White House honors Machinists for service

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and eight of its individual members have been honored by the White House for outstanding community service in 2010.

The union was awarded a gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Award for the community service work done by members of its Machinists Volunteer Program.

As a group, 684 volunteers from District 751 took part in 144 different MVP-sponsored community service projects in 2010, giving a total of 6,197.5 hours of their time to projects that ranged from food drives and holiday bell ringing for the Salvation Army, to building 10 wheelchair ramps for home-bound people around Puget Sound.

Eight of those volunteers were honored for outstanding individual contributions, including Rob Curran of Eatonville, who donated 268.5 hours of his time last year to public service, thus earning an individual silver-level Presidential Service Award.

Seven more Machinists received bronze-level awards for donating more than 100 hours to service projects. They were George Braun of SeaTac, Robley Evans of Kent, Clark Fromong of Enumclaw, Tom Lindberg of Buckley, Chris Louie of Edmonds, Vennie Murphy of Puyallup and Terri Myette of Edgewood.

In recognition of their contributions, the individual Machinists received silver or bronze pins, a certificate and a letter signed by President Obama thanking them for “the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”

“Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation,” the President wrote.

The awards were announced March 8 during a meeting of the union’s district governing council. The individual award winners also will be honored on April 2 during the union’s annual MVP banquet, which honors members of the Machinists Volunteer Program for their community service.

“Our union has two goals,” said Tom Wroblewski, the Machinists’ district president. “We want to make the places we work better, and we want to improve the communities where we live. The outstanding work done by our union MVPs is making a difference, and making our corner of America a better place.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, Machinists District 751 now represents more than 26,500 working men and women at 44 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.  In 2010, District 751 members gave nearly 6,200 hours of volunteer community service and raised more than $276,000 for Guide Dogs of America, the union’s charity of choice.

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