SDHSRA Annual General Membership Meeting Minutes
September 25, 2021     9:00 am CST
Pierre Ramkota, Pierre, SD

 The Annual General Membership meeting was called to order by President Lance Lesmeister at 9:05 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021.

The pledge of allegiance was led by the Student Officers.

Roll call was taken by Executive Secretary Ann Sundermann.  She reported that Bryce Chambliss is here representing Justin Robertson.  Dustin Schmidt is here representing Shannon Olson. Dave McFarland from the host committee is absent.  Queen Tashina Red Hawk is enroute.  All other members and Directors present.

President Lance Lesmeister presented the agenda and asked for any additions or corrections, Dan Curr entertained a motion, second by Barry Knippling, to accept the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.           The minutes of the State Finals meeting were presented by Executive Secretary Ann Sundermann.  President Lance asked for any additions or corrections to the State Final Directors meeting minutes, none were presented.  A motion was entertained by Dale Christensen, second by Treg Cowan, to accept the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

At this time, the financial report was asked for, Secretary Ann Sundermann presented a detailed financial report for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021.  She presented the following information:

– A recommendation by First Interstate Bank to move our checking accounts to be enhanced checking accounts, to reduce the per item charge of checks deposited was presented.  Motion by Perry, second by Dale for Ann to move the checking accounts to the enhanced checking at First Interstate Bank.
– We received a product share donation from Black Hills Embroidery for merchandise sold with our logo at State Finals in 2021.
– Upcoming expenses include payment for calendar production.
– The year was a good fiscal year for the SDHSRA, showing and increase of $54,004.67 at the fiscal year end.   Sponsorships carried through with one yet to be paid, and there were no unexpected expenses.  Marty and Ann secured $50,224.00 in sponsorships for State Finals.
– Funds in the First Dakota National Bank Account were left in that account, with only the Qualifier Funds being transferred to the general checking, to cover those costs.
– Ann investigated funds being in a contingency fund for future State Finals and with the interest rate being nearly the same as a savings account rate, it was decided to take no action at this time.
– PayPal, Venmo and Credit Cards are now being offered as forms of payment.
– Ann asked for any questions to the financial report and there were none.
– Motion by Barry, second by Justin Pihl to accept the financial Report.  Motion carried.

The next item of business was the State Finals Report from the 2021 State Finals host committee.  Scott Deal presented the 2021 financials, showing a slight gain in income.  The insurance was double paid and next year the financials will reflect this.    Other items discussed were a warmup area for the cutting, stalls, and improvements made in the cutting arena since June.  It will be announced at the Region Rodeos that stalls at State Finals are not reserved.

Calendar Sales report was given by Donna Curr, Calendar Chairperson.  She reviewed in detail the expenses and income of the calendar sales financials for the fiscal year.  Calendar sales were up as well as membership.  More calendars were ordered this year.

The next item on the agenda was the National Directors report, presented by National Director Dale Christensen.  Dale reported the following:  Lincoln went well and was tight for space; compliments were expresses to Justin Heath and Jeremy Stevens for their help, along with other parents; there are fifty states plus Brazil wanting to join the NHSRA; each state – regardless of contestant numbers – has one vote; sponsors like to see the contestant numbers increase; next year Nationals are in Gillette, Wyoming.  Everyone was reminded that Dale is now on the NHSRA Executive Committee, and it was explained how beneficial this is for South Dakota.

The next item of business was the Public Relations report presented by Marty Phillips, PR director.    Sponsorship money was about the same this year, and he distributed a financial statement outlining the income and sponsorships.  Marty reported the short go shirts are coming or will come out soon and to make sure to thank your electric cooperatives for the opportunity to have the shirts.

At this time, Ann reported for Deb McPherson, Queen Coordinator who was absent.  Contestant numbers were up, and sponsors covered the contest cost.  Deb and Robin Tierney have another person to help them next year.   SDHSRA Queen Tashina Red Hawk reported on her experience and her results at National competition.  She also reported where she had represented South Dakota High School Rodeo since being crowned.

