Watch SAF members talk about their Congressional Action Days experiences:
Congressional Action Days 2018
Hank Bukowski, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Marysville, Ohio
Robert Kitayama, Greenleaf Brighton, Watsonville, California
Joost J. Bongaerts, Florabundance, Inc., Carpinteria, California
Jamie Kitz, Sakata, Inc., Morgan Hill, California
If the industry you’re in is important to you, it should be worth explaining it to those who make the laws that help or hinder your industry. Leave this important task to others, and your concerns will not be part of the education of our legislators.
By attending CAD, you will see and hear vital information regarding the floral industry and so much more first hand. To receive first-hand information is priceless — you cannot continue to assume that changes are going to be made without getting involved. Our voices must be heard, and I feel that they are now listening! JOIN US and let’s keep our industry alive.
Advocating for our employees and businesses and sharing our stories in person is an important way to for us to connect with our legislators. SAF CAD helps makes that possible.
CAD provides attendees with the opportunity to not only influence decision makers in government, but also the ability to network with a broad network of industry peers.
This year we took our son, daughter, and son-in-law. We think experiencing the process is most valuable for any citizen. Learning how issues affect our industry and meeting with our Representatives to educate their staff gives a unique perspective on how to watch the news and interpret what you hear and then form your own opinions about how legislation happens or doesn’t happen. Being involved and engaged can change an individual’s point of view. We actually heard that said in one Representative’s office this year: changing his mind on immigration after hearing the effects on our industry.
The networking opportunities alone make Congressional Action Days’ worth it. I have made many great connections with the top people in this industry through CAD.
Everyone that is involved in the floriculture industry should go to CAD at least once every 5 years. You can help be part of the change or you are just going to watch the change happen to you. Make your voice heard. I will be back again.
CAD offers a fantastic experience to everyone working in the floriculture industry. I will continue to encourage business owners and industry leaders to attend this event in the future and I am looking forward to next year. Lobbying to our congressmen about the issues puts a face with the entire floral industry while favorably promoting flowers. Our energy and efforts, I believe, will positively affect many aspects this year. Our voices were heard. It is a great event, and makes me proud to be a member of such a fantastic organization.
The support and comradery of those that have attended before put me right at ease. The connections that I made to others in the industry were amazing. I will return again!
Not only is this a great opportunity to network with our peers and discuss challenges and issues that often face all of us, I cannot overstate how important it is to meet with our representatives and tell our individual stories. We can’t affect change if we don’t use our voice. The bonus is it truly is a wonderful experience!
Congressional Action Days 2017
Denise Patterson and Larry White, Smithers-Oasis-North American Operations, Kent, Ohio
Nicole and Sue Palazzo, City Line Florist, Trumbull, Connecticut
Post Appointment Interviews featuring
- Dwight Larimer, AAF, PFCI, DESIGN MASTER color tool, inc., Boulder, Colorado
- Gino Marotta and Mark Nance, BloomNet, Carle Place, New York
- Jason Waits,Bloomtastic, Columbus, Ohio
- Liza and Alex Atwood, Fifty Flowers, Boise, Idaho
- Alan Tanouye, Floralife, Inc., Walterboro, South Carolina
I thought I couldn’t make a difference… now I know I can.
It was so exciting to learn about the issues and then make our “ask” directly to the people on Capitol Hill.
Nothing is more American than going to the seat of government and being a voice for my business and our industry.
Congressional Action Days 2016
Michael Pugh, AAF, Pugh’s Flowers, Memphis, Tennessee
Shirley Lyons, AAF, PFCI, Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC, Eugene, Oregon
Christopher D. Drummond, AAF, Plaza Flowers, Norristown, Pennsylvania
Anne M. Stewart, Smithers-Oasis Company, Kent, Ohio
Gary Tharnish NAFD, PFCI, Burton & Tyrrell’s Flowers, Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska
Jeanne Ha, AIFD, CFD, Park Florist, Takoma Park, Maryland
Cheryl Denham, Arizona Family Florist, Phoenix
Most legislators hear from lobbyists all the time, and they get little input from entrepreneurs. They seem eager to hear our point of view, and it makes a difference when they vote.
CAD was a great experience! I highly recommend it!
It’s a phenomenal event for our industry — a great way to connect with peers, experience Capitol Hill and discuss important legislation that influences our industry.
If you want governmental change when it comes to your business, you have to help make it.
If we don’t speak up, then legislators have every right to pass laws ‘in the dark’ without considering their impact on our industry.