1. Background

How to Lead a Delegation to Spring Lobby Weekend

Interested in leading a group of peers to attend FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend? Here’s what you need to do.

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Step one: Communicate with FCNL

  • Get in contact with FCNL about your interest in leading a delegation.
  • We’re here to support you! Stay in contact with Sergio throughout your planning process.

Step two: Recruit

  • Set a goal for the number of people you would like to bring to Spring Lobby Weekend.
    • To participate in the FCNL Delegation Leaders Program you must bring a minimum of four participants (an average delegation is six).
  • Start recruiting! Here are some ideas:
    • Host an event to recruit people to Spring Lobby Weekend. Here's a tip: Give free food! schools often have funding available for events like these. Reach out to your student government, resident assistant, or student activities department to see what’s available.
    • Ask a professor if you can give a quick five-minute presentation at the beginning or end of classes.
    • If applicable, make an announcement in your local Quaker meeting or church.
    • Invite someone to coffee and tell them about the opportunity.
  • Download our Spring Lobby Weekend Flyer and post it around campus or your community!

Don't forgot to follow up with potential attendees!

Step three: Raise funds

  • Here are a few ideas on how to raise funds:
    • Ask your local Quaker meeting or church for support.
    • If you are in college, approach your student government, political science department, career center, etc. for funding opportunities. Here's an email template.
  • Apply for FCNL financial aid.
    • FCNL has a limited amount of financial assistance for delegations. Learn more.
    • If you have question about financial aid contact Annie Chiorazzi at annie@fcnl.org.

Step four: Plan logistics

  • Register for the conference:
    • Registration costs $50 (with an option of $25 for those with low incomes). Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are included in your registration fee.
    • Online registration will close on March 19, 2020.
  • Calculate the expenses with our cost breakdown template.
  • Reserve housing in D.C.:
  • Transportation:
    • Driving to D.C.:
      • Research parking options.
      • Parking isn’t available at Hostelling International USA or National Press Club. We recommend parking outside of D.C. and taking the metro in to Metro Center.
    • Flying into D.C.:
      • Airports in the area:
        • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (closest airport and Metro accessible).
        • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (there is a train from this airport that takes you to Union Station in D.C. – this takes about 45 minutes).
        • Dulles International Airport.
    • Train or bus into Union Station:
      • Rail: Amtrak, MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service), and VRE (Virginia Railway Express).
      • Bus companies: Bolt Bus, Megabus, BestBus, PeterPan, Washington Deluxe, and Greyhound.
    • Metro:
      • The closest Metro station to the National Press Club is Metro Center.
      • The closest Metro stations to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation are Union Station or Capitol South.

Step five: Before getting to Washington, D.C.

  • Hold information sessions with your delegation to go over final travel logistics. Send out a final logistics email to everyone in your delegation, so that everyone has a reference.
  • Make sure every participant is registered to the conference. Email Annie Chiorazzi at annie@fcnl.org.
  • Share the Spring Lobby Weekend schedule, conference location, D.C. Metro map, etc. with your delegation. The schedule will be updated on the homepage as it is confirmed.
    Event Spring Lobby Weekend  

    Save the Date: March 20-23, 2021

    At Spring Lobby Weekend 2020, hundreds of students, recent grads, Quakers, and young adults gather to learn and virtually lobby Congress.