|Dec. 17, 2018
On December 14 the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association held their annual Christmas party in Deadwood, SD. This year’s event was held at the Lodge at Deadwood, where everyone had a great time. Over one-hundred people showed up from as far away as Sioux Falls and a great time was had by all! “What I am finding out about The Stockgrowers in the short time, I have been part of it is it is like being part of a very special family, where members, Directors, and sponsors all come together and do their part to make the livestock industry great.” Said South Dakota Stockgrowers Executive Director James Halverson.
Prior to the 5 o’clock social hour, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Board of Directors met at 10am, with Elliot Bloom, a Stockgrowers member and young attorney with Beardsley, Jensen, and Lee, Law Firm, to review and update the by-laws for the association. “Our By-Law Committee has been working on these by-laws for over a year now.” Said President Gary Deering. The full Board of Directors was able to make several additions and upgrades to the current by-laws. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of The Stockgrowers Board, and committee leaders, it is a perfect balance of younger guys and guys that have been around for awhile, and we all came together for a long day and had some tremendous discussion. This is an area I have focused on and really wanted to see some action with during my tenure as president”, He added.
After the Board, met there was a social hour where folks were able to watch the SDSU vs. NDSU football game on live TV. Everyone enjoyed appetizers followed by a great dinner and short program, featuring Stockgrowers lobbyist Jeremiah M. Murphy, who updated everybody on The Stockgrowers priorities as well taking questions from the crowd as far as what they would like to see during the legislative session this year. Before the National Finals Rodeo was played on the big screen, people had a chance to bid on some pre-made fantasy NFR teams. After the Calcutta, everyone got to enjoy a great evening of socializing and watching the rodeo together. “People had a lot of fun, and it was sure good to be able to get many of our members, sponsors, and supporters together to celebrate Christmas.” Said Executive Director James Halverson.
The fun weekend concluded with a breakfast and quarterly Board of Directors meeting on Saturday morning.