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Signs of Spring

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It seems spring may be late this year but I keep looking for signs!  All I know is, I came back to more snow after a week-long cruise in the Caribbean…and I was sure getting used to warm sunny days.  No buds are appearing on the trees, no tulips are trying to poke up in flower beds and the weather continues to be so icy and cold…and even more snow is on the weather forecast.  
So, while signs of spring are filling the shelves at Michaels, Home Depot and JoAnn’s and spring’s official beginning is March 20; will we soon be turning the corner on spring?
Even daylight savings time changes early this year (March 9th).  I don’t know what this means to you, but to my dogs, it means they get to walk when I’m home after work rather than in the morning before I go to the office.  I’m not sure if they care as long as they walk; but I find that evening walks are a great way to put my day in perspective and enjoy the twilight. I’m looking forward to not being as bundled up and putting away the hats, gloves, scarves and coats.      
Do you decorate for spring?   Why wait till Easter?  I’m going to start bringing out my spring decorations soon so my vintage ceramic bunnies get their share of exposure long before Easter. 
This time of the year means planning for AAHAM’s upcoming annual Legislative Day, April 23-24 and this is the 10th anniversary.  Legislative Day is an opportunity to bring attention to importance of our organization and our message.  Through our Government Affairs Representative, Paul Miller; meetings are arranged with members of Congress and their aides.   AAHAM members have the opportunity to explain AAHAM’s positions on vital issues.  If you have attended Legislative Day; you can speak from experience in knowing how exciting and gratifying it is to be involved in this meeting.  If you are a Legislative Day newcomer, not to worry.  We provide plenty of support and you’ll have others to help you navigate to offices of your congressional members.
Some years, Legislative Day coincides with the huge Washington D.C. celebration; the National Cherry Blossom Festival but this year the festival is March 20-April 13.  The cherry blossoms are estimated to peak between April 4-8, but no one knows for sure since it is dependent on weather.  I hope some of the blossoms will remain when we are in Washington. 

Just a reminder, the AAHAM website offers an AAHAM store.  If you are planning on attending Legislative Day; you may want to stock up on some logo merchandise so when you are walking down the corridors of the Capitol; they’ll know you are from AAHAM!     

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