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Heartland Council Pioneers Life Member Luncheons Resume


The last pioneer life member luncheon was on December 5, 2019 and they resumed on July 29, 2021. The LML resumed at a new venue the German-American Society and will be held there in the future. The luncheon had 105 pioneer life members attend the luncheon and they enjoyed seeing each other again. In conjunction with LML the pioneers held a food drive for the Salvation Army. President Bob Wolkins collected the food to be delivered after the luncheon to the Salvation Army.

There were three speakers to update the pioneers of important things for them to know about. The New Outlook Region Director Elaine Housley from Columbus, Ohio was the first speaker. She introduced herself and spoke about her work history starting with Western Electric and becoming a director with the pioneers after retirement in 2000.

Vern Larson and Cindy Hadsell with the NRLN followed Elaine. Vern spoke first updating the benefits for those that retired from Avaya. Cindy’s key points were the action alerts and how important they are to let those in congress know what those back home are interested in. Cindy mentioned the voting records of the senators in NE and IA.

You can click on the picture to enlarge the picture and on the right side is a arrow to advance the them.

Submitted by Gordy Viner

Heartland Council Meets New Outlook Region Director Elaine Housley


During our spring conference call president Bob Wolkins made a note about Heartland Council restarting our life member luncheons this coming summer. Elaine called him said she would like to know the date and was going to make arrangements to come out to Omaha and attend the LML.

The LML was set for July 29, 2021. Bob and Elaine discussed that since she would be flying out the day before that the council should have a meeting and supper to meet her and the officers could get to know her.

Bob made a reservation at Brother Sebastian’s for Wednesday evening of July 28, 2021. The officers had a meeting with Elaine before supper and after supper Elaine discussed her back ground and then opened it up to a question and answer session that was very informative. The New Outlook reorganization was the big topic of discussion.

Front Row L to R; Deb Grady, Judy Coffey, Elaine Housley, Virginia Fugger
Middle Row L to R; Gordy Viner, Sandy Viner, Joe Bonaiuto, Ray Fugger
Back Row L to R; Jerry Golmanavich, Betty Golmanavich, Bob Wolkins, Carolyn Wolkins, Steve Dawkins

Submitted by Gordy Viner

Heartland Council LML and Food Drive

Council President Bob Wolkins has the food drive donations for the Salvation Army ready to deliver on 12/5/2019 after the LML. Bob reported that the donations filled three grocery carts. The Salvation Army estimates that each grocery cart filled has a value of $175.00.


The Heartland Pioneers the Omaha Works Volunteers had their Christmas LML this past Thursday, December 5, 2019. The luncheon began with the pledge of allegiances to the flag of the United States of America and followed with the invocation of blessing delivered by Barb Gray. The December Luncheon was the third one this year for the group.

The luncheons are a good way to see the people you have worked with through the years. It’s good food, a lot of fun to see everyone and find out how the current community projects are proceeding. The pioneers also held a food drive for the Salvation Army food bank to coincide with the LML. You could drop off your food donation on the way in.

You can click on this link to view some of the retired life members at the luncheon. 


Submitted by Bob Wolkins

Heartland Council LML

The Life Member Luncheon’s are held on Thursday’s three times a year. The Christmas luncheon was attended by 98 retirees and spouces with five grocery carts of food for the Salvation Army. Each luncheon is a combination luncheon and food drive for the Salvation Army. The Omaha Works retirees gather three times a year to enjoy a good meal and share stories and good times from days gone by.

You can click on this link to view some of the retired life members at the luncheon.

Submitted by Gordy Viner