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Join Us on Lobby Day - May 3, 2010

 We are happy to invite you to participate in this year’s Church State Council Lobby Day on May 3rd. We hope you can plan to be with us for that day.  

Registration ends on April 28. No on site registration is available. You can register now by going to http://www.plusline.org/eventdetail.php?id=1066734 or by calling 800-732-7587.

 If you have any questions, please email info@churchstate.org or call us at:  916-446-2552.  

Below is a tentative schedule for this event:

Church State Council Lobby Day Schedule

 
Registration  - 8:00 am- 8:30

Training Program — 8:30 a.m.  
     
Welcome from the Executive Director — Alan Reinach, Esq.

Devotional and Prayer — Dr. Marc Woodson

Legislative Perspective — Dr. Alan Nakanishi

Staff Perspective and Tips — Jeanice Warden-Washington  
          
Background to Bills — Alan Reinach, Esq. and Ed Fargusson

Lobbying Practice — Jim Redfield

Team Assignments and Materials — Ed Fargusson
 
Lunch — 11:30 a.m.
            
Lobby Visits — 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Reception — 5:30 p.m.

Message — Dr. John Graz

Acknowledgements — Alan Reinach, Esq.

Debriefing — Jim Redfield

Prayer — Ed Fargusson

Learn to Lobby for God

by Ed Fargusson

Church State Council will be holding its second annual Lobby Day on Monday, May 3, 2010 at the Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street in Sacramento. This event is for Seventh-day Adventist members who wish to learn how to have an impact on government from the state level down all the way down to their neighborhood.

Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will receive training on how to approach a Senator, Assembly Member, or a member of their staff. While the focus will be on the state level for this day, the principles you will learn can be applied to city or county level government as well. Presenters will include Dr. Marc Woodson, Executive Secretary of the Northern California Conference and popular speaker and Dr. Alan Nakanishi, former Assemblymen and current candidate for the Board of Equalization. Also presenting will be Jeanice Warden-Washington, Legislative Director for Assembly Member Wilmer Carter, who will give us insight into how visits like ours are seen by staff and legislators. In the afternoon, participants will go in teams to do actual lobby visits at the California State Capitol.

The day will be capped off by a reception where Dr. John Graz, Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association will address attendees. Dr. John Graz is a citizen of both Switzerland and France. In July 1995, Dr Graz was elected director of the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He serves as Secretary General of the Conference of Secretaries of the World Christian Communions—a conference of Christian leaders representing two billion Christians. He is also a member of the Board of the International Academy of Religious Freedom. He has been Director for External Relations for the International Center on Government and Religion at Andrews University.

"It was very satisfying to put the name of the Seventh-day Adventist Church out to the legislators in a positive way," said Lawrence Defehr, NARLA-West board member and participant in last year's lobby day. "It was very worthwhile to inform law makers how we view the issues."

Registration ends on April 28. No on site registration is available. You can register now by going to http://www.plusline.org/eventdetail.php?id=1066734 or by calling 800-732-7587.