From the desk of the Executive Director - Cathy Berg
It’ hard to imagine the summer season has come and gone, and fall has arrived. It was a very hot summer for most of us, and hopefully with that, it brought in a lot of thirsty tourists and the local community into your businesses.
It is that time of year to be thinking about the upcoming 2018 legislative session. Our board continuously works over the course of the year with our lobbyist on issues that have come up or that need to be addressed after the summer studies that are conducted throughout the summer months as a result from the prior session. It is certainly an ongoing process and one of the most important reasons our association exists. If there is an issue that you feel needs to be addressed or you hear of anything out in the industry that should be addressed, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call. If you aren’t comfortable in talking with your local representative about any issues, again, we are here to help you in any way that we can. Our board meets four times a year and is in constant contact with our lobbyist discussing the issues and making decisions on the best strategy for the upcoming session.
It’s never too early to SAVE THE DATE for the South Dakota Licensed Beverage Dealers and Gaming Association’s Annual Meeting and Hog Roast. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 in Pierre, SD at the Red Rossa Italian Grille. In the next few months, we will be mailing out information regarding the details of these two events, etc. We hope you will attend. It is a great way to visit with fellow members and to visit with legislators on a one to one basis about the issues you encounter as a business owner. It is also important prior to the session to find out who the legislators are in your district, if you don’t already know them, and let them know the issues you are experiencing. There is nothing like the present to get this done.
Thank you for your continued support of the South Dakota Licensed Beverage Dealers and Gaming Association.
Cathy Berg, Executive Director