Welcome to San Francisco RAFA

Cicina Norton, President
510-336-3170 

2017
Summer Picnic!
August 15th; another gorgeous day!


SFO RAFA members and spouses at our annual picnic; Leo J Ryan Park, Foster City, CA.


Sunshine, umbrellas and a tasty potluck luncheon.


SFO RAFA Officers: L-R: Marian Bruns, Sec-Treas; Cicina Norton President; Donna Sesock-Miller, Vice-Pres


              Besides a Pass Travel Report by Kirk Moore (in Hawaiian shirt), we discussed SFO RAFA business and:

1) The upcoming RUAEA convention in Las Vegas September 25-28th; sign up for hotel by August 30th!
2) United Airlines Family Day at SFO maintenance center October 8th; retirees are welcome.
3) History of United Airlines exhibit in SFO Terminal 3 departures thru 4/3/2018.
4) Harvard School of Public Health FLIGHT ATTENDANT HEALTH study results.


    
Retired with smiles!



May 1st, 2017
Meeting, Movie and Lunch


Cicina Norton lead the meeting in the Foster City Parks & Rec "Mist Room".


Our speakers were:

Samuel Scott and Alice Hoagland

Samuel Scott, aviation curator at the SFO Museum, is planning a "Freedom Bird" exhibition in 2018-2019 that will depict 
MAC charter operations during the Viet Nam War. He would welcome any personal stories, photographs, news clippings, or souvenir items that might be contributed by retirees who worked on those flights. If you or someone you know worked those MAC charters contact Scott right away! 
Click this link for more info: Freedom Bird Exhibition. Contact Scott here: samuel.scott@flysfo.com

Following Samuel's presentation we watched a very moving video "The Rugby Player" about Mark Bingham, who was killed in the crash of UA Flight 93 on 9/11/2001. After the movie Alice Hoagland talked about her son (Mark Bingham), the movie and answered questions.  We were honored to see the movie and hear her speak.
Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IhSM3OMZ-o

 

 After the presentations we all enjoyed a yummy self-catered lunch.


 




February 28, 2017
Stroke Seminar and Council Meeting

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!).

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!  :-)





November 9, 2016
GRATITUDE LUNCHEON at Basque Cultural Center
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



2016
Summer Picnic!
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!



June 8, 2016
Pass Travel 2 Seminar


 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





May 23, 2016
SFO RAFA Pass Travel Seminar


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




April 21, 2016
Supporting AFA's Day of Action at SFO
 
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.

 



February 9, 2016
SFO RAFA Meeting about FAMRI
 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 riya.jacob@ucsf.edu


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 TrusteesSince 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.





November 5, 2015
GRATITUDE LUNCHEON at Pasta Pomodoro
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.


2015
Summer Picnic!



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

Medicare Insurance!


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).

 

 

 



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