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Category: Life Member Luncheon

Heartland Council Pioneers LML 23 August 2022

August 23, 2022

Today at approximately 10:30 am the doors to the DC Centre Banquet Facility opened for the second Heartland Pioneers Life Member Luncheon of 2022. More than a hundred attendees enjoyed visiting and catching up with what has been taking place in their lives since the last LML this spring. Chair Judy Coffey opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and gave a blessing. She had a couple of the chairs give a short report on what their groups were engaged in now. During this time the salads were distributed to all and then came the attendees selection of their meals either baked chicken or beef on rice. The dessert was a layer cake of chocolate or vanilla with a cream filling served by the waiters.

The highlight was Betty Golmanavich of the Hooks and Needles introducing Sharron Bailey who for years has made baby, cancer, youth and Quilts of Valor. Her specialty is quilts for kid cancer patients in the Omaha area. The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, its mission was to cover our nation’s military touched by war – that is, to cover them with quilts and honor their service. After she showed a quilt to the group she donated the quilt to one of the attendees of the luncheon. Sharron noted that from the first of the year to the end of August she have made and delivered 70 quilts.

There was a drawing of four free luncheon meals for the Christmas LML on December 6, 2022. The officers of the Heartland Council wish to thank all that chose to have lunch with us today and hope to see all again at our Christmas Luncheon.

In conjunction with the Life Member Luncheon the Pioneers hold a food drive and ask those attending to bring staples to the luncheon to donate to the Salvation Army. Chapter president Bob Wolkins reported that when he delivered the food items to the Salvation Army he was able to fill two grocery carts with the donations from the luncheon. The lady at the Salvation Army told Bob it was hard today to put a value on the food and assured him the two grocery carts had a estimated 100 pounds of food.

Submitted by the Heartland Councils Assistant Editor

Omaha Works Pioneers Life Member Luncheon 5 Apr 2022

On April 5, 2022 the Heartland Pioneers sponsored a Life Member Luncheon for all the retirees of the Omaha Works. There was also a food drive in connection with the luncheon. The food that was collected was donated to the Salvation Army when the luncheon was over.

The Pioneer LML was held at the DC Centre this time as Antony’s Steakhouse closed this spring and a new location was needed to be secured for the luncheons for 2022. Everyone enjoyed the comradery with old friends from work and look forward to seeing everyone at the summer luncheon on August 23, 2022. Steve Dawkins was recognized for his 21 years of leadership with the Hug A Bears project. There was a special Spring Fling drawing for four free lunches for the Summer luncheon. Notices will be mailed one month prior to the event and a notice will be on the Heartland Pioneers website at this link https://heartlandpioneers.com/category/news/life-member-luncheon/

Heartland Council Pioneers Life Member Lunch 12/7/2021

Omaha Works Pioneers Christmas Life Member Luncheon December 7, 2021

On December 7 the Heartland Council sponsored a Life Member Luncheon for all the retirees of the Omaha Works, 1956 – 2011. There was also a food drive in connection with the luncheon. Chapter president Bob Wolkins left to deliver the donated food to the Salvation Army when the luncheon was over.

The LML had over 112 retirees attending the luncheon. They enjoyed the comradery with old friends from work and voted after the meal to keep the luncheon at Anthony’s in 2022.

This year we were able to get a number of surplus promotional items from Pioneer headquarters. Judy wrapped the items and held a grab bag and everyone got a surprise gift.

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