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Career of IBEW Service

L.U. 2 (catv,lctt,o,t&u), ST. LOUIS, MO — IBEW Local 2 congratulates former Bus. Mgr. David Desmond on his recent retirement, effective Oct. 1, 2016. Although he initially planned to retire earlier in the year, he was persuaded to stay on until after the IBEW 39th International Convention. "I'm so thankful I stayed for the convention," Desmond said. "It was a lot of fun and a great convention."

Bro. Desmond became a member of the IBEW in September 1976. He became a journeyman lineman in December 1981. He first went into the office in June 1996 and won election as recording secretary in June 1999. He was elected as business manager in 2005.

One of Bro. Desmond's most notable accomplishments while serving as business manager was overseeing the project for a training center. He helped to acquire property in Saint Clair, MO, for the local union. This 54-acre tract was used to build a training center that was completed in August 2010.

Desmond said, "Being in the IBEW is one of the best things that ever happened. It has been a pleasure to serve with everyone!"

Greg Benton, A.B.M.


Then-Local 2 Bus. Mgr. David Desmond, at Henry Miller Museum grand opening, stands beside plaque for the founding fathers statue donation from Local 2.

125th Anniversary Celebrated

L.U. 8 (as,em,i,mar,mt,rts,s&spa), TOLEDO, OH — Hello, brothers and sisters. Local 8, one of the original 10 chartered locals in the IBEW, has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. What a great honor it is to be forever enshrined at the Henry Miller Museum in St. Louis, with a ceremonial lineman's pole standing with the patriarch of the IBEW. This year's dinner dance was replaced this fall with a grander celebration to honor our great milestone, and those who got us here.

Congratulations go out to the 2016 graduates of the Toledo Electrical JATC. This year's class consisted of 25 inside wiremen. Patricio Covarrubias Jr. was named Outstanding Apprentice, and Apprentice of the Year honors went to Troy Swanson. Great job, guys, and continue the success.

[Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

Mike Brubaker, P.S.


Local 8 apprenticeship graduating class of 2016.

2016 Women's Conference

L.U. 10 (u), JOHNSON CITY, NY — Bus. Agent Shell Jackson attended the 2016 IBEW Women's Conference in Phoenix, AZ, for Local 10 in June and brought back to the local a report of the conference.

Guest speakers at the Women's Conference included IBEW Int. Pres. Lonnie R. Stephenson and IBEW Int. Sec-Treas. Salvatore J. Chilia. They spoke about building unions, attending union meetings and workshops throughout the year to strengthen solidarity, and volunteering in the community.

Conference workshops were informative and included topics such as: Leadership Through Effective Communication & Conflict Mediation; Solidarity in Unions; Recognizing Harassment & Remedies in the Workplace; Understanding & Defeating Racism; and Effective Activism.

Don Tuttel, P.S.

Work Picture Steady

L.U. 12 (i,o&se), PUEBLO, CO — This past summer was a hot one for Local 12, with many days reaching over 100 degrees in Pueblo. Local contractors have had fairly steady work, and inside contract negotiations are completed. Unfortunately, some large solar projects in the area went nonunion. We had some out-of-state contractors doing a wind turbine project in our jurisdiction who hired on a few Local 12 journeyman wiremen. The signatory line contractors have projects going in our jurisdiction as well. The Black Hills Generating Station added another unit and the project manned up to almost 30 inside wiremen; that project was winding down as of press time.

Our retirees have a monthly lunch gathering at a local restaurant that brings a dozen or more brothers and their companions together for lots of storytelling and laughter. These are the same ones who always RSVP for the picnics, banquets, etc. I want to thank all of our retirees for their continued participation in our local's events. It wouldn't be the same without you!

Susan J. Johnson, P.S.

Labor Day Celebration

L.U. 16 (i), EVANSVILLE, IN — IBEW Local 16 congratulates graduates of the 2016 Inside Wireman program: Daniel A. Blaser, James D. Bowling, Christopher L. Carter, Geoffrey W. Fella, Benjamin M. Gehlhausen, David A. Green, Kyle L. Hagen, Orion A. Hall, Justin W. Harper, Korey M. Heckel, James L. Heidorn Jr., Bryan A. Ingler, Michael D. Johnson, Russell M. Kinney, Lance J. McKibben, Brian N. McWilliams, Matthew S. Meneely, Travis S. Nance, Shane A. Oser, Daniel A. Pruden II, Tyler R. Rohlman, Kyle J. Rollett, Kyle E. Schafer, Casey J. Snow, Clay M. Watkins, Tanner C.J. Watson, James S. White and Andrew J. Widener. This year's academic award winner is Andrew J. Widener, and the John D. Brenner Memorial Award went to James L. Heidorn Jr.

The Labor Day Association's 130th celebration featured four days of good food, numerous family activities (including free carnival rides), and a large parade. This year's guest of honor was Indiana's Democratic candidate for governor, John Gregg. Congratulations to Miss Taylor Kiesel, daughter of IBEW member Ed Kiesel, on being elected the 2016 Labor Day Association Queen. Thanks to all who made this event possible for the working people of the tri-state area.

Donald P. Beavin, P.S.

U.S. Rep. Cummings Speaks At Union Membership Meeting

L.U. 24 (es,i&spa), BALTIMORE, MD — On Friday, July 15, the JATC held apprenticeship graduation ceremonies for this year's graduating class of 46 new journeymen. Bus. Mgr. Gary Griffin reminded the new journeymen that this is their local union and they need to stay involved to make it stronger, not only for their future, but also for those who will follow.

[Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

The local held its 17th Annual Family Picnic at Conrad Ruth's Villa on Aug. 14. Over 1,200 members, retirees and their families were in attendance throughout the day. Although it was hot, the food was delicious, the beverages were cold and the comradery was strong.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D), from Maryland's 7th Congressional District, was a guest speaker at Local 24's general membership meeting in August. Rep. Cummings spoke about the importance of the 2016 general election, among other topics of importance.

Gary R. Griffin, B.M.


Local 24 Bus. Mgr. Gary Griffin (right) presents COPE check to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Scholarship Award Winners;
Officers Elected

L.U. 26 (ees,em,es,govt,i&mt), WASHINGTON, DC — Local 26 election results were announced at the July general membership meeting. Bro. George C. Hogan was elected business manager, and Bro. Thomas C. Myers was elected president. Congratulations!

I hope you've made plans to attend one of our Christmas party/meetings to enjoy some brotherhood and holiday cheer. The D.C. area event is Dec. 2; Front Royal, Dec. 9; and, Roanoke, Dec. 10.

Congratulations to this year's Local 26 scholarship award winners: Brian Lilley, Darian Hileman, Alexis Couper and Alyssa Goodwin. Brian is the son of Bro. Ralph Lilley and will attend Clemson University. Darian, daughter of Bro. Joel Hileman, is a student at Stevenson University in Baltimore. Alexis, daughter of Bro. Bruce Couper, is studying at James Madison University. Alyssa, daughter of Bro. Ronnie King, is a student at Virginia Tech University.

We mourn the recent passing of: Bros. David G. Mehrtens, Thomas C. Payne, Lance T. Karavangelos, James E. Bennett Jr., Charles L. Abell, David L. Rogers, Jessie Mechiel, Keith P. Williams Sr., Joel L. Hugill, Kenneth A. Robinson, Joseph F. Bohon Jr., and William D. Gilmartin.

Best wishes to recent retirees: Vardell Artis, Jesse Copeland, Rodney Crawford, Ernst Jeanphilippe, Herbert Lee, Russell Stortzum, Michael Trent, Freddie Wood, John Caruso, James Curtis, Charles Knaack, Milton Snyder, Earl Turner Jr., John White, John Shabe, Ramiro Ramos, Arthur Hines, Philip Ventola, Edward Ruprecht, Timothy Emmell, Gary Roche, Lewis Yates Jr., James Mitchell, Steve Lassiter, Frank Smith, Narvell Robison, William Robrecht, David White, David Markell, Daryl Sutton and Michael Wade.

George C. Hogan, B.M.

Big Projects Ramping Up;
2016 Construction Success

L.U. 38 (i), CLEVELAND, OH — Thanks to everyone who has been showing up for all of the RJ Martin Electric picket lines at various jobsites. The picketing will continue wherever RJ Martin is hired so that we can continue to expose the company for what it is and what it has done, including overbilling the Cleveland Schools for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This was a pretty good year for man-hours in Local 38, especially with all the work hours we got because the 2016 Republican National Conventional was held here in Cleveland. Because of the national attention received and Cleveland's success in meeting the infrastructure and logistical requirements of hosting such a large event, many more conventions have planned to come here soon. All the new hotels that IBEW members helped build allow for bigger conventions to be held here.

There are still plans for more hotels and we hope to see those projects get started soon. Currently our biggest job — the Ed-Med Building, a partnership between the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University — is a massive project and will begin to ramp up soon. This project will produce hundreds of thousands of man-hours for us and is not due to be completed until spring of 2019.

The Local 38 family Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Masonic Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. More details are available on the Local 38 website at Happy holidays to everyone.

Dennis Meaney, B.M./F.S.


Local 38 members Walt Lewis (left), Johnnie Bush, Marty Wasco, Mark Webb, Robert Bell and Al Walker man a picket line in Beachwood, Ohio.

Solidarity & Strength

L.U. 40 (em,i&mps), HOLLYWOOD, CA — In 2016 Local 40 held its first Los Angeles Dodgers Night event. It was a great night at the ballpark for members.

2016 also marks the first time IBEW Local 40 and other craft unions (Teamsters, Laborers, Plasters and Plumbers) have hosted a Car Show & Picnic together. This event helped promote voter registration, Helmets to Hardhats, and IBEW RENEW programs as well as NECA LMCC solidarity. It is events like these that strengthen the bonds between the IBEW and the basic crafts while creating the opportunity for our members and families to join together and enjoy one another's company. This brings us all closer together as a union, and in turn helps strengthen our local for future generations to come.

We can all make a difference by the little steps we take in order to implement positive change. Find ways to build up your union and your working conditions. Help your brothers and sisters in leading by example. We all need to show others that our union represents professionalism. We can demonstrate that IBEW members are the most highly trained and educated workers, and that we provide the highest quality of work, by our actions on the job every day. We are stronger together because we stand together.

