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    Business Manager Report


    Hello Brothers and Sisters,


    I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather as we get a little break from the high heat of the summer. The rest of this year has continued with our annual family events, which we appreciate everyone for taking part in. Next, on December 9, we will host our annual Family Christmas Party and Service Pin Awards Party. We will again have a visit from Santa, toys for each boy or girl, and prizes for members and their families. This is the most popular event we host during the year, and it’s a great opportunity to get the family together, meet new members and see familiar faces. See the article later in this newsletter for more information. 


    On that topic, I'd like to mention that the second goal in the IBEW Objects of Brotherhood doesn’t say anything about organizing, wages or market share. It reads: “To cultivate feelings of friendship among those of our industry.” Obviously, banding together to fight for good wages is important. And bringing as many workers into the Union fold as possible is a good and worthwhile mission. But even though work does connect us all, it’s a means to an end, and not necessarily the end in and of itself. The friendship, the Brotherhood, is a huge part of why we do any of this at all. 


    Right now, we hear a lot of news commentators and talking heads go on about how our country and our families are being pulled in opposite directions – How “the left” and “the right” are at each other's throats. At the same time, new surveys report that Unions are seeing some of the HIGHEST approval ratings in several generations. 


    It seems to me that if you want to look for a way forward, if you want to have something to believe in while you work alongside your fellow man or woman, being a Union member is a big part of the answer. Sure, we have disagreements, and we roll up our sleeves and get political. But we’re not held together simply by opposing something we are against – We’re held together by standing side by side and looking for ways to help one another. 


    There’s a video on IBEW584.com showing photos of our Labor Day event from last month, and it’s set to a song by Bruce Springsteen called “We Take Care Of Our Own.” Now, that’s a slogan all of us hopefully can get behind. And it’s a way for us – as the Objects state – to cultivate feelings of friendship among our fellow electricians.


    Thanks in advance for helping to make our annual year-end events positive and full of memories. On the job, at the Hall, in our homes, and with each other, let’s keep taking care of our own.


    I hope to see many of you at the next regularly scheduled Union meeting at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 1, at the Hall. Please call or visit anytime if I can be of assistance to you or your family.



    Dustin Phelan

    IBEW 584 Business Manager / Financial Secretary




    2023 Labor Day Parade A Success


    Thanks to the IBEW 584 Brothers, Sisters, family and friends who helped make Labor Day in Henryetta a quality celebration like we do each year.



    We got 2nd place for our float, and we appreciate everyone getting together. Many people have forgotten that Labor Day was born out of working-class struggle and the desire to organize for a better life.

    We are grateful that the parade in Henryetta – which is the only AFL-CIO sanctioned parade in the state – helps keep our flame burning brighter.


    Click here to see video highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHiUmS8EdaU



    Foreman Development Classes


    IBEW 584 is currently inviting interested members to attend upcoming Foreman Development Classes.


    We will need approximately 15 to 20 RSVPs before we can schedule a session. Once we have this list of possible attendees, we will be able to schedule and announce a class.


    There is a $20 CASH deposit required to hold your spot. Once the class has been completed your deposit will be refunded. 


    Please feel free to call the Hall at (918) 592-2989 to sign up.




    Annual IBEW 584 Christmas Party and Service Pins Awards Party - December 9


    We are excited to see families on December 9, 2023, from 6-10 pm at 36th St. North Event Center, the same venue that hosted us last year.

    Planning to come? Click here to log in to your Union account – then RSVP with your number of guests.




    Seeking Negotiations Proposals


    Next March, we begin the process of sitting down with management for contract negotiations.


    If you have ideas for proposals, please feel free to email them to office@ibew584.com or drop them off at the Hall.


    We will be sending more information soon via text, so please make sure your contact information with the Hall is updated and current.




    Service Pin Awards


    The following IBEW 584 Brothers and Sisters will be honored at the Christmas Party for their years of service and dedication. Thank you for what you have offered your Local Union, your trade, and your community!


