I thought I would take a moment to tell you what a great and busy week I had this week.
Monday: 4 separate meetings in Augusta with legislators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee to discuss tobacco taxes—then off to Portland to help set up for the Go Red for Women Luncheon. Some legislators were engaged and supportive. Others (who will not be named) were busy checking their phones. Luncheon set up went smoothly—and the pizza was very welcome.
Tuesday: Go Red Luncheon in Portland! I was joined by Advocacy Committee member, Richard Veilleux and Maine Board member Jen Hunt-Maclearn at the Advocacy Table. We spoke to dozens of people about our policy priorities and signed folks up for You’re The Cure. We were so busy that I did not have time to bid on any of the wonderful auction items. Oh well. Maybe next year.
Wednesday: Carpooled with Hilary from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to Augusta to meet with more members of the Appropriations Committee and Senate Leadership (again, about tobacco taxes). As usual, the timing of the meetings shifted and we barely made it back (in the snow) to pick up kiddos at after-school care. C missed gymnastics, but will make it up next week.
Thursday: CoverMENow Coalition call, followed by a strategy call on tobacco taxes. Later that afternoon, I called into the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council Board meeting where we discussed fundraising, our annual conference and I gave an update on legislative activities.
Friday: My supervisor, David Day, made a trip to Maine to discuss progress to date on our priorities and to look ahead to the rest of the year.
I feel very lucky to have such strong support from partners, volunteers and other American Heart Association staff. I could not do all that needs to get done without you! Thanks.