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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Holiday Wrap Up: Miami Tower (MIA) Adopt-A-Family

The children of the Peterson family are joined by (back left to right) Randy Wadle, Angela Vega and Francesca Franco.

MIA participated in an Adopt-A-Family program during the holiday season. After the difficult choice of choosing a family, MIA started organizing what gifts would be bought, what they would provide for a holiday meal, and how they would transport all this holiday cheer.

MIA chose the Peterson family, a grandfather and grandmother raising five children. The grandfather lost his job due to medical reasons and subsequently, the family lost their home to foreclosure. The grandmother went back to work to help support the family. Gifts were dropped off to the family Dec. 22, and a holiday meal was delivered Dec. 24.

"They were all incredibly thankful for our generosity," said MIA Facility Representative Jim Marinitti. "This was the first year we volunteered for this type of project, and we look forward to doing it next year. Thanks to everyone for contributing in any way they could, no effort was too small."

The Peterson Family

Holiday Wrap Up: St. Louis/Lambert Tower (STL) and St. Louis TRACON (T75) Orphan's Christmas Fundraiser

Tom Tierney (T75) and OLH Director Scott Hummel

STL and T75 have been hosting an orphan's fundraiser for nearly 50 years. Today, the facilities collectively gather around $4,000 to buy toys such as bicycles and helmets, Frisbees, and classic games for game rooms. Sometimes they also purchase higher price necessities such as furniture for a house. The two facilities have also given money to refurbish rundown baseball fields or to repair house roofs.

This year, approximately $4,377 was collected from current and former controllers at STL and T75. The facilities donated to charitable organization Our Little Haven (OLH) and purchased items listed on wish lists. This included 24 dish, plate and silverware settings for three kitchens, picture frames, personal care products, hoodies, gift certificates for shoes, four therapeutic sand trays, a wagon, a printer and a camera.

"This brings our total raised for local children's homes over the last 50 years to over $107,500," said T75 member Tom Tierney. "The first year we raised $135 and bought a color TV for one of the homes we supported."

Holiday Wrap Up: Richmond Tower (RIC) Holiday Party

RIC held a holiday party at the Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond, Va., before the Christmas break. Twenty-three members turned out including NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert and Eastern Regional Vice President Phil Barbarello.

Pictured left to right NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert, Chrissy Padgett and Dean Iacopelli

Bill Otto Begins His Term as Missouri State Representative

This is a picture worth a thousand words for retired NATCA member and former Retired NATCA Active Volunteers (RNAV) Committee Chairman Bill Otto, who last week began his term representing District 70 as a Missouri state representative. District 70 includes the areas of Bridgeton, and Hazelwood, Mo., along with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

National Constitution Committee Meets at National Office

Seated, from left to right: Drew Stewart (Northwest Mountain Region, Portland, Ore., TRACON), NCC Chair Renae Hultgren (Great Lakes Region, Minneapolis Center), Rules Committee Chairman Heath Wilson (Central Region, St. Louis TRACON). Standing, from left to right: Charlie Akers (Alaskan Region, Anchorage Center), Mike Martin (Region X, Engineers Western Pacific), Chris Perdue (Southern Region, Nashville), Troy Verville (Western Pacific Region, Las Vegas Tower), Rick Foster (Southwest Region, Dallas-Fort Worth Tower), Chris Perks (Eastern Region, Philadelphia).

PCT Honors Memory of a Young Member Lost

Potomac TRACON recently held a gathering at the facility to honor the memory of William Capkovic, a NATCA member who passed away in 2011. He was 25. PCT Facility Representative Matt Sullivan joined PCT management in hosting the event, which brought together members and other employees, along with Mr. Capkovic's family, who traveled from the Pittsburgh area. The "Ceremony of Remembrance" featured the dedication of a special memorial that is now displayed at PCT. Mr. Capkovic's brother, David, was also presented with a special memento from the facility.