rain didn’t deter the 175 members and guests who braved the
weather to attend our May retiree meeting; always great fun to
visit and lunch with all. Ted arranged to have his “guys”
fire up the Bar-B-Q and grill the brats, sausage, and hot
dogs. Sherry Fleming made great pots of beans, and our
kitchen help, Harold and Ruth Williams, Bill and Nylice Thomas,
and Bob Brown, served up a great lunch. None of this would
be possible without the joint efforts of our members.
Chairman Ted Fleming called our meeting to order at 12:00
noon and held a roll call of officers and all were present.
Orville Clark led us in the pledge of Allegiance and Dick
Wyse offered an invocation. A moment of silence was
observed for our deceased members.
We received Thank You cards from Darla Rickenberg for the
gift our membership sent on the passing of her mother.
Peggie Sponsler thanked us for the parting gift presented to her
at last month’s meeting in recognition of her 16 years of
dedicated service to the UAW Retirees Board.
President Keith Boecker mentioned that extensive repairs
are being made to the plant’s roof, so that’s a good sign that
our plant has a future
Darla Rickenberg spoke concerning new mobile apps for
smart phones where, with Blue Cross, one has access to multiple
functions relating to deductibles, search for covered services,
check claim status, view EOB’s etc.
With the Express Scripts app, members have instant access
to claims, history, refills, renewals, and can manage meds., and
locate a pharmacy. The Trust is focusing on colon cancer
prevention. Retiree benefits allow 1 screening colonoscopy
or flexible sigmoidoscopy or barium enema ONCE every 10 years
for members 50 yrs or older. In order to be covered by
insurance, a participating/in network provider MUST be used for
screening colonoscopies and time limits apply (once every 10
yrs. As noted). Members should always ask questions to Benefits
before having procedures done.
On a lighter note, Darla gave us some fun facts on UAW-GM
Retirees: The oldest retiree is 106 yrs. old as of May
4th, 2017, and the second oldest will be 106 yrs. old as of
today, May 5th, 2017. The oldest surviving spouse is 110
on June 27th, 2017, and the second oldest surviving spouse will
be 109 on May 16, 2017. There are 15,462 retirees that are
90 yrs. old or older. Finally, the last statistic
mentioned was the majority of UAW-GM retirees live in Michigan,
Ohio, Indiana, and Florida (in that order).
Ted mentioned he has 4 billets open for members to enjoy
a week at Black Lake, the Walter and May Reuther Family
Education Center, Onaway, Michigan. The dates are July 16th till
the 21st, 2017. If you’d be interested in enjoying a week
at Black Lake, let Ted know. It’s a beautiful place and
quite a privilege as a UAW member to be able to avail yourself
of this amenity.
The Richard T. Gosser 14th annual Golf Classic will be
held July 30th at the Thunderbird Hills Golf Course in Huron,
OH. This golf outing is instrumental in providing college
tuition assistance. Applications are now being accepted
from 2017 graduates.
Nominations were accepted for Peggie Sponsler’s position
of Sergeant-at-arms. Accepting their nominations were Bob
Breckler and Ivan Burgei. No one has chosen to nominate
for Recording Secretary; if anyone is interested in nominating
someone or themselves, we’d welcome you. It’s a very
rewarding position and I’d be more than happy to assist anyone
wanting to do this.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 1st., 2017.
Lunch served at 10:30 and meeting beings at 12:00 noon. As
a reminder, kitchen volunteers are Ray Burzyck, Dick and Shirley
Carr, and Keith Winnie.
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
Robert Dietz – Retired 1/2000
Dale Kiblin - Retired 8/1986
Howard Smith - Retired 2/1989
Dan Degler - Retired 3/1988
Bessie Smith - Retired 5/1980
Robert Houston - Retired 4/1997