The volunteer millers were presented with a $2,500 D.S. Flikkema Foundation grant recently.
Brad Stuart, with the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment, presented the check to the millers. D.S. Flikkema was raised in Fulton and went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry and physics. His passions involved science, music, classics and history. The D.S. Flikkema Foundation was created in 2008, per his wishes, with the hope that the foundation would inspire others in the Fulton community to learn and achieve.
The volunteer millers requested funds for educational programming, training expenses and a miller or cultural exchange.The volunteer millers work with the city of Fulton’s tourism committee to provide monthly cultural programs at the Windmill Cultural Center. The programs are intended to coordinate with the city’s yearly tourism theme.
Terry Dingmon, miller trainer, has worked the last few years to increase the amount of training the millers have. In 2011, he wrote a new manual specific to Fulton’s windmill. The training will continue this year with the first training session scheduled for 6 p.m. April 17.
The volunteer millers and volunteer educators have been working to establish ties with millers in Ireland. Communication has begun for a cultural exchange program with Irish mill enthusiasts this year. The millers have traveled to the Netherlands previously and Dutch millers have visited Fulton. The goal is to expand contacts from Dutch millers to millers throughout the world.
For more information about the group or to become involved as a volunteer at the windmill, contact Heather Bennett at (815) 589-4545.