Gus Miller Chapter
In trying to promote even more solidarity between the chapter and our local, starting in May, we began to prepare and serve the meals for both the sound & communication unit and general membership meetings. The month of June, our chapter was involved in a number of things. To begin the month, we had the pleasure of having two of our chapter executive committee members, VP Isis Harris and member at large Kennitha Wade attend both the this year's CBTU conference as well as the IBEW National Women's Conference. Community wise, Portland City Council candidate Loretta Smith came in to our June meeting to request assistance from our members in door knocking for the final campaign push and to walk with her in the Juneteeth Parade. Several of our members participated in the PNW Multi-Chapter meeting hosted by the Frederick Simmons EWMC Chapter of Seattle and attended by the EWMC chapter from Vancouver B.C. Our members also walked in Seattle's Pride Parade which took place on that Sunday following the weekend's meeting. We had members volunteer for the annual Dr. Drew blood drive, in Portland, headed by sister Donna Hammond. Also we were involved in community festivals, Good in the Hood and The Taste of Parkrose. We also announced the winner to our latest fundraising raffle, a guided salmon fishing trip for two, at the last general membership meeting. Although we didn't do as well as we hoped, it did get our local members more acquainted with the EWMC.
In the month of July, we participated in our local day of service and were heavily represented by our volunteerism at our local's annual picnic, both taking place the weekend of July, the 14-15. Also we began the vetting process for a potential partnering with an organization called the Exchange, to help bolster our mentorship arm. The purpose of The Exchange is to create relationship and community in a disconnected world. It is a place where young African American adults can come and get assistance with their careers. The Exchange will offer mentoring, skill building workshops, social events and placement assistance. The Exchange will also be a place where African American talent of all ages will be identified and information exchanged.
During the month of August, we put more effort toward the GOTV initiative, the Gus Miller chapter co-hosted with our local's PAC, a casual meet and greet luncheon for Portland City Council candidate Loretta Smith on August 6th at our local union hall. This was a catered event aimed at giving the brothers and sisters from various labor unions in our city, an informal opportunity to get to know candidate Smith and her platforms. This month we finalized and submitted our bylaws amendment to the national EWMC for approval. We also sent out our member recruitment and retention letter to over 50 past non-participanting and potential members to both encourage them to participate in the chapter, as well as to apply for our three vacant executive committee positions.
This month president Love met with training center director Rod Belisle to discuss the expectations for and selection of apprentices who are eligible to attend the National EWMC conference in January. Candidate selection will be compiled through September, finalized and submitted by October. Planning and selection for the chapter's participation in this year's IDOS had begun. Are major option being a coat and care package for the homeless, starting at our next monthly EWMC meeting.