Have you ever considered adoption?
June 9, 2014I'll be traveling on business most of this week and will be squiring a houseful of relatives around Chicago next week, so this will be my last post until at least June 23. While I'm taking a blog break, here's something I'd like you to consider: adoption. The Alliance relies heavily on volunteers to fulfill its mission of providing advocacy, education, and information. We know that not every society has the resources to participate on the Alliance board and on committees, task forces, or working groups. But there is something that every society can do to help ensure our continued success: "adopt" a member of Congress. What does adoption mean? Quite simply, it means your society, working hand-in-hand with Alliance staff and our D.C.–based lobbying firm, takes responsibility for communicating the Alliance’s messages to a member of Congress and his or her staff. You will be asked to meet occasionally with the lawmaker and staff in the district office. You'll be asked to invite the legislator to your most significant community service events and also to tour your home office and meet your staff. And you'll be asked to communicate the most important information about fraternals and our tax-exempt status to the lawmaker via mail, email, or phone calls. Adoption is a big commitment, but you can do almost all of it from your office. The cost is negligible, and the benefit to your society and the Alliance is invaluable. If your society is serious – and I mean really serious – about taking on this responsibility, then email me as soon as possible, and we will get the process started. As I said, the Alliance staff and our lobbying team will be with you all the way. If just half of Alliance member societies participate, we will dramatically expand our ability to reach out to Members of Congress and have a positive impact on legislation that affects fraternals. I hope you'll consider participating in the program and I look forward to hearing from a representative of your society very soon.