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TCC executive director to retire after 41 years at helm

Tri-County Community Action is a central Minnesota organization that partners with individuals and families to expand their opportunities to move from poverty to prosperity. On June 4, it will host a retirement celebration for Joe Ayers, who has ...

Tri-County Community Action is a central Minnesota organization that partners with individuals and families to expand their opportunities to move from poverty to prosperity. On June 4, it will host a retirement celebration for Joe Ayers, who has been TCC's executive director for the last 41 years.

"Joe has been instrumental in TCC's growth and ability to help countless families in our communities," said David Kircher, TCC board chairman, in a news release. "He has built a foundation for what is a very bright future for TCC and the people we serve."

That growth is represented by TCC's annual budget, which was $300,000 in 1973 when Ayers began. Today's budget is $7 million, bringing a lot of well-needed assistance to communities in Morrison, Todd and Crow Wing counties.

Ayers said he feels privileged to have been part of TCC for more than four decades.

"I will truly miss working with such fine people who have so much passion for improving our communities. I'm honored they're throwing me a party," Ayers said in the release.

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The retirement celebration will be 3-5 p.m. June 4 at Arrowwood Lodge on Highway 371, Baxter. Social hour and hors d'oeuvres will immediately follow from 5-7 p.m. All who know Ayers, have worked with him or whose lives have been touched by TCC are welcome to attend.

June 5 marks Ayers' official retirement date. He said he's looking forward to spending the coming years enjoying time with his wife and five grandchildren. As a sportsman, Ayers is also excited to do a lot of fishing, golfing and hunting near his lakeside home in Breezy Point.

Ayers will also help TCC during the transition phase as a new executive director succeeds him.

"Joe's shoes will be tough to fill, but we have some fine candidates in mind who will do a great job continuing his legacy to ensure a bright TCC future," Kircher said.

For more information, email teresa.carter@tccaction.com .

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