HOLIDAY SEASON It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached the end of the year and the holidays are in full swing. With the kids out of school and family arriving for holiday visits, this is a perfect time to reconnect with some old friends to share a few stories and lies. Don’t forget about our partners who will be working through the holidays and will not be with their families. Some of us remember many years of holidays full of B shifts and night shifts that came and went with the holidays. However you celebrate these holidays, we wish you safe travels, some relaxation, and good times.

CONNECT WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Reach out to any family or partners you know that have suffered losses this year. A quick phone call or a brief visit, just to let them know they have not been forgotten, will go a long way. We all have so much to be thankful for, and we should remember that our partners, friends, and family members are a strong part of our own successes, so we should provide them with a support system. Don’t forget to reach out to the DSA for yourself or any member you know that can use our support. We have a very strong foundation ready to assist in many ways for many different needs. Let us know how the association can assist.

BOARD ELECTIONS Although some things slow down during the holidays, not so much for the DSA. We have our board elections on the horizon. The terms of Shane Stiles, Dave Leonhardi, and Dustin Lopez are up and all three plan to run again. We’ll announce who is running for the board at the December 14 meeting and ballots will be sent out shortly after. Both the incumbents and some new folks will be reaching out to the membership for their votes. It is important that we have the right people leading our association, so take some time to reflect on the incumbents that have been serving for the past three years. Consider their goals moving forward and review the work they have done during this term. Read the new candidates ballot statements to see how these statements line up with the goals of the DSA. Remember, this should not be a “partisan” race. Instead focus on the best candidates who you are confident have what it takes to have a positive effect on our membership. Remember that these people are your voice in the association, so please take the time to thoughtfully read all their statements and vote.

Have a safe and happy holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 