Featured Chapter 1 Member: Meet Peter Bartlett

Once a month, we profile one of our many retirees — the members of Chapter 1. This month, we talked with Peter Bartlett, who many of you know as the president of Chapter 1, and he shared with us what keeps him busy (OK, very busy) in retirement.

Peter Bartlett accepts the award for chapter of the year at the 2013 SEA/SEIU 1984 convention.

Peter Bartlett accepts the award for chapter of the year at the 2013 SEA/SEIU 1984 convention.

You can find previous Chapter 1 profiles by clicking here.

Question: How long ago did you retire?

Answer: I retired February 1, 2008.

Q: Where did you work?

A: Employment Security, Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: 35.5 years.

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

A: Producing the report “What if … the Shipyard Closed” during the last BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) cycle and attending the BRAC conference in Boston.

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

A: Don’t wait too long to retire, but make sure that you have developed interests outside of work. My wife and I don’t know how I ever had time enough to work.

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

A: I became active in Chapter 1 the October following my retirement. I became a Councilor during that first year and I am now in the middle of my second term as President of Chapter 1.

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

A: I spend time with our 7 grandchildren, more with the ones in Massachusetts and Andover NH than with the two in England and the one in Virginia.

I helped my wife win election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing Concord’s Ward 10. We are just beginning a reelection campaign.

I volunteer with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Through them, I work at Red Cross Blood Drives, prepare income tax returns with the AARP Tax Aide Program, write pen pal letters to 4th graders, and help with non-profit mailings. With my wife, I co-chair the Buildings and Grounds Committee at our church.

I hike every Thursday, throughout the year, with the Mountain Goats.

I continue to sing with the Concord Chorale, as I have done since 1972.

I have made a number of improvements to our cottage in West Alton – redoing the kitchen, the three bedrooms, built two retaining walls and a walkway.

I find it just as difficult to keep up with my vegetable garden as it was when I was working.

Who would you like to see as the next featured Chapter 1 member? Is it you? Send an email to atoland@seiu1984.org with suggestions.

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