GM SALARIED RETIREES CLUB OF MARYLAND
ROSEDALE GARDENS,8037 PHILADELPHIA ROAD,BALTO, MD
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE April 25,2013, LUNCH AT NOON, MEETING TO FOLLOW
Prayer: Leo Heid
Minutes of March 28,2013 the meeting # 455 was called to order by the President: Tim Stansbury
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Ron Ferguson
Tim explained to us why his hand was in a cast. It happened over a month ago, when they returned home from a trip. He went to the kennel to retrieve their dog, being excited to see him, the dog jumped up and Tim banged his wrist. Thinking it was just sprained he let it go. Finally he went to doctor. A MRI proved he had broken his scaphoid bone and will now be in a cast for 4-6 weeks.
MINUTES of February 28, 2013 meeting were approved
TREASURER'S REPORT: Tom Sommerville
Month of February 2013
Month of February 2013
Tom explained that in order to save the club $160. per year he changed the clubs checking account at M&T bank to one that limits us to 50 transactions a month. Therefore please be advised that whenever you pay the club by check, your check may remain outstanding for one or two months before it clears the bank.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: N/A
BOWLING: Boots Onorato-410-882-1558-N/A.
HISTORIAN: Skip Shiflett
Jim Smedley said their meeting with BMI in February to discuss updating of the GM display was cut short. BMI is waiting to see if they will receive a grant to upgrade their facility. If received, we will be able to enhance our presentation. They will keep us informed.
WAYS & MEANS: Clara Musick
The Bull & Oyster roast is sold out. Clara has received donations for prizes and the Chinese Auction. They will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and tickets for the Chinese Auction at the front door. Angela Thomas is running the flower wheel and needs volunteers. Tom Sommerville also needs volunteers for the money wheel.
SUNSHINE COMMITTEE: Marge Stock 410-563-4931.
No club members passed away this month. One non-member John Cassady--material dept. died.
Get well cards sent to: Ed Watts & Dottie Ensor. We were also told that Betty Nagel misses everyone and hopes to see us soon.
Please contact Marge if you know of any sick or deceased members so she can send a card from the club. Angie Thomas is backup (410-969-2851)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR March GUYS & DOLLS;
Betty Bonner, Joe Bonner, Agatha Czyz, Ronald Dahl, Russell Goble, Dorothy Heid, Patricia Hines, Robert Holthaus, Vivian Johnson, Mary Lou Krick, Dave Lambert, Henry Marshall, Audrey Maxfield, Louise Millikin, John Roras, John Roth, Elizabeth Selig, Margie Stock, Greg Surdel, Al Webster, Dorothy Webster, Irene Zimnitsky.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO EVERYONE CELEBERATING THEIR DAY IN March:
Mark & Joyce Bowyer, Robert & Phyllis Kelly, Nelson & Eileen Weller.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Leo Heid.-N/A
MEMBERSHIP: Bonnie Vojik-410-866-8725
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY PAID DUES FOR 2013,PLEASE SEND IN NOW.
Dues are $15.00 per member ($30.00 if both retiree and spouse are members.)Do Not Combine with any other payment.
Make check payable to: G.M. Salaried Retiree Club
8003 Caradoc Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237.
Any questions call Bonnie:410-866-8725 or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOT LINE: Al Komin-N/A
MAILING NEWSLETTER: Olin Conrad-410-687-0987-N/A
Marge Stock reminded us that the balance for the May 8&9th casinos trip is due by April 10th. Pick-up at: Rosedale American Legion-Post 180, 1331 Seling Ave. Rosedale, MD. 21237. Be there at 8:30am.
CAKES: Darlene Dail-410-252-4746
We Need At Least 5 Cakes Each Month!!
We are in good shape. Darlene thanked everyone for signing up. We still need a few more volunteers.
Thanks to all who donated cakes in March:,
Clara Musick, Marge Stock, Sheila Gill, Dottie Miller, Paul Julian & Joe Rozanski.
Thanks in advance to all who are to donate in April: Jim Smedley, Clara Musick, Don Funke, Jerry Finley & Tom Sommerville.
Please notify Darlene if you cannot bring your scheduled donation, so other arrangements can be made. Thank you!
On March 21st, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson paid a courtesy call on members of Congress asking for nothing but bringing news of a resurgent automaker. Asked after his meeting at the Capitol Hill Club if there was anything the automaker needs from Washington, he said, "No, we're fine."
GM is recalling nearly 27,000 Buicks & Cadillacs in the U.S. to fix a problem with the automatic transmissions. The recall affects Buick LaCrosse full-size cars & Cadillac SRX crossover SUVs from 2013 model yr. The company says a software problem can cause the transmissions to inadvertently shift into sport mode. That can override any slowing effect from the transmission, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says no crashes or injuries have been reported. GM will reprogram the transmission at no cost to the owners. The recall is expected to start March 28th.
GMC (NYSE:GM) announced today that it sold 224,314 vehicles in the U.S. in Feb., up 7% compared to last year. Retail sales & fleet sales were both up 7%. The fleet mix was 25% of total sales, equal to a year ago. "The housing sector has now joined auto sales in propelling the U.S. economy forward," said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. "More importantly, the recovery in new home construction is reinforcing the underlying improvement in auto buying conditions, especially for pickups. All 4 GM brands posted higher year-over-year sales: Cadillac was up 20%; Buick was up 15%; GMC was up 10%; and Chevrolet was up 5%. Crossover sales increased 17% and compact crossovers had their best moth ever; truck sales were up 14% and car sales were down 4%. Sales of GM's full-size pickups were up28%.
GOOD OF THE CLUB: GM-MY TIME-Bill Atkins:
Bill went to St.Dominics school and Loyola H.S. and Loyola college here in Baltimore. Bill always loved cars, so when he started work at GM in June 1963 he had every intention to learn everything about cars. He started in the Suggestion Dept. the plant had an incentive at that time for every suggestion you written you had a opportunity to win a color TV. Since some of the suggestions were not legible he had the opportunity to meet the supervisors and employees. After that he was assigned to the Inspection dept. to help with the complications that arose when they introduced the 4 car lines. They had an issue of so many vehicles needing repairs. Then he went to salvage and special orders. Bill was made 5th level. He also was in charge of company cars and worked in Lay Out with fender, door and hood alignment. Next he went to Truck line as Inspection Supervisor. He was assigned to Central Office to help with the development of the "Super Truck". It never came to be cause the contract was cancelled. He remained with Central Office doing special projects. One was to help coordinate the Lordstown, OH. plants problems with central office. Next he returned to Baltimore as an Inspection General Supervisor. He worked in the Action center with the local plant and central office. In 1977 he was promoted to 8th level and reorganized the Reliability dept. Bill worked in the Action ctr. as Superintendent of inspection when the M Van was being introduced. In 1989 he came to the Chassis dept. as a Shift Superintendent, which he said was one of his most memorable jobs due to the people he worked with. In 1994 he had heart problems. In 1996 he took an early retirement. He was 55 years old and had worked 33 years.
Next month: Melvin Hatcher.
MEETING DATES: April 25,2013
QUOTE OF THE MOTH:
Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.~Charles M. Crowe.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS; N/A
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: 61
50/50 was won by:Gloria Smedley-$49.00.
IN CASE IF ILLNESS OR DEATH;
Contact Marge Stock 410-563-4931or Angela Thomas 410-969-2851
Submitted by: Mary Jane Conrad, rec. Sec.