April 09, 2010

Barbara Easterling, Ruben Burks Re-elected as Leaders of the Alliance

The Alliance’s 2010 national convention took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday through Thursday of this week.  On Wednesday, Barbara J. Easterling, who has been President of the Alliance since February of 2009, was re-elected to a four-year term.  Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Easterling had served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Communications Workers of America. “You have helped improve the lives of millions of current and future retirees,” said Ms. Easterling to those in attendance.  “We have more work to do.  I know none of you will rest, and neither will I,” she continued.  Ruben Burks, who has been Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance since it was launched in 2001, was elected to another four-year term.  Mr. Burks was once the Secretary-Treasurer of the United Auto Workers.  “Thank you for re-electing me.  I will do everything I can do to help this unique and wonderful organization,” he said.  More than 400 Alliance members watched and cheered as the two took their oaths.  Six non-union members were elected to the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) Board on Tuesday: Julie Harbin of South Carolina; Rosario Holguin and Mary Magill of California; Rev. Louis B. Jones of Maryland/Washington, DC; Suleika Cabrera-Drinane of New York; and John Jensen of Nebraska.  President Emeritus George J. Kourpias administered the oaths, and Hawaii Alliance President Al Hamai served as Parliamentarian during the convention.  For photos from this week, go to http://bit.ly/bsqo0Y.

Congratulations to Award Winners Harry Reid, Scott Watts, and Bill Holayter!
The Alliance presented its Leadership Award to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Monday.  “This award is especially meaningful because the first recipient was Sen. Ted Kennedy,” said Sen. Reid.

The Alliance’s President’s Award was bestowed upon Scott Watts, President of the Nevada Alliance, and Executive Board member William J. Holayter of Washington State.  “I’m going to cherish this moment,” said Mr. Watts.

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