2013 Red & Gold Retiree Banquet By: Rodney Anderson Branch 9 Director of Retirees
This has been is a very busy Spring for Branch 9, with the MDA Bowla- thon, the Food Drive, and of course the normal day to day activities like grievances, arbitrations and so forth. But on Sunday, May 5, Branch 9 took the day to honor our retirees at the Annual Red & Gold Retiree Banquet. About 160 people showed up, and a great time was had by all. After a wonderful social hour of catching up with old friends and making new ones, we sat down to a terrific buffet. Then we launched into the program. Mike and Darrell thanked the retirees for their service as letter carriers and for their continued support to the Branch.
We then honored our 50 and 60 year members. Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, only three of our honorees were able to attend. But we cheered the reputable Richard Graves for his 50 years of membership in the Branch and presented his gold card and 50 year pin to him, as we did for my old friend from Fridley, Vern Schwarz. The only 60 year member attending received his ruby pin and was likewise one of my earliest friends during my own career, Tom “Ringo” Ryan. There were others very deservedly honored.
Our very own Pam Donato returned from Washington to honor and make a dedication in memory of my predecessor, the immortal Cheryl Stately. Many of you know that Cheryl lived in the Branch owned apartments above the office. These apartments did not have a name so in memory of Cheryl we invited her family to the banquet and commissioned a sign, naming the apartments the “Stately Estates”. A plaque, along with Cheryl’s picture, will be posted at the front entrance of the apartments.
There were many terrific candidates for this year’s Retiree of the Year Award. We have so many retirees that are constantly stepping up and helping out. For the 2013 Retiree of the Year, we chose Lenny Larson, our President Emeritus. Lenny continues to immerse himself in Branch activities, going to conferences, serving as the President of Pal 9, attending meetings, and sharing his wisdom with us in so may ways. Many are deserving of this award, but this year Lenny led the charge. Congratulations, Lenny, and thank you.
The festivities wound down with a short, but uplifting speech by George Mignosi, National Vice President and a member of Branch 41 in Brooklyn, NY. Once again, this was a very successful event and a lot of fun, sharing old letter carrier stories, often liquid-fueled tales of the days of yore that get better with each retelling.
This event wouldn’t have been possible, however, without the incredible group of volunteers who handled all the details, from set-up to transportation, from valet parking to flowers and registration. Our thanks, and my deepest personal gratitude, to you all. Rodney
On December 5, many of Branch Nine’s retirees gathered with their spouses, friends, and some of the Branch officials for the annual Retirees’ holiday party, at the Babcock VFW Post in Richfield. This annual tradition is eagerly anticipated by many of us -- good food, terrific company, and a good time to share fellowship and general camaraderie. Santa had even stopped by.
Each guest was greeted by a welcoming committee, and treated to a hot-off-the-presses NALC 2013 Retirees’ calendar, and a special Branch Nine Christmas tree ornament crafted by one of Santa’s elves --- who bears a suspicious resemblance to our intrepid and indispensable Branch Nine secretary, Angie!
We hope that it was the beginning of a joyous holiday season for the retirees, and all of you! See you there next year!
Joining Branch 9 in Retirement At this writing (late November), I just got done calling the Main Office retirees to tell them about the Main Office Christmas/Retirement party. Our Branch Secretary, Angie, updated my list of telephone numbers of retirees who had worked at the Main Office.
However, to my appalled surprise, I am finding a disturbing new trend: a couple of letter carriers who were faithful brothers during their career have dropped their membership with the NALC in retirement. The number isn’t large; in fact, it’s very small. But I’m astonished that it exists at all. Sisters and brothers, continuing in the NALC after retirement isn’t a burden --- it’s practically all gravy, like so many parts of retirement.
If anything, the great benefits of membership in Branch 9 magnify in retirement. The Branch sponsors the monthly retirement breakfasts, a terrific opportunity to exchange information and camaraderie. Twice per year are big branch-wide dinners, one before Christmas and one in the spring. And the Red-Gold Dinner (the one in the Spring) is FREE if you just show up. Great food, great companionship. Besides, I continue to bang the drum of the responsibilities we retirees bear for our working brothers and sisters. Not only do we continue to participate fully in the MDA and Food Drive charities for which our Branch is famous; but recently with the idiotic WOO program wiping out spare time of active carriers, we retirees find ourselves bearing the increasing burden of things like the bag stuffing for the National Convention, or working our Branch 9 booth at the state fair.
