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ISSUE 09/17/21
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ISSUE 09/17/21

Message from Stephanie Trump

It is with mixed emotions that the ACDA-MN Board of Directors accepted Bruce Becker’s letter of retirement submitted this past August. Our organization has been blessed under Bruce’s diligent leadership. Bruce’s passion, professionalism, and dedication throughout the past thirteen years has enabled ACDA-MN and the FMC Endowment to not only prosper, but to thrive. We are truly grateful for his years of service. 

The Board of Directors and FMC Executive Committee approved a transition plan allowing Bruce to become an Independent Contractor in the capacity of the Director of Development and Coordinator of the FMC 151st Anniversary Concert through the end of calendar year 2022. His final financial reports will be presented in January and February of 2023 which will conclude Bruce’s work with our organization. 

The Board of Directors took action to approve a Hiring Committee who will be tasked with the process of filling the positions of the Executive Director and Director of Development. Stephanie Trump-President, Jerry Upton-President-Elect, Diane Heaney-Vice President, Kristin Kivell-Executive Assistant, Chris Larson-Board Member/DI Committee Chair, Michael Walsh-FMC Committee Chair, Sue Zemlin-Past President, and Mary Kay Geston-Past President will serve on the Hiring Committee.
The Hiring Committee is working on the following timeline:
  • Positions of Executive Director and Director of Development will be posted in November.
  • The application deadline will be in February. 
  • A first round of interviews will be held in February-March. 
  • Final interviews will be held in March.
  • New Executive Director and Director of Development to be named in April of 2022. 
This timeline will help to ensure a quality hire and smooth transition of leadership for our organization. The ACDA-MN Executive Committee is determined to ensure that this critical transition is seamless and effective enabling our organization to continue to move into the future with confidence and fidelity. We have confidence in our process and will remain hopeful that the right candidate will come to light as we embark on this journey. 

Please contact Stephanie Trump ( with any questions or thoughts.

    In Remembrance    

Walter R. Meissner Jr.
December 30, 1936 - July 23, 2021
Meissner Jr., Walter Robert of Eden Prairie passed away on July 23, 2021 at the age of 84, after battling pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife and family, and the loving arms of God.

Wally was born on December 30, 1936 in Chicago, IL. He moved with his family to Hibbing, MN at the age of 3, and then to Rush City, MN six years later. He became a star athlete in four high school sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track. He attended Dartmouth College for 18 months on a football scholarship until he was sidelined by injury. He completed his higher education at the University of Minnesota, ultimately attaining his MA in Music.

In addition to his wife and family, music was a lifelong passion beginning at an early age. He sang his entire life, played trombone in high school and college, and participated in and directed various church, professional, and community choirs. After obtaining his Master's Degree in Music in 1961, he taught music at the high school and college levels for many years. In 1972, he combined his love of music with his entrepreneurial instincts and started Meissner Piano Service. He tuned and serviced pianos for hundreds of people in the Twin Cities area and throughout the state for 49 years, until shortly before his death. He was proud and honored to eventually consider so many of his customers as friends.

Another passion was spending time at his beloved cabin in northern Minnesota. Built with his own hands, the hours he spent at Elbow Lake with family and friends basking in the rustic beauty of God's creation were surely the best of his life.

He enjoyed traveling extensively with Lois, exploring distant places in the Caribbean and Great Britain. Their travels within the United States included Florida and the southeast region states, California and the Southwest, Hawaii, and an amazing 26 trips to Alaska, where halibut and king salmon trembled at the sight of his tilley hat and his fishing line in the water!

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Alice Meissner; sister Janet, brother Roger, and brother Edward "Willy" Meissner (Linda). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lois; three daughters: Vicki Wehe (Wayne McGregor), Lori Beecher (Dr. John), and Kristi Copley (Jon); three brothers: Fred Meissner (Pam), David Meissner (Gene Chelberg), and Kevin Meissner (Linda); and his aunt, Arlene Hendrickson. "Papa Fish" is also survived by six grandchildren: Tucker Weisman, Shaun Wehe (Jessica), Stephen Wehe (Kelsey), Blaze Beecher, Cash McGregor, and Lilli Hoffman; and five great-grandchildren: Lillian Wehe, Cameron Wehe, Logan Wehe, Vincent Wehe, and Cayleigh Wehe.

A memorial service was held on Monday, August 2 at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie; visitation at 1:00 p.m. and service at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Compassion International or Samaritan's Purse organizations.

Wally participated in and/or directed the following musical organizations: King’s Volunteers; Calvary Memorial Church in Navarre; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia; East Range Choral Society in Virginia; Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis; Brooklyn Center Baptist Church; First Lutheran Church in Eveleth; Eveleth Male Chorus; Hoyt Lakes Male Chorus; Hope Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center; Minnesota High School Musicians Project; Osseo Baptist Choir; Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale; Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth; Servant of Christ Lutheran Church in Champlin; the Watchmen Male Chorus; and the Twin Cities Masters Chorale. 

Wally’s school affiliations were: Osseo Junior High School, Virginia High School, Virginia Junior College, Cedarville College (Ohio), Centennial High School, Anoka-Ramsey (Centennial) Junior College, Gilbert High School, Blake School, Aurora Elementary School, Aurora Junior High School, and Crown College.
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