Fresh off their big victories at the International Lineman’s Rodeo, the Modesto Irrigation District team of Jimmy Boere, Matt McCurdy and Sean Coulson, as well as the Turlock Irrigation District team of Josh Klikna, Dustin Krieger and Steve Johnson were celebrated for their outstanding achievements by the members of the Local 1245 Advisory Council.
The MID team placed second in the Municipal Division. The TID team placed first in the Municipal Division for the third year in a row, and they also came in third place overall among all the teams that competed.
“We continue to do extremely well at the International Rodeo, and we’re incredibly proud of these members,” said IBEW 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell. “We’ve found the competition to be a great way to assert pride and identity as a union.”
When asked by Dalzell what their secret is, MID team member Jimmy Boere told the Advisory Council, “We work as a team all the time … and we’re really competitive. We want to bring trophies back to northern California.”
“[Competing in the rodeo] is definitely a game. It’s as far from linework as you can get, but you’ve got to know linework to do it,” TID’s Josh Klikna told the Advisory Council. “We’re really proud of this. Without Local 1245 support, we wouldn’t be able to compete. And now 1245 is starting to achieve a name, and we’re getting lots of recognition at the international level.”