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Volume 59, Number 4
Fall, 2004

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TWIN CHARITABLE PAINTING PROJECTS HIGHLIGHT SEASON!

Chicago PDCA/FCA came to town with a Charitable Painting Project this Fall at the Clearbrook Home in Mount Prospect.

Two painters, recruited from Beatty Decorating and Leopardo, finished all interior work within a week's time.

Clearbrook began close to 50 years ago through the efforts of a group of parents seeking services for their children suffering from mental retardation.

The agency began as a school that provided opportunities for growth and development, with services that were not available elsewhere within the community.

As the first recipients aged, Clearbrook came to be an organization that could respond throughout the lifespan of handicapped adults.

Initiation of vocational services occurred as the Clearbrook students completed their education. Then with the acquisition of vocational behaviors and skills came the need for employment services... initially as a center-based workshop program and ultimately including community-based job opportunities.

Residential services developed in response to needs for housing and independence that many sought. Children's services were re-introduced in 1974, as the awareness of the importance of early intervention in the lives of infants and toddlers with special needs became an industry focal point. Today, Clearbrook serves over 1600 families with young children with developmental delays and adults with developmental disabilities.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES INCLUDE...

Child and Family Connections -- One of the 25 service coordination units for the state of Illinois, serving as the "front door" to families throughout North and Northwest Cook County for early intervention services, including intake, evaluation, referral, and support.

CHILD Program -- (Clearbrook Helps Infants Learn and Develop) provides an expanse of direct services to very young children who exhibit delays in reaching their developmental milestones. An interdisciplinary, family-focused approach is the hallmark of this program.

Take-A-Break Respite -- This program matches trained volunteers with families of young children with special needs. The volunteer provides regularly scheduled times for the handicapped child's parent to receive relief from their daily responsibilities, while knowing their child is in the best of care.

The Compuplay Program -- An innovative program that uses technology, an array of hardware and software, to break through the barriers of disabilities and introduce individualized learning opportunities to young children.

The Alex Leone Equipment Lending Library -- Affords community members the opportunity to borrow pieces of therapeutic and adaptive equipment for use at home.

Clearbrook's Lekotek Program -- This program is part of a national network of resources utilizing play as a means to develop cognitive, physical and social skills. It makes specially-adapted toys available for home loan.

Clearbrook Home Photo
Chicago PDCA/FCA conducted a Charitable Painting Project at the Clearbrook Home, a group facility for handicapped people, in Mount Prospect this Fall.

ADULT SERVICES INCLUDE...

Residential Facilities -- Homes are located throughout northwest suburban Cook County, as well as one located in Lake County. Ranging from one-person homes to a 92-bed facility that offers 24-hour nursing care, this program offers levels of support and supervision commensurate with the needs of the individuals.

In-Home Program -- This provides one-on-one, goalbased services within the family home.

Clinical Services -- A full complement of therapies and professional services are made available. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, counseling and behavioral supports, psychological and psychiatric consultations and assistive technology are all elements of this program.

Developmental Training -- Offers a full day program structured to help participants acquire new skills and refine existing skills in daily living, communication, decision-making, and socialization. Emphasis is placed upon community participation and integration.

Seniors Program -- This plan provides a supportive environment to aging adults who suffer developmental disabilities. They are supported to maintain an optimal level of social, emotional and physical well-being.

Employment Services -- A spectrum of job services is availablt to furnish individuals with skills, experience, and opportunities to productively engage in meaningful work that matches identified interests. Community-based and program-based environments are both available.

