The UTU is extremely proud of the fraternal activities performed by our members and is asked to report these activities to the National Fraternal Congress of America.

This data is used by the NFCA to increase public awareness of the benevolent activities of its fraternal organizations. The data also demonstrates to legislatures, insurance companies and public officials the impact of our fraternal efforts.

UTU General Secretary and Treasurer Kim Thompson would like all local secretary/treasurers to report to the International the fraternal activities in which they and their fellow members participate.

To read a letter from Thompson regarding these activities, click here. To view some examples of fraternal activities or community service, click here.

The report can easily be completed online and e-mailed directly to the International with just a few clicks of the mouse. Just click on the blank spaces on the report and enter the data for your local. When the form is complete, just click on “Submit by E-mail” in the top right-hand corner.

To view and complete the activity questionnaire, click here. The questionnaire should be completed and returned no later than March 31, 2009.

The forms and letter above are all in PDF format and the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 6.0 or higher, is required to open these forms. The Adobe Acrobat Reader, if needed, can be downloaded free of charge at

The United Transportation Union Insurance Association is looking for a special person to honor as its 2010 volunteer of the year.

Do you regularly volunteer at a hospital or nursing home? Do you lead a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop or work with the handicapped? Are you involved in some other activity that benefits those in your community?

If so, the UTUIA would like to know about it.

A panel of judges at the UTU International will review all submissions and select the 2010 volunteer of the year.

The individual selected as UTUIA volunteer of the year will receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a plaque of appreciation from the UTUIA.

Additionally, he or she will be honored at the 2010 UTU/UTUIA regional meeting nearest his or her home, with all expenses paid by UTUIA.

Also, 20 runners up will be selected to receive certificates of appreciation for their volunteer efforts.

Nominations must be received or postmarked by Friday, March 26, 2010.

The winning individual will be notified by registered mail, and certificates of appreciation will be forwarded to runners up as soon as possible.

The decision of UTUIA judges is final. Previous nominees may be nominated again; however, former Volunteers of the Year are ineligible to receive awards.

The Volunteer of the Year program is an opportunity for the men and women of the UTUIA to let their fraternal lights shine.

It also provides an opportunity for UTUIA to recognize its volunteers for their outstanding contributions to others.

Nomination forms should be mailed to: UTUIA Volunteer of the Year, Attn.: Tony Martella, Director of Insurance, 24950 Country Club Blvd., Suite 340, Cleveland, OH 44070.

Do not forget to include a separate sheet of paper describing the applicant’s volunteer activities.