Latest news! OCSEA member E-news Oct. 13, 2022

Posted Oct. 13, 2022 by

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association
Union News / October 13, 2022

ODNR chapter hosts CCC lunch as part of larger fundraising effort

OCSEA members and their non-union co-workers at ODNR's Fountain Square in Columbus have been going all out for the Combined Charitable Campaign this year. Not only did OCSEA ODNR Chapter 2515 host a fundraising cookout this week, divisions within the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Central Office have been planning many special events to raise funds for the CCC before the Oct. 21 deadline (NEXT FRIDAY!!!).

Events include an annual chili cook off, a "creepy" bake sale and a special espresso coffee day. Other outside-the-box events include a mineral and fossil silent auction by the Geological Survey team and a putt-putt golf course, which will be set up today by an Oil and Gas team to raise money for the CCC. "It's going to be a lot of fun for a good cause," says Dominique Haneberg-Diggs, a Geologist 3 in the Oil and Gas Division. He is also treasurer of Chapter 2515.

Shout out to all of the chapter members and co-workers who put on yesterday's fundraiser lunch and those who participated and gave generously. This included Chapter President Karl Hillebrand, who manned the grill, VP Treva Knasel, Treas. Haneberg-Diggs, stewards Curtis Coe and Vera Clark, Kendra Millam, Martin Breunig and Aaron Lance. Pres. Hildebrand also wishes to thank those officers who helped plan the event who were in the field on the day of the event.

The Combined Charitable Campaign is an annual joint labor and management initiative that encourages State of Ohio employees to donate to one or more of 1,100 local, regional, and international charitable organizations. It is jointly chaired by the State and OCSEA. This year's deadline is Friday, October 21. Learn more about the CCC at Make your donation by going through your payroll hub and clicking on the "myCCC Click to Donate" button.For questions, contact, or 614-965-1666.

share the good news! Now Accepting nominations for OCSEA community service Award

OCSEA activists and members are the most generous people we know! That's why the OCSEA Board of Directors continues to spotlight the charitable and volunteer efforts of its members and chapters with the "Bob White Labor Gives Back Award." Within OCSEA we call the goodwill, volunteerism and heroism of our members "Labor Gives Back." It is an integral part of unionism and public service to be good neighbors and active citizens in our towns and cities.

Do you know a union member or subordinate body (chapter, assembly or district) going above and beyond to give back in their communities? Share the good news and nominate them for the Bob White Labor Gives Back Award! Union acts of goodwill include community service work, volunteerism and acts of heroism. The winner of the award will receive $500 to donate to the charity of their choice and will be announced at the 2023 OCSEA Biennial Convention in August.

Nominate a member or chapter by email at OR mail to: OCSEA Communications Dept.- Bob White Labor Gives Back Award, 390 Worthington Rd. – Suite A, Westerville, OH 43082-8331 Learn more about the Bob White Labor Gives Back Award at

Want to share your goodwill? Tell us about it so we can tell the world about the good stuff you're doing. Email or tag us @OCSEA on social media.

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Have Medieval fun and save at Ohio’s Renaissance Festival

OCSEA members save 30% on tickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Waynesville, Ohio during weekends in October. Save $8.40 on Adult admission - $19.60 and save $3 on Child admission $7.00. Use discount Code: OCSEA22 (enter at checkout).

Step back in time to this 30-acre recreated 16th century English Village, Will-Nilly on the Wash and enjoy interacting with costumed characters, watch the thrilling full-armored jousting tournament and dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, bawdy wenches, daring jugglers and acrobats! Medieval-style rides for kids offer thrills, and food, beer and mead abound! Shop over 150 artisan shops with amazing wares. It’s more fun than you can shake a turkey leg at!

Three themed weekends remain:

  • Oct 15-18 - Romance Weekend – Couples renew their vows in a free mass renewal of vows ceremony (register online).
  • Oct. 22-23 - Feast of Fools – The village is filled with fools and it's also Pumpkin vs. Watermelon Wars.
  • Oct. 29-30 - Tricks or Treats – Kids 12 and under are FREE this weekend.

Retiree luncheon, in person or virtual, is Next Thursday October 20

OCSEA's next Retiree Luncheon will be held at the OCSEA Union Hall and also on Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 20. OCSEA is located at 390 Worthington Rd., Westerville, OH 43082.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the event taking place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will include lunch and door prizes. There will be speakers from OPERS and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

Let us know you're coming! RSVP with Kiere Miller at Please indicate if you plan to attend virtually so that a Zoom link can be sent to you over email. Interested in becoming a retiree member? Contact Kiere Miller and ask how. You can also sign up at the event.

Reminder! OCSEA Crime Victim Compensation Shop talk is October 22

An upcoming virtual OCSEA ShopTalk presentation will provide an overview of the Ohio Crime Victims Compensation Program administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. This training is open to Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections and Dept. of Youth Services members. The webinar will take place on Zoom, Saturday, Oct. 22 beginning at 9 a.m. and will go for one hour. It will be led by Shawn Moser, Lead Investigator of Crime Victim Services. There is still time to register.

Next Union night with the blue jackets is october 22

Just a reminder to get your tickets now for OCSEA's Union Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets coming up on Saturday, October 22. OCSEA members receive exclusive rates and a CBJ giveaway item as the Blue Jackets take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game starts at 7 p.m. Click the link below to get member-only deals to the Union Night event.

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