Clearbrook Group Photo
Above (left to right) at the Clearbrook project were Miles Beatty and Ron Wulf (Beatty Decorating Company), Dave Hatcher, Norb Soltysiak, and Gavin Barcley (The Leopardo Companies) and Clearbbrook residents Vicki Selman, Buffy Sholl, Susie Hoeg, Libby Borkon, and Pam Ladore. Below, Ron and Dave at work.
Painter at work Painter at work

Paint Spots Miscellany Paintbrush Image

Did you know that your chocolate habit can reveal your age. It's true... just try this exercise. First, write down the number of times a week that you normally eat chocolate. It should be more than once, but less than 10 times. Now, multiply this number by two and add 5. Multiply the total by 50. If you have already had your birthday this year, then add 1754; if you haven't, add 1753. Subtract the four-digit year that you were born. Your grand total will be a three-digit number. Check it out...the first digit will be your original number (how many times you have chocolate each week) and the next two numbers are your age!

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Here are the top ten things you will never hear from a business consultant:

  1. You're right; we're billing you way too much for this.
  2. Bet you I can go a week without saying "synergy" or "value-added".
  3. How about paying us based upon the success of this project?
  4. This whole strategy is based on some Harvard business case I read about.
  5. Actually, the only difference is that we charge more than they do.
  6. I don't really know enough to speak intelligently about that.
  7. Implementation? Actually, I only care about writing long reports.
  8. I can't take the credit. It was Ed in your marketing department who did it.
  9. The problem is, you have too much work for too few people.
  10. Everything looks okay to me. You really don't need my services.

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Straight to us from the 2004 Darwin Awards competition comes the story of the late James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, Michigan, who was killed in March as he was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway whilst Burns himself hung precariously underneath the vehicle to ascertain the source of a troubling noise. Unfortunately, Burns' clothing got snagged by something before he could complete the mission...and the other man found him literally "wrapped around the driveshaft."

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Ken Charles Barger, 47, may be the runner-up. He accidentally shot himself to death last December in Newton, North Carolina after awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone beside his bed. Reaching for the phone, he picked up his Smith & Wesson .38 instead, and it discharged when he drew it to his ear. (For whatever reason, residents of Southern states always seem to figure prominently among Darwin nominees.)

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Special bags of pink-and-white M&M candy will be on sale this Fall to raise funds for breast cancer research. The bags are clearly marked, and it would be appreciated if you can help get the word out so we can beat this thing. Women fear and fight breast

cancer, including those closest and dearest to us...so let's do all we can to support this cause. Masterfoods has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds through the sale of their new pink-and-white M&M candies. For each eight-ounce bag of the special candies sold, Masterfoods will donate 50 cents to the foundation. Pass this information on to help save lives. And, the next time you want a treat, pick up a bag of pink-and-white M&M's to donate to a great cause while satisfying your sweet tooth!

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TOM & MARIANNE HESTER RECONSIDER THEIR WINTER HOME LOCATION...

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Will Rogers had great observations about growing old that still apply today. First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way, and I've traveled a long way when some of the roads weren't paved. Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, remember Algebra. Fifth ~ You know that you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks. Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top. Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf. Finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.

An independent trucker named John Holmgren, of Shafer, Minnesota, has painted his cab and trailer with the names of all those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedies in New York City and Washington, D.C. John has been "pulled over" numerous times by troopers who just want their picture taken with the truck. Watch out for John's truck...it just might be rolling through Illinois!

9/11 Truck Photo

LEGISLATIVE

UPDATE:

Jay Weaver Photo

By Jay Weaver, Executive Director Of Industry Services,Finishing Contractors Association

BUSINESS-RELATED ISSUES
Blue Bullet The House and Senate passed new Military Construction and Homeland Security bills before adjourning. Congress approved the two annual spending bills for homeland security and military construction recently, with House bill H.R. 4567 containing $32 billion in discretionary spending, and House bill H.R. 4837 providing $10 billion for military construction.

On November 15th, Congress will return for a lame-duck session after the election to finish the remaining nine appropriations bills, which most likely will be rolled into one massive omnibus spending package.

Blue Bullet President Bush signed the Highway/Transit Programs' extension into law. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and Federal Transit Authority (FTA) programs became fully operational after President Bush signed into law a House bill, H.R. 5183, to extend their authority for eight months. The FHA will receive $24.5 billion and the FTA $5.2 billion.

