District 776 Secretary Melba Smiths’ Retirement

District 776 Secretary Melba Smith Retirement

16112756_1220438018010849_2577284147392609125_oMelba Smith was hired as a secretary by District Lodge 776 in Fort Worth, Texas on July 27th, 1954, and after 63 years of faithful service to the membership of IAM District Lodge 776, Melba has decided it is time to retire.

During her tenure Melba has worked for eight Directing Business Representatives and has held every clerical position in the District. Melba was raised in a Union environment where her Father and Grandfather were active Union members. Melba was instrumental in organizing the secretaries into the membership of the OPEIU so she and her coworkers could enjoy a better life.

Melba’s a living encyclopedia when it comes to IAM District Lodge 776 and her wealth of experience and knowledge will be greatly missed, not to mention her quick wit and feisty personality. So it is with mixed emotions I say On behalf of all the Officers and Staff under the jurisdiction of Aeronautical Industrial District Lodge 776 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers:

Thank You Melba for all your hard work and years of dedicated loyal service and Wishing you a Long and Happy Retirement!!!

See photos from Melba’s celebration:  https://flic.kr/s/aHskQuyTfy

In Unity and Solidarity,

Paul Black Jr.

President/Directing Business Representative

Christmas Wishes



I want to take this time to wish you and your families a wonderful and safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As the year draws to a close we will reflect upon the people we have lost and the friends or family we have gained and as we evaluate our goals, failures, and accomplishments please remember the real reason for Christmas. With His grace and love everything is possible.

Fraternally yours,

Paul Black

President/DBR District Lodge 776


Happy Holidays from IAM Grand Lodge


IAM Scholarship Competition

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching it is a time to not only reflect and remember on the past and present, but also a time to look to the future. If your child will be Graduating next year please consider applying for the IAM Scholarship. You may pick up an application at the District Lodge Office or visit GOIAM for more information or to print the application.




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