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November/December 2013 Newsletter
Posted On: Nov 19, 2013

Brothers and Sisters,

Upcoming dates of Interest:

Monday, November 11, Veterans Day — To all of our veterans, a special thank you for serving our country. To those of you who have family members serving in the Armed Forces, tell them that they are being thought of every day by all of us, and thanks a million.  Go to www.militarywallet.com for information on free meals and discounts.


A Brief History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
 

The difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.  Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.
Friday November 22 — 50th Anniversary of the  Assassination of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy
I remember it well, as I was in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Bainbridge, MD, going to Radiomen School.  Do you remember where and what you were doing on this date in history?
Thursday, November 28 — Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29 — the dreaded Black Friday
Saturday, December 7 — Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Amazing as it seems, this is not considered a federal holiday so schools, offices and businesses remain open and public transit continues to run. However, there are some organizations that may hold special events to commemorate those who were killed and/or injured at Pearl Harbor.
Monday, December 9 — Cut off date for your envelopes to be sent in for the Christmas Party
Thursday, December 19 — Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 25 — Christmas Day

   We believe in Union Made and Made in America products, so I thought that you should check out this website:   http://www.millionjobsproject.us/.

   Remember that the Summer party and the Christmas party are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, just like the retirees meetings are. So when you get your new calendars for Christmas, mark the 3rd Thursday in August for the Summer party and the 3rd Thursday in December for the Christmas party. (That is, after you've looked at the pretty pictures!)
    The  hall for our parties is the UAW Hall at 1010 South Oldham Street. It's near the corner of South Oldham Street and O’Donnell Street, right behind the BP station. The hall is right off the Boston Street exit of Route 95 (new tunnel) and the O’Donnell Street exit of Route 895 (old tunnel). The Christmas Party will be held on December 19.
There are some changes that have been made: (1) The hours for the parties are now 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (instead of noon to 4 p.m.), and (2) NO ONE will be allowed in the hall until 20 minutes prior to the start of the party.
   Start getting your envelopes in. Remember that your check should be $25 if one person and $50 if 2 people.  You will get your check back at the party. They have to be received by December 9. There will be a cake wheel and a money wheel. We need volunteers for both of the wheels. Please bring cakes for the cake wheel; thank you in advance.

MENU
Steamed Shrimp
Top Round Beef on the Pit
Sweet Honey Ham on the Pit
Sweet Italian Sausage on the Pit
Homemade Maryland Crab Soup
Shrimp Creole
Creamy Whipped Garlic & Parsley Potatoes
BBQ Chicken  Sweet Corn Casserole
Sauerkraut & Kielbasa
Greek Salad with Fresh Feta Cheese
Homemade Pasta Salad
Assorted Cheese Platters
Chips & Pretzels
Assortment of Breads & Rolls for the Pit items
All Fixin’s & Condiments
Assorted Sheet cakes ~ Coffee
Draft Beer (2) Selections (Budweiser & Miller Light)
Non alcoholic beer
Soda~Coffee~Ice Tea~Lemonade~Bottled Water


New Members: Rhodell Carter, Pat Mowray
Sick members: Wayne Chaney, Jeff  Butta, Frank Barnett, Ron Cusick, Cephas Hall
 Deceased members: John Weis, Don Shower                                        
              Remember to keep these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

   The next meeting will be on Nov, 21, 2013, in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland St., Baltimore, MD. Remember, there will be no meeting in December due to the Christmas party. Coffee and donuts are served at 9:30 a.m., the Executive Board meets at 10 a.m., and the General Meeting begins at 11 a.m. A light lunch is served following the General Meeting. Hope to see you there. Remember to bring another retiree with you.

Fraternally,

Bob Eney,
President



Teamsters 355 will resume posting on Monday, August 28, 2017.


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