Five things to remember for the Shot@Life Champion Summit

January 29, 2013 BY Myrdin Thompson

Dear Fellow Champions,
Congratulations on being selected to help spread the word about the importance of global vaccinations and how we all have a role to play to give children a Shot@Life. You are about to embark on perhaps what will be one of the most significant adventures of your lifetime. Thank you for stepping away from your own busy and important jobs to spend time learning more about this work. Thank you for leaving behind your spouse, your partner, your children, and even your pets. And finally, thank you for your time, talent, and energy.
I have been fortunate to start to get to know some of you, via social media. And, since I was fortunate enough to attend the Champion Summit last year, many of you have been asking me what to expect! Below are the five things I think all of the newest Shot@Life Champions might want to know. During the Shot@Life Champion Summit, you will want to:

  1. Ask a lot of questions. Or, hear questions you never thought of asking. You will be furiously typing notes or scribbling in a notebook. You will be talking to strangers who will become one of your closest friends.
  2. Stay up all night. In fact, you will probably be spending very little time in your room. And, as some you are bloggers, the time you are in your room will no doubt be spent writing. I suspect we will see a multitude of posts that have a 3am time stamp.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes. I know. Just that phrase implies "unattractive," but really, trust me, wear whatever shoes you want while we are meeting, but when we go to the Hill, wear something professional and functional.
  4. Keep smiling. There will be photo shoots. Your cheeks will hurt from smiling so much, but you are making memories so just say "Shot@Life!" and strike a pose.
  5. Dress as you would for any conference, comfortable but professional. I know that we can advocate while in our yoga pants, but when walking the halls of the Rayburn building, you want others to know you mean business. To that end, business casual would be my best advice, and again, reminding you, pack a pair of comfortable shoes. You will thank me later for that!

Before you get on the plane, if you haven't read all the numerous blog posts available on the website, please do. We had such a momentous year: meeting former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, traveling to Uganda and Tanzania, hosting information and fundraising events, a blogging marathon (that many of you participated in) which raised awareness and funds, and the launch of "Moments Matter" an app that helps you capture those important milestones in your child's life.

But while those moments were incredible, the true importance of our work is to help raise awareness on how critical and essential global vaccinations are.
We are the champions, my friend. And together we can give all children hope for a future. We can give them a Shot@Life.

See you in D.C.!

P.S. Fellow champions, leave a comment below with more tips and packing ideas for the new Shot@Life Champions!


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Submitted by Melody (@NurseswhoVax) on: February 9, 2013 I'm so excited to meet my fellow champions and hear everyone's story- why they advocate vaccines and why it's such an important issue to them. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Submitted by tracy@sellabitmum on: February 7, 2013 Such a great post. I'm humbled to join this group of Champions!
Submitted by TheCubicleChick on: February 4, 2013 I am looking so forward to this. Thanks for these tips. I know they will come in handy!
Submitted by Daphne aka Mushy Mamma on: February 3, 2013 Great Post, that you for sharing.
Submitted by Elena on: January 31, 2013 Great list-- and I have a confession to make, staying up all night is not my forte. Will do my best- but now I am nervous :)
Submitted by Ang Addington on: January 30, 2013 Thanks for the feedback and tips! I am so very humbled to be a Champion and cannot wait to advocate for such a worthy cause! Looking forward to meeting this amazing group of people in DC! Count down is on.
Submitted by Elizabeth Atalay on: January 30, 2013 Thanks for all of the tips, I love how supportive this group is
Submitted by Jen on: January 30, 2013 Great list, M! And thanks for putting me in your photo! I would add to the list - the same thing that Trina said - Business cards - you will want them for delegats AND legislators offices when you visit. And bring a camera - while there are always pictures being taken by S@L folks - taking pictures to easily include in your own blog is faster. AND - advocacy 101 will say that you will want your camera with you on the Hill to get those shots with legislators! Looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks!
Submitted by Trina (O'Boy! Organic) on: January 29, 2013 Thanks for the tips, I was just thinking about the "dress code" as I knew we would be traveling to the Hill. Since this is a lot like a conference I suggest bringing business cards to share with others if you have a portable charger for your phone, laptop, tablet that would be great too since there normally isn't a lot of outlets. Can't wait to meet everyone.
Submitted by Rosalynda @MommyPowers on: January 29, 2013 Thank you for writing this! I will take it to heart and plan to pack accordingly. :D
Submitted by Lyssa on: January 29, 2013 These are great Myrdin! I especially love number one about asking questions and of course-comfy shoes! I'm a writing geek, so I would add to the must have list "your favorite writing tool." I love my electronics, but having my favorite pens to write the notes and big ideas just makes my heart happy. Can't wait to see and meet everyone!!

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