Social Activities Committee in the Spotlight

Question: What does your committee do? What function does it serve in the SEA?

Answer: The Social Activities Committee takes us back to our roots. I bet you didn’t know that the SEA was established in 1940 as a social group for state employees.  Over the years, the association evolved and changed with the interests and needs of the members and became a labor union. The work of the union is serious – collectively bargaining for wages and benefits is extremely important, and can be intense and stressful at times. The Social Activities helps put the fun into being a member.  We organize bus trips to various destinations, such as Mohegan Sun. This summer we are planning a Stay and Play camping trip for members. They can either stay for a day or for the night.

Question: What would happen if the committee didn’t exist? (Put another way, if there was no committee, what wouldn’t get done)

Answer: If the Social Activities Committee did not exist SEA/SEIU 1984 would be all work and no play. It is important to have fun.  Life is far too short to not enjoy the moment.  Participating in social activities provides a way for members to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. It is important for members to interact outside of work – this is a great way to do so.

Question: How many are on the committee?

Answer: There are currently two committee members. We are currently recruiting.

Question: Can anyone be on the committee?

Answer: Yes. Any SEA/SEIU 1984 member who’s interested in researching new activities and helping to plan, organize and carry out social opportunities for the membership is encouraged to contact Tammy Clark at tclark@seiu1984.org. We hope to grow this committee. We are always looking for new ideas and as they say, “many hands make light work.”

Question: How often does the committee meet, and what kind of time commitment is involved? What’s a typical meeting like?

Answer: The Committee meets once a month. We are currently meeting the third Wednesday of each month. A typical meeting consists of discussions regarding current events that may interest members. We are particularly interested in providing low cost activities that will appeal to many members.

Question: Why should SEA members join this committee?

Answer: If you like having fun and enjoy planning events, belonging to this committee is ideal for you. There are tasks that introvert and extroverts alike can be assigned. We hope you will consider joining us at our next meeting.

If you’re interested in checking out a Social Activities meeting or event, you can contact Tammy Clark at tclark@seiu1984.org.

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