It’s only a few days until Christmas and the last thing that you want to do is put one more thing on your calendar right now. But this is for your 2010 calendar. It's our annual Family Foundation Day at the Capitol. Just keep this in mind:

It recently cost $19,600,000 to win the Governor’s mansion.

Our current state budget has a $3,500,000,000 deficit.

But attendance at Family Foundation Day at the Capitol is priceless.

It's also free, and with all the money we spend on friends and family during this holiday season, free opportunities come January are very enticing. Especially, since they can make such a dramatic difference in ensuring Virginia continues to be a great place to raise our families.

With that in mind, please make plans now to join us in Richmond for Family Foundation Day at the Capitol on Monday, January 18, 2010. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (registration begins at 9 am) at the new Hilton Garden Inn, 501 East Broad Street, just down the street from the Capitol and General Assembly Building. (The hotel is in the historic Miller & Rhodes building.)

This will be a fantastic day for you, or even the whole family, to learn what’s happening in the 2010 General Assembly, and actively engage your legislators on the family issues that are most important to you, as well as see the Commonwealth’s government in action. As always, we will meet in the morning where you will hear from key elected officials and then we will prearrange a meeting with your own delegates and senators for the afternoon.

To make a reservation, please contact John Smith by e-mail, john@familyfoundation.org, or call him at (804) 343-0010. Space is limited so don’t delay and we look forward to seeing you on January 18.