GM SALARIED RETIREES CLUB OF MARYLAND
ROSEDALE GARDENS,8037 PHILADELPHIA ROAD,BALTO, MD
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE May 23,2013, LUNCH AT NOON, MEETING TO FOLLOW
Prayer: Mary Marsiglia
Minutes of April 25,2013 the meeting # 456 was called to order by the Vice-President: Skip Shiflett
Pledge of Allegiance led by: Leo Heid
MINUTES of March 28, 2013 meeting were approved
TREASURER'S REPORT: Tom Sommerville
Month of March 2013
Tom explained that he went ahead an opened a 2nd. non-profit checking account. Since he will no longer have to hold members checks, in order to stay within our transaction limits, your checks should clear the bank in a normal length of time. When he gives us his monthly report, the accounts will be given jointly.
Tom reported that the club did outstandingly well at the bull roast thanks to every ones hard work.
On behalf of the entire retiree group, we want to take this opportunity to thank Clara Musick, Tom Sommerville, Jim Smedley , Angie Thomas and everyone who helped make the bull roast a success.
BOWLING: Boots Onorato-410-882-1558
There are 5 more weeks of bowling.
HISTORIAN: Skip Shiflett-N/A
WAYS & MEANS: Clara Musick
The November Bull & Shrimp roast was scheduled for November 10th. Due to the Ravens game, the affair has been moved to November 3rd. The roast will be from 1 to 6. Pricing will be announced later. Clara also thanked everyone for helping with the bull roast.
SUNSHINE COMMITTEE: Marge Stock 410-563-4931.
No club members passed away this month.
Get well cards sent to: Betty Nagle, Berthina Thompson, Gus Economides, June Grden, Gene Callahan. Please contact Marge or Angie if you know of any sick or deceased members so she can send a card from the club.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR April GUYS & DOLLS;
William Bethke, Thelma Brown, Jane Jenkins, Joe Jordan, Ken Ness, Marshall Nuckols, Loyd Sawyers, Gerald Selig, Gloria Smedley, Barbara Waller, Brenda Warnick, Dale Wajbel, Jack Zimnitzky.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO EVERYONE CELEBERATING THEIR DAY IN April:
Don & Darlene Myers, Nancy & Thomas Rockstroh, Dale & Barbara Wajbel.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Leo Heid.-N/A
MEMBERSHIP: Bonnie Vojik-410-866-8725
Still trying to collect dues. We have 203 paid members, 53 who have not renewed from last year. We are sending out flyers.
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
Casinos trip Pick-up at: Rosedale American Legion-Post 180, 1331 Selig 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 April:
Tom Sommerville, Jerry Finley, Don Funke, Clara Musick, Jim Smedley & Peggy Horwath.
Thanks in advance to all who are to donate in May. Jeri Skunda, Ron Ferguson, Ann Carven, Dottie Ensor & Dave Dickey.
Please notify Darlene if you cannot bring your scheduled donation, so other arrangements can be made. Thank you!
Tim sent a note in telling us that GM is making an initial donation of RMB 4 million ($647,000) to support relief and rebuilding efforts in Ya'an, Sichuan, which was struck by an earthquake on April 20.
The General Motors Foundation is providing a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross to aid emergency management officials with relief efforts, to help provide shelter and meals to those in need and help the organization prepare for and respond to disasters in Texas.
The United Way Worldwide on Thursday honored General Motors with its Summit Award for making a difference in Metro Detroit and communities across the United States, Particularly in the area of education.
Chevrolet sold more than l.8million vehicles around the world in the first quarter of 2013 achieving its 10th consecutive quarter of record global sales on the strength of products like the Cruze compact car which recently surpassed the 2million mark in total global sales since its launch in 2009.
General Motors is getting ready to roll out the Chevrolet Spark EV, the all-electric car it is bringing to the market this summer for under $25,000 (after a $7,500 federal tax credit).
While the Spark is built in South Korea, GM decided to build its motors in the U.S., at a brand new facility at its plant in Whitemarsh, Balto. The Spark is billed as a city car, with a 0 to 60mph time of under 8 seconds. GM has not announced its range yet, but it promises the ability to charge its battery up to 80% in 20minute.
GOOD OF THE CLUB:GM-MY TIME-.
Melvin Hatcher -absent--replaced by:
Skip grew up in Dundalk, he went to Poly and University of Delaware. He graduated on Saturday and started at GM on the following Monday. That was in 1971. He was the lst Environmental Engineer at the plant, he had that responsibility for his first three years. Then he went out to Maintenance as a Maintenance Supervisor, he then came back to engineering. After a couple of years he was a senior engineer and held that position till the early 80s when he was made the project manager for the plant expansion. We first started our expansion in 1980. We were one of 5 plants that were to build front wheeled drive vehicles. We knew it would not last, you cannot have 5 plants making the same vehicle, sure enough after about a year and half are project was cancelled. Then in 1981we were sitting there, we had gotten rid of our truck line to make room for the new vehicle, our truck production went to St. Louis. We just had the Malibu at that time so we lost one shift. We started our construction with several million dollars to get the building ready for this front wheeled vehicle and now we had nothing. Things looked pretty dire, I think we were 4th on the list to be closed. Then a project came up called the M Van. We were fortunate, in 1982 we were awarded the M Van. We started production in 1984. In 1985 I went out to the paint department as a paint superintendent. In 1988 came back as director of facility engineering, which was the old plant engineer position. His next position was area manager for General Assembly which included Trim & Chassis and Maintenance department. I did that for several years, then I was asked to come back to engineering for the prime researcher project which had to do with our paint dept., so I did that and stayed as the director of engineering till 2005 when the plant closed down. Then after that I was involved with the activities pertaining to the demolition of the plant. The plant was demolished in 05-06. I worked for GM for 34 years. It enabled me to have a good standard of living with my wife and 3 kids and I'm thankful for the opportunities that were afforded me.
Next month: Tom Sommerville
MEETING DATES: May 23, 2013
QUOTE OF THE MOTH:
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS; N/A
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE:
50/50 was won by: Al Komen--$ 35.00.
IN CASE IF ILLNESS OR DEATH;
Contact Marge Stock 410-563-4931or Angela Thomas 410-969-2851
Submitted by: Mary Jane Conrad, rec. Sec.