TD member wins dream hunt SWEEPSTAKES FROM UNION SPORTSMEN’S ALLIANCE AND CARHARTT Lindsay Lanning of Glendale, Arizona, won the grand prize of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Carhartt Ultimate Elk Hunt Sweepstakes, a guided fiveday elk hunt in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico valued at approximately $22,000. Lanning is a member of SMART TD Local 1629 and was selected from nearly 5,000 entrants nationwide. She is also a member of the USA, which partnered with Carhartt to honor the American worker by awarding this hunt of a lifetime to one Union member and a guest. Dad—also union—will join in Lanning chose to bring her father on the hunt. Dana Lanning, of Phoenix, has worked as a Union crane operator for more than 30 years. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 428 and is currently a member of Electrical Workers Local 769. He introduced Lindsay to hunting, taking her on dove and quail hunts when she was a kid and guiding her on her first elk hunt when she was 15. The two remain close hunting partners to this day. “This is an amazing opportunity,” said Lindsay. “It’s something that my father and I would never treat ourselves to, but it’s absolutely an experience that we’ve dreamed about.” Big Chino Guide Services, one of the Southwest’s premier hunting outfitters, will guide Lindsay and Dana this fall, with the hope of getting them within range of some of New Mexico’s biggest bull elk. Conservation and recreation “We couldn’t be more excited for Lindsay and her father,” said Mike d’Oliveira, USA’s deputy director. “Their story resonates with so many other families who have forged generational bonds through their Union membership and also in their time enjoying the great outdoors.” SMART was among the founders of the USA, a nonprofit conservation organization created by and for Union members and their families. It harnesses the skills of Union volunteers to improve public access to the outdoors, wildlife habitats and America’s parks—and to mentor youth in the outdoors. Carhartt has collaborated with the USA since 2012, helping it to raise funds for projects and unite the community around a shared passion for the outdoors. An annual event, USA and Carhartt’s national sweepstakes for 2016 centered around the theme of “Hunt Your Legacy,” to align with Carhartt’s all-new Rugged Outdoors line of high-performance hunting gear. “As a family-owned company tracing our roots back to 1889, we have a deep appreciation for the traditions and heritage of our customers,” said Brian Spiro, Carhartt’s strategic partnerships manager. “Our partnership with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance provides us with the opportunity to reach a vast number of dedicated Union members who share a rich outdoor legacy.” The sweepstakes ran from October through December of 2016, backed by several international Unions who collectively delivered the promotional ad to more than 2.5 million homes. All active and retired AFL-CIO members were eligible to enter. “This contest garnered attention from Union members all over the nation,” said d’Oliveira. “It proved the strength of the bonds of so many working men and women to the outdoors and to Carhartt, a brand that shares their rich history, acknowledges the value of a hard earned dollar and encourages their rugged pursuits.” Outdoors: Enjoy our newest feature HIGHLIGHTING MEMBERS AS THEY HUNT, FISH AND SHOOT While our Union bond may have originally been sparked by our work, our free time—what we do outside the workplace and Union hall—also helps to strengthen that bond. Many of us share a passion for hunting, fishing, shooting and the outdoors. Now the Members’ Journal will be sharing photos and content from members who share that passion in this new regular feature. You can email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our FaceBook page at Facebook.com/smartunion. No guarantees, but maybe you’ll grace these pages in a future issue!
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