As people and organizations go about their day-to-day operations what one looks for is what others say about you. At the 2017 Colorado Senior Lobby Summer Social, we as an organization can stand proud on what Senator Rachel Zenzinger, Colorado Senate District 19 had to say about Colorado Senior Lobby and our citizen lobbyist outreach.
- If you want to hear her own words link to the video of the event and go to time stamp 46:25.
Link to Event Videos – CLICK HERE
Here is a transcript of what Senator Rachel Zenzinger said about Colorado Senior Lobby at the event:
“You have one of the most tremendous resources before you today which is an organization tuned into your issues that will actually take the time to train you how to be a citizen lobbyist. I really encourage you to take advantage of it.
I have heard many people say:
- I am not an expert.
- I don’t know the Capitol.
- It seems really intimidating.
- They don’t really care what I have to say.
- Why should I do it?
I will tell you that it does matter. You are an expert and we do need to hear your perspective.
If the legislators cannot hear from the very people that the legislation will impact, we have no way of knowing whether it is good legislation or bad legislation.
And we can always improve on legislation as well – so sometimes I do think that the ‘kill committees’ have already decided to determine what the outcome of bill will be. But that is okay. You still to need to go and make your voice heard so that these decisions do not occur in a vacuum. That these decisions occur within context and sometimes they do make it through and often it is because what we heard during testimony.
So it is critical that you continue to come down to the capitol and that you participate and even if you are nervous – even if you think you are not the best person to do it. Do it anyway.
It is only 3 minutes. You can write out your testimony beforehand. Walk up there and just read your testimony. You don’t even have to look up if you don’t want to.
But really truly if you lead with your experience and tell us from your perspective, otherwise we can’t make the decision down at the Capitol.
So please take advantage of it. And I want to say thank you so much for what your organization does by being a part of the conversation.”
Senator Rachel Zenzinger, Colorado Senate District 19
Colorado Legislative Assembly Link – CLICK HERE
And from all of us at Colorado Senior Lobby …
Thank you Colorado Senator Rachel Zenzinger, for attending our event and your inspirational words.
Now who is going down to the Capitol in 2018?