• Yankton Chamber History

    The Chamber is a vehicle for professionals and businesses to join together to work towards the betterment of the community. Members work to create job opportunities, new businesses and seek improvement of community facilities such as: streets, highways, parks, schools and housing. Chamber members bring meetings, conventions, industry and visitors to the community.

    Today’s membership exceeds 400 business owners, professionals and individuals who share the common goal of wanting growth, development and promotion of our community.

     

    Chamber of Commerce History
    Yankton was settled in 1859 and chartered in 1861. The Chamber of Commerce was chartered on April 8, 1920; its first major project was the Meridian Bridge – designed to increase retail trade and traffic in the community. The original incorporators were P.B. Gurney, Olof Nelson and E.J. Dowling.

     

    In 1972, the Chamber reorganized and changed its name to the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce. Programs expanded and the Chamber became a full-service information center and community development organization.

     

    The Chamber moved its office to 218 W. 4th St. in 1982 and expanded to 2,400 square feet in 1988.

     

    In August of 2003, the Chamber offices moved to 803 E. 4th St. The new location includes a spacious 1,100 square feet Visitors Center, large conference room and office space for the Chamber, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development.

     

    Past Chamber Presidents    
    1930 Joseph Vinatieri
    1931 Joseph Vinatieri
    1932 Karl Fantle
    1933 H.W. Apted
    1934 Freeman Otto
    1935 Freeman Otto
    1936 John Walsh
    1937 Bert Johnson 
           James J. Lloyd 
           Ernest Dowling
    1938 Hugh Danforth
    1939 Hugh Danforth
    1940 Hugh Danforth
    1941 Lyle C. Rogers
    1942 Lyle C. Rogers
    1943 Fred Monfore
    1944 Fred Monfore
    1945 Harold Levinger
    1946 Harold Levinger
    1947 Jesse Olson
    1948 Frank R. Yaggie
    1949 Robert Tincher
    1950 J.M. Eastman 
           Mike Means
    1951 Lyle C. Rogers
    1952 Harold Levinger
    1953 Clayton Christopherson
    1954 Elgin Lemon
    1955 A.E. Kapitan
    1956 Lenard Ludwig
    1957 Wally Flint, Jr.
    1958 Dudley Dewell
    1959 Russel Knudsen
    1960 Donald Binder
    1961 G.G. Hoover
    1962 L.A. Cooke
    1963 Ed Vinatieri
    1964 Laddie Cimpl
    1965 A.J. Rhian
    1966 Harold Tisher
    1967 James Bauer
    1968 J. Charles Levinger
    1969 Herman J. Collignon
    1970 Lloyd G. Reedstrom
    1971 Lloyd G. Reedstrom
    1972 Colin Monfore
    1973 John Silvernail
    1974 Jim Hendricks
    1975 Phil Pogge
    1976 Tom Cihak
    1977 Ted Mayer
    1978 Tom Kearns
    1979 Leon Abler
    1980 Dave Gross
    1981 Rudy Gerstner
    1982 Martin Kiousis
    1983 Dennis Kaster
    1984 Ron Hatch
    1985 Bob Tereshinski
    1986 Jim Robinson
    1987 Jerry Pierret
    1988 Noel Hamiel
    1989 James Ahrendt
    1990 Dennis Sokol
    1991 Al Viereck
    1992 Randall Johnson
    1993 Richard Collignon
    1994 Judy VanDerhule
    1995 Bill Holst
    1996 Daniel Loveland
       
    1997 Matthew Michels
    1998 Vernon C. “Skip”
           VanDerhule
    1999 William Shorma
    2000 Kimberly Jensen
    2001 Murl Miller
    2002 John Hagemann
    2003 John Hagemann
    2004 Rob Stephenson
    2005 Kevin Culhane
    2006 Dave Hosmer
    2007 Dr. James T. Barry
    2008 Nate Franzen
    2009 Lynn Peterson
    2010 Steve Huff
    2011 Doug Ekeren
    2012 Gary Dybsetter
    2013 Marcy Moser
       

     

    • (800) 888-1460
    • 803 E. 4th St.
    • Yankton, SD
    • 57078