Backus group set to hold annual meeting

Press Release

The Citizens for Backus/AB is pleased to invite the community to the non-profit organization’s annual meeting this Wednesday (Feb. 13) at 6 p.m.
“We will be discussing the financial health of Citizens for Backus/AB,” executive director Ward Merrill said.
“We invite Backus members and interested citizens to join us this evening to keep up-to-date on what’s going on with our buildings.”
The Backus Community Center is funded by many sources, including the City of International Falls and Koochiching County, and well as from grants and membership dollars.
“We want to be transparent in our dealings so all invested parties know how their dollars are serving the area,” Merrill stressed.
“This annual event is the way to stay informed,” he noted.
The evening will begin with a social hour and light meal served at 5 p.m. on stage.
The formal meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and include reports from the executive director, financial and business manager, operations committee, building and grounds committee, and the arts, programming, fundraising and bards committee.
This is an opportunity for the organization to go over the past year, discussing events, activities, income, expenditures, and attendance, as well as where the community center is headed into the future.
The Alexander Baker School Reuse Project also will be discussed Wednesday night.
“Affordable housing is a real need in our area and the AB Project will help us fill those needs,” Merrill said.
If you would like to attend the Backus annual meeting, call to R.S.V.P. at 1-218-285-7225.
The Backus Community Center, located at 900 Fifth St. in International Falls, is fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Backus can be found online at