August 2022 Newsletter

Issue 198


The August union meeting will be held on August 24th, 2022.  Please note the date change!

Fraternal News

  • Death: It is with great sadness to report that Brothers Patrick Rohrbach (Putter) and Terry Steele have passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rohrbach and Steele families.
  • Death Benefit: We are on Death Benefit #353 Terry Steele. Death Benefits can be paid over the phone, in person or online at
  • Congrats! Brother David Spitnale and his wife had a baby girl!  This is number 3 for them.
  • Good Luck!!: Apprentice Mackenzie Phelix placed 1st at the District 2 competition for HVAC!  This means that Mack will be competing August 15-19th in the international apprentice competition in Ann Arbor, MI!  You have made Local 776 proud!

 Future Events to put on the Calendar

  • Please Note: The August Union meeting has been moved to August 24th
  • Retiree Breakfast: The next retiree breakfast is scheduled for September 9th at Westgate Lanes at 9am.
  • Union Meeting: Wednesday August 24th, 2022 at 7pm
  • UA Weld Test: Saturday August 27th, 2022 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.

  • First Night of School: The first night of school for the 22-23 school year is scheduled for September 6th, 2022.

Business Manager Comments 

The AFL-CIO has decided to cancel the annual Lima Labor Day Parade for this year.  We still feel like it is a day that should be recognized, so we have decided to hold a picnic here at the hall from 12-2, just as we normally would after the parade.  Please see the enclosed flyer.  We strongly encourage everyone that plans to attend to call in advance and sign up before August 29th.

The 2022-2023 journeyman upgrade class list is now available.  If you are interested in any classes, please call Melissa or Kiel Dennison to sign up.  With House Bill #235 moving through the house, I would like to express the importance of having an OSHA 30 certification.  HB 235 will require that anyone working at a refinery in Ohio to have a minimum of the OSHA 30 cert.  Also, there are a lot of other nice upgrade classes that can add value to your resume!!

By now, everyone should’ve received new insurance cards in the mail.  If you haven’t, please call the fund office at 419-248-2401 and request them.  The new cards have different policy numbers on them and if you aren’t using them, the wrong information is probably being submitted for your claims and you will risk having a claim denied.

In a few weeks, Local 776 will have a new website up and running.  I encourage everyone to check it out when you have spare time.  The new website will offer new features such as being able to pay your dues online and fill out and apply for apprenticeship online.  It will still be at the same address –


Brad P. Wendel

Business Manager/ Financial Secretary – Treasurer

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