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
2014 Dan Somsen
2015 Josh Svatos

 

  • (800) 888-1460
  • (605) 665-3636
  • 803 E. 4th St.
  • Yankton, SD
  • 57078