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									                                            A Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association

                                                           8111 LBJ Freeway
                                                         Suite 775, Lockbox 113
                                                            Dallas, TX 75251
                                                              972.671.4372
                                                              October 2009
                     GDRA would like to WELCOME our 2009-2010
                             Founders Club Partners:
                     Admiral Linen, Ben E. Keith Co., Dr. Pepper Snapple Group,
     Hardie's Fruit & Vegetable, Medical City Heart, Schepps Dairy, Sysco and US Foodservice.




President's Corner




Fellow members,


Members of the GDRA leadership participated this past month in the Texas
Restaurant Association & the Texas Restaurant Association Education
Foundation State Board Meetings in San Antonio. This is a time when
members from across the state come together to work on important issues
such as education, government affairs, chapter development and leadership
development. As a member, you should take comfort in knowing that there is
a group of your peers working hard to help protect and grow your business. A few quick highlights
from the meetings include:

       The National Restaurant Association is working on a new national media campaign
        highlighting the importance of dining out in America.
       "TRA Certified" is a new program that encompasses all of the certification programs
        supported by the TRA - ServSafe Food Manager Certification, ServSafe Food Handler
        Certification, and an Online Alcohol Seller/Server Certification. It allows for "one-stop"
        shopping when it comes to certification.
       Each TRA Chapter has a goal to raise $55 per member to fund the TRA Political Action
        Committee - a PAC that supports those candidates and office holders that understand our
        industry's issues.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more! I hope to see you at one of the many events
we have this month.

Respectfully,

Baine Brooks
Two Rows Restaurants
2009-2010 GDRA President
president@gdra.org
Welcoming New GDRA Members!                                    UPCOMING
                                                                EVENTS

New members that joined in September are:
                                                            Mark your calendar!
Todd Kerr - J. Macklin's Grill
Eduardo Diaz - McDonald's
Michael Hom - McDonald's                                        October 5
Jose Lozano - McDonald's                                    Federal Legislative
General Manager - TaMolly's Mexican Restaurant                 Update with
Brian Twomey - Loft 610 / Twomey Concepts                   Congressman Pete
Jennifer Gause-Prestridge - Frisco ISD - CTE Center             Sessions
Tom Barnes - Certified Energy Consultants                  Maggiano's - Northpark
Peter Hoffend - Dining Alliance
Mi Young Yoon - Otaru Japanese Rst                              October 13
Elsa Burg - EMB Bookkeeping Service                        Membership Committee
Kevin Snell - Pinnacle Restaurant & Bar                          Meeting
General Manager - Bennigan's - DFW Airport                     GDRA Office
David Goronkin -Bennigan's Franchising Co.
Kyle Bryson - Chill                                               October 15
All Metro Long John Silvers                                  TRA PAC Tacos &
All Metro Long John Silvers / A & W                         Tequila Fundraiser
                                                           Matt's Rancho Martinez -
                                                                  Lakewood
Join Us for Dinner with TRA President Mark Maguire -
October 27                                                      October 21
                                                             GDRA Tool Chest
TRA President Mark Maguire will                                    Series
discuss new initiatives that will enhance                   Twin Peaks - Addison
your TRA membership experience and
help build your business. As the                                October 27
economy, the industry and the world                        TRA President's Dinner
changes around us, so does your                                   Maximo
association and the benefits that it                         Cocina Mexicana &
provides to you. Mark is a GDRA past                          Margarita Lounge
president and a local restaurateur. The
four-course dinner includes wine and a                         October 29
specialty drink.                                            Government Affairs
                                                            Committee Meeting
                                                              GDRA Office

Date: Tuesday, October 27                                    Don't miss any of the
                                                            great upcoming events.
Time: 6:30pm                                                For current listing and
Location: MAXIMO Cocina Mexicana & Margarita Lounge        information, please visit
5301 Alpha Rd. @ Noel                                           www.gdra.org.
Dallas, TX 75240
Cost: $55
                                                           Support the PAC: Join
Complimentary valet parking or garage parking available.
                                                           us for Tacos & Tequila!


3 easy ways to register:                                     The Texas Restaurant
     CLICK HERE for registration form                       Association Political
     Visit www.gdra.org and click on EVENTS tab           Action Committee is hard
                                                            at work protecting your
       Call 972-671-4372                                            industry. Anyone who
                             Sponsored by:                              cares about their
                                                                   restaurant business HAS
                                                                  to care about politics.Help
                                                                    support the PAC that is
                                                                       working for YOU!



GDRA Tool Chest Educational Series
                    "Employment Claims and the Restaurant
                    Industry"

                    Presented by:
                    Lisa Chonarzewski
                    Senior Claims Attorney
                                                                           Thursday
                    Monitor Liability Managers, LLC
                                                                      October 15, 2009
                                                                       5:00-7:00 pm
Ever wonder how you should handle a situation in the workplace?
Come learn trends, impacts and strategies when dealing with:      Matt's Rancho Martinez
                                                                   6332 La Vista Drive
                                                                    Dallas, TX 75214
       Wage & Hour
       ADA
       Sexual Harassment
       Retaliation                                                     Minimum PAC
                                                                   Contribution of $50 per
                                                                  person (Cash, Personal
Date: October 21, 2009
                                                                  Check or Personal Credit
Location: Twin Peaks
                                                                  Card-payment required
5260 Belt Line Road
                                                                     at the time of your
Addison, TX
                                                                        reservation)
Time: 2:30 - 3:30
Cost: $10 to TRA members, $25 to Non-Members
Secure reservation with credit card at time of reservation.
                                                                          Sponsored by:
3 easy ways to register:

       CLICK HERE for registration form
       Visit www.gdra.org and click on EVENTS tab
       Call 972-671-4372

Tool Chest Series is only open to RESTAURANT MEMBERS.


OUR SPONSOR
                                                                  3 easy ways to register:

                                                                           CLICK HERE for
                                                                            registration form
                                                                               Visit
                                                                             www.gdra.org
                                                                              and click on
                                                                      EVENTS tab
                                                                     Call 972-671-
                                                                           4372



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