We welcomed New Year 2017 with 175 members and guests braving
the snow and cold to attend our retirees meeting. “Happy new
Year” was the greeting of choice as old friends and former
co-workers mingled and lunched together. Peggie Sponsler,
once again, ensured that appetites were satisfied with her Hot
Beef and Sloppy Joe sandwiches. Orville Clark assisted
Peggie in the kitchen until kitchen crew arrived. A big
“thank you” to Ray Burzyck, Lydia and Ralph Fleming and Dennis
Harr for taking on the kitchen duties on short notice.
Thanks again to the Defiance County Public Health Department
nurses who came in to do Blood Pressure checks; we
Our meeting was called to order by Chairman Ted Fleming at 12:00
Noon and roll call of officers found all in attendance. Orville
Clark led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and we had a moment of
silence for our deceased members. Orville read the
financial report and it was accepted by the membership.
Vice-President Larry Cooper presented President, Keith Boecker’s
report and informed us that a few unexpected expensive repairs
were needed to our Union Hall over the Holidays. Repairs
were needed to the boiler and the A/C units. Larry also
informed us that rising expenses and fewer membership dues
prompt a request for members to begin (if possible) to get their
retiree news online by going to http://www.uawlocal211.com.
Eventually we might only receive our paper copy every other
month or quarterly.
Darla Rickenberg spoke on SAD, seasonal affective disorder and
that if anyone feels this is affecting their daily life i.e.
depression, they can contact her in the benefits office and she
will assist you in receiving help. For those not aware of
this disorder, the Mayo Clinic explains it here at their site
If you are concerned about the GOP making changes to
Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid etc., there is a phone
number where you can call and voice your opinion and or concerns
to your elected officials. Call 866-828-4162 and you will
be directed to the appropriate Senator or Congressman where you
can address your issue. This is considered a very viable
method to be heard by the powers that be.
Chairman Ted Fleming made mention that if you have time, it
would be nice if people would stop by the nursing homes and
visit with the residents. Many times you will encounter
some our GM brothers and sisters and this would brighten their
day and most likely yours too. To quote Maya Angelou…
“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you
made them feel.”
Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday
February 2nd, lunch will be served at 10:30 A.M. and the meeting
starts at Noon.
Reminder: Kitchen help who signed up for February is Rick
Thompson and group, thank you in advance for your help.
Local 211 UAW
Retiree Recording Secretary
To our bereaved members and their families,
we offer our sincere condolences for the loss of their loved
ones. We extend our sincere sympathy to the families of
Larry Fleming – Retired 7/06
Clyde Sergent – Retired 5/88
Willie Patrick – Retired 3/93
Benjamin Carter – Retired 10/90
Gary Armstrong – Retired 4/95
Donald Crampton – Retired 5/90
James Suggs – Retired 3/95
Thomas Mathers – Retired 1/80
Roger Closson – Retired 3/89