As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, the Promise Campaign is JDRF's most important advocacy effort. There is simply no substitute for our Advocates sharing their stories of living with diabetes directly with Members of Congress and each other.
As a staff member, I get the most fun out of monitoring the post-meeting feedback. Advocates usually realize that the meetings really aren't intimidating at all. They become fast friends with the other Advocates who came out as well as a fan of their Member. For most meetings, we get feedback from at least a few of our Advocates. And, for some meetings, the Members that we meet with go the extra mile to report on how the meeting impacted them. Case in point is our meeting on Monday with Rep. Erik Paulsen from MN.
D-blogger Scott Johnson attended and recounted his experience on his blog yesterday. Please give it a read. Rep. Paulsen was also nice enough to record a video with the group to talk about his Promise experience:
Thanks again to Rep. Paulsen for participating in the 2011-12 Promise Campaign!
You can sign-up to attend a local Promise Campaign meeting on our website.
If you have questions about Promise, or feedback on your experience, please post them in the comments below.
Great job everyone who advocated and got the Congressman's support, live on video!!
Thanks everyone! It was a great visit!