Old business:

Ann read a summary of the shooting contest from coordinator Kaitlyn Sandland.  Kaitlyn would like to coordinate the contest again, with Oren Lesmeister.  Sponsorships were obtained to cover the contest and there were thirty shooters that competed.  A Thank You was given to SD Farmers Union for the prize sponsorships.

New business:

The presented by law changes were read aloud by Secretary Ann Sundermann.  The proposed by-law changes were both presented in accordance with the rules and on time.

Tyler Haugen explained the By-Law change he presented; lengthy discussion was held. Dale Christensen Called the Question.  In accordance with the By-Laws, a ballot vote was taken of current adult members of the association present at the meeting.  A 2/3 majority vote is needed to pass.  Director Marty Phillips and Mary Kay Sell counted the ballots and by a vote of 6 to 27 the by law proposal failed to pass.

Ann Sundermann explained the By-Law change she presented. In accordance with the By-Laws, a ballot vote was taken of current adult members of the association present at the meeting.  A 2/3 majority vote is needed to pass.  Director Marty Phillips and Mary Kay Sell counted the ballots and by a vote of 33 to 0 the by law proposal passed.

Bryce Chambliss reporting for Justin Robertson, SW Director, next reported on the saddle bids for the 2021 State Finals rodeo.  He secured bids from Triple R Tack and Tod Slone.  Information was distributed to the Directors for both bids obtained.  Pam Tiltrum from Triple R Tack was present to present their bid.  Discussion from the general membership added Triple R Tack’s sponsorship of the Girls Arena at State Finals and the 3rd and 4th place breast collars in each event.  Lengthy discussion was held on awarding certificates or saddles.  Student Officer Landry Haugen expressed her opinion that she cannot ride her saddles and certificates should be awarded.  There was a motion to table the item until the Directors meeting by Dan, second by Perry.  MC.

The next item of business on the agenda is a report from SD Junior High Rodeo, which was presented by Tyler Haugen.  Tyler reported: JH had the best year yet with 198 members, they gave saddle certificates away for the event winners, funds were at $10,000.00 at the beginning of the year and $30,000.00 at year end, they have venue issues – it was suggested they contact the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds, 5th graders will be competing this year, their meeting is today in New Underwood.  There was discussion about the JH association being under the High School association, as the NHSRA indicates.  A committee structure under the High School Association is recommended by the High School Board. Tyler indicated he thought this would happen and will discuss it with the JH Board, in order to form a JH committee. Both Lance and Dale had previously discussed a restructure of the JH Association with Tyler.

At this time, the membership regions split into their separate locations for the purpose of electing the Regional Directors’ terms who were expiring.  The Northwest Director position is filled by Lance Lesmeister.  Shannon Olson is leaving her position as River Region Director. Thanks were given to Shannon for her service to the association and River Region elected Justin Heath to fill the position. The East Region Director Todd Bach is leaving his position as East Region Director. Thanks were given to Todd for his service to the association and East Region elected Brad McGirr to fill the position.  The Southwest Region Director is filled by Justin Robertson.   Ann will post the Director’s terms on the website.

The approval of out of state transfers was the next item on the agenda.  Ann Sundermann reported that all have submitted paperwork on time and have completed the appropriate actions to approve, according to the out of state membership policy.  There are three transfers requested from Nebraska, one from North Dakota, one from Wyoming, two from Montana and one from Iowa.  Motion by Dale Christensen, second by Nate Grueb to accept the out of state transfers that had been submitted according to the out of state membership policy.  Motion carried.

The next item on the agenda was regional rodeo financial statement review. The financial statements were submitted ahead of time and were presented to each of the Directors.  All showed an increase in funds, except for Watertown.  Watertown offered an explanation that they had funds to use in their account and did not solicit many sponsors this year.  Ann will send all the regions the financial statements, so their committees can compare if they so choose.

