Rudy Friesen recognizes retiring board member Elsie Janzen's contributions to MHV.

Rudy Friesen recognizes retiring board member Veronica Klassen's contributions to MHV.

Approximately 50 members braved somewhat blustery weather on March 27 to participate in the Annual General Meeting of MHV. Attendees heard reports from President John Rempel, Executive Director Barry Dyck, MHV Auxiliary President Linda Schroeder, public auditor Victor Bergmann (Deloitte & Touche Llp), Finance and Audit Committee Chair John Klippenstein and Nominating Committee Chair Al Hamm.

The Nominating Committee presented a slate of two nominees. Anne Friesen from Steinbach was reelected for another term and Harold Dyck from Winnipeg was elected as a new director of the MHV Board. Board member Rudy Friesen recognized the services of two retiring board members, Elsie Janzen and Veronica Klassen. Daryl Braun, well known news reporter with AM1250 and Mix 96 gave a brief and entertaining overview of his own experiences growing up and living in predominantly Mennonite communities.

When all these meeting formalities were completed guests enjoyed coffee and pastries provided by Anna Falk, the baker in the Livery Barn Restaurant. It was good to see people socializing and making new acquaintances.

Immediately following the meeting the Board of Directors met to select an Executive Committee. John Klippenstein from Steinbach was elected as President and Chair of the Board. Anne Friesen as re-elected as Vice President and Gilbert Brandt from Winnipeg was elected as Secretary. These officers assume their respective responsibilities immediately.

Guest speaker Daryl Braun and retiring President John Rempel share a story.

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.