BUSINESS MANAGER BOB WARD
THANK YOU BROTHER ED HILL FOR YOUR LIFETIME OF IBEW SERVICE! – It is with heavy hearts we report the passing of former International President Edwin D. Hill. He was a true Trade Unionist and Visionary. Brother Hill’s IBEW journey is outlined in the January 2019 edition of The Electrical Worker. Brother Hill’s funeral will be held in April in Washington DC right before the IBEW Construction & Maintenance Conference. Donations on Brother Hill’s behalf can be made to a charity that was very dear to his heart the “Electrical Workers Without Borders North America”. For more information on this not-for-profit organization visit their website at www.ewbna.org. Rest in Peace Brother Hill. Note: (If you’re not receiving the Electrical Worker every month, please contact secretary Justine Villasenor @ the Hall.)
END OF YEAR DUES STATEMENTS
The year end statements for basic and working dues have been emailed out to all members who paid dues in 2018. If you did not receive it, call the Hall or log on to the website and go to View Member Docs. You can download the tax statement from there.
MONTHLY BASIC DUES INCREASE – ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS
There are still quite a few members who are not mailing in the correct amount for payment of basic monthly dues. Please note: We cannot issue a current dues receipt unless full dues are received. If you are mailing in your checks or having your bank send in automated checks, they must be for the correct amount in order to be posted!
Also, we want to encourage every dues paying member to take advantage of the on-line dues payments at the secure member’s site on www.ibewlocal340.org. It is available 24-7 and is really the easiest way to get your dues paid! Thank you.
IBEW Local 340 Harry R. Bain Scholarship Award – Dependents – DEADLINE IS 3/15/19
IBEW Local 340 is once again going to award two college scholarships in 2019 ($1,000.00 and $500.00). These scholarships are available to sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughters or legal dependents of members of Local 340. The General Rules and Instructions, as well as the application, can be picked up from the Sacramento Business Office or the Redding Office. You can also call either of these offices to request they be mailed to you. Please note: the completed application must be received in the Sacramento Business Office by March 15, 2019 to be considered.
IBEW Founders Scholarship – For IBEW Members only
The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and linemen who organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on November 28, 1981. Each year the officers of the IBEW are pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the electrical industry that our founders envisioned. The award is for $200 per semester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an associate’s, bachelors or postgraduate degree in an approved field. The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight years.
Any member interested in applying for the IBEW Founders Scholarship can do so by going on-line at www.ibew.org. Click on “Resources and Links” at the top, scroll down to the box labeled “Founders Scholarship”. You will receive information on this scholarship as well as be able to download the application. These applications can also be picked up at the Business Office. This scholarship is for any member who has been in continuous good standing and paid dues (without an Honorary Withdrawal for the four years prior to May 1, 2019). This is not a scholarship for your dependents. All applications and required information must be mailed directly to the IBEW in Washington, DC postmarked May 1, 2019.
10th ANNUAL 340 SOFTBALL TEAM CRAB FEED – The 10th annual 340 Softball Team Crab Feed was held at the Hall on February 9th and it was, as it has been for the last 10 years, a huge success! Close to 300 attendees. There were many, many raffle prize winners this year. Local 340 Office Manager Reyna Kwong’s brother, Richie Jimenez, walked away with the grand prize of a 65” flat screen TV donated by our LMCC. You might remember Richie. He is the guy who makes balloon animals for the kids at our picnic every year.
The Local 340 Softball Team thanks everyone who donated a prize or a food item, the volunteers who worked tirelessly and all of those who supported and attended this event. I had a great time and hope to see you all next year!
SPORTSMANS CLUB NEWS:
DOG TRAINING/SHOOTING HOLES IN THE SKY – This annual event will be held at 8:00 AM on Sunday February 24th at Yankee Slough Hunt Club, 3805 Highway 65 in Lincoln. This is a safe, fun event open to all active and retired members and their children who are interested in hunting and the training of hunting dogs. Cost is $112.50 per shooter for 5 birds and kids shoot free. Meet at the parking lot of Yankee Slough at 8AM. For more information, contact Brother Zack Collins at email@example.com.