Marc Flynn, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 40 Executive Board member and EWMC delegate Juan Rodriguez at ballpark for Dodgers Night event.

Organizing Success — Positive Growth

L.U. 48 (c,em,i,rtb,rts,st&tm), PORTLAND, OR — Our local is experiencing positive growth and success.

Following the direction of our International leadership, Local 48 has long cultivated a culture inclusive of organizing. That organizing mentality has led to the continued growth of our membership. It permeates throughout our entire membership and has resulted in a positive experience for our new members and new signatory shops. Because of the continued growth and organizing efforts, the Local 48 hall is taking steps, as of this writing, to hire two new organizers.

The local posted these new organizing positions on its website, which resulted in an excellent pool of candidates for additional screening. Lead Organizer Tim Foster told us, "We are looking for candidates with excellent character, knowledge of our industry, a commitment to professionalism, a commitment to our team, and a tolerant temperament to successfully deal with the unique challenges of this job."

Screening has commenced as of this writing and will include work site "ride-a-longs," interviews with the current organizing team, and interviews with Bus. Mgr. Gary Young. Bus. Mgr. Young wants to thank the entire Local 48 membership for maintaining our organizing culture. "We all share in this success, and we are all a part of the reason Local 48 is experiencing this growth and opportunity," Young said.

These really are good labor growing pains!

Bob Blair, P.S.

Newly Remodeled Building

L.U. 58 (em,i,rtb,spa&t), DETROIT, MI — After months of construction and the office staff working out of construction site trailers, we are pleased to announce the opening of our newly remodeled office building.

The renovation included a state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system, 600 solar panels and upgraded LED lighting throughout the entire building. The goal of the remodel is to become Zero Net Energy efficient. We will now showcase our facility to business leaders of the community as the way of the future, and encourage them to consider the same, as they build and remodel spaces in Detroit. Thanks to all for your patience during this remodel.

The RENEW Committee was challenged by the late Brother Brad Ballard before his passing to build a float for our Annual Labor Day Parade. The RENEW committee accomplished the task very nicely with a float dedicated to "Our Fallen Brothers and Sisters." Thanks to all who helped make our Labor Day event a huge success.

The Benevolent Fund held a fundraising motorcycle Poker Run in September ending with a great party at the Labor Temple in Port Huron. The Benevolent Fund Party on Super Bowl Sunday will be another great time and fundraiser. Tickets are available from any committee member or at the hall. Please join us for a good time.

We sent 12 delegates and 10 alternates to St Louis for the IBEW International Convention. Our delegation represented us well, and it was a great time to network with other IBEW members and officers.

The work picture remains good, with construction ongoing throughout the jurisdiction. Work safe on the job.

James E. DeLuca, B.R.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 68 (i), DENVER, CO — Greetings, brothers and sisters. On June 4, Local 68 held its election of officers and also elected delegates to the IBEW 39th International Convention.

Newly elected officers are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Jim Mantele, Pres. Morgan J. Buchanan, Vice Pres. Ben McNew, Treas. John Wolf, Rec. Sec. Kyle Weber; Executive Board members Ben Cobos, Casey Curtin, Robert Delgado, Greg Milligan, Tony Pastore, Deb Tikka, Dave Trujillo; and Examining Board member Ron Trace. Delegates voted to the convention were: Jim Mantele, Ed Ayala, Morgan J. Buchanan, Dan Cathey, Ben McNew, Jeremy Ross and Deb Tikka. Congratulations to all newly elected officers.

For Local 68's annual picnic on Aug. 20, we were blessed with great weather and brotherhood. Attendance was near 700 this year, including more than 200 children. Everyone seemed to have a grand time. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with everything from set-up to clean-up. Without the volunteers, the picnic would not be as enjoyable and successful as it is. Thank you!

DJEATC and Local 68 held a turnout dinner on Sept. 9 for the graduating apprenticeship class of 2016. We welcome 31 new journeyman wiremen and one VDV journeyman to the ranks. Congratulations, graduates!

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of our recently deceased brothers: James G. Ferraro, David S. Erickson, Robert W. Chavez, Edwin D. Fisher, Emerald Nelson, Daniel J. Cram and Dale L. Stollard.

Morgan J. Buchanan, Pres.


Local 68 congratulates the class of 2016 apprenticeship graduates.

Quality Work & Opportunity

L.U. 70 (lctt&o), WASHINGTON, DC — N.G. Gilbert, a signatory union contractor new to our area, is working in Frederick, MD, for the Potomac Edison power company doing maintenance and system upgrades for the electric power utility.

N.G. Gilbert is the first union contractor on the Potomac Edison system in over 25 years. With the help of IBEW Local 70 linemen and apprentices, we believe N.G. Gilbert will be there for many years to come. Local 70 would like to thank Potomac Edison power company for the opportunity to prove that union labor is the best in the country. We also thank the members of Local 70 for working safely and doing an outstanding job for both the power company and our new contractor.

And to all of our Local 70 members, we thank you for all your hard work and commitment to help ensure the continued success of our contractors. With IBEW members' commitment to safety and quality work, we have continued to get the work in our area and keep our members working, as well as bring on many new members that we can train to do the work in the union way. Thank you very much to all!

Jimmy Horton, B.R./P.S.


IBEW Local 70 members work with union contractor NG Gilbert on Potomac Edison power company site.

Local Raises 30K for Hospital

L.U. 102 (em,govt,i,mt,o&ws), PATERSON, NJ — July 23 saw temperatures rise into the high 90s but that didn't keep our brothers and sisters away from our biggest fund-raising event of the year. Our 3rd Annual Bike Rally & Cruise was a huge success as once again we raised over $30,000 for charity. This year's recipient was Children's Specialized Hospital. Past recipients include Goryeb Children's Hospital and The Seeing Eye.

Fred Sisco and Nick DelleCava donated their time performing live music while the bikes and classic cars began arriving that morning. The ride started at Local 102 as area police personnel escorted the group on an uninterrupted ride through some of the most scenic parts of New Jersey. A barbecue, ice cream and a D.J. were set up and ready for the returning riders as the ride concluded back at our union hall in Parsippany.

We thank all of our brothers and sisters who volunteered that day. A special thank-you goes out to our sponsors and the police department. Without these groups our ride would not be the success that it is. Local 102 is proud to continue an IBEW tradition of giving back to the communities we serve. Great job, brothers and sisters!

Bernie Corrigan, Pres.


Local 102 members exchange greetings before July fund-raising ride.

Red Cross Blood Drive

L.U. 110 (em,i,rts,spa&u), ST. PAUL, MN — The brothers and sisters of Local 110 had their third Red Cross Blood Drive of 2016 on Sept. 28. We were very pleased with the drive, and the willingness of the donors to share this lifesaving gift. Our members' efforts are greatly appreciated and will go a long way toward replenishing blood supplies and ultimately saving lives. With the 54 units we collected, we could touch 162 lives. A special thanks to all our donors and our three helpers.

Jon "Jack" Buchal, Asst. P.S.

Volunteers Mobilized

L.U. 134 (catv,em,govt,i,mt,rtb,rts,spa&t), CHICAGO, IL — At this writing, prior to the November 2016 election, our members were out in force to turn out the vote.

Local 134 mobilized hundreds of volunteers going door to door to well over 1,000 households, phone banking, registering voters, promoting early voting and sending blast emails with the goal of supporting and getting out the vote for labor-friendly candidates at the local, state and national level.

In other news, we had a good presence at the 39th IBEW International Convention in St. Louis. The accompanying photo shows our contingent at the Eternal Flame at the Henry Miller Museum newly opened in St. Louis. Also, retired member, Vietnam veteran and Hines VA Hospital volunteer Pat Stack spearheaded a coalition of various veteran groups and organizations in purchasing aquariums for the hospice section at the hospital.

We have finalized the sale of our "home" for the last 62 years. Due to all the new construction occurring in the neighborhood and the lack of parking for our membership, it was time for a move. Our new union hall will be at 2722 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The building needs upgrades and will be ready for us by autumn of next year.

On behalf of the entire Local 134 membership, Bus. Mgr. Don Finn extends his best holiday wishes to everyone in the IBEW.

Frank Cunningham, R.S.


Local 134 delegation and guests stand beside Eternal Flame at Henry Miller museum.

Apprenticeship Graduates

L.U. 150 (es,i,rts&spa), WAUKEGAN, IL — The following are the 2016 graduates of our apprenticeship program. Inside journeyman wiremen: Tom Doe, Kevin Donais, Todd Ellis, Brandon Fernandez, Grant Gates, Christopher Gonzales, Richard Stanley and Jason Wood.

The Robert C. Hansen Award (highest GPA for the 2015-2016 school year) was awarded to Jason Wood and he received his tuition costs for the past school year back. The Outstanding Apprentice Award (highest overall GPA for all five years) was also awarded to Jason Wood and he received an IBEW watch, a Klein tool bag with a full set of tools, an Ideal tool bag and full set of tools, and a Milwaukee cordless drill set.

Second highest GPA went to Kevin Donais. Third highest GPA went to Chris Gonzales. All graduates received a nylon Klein carrying shoulder bag from Klein Tools.

There was no perfect attendance award given this time. We wish all these young men a long and profitable career in the IBEW. Best wishes to all!

This past year we lost the following retired members: Jack Benson, Forrest Rose, Paul Hertel, Raoul Geary Sr., Dennis Lackey, Ed Elfering, Joe Steber, Bill Roy Sr., and Eddie Ellis. Thanks to them and Godspeed.

Don't just take; GIVE to your local union. In solidarity.

Wendy J. Cordts, P.S.

'Exciting Year of Progress'

L.U. 164 (c,em,i,o&t), JERSEY CITY, NJ — Local 164 had a productive year filled with progress and some exciting events.

In June, our local held its election of officers for the upcoming term. Congratulations to the officers elected and to all those who stepped up to run.

Also, in May, our president, Tom Sullivan, was honored to receive the 2016 Labor Leader of the Year Award presented by the United Labor Agency. Tom received this great honor in recognition for all his hard work in advancing the cause of union labor. Congratulations, Tom, and thank you.

As we near the end of the year, Bus. Mgr. Dan Gumble, Pres. Tom Sullivan, the officers and staff of Local 164 would like to thank our members for all their hard work throughout this year and to wish you and your families a merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a safe, healthful and prosperous new year.