Blue Bullet Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) accused Democrats of obstructing passage of asbestos legislation. The Senate Majority Leader claimed that the Democrats blocked the asbestos legislation. He named Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), who is trying to negotiate a compromise over how to handle pending lawsuits and ensure a smooth startup of the Asbestos Trust Fund.

Blue Bullet A new EPA Report provides management guidelines for handling construction/demolition debris. Aimed at both preventing pollution and reducing or recycling waste, the recent report is titled "RCRA in Focus: Construction, Demolition, and Renovation." It provides new guidelines for managing construction and demolition debris (e.g., debris contaminated by lead-based paint and asbestos). For more information, visit EPA's website: www.epa.gov.


Blue Bullet President Bush has reiterated his support for Association Health Plans (AHPs) legislation, again calling for passage of AHP legislation (H.R. 660)
that would enable small firms to be allowed to join together through Association Health Plans to purchase employee insurance at the same type of discounts that are available to big businesses.

LABOR-RELATED ISSUES
Blue Bullet Any Pension Plan's mandatory arbitration provision will not bar judicial review, according to the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, which held that such a mandatory arbitration provision in a defined benefit pension plan does not necessarily prevent that plan's participants from seeking judicial review of trustee decisions denying their claims for disability benefits.

Blue Bullet OSHA has posted an "Interpretation Letter" on wearing life jackets over water. According to OSHA, life jackets or buoyant work vests are required on construction sites even when employees are working over water that is less than two feet deep, because, even over shallow water, a worker could be knocked unconscious and suffer drowning.

Blue Bullet Forms 5500 and 5500-EZ for 2004, filed annually by more than a million pension and other employee benefit plans, have been issued essentially unchanged from 2003. Information and copies of the forms, schedules, and instructions can be found at: www.efast.dol.gov.

THE 108th CONGRESS WILL BE IN ADJOURNMENT FROM OCTOBER 1, 2004 TO NOVEMBER 15, 2004.

For more information on these matters, visit:

SIX SIMPLE STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

by Rett Humke

In his book "Independently Wealthy," Dr. Robert Goodman, senior economic advisor at Putman Investments, reviews several proven strategies for achieving financial security. Hey, no need to reinvent the wheel here. Let's just borrow a few of his ideas!

First and foremost, we need to develop a plan. Jot down how much you can consistently save each month; then stick to the plan religiously.

Second, we need to add up these savings to see if they will be enough. Multiply how much you are saving each month by the number of months you have until you want to be financially independent. This tells how long (or short) the fuse is. What sort of income will this provide for you? How does this figure compare with what you'll need to live?

Third, we need to build our savings in tax-sheltered accounts wherever possible. How much will be in your 401(k)? How much will be in your IRA? Will you use tax-sheltered annuities? Will any savings go into tax-protected educational accounts? The vehicles we use can be changed from time to time in order to maximize results.

Fourth, we must always pay ourselves first. Take dedicated savings "off the top" before you have time to think about it...no matter how modest the amount. Employer plans are made to order for this, but if one isn't available (or if you're maxed out), set up your own with a mutual fund company. By investing regularly (the so-called "dollar cost averaging") one will automatically average out the ups and downs of the market.

Fifth, we need to protect the money that we've invested. Is it diversified? Is it structured to fit your level of risk tolerance? Is it balanced to include bonds as well as stocks?

Sixth, we need to be there for the rallies. This means we need to buy and hold. We all worry about being in the market when it collapses when the real danger is not being in the market when it climbs. While we all think we'll quickly jump back in a down market that's starting to climb, studies show that we do this too late. We miss part of the rally. Even though it has gone out of style in some quarters, most financial advisors still believe that it is better to buy and hold rather than to dodge in and out of the market. That's why mutual funds were invented...to let the money managers take care of those buys and sells.

NEXT ISSUE:
WATCHING THE MARKET...
HISTORY MAY REPEAT ITSELF!