2022-2023 Regional Rodeo Host Site locations was the next item under new business of the agenda.  Motion by Perry, second by Dale to have Huron and Watertown host the East Region rodeos.  MC.
Motion by Dan, second by Todd to have Buffalo and Dupree host the Northwest Region Rodeos.  MC.
Motion by Treg, second by Barry for Winner to host the second weekend of the River Region rodeos.  MC
At this time Treg Cowan spoke on behalf of the Highmore Region rodeo committee. Shawn Porch then spoke on behalf of the Kadoka Rodeo committee, reporting Philip would be helping them host, if elected. Discussion followed.  A ballot vote was taken and by a vote of 7 to 6 Highmore will host the second weekend of the River Region rodeo.                                                                                                                                                                              Motion by Dale, second by Treg to have Wall host the first weekend of the Southwest Region rodeo.  MC.
Bryce Chambliss spoke on behalf of the New Underwood rodeo committee, for the second weekend of the Southwest Regions rodeo. Tyler Haugen spoke on behalf of the Sturgis committee and indicated their grounds would not be ready. Discussion followed.  A ballot vote was taken and by a vote of 13 to 0 New Underwood will host the second weekend of the Southwest Region rodeo.

Sam Stoddard, President of the Western SD Buckaroos, reported on a new scholarship that was offered last year, that unfortunately no-one applied for.  He hopes to collaborate with the schools to get it in their scholarship listings.  Sam also reported that he will check with the Board on the boy’s average buckle sponsorship as well as the high calendar sales saddle. Acknowledgement was given and he was thanked on behalf of the Buckaroos, for those appreciated efforts.

Ann reported the Rodeo News subscription is due in January and asked if it was to be continued.  Motion by Dale, second by Treg to continue the Rodeo News subscription at one per household.  MC.

Dale reminded the Cinch Team members that they must wear the brand when they have agreed to be on the Cinch Team, and they will be required to do an activity(ies) as well.

Lance Lesmeister declared that the time and place for the winter meeting will be in the Monument Convention Center in the Rapid City Civic Center on January 29, 2022, beginning at 9:00 AM.

At this time Queen Tashina Red Hawk presented her speech from Nationals.  Dale also commented that Tashina was everywhere possible at Nationals and many Directors and spectators commented that they loved our queen!

Seeing no other business to be addressed there was a motion by Justin P, second by Dan to adjourn the annual SDHSRA General Membership meeting.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Ann Sundermann
SDHSRA Executive Secretary

January 30, 2021

The Winter Director’s meeting of the SDHSRA was called to order by President Lance Lesmeister at 9:06 AM MDT.  The Student Officers led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll call was taken by Executive Secretary Ann Sundermann.  She reported Dustin Schmidt is here representing River Region Director Shannon Olson; Kaitlyn Sandland is here for Student Vice President Hannah Havlik; all other Directors, Host Committee members and Student Officers are present.

President Lance asked for approval of the agenda.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Perry to approve the agenda as presented.  MC.

Lance called for the minutes of the last meeting.  Secretary Ann Sundermann reported the minutes of the previous meeting were presented to all Directors, and she indicated she would read them if the Board wished her to do so.  President Lance asked for additions or corrections to the minutes, non were offered.  Motion by Treg, 2nd by Dale to dispense with the reading of the minutes and to approve them as presented.  MC.

The Financial Report was presented by Executive Secretary Ann Sundermann.  Ann reported a positive outlook overall in the accounts, up from this time last year.
She reported the following:
Saddles have not yet been paid for, four are yet to submit payment to SDHSRA.
On the Financial Statement presented, Ann indicated the account in Pierre that was opened on 6/2020 because of the cash needed and handled at State High School Rodeo Finals, this is at First Dakota National Bank in Pierre.
In AR, there are 2 performance sponsors, 3 chute gate sponsors, and 4 saddle payments indicated.
AR yet to be invoiced for Marty Phillips, for the sponsor account, will be invoiced when he would like me to do so.
The difference in the ytd comparison in the scholarship and calendar accounts is because the money is being kept in the interest-bearing scholarship account.
The CD renewed on 12/27/20 for one year, balance is $6,613.36.
Advertising expense for Rodeo News payment, to be determined later in this meeting, may or may not be paid.  Taxes are at the accountant.
There was discussion that, because of the financial position of the association being so positive at this time, that a contingency fund could be set up for the future of holding State High School Rodeo Finals.  This will be discussed after this year’s State Finals at the annual meeting this fall.

