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We Are Your Neighbors

AFSCME Window Clings and Business Support Signs Available!

AFSCME Iowa has begun a campaign to talk to our neighbors and local business about what exactly public employees do, how much they spend in our local main street businesses, and how they are an integral part of our communities. This is a great way to get involved in a grassroots way as an AFSCME member. If you'd like window clings to invite your neighbors to show their support for public employees, or if you are interested in talking to your local businesses about what you spend in your community at their shops, please fill out the form and we'll get you some in the mail right away!

To order free clings and signs, go here: http://action.afscme.org/signup_page/clings-and-business-signs

The following are businesses that understand that public employees are a part of their community's economy, and public employee and union members' money is welcome there.  They have chosen to proudly show their support with a sign in their window that says "We Support Public Employees ... Public Employee Dollars Are Welcome Here."

AFSCME Members: please support these businesses - they support you and the role you play in your communities.

Businesses: Order your "We Support Public Employees. Public Employee Dollars Welcome Here!" signs.

FULL (and growing) LIST since 04/26/11

ABOUT CRAIG:
My wife, Kathy, and I are empty-nesters; however we have loads of fun with our two four-legged “kids”, Gracie, a Golden Retriever and Abbie, a Papillion. They give us alot of joy and happiness. I have one daughter, Amy and son-in-law, Himar whom is from the Canary Islands of Spain; they live in Ottumwa and we are blessed to have a beautiful granddaughter, Belen, who we truly enjoy. My daughter is pregnant and is expecting in May; we are hopeful for a grandson this time. Amy is a pre-school teacher; her husband works with immigrants through Iowa State University Extension program. Kathy has one daughter, Stephanie whom is working on her second college degree for Bachelors in Nursing from Grandview College in Des Moines.

MORE ABOUT CRAIG HERE:

ABOUT RENE:

I have lived in this community for 24 years, am married with two daughters ages 22 & 19 and a two-year old granddaughter. I’ve been actively involved in my community over the years as a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where I have also taught Sunday School, VBS and WINGS. I have also served as treasurer for four years of the Hawk Express (a non-profit organization formed to provide transportation for open enrolled students), served on the School Improvement Committee, and served as treasurer of the local PAC group HR Care.

MORE ABOUT RENE HERE

ABOUT MIKE:

I took the job at CCUSO after working for the State of South Dakota for 5 years. I relocated to Cherokee, Iowa and commuted back and forth to Iowa City on a weekly basis until the CCUSO program relocated permanently to the Cherokee MHI campus. I am married with a wife Jennifer, and 4 children, Zach 19, Derek 14, Cooper 3, and Anna 1. I am an active member of the Cherokee community in many ways. I am a substitute teacher and have subbed in the middle schools and high school in Cherokee on my days off. I also volunteer for the Cherokee Police Department. I also am an active member with Pheasants Forever and Whitetails Unlimited. I am active in the youth sports programs and help coach baseball, basketball, and football programs throughout the year.

MORE ABOUT MIKE HERE

ABOUT JASON:

I am married to my wife Corie; we have four children, Paige 17, Brock 12, Gannon 7, and Brinkly 3. Our kids are very active in school with sports and academics. We also attend various activities at our local YMCA. My wife and I own and operate Broadway Styles Hair Salon in Red Oak. I serve on the local Farm Bureau board of Directors and I am a strong supporter of Pheasants Forever.

MORE ABOUT JASON HERE

ABOUT SHAWN:

My wife, Traci and I have two children, Adam (10) and Grant (6). My wife works at the elementary school in Eddyville, which both our children attend. We attend the United Methodist church in Eddyville, where my wife and I have served on various committees. I have served on our Little League board for the past five years and currently serve as the treasurer for the church we attend. Both boys enjoy playing baseball and basketball.

MORE ABOUT SHAWN HERE

ABOUT TERRY:

I raised my family in Altoona, IA.  I have lived here since 1984.  Two of my adult children have made Altoona their home too.  We now have had three generations attend Southeast Polk High School.

