In the span of a few hours Wednesday morning, volunteers loaded gifts for more than 2,700 children in trucks to be delivered across the state.
Just like that, Christmas happened for thousands of children across the state.
Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that. Operation Santa Claus – a volunteer run group of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members– is a massive community effort. Wednesday was OSC’s Truck Day, when a busload of National Guard troops joined OSC volunteers to load gifts into trucks. Guard troops then trucked the gifts to DHHS district offices, where they’ll be unloaded and sorted so caseworkers can get them to kids in time for the holiday. (You can see a gallery of photos from the event here)
Along with National Guard troops and our own volunteers, we were joined by special guests Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, Adjutant General David Mikolaities, and Miss NH Lauren Percy. Our good friends at WMUR – who sponsor children themselves – were there to cover Truck Day, as well. (You can watch their report here) We appreciate all who took time out to be with us.
It’s tough to describe how much of a community effort Operation Santa Claus is. It’s a process that involves a lot of love, hundreds of DHHS caseworkers, thousands of sponsors, and a whole lot of time. Our volunteers – many of whom are retirees – give so generously of their time. Thanks to all of this, OSC again delivered for children around the state.
For the last four years, OSC has held a drawing for some piece of high-tech gear – this year, it was a 50-inch television. We held the drawing at Truck Day on Wednesday, and the winner is:
Kathleen Weber, an SEA member at the Department of Environmental Services
Congratulations, Kathleen, and thank you to all who bought raffle tickets!
Chapter 1 – Retirees
Chapter 2 – Labor
Chapter 3 – DOT
Chapter 9 – Glencliff
Chapter 10 – Liquor Commission
Chapter 12 – Seabrook
Chapter 14 – Manchester Community College
Chapter 17 – DOT
Chapter 20 – Concord area
Chapter 26 – Rochester
Chapter 29 – Great Bay Community Colelge
Chapter 30 – Plymouth State Teaching Lecturers
Chapter 32 – CCSNH adjunct faculty
Chapter 33 – Northern Correctional Facility
Chapter 35 – Derry Police Supervisors
Chapter 37 – Employment Security
Chapter 40 – State Police civilians
Chapter 41 – Seacoast regional
Chapter 43 – DRED – Franconia Notch State Park
Chapter 44 – Education
Chapter 49 – Franklin
Chapter 52 – Strafford Corrections
Chapter 56 – Belknap County
Chapter 57 – Littleton Police
Chapter 60 – Keene regional
Chapter 64 – Bedford Police
Chapter 67 – Derry PATE
Chapter 69 – Laconia
Chapter 70 – Hampton Highway Department
There will be a special election for the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors at the March Council meeting. The special election is needed to fill the seat vacated when John Hattan was elected Second Vice President. This election will fill out the remainder of a three-year term, which ends this fall.
Any interested candidates must submit a self-nomination form by no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 6. The March Council meeting will be on Saturday, March 10.
A special election notice, which includes the self-nomination form, was sent to all eligible members. You can also find a pdf version on that form here.
The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 December Council meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 11. The central location for the meeting is the DES auditorium at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord, but we’ll also have the satellite location available in Berlin at White Mountains Community College, in Room 137.
Our guest speaker for this meeting is Manchester’s Mayor-elect Joyce Craig.
If you’re attending in Concord, we’ll have a light dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Retirewise is scheduled to return to Concord early next year. Starting in January, SEA members will have access to a step-by-step approach to creating a realistic financial and retirement strategy.
The four-part course is scheduled for Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the SEA office, 207 N. Main St., Concord.
This series of workshops is co-sponsored by SEA and MetLife and helps members set goals and establish a retirement plan.
Space is limited, so reserve your place now by registering online.
Our annual holiday open house usually takes place in the month of December, but we’re pushing it back slightly this year to Wednesday, Jan. 3.
We typically invite a number of legislators, and that’s the next date the Legislature will be in session.
Instead of being a holiday open house, we’re dubbing it our New Year’s Celebration. Members and allies are invited to join us at the SEA office, 207 N. Main St., from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for food, drinks and good company as we look ahead at the year to come.
The Manchester Monarchs are off to a hot start this season, and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members can get great ticket deals on select games. Kids can even join the high-five tunnel in-between periods!
Tickets are $16 for adults (13+) and $12 for youth (12 and younger), and you can pick from six selected games – Dec. 31, Jan. 19, Feb. 11, March 3 and April 7. If you’ve never been to a Monarchs’ game, it’s a great family experience at an affordable price, right in the heart of downtown Manchester.
To find more information and order tickets, visit this website.
Thanksgiving is a time for us all to gather together to reflect on all the last year has brought us. It’s a time to give thanks.
On this Thanksgiving, please allow me — on behalf of our Board of Directors and staff — to thank you for your dedication and tireless work to make New Hampshire a better place to live for working people and their families. Thank you to the men and women who are spending their holiday caring for our incarcerated, keeping our roadways clear and making sure our communities are safe. Our union—and our state—is better because of your dedication.
I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished in the last year. Together, we’ve faced some incredible challenges. We’ve fought back.
But, it’s not over. This next year will bring forth a myriad of challenges for labor unions across the country. And no matter what we face, I want everyone across the Granite State to know we are stronger when we fight together. We are united.
I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984