NAS Whidbey Machinists plan charity golf tournament

OAK HARBOR — Machinists Union members who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will host a charity golf tournament in August.

2010GolfThe four-man scramble tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Aug. 24 at the Navy Gallery Golf Course, 3065 N. Cowpens Road, Oak Harbor.

The cost is $80 per player, which includes cart rental and 18 holes of golf. Prizes will be given for closest-to-the-pin on holes 3, 6, 10 and 15, as well as for best team. Entry forms are available at all Machinists Union District Lodge 751 union halls in Puget Sound, including the Everett Hall, which is at 8729 Airport Road.

To request a form, call (360) 929-4282 or (425) 355-8821.

The event is a fundraiser for North Whidbey Help House, a community-based food bank that serves northern Whidbey Island. Help House provides supplemental and emergency food, Salvation Army prescription vouchers and telephone health and welfare checkups, all in an impartial and dignified manner.

This is the first charity golf tournament planned by the NAS Whidbey Machinists since they joined the union. More than 220 workers who now work for defense contractor L-3 Communications, maintaining U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowlers and EA-18G Growlers, joined the union in December 2010. In May, 16 flight simulator maintenance technicians employed by Delaware Resources Group also voted to become union members.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 49 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In 2012, members of the union’s Machinists Volunteer Program donated 10,500 hours to community service, while also raising some $299,000 for charity.

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