Central Region Board Reports

Region 5 Board of Directors’ Report
July 25, 2019
Ken Greenleaf, President


Greetings Brothers and Sisters!

My listening tour has kept me quite busy as I continue to be very active throughout our Region getting out to see and speak with our members on a regular basis. As I continue to move our Region in a new direction, every step along the way we continue to learn, evaluate and implement necessary changes to help build a stronger union. Speaking of building a stronger union, I believe union leaders and members gain power through knowledge. That’s why we’ve been putting an increased emphasis on our union’s educational opportunities, many offered through our Education and Training Department or the NYS/CSEA Partnership for Education and Training. We have stepped up our game in promoting these opportunities by posting all training opportunities for our leaders and members on our Facebook Page for wider visibility and sharing.

We joined Region 6 in the Southern Tier from May 8 – 11 participating in a joint blitz. Together we were able to talk with members in Schuyler, Chemung and Steuben Counties. This was a great collaborative effort by both Regions and it really worked out well. I look forward to building strong relationships and partnering with other Regions in the future.

Region 5 held our spring conference in Oswego from May 31 – June 2. We dedicated the conference to Communications Specialist Mark Kotzin for his thirty years of service to our Region and to wish him well as he begins the next phase of his career with CSEA as our Statewide Communications Director. On Friday we enjoyed a special cake made for our Region by one of our members, Kelly Smith, who did a great job and we appreciate her doing this for us. Another member, Ron Grey, entertained us after our dinner program with music provided by his DJ Service. On Saturday we held an Oswego County Blitz where over 60 teams of member activists spent the morning and afternoon going door to door talking to our members about the importance of staying in the union. This was the first-ever all-member-driven blitz and we are proud of taking the lead in Region 5! Thank you to our office manager Doreen Gilbert, Region Director Dean Adams, Director of Member Engagement Adam Acquario and his team for helping us organize this blitz. A special thank you to Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley for joining us and helping to make this a successful event. Those who could not participate in the blitz met with our Region Secretary Chantalise DeMarco and Statewide Executive Vice President Mary Sullivan and had a great roundtable discussion about various topics. Following a successful day our Region networked with a hospitality room sponsored by SUNY Oswego and Oswego County. At our Executive Board Meeting on Sunday morning I appointed Timothy Backus to the position of Third Vice President for Region 5. Tim brings much experience to this role and is a great addition to our Region Executive Board.

Our committees continue to be more active and more member-driven than ever before. We are excited about getting more members involved, helping us build a more inclusive structure.

Our Member Services Committee recently met and selected 5 students to receive college scholarships to help them as they continue their education. We always receive well over 100 applications and picking only five recipients is no easy task. With the leadership of our Chair Tammy Witteman, her committee always does an outstanding job.

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.

Kenny Greenleaf, President
CSEA Central Region 5