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Equity Elects Board Members, Announces September Events

Issue Date: August 19, 2020

On Monday, Aug. 17, Equity Club held their monthly board meeting, called to order at 6:04 p.m. by Russ Thoune. Officers were elected as follows: Russ Thoune, President; Jerome Frank, Vice-President; Treasurer, Kevin Schuette; and Cindy Polzin, Secretary. With two events happening in the month of September, members leading those events were invited to the meeting to discuss them.

On Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6, Equity will host their annual horse trail ride. Board member Mike Zeitler and Equity member Monica Halverson led the discussion. There is an 8 or 12 mile trail ride available. The ride begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., both days. Cost is $10 per horse per day. Camping is also available on the grounds for $25 for the weekend beginning on Friday evening. A current Coggins test is required. Water will be available on the grounds. Food and drink will be available at Equity Bar starting at 4 p.m. Saturday night at 7 p.m., popular country singer Logan Spicer will be at Equity Bar. For more information, call Monica Halverson at 715-923-2806.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Equity will be hosting their annual Truck and Tractor Pull. Equity members Ken Van Drisse and Judy Krueger were present to lead the discussion. Tractor registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the pull starting at 10:30 a.m. Truck registration is from 2 to 4 p.m. with the start shortly thereafter. Admission to the pulls is $7. Kids 8 and under are free of charge. Parking is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the grounds as no carry-ins are allowed.

For more information or questions about the truck pull, please call Cheyenne at 715-927-8993. For more information or questions about the tractor pull, please call Hubert at 715-927-1612 or Lenny at 715-923-6861.

Anybody wishing to hold an event at Equity Hall, Bar or Ballfield should call Russ Thoune at 715-923-5188 or Equity Bar at 715-789-2147.

After discussion about the events, the board meeting continued with unanimous approval of the minutes. The Treasurer's report was also voted on unanimously after Polzin inquired about the $250 Coleman Lioness Club donation, as she understood it was for $500. Schuette indicated the Coleman Lions Club also donated $250 for a total of $500 and that was in a previous month's entry. Taxes have also been completed.

The Board went into a closed session to discuss personnel and board member matters.

In old business, the Board discussed the Employee Manual. They are going to read through and offer updates and edits as needed.

New business took up most of the meeting. The Board received a check for $411.98 from Acuity Insurance after an accident wrecked a sign at the intersection of County Road W and Highway 64. Polzin discussed the duties of the Treasurer as the Treasurer should not oversee inventory and the money. The hiring of a bar manager was discussed, and Frank will put out an announcement. There will be an appreciation party for those working the Truck and Tractor Pull that will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29, beginning at 6 p.m.

Construction projects was a heavy topic. Currently, there are six different projects underway. The Board commended Kevin Schuette for his good, hard work at Equity, but had many questions related to each project including communication, timelines and cost. The six projects currently underway are: storage room for ice machine; completion of rest of bar area including pouring of concrete; completion of underneath hall project and arches inside; a new parking area down by Ballfield; a sign with poles and concrete naming the pull area after Butch and Rosemary Risner (this to be completed by Sept. 19 Pull); and the hallway inside the bar by the kitchen. Future construction including new bathrooms and pavilion by the Ballfield was discussed. The Board decided in order to move forward on any new projects the Board must approve. This will better communication and allow for planning and budgeting. There was a vote to table discussion for use of a $32,000 loan at this time by Zeitler and Polzin. All voted yes except for Schuette. The Board also decided to cancel a previously scheduled biannual meeting that was set for October. All voted yes to cancel except for Polzin.

Upcoming Board meetings are set for Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m.


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