As I write this, it is still winter in North Dakota, but there are signs that spring will soon be sprung upon us in all its glory. Many of us are leaving for work each morning in the light of day and returning just as the sky is darkening; the very frigid winter air is yielding to the more temperate breezes; and we are greeting our neighbors more frequently after nine months of winter-imposed isolation.
With the spring comes hope. At North Dakota United, we are hopeful that you will be a delegate and attend your 2018 ND United Delegate Assembly. The DA will be held at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the campus of Bismarck State College on Saturday, April 14. If you haven’t already, you will find ample information regarding the DA throughout our website.
The Delegate Assembly is your opportunity to participate in the governance of your union. It is here that our members can propose ideas that improve the quality of North Dakota United.
The DA is where you can ask questions about our union and share your ideas about how we may better meet the needs of our members. It is also where you can examine our budget, our legislative agenda, our resolutions and provide vital feedback to the officers of NDU as well as your fellow delegates.
Equally important is that the Delegate Assembly is where you can come to hear from both statewide and national leaders of our unions. AFT Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker will speak from the heart about the future we face, and NEA Executive Director John Stocks will share his impassioned views, as well. Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler will inform us about the exciting things that are happening in education in North Dakota, and we are very happy to have Senator Heidi Heitkamp accept our Friend of Education award and offer her remarks to our assembly. We will also be presenting our Friend of Public Service award to former NDPERS Executive Director Sparb Collins. Finally, Ted Dintersmith, a former venture capitalist and educational provocateur, will join us and share his vision of what North Dakota schools can be. Ted teamed up with ND United to launch the podcast, The Cutting Ed – What North Dakota Schools Can Be.”
As you can tell, we will have a dynamite lineup of speakers and guests scheduled to attend our Delegate Assembly, and we are very glad to have them. What would make us even happier is to have you join us in Bismarck on April 14, 2018, for the NDU Delegate Assembly. I hope to see you there!