Red Cross Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

The American Red Cross is powered by volunteers and supported by generous donors. In a year of historic disaster responses, extraordinary giving, and groundbreaking preparedness efforts, help us thank those who have given their time, talent and treasure to fulfill the Red Cross mission.

The 2018 Red Cross Annual Meeting in Eastern South Dakota will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at The District, located at 4521 West Empire Place, Sioux Falls, SD.

Join us for a luncheon to celebrate community heroes who have donated their time in service to others through the Red Cross in Eastern South Dakota. To sponsor a table for eight, contact Executive Director Jennifer Ross at 605-231-7698 or email

RSVP is required:

Event Speaker: Scott Meints

Scott Meints has been in emergency service ever since high school. Joining the Columbia Fire Department while still in high school and obtaining his State Certified Firefighter certificate over 28 years ago, Scott spent 14 of those years as Fire Chief of the Columbia Area Fire Department. Scott continued his love for emergency services and began working as a primary emergency coordinator for BAE Systems (a naval defense manufacturer) in Aberdeen. Scott ended a 20-year career with BAE and accepted the position of Director of the Brown County Emergency Management office in 2006 and is still currently there.

Past years Scott has been President of the South Dakota Emergency Management Association, South Dakota Incident Management Team (IMAT) Member and is currently a South Dakota Emergency Management Association Level A Certified Emergency Manager.

Scott has many other certifications and citations including an International Association of Emergency Management-USA Region 8 Citation for outstanding commitment and service award and a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Weather Ready Nation – Weather Ambassadors Citation of Excellence. Scott also oversees one of the largest CERT (community emergency response team) programs in the State of South Dakota with over 500 active members.

Scott and his wonderful wife Carla of 30 years live in Columbia, SD and have two children. Scott and Carla are proud to have their entire family members of a volunteer organization or first responder agency either in South Dakota or Minnesota.