Oakland Pre-Thanksgiving Gathering Represents Milestone

SIU Hall Hosts 20th Annual Holiday Banquet

January 2011

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The 2010 edition of the traditional pre-Thanksgiving gathering at the SIU hall in Oakland, Calif, proved as popular as ever, with upwards of 300 people in attendance.


The Nov. 23 get-together marked the 20th anniversary of the event, and the food and fellowship did not disappoint, said SIU Assistant Vice President Nick Celona.


Guests included five members of Congress, local and state politicians, representatives from numerous ship-operating companies, and officials, members and retirees from more than a dozen unions and other labor organizations.


Special recognition went to the U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Color Guard and to several members from the California Army National Guard who recently had returned from Afghanistan.


As in years past, Celona worked closely with the committee that organized the feast, which featured a delicious array of traditional Thanksgiving fare. He thanked rank-and-file Seafarers who volunteered to help put it all together, and he also credited Alioto’s Restaurant on Fishermen’s Wharf and union caterer Beli Deli for their support.


“In this area, our event has become the kickoff to the holiday season,” Celona said. “I’m overwhelmed by the turnout each and every year as well as by the generous efforts of everyone who pitches in to help make it a reality. It seems to get better and better every year and I’m already looking forward to 2011.”


While the union normally calls attention to various guests, this time the SIU briefly found itself in the spotlight. The union received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), noting the 20th anniversary and the SIU’s “outstanding and invaluable service to the community.”


Also, state Assemblywoman Speaker pro Tempore Fiona Ma sent a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition “honoring (the union’s) outstanding commitment to community service during this holiday season” and pointing out that the annual luncheon “helps strengthen community ties providing a joyous opportunity for friends to gather….”


Special thanks to Charles Faruggio for providing the photos on this page

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US Rep John Garamendi

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.)


US Rep Barbara Lee

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) presents a certificate recognizing the union. Gratefully accepting the document are SIU VP West Coast Nick Marrone (left) and Asst. VP Nick Celona


Marrone, Shea, and McNerney

SIU VP West Coast Nick Marrone, AMO Nat'l Exec. Board Member Dan Shea, U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), SIU Asst. VP Nick Celona


US Rep George Miller

U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.)


Hayes-White, Speier, Maraccini

SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Sec-Treasurer Joe Maraccini