We anticipate and look forward to the continuing rebound of our work picture, continuing our progress, and another exciting year in 2017.

Warren Becker, V.P.

Career of IBEW Service

L.U. 222 (o), ORLANDO, FL — Hello, brothers and sisters. The work picture in Local 222 has been a little north of steady; we have our local members working and quite a few travelers as well. By the time this makes print it will be December and we may have a few more travelers down here getting out of the snow.

As I write this, Local 222's delegates have just returned from the IBEW 39th International Convention. At the convention, our then-business manager, Mike Bell, had the privilege of chairing the IBEW Fifth District caucus and nominating longtime friend and Fourth District International Executive Council member William W. "Bill" Riley.

The other big news for October was that after 42 years in the IBEW and 27 years as Local 222's business manager, James M. "Mike" Bell has retired, effective Oct. 1, 2016. IBEW Local 222 was chartered in November of 1989 and since that time has been under the leadership of Mike Bell. With that leadership we have grown tremendously and our future looks bright. We all wish Mike a happy and well-deserved retirement.

William "Bill" Hitt, B.M.


Local 222 recently retired business manager Mike Bell.

65-Year Service Awards

L.U. 226 (em,i,rtb,rts&spa), TOPEKA, KS — Local 226 awarded IBEW years-of-service pins at the 2016 dinner dance in April. Congratulations to all of the award recipients.

The membership would like to send a special thank-you to three retirees recognized for their 65 years of service: Bros. Donald L. Mathe, Gerald E. Robinson and Lynn E. Carlin.

Robert Bausch, Mbr. Dev.


Local 226 retired members Donald L. Mathe (left) and Gerald E. Robinson (right) receive their 65-year service pins. Not pictured: 65-year pin recipient Lynn E. Carlin.

Newly Elected Officers

L.U. 234 (i&mt), CASTROVILLE, CA — Our local is proud to report that at our July 13 general membership meeting, our newly elected officers were sworn in to office by our former business manager, James "Ray" Nichols.

Congratulations to our Local 234 officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Andy Hartmann, Pres. Dennis "Mike" Ihnot, Vice Pres. Al Randall, Rec. Sec. Stephen Slovacek, Treas. Nick Prelgovisk; and Executive Board members Andy Gattis, Rick Keaton, Stefan Marceron and Gale Michalek.

Stephen Slovacek, P.S.


Local 234 officers, from left, front row, Mike Ihnot, Nick Prelgovisk, Al Randall; back row (partially obscured), Gale Michalek, Andy Gattis, Rick Keaton and Stefan Marceron. Not pictured: Andy Hartmann and Stephen Slovacek.

Election of Officers;
Class of 2016 & RENEW

L.U. 246 (ees,i,rts&spa), STEUBENVILLE, OH — We would like to announce the class of 2016 apprenticeship graduates, our newest journeymen: Kevan Brown, Brian Dobbs, Drew Ferguson, Jordon Jones, Cody Lucarelli, Clayton McDaniel, Shane Parker, Brandon Scott, William Smith, Brandon Sowers, Richard Stanley, Tyler Tenley and Duren Thornton. Congratulations, gentlemen!

It's up to you guys to uphold the traditions of Local 246 and teach apprentices the trade and the brotherhood of this great local.

We also wish to announce our newly elected officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Kyle Brown, Pres. Frank Redmond, Vice Pres. Ryan Omaits, Treas. Robert Biacco, Rec. Sec. Eric Nutter; Executive Board members John Clouston, John Fenske, David Pietro, Greg Serefini, James Truax; and Examining Board members Sam Bailey and Brian Zorne. Elected alternate to IBEW Convention: Frank Redmond.

Congratulations to the all of the officers, both new and re-elected, sworn in at the July union meeting. We thank the outgoing officers, who served our local with pride. Also, thanks to all of the members who put their name on the ballot, and those who voted.

Our local RENEW (Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers) group has been busy volunteering for various local nonprofit groups. Last year we raised over $5,000 for the local Urban Mission with a charity car show. Our most recent effort was to assist a local church/community center changing over to LED lighting. Great job, RENEW!

Eric Nutter, R.S.

Calgary Stampede 2016

L.U. 254 (ees,em,mo,o,rts&u), CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — You may not know where Calgary is geographically, but anyone hearing the name associates the city with the Calgary Stampede. The annual 10-day festival takes place every July.

On June 20, 2013, southern Alberta suffered one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, wreaking havoc in Calgary's downtown core and leaving much of Stampede Park under water. That year with less than two weeks before Stampede 101, the highly skilled IBEW electricians employed by the Stampede Board, proud members of Local 254, rose to the challenge that the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" would go on "hell or high water." They truly define the IBEW Code of Excellence. The accompanying picture (at bottom, left) portrays a much more relaxed and stress-free group of Local 254 electricians assembled for Stampede 2016.

John Briegel, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 254 electricians gather in preparation for Calgary Stampede 2016.

Officers Elected;
2016 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 266 (u), PHOENIX, AZ — Congratulations to our apprenticeship graduates of 2016. The graduates include: 10 linemen, five electricians, two cable splicers, two construction & maintenance men, one metal fabricator, and five relay technicians.

We also congratulate our newly elected officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Jerry Long, Pres. Tom Olivas, Vice Pres. Tom Clifford, Treas. Carmela Lamadore, Rec. Sec. Katrina Trevillyan; and Executive Board members Tony Bane, Byron Begay, Greg Bronson, Randall Carroll, Josef Fencl, Ray Powell and Anastacia Williams.

At Coronado Generating Station elected were: Chmn. Robert Wood, Vice Chmn. Steve Vital, and Unit Recorder Chris York.

At Navajo Generating Station elected were: Chmn. Andrew Beatty, Vice Chm. Harold Brockie, and Unit Recorder Darlene Dodson.

We also congratulate and welcome newly appointed Asst. Bus. Mgrs. Chris Miller and Chris Galloway.

We are excited for all of our newly elected officers, and we are confident they will do a great job and make our local stronger!

Jerry Long, B.M.


Local 266 congratulates class of 2016 apprenticeship graduates.

Officer Transitions & 2016 Apprentice Graduates

L.U. 270 (i&o), OAK RIDGE, TN — Congratulations to our 2016 apprenticeship graduates! Their five years of hard work has paid off!

The recent graduates are: Scott Bolden, Brandon Cardwell, Elijah Cook, Jordan Hamby, Calaeb Headrick, Andrew Howard, Nicholas Morton, Curtis Norman, Michael Peterson (outstanding apprentice of the year), Chris Raby, Michael Taylor and Kevin Webster.

IBEW 270 has lots of changes to report. Bro. Ray Day, who served as Local 270 business manager since 1998, retired on July 1 this year. We wish him and his wife, Linda, a well-deserved, long and happy retirement. We thank Bro. Day for his hard work and dedication in building for the future of our great Brotherhood.

Bro. Don Russell, former president, was appointed as Local 270's new business manager. Bro. Robert Williams, former vice-president, was appointed as local union president; and Bro. Rex Ruppe was appointed as our new vice-president.

The Oak Ridge training alliance now has a new training director in place, Bro. Daniel Smith. We have great faith that Training Dir. Smith will keep us on track to upholding our high standards of graduating top-notch wiremen and continued training for our journeyman wiremen.

Local 270 is excited about our future with these new officers in place and work slowly appearing on the horizon. We send our best thoughts throughout the Brotherhood.

Regina Guy, P.S.


At Local 270 apprenticeship graduation. Standing: graduates Elijah Cook (left), Scott Bolden, Curtis Norman, Calaeb Headrick, Michael Peterson, Andrew Howard, Brandon Cardwell, Chris Raby, Jordan Hamby, Kevin Webster, Nicholas Morton. Not pictured: graduate Michael Taylor. Seated: Training Dir. Daniel Smith (left) and Training Dir. Emeritus A.J. Pearson.

JATC Student Council

L.U. 292 (em,govt,i,rtb,rts&spa), MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Apprentices in Local 292's JATC program have taken it upon themselves to form a JATC Student Council. The Student Council consists of five members, one from each apprenticeship class year.

In order to run for the position of council president, the student must be a fifth-year apprentice who has met various standards from all their previous years of apprenticeship and continues to meet those standards for the remainder of their term. The Student Council officers must also be elected by the student body. "I am proud to be the first Student Council president, said current council president Amanda Olson.

[Editor's Note: The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) rebranded in 2014 and transitioned into the Electrical Training Alliance. See "NJATC Transitions into the Electrical Training Alliance," The Electrical Worker (Sept. 2014), and at]

The Student Council helps with bonding as a brotherhood, beginning in the early years of apprenticeship. The council has set up many study groups for apprentices to help one another, and they have also held some sporting events. At the time of this writing, a picnic was being planned for the fall season, to include prizes for competitions in electrical completion games.

A suggestion box has been installed at the school's front desk and can be used by students, staff and journeymen alike for suggestions and ideas that can improve our school and program.

Our future is in good hands with leaders like this taking the initiative and stepping up to keep our Brotherhood strong as ever.

Eric Peterson, B.R.


Local 292 JATC Student Council, from left: fourth-year apprentice Cody Harland, council vice president; fifth-year apprentice Amanda Olson, council president; first-year apprentice Ryan Dehmer, sergeant-at-arms; third-year apprentice Harrison Cotton, secretary; and second-year apprentice Alex Donabauer, historian/treasurer.

Community Volunteers

L.U. 300 (govt,i,mt&u), MONTPELIER, VT — Congratulations and thanks to Local 300 members who volunteer their time to make meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, VT. Families who have relatives in nearby hospitals can stay at the R.M. House when traveling is a hardship on the family. Local 300 continues to seek venues for community and member involvement.

Negotiations with Asplundh Tree continue to progress at the time of this writing, and we anxiously wait for the signing of the first agreement. Keep the faith and keep your chin up.

Anyone ever wonder why we in the IBEW continue to call ourselves the "power professionals"? With the significant emphasis on organizing labor groups from all walks of life, wouldn't it be appropriate to broaden how non-IBEW, or non-organized groups perceive who we are, what we are, and the impact we have on both members and non-members? We represent more than just the electrical industry. Local unions are rethinking what they do, how they to it and most important — why. Non-organized workers want a voice, and we (IBEW) are that voice. Organizing outreach is a continual journey.