MORE ABOUT TERRY HERE

ABOUT JULIE:

I am the wife of Charlie and the mother of Thursby, age 10 and Wyatt, age 8. I have been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for the past 5 years. I joined the Boy Scouts of America two years ago and have been a Cub Scout Den Leader and have helped form Golden Eagle District Pack 2. I also volunteer with the Modern Woodman Youth Service Club.

My family enjoys working with the above groups to help in our community. We have served meals at the local homeless shelter, purchased presents for the women and children’s shelter, ran a supply drive for the Heartland Humane Society and have helped raise funds for the fire station to purchase geothermal cameras.

MORE ABOUT JULIE HERE

ABOUT MARK:

I've been happily married for 34 years to my wife Cheryl, who works at a local bank. I have 2 wonderful children Travis and Rachel. Travis is 30 and has a very successful job in Des Moines Iowa . He has also blessed me with a wonderful granddaughter . Rachel is 20 and is currently going to a local community college. Our kids are all grown up now. Throughout the years we have been involved in many local activities - from school functions to church activities, to supporting our local fair. I have also been a union member for over 30 years from a member to President to Union Steward, and proud of it!

MORE ABOUT MARK HERE:

ABOUT JEFF AND KELLY:

My wife Kelly and I have one child, Samantha, age 4, and we are expecting a second child in June of this year. We were both born and raised in southeast Iowa and have chosen to remain in this area due to our family ties, friendships we have formed and the quality of life that comes with living in a rural community. I have been a volunteer Reserve Deputy for our local Sheriff’s Office since the mid 1990’s and hold the office of Vice President for our reserve unit. I have also been a volunteer for our local chapter of the American Red Cross. I am a member of Ducks Unlimited. My daughter recently began taking dance classes. In our free time we enjoy spending time with our family and friends camping and boating in Iowa’s state parks and on Iowa’s public waters.

MORE ABOUT JEFF AND KELLY HERE

ABOUT MAUREEN:
I am married to my husband Chuck. We have two children, Drew (age 22) and Morgan (age 20). I also have a grandson and another one on the way. I have also worked and volunteered for the Chamber of Commerce.

MORE ABOUT MAUREEN HERE:

ABOUT HENRY:

I have been divorced for the past thirteen years.  I have a son who is 46, and a daughter who is 50, both of whom are Grandparents.  The results is I have a son and daughter, four grandkids, and three great grand kids, with a fourth due in a month.  I am a member of the Scott County Democratic Central Committee and a member of the Rules Committee and Scholarship Committee.  I am also a Life Member of the Local NAACP serving on the Executive Committee, as the Health Committee chair and member of the Education Committee.  I am also a member of the Davenport Community School Local School Improvement Advisory Committee.

We put on annual programs and forums for high school juniors and seniors, mostly minority and first generation students but we accept anyone to interest them and prepare them for college.  I am also the Treasurer of my Local, a shop steward, and one of the original members to form this Local, write the collective bargaining agreement, and have served on every negotiating committee since.

MORE ABOUT HENRY HERE

ABOUT RYAN:

I have a wife Leasha and 2 children, Hailey 7 and Reilly 4.  My daughter, Hailey, has been in dance classes since the age of 2.  She has taken them from the YMCA here in Newton as well as a local dance studio.  Currently she is enrolled in 4 different classes.  In addition to dance, she plays soccer and softball both of which I coach.  My son is eager to enter community sports and I am excited to coach him.  I enjoy drag racing at the New speedway as well as taking my family boating at the local lake, Red Rock.

MORE ABOUT RYAN HERE

ABOUT CASSIDY:

I have a husband Rich (also works at the prison), 2 children, Cloey 5 and Kellen 19 months. I don’t really have a lot of community ties besides raising my children, but my husband is a reserve for the Fort Dodge Police Dept and County Sheriffs Dept. He is also on the CERT team for the prison.

MORE ABOUT THE PALMERS HERE

ABOUT JOSEPH:

My wife Kelly & I have three grown children, two college graduates, and a college senior.  Kelly and I have been in Boy Scouts, Little League, sports booster clubs, and the local youth wrestling club.  My wife volunteers for the local no-kill animal shelter and serves on the dog park committee.  We've both served on the board of directors of little league and the sports booster club.  Our children also have volunteered for various groups.

