The Washington DC session is one of the highlights of IDF’s program. This is an optional trip, and missing it does not count against your attendance. Because of the content of the programming for DC, we HIGHLY recommend you attend, but understand it may be difficult for cost and work related reasons to participate.
We plan this session around Potlatch, an annual reception put on by the Washington State Society, which will be on Friday, May 20. The regular programming is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of the week we are in Washington, DC. There will be optional extended programming on Tuesday and Wednesday that costs an additional $150 (to pay for hotels).
IDF covers your Potlatch tickets and your hotels during your stay in DC. Plane tickets, transportation and food are your own responsibility. Monday (or Wednesday, if you don’t do the extended trip) and Sunday are travel days, and Saturday is a free day for participants to sightsee in DC.
In past years, programming for this ninth weekend has included the following:
- Tour of the Pentagon
- Meetings with our Democratic delegation in Congress
- Think tank speakers and policy makers
- Tour of the Democratic National Committee’s HQ
- Meetings at the White House
- Brown bag lunch with national consultants, lobbyists and policymakers
- Tour of Embassies
- Meetings with Department Directors, NGO staffers, and committee staff
- Meetings with veterans organizations
This IDF session focuses on the economics, politics and issues affecting Eastern Washington. Official schedules will be emailed to the class about one week prior to the session. In past years, programming for this weekend has included the following:
- Tour of a winery
- Tour of a wind farm
- Tour of apple or cherry orchard
- Meetings with cattle ranchers and migrant farmer advocates
- Meeting with Spokane business and elected leaders
- Discussion on water rights issues
- Tour of a prison and talk with local law enforcement
- Discussion of gun rights
Thursday evening after work, we will drive to either Wenatchee or Yakima for the evening, and we will spend Friday in Central Washington. Friday night and Saturday day will be in Spokane, and Saturday night and Sunday will likely be in Walla Walla. This is an overnighter wekend and hotels are will be provided by IDF. Transportation is NOT provided by IDF, and Thursday night/Friday are optional for those who cannot take off work.
This is the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016. We’ll have speakers, a little ceremony, some awards and mostly just good company as we bid each well in this final day of the Class of 2016.