This spring marks the ninth consecutive year that the author has attended their Leadership and Legislative Summit (LLS) conference. Preparation for Capitol Hill Visit Day starts a few weeks, even months, before it all begins. You will receive the legislative issues, background and their IREM position well before arriving in DC. Be aware that anything might happen on your first day. Meeting with the actual senator or representative is a huge thrill, but make no mistake, every meeting you have is just as important and just as meaningful. The experiences and rewards of being part of the IREM Capitol Hill Visit Day are many. The memories and sights will hold a special place in your mind and in your heart. You will end your day on the Hill feeling decidedly fulfilled, and walking a bit taller.
CapItol Investment IREM Member shares rewards & insights from her Capitol Hill Visit Days by linda Jackson, Cpm®, Rpa www.irem.org 42 mar.apr 2009 I don’t know about you right at this moment, but I’m con- templating what shoes I’m going to take to Capitol Hill Visit Day with IREM in April! Yes, I really am. And do you know why? Quite simply because it is just that important. If you have been to the IREM Leadership and Legislative Summit (LLS) in Washington, D.C., you know about the shoes. And if you haven’t been to the Summit and plan to make the visit this year, do put comfortable shoes high on your list of things to pack (and believe me, this applies to all you men, too!). This spring marks the ninth con- secutive year that I have attended our LLS conference. Each year has been decidedly different and has brought new experiences, new learning, new friends and new fun. Don’t worry—I am not going to go through all eight years, but let me touch on a few high- lights from those trips. I smile as I remember that first year. Admittedly, I was more than a bit timid on that trek up the Hill. It was during the first year’s meetings that it seemed at a moment’s notice some of our group announced their departure to catch planes! Oh dear. This meant a fellow member and I had to go on a few appointments by ourselves. And that meant I would have to step up and discuss at least half of our issues on my own. The terror! But the terror soon dissolved: The IREM leadership team had prepared us well, as did Chuck Achilles, IREM Vice President, Legislation and Research, and his team before our day on the Hill. [RIGHT] lInda Jackson, cPM®, enJoys HeR TIMe In THe caPITol BuIldInG. [oPPosITe PaGe] IReM dallas cHaPTeR 14 MeMBeRs sTRIke a Pose aT THe 2007 leadeRsHIP and leGIslaTIve suMMIT. PIcTuRed fRoM
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