    Five Years:


    Adams, Jayson

    Allison, Cody

    Armstrong, Ryan

    Billy, Alexander

    Boyd, Richard

    Carbajal, Richard 

    Carroll, Kristen

    Daniel, Michael D

    Del Core, Joseph

    Dillon, Zachary C

    Ellis, Brett

    Flesner, Sam

    Foos, Brody

    Frye, Mark A

    Graham, Brian

    Greene, Derick

    Hager, William J 

    Heffley, John

    Holbrook, Skylar G

    Holt, Eric H

    Landers, Marvin S 

    Lively, Ryan

    Mader, Cougar

    Merrill, Ryan

    Moore, Aric

    Murphy, Tim

    Nichols, David R

    Pfriem, Robert

    Porske, Tim

    Stephens, Taylor B 

    Stephens, Tyler C

    Stuff, Caleb

    Thompson, Christopher D 

    Underwood, Joshua 

    Zucca, Charlie M


    Ten Years:


    Brown, Brian K. 

    Budnick, Zacharias J. 

    Burgess, Jonathan R. 

    Ceesay, Ebrima 

    Conley, Christopher M. 

    Daniel, Bradley W. 

    Denney, David R. 

    Greene, Damien E. 

    Hanes, Roger A. 

    Lord, Marshall E. 

    McCracken, Terry L. 

    Patten, James C. 

    Payton, Kenny J. 

    Schroeder, Tony D. 

    Thulin, Michael L. 

    Timm, Lance A.

    Welch, John C.


    Fifteen Years:


    Arthurs, Tamara J. 

    Belmonte, Armando 

    Bording, James P. 

    Chandler, Joseph E. 

    Cox, Jesse D. 

    Fisher, David W. 

    Goff, Josh R. 

    Harris, Bradley D. 

    Hille, Jacob T. 

    Hutcheson, Andy R. 

    Mayes, Tate 

    McFarland, Mason R. 

    Milliser, Adam C. 

    Moser, Chase C. 

    Patterson, James M. 

    Phelan, Derrick B. 

    Sanchez, Jeannette 

    Shipman, Alan R. 

    Simpson, Trevor R. 

    Stoianov, Ivan I. 

    Woodall, Darwin G.


    Twenty Years:


    Duffield, Geoffrey S. 

    Huskey, Justin M. 

    McGehee, Larry M. 

    Rider, Jeremy R. 

    Tibbets, Wesley C.


    Twenty Five Years:


    Brashear, Eric S. 

    Cackler, Kevin S. 

    Hewitt, David M. 

    Miller, Spencer W. 

    Satterfield, Timothy L. 

    Strachan, Chris D. 

    Thompson, Charles P. 

    Voss, Jeremy


    Thirty Years:


    Applegate, Rickey L. 

    Dorse, Rex V. 

    Wilson, Gary A.


    Thirty Five Years:


    Koons, Jim D. 

    Mahoney, Susan A. 

    Porter, Dale W. 

    Sullivan, Dave A. 

    Woody, Steve W.


    Forty Five Years:


    Quarles, Jimmy D. 

    Risenhoover, Bobby D.


    Fifty Years:


    Mendenhall, Martin D.

    Meyer, Mike G. 

    Rowe, Noah W.


    Fifty Five Years:


    Hodson, Merrill W. 

    Macmillan, Russell B. 

    Stroede, Roger K. 

    Williamson, Bobby D.


    Sixty Years:


    Lewis, Tommy W.


    Seventy Years:


    Crabtree, Reece J. 

    Morgan, George T.


    Seventy Five Years:


    Van Curen, John W.




    In Memoriam


    Richard Victor Nightengale III

    July 16 1961 – August 1, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 302


    IBEW 584 regrets to report the passing of Local Union Brother Richard Nightengale, who passed away August 1, 2023 at the age of 62.


    Richard was born July 16, 1961, in Coffeyville, Kansas. He was a graduate of Oklahoma State University, achieving a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering. Brother Nightengale was an accomplished electrician who worked on many important buildings and projects in the Bartlesville area. 


    He is survived by his mother, Thelma Spencer; brother, Russell Nightengale Sr.; nephews, Randy Nightengale, Damian Nightengale, and Russell Nightengale Jr.


    Brother Nightengale was preceded in death by his father, Richard Victor Nightengale II; and sister, Deborah Nightengale. 


    On behalf of the entire membership, the officers, and the staff of IBEW 584, we offer our prayers and our most heartfelt condolences to Brother Nightengale’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of bereavement.


