February 2024 Newsletter

Issue 214


 At the February 21st, 2024 Union meeting under Business for the Welfare, the President will call for nominations from the floor to elect delegates to represent Local 776 at the 2024 Ohio State Association State convention to be held July 23-26th at Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati Ohio.

The election for this will be held by secret ballot vote on Wednesday March 20th, 2024 at 1300 Bowman Rd Lima, OH 45804 from 3:30-7PM 

Fraternal News

  • Death Benefit: It is with great sadness to report that both Fred Shawhan and Paul Robbins have passed away. We are on Death Benefit #366 Paul Robbins.  Death Benefits can be paid over the phone, in person or online at
  • Welcome: Ty Tomberlin, Dalton Lutz, Hunter Brown and Konrad Shane were sworn in at the January union meeting. If you are working with any of these new members be sure to welcome them into Local 776!
  • Congratulations: Brother Bob Flarida retired January 1st! Make sure to congratulate Bob if you see him.

 Future Events to put on the Calendar

  • Union Meeting: Wednesday February 21st, 2024 at 7pm
  • UA Weld Test: Saturday February 24th, at 8 A.M.

Please call Melissa no later than noon the Thursday before to sign up and to check on the status of the test session.

  • Apprentice Contest: Local 776 has the honor of hosting the 2024 Ohio Apprenticeship Contest during the week of April 22nd -25th.  This will be a great opportunity to invite anyone to our training center that you know is interested in the apprenticeship.


  • Foreman Certification class is March 12th – April 16th. If you are interested in taking this class, please call the hall and sign up.
  • If you have any certifications that you need or would like to see classes for, please reach out to Kiel Dennison or Jason Newell

Business Manager Comments       

With the JATC hosting the OSA State apprenticeship contest April 22nd-25th, we are looking for a few volunteers.  If you would like to help out with the contest in any way, please reach out to Kiel Dennison and let him know.  We will be looking for volunteers during the day at the contest as well as in the evenings for the hospitality room.  We appreciate anyone who can help!

A while back we had posted that the July union meeting would be moved this year due to the OSA State convention, which is also reflected in the 2024 calendar books.  The state convention is now scheduled for the week after our normal meeting, so we will hold the union meeting on the normal date of July 17th.  Please make this correction in your calendar books.


Brad P. Wendel

Business Manager/ Financial Secretary – Treasurer

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