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aGrocers In The Capitol Day    MARCH 25th is the NEW date for Grocers In The Capitol Day in Madison.  Grocers In The Capitol Day is a perfect venue to learn about the issues and ask questions.  Hear from legislative leaders including Assembly Speaker ROBIN VOS.  Then let your voice be heard at the State Capitol during meetings with your elected officials to discuss issues that impact your business.  Two very special activities are:  Legislative Bag-Off featuring Mai Her, who will bag-off against her legislators in the Capitol rotunda, and Friend of Grocer Reception at the Executive Residence to thank Legislators who received an 'A'  on their Legislative Report Card.  Click here to register online and here for a personal invite!

Welcome ProLogic!   Welcome to WGA's newest Recommended Business Partner, ProLogic Retail Services.  ProLogic enables a independent grocery customers to build more profitable relationships with their most valued shoppers.  ProLogic provides the flexibility a and integration retailers need to reach multi-channel shoppers wherever they gather information. From in-lane and store kiosk promotions to retailer websites, email offers, mobile & social media, our solutions enable retailers to run promotions at every touch point. ProLogic leverages advanced analytics technology to provide you with detailed customer information and actionable business intelligence. For more information about ProLogic Retail Services visit our web site @  prologicretail.com or contact WESLEY HOWARTH at whowarth@prologicretail.com  or phone (724) 396-1861.

 

 

 

 

Our American Revival    Wisconsin Governor SCOTT WALKER continued his pivot toward the right in his CPAC speech Thursday, a and the crowd loved it as he aggressively touted his record as Wisconsin's Governor to offer evidence for why he's ready to take on the White House in 2016. "If we can do it in Wisconsin, we can do it across America," Walker said. The crowd ate up Walker's one-liners as he called D.C. "68 square miles surrounded by reality." He got an unexpected opportunity to flex his legendary anti-union muscles on stage when protesters interrupted his speech. "Those voices cannot drown out the millions of Americans who want us to stand up for the hardworking taxpayers," Walker said to the protesters. During his question and answer session, the audience erupted into cheers of "run Scott run."  Read more here.

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Charles In Charge   The Board of Directors at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin held a Welcome a Reception for the new President and CEO, CHARLES McLIMANS and was introduced by WGA member TED BALISTRERI, Sendik's co-owner and Board Chairman at Feeding America.  Ted was also on the steering committee to fill the leadership role.  "We grilled him," said Ted of the search process.  Charles' background starting as a volunteer at Fishes and Loaves and working his way up to director made Charles a natural choice.  Charles top priorities for Feeding America are the Three F's for food, funds, and friends and he tops it off with a personal addition of faith.  In photo is CHERYL LYTLE, WGA; CHARLES McLIMANS, TED BALISTRERI, and ROSS YOUNGER, Feeding America.

ACA/Right to Work Update   Don't miss out on the updates of these two timely and important topics!  WGA's HR Share Group will a meet next Wednesday, March 4th at 10am in Madison.  The group will host ANDY MURRAY, from SASid, one of WGA's Endorsed Service Providers.  Andy will give an update on the Affordable Care Act that will include discussions on play or pay fees, tax credits, alternatives to group plans and many other topics related to the ACA.  In addition, BRANDON SCHOLZ will give an update on the Right to Work legislation currently before the State Assembly, as well as the potential future ramifications should Right to Work become law.  If you are interested in attending or joining the HR Share Group, please contact Sarah Decorah:  sdecorah@wisconsingrocers.com,  608-244-7150 x302.

Helping Hand   WGA Prez BRANDON SCHOLZ joined his colleague NATE FILLER, CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association, and a several of his board members to engage in a bit of strategic planning.  As the WGA has worked to rebuild its Foundation efforts, the OGA is working to enhance their Foundation offerings as well as to continue to provide value to its members.  Filler acknowledged the successful UW Badger basketball team this season and Scholz was unable to explain the Badgers performance against Ohio State in the Big Ten Football Championship.

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