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Issue: # 9

April 30, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players Solidarity Rally on May Day Sidney Hillman Health Centre OPEN HOUSE

SAG-AFTRA Chicago and Sidney Hillman Health Centre Team Up

Seize the Day and Market Yourself KMRC Offers Audio and Video Equipment Training The Actors Fund and Season of Concern Have Moved!

OPEN HOUSE 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Freelance Tidbit Volunteers Needed, Join the Kaufherr Committee

Details below. Must RSVP.

Don't Miss Chicago SAG-AFTRA Senior Radio Players on May 1 Dodsworth, directed by Parker Gronwold Sam Dodsworth is a highly successful businessman who finally gives in to his wife Fran's urgings to sell his car manufacturing company and spend some time traveling overseas. In Europe, Fran holds off her dread of growing older by running around with several youngish guys. She finally convinces herself that old Sam is irrelevant in her entrancing, exciting European existence and asks him for a divorce. He resists - at first - but the best is yet to come as Sam makes some life-changing discoveries about Fran and himself. Dodsworth 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Claudia Cassidy Theater, 77 E. Randolph (at Michigan Avenue) Admission is free, however seating is on a first-come, firstserved basis.


Solidarity Rally on May Day Why do working people fight so hard to protect their rights? Because they've fought dearly for generations to get them. The world's most symbolic struggle for the rights of working people happened right here in Chicago at Haymarket Square more than 125 years ago, where people gave their lives fighting for basic rights like the eight-hour day. Join the Chicago Federation of Labor and Illinois Labor History Society on May 1 to celebrate May Day as International Workers' Day. With collective bargaining rights, pensions, health care and other rights and benefits under attack, working people are fighting harder than ever before for their rights as union members. That is what makes May Day such an important event, not only for the Chicago labor movement, but for all workers. 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1 Haymarket Monument Randolph and Des Plaines Chicago, IL 60605 Click here RSVP today! SAG-AFTRA Chicago and Sidney Hillman Health Centre Team Up

OPEN HOUSE 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Chicago's SAG-AFTRA members have a new health care option at the Sidney Hillman Health Centre. This program is designed to help those who do not qualify for the unions' health plans and are not covered by other group health insurance or Medicare. For $63 per month, the Sidney Hillman Health Centre (SHHC) offers SAG-AFTRA members and their families high-quality complete outpatient health care for free (or at vastly reduced costs for dental and eyewear). Free services are onsite and include primary care visits, OB-GYN, cardiology, physical therapy, counseling, basic X-ray, labs, podiatry and much more. A 24/7 emergency answering service with an on-call doctor is also available. OPEN HOUSE 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 If you are interested in signing up for this health care, please plan to attend the open house. Come tour the facility, meet some of the staff, ask questions and learn more about the program. RSVP Please Latisha Wagner at Latisha.Wagner@sagaftra.org or by phone, (312) 573-8081. Participation is Limited!


There are a limited number of spots available in this pilot program. If you cannot attend the open house but are interested in coverage for you and your family at the Sidney Hillman Health Centre, please let us know. Call Latisha Wagner at Chicago SAG-AFTRA, (312) 573-8081, for more information. Sidney Hillman Health Centre 333 South Ashland (just north of the Eisenhower Expressway) Chicago, IL 60607 Free parking available, conveniently located just north of the Eisenhower Expressway. Bus: Ashland No. 9 and Jackson No. 126 Train: Blue Line, Racine or Paulina exit. Services are administered by entities independent of SAGAFTRA. Questions must be handled by the providers. SAGAFTRA does not endorse any of these services. Seize the Day and Market Yourself Savvy actors know that they need to go beyond just working hard and hoping someone recognizes them for new opportunities. It is critical that actors, young and old, learn to market themselves, understand their brand, and recognize that in this industry, it's all about pushing for yourself. A famous quote supports this: "Luck is where preparation meets opportunity." Marketing yourself creates "luck." What does "market yourself" really mean? What are the benefits of marketing yourself? What does it mean that we are a business? What steps are you currently taking to market yourself and are you committed to doing what you need to do? These and many more of your questions will be answered in the program. Call now to reserve a seat. Presented by SAG-AFTRA members Tony Castillo, Craig J. Harris, Cedric Young and Joe Wright. Seize the Day and Market Yourself 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 KMRC, One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago IL 60611 Light breakfast 8:30 a.m., lunch will also be served. RSVP to Latisha Wagner at latisha.wagner@sagaftra.org. You must be a current SAG-AFTRA member to attend. Park for $13 at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a 12-hour ticket for $13. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only. KMRC Offers Audio and Video Equipment Training Every Wednesday 5 - 9 p.m. You've probably heard that the KMRC has some great audio and video equipment. Do you want to learn to use it? Audio and video equipment training is offered at no charge every Wednesday evening, 5 - 9 p.m. You can learn the basics of


using Sound Forge and basic recording techniques. If you attended the April 16 Conservatory event, Virtual Auditions: The New Casting Frontier presented by Sharon Garrison, you are probably eager to record an audition and submit it via the Internet. You can do exactly that in the KMRC's Video Studio. Although training is offered every Wednesday, please call or stop by the SAG-AFTRA office, (312) 573-8081, to register in advance. Don't forget the KMRC observes all SAG-AFTRA holidays. You must be a SAG-AFTRA or AEA member in good standing to use the center. The Actors Fund and Season of Concern Have Moved! Due to their previous building's conversion from office space to hotel, The Actors Fund and Season of Concern have moved. The new location is: 8 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 601 Chicago, IL 60603-3464 The phone number, fax number and email addresses for each organization have not changed. The Actors Fund Phone: (312) 372-0989 Fax: (312) 372-0272 Don Towne, director of Social Services, Central Region Email: dtowne@actorsfund.org Season of Concern Phone: (312) 332-0518 Fax: (312) 372-0272 Stephen Rader, executive director Email: stephen@seasonofconcern.org Freelance Tidbit Hey, all of you smartphone users. Have you ever shown up on a set, signed your contract and found there isn't an extra copy for you? You know you want it for your records. Next time, take a picture (or two) with your smartphone! Volunteers Needed, Join the Kaufherr Committee Next meeting - noon, May 23 Do you want to have a role in guaranteeing that the KMRC continues to be a valuable resource for Chicago's SAG-AFTRA members? Put your ideas and energy to work. Join the Kaufherr Members Resource Center Committee. Current committee work is primarily in two areas: operations and fundraising. Operations includes day-to-day planning, the scheduling of activities and teaching of classes. Fundraising could include helping to plan a gala or showcase or other special event. We need more volunteers in all areas.


Your input is important to the KMRC and the many members who use it. Whatever your skills or areas of interest are, your help is needed. Think about how you can help. There is always much work to do. To join the committee or to RSVP for the May 23 meeting, call the SAG-AFTRA office at (312) 573-8081.

In response to members' requests to stay informed, The Activator may include notice of rallies, pickets and other actions by unions and the labor movement that have not been sanctioned by the National or Chicago Board of Directors of SAG-AFTRA. This information is provided as a convenience. The information contained herein regarding workshops, vendors, special offers and the like is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to imply endorsement by SAGAFTRA of them or the information, material, products or services provided. SAG-AFTRA makes no warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers. SAG-AFTRA Chicago: (312) 573-8081 Hotline: (312) 867-3710 Email: chicago@sagaftra.org WEBSITE www.sagaftra.org.


Activator - April 30, 2012