First Quarter 2011
In This Issue: Strength Through Diversity
Martin Luther King Day Celebrated in Fargo
by Howard Barlow, Fargo
The Human Relations Commission of the City of Fargo hosted the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the historic Fargo Theatre on January 17. The theme of this year’s event was "Fearless, Walking in our Neighbor’s Shoes." The event celebrated our area’s diversity and showcased various cultures. More
Board Diversity: Critical to Effective Board Governance
by Kathy Grochow, St. Cloud
The basic responsibilities of board members are to set the strategic direction of the organization, hold management accountable for progress toward that strategic vision and provide fiduciary oversight. Governance is really the mechanism that the Board uses to guide the work of the organization and it allows the board to be successful in designing the organization’s future. More
Grantees Demonstrate Bremer’s Impact in Communities
by Lois Schmidt, Willmar
"All kinds of people from all kinds of persuasions can make a difference in people’s lives." Tom Burton, development director of West Central Minnesota Youth for Christ, summarized his message with this statement to Bremer Bank employees in Willmar, Marshall and Redwood Falls. Bank staff was gathered for an annual January event to review challenges and successes of 2010, and set goals for 2011. More
We usually have "resources" here and decided inspirational quotes are resources too; because the theme of the newsletter is strength through diversity, we offer thoughts on diversity from others:
"Diversity: the art of thinking independently, together" Malcolm Forbes
"One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought." Daniel Boone
"The Internet offers authors and their readers a new diversity of opportunities and freedom." Frederick Forsyth
"Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place." David R. Brower
"Nonetheless I sense that it will be the task of the future to somehow synthesize the sheer diversity of our present resources into a more organic and well-ordered procedure." George Crumb
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