Click to read CA's letter of support for H.R. 1549, the Helping Sick Americans Now Act
CA held its annual membership meeting in conjunction with the quarterly board meeting March 23 in Bloomington, MN, electing a new president and recognizing longtime retiring president Wayne Nelson.
Wayne Nelson of Winner, SD, has served on the CA board for 27 years, serving as president since 1992. Patty Strickland, a 32-year employee of CA, was elected the new CA President.
In other business, CA members adopted new resolutions for 2013. Click to read CA's 2013 member-adopted resolutions. In addition, CA Vice President Ben Schierer reported on current legislative activities including initiatives relating to affordable health care, small business tax policy and immigration reform. Click to read CA's 2013 legislative priorities.
At the annual membership meeting, outgoing President Wayne Nelson was recognized for his outstanding service in the area of national legislative work and leadership in all areas of CA.
Nelson met CA founder Milt Smedsrud during the late 1970s while Wayne was president of the National Wheat Growers Association and both were testifying in Washington, DC. Nelson was named to the CA Board of Directors in 1985 and took over as president in 1992. He has been actively involved in numerous state and national legislative issues that impact the self-employed and small businesses.
"Over the years Wayne has been a fierce advocate on behalf of all CA members, serving as an important voice in Washington, DC," Smedsrud said. “He has also been a good friend to me personally. I can speak on behalf of all CA members when I say that we will truly miss Wayne's expertise, leadership and warm, friendly smile."
Patty Strickland was elected President of Communicating for America by the CA Board of Directors at their board meeting held March 22nd in Bloomington, MN. Patty has been with CA since 1981, and also currently serves as CA's Chief Operations Officer. With her 32 years’ experience working in nearly every aspect of the organization, Patty has the knowledge and expertise necessary to lead CA as we continue to grow while providing CA members with the benefits and service they have come to expect.
Click to read more about the important role that immigrant populations are playing in revitalizing one rural Minnesota community.
Click to read the report that outlines the issues CA will advocate for in the upcoming year.
More than 40 years ago, a small group of farmers and rural business owners who knew the importance of working together for a common cause were brought together with the goal of creating a powerful, unified voice - a voice that would ensure the concerns and dreams of rural Americans were heard loud and clear.
Mostly first or second generation Americans, their backgrounds had instilled in them the philosophy, "together we will accomplish more."
The small group, with its simple yet powerful concept of working together and speaking with one voice, founded Communicating for America.
Since 1972, our members have been speaking with one powerful, unified voice, and over the years that voice has grown even louder and clearer. Today, it is:
A respected voice in Washington
A voice speaking out for our beliefs
A voice for educational opportunities
A voice of innovation for self-employed
and small business
A voice with buying power
A voice that gives you moneysaving
Join Communicating for America today, and join the tens of thousands of Americans who have enjoyed CA’s member benefits since 1972. Become a part of a united voice in support of the goals and objectives that are important to you and your family.
Communicating for America advocates for “the advancement of people in agriculture and small business, and the promotion of their general health, welfare and education.”
Our mission is to:
Promote health, well-being and the
advancement of all self-employed
Americans and small business
owners by utilizing our acquired
experience in serving rural Americans
Give members the right and
opportunity to set policies and goals
Deliver valued member benefits at the
best price and of the highest quality
We adhere to a simple, commonsense idea: that rural people should enjoy all the benefits and representation that their urban counterparts do. That is why, year after year, our highest priorities are the issues facing our members and their families.
For more than four decades, Communicating for America has fought for these resolutions:
Promote agriculture and
Advocate the interests of
Support community development
Ensure affordable health care
Protect business and
Strengthen community services
Create education opportunities
Better the lives of
Advance senior citizen
issues and rights