Recently my mother passed away and services were held for her. Of course, my many family members were with us, as well as many, many friends.
But along with those, were members of our “Brotherhood” – certainly “friends” – but also “Brothers.”
I wish to thank them very much and want them to know that they being there meant so very much to me.
I recently retired and am no longer a “dues paying” member. However, I will always be very grateful for all that our Union has done, and continues to do, for me, my family and for all of our Brothers and Sisters throughout the course of our lives and for those that have preceded us all. And I am most assured and satisfied that our Union will continue to be there “down the road” for our Brothers and Sisters of the future. I will always be most proud that I am a part of this Brotherhood. And as I was reminded so kindly this last week, I will continue to be considered as part of this very special Brotherhood for all of my life.
Throughout the course of our busy daily lives, we may not always take the time to appreciate just how important our Union has been for us. It may not be readily visible for us – as it is not possible to see every action or deed that our Union has performed since its inception on behalf of our many Brothers and Sisters over these many years of its history. But its purpose and mission has always been steadfast and I believe it will always continue to be, due to the strength of its members and of its leaders who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of “working men and women”. Its integrity in this endeavor is absolute and continues to be exhibited for us all every day.
And I wish now to take this moment to express my most personal gratitude for our Union. To my most special Brothers who took time to be with my family and I, I wish to express my most sincere and deepest appreciation and say that your most thoughtful act reminds me and will forever proclaim: our Union truly is a “Never Ending Brotherhood.”
Thank you all so very much!
–John Petrovitz, IBEW 1245 retiree