This is an open letter to the members of the Portland Oregon Area Local APWU and their immediate families. We ask for your assistance in the Auxiliary to the Portland Oregon American Postal Workers Union.
As noted in the last issue of The Poker, currently we are still without a local Auxiliary Treasurer as our latest one has moved out of state along with her APWU husband. Thus far, no one has stepped forward to volunteer to do the job. We cannot go on without a Treasurer. It is not a difficult position and sometimes many months go by with no duties whatsoever. After more than 90 years, we would hate to see the local Auxiliary have to fold. Want to volunteer but not yet a member? Local Auxiliary dues are only $15 per year, $5 of that goes to national dues and $5 goes to the state Auxiliary. Contact me for information on how to become an Auxiliary member.
Local Auxiliary activities depend on what the members choose (such as our Backpack Food projects, assisting with the credit union annual toy drive, showing up for rallies, etc.). We also do fun things: Picnics, annual Christmas and birthday lunches, bingo parties, etc. Approximately once a month, we assist the Local by address labeling The Poker. It usually takes only about one hour or a little more (depending on how many show up). Sometimes there are snacks.
Our meetings are every other month (except in the summer) at 1:00 P.M. on the second Thursday of the month. Our next regular meeting is September 12 at 1:00 P.M. at the Local Union Office meeting hall, 2360 SE Morrison St (Belmont side). Meetings usually take about an hour, but it depends on members’ input and questions. The months of our meetings are January, March, May, September and November each year. We will have to make a decision at the September meeting on the future of the local Auxiliary if there is no volunteer for the position of local Treasurer coming forth.
My name is Mike Parker and I am the current Portland Area Local Auxiliary President and a retired local and state APWU officer. For Mikes contact information contact the local office.