Washington DC April 22-25, 2015 State Chapter Trustees, Presidents and President-Elects from across the country met in DC to get face to face with policy makers to influence change and provide jobs for our profession. Trustees met to address National Chapter issues and coordinate solutions. President and President-Elects met to discuss tools and resources for the needs of our chapter. Overall we walked away inspired and encouraged at the possibilities of this upcoming year. Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill was a big success. South Carolina ASLA Trustee Bill Eubanks, President Duane Christopher, and President-Elect Kathleen Duncan met with staff for Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott. Duane met with House of Representative staff for Mick Mulvaney.
Bill and Kathleen met with Mark Sanford and his entire staff to discuss issues outlined by ASLA. We were warmly received by all staff. Staff seemed to appreciate and support the policy issues we addressed. We discussed the MAP-21, TAP and Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund and the National Park Service Centennial Challenge. For more information check out ASLA’s Advocacy website at www.asla.org/governmentAffairs.aspx.
We also had a Kick Ball game against the Chapter President’s Council on the National Mall. The BOT prevailed with a score of 3-0. Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) met and discussed how to increase the value of your membership through social media, public outreach and networking for everyone from emerging professionals to the seasoned veteran.