Thanking our committees
Many of our members do not seek the spotlight or recognition they deserve. They volunteer to help our Local because they truly love being involved in their Union. It’s the collective effort of many individuals volunteering their time that makes our Local great. If it were not for your efforts we would not be able to be such a wonderful local.
I would like to personally thank all of our Executive Board for stepping up when needed throughout the year. They are always willing to work hard for our membership. Weather it is for a member in need of a helping hand, a committee needing assistance, a local charity collection, or a community organization, UAW Local 602 always joins together to help.
Thank you to the Union Label Chair Josh Hoerauf, Co-chair Rick Reed, Doug Fox, Gary Howard, Brett Brown, Jesse Williams, Doug Rademacher, and Jody Frasher, who volunteered to represent the Local at the Oldsmobile Outdoor Winterfest in Grayling, Michigan. At this recent event, Local 602 displayed Union/American Made products and information, as well as served chili and hot dogs to the community. Thanks for representing us throughout the year and promoting Union made/American made products.
Civil and Human Rights Chair Lola Odunuga and her committee put together a magnificent Black History Program. What a wonderful way to educate our members and community. Not only did they hear a presentation by Professor Griff and eat great food, our members had an opportunity to examine an award-winning mobile museum collection of over 5,000 original Artifacts of Black Memorabilia.
Paulina Rodriguez, Local 602 Recreation Chair, along with Co-chair Daryl Smith and her committee, work diligently throughout the year to provide a variety of entertainment for our membership. A few of the things her committee works on are the Annual Golf Outing, the Auto Show, Casino excursions, Tiger Games, Lions Games, and the Annual Picnic just to name a few items. Thanks for your dedication.
I commend our new Veterans Chair, Bernadine Ross, on this year’s bean soup collection for the Volunteers of America. She surpassed all past collections for this event. Her committee was able to provide a generous gift to the VOA to help support the homeless veterans program at their facility. She also had a seminar on March 11 at local 602 for Veterans with PTSD. Great job!
Our recently elected Education Chair, Jason Peek, has many innovative and creative ways to educate our membership. He has diligently worked on a new information packet for our membership, of which he will be conducting a sample test. Looking forward to seeing more educational materials from him.
Julie Hartshorn, Citizenship and Legislative Chair, has worked tirelessly for the UAW at the Local and in the community on legislative initiatives that affect our members. Keep up the good work.
I would like to thank our Unemployment and Workers Compensation Chair, Harold Brown, for his continued service to our membership. His marvelous efforts in assisting and educating our members during stressful times of layoff is exceptional. It’s a daunting task.
Alexis Littlejohn, our Community Services Chair, and her committee volunteer hours of their time to promote Local 602 within the community. They support initiatives for many charitable organizations such as United Way, March of Dimes, Red Cross Blood Drive, and Greater Lansing Food Bank. Each year the committee provides turkey dinners to those in need during the holiday.
Throughout the year the Women’s Committee Chair, Bobbie Ledesma, and committee members promote numerous events supporting women’s issues in the Local as well as the community. Thanks for supporting women.
Bylaws Chair Steve Delaney has done a great job in updating our Local Bylaws over this past year. Thanks to you and your committee for the time and dedication to detail that is required to ensure our bylaws support the desires of our membership.
Over the past 18 months our Retiree Chair, Marta Bobillo, has done a remarkable job in encouraging our retired members to become actively involved to the union. She tirelessly supports many of our committee chairs in the efforts to advocate for our union. It’s wonderful to have such an active committee.
As you can see, our committees are committed to promoting the UAW and our local union. As Financial Secretary, I would like to extend an invitation to our members to become involved in “YOUR UNION.” Our committees have many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Stop by the Hall, call 517/372-4626, or contact one of the Committee Chairs to see where you can volunteer your services.
Also, thanks to Doug Fox for promoting our web page, www.local602, and Facebook page for Local 602 UAW. Look there for up-to-date information on happenings at the local and upcoming events that you can participate in.
“I’m proud to be a member of UAW Local 602.”