Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
I hope you hopped into the New Year with ease and no health issues. I say this because some of you missed our fabulous Christmas party. We were glad to see a few more active workers! We had lots of fun and pizza plus lots of extra dishes to share. Some of our group are very generous and are great cooks! I was especially pleased with how full the Christmas tree was. It was a giving tree originally started by Local 1618, with hats, scarfs, mittens and gloves. We had all sizes from infant’s mittens to men’s gloves. The very talented Marcie had handmade some items and Rosie even made a preemie cap. If I was taller I would have put it on the top of the tree. The good Brothers and Sisters of Local 1618 delivered items to kids at the schools and I took some of the used items to the homeless hotel. I must tell you how proud you made me feel. This was our second year doing this and I hope it goes on.
The weather lately has been something. So, to cheer us up and add a little change, we decided to eat out! At the January meeting we voted to try Buffet World for the March meeting. The address is 5002 W. Saginaw Hwy., #3, Lansing, MI 48917. We try to eat at 12:00 noon but you can still show up early for tea or coffe
I am saddened to tell you of the death of two of our previous Presidents, Hollis Barker and Ray Whitford. I attended Hollis Barker’s visitation and Ray Whitford’s celebration of life. I never worked shoulder to shoulder with either of them as many of you did. I could not really speak to that, though they were both Presidents to me. One thing that we all felt was how much we cared for the retirees. Both men made sure to attend some of our meetings and Ray, even as a Retiree when his legs were shaky came to our meetings. He would pull up for the meetings and we would haul him out of the car and walk him in. After Ray could no longer drive, I believe it was Bill and Gabe who took turns driving Ray to meetings from the country side. Salute, they are two of the good guys, Thank You!
When we get back to our regular meetings at the hall you can pick up your retired workers card from me or pick up this year’s calendar and add your old glasses to the Lions box for the less fortunate. Also, this year’s Lansing Euchre Tournament is April 26, 2019 at UAW Local 602. Arrive early so you can be in your seat at 10:00 am. There is no cost to play and you do not need a partner. You could have fun and win. Remember, next meeting is out to lunch out at the Buffet World 12:00 noon, March 14, 2019. I hope to see you there. Obits: Deborah D. Goodman, Ottis Raymond Whitford and Hollis R. Barker