The Dysart Development Corporation hosted a free soup supper prior to holding their annual meeting on April 2, 2013. All area residents and local businesses were encouraged to attend for the soup supper, meeting and to view the exhibits set up by local businesses.
President Dwayne Luze began the meeting by requesting Pastor Dan Hartwig to lead in prayer. Luze proceeded with recognition of volunteers and D.D.C board members. Board members provided progress reports for various community organizations.
Heath Kellogg, Executive Director of the Tama County Economic Development Commission, and his wife were special guests. Kellogg addressed the audience, expressing how impressed he is with the businesses and community of Dysart, while also offering advice to keep putting effort into building the town, cautioning against getting too comfortable and "resting on your laurels."
At top, Heath Kellogg, Executive Director of the Tama County Economic Development Commission, addresses the audience with his advice on continued community improvement. Above, Audrey Powers and Emily Schmidt help out as part of the Silver Cord Program for volunteerism.
"I can understand why the rest of the county constantly envies Dysart. This is an amazing showing of commitment to rally around and have a pride in your town," stated Kellogg.
In addition to supporting numerous community events in 2012, the D.D.C supported local and county tourism, sponsored the HAT team, supported local business trade by offering Dysart Dollars, set up a booth at the Waterloo Home Show to promote Dysart, started a scholarship program, began a cook book project, supported Tama County Economic Development, funded People's Ride, and updated the Dysart website and DVD, just to name a few projects. According to the 2012 financial statement, the D.D.C's events and project expense was roughly $24,580, which is money put into the community.
Last year in the D.D.C opinion poll, fixing up the Dysart Community Building was one of the top votes. Tom Brandt, representative of the Dysart City Council, stated that the City of Dysart is looking into making updates to the building. So far in 2013, paving the bike trail to Vinton is receiving the top number of votes in the opinion poll.
The D.D.C is open for suggestions on what community members would like to see accomplished in Dysart. The D.D.C asks for the community to support their efforts through volunteering and by memberships.