MORE ABOUT JOSEPH HERE

ABOUT MARTY

I have a beautiful wife Lauire who works at the University of Iowa, during our free time we enjoy motorcycle riding and every year going fishing with my entire family. I have been a union leader for the AFSCME Council 61 in Iowa for many years and have held many positions for the union.

I have volunteered in many elections working with the Democratic party and candidates that back public employees. 

I am also a member of the Iowa Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa.  The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation.  We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.

I am not a veteran but I do believe that we should show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.  We shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors, and I take great pride in doing this.

READ MORE ABOUT MARTY HERE

ABOUT DELLA:

I am married to Larry Mull, and we just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this past year. I was raised and grew up on a farm in Colorado, but have called Iowa home for many years. We have 3 biological children, all grown with families of their own. They have given us 8 lovely grandchildren, which we enjoy so much. We have been registered childcare providers since 1974, so needless to say, CHILDREN ARE OUR LIFE!!!

READ MORE ABOUT DELLA HERE:

ABOUT CHRIS:

I have a girlfriend (Trish) who resides with me she has a 17 year old daughter(Heather) and a 5 year old son (Zach) and I have a 13 year old son (Tyler) and a 2 year old daughter (Zoey). Heather plays basketball and softball and soon will attending college at UNI and Zach plays soccer, t-ball and basketball. Tyler is into computers and mows yard in the summer with his grandfather. Zoey is in her terrible twos and no explanation need for that. Trish works for a local company in Sioux City. I help run security as a part-time job, at events such as Saturday in the Park and Biker Nights on historic 4th street. I also do side jobs such as landscaping and restoration work with a friend who owns his own company.

MORE ABOUT CHRIS HERE

ABOUT CHRIS:

I live in Altoona with My family. Julie my wife of 21 years, Connor, age 12, and Jenna, 15 months. Julie is a School Teacher half days in Des Moines. Connor is in sixth grade, and loves to play youth hockey. Jenna does what 15 month old girls love to do, manipulate dad! We attend Oakwood United Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill. I am a nursing student at Des Moines Area Community College.

MORE ABOUT CHRIS HERE

ABOUT SHELLY:

My name is Shelly Silver. My husband Roger and I have been married for 20 plus years. We have two kids, Leah age 14 and Dalton age 10 ½. Our kids go to Saydel schools. They play softball and baseball. We love going to the games and volunteering in the concession stands.

My daughter Leah and I volunteer regularly at the Animal Rescue League. We’ve started about 2 years ago. We walk dogs at the shelter, help the customers and help out at various fundraising activities for the ARL – the Des Moines Arts Festival, Altoona Dog Paddle, Santa Paws and Valentine Apple sales are some of the activities we’ve done.
My husband and I are signed up to be bone marrow donors. Several years ago we filled out the paperwork and had samples of our blood drawn. I would be excited to get the call to save someone’s life. My mother is an Emergency Room nurse so through her I’ve learned things like this are important to do as well as donating blood on a regular basis. I’ve given over 5 gallons in my life time.

A few years ago we “adopted” a child in Kenya, Africa named Derrick through Compassion International. We send money monthly but the cool thing is that we exchange letters 3-4 times a year. It’s fun to hear about him, his parents and his baby sister. He’s Leah’s age. He’s like any other kid – he goes to school, plays soccer and he’s active in a religious life through Compassion.

READ MORE ABOUT SHELLY HERE

ABOUT VAL:
I am married to Dan, who is also a state employee. We have two children, Stephanie – 21 and Jacob – 18. Steph is a junior at Buena Vista University, where she is majoring in athletic training and human performance. Jacob is a senior at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School and will graduate this May. He is planning on attending Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City. He will be studying fire science and paramedic. He currently is a member of the Hartley Ambulance Team and is taking EMT classes at Northwest Community College in Sheldon. I was elected to the HMS School Board and am serving my second term. I recently retired as a 4-H leader after 9 years and am the communication superintendent for the O’Brien County Fair. I have volunteered at the O’Brien County Fair for 15 years. We are members of the United Methodist Church in Hartley. I am also a member of the IEF Club in Hartley where one of our goals is to provide scholarships for our local youth to attend a two year technical school and also provide scholarships for preschool children. We also do several community service oriented projects. I am also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