Local 300 wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. See you in the new year 2017. Cheers!

Jeffrey C. Wimette, B.M./F.S.


IBEW Local 300 members volunteer at R.M. House in support of out-of-town families who have a relative hospitalized in the area.

Tour of National Park Site — 'Rosie the Riveter' Honoree

L.U. 302 (i,rts&spa), MARTINEZ, CA — On Sept. 8, Local 302's Retires Club visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA.

Retirees Club Vice Pres. Steve Roberti (retired Central Labor Council Secretary and council liaison to U.S. Dept. of Labor, Region IX) called upon a friend and former colleague, docent Deanne Amaden (retired regional director of public affairs, Dept. of Labor, San Francisco, CA) to lead the Visitor Center tour.

Evelyn McClelland, age 91, who had worked at the shipyard as a young woman, was honored on the day of the tour. Evelyn is the widow of Dick McClelland, the mother of Don McClelland and the grandmother of Mark Gaede, all from Local 302. Deanne Amaden presented Evelyn with a special surprise — a replica "Rosie the Riveter" pin that workers used to "brass in."

Evelyn welded at Kaiser Shipyard #2, assigned to the Liberty ships' double bottoms. Being small in stature, she crawled through with her line, hood and rods to the mastheads, often performing welding work while hanging upside down. "All in all, it was quite an experience," Evelyn said.

A "tip of the hard hat" to all who served. Rosie the Riveter Trust Exec. Dir. Marsha Mather-Thrift also met with Evelyn and the Local 302 Retirees Club tour, which included three former Local 302 business managers: Mike Yarbrough, Herschel Barton and John Hunter, also a retired Ninth District rep. For more information about the Rosie the Riveter Trust and national park, visit website

Tom Hansen, B.M.


Local 302 retirees toured Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. At far left is special honoree Evelyn McClelland.

39th International Convention

L.U. 340 (i,rts&spa), SACRAMENTO, CA — This is my first article since being elected to office in June. The last six months I have been getting a crash course in "Business Manager 101" and enjoying the heck out of it. I have learned so much in such a short period of time; the members have welcomed me with open arms and that, along with the help I receive from my phenomenal staff and our I.O. representatives, is keeping me very enthused for the future of Local 340.

In September I attended the IBEW 39th International Convention along with Local 340's president and delegates. A huge amount of business was taken care of at this event, and it confirmed for me the fact that the IBEW is highly efficient with respect to the laws and resolutions governing all IBEW offices. At the convention, the Law Committee and the Resolutions Committee present laws and resolutions for consideration, and delegates take action to pass, or not pass, the measures.

Thanks to IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis for sponsoring, from what I experienced, one of the finest conventions in IBEW history (and it was full of IBEW History).

Rest in peace, Bros. Donald Cunningham, Walter Duering, Richard Evans, James Farrell, Wayne Gerrard, August Goehring, Daryl Hughart and Igor Kurmayev.

Bob Ward, B.M.


At IBEW 39th International Convention, from left: Local 340 RENEW member Zackery Collins, Pres. Mark Steelman, delegate Matt Meredith, Bus. Mgr. Bob Ward, and delegates Tim Wyatt, Sean McDermott and Ray Hughes.

Military Appreciation Night

L.U. 400 (es,i&o), ASBURY PARK, NJ — The annual Lakewood BlueClaws' military appreciation night took place on June 16. The BlueClaws are a minor league baseball team based in Lakewood Township, NJ. The Local 400 Military Committee accepted donations from the membership leading up to the event, and at the gates to the baseball field before the game began. The membership gathered to greet attendees and help load military vehicles with all donations. We thank our many members who were there to show our support for the military in this great event.

The Local 400 annual picnic was held Aug. 6. Families and friends gathered and the brotherhood of the local showed strong. The Wellness Committee had a scavenger hunt for prizes and the day was filled with great activities and food for all.

We look forward to seeing our members and families at our breakfast with Santa and the holiday meeting in December. Bus. Mgr. Guy Peterson would like to thank the entire membership for its hard work in 2016. Have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Raven Morris, P.S.


Local 400 members helped load military vehicles with donations contributed.

NW Redwater Refinery Project;
Aftermath of May 2016 Wildfire

L.U. 424 (as,ees,em,es,i,mo,o,ptc,rtb,rts,spa&u), EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA — In August, Local 424 members elected John White as our new business manager, Paul Cherry as president, Wade Ashton as treasurer, James Hawreliak as recording secretary, Liam McEvoy as Unit 1 chairman, Mike Kennedy as Unit 2 chairman, Stephen Blum as Unit 3 chairman, and Jim Round as Unit 4 chairman.

As Canada's economy faces the lowest oil prices in years, it is good to know that IBEW Local 424 members can find employment at the North West Redwater refinery. Situated northeast of Edmonton, the North West Redwater Sturgeon Refinery project is the first new refinery to be built in Alberta in 30 years. The ultra-low-sulfur diesel producing refinery will process western Canadian heavy oil into diesel. It presently employs around 2,000 of our members, with a projected completion date of September 2017. The refinery has the potential for 10 years of employment once the provincial government approves the second and third phases for construction.

Local 424 members continue to be affected by the major wildfire of May 2016.

On May 1, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, home to 90,000 residents. The fire swept through the community destroying approximately 2,400 homes. During the evacuation, more than 400 members and their families had to rapidly leave the city, some with little more than the clothes on their back. Most were evacuated to Edmonton and other areas for the next five weeks as firefighters fought the wildfire, remembered as "The Beast."

Members were allowed to begin returning to their homes during June. More than 20 members lost their homes, and many others' homes had extensive damage. Many had to take up temporary residence elsewhere, while waiting for insurance claims to be settled for rebuilding.

Local 424 thanks everyone who made donations to the Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.

Rebuilding will be a long process, but the city and our members remain optimistic that they will get back to their normal lives once again.

Scott Crichton, P.S.

'True Brotherhood' — Assistance for Families

L.U. 446 (i), MONROE, LA — IBEW Local 446 would like to give honorable mention to a very special and outstanding member. Julian "Ronnie" Fontana of Monroe, LA, has gone above and beyond in demonstrating what the real meaning and purpose of a brotherhood is!

This year he coordinated and funded two raffle drawings, for rifles both times, to help and aid the members' families in their time of need. In excess of $6,000 total raised could be possible by the time the year ends!

Bro. Fontana retired in December of 2015, after 42 years of service with the IBEW. He enjoys his days being retired. If he isn't spending time with his wife, then you may find him on his Harley … or even at the Local 446 hall sharing some of his great stories about his time in the field. Thank you, Bro. Fontana, from all of us, for all that you do!

Ken Green, B.M./F.S.


Local 446 retired member Julian "Ronnie" Fontana.

IBEW Volunteers Step Up In Wake of June 2016 Flood

L.U. 466 (em,es,i&rts), CHARLESTON, WV — Once more the hills of West Virginia weep for the loss of 23 souls in the flood of June 2016. We have several members who lost everything. Special thanks go out to all those wonderful people who have helped/volunteered in this time of need. We thank our contractors and members volunteering their time and material. If you wish to volunteer in any manner on the flood cleanup effort, please contact Local 466.

Congratulations to our newly elected Local 466 officers. There was only one member nominated to each office, so the officers were elected by acclamation. A historical moment for Local 466.

Congratulations to our Local 466 officers: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Joe Samples, Pres. Terry Turley, Treas. Michael Anderson, Rec. Sec. Chris Samples; and Executive Board members John Epperly, Dustin Vaughan, Gabe Dery, George Ross Jr. and Donald Carrico.

Please make an effort to attend union meetings to support solidarity and brotherhood. A reminder that the Retiree Luncheon is held the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. The Retiree Breakfast is the third Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. at Suzi's Restaurant in south Charleston.

Larry Fogarty, P.S.

IBEW Members' Donation For Milwaukee County K-9 Unit

L.U. 494 (em,i,mt,rts,spa&t), MILWAUKEE, WI — IBEW Local 494 held an event for the membership earlier this year at which attendees included visitors from the Milwaukee County, House of Corrections, K-9 Units.

The law enforcement officers demonstrated how the highly trained canines they are partnered with them help them perform their daily duties. This was a big hit for all members and their families.

After talking with one of the officers about their special K-9 dogs, we learned that one of the youngest dogs, Huck, was in need of a protective vest.

At our general membership meeting, a motion was made to purchase this much-needed piece of equipment for the K-9 Unit; the motion was overwhelmingly approved.

Again, Local 494 has stepped up to help our community be a safer place to live and work. Thank you, members of IBEW Local 494, for all you do for your neighbors.

Kurt Jante, B.R.


K-9 Unit dog wears protective vest purchased by Local 494 membership.

Championship Trophy

L.U. 530 (i,o&rtb), SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — On April 22-23, Local 530 competed in the annual OPC hockey tournament held this year in Ann Arbor, MI. Once again our team brought home the championship trophy. Thank you very much to Ann Arbor for hosting this event and showing all participating locals a great time.

Again this year, Mother's Day weekend saw Local 530 members busy selling carnations to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Bro. Darren Vail organized the event again this year and a total of $2,281 was raised. Thanks to all members who helped out.

On June 10, Local 530 held its election of officers. Over 83 percent of members came to cast their ballots. Congratulations to elected officers and thank you to all who participated.

Local 530 is saddened by the recent passing of Bros. Adam Dolmage, Bob Smith and Jake DeJong.

Al Byers, P.S.

'Brotherhood & Community'

L.U. 540 (i), CANTON, OH — Greetings, brothers and sisters. It has been a busy year in Canton. As work ramps up on various projects, we still find the time to find brotherhood with each other and in the community.

On June 11, Bros. Corey Colaner, Hunter Williams, Heath Williams and Matt Wetter took home first place in our annual golf outing. And on Sept. 17, we had our second annual Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament.

During the summer, we were well-represented in the grand parade for the Canton NFL Hall of Fame inductions, the Alliance Carnation Parade, and the Louisville Constitution Parade. The official IBEW Local 540 float was designed and built by Local 540 members, spearheaded by Bro. Greg Surbey. Our local's float won grand prize at the Canton NFL Hall of Fame parade, grand marshal at the Alliance Carnation Parade, and second place at the Louisville Constitution Parade.

