Welcome to San Francisco RAFA
Cicina Norton, President
Pacific Stroke Association presentation and free lunch at the IAM Hall.
Both RAFA members and IAM retirees attended; approximately 50 folks.
RAFA thanks the retirees of IAM Local Lodge 1781 for setting up the lunch for us; especially Barbara Underhill!
Annie O'Donnell (PSA program director) introduces Dr. Peter Nelson
Dr Peter Nelson, a stroke survivor and doctor, gave the presentation.
Most important: STROKE is an EMERGENCY! Act FAST and CALL 911.
FAST= Face (look for uneven smile) Arm (check if one arm is weak),
Speech (listen for slurred speech) Time (call 911 RIGHT AWAY!).
More info here: www.PacificStrokeAssociation.org
Following the invaluable stroke information RAFA SFO held our quarterly meeting
Marian Bruns read the minutes of our last meeting (the Gratitude Luncheon, scroll further down to see those pictures)
Cicina Norton (President) suggested RAFA make a donation to the Pacific Stroke Association; $250 was approved.
After a Pass Travel report by Kirk Moore,
Cicina Norton and Donna Sesock Miller (VP) lead discussions about a RAFA SFO Facebook page
Finally, we all enjoyed a free lasagne & salad lunch (another "perk" of being RAFA members) & cookies supplied by the IAM!
Unfortunately the photographer was too busy eating to snap any photographs! :-)
Free lunch & a little "post-election therapy" for over 50 retirees as a thank you for being RAFA members.
SFO Officers, L-R: VP Donna Sesock-Miller, Treasurer Kathy Adams, President Cicina Norton, Secretary Marian Bruns
The delicious lunch was accompanied by an informative parade of speakers.
Each spoke about their roles in AFA / RAFA and the importance and accomplishments of our unions.
Donna Sesock-Miller Georgia Nielsen Diane Robertson
Kathy Hutchens Kaitlin White Stan Kiino
Many thanks to:
Cicina Norton, President, SFO RAFA
Donna Sesock-Miller, Vice-President SFO RAFA
Georgia Nielsen, Secretary, United Historical Foundation; co-founder / past-President of RAFA International
Diane Robertson, former Master Executive Council President of AFA
Kathy Hutchens former AFA grievance committee
Kaitlin White, President AFA Council 11 (SFO)
Stan Kiino, Secretary AFA Council 11 (SFO)
Kirk Moore with RAFA "Gypsies", Doris & Wes Watkins
August 16th was a gorgeous day!
SFO President Cicina Norton called the meeting to order at Leo Ryan Park, Foster City:
Marian Bruns read the minutes, Kathy Adams gave a treasurer's report, Karen Kitt gave a membership report:
SFO RAFA was out in force!
And yes, it's all about our world-famous self-catered lunch buffet!!
Yummy! If you weren't there, you should have been!
Kirk Moore (standing in white shirt) gave the 90 minute presentation about Other Airline Travel and myUAdiscount
The meeting was hosted by the IAM and over 100 RAFA members PLUS lots of IAM retirees attended
The IAM served a delicious lasagne lunch after the seminar, enjoyed by all!
RAFA rabble-rouser, Donna Sesock-Miller, waves for the camera
RAFA members chow down; all are now ready to buy ZEDs on Other Airlines!
Photos by Karen Kitt
RAFA SFO President Cicina Norton called the meeting to order at the IAM Hall in Burlingame
RAFA Travel Benefits committee chair, Kirk Moore, projects the seminar for all to see. With IAM member guests, active flight attendants and RAFA members, over 110 retirees attended!
The 2 1/2 hour seminar included United's Pass Travel policy and an online tour of FlyingTogether, YBR, the Travel page, employeeRES and listing for flights.
RAFA's "World Famous Potluck" luncheon was enjoyed by all after the seminar.
Photos by Karen Kitt
RAFA pickets with AFA and other unions to bring awareness about lack of contract!
Pictured below, L-R: Cicina Norton, Chris Black, Kirk Moore, Stan Kino; Carl Finamore (IAM retiree) in red.
with Dr. Eveline Stock and Riya Jacob from the UCSF-Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute
FAMRI researcher Riya Jacob presented slides about the program.
