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Speech Improvement Chapter retrospective

A look back and a farewell

Some of the chapter’s retirees in attendance stand to be recognized.Jonathan FickiesSome of the chapter’s retirees in attendance stand to be recognized.

Speech Teacher Chapter Leader Mindy Karten Bornemann (right) is passing the batoJonathan FickiesSpeech Teacher Chapter Leader Mindy Karten Bornemann (right) is passing the baton to Caroline Murphy (left). A retrospective of the UFT’s Speech Improvement Chapter, which was founded in 1991, was a highlight of a May 30 event that drew more than 100 members of the chapter, past and present, to UFT headquarters in Manhattan. In addition to a look back at the chapter’s history, the event offered members an opportunity to bid farewell to their outgoing leader, Mindy Karten Bornemann. Attendees enjoyed a light meal, discussed current issues facing speech teachers — including the implications of the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case — and heard about the chapter’s work throughout the years. “I was so glad that our past and current speech chapter executive board leaders and my fellow unionists could celebrate together and honor our accomplishments,” said Bornemann. Ana Machuca of PS 74 on Staten Island, a recent addition to the chapter’s executive board, said the chapter had been fortunate to have Bornemann represent them for 26 years. “The positivity and support surrounding Mindy today is testimony to her dedication and unrelenting drive to fight for us,” Machuca said. The chapter’s recent retiree liaison, Ruth Robinson Shaw, read a poem she wrote celebrating Bornemann’s leadership. With Bornemann stepping down, leadership of the chapter will pass to Caroline Murphy. “Mindy will be greatly missed but I am excited and willing to take on the challenge of being the next speech chapter leader,” said Murphy, who added that the retrospective “was a great way to celebrate the success of the Speech Improvement Chapter and to honor Mindy for all the hard work she has done over the years.”

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