A Vote of Gratitude
By Gayle Lockett
This is a special time of the year when our nation celebrates Thanksgiving. It is a time of reflection, for giving and being thankful for what we have in our lives. We are thankful for our family, friends, CSA, our union, and the labor movement that gave birth to the middle class. We also should give thanks to our past and present union officers whose dedication have made our in-service and retirement years secure.
October was National Principals Month, and to highlight the occasion I traveled to Washington D.C., with CSA Director of Political Affairs Gabe Gallucci and RC Legislative Liaison Mitra Lutchman. We and a group of in-service and retired CSA members participated in the “Voice of School Leaders” lobbying event, along with members of the American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. We visited lawmakers offices and among the issues we discussed were more funding for the Higher Education Act to improve school safety and climate and increasing Title II funding for professional development and other types of training. As you are aware, our Executive Leadership Institute offers great professional development courses. We also lobbied for Title IV Part A grants to provide for student support and academic enrichment to give them a well-rounded education, including social studies and computer science. The fact that our retirees are a part of this venture is an acknowledgement of their vital importance to our union. A special thank you to our retired members who participated, including Janice and Ron Imundi, Richard Oppenheimer, John Oricchio, and Sharon Thompson.
Every month, our regional units hold activities to enrich the lives of our retirees. Queens leader Leonard Sterman had a large turnout for the unit’s annual luncheon at Terrace-on-the-Park. The keynote speakers were CSA Executive Vice President Henry Rubio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who recently won the primary for Queens District Attorney. CSA President Mark Cannizzaro was keynote speaker at the Central New Jerseyunit, led by Lucille Vecchiarelli. Financial advisor Susan Silberman addressed the Bronx unit, led by Marvin Goodman. Georgia’s unit leader, Georgia Harrison and Carolinas’ new leader Yvonne Gardnerinvited CSA’s First Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair, who brought CSA information and greetings. Long Island unit leader Victor Ravens also held an interesting meeting.
We are proud of our veterans, especially those of our CSA colleagues both retired and in-service who served bravely in the US armed forces in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Those veterans who have returned and who currently are serving around the world have sacrificed much to protect not only our freedom but that of the countries where they are serving. We thank you and salute you on Veterans Day. From time to time we have planned and held special events for veterans. If you are a veteran and would like to be part of this esteemed committee, please contact the RC Director, Mark Brodsky at email@example.com.
This column is reprinted from the November 2019 CSA News.