May 2023

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS UNITED HEALTH CARE HERITAGE PREMIER 1-888-533-3731 UNITED HEALTH CARE CHOICE PLUS 1-888-533-3731 (Outside IA-IL Area) UNITED HEALTH CARE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE (Retirees) 1-866-811-8476 UNITED BEHAVORIAL HEALTH 1-888-533-7311 UNITED HEALTH CARE DENTAL 1-800-996-7518 OptumRX (Prescriptions) 1-888-279-2568 UNITED HEALTH CARE VISION 1-888-533-3731 DEERE BENEFIT CENTER Alight Solutions 1-844-689-7833 (Active & Retired) Aon Hewitt (PENSION) 1-844-689-7833 MET-LIFE LEGAL PLANS (f/k/a HYATT) 1-800-821-6400 FIDELITY 401K BENEFITS 1-800-354-3427 JOHN DEERE PLANT 515-289-1350 JOHN DEERE MEDICAL 515-289-3219 / Fax: 515-289-3487 LOCAL 450 UNION HALL 515-283-1784 SHOP COMMITTEE Chair, Keith Chada 515-289-3206 Josh Overton 515-289-3230 Jon Vaughan 515-289-3069 Pat Garcia 515-289-3068 UAW SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE Steve Bradley 515-289-3653/Cell: 515-306-3777 UNION TIME STUDY REPRESENTATIVE Keith Frette 515-289-3542

May 29, Memorial Day
July 3-4, Independence Day
Sept 4, Labor Day
Nov 10, Veterans Day
Nov 23-24, Thanksgiving
Dec 24-Jan 1, Holiday Shutdown RETURN TO WORK JAN 2, 2024

The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the Union Hall. Agenda includes regular order of business.

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Place: Local 450 Union Hall
4589 NW 6th Drive in Des Moines, IA
Time: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Run-off (if necessary) Union Hall only: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Time: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
We need to vote in the Local’s General Elections and let our voices be heard. All active and retired members in good standing are eligible to vote. Retirees cannot vote for the Shop Committee or Safety Committee positions. ~ ~ BRING YOUR UNION CARD TO VOTE ~ ~

1st VICE PRESIDENT (Vote for 1)
Ray Casper
Dana Nappier

SHOP COMMITTEE (Vote for up to 4)
Josh Overton
Pat Garcia
Keith Chada
Brandy Myers
Dan Albers
Jon Vaughan
Carl Thurn
Dave Westmoreland
Travis Drake
Randolph “Scotty” Scott
Jeremy Mouchka
Wyndi Gray
Billy Romine
Jill Scott

2nd VICE PRESIDENT (Vote for 1)
JD Herrold
Andrew Ehlers
Steve Nelson

Jessie “Diesel” Johnson
Neely Turner
Matt Grimes
John Jameson

TRUSTEES (Vote for up to 3)
Paul Wheeler
Curt Rosener
Dan Lankford
Jill Scott
Zach Hines
Jeff Carder

SAFETY COMMITTEE (Vote for up to 2)
Caleb Gennawey
Jeff Carder
Pat Garcia
Brian Evans

Kellie Schroeder
Jacob Lane

GUIDE (Vote for 1)
Amber Billings
Diana Swartz

Winners by Acclamation:
President = Justin Limke
Financial Secy = Jimmy Kingery

UAW Local 450 Election Committee:
Steve Becker, Chair,
Stacie Spaur, & Rachel Malloy

Nominations were held for Chapter Officers and all
positions were filled and declared winners by
acclamation. Your Local 450 Chapter Officers are:
Steve Goodner, Chair; Gloria Wilkening, Vice Chair;
Scott Bowman, Financial Secretary; Carol Shores,
Recording Secretary; Scott Bowman, Chaplain; Jim
Wittick, Sgt-at-Arms; and Steve Goodner as
delegate to the Retired Workers Council.
The next Retirees Luncheon will be held on
Wednesday, May 10th at 12:00 Noon with the menu
of Chicken and sides from Pizza Ranch, then
meeting at 1:00 PM. With the ongoing Covid-19
Virus, no Potluck will be held. We want everyone to
be safe. DO NOT BRING FOOD IN unless it’s in a
store-bought prepared package/box.
The $25.00 door prize winners in April were Reta
Stone and Jim Monaco. Ronald Robinett and
David Wright’s names were drawn for the $250.00
progressive prize, but they were not present.
Reminder, we need to vote in the Local’s
General Elections on May 23rd and let our
voices be heard!

Apr 1: Kevin Thomas, Dept 40A
May 31: Steven Clark, Dept 23
May 31: Wendell Young, Dept 54
If you know or work with any of these people,
invite them to join our Union:
Never Joined: Dropped Out of Union:
Charles Faber D/38 Thomas Francis D/40C
Hyves Irumva D/40A Tonja Galvan D/05C
Logan Klein D/17 Lori Greenwood D/40P
Javier Santana D/30P Devon Greer D/43
William Irvine D/05S
Rehired but Didn’t Rejoin: Ryan Kellerhals D/40A
Charles Runyon D/30W Renee Koehlmoos D/30A
Darrell Kruse D/88
Dropped Out of Union: Travis Lehman D/38
Stephanie Anderson D/40A Tracy Marshall D/30A
Alex Bentley D/30A Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A
Ted Brown D/12 Tam Pham D/05Q
Edgar Burke Jr. D/23 Leonard Poels D/95
Toi Cam D/23 Aaron Rist D/30A
Christopher Conrad D/38 Jeffrey Robbins D/43
Michael Cook D/30A Alexander Smith D/40A
Jesse Cowling D/20A Christopher Sorensen D/05F
Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A Stephen Sweerin D/90
Dylan Danielson D/40A Steven Thompson D/38
Gilbert Decena D/05S Donald Townsend D/43

MAY 14, 2023

Family of Jerry McCullough (Funeral)
Family of Lee Melton (Funeral)
Jeremy Melton’s Grandfather
Family of Mallory Ann Keary (Funeral)
Todd Lester’s Daughter
Family of James Formaro (Funeral)
Carell Schonher
~Hired 02-05-79 ~Retired 10-19-95 ~Deceased 12-28-21
Frank Holland
~Hired 01-21-74 ~Retired 05-31-04 ~Deceased 03-19-23
Anthony Stewart
~09-30-02 ~Deceased 04-05-23

Sponsored by the Women’s Committee will be
held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the Union
Hall beginning at 8:00 AM with breakfast before
the Union Meeting. Come join us!

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
During World War II, a young teenager tried to enlist in the
navy. Only fifteen but large for his years, he told the recruiting
officer in Richmond, Virginia, that he was sixteen. The officer
looked at him and shook his head. "Sorry, son, you're not old
enough." Two months later, he returned. The recruiter didn't
seem to remember him, so this time he listed his age as
seventeen. Again, the answer was, "Sorry, you're not old
enough." He waited a few weeks and returned again. This
time, in reply to the recruiter's question, he said he was
eighteen. The man looked at the teenager and smiled. "Young
man," he said, "we would really like to have you in our navy.
The only trouble is, you're aging so fast that I'm afraid we'd
have to put you on our pension plan before the war was over."
That young man was persistent. Julie Andrews said,
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Nothing in the world can
take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more
common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a Proverb. Education will not; the
world is full of educated failures. Persistence and
determination alone will win the day”. What goal have you had
your eye on that you’re almost ready to give up-DON’T GIVE
UP! One of the most effective ways to persist is in prayer. The
Bible says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in
prayer.” (Romans 12:12) Let me say it again: DON’T GIVE UP!
Think about it.