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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

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-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

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

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

Locals  L-1, L-60, L-83, L-647
Reporter  V54N3

L-D366 retirees cement relationships

L-D366 retirees attending the April 9, 2013 meeting included Marcel Aubin, Gerard Bastien, Maurice Berube, Egon Burke, Antonio Cabral, Antonio Carnevale, Gerry Colarusso, Frank Folcarelli, Nick Folcarelli, Emile Gilbert, Jose Goulart, Bob Halas, Les Illes, Giuseppe Iosue, Donald Ladouceur, Rosair e Lavoie, Danny Lenarduzzi, Verner Lessard, David Middleton, Ben Minino, Jimmy Pece, Pierre Pommainville, Nick Romeo, Raffaele Rummo, Drago Sabljak, Fausto Sciarra, Frank Skorija, Kiro Stojanoski, Attilio Ventresca

WHAT STARTED OUT as a loose network of retired Local D366 (Mississauga, Ontario) members that stayed in touch with one another has grown into something more, says Pierre Pommainville, who retired in 2009 from the Mississauga Cement Plant after 35 years. Pommainville organized a get-together for coffee back in 2010, and was pleased to see 15 retirees show up. That first event went so well that the group has more than doubled in size. Retirees from the Ogden Point Quarry are also part of the group.

Locals  L-D366
Reporter  V52N2

L-191 retirees receive 60-year pins

RETIRED MEMBERS OF Local 191, Victoria, British Columbia, received pins acknowledging their 60th year of membership with the union during ceremonies recently. Group photo, left to right, Local 191 BM-ST Jim Fitzpatrick and retirees Roy Gallop, Wes Morhart, Stan Betts, Darrell Walker, and Ernie Smith. In accompanying photo are 93-year-old Howie East, left, and Fitzpatrick. Not pictured are 60-year members Corky Bryant and Art Holland.

Locals  L-191

Boilermaker retiree and friend build soldier’s statue

 L-237 retiree Rudy Diaz, right, and partner Danny Pardo stand before the statue they created for display in Cape Coral, Fla.

L-237’s Diaz pays tribute to U.S. military

THE SACRIFICES MADE by U.S. soldiers are not lost on Rudy Diaz, a retired member from Local 237 (Hartford, Conn.) now living in Cape Coral, Fla. A few years back, Diaz was inspired to honor those serving in the armed forces by designing and building a bronze statue.

Diaz’s concept would include an Iraq war-era American soldier and an Iraqi boy standing and saluting the American flag. The boy’s salute would symbolize his appreciation for the courage and service of the soldiers who fought to free his country from tyranny.

Locals  L-237

Retired Boilermaker attends convention for the love of it

HANS HOOGENDOORN, a retired member of Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.), has not lost his passion for the Boilermakers union.

Locals  L-549
Reporter  V50N3

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