PLCAA's Legislative Day Nears
This summer, a dedicated group of lawn and landscape professionals from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., to present business and industry issues to legislators, and volunteer time, skills and equipment to beautify the cemetery grounds at Arlington National and Congressional. They will be taking part in the Professional Lawn Care Association of America’s annual Legislative Day on the Hill and “Renewal & Remembrance” Cemetery Project, July 22-23, 2002. PLCAA says registration is open to anyone who wants to make a difference in the future of their business and industry.
“If you want to be a part of this important, worthwhile event,” said PLCAA Executive Vice President Tom Delaney, “please register by the deadline of June 28. We are organizing teams for the cemetery project, finalizing speakers, and writing issue papers to present on Capitol Hill on behalf of the industry—your support through attendance is needed and welcome. We need to make sure our industry is visible and that our voice is heard in D.C.”
The two-day event begins with an early-bird tour of the historic district of Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday, July 21. Early Monday, July 22, volunteers head to Arlington for opening ceremonies complete with Joint Color Guard and guest speakers.
In honor of victims of September 11 buried at Arlington,
PLCAA member Vincent Tummino, battalion firefighter, New York City Fire
Department, Battalion #22, Staten Island, formerly of Lawn
Doctor/Sayreville-Edison, Sayreville, N.J., and Charles Campbell, fire chief,
Fort Myer, Va., will make special presentations. Both men were involved in
firefighting and recovery efforts after 9/11…Tummino at the World Trade Center
and Campbell at the Pentagon. Volunteer crew work will include the area at
Arlington National Cemetery
where some of those who lost their lives on September 11 are buried.
After the “Renewal & Remembrance” cemetery work concludes at Noon, attendees go to issue briefings to prepare for Capitol Hill visits, and wind up their day with a dinner and an entertaining talk by Charlie Cook, widely regarded as one of the most astute impartial analysts of the Washington political scene and one of the nation's leading authorities on U.S. elections. Cook is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, and political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and CongressDailyAM. He is also an analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on the highly rated “Inside Politics.”
The last day of the event on Tuesday, July 23, starts off with a breakfast on Capitol Hill where attendees then break up for visits with legislators. Past attendee and PLCAA President-Elect Jon Cundiff, Turf’s Up Lawn Service, Lee’s Summit, Mo., gave his assessment of what he deemed to be “PLCAA’s best event of the year.”
“Participating in the cemetery project was a great opportunity to honor those who have fought for our freedom,” Cundiff said. “I also felt it was important to visit with the legislators and let our voice be heard. It was great to know you can make a difference.”
The 2002 event is co-sponsored by Chipco, Bayer, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, FMC, RISE and Syngenta. Contributors are Lesco, Inc., The Andersons, IMERYS, Riverdale Chemical and Scotts.