Archive for May, 2011

My Last Visit on the Hill and Reflections on Advocacy

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The idea of meeting one on one with staffers was at first a bit intimidating, but it turns out that all of the conversations I had were friendly, professional and rewarding. I had an opportunity to talk about something important to me with someone who had direct access to the power to do something about it

My Video Debut

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

When I walked in to the GRD office this morning, I found Rhondalee Dean-Royce, the Communications Manager here at the GRD, training to use the video equipment. I was just getting my first cup of coffee and not thinking fast enough when I hear the question. .. “Are you busy today?” Had I been fully [...]

Week Full of Meetings!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Last week my schedule was filled with meetings. The week began on Monday with a visit to the office  of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) to discuss the newly introduced Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011 (S. 886). The meeting, led by Dr. Lutschaunig and Dr. Miller from the AVMA GRD office, was very interesting as [...]

The Unforeseen Pleasures of Entering Art Museums!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

I will be the first to admit that visiting the local art museum is not on my list of experiences when touring a city. Supporting evidence: despite living a fifteen walk from the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art, and having climbed those “Rocky steps” at least ten different times, I have yet to go beyond [...]

An Inspiring Trip to the Library of Congress

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

knowledge is the foundation of democracy

From Mississippi and Pennsylvania, Two New Externs Arrive in Washington!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

First day on the job was full of information and fancy clothes. We met with Patty Mayo and were introduced around the GRD office. A few hours and several attempts at logging in the computer system later, we were established at our desks and catching up on AVMA’s current legislative efforts on the Hill. After [...]