Chapter 1 Profile

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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Meet Alyce Harper

Featured Chapter 1 Member

Once a month, we profile one of our many retirees — the members of Chapter 1. This month, we talked with Alyce Harper, who shares a bit about her career, some gathered wisdom and how she keeps busy since she retired.

You can find previous Chapter 1 profiles by clicking here.

Q: How long ago did you retire?

A: 8 years ago.

Q: Where did you work?

A: 15 years with Public Health and seven plus with OIT.

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: Nearly 23 years

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

A: Good — in Public Health, it was the first culture confirmation of a case of Legionellosis (this is probably only memorable to a microbiologist), and in OIT, it was discovering that I had a great, collegial team to work with.

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

A: Don’t ignore the interoffice politics: use them and don’t let the politics get you down, either.

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

A: I’m a councilor and a member of the following committees: Retirement, Operation Santa (computer geek) and Road Race (computer geek).

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

A: What free time I have, I engage in assorted arts and crafts — designing and making jewelry (silver, copper, brass, bronze, polymer clay, quilling, metal clay), graphic art work (banners, cards, etc for parties/holidays), voraciously reading, sewing, knitting, macramé, learning to Tat (an old technique to make lace similar to macramé but finer). I also work on my guitar playing and taking classes in the Granite State College program called OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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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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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Featured Chapter 1 Member: Meet Daniel Webster

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 with former Chapter 1 President Daniel Webster, who shared some advice for active employees and how he keeps busy in retirement.

You can find previous Chapter 1 profiles by clicking here.

This month's featured Chapter 1 member is Daniel Webster.

This month’s featured Chapter 1 member is Daniel Webster.

Question: How long ago did you retire?

Answer: Aug. 25, 1994 … almost 20 years ago.

Q: Where did you work?

A: I worked at Public Health as an accountant/office manager for 24 years and at Mental Health as an auditor for 13 years.

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: Thirty-seven years in all.

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

A: My retirement party on the Mt. Kearsarge boat on Lake Sunapee in August 1994.

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

A: Put all the money you can into the deferred compensation system. I was in it from when they started it until I retired.

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

A: I was president of Chapter 1 for 12 years. Presently, I am chairman of the Audit Committee. I’m also a councilor and have attended the state conventions for the past 20 years.

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

A: I’ve traveled a lot … Australia, Hawaii, etc. I am very active in veterans affairs. I was a state officer in the American Legion for 12 years. I’m presently a director of the NH Veterans Association, and I’m a life member of the VFW. I’m also vice president of the NH Collectors Club. I collect coins, stamps, guns and bottles.

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

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Featured Chapter 1 Member: Meet John Amrol

SEA Director and Chapter 1 member John Amrol poses for a photo during a dedication for flagpoles purchased by Chapter 1.

SEA Director and Chapter 1 member John Amrol poses for a photo during a dedication for flagpoles purchased by Chapter 1.

Last month, we started a new feature profiling Chapter 1 members — the SEA’s retirees — with a Q&A with Operation Santa Claus chairwoman Linda Farrell. This week, we continue to highlight the contributions of our retirees with a Q&A with current SEA Director, and past president, John Amrol.

Question: How long ago did you retire?

Answer: I retired Nov. 30, 1997, more than 16 years ago.

Q: Where did you work?

A: I started out at the N.H. Department of Public Works and Highways, and ended up at the N.H. Department of Transportation. I worked in Highway Design all of my tenure.

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: I started on Sept. 6, 1953, more than 44 years.

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

A: There were several. I oversaw the rehabilitation of railroad/highway at grade crossings. Seeing the completion of each project and the safety improvements for the traveling public were my most memorable moments.

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

A: Whatever you do, try to do it the best you can. Never be afraid to succeed in life. Always be positive.

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

A: I’m active within the chapter, attending monthly meetings updating the members of Board activities and monitoring legislative issues dealing with retirees’ health and prescription drug insurance. I try to attend some of the legislative hearings pertaining to retiree issues and the NH Retirement System, so I can report back to the members. I try to activate members to get involved in fighting to preserve their benefits.

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

A: Several years ago, I started to get involved with the union again. I am a member of the executive Board, holding the position of retired Director. I am chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Retirement Committee, and I’m on the Finance and Resolutions Committees. I also oversee the SEA’s properties at 205 and 207 N. Main St., assisting the business administrator as needed.

I’m also on the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, chair one committee and am member of a second committee.

I also have friends and family that keep me busy.

Is there a Chapter 1 member you’d like to see featured here? Send suggestions to atoland@seiu1984.org.

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Meet Linda Farrell

In last week’s SEA News, we began a new feature profiling the union’s committees. This week, we continue rolling out new features – this one is the first profiling the members of Chapter 1, which is made up of the SEA’s retirees. Our Chapter 1 members are the ones who helped get us where we are today, both as a state and as a union. We honor their dedication to service with this new monthly feature.

Chapter 1 member Linda Farrell poses for a photo with her husband John, also a Chapter 1 member, and her son and daughter in law.

Chapter 1 member Linda Farrell poses for a photo with her husband John, also a Chapter 1 member, and her son and daughter in law.

We start today with Linda Farrell, the chair of the Operation Santa Claus Committee.

Question: How long ago did you retire?

Answer: I retired on January 31, 2009.

Q: Where did you work?

A: I retired from the Department of Safety.

Q: How long did you work for the state?

A: I started working for the Bureau of Accounts (Administrative Services) on November 11, 1971.  I received a promotion and went to work for Highway Safety in 1979. In 1982, I was RIF’d (reduction in force) from full time to two days a week when I was working for Highway Safety.  Actually, this came at a good time because my children were 2 and 4 years of age. In 1984, the Department of Safety needed someone part time due to an employee being badly hurt in a car accident. I worked full time between Safety and Highway Safety for a year. I decided that if I was going to work full time, then I was going to get benefits, so I took the opportunity to go back to work full time at Safety in 1985.

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

A: My most memorable moment was a comment made to me by a very good friend of mine at Bureau of Accounts. A job was opening up that would mean a promotion and I was asked if I was going to apply. My comment was, “Who, me? They wouldn’t give the job to me.” His reply was, “What is the worst that they could say? No?”  I followed that advice throughout the rest of my life.  Because of this advice, I wasn’t afraid to try and was promoted five times during my career. I have given many other employees this same advice because it is important to try, no matter what the result.

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

A: I joined Chapter 1 just before I retired. It was important to me to stay involved with the SEA. My family were all members of a union and I believed in the solidarity that the union provides. I immediately joined the Operation Santa Committee and a year later became the chairperson. I feel that OSC is the most important part of my Chapter 1 activities.  I go to the monthly meetings held by the chapter and am a councilor to the quarterly SEA meetings. These meetings allow me to follow the ongoing activities, upcoming legislative bills and give me a vote for any changes to the SEA Constitution. I feel that this gives me a say in the direction that SEA is going – if I’m not involved, then I can’t complain if I disagree with operations.

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

A: Most of my time is taken up with my children, grandchildren and Operation Santa Claus.

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

A: I believe that it is important for every member to become involved with their Chapter and become a councilor. It is important to know what is happening with their union, and to voice their opinion as well as vote for any/all constitutional changes. This is the same as my belief on voting – “I can’t complain about the incumbent if I do not vote.”

If you’d like to be profiled here, or have a suggestion of who we should profile, send an email to atoland@seiu1984.org.

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