Monday, February 11, 2008

Siouxland Tour Begins With Sioux City Education Support Professionals Meeting

A typical Iowa winter day.... driving through blowing snow in sub-zero temperature, I arrived in Sioux City in time to join SCESP members and leaders for one of three all-member meetings at Point After Pizza at the end of their work day.

Sioux City Education Support Professional Association (SCESP) President Leslie Dake (seated at left) made the special invitation for me to address the group she leads when she learned I was to visit Siouxland UniServ Unit. Leslie is a special leader--full of enthusiasm and a quick smile, wish we could duplicate her! Leslie also serves as a member of the ISEA-PAC Central Committee.

President Leslie discussed the Living Wage Campaign and the need for an all out, all member effort to make it successful. She went on to report on the ISEA Design a Decal competition and encouraged members to have the students they work with to participate; Read Across America is coming up and the need to make plans now; and encouraged all to contribute to both ISEA and NEA political action committees.

Damaria (Dee) Moore (at right) a Financial Advisor with Educators Financial Services, Inc. made a brief presentation to the SCESP members gathered.

Siouxland UniServ Director Bruce Lear (at left) addressed the group on the progress at the bargaining table. Bruce discussed several of the items that SCESP members had said on bargaining surveys were their top concerns.

For a reasonable fee, SCESP members enjoyed a delicious meal along with conversation. A half dozen folks won door prizes and money was collected to help with expenses when SCESP leaders participate in ISEA Delegate Assembly in early April.

Thank you Sioux City ESP members for your leadership in our education family! How lucky we are to have you on Team ISEA!

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