In 1987 the Mayor of Lind, Howard Heil, appointed a Centennial Committee to spear head the
celebration to honor Lind's 100th birthday. Throughout the following months, the committee
formed 28 sub-committees with approximatey 300 volunteers. After forming a legally
incorporated entity, the first thing on the agenda was to fund the celebration. Letters were sent to
corporate businesses, and the committee applied for all available grants.
Serving coffee and home made cookies to motorists at the State Highway rest areas proved to be
financially beneficial, too. The committee was off and running.
Front row: Gary Johnson, Secretary, Jim Kelly, Treasurer,
Merlin Wallace, Larry Koch
Back row: Lois Strohmaier, Carol Kelly, President, Angie Fode, Suzie Wallace, Vice President, Vivian Loomis, 2nd Vice President. (Holy cow....we were so young!) It is interesting to note that not one of the chosen committee was born and raised in Lind. All were 'transplants'.
First order of business: establish a Centennial Logo and a Centennial Motto. A contest was held for the logo, with Doug Kelly, the winner. Suzie Wallace was acknowledged with the motto,
Honor the Past~Live the Present~Guarantee the Future
For the first year of meetings, we did a lot of brain-storming and finally agreed on the issues we needed to address for the celebration. With it being nearly two years away, we figured we had a lot of time. Not so....! Plans began to form and before long we found ourselves muddled in plans and projects. We met the first Monday of every month and soon began to formulate a solid plan. With the open meetings, we had great suggestions from many community members, and soon we had developed the plan which we would implement in the celebration. We would addess: finances, the celebration, Lind's beautification, publicity and a permanent monument.
Finances: Sending grants was a first and foremost plan. We sent out over 100 sponsor letters to the companies that were involved with the community, farmers, businesses, etc. The response was overwhelming and we began to develop a bank account. One of our best and most pleasant money making event was to give away homemade cookies at nearby rest areas.
Jim, Carol, Clarence, Lois
It was Easter morning when we returned from the rest area. Our yard was full of Easter Eggs! (There is an Easter Bunny!)
Jim, Steve, Sidney
Developing the new Monument and landscaping the surrounding park was a huge plus for Lind. Next order of business was to beautify the town. That was a project that just caught on as each street elected their chairman and they organized and made their street's theme. Very interesting ideas, very creative people.