Ann answered questions presented regarding the Financial Report and a motion was made by Scott, 2nd by Justin Robertson, to approve the Financial Statement as presented.  MC.

Next on the agenda was the PR Report, as presented by Public Relations Director Marty Phillips.  Marty reported on sponsorships, which he was initially not concerned about coming into this year.  Since then, sponsors have held back some.  The sponsor account is in good shape at this time, he has had to secure some new sponsors.
Marty asked for a clarification on what exactly the sponsor account money was to be used for.  Currently it is being used for national team expenses. Much discussion was held, and it was determined that any amount in the sponsor account over $20,000.00 can be used as needed for the association.  Suggestions were offered to perhaps give the State Finals contestants more incentives and rewards for making it to that level.  Patches or caps were offered as an option to provide for the contestants.
A mission statement for the sponsor account will be created and presented at the Annual General Membership meeting.
Jimmy Nicholas from Mitchell Tech spoke, indicating the thank you’s are hugely important to sponsoring organizations and need to be filled out.  He commended on the student officers for doing a good job of providing these to the sponsors.

Dale Christensen presented the National Director’s report at this time.  He reported on items from the NHSRA Winter Meeting as follows:
The cost of insurance will be going up this year.
There will no longer be a horse of the year sponsored by the AQHA from the national level.
5th graders will now be allowed to participate in junior high rodeo, starting next fall.
There is a raffle option for a platinum trailer at $50.00 per ticket in which the organization keeps 80% of those proceeds.
South Dakota has the 4th largest high school rodeo membership, Utah and Idaho are both declining. Many states are very low on money for their programs.
The jackpot money at the junior high and high school level of the national finals rodeo has been increased to $100,000, $50,000 each.
It was verified that the tipping a pole when it touches the ground and pops back up is considered to be tipped.  Dale reported he will oversee making sure the bulls are at an adequate performance level for the high school rodeo contestants this coming year.
The cinch team will have to participate in activities to remain on the team, going forward.  They are looking for talent and would like them to do organized activities.
The golf carts were discussed.
The shooting sports lost the sponsorship of the NRA and the trap shooting level was increases to 100 clays.  Suggestions were given to Dale from our Board to try to hold the High School National Finals back farther in the calendar year than they are currently being held. He reported the Finals are bid out many years and it was suggested that he begin the process of trying to get bids for a later date, to accommodate the states with June rodeos.
A thank you was given to Dale for representing South Dakota High School Rodeo at the National Level.

Donna Curr reported on the Calendar Sales.  Donna reported Calendar Sales are up, and we ordered more calendars after the initial order.  Ann has been doing much promotion through the Facebook page.

Old Business:
The Queen report was the next item on the agenda.  Tobi Hintz reported on the Queen Contest at State Finals, its schedule’s pros and cons and events where she had represented the SDHSRA.  She thanked the Board for the opportunity to represent the SDHSRA.  It was announced by the committee formed at the Annual General Membership meeting had found a Queen Coordinator for the coming year.  Deb McPherson and Robin Tierney will co-chair the Queen contest.  Deb was there to report.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Treg to appointment of Robin and Deb as Co- Queen Coordinators for the next 3 years, MC.

State Finals Committee Reports:
At this time, the Directors covered the contracts that they had secured.  Barry stated the Judges that he had secured are Wade Vos, Marty Jandreau, Trevor Hupp and Chuck Maher.
Dan Curr reported the Cutting Judges are yet to be secured yet.
Todd Bach reported JD Gerard is the Reined Cow Horse judge.
Regional judge requirements were discussed.

