On Wednesday, July 15th Commonwealth Club members flocked to Washington to join in the Annual Commonwealth Club Summit. While the capitol was gearing down toward their summer vacation, members were excited for a full day of events. A packed house filled the Capitol Hill Club's Lincoln room for lunch and joining them were 10 of Pennsylvania's 13 Congressmen.
General Counsel Lawrence Tabas opened up the day's festivities by thanking every one for making the trek down to our Nation's Capital. After being lead in the pledge by Commissioner Scott Martin and the prayer by Sheriff Bunny Welsh enjoyed lunch. Lawrence kicked off the program by giving a short update on the current state of the party.
Following the update, Congressman Tim Murphy proceed to invite his fellow Congressmen Lou Barletta, Charlie Dent, Mike Fitzpatrick, Mike Kelly, Tom Marino, Pat Meehan, Scott Perry, Keith Rothfus, and G.T. Thompson to speak for 5 minutes. Having such an established and unique congressional delegation became ever apparent as each congressman spoke. Members were given an opportunity to hear about what is being worked on in the House of Representatives, updates on their respective districts and what they hope to be working on this Fall.
After the finished lunch, the Members went next door to the RNC Headquarters for a briefing on what strategic initiatives the party is working on in the upcoming election and looking towards 2016. RNC staffers went in great detail regarding how they are working each day on techniques that will help them identify voters and building strong community relations throughout the country. After the briefing that included a tour, Members went to the Capitol building where they were giving a guided tour by members of Congressman Joe Pitts' staff before leaving the Capitol for the day. Once again the Commonwealth Club congressional summit proved to be a huge success in what has become an annual event.