AND DAN...
I am married to Val, who is also a state employee. We have two children, Stephanie (21) and Jacob (18). I was a trustee for the Hartley United Methodist Church for two years. While I was a trustee, I wrote a grant to obtain finances to begin a remodeling project to make the restrooms in our church handicap accessible. We received money for our grant and were able to complete the restroom project this summer. I am a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Scottish Rite. I have volunteered at the O’Brien County Fair for the last 15 years. I built display shelves for my daughter’s 4-H club to use during the fair so they didn’t have to carry the cement blocks and boards that were being used by the other clubs.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MOERMONDS HERE

ABOUT TIMOTHY:
I am married to my wife Darcy, and have two children, Chris (age 17) and Cole (age 15). My boys are active in sports in football and wrestling.  As most parents know me, I am a very active, involved parent at games.  I am a volunteer for the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department, and help the community everyday through this organization.

MORE ABOUT TIMOTHY HERE

ABOUT GLENDA:

I am a board member Center for Drug Alochol; and a Member of Democratic National Committee.   I also belong to Progressive Action for the Common Good, and love my community, the Quad Cities.

MORE ABOUT GLENDA HERE

ABOUT ROBERT:

I have lived in Waterloo, Iowa my entire life. I went to Junior College in Mason City, and then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Black Hawk County and the state of Iowa is a great place to live. I have strived in my personal life as well as professional life to contribute to helping Iowans work through their difficulties as they may arise, which ultimately helps all of us. As a member of our local NAACP chapter, the goal is to assist the disenfranchised and help make the community a better place to live for people of all races.

MORE ABOUT ROBERT HERE

ABOUT BRIAN:

I have a wife Jennifer, and two children, Austin (age 11), and Jacob (age 8).  I coach both of my boys in Metro and YMCA football and also coach both of their USSSA Baseball Teams.  I have served as Vice President and President of our home owners association.  I also serve as team captain for the local heart walk, and serve as a volunteer for otehr American Heart Association functions such as "The Heart Ball," "Jump Rope for Heart," and Hoops for Heart."

MORE ABOUT BRIAN HERE

ABOUT KATHY JARED

My husband Tim and I are members of Heritage Wesleyan church in Rock Island IL where we are involved in Motorcycle Missions. We enjoy riding motorcycles and travel with a group to Missouri to Shiloh Children’s homes where, in addition to delivering a monetary gift, we volunteer a week of our time as needed. Shiloh provides abused or unmanageable children with a stable two parent home. I also am fortunate to have two daughters who have blessed us with five grandchildren that live nearby and keep us busy with rides to school, traveling hockey games, softball and train festivals.

READ MORE ABOUT KATHY HERE

ABOUT MICHELLE:

I am married to Eric and we have two great kids, Michelle (23) and Joey (13).  Our daughter graduated from Iowa State, is a teacher, and in 2009 we welcomed her husband Ryan to our family.  We are all members of the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Since the flood of 2008, Eric, Joey, and I have fostered dogs for the Animal Welfare Foundation out of Jones County.  We have adopted two great dogs and have helped six others find permanent loving homes.

We have recently applied to host a foreign exchange student from Japan through Joey's school.

READ MORE ABOUT MICHELLE HERE.

ABOUT KELLY:

I am the Parent Teacher Coordinator for Salem Elementary. My children attend this small school of 130 students in rural southeast Iowa. As the PTA Coordinator I do everything from planning parties, to helping in the classroom, to planning the annual spring carnival. This carnival is generally attended by 85% of the student body with their families and has raised as much as $5000 in one evening. In volunteering for the school for the past 4 years I have written grants and conducted fundraising to raise nearly $30, 000. These funds have all been used to directly benefit the education of the children. Salem Elementary is the only building in our district to have an LCD Projector and Promethium Board in every classroom. I headed up efforts to purchase a lap top computer lab on a rolling cart that is shared among all classes in the building. We have purchased Personal Response systems and interactive reading software for students at all reading levels. Within the month we plan to have a wireless document camera in every classroom of the building. We are also working on an iPod learning lab that we hope to complete this year. I do my best to provide the students at Salem Elementary with technology that public funding cannot otherwise afford.

