67th Annual Meeting
Please Join Us for Our
67th Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Wall Community Center
501 Main Street
Wall, SD 57790
Free Lunch: 11:00am-12:45pm
Meeting Called to Order: 1:00pm
Entertainment by Dakota Beat
Register for the $500 Grand Prize, plus numerous cash and merchandise prizes. (Must Be Present to Win)
Golden West Cooperative members will elect three members to the Board of Directors. To vote, members must be present at the September 28th annual meeting and may vote for a candidate in each district that has a director opening regardless of residence.
Arnie Hill, District III - Unopposed
Arnie HIll operates Arnie's Repair, a windshield repair service in White River. He has served on Golden West's Board of Directors since 2011.
Arnie worked for the Country Pride Cooperative for 39 years. He started as a senior shop mechanic in 1969 and took over as general manager of the White River location in 1989. He then served as a contract postal mail carrier from 2006 until he retired in 2015.
Arnie served as Mellette County Commissioner from 2007 to 2010. He has also been a member of the Mellette County Volunteer Fire Department for 49 years and is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in White River.
Arnie and his wife of 49 years, Connie, have three children and five grandchildren. He enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and helping his nephew when needed through haying and calving seasons.
David Assman, District IV - Challenger
Dave is a third-generation rancher and second-generation implement dealer from Mission. He wife Diana was one of the caring, confident and considerate voices answering the phone when members called Golden West, she retired in 2014 with 30 years of service.
Dave graduated from Todd County High School in 1973. He worked two years on the family ranch before attending two years of agriculture school at South Dakota State University. He has served three terms on the Farm Credit Services of America Board and is currently serving on the Cherry-Todd Electric Board. He was also appointed to finish a term out for the Todd County Board of Commissioners.
Dave and Diana have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. They are active in their grandchildren's lives and hope to help instill in them the same work ethic, faith and integrity as they did in their children.
Kenneth Bolzer, District IV - Incumbent
Kenneth (Buddy) Bolzer is a semi-retired farmer/rancher from Martin. He has served on Golden West's Board of Directors since 2000. Buddy has found his service on the board to be extremely rewarding and enlightening, and he thoroughly enjoys working with the dedicated and intelligent employees of Golden West.
Buddy is an active member of Our Redeemer's Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he has held positions in all offices of the church council. He has also held numerous offices in the American Legion Post 240 and was elected S.D. District 9 Legionnaire of the Year in 1999. Currently, Buddy serves as president of the Bennett County Conservation District Board.
Buddy has lived his entire life in the Martin area except for the two years he spent in the U.S. Army. He and his wife Roslyn have been married for 44 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Ansel Wooden Knife, District VI - Unopposed
Ansel joined the Golden West Board of Directors in September 2011. He was born and raised in Corn Creek, on the Rosebud Reservation along with his 11 siblings. Ansel moved to Interior for his job with the Milwaukee Railroad, which is where he met his future wife, and has lived there ever since.
Ansel and his wife, Teresa, have owned and operated their family business in Interior for the past 40 years. He loves living in the Badlands. Ansel and Teresa have four grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors, especially fishing and gardening, and getting together with his family.