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L-28 apprentice serves as White House guard

L-28 apprentice and Marine guard Justin Hynes stands with his father, Franny, and President Barack Obama.

JUSTIN HYNES, A fourth-generation apprentice with Local 28 (Eastampton, N.J.), is proudly serving with the U.S. Marine Corps as a White House guard, reports Justin’s father, Franny Hynes, who is also a Local 28 member.

Franny says Justin placed his apprenticeship training on hold to serve in the Marines and that “his hard work habits and ‘can do’ attitude learned in the trade contributed to him being hand-picked for this important detail, from a field of hundreds of Marines.”

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Locals  L-28
Reporter  V55N2

L-11 president attends Obama State of Union

L-11 PRESIDENT JASON SMALL, left, accompanies Montana Sen. Steve Daines to the 2016 State of the Union in Washington, D.C.

Jason Small recalls impression of Capitol event

JASON SMALL, PRESIDENT of Local 11 (East Helena, Mont.) enjoyed a bird’s eye view of one of the nation’s top political events when he attended the annual State of the Union (SOTU) at the U.S. Capitol January 13.

Small, who is politically active, especially on matters pertaining to the future of coal and opportunities for Native Americans (he is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation), attended the SOTU as a special guest of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.

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Locals  L-11
Reporter  V55N1

Women in Trades honors L-290 BM-ST Cain

L-290 BM-ST Deanna Cain

Award cites union activism

THE WASHINGTON WOMEN in Trades Association honored Local 290 (Bremerton, Wash.) Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Deanna Cain for union activism at the group’s 9th Annual Dream Big Dinner held Nov. 21 near Seattle. Cain was among six women recognized for their leadership roles.

Cain also serves as secretary-treasurer for the Bremerton Metal Trades, which represents workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She previously served Local 290 as a steward and recording secretary.

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Locals  L-290
Reporter  V55N1

L-83 members receive Code training

Pictured are, front row, left to right: Tony McKinley, Ron Hoopes, Mike Tucker, Mike Hodges, Dennis Matticks, Marty Gravett, Alex Hunter, Robbi Ussery, Nathan Foulks, MOST Instructor Chuck Clancy, and Business Manager Joe Lewandowski. Back row: Jim Vogrin, MOST Instructor Jay Brophy, MOST Instructor Ed Hebert, Cody Maize, Apprenticeship Instructor Tom Burgess, Ed Hunter, President Scott Campbell, Robert Lawson, Dispatcher Bill Chambers, Nebraska and West Iowa Rep Scot Albertson, and Vice President Tom Dye.

THIRTEEN MEMBERS OF Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) along with lodge officers completed Boilermaker Code training Feb. 15. Pictured above are, front row, left to right: Tony McKinley, Ron Hoopes, Mike Tucker, Mike Hodges, Dennis Matticks, Marty Gravett, Alex Hunter, Robbi Ussery and Nathan Fouks.

Locals  L-83

Retired L-169 member finds expression in poetry

Don Rojem, L-169, retired

“I WAS A mean kid,” admits Don Rojem, 86, a Michigan native and retired member of Local 169 (Detroit). “I just wasn’t cut out for school.”

After being twice kicked out for being a rebellious student, Rojem, at age 12, put formal education permanently behind him and began an adventure that ultimately led him to become a Boilermaker, a job he grew to love and would one day write about in a newfound passion for poetry.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V55N1

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-7, L-83, L-502, L-627, L-647
Reporter  V54N4

Other Scholarship winners from 2015

L-83 (KANSAS CITY) SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS are pictured with the lodge's scholarship committee. Front row, l. to r., Taylor Ashley, daughter of Todd Ashley; Miranda Helmich, daughter of Bill Helmich; Bruce Smith, Jr., son of Bruce Smith; Tristin Reed , daughter of Sam Reed; back row, l. to r., Scot Albertson, Business Agent; Joe Lewandowski, BM-ST; John Seward, Shop Representative; Scott Campbell, President/ Business Agent; and Tom Dye, Vice President /Business Agent. Not pictured: Danielle Phipps, daughter of

IEC committee announces local, CFL winners

THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council has announced its selection of scholarship recipients for two local lodges and the Canadian Federation of Labour (CFL).

The committee selected Jason Boutilier, son of Daniel Boutilier, Lodge 73 (St. John, New Brunswick), and Dawn Elizabeth Curran, granddaughter of Edward Curran, Lodge 146 (Edmonton, Alberta), to each receive a $1,000 CFL scholarship award.

Locals  L-13, L-73, L-83, L-105, L-108, L-146
Reporter  V54N3

Former Boilermakers get their due on Gateway Arch Builders’ Day

Former Boilermakers who helped build the Gateway Arch stand with a remnant of the actual stainless steel used in fabricating the monument sections. The men were on hand to celebrate Arch Builders Day in St. Louis Oct. 28.  Left to right, Ken Wright, Donald Chambers, Ike Erdman and Archie Brittain.  Walt Atwood photo

Local 659 members constructed monument sections in Warren, Pa.

A SMALL CONTINGENT of former Boilermakers who helped build sections of the Gateway Arch were on hand at the Missouri History Museum Oct. 28 to commemorate the “topping out” of the national monument in 1965.

Locals  L-659
Reporter  V54N4

L-169 members help build CHP gas plant

Brandon Bittrick, L-169, works on the bottom section of an exhaust stack at the Holland Energy Park.. Photos by Marty Mulcahy, The Building Tradesman

Facility will generate electricity, melt snow

EIGHTEEN MEMBERS OF Local 169 (Detroit) are among the building trade workers constructing a $240 million combined cycle plant in Holland, Mich., a community of 28,000 in the state’s western Lower Peninsula. The new plant, situated on about 26 acres, will replace and double the output of the aging James DeYoung coal-fired facility, which was completed in 1939.

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Locals  L-169
Reporter  V55N1

L-13 retiree hunts big game

Local 13 (Philadelphia) retiree and former lodge president Jim Delsordo, left, with a gemsbok taken in South Africa in 2007.

JIM DELSORDO has followed his passion for big game hunting across North America and as far away as South Africa. The Local 13 (Philadelphia) retiree and former lodge president is pictured with a gemsbok taken in South Africa in 2007. He has also hunted in Newfoundland, Canada (caribou); Wyoming (mule deer and antelope); and North Carolina (whitetail). During other trips to South Africa, he has taken a fallow deer and a kudu.

Locals  L-13

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