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CARE Project Info
 
Fellow PACE Volunteers,
 
IEEE-USA has challenged you and
the entire PACE organization to seek out and contact each of the
535 Members of Congress - your Senators and Representatives - in a
grassroots attempt to show that IEEE is not merely four letters, but
is real and constituents like yourselves are ready to pick up the
challenge to contact your representatives if needed.
 
The goal of the CARE program is to have IEEE U.S. members make a
constituent visit on their U.S. Senators and/or Representative in
their District or Washington, DC office sometime during the 107th
Congress (2001-2002) with the overall purpose of building relationships
between engineers and Members of Congress while raising Congressional
awareness (of IEEE) and appreciation of science and technology.
 
Although many of us are interested in other important PACE activities,
we need to see that our local 'Society' is served well by our Members
of Congress when we need IEEE recommended legislation to be acted upon.
It is our profession and IEEE-USA helps us to defend it. Be sure to log on
at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/care
to make YOUR pledge to this good cause.
 
Your CARE Pledge says that you have agreed to meet with one or
more Members of Congress. IEEE-USA President Ned Sauthoff has said
"Constituent contact lets them know that the issue is important, that
it affects their state or district, and that voters are concerned
enough to act. A few knowledgeable engineers who speak out can have
a significant impact, especially on complex technological issues on
which engineers have special expertise." (See Ned's entire challenge
to the PACE Network below.) I know we are all busy. Please see what
you can do to free up a little time in support of this effort - YOUR
pensions, livelihood, and career may be in future jeopardy if you don't
act now...
 
Please contact me if you have any questions. So far only a few of us
have pledged so far - let's try to make our Region 3 PACE
presence felt by actively joining this program.
 
Thanks for your help,
 
Don
 
Don Hill
PAOC Chair 2001
1676 Donelwal Drive
Lexington KY 40511-9021
 
H 859 259 0740
W 859 257 8487
C 859 489 IEEE
F 859 323 3287
d.w.hill@ieee.org
 
 
Ned's Challenge:
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IEEE-USA needs your support to make the Congressional Advocacy Recruitment
Effort (CARE) project a success.
 
The CARE Project is a new IEEE-USA initiative to recruit IEEE volunteers as
grassroots activists for the purposes of building relationships between
engineers and Members of Congress and raising Congressional awareness and
appreciation of science and technology. Our goal is to have IEEE U.S.
members pay a constituent visit on every U.S. Senator and Representative in
their District office sometime during the 107th Congress (2001-2002). The
project also encourages a wide variety of interactions in addition to
traditional visits, such as congressional involvement in National Engineers
Week, participation in tours and demonstrations, and member involvement in
local Town Hall meetings, etc.
 
In order to achieve these goals, IEEE-USA needs you, the volunteers who
make up the PACE Network, to help promote the CARE project in your
sections, chapters, societies, and student branches. Set a personal
example by taking the CARE Pledge and then paying a visit on your Member(s)
of Congress. Then help us to put the word out to others. A strong push
is needed now to take advantage of Congress' August Work Period (August 4 -
September 3), which is the perfect time for visits to congressional
District offices.
 
CARE Project information is available on the PACE Network 2001 CD (which
you will be receiving shortly) and can also be obtained at the CARE website
(http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/care). In addition to a pledge form and
report form, there are also useful resources including a guide to arranging
a successful congressional visit, a congressional directory, a Powerpoint
presentation on CARE, and a cross-reference of IEEE-USA sections by
congressional district. Please make use of these resources and contact
Chris Brantley in our IEEE-USA Washington office (202-785-0017, x.8347 or
c.brantley@ieee.org) if you need any assistance. The PACE Network leaders
will be following up with you to organize a visitation support process to
ensure that every Senator and Representative is visited.
 
Norm Augustine once remarked, "Engineers today seem to be the stealth
occupation....if we as engineers are unwilling to responsibly speak out on
issues within our realm of expertise, who then will?" The CARE Project
accepts that challenge. But to succeed, we need your help. Please accept
the challenge and help us show that the PACE Network can deliver.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ned R. Sauthoff
2001 President, IEEE-USA
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