SEA News – Oct. 23, 2019 edition


Gulla elected to third term leading SEA

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla will lead the organization for another two years, being selected for another term at the 79th Annual Convention on Saturday. First Vice President Mary Fields and Second Vice President John Hattan also won new terms, keeping the union’s leadership team in place. More than 100 members took part in the annual gathering, helping set the direction of the union for the coming years. You can read more on our website.


Member recognized for work with families

Congratulations are in order for Angelina Rossetto, an SEA member and Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer (JPPO) at the Littleton District Office, who was recently recognized for her efforts in supporting family engagement across New Hampshire. You can read more on our website.


Sgt. Bettens memorial 5K race is Saturday

Members at the Department of Corrections are organizing a 5K road race this Saturday, Oct. 26, to benefit the children of Sgt. Patrick Bettens. Bettens was killed on Sept. 5, 2018, while riding his bike on North Main Street in Concord. You can pre-register for the race online through 5 p.m. Thursday and save $5 (there is also race-day signup available). You can find a signup link and more information on our website.


Upcoming SEA/SEIU Local 1984 events

End 68 Hours Of Hunger: Through the end of this month, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 and the New Hampshire Liquor Commission are teaming up to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger. You can drop off food and financial donations at liquor outlets throughout the state to help fight childhood hunger. End 68 Hours of Hunger works to fill the 68-hour gap between school lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday by providing bags of non-perishable food to these children. This partnership came about thanks to those members at the Liquor Commission working with the SEA’s Campaign for Public Good and Liquor Commission leadership. In addition to financial contributions, we are specifically seeking the following items for this drive: Peanut butter (plastic, 10-18 oz. jars); Canned tuna (5 oz. cans); Canned fruit (14-16 oz. cans); and Canned soup (15-19 oz. cans).

Screening of “Intelligent Lives”: From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. The film at Sweeney Hall at NHTI on Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6 p.m. You can RSVP here. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. This event is co-sponsored by the Southern NH Area Health Education Center and the NH Office of Health Equity in collaboration with NHTI-Concord’s Community College. For questions please call the Office of Health Equity 603-271-3986

Operation Santa Claus events

Best Crockpot Dish cookoff: Workers at the Department of Environmental Services are again raising money to sponsor children through Operation Santa Claus. This year, they’ve expanded their chili cook-off to a crockpot-centric cook-off, which means there will be a wider variety of entries. The event is set for Friday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the atrium of the DES/DPHS building at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord. The cost is $5, with all proceeds supporting Operation Santa Claus, and as always, you’re asked to bring your own bowl and spoon. If you’d like to enter the cookoff, you can contact Shelley Marshall at 271-1386 or no later than Oct. 15.

OPLC fundraiser: The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) is holding a fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 121 S. Fruit St. (the Philbrook Building, across from the Salvation Army). All are welcome – there will be crafts for sale, a basket raffle, and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will be used to sponsor children for Operation Santa Claus. If you have questions, you can email

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