Monday, March 30, 2015

Proceeds from Event Benefit the Continuing Education of Teamster Women



The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee recognized its 2015 scholarship recipients during a night of celebration at the Third Annual Gala Dinner Dance on March 21.

“From Day One, the Women’s Committee has made a commitment to the education of Teamster women, and out of that commitment, our scholarship program was born,” said Women’s Committee President Maggie Jenkins of Teamsters Local 727. “We are so proud to honor these incredible working Teamster women who are continuing their educations to empower themselves and their union sisters and brothers.”

The Women’s Committee awards five $1,000 scholarships annually to working members who demonstrate a desire to excel and reach their education goals. The 2015 scholarship winners are:


  • Susan Motley, Teamsters Local 743: Motley has been a member of Local 743 since 1982. She is a senior at DePaul University and will graduate in August from their School of New Learning with a bachelor of arts in applied behavioral science.


  • Sheila Nesbit, Teamsters Local 743: Nesbit works for the University of Chicago. She is in her junior year at Governors State University and holds a 3.8 grade point average.


  • Jeanetta Reece, Teamsters Local 777: Reece is a bus driver for First Student and has been a union member for more than 30 years. She is furthering her education at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL.


  • Shameka Smith, Teamsters Local 777: Smith is a First Student bus attendant. She is studying cosmetology at John Amico School of Hair Design in Oak Forest, IL.


  • Annie Ware, Teamsters Local 743: Ware, a senior library specialist at Governors State University, is the first two-time recipient of the Women’s Committee scholarship. She is working toward an Educational Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a concentration in Social Not-For-Profit Entrepreneurship at Governors State.

Jenkins, along with Women’s Committee Secretary-Treasurer Roberta Lester of Local 731 and Recording Secretary Lisa Beecher of Local 142, presented the scholarship winners with certificates.

“Teamster women are a powerful force in our union, and they are making a difference,” said John T. Coli, President of Joint Council 25 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “We are so proud of the work they do, and we are proud to support the Women’s Committee.”

The nearly 300 guests in attendance enjoyed dinner, drinks and dancing into the night in Le Grand Salon of Victoria Beau Jolie in Schiller Park. Guests also partook in the fun “selfie photo booth,” and everyone received a martini glass as a thank you from the Women’s Committee.

Proceeds from the Third Annual Gala Dinner Dance benefit the continuing education of Teamster women through seminars, workshops and a scholarship program. Additionally, the Women’s Committee will be sponsoring a rank-and-file member to attend the 2015 Teamsters Women’s Conference Aug. 27-29 in Boston.


Women's Committee Celebrates Third Annual Gala Dinner Dance