A message from Cheryl Bushee, President of the UFCW Local 328 Retirees Club – August 2022:
I’ve had the honor of being elected President of the UFCW Local 328 Retirees Club for six years. I must say, part of my tenure has been extremely challenging due to circumstances of COVID. Once COVID started spreading, our in person meetings were cancelled from March 2020 through March 2022. We started back to live meetings in April 2022. We did mailings to keep our members updated on when we were hoping to return in person. We prefer to see all our members in person however, if the environment changes with the pandemic we will do whatever necessary to keep everyone safe.
UFCW Local 328 Retirees Club has been in existence for 30 years. Our goal is to foster fraternal ties among UFCW members and UFCW retirees. The members who have been in the club since the inception have been a vital asset to the UFCW movement. They were the ones who fought hard to pave the way for current members. We need to respect and honor the dedication these retired members had and continue to keep this club a vital part of UFCW Local 328. The only way that can happen is by enlisting new retirees to the group.
Once you retire you will receive information about the retiree’s club. Meetings are held at 1:00 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month (except for July and August) and are held at the UFCW Local 328 Union Hall, 278 Silver Spring Street, Providence Rhode Island. Club dues are a minimal – only $15.00 per year. Your spouse is also welcomed to join for an additional $15.00.
Some of the topics we’ve had guest speakers for: Elder Law Attorney – how to protect your assets, Fire Department – fire safety in your home, Attorney General’s office – protecting yourself from scams. We’ve also had Valentine Luncheon, Boston Bay Brunch Cruise, Davenports Luncheon, Newport Playhouse Luncheon and Cabaret Show, Halloween Luncheon, Wrights Chicken Farm Luncheon, and our fabulous Christmas Party.
Other benefits, as a member, include UFCW free college for an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree program for you or family members, member discounts, scholarships (children/grandchildren) and discounted rate to golf in the UFCW Local 328 Charitable Golf Tournament.
Please pass this information on to any member who will be retiring or who has recently retired. If you have any questions about the UFCW Local 328 Retirees Club, call me at 401-861-0300 extension 14.
Remember – Retire from work – not from life.
Thank you and be safe,
Cheryl Bushee Joe Gomes Jim Brailsford
President Vice President/Recorder Secretary Treasurer
To fill out an application to join the Retirees Club, click here.
Listed below are the scheduled meetings and activities for 2022 and 2023. Just drop in at any one of our meetings held at the address above; we look forward to sharing this GREAT organization with you. Please call the retirees number, 401-861-0300 extension 14, if you have any questions.
**Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – Meeting 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker Elder Law Attorney, Paul Brule
**Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Meeting 1:00 PM and Halloween Luncheon – Best Costume Prize – $25 Gift Card
Monday, November 14, 2022 – Meeting 1:00 PM and Trivia Challenge
**Tueday, December 6, 2022 – UFCW Local 328 Retirees Club Christmas Party – Cranston Country Club – more information to follow – ****** ONLY 2022 dues paid retirees are eligible – thank you
Monday, January 09, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM
Monday, February 13, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM and Valentine Luncheon
Monday, March 13, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker, Mickaela Driscoll, investigator from the Rhode Island Attorney Generals Office – presentation topics on financial exploitation, foreign scam artist, fraud scheme’s identity theft and resources to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
Monday, April 10, 2023 – Executive Board Meeting 12:30 PM – Meeting 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker, Elder Law Attorney, Paul Brule
Monday, May 8, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM – Guest speaker Louise Cadieux – Laughter is the best medicine
Monday, June 12, 2023 – Meeting and Luncheon at Davenports – approximate cost $13.00 (members) – approximate cost $18.00 (guests are welcomed) – Please call phone number above if interested – tip included
NO MEETINGS IN JULY & AUGUST
Thursday, July 27, 2023 – Summer get-together – Wrights Farm Restaurant – Time 11:30 AM – Family Style Baked Chicken – Please call phone number above if interested – approximate cost $18.00 PP (tip included/guests are welcomed)
**Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker – to be announced at a later date
September – Blackstone Valley Tourism Council – Guided 50 minute Blackstone Valley Canal Tour – Date, Time and Cost to follow at a later date
Monday, October 2, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM and Halloween Luncheon – Best Costume Prize – $25 Gift Card
Monday, November 13, 2023 – Meeting 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker – to be announced at a later date
December – Christmas Party – TBD