September 21, 2020 the unthinkable happened for David Sweeney. David is a 1st year floor-laying apprentice out of Local 171 in the Youngstown area. He answered his door to learn the news that his 4-year-old son, Rowan, was senselessly murdered. His life was changed forever.
In the next few months, his family had to figure out how to pick up the pieces of their life after their tragedy. They wanted a way to honor and memorialize their playful, energetic, happy son. After much thought, the
family landed the vision to build a park in his honor.
Plans for the park include quality, accessible equipment for everyone to enjoy. Their hope is that this park will serve as a memorial for other families experiencing similar loss or tragedy, too.
Local 171 has been helping share the fundraising events to help the family meet their goal and when they do, they plan to help build the park as well.
When area representatives learned of the possibility to get help through Carpenters Care, they applied for help. Carpenters Care intends to plan a fundraising event to benefit the Rowan Memorial Park Trust, (more details will be provided to locals across the council in the coming months).
If you are interested in donating directly to the cause, you can do so at www.rowansmemorialpark.com/donation.
Applications are now open for the IKORCC scholarship program. Forty $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2021 to eligible member’s dependent children. Twenty of the scholarships are awarded based on scholastics, and twenty others by a random drawing.
The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council scholastic scholarships are awarded based on 60% high school grade point average and 40% on
SAT or ACT scores. Twenty scholarships will be selected by random drawing.
The scholarship is to be used solely for the purpose of education in the form of tuition, room and board, and or books.
Sons, daughters, and dependent children of members of the Indiana /Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights are eligible for scholarships provided that:
- The parent or guardian is now and has been a member in good standing of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters for at least one year.
- The son, daughter, or dependent child is a high school graduating senior.
- The son, daughter, or dependent child will be attending a college, university, or trade school as a full-time student.
- Application is received at the Council office prior to Friday, March 19, 2021.
All applications must include:
- Signed and dated application form
- Signed certificate from a local union official
- Signed certificate from the high school principal
- Official high school transcripts with grade point average
- SAT or ACT scores
- Record of extracurricular activities
Scholarship applications must be received prior to Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Greenwood Council Office, located at 771 Greenwood Springs Drive, Greenwood, Indiana 46143.
Few people have left the impact on the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters as Don Sherry did. Don Sherry tragically passed away in 2017. His list of accomplishments is vast, and his impact on our union is unprecedented.
Don Sherry passionately served the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters for nearly 20 years as a business representative and Director of Organizing. He was the President of Carpenters Local 175 and a dedicated advocate for worker’s rights and unions. Colleagues said his dedication to this organization was second to none.
To honor Don’s service and dedication, each year since his passing the IKORCC has given The Don Sherry Achievement Award. The award recognizes a rank and file member who has gone above and beyond in their service on the job site, with contractors, in MAC meetings (Member Action Committee), and in their community. In addition to giving an award in his honor, IKORCC delegates raise money each year during their annual conference and donate the proceeds to the Diabetes Foundation in Don Sherry’s honor.
Past recipients of the Don Sherry Achievement Award include:
2018 – Glenn Downs, Local 599
2019 – Raymond Poer, Local 599
Of all the nominations received in 2020, Cory Hudson’s stood out. That’s why the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to present Cory Hudson with the 2020 Don Sherry Achievement Award. Cory is an active member of Carpenters Local 285, military veteran, and served as the lead instructor at the Richfield Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program for years, until recently accepting a new role as a superintendent for a union contractor. Cory’s leadership, training, and tireless dedication will serve him well in that role.
“We take the Don Sherry Award very seriously and have many very qualified applications submitted each year. I had the privilege to know and work directly with Don for many years and saw his commitment and dedication to our Brotherhood first hand. I’ve also been fortunate to know Cory Hudson and have seen his commitment to our Union and how he always puts the UBC at the forefront. His dedication to our craft helps keep our standards above the rest and he has a “care factor” not just for apprentices or our membership as a whole, but for all people. It was an honor and privilege to present the award to Cory Hudson this year,” said IKORCC’s EST Todd Pancake.
As states continue to reopen and coronavirus cases surge in many areas, healthcare workers are still battling COVID-19.
To show our appreciation for their continued dedication, we’ve thanked over 60 hospitals across Indiana, Kentucky, & Ohio. To our current and future ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) partners, thank you for working on the frontlines. The importance of infection control during hospital construction has always been an integral part of our training & we are proud to partner with so many amazing facilities that put patient safety first.
Learn more about our Infection Control Risk Assessment training or our 8-hour ICRA classes at ikorcc.com/ICRA
As COVID-19 cases hit the second wave in many places, hospitals search for space for the influx of patients. Normally, it takes years to plan & build a new hospital. With help from union carpenters & Turner Construction, the Cleveland Clinic did it in 18 days.
Carpenters converted a medical education building into a COVID-19 surge hospital. Union carpenters built the 477,000 square-foot facility years earlier. Now, they’ve transformed it into a 1,006-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients.
It took 10,000 man-hours & 65 craftsmen working in two shifts 24/7. Union carpenters constructed 30 patient restrooms, converted 50,000 square-feet of shelled space into 360 medical surge beds, converted 300,000 square feet of educational space into 640 medical surge beds, and installed 326 headwalls feeding 1,000 beds.
Hope Hospital opened in April & was a big step toward reopening the economy in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I think it’s important to play your part in the community. I just want to make sure I’m doing mine.” David Charon, Local 373
Thank you to our union carpenters, Turner Construction & the Cleveland Clinic for doing this essential work.
Written by: Dan Sustin, Training Coordinator of the Ohio Carpenters JATC, Richfield Campus
During the week of March 2nd–6th, the Richfield Training Center hosted a special out-of-town guest. Levi Beauchamp, the Training Coordinator and Instructor from the Alberta Carpenters Training Center, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, decided to take a field trip to Ohio.
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Brotherhood. Unity. Compassion. Last weekend the IKORCC joined 4 Cleveland-area locals to support The Up Side of Downs. The organization raises money for Down’s Syndrome advocacy. Locals 1090, 285, 373 & 435 have raised nearly $70,000 for the organization. We are incredibly proud of the amazing work these carpenters & millwrights have done in the community!
When it comes to recruiting the best & brightest apprentices, hosting Skills USA competitions all over Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio is a great place to start. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters hosted Skills USA competitions in Richfield, Rossford, Columbus, Monroe, Merrillville, and Greenwood. More competitions are scheduled in Kentucky in the coming weeks as well.
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