Featured Chapter 1 Member: Meet Maureen Timmins

Each month, we do a quick Q&A to introduce you to one of the SEA’s retired members in Chapter 1. For this edition, we talked to a Chapter 1 member who many of you probably know well, Membership Secretary Maureen Timmins.

You can find previous Chapter 1 profiles by clicking here.

Maureen Timmins

Maureen Timmins, Chapter 1 membership secretary, poses for a photo with a black bear cub. Maureen’s son, it should be noted, is the state’s bear project leader.

Question: How long ago did you retire?

Answer: I retired in February 2003.

Q: Where did you work?

A: I started working for the state at the NH Sweepstakes in September 1978 and left the Sweepstakes for the NH Hospital in July 1986 until I retired on February 20, 2003.

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: 25 Years.

Q: What was your most memorable moment (good or bad) working for the state?

A: The most memorable day was when we won the fight against privatization of the department that I worked for, NHH Maintenance Department. The hospital planned to replace the management of our department with Sodexo employees. Also, on the same fight, we were able to remove Sodexo employees from other NHH departments and replace them with state workers.

The worst day of my career was losing my best friend, and fellow state employee, Tim Decker, who I still miss all the time.

Q: What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to active employees?

A: Be the best employee you can be and keep up the good work that you do.

Q: Are you active in Chapter 1? If so, what do you do?

A: Yes, I have been in Chapter 1 for 11 years, and have been the Membership Secretary for 10 years.

Q: What do you do with your time since you retired?

A: I do a lot of work for Chapter 1. In my spare time, I quilt with friends, have lunch with friends and keep in touch with friends. Friends are very important to me and I have some really good ones. I have two wonderful children that have become important members of their community and along with their spouses are making our state a better place to live, and I spend time with them as time allows. I also have a granddaughter that completes my life’s circle of love.

Who would you like to see as the next featured Chapter 1 member? Send your suggestions to atoland@seiu1984.org.

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