Rett Humke is president of Humke Groups Inc., located at 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 103, St. Charles (584-7343). Holding an MBA in finance, he is both a certified financial planner and registered investment advisor, as well as a registered representative of Mutual Services Corporation.

Former Governor "Big Jim" Thompson Addresses PDCA/FCA Joint Membership Meeting

Chicago PDCA/FCA and NiPDi/FCAI hosted their first Joint Membership Meeting on September 9, 2004, at Maggiano's Little Italy in Oak Brook, with a resounding sign-up of 224 guests...including Union officials from both Painters' District Councils 14 and 30 as well as a healthy compliment of Associate Members from both areas.

Enjoying a fabulous Italian family-style meal, the metro and suburban associations of Union Painting and Drywall Finishing Contractors welcomed former Illinois Governor "Big Jim" Thompson to the podium as keynote speaker and political commentator.

Citing his remarkable record of good relations with the Trade Unions, he noted that Union painters could be found in the Statehouse during his tenure. When pressed to comment on the upcoming election, he guessed the correct result and further observed that the contest would be resolved with returns from Florida and Ohio.

Jim Thompson Photo


$183,500 AWARDED IN 2004 PAINTING SCHOLARSHIPS

    STUDENT:            SCHOOL:                   AWARDEE'S PARENT NAME & COMPANY:                     LOCAL UNION:
            
 1. JAMES BEATTY        AUGUSTANA COLLEGE         $2,500.00   JAMES BEATTY, BEATTY DECORATING          LOCAL #863

 2. MILES BEATTY IV     AUGUSTANA COLLEGE         $3,500.00   MILES BEATTY III, BEATTY DECORATING      LOCAL #863
							
 3. KYLE LYNN BENJAMIN  INDIANA UNIVERSITY        $3,000.00   WALTER BENJAMIN, THE LEVY COMPANY        LOCAL #184
										
 4. BRIAN BENKO         INDIANA UNIVERSITY        $3,500.00   RUSSELL BENKO, HILTON HOTEL              LOCAL #180
											
 5. KARA BERCHEM        UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI    $3,000.00   DAVID BERCHEM, JANOTA PAINTING           LOCAL #265
										
 6. NICOLE BOTH         NORTHERN UNIVERSITY       $3,000.00   NORMAN BOTH, MANTA INDUSTRIAL            LOCAL #33
 
 7. MICHAEL BRANDT JR.  UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3,500.00   MICHAEL BRANDT, ARTHER J. ROGERS         LOCAL #521
											
 8. MONICA BRAVO        PRINCETON UNIVERSITY      $2,500.00   JESUS BRAVO, ALLEGRO HOTEL               LOCAL #147
 
 9. STEVEN BURFIELD     UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN    $2,000.00   STEVEN BURFIELD, MAY DECORATING          LOCAL #273
										
10. LINDSAY CELAYA      LEWIS UNIVERSITY          $3,500.00   JOSEPH CELAYA, TRIANGLE DEC.             LOCAL #147

11. FRANCIS CERVANTES   NORTHERN UNIVERSITY       $3,000.00   MOISES CERVANTES, MATANS PTG & DEC.      LOCAL #521

12. ANTHONY CHIARO      ILLINOIS WESLEYAN         $2,500.00   FRANK CHIARO, COTE DECORATING            LOCAL #265

13. JENNIFER CLIFFORD   ILLINOIS STATE            $3,000.00   TERRY CLIFFORD, GLADSTONE PTG            LOCAL #180
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14. JESSICA CLIFFORD    ILLINOIS STATE            $2,500.00   TERRY CLIFFORD, GLADSTONE PTG            LOCAL #180
										
