In keeping with the theme of NetworkASA 2011, a record number of members proved once again that they were “ALL IN”. Bringing in a total of $5,525 along with an additional pledge of $5,000, wholesale distributors and manufacturers proved the value they see in strengthening our association’s political muscle and helping to lay groundwork to increase our influence in Washington. Member-driven organizations such as ASA must rely on the generosity of members rather than by force, as is often the case with organized labor. “I’m so pleased to end my term as Government Affairs Chairman on this note, but this is not the end of our efforts, merely the beginning,” said Dennis Goode.
As this year’s Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Bradford White’s Nick Giuffre has long declared, “If you are in business, then you are in politics.” That is the mantra that ASA PAC and its overall advocacy efforts continue to operate by, continuing to make ASA “The Voice of the Industry”.
As noted, while the calendar year may be drawing to a close, our political advocacy efforts will continue. We look forward to unveiling a series of tools to better assist our members participate in the democratic process. Some of those will include granting ASA the authorization to solicit through our website,www.asa.net, along with the ability to make direct deposit contributions each month rather than annual contributions.