Congratulations go to all the recently elected Local 540 officers, both those who were re-elected and those elected to a first term. The local union election of officers took place in June 2016.

We were saddened by the passing of several retired members during the first three quarters of 2016: Bros. Carl Knop Jr., Harold Masters, Harold Fockler and Charles Chapman. Our deepest sympathies go out to their families.

Daniel McMahan, P.S.


IBEW Local 540's prize-winning float was a highlight at three summer 2016 community parades.

Graduating Class of 2016

L.U. 558 (catv,em,i,mt,o,rtb,rts,spa&u), SHEFFIELD, AL — On May 19, we held our Annual Apprenticeship Banquet recognizing the class of 2016. We are proud of the graduates' accomplishments and dedication, and look forward to their part in shaping our future. This class had 25 wiremen and two linemen. The Apprentice of the Year for the wiremen was Bro. Jesse Shedd, and for the linemen, Bro. Jared Behel.

Local 558 was fortunate to participate in the Shoals Central Labor Council's annual Labor Day events again this year. This is reportedly the nation's longest running Labor Day event, having taken place for 94 years. Our local union won first place in the float division and was the top contributor for this event.

We were excited to participate in and be a sponsor for the Union Sportmen's Alliance second annual Alabama State Conservation Dinner on Sept. 29 in Trussville, AL.

Thank you to all who participated and represented Local 558 at the dinner.

We celebrated our 7th Annual Local 558 Picnic on Oct. 1 at Spring Park in Tuscumbia. All enjoyed delicious BBQ and ribs, prizes, music and comradery among brothers, sisters, friends and families. Cook-off winners: 1st place ribs — Fluffy Crosswhite; 2nd place ribs — Toby Hargett, 1st place BBQ — Fluffy Crosswhite, 2nd place BBQ — Toby Hargett, and Overall Winner — Fluffy Crosswhite.

Tony Quillen, Pres./A.B.M.


Local 558 apprenticeship wireman graduates of 2016.

'Welcome & Congratulations'

L.U. 570 (i,mo,spa&u), TUCSON, AZ — Local 570 would like to welcome the new first-year apprenticeship class and congratulate newly elected Local 570 officers.

Newly elected officers are: Bus. Mgr./Fin. Sec. Chuck Grube, Pres. Scott Toot, Vice Pres. Jose Sierra, Treas. Clinton Ponder-Gilby, Rec. Sec. Alan Brizee; Executive Board members Chris Brevick, Jimmy Ciardulli, Mike Pugh, Jim Redzinak, Pete Richey; and Examining Board members Ted Bolding, Clayton Fitzgerald, Jeff Graves, Patrick McKnight and Chris Salazar.

Thank you to all the members who helped this year at the Labor Day event. Big congratulations to the members for bringing home the Union Olympics Trophy again this year.

Local 570 is preparing for upcoming work by offering: steward training, new officer training, NFPA 70E, OSHA 10, MSHA, First Aid/CPR training and more.

Scott W. Toot, Pres.


Local 570 first-year apprenticeship class, joined by other members, assembles for group photo at swearing in of the apprentices.

IBEW 60-Year Service Award

Chillicothe, Ohio, Local 578 retired Bro. Harry Matheny (left) receives his IBEW 60-year service pin presented by Bus. Mgr. Clint Stollar.


Solidarity & Brotherhood

L.U. 602 (i,o&u), AMARILLO, TX — Local 602 is rebuilding and growing. Our main focus in recent years has been to strengthen and rebuild the passion and the spirit of brotherhood within our union, holding our heads high as union members.

We are returning to and building on what makes us strong, representing our members to the best of our ability, organizing, strengthening solidarity, and increasing awareness that the union has its members' backs and that an active membership is vital.

We are working with our NECA counterparts to put our members to work and keep them there. We are finding and cultivating Site Specific Agreements to put our CE/CWs to work.

We regularly visit with our apprentice classes to build enthusiasm among younger members for union brotherhood. We write quarterly newsletters, and we learn from and work with our IBEW international representatives. We realize the only way to build a union is to be diligent each and every day, to be proactive not reactive, to take the bull by the horns mentality.

Our staff, our stewards and our members work to build lines of communication to keep the membership informed of daily events in all our bargaining units. We all know that any local is only as strong as its members and its leadership's ability to lead through example. The goal is build every day!

Robert Melton, B.M./F.S.


Local 602 members attend Sept. 14 union meeting in Amarillo, TX.

'Carrying On a Legacy'

L.U. 606 (em,es,i,rtb,spa&u), ORLANDO, FL — It is with heartfelt sadness that we report the death of Bro. Robert "Bob" Carr. Bob was a 38-year member and, until recently, our business manager.

Bob was first elected business manager in 2010 during the Great Recession. Our work picture was bleak, there were over 100 members on Book 1, and our general fund was losing money monthly. Bob faced these challenges with the same positive determination he showed throughout his career as a journeyman wireman, general foreman, and project manager. When he took office, he made some tough decisions that were necessary to put our members back to work and regain market share we had lost to the nonunion sector. By the end of his first term, Local 606 had full employment, and our general fund was healthy and solvent. Subsequently, Bob suffered some medical issues and stepped down at the end of his second term. By that time the local was achieving unprecedented success in securing work, our general fund had doubled, and organizing was at an all-time high.

Bro. Carr died suddenly on Sept. 22 while attending the IBEW 39th International Convention in St. Louis. He was doing what he loved best, representing Local 606 and advancing the purposes of the IBEW.

We are so proud that Bob got to oversee the grand opening of the new satellite office on the eastern edge of the jurisdiction. This is an area where we previously had almost no work, but under Bob's leadership our members had worked over 250,000 man-hours in the past three years, with that many more hours projected over the next three years.

At this writing, a Blitz/Industry Night is taking place, and I can think of no better way to honor Bob than to carry on his legacy by organizing new members into the IBEW.

Fernando Rendon, R.S./P.S.


Then-Local 606 business manager Bob Carr at satellite office grand opening.

Lighting for Historic Cabin

L.U. 648 (em,i,spa&u), HAMILTON, OH — Local 648 members took time out of their busy days to install landscape lighting around Hamilton's most historic cabin, located in Monument Park along the Great Miami River. The two-story house, described as Hamilton's oldest known structure and a link to its pioneer roots, features two large chimneys, a stone foundation, log walls chinked with cement and a gabled roof. Axe marks are still visible on the wood from when the cabin was hewn.

Local 648 volunteers did all the outside landscape lighting at the cabin, and also provided concealed electric on the inside, hanging fixtures that resemble frontier-era lanterns.

Kudos to all our IBEW members who volunteered for the community service project.

Matthew Von Stein, Pres./Mbr. Dev.


IBEW members who assisted with Local 648 lighting project at historic cabin included: journeyman wireman Marc Arminioi (left), retiree Dick Von Stein, Int. Rep. Donald Vidourek, journeyman wireman Bobby Angst and Pres./Organizer Matt Von Stein.

Officers of Local 692

L.U. 692 (i,mt&spa), BAY CITY, MI — We would like to thank the following outgoing officers for their service to our local: former president Paul Protasiewicz, vice president Rich Rytlewski, business manager Jack Tobias; former Examining Board members Dave Fales, Paul Peil and Derek Simms; and former Executive Board members Brendon Baranek, Brian Brissette, Craig McDonell, Pat Nitschky and Tim Rupp.

We wish to congratulate the incoming officers for the term for 2016–2019. The new officers are: Bus. Mgr. Travis Brady, Pres. Pat Nitschky, Vice Pres. Craig McDonell; Examining Board members Todd Aultman, Travis Aultman, Dave Doran, Jamie Jarrard, Art Vosine; and Executive Board members Chris Burgett, Brain Klele, Derek Simms, Mike Faunce, Nick Tobolski and Al Vogel.

We are sad to report the passing of three retired members: Bro. Patrick A. Kerr, Bro. Doyce E. Moe and Bro. Albert J. Stender. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017!

Tammy Gottleber, P.S.

Solidarity Drawing a Success

L.U. 702 (as,c,catv,cs,em,es,et,govt,i,it,lctt,mo,mt,o,p,pet,ptc,rtb,rts,se,
spa,st,t,u,uow&ws), WEST FRANKFORT, IL — Our 5th Solidarity Drawing was a huge success as we gave away $45,000 while netting almost $55,000 for members in need and promotion of the local. Winners were: Brent Sizemore ($25,000); Dr. Rick Blaich ($10,000); Kyle Rogers ($5,000); and Charles Folden, David Pierce, Dwain Vaupel, John Winters and Robin Holloway ($1,000 each).

The local's softball team won the Upper Division of the 45th Annual IBEW Midwest Softball Tournament in Cleveland, OH, and also captured their first Illinois ASA State Tournament, Men's Class "D" SP title. For the fourth year in a row, Local 702 won the Union vs. Union Tug of War event at the annual Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Labor Picnic.

We are proud of member Jared Kelley, journeyman lineman, for being one of 12 volunteers from Missouri and Oklahoma who spent two weeks in August hooking up electricity to homes for the first time in Bolivia.

Member Bobby Dicken from Poplar Bluff, MO, did an outstanding job at the opening of the IBEW 39th International Convention in St. Louis, MO, with his musical performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America."

As of this writing, our referral books are as follows: Inside Construction – 95, Outside Construction – 11, and Line Clearance – 4.

Mark Baker, B.R./P.S.


Local 702 softball team at IBEW Midwest Softball Tournament. Front row: Daniel Henderson (left), Andrew Soldner, Paul Whittaker, Buster Hendricks, Mike Lustig, Mike Smothers, Bryson Whitehead. Back row: Steve Hughart, Adam Cadle, Kenton Parmley, Chase Hughart, Cody Lee, Tyler Krough, Conner Hughart, Ryan Wright and Dewayne Hensley.

Apprentice Graduates;
Tribute to Lives of Service

L.U. 704 (catv,em&i), DUBUQUE, IA — On June 28, Local 704 honored the 2016 fifth-year apprenticeship graduates at a dinner and presentation. The new apprenticeship graduates are: Bros. Matt Lynch, Matt Steffen, Alex Willenbring, Brian Pregler and Kyle Blaser. Along with other Local 704 journeymen, I would like to congratulate them on completion of the apprenticeship program. Their dedication and professional commitment to this educational process will lead them to a rewarding career in the electrical industry.