15. KATHERINE CSAPO     ILLINOIS STATE            $3,000.00   KARL CSAPO, ASCHER BROTHERS              LOCAL #275
										
16. BRIDGET DESCHAAF    ILLINOIS STATE            $3,000.00   ANDREW DESCHAAF, ASCHER BROTHERS         LOCAL #521

17. ANGELA FRAGGIS      DEPAUL UNIVERSITY         $3,500.00   PETE FRAGGIS, HESTER DECORATING          LOCAL #194
									
18. RACHEL GAJOS        LOYOLA UNIVERSITY         $2,500.00   EDWARD GAJOS, TRIANGLE DECORATING        LOCAL #275
										
19. LUKE GIERHAHN       UNIVERSITY OF IOWA        $3,000.00   MICHAEL GIERHAHN, SOUTHLAND CUSTOM DEC.  LOCAL #521
										
20. JOSE GONZALEZ       DARTMOUTH COLLEGE         $3,500.00   HECTOR GONZALEZ, G & O PTG & DEC.        LOCAL #521
										
21. MARIE GONZALEZ      HARRINGTON INSTITUTE      $3,500.00   HECTOR GONZALEZ, G & O PTG & DEC.        LOCAL #521
								
22. JACQUELINE JANUS    UNIVERSITY OF MISSOUR     $3,500.00   JOHN JANUS, J M BRENNAN                  LOCAL #147
										
23. RUSSELL KIRKPATRICK UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOI     $3,500.00   JERRY KIRKPATRICK, HICKS DECORATING      LOCAL #265
										
24. JAMES KNUERR        DEPAUL UNIVERSITY         $2,500.00   THOMAS KNUERR, PREFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL   LOCAL #194
										
25. AARON KRUMREICH     UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS $3,000.00   ERIC  KRUMREICH, OOSTERBAAN & SONS       LOCAL #33
										
26. AMBER KRUMREICH     UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS $3,000.00   ERIC KRUMREICH, OOSTERBAAN & SONS        LOCAL #33
										 
27. MELISSA LAUNHARDT   ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY     $3,000.00   DOUGLAS LAUNHARDT, R.M. SELLERGREN       LOCAL #521

28. REBECCA LAUNHARDT   UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3,500.00   DOUGLAS LAUNHARDT, R.M. SELLERGREN       LOCAL #521
										
29. MICHAEL LAUNIUS     UNIVERSITY OF KANSA       $2,500.00   MICHAEL LAUNIUS, SKYLINE DECORATING      LOCAL #147
										
30. MICHELLE LEKER      UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN   $2,500.00   DAVID LEKER, BEATTY DECORATING           LOCAL #863
											
31. SAMANTHA LEMANSKI   BRADLEY UNIVERSITY        $2,500.00   TOM LEMANSKI, SKYLINE DECORATING         LOCAL #194
										
32. MICHAEL MARSHALL    ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE      $3,000.00   KENNETH MARSHALL, TRIANGLE DECORATING    LOCAL #191
										
33. LINA MARTINO        COLUMBIA COLLEGE          $2,500.00   DOMINIC MARTINO, MARTINO DECORATING      LOCAL #273
										
34. JASON MOOD          UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3,000.00   KENNETH MOOD, SHAMROCK DEC.              LOCAL #184
										
35. CATHERINE MURPHY    ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY  $3,000.00   GERALD MURPHY, RIVER ROSE INC.           LOCAL #191
										
36. MATTHEW MURPHY      MONMOUTH COLLEG           $3,000.00   GERALD MURPHY, RIVER ROSE                LOCAL #191
										
37. JENNIFER NEWBY      AUGUSTANA COLLEGE         $3,000.00   LAWRENCE NEWBY, NATIONAL DECORATING      LOCAL #275
										
38. JESSICA NULL        COLUMBIA COLLEGE          $2,000.00   WALTER NULL, TRIANGLE DECORATING         LOCAL #33
							
39. ROY OLSON           ILLINOIS STATE            $2,500.00   ROY OLSON, OOSTERBAAN                    LOCAL #194
										
40. AMY PETERSON        SOUTHERN ILLINOIS         $3,000.00   GEOFFREY PETERSON, PAINTERS COLLAB       LOCAL #863
									  		
41. THERESA PHILBIN     BRADLEY UNIVERSITY        $3,000.00   THOMAS PHILBIN, T.M. PHILBIN PTG & DEC   LOCAL #191
										
42. STEPHANIE PHILLIPS  ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF ART $2,500.00   EDWARD PHILLIPS, TRIANGLE DEC.           LOCAL #194
										
