Auburn District A- 10 Area Reps are shown here in their new SPEEA apparel,
purchased from the online store with a gift certificate offered to all Area Reps in
recognition of their efforts. From left, front row: Jim Jones and Paul Bowman,
middle row: Rick Reid and Chris Kendrick, back row: Janelle Lee and Albert
Villanueva. District A- 10 had one of the most Area Rep orders. A- 10 Area Reps
not shown (who ordered apparel) are John Depta, Richard Harshfield, Keenan
Keller and Kevin Mjor.
You might see more of SPEEA in the workplace. The 2018 Area Rep recog- nition gifts just came in and that means
nearly 200 Area Reps (AR) have new SPEEA
hats, shirts and jackets.
Last October, during Area Rep recognition
month, Council Reps handed SPEEA apparel
gift certificates for $35 in store credit to their
Area Reps to order from the online store.
The orders shipped to the SPEEA offices
When Auburn A- 10 Council Rep Gail
Soushek recently delivered the apparel
orders to Area Reps in her district, they
shared why they stepped up for this role.
About the role
Auburn Area Rep Albert Villanueva likes
getting answers to members’ questions about
their contract and benefits. “I like helping
people understand and bring clarity - knowledge sharing.”
Another Auburn Area Rep, Paul Bowman, a
former Council Rep, said the role keeps him
connected to SPEEA. For example, he reads the
SPEEA News and routes it to about 30 people.
“It keeps SPEEA visible. It keeps it local,” he
said about the role of Area Rep. “It’s nice to
have somebody from SPEEA in their corner.”
• Bring members’ questions to their
Become an Area Rep
• Help host lunchtime meetings
• Help distribute SPEEA emails
• Welcome new members
Typically, Area Reps connect with smaller
groups of members within a district that averages
about 200 members per Council Rep. Districts
with more Area Reps have better outreach and
improved dialogue with members on issues.
Members can have their Council Rep sign an
AR petition, available at www.speea.org - drop-down menu: Councils/Forms and Petitions.