But it’s a light burden compared to the advantages. We find ourselves welcomed at all Branch social events and helping out in every respect. We are still eligible for all of the terrific advantages of NALC membership (like the wonderful NALC Health Plan); and all this for less than $5 per month. Sisters and Brothers, I preach to all my active friends to get out of the Big Blue Lunatic Asylum as soon as you can. Retirement is a wonderful time of your life, something we all look forward to. Just be sure you continue your NALC membership to derive even more of its many benefits.
Rotten Rodney Anderson
Retirement Breakfasts One of the great pleasures of taking over this assignment is all the new friends I am making, under the best of circumstances. At this writing, I have been to an AFL-CIO Regional Labor Federation event, and I’m looking forward to attending the Minnesota State Retiree Council. Furthermore, our Branch leaders have taken pains to acquaint me not only with issues and opportunities for Retirees, but many of the people involved as well.
One which we can all enjoy is the Branch Retirement Breakfasts. These are open to Branch 9 retirees, obviously. But in my experience they bring friends (even grandchildren!), Branch officers, and occasionally even some active carriers (who are off) will show up. All these are welcome. The breakfasts are generally agendafree, other than the impromptu shenanigans we can dream up. But it’s an opportunity to renew acquaintances, and keep up with old friends. Conversation is usually light, occasionally serious and information can be exchanged.
The “Northside” breakfasts are held on the first Tuesday of each month at Elsie’s (729 Marshall St NE) at 9:30AM. The “Southside” breakfasts are on the second Tuesday of the month at the Fred Babcock VFW (6715 Lakeshore Drive in Richfield) at 9:00AM. The Nokomis Station even has its own breakfast, also at the Fred Babcock VFW at 9:00AM on the 4th Tuesday of the month. I urge you to try a local Retirement Breakfast, especially if you are retired.
I think you will find an opportunity for general bonhommie and a good breakfast at a very reasonable rate. I don’t think you will be disappointed, and perhaps you will make them a good habit!
Branch 9 Retiree Gold Tournament at Shamrock Golf Gourse
The Retiree Golf Tournament was held on August 16th and we had 27 people in attendance. I hope that everyone had a good time, I know I did. I’d like to give a special thanks to Dan Molitor for setting everything up and taking charge. Also thanks to Julie Waldemar for taking pictures and all of the help she gave me. See you all again next year! Cheryl Stately
2011 Honored Guests
Red and Gold Retiree
60 Year Members
Robert Andersen, Leonard Bergstrom, Robert Nelson, Frank Newman & Robert Solberg
50 Year Members
Richard Anderson, Larry Blesi, Larry Dahlberg, Lindahl Gleason, Herbert Halverson, Adrian Hames, Lee Holsman, Anthony Kruse, Arthur Kujawa, Robert Logelin, Robert Masuda, Glenn Paulson, Francis Rice, Russell Swanson & David Thompson
Attention retired members: The "Making Work Pay" tax credit expired Dec. 31. The credit was originally included as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (President Obama's economic stimulus package). As a result, many retirees could see higher federal tax withholding amounts this year, although due to an IRS delay, any adjustment of withholding levels did not actually take place until Feb. 1. Click here to read an explanation of the tax credit, and click here to read a PDF explaining the change. Federal Times
Director of Retirees
January Northside Retirees breakfast on Thursday, January 3 at Elsie's.
60 YEAR RETIREES (JOINED IN 1948)
Walter Couillard, Walter Czerepak,
Aldo Della Rocca, Herbert Franzen,
George Gustafson, Robert Hendricks,
William Kirkwood, Russell Magnuson,
Virgil Magnuson, John McKibbin,
Elton Miller, Harold O Dell,
Albert Olson, Roger Ritter,
William Shimp, Nick Sinigaglio,
James Smith, Raymond Spernick,
Joseph Stimart, Vernon Swenson,
Lloyd Toll, Richard Utterberg
50 YEAR RETIREES (JOINED IN 1958)
Bruce Allen, Richard Ammend,
Adrian Anderson, Griffith Arnold,
Donald Beyl, Richard Burgin,
Darrell Dahlin, Gerald Eliason,
Gordon Froseth, Donald Granger,
Robert Harris, Albert Harvath,
William Holman, Robert Hooper,