Greetings to all from Local 735 Retiree's executive board.
As we all look back over the past year we remember the good times with smiles on our faces but also were saddened with the loss of our Union brothers and sisters. All of them will remain in our hearts and thoughts because they have left a part of themselves within us.
We had a change in our executive board last year when brother John Bielec stepped down from the financial secretary position after many years of dedicated and loyal service to this membership. We all wish to thank you John for all you have done for us and will continue to do, you are a very special person. The executive board nominated Jeff McDowell to assume this important position and it was approved by membership action at our monthly retiree meeting. Congratulations Jeff, we know you will do a great job.
We had our picnic last year at Van Buren park in Belleville and we had about 150 people come out, we hope to have a bigger and better one this year. We are in the planning stages right now and will keep you informed about the date and location.
The annual Christmas Party was a great success and 450 people attended, we have already booked Wayne Tree Manor for this year's party, and it would be fantastic to see all of you there this year.
In November of last year our Chairman, Maurice Alexander was invited to be the Grand Marshall at the Detroit Veterans Parade. Maurice graciously accepted this invitation and was accompanied by his charming wife Rachel. Maurice said he felt very honored being among so many other veterans and people who were there to show their support for our military, past and present.
The Executive board has been busy the last two months setting up our calendar of events for the new year.
- We will be having a Health Fair on April 10th at the monthly retiree meeting with speakers and vendors there.
- We are planning a 1 day Casino trip to Firekeepers Casino (pdf flyer) of Battle Creek, Michigan, on April 17th.
There will be a bus provided in the price and You will receive a $20.00 coin voucher and a $5.00 food voucher to be used at the casino. The bus will leave Local 174 at 9:00 am and return to Local 174 at 6:00 pm.
The total cost is only $35.00 but you need to sign up and turn in your form and monies by March 13th, 2013. Please see or call Robena Johnson, Gwen Lester, or Jeff McDowell for signing up or any further questions.
We would like to remind everyone to go to our website for current information, our calendar of events, and any announcements. Bruce Bayha is our webmaster, and you can contact him if you have any information concerning our membership. We would like you to let him know when there has been a passing of one of our brothers or sisters, hospitalizations, births of grandchildren, or any other type of information that you would like to share. We ask that you make contact with the family to get permission to make announcements. You can also send information to Bruce by mailing him at:
We also would like to start a section on services that our members might have to offer. We know that several of our brothers and sisters have started their own business or are working for a company that might be able to help you. Bring ALL requests to the Executive Board first then we can forward to Bruce.
We will continue during the year to have speakers and vendors attend the monthly retiree meetings as they come available, but if you have a company, vendor, or speaker, special classes or seminar that you feel would benefit our members, contact the executive board and let us know. If you are ready and willing to start a club, plan a trip, or offer any ideas on events you think we could do, let us know. The Executive Board is here to work for you and with you on anything we can.
/s/ Executive Board, Local 735 Retires, UAW
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