SEA News – Aug. 28, 2019


President’s Message: You deserve thanks

With Labor Day approaching, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members. You serve the state and our communities day in and day out, on all shifts and in all kinds of weather. You risk your lives and make all kinds of sacrifices for the good of all Granite Staters. Continue reading on our website.


Get involved: Run for SEA Board of Directors

Filing period is open; members can also propose amendments, resolutions

Are you ready to run? The filing period is currently open for candidates for positions on the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors. Elections will be held at the Annual Convention on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Merrill Place Conference Center in Plymouth. Members in good standing can now file self-nomination forms for positions on the Board of Directors as well as proposed amendments and resolutions to be considered by delegates. 

This one-day convention will include annual awards, and we are also seeking nominations for the John B. Parker Award for Outstanding Member. You can find all necessary forms on the Convention 2019 page on our website.


Come check out SEA’s Toastmasters club

If you’re interested in building leadership and speaking skills, we encourage you to consider joining the SEA-based Toastmasters, called the Spellbinders Club. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the SEA office.

This is a benefit for SEA members only. You can contact Heather Fairchild, the club co-sponsor, at for more information. If you’d like to share this in your worksite, you can find a printable PDF flyer here.


Road race honors late corrections officer

Sgt. Patrick Bettens was killed in an accident riding his bike last year

Members at the Department of Corrections are organizing a 5K road race on Oct. 26 to benefit the family of Sgt. Patrick Bettens. Bettens was killed on Sept. 5, 2018, while riding his bike on North Main Street in Concord. Read more on our website.

Sgt. Patrick Bettens 5K Memorial Race

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. (race-day registration at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: NHTI campus, Concord
Cost: $20 if pre-registering, $25 if registering on the day of the event; no cost for children 13 and under
Signup page: Register online with Pinnacle Timing


Snyder named permanent general counsel

At its August meeting, the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors named Gary Snyder general counsel for the union. Snyder had been serving in an interim capacity. Snyder has worked for the SEA since 2014, first serving as a field representative working with county and municipal units. “I’m excited to continue with our legal team to fight for our current members all around the state,” Snyder said. Continue reading on our website.


Blood drive is next week: We need your help

The Ken Roos Memorial Blood Drive will return for a second year on Thursday, Sept. 5, and we need your help. Our first blood drive last year exceeded expectations and we’re hoping for an even better year this year. In addition to blood donations, we’ll need volunteers as well as contributions of food and door prize items. Read more on our website.

Ken Roos Memorial Blood Drive

Date: Thursday, Sept. 5 from noon-6 p.m.
Location: Temple Beth Jacob, 67 Broadway, Concord
Blood donation signup: Click here
Volunteer signup: Click here


Knitting, food drive, casino trip coming up

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office members are planning the following events in the coming days and months:

Knitting for the Public Good: Learn to knit or help others learn while helping the less fortunate at Knitting for the Public Good, which meets at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 at the SEA office in Concord. You can find more information and RSVP on Facebook.

End 68 Hours of Hunger: During September and October, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and the state Liquor Commission are teaming up to support End 68 Hours of Hunger. For children suffering from food insecurity, free lunch and breakfast provided at school can be their only food source. That leaves a 68-hour gap between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday. End 68 Hours of Hunger provides food staples to children in need and you can help by donating specific food items at any state liquor store during September and October:

– Peanut butter (plastic, 10–18oz. jars)
– Canned tuna (5 oz. cans)
– Canned fruit (14–16oz. cans)
– Canned soup (15–19oz. cans)

Mohegan Sun bus trip: You’re invited to join us for an all-day excursion to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 28. The trip, which is sponsored by the Social Activities Committee, is a great deal at $35 per person. That covers round-trip transportation (with six hours on site), plus a $15 meal voucher and a $15 betting voucher. This trip is a benefit for SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members, but you can bring guests with you. You can get your tickets here.

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