By MARY ANN HOLLEY
Tim Rone, treasurer of the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 1, has decided to step down as vice president of North County Labor Club to allow younger members to get involved.
Rone, who has been a member of the club for about 30 years, has decided to transfer to the Tri-County Labor Club, which covers St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties.
“I’ve lived in St. Charles County for 16 years, but kept up my involvement with North County Labor Club because we were all so close over the years,” Rone said. “I started going to meetings when I was a young apprentice, when my dad started taking me to the monthly meetings and joining in the political events.”
Randy Schroeder, a member of the Carpenters union will fill the vacancy.
Rone said his involvement in the North County Labor Club not only helped influence voters, members helped in charitable ways and by donating their time and talents to those who need help.
“I worked with and learned from Jack Clancy and Dick Sullivan and Dick Kellett, and all the old timers who brought me up to do it right,” Rone said. “When I moved to St. Charles County, they told me I didn’t move far enough to stay away from the North County Labor Club. That’s one reason I stayed in the North County club so long.”
The Club was the first of its kind in the St. Louis metropolitan area, formed to promote camaraderie among union members and to develop a core group who initiate help to promote political candidates who support Labor.
Rone is the brother of State Senator Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors) and related to a long line of intertwined Irish-by-marriage relatives in the Labor community.
North County Labor Club is having a membership drive. If you would like to join, simply attend the next meeting to be held at 7 p.m., on the first Monday of each month at the Machinists Aerospace Lodge Hall, 212 Utz Lane, Hazelwood.