President's 2019 1st Quarter Report
2019 is flying by, New Years, valentines, spring break has come and gone. Easter is coming, followed by the end of school for our kids. Where does the time go? Looking back at the first quarter of 2019, there was a lot of activity.
We saw several branch presidents at the Committee of Presidents (COP) in Denton on January 26, 2019. The meeting gave the delegates an opportunity to be selected for committees at our state convention. All committee selections took place and acceptance letter mailed. Branch Secretaries, please get your delegate cards to the Forrest Shephard, TSALC Secretary as soon as possible, see the dates to remember.
The year has started off pretty busy. Not only did the state executive board meet prior to the COP, the National Business Agent, Javier Bernal and his staff conducted a spring school in San Marcos. There was plenty of training offered. Several state board members along with other volunteers helped at the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF) table. There were many new faces and learned what the LCPF is/can do for their future. Several of the attendees signed up to our “Gimme 5” campaign, well worth it.
Following the school in mid-February, your Texas State Association along with 30 other states associations traveled to Washington, DC to educated our members of congress on letter carrier issues. (Some pictures near the end of the newsletter)
Some of the new members of congress include Daniel Crenshaw (D-2), Van Taylor (D-3), Lance Gooden (D-5), Ronald Wright (D-6), Lizzie Pannill-Fletcher (D-7), Veronica Escobar (D-16), Chip Roy (D-21), Michael Cloud (D-27), Sylvia Garcia (D-29), and Colin Allred (D-32). We were able to meet most of the staff and also with Gooden, Fletcher, Cloud, and Allred in person.
We are headed in the right direction, keep it up Texas! It takes a team effort to educate and persist. We cannot stand idlily by while proposals are made about our futures and we are not in the conversation.
One way we are in the conversation is the LCPF. Remember, we support those that support letter carrier issues. Period! Another, getting active in your branch. What does that mean? Glad you asked. Going to your branch meeting is a great start. You can learn what is happening not only in your local but, nationally as well. The NALC app is a great tool with updated information brought to your device. And we love our devices, don’t we? The Postal Record is filled with articles touching on everything. Get registered to vote if you have not already. Exercise your right to vote, because if you don’t, your silence will permit people to make decisions for our communities.
Hopefully y’all have made plans to join the Texas State Convention in Denton, TX from June 26-28, 2019. benefit all letter carriers and our community.
Thank You and God Bless,
Carlos Rodriguez Jr.