The purpose of the CSEA Member of the Year Program is to recognize the commitment and dedication of classified employees to the students of California, community involvement, and activism in our fine union.
Nominees must be an active member in good standing. You will be asked to provide job-related skills, examples of outstanding character, community involvement, and to what extent they are active in the chapter. For example, how much do they volunteer to support the activities of the local chapter, etc.
Nominators must complete the nomination form and make sure that the four additional sections are also filled out and submitted by March 1. Download Forms
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If you have questions, contact the Awards Committee (see listing in sidebar) or contact CSEA Member Benefits.
Attention: Awards Committee Chair
2045 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
Learn more about CSEA’s Member of the Year Award. Find out what it means to the recipients, why it matters to CSEA and how you can nominate someone to receive this distinguished honor.
"People need to be validated for the work they do," says Lee Anne Gaxiola, 2015 Member of the Year. "You can be as humble as you want, but it certainly feels good and people need that recognition."
Nominators must complete the three steps outlined below. First, complete the nomination form cover sheet/page. Then choose people to complete each of the four separate nominating sections (forms). Lastly, make sure all (nomination cover sheet/page and all four sections) have been submitted.
Note: If a nomination is lacking any one of the four sections, it will be deemed disqualified for consideration.
Forward the following sections to the appropriate individuals. All sections must be submitted. (The nominator must complete and submit one.)
Nominators must submit the nomination form along with Sections 1-4 by email, fax or mail.
Mail: CSEA Headquarters, Attn: Awards Committee Chair, 2045 Lundy Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
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Each year, CSEA pays tribute to its Members of the Year with a video profile. These videos capture the essence of how these members go the extra mile to help students succeed and make a positive difference in their school, union and community.
Saint Helena Chapter 287
Simi Valley Chapter 310
Lucia Mar Chapter 275
Ocean View Chapter 599
Orland Chapter 456
Conference Delegates posthumously bestowed Life Membership to former Association Secretary and Area C Director Donna D’Arcy. Four CSEA retirees were also added to CSEA's Honor Roll: Roxie Allen, Jeanne Foster, Arlina Montez and Rowena Smith.
Peggy Wray, of Lakeside Chapter 240, was named the 2017 Richard C. Bartlett Activist of the Year.
Delia Alvarado from Retiree Council 5008 was named the 2017 William P. Schwartz Humanitarian of the Year.
Paul Rasso, an office equipment technician for Colton schools and member of Colton Chapter 244, was honored in Washington D.C. as one of the 2017 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award winners.
CSEA congratulates its 2017 Members of the Year: Lisa Montelli, Kim Richins, Sue Studer, Maria Tapia and Ron Walker.
Six outstanding classified employees were honored by the California Department of Education for their dedication to our public school students. Five of the employees are CSEA members.
A total of 117 entries were received from 33 chapters and one retiree council. The CSEA Communications Committee commends all who entered the competition.