The meeting kicked-off with an opening from Kathy Grochow, nonprofit resource specialist for Bremer in St. Cloud, who provided some background on what it means to build healthy communities. Tom Rickers, Bremer Bank St. Cloud president, followed Kathy providing some color on the economy and Bremer’s financial position.
Otto Bremer Foundation Trustee Charlotte Johnson next led a discussion with the group on what it means to them to live in a healthy community. Participants were asked to share programs or partnerships that are effective and how they engage volunteers from their work places. Several nonprofits and businesses shared success stories with the group. The meeting wrapped up with four grant recipients talking about their partnership with different businesses in the area. They are as follows:
Child Care Choices Inc./ Coborns /CentraCare Health Foundation
RESOURCE MRC St. Cloud/Bernicks
Independence Center, Inc./St. Cloud Industrial Products/North Central (SCIPI)