John Ebeling will be honored at Robert O. Kortkamp Humanitarian Award Luncheon Aug. 25


St. Louis Labor stalwart John Ebeling will be honored at the Robert O. Kortkamp Humanitarian Award luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Christy’s Banquet Center, 5856 Christy Blvd. St. Louis.

Now is the time to order tickets and booklet ads for the luncheon, which is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA).

Ebeling has been involved in the St. Louis Labor Movement for the past seven decades. He served as vice president of the CWA Print and Media Sector and recently retired as longtime vice president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council.

The luncheon to honor Ebeling was postponed two years in a row because of the COVID pandemic.

Luncheon tickets and honors booklet ads can be obtained by contacting Missouri ARA President Dave Meinell at (314) 604-1316 or by emailing

Reservations and payments are needed by Aug. 12.

Order forms have been emailed to all affiliates.

Tickets are $40 a person; a table of 10 is $400.

Make checks payable to Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans and mail them to 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044.
A Memorial Program Book will commemorate Ebeling’s long service to the Labor Movement.

Ad prices are: Back cover, $500; inside front or inside back cover, $400; full page, $350; half-page, $225; quarter-page, $125, and business card size, $50.

A congratulations page will list individual names for $5 per name.

Booklet pages are 8½ by 11 inches and printed in grayscale only. All artwork must be submitted by Aug. 12. Please email artwork to Amy at

If you need assistance creating your layout or have questions call Amy at 314-291-8666. (PDFs or JPEGs are preferred.)

The luncheon is the main fundraiser for the Missouri ARA, which uses proceeds for mileage reimbursements to volunteers who attend various senior-related functions.

Meinell said such functions have included holding bingo games at veterans’ homes in St. Louis and St. James; attending rallies and events to protect Social Security and Medicare, and visiting nursing homes throughout the state to educate seniors on scams and fraud.

Brother Ebeling has been a union member for 70 years – 45 of them as a union officer.

He began his apprenticeship with Typographical Union Local 8 in 1952 at Mendle Printing Company, and he has seen the evolution of the printing industry and the union he serves.

After leaving Mendle, Ebeling continued his apprenticeship and worked at the Wellston Journal, the Stockyard Reporter and the Daily Record. His apprenticeship was interrupted by four years of active duty in the Naval Air Reserve.

Ebeling spent 13 years as the Daily Record chapel chairperson and served on the executive committee of Local 8’s board of trustees and the local’s organizing and bargaining committees. In 1975, he was elected Local 8’s president.

In 1987, when the International Typographical Union (ITU) merged with the Communications Workers of America and formed the Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector, Ebeling became vice president of that sector. He served as president of the St. Louis Allied Printing Trades Council for 45 years and president ofthe Missouri State Allied Printing Trades Association for 40 years.

The luncheon honors the memory of Brother Bob Kortkamp’s strong personal commitment on behalf of working families, persons with disabilities and senior citizens.

Kortkamp died in 2011 at the age of 82.

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