2017-03-23 / Letters

UAW retirees have given much to community

To the editor:

In 1967 a group of UAW retirees from six counties consisting of Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, and Wexford formed the Michigan N.W. Lower Peninsula UAW Retiree Workers Council, also known as Chapter 34.

After years of holding monthly meetings at the Masonic Temple in Traverse City, a motion was voted on and approved in the 1980s to purchase property, enabling us to build our own meeting hall. Charter members donated funds to start the project, while balancing the remaining mortgage by holding weekly bingo, wedding receptions, etc.

Dwindling membership eventually led to the sale of the building. Thanks to the efforts of charter members, past and present, we are able to utilize sale proceeds to help the less fortunate in the six counties we serve.

Since 2013 to the present, a total of $54,000 in addition other disaster funds were distributed. As a group we stand united as one caring for our fellow citizens in need, and we hope our efforts inspire others to recognize those in need to help ease their pain.

The UAW Retired Workers, donated $1,000 to Empire’s 2013 storm damage fund, and also $2,000 to the Flint water debacle.

John Sanchez
Past UAW Chairperson
& Food Pantry Co-ordinator
S. Elk Ridge, Elmwood Township

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