If you live in New Hampshire thank these two members of the legislature for keeping the Status of Men Commission open for if it wasn't for them this commission would have been terminated. Even if you don't live in their district email them a thank you anyway. Let them know that they should be rewarded for sticking their necks out for us and that we appreciate what they did. The next time these guys are up for re-election and you live in their district it would most likely be in your best interest to SUPPORT them in their re-election bid. Also the lobbying to keep this commission open by the NCFM has just been tremendous and they deserve a lot of credit in keeping this commission open. I'll let the NCFM take it from here:
Long time NCFM member Mike Geanoulis announced that the New Hampshire Commission of the Status of Men (CSM) appears to have withstood efforts to sunset its authorization. CSM is arguably only one of four legislatively enacted bodies of its type in the United States.
Mike reports that even though the New Hampshire Legislative Committee to Study Boards and Commissions Committee on Committees (NHCOC) recommended closure of the CSM the Committee of Conference agreed to extend CSM two years and add two more seats to the — one appointment each from the House and Senate leadership. HB380 will be revised accordingly and resubmitted to the floor of the House and Senate.
Mike, a founding member of CSM, and others have been diligently lobbying to preserve CSM for well over a year. There was tremendous pressure to sunset the Commission. Without Mike’s commitment as well as others on the Commission and their supporters the Commission would have surely been closed.
On April 10, 2010 NCFM sent a letter of supprt to the New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli. Harry Crouch, President of NCFM also made several phone calls lobbying for the preservation of the Commission including speaking directly with Ms. Norelli. Other NCFM members expressed their support as well.
Since Senator Groen and Rep Winter (COC members) were very supportive of CSM and pivotal influences in the Commissions preservation. In fact, both have expressed a desire to become members!
With such interest and support Mike feels CSM will be able to help even more citizens of New Hampshire than it has in the past.
Please send Senator Groen and Representative Winter a brief thank you since without their support CSM may have been shut down.
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Rep Steven Winter
PO Box 552
Newbury, NH 03255-0552