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Next 4 Unit meeting dates
May 3, 2017 – Local 67
Jun. 7, 2017 – VFW
Jul. 5, 2017 – VFW
Aug. 2, 2017 – VFW
Sep. 9, 2017 – 4 Unit Picnic
Oct. 4, 2017 – VFW
Nov. 1, 2017 – VFW
Dec. 6, 2017 – VFW
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President: Gary Church
Vice President: William Balthaser
Secy/Treasurer: Jerry Mason(*WE NEED HELP FOR THIS POSITION)
Recording Secy: Darylee Foertsch
Sgt. At Arms: Mike Peery
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Seated L-R Cecil Goodrich – FD News, Gary Siniff – Benefits, Bill Wells – PicnicStanding John Simkins and Albert Allen – Website.
I hope that everyone is as ready for spring as I am. At our March meeting we conducted our annual audit. Jerry Mason was in town so we felt the time was right to have the trustees get it out of the way for the year. Our books are in order due to our treasurer’s attention to detail.
Larry Baker and I attended the first Firefighters Retirement Fair sponsored by CME Credit Union and Local 67. The fair was held at Station 67 and was held over three days. We had the chance to talk to about 50 Columbus Firefighters, all were about 1 to 2 years away from retirement. CME had some financial planners as well as a few from outside along with some insurance companies. We had 4 Unit information to hand out and answered questions about our experiences with retirement. This was the first time that this was tried and we both feel it was a success. CME told us that they are planning to hold another fair for the other Fire Departments that are part of our 4 Unit family.
Firefighter Mark Rine was back at our March meeting to answer any questions about the new Cancer bill that he helped to get passed in the Legislature. This bill is a huge step for both the retirees and the active firefighters. This will cover retirees who are less than 70 years old, and that have not been retired more than 20 years. Mark has offered to help any of our members with any questions or concerns about this new bill. Many thanks to Mark for getting this much needed health care concern the attention it needed.
I am sad to report that Gary Siniff has ask to be replaced as our Benefits person. Gary has some health concerns which are starting to become a bit too much to deal with. I have called an Executive Board meeting to start the process to try to find a replacement for Gary. Gary’s knowledge our benefits and the contact people he has amassed thru the years of being involved with 4 Unit cannot be duplicated. Please keep Gary and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Now 4 Unit is coming to a place where we have some hard issues to deal with. As our membership is growing older we are not getting many new retirees involved in this organization, let alone becoming active members (Officers). Bill Balthaser and I have had some discussion as to how to peak some more interest with younger retirees. Our motto is “Continuing to Serve”. Who do we serve? I think we serve ourselves, the widows of our fellow firefighters and the very people we are trying to get involved in 4 Unit. We are fighting to keep it together for the active members. I am asking the active Firefighters (close to retirement) who may be reading this newsletter to think about becoming a member. We are going to need someone to pick up the reigns get involved and make sure this organization does not fade away.
Lastly we have been invited back to Station 67 for our meeting on May 3, 2017. This by far is our largest meeting. Details will become available as plans are being made. Please plan on attending.
Gary A. Church.
Charlie Burkhart and Jerry Mason receive plaques for their service to 4 Unit Retired Firefighters.