2018 Oak Leaf
Shelia Niemi
A Fallen Leaf

 On January 15,2014 the Kentucky Rural Letter Carrier Association lost a Leaf from our Oak Tree. Shelia certainly did her part to help keep our Association strong.During her 30 years as a rural carrier and a retiree, many of us watched her grow and develop as she became more active by supporting and participating in all levels of the Association.In her local office as a Local Steward, she represented her fellow carriers when they had issues and concerns.
          On the District A level, she was very active and held an officer position for many years.TheThree Rivers QWL Work Team would have not been the same without Shelia as a team member and leader. Our Association was so proud when Shelia won the QWL State wide Safety Poster Contest.
          Her knowledge and leadership abilities equipped her to participate in training new and old employees, always encouraging them to join the Union. On the State Level, not only was she faithful in attendance, but was always ready to take the responsibilities of a committee assignment.  She served as the Chairman of the Tellers Committee several times. This seem to be her favorite committee.
          Shelia’s upbeat personality and “always telling it like it is”, made her fun to be around. Always willing to step up and help when there was a need, her commitment to the Association was outstanding, no matter how many miles it was to a meeting. I am sure her traveling buddies, (June Ella and Jean) could share many traveling stories and experiences about their trips across the State.
          Shelia was of the Baptist Faith and served her community well. She enjoyed being involved in community activities and projects.
          Saying goodbye to Shelia was difficult but we find comfort in knowing that she is free of pain and suffering. It is an honor for this Association to remember this fallen leaf in the Oak Leaf Society Book.

Presented June 22, 2018.  Susan Allen, Shelia's daughter accepting her award.