Last year The South Dakota Innkeepers Association conducted a survey concerning our future affiliation with the American Hotel & Motel Association. At the completion of that survey the board voted not to change our policies and make it mandatory that any property over 50 units in size (previously 35 units) that wanted to join the South Dakota Innkeepers Association, would also be required to pay dues to the American Hotel & Motel Association. Because of this vote the South Dakota Innkeepers Association was expelled from the AH&MA Federation.
At the board meeting in January a representative from AH&MA appeared before the board and asked that the board reconsider its vote and enforce the membership policies of AH&MA. If this was turned down then AH&MA would set up another association in South Dakota that would be affiliated with AH&MA. As the written proposal from AH&MA was not received from AH&MA in advance of the meeting, giving the board members a chance to ponder the proposal, any action was deferred until the March 15th board meeting.
If you have any feelings either way on this proposal be sure to contact this office or a member of the board of directors before the March meeting. A vote on this issue will be taken at that meeting. The board meetings are open to the membership and any member is welcome to attend the meeting. The meeting will be at the Ramkota Inn, in Sioux Falls at 9:00 AM on March 15, 1998. This is also the opening day for the Midwest Purveyors Trade Show.
If you wish to contact a member of the board they are listed below.
|Gary Brown, Town N Country Inn, Rapid City 605-343-5383
Julie Hoist, B W Kelly Inn, Yankton 665-2906
Kevin Mather, Ramkota Inn, Aberdeen 229-4040
Rick Murray, Ramkota Inn, Pierre 224-6877
Brad Schramm, Buffalo Trail Motel, Winner 842-2212
Don Behrend, B W Staurolite, Brookings 692-9421
Bill Folkerts, Venerts Investrnents, Watertown 886-3698
Jerry Glatt, Super 8 Motels, Aberdeen 229-5005
Phil Lampert, Custer State Park Resort Co. 255-4772
Terry Peters, B W Plains, Wall 279-2145
Terry Mahan, Sylvan Lake Lodge, Custer 574-2685
Steve Oetken, Crossroads Hotel & Convention Center 332-3204
Maurice Peterson, Black Forest Inn, Rapid City 574-2000
Gary Watts, Wayside Motel, Brookings 692-4831
Ken Wilmarth, B W H&H El Centro, Kadoka 837-2287