Hello from the Class of 2010. Today, we arrived in Washington DC, and everyone is excited about the excellent itinerary. We received our briefing books, and are ready for the USDA starting at 8:00 am. We have mastered the Metro — a few made it on the blue line to Arlington Cemetary during our two hours of free time, several found a location for watching the Fighting Illini, and all of us made it back to McPherson Square to catch our Orange line to the beautiful home of Gary and Ann Baise (IALF board member).
We enjoyed an evening of fine food, fellowship and remarks by:
- Peter Ferguson, Trade Counsellor New Zealand Embassy
- Jack Block, Secretary of Agriculture 1981-1986
- Scott Shearer, Bockorny Group
Everyone is a little anxious as we close our day with a winter weather forecast of 5-8 inches of SNOW, which our hosts indicate could shut the city down tomorrow! Presiding fellows will be meeting early in the morning to assess the situation and hopefully, we will be able to begin our journey to the many U.S. agencies. Check back in with us tomorrow for another update!