    Danny Chris Russell

    May 22, 1950 – September 5, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 303


    IBEW 584 is saddened to report the passing of Brother Danny Russell, who left this life on September 5, 2023 in Muskogee. He was 73 years of age.


    Born May 22, 1950 in Muskogee he was the son of Christopher Andrew and Glea Fay (West) Russell. He grew up in Muskogee and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1970. After high school he served a four year apprenticeship IBEW Local #384 and later Local #584 to become a Journeyman Electrician. He worked as an electrician from 1973 until his retirement in 2012.


    On January 19, 1973 he was married to Phyllis Dority in Muskogee. Danny was a member of the Church of Christ in Muskogee. He surrendered his life to Christ in 1975.


    He loved his grandchildren and would call one or all of them each day to catch up on what they were doing or how to fix his electronics. He also had a special nickname for each family member.


    Surviving are his wife Phyllis of the home, children David Russell and fiancé Penny Griggs of Muskogee; Crystal Smith and husband Jason of Muskogee, Dana Winters of Bixby, OK and Candi Russell; two sisters Sharon Williams and Donna Walker both of Muskogee; one brother Greg Russell of Muskogee; grandchildren Jessica, Tabytha, Caity, Dylan, Spencer and wife Bailey, Allyssa and husband Scott, Justin and wife Haley, Matthew and fiancée Shylee, Kyle, Cody and fiancée Alyssa, Tanner, Bailey, Easton, Rachel, Jett, Tristen, Jordan, Ava and JC; great grandchildren Natalie, Abigail, Avyna, Oakley (Cueball), Aero, Sadie, Brittney, Jarra and Carter. Also surviving are an abundance of Union brothers and friends, including life long friend Jimmy Campbell of Phoenix, AZ and his beloved dog Toby.


    The entire membership, the officers, and the staff of IBEW 584 extend our prayers and our condolences to Brother Russell’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of bereavement.


    Charles Elton Bright III

    July 12, 1957 – September 5, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 304


    We are saddened to share the news of the passing of IBEW Local Union 584 Brother Charles Bright III. 


    Brother Bright, age 66, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed from this life Tuesday, September 5, 2023, in Tulsa. 


    He was born July 12, 1957, to Charles Elton Bright Jr. and Virginia Marie Bright (Templeton) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Charles is survived by his father: Charles Bright Jr.; children: Charles Bright IV and his wife Rachel, Melissa Gates and her husband Charley, and Kristin Bright; sisters: Vicki Housley and her husband Chris, Sallie Bright, Christine Bright; grandchildren: Emma Bright, Ava Bright, Charley Gates III, Anthony Gates, Joshua Gates, Reba Gates, Nathan Gates, and Kaitlyn Lewallen; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and friends.


    Charles is preceded in death by his mother Virginia Marie Bright and brother Allen Dee Bright.


    On behalf of the officers, staff and membership of IBEW 584, we offer our prayers and our deepest condolences to the Bright family, Charles’ friends and his loved ones.


    Ronnie Jack Blankenship

    July 6, 1948 — September 8, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 305


    Ronnie Jack Blankenship, a dedicated IBEW Local Union 584 electrician who worked for IBEW until his retirement, has passed away at the age of 75.


    Born on July 6, 1948, in Prague, Oklahoma, Ronnie led an accomplished life filled with love, family, and professional success.


    Ronnie's passion for his work as an electrician was evident throughout his long and fruitful career with IBEW. He dedicated many years to honing his skills in the field, ensuring that homes and businesses had access to reliable electrical systems. 


    One of Ronnie's proudest accomplishments was being a devoted member of IBEW since 1975. Through his membership in this esteemed organization, Ronnie established himself as a knowledgeable and skilled professional within the electrical industry. His expertise was felt by all those who crossed paths with him.


    Outside of work, Ronnie found joy in spending quality time with his loved ones. Fishing trips and camping adventures were among his favorite pastimes. These outdoor activities brought Ronnie closer to nature while creating lasting memories with his family. His passion for fishing and camping served as a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the world around him.


    On September 8, 2023, Ronnie Jack Blankenship peacefully passed away at his home in Inola, Oklahoma.  


