By Stacie LoVan, PDI President
PDI had an outstanding annual conference at Honey Creek Resort last week! The speakers were excellent and provided insights for all of us to ponder and put into practice in our communities. The networking events were well-attended and I heard nothing but raving reports from all the activities. I don't believe we could have asked for better weather or scenery for the boat ride and picnic/walking tour.
I would like to thank the conference committee, under the leadership of Jason Hutcheson, Carla Eysink, and Tod Faris, and our PDI staff for their work in organizing this stellar conference. I would also like to thank the Rathbun Area communities and Honey Creek Resort for their warm welcome.
During the annual meeting, we elected three board members to serve 3-year terms: Terry Bailey, Brian Crow, and Kim Didier. Congratulations to these new board members! Steve Dust and Brent Willett's board terms are expiring this year. We thank both Steve and Brent for their leadership over the past few years — you will be missed! The following members have been elected to serve as your 2015 PDI officers: Jason Hutcheson, President; Wayne Pantini, Vice President; Mark Reinig, Secretary/Treasurer; and myself as Past President. I have high expectations for PDI in the coming years with this newly-elected PDI leadership and know that I will not be disappointed.
We also had the opportunity to award a long-time friend of PDI, Kathy Evert, with a lifetime PDI membership. Kathy's reputation as an outstanding leader is well-known and she generously shared her expertise with PDI, serving as PDI President in 2003. Congratulations, Kathy!
Thank you to everyone who attended the PDI Conference. Your participation in PDI is what makes our organization strong! If you were unable to attend the annual conference this year, we will see at an upcoming PDI event or at the 2015 annual conference in Mason City September 23-25, 2015.