Local 704 extends our condolences to the family and friends of two of our long-term members who recently passed away. Bro. Keith Lewin passed away on July 28, 2016. Bro. Lewin was initiated into Local 704 on Oct. 1, 1968, and was a loyal member for nearly 48 years.

Bro. Louis "Bill" McGovern passed away on Sept. 23, 2016. Bro. McGovern was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was initiated into the IBEW on Aug. 1, 1949. Bill was a very loyal Local 704 member for 67 years. I personally had the privilege of working with both of these gentlemen. It was an honor to work with them and learn from them.

At the time of this October writing, we are entering the fall season with a steady work outlook.

Ron Heitzman, P.S.


Local 704 Apprenticeship Training Dir. Owen Leeser (left) congratulates new apprenticeship graduates Matt Lynch, Matt Steffen, Alex Willenbring, Brian Pregler and Kyle Blaser.

Membership Appreciation Day

L.U. 760 (i,lctt,o,rts,spa&u), KNOXVILLE, TN — Local 760 held its second annual Membership Appreciation Day in August at the IBEW training center. Bus. Mgr. Tim Tate and Pres. Lonnie Hundley wish to thank the picnic committee and all the members for contributing their time and effort to make this event the huge success that it was. The burgers and hot dogs were grilled, the kids enjoyed the dunking booth and the bounce houses, and there were plenty of giveaways at the festival.

A special thank-you goes out to office manager Janice Davis as we wish her a happy retirement. Thank you, Janice, for over 40 years of loyal service to the IBEW and Local 760. You will be missed, Janice, but you will always be part of the brotherhood.

Always remember: "It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things." – Theodore Roosevelt.

Jason Leary, Organizer


At the Local 760 Membership Appreciation Day picnic.

2016 Annual Picnic

L.U. 968 (catv,i,mt,o,rts,spa&t), PARKERSBURG, WV — IBEW Local 968 held its annual picnic Sept. 10 at the Shriners. Boy Scout Troup 129 and their leader Allen Lloyd, a Local 968 member, and wife Denise did an excellent job with the kids games. Members were entertained by the Sour Mash String Band. Winners of the Corn Hole Tournament were members Mark Holbert and Tim Richards. Special thank-you to Bros. Steve Wigal, Keith Lehew and Clayton "Tater" Griffin for bringing out their cars.

Shown in the group picture (at right) are Local 968 retired members in attendance at the 2016 picnic. They included: front row, kneeling, Butch Wittman, Keith Lehew, Bob Patton, Jack Blue; middle row, Gerald Holbert, Bob Lockhart, Ted Weaver, Max Rebholz, Clerven Parsons, Bob Parker, Bill Smith; and back row, John Ash, "Tater" Griffin, Jess Blair, Greg Parsons and John Sarver.

At the picnic, Bob Patton received his 55-year service award, and John Sarver received his 50-year service award.

With regret we report the passing of retirees Ed Crooks, Don Coutu, Carless Phillips and John Trimble. Bro. Dave Dotson also passed away after a brief illness. Our brothers will be remembered. We extend our condolences to their families.

Lynford C. Lovell, B.M.


Local 968 retirees gather for a group photo at 2016 annual picnic.

Annual Scholarship Award

L.U. 1066 (u), DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Members of Local 1066 would like to congratulate Sadie Tolbert, daughter of Bro. Randy Tolbert, on winning the annual Local 1066 scholarship award this year. The award was started in 2008, and each year the children or grandchildren of Local 1066 active and retired members are eligible to compete for the award.

We also wish to congratulate and honor members Kirk Martin and Keith Davis for their service to the IBEW throughout their careers. These gentlemen have decided to retire, and they will be missed. We wish them both a long and happy retirement.

Mario Menir, B.M./Pres.


Local 1066 scholarship award recipient Sadie Tolbert with her father, Randy Tolbert, a longtime IBEW member.

Transitions & Organizing

L.U. 1116 (em,lctt&u), TUCSON, AZ — We have had some leadership changes at the local level. First, we want to say goodbye to J.D. Pereza. J.D. was the local's unit chairman for Trico Electric Co-Op and he has moved on to new adventures. We all wish him the very best. Replacing J.D. is Chris Neely, who will no doubt continue to represent the TRICO membership as well as J.D. did. Sarita Morales was selected to fill the position of business representative, replacing Danell Carter. Sharon Williams was chosen to fill Danell's administration seat on the Executive Board.

Organizing is our key focus this year, and we encourage all of our members to talk to their co-workers about joining the IBEW. If you are interested in helping on the Volunteer Organizing Committee, please contact Sarita at the union hall.

Remember, regular unit meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. We invite the members from Trico and Asplundh to join us! Springerville's meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

We wish all of our members and their families a happy holiday and a safe and prosperous new year.

Sharon Williams, P.S.

Annual Fall Gathering

L.U. 1466 (u), COLUMBUS, OH — Local 1466 would like to thank all of our members and families who attended our Annual Fall Gathering on Saturday, Sept. 24. This event seems to grow in both popularity and attendance each year, and 2016 was no exception! All who attended seemed to enjoy both the festivities and getting to kick back and relax outside of work. We would also like to recognize Executive Board Chmn. Jason Wright and the E-Board members for planning, setting up, and making sure the event went off without a hitch. Our Fall Gathering would not be the success that it has been the last few years without their hard work.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you to everyone for helping to make 2016 a good year!

Jimi Jette, P.S.

IBEW Members Provide ERC Assistance to Save a Life

L.U. 2034 (o&u), WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — On Aug. 24, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) called the IBEW Local 2034 staff working at the Grand Rapids Generating Station in northern Manitoba requesting help with an attempted suicide on the Grand Rapids Bridge. The station's Emergency Response Crew (ERC) was quick to respond.

When the ERC crew arrived, a distraught young lady had climbed out onto a pillar of the bridge over the Saskatchewan River. While the RCMP and a local community doctor spoke to the girl, the ERC crew immediately placed a boat in the water and provided traffic control on the bridge. A utility line crew was passing by and even offered their bucket truck for assistance, and the truck was immediately set up on the bridge in the event the girl wanted to be rescued.

After a long period of time, the girl agreed to be rescued. Before she could change her mind, Andrew Halliday, an IBEW 2034 NextGen committee member, was quickly lowered by the bucket truck to rescue the girl. Bro. Halliday put a harness on her and both of them were winched to safety. All but one of the Grand Rapids ERC crew are members of IBEW Local 2034.

This incident was very well-organized and turned out well in the end. Over 250 IBEW Local 2034 members volunteer on ERC crews, and in many communities these members may be the only trained fire and paramedical presence.

The IBEW Local 2034 membership wish to thank the following for helping their community in a time of need: Andrew Halliday, Chris Davidson, Tim Arthurson, Fred Senkow, Ben Ballantyne, Calvin Pelly, Roland Mousseau, Wayne Decosse, Shawn Will, Dan Nabess and Doug Stockham, fire chief.

Mike Velie, B.M.


Some of the Local 2034 members who assisted with a successful rescue at Grand Rapids Bridge: from left, fire fighters Calvin Pelly, Wayne Decosse, Doug Stockham (fire chief), Andrew Halliday and Roland Mousseau (captain).


Active & Engaged Retirees

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NASSAU CHAPTER — The Nassau Chapter Local 3 Retirees Annual Picnic, held at the magnificent Brady Park, was a great success. Mother Nature blessed us with a perfect day. Activities began with a bocce ball tournament, followed by bean bag and horseshoe tournaments. Activities concluded with water balloon and egg-toss games. A bountiful catered gourmet barbeque meal was served all day.

The Nassau Chapter is an active and energetic club. Under the leadership of Chmn. Ed Weiss, officers and board of directors, this chapter is always on the move.

Some of the activities this year were: a Saint Patrick's Day luncheon; a Broadway show, "On Your Feet"; a Niagara Falls trip; a June luncheon; and a fishing trip.

A stay at The Long Island Education Center included an informative session about symptoms and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, presented by Erica Vines, and a seminar on healthy eating, presented by Judy Blades.

The annual picnic was in August, and a trip to Sunny Hill resort was in September. Still more events scheduled at the time of this writing were: a Billy Joel Concert, a Thanksgiving luncheon and the annual Christmas party.

The best way to stay healthy in retirement is to stay active. The Nassau Chapter Local 3 Retirees, through participation in club activities, will stay active and healthy for a long time.

John Milligan, P.S.


At the Local 3, Nassau Chapter, Retirees Club's 2016 annual picnic.

'Welcome to New Members'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHAPTER — At this writing, we're enjoying a beautiful fall season in the New York/New Jersey area! Members enjoyed our fall luncheon at Bellisimo's Ristorante. We enjoyed the delicious meal and the great camaraderie along with the meeting led by Chmn. John McCormick.

Recent chapter activities included our summer barbecue, and many of us also enjoyed a performance of "Saturday Night Fever" and a luncheon at the Westchester Broadway Theater.

Our week at the Long Island Educational Center in Cutchogue, NY, was well-attended. We enjoyed a gorgeous September week there! The educational sessions were informative and greatly appreciated! On Tuesday of that week we were fortunate to attend a delicious dinner at the center catered by one of our members and a Wednesday evening pot-luck dinner, provided by members!

We are happy to welcome several new members. At this writing plans were underway for a holiday luncheon meeting. Our activities committee is busy formulating plans for 2017! Happy holidays to all!

John Krison, P.S.


Local 3, Northern New Jersey Chapter, Retirees Club members at Long Island Education Center in Cutchogue, NY.

2016 Activities & Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, SUFFOLK CHAPTER — At our June meeting, we had our Annual Retirees Club Luncheon. At the June meeting, we discussed planned activities for 2016, including: our stay at the Long Island Education & Cultural Center, our bus trip to New York City, our summer barbecue in September, and our Annual Holiday Party in December. Chmn. Jack Foley wished everyone a safe and happy summer.

