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HSTA-R President’s Message for Dec. 2010

December 7, 2010
HSTA-R President surrounded by wife, Randee & daughter, Jaclynn. All proud to be part of HSTA

Hawaii District, President’s Message

Many members of Hawaii District’s HSTA-R became involved in the political process when we came out to support our unions recommended candidates.

Jo Ann Iwane from the West Hawaii Community Club took an active role in sign waving and organizing a variety of support for Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz.

The WHCC has become an important component of our Big Island HSTA-R bringing us closer together as a united team, thanks in part to Jo Ann’s hard work.

The Eastside retirees participated on several occasions at the ILWU Hall in putting together campaign packets for a variety of HSTA recommended candidates.  This huge effort was organized by State Senator Dwight Takamine who was meticulous in his efforts to get the word out in support of our favored candidates.

Stephen Ono organized a meeting of all retiree unions with our Hawaii Island Mayor to discuss issues related to aging.  Mayor Billy Kenoi reassured all of us that he respects our Kapuna and will never make cuts in his budget that would curtail programs for our retired citizens.

Mayor Kenoi was gracious and he and his staff welcomed us and provided refreshments.  More than 30 people attended and the mayor’s staff videotaped the event to be shown on public television in the near future.

A variety of union retirees, from HGEA to the UPW and the ILWU joined the efforts to put campaign literature together for distribution and many of those volunteers also went door to door to encourage voters to support our recommended candidates.

After becoming the Hawaii District President I asked the Hawaii Island Labor Alliance if I could be a part of their monthly meetings to learn more about what other unions concerns are and to see how we, HSTA-R, could help.

Hawaii Island ILWU President, Richard Baker, welcomed HSTA-R to their board and stated that we became the first retired union to join them.  Since that time the retiree chair of the ILWU has also joined the Labor Alliance Board and other unions have been encouraged to have a retiree representative join the Alliance.

On Veteran’s Day your president organized a health and fitness run/walk in Hilo in order to pay respect to our Veterans with the price of admission being canned goods for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

All unions were encouraged to attend and wear their shirts to be recognized in their efforts in contributing to our community.  Representatives from the UPW, HGEA, SHOPO, Carpenters, Firefighters, ILWU and HSTA were on hand.

The Veterans Day event had 198 participants and 25 volunteers on hand and raised 356 pounds of food and $293 for the Food Basket.

HSTA won the award for most participants at the event, but all the unions need to be congratulated for being represented at the extremely successful event.

I am pleased to announce that Hawaii District HSTA-R won a $400 grant to design and print their own T-shirts.  The District Council will meet later this month to decide how to go about to best create a shirt that reflects our own uniqueness. 

Our web site/blog, here at https://hstarbigisland.wordpress.com/ has become very popular and a great way to communicate on a regular bases with our membership.  Information and photos on a variety of HSTA-R related events have been posted and members are asked to submit vacation photos and brief summaries of their trips in order to make our site more personable.

It is the intention of myself and our council members to make HSTA-R Hawaii District both visible and contributing members of our community.

It is with great pleasure that I serve as your president.

Respectfully submitted:   Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph   President, HSTA-R     Hawaii District

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