DMI hosts Annual Membership Meeting, elects new board members

Nov 6 2018 /

Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) held its Annual Membership Meeting Thursday evening November 1 at the Georgia House in Downtown Milford.  Members, the Board of Directors, and guests were treated to an evening that included the election of new board officers, continuing and new board members and the honoring of special individuals for their contribution to DMI throughout the years.

The Board meeting was opened by Board President, Sara Pletcher, who thanked the Board and volunteers for their dedicated service to DMI. Pletcher provided an annual report on DMI’s progress and financial health. Highlights included DMI’s new strategic plan and accomplishments achieved by each committee (Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality, Design). Each committee and their volunteers work hard in support of Downtown Milford.  DMI volunteers and sponsors are an essential part of the organization’s success in planning and holding special events like Santa House, the Holiday Stroll, Shop Small Saturday, Bug & Bud Festival and this year’s newest event the The Ladybug Festival. Our volunteers logged in 4,609.5 hours valued at $106,018.50 and our sponsors donated over $38,000. In addition, an estimated $20,000 in-kind services were received from local businesses. The full annual report can be found here.

After Pletcher’s presentation, the 2018-2019 DMI board was announced. Those elected were: returning officers, Board President Pletcher (Zephyr Conferences), Vice President Peggy Reilly (retired), Secretary Pat Sparks (retired), and Treasurer Robert Starkey (Starkey & Company, CPA). Current board members elected to a second two-year term were Lang Redden (Archology Architecture & Design Services) and Dave Pickrell (Gallery 37). Current board member Sher Valenzuela (First State Manufacturing) was elected to her first full two-year term. New board members elected were Cat Perfetti, co-owner of Delaware Branding Company; Denise Morris, co-owner of The Bank House B&B; Jason Peel, Director of Human Resources & School Climate for the Milford School District; and Kelly Turner, Realtor Masten Realty. Continuing board members include Tod Van Eyken (Boys & Girls Club of Milford) and Matt Babbitt (Abbott’s Mill Nature Center).

Special thanks were given to outgoing board members Paige Evers and Walt Hepford for their contributions to the Organization Committee and Economic Vitality Committee, respectively.  Outgoing Design Committee Chair, Milly Pedersen, and outgoing Farmers Market Master, Dave Verkade, were also honored for their years of dedicated service. Each received a plaque highlighting their accomplishments and service to DMI.

A social hour followed the business meeting allowing all members and guests to reminisce about the past year and discuss the new plans for the future.

For additional information about DMI or to volunteer call 302-839-1180.

Downtown Milford, Incorporated, is a dynamic multi-faceted economic development organization that serves as positive force in the community at large. We work with business and property owners to beautify, revitalize, protect, preserve, and promote our historic riverside district. DMI operates as 501c3 nonprofit organization and is accredited through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Downtown Delaware Program.

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