Wichita discount tickets
Tanganyika Wildlife Park - The Midwest Membership Activities Committee is offering discount tickets to Tanganyika
Wildlife Park, Saturday, June 23. The cost to
SPEEA members is $5 per ticket. Members must
buy tickets in advance only at the SPEEA office.
The park, in Goddard, features interactive experiences with rare and endangered species. They have
giraffes, primates, kangaroos, penguins and more at
one of the largest family owned zoos in the country.
Admission is between 9 and 11 a.m. The SPEEA
event is over at 3 p.m.
All Star Adventures discount tickets –The
Midwest MAC arranged for discount tickets
($8 each) for All Star Adventures.
All Star Adventures offers miniature golf, go-karts, bumper cars, rookie go-karts and bumper
boats. The discount tickets include 20 tokens for
amusement rides, arcade and redemption games,
driving range and batting cages.
Tickets go on sale only at the SPEEA Wichita
office June 25. Discount tickets (wristbands
must be used by Aug. 31.
The Northwest Membership Activities Committee (MAC) is holding a golf tournament Saturday, July 21, at Walter
E. Hall Golf Course, Everett.
At this event, SPEEA raises money for SPEEA
Cares, which helps laid-off members facing
The course features four sets of tees ranging from
6,433 yards at the back tees, to 5,219 yards at
the forward tees.
Online registration is coming soon - see the link
for SPEEA Events. At least one SPEEA member
is required for each foursome. Space is limited.
Cost is $60 per person - includes fees, food and
golf cart rental.
Herman Rebhan is shown here with Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers (UAW). Rebhan worked
for Reuther prior to his move to lead an international metalworkers’ union.
Graciela Kawa is shown
here at a SPEEA Diversity
Committee meeting. She’s an
environmental engineer in
Auburn. Her uncle was an
international labor leader.
Jewish American History Month
Member’s uncle a global labor leader
By Karen McLean
SPEEA Publications Editor
Graciela Kawa, SPEEA mem- ber and Boeing
remembers Herman Rebhan as
her uncle who brought
her family chocolates
from Switzerland. He
was general secretary
of the International
(IMF) in Geneva. He
worked his way up
through the ranks in the
United Auto Workers
(UAW), including traveling the world to fight for unions and labor justice.
Kawa knew he was an important labor leader,
but just remembers him being warm, kind and
“down to earth.” When she grew up in Argentina,
her family received many letters from Rebhan.
She met him after her family moved to southern
California in 1963. “He was already an important person when we moved to L.A.,” she said.
Kawa, chair of the SPEEA Diversity Committee,
wanted to share his story in recognition of Jewish
American History Month.
He was born in 1920 in
Poland and grew up in
Cologne, Germany. He
was a member of the
Zionist Social Democrat
which he credits with
sparking his interest in
justice and unions. As
Hitler rose to power, he
was going to school, but
fled in 1938.
If not for his move to
the U.S., he believes he would have been sent
to certain death in a concentration camp in
Germany, such as Auschwitz, according to a
document in the Library of Congress. He was
interviewed and the 52-page transcript is in
the library (Frontline Diplomacy, Manuscript
Division Washington, D.C.).
At his first job in the U.S., he started a union
at a paper company in Cleveland. He moved
to Chicago with his family and went to work
at Dodge. He joined UAW Local 274 in 1942.
During a strike in 1945, he teamed up with
About Graciela Kawa
Walter Reuther, (UAW president from 1946
to 1970). Rebhan’s efforts led to increasing
responsibilities, including assistant director of
international affairs for Reuther. Rebhan went
to the IMF in 1966 and served as general secre-
tary in the 1970s. In 1980, he published a book
of speeches and papers: “Trade Unions and the
World.” He retired in 1990.
Kawa’s motto is “it’s never too late to start again.”
She’s living a dream she had since childhood to
become an engineer. She put that dream on hold
while helping to build a family construction business and raise three children in southern California.
Decades later, she graduated from California State
University with a bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering. When she went to work at Leach
International Corp., a manufacturing supplier, she
pursued a master’s in engineering. After a layoff from
her engineering job in Buena Park, Cal., she went
to work for Boeing in southern California in 2006
and then transferred to the Puget Sound in 2011.
What does she like about being in SPEEA? “We
have somebody who backs us up - if we don’t
have someone like SPEEA, how would we be
able to be heard?”
She joined the SPEEA Diversity Committee,
and became chair of the committee, for personal
reasons. “I am diversity,” she said, because of
her background. She is a Jewish female engineer
from Argentina. Years ago, she quit a job when
she realized they hired her just because she was a
woman and Latina. Even though she was qualified, they gave her no work. “That’s an experience that makes you feel you have no value.”
About her dream of becoming an engineer, she
had an ulterior motive. She was good at math and
thought engineering would be a job she could do
anywhere. She wanted to travel the world. “At least
I got my engineering degree,” she said.
Members are welcome to attend SPEEA Diversity
Committee meetings. The committee meets the
second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. (PD T)
/ 6 p.m. (CDT) at all three SPEEA locations
(Everett, Tukwila and Wichita). RSVP where
you plan to attend.
Boys & Girls Clubs
At the request of the Midwest Council, the SPEEA Executive Board is donat- ing $500 to Wichita’s “Celebration for
a Cause” at this year’s Riverfest.
The donation will buy 100 Riverfest buttons for
distribution to youth through the Boys and Girls
Clubs. The buttons provide entry to Riverfest
for the youth.
“Without this help, these kids would not be able
to attend,” said Council Rep Mark Gayer.
Riverfest is June 1 to 9 in Wichita.