White House honors union’s top community volunteers
SEATTLE — Six members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 have been honored with the White House‘s top award for volunteer service.
Brenda Brammer, George Braun, Rob Curran, Tom Lindberg, Chris Louie and Hazel Powers were presented with gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Awards at the July 8 meeting of the IAM 751 District Council.
The awards came with a plaque, a pin and a framed letter from President Obama, thanking the volunteers 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 gold-level award winners were recognized for each giving more than 500 hours of volunteer service in 2013.
As an organization, District 751 also received gold-level recognition from the White House. Union volunteers gave 15,893 hours working on 557 community service projects. Union volunteers prepared and served meals for homeless people at missions in Tacoma and Everett, sorted and repackaged food donated to Northwest Harvest for distribution to local food banks, built eight wheelchair ramps for home-bound people and took part in service projects that assisted the Salvation Army, the Toy Rescue Mission, the American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, the United Way and Redeeming Soles, among others.
IAM 751 volunteers also helped raise a record $384,000 for Guide Dogs of America in 2013.
The six gold-level winners were among 18 Machinists honored at the July 8 meeting for their community service. One union member, Vennie Murphy, received a silver-level Presidential Award for giving more than 250 hours to volunteer service in 2013, while 11 0thers were honored for giving more than 100 hours.
“Service to the community is one of the core values of the Machinists Union,” said District 751 President Jon Holden. “These 18 union brothers and sisters of ours exemplify that, and it’s great to see them get this kind of recognition.”
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 32,000 working men and women at 50 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.
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