Every three years the Local 51 Executive Board meets in person for the swearing in of new officers and to honor the outgoing members. 2018 was a big year of transitions as we had—
President Kevin Wilson
Secretary-Treasurer Suds Sudsweeks
ABC Executive Board Member Non-Engineering Gene Barragan
ABC Executive Board Member Non-Engineering Ken Castillo
KABC Executive Board Member Engineering Dave Putnam
KDTV Executive Board Member George Gaboury
President Carrie Biggs-Adams
Secretary-Treasurer Randy Brase (who had taken office earlier this spring)
KABC Executive Board Member Engineering E.Don Smith
KDTV Executive Board Member Joe Perry
KOIN Executive Board Member Ellen Hansen
After a business meeting at the NABET Office, the group reconvened at McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco's historic Ghirardelli Square. There following dinner, the new officers were sworn-in.
The following day, the officers from around California and Oregon headed home – they will “see” each other at monthly meetings which are held via Zoom, so the opportunity to meet in person was a rare one.
After a 10-year hiatus, Local 51 held our “annual” Bay Area picnic again on October 7th at the Padre site in Tilden Park, Berkeley.
Over 90 members, retirees and our families joined to celebrate a perfect warm fall day and each other’s company. We had BBQ from “Sauced” in Walnut Creek, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and brisket (along with great sides) – we added appropriate vegan and vegetarian options. Then people brought desserts, chips, salads, and drinks! A wonderful time was had by all…..oh and
We took the opportunity to celebrate outgoing Local President Kevin Wilson, who after 40 years of service has moved to a part-time business representative role as he moves toward retirement. Kevin’s name was added next to Jim Greene (1994) on the Local 51 Hall of Fame plaque which hangs in the Local office. Kevin was presented with an award for his 40 years of Service to the Local; his wife Maureen was given a beautiful (and delicious smelling) orchid along with a card thanking her for her service to the Local. Finally, they were give gift cards for Carnival Cruise Lines – gifts from Local 51, Ralph Phillips – our southern California legal counsel, CWA Local 9415 and incoming Local President Carrie Biggs-Adams. The $1,500 will go quite a way to get Kevin on a vacation away from the call of the telephone and email!
Many retirees from KGO and KQED were able to join us – Vange Mercury had worked at Sutro for KGO as a switchboard operator – retiring in 1984. She recently stopped driving, but still lives alone, cooks and cares for herself and brought great pictures to share. Her grandson drove up from Pismo Beach to drive her to the picnic!
Many thanks to everyone who made the event work, helping cook, set up tents, hauling drinks and food (we even had to bring our own propane barbeque to cook due to fire danger). All who attended agreed – it was fun, and we shall do it again next year. Ten years was too long between picnics!
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