The Michigan AFRAM State Caucus held their 5th Annual Leadership and Development Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel July 14-16, 2017, in Troy. The theme of the conference was Remembering, Refocusing, Resisting.
SEIU Local 517M Executive Director Liza Estlund Olson was one of many speakers that included Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, and AFRAM President Emeritus Rod Bashir. Wayne State University Professor Brenda Moon (pictured Left) conducted training on public speaking for the attendees.
Numerous awards were given out at the conference. Raceine McDonald of the HSS Unit was recognized as the AFRAM Member of the Year. The Member of the Year Award is presented to the MASC member who displays dedication and commitment to the Caucus and has demonstrated their passion for AFRAM by being involved in their community and their union. (Left Picture L-R: Michigan AFRAM State Caucus President Freddie Palanco, Raceine McDonald, and Michigan AFRAM State Caucus Executive Director Andy Johnson)
This year, the MASC added an additional Award that will be given out annually. This award is in the name of former SEIU 517M Executive Board member, Region 1 Secretary and Buena Vista Schools Chapter President, Glenda Simon. Sister Simon worked in the Buena Vista School district for 18 years and was the first recording secretary for the Saginaw Region AFRAM Caucus and one of the Caucus’ original 11 members. Sister Simon was very instrumental in the development of the award-winning Saginaw Region AFRAM Ca ucus. Sister Simon passed away a year ago.
The MASC recognized two of its members this year as the first recipients of the Glena Simon Memorial Award. They are Yolanda Johnson and Stephanie Teamer. Sisters Johnson and Teamer both exemplify the same attributes and passion for AFRAM as Sister Simon did. They have picked up where Sister Simon had left off and have propelled this caucus to a higher place.
(Top Picture L-R: Michigan AFRAM State Caucus President Freddie Palanco, Yolanda Johnson, and Michigan AFRAM State Caucus Executive Director Andy Johnson) (Bottom Picture L-R: Michigan AFRAM State Caucus President Freddie Palanco, Stephanie Teamer, Michigan AFRAM State Caucus Executive Director Andy Johnson)