NOARK hosted the second annual Advocacy in Action event on Thursday, August 14 in conjunction with the regularly scheduled membership meeting. Thanks to the efforts of over 40 volunteers, it was a great success.  There were 12 out of 19 invited State Legislators in attendance and 3 out of 4 National Offices were represented. All of the local State and National Legislators were invited regardless of party affiliation.  A number of other special guests were in attendance.

Secretary of State Mark Martin gave the key note luncheon address in which he explained the various duties and responsibilities of the office.  In the program, he described the various departments which work with the Secretary of State’s Office and the importance of the Office to businesses. 

Following a short break after lunch, each Legislator or Legislator representative was given an opportunity to address those in attendance.  State Representative Debra Hobbs shared the unique challenges associated with the State Public Education Trust Fund and its funding.  Newly elected State Rep Lance Eads explained the role of the Chamber of Commerce and State politics.  State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson, an employment law attorney, gave insights into various issues impacting employment law and businesses.  NOARK’s very own Thomas Dunlap closed the day with an overview of the Legislative Process. 

Thank you to each of the volunteers who assisted with the event and who served as hosts for guests and Legislators.  Special thanks to Chapter Administrator Cathleen Hoffman for her extensive efforts to make the event a smashing success!