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Local Lodge 647

Ramsey, Minnesota

Website: http://www.boilermakerslocal647.com/

Phone: (763) 712-9930

LEAP honors CAF, LEF contributors

Northeast Section IVP D. David Haggerty, center, presents L-154 delegates with a Capitol Dome Award for achieving the highest CAF donations by a local. Left to right, delegates Tom McKittrick, Paul Price, IVP Haggerty, Ray Doria, and D-PA Bridget Martin.

Funds support pro-worker candidates, member education

TOP DONORS TO CAF and LEF in 2013 received recognition during the 46th annual Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) conference in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 1. The awards went to vice presidential sections, individual lodges and individual members.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V53N2

Locals award service pins

HANS HOOGENDOORN, right, receives a watch commemorating his 55-years of membership in Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.) from BM-ST Mark Sloan. Chartered in 1983, L-549 is a shop, ship building, and metal working lodge.

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 45 YEARS — James G. Hagan, Robert F. Schwartz.

Local 40 • Elizabethtown, Ky.

MICHAEL AUTRY, BM-ST of Local 40, Elizabethtown, Ky., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Reporter  V53N1

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 40 YEARS — Thomas E. Hartley;
  • 35 YEARS — Christopher A. Pranger;
  • 30 YEARS — Steven A. Lambert; and
  • 25 YEARS — John C. Nolan.

Local 60 • Morton, Ill.

GARY LUSK, BM-ST of Local 60, Morton, Ill., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-60, L-83, L-193, L-647, L-696, L-1510
Reporter  V52N4

Retiree uses Boilermaker skills for community projects

Melvin Wappula takes a seat on the stage he designed and helped build for his home town.

L-647’s Wappula builds motorized picnic table, stage

WHEN MELVIN WAPPULA retired as a member of Local 647, Minneapolis, his boilermaker skills definitely did not end! He combined his physical skills with his creativity to liven up the streets of his home town, Middle River, Minn.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-647
Reporter  V53N1

Area competitions test graduate apprentices

Great Lakes Area Competition

Events determine finalists for national title

THE U.S. NATIONAL Apprenticeship Competition marks the highest level of skills and knowledge testing for Boilermaker graduate apprentices. But before the finale, contestants are selected at the local lodge level to compete in their geographic areas.

In 2013, 37 graduate apprentices reached their area competitions, from which eight were selected by judges to enter the nationals.


Locals award service pins

Two members of Local 587 (Spring, Texas) received pins during a ceremony at the lodge recently. Bobby Baggett Sr., left, was presented with his 50-year pin, and L-587 President Melvin Green, at far right, received his 60-year pin. Taking part in the ceremony are, second from left, Lone Star District BM-ST Clay Herford; third from left, District Rep Mack Wilburn; and retired L-587 BM-ST B.E. Herford.

Local 1 • Chicago

John Skermont, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 45 YEARS — James P. McIntyre;
  • 40 YEARS — William J. Holmes, John D. Mooney;
  • 30 YEARS — Dennis G. Bjorgo; and
  • 25 YEARS — Michael Lewandowski.

Local 60 • Morton, Ill.

Gary Lusk, BM-ST of Local 60, Morton, Ill., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-60, L-83, L-374, L-502, L-587, L-647
Reporter  V52N3

L-647 raises $12,000 for cancer center

Left to right, front row: Patti Olander, wife of member Arlyn Olander; Billie Jo Sailer, wife of member Troy Sailer; Audra Beckler, sister of member Arlyn Olander; and Sarah Klein, BCCF. Back row: Bob McKay; Chad Bergstad, golf committee chairman; Assistant Business Manager Wendlin Piatz; Tara Schilke, BCCF; Deb Colton, BCCF; Boe Gilbert; and Dana Seil.

BOILERMAKERS FROM Local 647 in Mandan, N.D., present a $12,000 check to the Bismarck, N.D., Cancer Center Foundation (BCCF) July 27. The donation came after the local completed its second annual charity golf scramble for the foundation. The event, which was open to the public, drew 72 golfers and 29 business sponsors.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-647

MOST holds project management training

Project management training, July 14-19, Kansas City, Mo.

Week-long class held in Kansas City

TWENTY MEMBERS REPRESENTING 12 Boilermaker lodges met in Kansas City, Mo., July 14-19 to attend a project management training class sponsored by MOST, the Boilermakers’ Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training Fund.

The class was established by MOST, the Boilermakers International union, and the National Tripartite Committee to teach Boilermakers how to manage projects in a business-like manner, make decisions that positively impact project goals, and provide an overall benefit to the owner, contractor, and union.


2013 Boilermakers Congressional Reception

AFTER SEVERAL DAYS of conference sessions and visits to the Hill lobbying for Boilermaker priorities, delegates enjoyed an opportunity May 7th to mingle with members of Congress...

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V52N2

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

John Skermont, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 35 YEARS — Timothy Craddock, Robert M. Kosola, James Shue; and
  • 30 YEARS — John M. Riordan.

Local 433 • Tampa, Fla.

James Barnes Jr., BM-ST of Local 433, Tampa, Fla., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-433, L-454, L-502, L-647, L-667
Reporter  V51N4

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