I hope this message finds you enjoying a great North Dakota summer!
It’s hard to believe August is already here. Of course, that means your ICBND staff is in the home stretch of preparation for our 52nd annual convention. I hope you’re planning to attend. I promise it will be fun and informative! And, don’t forget to participate in Monday evening’s Superheroes them party which is sure to be entertaining.
On a serious note, preparing for the convention also causes us to reflect on our progress this past year. I’m happy to report that community banking in North Dakota and across the country continues to take strides forward as Senate Bill 2155 specifics get implemented finally bringing some regulatory relief. At the state level, our advocacy efforts have also been effective as we navigated through the 66th Assembly of the North Dakota Legislature. I want to thank all of you who participated in advocacy efforts at the state and federal level in our continued push to help community banking thrive. I also want to thank the ICBND Board of Directors for their active participation in all things ICBND this past year. As I will further report at the annual meeting, this truly has been a successful year for your association. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Rick Braaten for his dedicated service this past year as your ICBND Chairman. Your leadership, insight, positivity and friendship have been a real gift to me and the association.
I hope to see you all on the 11th in Bismarck!