Based on the initial contacts, a meeting was established for September 21, 2010. The first group consisted of about 20 individuals interested in starting the process for a local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee. This small group began the process to identify community leaders, interested volunteers and anyone who was interested in helping establish a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program in the Winona area. The information available on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website was used to move forward with the goal of receiving a designation as a site in 2011. The Steering Committee for the Winona Region has grown to over 67 members who are interested and active individuals excited about getting this program operating in the Winona Region. The Steering Committee, the Steering Subcommittee and all the Action Plan areas have put significant work into preparing the plan being presented to the Director of Military Outreach and the State of Minnesota Advisory Board.