What's New at IBEW 697
Hoosiers aged 60 and above are now eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the Indiana Department of Health announced this morning.
The expansion means an additional 432,000 people are eligible for vaccines. The eligibility pool previously consisted of Hoosiers aged 65 and older, front-line health care workers and first responders.
Individuals aged 60 and older make up about 22 percent of the state’s population but have accounted for 64 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations and 93.3 percent of the deaths.
Additional age groups will be added as more vaccine becomes available, the state said.
Indiana began administering the vaccines in mid-December. As of Monday, 893,246 Hoosiers had received a first dose of vaccine and 440,028 had been fully vaccinated, the state said.
To schedule a vaccine, Hoosiers can visit www.ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 370 clinics around the state.
People who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging, or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule appointments.
Brother Jim Ferry was in a tragic hunting accident which resulted in him being air lifted to University of Chicago with life threatening conditions.
On the evening of February 9th Jim went into the woods to scout where he was going to place his coyote traps, being the cautious hunter he is, he took his shotgun for his protection.
While tracking these coyotes who have become a nuisance to the community, Jim slipped on an icy path causing his gun to discharge resulting in life threatening injuries.
Thankfully, Jim didn’t let his severe injuries cloud his quick thinking as he was able to use his cellphone to contact a nearby neighbor for help. The neighbors rushed out to help and called 911.
After consulting with the doctors we have been informed that Jim will have to undergo multiple surgeries. Anyone who can please donate towards Jim’s medical expenses is greatly appreciated no matter the dollar amount, every little bit helps. The Ferry family appreciates every single donation.
A special account for Brother Jim Ferry has been set up at the Local 697 Federal Credit Union. Local 697 members can transfer funds over the phone, in person or from the drive-thru. Please referance the "Special Account for Jim Ferry".
Donations can also be mailed directly to the Local 697 Credit UnionLocal 697 FCU7200 Mississippi Street - Suite 400Merrillville, Indiana 46410
The family has also set up a "Go Fund Me" page for Jim and here is the link https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-jim-ferry-with-bills-and-surgeries
Please keep Brother Ferry in your thoughts and prayers. If you are facebook friends with Jim, kindly send him a positive message. He also has access to his cell phone.
RE: Coronavirus Update from Local 697 – Interior of the building operation status
Brothers & Sisters -
The Local 697 Complex has reopened but our number one focus is still the health & safety of our members and staff. If your official union business can be handled my phone, e-mail, drive thru or electronic payments, I am strongly encouraging you to do so. It is critical to keep health care, pension checks, sub fund, credit union accounts, vacation fund, loans, death benefits, incoming/outgoing mail and official union business going for you and your family.
Effective immediately and until further notice…
- The 697 JATC lobby is CLOSED and all apprentice classes have been shifted to e-learning from the safety of their homes. Additionally, all journeyman classes have been suspended. Limited staff is here working on the e-learning material and they are available by phone at 219-940-6175 for any questions.
- The 697 Credit Union lobby and drive-thru are OPEN. The staff is here and available by phone at 219-940-6180 for any questions.
- The 697 Health & Benefits Office lobby is OPEN. Staff is here and available by phone at 219-940-6181 for any questions. We are requiring all members to be seen by appointment only for specific issues that cannot be discussed effectively over the phone or through email.
- The 697 Business Office lobby is OPEN. The staff is here and available by phone at 219-945-0697 for any questions. Please remember that dues payments can be made online, on the Local 697 website/app or the credit union can send your payment. A Local 697 member can register on the out of work list (book) in person or by e-mail. A traveling member can register on the out of work list (book) by e-mail from Business Manager to Business Manager.
Face Mask Required
To protect our members and employees, we are requiring all Local 697 members and guests to wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while visiting the Local 697 Complex. If you do not have your own mask, IBEW Local 697 will provide a face covering for you to use and keep showing our commitment to safety. A face mask / hand sanitizing station has been set up in the Local 697 vestibule.
As you know this situation can change at any time. Please make sure you have downloaded the Local 697 app so you get the immediate push notification updates. Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this critical time.
Ryan R. Reithel
Business Manager / Financial Secretary
I.B.E.W Local Union 697
Download: Local 697 Update 02-01-2021 8am.pdf
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