Steve Sutton, regarding the 20X Extreme Rodeo tomorrow, was moved up on the agenda, as he was available at this time.  Steve reported: registration begins at 10:30, and the team picture will be during the contestant’s meeting at 11:30.  He explained the route to the parking area, contestants can ride in the arena from 8:00 – 10:00 am only.  Someone needs to bring poles.  All Directors are asked to help, and passes were provided by Ann for those willing to do so.

The State Finals Schedule was discussed.  Ann presented the schedule used in 2020.  Dale entertained the schedule change of moving everything up to be finished Saturday night, including the National Meeting, to accommodate the JH National Qualifiers. There was much discussion.  Barry indicated we have moved this up once already, and this is an ongoing problem because of the schedule the NHSRA sets.  Toni indicated the highest gate number in the last 10 years was last year, and we should not change things because of that, she also expressed the importance of accuracy from the office.  Asked by a member of the audience, it was verified the parents of National Qualifiers that need to get to JH are available to sign a notary in the office during the Finals Rodeo, the qualifier will need to be at the meeting/awards ceremony.  This has been and will continue this year.  Consideration was given to the event being an important, impressive and memorable event for those involved, not to take away from it or be rushed, as asked for by PR Director Marty Phillips. More discussion entailed.  Dale asked for a show of hands as to who wanted the schedule to be changed, 1 person indicated so.  Dan asked that on behalf of the SD Board, Dale bring it to the NHSRA to move National Finals back for future bids.  Motion by Justin Robertson, 2nd by Barry to use last year’s schedule with a start time of 4:00 pm Tuesday and a 4:00 pm Short Go Saturday.  MC.
It was mentioned that Boot Scramble prizes should try to be secured this year, if the contest is held.

The Rough Stock selection committee of Lance and Perry reported that the Rough Stock Contractors will be chosen soon.

The Timed Event Stock selection committee of Justin Robertson and Treg Cowan reported they received 2 bids: one from Joe Waln and one from Kody Woodward.  The bids from Joe Waln would use Allen Good’s steers.  Audience input complimented last years stock and recommended no change.  Discussion followed.  The committee made a recommendation to accept the bid from Kody Woodward.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Justin Pihl, to accept the Timed Event Cattle bid of Kody Woodward at 25.00 per run, MC.

Goat selection committee: Todd Bach presented a bid from Cheryl Severson and Madi Moody, who attended the meeting to answer any questions, if needed.  There was a Motion by Barry, 2nd by Scott to award the goat contract to Cheryl Severson/C&C Goats for $9.00 per run.  MC unanimously.

Cattle and RCH Cattle – Dan reported that Shane Cowan had bid the Cutting and RCH Cattle at 30.00 per head delivered in the cutting.  There were questions on the per head or per run statement on the RCH cattle and the topic was tabled.  Dan will verify the information; the Board gave him permission to negotiate the contract and report back to Ann.

At 10:55 a 15-minute break was taken.

It was reiterated at this time that per Director’s decision at the annual meeting all contracts will be sent out to be only ½ enough, with no injury clause.

Host Site Committee report included: There are 20 more camping spots that will have a charge of $200.00 for the week for electricity, no refunds, no partial reservations.  They will be on a first to reserve and pay, first to receive basis.  Host will comprise a letter with the details and provide it to Ann to be posted.  Ann noted that one spot will be needed for the Calendar Sales winner.

There will be no trailer parking on the Street, there is plenty of parking for day parking on the grounds.   All horses overnight must be stalled, no tying to the trailer overnight.

Vendors – there are 10 vendors to date.  Vending spaces, inside and out, were reviewed.

Special Rodeo – the following items are in place: 5 horses, wagon rides, petting zoo, helmets and name tags.  Toni has contacted several area agencies about the rodeo, inviting their clients to attend.

