We had 185
retirees at our June meeting. Susie’s Catering from Bryan served
us grilled hamburgers and potato salad which was enjoyed by all.
Orville Clark led us in the pledge of Allegiance. A
moment of silence was observed for our deceased members.
Keith Boecker, President reported that there are two new
retirees from our GM plant in June. He congratulated them and
wished them a very happy and healthy retirement. Keith informed
us that our Secretary, Lisa Beardsley will be receiving an award
for her years of service and volunteering to the American Cancer
Society, Defiance Relay for Life. Lisa as of last year surpassed
$100,000 for this charity. She held the Local 211, UAW team
event “Rockin' for a Cure” and raised over $6,000.
Darla Rickenberg, Local 211 UAW Benefit Representative
reminded us to check our mail for information labeled Medical
Benefits (Trust). She emphasized to make sure we keep an eye out
for this important information and to make sure we all read it.
The Trust will begin mailings in late June. Retirees should
update RHCC with address changes call 1-866-637-7555. As a
reminder to retirees who marry or re-marry and wish to have
surviving spouse coverage contact must be made. Check with
benefits for notification deadline to elect this coverage.
Ted Fleming organized a rally along with the UAW CAP
council in downtown Defiance in front of Bob Latta’s office to
show our disappointment in the Trump/Pence Healthcare Bill.
Latta is not holding a town meeting so we took our voices to his
office. It appears also that he is not supporting Medicare or
Social Security. 76.6% of our UAW retirees are on Medicare so
please call Senator Rod Portman and voice your concerns and ask
him to vote no on this terrible bill; 866-834- 6910. We had 62
people join us, most of which were UAW retirees.
Ted also informed us that we have four couples who will
be attending Black Lake Family Education center in Michigan in
Our July meeting is cancelled which makes our next
meeting on Thursday August 3rd.
Kitchen help for August is Dennis Stark and John Briones. We
could use a few more helpers so please volunteer. Lunch will be
served at 10:30 and the meeting begins at 12:00 NOON.
Enjoy your 4th of July Holiday and we hope to see you all in
Local 211 UAW
Retiree Recording Secretary