Rhonda Preller of Milbank presided over the state convention of the South Dakota Retired School Personnel (SDRSP) on September 28-29 in Sioux Falls. Preller is the president of SDRSP and president of the Milbank chapter.
Carmal Tobin, who leads the community services on the state board, and Paula Brakke, who heads the SDRSP newsletter, also attended the event. Tobin served as the secretary pro tempore during the convention due to an unexpected absence.
Preller reports the 65 attendees from across the state visited the Great Plains Zoo and the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. They also enjoyed presentations from ZooMobile and the Celtic Step Dancers. She says,”Fifty-dollar bills were given away as door prizes.”
Speakers during the convention included Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, Sioux Falls Superintendent of Schools Jane Stavem, and Bill and Cathy Zubke, who highlighted their trip to Africa. Jade Wilkens, the 2020 State Grandparent Essay Contest winner from Madison, read his essay about his grandfather to the group.
The annual banquet featured the presentation of community service awards. The keynote speaker was Bob Prentice, also known as Mr. Attitude.
Preller says, “A memorial service was conducted honoring the SDRSP members who died in the past two years.”
The next state SDRSP convention will be held in Pierre in May 2022. After the 2022 convention, Preller will step down as the president of SDRSP, but will remain a member of the board of directors.
Photo: Sioux Falls Superintendent of Schools-Dr. Jane Stavem, Sioux Falls Mayor-Paul TenHaken and Rhonda Preller, President of South Dakota Retired School Personnel (and of Milbank Area Retired School Association) during the opening pledge to the flag