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Nominations of Officers will take place November 16. . . Details

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October 1, 2016

TO:  All Members
Heartland Lodge 6760
TCU/IAM  BRC Division

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is the required notice advising you of nomination and election of officers for our Lodge for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2017.

Nominations will be held at our meeting scheduled for 3:30 PM, in the conference room at Rack and Helenís, 525 Broadway St., New Haven IN, 46774 on November 16th, 2016. Voting to be by secret mail balloting. Ballots will be mailed by Election Committee to each member qualified to vote to their last known address of record at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date ballots are to be returned and counted.

Any candidate unable to attend the nominating meeting must have his/her nominator submit his/her written acceptance of the nomination at the time his/her nomination is made.

The following offices are to be filled:

Vice President
Recording Secretary
Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Chairman of the Board of Trustees and two (2) Members
Chairman of the Local Protective Committee-Delegate
Alternate Delegate*

*NOTE:  Lodges having less than one hundred (100) Class 0, 1, 4, and 5 members do not elect     an Alternate Delegate.

Michael A. Bleser
President, Lodge 6760
TCU/IAM  BRC Divsion

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Our Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division of TCU was founded at Cedar Rapids, Iowa on October 27, 1888. The first By-Laws were adopted at Joint Convention in Topeka, Kansas, September 1890. Our union has merged with other railway unions five times, on. In July 1987, Convention action re-named the union Transportation Communications International Union (TCU) effective October 1, 1987. The Brotherhood Railway Carmen is a division of the TCU. The most recent merger was January 1, 2012, TCU Merged with International Association of Machinist and is the Railroad Division of that union. Review the Brotherhood Railway Carmen first 50-year history.

The Union we call TCU/IAM today took root back in 1899 when, on a cold winter's evening shortly after Christmas, 33 railroad clerks gathered in the back room of Behrens' cigar shop in Sedalia, Missouri. That night, December 29, they formed Local Lodge Number 1 of a union they named the Order of Railroad Clerks of America. Today our range is extensive and complex, on and off the railroads throughout the transportation industry. But the union still runs on those same simple principles of democracy and full membership participation.

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Union dues payments and inquiries should be sent to Mr. Kevin Hite, Financial Secretary-Treasurer.

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TCU/IAM Lodge 6760
P.O. Box 74
Spencerville, Indiana 46788

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Lodge Meeting Schedule:

November 16, 2016 at Fort Wayne

Mike Bleser becomes the first member to assume the Lodge Presidency in two separate tenures


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In Memory

 of our Sisters, Brothers and family members who recently reached eternal paradise

Pauline M. Clark
C. John Pequignot
Lowell D. Wheeler
Marion E. Wilhelm
Bradley Alan Baker
Irvin A. Friedman
Blake Bowman

Robert E. Pless, Sr.
Roger Bowling
Paul K. Jackson
Paul A. Gunkel, Jr.
Joey Dean Thomas
Ella May Jones
Joe Carroll
Steve Brownfield
Richard J. Keeley
Phillip C. Roe
David A. Reed
David P. Fancher
Jacob M. Dillow
Rennald J. Worman







Lodge 6760 is a now a stand alone lodge, not affiliated with any Joint Protective Board. Lodge 6760 was originally formed as Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America Lodge 67 in Fort Wayne, Indiana in December 1892. The lodge became inactive during the period of company run unions. In January 1936 the lodge received a new charter as Fort Wayne Lodge 760 under the leadership of Henry R. Martin. The lodge number and name were changed again in 1986 as a result of the formation of TCU under the terms of the BRC-BRAC merger. In 2012 the Lodge name was changed again to Heartland Lodge to more accurately reflect the four-state jurisdiction of the lodge. Today, Lodge 6760 represents over 500 members, employed on four railroads in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Regular meetings are held monthly, excluding July, at one of the various cities of the lodge. The regular Lodge meeting rotation order is: Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Danville, Louisville, Linton, Huntingburg, Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne will host the next meeting November 16, 2016, at Rack and Helen's conference room, 525 Broadway Street, New Haven, Indiana 46774. The meeting will be call to order at 3:30 PM. Nomination of officers will take place at this meeting.

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Read Steve Wilhelm's fund raising letter then join MNPL today.  

Members can join MNPL by printing the online form or by contacting the Local Chairman for more information.

The objects of this organization are to carry out the purposes and motives of our International Grand Lodge, and to further the interests of organized labor.


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Lodge 6760 is proud to be represented by strong union officers. On behalf of the lodge we extend our appreciation to these elected officers for their hard work and dedication to the union movement.

Carl Lakin, National Representative
Dennis Wilson, Assistant National Representative
Mike Bleser, President
Shane Mills, Vice President
Christopher Pierce, Local Chairman
Kevin Hite, Financial Secretary/Treasurer
Jameson McKnight Recording Secretary
Shawn Fensler, Chairman Board of Trustees
Michael R. Fisher, Board of Trustees Member
Ben Melton, Board of Trustees Member
Kevin Mitchell, Alternate Delegate

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