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ASA Advocacy Online - Your Virtual Election Hub Would you be pleased if your child received a 60% on an exam? In terms of voter participation, Americans are achieving a grade that low. According to the University of Virginia's Dr. Larry Sabato, in 2008 61.6% of eligible Americans turned out to vote - a record number. In 2004, the number was 60.1%.Voting is a right that Americans have died for and fought to preserve. Voting and educating yourself on the issues are the best ways to honor veterans' sacrifice. In case you haven't recently logged onto the Advocacy section of ASA's website (www.asa.net), it is time you did so. Whether you are interested in knowing where and when you can cast your ballot, and who will be on it, these answers and more can be found there. Members of Congress love to talk about transparency. They remind us that "sunshine is the best disinfectant." As a longtime staffer in the House of Representatives, I can say that we were inundated with requests for information and also about where a representative stood on a particular topic. Others would send us letters on their company's letterhead in support for or against a particular issue. Two facts about this come to mind immediately. First, each of these levels of communication had an impact and managed to "move the dial." Secondly, they are all available today to our members. An Informed Voter Powered by our partners at the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), ASA members now have a gateway of information. To access that gateway, all members need is just five digits. With the click of a button and by entering one's zip code, members can learn where their polling place is, who'll be on the ballot and much more. They'll learn when they can begin Voting and where they go to vote on Election Day. Have a son or daughter interested in registering and voting for the first time? You can do that here as well. Have a sibling living overseas? You can apply today for An expatriate ballot through ASA’s Election Center. As Roosevelt said, we should be prepared to choose wisely. You can learn not only who will be on your ballot, but if you are interested in connecting with a particular candidate, we’ll not only provide their mailing address, but also links to their campaign website, Facebook, YouTube, and even their Twitter handle. Keeping Score It has often been said that incumbency has its advantages. Through the Advocacy section of ASA's website, it could also be a disadvantage because we hold today's members of the House and Senate accountable for their positions. By clicking on the words How your elected officials stand on our issues, you'll get more than just a brief bio of your sitting Senator or Congressman, but how they have voted on matters of importance to ASA and the business community. Do they believe in cutting or raising your taxes? Do they support loosening the regulatory stranglehold that many feel is holding back our recovery, or do they prefer to keep them in place? Does your representative oppose the National Labor Relations Board's aggressive actions to impose "Card Check" through administrative actions, or do they believe in what the NLRB is doing? Members of the House typically cast between 700-to 900 votes a year (less than 250 in the Senate), and we're showing you but a few. Many are for specific amendments to a bill, others are simple resolutions naming a post office or commemorating a local hero. However, there are thousands of pieces of legislation that they can add their names to as a cosponsor.Even though these bills may not come for a vote, it is often an effective way of touting one's support for a particular issue. ASA has highlighted certain bills that would benefit small business and the PHCP and PVF industry. You can judge for yourself how supportive your legislator has been on these issues. In time, as ASA's presence continues to grow, we will develop our "scorecard" for elected officials and remind them of our association's interests. When a member of Congress is reminded that thousands of members of a particular group want action taken on a particular issue, it can make a difference. Archive of Prograss Since we've established our full-time presence in Washington, we have collaborated with a wide variety of our peers to advance a number of important causes. To keep our members abreast of our actions in Washington and the positions we have taken, you can go to the Legislative Issues button on the ASA website and view a host of areas where we've had an impact including issues on health-care reform, energy, transportation and infrastructure and tax reform. We've staked our ground on a growing number of public policy issues that impact the employer, both large and small. In addition, we've included a number of new links to resources that should be of interest to our members. Finally, as ASA's influence continues to grow in Washington, so do requests for support from candidates for office. ASA-PAC is supportive of those who are supportive of us. Elected officials that understand the risks taken each day by employers and the business community to help right our economy are who we support. Also, we champion those who go above and beyond in their support for issues such as opposing LIFO repeal, metal theft and water infrastructure. ASA members can go directly to our dedicated ASA-PAC page to view items related to the upcoming election, our activities