In July, we went to the Long Island Educational & Cultural Center, where we were greeted by Tom Gallager, Local 3 pension director. We attended informative lectures on topics including how to stay healthy and Alzheimer's disease. On Tuesday evening we had our BBQ, which was a big success due to all those who volunteered to work in the kitchen, tend the barbecue, serve and clean up.

Our September BBQ was enjoyed by all. There were games, contests, plenty of food and lots of friends. At our September meeting, we made plans for our Annual Food Drive and Toys for Tots Drive for our November and December 2016 meetings. Our membership always shows strong support for both of those successful drives.

At press time, final plans are set for our Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 7, 2016, as well as our trip to New York City on Dec. 12, 2016. These events only happen when people devote their time and effort to make them possible.

Wishing all a happy holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year.

Harvey Goldman, P.S.

Long Island Education Center

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 3, NEW YORK, NY, WESTCHESTER / PUTNAM CHAPTER — This past summer, our chapter was again privileged to spend four relaxing days, from Aug. 1-4, at the Long Island Educational Center, as guests of the Joint Industry Board and Local 3. The LIEC, a state-of-the art facility, has been made available to Local 3 members, through the efforts and forethought of our leadership.

Members and their spouses attended a seminar on healthy living, and one on enjoying healthy meals, integrated with managing health issues. The topics discussed and the moderators were excellent. Stephanie Saladino and her staff, as always, were very accommodating and gracious toward our members.

The highlight of the trip was our Tuesday barbecue, planned and carried out by our members. Our spare time was spent dining out, visiting the many local wineries, and enjoying the sights and ambiance of Long Island's North Fork. With the exception of one rainy morning, the weather was absolutely beautiful.

We all look forward to next year's visit.

Dick Mills, Treas.


Local 3, Westchester/Putnam Chapter, Retirees Club members and spouses at Long Island Education Center. (Photo by Bill Brkich.)

Retirees Honored at Ceremony

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 35, HARTFORD, CT — The membership of the Retirees Club has increased significantly. We had a great time over the summer at our monthly luncheons.

We also had a great number of retirees attend the Annual Clambake held in August. It was wonderful to see so many members and retirees having a great time and sharing memories.

IBEW Local 35 held its Retirees Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15. Congratulations to our newly retired members who attended: John Baracchi Jr., John Blessis, Tina Bray, Christopher Chesanek and Jean deSmet. They were recognized for their years of service and awarded jackets and watches. Congratulations also to those newly retired members who were unable to attend: Michael Belanger, A. Peter Bray, Moses Calderon, Bryon Gondek, Michael Grills, Frederick O'Neil, Walter Pizanowski, Abraham Saez, Robert Schmidt, John Simeone and Gary Trojanowski. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement!

Thanks to Int. Vice Pres. Michael P. Monahan, retired Int. Rep. Richard Panagrossi, and retired business manager Kenneth Leech for their participation. We appreciate all the work that Bus. Mgr. Bruce Silva and office manager Vicki Dougherty did in preparation for the dinner.

Kenneth R. White, P.S.


Local 35 Bus. Mgr. Bruce Silva (far left) and Pres. William Moriarty (far right) with honored retirees Jean deSmet, Christopher Chesanek, Tina Bray, John Blessis and John Baracchi Jr.

Retirees Meeting/Luncheon

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 53, KANSAS CITY, MO — The Retirees Meeting/Luncheon held Oct. 11 was called to order by Pres. Bob Stuart. Attendees stood for the Pledge of Allegiance led by Secretary Duane Pearce and the blessing offered by Jeanie Adkins, wife of Bro. Dave Adkins. A catered luncheon was served. A huge thank-you to Bus. Mgr. Steve White and the members of Local 53 for sponsoring the lunch. Thank you to Lisa Garcia, executive assistant, for all her work setting up the luncheon and arranging for the caterer. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all!

A moment of silence was observed for departed Bros. John Lapour and Junior Smith. We also stood for a moment of silence for the late Nancy Duvall, wife of Bro. Jerry Duvall, former president and longtime member of Local 53. May the departed rest in peace.

Service pins were awarded to those who were present at the meeting. We also held a raffle and awarded gift cards donated by Local 53.

There was a discussion about the November 2016 elections and Bro. Stuart encouraged everyone to get out and vote.

In closing, Pres. Stuart thanked everyone for attending and wished all happy holidays. The meeting adjourned at 2 p.m. Our next meeting will be in the spring and a notice will be sent out.

Duane Pearce, P.S.

Wounded Warriors Project

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 60, SAN ANTONIO, TX — Back from summer break, at the September meeting, 35 members shared a delicious barbecue lunch and enjoyed catching up.

It wasn't until the October meeting that the real business started. An agenda for the club was planned out for the remainder of the year. Plans included a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the November 2016 meeting. For the 2016 Christmas project, a Wounded Warriors project won the vote. Personal items for donation to the Wounded Warriors project were collected during a two-month period, and after the December meeting will be delivered to Fort Sam Houston WW headquarters.

At the meeting, the club's funding was next on the list. The club will continue with the annual golf tournament fundraiser to be held in April or May of 2017.

The club is for all retired members of Local 60. The purpose of this club shall be to carry out the spirit of the Brotherhood. Meetings are held at the Plumbers & Pipefitters training building, 3630 Belgium Lane, at 12 noon, on the second Thursday of each month, except during a summer break in June, July and August. Please join in!

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

Sandy Rogers, P.S.

Annual Retirement Dinner

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 90, NEW HAVEN, CT — On Thursday, Sept. 29, Local 90's annual retirement dinner was held at the WoodWinds in Branford, CT, to honor the most recent group of Local 90 retirees.

The following gentlemen were honored: Stephen Baribeault, Thomas Bontempo, Anthony Chialastri, James Ealahan, Thomas Fenton, Michael Kelly Sr., James Malone, Jerome Medura, Richard Miller, Paul Radowiecki, Thomas White and Stephen Woytowich Jr. Congratulations to all, and we invite you to join our Retirees Club.

Our club will hold its annual holiday luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Fantasia in North Haven, CT. This function is always a great time with good food and friends.

We wish all IBEW members and their families, a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy and safe new year.

Richard Launder, P.S.

New Members Welcomed

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 113, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — There is a "fall chill" in the air as of this writing, with more golden aspen leaves carpeting the ground than are still on the trees.

At our October luncheon we were pleased to welcome several new members. The executive board will be sending reminder cards announcing our monthly meetings for the next several months. A special thank-you to Local 113 for their assistance to make this possible! If you know someone who hasn't been attending, please invite them! It's a great time to renew old acquaintances and catch up with friends.

Our special speaker from AARP's fraud division made an informative presentation concerning investment and sweepstakes fraud, identity theft, and IRS imposters who often target the elderly. AARP Foundation Elder Watch can be reached in Colorado at 800-222-444 for help or additional information.

A very merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year to all!

Our condolences go out to the families of the following retirees lost in the past 12 months: Betty Charles, Linda Turner, Katheryn Veres, Scott Henderson, Maurice Loehner, Tim Hale, Kenneth Diller, Nathan Clasby, Thomas Ridenour, Fred Mauch, Jim Polders, Ray Sears and Norman Pledge.

Bill Campbell, P.S.


Colorado Springs, CO, Local 113 Retirees Club members enjoyed a colorful fall season this year.

Season's Greetings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 134, CHICAGO, IL — Season's greetings to all, as the holidays approach and winter arrives. Some of us will have sunshine, some will have rain, and some can expect lots of snow. This is one of the things that makes the USA so great. We can travel a little and be in another climate right here in our own country. And our local unions bring all of us together as one great IBEW.

The new year ahead will also bring changes, including a new U.S. president, and for us here in Chicago, a new home soon for Local 134. At this writing, all are working hard to transform the building that formerly housed Drake Elementary School into the new home for our Local 134 union hall. I myself have some difficulty walking away from our old building at 600 W. Washington Blvd., given all the fond memories it holds. There is a plaque on the wall outside the front doors that reads "Chartered June 20, 1900," and this is a reminder that so many electricians have passed through these doors in the past 117 years and helped make our local strong and the IBEW a great union. So much history to remember … and now it's time to make good changes and new history.

Retirees Club members look forward to our December holiday party. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, and a very happy new year.

Sue Kleczka, P.S.


Plaque on wall outside old Local 134 union hall shows history of the building in downtown Chicago.

'Best Wishes for New Year'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 212, CINCINNATI, OHIO — God help us! The most bizarre election ever is over. It's hard to believe that "we the people" tolerate all that we have witnessed during the campaign season and the process of choosing the leader of the free world.

May God grant peace and comfort to the families of the following recently departed Local 212 brothers: Cleve Cornelison, Harry Schoettelcotte, Ed Ochs Sr., Hugh Campbell, Gerald Wirtz, Riodan Weakley, Kevin Fraysure, Victor Day and Raymond Schrand Sr.

Club members now number 130 "sparkies." We meet on the first Wednesday of every month including the July picnic and the December Christmas party. It's always great to get together with old and new friends. Welcome to new members: Mike Kiefer, Fred Hornhorst, Gary Thomas, and Elmer Begley.

The memorial wall is well on the way in honoring departed members from 1901 to the present. Today's members benefit from the vision, sacrifices and struggles of these past members. As you scan these names, your mind will be fondly jogged back into past memories of knowing these people.

Wishing all IBEW members a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy new year.

Bob Schaefer, P.S.

2016 Events & Activities

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 257, JEFFERSON CITY, MO — We enjoyed a luncheon/meeting on Oct. 25 at Claysville. We always look forward to our luncheon at this restaurant since it is owned by an IBEW Local 257 member and his wife. We thank them for having us.

September and October were busy months with the Labor Day parade and a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks for a show.

At this writing, another show was planned at the Lake of the Ozarks during the Christmas season. Our Christmas luncheon is Dec. 13 at the Labor Temple, Local 257. We thank Local 257 and the membership for hosting it. It is most appreciated.

On a sad note, one of our members, Ralph "J.R." Taggart, passed away on Sept. 19. Our condolences go out to his wife, Barbara, and family. J.R. was a member of Local 257 for 64 years.

Also, we thank everyone who helped out with our Retirees Club this past year. It was a great year.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Will see you in 2017!

Delores Melloway, P.S.

