If You Can Read This, You Can Be an Advocate for America’s Fraternals
March 9, 2015If you can read this post, then you have access to a computer. And if you have access to a computer, you can be a grassroots advocate for America’s fraternals. Today is the opening day of "Fraternals GIVE Back," the biggest grassroots political advocacy initiative we've ever attempted. This web-based campaign makes it easy for you – and anyone who supports the fraternal system – to send a clear and consistent message about the value of the fraternal business model to their U.S. Representative and Senators. With just a few clicks, you can send a personal message to your legislators and provide them information about the impact of fraternals in their home state and nationally. And trust me, it’s easy and effective. My staff used me as the guinea pig to test the website (something I know they secretly refer to as “the idiot test”) and, not only was I able to log-on and send personal emails to my congressional representatives within minutes, I also received acknowledgments from my Representative and Senators within 24 hours. I’m counting on each of you to do the same – and to tell everyone in your society, local chapter, agency, and family to join you in this important initiative. We want every member of Congress – all 435 Representatives and all 100 Senators – to receive at least one email from a constituent. And we want as many Representatives as possible to sign-on as a co-sponsor of Congressional Resolution #19, the resolution highlighting the valuable contributions made by fraternals to the economic and social fabric of the U.S. sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn). What’s more, the Fraternals GIVE Back grassroots campaign will be a fantastic lead-in for the Alliance “Day on the Hill” during the 2015 Executive Summit in April when dozens of Alliance CEOs and senior executives will be meeting with Members of Congress to promote awareness of the valuable contributions fraternals make to our nation every day. So, go to the Alliance website entitled, FraternalsGIVEBack.org and start spreading the good word. We’ll keep you posted on the results, both in terms of number of contacts with Members of Congress generated and number of Congressional Resolution co-sponsors recruited. And, if you get a nice note back from one of your legislators, let us know about it by posting a comment right here.