Greetings from the hall! I’m writing after our November meeting and lunch. What a good time, seeing people we hadn’t seen in a while. We had a great turnout for our second dinner catered by Swede’s restaurant from Mulliken. This was melt-in-your-mouth turkey, very moist. The first time, we had delish chicken and pork, and we enjoyed letting them cook dinner for us. Also, thanks to the members who brought dessert dishes—so-o-o good!
At this meeting I reminded folks of the Region 1D trips that are coming up. April will have the Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains show trip. Or you could go in October to Niagara Falls and Toronto.
If you are in Sparrow hospital, you can have help to navigate the health system from our Labor Community Liaison, Claire Corr.
Local 1618 is collecting gloves and mittens to dress up the Christmas tree. I asked if we could have our members join in on the giving tree, and they said to bring them!
You can still support GM Parts by calling 1-888-484-0553 and having them send parts to your house.
There could be some good support in local government. Three of our candidates came to the CAP meeting to thank us for our endorsements and votes that helped them win. Congratulations to them.
You now have a friend your personally know on the Region 1D Retirees Executive Board. I’m proud to say I’ve been elected Sergeant-at-Arms for the board, thanks to all members.
This seems like a good time to give thanks. I’ve so enjoyed being retired and working with all of you. Lots of fun visiting, meeting, and traveling with our members and the Region 1D members (especially the New Orleans trip). But it started long ago with some members getting together for breakfast and talking about benefits. Many hard-working chairmen before me helped to get this chapter started. I got involved when we were told to meet if we wanted a Retirees Chapter. Thanks to all those people who attended, and especially you who stepped up.
Thank you to all who attended rallies against the Right-to-Work-for-Less. Many of you attend meetings, some just showed up when you heard of all the different rallies at the Capitol. It was good seeing so many and all kinds, all shapes. A big thanks to all the members who are activists, who are willing to step up and help with whatever this Local needs. We need you all.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Please come to the Christmas open house on Thursday, December 14, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. You can bring all the gloves and mittens you want, they will go to the needy. We will light the fire, have food and drinks, and enjoy fun with co-workers of the past. You don’t have to bring a dish to pass. Maybe we could sing some Christmas carols. This open house is for all members, retired and active. This way we can hear new work stories. I’ll be thinking of you.