administrator, was the next speaker. Jeff gave a lot of information and a handout with Revolving Loan Facts for all present.
WEDC President Russ Yoder paid tribute to the late Laverne Hueholt and noted many of the things Laverne had done for the school, the community, the economic development, in way of hours of volunteer service, grant writing and service to his community.
Russ thanked Bob Meyer for all the work he does for the betterment of the community and thanked Bev Conrad for all the leg work that she does behind the scenes. He thanked Kathy Yoder for all the decorations for the dinner and for all she does as secretary for the WEDC board.
Members of the Wayland Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors are: Russ Yoder (president), Greg Rich (vice president), Tim Egli, John Swartzendruber, Tim Meyer, Robert Meyer (secretary/treasurer), Barry Leichty, John Mitchell, Rex McGuire, Lori Messer, Tracy Roth, and Kathy Yoder (recording secretary).