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November 2003 IBEW Journal

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Attending Local 363's swearing in ceremony
are from left, front row, Rec. Sec. John
Leichter; William Moreno, Exam. Board; Exec.
Board members Frank Dollbaum and Pat E.
Damiani Jr.; Ray Frosco, retired asst. bus.
mgr; Bus. Mgr. Joseph Maraia; John A.
Maraia, Exec. Board; Richard McGinley, Exam.
Board. Back row, Joseph Damiani, Exam.
Board; John Dispensa, Exec Board; Robert
Dizzine, Exec Board; Pres. Timothy Riley;
Treas. Michael Bradford; V.P.. Michael
Maguire; and Richard Gilmore, Exec. Board.
Not pictured is Exec. Board member Robert
Nigro.

L.U. 363 (catv,em,govt,i,t,u&ws), NEW CITY, NY-At a dinner dance June 21 we honored graduating apprentices and our newest retirees. Among the dignitaries attending was Int. Vice Pres. Donald C. Siegel, who assisted with the presentation of diplomas and watches. Congratulations to the graduates and retirees.

Local union officers were sworn in at our regular monthly meeting on June 24. We were privileged to have past president and retired assistant business manager Ray Frosco serve as master of ceremonies for the swearing in. Thank you, Ray, for the honor.

TIMOTHY POULIN, P.S.

A Tribute to Chuck Huggins

L.U. 387 (em,lctt&u), PHOENIX, AZ-On Labor Day we celebrate the achievements of the American labor movement. This year Arizona IBEW Locals 266, 387, 518, 570, 640, 769 and 1116 gathered in Globe to celebrate this great day. Our brothers and sisters at the Four Corners Power Plant celebrated with a parade and other activities.

Arizona locals dedicated Labor Day 2003 to IBEW Bro. Chuck Huggins, who passed away Aug. 5, 2003. Bro Huggins, former IBEW Local 518 business manager and retired Arizona State AFL-CIO secretary treasurer, was to have been grand marshall for the Globe parade.

Congratulations to Jimmy Watson, the 2003 Outstanding Apprentice Lineman, and George O'Meara, 2003 Outstanding Apprentice Polyphase Meterman.

Work has been steady for the line and generation departments. As another hot summer comes to a close, the brothers and sisters have done a safe and excellent job. Be safe at work and home.

SAM HOOVER, Pres.

Topping Out

L.U. 401 (c,i,o,rts&st), RENO, NV- Apprentices turned journeymen: Michelle Abell, Luis Alvarez, Robert Cobb, Mike Farley, Travis Hawkinson, Joshua Kemp, Lancer Maciel, John Marsh, Kyle Miller, Richard Morley, Pat McCormack, Ralph McCoy, Jess McDaniels, Jarrett McElvain, Steve McHenry, Joe Togliatti, Robert Radosevich, Mike Adkins, Ken Andrews, and Chris Halvick. Congratulations to the class of 2003.

Hats off to the softball team! They took 1st place-a first for LU 401. The Golf Tournament was held in Carson City at the Eagle Valley Golf Course.

Local 401's own Wendy Jones has retired. Months after receiving her 50-year pin, she decided May 31st would be her last day. Asked what the retirement plans were, she said remodeling her house and traveling. Well, Wendy, we wish you and Stan the best retirement that life has to offer. A retirement party was held September 26, at the Reno Hilton.

We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the following members: Stan Shaw, Vietnam Vet (USMV) and brother member for 28 years; Brandon Lower, a third year apprentice; Adam Males, a young journeyman; Charles Pap, a journeyman.

J. GABRIELLI, P.S.

Hospitality for Travelers


Local 405 graduating class of 2003 at the
Apprenticeship Appreciation Dinner.

L.U. 405 (em,i,rtb&spa), CEDAR RAPIDS, IA-We completed negotiations for our new residential agreement.  The process involved going to the C.I.R. but was worthwhile, as we received a favorable ruling.  Thanks to Zach Casey, B.J. Durgin, Heath Engelbart, Dan Brady, President Greg Grant, and Asst. Bus. Agent Glen Henry for their efforts. The VDV (Voice/Data/ Video) contract negotiations are now underway. Glen Henry will be our voice at these statewide meetings.

Last summer, many Local 405 members found it necessary to work as guests in other locals.  We extend a heartfelt thank-you for all the hospitality afforded us while away home-with a special thanks to Local 22, which provided work for so many members.

JIM SHEPHERD, P.S.

100th Anniversary

L.U. 415 (c,govt,i&u), CHEYENNE, WY-This year Local 415 proudly celebrates 100 years in the IBEW.  As we go to press, a number of members and spouses are busy putting the final touches on what will be a very special occasion. Their time and effort will help bring us all together to understand how blessed we are to belong to such an honored and respected organization.

Congratulations to our retired IBEW 50-year members: Elmer Bechtholdt- 51 years' service; Paul Bixby-62 years; Franklin Carter-51 years; David Cave-57 years; Leonard Dietz-50 years; Gale Edgar-57 years; Payton Gates-50 years; Cyrus Grim-51 years; and Harvey Humphrey-55 years; John Kahler-53 years; James Keating-56 years; Lowell Luebke-55 years; Robert Mathews-51 years; Maurice Mayer-51 years; Roger Richardson-50 years; Nicolai Tranas-54 years; and Paul Turley-50 years. If I have omitted anyone please let me know in time for our next article. Please remember in your prayers the brothers and sisters who have gone before us.

Thanks to apprentice Jason Pressnall and his brother for their work on our annual picnic. We all had a great time. We hope more members will step up and help next year. I'm told Rick Michon will head up the Christmas party this year. To help out, call Rick or the hall.

Work is still slow with very little major work forecast for the near future.  Organize the unorganized! Continue to do the very highest quality work and the customer will be banging down our door to do their electrical.  Register and vote-we must give this country back to the middle class!

JOHN J. OCCHIPINTI, P.S.

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