April Meyerink is the business development officer for Black Hills Federal Credit Union. She can regularly be found volunteering for local organizations, including the Alzheimer's Assocation – South Dakota, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Dakotas, Feeding South Dakota, The Compass Center and more. A self-described extrovert, April is finding new ways to stay connected to others while she stays 'safer at home' with her husband, Troy, and their sixteen-year-old daughter Grace.
Q: Why do you choose to volunteer your time for the Chamber?
A: Sioux Falls is such an amazing city. I feel the heart of the city really starts with the Chamber and its incredible volunteers. As soon as you put your volunteer hat on, you quickly learn what makes this city so great – the wonderful businesses and the unique people who live here. I love meeting and connecting with people and by volunteering, I get to meet and connect with so many people on a daily basis.
Q: What is a skill you'd like to learn and why?
A: I would love to become a better painter. I've always loved art. I dabble in a little bit of abstract painting right now, but I think it would be amazing to train with a master artist and learn how to create spectacular pieces of art!
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
A: Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Q: What new habit (good or bad) have you developed while staying home?
A: It's such a small thing but it really changes how I tackle my day... I now make my bed every morning!
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working from home?
A: I'm not really surprised about it, but I didn't realize how much it would affect me. I really miss meeting and talking with people. Virtual meetings and one-on-ones are fine but it's not the same. I've realized that I'm truly an extrovert!
Five More Questions
Q: How do you typically react to change?
A: I typically have little to no reaction until I learn why, what and when the change is happening. For the most part, I try to adhere to a quote written by Maya Angelou, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
Q: If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?
A: Ugh, this is a tough one. I'd have to say I'd love to witness when they find a cure for Alzheimer's as my father passed away from this terrible disease.
Q: How would you describe Sioux Falls to someone who has never been here?
A: I hate to sound clichÃ©, but I would tell them Sioux Falls is a hidden gem. It is not too big where one gets lost in the shuffle of life but it's not too small either, where you're constantly looking for something to do. It's really the "Goldilocks" of cities – it's just the right size. The culture is ever-changing but it's still holding onto the Midwest value mentality. It truly feels like home.
Q: What might someone be surprised to learn about you?
A: I grew up on a farm about two hours north of Sioux Falls near a very small town called Revillo. The first vehicle I drove was a John Deere 2010 at the age of 10!
Q: What are you currently reading and watching?
A: I'm not actually reading but listening to "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens and I am watching an old series on Amazon Prime called "Goliath."