The Montana Tavern Association, originally named the Montana Licensed Liquor Dealers Association, was incorporated October 14, 1937 by a statewide group of tavern owners. Membership that year was close to three hundred. The association was formed for the mutual protection and benefit of its membership. Its purpose: to provide a service of advice, direction and assistance to members; to aid members in the promotion of trade; to recommend regulation that would further their interests and to cooperate with the Montana Liquor Control Board by initiating or assisting in the control and regulation of the retail sale of alcoholic beverages.
More than a half-century later, our purpose remains the same today as reflected in our mission statement: To preserve and enhance the hospitality industry. The Montana Tavern Association is run by its membership, now almost eight hundred strong. Association officers are elected each September by the membership at the MTA Convention. The Executive Board, made up of directors and alternates from each county tavern association meets quarterly with the officers to carry on the business of the association in the interim between conventions.