A Successful 2016

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 353, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — 2016 has been a challenging and successful year for our Retirees Club. At least 27 events, including 12 monthly luncheon meetings, were offered for club members. We dealt with some severe weather, and some have experienced illness. We have managed to make it one of our club's most successful years, thanks to the officers, retirees and executive members, who made sure that everything was organized and completed.

2017 will bring new challenges and opportunities. In the year ahead the Retirees Club will hold its election of officers and executive. Good luck to all seeking office and thank you to all who participate.

Approximately 650 IBEW retired members from our local and neighboring IBEW locals were expected, as of this writing, to be among those attending Local 353's 31st Christmas Dinner/Dance on Nov. 27. Attendees include retired members from five Ontario locals: Local 105 (Hamilton); Local 120 (London); Local 303 (St. Catharines); Local 804 (Kitchener); and Local 353. Such a strong spirit of brotherhood is just one of the reasons that the IBEW continues to thrive.

Local 353 and its Retirees Club continue to support community events and charities including: The Kidney Walk, clothes drive events, local food banks, Raise the Flag, community hospitals, Hammerheads and Helmets to Hardhats.

Thanks to our working members for their support. Continue to raise the bar.

Our Retirees Club wishes the entire Brotherhood a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.

Robert Rynyk, P.S.

'Full Slate of Activities'

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 424, EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA — This past summer featured a full slate of social activities for our members. The fun began on July 8 when the Unit 2 Retirees and wives did a superb job with the Members Pancake Breakfast & Lunch, held in conjunction with the beginning of the famous 10-day Calgary Stampede and Exhibition.

Next was the July 9 Family Picnic in Edmonton. This event is the brainchild of Tina Stevenson, who has been the impetus behind it ever since its inception nine years ago. Along with husband Scott, she did another excellent job with the logistics of keeping several hundred kids and parents entertained with numerous activities, along with BBQ fare and other treats. It's been said before but bears repeating … along with the Kids Christmas Parties, the picnic is an affirmation of family values. Thank you to Tina and Scott!

For the July 22 opening of Edmonton's 10-day Exhibition & Chuck Wagon Races, the Unit 1 Retirees (and some wives) held a successful Annual Members Pancake Breakfast & Lunch, an event started 29 years ago by then-retired business manager Bob Lamont. The fun finished off Aug. 5 at "The Ranch" in Edmonton and Aug. 26 at the "Silverwing" in Calgary with Members Golf Tournaments followed by steak BBQs. A salute and a thank-you goes to the many volunteers who made all the events a success.

Dave Anderson, P.S.

Sarnia Happenings

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 530, SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA — On Sept. 7, the Local 530 Retirees Club held their Annual Golf Tournament. Herb Burdett and Bob Friedrich once again organized a successful and fun-filled day for all. We had 29 golfers on the greens, and 37 retirees along with spouses and guests sat down to enjoy a wonderful chicken and ribs dinner. The winning team with the lowest score this year was: Pat LaPore, Dave Schieman and Tom Schleihauf. Congratulations to all three golfers.

The IBEW Local 530 Annual Dinner Dance Banquet held Nov. 18 this year was a very special occasion for us as we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of Local 530. Several members of our Retirees Club received IBEW service pins at the banquet. Sarnia comedian John Wing provided entertainment and it was a night for all to remember.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, directly after our monthly meeting, we will hold our own Retirees Christmas Dinner at the Best Western Hotel. Janet Burdett and Marion Lawton are once again organizing this event and they do a great job. Everyone looks forward to attending.

We send our condolences to Kent Wilcox and his family on the loss of his wife, Alleen.

We feel fortunate to belong to the great family of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Nancy Stinson Philbin, P.S.


Local 530 Retirees 2016 Golf Tournament participants: Bob Friedrich, Pat LaPore, Dave Schieman, Tom Schleihauf and Herb Burdett.

Luncheon & Service Pin Awards

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 570, TUCSON, AZ — After the Local 570 Retirees Club's return from summer break, the local provided a catered lunch for the clubs' first meeting of the season.

At the luncheon, Bus. Mgr. Chuck Grube presented IBEW service pins representing more than 500 years of service to eligible retirees in attendance.

Receiving 50-year pins were Claude Kupchanko and Ivan Preston; 55-year pins – Joe Hernandez, Robert Lopez and Richard Roussard; 60-year pins – Edward Pepper and Charles Reed; and 65-year pins – Richard Piker and Allen Waller.

There was a good turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Scott W. Toot, P.S.


At IBEW Local 570 Retirees Luncheon and service awards ceremony.

2016 Activities & Events

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 595, DUBLIN, CA — At this writing, we were just weeks away from electing a new president to lead this great nation, along with many other public officials who set policies that affect working people.

We hope our votes help elect leaders who will protect the rights of working people. We demand that elected officials understand that good paying jobs with health care and pensions are the reward for an honest day's work.

Our Retired Members Club enjoyed a great year of monthly themed lunches, numerous day trips, a four-day train trip to Reno and an awesome 10-day cruise to Alaska. We also shared great times at our Benefits Fair, the annual Oakland A's baseball game, our summer barbeque, and a terrific union picnic.

At press time, still to come were our holiday luncheon, where we give away many raffle prizes; Old Timers' Night; and Santa at the union hall to greet our grandkids. We are blessed as a local to have so many great events and opportunities to get together. Let's keep it up!

At this writing, the election of club officers was scheduled for our November 2016 meeting; results were not yet available at press time. Thank you to everyone who steps up to lead. Pres. Walt Corvello has done an incredible job. Thank you, Walt! Treas. Linda Bratset does most everything for the club and we appreciate it! We also thank our awesome secretary, Nancy Taliaferro, for all she does!

We encourage new retirees to become active in our club. Jump on board and give us a test drive. Have a great new year!

Tom Mullarkey, P.S.


Local 595 Retirees Club Treas. Linda Bratset, trip leader, and husband Roger visit Skagway, Alaska, during a stop on the club's 2016 cruise.

Service Awards Presented

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 611, ALBUQUERQUE, NM — At the regular union meeting on Aug. 20, seven retirees along with four working members received service pins, representing a total of 500 years of electrical experience.

Ralph Cochrane and Albert Pohl received 60-year pins; John Givens received his 55-year pin; Mike Morris, Al Trujillo, Ralph Molina and Gilbert Lucero received 50-year pins; Robert Lucero received his 40-year pin; and three other working members received their 35-, 30- and 20-year pins.

Notably, both Gilbert Lucero and his son Robert Lucero received their pins that day; and pin-recipient Ralph Cochrane was joined by his son Rhett Cochrane for the special occasion.

The annual Labor Day picnic was a success, with about 1,500 people attending. Music was provided by a Machinists local with volunteers from several locals. Several Local 611 members attended as well as a few of us retirees. All enjoyed the food, music and camaraderie. Santos Griego, Central Labor Council president and Local 611 dispatcher, tended the hamburger grill and noted that 800 hamburgers were served.

Our condolences to the families of several retirees who passed away: Floyd Werner, Rudolfo Dominquez, Jose A. Jacquez, Jose B. Valasquez, Thomas Peace, Chris L. Gonzales and Dennis L. Simmons.

Remember to attend your union meetings on the third Saturday of every month. Retirees are always welcomed for their attendance and input.

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!

Tracy Hall, Pres.


Local 611 retiree Gilbert Lucero (left) and his son Robert Lucero receive their IBEW service pins.

Labor Booth at State Fair

RETIREES CUB OF L.U. 702, WEST FRANKFORT, IL — The Retirees Club met on Aug. 4 at Golden Corral in Carbondale, IL. Pres. Gary King called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m. A motion was made and passed to skip the reading of the minutes from the last meeting. The financial report was read and approved.

Deaths were read for the months of July and August, followed by a moment of silence.

Under Old Business: License plate covers for retired Local 702 members are still available for $1 each.

Under New Business: Bus. Rep. Tate Wright asked for help to staff the labor booth at the DuQuoin State Fair. Bros. Errol Mandrell, Logan Marlow, Mike Dailey, Steve Dailey, Dave Cosimi, Roger Stilley, Bob Caby, Bruce Dallas and Bob Pritchett all volunteered to help, which was appreciated!

Everyone was encouraged to attend the Labor Day picnic on Sept. 5, as well as the parade on Aug. 26 to kick off the state fair.

In the drawing, Dave Cosimi won $31 in the 50/50; Ann Taylor won a dress polo shirt; and Roger Stilley, Logan Marlow and Joan Smith all won a pocket knife.

The deposit for the club was announced, then the meeting adjourned at 2 p.m.

Mark Baker, P.S.

Service Pins Awarded

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 756, DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Our September began with service pins being awarded. We congratulate and thank everyone who attended the awards presentation, as well as those who were not able to be there, for their dedication to the Brotherhood! Members present at the meeting to receive their pins were: Rex L. Rawlins (60-year member), Gary D. Dill (50-year member), and Steven E. Gibbs (45-year member).

We wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday season and look forward to a wonderful 2017. We hope to see all of you at our upcoming meetings.

Sadly, since our last article, we have had several members pass. We send our condolences to the family and friends of departed Bros. James M. Sullivan, Carl M. Hicks, Rodney H. Connell, Henry H. Garris and Steve B. Sullens.

We invite any retired or unemployed brothers and sisters and their spouses who are in the area to come and join us. Our meetings are on the second Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m., at the Local 756 union hall, Port Orange, FL.

Diane Gibbs, P.S.


Local 756 Retirees Club former president James Warren (center) receives his 60-year service pin presented by Retirees Club Vice Pres. Joseph Gardner (left) and Treas. Dow Graham.

Community Service Project

RETIREES CLUB OF L.U. 1245, VACAVILLE, CA — Over the summer, IBEW Local 1245 retiree Ron Borst challenged members of the Local 1245 Reno/Sparks Retirees Club to collect as many electric fans as they could in order to donate them to low-income seniors in the area. "Temperatures in the Reno/Sparks area can exceed 100 degrees, and many seniors cannot afford to pay for air conditioning," said Borst. The club succeeded in collecting a total of 45 fans from retirees. Each fan was adorned with an IBEW Local 1245 sticker before being given away to needy local seniors.

Rebecca Band, P.S.


Local 1245 retirees Jim Lapin (left), Ron Borst, Chip Chadwick and Frank Isterice prepared electric fans to be donated