Missouri Alliance of Retired Americans (MOARA) to honor longtime St. Louis Labor Council Vice President John Ebeling at Kortkamp Award Luncheon July 29

The Missouri Alliance of Retired Americans’ (MOARA) Robert O. Kortkamp Humanitarian Award luncheon has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The annual luncheon, which was originally scheduled for May 27, has been rescheduled for July 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christy’s Banquet Center, 5856 Christy Blvd. in St. Louis.

This year’s luncheon will honor longtime St. Louis Labor Council Vice President and CWA Print & Media Sector Vice President John Ebeling.

A union member for 66 years, Ebeling began his apprenticeship with Typographical Union Local 8 in 1952 at Mendle Printing Company and has seen the evolution of the printing industry and the union he so proudly 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.

Tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10.

Reservations must be received by July 17.

Make checks payable to Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans, 3301 Hollenberg Dr., Bridgeton, MO 63044.

For more information, contact Missouri ARA President Dave Meinell at 314-604-1316 or email MissouriARA@gmail.com.

A Memorial Program Book will commemorate John’s long service to the Labor Movement. Ad prices are: back cover – $500; inside front/back cover – $400; full page – $350; half page – $225; quarter page – $125; and business card – $50. A congratulations page will list individual names for only $5 per name.

All checks should be made payable to the Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans and mailed to the Hollenberg Drive address noted above.


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