THREE YEARS OF RAR By Nathan Dewey- RAR Program Specialist

My third anniversary as RAR Program Specialist has recently passed and over these past few years, I have come to notice that November is one of the busiest times in the RAR world. It is the time of year that we create the events calendar, meetings calendar and training for the forthcoming year, as well as, the time of year that we reach out to the members to get them more involved in what we are doing here. I thought this month’s article would be a great opportunity to introduce, or re-introduce, some of the events and training we have here at RAR. We have extra courses for alcohol and marijuana responsible service training, to make sure everyone is up to speed and covered for liability in the upcoming holiday season. RAR gets involved in helping facilitate and consult its members to make sure that their establishments and employees are as responsible as possible and prepared for the holiday season and all of its dangers as well. Secondly, it is the time of year when we are selecting members locations that we will host our varied events at, such as RAR Hopping, RAR Member meetings, TiPS & TenderWise Training, to name a few.  

Many of you may not even be aware of the regular events and training we hold, therefore I would like to go over them briefly for you:

RAR Hopping: Our newest event to promote and highlight the relationship between the RAR member and our organization, as well as our combined efforts in providing and creating a safer community. RAR Hopping is a way we can give back to the RAR member for their support of what we are doing here at TEAM Wellness & Prevention. The events are going to feature RAR members who have been in support of us for a long time or are new and eager to help out.

RAR Member Meetings:  About every other month, we hold meetings exclusively for our RAR Members. These meetings are a time for the members to come together to learn or discuss something specific to their area of alcohol or marijuana service and sales. It is also a great time for the members to come together, outside of their competitive barriers, and discuss issues or topics, which might be affecting everyone in our community. These meetings are also a very effective time that brings us closer together as an association. Each Chapter attends 6 to 8 meetings a year, 2 of which bring all the members together, known as our ALL RAR meetings.

TiPS Training:  TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. RAR provides TiPS trainings for all facets of the alcohol industry including On Premise, Off Premise, University, Concessions and more… RAR as well provides regularly scheduled monthly trainings for all of these, and often there are extra training provided throughout the year to make sure every community is properly covered.

TenderWise:  TenderWise is a Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) and Colorado Department of Health and Environment certified Responsible Vendor Training. We wrote and developed this program, on our own, under the guidance of the MED and CDPHE. This class provides cannabis industry budtenders, managers, and owners with education on Colorado marijuana laws, policies, procedures and responsibility. This class is designed to help responsibly sell cannabis and cannabis infused products in our Colorado legalized and regulated environment. Special attention is given to preventing youth access, reducing at-risk activities and other harms that bring negative attention to the industry. We want to help partner with the industry for responsible use and sale. RAR as well provides regularly scheduled monthly trainings for the program, and often there are extra training provided throughout the year to make sure every community is properly covered.

Again, these are just a few of the examples of what RAR has to offer to all the communities we serves and I hope has, as well, given you better insight into what we do behind the scenes here. If you have any interest in joining RAR or participating in any of the events or training, please contact us at : www.larimerrar.org

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Melissa Lovato