Friday, July 3, 2015

Tichacek and Overmyer honored at reception

Overmyer (at left) and Tichacek.
Photo by Bess Watts
Webster, NY-- On July 1, CSEA Monroe County Local 828 Executive Board sponsored a lakeside dinner reception to honor two long-term union activists from the Rochester and Monroe County area. Many activists and CSEA staff from the Western Region attended the event, including CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi.

Joe Tichacek, a 35-year member of the Town of Webster Highway Department, officially retired in January of this year. Joe served as Unit President for nearly a dozen years and was also a Local Vice President. He also served on many Local and Region committees. Joe has earned a stellar reputation for his loyalty, sense of humor, honesty and due diligence when it comes to workplace issues. He will be sorely missed by his union colleagues.

Ove Overmyer was also honored at the dinner. Ove served as Unit President of the City of Rochester Library Workers since 2006 and was also a Local Vice President. Ove was employed at the Rochester Public Library for nearly 18 years and resigned June 5 to accept a new career opportunity as the CSEA WNY Region 6 Communications Specialist. Overmyer also served for many years as the Local Political Action Chair and Western Region Technology Chair.

At the dinner, attendees shared memories and stories about Joe and Ove. Bess Watts, President of Local 828, delivered some parting gifts and publicly wished her two longtime friends the best of luck in their future endeavors.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Four Webster, NY students win CSEA scholarships

Webster, NY area students win CSEA Scholarships
On June 1, four Webster area students were presented checks for $1,000 in college scholarship prize money at a picnic supper banquet at Liberty Lodge, Finn Park, Webster, NY. From left to right: Trevor Maciejewski (Webster Thomas HS), Erica Blair (Webster Thomas HS) and Austin Ocwieja (Webster Schroeder HS). Not pictured is second year scholarship award winner Jacqueline Gier, who will be attending SUNY-ESF this fall. Photo by Ove Overmyer, ©2015
Four Webster area students win CSEA Scholarships
Webster, N.Y.—On Monday, June 1, CSEA Monroe County Local 828 Executive Board and the Local 828 Scholarship Committee hosted the 22nd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Liberty Lodge at Finn Park, 850 Maple Dr., Webster, N.Y.
At the picnic supper, Local and Unit officers formally announced the winners of the CSEA Local 828 George M. Growney Memorial Scholarships and Unit 7400 Scholarship Awards for 2015. This year, $10,000.00 was awarded to deserving area students whose parents or caregivers are members in good standing of CSEA Monroe County Local 828. Four students from Webster High Schools landed scholarship prize money.
Mr. Growney was a long time local labor leader and activist. He was employed as a probation officer with Monroe County. He served as local president for nearly two decades before his retirement in 1995. George had a passion for kids to succeed, and would be proud that his union brothers and sisters have carried on his legacy of love and commitment to youth. George M. Growney died on August 10, 1997. The scholarship program was named in his honor in 1998—one year after his passing.
A $1,000 second year scholarship was awarded to Jacqueline Gier, who spent her college freshman year at Niagara University, NY. She will be transferring to SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY majoring in Environmental Studies.
Erica Blair, a senior at Webster Thomas High School, was awarded a first year $1,000 scholarship and will be attending North Carolina’s Duke University this fall.
Austin Ocwieja, a senior at Webster Schroeder High School, was awarded a first year $1,000 scholarship and will be attending the University of Buffalo, NY to study Mechanical Engineering.
Trevor Maciejewski, a senior at Webster Thomas High School, was awarded a first year $1,000 scholarship and will be majoring in Psychology at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY this fall.
“This is one of the best things we do as union activists,” said Bess Watts, President of Local 828. She added, “It’s very rewarding to know we are helping our young people succeed in life.”
The scholarship committees have reviewed thousands of applications in the past 22 years, which demonstrates the significant need of financial resources for young adults continuing their formal education. Scholarships applicants are judged on academic achievement, a written essay, financial need and potential.
Since 1993, CSEA Local 828 has awarded over $140,000 in scholarship prize money. In 1993, the Monroe County Employees Unit 7400, the largest Unit in the Local, created their own scholarship program and have distributed more than $23,000.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CSEA Local 828 Scholarship Awards Dinner

CSEA Monroe County 828 holds Scholarship Awards Dinner

2015 CSEA Local 828 Scholarship Award Winners.
Pictured far left: Jim D'Amico and Bess Watts. Photo by Ove Overmyer
Webster, N.Y.—On Monday, June 1, CSEA Monroe County Local 828 Executive Board, Local 828 Scholarship Committee hosted the 22nd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Liberty Lodge at Finn Park, 850 Maple Dr., Webster, N.Y. Many members from the Retirees Local 912 also served on the Scholarship Committee as well.
At the picnic supper, Local officers formally announced the winners of the CSEA Local 828 George M. Growney Memorial Scholarships and Unit 7400 Scholarship Awards for 2015. This year, $10,000.00 will be awarded to deserving area students whose parents or caregivers are members in good standing of CSEA Monroe County Local 828.
Since 1993, CSEA Local 828 has awarded over $140,000 in scholarship prize money. In 1993, the Monroe County Employees Unit 7400, the largest Unit in the Local, created their own scholarship program and have distributed more than $23,000.
Mr. Growney was a long time local labor leader and activist. He was employed as a probation officer with Monroe County. He served as local president for nearly two decades before his retirement in 1995. George had a passion for kids to succeed, and would be proud that his union brothers and sisters have carried on his legacy of love and commitment to youth. George M. Growney died on August 10, 1997. The scholarship program was named in his honor in 1998—one year after his passing.
“This is one of the best things we do as union activists,” said Bess Watts, President of Local 828. She added, “It’s very rewarding to know we are helping our young people succeed in life.”
CSEA Local 828 Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors whose parents and caregivers are members or agency shop fee payers of Monroe County Local 828. The scholarship committees have reviewed thousands of applications in the past 23 years, which demonstrates the significant need of financial resources for young adults continuing their formal education. Scholarships applicants are judged on academic achievement, a written essay, financial need and potential.
This year, no applicant met the requirements to be awarded the Jane McManus Scholarship. The JMS is given to a student whose parent or caregiver is a CSEA represented employee at the Rochester Public Library Unit 7420. The scholarship award money will roll over to next year.
Here are the winners: