Some readers may be wondering why meeting representatives in-person is so important. With the advent of modern technology, national representatives can be contacted almost 24-7 by phone, e-mail and other quick and easy ways.
But unlike these, dare I say, overlooked forms of communication, there's nothing like a face-to-face meeting to break the monotony of a hectic schedule. A personal meeting in the flesh creates that much more of an impression, especially when there are dozens of masonry industry people sporting business attire standing at your office doorstep wishing to discuss pertinent national agendas.
While all of the participants could have easily e-mailed their congressman or telephoned their senator, the group's sheer size in-person made an indelible mark. Representatives recognized the effort that went into holding this Conference, the busy schedules that were put on hold to attend and, above all, the importance that the masonry industry places on the issues that matter to them.
"The MCAA Legislative Conference was a culmination of the Association's influence in Washington," said Michael Adelizzi, MCAA's Executive Director. "The members of Congress and key policymakers that our Government Affairs staff have been working with had the opportunity to put a face on our industry by meeting our members and chapter staff."
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