The ASEA family is sad to share that our founder and first executive director, L.D. Owen passed away this weekend at the age of 92. L.D. began the Association in 1967 with a small group of state employees who met to discuss concerns about the state retirement system. It's amazing to think that an Association of more than 16,000 members began in the trunk of L.D.’s Plymouth!
He devoted his life to serve state employees of Arkansas until his retirement in 1992. He was a fierce lobbyist for state employees; participating in the passing of the group health/life insurance plan and the Uniform Leave and Attendance Act, and encouraging an increase in employer health insurance contribution. For his dedication to State of Arkansas employees, we say thank you L.D. Owen!
Services will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Russellville.
ASEA and SEBCO office will be closed, Tuesday, Dec. 16 to attend the service.
Stand with ASEA
ASEA has launched a new postcard campaign designed to educate new legislators and to reacquaint seasoned legislators with the issues that matter to State of Arkansas employees. We have 45 freshman legislators who need to hear from you. With looming tax cuts and budget priorities, we must make sure that state employees are heard.
Steps to getting your voice heard:
- You will be provided with mailers and talking points (see right). The talking points should be used when communicating directly with legislators.
- Find your legislators here.
- If you would rather email your legislators. Please use the sample letter to copy and paste into your email.
Make the campaign trend!
When discussing state employee issues on Facebook or Twitter use #StandforStateEmployees. Let's generate awareness and educate legislators and the citizens of Arkansas about state employees.
The goal—one message and one voice.
Giving Back this Holiday Season
Community service is at the heart of each ASEA Chapter. Each year chapters give their time and resources to those in need. We encourage all state employees to remember those in need during this holiday season. Please submit your chapter photos to ASEA to showcase on our Facebook page and the bi-monthly newsletter.
The Bradley County Chapter of ASEA (pictured right) donated 4 boxes of canned, packaged, and boxed foods to the Ebenezer Food Bank. Pictured are Phillip Hall, Ebenezer Food Bank Representative; Sheila Smith, ASEA President; and Katherine Harris, ASEA Vice-President.