Are you a Network member in the Scranton area, area campus employee, student at one of the local campuses, friend of Penn State, or state legislator from the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, or Hazleton area?
If you've answered yes to any of those questions, you're invited to the Penn State Grassroots Network's upcoming "Network"-ing event on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton.
The event will run 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The goals of these events are to give the Network’s most active members a chance to meet each other, to meet me (Network director Alan Janesch), and frequently, state legislators who serve the legislative districts in and around the event location.
I really enjoy these events, because they give me a chance to meet Network volunteers who I may know only as a person who's sent emails to me or to legislators, or as a voice on the phone. As important as that is, I think it's much more important to give Network members an opportunity to meet each other and to have informal conversations with their legislators in a friendly setting.
My other hope is that the legislators who attend will get the sense that their districts include dozens if not hundreds of Penn State alumni who really care about their alma mater (as we know they all do), and who have also volunteered their time and energy to learn about legislative issues important to Penn State and to reach out to their elected officials as advocates for the University.
So far, State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-116th District, Luzerne County), has confirmed she will be there. Rep. Toohil is a Penn State alum, a 2008 graduate of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and I'm looking forward to seeing her there.
We're also following up with other area legislators we've invited, in the hope that at least a half a dozen or more will be there.
We have sent invitations to Scranton-area Network volunteers; alumni; legislators; staff and administrators from Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Penn State Hazleton; and other friends of Penn State.
If you would like to attend, you *must* pre-register online. You can do that at http://alumni-psu.cvent.com/d/94qjn7
Typically, we offer guests at these events an nice array of heavy hors d'oeuvres and a limited selection of beer and wine. So that's why we ask guests to register in advance -- so we know how many people to expect, how much food to order, and so on.
No cost to you -- the Grassroots Network picks up the tab!
If you haven't been invited yet, but you would like an invitation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This the second "Network"-ing event we've held in the current academic year, which started July 1. The most recent such event was held July 25 in center-city Philadelphia.
One of my current strategic goals as Network director is to host at least four "Network"-ing events a year in key legislative districts across the state. Thoughts? Suggestions? Drop me a line at email@example.com! I'd be glad to hear from you.