as well as provide ASA with your authorization to solicit, as required by law. These are just a few of the new tools we are bringing our members so that they can be an even more informed voter. Take a few minutes and see for yourself at www.asa.net and look for the Advocacy button. Martin to Be Honored With IPD Award of Excellence The Executive Council of the American Supply Association's Industrial Piping Division is pleased to announce John E. Martin, vice president of national account sales for Anvil International's mechanical products division, has been selected to receive the IPD Award of Excellence. This year will mark the first time the recipient represents our industry's vendor community. Martin is a well-known leader who has provided extensive guidance to members of the industrial and mechanical PVF industry for more than 40 years. He has fulfilled countless roles throughout his long tenure with Anvil, and the same can be said of his affiliations with different industry groups, especially on behalf of ASA and its IPD. Martin firmly believes that genuine partnerships make the industry stronger for everyone involved. He exemplifies leadership qualities that have a profound influence on industry issues as well as the relationships that he continually cultivates. Martin's considerable knowledge and talent qualify him as a tireless advocate for education, training and the importance of streamlining the supply chain so all partners can benefit. The award will be presented to Martin during the Weldbend IPD Breakfast on Oct. 19 at NetworkASA 2012: OWN IT in Orlando. WinWholesale's Schwartz and Embassy's Gumm to receive inaugural Plumbing Division award The American Supply Association's Plumbing Division's Executive Committee is proud to announce the inaugural Plumbing Division Award of Excellence will be presented to both WinWholesale CEO Rick Schwartz and retiring Embassy Buying Group Executive Director Wally Gumm at the ASA Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast, Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. After long and thoughtful deliberation, the ASA Plumbing Division Executive Committee agreed to present the award to two recipients in 2012, both of whom have greatly distinguished themselves and are welldeserving of the honor. Rick Schwartz - WinWholesale Having had a long and distinguished career in serving the advancement of the plumbing industry, Rick Schwartz's most recent service to the American Supply Association was as a member of the ASA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Schwartz has been very instrumental in helping to keep national wholesaler members as active members of ASA. WinWholesale has exhibited its commitment to ASA, serving as an anchor with other national wholesale firms by keeping them engaged. Schwartz's stewardship at WinWholesale has encouraged participation by his team members to become actively engaged in ASA's regional affiliates, and also by their participation in leadership roles at the local level. Wally Gumm - Embassy Group As mentioned, part of the criteria for receiving this award is based not only on the recipient's influence on the current status of the channel, but also for being instrumental in positively affecting the industry in general. Wally Gumm has been a pioneer in establishing buying groups as a driving force in the plumbing industry. Many independent wholesalers are as strong as they are today because of the success of various industry buying groups. Over the last five years, Gumm has been instrumental in building strong ties between Embassy Group and ASA, opening their meetings to association staff and allowing them to participate in their appointment rotation. This has resulted in a nearly 75% representation of ASA members by the current Embassy membership. "Congratulations to both of these gentlemen on this outstanding industry recognition. They are most certainly well-deserving and match the award criteria admirably," stated Mike Adelizzi, ASA Executive Vice President. "They represent the beginning of a long line of distinguished industry recipients of this inaugural award," he added. ASA University to Offer HVAC/R Training ASA University will soon debut a new course to the popular ProductPro brand of offerings - Introduction to Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration©. Key for any employee new to your company or to the product line, this course continues the tradition associated with the ProductPro® brand, making your employees smarter about the products they sell. Intro to HVAC/R will familiarize your employees with the terms related to and the components found within HVAC/R systems, as well as provide details on the specific tools used in this segment of the industry. Employees who complete this course will: . Understand the principles of HVAC/R. . Be able to breakdown the HVAC/R systems into their individual components. . Describe uses and alternatives to each component. . Describe the components and application of of HVAC/R system motors. . List the types of tools such as meters, gauges, instruments and indicators necessary to work with this product line. The course, available this winter, will be offered in both a workbook format, as well as in ASAU Online as an interactive and engaging course. Contact Chris Olsen of the ASA University staff at 630/ 467-0000 ext. 209 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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