READ MORE ABOUT KELLY HERE

ABOUT CAROLYN:

I am a member of Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; and served over 15 years as the Youth Director of the Youth Department; participated with the Voices of Antioch Choir and for 3 years, presided as the choir president. Last but not least, I served on the Finance Committee over 15 years.

Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization where positions; were held as Recording Secretary, Chaplain, Social Action Chair, President, and Financial Secretary.
I have enjoyed Delta’s “Youth Day” at the State Capitol & visit to college campus.

Member of the NAACP Davenport Metro Branch #4019. Appointed to Youth Chair and elected as Youth Advisor for Davenport Youth Council NAACP Branch #47AA.

READ MORE ABOUT CAROLYN HERE

ABOUT JEVERNA:
I am married with 2 grown (married) children.  I am an active member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls.  I volunteer by ushering at the Cedar Falls Community Theater and baking cookies for the Waterloo Community Theater.  I donate blood regularly to the Blood Center.  I donate cookies to Cedar Valley Hospice and fundraise for them.  Also, I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a historical preservation, education, and patriotic group.

READ MORE ABOUT JEVERNA HERE

ABOUT BECCY:

I am the youngest of nine children who grew up in a Union family, my Dad worked at John Deere. We would discuss Union issues and contracts at the dinner table. My Dad always said he liked to have a say in his future and being a Union member was a way of doing that, so it was only natural that when I came to work at the University of Northern Iowa I joined AFSCME Local 2659. I met my husband at UNI and I married that wonderful man in 2001. Not long after our marriage we took over as guardians of one of our grandchildren. Now she will soon be in middle school. We were able to put her on our family health insurance which got her off Medicaid. That was a wonderful feeling. We are actively involved in her education and my husband has assisted in coaching her softball team. We have several other grandchildren which we enjoy tremendously and love to camp and fish with them.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECCY HERE

ABOUT SCOTT:
I am married to my wife Angi (who is the sexton at our church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Wheatland) and we have 4 children, (Brandan, who recently graduated from the United States Marine Corp Basic training in San Diego, CA, MCRD) (Courtni, who is a Sophomore at Calamus/Wheatland High School) (Cassandra who is in 4th Grade at C/W Elementary) & (Emily who is in 1st Grade at C/W Elementary)

On top of my career working for the great state of Iowa, I am Vice-President of the Calamus / Wheatland School Board, a 20 year member of the Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department and a Part-time police officer for the city of DeWitt.

READ MORE ABOUT SCOTT HERE:

ABOUT DOROTHY:
I was raised and have lived in the Cedar Valley for nearly all of my life. I met and married my husband Stacy here and we are raising four children together with our fifth baby due in March and the oldest a freshman in college. We have always been active in our children’s schools (Price Laboratory School, Orchard Hill Elementary, Peet Junior High and Cedar Falls HS) and support them by attending their sporting events and school related activities, including girl scouts and boy scouts. We attend Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls.

READ MORE ABOUT DOROTHY HERE

ABOUT ANGEL:
I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa where I currently reside with my husband, our children, and nine grandchildren from age of 13 on down.

I have volunteered at the schools, gave talks to the kids, helped with the lunch programs, assisted teachers, volunteered at retirement/nursing homes and adopted along the way numerous college kids. I do what I can to pay it forward and continue too. I donate to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the House of Hope here in Waterloo.

I became involved with St Jude’s Children’s Hospital when my daughter was born sick and had health issues for so many years.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ANGEL HERE

 

President Homan's Op-Ed in the Quad City Times

The Quad City Times published an Op-Ed by AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan:

"Lately, it has been become fashionable for politicians to try to deflect blame for their failures onto hard-working public employees. Unjustified attacks on public employees’ character and very existence have become sadly common. While I have no intention to collectively bargain future contracts through the media, I do feel it is vital to set the record straight about recent history.

"When Iowans hear bullying attacks against public employees, they should remember just who public employees are. Public employees are your neighbors. They include cops and correctional officers keeping you safe from violent criminals, Department of Transportation employees keeping you safe on the road by inspecting bridges and clearing snow, and workforce development staff helping laid-off Iowans acquire new skills and get new jobs."

Read the full column here.

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