This Week’s News and Notes: ZME, ENM Members Need Your Help
Thursday, November 15, 2012

ZME, ENM Members Need Your Help

Memphis Center member Johnathan “Scott” Roach was badly injured in a recent motorcycle accident. He is now in the Voluntary Leave Donation Program (VLTP) and joins a list of members in need of leave donations from their brothers and sisters. That list also includes aerospace engineer Howard Hall from the Engineers Northwest Mountain regional office (ENM), who has stage IV esophageal cancer.

In the middle of the afternoon of Nov. 2, Roach was traveling north on Canada Road in Lakeland, Tenn., when he was struck by a motorist who failed to yield as they turned left into a gas station in front of Roach. He sustained two broken wrists and forearms, a dislocated wrist, an injured left knee, and an array of cuts and bruises.

Last Monday, Scott underwent surgery on both of his arms and wrists that required the insertion of plates, screws and pins in each. He has casts covering both hands extending past his elbows. It is unclear when he will be able to return to work or cleared for duty.   

If you know a member who is also in the VLTP and needs to be added to our database, please email Director of Communications Doug Church (dchurch@natcadc.org).

Please visit our page HERE on the members website for more information. Please note that the link to go to the FAA website for more information and the needed forms is not working consistently for those not using a computer from inside the FAA firewall. Using Internet Explorer as your browser may help, FAA says. We are working with the FAA communications staff to address this issue and hope to have it resolved soon. Please ask your facility representative for assistance in locating the needed forms in the facility.


Next Issue of The NATCA Insider Nov. 30

We hope you are enjoying this week’s issue of The NATCA Insider and that you and your families have a very enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. For those members who will be working on Thanksgiving Day and at any point during the holiday travel period getting families safely to and from their destinations, THANK YOU for the great work that you do and the sacrifices that you make for your professions.

The NATCA National Office will be closed on Nov. 22-23; thus we will not be publishing the next issue of the Insider until Friday, Nov. 30.


Erin Barry Promoted to Deputy Director of Government Affairs

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert are pleased to announce that Erin Barry has been named to the position of Deputy Director of Government Affairs, effective Friday, Nov. 16. Erin joined NATCA in May 2008 as a lobbyist in the Government Affairs Department and has played an integral role in all of NATCA’s legislative efforts for the past four years. 

"Erin’s keen understanding of the many legislative issues affecting NATCA-represented employees and skill at bringing those issues to the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as her roles working with the National Legislative Committee and the NATCA PAC, have made her a valued advocate for NATCA causes," Gilbert said. "We’re excited about the increased role she’ll play as the Deputy Director of the Government Affairs Department and are confident that she’ll continue to represent NATCA members with the consummate professionalism and enthusiasm she has shown since she first became a part of the NATCA team."


New Member of the N.O. Safety and Technology Department Staff

The NATCA National Office is proud to welcome Bill Geoghagan to the staff of the Safety and Technology Department, led by Director Dale Wright. Bill recently retired out of Savannah, Ga., and has accepted the position of Terminal Technology Coordinator. He started at NATCA on Wednesday.  

Bill’s email address is wgeoghagan@natcadc.org.


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Upcoming Retirement Seminars

November 30 - Indianapolis
December 7 - Atlanta/Peachtree City, Ga.
December 11 - Hauppauge/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
            
If you wish to register for one of the above referenced seminars, please do so by signing on to the NATCA Portal: http://portal.natca.org.

Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the "My Profile" tab.

To register for a seminar, click the "Events" tab. Then click "2012 Retirement Seminars-Membership Registration." Complete the requested information and hit "next." When you come to the screen listing the seminars, click on the box next to the one you wish to attend, hit "next," verify your requested seminar information and then click on the "done" key. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

For your guide to “Understanding your NATCA Federal Benefits Package,” please visit this Web site: http://natca.sharmansite.com/. If you attempt to register for a seminar on this site, it will automatically lead you to the NATCA Portal.

If you have any questions regarding these events, registration process – or would like to have a retirement seminar take place in your area - please contact Sallie Sullivan at NATCA’s National Office by either emailing her at ssullivan@natcadc.org or calling 202-220-9803.


Great Source of Quick News and Information: Our NATCA Facebook Page

Between issues of The NATCA Insider, our NATCA Facebook page (facebook.com/natcafamily) is the best place to go to get quick bites of news, information, photos and other material. We want to hear from you about your photos, events, outings and news. Either post to the NATCA wall or send ideas for Facebook page postings to either Doug Church (dchurch@natcadc.org) or Sarah Dunn (sdunn@natcadc.org).


Do We Have Your Current Contact Information?

Visit http://portal.natca.org. Under the "My Profile" tab, please verify and update your address, email and cell phone number. If you have never used your NATCA Portal, there are step-by-step instructions to register on the opening page.


Winter’s Coming … Skiing Anyone?

The annual International Air Traffic Controllers SkiFest is scheduled for Jan. 19-26, 2013, at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.
 
For more information, please go to: www.skifest.us.

In addition, the Golden Flight Level international ski event will be held in Finland this coming winter. For more information, please go to: www.gfl2013.com.