The Veterans Club has been officially incorporated as an affiliated club of Local 3 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. On the morning of Saturday, June 19 at the Electrical Industry Center, the Veterans Club held their first open meeting since the start of the pandemic 15 months ago. Fortunately, the club was able to induct officers in a small ceremony in September and marched in the Memorial Day Parade in Lynbrook, NY on May 31.
The room was full for their latest meeting, which started with the color guard and initiation of the Corporal of the Guard, Taariq McField. Business Manager Chris Erikson delivered remarks, highlighting the sacrifices made by military veterans and Americans throughout our history. The club’s bylaws were voted on and adopted and their Constitution was signed by the Business Manager, President Tom Cleary, Club Advisors Raymond Melville and Derek Jordan, and the club officers: Gregory Smith (President), Patrick Glennon (Vice President), Rich Kiley (Treasurer), Lina Lopez (Recording Secretary), Artie Neri (Correspondence Secretary), Brian Doherty (Sergeant At Arms), John McByrne (Apprentice Advocate), and brother McField. Guest speaker Hank Soderlund impressed on the members and attendees the importance of the PRO Act, political action, and talking to members about the issues that matter most to trade unionists: collective bargaining, prevailing wage, and union-registered apprentice programs.
If you would like to join the Veterans Club, please send an email to Local3veteransclub@gmail.com. God bless our troops, God bless Local 3, and God bless America!