Congratulations to the following prize winners in our Fun(d) Raiser Raffle:
First, $500 Elizabeth Wheeler, Randall, MN
Second, $300 Julie Strike, Rochester MN
Third, $150 Adele Munsterman, Brooklyn
Fourth, $100 Keith Grover, Maple Grove, MN
Thanks to all of you who supported us by buying and/or selling tickets. Proceeds will go to union retiree election work in 2022!
STATE RETIREE COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
CONVENTIONS/CONFERENCES. Even-numbered years there is a full convention with resolution consideration, reports and speakers. Odd numbered years there is a conference – 2019 the theme is “20/20: Eyes On The Election”, also with election of Officers and Board members.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER. Every year major work goes into the Annual Fundraiser. This features raffles, silent auctions, free food and music, and lots of fun. The funds raised are essential to continue basic functions and do election campaign work.
ELECTION CAMPAIGN WORK. Each election cycle the Retiree Council participates in the Labor program of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Labor 2018 was the best retiree effort yet under the leadership of Election Work Coordinator Carol Freeman. Retirees excelled in phone-banking, door-knocking, post card writing, attending training and conferences and did more than our share.
COMMUNICATIONS WORK. To keep union retirees informed, the Council puts out bi-monthly newsletters, both print and email versions, keeps a Facebook and Website page and produces videos on important subjects. The last 2 years, workshops to train retirees in social media use which is crucial in election activity have been held with the Labor Education Service.
MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS. Tying things all together, keeping up enthusiasm and camaraderie, are 10 “monthly” meetings with varying mix of speakers, committee reports, pleas for volunteers and issue discussions and decisions. Attendance is always impressive.