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Next 4 Unit meeting dates

Nov. 2, 2016 – VFW
Dec. 7, 2016 – VFW


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Current Officers:

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


Albert Allen
Carl Lawhorn
Bill Hanf


Larry Baker

 4 Unit Logo designed:

Bill Carl


Executive Board


Larry Baker Chaplain, Bill Balthaser V. President, Gary Church President, Bill Hanf Trustee, Albert Allen Trustee, Mike Peery Sgt. at Arms
Committee Chairs


Seated L-R  Cecil Goodrich – FD News,  Gary Siniff – Benefits, Bill Wells – Picnic

Standing John Simkins and Albert Allen – Website.



Presidents Report


It looks like fall is rapidly approaching, warm days and cool nights. The best time of the year for me. I am not so fond of what follows. We had our annual picnic at Fireman’s Park on September 10th. With about 137 members in attendance. Our Chaplin Larry Baker ordered us up the perfect day. Rumor has it he knows the big guy very well and put in a good word for us. Charlie Campbell the picnic chairman did a great job for us. Charlie is not only the chairman but also cooked the food along with Tom Christ, but shopped for the food, picked up the beer, cleaned the shelter house, washed the dishes and whatever else needed to be done. Be sure to thank Charlie and Tom for the great day they planned for us. This was the smoothest picnic that I have been involved with since becoming president. I would also like to thank Bill Balthaser, Dale Miller, Cecil Goodrich and Jim Mcvay for helping to collect money for the food, raffle, roster sales and 50/50 drawing. As for the beer, we did not run out! It was discovered by Charlie Campbell and Bill Balthaser the KEG was half full. Just could not get it out, and let me tell you there is nothing sadder than a bunch of firefighters that knows there is beer around that that they can’t get into.

Dick Callahan brought in a lamp that he made from a section of brass pole from old Station 6. Dick wanted to have a separate auction for the lamp. The proceeds were to go to the 4 Unit news. And at his request it was raffled off and we raised $70.00. What a great idea… Thanks Dick

The 50/50 drawing was won by Steve Clemons he wanted his winnings to go to Firefighters for Kids. Thanks Steve for thinking about the kids.

As always I would also like to thank all of the members that helped with the items for the raffle. People bring items that just show up, so I don’t know who to thank. You know who you are and thank you. Now Forrest Bennet is another story. This gentleman goes out every year and brings back a ton of stuff from local businesses. Somehow he got Kroger’s to donate a whole set of outdoor chairs. As well as gift cards from O’Charlies, PaPa Johns Pizza, Donatos Pizza, Spaghetti Warehouse, and Dairy Queen. All while taking care of his wife, who is in poor health. Forrest you have outdone yourself again. Thank you!

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We have a great organization in 4 Unit but we need to have members step in to learn some of these key positions. As our membership ages we do not know what tomorrow holds. The Executive Board would like to have members knowledgeable in critical positions to ensure the future of 4 Unit. Please get involved. Reach out to the new retirees, tell them about us and what we do. We need to sell ourselves and tell our story.


Gary A. Church.

4 Unit President



Charlie Burkhart and Jerry Mason receive plaques for their service to 4 Unit Retired Firefighters.







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