Attached is our Major Award from the American Inn for being so excellent last year. Let's keep up the good work this year!
Our next meeting is Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 6 PM at the Legal Aid Justice Center. Jim Neale has arranged for a guest speaker -- Ken Stroupe from the UVA Center for Politics, who will be discussing, among other things, politics. Here's a quick bio:
Ken Stroupe is the Chief of Staff at the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Director of the National Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI).
Prior to joining the Center Staff In 1999, Ken served as Vice President of Government Relations for a large East Coast public relations firm and previously for eight years as Press Secretary and Communications Director for former Virginia governor and U.S. Senator George Allen. His career in politics began in 1991 on Capitol Hill as Press Secretary to then-Congressman Allen. In 1993, Stroupe served as the chief spokesman and media coordinator for Allen's 1993 Virginia gubernatorial campaign, and following the election, was appointed by the governor as Communications Director where he supervised all public communications for the Governor's office including media affairs, speech writing, and public outreach.
In 2004 Stroupe was appointed to the Virginia Commission on Civics Education by Governor Mark Warner. He was re-appointed for a second, three-year term in 2008 by Governor Tim Kaine. Among other projects during his tenure on the Commission, Stroupe is working with the Virginia Department of Education to revise and strengthen the state's Standards of Learning in civics and government.
We're looking forward to a good turnout and a lively discussion!
RSVP through the usual channel.