October 31, 2015
The Maryland and District of Columbia Alliance for Retired Americans Bi-Annual Convention
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The Maryland and District of Columbia Alliance for Retired Americans held it’s biennial convention on Oct. 31, 2015 from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Washington Court Hotel near Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Guest speakers included Fred Mason, Jr., President of the Maryland/DC AFL-CIO, Robert Roach, the new President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, and Rich Fiesta, Exec. Director of the ARA. Members also passed nine resolutions, including one opposing the TPP. Mr. Roach and Mr. Fiesta delivered remarks, as did Field Mobilization Director Eric Heggie and Michael Phelan, Deputy Director of Social Security Works.
We planned for 40 Delegates and guests but had over 50! Dick Bissell, 1st Vice Pres., gave the credentials report during the convention. He cautioned attendees: “since we are over-capacity, if someone wearing a Fire Marshalls uniform comes in, a few of you might need to leave the room for awhile!”
The elections for Officers and Trustees results were:
President Jim Baldridge
1st Vice Pres. Richard Bissell
2nd Vice Pres. Louis McLaughlin
Treasurer Daisy Fields
Secretary Marjorie Taylor
Trustees Ida Ward