43. STEPHANIE PIPIA     ELMHURST COLLEGE          $3,000.00   BRADLEY PIPIA, LOHRE PAINTING            LOCAL #863
										
44. NICOLE POKRAJAC     NORTHERN UNIVERSITY       $2,500.00   BRANKO POKRAJAC                          LOCAL #147

45. MARK PORSCHE        ILLINOIS STATE            $2,000.00   BRUCE PORSCHE, PROFESSIONAL PTG & DEC.   LOCAL #147
										
46. DAVID PURDY         MANTA INDUSTRIAL          $2,500.00   THOMAS PURDY, MANTA INDUSTRIAL           LOCAL #184
										
47. REBECCA RIHA        ILLINOIS STATE            $3,000.00   JAMES RIHA, EDISON SERVICES              LOCAL #273
										
48. JOHN W. ROBERTS     UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3,000.00   JOHN E. ROBERTS, NAPERVILLE-CHGO-ILL PTG LOCAL #194
										
49. NICHOLAS ROMANAS    UNIVERSITY OF IOWA        $3,000.00   ROBERT ROMANAS, CONTINENTAL DECORATING   LOCAL #191
				
50. CAROLYN ROZICH      UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3,000.00   FRANK ROZICH, ASCHER BROTHERS            LOCAL #147
										
51. DANA SELLERS        ILLINOIS STATE            $3,500.00   STEVEN SELLERS, LEVY COMPANY             LOCAL #863
										
52. NICHOLAS SELLERS    ILLINOIS STATE            $3,500.00   STEVEN SELLERS, LEVY COMPANY             LOCAL #863
										
53. AMANDA SKIERKIEWICZ BRADLEY UNIVERSITY        $2,500.00   GREGORY SKIERKIEWICZ, THREE D ENTERPRISE LOCAL #265
											
54. ROBERT STARESINA    NORTHERN UNIVERSITY       $2,500.00   IVAN STARESINA, MATANS PTG & DEC.        LOCAL #863
										
55. ERIN  STEELE        ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY     $3,000.00   JOHNNY STEELE, ASCHER BROTHERS           LOCAL #184
										
56. RACHEL TURKOWSKI    U of I CIRCLE CAMPUS      $2,500.00   MICHAEL TURKOWSKI, TRIANGLE DECORATING   LOCAL #265
				 				
57. TIFFANY TYRAKOWSKI  WESTERN UNIVERSITY        $3,000.00   RAYMOND TYRAKOWSKI, D.B.M. SERVICES      LOCAL #184
										
58. DAVID UHER          UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3,000.00   STEVE UHER, MCPARTLAND & MCPARTLAND      LOCAL #184
										
59. DENISE VAZQUEZ      DEPAUL UNIVERSITY         $3,000.00   FRANCISCO VAZQUEZ, NATIONAL DECORATING   LOCAL #147

60. LAURA WIESNER       AURORA UNIVERSITY         $3,000.00   HOWARD WIESNER, TRIANGLE DECORATING      LOCAL #275
										
61. SEAN WILLIAMS       UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS    $3.000.00   JAMES WILLIAMS, NATIONAL DECORATING      LOCAL #180
										
62. JOSEPH WILSON       NORTHERN ILLINOIS         $3,000.00   ROBERT WILSON, NATIONAL DECORATING       LOCAL #180
										
63. ELISE YOUNG         NORTHERN ILLINOIS         $3,000.00   WILLIAM YOUNG, NATIONAL DECORATING       LOCAL #191
            

Deicke Home Celebrates New Hues!
CHARITABLE PAINTING PROJECT • LOMBARD, ILLINOIS

Deicke Group Photo
Above (left to right), Jane Stewart, Bruce Thompson, Chuck Wittmer, Miki Wittmer, Ralph Stewart, Brian Fanelli, Bob Fanello, Robert Maramba, Gary Hillesheim, and Mike LeGood gathered in company of the quality PPG products used in the project during an "Expression of Appreciation" rendered upon completion of the work.

