Welcome to the state of infinite variety! Don’t like the weather today, just wait. We go from sub-zero to the 50’s (and in some parts of the state the 70’s) and then back to zero. All of this took place in a matter of weeks! As winter rears its ugly head we are about half way through the state’s legislative session. For the banking sector it has been a fairly quiet session. But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and do nothing. Please stay in contact with your local legislators! You never know when something may come up. Also be sure to thank them for their service. We may not always agree with everything they do but they are giving of their time to do what they feel is right for our state.
On the national front work still continues to gain some regulatory relief. It is a slow process and one we as community bankers feel should be a lot faster. We want to thank Senator Rounds for co-sponsoring the Moran-Heitkamp bill on privacy notification. The ICBA continues to represent our community banks on the national front and is making progress that will benefit us all. If you are attending the national convention in Orlando please be sure to thank the staff who works for the ICBA for all their efforts on our behalf! They truly do represent community banking. As a side note, if you have not read Cam Fine’s blog (Finer Points) dated January 5th you should. The title is, “Doing the Right Thing is in the Community Bank DNA”. You can find Cam’s blog posted on the ICBSD website. It is a great commentary!
We kicked off another session of our Emerging Leaders program in January. It was another great kick-off to a wonderful program. If you have someone in your bank who you feel would benefit from this program it’s not too late to get involved. Just give Greg a call and he will get you the information.
On a totally different front, I recently attended an event and noticed a veteran in a wheel chair who had served our country and was wounded by an IED. This young man gave his all for our country and paid the price. It was heartwarming to see the number of people who came forward and thanked him for his service. We as South Dakotan’s appreciate all these young men and women have given to protect our country and provide us the freedoms we enjoy every day. So the next time you see a serviceman or women please be sure to say Thanks! It takes just a moment and it is the least we can do to show our appreciation!
So as we anxiously await spring, stay in the fight and keep doing all you do for community banking!