Legislative Day 2017

Legislative Day, Feb. 28, is an opportunity for alumni, volunteers and other friends of the University of Missouri System to thank legislators for their past support and encourage their continued support by sharing examples of how the UM System, its four campuses, and MU Extension improve the lives of Missouri citizens.

For more information, visit www.umsystem.edu/ums/ur/legislative_day.

Legislative Day Breakfast

You're invited to the Legislative Day Breakfast, presented by University of Missouri Extension and the Mizzou Alumni Association.

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Feb. 28, 2017
2nd Floor of State Capitol, Senate North Inner Hallway

RSVP at http://www.mizzou.com/legislativebreakfast17.

Helpful tips

For MU Extension faculty and staff

Making the most of the drive

The trip to the State Capitol is a great time to carpool with your council members, volunteers, commissioners and extension users. It affords you, as faculty and staff, an opportunity to share more about extension’s successes in your community or region. It gives our advocates a chance to talk through and practice their pitches with you.

While we reimburse for mileage by our faculty/staff who are driving in for the ISE and also may be transporting our volunteers or advocates, we do NOT, as a rule, pay for lodging the night before. The only exception is if your volunteers have early morning appointments and you are there transportation. Then we pay your room only.

(Note that the MU Extension State Council meets with the Regional Extension Council Chairs on the night of Feb. 27, the night before Legislative Day, so they may already be in town.)

Once at the Capitol: what to expect

  • When you arrive, go to the second floor of the Capitol rotunda to the registration table run by the MU Conference Office.
  • Pick up your materials and name tags.
  • If you signed up for breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.), it will be located on the second floor, Senate North Inner Hallway
  • Note that your advocates/council members/volunteers will go to their previously scheduled appointments with their Senators and Representatives.
  • Meanwhile, you keep sharing your extension story! Tables are set up so you can engage with volunteers and others from extension, UM System, Mizzou and our other 3 campuses.
  • The Urban Regional Extension Council will meet between 9:30 and 11 a.m., location TBD.
  • About 11:45 a.m., go to the lower level of the Capitol for the Legislative Day Rally at noon.
  • After the rally, box lunches will be served to all who registered on the second floor, Senate North Inner Hallway. (where breakfast was earlier)
  • After lunch, our advocates/council members/volunteers will begin their afternoon legislative visits and conversations.
  • Faculty/staff/administration will walk down the street to the Capitol Plaza Hotel for your in-service (ISE) training (1:30–3 p.m.) in the Lincoln Room.
  • After the ISE, meet your group back at the Capitol in a pre-designated place for the trip home.
  • After the legislative visits at 3:15 p.m. the MU Extension State Council will convene at the Capitol with administration to recap. (Location TBD)
  • We will be sending each of you sheets to tell us about any issues or opportunities that came up during the visits that central office should know about.

Post event

  • Send thank you notes to the volunteers who represented your area.
  • Talk on the trip back about their visits.
  • Thank your volunteers for their time and advocacy today.

For volunteers and councils

Getting ready to advocate for MU Extension, as a vital part of the University of Missouri and UM System, is nearly as important as your visit itself! Elected officials represent you, their constituents, and care about what you think. With a little advance preparation, you can feel confident in your ability to represent extension through sharing your extension story.

Before meeting with your representative, senator, staff member

  • Know the names of staff members you are meeting with and how to pronounce the names of elected officials you are seeing. Ask in advance, if you are unsure.
  • Treat staff members with respect; they are often key in passing along our issues and granting access to the legislators they serve.
  • Decide who in your group will take point on each visit and lead the discussion.
  • Prepare, and be ready to tell succinctly, your own inspiring extension story.
  • Review the System talking points and include them in your pitch.
  • If you are a constituent, be sure to let the legislator’s staff know when you book the visit.
  • Make arrangements to carpool with your county’s faculty/staff, if you can. We can pay their mileage, but not yours.

5 elements of a meaningful message

  • Convey extension’s impact on your life, your community or your region. Be specific.
  • Get to the point, and keep the legislator’s/staff member’s attention.
  • Demonstrate the value and impact that extension has on Missourians like you.
  • Leave them with something to think about and still wanting to learn more.
  • Keep stories memorable — and brief enough — that they will want to cite them.

Legislative Day: what to expect

  • When you arrive, go to the second floor of the Capitol rotunda to the registration table run by the MU Conference Office.
  • Pick up your materials and name tags.
  • If you signed up for legislative breakfast when you registered online, it will be in the 2nd floor Senate North Inner Hallway, available between 7:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Use your previously scheduled appointments with legislators to guide your morning schedule.
  • Between visits, keep sharing your extension story! Tables are set up so you can engage with others from extension, UM System, MU, Mizzou Alumni Association and our elected officials staffers.
  • About 11:45 a.m., go to the lower level of the Capitol rotunda for the Legislative Day Rally at noon and remarks by elected officials and dignitaries.
  • After the rally, box lunches will be served to all who registered in the 2nd floor Senate North Inner Hallway.
  • After lunch, our advocates/council members/volunteers will begin their afternoon visits.
  • (Faculty/staff/administration will walk down the street to the Capitol Plaza Hotel to the Lincoln Room for their in-service education (ISE) (1:30 to 3 p.m.)
  • After the legislative visits, the MU Extension State Council will convene with administration in a TBD area of the Capitol to recap at 3:15 p.m..
  • Use the sheets we will provide to record any issues or opportunities that came up during the visits that central office should be know about.

During the meeting with your representative, senator, staff member

  • Thank them for their time today and for their past support.
  • Keep introductions brief. Let them know you are a volunteer, someone who uses and has benefited from extension, or that you serve on an extension council.
  • Be sure to remind them that extension fulfills our university’s land-grant mission to share MU research with all citizens.
  • Remind them that the UM System, and its four campuses including MU, work collectively to touch and impact all Missourians.
  • Tell a short, powerful story that shows extension’s value, or listen while someone else does.
  • Watch the time. Around the 15-minute mark, get ready to leave, saying, for example, “Senator, thank you again for your time and support of MU and MU Extension. We want to invite you to see extension in action when you are back in our district. Here’s how to contact us.”
  • Leave the appropriate person’s card behind, with a card on the extension Legislative Toolbox Resource information or leave-behind information.

After the meeting with your representative, senator, staff member

  • Within one week, write or email your thanks to the appropriate staff or legislator. Reiterate the importance of sustaining funding for the University that directly impacts Extension.
  • Submit your completed “recap” sheets to Tracy Feller, director of Constituent Relations, MU Extension, 109C Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO  65211, or send to fellert@missouri.edu.

For elected officials

To find information and resources, visit the Elected officials toolbox, which includes facts, research, data and resources you can turn to and rely on, to enable you to make informed decisions on matters affecting your constituents – in the districts you serve. We hope these are pages you will want to “bookmark” for quick reference in the future.