Activities: There will be a 3 on 3 BB tournament.

Registration bags have been secured from Runnings and coupons from vendors are being obtained.  Host will be responsible for manning the registration personnel, coordination with the office.  Registration will be outside the office under the grandstands and contestants can pull through the parking lot to register and get stall tags, then proceed to the stalling area.

Scott Deal reported that he has side by sides coming for the Directors.

Scott is replacing the arena panels from the horse races so they can be more easily moved, if need be.

Scott will make sure old stall tags are taken off stalls, he will add an arena gate in the girl’s arena, and the groomer he built will be used in the cutting arena.  Discussion was held on the announcers stand from the old girl’s arena.

Team Roping Steers need to be moved, both sides of the arena need to be blacked out in that area.

Ann reported the Pierre and Fort Pierre Mayor’s offices and the Fort Pierre Chamber had been in contact with her on several occasions and been helpful in any questions needed.

Arena Directors were the next item of business and have been assigned as follows:  Cutting – Dan; RCH – Todd; Boy’s Rough Stock – Lance; Boy’s Timed Event – Justin Robertson; Girl’s – Barry.

Saddles and Saddle Racks were reviewed.  All saddles have been secured with sponsorships.  Dan reported the saddle racks will be offered by Cow Creek Cedar again.  Assignments to obtain the saddle rack sponsorships of $200.00 are as follows:   Todd – Barrel, Bareback; Nate – Pole Bending; Dan – Steer Wrestling; Justin Pihl – Team Roping Heeler; Lance – Breakaway; RCH – Perry. Please report back to Ann and she will invoice the sponsors.

Bullfighter selection was the next item on the agenda. Nominations were submitted for Dayton Spiel and Andrew Odden.  Motion by Treg, 2nd by Scott to offer the duties to Andrew Odden and Dayton Spiel.  MC.

Pick-up Man selection was reviewed and nominations for JJ Hunt and Kirk Schuelke were submitted.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Treg to offer pick-up man duties to JJ and Kirk, MC.

Shooting Contest was covered next and Kaitlyn Sandland reported on the various people and organizations to provide the contest.  She has secured $1,800.00 of the $4,000.00 goal so far.  She secured the contest date with Bob at Willow Creek for it to be held 6/14/2021 at 1:00.  Both divisions can be shot.  She indicated judges will be secured for the competition, other than parents.

Other State Finals Discussion:

Concessions was the next item of business.  SDHSRA will receive 10% of the concessions, Todd Surdez with the Silver Spur is willing to do the concessions.

Sports Medicine will be coordinated by Marty with Patti Gilbert.

Admission Prices were the next item of business, a review of the past year’s prices was presented by Ann.  Motion by Perry, 2nd by Dustin Schmidt to leave admission prices the same as 2020.  MC.

Passes were discussed.  Lanyards will be provided for Directors, office staff, saddle sponsor and arena sponsors.

It was reported by Dale the National Qualifier Meeting will be in the Expo Center at the Stanley County Fairgrounds with the Fort Pierre Chamber hosting the breakfast.

SD High Rodeo School National Team Showcase, as discussed at the Annual General Meeting was next on the agenda.  Dan reported that Wall has agreed to provide this opportunity Saturday night of the Wall PRCA Rodeo for the National Team, to help prepare them for national competition.  There will be $500.00 added per event.  Sam Stoddard of the Western SD Buckaroos indicated he would request $500.00 to be donated by them, and report the decision back to Ann.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Justin Robertson to provide 500.00 added per event.  This money can come out of the sponsor account.  MC.  More discussion was held, a motion by Treg, 2nd by Barry to charge a $50.00 entry fee per contestant per event.  MC.  Thanks were given to the Wall PRCA committee for the offer to the members.

President Lance Lesmeister declared a ½ hour lunch break at 12:10 pm

There being no other old business President Lance moved on to New Business.