    He is survived by his loving son Ronnie Blankenship Jr., daughters Tara N. Pope and husband Corey, Brandi Powell and husband Kevin, Mary Battoe, and Michelle Jones and husband Larry; nine cherished grandchildren; four adored great-grandchildren; his brother Lonnie Blankenship; and his mother-in-law Shirley Whisman. Ronnie's parents Milo and Wanda Blankenship, his beloved wife Rhonda Blankenship and their daughter Teresa preceded him in death. 


    Though we mourn his loss, we will forever carry Ronnie Jack Blankenship's memory in our hearts. His dedication to his profession, love for family, and zest for life will serve as an inspiration for years to come. May he rest in eternal peace. 


    To the Blankenship family, IBEW 584’s membership, staff, and officers extend our hearts and offer our condolences during this season of bereavement.


    Bill Ken Ward

    September 3, 1941 – September 19, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 306


    IBEW 584 regrets to report the loss of Local Union Brother Bill Ken Ward, who departed this life on September 19, 2023.


    Bill Ken Ward was born September 3, 1941, to Bill Henry and Fairie Valentine Ward in Vanderbilt, Texas.  He was 82 years old at the time of his passing.


    He attended Terlton public schools before his family moved to Gypsy where he graduated in 1959.  He was a union electrician IBEW 584.  


    On December 13, 2002, Bill Ken Ward and Paula Morrow were united in marriage.  He loved the outdoors including working on cars and his place.  He enjoyed attending his grandkids sports and school events as well as raising fighting chickens and racing horses.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.


    He is survived by his wife, Paula Ward; three children, Randy Ward, Kim Ward, Greg Ward and wife J.J.; five brothers, Carroll, Jerry, Steve, Oscar, and Andy Ward; two sisters, Sharon Hawkins and Eileen Knecht; Grandchildren, Nicole Welch (Kevin), Kirstie Bain-Holloway, Kennedy Farthing (Spencer), Braden Ward (Sierra); two great grandchildren, Ezra Ward and Daxton Bain-Holloway.  


    He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Frances Bowers, brother, George Ward, and grandson, Shane Ward.


    The IBEW 584 family offers our condolences and our deep prayers to the Ward family during this time of loss.


    Howard Thomas

    July 19, 1945 – September 16, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 307


    IBEW 584 regrets to report the passing of Local Union Brother Howard Thomas, who passed away September 16, 2023.


    Howard was born on July 19, 1945. He was initiated into the IBEW on January 1, 2005, and dedicated many years to the Unionized construction industry. 


    He is survived by his wife, Linda Thomas, and leaves many family and friends to remember his life and carry his legacy forward.


    On behalf of IBEW 584’s officers, staff, and membership, we extend our hearts and our deep condolences to Brother Thomas’ family, friends, and loved ones during this time of loss.


    William E. Hill II

    May 19, 1955 - October 9, 2023

    Death Benefit No. 308


    The officers and staff of IBEW 584 are saddened to share the news of the passing of Local Union Brother William E. Hill II.


    Brother Hill, born May 19, 1955, passed away on October 9, 2023, in Warner, Oklahoma. He was the beloved son of the late William and Thelma (Adams) Hill.


    In his early years, William enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard, serving his country with dedication and later pursued further education in college before joining the IBEW apprenticeship. He chose a career as an Electrician in local union 384 and later local union 584, displaying both vigor and commitment to craftsmanship in his chosen field throughout his life.


    William will be remembered for his steadfast character, his dedication to mentoring soldiers and apprentices, his tireless work ethic, and his devotion to his family.


    Irreplaceable in our hearts, his memory continues to shine brightly in our lives. His noble journey on Earth has come to an end, yet his legacy persists within the stories he leaves behind and within those who knew him.


    He is survived by Mitchell and DeAndrea Thomas of Jay, OK and their children Michael, Elisha, Brody, and Kenadee; William Hill III of Broken Arrow, OK; Samuel Hill and his child David; Matthew and Gracie Hill and their children Levi and Braden; and Robert Hill and his children Stetson, Evelyn, Aleighns, and Hagen.


    On behalf of the entire IBEW 584 membership, staff, and officers, we extend our prayers and our hearts to Brother Hill’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of loss. 

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