IBEW 340 DAY IN THE BAY – The Annual Local 340 Fishing Trip (Halibut & Striper) is scheduled for Saturday May 25th. The boats will leave from the Berkeley Marina @ 6:00 AM. The cost is $120.00 each. Note: there won’t be any shirts for this year’s event. Two boats are reserved to accommodate the many members who look forward to this fishing trip every year: “The California Dawn” (contact Jason Green @ (916)716-6845) and “The Pacific Dream” (contact Jason Prasad 916-801-6221)
LOCAL 340 IS MARCHING IN THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – OLD SACRAMENTO – SAT. 03/16/19
Local 340 members and families will once again participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 16th in Old Sacramento. It’s not a long parade route (just a few blocks in Old Sacramento) but it is a great opportunity for the Local Union to get a whole lot of positive exposure in the Sacramento community. We will have our banner and march with our decorated golf card. All Local 340 marchers will be handing out gold pencils and very popular specially-designed thundersticks to the crowd that read “IBEW Local 340 – Irish for a Day – Union for Life”. We will meet at the Old Schoolhouse yard in front of Joe’s Crab Shack in Old Sacramento between 11:00 and 11:30 AM. The parade starts at 1:00 PM. Remember, this is open to all IBEW members and families so wear your green & we’ll see you there! For more information, contact Justine at the Hall 916-927-4239 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brother Ray Hughes is a Grandpa for the first time. Mila Marie was born two days after Christmas. Brother Hughes went to work in Las Vegas last year to be closer to his kids. He reports he misses everyone here at Local 340 but is sure enjoying babysitting his “little peanut”.
I am also very happy and relieved to report that my wife Miranda and I welcomed our son, Remington Jett, to the world on Monday February 18th. (Presidents Day). He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 21.25 inches long. We are all doing great and I am looking forward to raising this little IBEW baby boy!
GET WELL BROTHERS!
Brother Brian Folena was in the hospital last month due to a motorcycle accident while working in the Bay Area. After about a week of hospitalization, he was released to recuperate at home. Brother Folena may be looking at future lung surgery as a result of this accident.
Systems Installer Brother Brandon Gollaher was hit by a drunk driver approximately 7 months ago while at a concert. He is now out of the hospital and going thru physical therapy for his injuries. He is hoping to return to work in the next few months.
REST IN PEACE:
We lost two Retired members last month, Brother Richard Hall (62 year member/88 years of age) and Brother Robert Watkins (62 year member / 86 years of age).
Brother Herman Pede was recently in Sacramento (from Montana) to attend a memorial service for his mother, Barbara Fair.
Also, we just learned Brother Brian Bailey’s wife Margarette (at the very young age of 56) passed away after a courageous hard-fought battle with Crohn’s disease.
Long-time Local 340 Trust Attorney Mark Lipton passed away in late December while on his honeymoon in Paris. Mark was instrumental in developing a lot of the SAEW Trust Laws that are still in effect here at Local 340 and also aided many of our members with their pensions during his career. Although he was semi-retired, Mark was always at the other end of the phone when I needed something. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the above members and individuals and their families.
SACRAMENTO MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS – 1st Wednesdays @ 6PM – 10240 Systems Parkway, Sacramento 95827
REDDING UNIT MEETING – 1st Wednesdays – Redding Union Hall @ 5:30 for Northern Area business and then join in the Sacramento meeting @ 6PM via webinar
SOUND & COMMUNICATIONS UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 4TH Tuesdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall – NEXT QUARTERLY S&C MEETING Tuesday April 23rd @ 5:00 PM – Note: Seven (7) members needed to have a quorum.
CIVIL SERVICE UNIT MEETING – Quarterly on the 3RD Thursdays of January, April, July & October at the Hall. NEXT QUARTERLY CIVIL SERVICE MEETING Thursday April 18th @ 5:00PM – Note: Five (5) members needed to have a quorum.