We welcomed 187 members and guests to our March Retirees’
meeting. Peggie Sponsler came through once again with a
delicious menu of hot chicken sandwiches, Peggie's secret recipe
baked beans, Sherry Fleming’s delicious macaroni salad, and all
our standard sides were enjoyed by all. Thanks to our kitchen
helpers, Pat and Ade Kuhlman, John and Carol Ehlinger, Jerry and
Karen Mangas, and Lois and Jim Eis.
We thanked the Defiance County Public Health Dept.
nurses, Katie Fitzwater and Stacy Lucas, who provide our members
with BP checks at our meetings.
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 noon by Chairman
Ted Fleming. Vice Chairman Orville Clark led us in the Pledge of
Allegiance and we observed a moment of silence for our deceased
President Keith Boecker informed us that local contract
talks are progressing with General Motors.
Dan Perez spoke
to us concerning Power of Attorney. This document names someone
you designate to "take care of your business" in the event you
cannot. It's a powerful document, so this is something you
should contact Dan or Darla in Benefits Office at 419-784-5399,
Wednesday through Friday for the needed assistance with this
matter. Dan counsels, "Members should be absolutely certain of
who you grant POA to and trust them without doubt in regards to
Dan reminded us that EVERY retiree/surviving
spouse/eligible dependent should have the
following insurance cards: Health Insurance Card -- Aetna
1-800-663-0885 or Blue Cross - 1-800-482-2210; Davis Vision Card
1-888-234-5165; Express Scripts Prescription Card
1-866-662-0274. I've included the phone numbers in case you need
a new or replacement card. There is no card needed for Delta
Dental. The retiree's Social Security number is used as the ID.
Medicare card: 1-800-MEDICARE
For anyone wanting to quit smoking, there is help through
your insurance plan. Under Blue Cross, it's the TOBACCO
CESSATION COACHING PROGRAM. Call 1-855-326-5102.
Schuller, Managing Attorney UAW Legal Service, was on hand to
remind us that UAW Legal is taking new cases and their toll free
number is 800-482-7700. Eligible participants are active and
retired UAW-represented employees and their surviving spouses.
The plan offers "office work" benefits which include advice,
document preparation, document review, factual and legal
research and correspondence. No representation will be provided
by the plan in court or in any litigation situation. Elizabeth
will attend our April meeting for follow up questions.
LAKE CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES
We got some
pretty bright sunshine outside today and that might make your
minds drift to summer and camping. As UAW retirees we're
fortunate to have a beautiful camping experience available to us
at "Black Lake". You can park a camper or pitch a tent, kick
back and relax with new limited time pricing for camp sites in
Black Lake's forest and untouched wilderness. Camp sites are
available for $28 per day and pets are allowed for a fee of
$5.00 a day. Open May 6th through late fall. Check in time on
day of arrival is 2:00 p.m. and check out time on day of
departure is 10:00 a.m. If interested, call the Walter & May
Reuther Family Education Center at (989) 733-8521 to make your
reservation. They'll leave the light on for you and just tell
them Ted Fleming sent you!!
Ted reminded us that we must fight to protect our Social
Security and Medicare. We worked for it and it belongs to us.
However, there are several in Washington who would like to slash
our benefits. We collected signatures on petitions to be
delivered to our representatives, listing our concerns. These
signed petitions are a reminder to all our legislators that we
are watching closely.
The membership approved donations to Relay for Life and
It was brought up that our Union brother Robert Dietz, is
in a nursing home at 9766 Old Port Cove, Bristol, Indiana 46507.
He would welcome hearing from his friends at Local 211. Drop him
a line and bring him some cheer. Our fellowship extends beyond
our Union Hall.
The current Local
211 Retired Workers Chapter executive board members 3 year terms
will expire June 1st. Nominations for these positions will be
taken at the April 6th retiree union meeting. Ted stressed,
these positions are a 3 year commitment to our union and require
serious consideration. If elected, your attendance at monthly
meetings is required as well as occasional participation at
other functions such as rallies, marches and protests.
These obligations are always interesting and quite
rewarding. I speak from firsthand experience. I can never begin
to repay the union for the education I've received. As the
Recording Secretary, I attended Black Lake UAW Family Education
I was privileged to attend the Alliance of Retired
Americans meeting in Columbus last year and the speakers were
all inspirational and dedicated to preserving the hard fought
wins of all unions. So come to our April meeting and be ready to
nominate someone or throw your hat in for nomination. These are
not paid positions. And in accordance with Article 38, Sec 6: It
shall be the duty and obligation of all Local Union Officers to
support, advance and carry out all provisions and policies of
the UAW Constitution and this local.
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
Raymond DeLeon – Active Aramark
Patsy Graziani – Retired 8/02