Monday, May 24, 2010

Two Members Honored by Sierra Club

The Arkansas Sierra Club honored two members of AFSCME Local 965 at their annual awards banquet last night. Mayor Lioneld Jordan, past president of Local 965, received the environmental group's top award, "Conservationist of the Year." In making the presentation, Sierra Club President Rob Leflar cited Jordan's outstanding leadership for low impact development, energy conservation, and expansion of the trails system, as well as his voting record during eight years on the city council, and called him "the Greenest Mayor in Arkansas."

State Representative Lindsley Smith received the award for Outstanding State Elected Official. Leflar noted that she had a 100% Sierra Club voting record during her three terms in the legislature and had sponsored successful legislation, including an anti-SLAPP statute to protect critics of developers, a "Net Metering" statute that allowed individuals to sell alternative energy to electric utilities, and expansion of the wetlands mitigation bank to include other aquatic resources.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring Community Service Day

AFSCME Local 965 members will spend Saturday morning, May 22, volunteering for litter pickup and removal at Greathouse Park in south Fayetteville. With the end of the school year, the park will be more heavily used by neighborhood youngsters, so let's help make it a safe and enjoyable experience for them.

Members should arrive by 8:00 a.m. for the project that includes the six-acre playground areas as well as removing debris from the creek. Recent utility work has had an adverse impact on the public areas. Equipment and supplies will be provided.

Directions: Greathouse Park is located south of 15th St. Turn south off 15th Street onto Brooks Ave. (Brooks is opposite of the Pinnacle Foods plant & runs along the RV Lot on the opposite corner from Baum Stadium). Then turn left onto Boone St & go a block to the parking lot at the corner of Boone St. & Price Ave.

Hope to see you there!!!

UPDATE: Brother Lioneld Jordan, Mayor of Fayetteville, joined us for the park cleanup. Photo above by Sister Betty Martin, President of Local 965, shows Mayor Jordan with some of the other union members participating in the community service project. L to R: Rick Belt, Steve Smith, Lioneld Jordan, Bruce McNully, Larry West.