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Advocacy Hits the Road!

Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Columbia, Maryland

Last week, the Association’s advocacy team held the second round of ‘Advocacy Roadshows’ which the team put together at the request of members who wanted to get a better understanding of what it’s like to attend meetings and ‘lobby’ CU issues on Capitol Hill, Annapolis and in the District. In addition, the sessions covered other grassroots advocacy activities which the team participates in and members can get involved in limited only by the members particular interest and schedule.  Capitol Hill is important but it is not the only way to get involved and stay engaged.  Member engagement extends to many activities including participating in a CFPB Roundtable, drafting or reviewing a comment letter to the NCUA, sending an email to an elected official at the statehouse, attending a Congressional fundraiser, donating to CULAC and any number of other activities throughout the year.  

These successful round of ‘Roadshows’ were held on Tues., April 14 in Timonium and Thurs., April 16 in Washington, DC respectively.  Our first Roadshow was held just prior to GAC in early March in College Park.  In total we had approximatley 40 members register for the Roadshows and from the feedback we have received thus far, attendees have expressed to the team that they found their respective sessions helpful to get a better understanding -- and a comfort level be it ‘Hiking the Hill” for meetings with staff or a Congressional member or getting involved in other activities.

The sessions used an informal ‘grassroots workbook’ to guide the discussion and cover topics in an orderly but informal setting. In addition to Q&A, the sessions involved ‘role-playing’ between a constituent and a Senator that highlighted in a lighthearted way the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of holding a successful Capitol Hill meeting…DO…stay on topic and on message, as the elected member or staff are busy…DON’T hand them a campaign check in a Congressional office! As the advocacy team pushes forward and depending on continued member interest we plan to host additional forums and roadshows to engage members and make the point that while advocacy can take some time, the benefits to members and to our industry is worth…the time, effort and fight. 

For additional information: Glen Cooney - VP, Advocacy & Legislative Affairs / 443-325-0775 / gcooney@mddccua.org.