Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2009 - (Page 44)
Rural Water Rally, Washington, DC Your Opportunity to be Heard! SINCE THE FIRST days of our country, citizens have depended upon their elected officials to represent them in Washington, their state capitols, courthouses and city halls. They put their trust in these officials to fight for the priorities that concern them and to ensure the best possible outcomes for their constituents. Elected ofﬁcials rely on their constituents to bring issues to their attention and assist them in making informed decisions on how to take action. For example, a Member of Congress may have 10 meetings a day, and depending upon which committees they serve, the topics may range from national security to agriculture to taxes. To quote an old saying, elected ofﬁcials must be “a mile wide and an inch deep.” They need to know a little about many different issues all at once. It’s our job, as advocates of Rural Water, to keep the ofﬁcials, at every level of government, informed on the activities and needs of our industry and how they can better serve rural water. Having lobbyists and paid advocates is one way we get our message across, but NOTHING is more effective than voices from home. An elected ofﬁcial would much rather hear from constituents who can give real examples of the work done by rural water in their local area than a paid lobbyist who has no direct connection to their district or state. The Rural Water Rally is your opportunity to contribute directly to ensuring the continued federal support for our important Rural Water programs. These programs, such as the Circuit Rider Program and the Grassroots Source Water 44 • Fourth Quarter 2009 Protection Program, are a direct result of the funding provided by Congress in their annual spending bills. The grassroots support demonstrated during the Rally puts a face on the programs for Congressional leaders. Why should you choose to be the person to carry the Rural Water message forward? The answer is simple. Rural Water has a direct impact on your life, you understand it better than 99 percent of the population, and your elected ofﬁcials need to understand its importance as well. A given member of Congress represents, on average, 650,000 citizens. By taking the time to visit with your elected ofﬁcials and outline the issues related to Rural Water, you set yourself and our industry apart. Very few of those other 650,000 people will bring their issues to their congressional delegation. YOUR participation and understanding of how to work your elected ofﬁcials and our government will pay dividends for Rural Water for years to come. Rural Water is successful because of the local support for our important programs! We really do need your involvement and support. We look forward to seeing you February 8-10, 2010, in Washington, DC to continue spreading the truth about Rural Water and our many successes. ❍ It’s our job, as advocates of Rural Water, to keep the officials, at every level of government, informed on the activities and needs of our industry and how they can better serve rural water. Having lobbyists and paid advocates is one way we get our message across, but NOTHING is more effective than voices from home.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2009
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2009
From the President
Who's Telling Your Story?
Marketing Water and the Unsung Heroes of the Industry
Public Relations: Getting Along With "Aunt" Mildred
Effective PR…Even in a Downturn Economy
2009 Awards of Excellence
Rural Water Rally
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2009