In 2013 the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch began acknowledging members with 30 years of continuous membership with a commemorative badge. Since that time we’ve presented hundreds of long-serving, loyal members with badges at chapter meetings, sub branch meetings and morning teas.
Local celebrations of loyal members help to remind members, old and new, of our collective achievements over the years. They also emphasise to potential members the importance of belonging to the union.
In 2021 the IEU is expanding this program to recognise the significant milestones our members reach as they progress through their careers and working lives.
Members who reach 40 years of continuous membership will receive a gift. We have already presented many of these: the IEU is proud to have 327 members who have been with us for four decades.
We’re still presenting 30-year badges. We’ll also send certificates to those members who have clocked up 10 years and 20 years of membership this year, so keep an eye on the post if you joined in 2001 or 2011. We’re delighted there are so many of you. If you’ve already passed your 10-year or 20-year anniversary, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll gladly post you a certificate.
The IEU is incredibly proud to have 12 members who have reached 50 or more years of continuous membership. These members originally joined the Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association (AMMA) which then became the Independent Teachers Association (ITA) before it became the Independent Education Union (IEU). We will announce how we’ll honour these members at our IEU Council in June and in a future Newsmonth.
Keep an eye on upcoming editions of Newsmonth for more photos celebrating our loyal members.