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Happy Independence Day…

July 2, 2018
Last week, the 100th member of the U.S. House of Representatives signed-on as a co-sponsor of House Congressional Resolution 10 – the Alliance’s “Fraternal Resolution.”  The 100 co-sponsors of HCR 10 include Democrats and Republicans. They represent districts across the U.S., some of which have a significant population of fraternal members and others with only a smattering of local chapters.  The “fraternal caucus” of HCR 10 supporters is composed of lawmakers with diametrically opposite views on some of the most polarizing issues confronting the nation.  And yet, when it comes to supporting the concept of not-for-profit organizations that secure the financial future of their members and enhance the quality of life in the communities in which those members live and work, these legislators are solidly united. Amazing.  And something to celebrate on this Independence Day. Securing 100 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives (along with 20 for the Senate version of the “Fraternal Resolution,” SCR 7) was not a walk in the park.  It took the combined efforts of Alliance members, Alliance staff, government affairs professionals from our two largest member societies (Thrivent Financial and the Knights of Columbus), and the retained advocacy firms from the Alliance and these large societies.  It took two “Day on the Hill” events, one featuring Alliance member CEOs and senior executives, and the other local chapter leaders from a handful of societies.  It took countless meetings, phone calls and emails to legislators and their staff.  And it took dozens of dedicated individuals who were willing to tell their stories of how their societies protect members and serve local communities. To all of those who have participated in the effort so far, please accept my personal thanks for investing your time, energy and effort to help us reach this milestone.  To everyone else out there, there is still time to jump on the bandwagon. Securing 100 co-sponsors in the House is impressive, but we recruited 106 in the last session of Congress and there is still time to top that total in 2018.  Here are lists of current House and Senate co-sponsors.  Take a look and see if your Representative and Senators are on it.  If they are not, and you want to help us convince them to become co-sponsors, send me an email at jannotti@fraternalalliance.org and we’ll get you everything you need to contact their offices. We want to head into the 2019 session with as many supporters as possible in our corner.  The more societies that participate, the more co-sponsors we can secure prior to the November 2018 elections.  I look forward to hearing from you.  In the meantime, best wishes for a wonderful Independence Day.