I open this month's column with an announcement that, due to Susannah Vogel's resignation from her position of Para-professional Executive Board Member-at-Large, we will hold an election for that position at the October 16, 2002 Executive Board meeting.

In order to be eligible to run for this position, you must be a dues paying member in good standing for one full calendar year as of October 1, 2002 and work in one of the para-professional job classes represented by our Local.  If you would like more information about the duties of this position or would like to put your name forward please contact me by no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 15, 2002.

Please join me in thanking Susannah for her serving as an E-Board Member-at-Large.  As she stated in her letter of resignation, she plans to remain active in the Local and hopes to become involved in the future. Susannah, we will hold you to that!  Thank you.

In my article for the September newsletter I ended with the suggestion that you celebrate Labor Day by patronizing labor establishments and purchasing labor products. I just wanted to let you know that I did my part and I am truly excited about it. I am now, for the first time in over 22 years, the proud owner of a car and it is a Union-built Saturn.  As everyone who has seen me since I picked it up on the Friday before Labor Day knows, I am a very happy person, doing my "new car" dance! The primary criteria for my purchase was that it be Union made and this vehicle was built by United Auto Workers. The icing on the cake was that the salesperson from the Saturn showroom is a former Local 34 member - one for the small world books. So, if you see me tooling around in my beautiful new green Saturn, just wave and smile.

Elizabeth Portlance, our Treasurer, and I have been working with Mary Backlund from the Gary Paulson auditing firm to complete the audit of our books. We hope to have a final report to present to the Local within the next month. This process has been a learning tool for both of us as we have learned the when, why, how and what's of all the necessary reports to keep our financial books current and correct. With the information we garner from the audit, we will be able to make recommendations on how to improve the processes we have used in the past and what changes, if any, should be made.

I apologize for the shortness of this month's article. Due to an abundance of activities, political, Union and personal, my time has basically run out.
Enjoy this beautiful autumn.