Central Region Board Reports

Region 5 Board of Directors’ Report
January 10, 2019
Ken Greenleaf, President


Greetings brothers and sisters!

Things are happening in our Central Region as we move forward with exciting changes!

In September, we held our eleventh annual golf tournament to benefit our Region College Scholarship Fund. It was another great event and we had a huge turnout, raising nearly $5000 to support our scholarships, for which we are now accepting applications! Thanks to all who were involved in making this the success it is every year.

In October our Region held a retreat for committee chairs to discuss the purposes of our committees, seeking input from our officers and chairs on how to improve what we are doing. We will be focusing on a member-driven, team approach, where we lead by good example and communicate clearly. Everyone felt the retreat was a positive step moving forward.

Also, in October we held our Region Fall Conference in Corning where Adam Acquario provided a very informational workshop for our attendees on “How we welcome new Members.” Additionally, in our general session on Saturday we came together to review the convention material for the upcoming ADM in NYC. At our Executive Board Meeting Colleen Wheaton appointed Thomas Hingher as our Third Vice President upon the resignation of Tammy Witteman. With the succession of officers, I then took the position of Executive Vice President. Timothy Backus was also appointed as the chair of our Region Budget Committee.

Also in October, CNY DDSO officer Barry Richards rocked the cover of the CSEA Work Force. He truly is a proud Union Member and Activist.

Our members who attended our Annual Delegates Meeting at the end of October were very inspired as the delegation came together to learn and take care of the very important work of our union. One of our leaders, Anthony Tutino, took ill while there, and we wish him the best as he continues to improve.

With the retirement of Colleen Wheaton, I moved up to the position of Central Region President at the end of November. I am truly honored and humbled to be given this opportunity to serve Region 5 in this role and to represent CSEA in this new capacity. I have been working very hard to transition into my new role. I have been, and will continue to be, seen throughout our Region promoting CSEA, being more visible and respecting our membership.

I was honored to attend the Seventh LEAD class graduation at the beginning of December. Congratulations to all the graduates and especially to our seven Region members: Jamaica Breedlove, Karen Bright, Beth Hall, Tom Hingher, Tammy Honeywell, Amy Klenovic and Dan Vadala. Thank you for your dedication to our members and CSEA.

Our Region has participated in three Polar Plunges thus far, Massena, Binghamton and Brewerton, with another one planned for March in Ithaca. I have participated in every one of them along with our great plungers. We have certainly been “Freezin’ for a Reason” and I am so happy CSEA is a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics. With our latest round of plunges, our Region is very close to having raised $200,000 over the last eleven years to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics, and we couldn’t be prouder.

We have a lofty agenda in our Region and will be very busy moving forward. I will continue to work diligently to make our Region bigger, better and bolder in 2019 and beyond.

In Unity,

Kenny Greenleaf, President
CSEA Central Region 5