Central Region Board Reports

Region 5 Board of Directors’ Report
September 19, 2019
Ken Greenleaf, President


Greetings Brothers and Sisters!

It has been a very busy time in Region 5 this summer. I continue to stay active all over the Region by connecting with our members. I have been getting out and attending many picnics, clambakes, barbecues, and meetings to speak to our members and build the Union.

Our Region and Local 334, State Judiciary, did a combined CSEA Water Safari Day event in July where we had about 300 participate in this family fun day.

Also, with Local 414 taking the lead, our Region participated in the Rome Honor America Day Parade in July. President Don Page and his Local, along with many volunteers, once again did an outstanding job with the float. The theme this year was Christmas in July and Local 414 won an award for being the most creative with music and props.

Local 414 and the Next Wave Committee held their Family Fun Day in August and the participation was bigger than ever. Their Local really does make a difference each and every day for our members!

Our Region Member Services Committee Chair, Tamara Witteman, organized an outstanding bus trip to Yankee Stadium in August to see the Yankees play the Red Sox. Nearly 100 people participated in this event and we cannot thank Tammy and her committee enough for the outstanding job they do. She is now working on a bus trip to see the Radio City Rockettes in December.

I was recently honored to meet our New York State Commissioner of Labor, Roberta Reardon. We had a great meeting and conversation about unions, the value of working men and women, the wage compression issue, and a number of other topics. We are very fortunate to have a great leader in this position that also was a past Union Leader and Activist. One of my goals is to build partnerships that help build our Union and I am so fortunate to have met this incredible lady.

I held our Executive Board Meeting in August where we did something a little different in regard to training. We did a Mystery Room Excursion where we were divided into seven teams and had to work together and decipher the clues to find the key to get out of the rooms. Each room had its own theme and teams had only 50 minutes to accomplish their escape. This was a great team building exercise where we had to work together, listen, and depend on our teammates. I am always looking for new and innovative ways that we can provide training in a nontraditional setting. Everyone that participated said that it was a lot of fun.

You know the summer is quickly coming to an end when we talk about the Great New York State Fair. With the help of many volunteers we were able to host our CSEA Booth again in the Center of Progress Building. We also marched in Solidarity on Labor Day in the CNY Labor Federation Parade to show we are Union Strong! It continues to be a great source of pride that CSEA always has the largest contingent of marchers at this Labor Day Parade.

Our 12th annual Central Region 5 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 20, at the Camillus Hills Golf Club. This event is our sole fundraiser to support our Region Scholarship Fund. We look forward to another outstanding event and thank our Member Services Committee and the many volunteers that help make this event a success.

This year the Annual Delegates Meeting is being held in Region 5 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona. Our Region has never been a host for this event, and we look forward to having everyone here. I have created an ADM Host Committee and they are working on providing a warm welcome to every member that attends. We look forward to seeing you all there in a few weeks.

It seems like the summer just started a few days ago but somehow, we are quickly approaching fall. I look forward to my favorite time of year.

I enjoy every minute of leading Region 5 in a new direction. We will continue to work diligently to make our region bigger, better, and bolder to make sure there is a place for all members in our Union.

Kenny Greenleaf, President
CSEA Central Region 5