Talk about an extreme makeover! The colorizing of drab, uninteresting white walls has now dramatically altered the look - and feel - of Lombard's Deicke Home and Work/Activity Center...thanks to the largesse of Chicago Union Painting Contractor Painters Collaborative and Associate Member Pittsburgh Paints/PPG.

Every "paintable" surface has now been coated thanks to many volunteers and several very generous companies...the ones who chose to get involved with their fellow man. Lauding primary benefactors Painters Collaborative and Pittsburgh Paints. Jay Tovian, Chairman of the West Suburban Association for the Retarded Board of Directors noted, "When major corporations such as these step up to the plate like this, it should hearten all of us."

Bruce Thompson, Executive Director of the Deicke Home commented, "There was a phenomenal amount of work and a considerable list of materials necessary for this project. Either building on its own would have been a fabulous gift by the two companies."

All the common areas of the Deicke Home as well as the majority of the Work & Activity Center were livened up with new colors. To complete this overwhelming task, about 100 gallons of custom-mixed paint were applied by six professional painters, representing the donation of some $12,704.00 in labor.

The following areas of the home were painted during this project: all ceilings; upstairs hallways; basement recreation room, laundry room, bathroom, and office; stair wells; main floor living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, guest rest rooms, office, and hallways. Then, throw in the Work & Activities Center with its front kitchen, main front room, main kitchen, lunchroom, four activity rooms the size of school class rooms, two bathrooms, and all of the windows.

M. Ecker & Co. of Illinois, Inc. and Painters' Collaborative, Inc. were so accommodating that they sent in a team of painters while the Deicke Home "team" was on vacation. Therefore, the men and women's trip to the Wisconsin Dells was capped off by having their drab white walls replaced by vibrant new hues. One could say the house gave a multi-colored "welcome home" to the weary travelers.

On Monday, August 23, an official "Expression of Appreciation" was extended to all involved with this Deicke Home painting project. Among those honored were Mike LeGood, President of Painters' Collaborative, Inc.; Gary Hillesheim, General Superintendent, Painters Collaborative, Inc.; Robert A. Maramba, Director of Marketing, Ecker Enterprises, Inc.; Brian Fanelli, Bob Fanello, and Ralph Stewart from Pittsburgh Paints; Bruce Thompson, Executive Director of the Deicke Home; Chuck Wittmer, WSAR Board Vice Chair; and Jane Stewart, WSAR Board Member and project coordinator; and Miki Wittmer, interior designer. Also in attendance were Raymond Maramba, Scott Wittmer, and Peter Stewart, who live at the Deicke Home.

The West Suburban Association for the Retarded operates the Edwin Deicke Group Home at 1005 East Division Street in Lombard. There was additional excitement at the home earlier this spring when all the bedrooms and bathrooms were painted striking new colors individually chosen by the men and women who live there. New bedroom carpet was laid which coordinated with the choice of paint color. Other kind-hearted individuals and companies who made this previous project possible included: countless dedicated volunteer painters, Schroeder's Ace Hardware Store (Lombard), Wishes 'N Whims Interiors and Flooring Designs (Downers Grove), and, again, Pittsburgh Paints.

Deicke Group Photo
Above, the group gathered in the group home dining room with residents Raymond Maramba, Peter Stewart, and Scott Wittmer the same day.

Marty Tew and John Frye Photo

CHICAGO PDCA/FCA PRESENTS CHECK TO FCA

Chicago PDCA/FCA President Marty Tew presented an Industry Advancement Fund check for $7924.56 to National FCA Chairman John Frye at the 9/9/04 Joint Membership Meeting. This year, the IAF has been contributing two cents per man hour of the total Union Painter man-hours worked to FCA every month.

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