The Plumbing Council of Chicagoland and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Chicago Area Council have partnered to launch the inaugural "Labor and Scouting" Dinner and George Meany Award Ceremony honoring UA General President William P. Hite on January 20, 2015 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers.
In preparation of this historic event, a Gala Committee comprised of UA Business Managers, Chicago labor leaders and association industry executives assembled for the first time at the Pipefitters Local 597 union office in Chicago on September 23, 2014. UA General President and 2015 George Meany Honoree Bill Hite was also in attendance to personally thank the Gala Committee for their time and service and to reiterate the importance of fostering a genuine interest among today's Boy Scouts to become tomorrow's union apprentices.
- To register for the event, visit www.chicagobsa.org/union.
Back row standing from left: CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen; BSA Northern Illinois STEM Marketing Director Nancy Elder; MCA-Chicago Communications Director Patty Elliott; PCA-PAMCANI staff Barb Bigelow; BSA Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana Director of Strategic Initiatives Drew Glassford; BSA Development Director Myriam Herrera; Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez; UA General President Bill Hite; UA Pipefitters Local 597 Business Manager Jim Buchanan; BSA Sr. Development Director Joe Stocchero; BSA Development Director Anna Villarreal; and PCA-Plumbing Council-PAMCANI Executive Director S.J. Peters. Front row seated from left: MCA-Chicago Vice President Steve Lamb; Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades President Tom Villanova; Plumbing Council Chairman Bob Melko; Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17 Business Manager Brian Glynn; BSA volunteer Darryl Schellin; and UA Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Business Manager Dennis Fleming. Committee members in attendance but not pictured: UA Plumbers Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne and National PHCC Executive Director Gerry Kennedy. Committee members not present: UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23 Business Manager Rick Beck; UA Plumbers Local 75 Business Manager Steven Breitlow; UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172 Business Manager Kurt Meade; and Illinois Regional Insulation Contractors Association Executive Director Alec Rexroat.