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Three Legal Duties of a Nonprofit Board Member

Fact sheet about three legal duties of a nonprofit board member.

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Roles, Influence, and Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board Member

Fact sheet about the roles, influence, and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member.

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Jul 01

Energy Burst Wednesday Evening Sessions

Join us for Energy Bursts! Keep rural communities energized!

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Jul 09

Energy Burst Thursday Morning Sessions

Join us for Energy Bursts! Keep rural communities energized!

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Energize! Conference Rescheduled to October 7-8, 2020 in Milbank, SD

April 20, 2020

SDSU Extension is rescheduling the third annual Energize Conference to October 7-8, 2020 in order to comply with CDC guidelines and to protect the population from COVID-19.

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Energize! Conference: Save the Date! May 5-6, 2020

February 21, 2020

The SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team and the Community of Milbank are teaming up to host the Energize! Exploring Innovative Rural Communities Conference May 5-6, 2020 in Milbank, South Dakota.

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“Writing Your Future” Grant Writing Workshop to be held November 14

October 29, 2019

The “Writing Your Future” grant writing workshop will be held Thursday, November 14, at the Hyde County Memorial Auditorium in Highmore. The workshop is designed to assist rural communities in finding funding opportunities and will be co-hosted by SDSU Extension and Highmore Civic and Commerce.

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Successful Energize! Conference Buoys Community Efforts in Lemmon, S.D., and Beyond

September 04, 2019

Cool, rainy weather in Lemmon, SD, didn’t dampen community spirit on April 30 and May 1, when the community hosted the state’s Energize! Conference facilitated by SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality Team. Over 120 community leaders from South Dakota, North Dakota, Michigan and Kansas gathered for the conference to gain new perspectives and share ideas in revitalizing rural communities. Topics discussed ranged from providing housing and healthcare to establishing a business in a rural community and involving youth on community boards.

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2019 Energize! Conference Evaluation Report

Evaluation Report for the 2019 Energize Conference held in Lemmon, South Dakota.

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Successful Energize! Conference Buoys Community Efforts in Lemmon, S.D. and Beyond

Cool, rainy weather in Lemmon, S.D., didn’t dampen community spirit on April 30 and May 1, 2019, when the North-Central community hosted the state’s Energize! Conference with facilitation by SDSU Extension’s Community Vitality Team.