White House honors District 751 volunteers
Machinists District Lodge 751 has been honored by the White House for its community service efforts.
The District was recently presented with a gold-level Presidential Service Award for volunteer work it sponsored in 2009.
The award is given by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to groups that can certify that its members did more than 1,000 hours of volunteer community service in a year. It is the White House’s top award for civic service.
In addition, three active members and a District 751 retiree received individual bronze-level Presidential Service Awards, honoring the more than 100 hours of community service each one gave in 2009. The individual awards went to Local 751-C members Rob Curran, Chris Louie and Vennie Murphy, and to George Braun, a retired member of Local 751-F. District 751 President Tom Wroblewski presented their awards to them in July.
Curran, Louie and Murphy all work for Boeing in Puget Sound. Braun retired from Boeing after a 37-year career.
In a letter, President Obama thanked the Seattle-based Machinists, saying “your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”
The awards were primarily the result of work District 751 members did through their Machinists Volunteer Program. In 2009, 464 union MVPs took part in 103 different community service projects, giving a total of 3,721 volunteer hours – easily surpassing the standard set by the President’s Commission for a gold-level award.
The MVPs took on projects ranging from food drives and holiday bell ringing for the Salvation Army to building 10 wheelchair ramps for home-bound people around Puget Sound.
In addition to that, District 751 volunteers also raised close to a quarter-million dollars for Guide Dogs of America in 2009 with a series of fundraisers that included an annual golf tournament and motorcycle charity ride.
“This year is our 75th anniversary and our theme is ‘Building a Better Community,’” said Wroblewski. “Through the work of our MVPs and with Guide Dogs of America, we are building better communities all around Washington state, and we’re making our little part of America a better place.”
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, District 751 now represents more than 25,000 working men and women at 42 companies and agencies across Washington and California.
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