A Message from the President
It is an honor and a privilege to serve Local 2887 as President. For the past 3 years, that great responsibility has been mine. It has brought with it many challenges and difficulties, but it has also been a source of great pride and has given me a sense of solidarity and belonging. When I accepted the office, there was no road map to reference or manual to point the way. It has ever been a process of learning, exploring, and experimenting as I tried to find the right path to lead us on and move us forward.
We have come a very long way! We have systems in place to support our organization, and we have worked diligently to make sure we are following all the rules and guidelines that we are supposed to be. We have modernized our Local and adopted technologies to help us share information and work more efficiently. We updated our constitution and created documents to reflect who we want to be while providing that road map for future members and leaders that was missing in so many ways. We have acknowledged the mistakes of our organization's past and continue to take steps to learn from them and to make sure they do not happen again. I am very proud to have been a part of all those accomplishments and to have made things better than they were when I first stepped into this role.
But it is time for me to pass that torch.
I have accepted the opportunity to serve as President-Elect for the University Staff Senate, which will allow me to serve all of you and the SIUE community in a greater capacity. In order to prepare for this role, I am resigning as the Local 2887 President effective immediately. I am deeply thankful and appreciative to be entrusted with this new responsibility, even though it means that I must step away from leading the union that I have come to love.
Per our constitution, leadership of the Local will pass to the Vice-President until such a time as the Executive Board can elect a replacement. I am sure that you will be hearing more from them in the coming days with details for the Local going forward.
I encourage each and every one of you to support our Local leaders, and I hope that you will find ways to take an active part in our Local. It is truly a rewarding endeavor, and it has opened countless doors and new experiences for me. Attend General Meetings (the next one is scheduled for Thursday, June 29), visit the website, join a committee, ask questions, and make suggestions. Make the Local yours--because it is.
Thank you for all the support you have shown me over these past few years. It has truly been my honor.