BOC Update Fall 2017 - Advocacy Resource Committee

BOC Update Fall 2017 - Advocacy Resource Committee

1. The ARC Committee focuses its efforts on recruitment, retention and training of Congressional key contacts or Ambassadors. The Committee often hosts webinars to educate the Ambassadors, most recently on the "ABC's of Being an Ambassador," and "In-District Advocacy." Ambassadors are called on to reach out to their Member of Congress on priority issues, particularly if there is some urgency. They are encouraged to have at least five contacts a year with their Member to develop a personal relationship. Ultimately it is expected that they will attend fundraisers or host a fundraiser. They are also invited to fly—ins and Congressional retreats.

2. Dr. Larry Halperin presented about the importance of the ARC Committee and his own experiences as an Ambassador. He said the key to being a successful Ambassador is to be bold, persistent and flexible.

3. The Distinguished Ambassador Recognition Award's first recipient is Dr. Stewart Weinstein. Dr. Weinstein has a very impressive resume and has served as President of AAOS. He also was chairman of the PAC during a key period of growth in terms of revenue and influence. He was extremely active on Capitol Hill and well known by many Members of Congress and staff. The Committee discussed criteria to use for the Distinguished Ambassador in the future and will request to have the recipient speak at a future meeting.

4. A list of AAOS members that have relationships with federal congressmen and senators is maintained by this committee. There are presently 198 ambassadors, and the number has been growing steadily, but we need more. Contact Julia Williams if you are interested in becoming an Ambassador or to gauge specific targets, which include influential members of the House and Senate leadership as well as key committee (Finance, Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce) leadership and heath care subcommittee members

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