A Thanksgiving Message

“Thanksgiving is here again and there is no better time to think of the reasons why you are thankful. It is a time when we bring our families together and, regardless of the challenges we faced over the past year, we collectively give thanks for what we have, each other.
 
The same is true of our Union family.
 
In addition to wishing every IAM member a Happy Thanksgiving, I’d also like to thank those IAM members who are working today, assuring millions of travelers make it home to their families and loved ones safely.”
 
General Vice President Sito Pantoja

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GVP Pantoja Honored at Annual Guide Dogs of America Banquet

Guide Dogs of America (GDA) last weekend held its 37th annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet in Las Vegas. The charity’s highest honor, the “Gift of Sight Award,” was presented to IAM Transportation General Vice President, Sito Pantoja, along with past President of GDA, Dale Hartford and Spirit AeroSystems, President & CEO, Thomas Gentile.
 
The “Gift of Sight” Award is given annually to recipients who have shown an extraordinary commitment to supporting GDA, which provides professionally trained guide dogs, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired individuals across North America.
 
“It’s a great honor to receive this award, and I am deeply humbled to be one of this year’s recipients,” said GVP Pantoja. “I accept this award on behalf of all the Transportation Locals and Districts that host events that benefit the Guide Dogs of America all year long.”
 
The weekend of fundraisers included the charity banquet, a golf tournament, the Hawgs for Dogs Motorcycle Ride and a sporting clay event.
 
GDA provides guide dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired men and women in the U.S. and Canada. The school was founded in 1948 after a blind IAM member was rejected for a guide dog due to his age of 57.

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Raising Dollars For Guide Dogs

The IAM takes service to the community seriously. That’s why the Machinists Union helps to support the charity Guide Dogs of America, raising funds through charity events that draw members from the United States and Canada. Each year, GDA hosts a sporting clay shoot, motorcycle ride, golf tournament and charity banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit Guide Dogs of America .

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