Dr Eveline Stock from the UCSF Cardiovascular Care Center and Riya Jacob, research coordinator at UCSF-FAMRI Bland Lane Center at Mission Bay, told us about the clinical trials they conduct to determine the long-term effects of second hand smoke and other career related exposures experienced by flight attendants. They urged any retirees who had been in for testing in the past to consider coming in again so that a time-line can be formed of the possible development of health problems with age. Dr. Stock also reported on new studies to measure blood vessel health and its relationship to heart disease, as well as reproductive health of those exposed to second hand smoke and radiation. Dr. Stock shared some fascinating data and answered questions by retirees.
Flight attendants (active or retired) who would like to participate in the trials should contact Riya Jacob by visiting this website: www.tobacco.ucsf.edu/FAMRIclinic or calling 415-412-0872 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What is FAMRI?
The Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute was formed as part of the resolution of a 1991 class action lawsuit in Florida. The $300 million settlement with the tobacco industry benefited non-smoking flight attendants whose health was damaged from exposure to tobacco smoke in airline cabins. FAMRI's mission is to sponsor scientific and medical research for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of diseases and medical conditions caused by exposure to second hand tobacco smoke.
FAMRI is an independent not-for-profit foundation. Flight attendants comprise the majority of its Board of Trustees. Since 2001, FAMRI has donated more than $30 million to support researchers at UCSF.
The FAMRI Bland Lane Center of Excellence on Second Hand Smoke at UCSF consists of a research clinic and scientists conducting research in areas of second hand smoke and pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, exposure assessment, health, economics, and public policy.
L-R: Karen Kitt (SFO VP & Intl. Membership Chair), Dr. Eveline Stock,
Marian Bruns (SFO Sec. & Intl Sec-Treasurer) and Riya Jacob
Over 20 SFO RAFA members attended, then most stayed to enjoy a delicious potluck buffet luncheon.
SFO RAFA hosted a free lunch to thank members for their support over the years.
Cicina Norton (SFO RAFA President) acknowledges the work of Georgia Nielsen (one of RAFA's founders).
Over 45 RAFA members attended the luncheon in San Bruno.
L-R: Karen Kitt (SFO VP) and Marian Bruns (International Sec-Treasurer) with Helga Wiench. Special guests from
the IAM (Mr. & Mrs. Underhill) and AFA (Stan Kiino, SFO council rep, & Chris Black, SFO LEC President).
Chris gave us the latest info on joint contract negotiations, SFO 787 flying and other AFA news.
Good food, fun conversations and terrific smiles! A fine time was had by ALL!
Georgia received a well-deserved round of applause.
Our August 12th picnic/meeting was well attended and the "World Famous Potluck"
lunch was absolutely delicious!
Good company, good food, and good information shared -
all that was missing was a bit more shade from the sun!
Day of Action at SFO
RAFA supported AFA's Global Day of Action on July 16, 2015 by picketing at the airport.
The turnout was impressive!
Don't miss more pictures on our News/Recent Events tab (in the left column).
May 2015 SFO Meeting
Our guest speaker was Diane Caredeuc from HICAP (California Health Care Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program).
Their web address is http://www.cahealthadvocates.org/basics/index.html
Ms.Caredeuc presented information regarding Medicare insurance that helped answer the question:
"How do I determine which is the best insurance coverage at the best possible price?"
This was especially valuable for people turning 65 who are signing up for Medicare
and/or for seniors who encounter Medicare fraud.
Use the website above and call 1-800-434-0222 to find the HICAP office in your area of California.
Similar Medicare help is available for all 50 states here: http://www.shiptacenter.org
WWGD? What would Georgia do?
Shirts are presented at the SFO RAFA meeting on February 10, 2015 where a fond farewell
was said to outgoing RAFA International President, Georgia Nielsen
From L-R: Cicina Norton (new RAFA International President), Georgia Nielsen (outgoing RAFA Intl President),
Marian Bruns (new RAFA International Secretary-Treasurer), Kathy Adams (SFO RAFA Treasurer) and
Karen Kitt (SFO RAFA Vice-President & Membership Chair).
SFO Airport Event (new United terminal opens) 2014
2013 News and photos