Lochlan, Son of Machinist Member Jason Murray, Makes A Difference For The Poor And Homeless

For the third year, Lochlan has led the “Hungry Tummies” food drive, helping out the poor and homeless in Langley. The first year netted 140 kilos of food. In 2013 that haul increased to 230 kilos.

This December 2014 saw Lochlan collecting 280 kilos of food plus a donation of $750 from LL692 and LL11 to buy more food.

This year, Lochlan upped the ante, hoping to collect 600 pounds by day’s end.
The Langley Advance carried a feature on the Food Drive quoting Lochlan “A few years ago I just got to feeling that I should help people who don’t have much money and need food. The first time, we just got a bunch of food from our house and brought it to a food place, and from then on we were collecting food from people.”

food-driveThe paper continued that Lochlan’s dad Jason, who works for Belterra, said he’s “super proud” of his son, who came up with this plan when he was four years old and hosted his first event when he was five. “Just the fact that he’s thinking of other people beyond himself is pretty awesome,” Jason said. “He came up with the idea and we just got behind him.”

District Lodge 250 salutes this young man for thinking of his community and finding a material way to help.

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UnioNation, The IAM Labour Music Project Gives A Debut Concert

IAM Labour Music Program 2012

After an incredible and intensive week, 25 Machinist from all corners of North America put together a concert for IP Tom Buffenbarger and over a hundred Machinists in the theatre at our educational campus in southern Maryland, The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center (W3 Center).

The concentration of talent was great but egos were checked at the door as, under the direction of Educational Representative Henry Bagwell and Co-Chair Cody Wilder, the Trade Unionists co-operated and collaborated to bring out the best in each song.

District Lodge 250 supported two Members to join the ensemble. Ron Messner of Local Lodge 11 brought his original composition, `Working Man`s Pride` and Local Lodge 1857`s Brad Seefried rocked with his song, ” I AM a Working Man`. Brad also brought his Rock Band experience to bear to run the sound board the entire week. Business Representative Alastair Haythornthwaite performed his poem, ‘Sleeping Giant’, with an adhoc country band. All musicians did double duties, backing up others in their songs.

From re-working classics like Whole Lotta Loving and White Rabbit to orginal songs, the concert was a reminder of how diverse our Membership is in culture and interests and yet how we come together for common goals. The musical styles ran the gambit from traditional folk through jazz, country and pop to some great full ahead rock.

IP Buffenbarger did not hide his satisfaction with the concert and invited all participants to perform in September at the 2012 grand Lodge Convention in Toronto. There will be another IAM Music Project next summer for a new crop of Labour musicians. Any Member interest should contact their Local or Business Representative.

Video recording was made of the entire concert which will be available shortly. Until that time here is a report from the  Machinists News Network.



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District Lodge 250 Holds Delegate Meeting

Delegates from the Local Lodges (11, 456, 692, 1857, 2011) that make up District Lodge 250 met for a regular meeting on May 26, 2012.

Directing Business Representative, Stan Pickthall, reports on the Union's activities since January

At these meetings, held the last weekend of January, May and September each year, Delegates report on Local Lodge activity and hear the latest news from the Business Representatives and Secretary Treasurer.

Dennis Staphanek and Alan Wheatley

This meeting was the last for long time delegate Dennis Stefanek
who is stepping down as LL1857 Representative to spend more time with his family. Dennis was presented a gift from DL250 by President Alan Wheatley in recognition of years of service to his Union. Dennis also received his 25 Year Certificate from the Grand Lodge. John Humphry will replace Dennis as a Delegate for LL1857.

President of DL250, Alan Wheatly and President of LL1857, Bill Macpherson. Alan is presenting Bill with his 25 year certificate from the Grand Lodge.

The Union Music Project was supported with salary support for two District musician / song writers to attend a week long song writing project in Placid Harbor, at our eductional campus in Maryland.

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