New Business:

The meeting was called back to order at 1:00 pm and the first item of business addressed Regional Rodeo Entry Form.  Motion by Barry, 2nd by Justin Pihl to accept the Regional Qualifying Entry blank was made.  MC.  The regional rodeo entries will be able to be emailed this year, with the payment made by check or money order, in the mail.  The Board agreed to let each region explore electronic payment options and use them if their committees agreed.  The practice rodeo schedule was reviewed next.  The JH State Finals date had changed, affecting some of the practice rodeos.

President Lance Lesmeister declared the meeting in Executive Session at 12:42 pm.

The Board came out of Executive Session at 12:50 pm.

Motion by Dale, 2nd by Todd to accept the 2021 SDHSRA Regional Qualifying and Practice Rodeo Applications. MC.

Legendary Honorees were the next item of business and nominations were taken. A ballot vote was conducted.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Justin Robertson that Bill and LaDonna Hupp, Rex Lamphere and Clay Schaack are to be this year’s honorees.

Region Transfers were reviewed, motion by Treg, 2nd by Scott to accept them as presented was submitted.  MC

At this time Donna Curr reported on the selections the Student Officers had made for Calendar and National Team awards and prizes.  She reported: Pheasantland Industries will do the National Team and Calendar T-Shirts and the Calendar Hoodie.  The Calendar coat will be from Heathershaw Designs.  Marty reported Black Hills Embroidery will do the National Team Shirts and short go shirts.  Carroll Coat Company will do the National Team Coats.  Discussion was held on the cost of the National Team and Short Go Shirts, and Marty was encouraged to check into it.

Next on the agenda are the NHSRA scholarships.  A committee needs to be established to review those.  It is unknown at this time home many scholarships we will be given, but last year we were provided 10, $1,000.00 scholarships.  Ann, Dale and Shannon will remain on that scholarship committee.  Ann will update the information for the scholarships on the website when it is provided to her.

The River City Rodeo in Omaha presented the SDHSRA with a $1,000.00 check to be presented to the scholarship recipient of our choice.  Motion was made by Dale, 2nd by Treg for Kaitlyn Sandland to receive the scholarship.  MC.

We have been in a contract with Rodeo News since 2014.  Ann visited with Siri after the annual meeting, as she was directed to do so.  Rodeo News has agreed to charge the price match to the The Wrangler of $8.00 per member household, add 1 more page for sponsorship or committee, and discount for the issues not printed.  Lengthy discussion followed.  With those revisions, Motion by Todd, 2nd by Justin Robertson to agree to a 1-year contract with the Rodeo News with the revisions she secured with Ann.  MC.

Printing a Program at State Finals was the next item of business.  Discussion was held and options were reviewed.  Interest in putting that money toward a Big Screen was entertained.  Motion by Perry, 2nd by Todd to not print a full Program, but instead print the day sheet.  MC.

The Big Screen at State Finals was further discussed.  Marty and Ann reported in detail on the sponsorships they have obtained for State Finals in 2021.   To date $36,800.00 has been committed.  The projected minimum is $39,000.00 and last year the amount raised was $42,500.00.  Ann reported she had applied for 4 grants that have not yet been decided upon.  The Big Screen sponsor from last year will not be committing for this year.  Discussion was held.  Motion by Dustin, 2nd by Nate to provide a Big Screen for this years State Finals Rodeo, even if a sponsor is not found.

The Student Officers reported on the buckle selections at this time.  They choose the Tres Rios buckles.  Shannon will make selections with their input and place the order.  It was noted 2 buckles total will be ordered for the Shooting Sports and Calendar prize buckles will also be ordered.  Motion by Dale, 2nd by Perry to approve the buckle selection.  MC.

Other new or old business was asked for by President Lance Lesmeister and, seeing no other business to attend to, a motion was made by Dale, 2nd by Perry to adjourn.  MC.
The Winter Directors Meeting of the SDHSRA was adjourned by President Lance Lesmeister at 1:35 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ann Sundermann
SDHSRA Executive Secretary