JOIN US FOR THE 2021 DRA ANNUAL MEETING, OCT 8 & 9 

Virtual Business Meeting Via Zoom : Friday, October 8

10am CT / 9am MT – 3pm CT / 2pm MT

Sat Oct 9 : In person & livestreamed Farm Tour(s) &

Celebration Hog Roast @ Fruit of the Coop in Brandon


+++REGISTER for Business Meeting HERE!

+++Purchase Tickets to Hog Roast HERE!

+++Purchase Raffle Tickets & View Prizes HERE!

+++More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/events/571472357329622


VOTE for the 2021 DRA Member of the Year!

IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE OUR MEMBER OF THE YEAR! And what a year it has been! :O

Show your appreciation for the DRA member you think MOST deserves some extra love and adulation this year. You know the one! Celebrate your fellow members in recognition of their hard work, commitment and dedication to build the organization and uphold the values and vision on which DAKOTA RURAL ACTION was founded.

VOTE HERE!


Submit New & Updated Resolutions!

During the Business Meeting DRA members will have an opportunity to vote on and pass new resolutions or updates to current resolutions. Making Resolutions is a way for DRA to articulate values, and going through a process to confirm and publicly share them is an extremely helpful framing exercise that can guide our actions as an organization and help us and others assess where we are making progress and where we need to focus more energy.

  • For information on some of the resolutions, why they’re important and which ones are in need of updating CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO with DRA Staff Director, Frank James and DRA Board Members Tony Helland and Maria Birch.
  • Please submit any New or Updated resolutions to Frank James, at fejames@dakotarural.org
  • You can view our current and past resolutions HERE.

Potential resolutions are due by end of day on Friday, September 24, so that we have time to include them in the Annual Meeting Packet.

We will submit draft resolutions to a vote by members at the Annual Meeting on Friday, October 8.


+++ A note on in person events. As we approach the DRA Annual meeting we as staff and leaders preparing must consider the health and safety of attendees and staff at every step of the planning process. Guidance from the CDC provides a critical roadmap for resuming events in the U.S., with details on how to evaluate the risk levels and key actions that can help prevent the spread of the virus. Cleanliness protocols are also covered.

The CDC guidelines encourage event organizers to follow state and local regulations on gatherings (updates on Covid-19 restrictions and health updates are being monitored). Meeting planners are continually monitoring the outbreak and making adjustments to the event plan as needed. Recognizing that some communities are more impacted than others, that our protocols and procedures may vary on the hierarchy of needs.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Additional events around the annual meeting will be in person. While we would love to be with you all again, we realize that not all members are comfortable attending in person gatherings. And for those members we will offer options to participate virtually as much as possible.

We request that ALL members who do choose to attend in person are fully vaccinated. All in person events will be outdoors. Social distancing and masking observed per CDC recommendations.

This year’s Business Meeting will be held virtually over Zoom. Zoom links will be emailed out to registrants. The virtual Business Meeting open to all DRA members. It is not a public event, so please do not share the links. Meeting Packets with the full Agenda will be provided via mail or digitally if preferred.

Saturday’s events will include in-person farm tour(s) around the Sioux Falls area. The farm tours will be live streamed as well. We will cap off the evening with a Celebration & Hog Roast hosted by Fruit of the Coop in Brandon.

We invite all members to join in whatever capacity they are most comfortable with, for all or part of the events. Please note in the registration below which parts you will be attending and if you require technical assistance, have specific technical concerns or questions, or do not have easy access to internet or phone service.

***Please note that we are closely monitoring COVID spread in the state, and that the situation remains fluid. All events are subject to change based on current information, CDC recommendations, etc.

If you have questions please contact Frank James fejames@dakotarural.org, Jordan Walker jordan@dakotarural.org, or Matthew West mwest@dakotarural.org

Draft Agenda (**all times are central; agenda subject to change)
Day 1 : DRA Business Meeting – Virtual
10:00 Welcome & Land Acknowledgement
10:30 Approval of the Minutes
10:45 Keynote – Natalie Stites Means, Wotakuye Mutual Aid Society

11:45 LUNCH BREAK

1:00 Board Elections*/Announcement
1:15 Resolutions
2:45 Announcements & Closing of Meeting
3:00 Adjourn

Day 2
-AM Farm Tours – times and locations TBA

-LUNCH BREAK

-Evening Celebration Hog Roast @ Fruit of the Coop – **All are welcome!** PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!


More Questions?

Contact the DRA Office at 605-697-5204 x250 OR email jordan@dakotarual.org