Central Region Board Reports

Region 5 Board of Directors’ Report
January 2020
Ken Greenleaf, President


Greetings Brothers and Sisters!

Summer passed by so quickly and somewhere in the fall breeze we were swept away by the winter winds. We are looking forward to spring and a time of new beginnings.

Region 5 held its Fall Conference the first weekend of October at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Fairport. We again had a record number of participants. This is due to being more innovative and inclusive with our trainings than ever before. On Friday we were honored to dedicate the evening to our long time Statewide President Danny Donohue who was able to join our conference for the weekend. We had the pleasure of having Don Kelly preform for our entertainment for the evening. The event was held in their large enclosed tent and it was a spectacular evening for everyone.

During the workshops on Saturday afternoon members had the choice to go to the picket line in support of our UAW brothers and sisters who were on strike. We had a large contingent that were more than happy to walk the line. It was an outstanding show of solidarity and support. Our now Statewide President, Mary Sullivan, joined Region 5 on the line to help represent CSEA. We thank her for her continued commitment. Overall the conference was outstanding, and our members were invigorated.

Region 5 was honored to host this year’s Annual Delegates Meeting which was held from October 20 – 25 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona. It was the first time in decades that this meeting was held in our Region and we were so excited to be able and show our hospitality and show everyone what makes Region 5 great.

Our ADM Host Committee Chair, Tammy Witteman, and her committee did an outstanding job with putting together goodie bags, providing delicious Central New York apples, sponsoring the Sip and Paint Event, and putting together the beautiful door prize baskets.

A special shout out to all our Units, Locals, and individual members that made donations so we could provide everything that we did.

During the ADM our Region was honored to receive the Polar Cap Award for raising the most funds in a contest year to benefit the New York State Special Olympics. Our Region fundraising efforts totaled more than $20,000! We are so proud of everyone in our Region for their continued support of this cause. Speaking of fundraising, Region 5 has participated in three Polar Plunges so far this year – September 14th in Binghamton, November 9th in Massena, and December 8th in Brewerton. We have a fourth plunge scheduled on March 21st in Ithaca. We love Freezin’ for a Reason in Region 5!

Our members helped with visibility and phone banking on, and before, Election Day in support of our CSEA-endorsed candidates. We believe our efforts to help labor-friendly candidates across Region 5, particularly in Onondaga County, will help our workforce going forward.

So many of our Locals and Units not only held holiday parties, dinner meetings, and special events for our members. Many also incorporated some type of donation to be given to charity. I am so proud of the community involvement and outpouring of support that all of the members show every day. Thank you.

I am currently working on details for our next Executive Board Meeting in March and our Spring Conference in May. I continue to be very busy attending meetings and visiting with our members. 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 making sure there is a place for all members in our Union. 

In Unity, 

Kenny Greenleaf, President
CSEA Central Region 5