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During the 2020 Legistlative Training Seminar (LTS), NAPS Executive Vice President Ivan D. Butts related that he’s been coming to LTS since 1992 or 1993. He would see people huddled in corners of the room or out in the hallway; there were no rooms for caucuses. State legislative chairs would be prepping their members, explaining the talking points and making sure they knew what was expected of them during their Hill visits.
“There always was one person who stood out to me,” he said. “We had a lot of great leaders, but this one really prepped her members and would sit down and discuss the talking points to make sure they were ready to go up on the Hill and represent NAPS.
“One thing that always struck me was the size of the group that was around her. I always admired this person for their professionalism and how they approached the business of being a state legislative chair in commanding the room and preparing the people.”
The 2020 Gold Standard Legislative Leadership Award—named after Stanley Gold from Florida, the original recipient who has been a tremendous advocate for NAPS and other organizations—was awarded to Marsha Danzy, Central Valley, CA, Branch 197.
“Last year, Marsha decided to give up the legislative advocacy work and turn it over to another member,” Butts said. “But we wanted to acknowledge her years of service and working for the California delegation in their legislative work. This is a token of our appreciation for her hard work as a legislative chair.”
For more about the 2020 Legislative Training Seminar (LTS), click on the links below: