Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charitable Gaming
Charitable Gaming Regulations [11 VAC 20 ‑ 20]
Action Promulgation of Charitable Gaming Regulations by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including electronic gaming provisions
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 11/23/2022
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11/1/22  7:38 am
Commenter: Edward Rest


I am a Viet Nam Veteran and Administrator of Callao Moose Lodge #917, volunteered and employed for 26 years. During this time the membership has grown from 240 to over 1100 members. We have gone from all volunteer employees to 11 paid employees. Age ranging from 40 to 80. Having paid employees has changed the operation to a cleaner and  more more responsible operation. Our members volunteer to work many hours to raise money for local charities. Vet's House, Children's Hospital, Wounded Warriors, Schools, Massey Cancer and numerous others. We are a proud Lodge and well respected in the Community. 

Gaming In our Fraternal Organizations helps us increase our donations and keep the Lodges a clean safe place for our members to come to. 

The current Administration in Virginia ran on no new taxes, which I supported. Changing the wording from taxes to fees should be looked into from the top.  All Fraternal Organizations would support a reasonable (FEE) but to keep our doors open we need to use proceeds for payroll and utilities. The new rule changes will send Fraternal Organizations back to the Dark Ages. And put a lot of retirees out of a job that depend on this income to survive.

Ed Rest Administrator 8044509676

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