A Week in D.C. (Part 3)

November 11

The next two days, the business of CCL.  “Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”  ~  Carl Sagan . . .

[At the Omni Shoreham, the 800 volunteers are greeted by CCL Executive Director, Mark Reynolds . . . ]

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[When local chapters meet on a monthly basis, Mr. Reynolds hosts programs that each chapter joins by computer hook up . . . ]

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[Then other members of CCL staff addressed the assembled masses . . . ]

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[Possibly including Lady Gaga?]

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[Brett Cease joined us at the regional CCL conference in Bemidji earlier this year . . . ]

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[The Super enjoying lunch at the Omni . . . ]

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[Selfie at the Omni . . . ]

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[For the afternoon sessions, small groups assigned to individual congressmen and senators met to determine the roles of each member . . . ]

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[The hardest part was to find your group because the individual meetings were held in “the lobby” . . . ]

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[We broke away in mid-afternoon for a nosh and a beverage with the Howells at a restaurant across the street . . . ]

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[Then back to the Omni for late afternoon programming . . . ]

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[Jeanne and Ken found their meeting . . . ]

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[And our last meeting with the group that would visit Congressman Collin Peterson’s office . . . ]

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November 12

On our way to the first of four congressional meetings.  The four of us from Alex were only all together for our last meeting at Congressman Peterson’s office . . . 

[From the Capitol South metro stop, I’m on the way across the capitol grounds to the Senate office buildings on the north side of the capitol.  I had the earliest meeting, with Senator Kevin Cramer (R), North Dakota, in the Russell Building.  To do so, I passed by the Library of Congress . . . ]

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[Then the Capitol . . . ]

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[Then the DACA demonstrations in front of the Supreme Court . . . ]

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[Then the United Methodist Building . . . ]

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[Finally to the Senate Office Buildings . . . ]

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[A CCLer admiring the art display in the . . . Hart Building.  That’s right!  I went to the wrong building, an accident consistent with my chronological age . . . ]

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[I subsequently found the Senator Cramer’s office in the Russell Building.  Photo, l-r:  Glenn Rogers (Bedford, PA), Danielle Hess (Forest Hill, MD), Mindy Ahler (Edina), Micah Chambers (Cramer’s Legislative Director), Brett Cease (Duluth), Sharon Planer (Annandale), (Photographer: Tom Obert, Alexandria) . . . ]

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[Then it was on to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D), Minnesota, office in the Dirksen Building . . . ]

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[OK, this shot was from 13 years ago . . . ]

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[Photo, l-r:  Peter Jarka-Sellers (St.Paul), Bobbie Scott (St. Paul), Brian Werner (Klobuchar’s Senior Legislative Assistant), Kawai Washburn (Minneapolis), Sharon Planer (Annandale), Howard White (Northfield), (Photographer: Tom Obert, Alexandria)]

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[Then back across to the House Office buildings, past the Supreme Court . . . ]

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[OK, I thought she was a movie star, or something . . . ]

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[Past the Capitol . . . ]

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[To Congressman Tom Emmer’s (R), Minnesota, office in the Cannon Building.  Photo, l-r: Lee Morgan (Annandale), Peter Jarka-Sellers (St. Paul), Sharon Planer (Annandale), Catherine Lenz (Emmer’s Legislative Assistant), Joseph Robertson (Minneapolis), Jeanne and Ken Howell (Alexandria), (Photographer: Tom Obert, Alexandria) . . . ]

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[Then to Congressman Collin Peterson’s (D), Minnesota, office in the Rayburn Building.]

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[The Super under the Congressman’s congressional district . . . ]

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[With his seniority, he has a “room with a view” . . . ]

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[Photo, l-r:  Tom Obert (Alexandria), Jeanne and Ken Howell (Alexandria), Sharon Planer (Annandale), Howard White (Northfield), Ruth Obert (Alexandria), Zach Martin (Peterson’s Senior Legislative Assistant)]

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[Home on the metro with, l-r:  The Super, Jeanne, and Ken . . . ]

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[Then up to the Vantage Point restaurant in our hotel for dinner.  Good night!]

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Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.  ~  George Bernard Shaw

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