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The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
The Official E-Newsletter of the Michigan Local
October 2014


Hi everyone! There are so many times that I am asked, “What does the union do for people?" Many do not understand the depth of benefits afforded us by being members of a union. One such benefit I would like to share with you is the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

Are you connected with the foundation through emails, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram? How about all of them? If not, you are missing an important benefit to your membership. The foundation uses no union dues and all donations are used for the benefit of SAG-AFTRA members. In 2013, $400,000 was awarded to members in the form of scholarships and $800,000 was granted in emergency and catastrophic health funds. But you don’t need to be in financial need to benefit from the foundation.

In 2013, the foundation had 640 workshops and seminars, in addition to providing facilities like the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab. About 37,000 members attended these wonderful opportunities and another 300,000-plus benefited from live-stream and video views.

If you have not taken part in any of these amazing benefits or would like to learn more, please go to the foundation's website, sagfoundation.org. Here you will be able to sign up for email alerts and learn about the offered programs in more detail. You can also follow the foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

You benefit from your SAG-AFTRA membership every day in a tangible way. Don't miss out on the SAG Foundation and the opportunities afforded to you.

Nicole Hakim Yohn
First Vice President

Message from the Local President

Jane Bower

The SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local has hundreds of members across the Great Lake State. I was thrilled to visit our incredibly active and talented West Michigan members at one of their regular Coffee Connections in Grand Rapids. My thanks to member Nancy Wagner, who volunteers to coordinate these get-togethers, which have become a terrific way to brainstorm, organize, share information and simply socialize. Our West Michigan members are planning some exciting workshops to bring performers together with industry leaders. Bravo!  

SAG-AFTRA Coffee Connections may be coming to a coffee house near you. Watch your email for announcements. My sincerest gratitude goes to SAG-AFTRA member/former board member and Local Communications Committee Chair Debra Port for her tireless efforts to launch the Connections last year. They have blossomed into a tool that is being replicated at SAG-AFTRA locals across the country. Thank you, Debra! 

Members Sammy A. Publes, Greg Rogers, Rocky Rector, Nancy Wagner, Jayne Bower, Ralph Lister, Joseph Scott Anthony at the Coffee Connections in Grand Rapids.
Members Sammy A. Publes, Greg Rogers, Rocky Rector, Nancy Wagner, Jayne Bower, Ralph Lister and Joseph Scott Anthony at the Coffee Connections in Grand Rapids.

SAG-AFTRA Michigan broadcasters have been well represented on the union’s Broadcast Steering Committee. I am so proud to serve as vice chair of the BSC. Amy Lange, an award-winning broadcast journalist and shop steward at WJBK-TV Fox 2 is my alternate. The BSC is a constitutionally mandated committee of SAG-AFTRA. When my fellow SAG-AFTRA broadcasters ask me whether broadcasters have a national voice, I can enthusiastically answer, “Yes!” Look for an update from the BSC autumn meeting in our next newsletter.

In solidarity,

Jayne Bower
SAG-AFTRA Michigan Local President