This Week's Notebook: Crawfish and Solidarity On Menu at Houston Event
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Retired member Butch Cooper (left) and Houston Center Facility Vice President Chris Parris.
Thanks to the strength of 150 members and family members – and 500 pounds of crawfish – the second annual Houston Area Crawfish Boil last Saturday (May 11) helped solidify this gathering as one of the largest and most successful solidarity events on the NATCA calendar.
"Union solidarity is the backbone of NATCA,” said Houston TRACON Member Jeff Woods. “It's a great feeling just seeing everyone relax and have a good time together. We have already started making plans for 2014."
Chris Parris, Dylan Hodgson and John Olinger organized the event. Woods joined many others in helping with the event, including Corey and Stephanie Soignet, James Keith, Betsy Beaumont, Karen Smith, Alex Wiseman, Eric Labardini, Christine Prestia and Dustin Newell. NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert and Southwest Regional Vice President Tim Smith also attended. Also in attendance was former NATCA President John Carr to speak about the PAC.
Funds were raised at the event for Vectors for Hope, which was founded by air traffic controllers in the Houston area with the idea of raising awareness for general aviation through local fly-ins that benefit local charities. This all started when a few members wanted to get more involved with the community as well as with other members in the facility.
The event has snowballed into much more than a fly-in. They have partnered with the NATCA Charitable Foundation to help solicit and raise money for the event, which will be held on Sept. 28th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at David Wayne Hooks Airport (KDWH) in Spring, Texas, near Houston.
Please also take a moment to "like" and share the event's Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/VectorsforHope. This will be a great way to stay informed on the upcoming fly-in as routinely post updates to this page.
New AMAS Newsletter Now Available
The first quarterly aeromedical newsletter of 2013 from Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS) is now available. It includes FAA aeromedical policy updates as well as AMAS news, medication update and the “Ask the Doc” feature. To read this issue, please click HERE.
New ATSAP App
The National Safety Committee has helped to complete and launch a new app that puts important ATSAP briefings in the palm of your hand. Check it out HERE. Note that you will need your username and password that you use to access natcamembers.org.
NATCA STORE ITEM OF THE WEEK: Gel-Stick Pen
NATCA Gel-stick pens offer the smoothest write with effortless ease. Clear cap comes off to reveal stylish silver tip. Colored trim and grip with blue ink. Available for immediate shipment. Priced at just $12.95 for a pack of 12. Made in USA with the NATCA logo proudly displayed.
Click HERE to see the item and order it on the NATCA Store website.
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BENEFITS SPOTLIGHT: 2013 Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, the AFL-CIO and Union Plus are offering scholarships to help graduating high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education. The one-time $5,000 scholarship application deadline is noon on Monday, July 1, 2013.
Apply for the Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship HERE.
Upcoming Retirement Seminars
May 20 - Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 24 - Chicago
June 7 - Columbus, Ohio
June 22 - San Antonio
June 28 - Hamilton, N.J.
July 19 – Salt Lake City
September 23 - Charlotte
September 27 - Fairbanks, Alaska
October 1 - Grand Rapids, Mich.
October 3 – St. Charles, Mo.
October 7 - Phoenix
December 3 – Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
December 5 – Providence, R.I.
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 "2013 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 email@example.com or calling 202-220-9803.