These days “kids” communicate by texting each other in letters like “lol” instead of using actual words. “AAIC” has been around longer than most of our texting youngsters but they would be hard-pressed to know what it means. On the other hand, if you are a bit older and have ever lived in the Alberta, Minn. area you would know AAIC stands for Alberta Area Improvement Corporation. Chances are you’re a member.
But chances are, if you are new to the area, you, like the kids, are in the dark about the AAIC. Or maybe you are under the impression that the AAIC exists solely to organize and finance the annual Alberta Street Dance. While street dance day in July is always a fun time, it is not the only, nor is it the most important purpose of the AAIC.
The AAIC has an interesting and successful past. It has not always been easy to identify local needs and provide action plans to provide for those needs. Yet the AAIC Board, with the support of the community, has built and sold at least six homes within the city limits, built the gas station and taken the initiative to keep the café open – at least twice – until new owners could be found. Besides the street dance, the AAIC has organized auctions, sold Christmas trees and held various other fundraisers. The AAIC is a non-profit for the purpose of promoting the welfare and well-being of the people in the area.
In February each year, the AAIC holds their annual meeting. Every year, supper is provided for all members who invest in a once-in-a-life-time $25 stockholder’s fee. At the meeting, stockholders are updated on the events of the past year and three to four new board members are elected. In addition, usually there is a speaker to share some insight on area projects or economic progress. The first annual AAIC meeting was held Feb 19, 1975 with 18 members present. In 1999, the number of stockholders had grown to approximately 265 (husbands and wives). It is about the same today.
The AAIC has not conducted a membership drive for many years. It’s time to get the word out and gather support for the organization. To become a stockholder in the AAIC and to share in the future of the Alberta area, contact Angela Tomoson at 320-287-0410, Jerry Sullivan at 320-324-7242 or Lyle and Marilyn Miller at 320-324-1992. Please consider becoming a stockholder in the AAIC. If you are interested in taking a more active role, there are also open seats on the board.
The AAIC has done extraordinary work in the past 38 years. Alberta area residents and members of the AAIC have benefited from the vision and hard work of the board members. You are invited to be a part of the organization and take stock in the Alberta area.