FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT (FEBRUARY, 2002)
election was held at the January 16, 2002 Executive Board
meeting for Professional Vice President due to the
resignation of John Herzog. Andrea
elected to fill that position with her term of office to
begin February 1, 2002. Please
join me in welcoming Sister Lennox to the office, and in
thanking Brother Herzog for his many years of dedicated
service to our Local.
year we have a number of events taking place which are
important to our members. We had motions at either the
General Assembly meeting or the Executive Board meeting to
elect delegates to these events.
event will be held March
1 - 2, 2002 at the Thunderbird Hotel in Bloomington. The
convention opens at 11:30 AM, March 1, for registration,
with the business meeting convening at 12:30 PM. Nominations
of chair officers for the 2002 - 2004 period will take place
at this time. All seats - President, Vice President,
Recording Secretary and Treasurer - are open. Workshops will
also be held in the afternoon. We shall also elect Executive
Board members with those elections taking place on Saturday.
Day care will be provided if needed with the proviso that
you must sign up by no later than 2/22/02 in order that
arrangements may be made.
on the Hill:
event will be held on Thursday,
March 7th at the
Radisson in St. Paul. The Executive Board passed a
motion to send up to
34 members to
this event with elections to be held at the February 6, 2002
GA.. The Local will pay for one day lost time, mileage or
bus fare and $35.00 per diem. The President will appoint
members to fill the 34 slots if we do not elect the full
delegation at the 2/6/02 GA.
Stone Johnson Dinner:
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Executive Board passed a motion to purchase a table for
eight for this event held March
21, 2002 at the Radisson South Hotel, beginning at 5:30
PM. The motion also stated that we would elect
the eight members at the 2/6/02 GA.
34 has a block membership in MSSA.
As part of that membership, we are entitled
to 7 delegates. The Executive Board passed a motion to
elect those delegates at the 2/6/02 GA meeting. Since many
of the issues we face in our jobs are covered at MSSA
conferences and carried forward to the State Legislature, it
is extremely important that we have members willing to
attend the meetings to represent us. The commitment is for
you cannot attend the February 6, 2002 GA but would like to
have your name included in the elections for any one or all
of the above events, please contact either Jean Diederich at
348-0266 or Nancy Fleming-Norton at 879-3681 by noon on
convention is scheduled for June
24 - 28, 2002 and will be held in Las
Vegas. The motion from the 1/2/02 GA was discussed and
the Executive Board passed the motion to send
7 delegates and 7 alternates to this convention, paying
5 days lost time; 6 nights hotel to include a Saturday night
stay over; transportation to & from airport; airfare; 7
days per diem at $50.00 with the elections for delegates and
alternates to be held at the March 6, 2002 GA.
Executive Board also passed a motion to send the
President-elect, Treasurer-elect, 2 current Trustees and the
Trustee-elect to the Council 14 Treasurer's Training held
April 17, 2002, paying one day lost time, mileage and $10.00
John Herzog was
at the December 19, 2001 Executive Board meeting to serve as
Web Developer for
our Local. He will begin this duty effective February 1,
2002. Developing a Local 34 web site has been a topic of
discussion at our meetings for the past several years so
this is the first step towards achieving that goal. I look
forward to the results of the time and hard work he will put
into the development of this site.
changes in the State
budget will impact all of us.
In what shape or form that impact will be, we do not
yet know. This is one of the reasons we have to be
pro-active this year.
You can begin by attending the precinct caucus for your
political party. They will be held in March. If you are
not sure of the time or place of your precinct caucus, you
can contact your
local Women's League of Voters or the Elections Office for
your city. I know that attending a caucus takes time from
your busy schedule. There are so many other things that we
can do but this is one meeting that can have a direct impact
on who gets elected to the Legislature and the Governor's
office and will prepare the next budget. Think about it.
but definitely not least, I have been notified by Public
Affairs that work
will commence on the meeting rooms on the Government Center
A-Level as of mid-March. Because of this work, meeting locations for the
General Assembly and the Executive Board have been changed.
Please make sure that you check the monthly Banner to
see where they will be held. I have scheduled them through
the end of the year to be held in either Room 110 or 112 of
the health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. There is
parking at the HCMC Ramp on the corner of 6th and Park for
those of you who need parking. There generally is also
parking at meters on the street at the time we have our
meetings. The schedule is as follows:
GA meetings will be held in Room 112, HSB on
April 3rd, May 5th, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th,
September 9th, October 2nd, November 6th, and
December 4th. Executive Board meetings will be in the same room,
HSB 112, for March 20th, April 17th, June 19th, July
17th, August 21st, September 18th, October 16th, November
20th and December 20th. The May 15th E-Board meeting will be held in HSB
110. I will post any changes to these rooms as soon as I
receive notice that the
Government Center rooms are once more available.
the groundhog see his shadow?
Have a great month. Jean