United Way of the Plains expanding free book program for preschoolers in all of Sedgwick County Any child under five years old in Sedgwick County is now eligible for a free age-appropriate book once a month. United Way of the Plains has expanded a program to all of Sedgwick County that it previously offered in a few areas of Wichita. Since 2011, United Way has been locally funding the program called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and has distributed over 52,000 books to children. "We want every child to experience the joy of books even if their families cannot afford them," said Patrick J. Hanrahan, president of United Way of the Plains. "We know if children get exposed to reading early, they will learn more quickly and every aspect of their lives will benefit." In addition to Sedgwick County, United Way provides books in Sumner County, Andover and Augusta. Parents can register these ways:
- sign up online at United Way Imagination Library
- call 2-1-1 (United Way's 24-hour information line)
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a national program started by Dolly Parton to inspire children to learn to read. The experiences of thousands of families, as well as research in child development, affirm the benefits of early learning experiences for children. Research shows that activities such as reading regularly with children, beginning in infancy, can produce a significant growth in I.Q., which lasts a child’s lifetime. Anyone interested in helping fund the program can send a donation to: United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202. If by check, make it out to "United Way of the Plains" with "Imagination Library" in the memo line.
Start making plans to play in the 3rd Annual Bob Martinez, Jr. Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting Guide Dogs of America. View the flyer for all the details with all the information you’ll need to either play or be a sponsor for this year’s exciting fundraiser.
To the membership of Local Lodge 733 and Local Lodge 774
The Beechcraft and Cessna Union Negotiating teams are currently meeting to compare both contracts.
We would like to stress that we are not in contract negotiations at this time with the company.
We are taking the livelihood and security of all our members and their families very seriously, in an effort to secure all of our futures.
We will continue to communicate to you any updates or changes that may arise in the future.
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District 70 held it's 2nd annual Bowling Tournament Benefiting Guide Dogs of America at North Rock Lanes on June 21st, 2014.
Everyone had a good time bowling, winning prizes and eating while raising money for Guide Dogs.
View a Slide Show taken during the tournament.
Secretary-Treasurers from AFL-CIO-affiliated unions across the nation received a front row seat to the IAM’s premiere showing of “Pensions 101: Surviving Bankruptcy,” an introductory video to a new program the IAM is building to teach unions and union representatives how to better protect their members at companies facing corporate bankruptcy.
One of the people interviewed for this video is Kelly Cleaton a plant chair for Local Lodge 733 at Beechcraft.
District 70 Communicator Larry Wilson, second from right, won the Robert J. Kalaski Award for his dedicated service as a communicator at both the local and district levels. From left, Southern Territory GVP Mark Blondin, General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., International President Tom Buffenbarger, Wilson, and Southern Territory Communications Representative Bob Wood.
IAM District 70 Communicator/Local 733 Communicator and Recording Secretary Larry Wilson received the 2014 Robert J. Kalaski Special Performance Award for his “distinguished and effective communication efforts promoting the mission of the labor movement.”
Larry Wilson also won several other awards at the 2014 Communicators Conference.
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View the video that was produced by the communications department from the International during this year'scommunicators conference.
MAPP, or rather the Machinist Advantage Partnership Program, is charting a new course in Kansas. The brainchild of District 70 in Wichita, this discount program is making big strides to save money for the nearly 13,000 machinists that call this community home.
DISTRICT LODGE #70
I bet many of you didn’t know that we have a Retirees group that meets at District 70! Well, we do! This is a club that has been in existence for many years. We get together once a month, eat some great food that has been brought by our members and then have our meeting where we do our monthly business. But, one of the best parts is meeting new people and even running into some old friends.
This is a group where you can get involved, stay informed on topics that are important to retirees and have fun in the process. The officers of the club are elected annually, so there is a great opportunity to be a leader as well!
Choosing a Union Hotel Just Got a Whole Lot Easier
UNITE HERE’s brand-new Union Hotels Guide app makes it a snap to find and book a union hotel around metro DC or anywhere in the country. Just download the free app to your iPhone or iPad, search for the city you’ll be visiting and click on the green pins for union hotels while the red pins show which hotels are being boycotted. You can also search for hotels by name to find out if they’re union. The app includes hotel addresses and phone numbers, so you can easily call in your reservation. “Best of all,” says UNITE HERE, “you know you're travelling ethically and directing your dollars to responsible hotels that provide good jobs and top-notch service.”